Review|Essence Perfect Shine Lipsticks

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This is what it on the Essence website:
The lipstick that makes beauty dreams come true: it is highly pigmented, nourishing and provides a super shiny finish. The creamy-soft texture is easy to apply and feels pleasant to wear. Rich ingredients such as vitamin E and shea butter nourish the lips and make them nice and soft. Another plus: the cool packaging!

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So, I’ve always had some issues with dry lips, so, even though I love the look of matte lips, I’ve never really been able to pull it off.
So whenever I’m shopping for lip products, I tend to look for more moisturising lipsticks, like these once, and since they are so inexpencive, I figured I’d give them a go, and I’m glad I did.

Now, when I first got them, I really expected them to be more on the sheer side.
Even though they claim to be highly pigmented, I just wasn’t expecting them to be, so I was quite happy to see that they do have alot of colorpayoff, and they do hold up to that claim.
And they also feel very lightweight and hydrating, which I appreciate, since I don’t really like the feeling of wearing a lot of lipstick. So I do really like them.

However, when it comes to the lastingpower on these, I’m not that impressed.
Because they do start to fade away after 2 hours, and the lighter shades don’t really last more than 1.5 hours, so you do need to re-apply them quite a bit, which is a drawback.
Now, you can make them last a bit longer if you wear a lipliner underneath, but it doesn’t make too much of a difference, sadly, so that is something to keep in mind with these.
But if you’re looking for something that’s easy to just throw on when you’re going out for some quick errands, I do think that you’ll be happy with these.

So, overall I do really like the formula on these, and I do find them to be very wearable for everyday.
I just wish that they would last a bit longer than they do.

I got mine from feelunique.com for 33nok a piece.

Review | Makeup Revolution Baking Powder

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This is what it says on the Makeup Revolution website:

A favourite for prolonging the wear of makeup, banishing shine, brightening and balancing skin tone. This finely milled powder can be dusted on with the Revolution Bake and Finish Brush, dab on and dust off. For a natural finish use the fluffy brush or use the sponge makeup applicator for baking precision to lock in contour and highlight. If you want areas to look brighter, make sure to damp the sponge and pat on a thick coat of powder. Loose powders are a good option for those who desire a luminous, silky and even finish.

The range includes:

Translucent – for all skin tones
White – for the fairest skin tones
Banana Light – brightening for lightskin tones
Banana – brightening for medium skin tones
Banana Deep – brightening for medium to dark skin tones
Lace – for medium skin tones
Beige – for warm medium skin tones
Peach – colour balancing for medium to dark skin tones
Orange – colour balancing to dark skin tones
Deep Dark – for dark and deep skin tones

So, I’ve never really used the baking technique when I apply my makeup, mostly because I don’t really own too many loose powders, but I’ve always been curious about it, ’cause I see all of these influencers doing it, and they always look so flawless, so I figured that this powder might be good for that since it is marketed as a baking powder, but I’m not that impressed with it.

Now, one of the things that made me get this particular powder, other than the fact that it is a baking powder, is because of the shaderange, because when I’ve tried to bake with other loose powders in the past, they’ve always left this white cast on my skin, and I’m not a fan of that look, so I got this in the shade “Lace”, which is supposed to be for medium skintones, but, even though I’m a light/medium, it still gives me a white cast when I bake with it.
Now, I might need to get another shade for the white cast to go away, but it also makes my undereyes (and whereever else I bake with it) look very dry, so I don’t really like this for baking at all.

However, I did try to use it sparingly, just to set my makeup, and when I use it that way I do like it a lot better. Because it does set my makeup quite nicely, and it does also have a little bit of a brightening effect to it, so I do continue to reach for it to set my undereye concealer, and sometimes the rest of my face.
But if you, like me, need something to keep your t-zone from getting greasy throughout the day, this won’t help you with that.
Not that it claims to be a mattifying powder anyway, but it’s still something to keep in mind if you’re interested in trying this.

But, overall I do think that this is an ok powder, and I will definetly keep reaching for it to set my undereyes, but I don’t think that I’ll repurchase it for the reason that it didn’t really deliver on my expectations, and because of that I can’t really recommend it either.

But if you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your oppinions on it in the comments below.

It’s available on revolutionbeauty. com for € 4,19 – € 5,99.

Review | E.L.F Cosmetics Luminous-Matte Primer

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This is what it says on the E.L.F website:

Create a fresh, natural glow with this lightweight makeup base. This makeup base primes the skin for long wear, and helps moisturize, brighten and refine skin appearance. The silky formula leaves skin flawless and natural looking. Infused with Acai and Vitamins C and E.

So, I’ve tried some E.L.F cosmetics products in the past, and it’s been a few hits and misses, but since I do love affordable makeup I wanted to get a few more items from them, and this primer really hit the spot for me.

Now, one of the main reasons I got this primer is because I got very curious to see how it would work on my combination skin, since it claims to be a luminous-matte primer, which is supposed to give you a natural glow, but at the same time it’s not supposed to make you shiny or greasy, and I can get quite oily in my t-zone, so I didn’t really know what to expect, because I’ve tried some multi-finish kind of products before, and they’re usually either one or the other, but this primer does give me both a natural glow, and it keeps me from getting oily, which is a huge plus for me.

