Tuesday, 28 June 2016

sleek matte me lip cream- review and swatches

Ah. The Matte Me liquid lipsticks by Sleek Makeup. Everyone knows them, many love them.. and a handful are unimpressed. But of course, it's MY opinions that everyone's been holding out for. So without further ado...

Right. The Matte Me lippies come in typical no faffing packaging the brand is famous for. Sturdy, confident, and chunky. I like it. The doefoot applicator however, is a bit tricky to deal with. It's elongated and fairly slim, so while it does sweep on a good amount of colour, it's also a bit difficult to get clean, wobble-free edges. Go go gadget steady hand will have to be employed.

The formula is good. It's a true matte, transfer proof, and doesn't get all crumbly. That said, I did find a bit of variation between shades. Rioja Red applied flawlessly. Super pigmented and no streaking at all. Fandango Purple was fine, but just a tiny bit of streaking that needed touching up. Brink Pink on the hand, was difficult to get even and didn't layer well, so it wasn't easy to fix up patchy areas. But then, a bold colour is likely to be less forgiving ain't it?

Now, the hater camp say the formula is too dry. I found it was quite tight feeling, yes, but no more so than the average liquid to matte lipstick. And a bit of lip balm rubbed in beforehand helps. Oh, and applying as thin a layer as you can.


Sleek matte me- Fandango Purple 
Sleek matte me- Rioja Red 
Sleek matte me- brink pink 
Fandango purple is a bright and happy shade that instantly lifts the complexion. Rioja Red is a breathtaking, slightly warm toned red that will make you feel like a vintage screen siren. Brink Pink is a SUPER bright, neon pink that is not for the faint hearted, but will likely tickle your fancy if you're a bold lip lover.

All things considered, I think the Matte Me lip creams are great for around five quid. Especially Rioja Red. You need that one.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

manhattan soft mat lip cream- review and swatches

It's been an eventful night. My little hamster was on the edge of death, but with lots of frantic care, seems to have clawed her way back to the realm of the living. She's still quite weak though, and I'm anxiously keeping an eye on her. Seeing as it doesn't look like I'll be sleeping, I thought I might as well rant about lipstick. 

Manhattan soft mat lip cream is essentially the same thing as the Nyx soft matte lip creams and Collection cremepuff products- but cheaper. It's a moussey formula that dries down to a fairly comfortable matte finish which is long lasting but but not invincible, pigmented but not opaque. 

The price varies, but it's usually around a mere two quid. This is good. It's a good product, though it's not too pretty to look at. I got a nude shade (number 95G) which I believe- don't quote me on this- is a dupe for the Nyx soft matte in 'london'. It's the kind of shade that's great for easy everyday wear.

Manhattan soft mat lip cream - shade 95G

I'm wearing here paired with BH Cosmetics lip liner in 'nude'. A great combo, I think.

Anyway. I'm off to check on my hammy friend.


Sunday, 5 June 2016

Black moon cosmetics liquid matte lipstick- review and swatches

I've been swooning over the liquid lippies by new kid on the block brand Black Moon Cosmetics, but found that with the $18 price tag plus US shipping, they were kind of out of my piggy bank range. So you can guess how happy I was to get a brand new one in a makeup swap. VERY happy.

I got the shade 'wrath', which is kind of hard to describe. It's like a mauvey chestnut if that makes sense. It would make a great nude for darker skin tones. Anyway, look at the packaging!

I love it! I'm fully feeling the moonlit seductress vibes. I like that it's so different to other fairly boring looking liquid lipsticks- definitely 10/10 on the eye candy front.

And on the formula front? It's another 10, baby. It's quite thick and moussey in texture but applies opaque in one pass. The doefoot applicator works just fine, though the brand have recently switched to an even softer and more flexible one. Now, the lipstick does take a little longer than average to dry down, but once it has, you'll be rewarded with a really comfortable finish that isn't drying at all. I was really impressed! Here, have a cheeky swatch.

Black moon cosmetics liquid matte lipstick- wrath 
I love it so much.  

K. Bye.