MAC Marrakesh, BLK Totally, Happy Skin Hot Stuff, Happy Skin Scene Stealer

Red Lipstick Inventory + Swatches | MAC Marrakesh, BLK Totally, Happy Skin Hot Stuff, and Happy Skin Scene Stealer

July was a test of resisting lipstick sales and FOMO — and I passed. I deleted ALL shopping apps from my phone and unfollowed (or muted) brands on Instagram. Whenever I feel tempted to shop, I take my lipsticks out and swatch them to remind me of what I have. Here are all my red lipsticks and brief reviews for each (click here for my Foundation and Concealer matches): MAC Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh MAC describes this shade as an intense orange brown. On me it looks like a medium-deep brick red (orange brown red?). Maybe the green tones in…

MAC Chili, Chili x Toasted Brown, Maybelline Toasted Brown

MAC Chili x Maybelline Toasted Brown | How I kept myself from buying MAC Marrakesh

It was love at first sight when I saw a swatch of MAC Marrakesh online. I thought it was the perfect burnt terracotta orange red brown shade. I wanted Marrakesh so much, I thought it’s gonna be the makeup item to break my No Buy rule of “replacements only”. I still had Chili, a matte lipstick in the same color family, but less brown, more orange, and much brighter. The latter is why I don’t pick it up as much — I wish it was more muted. So I layered Maybelline Toasted Brown over Chili to mute it down. It’s…

NARS Audacious Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte | Review

I wasn’t able to make the most of NARS Audacious Brigitte, the last Audacious in my lipstick stash. When I checked all my lipsticks for viability several days ago, I found my tube of Brigitte smelling (mildly) like rancid cooking oil. That said, the texture and color is the same as when I got it. On the NARS website, Brigitte is described as nude rose. I don’t detect any nude or rose to be honest. I would describe the shade medium pink coral. It doesn’t suit my light-medium yellow olive skin tone when applied full-coverage — I think it ages…

Project Pan 2019

Project Pan 2019 | Kevyn Aucoin SSE, NARS Torres Del Paine, and It Cosmetics CC Cream

Generally, I don’t think project pans work for me, more specifically hate-panning. I tried it a few times, but I failed to follow through. I always just end up using products I feel like using instead of the products I set aside to use. I’m trying again and I think I can do it this time because I love these 3. I have just been picking up other products more often because I wasn’t ready to let go. However, these might expire soon. Time to start using the good china. As with most of my personal projects, I won’t put…

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 45 Escapist | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting, relatively comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. A friend sent me two shades as a gift. One of them is Escapist (45), a blackened bluish red. I love the color against my light-medium olive skin with strong yellow undertones. Note: All of the photos shown below were taken at the end of a workday when I had a meal, 2 coffee drinks, and several trips to the water station. The lipstick feels very tacky upon initial application. It is opaque and there’s no need…

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta | Review and Swatches

Finally, I own something by Fenty Beauty! Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta was my last purchase in 2017. I love Riri but I didn’t want to buy anything from Fenty Beauty just because Rih (close kame!?) has her name on it. I waited for her to come out with a matte lipstick in a relatively wearable shade I like. Color Freckle Fiesta is a medium terracotta-toned orange. The color is more vibrant than I thought it would be but nowhere near as bright as MAC Lady Danger. It’s still somewhat muted. Formula The lipstick is full-coverage, lightweight, and has…