Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Cheesecake

 NYX Butter Gloss has been around for quite sometime and I have never gotten it for some reason (because I don't live closed to an Ulta anymore where there had those legit 40% off sale) even though the brand is accessible at CVS and Harmon (none of which is walking distance from where I live). 
Anyway, one day I was browsing at Nordstrom Rack and saw a (sealed) tube of this for 3.25, there was no reason to not pick it up. The shade I went for was a bright creamy orange called Strawberry Cheesecake. I guess this is the color of strawberry mixed with cheddar cheese?
Oops. Suqqu EX-18 is Momosuishou. Murasakisuishou is an 8-color eyeshadow palette that seemed cool at first but started to get on my nerve the more I looked at it. I saw it for 50 bucks on eBay and was like nah-uh Do Not Want...

On the arm NYX strawberry cheesecake is very similar to Almay Apricot Pucker but the difference in texture means that they translate quite distinctly on the lips, at least to me. Almay has a watery texture that dampens the mouth and enhances the red (well, I overload enough for the orange to show) while NYX has that thicker and creamier gel texture that stays better and gives more of a creamy glazed effect. 

I thought the effect it gives is rather similar to Suqqu ex-18 lipstick (momosuishou), which I heavily abused in my review. I mean, that wasn't a bad lipstick at all, it's just an utterly overpriced one that (I had to buy because Selfridges force bundled it with a palette) doesn't look any better than the 5-dollar NYX.
NYX Strawberry Cheesecake (heavily applied because that's what I do). Applies evenly, smoothly and is thick without being gunky or too sticky. It's very similar to Maybelline Color Elixir and actually comparable to the old Revlon Super Lustrous formula in terms of color payoff and wear time (I still like the old Revlon better). 

Overall, I really enjoy using it and can totally see why it was popular (for the same reason how Revlon lippies released 2010-2013 were well loved). I will pick up a few more shade when I see another decent sale.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

L'Oreal Glam Bronze, Milani Metal Matte Luster, NYX and Real Techniques

More collective spy cam from Duane Reade and Harmon
 L'Oreal Glam Bronze for Face and Body
Almost sold out - Milani Metal Matte Luster
A whole display of Burt's Bees Tinted balm 
NYX the Go To Palettes
Close up of the two for eyes and face
The ones for eyeshadow 
Ardell Press on lashes
Real Techniques eyes starter set and brow set 

Cheek and lip set
 Base brush from core collection
Duo Fiber and travel essentials 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Apricot Pucker - Almay Color and Care Liquid Balm

Despite its generally popularity on Makeupalley, my view on Almay Color and Care Liquid Lip Balm remains lukewarm. Yes it does exactly what it promises to do:Giving a light tint and a moisturizing and comfortable wear. 

The formula just reminds me of a watered down take on (old square tubed) Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss.  I mean, even the pigment in these separates like my older (a back up opened last spring) Revlon. Almay is nice but I want the old Super Lustrous back. Anyway, I still like to get an item or two during sale since they inherited a fair bit of pretty shades and/or formulation from Revlon. 
Apricot Pucker is a juicy orange coral, in my mind I take it as an analog for Super Lustous Gloss in Coral Reef, instead of a creamy base, Apricot Pucker looks juicier and clearer as the formula contains more  watery fillers (or mousturizing base if you the glass-half-full kind of person) like polybutene and petrolatum of the sorts. 
The watery formula of Almay Color and Care Liquid balm is very comfortable and quenching but color pay off and lasting power is lowered accordingly. After several redips, I finally get enough colors (now that it really reminds me of Coral Reef!) and the layer of product is able to fill my lip lines away. The color is rather wearable and flattering (just like most Revloncoral/orange I own).

I do like it quite a bit (even with all the redipping) I suppose that I should just appreciate it for what it is (and buy some backups of the Super Lustrous).

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sinful Colors King Kylie, Essie Lounge Lover and China Glaze Lite Brite

Another collective spy cam for nail polishes.
Spotted at Harmon, Sinful Colors King Kylie
The smaller display at Duane Reade. I actuall like all the murky tones in the collection.
Live in Color Land (not really a new collection I am guessing)
Essie Spring Trend Collection the Lounge Lover
High Class Affair, Lounge Lover, Shades On and Off Tropic
China Glaze Lite Brite 

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