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Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip “Curvii” | Review

Hello friends!

In a wonderful turn of events, I got the iluvsarahii bundle by accident when I had purchased the KathleenLight’s bundle. ColourPop had given me to go-ahead to keep my bundle while they sent me the correct one, which means that I was able to get double the product!

If you’re interested in the other colors within this bundle, my review of 951 is here.

Color: Curvii is a pale peach with flecks of pink glitter.  Depending on how thick of a layer, it can go from a nearly clear gloss with glitter, to a very opaque peach.

Finish: In terms of gloss finishes, this is relatively creamy with glitter flecks throughout.  The thicker the layer, the more creamy it looks and less gloss-like finish it has.

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip "Curvii" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging of this lip gloss is really pretty, as it is part of the iluvsarahii collab.  It’s the standard acrylic tube with a gold cap and gold accents.

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip "Curvii" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator for this gloss is a brush tip – it’s definitely not my favorite for this type of formula, as the product is thick and the brush struggles to distribute product evenly.  I also noticed that there tends to be hairs out of place frequently.

Application: I find application of this gloss to be quite tedious.  The brush applicator means that if I wanted to apply this in a thick, opaque layer I am building constantly, but have to be careful to avoid streaks due to the paleness of this shade.  If I want to use a thin layer as a “wash” of color, it still doesn’t apply evenly with the brush and so I have to dip multiple times.

I struggled to get product my lips without missing spots or having clumps of product in certain areas, with no product in others.

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Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review

Hello friends!

I found the brand Jolii Cosmetics on Ipsy, and would absolutely never have heard of them had I not gotten this liquid lipstick in a bag. Before even trying this out I bought another three colors, so you’ll be seeing more reviews in the future!

Something I would like to point out is that the Jolii Cosmetics website states that this product is Made in Italy; however, the label on my lipstick states that it was Made in China.  I emailed to get clarification but never heard back from the brand. With the recent controversies with BoxyCharm & Ciate London, I thought this was important information to share if it could influence your purchasing decision.

Color: Focoso is a purple-based brown with neutral undertones.  I’d say the brown makes it look warmer, while the purple balances it as a generally cooler color.  On the lips it definitely pulls more red-brown.

Finish: The Luxe Creme Matte formula is one that dries down mostly matte but still has just a touch of sheen to it.  As it wears throughout the day the sheen does disappear and leave a completely matte look.

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I love the packaging of this lipstick! The gold cap and frosted tube really makes it look lux. My one complaint is that the words on the tube seem to be rubbing off, similar to the way that ColourPop lip products do.

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Creme Matte Lipstick “Focoso” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: This applicator is just a basic doefoot, but it does work well with the mousse formula. There is no need for a well or pointed edge to make application easier.

Application: I found that because the formula was relatively thick instead of being watery like many liquid lipsticks, it was easy to apply and get in a smooth line. I never had to dip back into the tube for more product, and it went on evenly and opaque in one swipe with enough for both lips.

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Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review

Hello friends!

I was unbelievably lucky and found a bunch of these Healthy Lips on clearance at Walmart – I couldn’t help but snag some because I’ve heard people rave about them.  Spoiler alert: for good reason, too!

Color: Berry Healthy is a neutral, deep pink that leans slightly cool, but could mostly be considered a neutral pink-berry.  The neutral-ness of the shade tends to make it look less berry than what one would traditionally think – there’s very little purple in it. I personally would consider this a pink nude in my own collection.

Finish: As most liquid lipsticks do, this formula dries down to a matte finish.  The packaging states that this is a velvet finish, but to me there isn’t much shine, and what little there is definitely goes away as the product wears.

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging on this lipstick is definitely unique to other liquid lipstick tubes! It’s square and acrylic with the silver cap.  This definitely feels weighty and more luxurious than a typical drugstore liquid lipstick.  The only complaint I have is that it’s unnecessarily bulky – there easily could have been less acrylic on the outside of the product and still kept the aesthetic.

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: I adore the teardrop applicator with a well on the inside. The shape lends well to application – it’s easy to get a crisp line with the pointed tip.  The well ensures that you don’t have to dip into the tube a second time as it holds enough product for both lips.

Application: I found application of this to be strange at first, until I got more comfortable with the formula.  It’s not actually fully opaque; it’s semi-opaque, but with this particular shade that actually worked in its favor.  The product is thicker than you would expect – not a mousse, but also not thin like a standard liquid lipstick.

There were some issues with evenness on application, especially on the edges of my lips.  You could definitely tell that some spots were more pigmented than others, however it was incredibly easy to just use my finger and dot off the excess.

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Finish “Berry Healthy” | Review - A Midwest Belle

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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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Monthly Makeup Basket | October 2019

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to share the products that I’ll be playing with in October and (hopefully!) getting a review out on them soon.  Let me know if you’re especially curious about anything you see and I’ll try to prioritize getting a review out on them!

