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Monthly Makeup Basket | November 2019

Hello friends!

Today’s post is a pretty quick and easy one – I wanted to share what’s in my basket for November that I’ve been playing with!  There has been basically no change at all except for a new concealer.

Monthly Makeup Basket | November 2019 - A Midwest Belle

If you would like to see my current impressions of the products pictured above, make sure you check out my October basket – I don’t want to be repeating myself since there isn’t a whole lot to update on.

New Additions:

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer: First of all, wow, what a long name! When I swatched this on the back of my hand I was concerned that the color wouldn’t match me well, but I wanted to throw it on my eyes quickly and see what I thought, and I’m already so pumped to keep testing! It’s everything that I wanted in a concealer that I wasn’t able to get from the IT Cosmetics one.  I’m very excited to share with you all my final thoughts!

Are you trying any new makeup this month?

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review

Hello friends!

One of my favorite things about Ipsy is that it offers not only brands I’ve never heard of, but products that I really want to try from brands I recognize!  One such product is this IT Cosmetics concealer.

IT Cosmetics has always been a brand that has intrigued me, but because of the prices I’ve never really invested in any of their products despite the good things I’ve heard.

Concealer Claims: Per the IT Cosmetics website, “this revolutionary concealer improves the appearance of wrinkles and effectively conceals the look of skin imperfections including dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration.”

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Shade Range: Above is the shade range you can find on the IT Cosmetics website.  I think that it’s a pretty extensive range, which is good!  Some of the lighter swatches look a bit grey to me, but then again I wouldn’t usually trust those to pick a shade.  The side of the page also shows a model wearing the selected shade as an example, which is far more helpful!

The darkest shade, Deep Ebony, looks to be quite deep and they offer a variety of undertones.  The fair shades also look pretty extensive; my only complaint is that the lightest, “neutral” shade is incredibly pink and there’s not really a true warm undertone in the lightest of light shades. (The first “warm” undertone is the 5th shade from the left, top row).

IT Cosmetics also offers a travel size of the concealer, however the shades appear to be more limited.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The concealer is in a squeezy tube, which actually works incredibly well for the product! The texture of this concealer is extremely thick, so it wouldn’t work in standard doefoot packaging.  A pot would be functional as well, but since it spreads best by using your fingers, squeezing it out directly into your hand is the most convenient.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Application: I found that applying this directly from the tube onto my undereyes and then trying to spread it with my fingers is not the way to go – it’s so thick that it just pulls on my undereyes and doesn’t spread easily.  Instead, I’d heard that the best way to apply this is to put it onto your fingers, rub it between them to warm it up, and then apply it. This worked so much better than applying it directly to my eye, as it was already easier to spread and didn’t tug as much.

I did notice that this has an incredibly sticky texture that was uncomfortable and stayed even after warming it in my fingers for a few seconds; as I tried to move it I would tug on my eyes.  I ended up swiping it from my fingers to my face, and then using a wet sponge to blend because the concealer didn’t stick to it.

Initial Appearance: Despite how thick the concealer is, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t seem to cover my dark circles.  Maybe they’re just too dark for any concealer, but since the name is “bye bye undereyes”, I was under the impression it would be able to cover them.  There is potential that because this color seems to be too light on me that it emphasizes them instead of covering.

It seems that whether I set this concealer or not, it does sink into the fine lines of my undereyes pretty quickly.  While it’s not visible from far away, if you look closely you can definitely see the product bunched in them.  It also doesn’t seem to spread evenly no matter how much I blend, which leads to the product looking clumpy on top of sinking into lines.

It also has a very shiny appearance, even after I used some powder on it.  Maybe I didn’t use enough, but I don’t want to cake up that area, so I’m not really sure what I could do at that point to mattify a bit more.  It wasn’t even that it looked dewy or like skin – it was so shiny that it looked unnatural and reflected light strangely.

Wear: I don’t believe that this concealer has good wear time in the slightest.  When I used this as a redness cover as well as to cover an acne spot, after around 6 hours it was completely gone.  While I did use it on my chin and it potentially wore off while eating, I still do expect it to hold up until I want it to come off.  I understand having some wear as the day goes on, but it was completely gone – I couldn’t even see spots of it to show wear.

When I used this on a spot on my forehead, I had to constantly build and build in order to get the redness to go away; yet once again by the end of the night (about 8 hours later) there was no concealer left to even wipe away, and I was not touching my face in that area or getting sweaty.

Overall: Honestly, I’m not too crazy about this concealer.  I’ve heard a lot of people say they enjoy it, and ratings on Sephora and Ulta are high, so I’m in the minority with this.  However, between the lack of coverage for my dark circles, the poor wear time, and the tendency for this to clump up and settle into lines, I just can’t get behind it, especially for the price.  I will try to use it up, but I won’t be bringing it into my collection permanently and really can’t recommend you to purchase.

