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Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick “Trendsetter” | Review

Hello friends!

I’ve owned the Huda Beauty liquid lips for a while now, but for some reason I’ve never actually made it a point to test them.  I’ve heard a lot of good things, so I figured it was finally time for me to share my own thoughts!

Color: The color I’m testing today is Trendsetter!  Sephora describes it as a “stylish brown nude”, which is almost spot on.  I think that calling it a brown makes it sound somewhat intimidating, and it’s more of a neutral midtone nude. It’s darker and more neutral than what some people may consider a “nude”, but I personally don’t think it’s what people traditionally think of as brown.  It’s all in your own preferences!

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the way that the packaging looks!  It’s a beautiful frosted glass with the Huda Beauty logo on the side and a black cap.  Unfortunately you can see that my packaging is a little off, and my cap doesn’t sit like it should.

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator is a very standard doefoot that I think works very well with the formula!

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Application: Like a lot of traditional liquid lipsticks that dry matte, this formula is very thin.  It glides on very easily and is completely opaque in one coat; I didn’t have to dip back into the tube at all because of the thinness and ease of spreading.

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Comfort: I was shocked while I wore this, because it was incredibly comfortable!  Because of the thin liquid formula, I expected this to be drying and long-wearing just like the other products with a similar formula, but I didn’t feel like I needed to take this off at any point because of it being uncomfortable.

I would say that the good comparison of comfort with this product is any liquid lip with a moussey and thick formula, which is the exact opposite of this!  So if you’re someone who doesn’t like a mousse formula and doesn’t want to have something drying, I think you’ll find that the Huda Beauty formula will be perfect for your needs!

Fading: Unfortunately, I’ve found that you’re always trading comfort for lasting power, and this is no exception.  This product tends to fade rather quickly after eating a meal or just going throughout the day. While it will last longer than a traditional cream lipstick, you’ll still need to make touchups and can’t rely on it to stay around through everything.

I also noticed that it doesn’t seem to fade particularly well.  It comes off the center of the lips pretty easily and leaves a dark ring of color around the edges, which doesn’t look cute at all.  If it wears naturally without a meal, it still ends up looking kind of patchy.  I’m not sure if that’s because of the color or not, but that just means that if you plan on eating you should also plan on bringing this along for touch ups.

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick "Trendsetter" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Transfer: Despite the fact that there was so much fading, I didn’t notice a lot of transfer.  When drinking my coffee, I didn’t see a lot of lipstick left behind on the mug.  I didn’t see it coming off on my food either, so I’m not really sure where it went!  I just know it didn’t say on my lips.

Final Thoughts: This is really a pretty good lipstick formula!  It provides the ease of application and matte finish from a traditional matte liquid lip, while still having the comfort of a moussey liquid lip.

The fading is the worst part of the formula, but since it’s something that can be fixed easily and really isn’t too bad, I wouldn’t let that hold you back from purchasing this unless it’s a necessity that your lipstick stay put the entire day because you can’t touch it up.

I think the value from this formula comes from what you’re looking for; it’s $20 for each tube, which isn’t the most expensive, but it’s certainly not drugstore either. If you like your other matte liquid lips or moussey lips, I don’t think this is necessary.  However, if you’re looking for an in between, this is a wonderful option.

The Huda Beauty liquid lipstick can be purchased on Sephora and the Huda Beauty website!

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip “Creeper” | Review

Hello friends!

Colourpop took the world by storm a few years ago when they released their super shock shadows & ultra matte lips at an incredibly affordable price.  Another thing Colourpop is known for?  Limited edition!  So many colors that I’ve purchased have been discontinued.

One color that is still around though is Creeper, which is one of the original colors they released when they first started!

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip "Creeper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Creeper is a bright, blue-based red.  It has a definite pink appearance, and when the product transferred it left behind a pink stain.

Packaging: Colourpop’s packaging is notoriously bad; the writing on the tubes rubs off incredibly easily.  Other than that, it’s a nice, very standard silver cap and clear tube that looks functional and basic!  I own the sample size of this color, but packaging is identical between this and the full size; just smaller.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip "Creeper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator is also an incredibly basic doefoot shape.  Nothing too interesting to report there!

Application: I found that applying this product was both easy and a little more difficult.  The basic doefoot shape made it easy to use, but it didn’t pick up much product and was surprisingly dry (not the formula, the doefoot specifically!).

I was able to get my bottom lip in one swipe but I needed to go back into the tube a few times to get product onto the wand for the top lip.  It was also difficult doing it in that order because all the product would be on the tip of the wand and so I’d have to wipe it off or risk getting a weird clump of product on my cupid’s bow.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick “Mauve For Me” | Review

Hello friends!

Recently, Maybelline has come out with a new set of lipsticks that is supposed to compliment 50 different skin tones!  They had seven different shades, and I chose to pick up the mauve color since it’s my personal favorite.  The spice looked beautiful as well!

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: As the name of this lipstick suggests, it’s a warm mauve color that pulls the slightest bit orange on me – I had hoped it would be a bit more pink.  The color of this is almost exactly my lips but better, which was a letdown.  I was hoping that this would be more unique and look better considering it’s supposed to flatter so many different skin tones.

It has a cream finish and looks relatively shiny, which is different than all the matte lipsticks I’ve been wearing lately and looks gorgeous!  The shiny finish does a good job at not sinking into my lip lines or accentuating dry patches, which happens frequently.

