REVIEW: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks – Spanked, Freckle Fiesta & Saw-C

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Since flying the flag for shade diversity through its 40-strong foundation range, Fenty Beauty has been touted as the game-changer in the beauty industry, bringing public excitement and anticipation for its next releases to a white heat. But as someone who isn’t too huge on palettes full of sparkly eye shadows, and liquid lipsticks (many of mine dried up within one year of purchase), my attention was naturally diverted to the line of bullet lipsticks which dropped in December last year.

Available in 14 universally-flattering shades, the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks come in an ultra slim reflective hexagonal tube with a long-wearing, petal-soft matte finish that promises weightless and intense pigmented colour on the lips. According to Glamour, the lipsticks were designed to enable a more controlled application – the bullet can be used upright on the top lip and upside down to fill the bottom lip (although I don’t find this feature particularly groundbreaking – isn’t this how lipsticks are normally applied? Or was I the only one doing that all along? 😂). As interesting as they sound, because this brand had disappointed me the first time around (and also S$28 for just 0.06 oz / 1.7 g of product is a lot of money), I wasn’t inclined to pay full price for them. So it was only when Sephora held their annual sale in May that I got my hands on a few of the shades – only three, to be exact, but I do feel kinda tempted now to add more of them to my collection 👀

Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Spanked is described as a dusty rose with a matte finish. Initially, I was rather sceptical as to how this yellow-toned mauve-pink would apply on my lips because it seemed a little dry in the tube. But there was nothing of that sort when I ran the bullet over my lips for the first time – the coverage was incredibly full and opaque with a hint of hydrating sheen so the texture didn’t look entirely flat. The lipstick deposited a uniform and (comfortable) thick coat of intense colour without weighing the lips down or emphasising the lines, thus rendering a second layer unnecessary. If the payoff is found to be too dark, it can be toned down by blotting it off with a tissue or by pursing the lips without removing too much product or causing any patchiness! This shade lasted for most of the six hours on me when I wore it out.

Swatch and finish comparison for Spanked

Swatch and finish comparison for Spanked

Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Freckle Fiesta is described as a spiced terracotta with a matte finish. This yellow-toned burnt orange is one of the more popular shades that flew off the shelves on launch day. Like Spanked, Freckle Fiesta glides across the lips without skipping or tugging to deliver an even and pigmented coverage opaque enough to conceal whatever flaws there are on the lips on the first swipe without settling into the lines. It also lasted a decent chunk of the day. That is, even after a pretty heavy meal!

Swatch and finish comparison for Freckle Fiesta

Swatch and finish comparison for Freckle Fiesta

Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Saw-C is described as an exotic tangerine with a matte finish. This bright orange has a strong yellow undertones, and sadly tugged a little at my lips during application. The payoff is vibrant and pigmented, but has a slightly patchy and drying consistency which is fortunately only visible upon close inspection. It doesn’t deliver as much opacity as the other two lipsticks, but it can be built upon to achieve full coverage – although not without the extra patchiness and product settling into the cracks. But if you were to disregard its shortcomings, this shade is actually pretty fascinating and unique (I don’t have anything similar in my ever-growing lipstick stash), and I think it complements dark skin tones very well!

Swatch and finish comparison for Saw-C

Swatch and finish comparison for Saw-C

Fenty Beauty might have let me down with their foundation and Match Stix previously but these Mattemoiselle lipsticks have restored my confidence in them with their insanely pigmented payoff and superior longevity in just a single application – an extent of which I’ve not encountered with other brands, even my favourite M·A·C. I’m certainly open to welcoming more of them into my stash – but only when the prices are discounted, of course.

What do you think of the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks? Did you get anything from this range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

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The credibility of Kat Von D might have taken a hit for her stance on vaccinations, but we cannot deny that her makeup brand is still one of the most successful in the industry after many years into the beauty business, owing to the high-performance and cruelty-free products in wildly unorthodox colours that it has been producing.

To celebrate a decade of fearless artistry, Kat Von D Beauty dropped a 10th Anniversary collection and in honour of her Latinx heritage, the launch was planned to coincide with Cinco de Mayo (5 May), a culturally and historically significant day for the Mexicans. The line includes an eyeshadow palette, a Metal Crush Highlighter (Gold Skool), Studded Creme Kiss Lipstick (Santa Sangre), an Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick (Gold Skool), a brush set, Tattoo Liner (Trooper) and a train case comprising everything in this gold-drenched lineup – but in very limited quantity. My eyes were set on the eyeshadow palette (though now I kinda regret not buying the gold liquid lipstick as well).. because nobody can get enough of rainbow beauty things, right?

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (US$52 / S$76)

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (US$52 / S$76)

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette [I got mine off the KVD website]

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette [I got mine off the KVD website]

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Finger and brush swatches of all shades (Click to view full size)

Finger and brush swatches of all shades (Click to view full size)

Encased in a reflective gold packaging graced by an original artwork hand-drawn by the talented Kat Von D herself, the limited-edition eyeshadow palette features 16 blendable shades (mostly of warm hues) inspired by and named after 16 of Kat Von D’s muses – people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and skin tones, some of whom had worked behind the scenes.

The bold selection of shades were specially handpicked for this commemorative collection, are vegan (as always) and of finishes designed to “power your self-expression with insane pigment and effortless blendability”. What I love about the palette (apart from the fact that it comes with a mirror) is that the shades are arranged almost in sequence as in the colour spectrum, and this spoke to the OCD in me. But annoyingly, their names are not printed on the palette so I had to keep referring to the box for them.

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary: ColourPop × Shayla Perception · Kat Von D Saint and Sinner. The comparison swatches shown below are the same as those on my Perception review.

Adele is described as a chocolate brown. This deep cocoa brown has a matte finish with very sparse and unnoticeable gold shimmer. Smooth to the touch, there was amazingly no kickback when I dipped my finger or brush into the pan (which is rare for dark shades). The application was slightly sheer and streaky but was buildable to a semi-opaque coverage. When blended out, however, some of the product wouldn’t budge while those that did balled up slightly. On top of that, the overall intensity was also reduced. In its wet state, it becomes a hard film that is nearly impossible to blend. For comparison swatches, please refer to the image after the review on Malice.

