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My Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Collection

Favourite Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

yeah, um, so I *might* have a lipstick “problem”…

I thought I’d do a post about my favourite drugstore lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous. Actually, they are about the only drugstore lipstick I like. The deal breaker for me for so many lipsticks is the scent, and for some reason, I’m not a fan of a lot of the drugstore brands, like Maybelline (weird playdough scent), Loreal (old fashioned perfumey scent), Milani (fake watermelon scent), and NYX (perfumey/soapy scent & taste).

The Revlon Super Lustrous are totally unscented (hooray!) and have a really nice formula that’s comfortable to wear, non-drying, glossy, and there is such a huge colour selection. Evidently I have 14 of these (Sorry – I totally forgot Blackberry but for pics/swatch see this post). I didn’t include the 3 “Shine” lipsticks that I have, because I don’t like the formula, but I do have a whole review on those. You’ll notice I don’t have any of the matte finishes. I did try one once and absolutely hated it, but I typically don’t like matte lip products at all.

The shades I have are:

  • 631 Luminous Pink (pearl)
  • 415 Pink in the Afternoon (creme)
  • 651 Porcelain Pink (pearl)
  • 030 Pink Pearl (pearl)
  • 420 Blushed (pearl)
  • 130 Rose Velvet (creme)
  • 641 Spicy Cinnamon (pearl)
  • 473 Mauvy Night (pearl)
  • 477 Black Cherry (creme)
  • 663 Va Va Violet (creme)
  • 640 Blackberry (creme) – Not pictured

best revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

631 Luminous Pink: A little bit of a peachy-pink, this is the sheerest and most shimmery one I have. Remarkably, it works on fair skin and is a pretty, subtle, glossy shade that looks good for everyday AND with a dark, smokey eye.

415 Pink in the Afternoon: A light, cool-toned pink that also woks really well for fair skin. This shade has a very retro feel to it to me, like Betty Draper might have worn it.

651 Porcelain Pink: Ok, I honestly have no idea what makes this frosty pink work in me, but there’s just something I really like about it.

030 Pink Pearl: This shade is more of a neutral brown-pink, and isn’t full on pink like 415 or 651. Its one of those my-lips-but-better shades.

420 Blushed: Speaking of my-lips-but-better shades, Blushed is a warm, pink-brown. I like this one, but I wouldn’t say its one of my favourites.

130 Rose Velvet: A rich, rosy brown-toned shade. This works well on me because of my pink undertones so it looks more “pinky-brown” on me. But reviewers have mentioned it can look more brown on some people (great for the 90s brown lip trend though).

641 Spicy Cinnamon: This is a very wearable berry red shade for me because of the brown undertones in it.  Like Rose Velvet I think it might look more brown on some.

473 Mauvy Night: My favourite Revlon lipstick! Love this plum shade.

477 Black Cherry: A dramatic, dark wine shade, it reminds me of a vampy lipstick from the 1920’s or 1930’s. Really like this one.

663 Va Va Violet: Full on, gothy dark purple. Not for the faint of heart.

640 Blackberry: A deep burgundy red, great on fair skin for a “Snow White” effect or a classic 1950’s type of look. Another fav. (pic/swatch)

favorite revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

swatches revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

Hope you enjoyed my collection! I’d love to hear what your favourite Revlon lipsticks are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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I Can’t Stop Buying Revlon Shadow Links!

Revlon Shadow Links in "Bone"

Revlon Shadow Links in “Bone”

It started with Greige, then I picked up some more of the taupes and browns, and now I think I might officially have a Shadow Links “problem”. In my defense my drugstore had them on sale again (for $2.95 CAD) and I also can’t seem to resist anything miniature. The little Shadow Links are just so darn cute!

I decided to try out Bone a light, matte cream shade. It seriously reminded me of Brule from MAC (a “soft-creamy beige”). Brule is officially a “satin” finish but on me it looks completely matte. I use Brule so much it was in my Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time post. I love to have a matte shade that matches my skin tone to blend out shadows and use on my brow. I have to say I think Bone is a pretty close dupe for MAC Brule.

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule”

Revlon Shadow Links Bone Dupe for MAC Brule

A dupe for MAC’s Brule?

In the pan, Bone looks a little lighter and cooler toned, but once applied they are extremely similar. Bone blended really smoothly. It stayed on all day (I always use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer). I did try to get a side by side swatch pic, but they just didn’t show up at all; both totally match my skin tone which is kind of the point but doesn’t make for much of a swatch 🙂

I just continue to be impressed by these little Shadow Links!

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Sheer Up Lint Tint: Flower Brand First Impressions

Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint in Airy Orchid

Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint in “Airy Orchid”

I rarely go to Walmart so I haven’t tried any of the Flower makeup yet. Flower, Drew Barrymore’s cosmetic line, is sold exclusively at Walmart. While I was there recently, I thought I would try out something from the brand. I must say, overall I’m not really attracted to the Flower packaging, which may also be why its taken me so long to get around to picking something up.