Packaging: The packaging is very basic, but I really enjoy the cap matching the color of the lipstick!  In terms of actual quality, I’m a little concerned that the lid doesn’t seem to attach very well.  If you plan on taking this in your purse, I’d be careful about it getting everywhere due to the loose latch.

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Bullet Shape: The shape of the tip is a bit more curved, which hugs my lips and makes applying a little easier.

Application: Because of the curved tip of the bullet, I found that the lipstick hugged the curves of my lips well and made it easy to get an even coat that didn’t go outside of my lips.  There was very minimal cleanup needed!

Upon application, there is definitely a strong scent. It smells like a chemical vanilla – while it’s not a good smell by any means, it doesn’t bother me too much.  If you’re someone who is sensitive to fragrance in your products, I’d say tread cautiously.

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Fading: This is a lipstick that is very close to my own lip color, which means that it was really hard to see if there was any obvious fading. I feel like every time I checked to see what my lips looked like, they looked good for the most part.  I didn’t really notice much fading in general; it was more like the color was either fully there or it wasn’t.

Transfer: This lipstick transferred just like any other lipstick would, which isn’t surprising – the big selling point is color, not formula.  After eating a meal, this was almost completely gone. On the bright side, it layers over itself very nicely!

Comfort: I thought this was an incredibly comfortable lipstick.  It felt hydrating and I didn’t have any issues with feeling like I needed to throw some lip balm on to recover.  This is definitely standard to most cream lipsticks, so if that’s the kind of formula you prefer, this is very par the course.

Price Point: The standard cost of this lipstick is $5.99 at Target, which I think is pretty reasonable!  You can almost always find a coupon, and I had one for $1 off, so I only paid $5 total.  At that price, you honestly can’t go wrong!

If I were to buy another shade of this range, it would definitely be a more unique color.  Because I feel like it’s such a dupable shade for me personally, I would rather invest in one that I struggle to wear confidently.  I’m definitely considering the nude, red, and plum!  I currently have so many lipsticks that I don’t need to buy new ones, but if you’re looking to build up your own collection you can’t go wrong with it.

I bought mine at Target, but I believe you can also find them at any drugstore, Walmart, and Ulta.

Do you like the Maybelline lipstick formula?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Bittersweet” | Review

Hello friends!

I just finished trying out Ashton, and so I was excited to give Bittersweet a go!  If you read my previous post, you know that I had an awesome experience with Ashton and will definitely be keeping it around and wearing it.  Today, I have an in depth review of my thoughts regarding this specific color.

Color: Bittersweet is described as a “brown plum”, which I think is incredibly accurate!  It’s a dark brown with a purple undertone and I truly adore the way it looks!  It’s definitely a vampy shade that might be out a lot of people’s comfort zones, but it’s stunning.  I think that because I have light skin with a neutral undertone, the dark color with purple tones really flatters me.

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Packaging: In the same vein of Ashton, the packaging is very sleek and beautiful!  The clear tube fits nicely with the chrome cap and black “A” emblem.  Obviously the one I have is a sample size that I purchased in a kit last year, but the packaging is exactly the same as the full size, just smaller.

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick “Brocade” | Review

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As you read in my Year of Lipsticks post, I’m making it a goal of mine this year to test as many lip products as I can!  I’ve had this lipstick for about a year now and have always admired it, but never tried it out.

Color: Bobbi Brown’s Brocade is described as a “bright purple plum” on the Sephora website. I would describe it as a bright warm purple with a reddish magenta undertone.

Packaging: First off, the packaging is so stunning and it looks expensive.  It’s a beautiful gold with black accents, and has an insignia on the top of the lid.  It’s feels heavy, and looks like it would be worth the $37 price tag from the packaging alone.

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MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick “Mull It Over” | Review

Hello friends!

I feel like MAC is a brand that almost every makeup lover has heard of; it’s definitely got a reputation and has been around for a very long time!  I wanted to make it a point to start testing some of their cult classic products and see if they’re worth the price or not.

Unlike their classic lipsticks, this is a brand new formula called the Powder Kiss lipstick, which is a matte, powdery formula that gives you a smooth and blurred look on your lips.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick "Mull It Over" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Mull it Over is a warm peachy nude that tends to pull very orange on me, unfortunately.  Sometimes warm pink nudes tend to look much less pretty pink and way more bright orange, which is not flattering in my opinion.

When this formula first launched, this color was the closest to a wearable nude for me.  They recently came out with new shades, some of which are much better for me in terms of an every day shade!

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Recent Beauty Empties | Winter 2019

Hello friends!

A big goal of mine this year was to make it a point to use up what I have while bringing  Ipsy samples in; in total, I wanted to have 65 empties for the year.

I am so happy to say that I’m doing very well in using my stuff up!  This goal has forced me to keep up with a good morning and nighttime routine and I feel like it’s also helping to promote healthy skin for me.

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Loverecipe Acai Berry Sheet Mask & Loverecipe Aloe Sheet Mask – I thought that this was an incredibly average sheet mask.  It didn’t fit super well on my face, so I had to readjust it regularly for the 10-15 minutes it was on.  It was very saturated with the product which was nice, but it ended up dripping down my neck.  I couldn’t tell a distinct difference between either of the masks; they performed essentially the same.

Tony Moly Red Wine Sheet Mask – Another sheet mask that I wasn’t super impressed with!  It was very average.  The fit wasn’t great and had to be adjusted a few times, and I thought it actually burned my face a little, but that could be because the mask was pretty old at that point.

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