Beauty, Reviews

REVIEW: Dose of Colors – Lip Products

Hey gang and Happy Friday!  Christmas is right around the corner, only a few more days away, hope you are all ready for it if you celebrate it and I hope you don’t have to do any more shopping!  James and I are celebrating Christmas this weekend because his son is going to be over, so I am definitely looking forward to that!  They’ll be over shortly.  But that’s not what we are here to talk about today.  Today I’m giving some lip swatches and a review of the current lip products in my collection by Dose of Colors.  So if that is something you think you might be interested in, just keep on reading!

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Lip It Up Satin Lipsticks
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in FOREVER
Currently, I only have one in my collection.  It is apart of the Mickey Mouse Collection in the shade FOREVER.  I’ve worn this shade a few times now and overall it is a nice formula, however, I don’t feel it is worth the price.  The outer packaging is beautiful and looking at the other permanent shades that are available, that packaging is also beautiful.  It is just a bit tricky to apply the cap.  The product does not roll down, so if you are not careful you can easily divot into the product and possibly break off the product.  Like I previously mentioned, the formula is nice but nothing revolutionary that I feel can’t be found at the drugstore.

Lip Gloss
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip Gloss in One & Only
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip Gloss in Rockin' It
Unlike the lipstick, these I feel are absolutely worth the price.  Both shades that I picked up were also from the Mickey Mouse Collection, ROCKIN’ IT and ONE & ONLY, both cool toned nude glosses.  Jessica from JamBeauty89 has raved about these and for good reason!  If you read my post on My Most Loved Products of 2018, you will know that the EM Cosmetics True Gloss changed the game for me in regards to glosses.  Before that gloss, you would not catch gloss in my collection.  This formula reminds me so much of the EM Cosmetics True Gloss, it is a more gel-like consistency, not super heavy on the lips, and NOT STICKY!  Hallelujah!  These two shades are pretty opaque but layer on top of other lip products beautifully!  Did I mention they smell like frosting??  Oh my gosh, it is heavenly!

Matte Liquid Lipsticks
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in DESERT SUEDE
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in CORK
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in LOS ANJEALOUS
This is where it is going to get tricky.  Dose of Colors makes my favorite liquid lipstick formula, well, on a couple of shades.  I currently own 5 different permanent shades.  DESERT SUEDE, CORK, MERLOT, EXTRA SAUCY, and LOS ANJEALOUS.  Desert Suede and Cork I have had the longest and the formulas are PERFECT!  They are very comfortable on the lips, very long wearing (they last through doggy kisses), are transfer proof, they don’t crumble or flake, and layer on top of themselves beautifully.  The reds are where I have inconsistencies.  Los Anjealous feels and acts like the same formula as Cork and Desert Suede, Extra Saucy and Merlot I strongly feel are different formulas.  Now, I don’t know if that is due to the fact that they are more richer reds, but they are both different formulas, in my opinion.

LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in EXTRA SAUCY
Extra Saucy is beautiful on the lips, honestly my ideal type of red shade, but it bleeds a little on me and smudges & transfers.  It bums me out so much because I absolutely love this shade.  I purchased it originally for work, I wanted a transfer resistant, long wearing red to wear to work, but sadly I have to fuss with this shade throughout the day, unlike the previous three shades.  I can’t eat with this shade, it collects in the corners of my lips, but I can drink with it, as long as it is through a straw.  It is still comfortable on the lips though.

LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in MERLOT
The last shade is Merlot and I am not a huge fan of this shade, for several different reasons.  For one, in order to get it to that truer blue-toned red, I have to do two layers.  Which fine, no big deal, however, it makes the formula extra drying.  I’ve noticed, even with one layer of this product, it is drying, but two, dear lord.  Again, I can stand a more drying formula so I could get over that.  This shade also stains the crap out of my lips, which is not something I’ve had a problem with, with the other two reds.  It stains my lips bright pink.  What I forgot to mention is with one layer of this product, it looks a lot more pink than red.  The next problem I have is that it collects in the corners of my lips, then bleeds out around it, then stains my skin.  Not a cute look.  I also have a problem of it bleeding out of my lip line, it transfers really easily, and smudges quite a bit.  Which again, is a problem because it stains my skin and takes forever to get off.  I really wished this shade worked for me, because after two layers I love the red, but sadly, it doesn’t.  For those several reasons, I would not recommend this red.  If you want a good red, go with LOS ANJEALOUS.  It is more muted but has an excellent formula!