Now, I will say that, even though it does hold up to the luminous-matte claim, I do feel like it would work the same as a satin-finish type of primer, so I do think that the name of this is a little bit of a sales trick, if you know what I mean?
But I do also think that it’s a clever one, because it does make you curious to try it, but it is something to keep in mind if you already own a few satin-finish primers.
However, if you are looking for a primer that won’t make you shiny, but at the same time will give a little bit of a luminous look, I do think that this is a great one.

So, when it comes to the claim that it will refine skin appearance, I do agree a little bit, because it does blur my fine lines and pores, but it does it in a very natural way, so it’s not like a pore-filling primer, but it doesn’t emphasize anything, so you could always use it in combination with a pore-filler if this alone isn’t enough for you.

Now, other than that, the only thing that is a little bit of a drawback, is that it does feel a little sticky on the skin, and I’m not a huge fan of that.
But it doesn’t make my foundation go on patchy or unevenly, and the sticky feeling goes away once I’ve applied powder, so I’m not that bothered by it, but it is something to take notice of.

But, overall I think that this is a great primer.
It holds up to it’s claims, it’s very affordable, and it’s definetly something I’ll repurches once I run out of it.

So, have you tried it? What are your oppiniones on this primer?

It’s available on elfcosmetics.com for $8.00.

Review | Nude By Nature Moisture Infusion Lipglosses

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This is what it says on the Nude By Nature website:
The Moisture Infusion Lipgloss smooths and enhances lips with vibrant glossy colour and weightless shine. The lipgloss is formulated with unique moisturising microspheres to help repair and plump the lips for a naturally voluminous look. The non-sticky texture is infused with active natural ingredients including nourishing Shea Butter, Vitamin E and the native Australian Kakadu Plum to help provide antioxidant defence.
Key Results:
⦁ Smooths lips with vibrant glossy colour
Benefits:
⦁ Non-sticky feel
⦁ Delivers moisture and weightless shine
⦁ Lip nourishing ingredients
⦁ Easy to use applicator
⦁ Naturally plumps the appearance of lips
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So, I was looking for some new lip products when I came across this lipgloss trio, and when I read the claims on these, I immediatly ordered them.
Now, I suffer from dry lips, especially now in the colder months, so I thought that these would be perfect for me since they claim to be both moisturising, and they’re supposed to help repair your lips, but, in my oppinion, these actually made my lips feel worse than they did prior to wearing them. And I don’t know if I just got a bad bach, or what the thing is with these, but my lips was so sore after using them, and that is a huge disapointment!
And when it comes to the other claims, I can’t say that they hold up to those either, because, first of all, even  though they don’t feel sticky when I touch them or when I put my lips together, they somehow feel very sticky on the lips, if you know what I mean?
And when I wear them outside my hair always gets stuck in them, and all of us long-haired girls (and guys) knows how annoying that is.
And they also have a really bad taste to them. Like.. You remember how those cheap glosses we used to get in magazines when we were little (in my case the late 90’s/early 2000)?
They kinda taste like those, and I don’t find that to be very pleasant.
Now, when it comes to the claim that they provide a vibrant, glossy color, the only thing that I agree with is the glossy part, because these are very sheer.
Now, that isn’t really an issue to me, because I do like sheer glosses as well as pigmented ones, but since these glosses have that claim I find it very disappointing when they don’t deliver.
The only shade that does have a little bit of a color-payoff is the shade “Blush Beige”, but this is a very milky color, and it emphasizes my liplines and dry patches, like milky colors tend to do on me, so I’m not very in to those kind of shades.
However, all the shades I got are permanent, and they do have a few more shades on the website, so it might just be that I got the shades that are very sheer, but I can’t say that for sure.
So, overall I, sadly don’t think that these are worth it. They just don’t deliver on the claims that they have. Even though I still hope that I just got a bad bach.
But have you tried them? What did you think?
This trio is available on FeelUnique.com for 326nok.

Review|Essence Sawasdee Bankok Eyeshadow Palette

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This is what it says on the Essence website:

Welcome to Bangkok! The gorgeous colours of this eyeshadow palette are inspired by the pulsating metropolis and the heart of the Land of Smiles. The nine eyeshadow shades in exciting reddish and soft brown colours offer velvety matt, softly shimmering and metallic finishes. Unique eye make-up looks can be created thanks to the high-pigmentation. The high-quality paper packaging with a mirror also makes this palette perfect for on the go.

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So, I got this palette a little while ago, and I didn’t really know what to expect since I don’t have any experience with the brand, and I haven’t always had too much luck with eyeshadows in this pricerange, but I’m actually very impressed with these shadows.

Now, first of all I’ve gotta say that this is the first palette I own where I actually get use out of all the shades. Because there are always a few shades that aren’t my cup of tee in the palettes that I already have in my collection, but this palette has such a perfect mix of shades for me, and I’m very happy with that.
And they are also pigmented enough to show up, but I will say that you have to build them up to get full intensity, but they are very easy to build, so I don’t really consider it an issue.

However, the shimmer shades does have alot of fallout, so I would recommend that you apply your eye-makeup before your face-makeup, because it can get quite messy.
And I also prefer to apply them (shimmers) with my finger rather than a brush, ’cause the color shows up alot more opaque (even though it doesn’t look like it on my “swatches-picture”), but that just depends on your preference.

So, overall I love this palette so much, it’s just so beautiful and it’s definetly in my top 3!
The only thing that sucks is that I can’t find out where it is available outside of Europe, but if you are able to get your hands on it, I highly recommend it!

So, have you tried this palette?
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

I got mine from feelunique.com for 76nok.