Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nars & Marc Jacobs Vampy Lipstick Drugstore Dupes + The Perfect Liner Pairs

Now I realize that vampy lipstick season is almost over, but that doesn't mean the love for them stops. I was playing around with my collection the other day (I'm obsessed with darker hues), and realized I had a couple of dupes for my favorite Nars and Marc Jacobs lippies thanks to the NYX Simply Vamp Lip Creams. To find out what they are, and the perfect lip liners to pair with them, keep reading!

Dupe #1: Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in Smack

Top to bottom: NYX Bewitching & Marc Jacobs Smack

Up first: Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in Smack ($28) vs. NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Bewitching ($6.50). With these, the NYX one is slightly more purple and cooler in tone whereas the Marc Jacobs one is slightly more brown and warmer. However, this difference is barely noticeable on the lips. And both pair perfectly with NYX Lip Pencil in Plum. 

Left to right: Marc Jacobs Smack & NYX ...

Dupe #2: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Liv

Top to bottom: NYX She Devil & Nars Liv
And my favorite: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Liv ($32) vs. NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in She Devil ($6.50). These two are just like the first set in that the NYX one is ever so slightly more purple and cooler in tone whereas the Nars one is slightly more brown and warmer in tone. Again, however, this difference is barely noticeable on the lips. Both pair perfectly with MAC's lip liner in Nightmoth. 

Left to right: Nars Liv & NYX She Devil
Unfortunately, my lighting was not exactly the same in each set of these dupe photos, which also accounts for a slight difference in appearance. But even with these minimal discrepancies, the similarity in color and texture of the NYX Simply Vamp Lip Creams to their higher end counterparts is incredible. Sure, they don't feel as luxurious, but for only about one fifth of the price, I think it's a fair sacrifice. 

What are some of your favorite drugstore dupes?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ColourPop Haul, Swatches, and Review

I don't know if you're aware of the hype surrounding this California-based indie makeup brand, but spoiler alert, it's totally worth it. ColourPop sells three different products (Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and Super Shock Shadows) all for just $5 each. I picked up six Lippie Stix, one Lippie Pencil (I'm not huge on lip liner), and seven Super Shock Shadows. And let me tell you: It was not easy to choose so few. Here's what I got:

Left to right: Lippie Stix in Heart On, I <3 This, Lumiere, Frida, Cake, Bound over Bound Lippie Pencil, Bound, and Lippie Pencil in Bound
Lippie Stix come in four different formulas, and I have three of them: Glossy, Satin, and Matte (I'm missing Pearl). All are comfortable on the lips, and none move where they shouldn't. And as you can see, the pigmentation is out-of-this-world. Full, opaque color with all of these babies. Unfortunately, I found out about ColourPop after hauling way too many dark shades for fall/winter, so I was on a mostly-nudes mission. My favorites from the bunch, though, are Heart On, Lumiere, and Bound. As for the liner? I like it on its own, but not so much under the Lippie Stix. The combined texture was just a little too thick on the lips, and I wasn't crazy about the color it created.

Left to right: Super Shock Shadow in Shameless, Lace, Hammered, Cricket, Game Face, So Quiche, and Amaze
Super Shock Shadows come in glitter, metallic, and matte finishes, although I made my orders before the matte formula was released so I don't have any of those. These shadows have the most unique formula I've ever felt, and some of the most unique colors as well. All have a pretty embossed pattern when you first open them, but wear away when you dip a finger or brush in (I prefer applying these with my fingers). They are a bouncy, wet texture but transform into a powder finish. However, the consistency is a bit off in texture from pot to pot. I say pot instead of color because I have read reviews where some people had better or worse color payoff from the exact same shades that I have. My favorites from these are Hammered, Cricket, So Quiche, and Amaze.  

Overall though, for only $5 a pop, you really can't go wrong with these. I think this brand is a great way to experiment with colors you might not usually go for with more expensive brands, and there really are some fantastically unique formulas and colors. Have you tried ColourPop? What do you think?