Malice is described as a vermilion red. This burnt orange has red undertones and a matte finish which feels a little powdery. There was a bit of kickback in the pan when I picked it up with my brush, but it didn’t have any fallout when I applied it to my lid. This shade provided an even consistency and was easy to blend without sheering out too much so it didn’t take me long to build it to full opacity. It delivers almost the same, if not a slightly more intense payoff when used wet.

Swatch comparison for Malice and Adele

Swatch comparison for Malice and Adele

Ashley is a described as a peachy orange. This bright orange has yellow undertones and a matte finish. Finely milled to a powdery smooth texture, it goes on pigmented on bare skin without being chalky. The harsh edges can also be diffused easily without becoming muddy or sheering away. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Gina is described as a mustard yellow. This matte warm yellow has orange undertones and it becomes darker (almost leaning towards orange) when more product is piled on. Finely milled with a smooth texture, this shade adheres well to the skin while providing great pigmentation. I had no issues diffusing the harsh edges when applied wet or dry. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Egypt is described as a gold glimmer. Infused with glitzy chunky shimmer that appears loosely scattered when applied, this muted warm gold does not feel as gritty as it seems in the pan. It goes on very smooth and pigmented on bare skin skin, delivering an opaque payoff without the need for a primer. When I blended out the colour, it didn’t sheer out or lose much of its sparkle. When used wet, the shimmer becomes more condense, enabling the shine to be a lot more pronounced. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Alexandra.

Sylvia is described as a honey beige. This pale warm beige has orange undertones and a matte finish. The payoff is mostly sheer, and in order to achieve some opacity, a lot of product have to be patted on. Like most of the shades in this palette, it has a smooth consistency which blends out seamlessly. Unfortunately, the colour is matches my skin tone too well to make any impact so I don’t see myself using it often. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Lala is described as an olive green. This deep moss green has yellow undertones and a semi-opaque matte finish, and is a splendid addition to my limited repertoire of green eyeshadows. But as much as I adore this shade for its uniqueness, it sadly does not perform up to my expectations. Besides having a lightly chalky consistency, it also tends to emphasise the texture of my skin and ball up when I tried to blend it out, resulting in a patchy and distressed-like texture. These issues, however, seem to minimised when product is used wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Leafar is described as an emerald glimmer. This cool vibrant green has blue undertones and a metallic finish owing to its densely packed fine shimmer. Although pressed relatively loosely in the pan (as I could feel the product lifting off when I swirled my finger in the pan), the amount of kickback is pretty minimal. Smooth in texture, this shade adheres well to bare skin and blends out easily without affecting its intensity. It goes on semi-sheer on first pass but once more product is piled on, its opacity and vibrancy are out of this world. Leafar works beautifully dry and wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Melanie is described as a rosy cream. Matte in finish, this pale cool beige is probably one tone away from being completely white – it is so light that it disappeared the instant I swatched it on the paler part of my wrist. This shade is mostly opaque, and it applies fairly pigmented without any fallout. I was also able to diffuse the edges easily.

Swatch comparison for Melanie and Alexandra

Swatch comparison for Melanie and Alexandra

Alexandra is described as a rose gold glimmer but it appears more of an iridescent orange with yellow undertones and a slight pink shift to me. This shade is the shimmery and slightly darker version of Gina although it appears more peachy in the pan. Very finely milled with a smooth and seamless consistency, this shade goes on opaque and blends out effortlessly without losing much intensity. Furthermore, a little of this product goes a long way – it delivers incredible payoff without having to jab your brush into the pan.

Swatch comparison for Egypt and Alexandra

Swatch comparison for Egypt and Alexandra

Nancy is described as a taupe mauve. This muted terracotta has brown undertones and a matte finish. Finely milled to a smooth, even and endearing texture, this shade applies mostly opaque on the lid and is fairly easy to diffuse. There was some kickback in the pan, but negligible enough not to cause any mess. It does, however, tend to become increasingly greyish when more product is added atop each layer.

Swatch comparison for Ashley, Gina, Sylvia and Nancy

Swatch comparison for Ashley, Gina, Sylvia and Nancy

Catherine² is described as an orchid glimmer. This mid-tone lavender has pink undertones and loose shimmer which renders it a metallic finish. At certain angles, however, it appears eggplant purple with a hint of grey. This shade applies sheer and requires many layers before it stops allowing my natural skin to show through anymore. Additionally, it does not spread out very well as the product tends to concentrate at the part where the brush touches first and it didn’t budge an inch when I tried to blend it out.

Swatch comparison for Catherine²

Swatch comparison for Catherine²

Kelly is described as a blue-brow glimmer. This warm brown has loosely scattered cyan shimmer and a duochrome finish to boot. The shift on my finger after I dipped it into the pan looked seamlessly stunning but it didn’t quite translate well on my lid – the shimmer was seemed like it was on a separate layer from the main product and the sparkle was too ostentatious for the shift to be noticeable. Packing on more product made them more cohesive until I blended it out (as the shimmer along the edges once again distanced itself from the brown). Eventually, the problem was resolved by applying the product with a dampened brush. Not only did that keep the shimmer and the brown together, it also intensified the shine. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Sarah is described as a cool greige (a mix of grey and beige). This cool mauve has grey undertones and it applies sheer and streaky. The product clings on uneven surfaces and is barely buildable. But once it is blended out, it fades to nothingness. You might think that this could probably work better when used wet. WRONG! It hardened and darkened to a dirty purple when I applied it with a dampened brush and it was a Herculean task to diffuse it at all. How did this horrible shade make it into the palette?

Swatch comparison for Sarah

Swatch comparison for Sarah

Carolyn is described as a muted teal but, I don’t know if it is just me but it seems a little too dark to be qualified as “muted”? This matte shade has a strong blue undertone and looked promisingly opaque on the first pass. But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when the product started losing its intensity and sheering out (except for that little area where the brush first touched) upon being diffused. Apart from that, this shade also has a mild rubbery and stiff texture with an uneven consistency which caused it to ball up when I ran my brush through it on my lid.

