My Reviews

Spring Haul: Part II (Sephora, Glossier, Indies)

I wasn’t kidding when I said I did a ton of shopping recently, won’t be doing anymore for quite a while! Unfortunately, when I shared my first haul post two weeks ago, not everything had arrived yet. Now I’ve had a bit more time to test out all the good stuff from Sephora, Glossier, Blackbird Cosmetics, LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs, Sugarpill, and Jeffree Star.

Blackbird Cosmetics Pressed Luxury eyeshadows in Imogen, Immortals, Figment, Atlas ($8.00/2g each) – This is actually my first order from Blackbird and also my first time trying pressed shadows from an indie brand. I was super excited to try these, but a bit annoyed by unexpected shipping delays so I’m just putting that out there (TAT on the site says 1-4 days, I waited 8+). But I digress, I chose Atlas after realizing I somehow do not own a single cool toned dark brown, but the other three I picked up as possible dupes for some of the shades in Urban Decay’s Naked3 palette (loved the concept, hated the product). When rubbing my finger in the pan, I can definitely feel a little bit of grit or texture, but it doesn’t translate onto the eyes. These shadows blend easily, they all work really well together, and lasted all day without creasing (over my go-to primer). Blackbird Cosmetics products are vegan and cruelty-free.

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L to R: Immortals / Figment / Imogen / Atlas
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L to R: Immortals / Imogen / Figment / Atlas

Glossier Balm DotCom ($12.00/0.5oz) – Between rave reviews from Rachel Whitehurst and JamiePaigeBeauty, I had a hard time resisting the pull of Glossier, and with 20% off my first order, well… here we are. I’d heard great things about this lip balm, part of the brand’s Phase 1 skincare line, and figured I’d give it a shot. With dehydrated skin and unwavering love for matte liquid lipsticks, I’m always down for a good lip balm formula and while it can’t quite stand up to my reigning champion, the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, it’s less than half the price and still does a fantastic job. The Glossier formula also comes in a coconut scented/flavored option.


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Generation G lipstick in Crush ($18.00/0.04oz) – With lip balms, one must have lipstick! Or at least, I must have lipstick. A sheer, matte, buildable lip stain sounded like a dream come true to me, and a perfect springtime handbag companion too. Surprisingly, this little thing really does live up to the hype, a moisturizing formula that goes on sheer but can be built up to a full-on lipstick, I now keep it in my bag at all times. It probably won’t survive a big meal, but is otherwise long-wearing and very comfortable on the lips.

LunatiCK High Definition Micro Finish Pressed Powder ($20.00/0.31oz) – I’m not sure how it happened, but until this arrived I actually did not own a single mattifying powder (I have in the past, but not recently). While it’s not very handbag-friendly, the packaging for this sheer white powder is just so damn cool! It slides open, but a magnetic closure helps keep it closed, and the finely milled pressed powder does a great job at killing shine on my nose and chin. I didn’t really like this as a setting powder for under-eye concealer, but it’s fantastic for a mattifying touch-up or in my t-zone as a preventive measure before a long day out. LunatiCK Cosmetics Labs products are vegan, cruelty-free, talc-free, and made in the USA.

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LunatiCK Apocalipstick in RPG ($15.00/0.12oz) – Yes of course the packaging was a major influence in my decision to purchase this literal bullet-style lipstick, but the formula did not disappoint. Described as a “cool-toned dead dusty rose”… that’s actually pretty accurate, it’s a lovely light pink that looks best on cooler skintones. The formula is sort of demi-matte and very comfortable to wear; it’s long-wearing enough, but won’t last through your meal. The packaging is super cool, but would have more impact if it had a bit more weight to it – I pictured more of a NARS Audacious feel, but that’s a $32.00 lipstick so it’s my mistake. Nevertheless, it’s a solid formula from a brand that’s vegan, cruelty-free and made in the USA.

