Battle of the Liquid Lipsticks: Too Faced Melted vs. L.A. Girl Glazed vs. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color vs. OCC Lip Tar vs. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer

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This week’s post is all about my adventures in liquid lipstick testing. There are some hot new lip products on the shelves lately, from drugstore to high end, and you all know me: I don’t discriminate; I’ll try them all! It seems to me the most popular ones are Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, L.A. Girl’s Glazed Lip Paint, Milani’s Lip Intense Liquid Color, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics or OCC’s Lip Tar and Rimmel’s Show Off Lip Lacquer. I’ve had a few of these babies in my collection already and picked up the Too Faced Melteds and L.A. Girl Glazed so I decided it was about time to write up a comparison for you all. First let’s do a packaging and swatch comparison between L.A. Girl and Too Faced since there was a lot of talk in the beauty community recently about how similar these products looked to each other when they were released a few weeks back:

L.A. Girl Glazed vs. Too Faced Melted Swatches

L.A. Girl Glazed (from left: Pin-Up, Bombshell, Hot Mess, Babydoll, Blushing and Coy) vs. Too Faced Melted (Melted Ruby, Melted Fuchsia, Melted Coral, Melted Peony, Melted Nude and Melted Violet) with swatches

Right off the bat, I can tell you the L.A. Girl Glazed are NOT dupes for Too Faced Melted. If you were hoping to save some cash and try out the less expensive versions from L.A. Girl, I wish I could tell you they are more similar in texture and color, but they’re really not. In my swatches above, the first three shades to the left look the most alike however, the formula on these is vastly different. I would say the Glazed are closer to OCC’s Lip Tars and the Melted are more of a true… well, “melted” lipstick. Too Faced are creamier, thicker and not as runny as L.A. Girl. Both pack a big punch when it comes to pigmentation and you only need one swipe to coat your lips in total opaqueness, which I love. The Melted lipsticks have a sweet, almost cherry scent and the Glazed have a minty scent and slightly tingle your lips but do not cause any burning sensations like some lip plumping products do. The Glazed are also more glossy than the Melted and harder to apply with their squeeze tip that is just a larger hole in the plastic slanted edge. I would recommend using a lip brush for a cleaner and neater application. The Melted leave a satin, almost matte finish, much like a regular lipstick in a tube would leave (unless it’s a high shine lipstick formula of course!) and the tip is fantastic- one of the best features to the packaging in my opinion: a slanted tip covered in a furry felted texture with tiny holes allowing the product through so you can achieve a more even and controlled application. Plus, the formula of the product is thicker and creamier so it doesn’t drip out or run all over your lips which is a bonus.

Let’s talk about staying power: because the Glazed are a tad on the runny side, I did notice feathering around my lips after 30 minutes or so. Kind of a bummer for me because I hate feather. I guess I could use a lip liner to help lock them in place and also give me a neater application so that’s a quick fix. Or you could wear these over a regular lipstick as well. The Glazed do stain your lips a tad. Not as much as say, the Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains do or an actual “lip stain” product, but they do leave behind a slight stain. Not so much with the lighter colors in the Melted line- only Ruby, Fuchsia and Violet left a slight stain, though not as much as the Glazed. I feel like Too Faced lasted longer on my lips before I needed a new swipe to punch up the color, say about 4 hours. L.A. Girl needed some help around those feathering lines an hour into my day and I found myself touching them up a lot more often, though the glossy shine did last a decent amount of time. When it comes to quality, hands down Too Faced Melted wins this battle! The tube itself feels rather nice in your hands and the applicator tip was really awesome. The quality of the product inside was of course much better too- felt more comfy on my lips and really wore nicely throughout the day. I would say these are worth their $21 price tag for 0.40 fl. oz./12mL of product. But I am not saying you shouldn’t pick up some L.A. Girl Glazed for ONLY $4 again with 0.40 fl. oz./12mL of product. They both smell, feel, look and last differently on the lips!

Now let’s talk about all the other liquid lipsticks in my collection and how these all compare to each other or scroll to the bottom to find out which brand wins out overall for the title of “Best Liquid Lipstick”.

