Saturday, March 22, 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Mischievous and Audacious: Review, Photos, Swatches

The concept of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm is a good one: a pigment-rich lip balm that goes on creamy but finishes matte and nourishes the lips at the same time. These balms contain shea, coconut, and mango butters and are meant to be moisturizing as well as highly colorful. Like some of Revlon's other lip color products, such as the Colorburst Lip Butters, these are an innovative way to deliver the look of a lipstick but with something different from the traditional lipstick formula.

These balms look and feel like they are made of an almost gel-like formula. Going on, they have quite a bit of slip, like a lip balm, but they certainly have the pigmentation of a matte lipstick. They are highly opaque. They have a semi-strong minty smell, but no minty taste. They have a very slight cooling effect on the lips. A few moments after applying, the balm dries to a matte finish.

I picked up two of these balms, Mischievous and Audacious. Wouldn't you know it, they are both a shade of orange.
Revlon Matte Balm Mischievous
Revlon Matte Balm Audacious


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Revlon Limited Edition Vintage Super Lustrous Lipstick in Jungle Peach

Back in October of 2013, Revlon announced that in spring of 2014 they were going to re-release 5 of their iconic shades from decades past. They had voters decide on five out of ten shades that represented some of Revlon's most beloved classic lipsticks.

Personally, I didn't think I was going to care much about these re-released lipsticks. I am not one for nostalgia, nor do I adore all things vintage. Many makeup lovers relish the idea of being able to don vintage colors and feel connected with the iconic beauty of the past. I am all about what's new and now, but when I saw these vintage lipsticks sitting in a modest display in my CVS, with most of the lipstick having been sold, I saw the colors on the label and was immediately drawn to the lipstick called Jungle Peach. It looked like such a sweet color, and I am always attracted to peach tones.

The five shades of Super Lustrous lipstick that Revlon chose to re-release for a limited time are:

-Icy Violet from 1946
-Snow Peach from 1956
-Sandstorm from 1999
-Fifth Avenue Red from 1958
-Jungle Peach from 1963

These shades appear to have hit stores around mid-February. 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Jungle Peach is light-to-medium, warm-toned peach that leans more towards an orange-cream color than a pink-cream. 

Revlon Jungle Peach
Revlon Jungle Peach

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen: Review and Swatches

Before today, I don't think I had ever used a cream blush. Tragic, I know, yet somehow they had never appealed to me. Powder blushes always seemed to work just fine. They never really looked too cakey over my foundation and finishing powder or looked unnatural. I wear my blush lightly, anyway.

But a couple of weeks ago my sister and I were browsing through CVS and looking for new makeup products. Maybelline had an offering of something new: a blush stick. There were 6 shades to choose from. Me being me, I went for the one that said "coral" on the sticker. I just gravitate towards corals and oranges. I like coral more than pink because pink just feels too girly for me. I got the Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen #30.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks contain shea butter and are meant to be sheer and highly blendable.

They are 0.24 oz of product put into a short cylindrical package that is meant to be portable for easy carrying in one's purse.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Crown Brush Makeup Brushes

Today we are taking a look at Crown Brush makeup brushes.
 
I've heard of Crown Brush here and there on the makeup boards, but I had never seen one up close and personal until I went to The Makeup Show in Los Angeles March 1st and 2nd. Crown Brush was stationed prominently in the center of the loft where the trade show was being held. They had one of the largest booths there and there were just rows upon rows of baskets of brushes. These brushes were not that expensive, thankfully, and I just had to buy 6 of them. 

Crown Brush has been making brushes for 25 years. And there is this, from their website:

"ALL CROWN BRUSHES ARE 100% ANIMAL CRUELTY FREE.
ABSOLUTELY NO ANIMALS ARE HARMED OR DESTROYED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING OUR BRUSHES."

Gotta love that!

The first brush that I bought is the SS024 Deluxe Pointed Blush - from the Syntho Series. 


This brush is a large domed blush brush with a bit of a point to it. It is definitely on the large side for a blush brush. 

This brush is made from Syntho fiber. From the Crown Brush brochure:

"Syntho fiber is a high grade synthetic fiber that is thinly extruded to mimic natural bristle. Each tip is razor cut to further soften the tips. Perfect for powder, liquid and creme products. Syntho is extremely versatile and durable."

This brush is incredibly soft against the skin. It's a little bit larger than I am used to for a blush brush, but I think that allows for easy blending of the blush so that it's not all concentrated in one area.



Monday, March 3, 2014

The Makeup Show: Los Angeles 2014

Hello makeup mavens, it's been a few days since I've posted but that is because I've been a busy beaver. This past weekend I attended The Makeup Show in Los Angeles. What an incredible experience. I had never been to a makeup trade show before. I've been hearing about IMATS for years but never had the chance to go, and I only just recently found out about The Makeup Show.

If you have been haunting makeup boards for a while, you're probably familiar with many of the brands that were present. But some, you may not have heard of, and I want to share them with you.

Makeup Show
At 8:30 a.m., it was already a mad house. There was a line through the lobby of people waiting to get in. Once we arrived on the 13th floor of the California Market Center in downtown L.A., we were let into the loft that held the show.