Judge Judy: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (Stripped)

A bit over a year ago, I did a review on my first Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in the shade Pure Hollywood. Had a love-hate relationship with that particular shade. It is a gorgeous nude once it has dried down but the process of applying the lipstick can be a pain. It goes on rather unevenly, and leaves visible streaks but somehow manages to become even after drying down. The finish was more tacky than I wanted it to be and it is neither long-wearing nor transfer-resistant. Pure Hollywood was a part of the first series of liquid lipsticks released by ABH. In spring of last year, ABH released about seven new shades, mostly nudes. I’ve decided to give this new batch a try, hoping for a better formulation, and I finally got to trying another nude that I’ve been eyeing since its release, the shade Stripped.

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/liquid-lipstick-P404831?skuId=1790641)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Stripped:

  • 20.00 USD for 0.11 fl oz
  • An intensely pigmented, full coverage matte lipstick
  • Delivers long-lasting, smear-resistant coverage

Described as a neutral beige nude, this is how the shade Stripped looks on me:

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Stripped:

Hands down, this is one of the nicest warm nude shade I own. I’ve always liked my Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme in the shade Jetsetter, but wished that the shade was slightly lighter, more peach-based than brown-based and that it was a matte instead of a cream version. Then came Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Stripped – the very concoction I was envisioning.

A warm peach shade, it seems to be the perfect nude for light to medium skin tone. It may appear more brownish on fair skin and a bit more chalky on very deep skin tones. However, the ABH liquid lipstick collection does have shades that are much lighter than Stripped, as well as colors way deeper than Stripped, but still in the nude range, therefore it wouldn’t be difficult to get your perfect nude from the brand.

Formula-wise, this is definitely way easier to work with than Pure Hollywood. Though the color is lighter, it is not streaky at all upon application. The consistency is also not too tacky, and dries down well. However, as with Pure Hollywood, Stripped also tends to settle in the cracks and crevices of your lips, though not as bad. I achieved the opacity above using only one coat. The product feels weightless on your lips and does not feel drying at all.

As for its long-wear and smear-resistant claim, Stripped performed reasonably well for four hours of wear without any meals, but started to appear patchy after food and after eight hours of wear. However, I did not touch up at all so the end result wasn’t something disappointing.

All in all, I am extremely pleased with the shade Stripped and how it performs. It is definitely a better buy than Pure Hollywood, but of course it depends on the nude shade that you want. If you’re looking for a neutral to cool toned pale mauve, Pure Hollywood’s for you. But if you want something like a neutral to warm toned beige with a better formula, Stripped is the way to go!

VERDICT: Highly Recommended


Holy Grail: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

If I were to pick one makeup-related skill that took me ages to actually get a firm grip on, that would be the brows. Most of us I believe have gone through many distinct brow phases in our lives. From that first moment you decided to pluck your eyebrows, to the ensuing years of over-plucking and thread-like brows shaped like a tadpole, followed by the boxy front, thin yet bold brow, then gearing more towards a high arched softer-colored brow that almost looks unnatural. Oh, doesn’t that just make you cringe?

But for what it’s worth, I do appreciate the experience caring for my brows for now I know better. Over-plucking is a definite no-no. In fact, I spent the last two years growing my brows back to its former glory which I once ditched. Previous plucking experiences have definitely altered the way the brows grow now, but I’m liking it as they are more structured and a lot easier to maintain.

However, I think one of the biggest difference, aside from my own brow grooming and maintenance is the product I use when I want to define my brows. I’ve been using a range of brow pencils, of various tips, colors and finishes and I’d have to say I’ve never been any more satisfied with a brow product that I am with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I have used this product for a few months now, and it truly trumps other brow pencils I’ve used before or own. Before I go into further details, here’s a quick look at this amazing product.

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/brow-wiz-P202633?skuId=1804624)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

  • 21.00 USD for 0.003 oz
  • Ultra-slim, retractable pencil allows precision in creating hair-like strokes
  • Long-wear, smudge-proof formula
  • Glides on effortlessly

To me, the ABH Brow Wiz has truly topped the brow game. Aside from being extremely easy to use, the pigment it dispenses is the perfect amount to create a beautiful brow look. You can definitely build the pigment with a firmer stroke if you want a more opaque brow effect but for a natural look where your brow hairs are still visible, a gentle stroke of the Brow Wiz will give you exactly what you need. Other brow pencils I’ve used tend to produce more pigment, which means you’d have to exercise extra care and caution if you’re going for a soft, natural brow look.