I can’t resist a tinted lip balm though! I love the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, the Clinic Chubby Sticks, and the Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stains, so I thought the Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint looked right up my alley. The shade selection is fairly limited with only 5 choices and the only one that really stood out to me was the darkest, “Airy Orchid”, a berry shade.

Swatch Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint Airy Orchid

Airy Orchid

When they say “sheer tint of colour” they aren’t messing around! It is really sheer on the lips. I had thought that if I liked this that I would try a few other shades, but since they are all even lighter than this one, I’m worried they wouldn’t show up at all. I also expected a bit of staining action from the Flower Lip Tint based on my experience with similar balmy lip crayons and tints from other brands (although to be fair Flower doesn’t claim it’s a lip stain). I did not find the Flower Lip Tint left any kind of stain at all. Once it was gone, it was totally gone, and it was gone pretty fast.

I liked how the Flower Lip Tint felt on my lips. It was very balmy and moisturizing. I also really liked that it was scent-free. So many drugstore lip products have cheap heavy fragrances added which I don’t care for that can irritate my lips. What I didn’t like is that it was very sheer, didn’t give any sort of staining effect, and didn’t last very long. It disappeared within an hour or so. I wouldn’t repurchase one. I think there are other similar lip products out there that I like better.

My first impression of Flower is kind of mixed. Let me know if there are any products from the line that you love that you think are worth trying.

The Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint is $7.98 CAD at Walmart.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are Awesome!

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints in Elude, Blushing, and Tempt

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints

I saw a display of the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints at the drugstore and was attracted to the giant selection of eye-catching colours. I hadn’t actually heard anything about them (which is weird because I think lots of people have been reviewing them), but at only $4.39 CAD I thought they’d be worth trying out. The Lip Paints are described as giving “the intensely pigmented appearance of a liquid lipstick” and “rich color with staying power.” I think the idea of a “liquid lipstick” or “paint” is what hooked me.

I was immediately loving Tempt the darkest shade, a vampy blackened plum. I also picked up Blushing, a medium mauvey-pink, and Elude a light pinky-peachy nude. There were no testers, so I had to go by the colour of the tube alone. I found Tempt and Blushing matched their packaging pretty closely, but Elude turned out to be lighter than I expected, but with the right lip liner can be wearable.

L.A. Girl Lip Paint Swatches: Elude, Blushing, Tempt

Elude, Blushing, and Tempt

I can’t get over how amazing these are! Once applied, they don’t feel like a lip gloss at all. They aren’t sticky and they actually aren’t overly glossy. They really do feel like a liquid lipstick. They have a slight peppermint scent that fades immediately but they don’t have a noticeable taste. They feel very luxurious and hydrating on the lips; not drying at all. And they stay on FOREVER! (well, not actually forever, but they are very long-wearing). Elude and Blushing apply quite smoothly and evenly. Tempt I had to work with a little bit to get an even application but I often have that issue with very dark lip shades.

The Lip Paints immediately reminded me of the OCC Lip Tars. They’re similar in consistency and texture, and even have the same peppermint scent. Like the Lip Paints, the OCC Lip Tars are very pigmented and opaque and long-wearing.

Are the L.A. Girl Lip Paints a dupe for the OCC Lip Tars?

Are the L.A. Girl Lip Paints a dupe for the OCC Lip Tars?

Elude Lip Paint VS Hush OCC Lip Tar

“Elude” Lip Paint VS “Hush” OCC Lip Tar

I love this OCC Lip Tar shade, Hush, which is very similar to Elude. Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge used it on Kate Winslet for the cover of Bazaar. But, I just haven’t enjoyed the Lip Tar. I don’t think the L.A. Girl Lip Paints are a dupe for the Lip Tars, because I actually like them more than the Lip Tars. The Lip Tar is a bit thinner and runnier in consistency than the Lip Paint (as you can kind of see from the swatch) and fussier to apply. I also found the Lip Tar VERY drying. The Lip Paints have vitamin E and peppermint oil. Not sure if that’s what’s making a difference, but in any case they just feel more comfortable to wear.

The OCC Lip Tars are $22.00 CAD. I think the much less expensive Lip Paints are a better alternative. I’m not sure if you can mix the colours the same way you can with the Lip Tars though.

My one piece of advice about the Lip Paints would be to wear a lip liner with them, because they can tend to travel outside your lip line.

Have you tried them?

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick

Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick

Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in 095 “Please Stay Plum”

I picked up this lipstick after watching Lisa Eldridge’s “Berry Stained Lips Makeup Tutorial” where she had mixed a really pretty custom lip colour for a runway show. She gave some dupes for the berry shade, and the Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in “Always Plum” was one of them. Here in Canada, the shade is called “Please Stay Plum”. I don’t know for sure if the shade I have is exactly the same as the UK version though. Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick is about $8.99 CAD.

This colour certainly is beautiful, especially since I am really, really into plum lip shades right now.

