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OCC Rollergirl, Pool Boy, Mannequin Lip Tar Swatches

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OCC Plastic Passion lip tar

Pool Boy //Mannequin // Rollergirl

I received a few OCC items at The Makeup Show, and today I have swatches of three lip tars from the new Plastic Passion collection.  You can see all of the Plastic Passion lip tars at here on Sephora.com. For beautiful swatches of all six shades, check out Portrait of Mai’s post here.

Lip Tars, as you are probably aware, are an intensely pigmented liquid lipstick.  I find that they work best when I apply the thinnest layer possible.  I don’t generally experience bleeding with lip tars, but if you do, a clear lip liner or lip primer will help. Continue reading

Revlon Shameless Matte Balm Swatches & Quick Review

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Revlon Shameless Matte Balm

Revlon recently released two permanent additions to the Colorburst line – Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms (links go to Target, where both are now available to purchase online). I’m still loving my Revlon Balm Stains, so I was initially quite intrigued. However, as the reviews started rolling in, I got more skeptical. Although some loved the matte balms, some found them patchy. And, most shades of the lacquer balms have glitter, which is not my preference for lip products.  However, the matte balm in Shameless looked like such a gorgeous color that I decided to go for it.

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The verdict? Pretty color, too patchy to be worth it. In the lip swatch, I had to smooth it out with my finger to make it wearable at all. I am probably going to return this.

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More Black Radiance Lipstick – Swatch of the Day

Black Radiance Lipstick Swatches - Eldorado Red Plum Orchid Panther

Eldorado Red // Plum Orchid // Panther

For today’s Swatch(es) of the Day, I have swatches of three more Black Radiance lipsticks.  After raving about them last week, I went and bought three more – so easy to do when they’re $2 each! For a full review of the product, please see my prior post. This post is just swatches.

Black Radiance Eldorado Red swatch

Eldorado Red

Eldorado is a pink-based red. It leaves a lovely, even stain when it wears off (and like most Black Radiance lipsticks, it wears for at least 5-6 hours).

Black Radiance Plum Orchid swatch

Plum Orchid

Plum Orchid is a pink-purple. Black Radiance recently added several new shades to their permanent shade range, and this is one of them.

Black Radiance Panther swatch


Panther is a gorgeous color, but is a little patchy – I think it would work best as a stain.

Again, I cannot recommend these lipsticks highly enough! If you can’t find them in your area, the newer shades are listed here & the older shades are listed here on Drugstore.com.

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MAC Archie’s Girls Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick Swatches

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Boyfriend Stealer & Feelin’ So Good

I had initially planned to only purchase one item from the MAC Archie’s Girls collection, the Feelin’ So Good Lipglass (swatched here). However, after seeing Temptalia’s swatches of another Veronica lip product, Boyfriend Stealer lipstick, I decided that had to be mine as well! I ordered it from Nordstrom and it was supposed to arrive last Thursday, the day the collection arrived at counters – however, it didn’t arrive until today.  Had I known it would be so delayed, I would have just bought it at a counter Thursday morning in order to swatch Thursday afternoon.  (I was also irritated that it was shipped in a small envelope with little padding, and the box was slightly crushed. Luckily I’m not a collector of boxes or limited edition boxes, but Nordstrom didn’t know that. Still, it was not a good ordering experience.)

So – all of that is to say that the lipstick is now sold out pretty much everywhere, and I wasn’t sure swatches would be useful, but since the lipstick looks very different on me (more purple, less berry) than other bloggers, I thought I’d post them anyway.

mac archies girls boyfriend stealer swatch

Multiple swipes / one swipe

Boyfriend Stealer is a sheer, but buildable, purple. It is a cremesheen formula – I find the formula neither drying nor moisturizing.

mac archies girls boyfriend stealer swatch

Boyfriend Stealer

On me, Boyfriend Stealer is definitely purple.  It’s a sheer, wearable purple – and I rather like it – but it’s not the berry I was expecting from seeing other bloggers’ lip swatches.  Perhaps their lips have a different undertone than mine.

mac archies girls boyfriend stealer feelin so good layered swatch

Boyfriend Stealer + Feelin’ So Good

And finally, here is Feelin’ so Good layered over Boyfriend Stealer. It’s actually not this patchy; it is patchy, but looks significantly better in person. This was a too-quickly applied swatch after my first set of swatches didn’t turn out (I had a smudge I didn’t notice til I was editing).

If you purchased Boyfriend Stealer, does it look more berry or more purple on you?

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Review, Swatches, Photos

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Brazen Berry Hot Plum

I’ve heard some good things about Maybelline’s new line of lipsticks, the Colorsensational Vivids, so I thought it was time to try them out for myself! I was especially intrigued by Brazen Berry, as it looks quite purple in the tube, and I was curious as to how it would swatch.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Packaging

First – the packaging. I am not a fan; the clear red tubes look okay, but they obscure the lipstick’s color, and they are not sealed, which makes it oh-so-tempting to just open them up and see what the lipstick actually looks like (which I did; I actually always open unsealed lipsticks to make sure they haven’t been tested).  But, I’d rather a clear top & a sealed lipstick!

Maybelline Color Sensational Swatches Vivids Brazen Berry Hot Plum

Hot Plum, Brazen Berry

I purchased two shades – Hot Plum and Brazen Berry, as swatched above.  Both are smooth, creamy and feel moisturizing. They do seem to emphasize dry or flaky lips – when I first applied a swatch, it did not look good – I exfoliated, reapplied, and all was well.

Hot Plum lip Swatch - maybelline color sensational vivids

Hot Plum

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Brazen Berry

Have you tried the Maybelline Vivids? How did you like them?

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