The major problem I’ve always had with previous brow pencils I’ve tried including those from Clinique and Lancome is the fact that the consistency of the product dispensed is too wet that even the gentlest stroke produces a bold result. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is significantly less waxy and not too dry to a point where it is difficult to get product out. In addition, the ABH Brow Wiz pencil is ultra-slim, making it a breeze to create precise hair-like strokes. If you’re having a lazy makeup day but still wish to keep your brows together, just use the fine tip to fill up all the sparse areas in your brow hairs and you’re good to go. The spooley that comes on the other end of the pencil has sufficient grip to blend the product flawlessly.

I always pair my Brow Wiz with a clear brow gel, just to make sure my hairs are in place. But even if you don’t, the Brow Wiz on its own works commendably well. It can also be used together with other brow products such as brow powder or brow pomades, depending on the style and finish of brow you fancy. In other words, the Brow Wiz is a pretty adaptable product that works and works great, whether used alone, or with other things. If you’re new to brow shaping and defining, I would highly suggest this item. It’s such an effortless product that mistakes, if any are reversible.

Here’s a quick look at how the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz looks on me. I am using the shade Medium Brown.

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(Left: ABH Brow Wiz used just to fill in sparse areas without defining brows, using gentle hair-like strokes. Right: ABH Brow Wiz used to outline, define and fill in brows, topped with ABH Clear Brow Gel)

No Thanks (New Releases)

It’s been a hot minute since I did a ‘No Thanks’ post. And I think we’ve been seeing quite a bit of new products, new releases, new cosmetics lines what have we so it’s about time we talk about those that we do not need. So let’s get straight into the list.

Pat McGrath Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes (125.00 USD)

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(Image source: https://www.temptalia.com/pat-mcgrath-unlimited-core-the-permanent-collection-for-fall-2017/)

Pat McGrath’s products are usually those I look on with much awe and admiration, but have never been able to justify purchasing. Just a couple months back, she launched her Luxetrance lipsticks (in the photo above), which to be honest, look very pigmented and of great quality but I never got to buying as I wasn’t specifically into any of the colors. But the drawback for McGrath for me was always the price point. I surely understand her stature; being one of the most influential makeup artists whose works on runways, editorials and advertisements have defined beauty trends but that doesn’t mean that I will throw all my money to get her products just because.

So when I chanced upon Pat McGrath’s announcement on social media of the release of her Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes, I remembered scrolling down to read the details and there it was – the hefty price tag. 125.00 USD for a ten-pan eyeshadow palette is no joke. That’s a lot of money. Now if you’re a Pat McGrath collector, or an eyeshadow palette hoarder then I guess this won’t be an issue. But for a typical consumer like myself, spending that amount of money is a significant moment. Therefore, I need to make sure that forking out those dollar bills is worth every cent.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I will feel good about spending that much on one of these eyeshadow palettes. There are three palettes in this release – Mothership I Subliminal Palette (made up of blues, violets, soft golds and matte neutrals); Mothership II Sublime Palette (consists of coppers, pinks, bronze and matte neutrals); and Mothership III Subversive Palette (includes violets, blues, olives and matte neutrals) – costing 125.00 USD each. From the photos, they do look stunning especially the vibrant diamond-sparkled colors (I’m eyeing the iconic luscious green from the Sublime Palette). The shade selection and curation appears very well conceived, and overall I think it really seems like a very well made palette. However, the price tag is just way beyond what I feel is within reasonable parameters for a typical consumer, especially if you have already owned quite a number of other palettes. Spending 125 dollars on this would obligate me to only use this palette, and not opt for my other palettes merely to justify the expenditure. Am I gonna do that? Hells to the no.

So I’m saying no to Pat McGrath’s mothership series, just because of the price tag. So if money is no issue to you, then this palette might be your best investment yet.