Swatch comparison for Lala, Leafar, Kelly and Carolyn

Swatch comparison for Lala, Leafar, Kelly and Carolyn

Chad is described as a cobalt teal. This vivid cobalt blue has a matte finish and possibly nanoscopic gold flecks as well (but I wasn’t sure if they were originally there or were transferred from the one of the shimmery shades my finger had touched previously). It has a consistency similar to that of Carolyn – uneven and patchy with the tendency to cling onto rough surfaces. The harsh edges were also a challenge to diffuse because the product just refused to budge. This shade left a stain that took me a few scrubs to remove completely, so use sparingly if you can!

Swatch comparison for Carolyn and Chad

Swatch comparison for Carolyn and Chad

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

In the suggested look below, I will be attempting to apply every single shade in the palette onto my lids.

My made-up face, sans eye shadow (I know I had gone a little overboard with the bronzer here lol)

My made-up face, sans eye shadow (I know I had gone a little overboard with the bronzer here lol)

Malice

Malice

Malice

Malice

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Adele

Adele

Adele

Adele

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Coating my upper lid with concealer

Coating my upper lid with concealer

Alexandra

Alexandra

Alexandra (on top of the concealer)

Alexandra (on top of the concealer)

Catherine²

Catherine²

Catherine²

Catherine²

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly

Chad

Chad

Chad

Chad

Carolyn

Carolyn

Carolyn

Carolyn

Leafar

Leafar

Leafar

Leafar

Lala

Lala

Lala

Lala

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Melanie

Melanie

Melanie (disappearing into my skin)

Melanie (disappearing into my skin)

Melanie

Melanie

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara

Based on what I have gathered, it is safe to say that the warms are the stars of the palette. They deliver intense colours and are easy to blend. That said, I find the orange hues a bit repetitive. The cools, although provided additional visual interest with shades like Lala and Carolyn, have been lacklustre due to their patchy consistency and poor blendability. But in general, this palette is still relatively easier to work with as compared to those I have tried by other brands because the shades don’t need to be damp for them to show on my lids – they are already pretty pigmented on their own!

What do you think about this palette? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette is now available on Kat Von D (sold out), Sephora USA (sold out) and Sephora Singapore.

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REVIEW: ColourPop × Shayla – Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette & Crème Lux Lipsticks in OOUUUU!, Quickie & C’mon Sis

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With nearly every makeup product imaginable already being sold on the market, brands are at risk of losing their footing if they don’t innovate. From packaging revamp to striking up a collaboration with high-profile figures, companies such as M·A·C have been employing numerous marketing strategies to shake the somewhat stagnant beauty industry to great success, and it sure didn’t take long for emerging brands like ColourPop to learn the tricks of the trade and follow their footsteps.

Being a (largely) e-commerce brand, the decision to book social media influencers to front their beauty campaigns is a no-brainer for ColourPop. But what makes them more relatable than any other brands (apart from their low costs) is how they have been promoting a sense of inclusivity by putting the spotlight on people of colour – Latinas (Kathleen Lights, ILuvSarahii), Asians (Jenn Im, Hello Kitty 😂) and now the third African-American after Ellarie and Karrueche, MakeupShayla.

For the unfamiliar, MakeUpShayla (whose real name is Shayla Mitchell) is a beauty guru with nearly 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 2 million followers on Instagram. As part of her larger goal to make brands more diverse, she jumped at the chance to collaborate with ColourPop to come up with makeup that would complement darker skin tones.

Her collection, which comprises Crème Lux Lipsticks (OOUUUU! / Quickie / C’mon Sis), Luster Dust Loose Highlighter (Boomin’ / Pose), Ultra Glossy Lip (Neat Freak) and a Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (Perception), is a throwback to the emo era with paint splatters (albeit emblazoned in gold foil) all over the black packaging. You could buy the entire collection in a bundle for five bucks less, or simply get the eye shadow palette and another seven-dollar item to enjoy free domestic shipping. Since I’m not residing in the U.S., I would have to fill my shopping basket with more products to have them shipped to me at no cost. So lucky you – more of ColourPop in this review!

Perception Pressed Powder
Shadow Palette 

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$23)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$23)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (click to enlarge)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (click to enlarge)

With 16 bold yet versatile shades for creating day-to-night looks, Perception is a refreshing change from the neutral and rose gold palettes that have been sprouting up everywhere like mushrooms. At just US$23, you are essentially paying about US$1.50 per gram of eye shadow (for comparison, M·A·C charges about U$4 per gram).

Despite the low price, it still comes with a mirror (covered by a protective film)! Having a mirror in your eye shadow palette is like realising your dress has pockets – they are little bonuses that you never know when will come in handy, so that certainly contributed to the positive first impression. Besides, a lot of attention was paid to the overall aesthetics of the palette as can be seen from the gold-scripted names underneath each pan. For the record, printing the names of eye shadows isn’t a common practice of ColourPop!

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Perception: Kat Von D 10th Anniversary · Kat Von D Saint and Sinner

Unbothered is described as a metallic ivory with a peachy flip. This cream contains ivory gold micro-shimmer that lends a radiant (yet not too obtrusive) shine to the eyes. It has a smooth and silky application (almost like Satin finish) and is finely milled to provide deeper coverage. The texture adheres to the lid very well without appearing streaky and blended out very easily even in wet state. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Spill The Tea.

TF is described as a metallic true gold. Upon application, this eye shadow luxuriously envelops the lids like the finest silk (because the texture is so smooth!) with a high-shine gold shimmer-infused (somewhat muted) warm gold colour. When used dry, it goes on slightly sheer on first pass but is buildable to full opacity but the payoff becomes richer and more intense once it comes in contact with water. There was no fallout and edges were relatively easy to diffuse. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Strut ‘n Slay.

Titus is described as a metallic gunmetal. To be more explicit, it is a grey with purple undertones which has small yet sparse predominantly silver shimmer particles. It has semi-sheer payoff which improves slightly when used with a dampened brush. Although the texture was smooth (as with majority of the shades in this palette), it took me a bit of effort to diffuse the edges and after awhile, it became patchy on my lid. On top of that, I noticed that it started to settle into my crease about two hours into wear.