Swatch: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Please Stay Plum

Swatch: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in “Please Stay Plum”

Unfortunately I can’t stand this lipstick 😦 No matter how pretty the shade is and how many times I have tried to force myself to wear it, I just can’t get past the awful texture and terrible scent of the Maybelline SuperStay 14HR lipstick. The texture is dry and gritty, and it has a strong sugary sweet fragrance that seems artificial and cheap (Why do brands feel the need to add such heavy scents to lip products? Is it just me, or are other people turned off by this?).

I would love to find a similar shade but in another lipstick line. Lisa mentioned Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 128 “Starry Eyed” – but I couldn’t find it in my local drugstores – and Bobbi Brown Lip Color in “Berry”, but that shade is not on the Sephora Canada website.

I’d love suggestions for your favourite plum lip shades!


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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara (001 Blackest Black)

Although I’m totally in love with my favourite mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash and I have yet to find something I like quite as much, I can never seem to resist trying out a new drugstore mascara (especially when they are on sale!). I’ve had good luck with some of the Revlon mascaras, so I gave the Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara a try.

I immediately found the wand and the formula very similar to the Guerlain Maxi Lash. I really like a more traditional bristle mascara brush, and I also don’t like wands that are too big. The Revlon wand is bigger than the Guerlain, but still a manageable size. The wand did a great job at coating each and every one of my lashes to build volume.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara Wand

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara Wand

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

The thing I really like about the Guerlain is that it’s very, very black and dramatic. Described as having “intense colour pigments”, the Bold Laquer is the blackest mascara I have tried from the drugstore. Its just about as intensely black as the Guerlain. Dare I say, it might be a dupe?

The big difference between the two is that the Revlon mascara has fibers. I think that’s what gives such a noticeable volumizing effect. I  seriously felt like I had false lashes on. But the downside of fibers is that I did find they flaked off a little bit by the end of the day. Not too badly, but I don’t get any flaking with the Guerlain, it just stays put. I wouldn’t say its a deal breaker for me. I really like the Revlon and would repurchase it.

The Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara is typically around $9.99 CAD, but I got mine on sale at Lawton’s for only $7.99.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Checkmate

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 540 Checkmate

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 540 “Checkmate”: Streaktastic

After falling in love with Revlon Colorsty Gel Envy in 500 “Ace of Spades” I am a bit disappointed in the latest shade I’ve tried, “Checkmate” – a pale, nudey-beige. This shade was totally streaky! I didn’t have that issue with Ace of Spades.

After 2 coats, Checkmate looked ok (not great), but as soon as I applied the clear top coat, it was like it removed some of the colour. It ended up being a bit of a streaktastic mess. I also decided that this pale nude shade doesn’t look the greatest on fair skin. Oh well!

I wonder if anyone else has found some inconsistency amongst the different shades with the Gel Envy polishes?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy: Longwear Polish with no Salon Visit?

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polish in "500 Ace of spades"

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polish in 500 “Ace of spades”

I love the look of nail polish, but it never lasts on me. I usually only get one full day out of a home manicure and it starts chipping like crazy, and by the second or third day looks terrible. Yes, I’ve tried base coats, top coats, etc. with minimal results. That’s why I love shellac polish (that sets with the UV light). It lasts nearly 14 days on me looking perfect. The downside is how much acetone nail polish remover I have to use to get the stuff off. It ends up wrecking my nails.

So I was pretty skeptical to try the Revlon Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel. It’s advertised as “salon-quality colour with our revolutionary 2-step system”. I absolutely loved the shade “Ace of Spades”, a dark charcoal grey. All of the shades have Vegas inspired names. The first step is a “color + base”. I needed two coats. Then you top it with the clear, protective Diamond Top Coat. I didn’t find it dried quite as quickly as some other top coats, but I really loved how shiny the polish was! It was definitely just as shiny as when I have had shellac done at the salon.

This stuff really did last! I got 5 whole days without a single chip. That’s amazing for me.

The Colorstay Gel Envy polish and top coat are $9.99 CAD each.

Do you have trouble with polish not staying on and chipping? Have you come across any long wearing polishes or top coats?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipsticks

Revlon Super Lustrous "Shine" Finish Lipsticks

Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Finish Lipsticks

The Revlon lip products were on sale at my drugstore, and I had been wanting to try out the new Super Lustrous “Shine” lipsticks that have a different finish than the regular Creme and Pearl finishes and the newer matte finish. I have quite a few Super Lustrous lipsticks and I really love them. I should really do a post on the rest of my collection (here’s my favourite Revlon lipsticks for fall). A few of the shades in the Shine formula were calling my name…

Pink Cognito: A light peachey-pink
Plum Velour: A gorgeous deep plummey-berry
Foxy Lady: A dark, vampy, mauvey-brown and quite a unique shade I think

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Pink Cognito

Pink Cognito

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Plum Velour

Plum Velour

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady

I was very surprised by how different the formula of these are from the other Super Lustrous lipsticks I have. They are extremely sheer.  The intensity in the tube doesn’t translate onto your lips. This didn’t work well for the lightest shade, Pink Cognito. It was so light and sheer that it didn’t really show up on me. It was more like a slightly tinted lip balm. The other two shades are much more intense so I didn’t have that issue.