Battle of the Liquid Lipsticks

Too Faced Melted in Fuschia (Melted Peony pictured here at the bottom only to show you the applicator tip since I do not have a full size of Melted Fuchsia, only a sample) vs. L.A. Girl Glazed in Bombshell vs. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral vs. OCC Lip Tar in Anime vs. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic

If were going to call them “liquid lipsticks” than Too Faced Melted, Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color ($7 for 0.20 fl. oz./6mL) and Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer ($6 for 0.18 fl. oz./9.8mL) feel to me like the closest thing to it. L.A. Girl Glazed and OCC Lip Tar ($18 for 0.33 fl. oz./6mL) feel so similar, very runny and glossy, with the Glazed taking the prize for most glossy out of them all. OCC Lip Tar stains the best in my opinion and both the Glazed and Lip Tars have that slightly tingly minty smell, taste and sensation. The least pigmentation and color payoff goes to Milani which have a very similar sweet cherry scent like Too Faced. Don’t get me wrong: Milani packs a punch! But You can see it’s a thinner formula, though more mousy compared to OCC and L.A. Girl but I felt like I needed two layers to achieve full opaqueness. Easiest to apply? Too Faced, Milani and the winner for best applicator: Rimmel which has a doe foot applicator that gives you just the right amount of product and a precise application with it’s extra slanted fuzzy tip! Love it! These all have great lasting power, much longer than a regular lipstick, so that’s a plus. And you never have to worry about breaking off your lipstick tube on a hot day or if you apply too much pressure: these are already in the perfect melted form! Now let’s check out my categories and see how each brand did:

Truest “Liquid Lipstick” Formula:

  • 1st Place: Too Faced
  • 2nd Place: Rimmel
  • 3rd Place: Milani

Glossiest Formula:

  • 1st Place: L.A. Girl
  • 2nd Place: Rimmel
  • 3rd Place: OCC

Longest Lasting Formula:

  • 1st Place: OCC
  • 2nd Place: Too Faced
  • 3rd Place: Rimmel

Most Comfortable Formula:

  • 1st Place: Too Faced
  • 2nd Place: Milani
  • 3rd Place: Rimmel

Best Pigmentation:

  • 1st Place: OCC
  • 2nd Place: Too Faced
  • 3rd Place: L.A. Girl

Best Packaging/Applicator:

  • 1st Place: Rimmel
  • 2nd Place: Too Faced
  • 3rd Place: Milani
  • LAST PLACE: OCC- I should mention I am NOT a fan of OCC’s packaging at all but I know a lot of people love it. I can’t wait for OCC to come out with stick versions of their colors!

And finalllyyy… Overall Best Liquid Lipstick Winner (based on all categories and my rigorous testing): Drumroll please…

  • 1st Place: Too Faced
  • 2nd Place: Rimmel
  • 3rd Place: OCC

Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks and which ones are your favorites? Any other brands I didn’t mention that you think are worth a shot? Please leave me a comment and let me know. I love chatting with you all and getting to hear YOUR options and favorites! Thanks for stopping by and I hope I was able to help you find a new liquid lipstick that you might want to pick up now!

Haul: Estée Lauder Skincare and GWP Time at Macy’s

Hi everyone! This week I visited my local Macy’s department store in search of some new skincare from Estée Lauder and lucky for me, it happened to be their “Free Gift With Purchase” month! I LOVE GWPs: I think it’s a great way to try out deluxe and sometimes full-size products that you may have never tried before. And I love Estée Lauder skincare so it was a win-win situation. Take a peek at all my lovely goodies I hauled:

Estee Lauder Haul

Haulage pic I posted on my Instagram @kskybeauty

First, let’s talk about my skincare purchases and why I love and trust this brand so much! My skin has always been combo to oily: I have a very oily t-zone, yet my cheeks and lips always seem to be dry. I also have struggled with acne and breakouts over the years, mostly on my chin and lower jaw as well as blackheads on my nose. In the summer, my skin is always a little better (I think it’s due to more sun exposure and the humitity in the air, although I’m always careful about that and never go overboard) but in the winter, the dry patches in some areas drive me nuts and it’s hard to combat my oily areas without drying out my skin even further.

