Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swatchfest: New-in-2015 Lip Products from Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.
I purchased this.

This year, Darling Girl Cosmetics has released several new lines of lip products. I don't have all--or even most--of the individual shades, but I do have a handful of them, so I thought I'd do a swatchfest of each of the new-in-2015 Darling Girl lip products that I own.

First up are the Balm Glosses. Darling Girl's description of the Balm Glosses is: "Our Liquid Kiss Luxe Balm Gloss (or just Balm Gloss for short) have a smooth, velvety feel, but not sticky! Made with moisturizing argan oil and avocado oil to help keep your pucker smooth and hydrated."

There are nine Balm Glosses in this line, and I have six of them swatched for you.

L-R: Darling Spice, Faerie Wings, Love Bug, Queen of the Night, Taupe-tation, Tickled Pink

These are the descriptions from the website for each color:

  • Darling Spice: sheer mauve with golden pearl. A great your-lips-but-better gloss or layering gloss.
  • Faerie Wings: sheer mauve with violet holographic glitter that changes from blue, violet to reddish pink.
  • Love Bug: soft mauve with silver iridescence. This is a great your-lips-but-better gloss and looks great layered over other lipsticks.
  • Queen of the Night: plum with red tones and blue iridescence. Moderately pigmented. It can be worn fairly sheer for a wash of color or built up for a more opaque look. If you are going for full opacity, a coordinating lip pencil is suggested.
  • Taupe-tation: somewhat opaque taupey gray with holographic mica-based glitter than changes from pink to gold. 
  • Tickled Pink: sheer grapefruit pink with holographic mica-based glitter that changes from gold, green to blue, although the most prominent shades are gold and green. This will add just the softest touch of pink to the lips, but the shimmer and sparkle from the glitter makes it so pretty. 

My swatch of Taupe-tation looks more blue-gray than taupe-gray. The rest of the swatches are true-to-color, but my camera was just not interpreting the taupe shade of Taupe-tation well at all.

My favorites are Darling Spice, Faerie Wings, and Love Bug. I gravitate toward mauve and brownish-pink tones, so it only figures that I wear Darling Spice and Love Bug quite heavily. Faerie Wings is so ultra sparkly it'll blow your mind. Seriously! Click on the photo above for maximum awesomeness and to see a full, detailed view of the shifty, 3-D effect of Faerie Wings.

Next up are the Kisu Liquid Lip Color. Darling Girl's description of Kisu is: "Kisu Liquid Lip Color are lightweight gloss with pigmentation of a lipstick, and as they wear away, you are left with a flush of color like a lip stain. To make things even better, they are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and smell like cupcakes!"

There are eight Kisu shades, and I have four of them swatched below.

L-R: Air Kiss, Kiss & Tell, Kissy Face, S.W.A.K.

These are the descriptions from the website for each color:

  • Air Kiss: rosy mauve
  • Kiss & Tell: raspberry pink
  • Kissy Face: warm, berry-tone pink
  • S.W.A.K.: yummy, berry-tone red
I love this formula, and each color is awesome, but there's just no way around the fact that Air Kiss is not only my favorite shade in this line, but it's my favorite Darling Girl lip shade overall. In fact, if it were the end of the world, and I had to choose only one lippie to wear every single day for the rest of my life, Air Kiss would absolutely be a top contender.

The last set of swatches are of the Pucker Paint Matte Lip Cremes and the Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tints.

Darling Girl's description of the Pucker Paints is: "Pucker Paints are lightweight liquid lipstick that glide on silky smooth and dry down to a matte finish. Unlike a lot of matte lip products, these will not leave you running for the lip balm moments after applying. Pucker Paints are NOT kiss proof or smudge proof. However, after they set completely, they are smudge resistant. You will get a lot less transfer from these than a typical lipstick or tinted balm. I typically get several hours of wear before needing to reapply."

Darling Girl's description of the Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tints is: "Sparkle-matte-ic are lightweight liquid lipstick that glide on silky smooth and dry down to an ultra-matte finish with a lustre or sparkle. Sparkle-matte-ic are NOT kiss proof or smudge proof. However, after they set completely, they are smudge resistant. You will get a lot less transfer from these than a typical lipstick or tinted balm. I typically get several hours of wear before needing to reapply."

There are 20 Pucker Paints, and I have three of them swatched below. (I have two more showing up in the mail this week. I'll try to swatch those separately.) There are six Sparkle-matte-ic shades, but I only have one (which is why it's in the swatch photo as the Pucker Paints).