I enjoy sheer, balmy lipsticks, so at first I thought I would like these. But, I am not entirely sold on the shine formula. It doesn’t go on as smoothly and evenly as I would like. It takes a bit of fussing with and I had to apply multiple coats. Once I got it built up and looking ok, I really loved both of the shades. Neither had very much staying power though, but did stain my lips (especially Plum Velour). I find they work better over a lip liner.

You can get an idea of the sheerness and slight unevenness from the swatches:

Swatches: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Foxy Lady, Plum Velour & Pink Cognito

Swatches: Foxy Lady, Plum Velour, Pink Cognito

These are alright, but I think I’m going to stick with the regular creme and pearl finishes, or for something sheer and balmy go with the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains or ColorBurst Lacquer Balms.

Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are $9.99 CAD.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

After trying out one of the Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige and totally loving it, I picked up four more. There are 30 shades in total, and I like that there’s such a great selection of neutral shades. I got Taupe (Satin), Cocoa (Satin), Chocolate (Matte), and Java (Pearl).

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Well named, “Taupe” is a very light, cool toned taupe with a little bit of sheen. After “Greige” this one is my favourite. “Cocoa” is a cool medium brown that seems a little more on the matte side than a satin as its described. “Chocolate” is more of a warm brown and is completely matte. Chocolate didn’t have quite as smooth a texture as the others. My least favourite was “Java” which definitely had an uneven texture and way too much glitter for me. It didn’t appear that glittery in the pan.

Revlon Shadowlinks Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

The Revlon ShadowLinks have received a lot of negative reviews. I can understand if you like really intense, highly pigmented shadows, you might not like these. But on fair skin, shadows can show up very dramatically. For example even MAC’s Satin Taupe looks pretty dark on me. The ShadowLinks are great for when I want a subtle, natural look and are great for work. I do think they would probably work best on lighter skintones (at least the neutrals I’ve tried).

They last really well on me, but I do wear them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, like I do with any eye shadow I wear.

I am a fan of these cute little singles and I love the way you can interlock them to form your own palette. I got these four at Shoppers Drug Mart for 2 for $6 CAD.

What do you think about Revlon’s Shadowlinks? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl
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Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

Maybelline The Nudes: A neutral eye shadow palette at the drugstore!

A neutral eye shadow palette at the drugstore for $14.99! Crazy!

I’ve been waiting for Maybelline’s The Nudes eye shadow palette to appear at my drugstore. I had heard mixed reviews, but I couldn’t resist a neutral eye shadow palette from a drugstore brand for $14.99 CAD. I really wanted to try it out for myself.

I don’t have a lot of drugstore eye shadows, with the big exception of NYX which I Love, so I honestly didn’t have super high expectations. I’ve been really surprised and impressed! I love the  sleek, compact packaging and I quite like the 12 shades which include both warm and cool toned browns and greys. You could get a warm or a cool  eye look with this palette.

Maybelline The Nudes palette has a pretty good mix of both warm and cool tones

The Nudes palette has a pretty good mix of both warm and cool tones

Half of the shades are matte, and the remaining six have a bit of a shimmery finish, but not glittery or overly shimmery or anything. I was surprised by how pigmented and smooth they were for drugstore shadows. They reminded me a little of some of the NYX shadows.

Swatches: Maybelline The Nudes palette

Swatches: Maybelline The Nudes palette

I had heard complaints about these being patchy and hard to blend, but I didn’t find that at all. They blended nicely. I apply them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. They lasted well and didn’t crease. I even really like the matte, flesh-toned shade (third one on the top) which I used on my brow-bone and to blend out the other shadows. Palettes hardly ever have a shade like this that I actually use. I normally still have to reach for my MAC Brule.

I think this cute little neutral palette is an amazing deal!

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in "902C Bare It All"

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “902C Bare It All”

A lot of beauty bloggers mention Wet n Wild products in their favourites, so I have been trying out a few things from the line – I recently reviewed some Wet n Wild eye shadows I’ve tried and the Balm Stains. I went to my local Lawtons Drugs to look at the Wet n wild lipsticks and found that my store only carried the Silk Finish Lipstick and the Mega Last Lip Color, although I think Wet n Wild has more lipstick collections. Honestly, I just couldn’t get past the unattractive (in my opinion) and cheap looking packaging of the Silk Finish Lipsticks. Here’s a pic from the Wet n Wild site if you haven’t seen them:
wet n wild silk finish lipstick
So, I went with the Mega Last Lip Color which I think has fairly nice looking packaging. There was a really good colour selection (20 really pretty colours). Vampy Varnish has some awesome swatches and photos of all the shades. I choose “902C Bare It All”, a sort of 1990s browney-nude with a hint of pinkey-peachiness to it. I thought it looked like a good wearable, everyday shade.

