theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks ($17) are described as

his long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues. These matte vanilla mint liquid lipsticks are stuck on you without feeling clingy!

Meet Matt(e) Hughes is one of the best and easiest to wear liquid lipsticks I own. I have found the shade range to be tricky because they sort of look the same; except, each is different with shades ranging from nudes to bolds. I started with Charming and later Reliable. Charming is rosey and Reliable is almost a medium brown. The liquid lipsticks do not dry down to a full on matte, have a slight transfer, and a vanilla/minty scent. In coverage, they are fairly opaque.  Even though they are light after one coat, I do feel some slight ‘hugging’ but it is not unbearable.



Bite Beauty Prismatic Lip Glosses

Rose Pearl 0.14 oz/ 4.14 mL and Oyster Pearl 0.14 oz/ 4.14 mL are $22 each. The glosses are creme base, slightly opaque, full on shimmer, and can either be worn on their own or as a topper. The wands are tear drop shaped making it easier to apply and outline.  If the lip colors are in the same shade family as the gloss, the opacity won’t compete with the color. When I wear it as topper, I just put a little in the center of my lips. The glosses are not super long wearing, and once they fade, they do leave behind a little shimmer.

Rose Pearl

 Oyster Pearl

I never thought I would love a shade like Oyster Pearl. Oyster Pearl has such a unique blend of a taupey/brown base with silver/blue shimmer.


For myself, Rose and Oyster Pearl are a nice change from wearing nudes and look very different from my other glosses.

Colourpop No Filter Concealer

The Colourpop No Filter concealers ($6) are creamy, full coverage, and matte. I have medium skin with yellow undertones.

Online, it is always going to be difficult choosing the right shade. Even though I am fairly confident with my shade, I still struggled picking shades. My main worry was the oxidizing, and if the shade was going to look totally different in person. In selecting your shade for highlighting go one shade lighter, and for contouring, go one shade deeper (if you are into that).

I rarely wear foundation and go for concealer. On me, Light 20 was perfect as a concealer and highlight but not as foundation. As foundation, Light 20 was too pale, but Medium 30 was a perfect match.  If one decides to wear the concealer as foundation, the wand picks up enough color for the whole face (depend on face size and how much coverage is desired). I was watching some YT videos on the concealer. I think (my observance) the girls were applying too much. When I wear it as foundation, I personally do not go crazy bathing my face. Since the concealers are already full coverage and very matte, a little bit goes a long way, and just enough product is on the wand.


I am in love with the wand and how it feels on my skin. The wand is flexible and soft, and picks up enough to do both eyes on one dip!

 Here is a video on how they made the product


Zoya Sophisticates Fall 2017

Zoya Sophisticates is a collection featuring 8 cream, 2 pearls, and 1 shimmer. I’ve had problems with collections like this thinking I was swatching the same shade multipule times. All the creams and shimmers swatched smoothly without streaking or leaving shadows. Hera, Padma, Yvonne, and Mona are my favorites. All polishes were swatched one coat. I’m going to group the swatches by color scheme.

When I first seen Hera, Padma, and Yvonne, I thought they were the same shades, but they are not.


Presley and Joni are ok. I’ve had colors like this from past collections but a little bit darker. Presley didn’t do much for my hands.


I always make it a point to keep clean shades like Mckenna and Beth in my collection.


I often don’t care for greens, but Gal and Tabitha are very pretty. At one thin coat, Gal makes a great topper.


Mona, Elaine, and Hadley are the vampiest in the group. Elaine and Hadley are the darkest shades I own and did not stain my nails.


The Sophisticates can be purchased as two separate sets ($60ec) or invidiually ($10).

Expired Products, Worth the Repurchase?

I recently tossed out a number of expired products that I had way past the expiration date. From this batch of products, I repurchased just the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Tres Leches.

The Balm blushes are amazing, but I don’t wear blush like before, so they will be wasted if repurchased. I’m contemplating on repurchasing Ultraviolet and LSD Glide-ons.

The Naked gloss is way too boring to give a second thought (I don’t think they even carry it). I’m still holding off on repurchasing the NYX Butter Glosses in Vanilla Cream Pie and Merengue.

The Colourpop shadow (4th photo left) in Bae dried up and cracked before I had a chance to use it. I was scared of Bae when I got it home and never gave it a fair chance. Once I started using it, I dried up quickly even though the lid was sealed after use.

Even though I might not repurchase the blushes at all, the NYX glosses and Glide-ons do work wonderfully, so I will be interested in getting them but in other shades.