Let me just put it out there: since high school, I have tried EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING under the sun in terms of face cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams, acne treatments, masks, peels, lip conditioners… you name it, I’ve purchased it and gave it a whirl. From drugstore to high-end, I’ve bought them all. The ONE BRAND I keep going back to… The ONE SKINCARE LINE that has NEVER disappointed me… Is Estée Lauder! I think a lot of younger women have this impression that the brand is for more mature skin (something your mother or even grandmother would buy) but I have to let those girls know: it’s not true. I’ve been using their line of skincare since my early 20s when a friend in college recommended the brand to me. For my skin needs and for the type of skin I have, I loved their products from the moment I started using them. Problem was, as a college kid, money was tight and I couldn’t always afford them. So off and on throughout the years (and when I had the extra cash), I always headed over to my local Estée Lauder counter when my skin was really misbehaving and I needed a great regimen to kick it back into shape.

This past week, fed up with the nasty winter weather that’s still lingering here in NJ causing my newest skin issues, I decided to go back and see what Estée Lauder had in their line as of late. First up: their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II which is a serum I put on after I’ve washed my face at night using the Clarisonic Mia 2 with Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. This serum is amazeballs! This is my 4th bottle I believe? I know, I know… it’s pricy at $62 for an ounce of product, but trust me: this stuff works great and it will last you a while! Packed with anti-aging goodness, it apparently rejuvenates your skin overnight and works with your body’s cell purification process to give you softer, smoother and more hydrated skin in the morning. The main reason I love it? My makeup the next morning goes on flawless without any dry patches of skin showing through my foundation. And when I don’t use it? Yup- those pesky patches are back!

Estee Lauder Skincare

My Estée Lauder skincare purchases

Next I purchased Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex which is basically the eye cream (well, it’s a gel) version of their serum. I’m testing this one out at the moment as it’s a new product for me but so far, I like it. I have the worst time with dry skin around my eyelids when I wear eyeshadow primer so I definitely need a good, hydrating eye treatment. I’ll do an update in a few weeks with how well this works for me but it seems to be helping already. It’s $55 for half an ounce but I typically can get a good three months or more out of my eye cream jars.

Finally, I bought their Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme for Normal/Combination Skin which is $42 for 1.7 ounces. I am a HUGE fan (and typically buy) their Daywear moisturizer and Advanced Time Zone night cream but I wanted to get a little extra dose of hydration to really knock out this bad dryness. The consultant at the counter suggested I try this new one. LOVE IT!!! Their mositerizers go on so smooth and sink right into my skin which is such a lovely feeling. I’ve been using it for about three days now, so again, I’ll post an update soon but I haven’t had any new dryness and my skin has been super soft!

Now onto the free GWP!!! If you’re already a fan of Lilly Pulitzer prints, you’ll think this new spring themed 7-piece collection is adorable:

Macy’s Estee Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Free Gift With Purchase

Macy’s Estee Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Free Gift With Purchase

I spent over the $35 requirement (OBVIOUSLY LOL!!!) so I was able to customize the gift and choose which pieces best suited my skin type and coloring- how neat! I’d much rather be able to pick and choose what goes into my GWPs rather than have generic ones given out. Customers aren’t all the same so I appreciate when you can tailor these freebies to your skin and coloring preferences! Along with the cute mirror and matching travel makeup bag, I got a mini version of their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (sweet!), a deluxe-size sample of their Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (never tried so I’m curious), Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion (LOVE and these deluxe samples last forever for me- I never need to purchase a full size!), DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme with SPF 15 (or I could have chosen the firming/lifting cream), an eyeshadow quad with bold pinks and purples (or a gold-toned neutral quad but I have a ton of neural shades in my collection), Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pink Parfait (or I could have picked their Sugar Honey), Double-Ended Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light/Medium (again, you pick your shade), another lipstick in Rose Tea (WOW!) andddddd a full-size lip conditioner which I’m using it before bed at night. Whew! Ton of stuff, right?

If you’re curious after this post and want to try anything from Estée Lauder’s skincare line but can’t make it to the mall before this GWP is over on March 23rd, check out Macy’s online skincare calculator here which helps you find your ideal skincare products, similar to what one of their consultants at the beauty counter would do for you. There’s a foundation one too since I know shopping for a matching foundation color online can be the hardest thing ever! Everyones preferences and skin types are different so what works for me might not work for you of course, but I love the fact that Macys has this quick, interactive quiz to help their customers identify the perfect product for their skincare and beauty needs!