Viseart Golden Hour Eyeshadow Palette (49.00 USD)

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(Image source: https://www.temptalia.com/viseart-golden-hour-eyeshadow-palette-for-fall-2017/)

Next in line after McGrath (and possibly Natasha Denona) in terms of price point is Viseart. Their permanent twelve-pan eyeshadows are priced at 80.00 USD and six-pan theory palettes at 45.00 USD but Viseart occasionally brings out smaller, travel-sized or fits-into-purse collections. The previous was the Petit PRO eight-super-tiny-pan eyeshadow palette pegged at 30.00 USD, which I felt was a ridiculous price for the minuscule product you get. This fall, they have just launched the Golden Hour Eyeshadow Palette, a nine-pan warm-neutral palette with matte and metallic finishes. Compared to the tiny Petit PRO, this new launch contains about double the amount of product, and in a superior metal packaging as opposed to Petit PRO’s cardboard exterior. But it launches for 49 dollars.

To be honest, I don’t have as much beef with the pricing for this as with the Pat McGrath shadows. However, the main reason why I still couldn’t justify spending on this product is due to the almost dull and meh shade selection. Nothing in this palette screams new and innovative. These are shades we’ve seen before, shades we own. I just wish they would’ve stepped out of the warm-neutral zone and come up with a more dazzling and vibrant selection that is not easily available in many other palettes. I heard that by end of the year, Viseart might be releasing another nine-pan palette but in a different shade series, so I am looking forward to that but for now, I’m keeping my 49.

LORAC Mega PRO Palette 4 (59.00 USD)

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(Image source: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/make-up_mega-pro-4.html)

Before I talk about this palette, let me just say that I do love LORAC eyeshadows. My LORAC PRO palette is one my favorite eyeshadow palettes as it has an amazing color selection and the shadow quality is impressively pigmented and incredibly blendable. However, I have never been a fan of the LORAC Mega PRO palettes. I’ve swatched them before, and I just feel that they aren’t as amazing as the standard PRO palettes. On top of that, the mind-boggling color range confuses me. In other words, the Mega PRO palettes do not seem as well thought out as the standard PROs. It’s as if the colors are randomly picked with no clear concept. LORAC Mega PRO wants to be the jack of all trades, but master of none. The palette gives you a lot of colors in the spectrum but nothing wows you. It’s a totally different experience with the standard PRO palettes. The latter seem very professionally curated and manufactured but the former bears none of those attributes. The only people who might like this product may be makeup artists, largely due to the color range. But typical consumers? PASS.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon (26.00 USD)

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For the finale, we’ll shift our attention from eyeshadow palettes to lip colors. And one that will be released at the end of the year is a liquid-in-a-crayon lipstick by Marc Jacobs. Called the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon, this product promises long-wear and comfort and comes in ten shades. The crayon concept reminds me a lot of the NARS crayon-pencil lip color thing but apparently this is supposed to be more liquidy, almost like a liquid lipstick type of consistency. While this may appear sleek, and possibly easy to wear, I am just not drawn to any of the shades to be honest. And for 26 dollars, I’d rather get a proper lipstick or liquid lipstick because I am not the most optimistic as to the longwear of this formula. Also, the shades in Marc Jacob’s Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme are more up my alley and they cost only 2 bucks more. For now, sorry Marc Jacobs, maybe next time!

That’s all I have for now. I had wanted to include more, but I didn’t want the post to get too long. But just FYI and I’m gonna keep this brief, I was gonna include the KKW powder contour kit as well. That’s a hell no for me (it’s coming back in stock yet again tomorrow). If you’re looking for a similar type of contour powder product and packaging, go ahead and check out the powder contour palettes by ELF Cosmetics. They’re much much more affordable (6 bucks!) and not a celebrity limited edition kind of bullshit releases. If you want a high quality powder contour product, go with Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Contour Palette. That’s all for now. Till the next one!

Look of the Day – The Yin and Yang

Bolder brows/eyes and softer lips. Two opposites yet complementary energies.