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LunatiCK Apocalipslick in Succubus and Pout Off ($12.00/0.25oz) – Described as medium fuschia pink and hot bubblegum pink, respectively, the lip swatches from the website were not really true to color for the actual products (swatches below). That said, I really like wearing these. Somewhere between a gloss and a liquid lipstick, these do not dry down and they are not matte, but they are impressively long-wearing and super comfortable to wear. They will of course transfer because they don’t really dry, but I still don’t really want to call it a gloss – the formula applies more like a liquid lipstick and I didn’t find it sticky at all. As I said, the colors on the website didn’t really translate to real life, but the descriptions were accurate and I really love how bright and pigmented both of these are. LunatiCK Cosmetics Labs products are vegan, cruelty-free, talc-free, and made in the USA.

T to B: Scorpio / Pout Off / Succubus / RPG
T to B: Scorpio / Pout Off / Succubus / RPG

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio ($18.00/0.19oz) – Had to get my hands on this one, such a hyped release and I couldn’t resist. Mauve/dusty rose colors, which are everywhere these days, always seem to pull more purple on everyone else but look straight brown on me. Not this guy! This dusty purple leans more grey, it’s unique to my collection and does exactly what I wanted. This is one of my all-time favorite liquid lipstick formulas anyway, so even if this color isn’t right up your alley, the brand is worth giving a shot. Jeffree Star Cosmetics products are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.


Sugarpill Cosmetics
Sparkle Baby palette ($34.00/3.5g) – So pretty! I’ve had my eye on this for quite a while, but kept putting it off because I already own a single of Kitten Parade. Clearly I couldn’t put it off any longer. This sleek little palette has four massive pans of gorgeous pastel shades and a cute but substantial mirror too. Metallic shades Kitten Parade and Candy Crush are especially creamy, while Frostine has a more subtle shimmer, and Hotsy Totsy almost applies like a matte with some hidden glitter. Kitten Parade also makes a great cheek highlight, while magenta Hotsy Totsy is a killer blush option. Between this and the Melt Cosmetics Radioactive stack, I think all my brightly colored bases are covered. Sugarpill Cosmetics products are cruelty-free. This palette is not vegan.

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L to R: Kitten Parade / Frostine / Candy Crush / Hotsy Totsy
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T to B: Kitten Parade / Frostine / Candy Crush / Hotsy Totsy

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Rosewater ($26.00/0.21oz) – Arguably one of the more unique products in my collection, I fell in love with this liquid blush formula last summer when I purchased bright pink-violet shade Water Blossom. There is a thin mesh screen over the top of the pot, just gently tap it with your finger or stipple brush and have at it. This formula blends out beautifully with a gorgeous dewy finish that lasts all day and Rosewater is the perfect neutral rosy pink for everyday wear.

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30 in Terre-Neuve ($44.00/1.7oz) – Have you ever had one of those products that you hated the first time you used it and then you tried it again and fell in love? This is that product for me. The sunscreen scent is quite strong, and an [apparently unrelated] breakout had me very unconvinced at first, but a second sample completely changed my mind. This stuff really is great and makes my skin look freaking amazing. Not really just a tinted cream, this formula packs impressive medium to buildable coverage along with some solid sun protection. It does apply more like a foundation than a lotion, but it still feels super light on the skin and is nearly undetectable to touch. The matte finish is very flattering and natural, and doesn’t look cakey at all. It dries to an almost powder-like finish that doesn’t need to be set before applying powder products like blush or highlight. Throughout the day it can gather in some areas (for me that’s right around my nose), but a few gentle taps with my finger solves the issue in seconds. You can expect to hear from me about this one often. For best results, use fingers to dot it on and blend out with a damp sponge.

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Terre-Neuve (Light 0)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, no brands or shops asked me to write this, and all products mentioned were purchased by me. I receive financial incentive for sharing referral links to Glossier and Ebates and affiliate links for Amazon (at no added cost to you). The Glossier referral link provides you with a coupon for 20% off your first order. 

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