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Battle of the Setting Sprays: A Fantastic Drugstore Alternative

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray versus Urban Decay

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray VS Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray

I have been using the Urban Decay makeup setting spray for several years now. The “Chill Cooling & Hydrating” setting spray is my favourite. I even have the mini size for when I travel. Thanks to the new Sephora Canadian shipping debacle, my setting spray has been out-of-stock for ages. Dangerously low, I was walking through my local Lawtons Drugs, and I noticed a product that looked remarkably similar to the Urban Decay setting spray, L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. The packaging was extremely similar. I asked the SA if she knew whether or not it was similar to the Urban Decay setting spray and she said she had several customers try it and then tell her they switched to the L’Oreal! Well, that was all I needed to hear to make me want to try a possible drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay setting spray! Continue reading

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NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Dupes (MAC & more)

In April I did a review of the awesome new NYX Hot Singles eye shadows after having ordered 14 of them in an array of beautiful neutrals. I had promised to look for dupes or very similar shades in my own eye shadow collection, mainly my MAC collection,  and have finally found time to do this post. I hope you find this helpful if you’ve been looking for dupes for some of the higher end shadows mentioned here or if you’re looking to order some of the NYX Hot Singles and need help selecting shades.

Let’s get started…

First up is Loaded, a neutral taupe with a slight sheen. I found it very similar to MAC Coquette (although Coquette is lighter) and a close dupe for MAC Concrete.

NYX Loaded a dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

swatch NYX Loaded dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

NYX S.O.S. a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” is – as I suspected – a dupe for another of my favourites, Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige.

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

swatch Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon Greige are both perfect for a subtle, natural, “no makeup” look

The next two NYX shades I think I found  exact dupes for. First is NYX Fancy That and MAC ALL That Glitters.

Dupe for MAC All that Glitters, NYX Fancy That

L-R: NYX Fancy That, MAC All that Glitters

The next is NYX Guilt Trip, which is a dupe for MAC Espresso. I actually think Guilt Trip has a much nicer matte formula and is smoother and easier to blend than Espresso which I have always found a bit difficult to work with.

MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

NYX Guilt Trip & MAC Espresso

swatch MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

L-R: NYX Guilt Trip, MAC Espresso

I was so sure I had a dupe of NYX Coquette, a soft, matte, purple-toned neutral. Although I found 3 really similar shades, I don’t think either of them are exact dupes. NYX Coquette is similar to MAC Quarry and Nooner from the UD Naked 3 palette (which are total dupes for one another), and Makeup Geek Unexpected.

dupes NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected swatches

L-R: NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected

The last one is NYX Damage Control, a beautiful taupe with a very pretty sheen. I really hate to use the word “dupe” for this one, so I will say its similar to MAC Satin Taupe. I think Satin Taupe is an incredibly unique shade with so many subtle undertones and a bit of a duochrome finish, that I think its hard to dupe. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a very similar eye look, Damage Control is close, but I would say more cool-toned.

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

NYX Damage Control and MAC Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

L-R: NYX Damage Control, MAC Satin Taupe

Most of the NYX Hot Singles turned out to be pretty unique and I was unable to find dupes for them (in my collection anyhow). For a full review, swatches of all 14 shades, and pricing info, you can check out my previous post.


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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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My Favourite NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes for fair skin

Hi everyone! I thought I’d give a little love to one of my favourite makeup products, NYX powder blushes. NYX are my favourite drugstore blushes. They wear longer on me than many other blushes I’ve tried, including high-end brands. After 8-12 hours they look exactly like they did when I first applied them. Typically priced at less than $6.50 CAD, they are a great deal, with the only downside being that the blushes are small (4g VS a 6g MAC blush for example) and very soft, so I do go through some of my favourite shades rather quickly.