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Products used:


  • Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Shade 3.5)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Light Warm)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (2 Medium)


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel


  • Make Up for Ever Full Cover Concealer (Sand) – as eyeshadow primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (Tempera – base, Buon Fresco – crease & lower lashline, Antique Bronze – lid, Cyprus Umber – outer V & lower lashline, Vermeer – inner corner)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (Black)


  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium)
  • Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan (Tantric)
  • Bobbi Brown Blush (Pastel Pink)


  • Jouer Powder Highlighter (Rose Quartz)


  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil (Peekaboo Neutral)
  • bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor (Infamous)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus

Judge Judy: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Move aside KKW/Kylie Cosmetics, and make way for Fenty Beauty, the talk of town! @badgalriri is coming through with her new cosmetics line, featuring a range of face products including foundation, powder and highlighters as well as face brushes and a lip gloss. Rihanna’s annoucement of Fenty Beauty has generated a buzz all over social media, and the reveal of the product lineup doesn’t appear to disappoint. Recognizing a void in options (specifically for face makeup) for women who are at the ends of the shade spectrum, brand founder Rihanna makes it Fenty Beauty’s mission to serve the needs of women of all shade range, no matter if you have extremely pale or very, very deep complexion.

Now all thanks to Sephora’s Rouge complimentary gift perk, I was fortunate enough to receive a deluxe sample of Fenty Beauty’s foundation. So I’ve decided to give it a go especially since most of my friends are talking about it as well and asking my two cents worth. And Fenty Beauty is now officially the first foundation to make its way into my Judge Judy product review series! (Amen to taking a break from lipstick reviews)

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/pro-filtr-soft-matte-longwear-foundation-P87985432?skuId=1925239&icid2=fenty_lp_rihannas_picks_carousel:p87985432)

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

  • 34.00 USD for 1.08 fl. oz
  • Medium to full coverage foundation that smooths skin and diffuses pores
  • Provides a soft matte, shine-free finish
  • Light as air texture that is undetectable on skin
  • Oil-free longwear formula that is resistant to sweat and humidity
  • Won’t clog pores, for all skin types
  • Comes in 40 shades

Since this is a foundation review, I think it’s just fair to do a before and after shot so you can better assess its coverage and finish. Therefore, I did my eyebrows and eye makeup first. As usual for all foundations, I will do a standard skin prep specifically applying facial oil followed by sunscreen/primer. I never wear foundation on bare skin, so for foundation tests it would be fair for me to prep my skin as per how I would normally do it before applying any foundation.

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Left: No foundation, skin prepped with Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster and bareMinerals Prime Time Primer SPF 30.

Right: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 210, topped with Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder, Marc Jacobs Tantric O!Mega Bronzer, Makeup Geek Blush in Cherish/Soulmate and Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

  • Medium to full coverage foundation that smooths skin and diffuses pores

If you’re looking for a solid medium to full coverage foundation, this product may well be in your lineup. One pump (from the smaller deluxe sized bottle) was all I used for my entire face to get a solid medium coverage, and you can see from the photos above that it covered up the blemishes on my chin and cheek well. This probably means the foundation can last you quite a while, in fact I am positive I can get about twenty uses from my deluxe bottle.

Does this foundation minimize the look of pores? I wouldn’t say that it does that exceptionally well because I feel that my pores look similar if I had worn my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. So I wouldn’t say that diffusing pores is a selling point for this foundation, but yes, it does impart a decent blurring effect on skin as with a few other foundations.

  • Provides a soft matte, shine-free finish

Now I’ve gotta be honest and say that I am not a fan of a true matte finish foundation. I’ve always preferred my foundations to render some dewiness as I find a matte finish to be chalky at times. This foundation however gives almost a velvet-matte type of finish so your complexion does not look flat and dull as with more true matte foundation. But if you want your skin to glow from your foundation, this shine-free finish is definitely not your cup of tea. If you have dry skin, make sure to moisturize your skin well prior to applying this foundation as it might accentuate dry patches.

  • Light as air texture that is undetectable on skin

While I would agree that the foundation feels lightweight on the skin, I wouldn’t go as far as to say to that it is imperceptible. Especially if you’re one to apply a few pumps of foundation and prefer a full coverage, this will definitely show up on skin.