Swatch comparison for Titus

Swatch comparison for Titus

Stallion is described as a matte black with blue glitter. Like Titus, this bluish-black contains shimmer that scatters all over the skin when applied. But in terms of application, this performs much worse due to its slightly grainier texture which refuses to adhere to my lid, thereby causing some fallout issues. Although pigmented, it tends to become patchy once it is blended out (which is also a difficult task). Generally, I find this shade to be rather messy – there was never a time when the area around the pan would be spotless after use because of the kickback. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on 14.

Spill the Tea is described as a metallic warm taupe. This warm rose gold has a finish more metallic than the ones mentioned before this because of its densely packed shimmer. It has a smooth but uneven consistency which doesn’t blend out very well. A lot of the product tend to congregate at one spot, leaving the other areas sheer. But I realised the application got better when used with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for Spill the Tea and Unbothered

Swatch comparison for Spill the Tea and Unbothered

Diva is described as a metallic amber. This finely milled deep copper is densely packed with shimmer of the same colour, rendering it a true metallic effect. It is a darker, warmer and certainly a more pigmented version of TF. Loosely pressed and moderately creamy in texture, a lot of product comes off the pan easily in a powdery soft form with just a small dab of the brush. As kickback is expected for this shade, it would be advisable to pick up the pigment with a light hand. When applied, it yields a smooth and intense pigmentation even in its wet state (which makes it suitable to be used as a liner too) without fallout. Diva is certainly one of the better performers in the palette. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Strut ‘n Slay.

I.E. is described as a metallic olive. This muted army green is flaked with gold micro-shimmer and it applies pigmented on the lid with minimal fallout when patted on top of a primer. However, it quickly loses its intensity upon being blended out, becoming a patch of muddy grey with an uneven texture. I found the colour payoff and consistency to be much better when applied with a dampened brush. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Sassy.

14 is described as a metallic navy with closely packed blue shimmer that provides a uniform shine with every application. Fairly smooth in texture, it has an even consistency and a nearly opaque pigmentation. But it was a bit challenging for me to blend out the harsh edges without causing them to become blotchy in the process. I prefer applying this wet to maximise its intensity.

Swatch comparison for Stallion and 14

Swatch comparison for Stallion and 14

Strut ‘n Slay is described as a metallic rosy copper with a name inspired by Shayla’s signature tagline. The colour payoff is mostly opaque in a single layer, and despite it being of a shimmery finish, this shade does not catch as much light as the other metallic ones in this palette. Furthermore, the product did not seem to adhere very well to my skin as there was a reasonable amount of fallout during application. However, it blends out seamlessly without losing much intensity.

Swatch comparison for TF, Diva and Strut 'n Slay

Swatch comparison for TF, Diva and Strut ‘n Slay

Culture is described as a matte soft brown. Moderately pigmented, this muted orangey brown has a sheer-to-medium coverage with a soft and smooth texture that doesn’t feel dusty or dry. The product doesn’t have much fallout and its edges can be diffused easily without sheering out too much. Contrary to the other shades, I found Culture more suited to be applied dry because the colour on its own is gorgeous and the original finish gives a soft touch to the eyes. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Thic.

Sassy is described as a metallic eggplant with a teal flip. This intriguing shade has a strong teal presence in the pan but applies medium brown on the lid. When more product is piled on, only then will the teal shift be more apparent. The first layer rendered a rather streaky consistency but it gradually evened and smoothed out with a couple more pats. To maximise its potential, use Sassy with a dampened dense brush.

Swatch comparison for I.E. and Sassy

Swatch comparison for I.E. and Sassy

September is described as a metallic pinky violet. This mulberry pink is finely milled with densely packed shimmer. It applies semi-opaque with a rather weak intensity at first, and takes about three layers to build to full coverage and achieve the same degree of vibrancy as in the pan. The product adheres fairly well to my lid and I was able to diffuse the edges easily.

Swatch comparison for September

Revenge is described as a matte red brown. This shade is rather loosely pressed in the pan so my brush was able to pick up a lot of product with only a light touch on the surface. Needless to say, there was a decent amount of kickback in the pan. Almost velvety in texture, Revenge appears burnt red when applied, but turns slightly more brownish when blended out. When used wet, it also becomes a bit patchy. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Shade.

Thic is described as a matte vibrant orange. This warm orange feels much drier as compared to other mattes, thereby rendering it a slightly grittier texture (but it isn’t rough on the lid so not to worry). It applies pigmented but sadly doesn’t blend very well over a large surface area. The intensity and pigmentation of this shade remain largely unchanged regardless of wet or dry application.

Swatch comparison for Thic and Culture

Swatch comparison for Thic and Culture

Played Out is described as a matte chocolate brown. This deep cocoa brown can be simply described in one word: problematic. Smooth with great pigmentation and a nearly opaque payoff on the first sweep, this shade was off to a promising start.. until I blended it out – a great deal of intensity and opacity was lost in the process and the finish actually separated on my lid. The harsh edges were a pain to diffuse too. I thought it would be a lot better when applied wet, but it became patchy so.. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Shade is described as a deep matte purple with violet glitter. This maroon brown contains mostly silver but sparse shimmer. Like Revenge, it has a considerable amount of kickback in the pan due to it being loosely pressed, but it is drier in texture and more coarse to the touch. It goes on slightly streaky on the lid, coating it with a semi-opaque and streaky colour (some of which landed on my face). More product was piled up to build it to full opacity, but to little success. And once it was blended out, it instantly sheered out. That said, Shade may yield better results when used wet.

Swatch comparison for Titus, Revenge, Played Out and Shade

Swatch comparison for Titus, Revenge, Played Out and Shade

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Culture sets the stage

Culture sets the stage

Applying Culture all over my lids

Applying Culture all over my lids

Played Out goes next

Played Out goes next

Defining the eyes a little with Played Out

Defining the eyes a little with Played Out

Followed by 14

Followed by 14

Further defining the outer V with 14

Further defining the outer V with 14

Stunning Diva picks up the baton

Stunning Diva picks up the baton

[Pardon my crazy eye] Diva for an added pop on the inner corners

[Pardon my crazy eye] Diva for an added pop on the inner corners

Pick up some I.E. with a finger

Pick up some I.E. with a finger

Apply I.E. to the centre of the lid

Apply I.E. to the centre of the lid

Now, going over to Shade..

Now, going over to Shade..