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Base:

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer: I haven’t had much testing time with this primer, but the fact that it’s supposed to help minimize the look of pores is definitely something I’m interested in trying!

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation: I’ve heard decent things about this foundation & I’ve gotten the chance to wear it a few times, but it’s been a while since I’ve really worn a full face so I want to see what I think for sure.

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Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick “Belle” | Review

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In true Colourpop fashion, when I ordered from their website I just had to get free shipping, so I put a few things in my cart to make it up to $30 – no surprise the stunning Disney collection helped get me there!

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick "Belle" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Belle is a deep mauve-pink with warm undertones. It’s definitely on the neutral side in terms of a pink, but I don’t think I could say it’s a nude like I had originally thought when purchasing. Colourpop’s website describes it as a “rosy berry”, which I think is very accurate.

Finish: Despite the name of this lipstick being “creme”, I think the finish is closer to a satin-cream.  It’s not as creamy looking as other bullet lipsticks, but there is a bit of shine so it’s not a flat matte either.

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick "Belle" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “951” | Review

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Funny story with this lipstick- I ordered the Kathleen Lights lip bundle, and was accidentally sent the IluvSarahii set instead.  When I told them about it, they said I could keep it, so yay for bonus reviews for all of you!

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Color: 951 is a really beautiful warm medium brown shade.  I’d say it has a little more depth than your average nude, but is still pink enough to be less intimidating for those scared of a traditional brown.

Finish: The Ultra Satin lips have an almost-matte finish that never quite dry down.  It’s like a demi-matte with just the slightest bit of sheen to keep from the traditional flat finish that most liquid lipsticks have.

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Packaging: The tube of this lipstick is just like their standard tubes, but the cap is a beautiful gold instead of their traditional silver.  The printing on it is also gold versus their traditional holographic text, and it says “iluvsarahii X Colourpop” to notate the collaboration.

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Applicator: The applicator on this is standard for Colourpop; a basic doefoot. While mine does fray a bit and doesn’t sit smooth, I had no difficulties at all with getting straight lines.

Application: I found the application of this particular shade to be very easy.  The color is opaque in one swipe and easy to get a smooth, straight line, even on the edges.

It does remain slightly tacky because it never truly dries down, so in the first few minutes after application it feels a bit off until you get used to it.  If I hadn’t been paying specific attention to that detail, I wouldn’t have felt this on my lips at all.

There is no discernible scent with the Colourpop lipsticks; it smells a bit like chemicals, but the scent isn’t offensive and did not linger. I could never smell it once it was on my lips.

This color had a tendency to emphasize the texture of my lips, especially when they were dry, so even upon application within a few minutes you could see each crack and crevice.  This can be helped by either having smoother lips than I do, or exfoliating/using balm the night before use to minimize the clinging!

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Transfer: One thing that I’ve noticed with all Colourpop Ultra Satin lips is that they transfer quite a bit; this one was no exception.  I found that it would come off on my water bottle after just drinking water, and always came off on my food.  I left lipstick everywhere, especially as the first layer wore down.  After it faded off a bit the amount that transferred did lessen, so if you blotted right away you would probably have less issues than I did!

Fading: Despite the fact that the amount of transfer was frustrating, I was surprised that the fading wasn’t too bad.  After eating a larger or more messy meal, there was a definite need for reapplication, otherwise I had a ring of product around the outside of my lips, and my lips looked even stranger due to the line emphasis.  However, just wearing throughout the day with drinking, breakfast and a non-messy lunch means that this lip product would still look good!

One thing I did notice was that the product built up a bit as the day wore on, which meant that I had patches of slightly orange dry spots on my lips.  This is something that I had only noticed when my lips were especially dry, so again if you properly moisturize beforehand I don’t think you’ll have this issue.

Comfort: Unlike a normal matte liquid lipstick, this never dries down completely. Because of that, I could always feel a bit of stick when I pushed my lips together and I felt more aware of it being on my lips.  That said, it remained incredibly comfortable throughout the duration of wear.  It’s not hydrating,  but it’s also not drying at all and is a great formula for those who hate liquid lipsticks for the feeling of them.

Overall: I love the comfort of the ultra satins, but the fading and transfer of them is definitely frustrating. I think part of the problem is that I have yet to try a lighter shade; both Stud and this one are a bit darker, more brown-toned nudes so it’s not a surprise that the appearance and wear would also be similar.

I haven’t quite decided if I’ll keep this yet, but I’m leaning a bit towards yes.  It’s really beautiful, and if you love this formula and can put up with the fading, you absolutely will not be disappointed!

Price Point: If you really love this color but don’t want to purchase the bundle, you can buy the single lipstick here for $7.  However, if you’re looking to buy a few lipsticks and save some money, you can buy the whole kit here!

Have you ever tried the Ultra Satin formula from Colourpop?