  • Oil-free longwear formula that is resistant to sweat and humidity

Unfortunately, neither did I sweat nor was the weather humid for me to test this claim but for the six hours worth of wear I experienced, the foundation did not stay on that well. At the three-hour mark, I noticed the foundation starting to slightly break apart on my chin area. By the end of the six-hour wear the foundation started to look a little patchy. I guess it might be due to the fact that my skin was feeling a little dry, but then again I have no such problems with my Armani Luminous Silk. So, it’s a no for me on the longwear claim.

  • Won’t clog pores, for all skin types

Based on the ingredients list, I believe that this foundation does not contain any skin irritants or aggravating/inflammatory ingredients therefore it highly likely will not clog your pores and should be suitable for most skin types.

One very important thing to note about this foundation though is that it dries SUPER fast. You better work your face section by section and not apply dots of foundation on your entire face before blending for that was what I did and suffered adverse consequences. The foundation dried up too quickly such that the dots of foundation that I blended last left a circle mark on my face and I had to use my finger to aggressively remove. In addition, I highly believe that this foundation applies well with a brush and a buffing motion, not a damp sponge and a dabbing or stippling technique. The finish was very patchy using a sponge, but I managed to even it out eventually using my fingers and brush. I’d have to be honest and say that I have not experienced such a problem with other matte finish foundations (e.g. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear) so I was quite taken aback that this foundation wasn’t a breeze to work with.

So, would I go ahead and purchase the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation? I would have to say no for now because I don’t think the texture and finish of the foundation works well on my skin at the moment. And I prefer applying my foundations with my beauty blender, so if I’d have to switch to brushes only for this foundation, I may have to give it a pass. But for what it’s worth, the foundation does photograph beautifully and feels very comfortable on the skin, and its price point of 34.00 USD is not half bad. And the extensive shade range means you should be able to find your perfect match (thought I’d have to point out that the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation also has forty shades). I would suggest trying out a sample from Sephora if you are on the fence about this. As for me, I’d pass and just continue using my existing foundations.

VERDICT: Recommended with Care



Holy Grail: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book – The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II

The iconic Kevyn Aucoin is one of the most influential makeup artists who can in fact be regarded as the father of contouring. Having pioneered the art of contouring, his artistic skills and innovative spirit have not just graced the covers of magazines and runways but have also been brought closer to women everywhere. With his inspiring products in our hands, we too can achieve the beauty we envision.

While his cosmetics line was initially known for amazing individual products such as his sensual skin enhancer foundation/concealer and sculpting powders that come in individual compacts, it has now diversified to include lip toppers, highlighters and more.

Today, I’m giving my standing ovation to my most favorite product in Kevyn Aucoin’s entire line, one of the best face and eye palette I’ve ever gotten my hands on – the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book – The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have talked about this gem a couple of times, highly recommending it as a VIB sale purchase (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/basics-baby-exclusive-how-to-shop-the-sephora-spring-sale-wisely-recommendations/) and also used the cream products for a natural, sunkissed look (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/basics-baby-natural-sunkissed-makeup/). Since I love this product so much and have gotten quite a lot of use out of it (and still not hitting pan at that), I figured it’s a must for it to be featured in my Holy Grail series. And for this post, I tried to use as much of the product as possible especially those I have not zoomed in on in my blog so that you can see why I hold this product in such high regard.

Before that, here are key things about this beloved palette.

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(Image source: https://www.temptalia.com/kevyn-aucoin-the-contour-book-volume-ii-for-holiday-2015/)

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book – The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II

  • 65.00 USD for
    – 0.17 oz The Celestial Powder in Sculpting
    – 0.17 oz The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
    – 0.16 oz The Sculpting Cream
    – 0.16 oz The Candlelight Cream
    – 4 x 0.04 oz Eyeshadows in Brighten (luminous pearl), Starlight (luminous light peach/pink), Cool Tan (light brown), Ruddy Earth (rust)
    – How-to guide
  • A face and eye palette in one that contours, sculpts and highlights using both cream and powder formulas
  • Includes the best-selling sculpting powder and its cream counterpart, as well as a highlighting powder and its cream counterpart, all come full-sized
  • Also includes four eyeshadows that double up as face contour and highlighter

If you are one who’s into the art of contouring, and I’m not even talking heavy or any complex contouring, just a touch to enhance your features, this all-in-one palette is a definite must have. First, you are getting four of the line’s full-sized highly rated sculpting and highlighting products (in both cream and powder formulas) for a quarter of the price of the individual items (the palette is valued at 226.00 USD). We’re talking buttery, pigmented and easily blendable contouring products here. And you really just need the tiniest bit of product as the powders are ultra pigmented, so the entire palette can last you a long time.