Here are my favourite, top six NYX powder blushes:

Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

Top L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural. Bottom L-R: Peach, Angel, Mauve

NYX Pinched blush

PB25 Pinched

Pinched: A peachy-coral blush with subtle golden shimmer, Pinched has been compared to NARS Orgasm. Although similar, I don’t feel that they are exact dupes. Orgasm is much more pink and the finish is quite different. Orgasm has more of a duo-chrome type of sheen, reflecting differently from different angles, whereas Pinched is just shimmery. Here is Pinched swatched with Orgasm, Benefit Coralista, and MAC Peachykeen for comparison:

swatches NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Bourgeois Pig blush

PB28 Bourgeois Pig

Bourgeois Pig: Love the name of this one. 🙂 Although a bit washed out in this pic (don’t get me started on lighting during a dark Canadian winter), its actually a very pigmented matte pink. On fair skin you do have to apply carefully with a light hand, but I like this blush for getting that flushed, rosy-cheeked, “I’ve been out in the cold” type of look. Its a great fall blush.

NYX Natural blush

PB07 Natural

Natural: A light, cool-toned matte pink. Great shade for fair skin.

NYX Peach blush

PB06 Peach

Peach: NYX is known for inexplicable shade names that don’t give a very accurate description of the actual colour. Peach is a perfect example of that. This blush is not even remotely peach. Its really a pale, soft, matte ballerina pink, very similar to Benefit’s Dandelion. Really love this one!

NYX Peach is a dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Peach is a close dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Angel blush

PB03 Angel

Angel: This is one of my favourite blushes ever! The prettiest shade on fair skin, its a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! I have hit pan on this shade so many times it made my Most Repurchased Products of all time.

NYX Mauve blush

PB13 Mauve

Mauve: Again, another NYX shade name that is very misleading. This is not a plum-toned blush at all. Its one of those soft, neutral, matte blushes with beigey/browny undertones, similar to some of my favourite MAC blushes like Prism, Blushbaby, or Mocha. None are dupes for Mauve. Mauve is more peach than any of them.

swatches NYX Mauve VS MAC Prism Blushbaby Mocha

MAC blushes that give a similar effect as NYX Mauve

Here are all six NYX blushes swatched side-by-side:

swatches NYX blushes Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, and Mauve

I’d love to hear what your favourite NYX blush shades are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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MAC Capricious Dupe!

MAC Capricious dupe

Revlon Super Lustrous Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

I’m such a huge fan of MAC’s Capricious lipstick. I just bought another one. This lustre finish lipstick is the perfect rosy plum (and also the shade worn by Evil Queen Regina on Once Upon a Time). It may just be my all time favourite MAC lipstick.

I recently did a post on my Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick collection and my favourite Revlon shade is without a doubt the beautifully plum, Mauvy Night (with the recently discovered Plumilicious a very close second). It suddenly hit me that the two shades are quite similar. Although they don’t initially appear to be dupes in the tube, I tried side-by-side swatches and it turns out that Mauvy Night may just be a dupe for MAC Capricious! and probably why I love them both so much.

Swatch Revlon Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

Left: Mauvy Night Right: Capricious

I would say that Capricious is a bit more pigmented and slightly glossier than Mauvy Night, but otherwise they are extremely similar. MAC lipsticks are $19.00 CAD and Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are only $9.99 CAD, so Mauvy Night is a pretty great drugstore alternative if you’re on a budget.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Two Makeup Geek Eyeshadows that are Dupes…for Each Other?

Makeup Geek Last Dance and Homecoming

One of these things is not a lot like the other

The other day I posted about my favourite Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I’m a big fan of MUG and really enjoyed the eyeshadows I’ve ordered. Of course, like any brand, there have been some “misses” but nothing as peculiar as these two shades: Last Dance and Homecoming.

Makeup Geek Last Dance and Homecoming

Dupes?

Although Homecoming is described on the MUG site as “medium brown with gold shimmer” and Last Dance as “satin medium to deep plummy brown”, these two shades seem to be identical. Check out the swatches and see if you can tell which is which:

Swatches: Makeup Geek Last Dance & Homecoming

Swatches: Last Dance & Homecoming

Now, I’m not sure if this was an accidental mis-labelling situation? I feel like these might both be Homecoming. If anyone else has ordered either (or both) of these shades please let me know what you think. Are these just really similar or could this have been a mistake?

UPDATE: I emailed Makeup Geek with a link to this post, and they confirmed I had been sent two Homecomings. They sent me a new Last Dance right away for free which was super nice of them! To see the REAL Last Dance, check out this post.

As always, thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Battle of the BeautyBlenders: How does Sephora Brand Compare?

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the BeautyBlender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.

The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.