L-R: (Pucker Paints) Drop Dead Red, Punky Princess, Tea Time; (Sparkle-matte-ic) Berried Treasure

These are the descriptions from the website for each color: 

  • Drop Dead Red Pucker Painttrue red with a slightly metallic finish
  • Punky Princess Pucker Paint: deep, rosy mauve 
  • Tea Time Pucker Paint: pinky beige-nud
  • Berried Treasure Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tint: fuchsia with blue holo-sparkle 
Of the Pucker Paints I have, I love Drop Dead Red, although I don't get any of the "metallic finish" noted in the shade description. It's a matte, true red, and it looks awesome on me, if I do say so myself. I also really, really love Punky Princess, as it falls into the range of mauve shades that I can rock like nobody's business.

I only have one Sparkle-matte-ic and I am glad I picked the one I did. I love berry tones, and I think I'll get a ton of wear out of this one in the fall. Below is a close-up of Berried Treasure, which hopefully helps show just how awesome these matte lipsticks are with the holo-sparkle. I have plenty of matte lipsticks from a number of various big box and indie brands, and none of them have any sort of added sparkle, which makes the Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tints a really unique product in my arsenal of lippies.

Berried Treasure Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tint
(click on the photo for maximum awesomeness and a detailed view of the sparkle)

I hope you enjoyed these swatches of some of Darling Girl's newest lip products! It was fun for me to finally swatch them all side-by-side, and realize (again) just how truly awesome they are. 

Do you have any of the new-in-2015 Darling Girl lip products? Which products and shades are your favorites? 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review & Swatches: Espionage Cosmetics

I purchased this.

A few weeks ago, I attended Denver Comic Con. One of my besties, Wendi from Makeup Zombie blog, drove up to Denver with her husband and another friend. We spent the day wandering around Comic Con, which was an absolute blast. I had read that Espionage Cosmetics was going to be vending there, so I told Wendi I wanted to seek out their booth and check out their makeup. I've heard good things about Espionage Cosmetics for a couple of years now and have wanted to try their products, but just never seemed to get around to it, so I was excited to find their booth at the Con and start playing with things!

Espionage Cosmetics' owner, Jaimie, helping a customer at their Denver Comic Con booth.

Espionage Cosmetics is an indie company that makes mineral makeup, lip serums, nail wraps, and a modicum of bath/body products.  They carry all sorts of fun, random schwag, too. Their products are predominantly inspired by nerdy and geeky things; hence, their tagline: "Nerd Make-up, It's a thing."

By the time I hit up the Espionage Cosmetics booth, I'd already blown my wad over at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab booth, so I couldn't spend as much as I would have liked. I found dozens of eye shadows I wanted and the most adorable Doctor Who nail wraps, as well as other odds and ends that were super cute. Despite seeing so many things I wanted to buy, I limited myself to five eye shadows: E.V.P., Josephine Baker, Clockwork, Riveting, and Tokyo Rose. I also bought a "Glitter Is The New Black" pin.

Each jar of eye shadow is shrink-wrapped for protection and includes a sealed sifter for a highly professional and clean presentation. I removed the shrink wrap prior to taking this photo. 

Top, L-R: E.V.P., Josephine Baker
Bottom, L-R: Clockwork, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

Top, L-R: E.V.P., Josephine Baker
Bottom, L-R: Clockwork, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

Each of these eye shadows blows me away in person. They're richly pigmented, are full of awesome sparkle, and have a really nice formula that leads to smooth, even, and easy application.

Following are Espionage Cosmetics' descriptions of the colors I purchased, interspersed with my swatches.

  • E.V.P. - Can you feel the presence of something awesome? This chilling black with pumpkin, gold, highlights is sure to speak to others of how awesome you are. Obviously. 
  • Josephine Baker - How do you fit a bad ass story of rags to riches to espionage to fighting Nazis and racism into a single color of awesomeness? We're still working on it. In the meantime, this shimmering color does its best to live up to the super spy's "Black Pearl" nickname. The dark shades of cocoa swirl with iridescent green for a deadly color you don't want to mess with. 

L-R: E.V.P., Clockwork, Josephine Baker, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

  • Clockwork - There is no color description for Clockwork. 
  • Riveting - There is no color description for Riveting. 

  • Tokyo Rose - A legendary enigma of World War II, Tokyo Rose was once the perfect ruse for female spies and now lives on as the perfect rouge, or eye shadow, or lip color, whatever suits your spy fancy. with the innocence of pink bubblegum and a powerfully distracting sparkle, this pink is anything but under the radar of awesomeness.