If that isn’t worth your money yet, Kevyn Aucoin added in four gorgeous everyday neutral eyeshadows that are a staple in our cosmetic kit. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows are beyond words. I am pleasantly surprised at how blinding the shade ‘Brighten’ appears on the inner corners of my eyes (see photo below). The four eyeshadow shades work well together to help you create a sculpted and defined look that can either go in the minimal, natural direction or a more glamorous and smoky route.

This palette is truly a commendable marriage between versatility and quality. You just can’t be disappointed with it at all.

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(I’m wearing the Sculpting Powder for face contour, the Candlelight Powder for face highlight, Eyeshadow in Brighten for my inner corners, Eyeshadow in Starlight on my lids, Eyeshadow in Cool Tan to smoke out my under-eye and Eyeshadow in Ruddy Earth on my outer V. To know how the Sculpting Cream and Candlelight Cream work on me, check out https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/basics-baby-natural-sunkissed-makeup/).


Judge Judy: NYX Matte Lipstick

NYX has been one of my favorite drugstore brands. Not only are their products affordable, the quality is often times impressive. NYX’s lip lingerie liquid lipsticks and soft matte lip creams are amongst my most used lip products, and I am of course thrilled to give their matte lipsticks a whirl.

Housed in a conventional bullet lipstick packaging, the NYX matte lipsticks come in a stunning array of 45 shades. As always before we dive into my review, here are key things you need to know about the NYX matte lipsticks.

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(Image source: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/matte-lipstick/NYX_005.html)

NYX Matte Lipstick

  • 5.99 USD for 0.16 oz
  • Highly pigmented lipstick with a velvety non-glossy, silky matte finish
  • Stays in place and never feels dry

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Left: Described as a mid-tone beige, this is how the shade Sable looks on me. Middle: Described as a dark pink-brown, this is how the shade Euro Trash looks on me. Right: Described as a bright blue-toned red, this is how the shade Perfect Red looks on me.


NYX Matte Lipstick

  • 5.99 USD for 0.16 oz
  • Highly pigmented lipstick with a velvety non-glossy, silky matte finish
  • Stays in place and never feels dry

Good matte lipsticks that come in the typical bullet packaging are a rare find especially in the drugstore. They’re more often than not semi-matte and has poor lasting power. Unfortunately, the NYX matte lipstick similarly falls in that category. The finish of the lipsticks is semi-matte at best, but specifically are more of a satin matte for the shades Sable and Euro Trash and an almost cream finish for the shade Perfect Red. There is an obvious cream sheen upon application and they do not dry down matte. A way to mattify these lipsticks is to press your lips into a tissue paper to minimize the sheen. This however compromises the pigmentation.

Despite the non-matte finish, the opacity of the NYX matte lipstick is quite commendable. You can definitely build up the color and coverage for intense pigmentation. It wasn’t a one-swipe action for me though as the lighter color especially tends to settle into cracks and crevices upon first application and needs a few more coats to reach full opacity. Another thing I noted was how uncomfortable it was for me to maneuver the lipstick. I am not sure if it is the design of the lipstick itself or the packaging that requires me to bend and turn my hands in weird angles to fill up my lips.

As for its longevity, I would say that the shade Perfect Red, though transfers easily, stays pigmented for quite a while. As with other red lipsticks, it does leave a pink stain. Sable and Euro Trash held up quite decently, though a heavy meal can definitely reduce its staying power.

Despite its shortcomings in its finish, the NYX matte lipstick is overall a very comfortable product to wear. It is rather lightweight and does not feel drying at all. For the price tag, this product is definitely a must-have if you are looking for affordable matte lipsticks but not too picky about an ultra-matte finish.

VERDICT: Recommended