Thanks for stopping in to catch up with me and check out my latest haul. I’ll be sure to post an update on how well the eye gel and hydrating moisturizer are working for me in a few weeks! And if I hear about any upcoming GWPs from any of my favorite cosmetic companies, I’ll make sure I keep you all informed too!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win:

Wet N Wild Sping 2014 Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

500 Followers GIVEAWAY on Instagram

 

Wet N Wild’s new Spring 2014 The Style Award Goes To… collection featuring these two GORGEOUS eyeshadow palettes in Walking The Red Carpet and Flirting At The After Party! All you have to do is like and repost my photo on Instagram, hashtag #kskybeauty500 and tag @kskybeauty so I can enter you. Once I reach 500 followers, I’ll announce a winner! Open internationally so please check it out! Thank you all! I love my readers and followers! You guys make blogging about makeup and beauty fun for me and I really enjoy and love our online beauty community!

xoxo,
Kathleen

Mini Review: Spring 2014 Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush

I want to start a new feature here at K Sky Beauty where once a week (shooting for once a week!!!) I upload a new “Mini Review” post on a beauty product I am using at the moment. Only a few paragraphs and photos giving you a quick summary on that product in case you were curious about it as well and wanted feedback.

Today I have the first mini review on the new Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush from their Spring 2014 collection which comes in a display with four other brushes like this:

Wet n Wild Brush Display

The new 2014 Wet n Wild brush collection display I found at my local Harmon Discount

Awesome colors, right? I only picked up the eyeshadow brush (I spell it “eyeshadow” but I see a lot of cosmetic companies also spell it “eye shadow”) because the face brushes, to be honest, looked a little flimsy to me and not as dense as the ones I own from MAC, Sigma, Real Techniques, etc. I wasn’t expecting much in terms of quality for such a cheap price-point (99¢ to $2.99) and from a drugstore brand.

Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush

Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush

Boy was I wrong! Made from natural hair fibers with a sturdy wooden handle, this brush performs better than my MAC 239 shader brush and my MAC 242 and it’s also a little wider so it can cover more area! I have been using the WnW brush to pack both cream, pigment and powder shadow on my lid and also to blend into my transition area or into my outer v area and I am super impressed! This brush picks up a TON of product very easily which is nice so you don’t have to keep going back and dipping into the pan. I also found- even with notoriously flaky shadows- that it helps minimize fallout because the brush really grabs the shadow. I was able to build up color in no time and evenly blend it out, which is exactly what you’d want in a shader/packing brush this shape and size.

As for being able to clean this brush: I had no issues with my normal cleaning method (dip and swirl in 91% isopropyl alcohol, then baby shampoo and water to rinse) and after using and cleaning it a few times now, I see no wear and tear, shedding or missing bristles. Time will tell in that department, but for 99¢? You can’t go wrong. In fact, I’m going to see if I can track down another one or two to keep on hand- they’re THAT good so I highly suggest you give this brush a try if you find it! I might even pick up the remaining three other brushes and give them a try as well!

Thanks for stopping by to catch up with me and please leave me a comment below letting me know if you’ve tried any of these brushes and what your experience has been!

Round Two: Remaining Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection: Review & Swatches

Ok, I’m back with the remaining eight shades in the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection for a review and swatches to show you all. It only took me FOUR MONTHS to hunt the rest of them down, LOL! I know most drugstores by me still only carry the original sixteen shades (you can see a review and swatches of those here if you missed my first post) so I had to purchase the rest from Ulta.com. Luckily they had a BOGO 50% off sale for all Revlon cosmetics PLUS I had a 20% off your total purchase coupon… you know I love a bargain! Take a peek at the remaining eight below:

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection – New Shades and Scents

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes

The Lineup

I’ll start off by saying that most of these shades are a cream formula and opaque with one to two coats which is nice. And like the original batch I reviewed, these all have pleasant scents as well (to me anyway… I know we all have different preferences). I’ve had these new polishes for a few weeks now so I’ve been able to play around with them and one thing I really wanted to try was the Top Coat Test to see if the scents would still be present under a layer of top coat. I am pleased to say that with the shades I tried: Lime Basil and Chocolate Truffle, the scents sure lasted! At first it dulled down the perfume oils in these and muted the smell. But after the top coat dried and a few hours went by, I could smell the scents coming back! Here’s the kicker: without a top coat, the perfume oils seem to dry up or fade after a few days like I wrote in my last review. However, with a top coat- I was able to get a FULL WEEK of scent coming off my nails. Weird, right? I did not expect that at all. I used one of my favorite top coats, Seche Vite too! And for anyone who’s familiar with Seche Vite, you know what a thick top coat that is! Going forward, I will definitely be using a top coat with these polishes because it helps the color last longer without chipping and keeps them shiny without losing their scent! Good to know!