Swatch: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in "902C Bare It All"

Swatch: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “902C Bare It All”

Sadly, I didn’t realize these lipsticks are “semi-matte” and realistically it feels totally matte once applied. I have fairly dry lips so this formula is not working for me at all. I find it very drying and uncomfortable 😦

So the Mega Last Lip Color is a miss for me, which is a shame, because at $3.99 CAD these would be an amazing deal. If you don’t mind matte lipsticks, I would recommend these just based on the really nice colour selection and the price.  Wet n Wild is also available in Canada at Walmart and through Well.ca and FTB Beauty.

What have you tried from Wet n Wild that you totally loved?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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New Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 005 “Parisian Passion”

My drugstore finally had the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in stock! I’ve really been wanting to try these because I love Revlon lip products. I love the packaging on these new Moisture Stains; the square tube is so neat. There are 11 shades and most of them are very bright. I was immediately drawn to “005 Parisian Passion”  a deep, rich purpley-berry shade. I love this colour!

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

Swatch: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Swatch: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

Accurately described as “ultra-light creamy lipstain”, it feels so moisturizing and (hooray!) is completely non-sticky. I was very surprised that it was long-wearing but doesn’t dry out my lips. That’s pretty rare. I found that the Moisture Stain didn’t transfer at all when I was drinking and lasted for hours, and it felt comfortable the entire time. I was hoping for a bit more of a staining effect, especially since this is such a dark colour, but I didn’t find it stained much, not like the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains do.

The Moisture Stains aren’t really scented but do have a slight scent. They smell like the Revlon Lip Glosses. Once applied, they don’t taste like anything.

The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are $12.99 CAD.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Jergens Natural Glow: A sunless tanner that works on fair skin?

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer "Fair to Medium"

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer “Fair to Medium”

Let me just start by saying I do not tan. I literally cannot tan. I turn bright red and then go back to white again. I remember in the 1990s when suddenly “self-tanning” or “sunless tanning” lotions were all the rage. I’ll admit, I tried them. What I remember about them is 1. they smelled awful, and 2. they turned my skin an unattractive, patchy and uneven carrot-orange colour. I’d essentially given up on tanners completely.

Then, a lot of people started buzzing about Jergens Natural Glow, which claims to have “no odour” and to “gradually create flawless, natural-looking color”. I am leaving for very hot and sunny Las Vegas today (hooray!), so in preparation for my trip I decided to give this new generation sunless tanner, a mix of both moisturizer and self-tanner, a try.

I can’t agree with the “no odour” claim. It definitely has much LESS of that weird self-tanner smell, but during the day I kept getting slight hints of self-tanner aroma. I have to admit it wasn’t that bad though. I would describe it as “low odour”.

But did it work on my uber-pale skin? It actually did. It applied very easily and was completely streak-free (except for my feet). Just like it claimed, the colour developed very gradually over a couple of weeks and is very subtle. It worked really well on my arms and legs. I applied regular moisturizer over my knees and elbows first and as Jergens advised, used “sparingly” on knees, elbows and ankles. The only place it looks patchy is on my feet.

I don’t think anyone would describe me as “tanned” but my once stark white skin is now glowier and slightly more golden-bronzier, and best of all NOT orange. What more could this pale nerd ask for? 🙂

Jergens Natural Glow is $11.99 CAD and is available in most Canadian drugstores (I picked mine up at Lawton’s Drugs).


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Review & Swatches: My Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

I have been curious about the much hyped, cult favourite brand, Wet n Wild, but it’s not widely available where I live, and although it is sold at one drugstore near me, the selection is very small.

Recently, I ordered some of the Wet n wild eyeshadows through FTB Beauty. They seemed to have all of the Wet n Wild products available so I was able to get all of the neutral palettes I was interested in trying out. I ordered three of the Color Icon Trios in 335 “Silent Treatment”, 380B “Walking on Eggshells”, and 381B “Sweet as Candy”, and the 8-pan eyeshadow palette in 738 “Comfort Zone”.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

What I liked:

  • The colours! All of the palettes had very pretty, wearable, neutral shades. It can be hard to find “subtle” eyeshadow shades in drugstore brands.
  • Overall, fairly pigmented.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Didn’t irritate my eyelids, which tend to be sensitive.

What I didn’t like:

  • Too soft and crumbly! It’s nice to have a soft, blendable shadow, but these are REALLY soft. If you look at the pics, I haven’t even used these that much and have already eroded huge chunks out of some of the shades. The shadow kind of goes everywhere when you put your brush in it.
  • Fall-out. I would get a lot of shadow falling down under my eye while applying.
  • Some inconsistent texture/pigmentation. Although most of the shades were smooth, a few were pretty patchy and uneven, especially the darker or matte shades (see swatch of “Silent Treatment” trio for example)

Wet n Wild eyeshadows have been compared to much higher priced brands, like MAC. While I think that for their very low price these are good quality, I don’t think they compare in texture to MAC or some of the other higher-end eyeshadows I have. The one big difference would be in how soft they are. I was losing a lot of product while I was picking up the shadows on my brush, and then losing more while applying them. Based on how much product has already been swept away, I think you would hit pan on these much quicker than with higher-end shadows. MAC might cost more, but think about how long it takes you to use up a MAC eyeshadow.