In order to determine what needed to be tossed, I researched expired makeup signs. This batch of expired makeup had the signs that it needed to be tossed. The blushes changed in texture and the packaging was worn out, the Glide-ons lost most of their pigment and dried up even after sharpening, and the glosses started smelling and went on uneven.

 I’m going to write a better post on expired makeup.

Zoya Fall 2017 Lipsticks 😍

Aside from having amazing nail polishes, Zoya also has a line of lipsticks ($12). Zoya’s lipsticks are not full coverage and very hydrating. I feel they act more as a semi-opaque colored lip balm. In a way, the almost remind me of the Tarte Lipsurgences. The fall collection includes shades raging from nudes, berries, mauves, pinks, and a blue. The shades are safe enough to wear on top of liquid lipsticks without taking away from the color. They are all a cream formula with a satin finish.

Addie is the lightest and only nude in the collection, and is described as a pinky apricot nude.

 Maggie is a deep berry

 Layne is a dusty rose

Bristol is medium wine

  Lizzy is bolder and a deep fuschia

Lucky is the second bold shade described as a cool toned pink

Tommy is the bonus blue shade

My favorites are Addie, Maggie, and Layne. The overall shade ranges are very refreshing since every last lip color looks almost the same.

Colourpop Crushed Crystals Adventurine Setting Spray

Colourpop Crushed Crystals Adventurine Setting Spray ($6). The spray is cucumber scented, in a glass bottle, easy to clean, and very cooling and hydrating.


I never collect makeup sprays, and Adventurine is the second spray I’ve used. My first spray was the NYX Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Dewy Finish). In a short comparison:



  • lighter mist
  • more product
  • bottle stains faster


  • stronger nosel
  • heavier mist
  • uses product much faster

A major con to the Colourpop setting spray is it uses up product (probably because of the heavy mist). If one likes drenching his or her face in spray, expect to use the product quickly. I haven’t change the nosel on the Colourpop one just yet, but when I do, I’ll see if it works.

I’ll continue to repurchase the Colourpop sprays until they are discontinued. I don’t know if the sprays are permanent or limited edition. When the sprays first launched, they were limited edition, but I don’t know if they made them permanent.

Crystal themes mean nothing, so just pick anyone that will fit your liking.


Crushed lip balms

Colourpop Rose Quartz and Aquamarine Crushed Crystal Lip Balm

Over the summer, Colourpop released a Crushed Crystals Collection featuring Crystal themed lip balms, liquid highlighters, and sprays. My first part is going to feature the two lip balms and then the setting spray.

On me, there is not much to swatch since the base of the balms are a very sheer pearl with a flip. Rose Quartz has a pink pearly flip and Aquamarine has a blue pearly flip. The balms are in a classic bullet and very easy to clean. Makeup stains just whipe right off. The white base will not compete with the lip color and disappear over the selected shade leaving the flip.

Three Negatives

  • not long wearing
  • not long hydrating
  • the lipstick will smear on the tube of the lip balm

The balms should have been more hydrating and longer wearing. I did not like them over liquid lipsticks because most of the color went on the tube. Over regular lip products, they work much better.

Overall, the balms are unique and an easy way to experiement with the lip topper trend.

Colourpop Element of Surprise Palette

Colourpop Element of Surprise contains 12 shadows for $16. Shade and finishes includes:

Feels: metallic soft opalescent pink
Late Night: metallic copper with gold duochrome
Silk Street: matte purple-fuchsia
Rayon: metallic dark coral with blue-green duochrome
Go With the Flow: matte true peach
Subdue: metallic lavender with blue-green duochrome
Opulent: metallic bright true fuchsia
Labyrinth: matte dusty pink
Blank Canvas: matte deep maroon
Sea Stars: matte medium yellow brown
Details: matte smoky burgundy sprinkled with hot pink glitter
Peace of Mind: metallic bright burgundy

Extra Details:

  • the pans are smaller than their individual shadows.
  • the packaging is more compact, cardboard, and no mirror.
  • the pans can be easily depotted.
  • Labyrinth and Sea Stars are sold individually ($5).

Since I don’t go through palettes, the size of the pans is just fine for me. As I was swatching, I did notice the wiggle room for easy depotting; and the pans are magentic but do not have info on the back. The only downside is the color scheme. The scheme should have been arranged from light to dark with the coordinating.

Element of Surprise is a great way to play with color. As with most palettes, I find myself having a hard time using all the colors. I feel Silk Street, Blank Canvas, Opulent, and Peace of Mind might look weird on me, but I think I can work with it.


The finger swatches without a base or primer. Blank Canvas, Details, and Silk Street are uneven but the rest swatched smoothly.


Element of Surpise is going to be a match for those who don’t mind the color scheme or selection.