Now, let’s get into each color and scent, shall we?

Revlon Parfumerie Chocolate Truffle

Chocolate Truffle

First up, Chocolate Truffle: Ok, I’m not going to lie… this scent was my LEAST favorite of the group and the one I found to be the most disappointing especially after Revlon did such a great job with Autumn Spice which had a true chocolate note to it! Chocolate Truffle smells like fake chocolate syrup if that makes any sense? It doesn’t have the richness and deep cocoa notes you’d expect, but rather a too-sugary, too-commercial fragrance that reminds me of those chocolate scented markers from Mr. Sketch we all had growing up. As for the color? That’s entirely a different story! I LOVE this shade and this cream formula and it was one of my top three favorites from this bunch! Chocolate Truffle is a dark mocha that glides on so evenly and smooth. You could get away with just one coat if you’re in a hurry but with two, OMG! Perfection! I love the way this one looked on my nails and I’ve worn it twice so far!

Revlon Parfumerie Ginger Melon

Ginger Melon

Next we have Ginger Melon, a bright pinky-coral with a cream finish as well. Funny thing about Ginger Melon: this formula with one coat could almost pass for a jelly nail polish because you could still see my nail beds underneath. I might have to try a jelly-sandwhich with this one. 🙂 Ginger Melon applied nicely, smoothed out after a second or two and was opaque with the second coat. The scent? Light and sweet, less ginger and more melon as in watermelon. It reminds me of Bubblicious Watermelon gum but not as strong. In fact, if you’re not into scented nail polishes but love this hot coral color, give Ginger Melon a try anyway. The perfume oil in this one isn’t overwhelming at all.

Revlon Parfumerie Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom looks soooooo close to the shade of Ginger Melon in the bottle so if you don’t want to pick up every shade in this collection (What? You’re not a crazy makeup hoarder like me?!?) but like hot coral colors, I’d say go with one or the other. It’s true that Orange Blossom is of course… orange. But orange with more of a reddish tint. This cream formula went on very nicely as well and again, this scent is not overwhelming in any way. I get more floral than citrus with this polish, hence the “Blossom” in it’s name.

Revlon Parfumerie Powder Puff

Powder Puff

Ah… Powder Puff… such a GORGEOUS color- and so multifaceted too! This shade is NOT a cream formula, but instead has tiny shards of glitter (I say shards because there are no easily recognizable shapes to the glitters- they’re more like chopped up bits and pieces) throughout it’s light, baby pink base. The glitters remind me of mica particles and there are some blues, coppers and silvers mixed in which really go nicely with the soft pink! Please forgive my swatch above. I could not- for the life of me- take a decent photo of this polish to show you what I mean! But, I have seen some other great swatch photos online from other bloggers so do a search and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Powder Puff does not smell like baby powder as you’d expect. At least not to me! I get a powdery note in there, but it’s more floral, feminine and clean smelling. There was this perfume by Avon back in the 80s that had a similar smell… Sweet Honesty, maybe? I can’t remember exactly but this polish scent reminds me of that soft, light fragrance.

Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil

Lime Basil

Lime Basil is next and I’ve already read so many reviews saying how gross this polish smells. I tend to disagree. It’s different! I’ll say that! Lime Basil is one of the stronger scented polishes in this batch alongside Chocolate Truffle, Balsam Fir and Espresso. I don’t get a ton of basil from it but you can definitely pick out the citrus notes. This polish is almost candy-scented, like something you would eat. But fresh smelling at the same time. I also get a bit of a pine scent in here. Maybe that’s the basil herb coming through? The color? FABULOUS! I own a lot of greens in my nail polish collection but nothing like this! It’s not a teal but could look that way in certain lights. It’s not a Kelly green either. I’d say Lime Basil is a blue-toned bold green and the cream formula is opaque with only one coat. However, this particular polish did not go on as smooth as some of the other creams so keep that in mind.

Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir: MY FAVORITE!!! How stunning is this color?! To die for! A true “Army” green in my opinion. Not hunter- not jungle. Army green but nice and bright! Also one of the best cream formulas and a dream to apply. The scent? Amazing if you love winter/Christmas scents. There’s nothing negative I can say about this perfect little bottle of polish! Total dupe for Bath & Body Works/White Barn Candle Company’s Fresh Balsam and I don’t care if I light that candle religiously from November through January, I am wearing this polish all year long! Definitely smells like a Christmas tree or fresh wreath and this polish was one of the more bold scents that lasted longer than the others. You need this in your collection. Period.