L-R: E.V.P., Josephine Baker, Clockwork, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

The depth and complexity of these colors doesn't come through in these swatches. Tokyo Rose, for example, has an amazing lightly iridescent shift that is the reason I bought it--it's unlike any other pink shade I've seen. Riveting is a stunning and complex olive green with loads of sparkle. Josephine Baker is one of the prettiest brown-green-teal shade that is so uber-complex and shifty that I can't even describe how stunning it is in person. I will be posting some looks soon using my new Espionage Cosmetics eye shadows. (For swatches of a couple of these colors plus some other shades, visit Makeup Zombie's post on Espionage Cosmetics.)

Wendi/Makeup Zombie & Jaimie (the Espionage Cosmetics owner) at the Espionage Cosmetics booth.

My favorite shades are definitely Josephine Baker and Clockwork, but I love each one that I bought. When I was at the Espionage Cosmetics booth, my hand was covered in swatches of a multitude of gorgeous pigments. I had a really hard time narrowing my selection down to five and I am happy with the shades I chose. I will absolutely be back for more!

Espionage Cosmetics eyeshadows are $7.50 each, or you can buy them in themed four-packs for $25 - $35 each, depending on the collection. In addition to eye shadow collections, there are a variety of bundles at varying price points that include serums, nail wraps, eye shadows + nail wraps, etc.

Wendi and I spent a long time talking to the owner, Jaimie, of Espionage Cosmetics. Not only is she beautiful and have amazing hair, but she's really smart and nice and easy to talk to. We really enjoyed the conversation we had with her, and I came away highly impressed by her business ethics and her general philosophy about being a predominantly web-based indie makeup company.

I highly recommend Espionage Cosmetics eye shadows. They are high quality pigments, packaged cleanly and professionally presented, the website is really easy to navigate, and the owner, Jaimie, is a friendly and professional business owner. I will be back for more--hopefully soon!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Swatches: Lumos Shimmering Pearls by Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.

artwork yoinked from the Darling Girl Cosmetics website

Darling Girl Cosmetics recently came out with a new product called Lumos Shimmering Pearls. The Lumos Shimmering Pearls are shimmering cream highlighters. The Darling Girl website describes them as "lightweight cream luminizers that highlight and add luster to the skin, giving you an ethereal glow."

There are 11 shades of Lumos Shimmering Pearls, catering to a multitude of skin tones and shade preferences. Unlike any other highlighters I've ever come across, several of the shades have gorgeous duochrome effects.

I have swatches below of 10 of the 11 available shades. The one I'm missing is Astra.
Here are swatches of these 10 highlighters taken from two different angles.

L-R: Celestia, Calypso, Leilani, Maricela, Neveah, Ophelia, Orion, Shona, Sitara, Vega

L-R: Celestia, Calypso, Leilani, Maricela, Neveah, Ophelia, Orion, Shona, Sitara, Vega

My favorite of the highlighters is Leilani. It's such a gorgeous rose gold duochrome. My second favorite is Maricela, which is a stunning, deep peach shade. I also love Shona, which I think I could use lightly as a cream bronzer. I also adore the color of Sitara, although it's too deep for me to wear on my face; however, I'm going to give it a test run and see if it I can wear it on my eyes without it creasing. If so, it'll be a gorgeous eyelid shade.

Overall, I'm super impressed by these highlighters, particularly the shade range and duochrome effects of some of them. I am off to shower and do my makeup now--I think I'll be wearing Leilani (again) today!

What is your favorite way to use/wear highlighter? 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review & Swatches: Clinique Pink Cheek Pop & Plum Pop Lip Colour + Primer

I purchased this.

I have always loved Clinique lipstick and blushes. I've found their lipsticks to be creamy and long-lasting and their blushes to be nicely pigmented, apply smoothly and evenly, and last all day. When Clinique came out with their Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks and Cheek Pop blushes, I was instantly intrigued. Not only is the packaging of the Cheek Pops super cute, but one of the colors (Pink Pop) looked very similar to my favorite MAC blush (Pinch O'Peach) that I'm running out of and need to replace. This week, I caved and I bought one of each: Plum Pop Lip Colour + Primer and Pink Cheek Pop.

The new Clinique Pop lipsticks and blushes come in standard, classic, Clinique boxes.

The Pop Lip Colour + Primer is square and lightweight, easy to hold, and sturdy. It's a typical lipstick tube, nothing special. The Cheek Pop, on the other hand, has the best packaging! I love the sleek, acrylic packaging that lets you see the exact color of the product without opening it. The acrylic case is really sturdy and I feel like I could easily toss it in my makeup bag in my purse without worrying about it breaking. The flower embossing of the pressed powder is really cute. The embossing doesn't rub off as soon as you touch it, either. That embossed flower design is going to look pretty through many uses.