Adding some depth along the crease

Adding some depth along the crease

Dabbing the brush in Stallion

Dabbing the brush in Stallion

Giving some attention to the lower lash line with Stallion

Giving some attention to the lower lash line with Stallion

Extending the application to the next 40% of the lower lash line

Extending the application to the next 40% of the lower lash line

And finally, TF as the finishing touch

And finally, TF as the finishing touch

TF on the inner corners

TF on the inner corners

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow

A full frontal shot of me rocking Perception!

A full frontal shot of me rocking Perception!

Lipstick: OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU! (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU! (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

OOUUUU! is described as a warm peach with Crème finish. This satin lipstick glides with ease to saturate the lips with a lustrous reddish salmon (orange) colour which is  quite a letdown for me because it appears way too peachy than what is depicted in the tube, and anything too peachy makes me look jaundice. Like the other Lux Lipsticks, this is infused with a faint chocolatey scent. Although moisturising, it feels excessively creamy, making it prone to transfer and not as long-wearing as I would like it to be. On top of that, it also tends to leave gaps on the lips and cling onto rough patches.

Swatch comparison for OOUUUU!, against the orange lipsticks I have

Swatch comparison for OOUUUU!, against the orange lipsticks I have

Lipstick: C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

C’mon Sis is described as a soft pinky brown with Crème finish. This gorgeous medium brownish-red has the right amount of slip to blanket the lips effortlessly with a moisturising coat of colour that instantly brightens up the face. Richly pigmented, it is opaque in one pass without emphasising the lip lines. A great everyday lip colour for medium skin tones especially, C’mon Sis goes well with any occasion and stays on the lips much longer than OOUUUU!.

Swatch comparison for C'mon Sis

Swatch comparison for C’mon Sis

Lipstick: Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

Quickie is described as a peachy nude with Crème finish. Touted as the perfect nude lipstick for Black women, this salmon beige goes on smooth to deliver a nearly opaque colour (but buildable to full coverage) with a moisturising sheen on the first swipe. But due to the overly creamy and slippery texture, the product moves quite a bit during application and, of course, doesn’t last very long on the lips.

When I swatched it, the colour seemed lot lighter than what was shown in the swatches provided on the ColourPop website so naturally, I didn’t expect to like it on my lips. But surprisingly, it doesn’t wash me out and it actually complements on skin tone. If you’re planning to amp up the eye makeup, this also makes an ideal lip colour to keep it as the focus. That said, this shade may still be too pale on some skin tones so I recommend pairing it with a mocha brown lip liner to create some depth.

Swatch comparison for Quickie

Swatch comparison for Quickie

I am not going to lie – the preposterous amount of beauty influencer collaborations in the market has tamped down my interest in them entirely but this ColourPop × Shayla partnership has definitely brought in some interesting and unpredictable products (I’m so over those warm palettes) – with great value, no less. If there’s anything I’d recommend from this collection, it would be the Perception palette which is probably the most diverse palette ColourPop has ever released.

What are your thoughts about this collection? For those with darker skin tones, do these products really work for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Otherwise, simply take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: M·A·C × Aaliyah – Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain’t Nothing & Lipsticks in Try Again, Street Thing & More Than A Woman

Hello everyone!

Every generation has its own distinct style. Hence, when the first page of your Google Images results yields only low-resolution pictures of the person you are looking up sporting an outdated hairdo and outfit that defined the ’90s, you immediately know something is amiss – this person had either retired from the industry and thus withdrawn entirely from the public eye or, in worst cases, had passed away.

Reaffirming my suspicion that Aaliyah – who suddenly came to my mind upon hearing “Try Again” on the radio some time in 2008 – was no longer around after seeing that there weren’t any recent pictures of her, I returned to the main search page and true enough, news about her death in August 2001 dominated the first two pages of the search results. I stared at my screen in disbelief. The songstress who was pretty much one of the icons of the ’90s had long gone? How did such major happening slip past my radar? (Come to think of it, I was probably too preoccupied with feeding my Neopets to be bothered with pop culture.. but yeah..)

Aaliyah for M·A·C

Aaliyah for M·A·C

Even though it has been 17 years since her demise, Aaliyah’s legacy lives on through beauty trends that are still relevant today. A capsule collection sparked by a petition (like the Selena collaboration) for M·A·C to reintroduce Aaliyah to the world was created in honour of the late R&B star who, at the mere age of 22, was tragically killed in a fatal plane crash with many others on board. Inspired by her beauty looks and M·A·C products straight out of her makeup bag (like Cherish and the now-discontinued Chelsea Lipsticks, Espresso and Biscuit eye shadows), the collection boasts tones of soulful neutral that will transport you back to the era of brown and frosted lips, as well as visible dark lip liners.

My M·A·C × Aaliyah haul!

My M·A·C × Aaliyah haul!

In this third posthumous range by M·A·C, expect classic ’90s beauty trends to make a comeback in a form of Lipsticks (Try Again / More Than A Woman / Street Thing / Hot Like…), Lipglass (Brooklyn Born / At Your Best You Are / Li Li’s Motor City / 1 In A Million), Lip Pencils (Nevermore / Follow Your Heart), Bronzing Powder (Baby Girl) and a 9-pan eye shadow palette (Age Ain’t Nothing).

A free limited edition bandana (as seen on me in the modelled pictures below) is included in every US$35 M·A·C × Aaliyah purchase, and Aaliyah faithful could also buy the entire collection (alongside other perks like the bandana and a poster, together with a special notecard to download the Aaliyah app for exclusive content) for US$250. Every product is encased in a sleek, reflective burgundy packaging (made in a way that would unfortunately turn it into a magnet for fingerprints) with Aaliyah’s signature printed on it in silver foil.

Eye Shadow X9:
Age Ain’t Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain't Nothing (US$32)

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain’t Nothing (US$32)

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain't Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain’t Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain't Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain’t Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain't Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain’t Nothing

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain't Nothing (click to enlarge)

M·A·C × Aaliyah Eye Shadow X9 in Age Ain’t Nothing (click to enlarge)

The travel-friendly compact (0.2 oz / 5.85g – the perfect size to carry around although some may argue that it is too small for the price) holds nine eye shadows in “moody deep neutral shade wave” and is designed with a magnetic closure to keep them secure. This palette is generally cool-tone, so the shades may be appear slightly ashy on warm skin tones. Although it also comes with mirror, it is unwisely tinted to the same colour as the packaging, thereby rendering it virtually useless because it doesn’t give an accurate depiction of how the eye shadows look on the lid (especially in a poorly-lit environment).