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain

Tropical Rain

Disappointed that Powder Puff didn’t smell exactly like baby powder? Well don’t fret! Tropical Rain does! Yeah, I know… “Tropical Rain”. But no, this polish, although a BEAUTIFUL shade of blue and also a shimmery finish to boot- smells nothing like it’s name suggests. I even asked my husband to take a whiff when I finished painting my nails with it the other night and his first response: “Baby powder.” Strange! I do not smell anything fruity, tropical or island-like and this was one of the shades I was excited about for it’s fragrance based on it’s name. The color is very pretty: a bright, bold sky blue with cobalt iridescent shimmer throughout. Be warned though: aside from it’s mismatched scent, this polish was one of the hardest to apply! I think the issue is, the surface dries sooo quickly that when you go back to do the other side of your nail, you pull away the first swipe a little bit. Work quickly with this polish and you might fare better than I did. Because of what I’ve mentioned, this polish was my least favorite of the bunch and it’s a shame because it is a lovely color.

Revlon Parfumerie Espresso

Espresso

Lastly, Espresso. Deep, rich, dark and mysterious black polish with a blue undertone- the first coat almost goes on with a jelly-like finish. I LOVED the formula to this one and it was opaque with two coats. On my nails, it’s definitely black but as you’re painting with it, you can see the blueish-gray base throughout. The scent is a strong bold coffee fragrance but with a touch of musk and sandalwood. It reminds me of after dinner dessert and drinks at a fancy Italian restaurant! My husband always orders an espresso with a lemon peal. The good news is, this polish doesn’t have that bitter, burnt tire smell to it. Just a rich, pleasant coffee tone. Also one of the polish scents that lingered the longest on my nails- about four days.

So that’s it! All twenty-four nail polish shades and scents in Revlon’s newest Parfumerie collection within two of these blog posts. Like I said last time, I really do love this line of nail polishes and I am super impressed that Revlon came out with gorgeous shades and fragrances that were more mature and pleasing compared to their older line of scented polishes. For the most part, these are a dream to apply and two coats is all you need. You can get about four to six days of no chipping or peeling without a top coat and with a top coat- I went a week and a half!

If you’ve been wondering what each bottle smells like, what finishes and formulas are offered in this line, how they perform or what the colors truly look like once painted on the nails, I hope I was able to answer some of those questions and maybe aid in your decision on which ones you should pick up for your own collection next time you’re at the drugstore. Please leave a comment below telling me if you’ve tried any yet, which ones are you favorites and which ones were a disappointment or which shades you’re dying to get your hands on! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette by BH Cosmetics: Review & Swatches

 BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Close up of the beautiful shades in the BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time eyeshadow palette

A few weeks ago I pre-ordered the new It’s Judy Time eyeshadow palette from BH Cosmetics because I had seen a few promising YouTube reviews and hey, let’s face it: I’m a sucker for browns and purples on my blue eyes. The price point seemed great at $14.95 compared to some of my higher-end palettes in the $50+ range and I’ve always enjoyed watching Judy on her YouTube channel It’s Judy Time. I like the idea of beauty gurus teaming up with cosmetic companies to create their own personalized makeup palettes. Prior to this purchase, I had never owned any BH Cosmetic eyeshadows so I was curious to see how they would perform. Once this palette arrived earlier in week, I began to play around with it every day to make sure I could give an honest and thorough review for you.

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Outside packaging

First off: Packaging. I personally LOVE when eyeshadow palettes are sleek, slender and travel-friendly and this palette is all three! It reminds me of my Lorac Pro Palette except for that rubbery feel on the outside (which I am not a fan of because it can leave a lot of fingerprints). The case is in sturdy cardboard with a black matte finish and gold lettering and closes securely with a magnetic flap in the front. Very chic!

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

The shade selection

Inside are 12 shades of 6.75g/.24oz each (about the size of a penny) and the colors are mainly neutrals with a few pops of purple and blue. Not that it’s a big deal, but I do like it when each eyeshadow color has a name or number underneath and I was a little disappointed to see these colors were not named by Judy. I think that might have been a fun little touch. The mirror on the top flap is not very big so that might be annoying for those expecting a large enough mirror to use during the application process but 9 times out of 10, I hardly use my palette’s mirrors anyway.

