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:

 

NYX

  • lighter mist
  • more product
  • bottle stains faster

Colourpop

  • 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.

Milk Makeup After Party and Gig Eye Pigments

Milk Makeup Eye Pgiments ($24 ec) Gig and After Party 

Brand’s Description

Long-Wearing Crease-free and long-wearing cream shadows stay out as late as you do.
Intense Payoff Each shade is packed with pearlescent pigments for full payoff in a single swipe.
Multi-Use Swipe ‘em all over your lids for a bold shadow look, or use an angled brush to create a long-wear liner.

My Description

They surprisingly live up to their description. Cream products are not for everyone. I hated using creams because of creasing, cracking, and fading. As I was playing with them, they stayed in place for up to 12hrs with very minimal creasing. I love how they can be worn alone or with a complete eye look. Alone, they seriously pop. During application, I had to apply a little at a time to build intensity. I accidently applied too much, and the shadow started bunching up. To avoid buildup, a small amount is needed. Even though it is in a tube, the tube pushes out just enough product without being excessive.

The white tubes are easy to clean off excess makeup.

The tube is designed so well. It pinches out the right amount. For product sanitation, I like that I don’t need to stick my finger in a tube.

I was impressed at the size of the tubes for $24. Pigments are a product I won’t have to worry about getting backups.

 The pigments will work for people who are seeking to start out with cream products and won’t mind the price.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle Glitter Single Shadow

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles Truffle Glitter 0.059 oz/ 1.7 g $12 is a metallic warm brown and permanent.

Brand’s Description

A finely-milled, full pigment, eyeshadow formula in eight finishes: titanium, duo-chrome, ultra-matte, metallic, satin, shimmer, sparkle, and velvet.

My Description

  • the metallic formula is very easy to blend. I use a brush or my finger.
  • micro silver and gold flecks contributing to the texture.
  • minimal fallout and flaking. I was impressed because most textured shadows will flake off after a few moments, but after two hours of wear, it was still in place. The texture is so easy to work with.
  • can easily be worn dry. I don’t wet textured shadows since I often wear a tacky base or shadow glitter glue. The shade is enough on its own without taking extra steps.

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit Marshmallow/ Gumdrop/ Butterscotch/ Starburst retails $40 contains three repromoted shades from previous glow kits. Marshmallow and Butterscotch (Sweets), Starburst (Gleam), and the new shade is Gumdrop.

 

I don’t have technically a favorite shade in the palette just yet, but so far, I love Gumdrop. The glittery shades are Gumdrop and Butterscotch, and the softer shades are Marshmallow (duo chrome white gold) and Starburst.

Additional details

  • they freely pop out if depotting is desired
  • magnetic

I can’t push myself to go out of my way to depot them unless I just wanted one shade to place in an empty palette while on the go.

Almost every high end highlighter I’ve come across are so expensive going up to $38 just for one. I have the Aurora Glow kit. I appreciate how her Glow Kits have different shade ranges and finishes, so no one feels limited in their options.

Benefit GALifornia Blush

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush GALifornia 0.17 oz/ 5.0 g $29 and permanate.

Brand’s description:

Benefit’s NEW GALifornia golden pink blush is part sun, pure fun! It blends bright pink with shimmering gold, for a sunkissed glow that complements all skintones. The soft, blendable formula captures the warmth of California sunshine, while the signature scent features notes of pink grapefruit & vanilla.

Golden pink powder blush
Embellished gold overspray lifts away with each use
Includes custom rounded blush brush and mirror

the blush is also award winning and free of talc and parabens.

I have a hard time with blush. I don’t know what it is about blush that makes me think I’m applying it incorrectly. However, I’m very pleased with GALifornia. GALifornia looks amazing over bronzer, the sun does not leave behind large particals of glitter but leaves more of a soft shimmer, and on its own, it does not streak and looks more like a wash of color. Shimmery blushes either have too much shimmer and looks weird. GALifornia is very micro fine and silky.

Other details:

  • The mirrors is impossible to use
  • The sun in the blush is going to fade out after the first use
  • Packaging has plenty of detail

Bite Beauty Multisticks in Cashew and Gelato

Gelato

Bite Beauty Multistick Gelato 0.17oz / 4.75 g

Cashew

Bite Beauty Multistick Cashew 0.17oz / 4.75 g

The tube is magnetic, so when the cap goes on it snaps shut.

Formula is a multi purpose cream able to be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Eyes– I was able to smoothly use both shades as transition shadow colors without them creasing even after two hours. As shadow, they are ok, and I didn’t care for them. On the lid, individually, they looked more like an eye tint as supposed to an actual shadow. As an individual shadow, I’ll pass.

Cheeks– I love both shades as blush. I use them individually and as blush toppers. Individually, Gelato did not give off a ‘sickly’ look, and Cashew is very flattering. As blush, the sticks did streak, fade, or look patchy, and easy to blend. The easiest motion I liked was applying it directly from the tube with three separated spaces, and then blending them out.

Lips– they make amazing, creamy, full coverage lipsticks. They can also be applied directly from the tube. However, if one wants a more precise line, then maybe use a lip brush. For myself, I don’t like lip brushes and managed to get a precise line.

When I’m in a hurry, the sticks are very helpful when I don’t feel like doing a full on face look. I got a feeling Cashew will be a frequently repurchased.

The Multisticks are $24 each exclusively to Sephora and the Bite Beauty website.

 

MAC Lipglass Oh Baby

I had a few empties this year and earned a free newly reformulated Mac Lip Glass in Oh Baby. I haven’t used the Lip Glasses in forever and love their brand new formula. Compared to the old formula, I don’t feel much of a difference other than the gloss being less sticky and more opaque. I feel for myself the size change is ideal (I don’t go through glosses quickly) even though it is less than the original. The packaging has a nice weight, style, and feel.

Oh Baby is a shimmering bronze. In person, I noticed very small 3D flecks of silver. Oh Baby has gone with every single nude to brown lip color I own 🙂. Click each image a few times to get it full size.

Depending on the retailer, the Lip Glass is still the original price ($17).

Urban Decay Moondust Palette😍

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette $49 with 8 exclusive shades. The shadows are pressed glitters with multi facets of shifty goodness. The shadows have so much shift they almost change color in different lighting.

The shade that stood out to me the most was Element. Under direct light the shade looks red, and under florescent light it looks burnt orange. Specter has more pigment in person. I thought it was going to be a weak color and more as a highlight, but it had good color payoff. Specter, Vega, and Lithium are my faves. I still have yet to try Element, Granite, and Magnetic.

The swatches are dry without a base. They can be applied with a finger or brush depending on preference. In order to make the shadows hooded eye friendly, it is best to apply glitter glue (for mostly glitter eyeshadow to adhere to the lid). If you want to wear them alone or with crease colors, is up to you.

Moondust palette isn’t going to be for everyone. I normally do not wear pigments because they don’t always work. The pressed pigments like the Moondust does work for me.

Urban Decay did a great job putting this palette together. I hope they make these shades individual.