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Age Ain’t NothingKylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Palette · ColourPop You Had Me At Hello · ColourPop Element of Surprise · ColourPop I Think I Love You

Lovesmoke is described as a sterling silver in Veluxe Pearlfusion (VLXP) finish. This shimmer-packed warm silver with a beige undertone has a lightly creamy texture which applies smoothly on the lid. It has a semi-opaque colour but can be piled on to increase its intensity. This shade blends out easily and can be applied with a dampened brush to better bring out the shine although I find it soft enough to be used with a finger tip (usually at the inner corner or middle of the lid for an added pop of shimmer).

Swatch comparison for Lovesmoke

Swatch comparison for Lovesmoke

Magic Moor is described as a black with silver sparkle in VLXP finish. This finely milled black has slight red undertones and contains shimmer that is barely noticeable. Pigmented and smooth to the touch, it goes on semi-sheer but is buildable to full opacity. Although the edges can be easily diffused, the colour becomes one tone lighter once it is blended out. This is better applied with dry brush because the product doesn’t seem to come off the brush very well when wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to review on Dancing In The Dark.

Care 4 You is described as a mauve-plum with subtle shimmer and Lustre finish. Named after Aaliyah’s posthumous compilation album “I Care 4 U”, this purple micro-shimmer-infused warm mauve draws eyeballs due to its vibrancy. Sadly, it applies streaky with an uneven consistency and fades ever so quickly when used over a larger surface area. On top of that, there is also fallout. That said, all hope is not lost as I figured that it can be applied either with finger or with a really dampened brush to overcome these issues.

Swatch comparison for Care 4 You

Swatch comparison for Care 4 You

Creative Copper is described as a metallic gold with Lustre finish. Pigmented on the first swipe, this pale gold has plenty of sparkle, as well as a smooth texture that adheres well to the lid. The product, however, tends to stack up a bit when first applied, thus potentially causing chunky fallout, so you might have to work a tad faster to spread it out before most of it lands on your face (for those who do the eyes after putting on foundation). The edges diffuse rather easily and the intensity of this colour shows more when it is applied with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for Creative Copper

Swatch comparison for Creative Copper

That Somebody is described as a gold brown with gold shimmer and Satin finish. Perhaps due to its really inconspicuous shimmer, this mustard brown (which is probably named after her single “Are You That Somebody?”) goes on almost matte on the lid. But much as I adore this shade, it can be quite frustrating to work with as the kickback in the pan is atrocious and the product comes off in chunks, so it is advisable not to dig too hard into the pan. Moreover, the colour loses a heap of intensity the moment it is blended out. On the plus side, it does fade evenly enough to prevent it from looking muddy on the lid.

Princess of Soul is described as a muted golden brown in Matte finish. This finely-milled neutral cocoa brown has a flat and powdery smooth texture which adheres well to the lid, making it ideal for shaping and defining the lid. Although applies semi-sheer, it is buildable to full opacity. It is also streaky, but to a teeny-weeny extent. The edges, however, might be a challenge to blend out. For a darker payoff, this color can be applied with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for That Somebody and Princess of Soul

Swatch comparison for That Somebody and Princess of Soul

Deception is described as a cool medium brown with Frost finish. This cool-tone greyish beige appears metallic and reflects more light than Gingersnap (below). Despite its gritty texture in the pan, it applies somewhat smoothly on the lid. It is best applied with a light hand (or with finger) because it generally yields an uneven and messy consistency, and like That Somebody, comes off in chunks. Therefore, patience is key when trying to blend out this shade. Also, seeing how the swatch separates on my skin texture gives me the impression that it may crease over time.

Swatch comparison for Deception

Swatch comparison for Deception

Gingersnap is described as a muted pinky coral with Frost finish. This warm dirty pink. has a metallic appearance and consistency creamier than the rest of the shades. Opaque and beautifully pigmented in just one pass, this shade deposits a lot of product and yet adheres very well to the lid. On top of that, the colour stretches far better and blends with a seamless result while still maintaining its intensity. Needless to say, Gingersnap is easily the best shade in the palette in terms of application.

Swatch Comparison for Gingersnap

Swatch comparison for Gingersnap

Dance In The Dark is described as a deep cool brown with Matte finish. The colour is pretty intriguing – it is greyish brown in the pan, but almost like a black when applied to the lid. The texture is dry and dusty, and has tons of fallout. That said, the biggest faux pas has to be it becoming patchy and fading to nothingness when blended out. Semi-sheer upon application, it loses intensity the very moment it is blended out (which isn’t easy) but if harsh edges are your thing, it is possible to be built to full opacity. This isn’t suitable to be used on its own because it can potentially turn muddy on the lid.

Swatch comparison for Magic Moor and Dance In The Dark

Swatch comparison for Magic Moor and Dance In The Dark

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

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Before putting on eye makeup. Eyes have been primed.

Before putting on eye makeup. Eyes have been primed.

Beginning with That Somebody

Beginning with That Somebody

That Somebody as the base colour

That Somebody as the base colour

Followed by Care 4 You

Followed by Care 4 You

Care 4 You on the outermost corner of the eyes

Care 4 You on the outermost corner of the eyes

Moving on to Creative Copper

Moving on to Creative Copper

Creative Copper towards the inner corner (at this point I'm just trying to use as many colours from the palette as possible haha)

Creative Copper towards the inner corner (at this point I’m just trying to use as many colours from the palette as possible haha)

Princess of Soul is next

Princess of Soul is next

Further defining the outer V with Princess of Soul

Further defining the outer V with Princess of Soul

We're nearing the end! Time for the darkest shade, Dance In The Dark, to shine!

We’re nearing the end! Time for the darkest shade, Dance In The Dark, to shine!

Dance In The Dark on the lower lash line to further define the eyes

Dance In The Dark on the lower lash line to further define the eyes

Gingersnap comes after..