So when I saw the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set for $12 CAD as a Black Friday deal, I thought – I need more sponges! Although these minis aren’t available on the Sephora site anymore, Sephora does have a regular sized Precision sponge. But do these cute little sponges perform as well as the original BeautyBlender?

Here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Sephora Precision sponges are almost as soft and neither soak up much product.
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. The Sephora sponges did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set is, as advertised, “mini” so it took a little bit longer to blend my entire face than it did with the larger BeautyBlender. However, the regular sized Sephora Precision sponge looks to be a comparable size (and shape) to the BeautyBlender.
  • Poofiness. The Sephora sponges don’t poof up as much and increase in size as much when you wet them. They seem a bit denser. I find they feel a tiny bit less soft against the skin because of this.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. Like the Real Techniques sponge, the Sephora sponges did not.

I think the Sephora sponges are a good dupe and apply liquid foundation just as well as the BeautyBlender. But consider the prices:

BeautyBlender: $26 CAD
Real Techniques: $9.99 CAD
Sephora Precision Sponge (regular size): $18 CAD

If the choice was between Sephora and Real Techniques, I would go with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge hands down!

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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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Battle of the Makeup Sponges: Real Techniques VS Beautyblender

The Beauty Blender VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Beautyblender (left) VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (right)

I am already a huge fan of the Beautyblender. The latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply liquid foundation. The only downside is that it costs $26 CAD. Although my first one did last about 4-5 months before needing replacing.

The Real Techniques tools were on sale at my Lawtons, so I thought I would try out the decidedly less expensive Miracle Complexion Sponge. Normally $9.99 CAD, I got it for only $7.99. Either way that’s much less than the Beautyblender. But how does it compare to the original?

After using it for over a week, here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Real Techniques is made from polyurethane foam. The Beautyblender doesn’t say what it’s made of specifically, but the two sponges feel extremely similar and I think they are made of the same material. Both are very soft and neither soak up much product. With my eyes closed, I don’t think I could tell one from the other by touching them (except for the shape).
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. I felt the Real Techniques did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

The one difference I really LIKED:

  • Shape. I really enjoyed the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Real Techniques sponge is bigger. I found it slightly more difficult to use around my nose, under my eyes, etc., but this wasn’t too big a deal.
  • Cleaning. The Real Techniques sponge is a bit more more difficult to wash. Not sure why that is.
  • Drying time: The Real Techniques sponge doesn’t seem to dry as quickly as the Beautyblender does.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. I don’t have anyplace to put the Real Techniques sponge.

I think the shape and size difference will come down to personal preference; Some people might prefer a bigger sponge, and some people might prefer the Beautyblender’s egg shape instead of the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge. Overall I thought the Real Techniques worked just as well as the Beautyblender in applying my foundation smoothly, evenly and streak-free. If you aren’t interested in paying the extra $12+ dollars, I think the Real Techniques is a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender.

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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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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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Dupe

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow
I was sad to hit pan on some of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, especially “Naked 2”, the one I wore most often. I really like wearing this shade all over the lid as a very natural, everyday “no makeup” makeup look. While I was in Sephora I asked the SA if UD made Naked 2 as an individual shadow. They don’t, but she was so sweet and helpful and immediately recommended another shade that she said is a very close dupe for Naked 2: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Cement”.

Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown “Cement” Eye Shadow

Cement is described as “a grey beige” and is completely matte.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Swatches (L-R): Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

It’s extremely similar to Naked 2. Both are very light, matte, cool-toned beigey-taupes. I would say Naked 2 is a little warmer and more brown, and Cement is a little more grey.

I’m really happy with it! If there are your-lips-but-better shades, I would say this is a your-eyelids-but-better eye shadow 🙂

This is the first Bobbi Brown eye shadow I’ve tried. In Canada they’re available at SephoraMurale, and Holt Renfrew for $26.00 CAD. Now I’d like to try some other Bobbi Brown shadows. Which ones would you recommend?

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Drugstore Find: Milani Color Statement Lipliners

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

After my post on Annabelle lipliners I felt like I needed to give a shout out to my other favourite drugstore lipliners, the Milani Color Statement Lipliners. I first heard about these from LisaLisaD1. These are very similar to MAC lipliners (which I also really love) and are just as good quality in my opinion, but for a lower price. The differences would be you get more product with the MAC liners (1.45g vs the 1.14g Milani) and I find the Milani liners softer and require more frequent sharpening, so the MAC would certainly last longer. Also, MAC has a much wider colour selection. I think the Milani are the best drugstore lip liners.

