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As you could probably tell by now, I am a lover of makeup. Just not the stereotypical, Instagram beat type of makeup. My glam is not the “typical” glam. When I mean “typical” glam, I mean the makeup plastered on many popular Instagram accounts as well as brand accounts. Now, if that is your thing, power to you. You do you. I’m more into the different and obscure type of beauty. If you read My Makeup Aesthetic Tag, you already know.
Well, I did a little bit of shopping in the past month and a half and that I would do a collective haul for you guys as well as mini reviews. As you may or may not know, I am working on my collection to be fully cruelty-free. So, moving forward, any makeup product I bring into my collection must be cruelty-free. Enough with the blabber, let’s get onto the makeup! Although, grab a drink or a snack for this one. It may be a long read.
Bitter Lace Beauty
Bitter Lace Beauty is an Indie brand. You may have heard of them when their Rainbow Highlighter went viral last year. Highlighters are what they are known for and offer and I picked up 3 different highlighters. Unfortunately, 2 were limited edition and the third is being discontinued. Sad face. I’ll still show them off anyway. First, let’s talk about the package the products were shipped in.
Everything was securely wrapped. The box was pink and had beautiful floral detail on the inside. There was even a cute little card with Holographic detailing and a mermaid sticker. Super cute.
The first highlighter I picked up was SLAY, a limited edition Halloween Kill-uminator. Oh am I a sucker for the play on words with this one. They describe it as “A white gold flecked base with an intense metallic blood red splatter.” Next is Blood Lust, a limited edition Valentine highlighter, which is the exact red from the SLAY Kill-uminator. It is described as “A blue-based red with a slightly warm amber shift.” Quick note, this one is scented and it smells amazing! It’s a combination of sandalwood, amber musk, and vanilla. Bitter Lace Beauty, if you happen to be reading this. I need that fragrance. Like, pronto! Thank you in advance! Lastly is the discontinued shade of Deadly Nightshade (it is still in stock ATM and for only $9 US). The ONLY reason I picked up this highlighter was for the Nightmare Before Christmas reference. That’s it. They describe it as “a cooler toned gray beige that has hints of pink and green undertones that appear silver in the pan.”
All three are quite beautiful on the skin. The texture is incredibly soft and buttery. I will say SLAY is slightly, slightly more powdery to the point you might consider it being crumbly, but if you use it very lightly, there is no problem. Now, don’t think just because I recommend pressing into them lightly you are not going to get off a killer pay off, because you are wrong. These are incredibly high shine. I mean, HIGH SHINE. They are blinding. I personally don’t care for SLAY or Blood Lust as actual highlighters but on my eyes and inner corner. Damn. You can’t miss it. Blood Lust is almost exactly like Kat Von D’s Raw Power Metal Crush Eyeshadow (discontinued). Blood Lust is a bit more blood red, while Raw Power leans more towards a rust red, but in swatches, you cannot tell much of a difference. Also, Raw Power tends to have more of a gold reflect than Blood Lust.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoy these products and have not been disappointed. Again, I don’t use these as actual highlights, I enjoy them more for eyeshadow purposes. If these are your cup of coffee, then I highly recommend!
NYX Professionals Makeup
There have been a few products by NYX Professionals Makeup that has caught my eye that I wanted to give a go. Before picking up these few items, I have the Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Oxblood ($7.99 US, fucking LOVE this product), the Epic Ink Liner ($7.99 US), and a couple of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks ($6.99 US). I’ve used quite a few NYX products and overall been really happy with the brand. What I have been super intrigued and excited to try the Vivid Brights Creme Color in Bad Blood ($9.99 US) and the Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale ($7.99 US). So, besides grabbing those two items I picked up the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien ($6.99 US) and the Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie ($4.99 US). When I made my order they threw in a Worth The Hype Mascara ($7.99 US).
The Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale is immensely glossy and black. I didn’t have to build this up much to get full-color payoff. The effect is wonderful. The downfall is this lipgloss is heavy on the lips and it does bleed. Would definitely recommend a lip liner with this product. The Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie gives a very similar effect to the vinyl lip gloss. It is not as thick as the vinyl lip gloss and it does need to be built up in order to reach full opacity. Like the vinyl lip gloss, I would totally recommend a lip liner. Also, you don’t need both. I would say pick up the Butter Gloss, you get almost 3 times the product and it is $3 cheaper.
The Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien is exactly as its name states. It is a cream liquid lipstick. It does mattify a touch, but it is not transfer-proof. On my lips, it kind of comes across as more of a blue-based black. It is very liquidy in consistency, but it is comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. I enjoy it, but if you are looking for something transfer-proof, this would not be the product for you. Lastly is the Vivid Brights Creme Colour in Bad Blood, the item I was most excited about. Unfortunately, this is a bit disappointing for me. I haven’t tried mixing some of my Inglot Duraline in with it yet to see if it improves the texture at all, but as is, the creme is extremely dry. It is hard to pick up a decent amount of product with a brush or your finger and it is almost clumpy. Also, with it being so dry it takes a bit to blend out. It also takes quite a bit of building in order to get a good color payoff. I am going to keep playing around with it to see if I can get it to work, but for right now, sadly I don’t recommend. If you have tried this and got it to work, let me know how you did it in the comments section! Maybe I’m just using it wrong.
Wet N Wild Beauty
Wet N Wild has to be my favorite drugstore brand, hands down. Especially nowadays, Wet N Wild has been stepping up their game. Their highlighters work incredibly well, their Liquid Catsuits are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas, their price tags are amazeballs, they are just great. My favorite nude lipstick is from Wet N Wild, I love Wet N Wild.
This time around I picked up a total of 3 new Liquid Catsuits ($4.99 US) (I know there is only two in the picture, I will explain why shortly), a MegaLast Lip Color in Black Out ($2.49 US), a MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven (Limited Edition $4.99 US), and a Pro Brush Line Tapered Highlighting Brush ($5.99 US).
Now, let’s talk about the Liquid Catsuits. I originally ordered 3 DIFFERENT shades of Liquid Catsuits. So Noir Cool, the black, Sleepy Hollow, a medium blue based grey shade, and Widows Peek, from what the pictures show, a dark grey. Nope. It’s black. I even opened it and swatched it. Widows Peek is a black shade, not dark grey. I mean, I’m not super mad, can never have enough black lipsticks in my opinion, but was definitely expecting a dark grey. Le sigh.
The formula for So Noir Cool and Sleepy Hollow are consistent with Nudie Patootie, a more moussey texture, but on the slightly thinner side. Didn’t have to build these in order to get full opacity. One dip in the tube was all it took. Wear time, same as usual. Pretty decent without eating too many greasy foods. Layers decently, but not the best, can get a little crumbly. The MegaLast Lip Color is a standard lipstick in my opinion. It does not come out the blackest but does have decent staying power and I did not notice any bleeding. It ends up being more of a matte finish on the lips and is slightly drying. All three lip products I enjoy and would recommend.
Lastly is the Goth-o-graphic MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven. I am going to be honest with you. I only bought it because it was apart of the Goth-o-graphic collection and it had Raven in the title. I’m not going to get much use out of this highlighter because it does have a purple shift to it and I am not a fan of purple. However, the formula is very smooth and buttery and the pay off is quite brilliant. If you like a purple shift to your highlights and you can still find this one, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Holy shit this took a lot longer to type up than I was anticipating. I did say this was going to be a long one. If you are slightly curious why I purchased so many black lip products, in the future I am going to be doing a black lipstick showdown. Which brands have the best black lipstick, liquid lipstick, gloss, etc. So I am collecting! Well, I hope you found this somewhat interesting or helpful if you did let me know in the comments down below. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them? Thanks for stopping by and until next time!