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Brand Spotlight: #Annabelle Cosmetics Review

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle is a Canadian drugstore brand based in Montreal that began in the 1960s. Most of their makeup products are actually made in Canada. I have already blogged about my love of the Annabelle lip liners, which are some of my favourite lip liners ever and very similar to the MAC lip liners. One of the things I like most about Annabelle is that their makeup has no scent or fragrance and is great for sensitive skin. I thought I’d do a brand spotlight to talk about some of the best Annabelle makeup products I’ve been trying out and also one that was a “miss” for me.

First up are the Annabelle eye shadows. This brand has quite an impressive selection for a drugstore brand as well as lots of good neutral shades (also hard to find at the drugstore). The Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow in Java Jive with the four shades Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown is an awesome neutral palette.

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

The quad itself didn’t photograph well and all of the pics I took of it are showing as way too cool and purpley toned (sorry!), but the swatches, below, are more accurate.

swatches annabelle java jive quad

Java Jive quad: Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown

None of the four shadows are overly shimmery. They just have a bit of sheen and the darkest Brown shade is pretty matte. I like using the Cream shade to blend out with and on my brow bone. Its very light which is perfect for my fair skin. I can do an eye look with just this quad alone.

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

The cool-toned neutral Trio Eyeshadow in Haute Chocolate was another awesome find!

swatches Haute Chocolate Trio

Haute Chocolate Trio

Both the quad and trio I tried are very long-wearing and don’t crease on me (I always use an eye shadow primer). There are 5 other quads and 9 other trios to choose from! My favourite though are the Annabelle Single Eyeshadows which totally remind me of the MAC eye shadows. These are made in Canada and come in 15 shades.

Annabelle Single Eye Shadows

Annabelle Single Eyeshadows look remarkably like the MAC eye shadows

I have three of these: #225 Ivory, Suedine, and #127 Brown Frost.

swatches annabelle Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Ivory is basically a dupe for MAC Brule. Suedine (french for “Suede”) is a gorgeous neutral taupey-brown, and Brown Frost is a good, medium, cool-toned brown, and both have the prettiest (non-shimmery) sheen. The Singles are so soft, easy to work with and long-wearing they perform like high-end eye shadows.

I was also brave and tried one of their TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayons. I don’t typically have much luck with creamy eye shadows, but the shade Taupe, a slightly metallic, golden shade that wasn’t too warm-toned for me was calling my name.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

I have used this on its own and under the Annabelle shadows and remarkably it hasn’t been creasing on me! I could barely get the swatch off my hand. Once these puppies are set, they aren’t going anywhere! Taupe is a beautiful, flattering shade that’s along the lines of MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl. Its like a browner, more coppery version of Powersurge.

The Annabelle Blushon powder blushes also bear a striking resemblance to the MAC blushes and are also Canadian made.

Annabelle blushes

Annabelle blushes are like mini MAC blushes!

I have #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto.

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

swatches Annabelle blushes #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

Rose Fawn is soft, cool-toned pink that is nearly matte with only a hint of sheen. It really reminds me of the feel and the quality of the MAC blushes. Its really pretty on fair skin and lasts all day. I’ve worn this one a lot.

One miss: I absolutely loved Pronto, the pale, neutral rosey-taupe type of blush shade I love, but sadly Pronto turned out to be a miss for me. It looks beautiful when first applied but it seriously oxidized on me and by the end of the day it was way darker and completely, straight up-bronzer brown. My BF even asked me what I had on my face. I didn’t have any issues with Rose Fawn oxidizing.

Another favourite of mine are the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons. I have the shades Romance a nude, mauvey pink and Vamp a deep, burgundy-plum.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

annabelle twistup retractable lipstick crayons in romance and vamp

Romance and Vamp

These really remind me of the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils (I’ve reviewed Kittenish and Spontaneous, and Sultana). Side note: How excited are you that MAC is coming out with more Patentpolish Lip Pencils in new colours???!!! The Annabelle Lipstick Crayons feel creamy and comfortable like a lip balm and you can pop them on without a mirror, but they stay on for hours. I mean, look how pretty they are:

Swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Romance and Vamp

Romance and Vamp

Annabelle is available in most drugstores – Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, Lawton’s Drugs – and Wal-Mart and Loblaws. If you are in the United States the Annabelle.ca site ships to the continental US, but doesn’t currently ship internationally. Here’s what I paid (yup bought all these myself and I’m not affiliated with the company in any way) for these Annabelle makeup items:

Prices
Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow: $10.95 CAD
Annabelle Trio Eyeshadow: $7.95 CAD
Anabelle Single Eyeshadow: $5.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon: $9.95 CAD
Annabelle Blushon: $7.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon: $9.95 CAD

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried the brand and if you have a favourite Annabelle product!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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How to Get that 1990s Brown Lipcolour

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

As someone who was in highschool and university in that decade, I sort of know from 1990s brown lips, and its super exciting to me that this look is back in. In the 90s, makeup (from foundation to lip colour) was totally matte. My friends and I actually filled in our lips with lipliner and would never have thought of wearing gloss. The lipliner we were all obsessed with was Bonne Belle “Chutney”, a warm, orangey brown (sadly discontinued). Since I can’t get in a time machine and go back to a drugstore circa 1993, I thought I’d suggest some other good lip pencils for rocking a retro 1990s matte brown lip.

Lipliners for a 1990s brown lip

Lip pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip: Oak, Spice, Cork, & Subculture

Here are my 9 picks from a number of different brands in various price points:

  • MAC “Oak” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Spice” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Cork” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Subculture” ($19 CAD)
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip 3C “Medium Natural Beige” ($23 CAD)
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil in “Natural” ($4.99 CAD)
  • Annabelle Lipliner in “Nude Lustre” ($5.95 CAD)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner 04 “All Natural” ($3.99 CAD)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner 09 “Spice” ($3.99 CAD)

swatches 1990s brown lipAre you into the brown lip trend?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Drugstore Find: Annabelle Lipliners

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and  Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle is a Canadian brand that originated in Montreal. It can be found in most drugstores and major chains. I think their lipliners are totally overlooked and underrated. Personally, I think they are the same quality as MAC’s lipliners – smooth, creamy, easy to wear, and last forever – and they have a fabulous selection of nude and neutral shades. And the best part? They are only $5.95 – $6.95 CND.

I have the shades:

  • 305 Nude Lustre: This is one of their Metallic lipliners, but I honestly don’t notice much difference in the formula or finish of this range vs the regular lipliners except that maybe they are slightly more shimmery. Nude Lustre is a medium warm-toned brown.
  • 405 Demure: My favourite! A soft, cooler-toned, pinky-brown. It’s a perfect my-lips-but-better shade.
  • 420 Blush: A very pretty rosey-nude liner. A “Rosie Huntingon Whiteley” type of shade.
  • Nude (Waterproof): The only difference between the regular lipliners and the waterproof liners is that the regular liners are the traditional wooden pencils, and the waterproof liners are the sharpenable plastic and they cost $1 more. Otherwise, the formula seems the same to me; I think most lipliners are likely waterproof. The actual “waterproof” line has some great shades though, like “Nude” a deep, cool brown.
  • Rose (Waterproof): A deep, rosey-pink.
Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

I love wearing a liner to fill in my entire lip and top with some lip balm for a 1990’s matte brown lip that stays put for hours. Demure and Nude are perfect shades for that.

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Annabelle cosmetics in Canada.

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