If you love neutral lip liners though, you will love some of the shades from Milani. I have:

  • 02 – True Red: This is the only non-neutral one I have, that I got for using with red lipsticks. Its a blue-toned red, which is harder to find in a liner, and is also nice to wear on its own.
  • 03 – Nude: My favourite and the one I have worn the most (I’m getting down to the end and will definitely repurchase). It’s a light, pinkey-brown nude. It’s a my-lips-but-better shade worn on its own and also works with almost any lipstick shade.
  • 04 – All Natural: My second favourite. It leaves the land of “pinkey” brown and arrives more in nude brown land. This is a great one for a 1990s lip! It’s a light, neutral brown so it also works well with lots of lipstick shades.
  • 07 – Brandy: A pretty, dark, mauvey-brown. It’s the darkest out of the five I have.
  • 09 – Spice: A medium, warm brown.
Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

I find these liners creamy, non-drying, easy to apply. They make a great base under lipsticks or on their own for a matte lip. They retail for about $3.99 CAD which is amazing. I ordered mine (with the exception of True Red) directly from the Milani website which ships to Canada. Shipping was $16.45 USD, but there were no additional customs fees.

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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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Cargo Cosmetics now at Lawtons Drugs

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

I was exited that my local Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics. I had never seen it in “real life” before. I knew I had to try one of their blushes. Although “Catalina” is apparently one of their most popular/best-selling shades, seeing it in person I was hesitant. It was a really bright pink! I decide to go with the “Tonga” blush instead, which to me seemed much better suited to fair skin. Cargo describes it as “pink terracotta”.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Tonga is a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve. Here it is compared to two shades from Nars: “Madly” (also a soft, brown-pink) and “Orgasm” (a shimmery peachy-pink). Tonga is similar to Madly and very different from Orgasm, to give you some points of reference.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

I love it. It looks totally natural on fair skin. I love the packaging too, and it’s awesome that you get a ton of product: 8.9 g. I go through a lot of blush 🙂 A MAC blush is 6 g (for $25 CND) and a Nars blush is 4.5 g (for $33 CND). So although the Cargo blush is $26 CND, it’s actually inexpensive considering how much product you get. Cargo is about $2.89/g, MAC  $4.17/g and Nars $7.33/g.

I had really wanted to get an Eye Shadow Single in “Yukon”, but they were already sold out of that shade. The Essential Palette in Cool Neutral caught my eye though. I have a hard time finding cool-toned eyeshadows, especially in neutral/brown shades and especially in a palette.

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in "Cool Neutral"

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in “Cool Neutral”

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

The “browbone” shade is an exact dupe for MAC’s “Brule” one of my all time favourite shadows. It doesn’t show up in the photo because it’s basically an exact match for my skintone. It is a pale, matte cream/beige shade that’s perfect for blending out other shades and for a highlight.

The “lid” colour was a little disappointing because it just doesn’t show up as well as it does in the pan. It’s very light on the skin, almost as light as the “browbone” shade.

The “crease” colour is beautiful. Mostly matte with just a hint of sheen, it is a perfect cool taupe shade. The “outer corner” shade is deep, cool brown. I didn’t use the shades in the way the palette suggests, with the exception of the browbone shade.

I don’t think these shades are very dupe-able. As I mentioned, it’s tough to find cool-toned neutrals. I also love that these are mostly matte and none are super shimmery. It’s such a wearable palette. The quality of the shadows are excellent; very pigmented (with the exception of the “lid” shade) and very soft, smooth, and blendable. There also wasn’t any fall-out when I was applying them (a big pet peeve of mine).

The palette is a bit pricey at $39 CND, but I think, totally worth it. And again, like the blush, you do get a ton of product. Each shade is 3.7 g. A MAC eye shadow is 1.5 g for $18 CND. So four MAC shadows would be $72. You get way more product for a lot less with the Cargo palette.

I am looking forward to heading back to try out some more Cargo products. If you have any recommendations, please leave me a comment!

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Cargo Cosmetics in Canada.

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