Gingersnap comes after..

Gingersnap continuing from where Dance In The Dark left off to brighten the eyes a little

Gingersnap continuing from where Dance In The Dark left off to brighten the eyes a little

Lovesmoke as the finishing touch (literally)

Lovesmoke as the finishing touch (literally)

Dabbing Lovesmoke in the centre of the lid with my finger to give a more wide-eyed illusion

Dabbing Lovesmoke in the centre of the lid with my finger to give a more wide-eyed illusion

And because it's an Aaliyah-inspired collection we're talking about, the look isn't complete without a pair of falsies. Shoutout to Esquido for sending these lovelies over!

And because it’s an Aaliyah-inspired collection we’re talking about, the look isn’t complete without a pair of falsies. Shoutout to Esqido for sending these lovelies over!

The Esqido falsies came with a companion eyelash glue (sold separately) which doesn't pose much of a challenge to apply even for a novice falsie-wearer like me!

The Esqido falsies came with a companion eyelash glue (sold separately) which doesn’t pose much of a challenge to apply even for a novice falsie-wearer like me!

A quick look at the falsies I received, named Radiance and made with premium mink hair.

A quick look at the falsies I received, named Radiance and made with premium mink hair.

Putting it on after trimming it to suit the length of my eyes

Putting it on after trimming it to suit the length of my eyes

Final result

Final result

The whole process in 1.5 seconds

The whole process in 1.5 seconds 😁

As someone with hooded lids, wearing falses can be a difficult process but these Esqido falsies (Radiance) changed my perception completely. Not only is it extremely lightweight and easy to put on (trust me on this), it sits comfortably and looks flattering on my eyes without being too dramatic. The falsies are voluminous enough to conceal your natural lashes (so it doesn’t appear to be a separate set of lashes from your natural ones), and no eyelash curler is needed to achieve such beautiful curl!

The heavy-duty glue, which has an built-in applicator for a neater application, also deserves some credit because it holds the falsies in place for a long time without causing any discomfort to my eyes. Both products are exceptional and I would recommend them to any beginner in a heartbeat!

Esqido is based in the U.S. but ships internationally. For more information about Esqido, click here.

Lipstick: Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Try Again

Try Again is described as a soft muted beige with Matte finish. An essential to nail the nineties beauty look and also my top pick from this collection, this warm beige-brown applies mostly opaque without dragging or skipping, and has a bit of a sheen. The texture, however, feels slightly heavy and thick and has a slightly tacky film on top. Like most Mattes, it emphasises lip wrinkles a bit due to its drier consistency. So far, I’ve worn this out on two occasions and both times (the second was to a buffet) it stays on for about 6 hours before fading away evenly.

Swatch comparison for Try Again

Swatch comparison for Try Again

Lipstick: Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in Street Thing

Street Thing is described as a pure black with shimmer and Frost finish. Gliding across the lips to deliver an unidentified grungy colour filled with predominantly blue and purple flecks of shimmer, the texture feels very much like that of a Cremesheen lipstick because of the emollient (but tacky) feeling it leaves. Due to its sheer coverage, the natural lip colour is allowed to show through. But at the same time, it also alters the colour of the lipstick, eventually making it look slightly brownish.

On the downside, apart from the fact that this has a streaky and uneven consistency, it also settles into lip lines and gathers around rough patches. This shade is barely buildable too as applying more coats would just add on to its streakiness. Perhaps this is where the nineties makeup trend of filling the lips with lip pencil, and topping it with a lipstick with terribly uneven consistency like Street Thing comes to play. Fortunately for me, this isn’t drying over time.

Swatch comparison for Street Thing (all the black I could find)

Swatch comparison for Street Thing (all the blacks I could find)

Lipstick: More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

M·A·C × Aaliyah lipstick in More Than A Woman

More Than A Woman is described as a cool deep red with Amplified finish. Lightweight and emollient, this shade is a breeze to apply as it slips across the lips like butter to give an opaque payoff of reddish plum. This shade is one of those rarer reds which you think you already own but in actual fact, you don’t 🤣 The consistency is lightly tacky and it has a glossy finish that reflects light although from certain angles it can appear slightly patchy. Some product pulled into my lip lines after a couple of hours when I wore it but it mostly felt quite hydrating on me.

Swatch comparison for More Than A Woman. After combing my stash for an exact M·A·C dupe (I remember seeing such colour), I finally found it. Cordovan, you sneaky fella.

Swatch comparison for More Than A Woman. After combing my stash for an exact M·A·C dupe (I remember seeing such colour), I finally found it. Cordovan, you sneaky fella.

Just so you know, this collection has received backlash from the beauty community because of what they deem as “boring choice of colours” that do no justice to the Princess of R&B 🙄 Well, I personally find the colours to be a breath of fresh air from the many warm-tone ones out there, and I can definitely see the relevance they have to Aaliyah. Also, news flash, people! This collaboration isn’t about us, but the singer herself. Besides, who are we to judge? Curating this collection were those closest to Aaliyah and I’m sure they know her style better than any Tom, Dick, and Harry.

Knowing that M·A·C actually listens to their customers makes me good about supporting the brand. Now, I secretly hope that some Audrey Hepburn and Lisa Lopes (also known as Left Eye from the R&B girl group TLC) super-fan starts a petition for their own M·A·C line too 🤣

What do you think about this collaboration? And what posthumous M·A·C collection are you currently waiting on? Let me know your views in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

M·A·C × Aaliyah is now available on MACCosmetics.com. This collection is not (and will not be) available in Singapore.
False eyelashes were supplied by Esqido in exchange for a feature but all opinions are my own.

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REVIEW: ColourPop Lux Lipsticks – Maxed Out, Getty, Trill Seeker, Confetti Cake, Mind Trick & Money Moves

Hello everyone!

The rise of social media has prompted trends to move faster than ever, pushing brands to be more adaptive and innovative with the styles, options and products they offer to consumers. But unfortunately, this also means that we have to constantly update our stash of makeup in order to keep up with the speed of change, and doing so can certainly take a toll on our wallets. In this regard, drugstore brands are our saviours – but, admit it, they may not always yield the most satisfactory results.