I think if your preferred price point is more drugstore, the Wet n Wild shadows are for sure the best drugstore brand I’ve tired. However, I don’t think I’m convinced that they are comparable quality to some of the higher-end brands I have. I like them a lot, but I’m not wind-in-my-hair-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music in love with them.

Price details: Through FTB Beauty, the Comfort Zone palette was $8.50 CAD, and the trios were $5.00 CAD each (plus tax). Shipping was $15.98 CAD. I noticed they have improved their shipping options, with regular shipping $7.99 and express shipping $12.99, and free shipping now on orders $50 or more (yay!). Shipping was very fast and the eyeshadows arrived in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend this site for Canadian makeup shoppers.

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UK Mascaras Review: Max Factor & 17

Max Factor and 17 Mascaras
While I was in England a few months back, I picked up some brands that are hard or impossible to find in Canada (like Burberry & Tom Ford, Sleek, Soap & Glory, and Bourjois). I had also picked up a few mascaras to try out. So many that it took me a while to get through them all 🙂 I’d only managed to review the Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night and the 17 Deconstructed Lash Lacquer so far.

I had been really keen to try some Max Factor mascaras because they get such good reviews and make so many favourite lists. I picked up the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Black mascara and the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Volume & Length Black mascara.

I really, really liked the 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara. It was my favourite out of the three. It’s very black and dramatic and the formula is thick and volumizing. It was long wearing and didn’t flake or smudge at all (it does claim to be “smudge proof”). I also quite liked the applicator: more of a traditional, long tapered bristle brush. I will be sad to say goodbye to this one.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara

My second favourite was the False Lash Effect Fusion. Max Factor and Cover Girl are both owned by the same company. The False Lash Effect Fusion packaging/wand looks pretty much identical to the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara.cg_lashblast_fusion_mascara
I’m pretty sure the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion is a dupe for the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion. Imagine I went all the way to Europe to buy the same mascara I can find in my own backyard 😛

The last one, which I only recently have tried out, is the 17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara. It had such cute packaging and a cute name, but this one was my least favourite. The formula was nice, and gave my lashes a very pretty feathery effect, but the wand on this one is just too humongous!

17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara

17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara

The big round wand made the mascara difficult to apply. This mascara also smudged A LOT, which is not normally something I have trouble with. So along with the Deconstructed Lash Lacquer which was a fail, 17 mascaras are not fairing very well.

It was so fun to get to try out some different brands though.

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick & Soft Matte Lip Cream

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

I love so many of the NYX products, but sadly I’ve recently had two “mehs” from this line, both lip products (which is really too bad after experiencing the loveliness that is the NYX Butter Glosses). I’m just not feelin the NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick or the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.

I received the Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in my December Ipsy Bag and have tried to like this lipstick. I was excited about it because NYX reformulated this line. Previously, the NYX Round Lipsticks with the curlicue  design on the packaging (which don’t seem to be available in Canada anymore) had a very strong icky, perfumey scent and taste. I literally threw mine out after wearing it once. The new Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks thankfully don’t have the perfumey taste. They don’t smell great, but it’s a mild scent that doesn’t bother me.  But the formula is only ok. It feels almost greasy or oily on the lips and is pretty sheer. Maybe it’s just the “Cream” shade? Please let me know if any of the other shades are worth trying out.

I tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream because it was getting a lot of good reviews and was being compared to the OCC Lip Tars. NYX describes it as “Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish…surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.” I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it either. It’s just not something I reach for. I find it a little uncomfortable to wear and it tends to dry out my lips.

NYX

Swatches: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

Both of the colours are super pretty though!

Price & Where to Buy: The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick is $4.99 CAD, and the Soft Matte Lip Cream is $6.50 CAD. In Canada NYX is available at Rexall, Pharmasave, some London Drugs, and Lawtons Drugs (Atlantic Canada) and online through Cherry Culture, TSC, FTB Beauty, and Funk ‘n’ Frost Beauty Bar.

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Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in “#1 Nude”

“Liquid lipsticks” with a wand applicator that seem to be neither a gloss nor a traditional lipstick (yet typically claim to do everything a gloss and a long-wearing lipstick do), seem to be the latest makeup trend, along with BB and CC creams.  So far, I have had hit and miss experiences with them. I loved the Rimmel Apocalips, but really disliked the Maybelline Color Elixir. So although I am typically a fan of Revlon lip products, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with their ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick.

Revlon describes it as:

  • Food-proof lipcolour with a built-in, ultra-conditioning topcoat
  • One-step application – No topcoat required for comfortable wear
  • Stays comfortable and wears beautifully for up to 24 hours
  • Does not feather or fade; no touch-ups required, even after meals

I can’t disagree that it was certainly long-wearing (24 hours? Who knows. I would never wear a lip product that long) but I can definitely take issue with their claims of being “ultra-conditioning”, and “No topcoat required for comfortable wear”. This did not feel comfortable at all! It was very drying, made my lips stick together, and I constantly had the urge to either apply lip balm or just get the horrible stuff off my lips. My lip balm removed some of the product, defeating the purpose of purchasing something intended to be long-wearing.