Top-Bottom: Clinique Pink Pop Blush, Clinique Plum Pop Lipstick

The Plum Pop Lip Colour + Primer is such a "me" shade--a perfect plummy, mauvey, pink. I'm going to wear it a lot in the summer. It's incredibly creamy and moisturizing. It feels almost like I'm wearing a buttery balm on my lips. I've already added several other shades of Clinique Pops Lip Colour + Primers to my wishlist because they feel so, so good on my lips. Like Clinique lipsticks always do, this Pop lipstick lasts and lasts on me and when it does wear off, it wears off evenly.

L-R: Clinique Plum Pop Lipstick, Clinique Pink Pop Blush

The Pink Cheek Pop blush is slightly lighter than I anticipated and has a faint sheen that I wasn't expecting; otherwise, it is exactly what I was expecting and will be a perfect replacement for my MAC Pinch O' Peach blush. The blush applies evenly and smoothly. It's not the most pigmented blush I've ever used and the pigmentation does not seem to be buildable; however, for me, the amount of pigment is perfect, since I don't wear heavy blush on my cheeks. The staying power is good on me, lasting from the time I put it on in the morning at around 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. If I'm going to go out after work, I definitely need to reapply to have my cheeks look fresh and perky again.

Clinique Cheek Pops are $21 each for 0.12 oz. Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer are $18 for 0.13 oz.

I think they're both a really good price for the amount and quality of product, and I definitely plan to pick up at least 2-3 more of each.

Do you own any of the Clinique Pop products or are you intrigued by any of them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

EOTD: Rosy Brown, Purpley Taupe, & Teal with Notoriously Morbid

I purchased this.

Hi! I received a package of eyeshadows this week from Notoriously Morbid and did this look today using three of them. I really love Notoriously Morbid--they have such gorgeous eyeshadows and some beautiful duochromes. I use their Coffin Kissers lip balm every night before bed and need to make a promise to myself to use their shadows more often because they really are exquisite!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Too Faced Tartelette Palette:
  - Free Spirit and Caregiver blended on brow bone and on lower lid
  - Force of Nature and Dreamer blended in crease and against lashes on lower lid
Darling Girl Glitter Glue on moving lid
Notoriously Morbid:
  - 25 Years on outer moving lid
  - Pure Passion on inner moving lid
  - Shadow of Things (used with Inglot Duraline) lining upper lashes
Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black very tightly against upper lash line
Hourglass Incandescent Ambient Lighting Powder to highlight inner corner
Bodyography Essential Brow Trio - the light and medium shades on brows
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Black (2 coats) on upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! (1 coat) on lower lashes

Monday, June 1, 2015

Swatches: Wonder Wand Cream Shadows from Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.

Hi everyone! I'm super excited about the product I'm showing in this post: Wonder Wand Cream Shadows by Darling Girl Cosmetics.

The description of the Wonder Wand cream shadows from Darling Girl's website is:

Wonder Wand cream shadows are crease-resistant, and once set, are pretty budge proof! Use of your preferred eye shadow primer is still highly recommended. Some of these shades make wonderful face highlighters, as well. 

As you know, I'm a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Darling Girl, and when these new cream shadows were released, I was so excited because I know Susan doesn't release anything until her formula is perfect. There are eight shades available, and they're all incredibly pretty. They are packaged like a lip gloss with a doe foot wand, and when you apply them, they're creamy, but they dry down to a smooth, dry finish that lasts all day long. I wear them over an eye shadow primer, and get 16+ hour wear with zero creasing. I have also worn Naughty Olive as an eyeliner, and it wore perfectly, lasting all day without smudging, flaking, or any sort of wear.

I swatched all eight Wonder Wand shades for you. They were swatched on bare skin.

L-R: Bee's Knees, Honey Cake, Ms. Muffet, Naughty Olive, 
Princess Bubblegum, Saucy Minx, Serpentine, She's So Violet

L-R: Bee's Knees, Honey Cake, Ms. Muffet, Naughty Olive, 
Princess Bubblegum, Saucy Minx, Serpentine, She's So Violet

Every single shade is so pretty that it's really hard for me to pick a favorite. In fact, I don't think I can pick a favorite, or even two or three favorites; they're all my favorites!

Wonder Wand cream shadows are $7.50 each and you can buy them here.

Do you see any Wonder Wand shades you would love to wear?