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

“Natural is beautiful, but makeup is glam” and I couldn’t agree more with Judy!

Let’s start with the top row from left:

  • A matte, light peachy-beige (peachier than MAC’s Orb but close), perfect for highlighting or blending (this shade happens to be close to my natural skin tone so I’ll use it more for blending)
  • A warm, matte sable-brown similar to MAC’s Soft Brown (which I love for my transition area or for more blending)
  • A shimmery golden-brown close to MAC’s Woodwinked but more on the warm side (again, could be for the transition area)
  • A pink-toned, medium matte brown
  • A deep, cocoa matte brown (definitely crease-worthy!) like MAC’s Embark
  • And a shimmery dark brown, reminiscent of MAC’s Carbonized

And then on the bottom row from left:

  • The perfect “copper penny” color with lots of shimmer like MAC’s Honey Lust but a tad darker
  • A rich, burnt orangey-brown with a metallic finish, the most buttery shadow in this palette and totally stunning!
  • The darkest shade of the bunch (believe-it-or-not!), this matte, deep brownish-black base has sparkly flecks of burgundy throughout and is a very close dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Blackheart (and dare I say I like this shade even better?!)
  • A medium, cool-toned purple frosty-metallic that almost appears to be a duochrome (it’s not unfortunately) and is a close dupe for Urban Decay’s Vice 2 Betrayal
  • A satin, what I would call “periwinkle” (GORGEOUS on the eye!) but probably the shade I had the most trouble with as you do need patience to build it and it was the chalkiest of the bunch
  • And finally, a dark, navy blue matte base with royal blue sparkles throughout which seemed a tad on the “gritty side” to me

I’ll be honest, I couldn’t wait to swatch this puppy because the colors look so stunning together. However… my initial thoughts when swatched dry with my fingertips on the back of my hand? I was NOT impressed and started to get worried. None of the YouTube videos I watched commented on how poorly they swatch and so I almost wondered at first if there was something wrong with my palette because I expected to feel buttery soft shadows that glided on like a dream. Unfortunately, no. Take a peek:

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Swatched dry with fingertips

The matte shades felt chalky which I know can happen with even higher-end brands and there seemed to be a lot of flakiness with the shimmery shades. I then decided to grab a flat shader brush and see how these applied when dampened a bit, since I know that can really bring out the metallic effect in some shadows and help achieve better color pay-off:

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Swatched with a damp flat shader brush

Much better! I felt now I could really see how these might perform on my eyelids since I always wear a primer anyway. I decided to put them to the real test, because come on! Who just buys an eyeshadow palette to swatch it on the back of your hand? Well, my lovely readers, you’ll be happy to know that despite the fact that these shadows did not swatch very well initially, they did show up nicely on my eyelids and I had no trouble blending them and patting them on gently to build up color and I did NOT use a damp brush or wet the shadows in any way. In fact, I learned a lesson not to always trust hand-swatching in the future.

I am impressed with the pigments in most of these shades. They blended into each other easily and I achieved a nice color-payoff right away: I didn’t have to keep going back in to add more except for that periwinkle color. However, it’s worth it to have patience because once you work with that shade, you do achieve a lovely, vibrant punch of color! These shadows lasted all day on my lids with a primer and I do tend to get oily so I was impressed they didn’t transfer, have any fall-out or crease during the day. Very happy with the wearability of the shadow formula.

Here’s the look I got by using that light, peachy-beige for blending and a highlight, the warm, matte sable in my transition area with a touch of the shimmery golden-brown (see why names or numbered shadows would make this so much easier to explain?) and finally the periwinkle on my lid and the cocoa matte brown on my outer v blended slightly into the crease:

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

A fun, neutral eye look with a pop of color to really bring out my blue eyes!

Despite the fact that there are some close color dupes to MAC and Urban Decay shadows, would I say this palette is along the same lines in terms of quality? Unfortunately no. With MAC, Urban Decay, Lorac, TooFaced and the very high-end Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs, etc., you are paying for the high quality you’d expect. But for only $14.95, I would definitely say this is a great palette to add to your collection with good quality shadows that perform very well. I’d compare them to Wet n Wild’s Color Icon shadows which I’m obsessed with because for the price-point, and used with a decent primer, you can’t go wrong!