I would compare it to step 1 of the Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor or the MUFE Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lipcolor. These are both products I like because *they come with a separate clear topcoat*. It’s like Revlon made a two-step, long-wearing lip product and just left out the step 2. In fact the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick is SO similar to the step 1 of the ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor, I suspect that’s exactly what they did.

It’s too bad, because the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick  comes in 20 very pretty shades and has the always awesome Revlon packaging. I just can’t imagine anyone liking how this feels on their lips just on its own. Even if you like a fairly dry, matte lipstick, the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick has the additional feature of making your lips stick together every time they touch.

The Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick was, sadly, a fail for me. Sometimes when a product doesn’t work out for me but I think it might work on someone else, I will pass it on to my Mom or sister. This one just got binned.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick retails for $12.99 CAD.

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“No Makeup” Makeup for Fair Skin: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”

The May issue of Allure magazine featured two taupe eyeshadows, Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in “Wild Truffle” and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”, in their “Backstage Beauty” article on runway trends for fall 2014. The “soft mix of beige and gray” was described as “pretty much the perfect shade”. Editor Sophia Panych also listed Revlon’s Greige as her “new everyday shadow”.

Always ready to try a new taupe, I picked up the very tiny (1″x1″) Revlon Shadowlink at the drugstore. These wee eyeshadows are very inexpensive ($2.49 CAD). Now I will warn you, if you have dark skin or prefer really pigmented shadows, this probably won’t be for you. But, if you’re like me and sometimes crave a very natural, “no makeup” makeup look and would love a light wash of taupey goodness for that maybe-she’s-born-with-it effect, I would definitely recommend trying Greige. I have a hard time finding shadows that don’t show up rather dark or dramatic against my fair skin. Greige is the subtle, matte shade I have been looking for.

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige” (natural daylight)

Swatch: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Swatch: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”

I think Greige is a hidden gem of the drugstore. Have you tried any of the other Revlon Shadowlinks? Are they worth checking out?

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Shiseido Facial Cotton Dupe

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Do you love the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads, but don’t exactly love the price? Me too. But once you feel the soft yet indestructible fluffiness of them, you don’t want to touch any other cotton pad to your face ever again.

Until…I heard Youtuber LisaLisaD1 mention the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads and how they are remarkably similar to the Shiseido. I found them at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. Right away I thought the shape, size, and feel of the packaging was just like the Shiseido. They also both have exactly 165 pads in three “stacks”. When I opened the Quo and compared the individual pads, they are the exact same shape, size, and thickness.

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

The Quo feels just as soft as the Shiseido. When I was using one to remove my makeup it held up as well too; it didn’t start to disintegrate. I cannot imagine that these two products aren’t manufactured in the same factory. Especially since even the packaging is identical.

The Shiseido Facial Cotton is $11.00 CAD. The Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads are $7.00 CAD. Quo is only carried by Shoppers Drugmart and Murale, but the square Luxury Cotton Facial Pads don’t seem to be available to order online.

Have you tried the Quo cotton pads? Do you think they are a dupe for the Shiseido?

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

I love the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, so I was excited when I saw this new line of ColorBurst Lacquer Balms. Described as “High Shine Lacquer. Moisture Rich Balm” with Shea, Coconut and Mango butters, these are like a shinier, glossier version of the Balm Stains.

I picked up “Ingenue” a warm, caramely brown.

Swatch: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue

Swatch: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in “Ingenue”

The Lacquer Balm feels similar to the Balm Stains – balmy and moisturizing with that slight minty scent. “Ingenue” is sheer and shimmery and is a very natural looking shade. Although described as “high shine” I was relieved that it actually wasn’t super shiny (I find that a bit much). The Lacquer Balm was just a little glossier than the Balm Stains.

“Ingenue” didn’t stain my lips, but some of the darker more intense shades might. I’m thinking of getting “Coy” or “Enticing” next 🙂

The Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balms are $9.99 CAD.

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Cargo Yukon Eyeshadow

Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon

Cargo Eyeshadow in “Yukon”

When Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics, I tried several of their products. But as I mentioned in my previous post, their eyeshadow single in “Yukon” immediately sold out. I have been back a few times with no luck, but finally was able to get my paws on this popular shade. A favourite of Youtubers like Kristen Gehm and GlamLifeGuru among others, would this taupe eyeshadow live up to the hype?

Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon

Cargo Eyeshadow in “Yukon”

First of all, it is a very pretty colour. A slightly cool-toned, not too brown, not too gray shade without any purple, “Yukon” really is a true taupe. From how it appears in the pan, I really wasn’t expecting it to be as shimmery though. That was a surprise. I got a bit of fall-down and what was under my eye was almost sparkly. On the eye, it definitely has a sheen. It was also slightly on the sheerer side; not quite as pigmented as, say, a MAC shadow. But I found I could build it up, and it did stay on all day with an eyeshadow primer.

