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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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NARS Satin Lip Pencil “Rikugien” | Review

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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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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip “Creeper” | Review

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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!

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Colourpop Velvet Blur Lipstick vs. MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick | Formula Comparison

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When MAC released their new Powder Kiss lipsticks a while back, I immediately felt the need to go out and buy it.  Until recently, I’d never heard of another lipstick that had quite the same sort of formula!  While there are certainly some that are similar or can provide nearly the same effect, this just seemed so different and special.

In the past few months, Colourpop has come out with a lipstick that made me think it was very similar – one might even call it a formula dupe!  Today, I wanted to share my thoughts as to if these formulas are close enough to warrant being dupes or not!

If you’re curious to see my thoughts on each individual lipsticks, I do have reviews up of CP Lucky Strike and MAC Mull It Over.

Colourpop Velvet Blur Lipstick vs. MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick | Formula Comparison - A Midwest Belle

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Too Faced The Sweet Smell of Christmas Mini Melted Liquid Lipstick Set (w/ swatches!)| IS IT WORTH IT?

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Today, I wanted to share a review of the insanely popular Too Faced liquid lip set for this year!  It’s sold out on the Sephora website, as well as the Too Faced website AND Ulta, but hopefully it’ll come back!

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how stunning this packaging is??

The set comes with four different liquid lipsticks, three in varying nude shades and one in a classic red.  The unique selling point for these lip products is that they semll just like their name!  So Pumpkin Spice smells like pumpkin, Sugar Cookie smells like cookies, etc. Unfortunately, each color seems to have a different formula, so I’m going to detail those variations quickly as well as provide a summary of some points.

(In order left to right: Cinnamon Bear, Pumpkin Spice, Hot Buttered Rum, Sugar Cookie)

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