Hence, to fill the void of affordable yet reliable (and cruelty-free!) cosmetics on the market, Seed Beauty – the same mastermind behind Kylie Cosmetics – developed ColourPop which has been positioning itself as the Forever21 of makeup to enable anyone to follow the latest beauty craze and indulge in quality beauty products without breaking the bank. But as a full-fledge cosmetics company, I’ve always found it strange that ColourPop didn’t have its own line of traditional bullet lipsticks (if you don’t consider the skinny Blotted Lip products as one) – a staple in most makeup bags – until recently when it finally decided to launch the Lux Lipstick range!

My ColourPop Lux Lipstick haul

My ColourPop Lux Lipstick haul

With over 40 shades to choose from in Crème (creamy-matte) and Matte (velvety-matte) finishes, ColourPop instantly puts established brands that offer far fewer variety to shame. Designed to appeal to our obsession with all things cute, these lipsticks are encased in a star-printed rose gold plastic cylindrical tube (which feels hollow and cheap but I guess that is a trade-off most of us would be willing to accept for affordability) with starry details debossed on the bullet as well.

On top of that, they are also enriched with a wholesome medley of antioxidant-rich extracts such as açaí, jojoba and pomegranate seed butters in the Crème formula, and pomegranate, goji fruit and green seed in the Matte to protect the lips against environmental stressors and premature aging. What’s more, at only US$7 each, you will hardly feel the pinch even if you fill your cart with every shade of the lipstick. So, who says you can’t get A-grade yet non-toxic makeup on a budget?

Note: All swatches (with the exception of comparison swatches) were done with at least 3 passes for opacity check.

Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

Maxed Out is described as a vibrant fuchsia with a matte finish. Contrary to the dry and gritty texture of the bullet (which, I admit, kinda made me suspicious of the result at first), this cool-toned darkened pink actually provides a smooth and even coverage across the lips without stripping away the natural moisture. It has a minimal sheen to it (almost appearing flat), and one swipe is all it takes to give an opaque payoff that doesn’t emphasise the lip lines. This lipstick (as well as the other Mattes I’ve gotten from this line) does smell slightly plasticky when I take a whiff directly from the bullet, but thankfully it dissipates as soon as I apply it to my lips.

Swatch comparison for Maxed Out - Intoxica is lighter and warmer and Catfight is deeper and cooler

Swatch comparison for Maxed Out – Intoxica is lighter and warmer and Catfight is deeper and cooler

Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty (US$7)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty (US$7)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

Getty is described as a deepened teal, and it is the only one in this review with Crème finish because I hadn’t planned on getting anything from that category until I spotted this unusual shade as I was looking to add another shade to my cart to satisfy the minimum order requirement for free international shipping. Scanning through the swatches on the ColourPop website, I had my reservations about how it wears, but this turns out to be one of my best buys from the brand.

Apart from being absolutely stunning with a faint chocolatey scent, the slip of this bluish-teal is fantastic. Gliding on like a dream, it delivers a full, even coverage with a lustrous appearance which reflects light, making imperfections less visible while moisturising the lips. If the sheeny wet look isn’t your cup of tea, it can be blotted off without taking too much intensity away from the colour or cause it to look blotchy. It does, however, settle deep into the lip lines and leave a subtle blue stain upon removal, so I would advise against using this anywhere else besides the lips. In terms of longevity, this definitely doesn’t last as long as the Mattes.

And no, your eyes didn’t play tricks on you – this lipstick really is longer than the Mattes by about 0.3 cm even though they have the same net weight.

Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

Trill Seeker is described as a true periwinkle with a matte finish. This mid-tone lavender blue has a powdery smooth texture which goes on pigmented and evenly on the lips without any causing any patchiness or drawing attention to the lip lines. The payoff is slightly sheer on the first swipe, but it is buildable to full opacity upon the third. It contains the right amount of wax and oil to create such flat yet non-drying effect. However, the colour tends to skip on smaller surface so it was a bit challenging for me to line my cupid’s bow and inner corners.

Swatch comparison for Getty and Trill Seeker

Swatch comparison for Getty and Trill Seeker

Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake is described as a vibrant teal with a matte finish. Like Trill Seeker, this cool turquoise isn’t for the faint-hearted but if you’re feeling a little ballsy, this will turn out so gorgeously on the lips, especially when blended into Getty! Non-drying with just a hint of sheen, it evenly deposits a soft and smooth layer of product on the lips without emphasising the lines. This shade also effortlessly gives a highly pigmented and opaque coverage which makes achieving clean, crisp lines around the lips a cinch.

Swatch comparison for Confetti Cake

Swatch comparison for Confetti Cake

Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

Mind Trick is described as a brick red with a matte finish. A superb alternative to boring reds, this warm orangey brown lays down a load of pigment in just one swipe, providing a smooth and even consistency that remains hydrating over time. Creamy and velvety in texture, this shade has an opaque coverage which, even though feels like a lot of product, sits comfortably on my lips without gravitating towards the lines.

Swatch comparison for Mind Trick

Swatch comparison for Mind Trick

Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop takes a leaf out of Cardi B’s book to produce Money Moves, a medium reddish-brown described as a muted terracotta with a matte finish. In case you’re not in tuned with pop music, this lipstick is named after the lyrics of her (no offence) awfully-sounding chart-topping single “Bodak Yellow”. But as much as I hated that song, Money Moves is another shade I have to sing praises for because of how smoothly it applies across the lip to give a rich and opaque colour payoff. Lightweight and long-wearing, this shade has a creamy and velvety texture like the rest of the lipsticks mentioned in this post, and works fabulously well on all skin tones.

Swatch comparison for Money Moves

Swatch comparison for Money Moves

Wow.. just wow. I don’t know how ColourPop does it but the formula for the Lux Lipstick line is beyond ah-ma-zing for the price. I have no particular favourite from this haul because practically every one of them (especially the more unconventional shades since I’ve had terrible experiences with similar ones by other brands in the past) has exceeded my expectations. The Mattes took me by surprise their non-drying yet insanely pigmented finish, and the colours on the lip are true to the colours in the tube. And at only US$7 each for all the R&D involved in formulating these gems? I’m starting to wonder if ColourPop is deliberately making a loss to save us from the overpriced makeup out there!

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