Swatch Cargo Yukon Eyeshadow

Swatch: Cargo “Yukon”

Overall I really like it. I can understand why it is a favourite, mainly because taupes are elusive. “Yukon” is a very flattering, natural looking type of shade.

The Cargo singles retail for $19.00 CAD which SEEMS expensive at first, but its huge – you get 3.5g of eyeshadow. By comparison a MAC single is only 1.5g for $18.00. So you will have loads of taupe! 🙂

I haven’t tried any other Cargo eyeshadow shades. Have you? Which would you recommend?

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Review Revlon ColorStay Concealer

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in Fair

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon’s ColorStay Concealer is meant to “conceal blemishes and dark circles” and provide “full yet undetectable coverage”. I purchased this to use for concealing blemishes. I was disappointed with it, especially since the Revlon ColorStay foundation is actually really long-wearing. The concealer is not.

It has quite a thin consistency for a concealer (its similar to the foundation), so I found it a bit difficult to apply over blemishes to achieve “full coverage”. It tended to look cakey, not “undetectable”. It didn’t stay put all day. Worst of all, I think it actually aggravated any blemish that I tried to conceal!

At $11.99 CAD, I think this concealer is a pass. I didn’t use it as an under-eye concealer, so I’m not sure if you would have better luck with it used in a different way.

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Top 5 Drugstore Blushes for Fair Skin

Top 5 Drugstore Blushes Fair Skin
After starting with my Top 5 High-End Blushes for Fair Skin I said I would return with my top 5 “drugstore” picks. Let me start by admitting that my choices are definitely on the higher-end of what is available in drugstores in terms of price. Although I have plenty of favourite inexpensive makeup products, I find that every time I search through lower priced blushes I have a difficult time finding shades suitable for fair skin. For some reason, lower-priced blushes tend to be either very, very bright or very, very dark. I would love to receive suggestions for good drugstore blushes in more subtle shades that work on lighter skin tones.

Anyway, here are my top five best blushes for fair skin:

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel”

The one really big exception in my search for drugstore blushes would be NYX. I love NYX powder blushes and find they wear longer on me than any other blush I’ve tried, including high-end blushes. After 8-12 hours it looks exactly like it did when I first applied it. There are so many shades (at least 25 I believe) but NYX Angel is my absolute favourite. It a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! NYX describes it as “matte soft pink” which I think is totally inaccurate 😛 ($6.50 CAD)

Benefit Coralista Blush

Benefit “Coralista”

Benefit Coralista is a beautiful coral blush with a bit of shimmer. The Benefit blushes have a slight scent that fades after applied. It has not irritated my skin, but I don’t wear it everyday, just in case. I know the price point on this one is high, but in Canada, Benefit is available at all Shoppers Drug Marts. Plus, you could redeem your Optimum points for this and get it for free! ($36.00 CAD)

Cargo Tonga Blush

Cargo “Tonga”

I mentioned this one in a Cargo haul. I have been obsessed with it since I got it. Its a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve – that is perfect for fair skin. Again, expensive, but in Canada, only sold in drugstores. ($26.00 CAD)

Physicians Formula Rosy Glow Mineral Blush

Physicians Formula “Rosy Glow” Mineral Wear Blush

I heard about Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in “Rosy Glow” when it was mentioned as a drugstore favourite by Tati (GlamLifeGuru). What I like about the Physicians Formula blushes is they are fragrance-free, long-wearing, and come in really light and natural shades. What I don’t like about them is the bulky, unwieldy packaging. “Rosy Glow” is a very natural looking, mostly matte, light pink. ($15.99-$19.99 CAD)

Bourjois Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in “Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat”

I picked up several Bourjois blushes last year in England (view post). Although Shoppers Drug Mart carries Bourjois, I don’t think the shade Radiant Rose – a matte, warm pink, which turns out to be my favourite – is available in Canada. They do have lots of other shades that work well with fair skin though. ($19.00 CAD)

Here are all five side-by-side, swatched in natural daylight:

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Swatches (L-R): NYX Angel, Benefit Coralista, Cargo Tonga, Physicians Formula Rosy Glow, and Bourjois Radiant Rose

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!

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Maybelline Color Elixir Review

Maybelline Color Elixir in 065 Caramel Infused

Maybelline Color Elixir in “065 Caramel Infused”

After trying and really liking Rimmel Apocalips, my non-lipgloss-loving self felt brave enough to try one of the new Maybelline Color Elixirs. I’m generally not a fan of the scent and taste of Maybelline lipsticks, but it had been a while so I thought I’d give their lip products another chance.

Unfortunately I had a familiar experience with the Color Elixir. Super cute packaging, great colour, but I could not get past the weird sweet yet oddly chemical scent and almost perfumey taste of these. I also found it to be very thick, sticky and tacky, which I know some people don’t mind or even love, but its the opposite of the consistency I like in a lip product. Its too bad because they have a fantastic shade range.

Do you agree, or are you loving the Maybelline Color Elixirs? Leave me a comment below.

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