What’s your favorite concealer?

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Wet n’ Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick “Send Nudes” | Review

Hello friends!

A while ago, Wet n’ Wild launched their liquid catsuit matte liquid lipsticks, and they seemed to be extremely successful!  Since the trend now is moving back towards glossy lips, they expanded the line to include this new “liquified lipstick” formula.

Color: Send Nudes is a warm, light-medium nude with peachy undertones.  It’s definitely on the lighter side, but it’s not as pale as some other peach nudes on the market.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: The finish of this lipstick is, as you would assume, shiny like a lip gloss.  It’s not as sheer as you would expect for the shine, so it looks a bit creamy as well.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the packaging of this lipstick!  It’s a shorter, stumpier tube than a traditional liquid lipstick.  It’s the same packaging as their matte liquid lips, but instead of a black cap, it’s white!

Something important to note was that I had such a hard time getting this open the first time!  I honestly thought that I got a defective one because it was so difficult, but after walking away and then trying again I did get it.  After I got it open the first time, I haven’t had any other issues.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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Colourpop BFF Volumizing Mascara | Review

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At the beginning of 2019, Colourpop finally released their first mascara!  There were multiple different colors, plus black, which is what I have today – “Black on Black”.  With this launch, you can now purchase a full face of Colourpop if you so desire.

Colourpop BFF Volumizing Mascara | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging is a white tube with black font.  The cap has various doodles on it with hearts, stars, and “BFF” on it.  This is a part of a new Colourpop BFF range, which includes mascara and various forms of eyeliners currently.

Applicator: The wand is an hourglass shape, reminiscent of iconic Too Faced Better than Sex.  It is very large, close to the same size as my eye, which makes it difficult to apply; especially on the inner corner of my lashes.  The bristles are nylon, if that matters at all in your purchasing decision!

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Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil “Whisper” | Review

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I don’t remember where I got this lip pencil from, but I do remember being excited to see it since Nudestix is such a positively rated brand!  Side note: I’ve been shocked recently by the amount of pale peach nudes colors that I have, considering I’m so picky about light colors in the first place, let alone peaches.

Color: Whisper is described as “cool mocha with a pink undertone”.  I personally don’t see that to be true!  I think mocha makes it sound darker than it is, especially because it looks like concealer lips.  It’s very cool toned and definitely has grey undertones on me, which didn’t flatter my complexion.

Comparing the hand swatch versus lip swatch, I definitely feel as though it looks darker on my hand.  Just be aware that this is one color that definitely changes in appearance between your hand and lips – at least it did on me.

Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil "Whisper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: With “cream” in the name, I had assumed this would have a shiny finish, but to me it definitely looks like a matte lip product.  In the hand swatch it looks much creamier than it does on my lips.

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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “Stud” | Review

Hello friends!

Recently, I made a few Colourpop orders and the first one had taken longer than expected to send out.  As a result, they sent me a mini of Stud as a way to apologize for it being late! While I personally wasn’t disappointed at all in the wait time, I do appreciate getting a new lip product to test!

I’m pretty sure I actually bought a set with this in it at one point, but it looks like I decluttered it though I’m not sure why!  Either way, I was happy to give this color another shot and share my thoughts.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip "Stud" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Stud is described on the Colourpop website as a “brownish nude”. I would say this is a warm nude, so the undertones are pretty rosy.

Finish: This is what I consider a true satin!  It’s almost matte, but has a bit of a shine to it that adds some dimension.  The slight shine does a good job at providing a blurring effect, so the lines of my lips weren’t emphasized like they could be with a true matte liquid lipstick.

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NARS Satin Lip Pencil “Rikugien” | Review

Hello friends!

When I was first getting into makeup, I basically purchased everything that was in a mini kit, which included this Sephora birthday gift from 2015!  In an effort to find out if all this random makeup I bought was worth it, I decided to give this color a shot!

Color: Rikugien is described on Sephora as a “rose pink”.  I think that’s pretty close – although to me rose makes it sound a little more nude than what this color is.  I’d say this is a more light, “spring” pink.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil "Rikugien" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: There’s not a lot of pigment to the actual lip product, so on my lips it looks like it’s just a slightly shiny gloss.  There’s a definite metallic appearance as well, so I would consider the finish of this product a hybrid of a gloss and a metallic lip.

When I think of satin, I personally think of something that’s almost matte, but not quite.  This formula’s finish is definitely not that, so buyer beware if you’re looking for something almost-matte instead of shiny.

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