What does make this palette stand out in my collect is the fact that Judy did a fantastic job at putting together 12 coordinating shades that will all work nicely with one another. I know that’s not easy to do and I give her credit. A lot of my pricey eyeshadow palettes are not even coordinated this well. And, as you can probably already see, all of these shadows are on the warmer side, except for those last three cool-toned purples and blue, which again, work wonderful next to the warm neutrals! I also love that there are some shades here that I don’t have any dupes for in my collection.

Overall, I’d give this palette a thumbs up and if you’ve been stalking the BH Cosmetics site or YouTubing reviews like I was, just go ahead and order it already! You’ll be happy you did! Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment below letting me know what YOU think of your It’s Judy Time palette and what kinds of fun eyeshadow looks you’ve created using it!

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

FOTD featuring the It’s Judy Time eyeshadow palette by BH Cosmetics

Vaseline Lip Therapy Review: Original, Cocoa Butter & Rosy Lips

‘Tis the Season… for dry lips and let’s face it, I want to rock my red hues this holiday and I’m not about to let nasty chapped lips stop me. I picked up these cute little tubs of Vaseline’s Lip Therapy in three… flavors? shades? um, let’s say in three different kinds: Rosy Lips, Original and Cocoa Butter:

Vaseline Lip Therapy tubs in Rosy Lips, Original and Cocoa Butter

Vaseline Lip Therapy tubs in Rosy Lips, Original and Cocoa Butter

We all know Vaseline and growing up, my mother would use it on my brothers and I for just about everything! Truth be told, when I had my daughter 7 months ago, I even purchased a tub for her changing table though I haven’t had to use it yet. It’s just one of those things you think you’ll need in the house once you have a baby! However, when I saw these cute little lip tubs out on shelves at my local Target last week, I remembered how fantastic Vaseline was for really, really badly chapped lips and with the colder weather approaching, I figured I’d give them a shot. They retail for around $1.99 each and contain .25oz (7g) of product.

Vaseline Lip Therapy tubs in Rosy Lips, Original and Cocoa Butter

The packaging is so tiny and cute!

Vaseline Lip Therapy tubs in Rosy Lips, Original and Cocoa Butter

Only Rosy Lips has a tint to it.

The Original tub is pretty much a doll-sized version of, well, the original Vaseline formula, so not much to report there. However, the Cocoa Butter smells wonderful: a true Cocoa Butter scent- a tad floral with hint of chocolate and even has a slight, sweet taste- almost like vanilla. Of course you wouldn’t want to eat this, but I don’t like when my lip products have a plastic-y taste either. The Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy has the same glossy finish as the Original and the same, clear coverage.

Rosy Lips on the other hand, has a beautiful pinkish/red tint to it and glides on as smooth and glossy as the Original and Cocoa Butter yet it leaves your lips with a soft pink wash of color. Very, very sheer but you can totally see some color. Rosy lips has a soapy rose scent to it- very clean and fresh and not overpowering at all so if you can’t stand rose-scented products, I really don’t think you’d have any issues with this lip treatment because the smell is so mild. As far as taste: again, it almost has that soapiness to it, not sweet, but not offensive either.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Swatches: Rosy Lips (left) compared to Original (right)

Vaseline Lip Therapy Swatches: Rosy Lips (left) compared to Original (right)

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips

Rosy Lips on my pucker

I’d say Rosy Lips would be perfect for daytime when you want to use a lip treatment to help heal your chapped lips (or prevent them) but also want a wash of color when you’re out and about. Sometimes I have light makeup days and do not want a heavy face full of color. I’ll use my power foundation, some mascara, blush and now add my Rosy Lips and I’ll be good to go! I’ve placed Original and Cocoa Butter on my nightstand to use before bed. So far, I wake up in the morning and I have noticed my lips are hydrated and smooth without any peeling or flaking which is a plus when you have the heat running all night and the air is so dry.

Overall, I like these little tubs of lip goodness and will predominately be using them as lip treatments rather than lip glosses that compliment my makeup. The Cocoa Butter version is my favorite scent yet I love Rosy Lips for the soft kiss of color it gives my lips.

Would’t it be awesome if they expanded the line to include a purplish berry color/flavor? I do love me some berry in the winter months! What do you think of these and have you given them a try yet or added them to your Winter skincare routine? Leave me your thoughts below and as always, thanks for stopping by!