Overall, I really love Dose of Colors, I will definitely keep purchasing other shades of the glosses and even though there are some consistencies in the formula with the matte liquid lipsticks, I feel the mid-tone shades are the safest bet on a consistent formula.  I would like to try KNOCK ON WOOD, SAND, CAMPFIRE, and OLD FLAME.  And even though there are definite inconsistencies with the red shades, I want to try one more red shade, that being KISS OF FIRE.  I feel with how off the formula was between the red shades, I’m not confident in the formula for the darker shades.  I feel they might be a bit streaky or have the formula similar to MERLOT just because a lot of other brands tend to have that problem.  If you have tried a darker shade of the matte liquid lipsticks and have had success, please let me know in the comments which shade or shades worked for you, because I really do love the brand and I would love to try the darker shades.

Well gang, I know this was yet another long post.  I’m one of those people that really tries to describe and give as much information as I can to be as helpful as I can be.  With that being said, I hope you found this post somewhat helpful or informative, or just fun.  Who knows!  If you have tried several Dose of Color products before, let me know which ones you’ve loved and which ones you hated.  Also, have any of you tried their eyeshadow formula or highlighter formula?  I am intrigued but feel it has been a bit overhyped due to the Desi and Katy collab.  Maybe I’m wrong, but if you’ve tried them, let me know what you thought!  Okay, I think I have blabbered on long enough!  I hope you guys have a great weekend and we’ll chat again soon!  Until next time!

Beauty, Reviews

NYX, Wet N Wild, & Bitter Lace Beauty Haul & Mini Reviews

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As you could probably tell by now, I am a lover of makeup.  Just not the stereotypical, Instagram beat type of makeup.  My glam is not the “typical” glam.  When I mean “typical” glam, I mean the makeup plastered on many popular Instagram accounts as well as brand accounts.  Now, if that is your thing, power to you.  You do you.  I’m more into the different and obscure type of beauty.  If you read My Makeup Aesthetic Tag, you already know.

Well, I did a little bit of shopping in the past month and a half and that I would do a collective haul for you guys as well as mini reviews.  As you may or may not know, I am working on my collection to be fully cruelty-free.  So, moving forward, any makeup product I bring into my collection must be cruelty-free.  Enough with the blabber, let’s get onto the makeup!  Although, grab a drink or a snack for this one.  It may be a long read.

Bitter Lace Beauty
Bitter Lace Beauty is an Indie brand.  You may have heard of them when their Rainbow Highlighter went viral last year.  Highlighters are what they are known for and offer and I picked up 3 different highlighters.  Unfortunately, 2 were limited edition and the third is being discontinued.  Sad face.  I’ll still show them off anyway.  First, let’s talk about the package the products were shipped in.

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Everything was securely wrapped.  The box was pink and had beautiful floral detail on the inside.  There was even a cute little card with Holographic detailing and a mermaid sticker.  Super cute.

Bitter Lace Beauty Highlighters | LeahERaven.com

The first highlighter I picked up was SLAY, a limited edition Halloween Kill-uminator.  Oh am I a sucker for the play on words with this one.  They describe it as “A white gold flecked base with an intense metallic blood red splatter.”  Next is Blood Lust, a limited edition Valentine highlighter, which is the exact red from the SLAY Kill-uminator.  It is described as “A blue-based red with a slightly warm amber shift.”  Quick note, this one is scented and it smells amazing!  It’s a combination of sandalwood, amber musk, and vanilla.  Bitter Lace Beauty, if you happen to be reading this.  I need that fragrance.  Like, pronto!  Thank you in advance!  Lastly is the discontinued shade of Deadly Nightshade (it is still in stock ATM and for only $9 US).  The ONLY reason I picked up this highlighter was for the Nightmare Before Christmas reference.  That’s it.  They describe it as “a cooler toned gray beige that has hints of pink and green undertones that appear silver in the pan.”

All three are quite beautiful on the skin.  The texture is incredibly soft and buttery.  I will say SLAY is slightly, slightly more powdery to the point you might consider it being crumbly, but if you use it very lightly, there is no problem.  Now, don’t think just because I recommend pressing into them lightly you are not going to get off a killer pay off, because you are wrong.  These are incredibly high shine.  I mean, HIGH SHINE.  They are blinding.  I personally don’t care for SLAY or Blood Lust as actual highlighters but on my eyes and inner corner.  Damn.  You can’t miss it.  Blood Lust is almost exactly like Kat Von D’s Raw Power Metal Crush Eyeshadow (discontinued).  Blood Lust is a bit more blood red, while Raw Power leans more towards a rust red, but in swatches, you cannot tell much of a difference.  Also, Raw Power tends to have more of a gold reflect than Blood Lust.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoy these products and have not been disappointed.  Again, I don’t use these as actual highlights, I enjoy them more for eyeshadow purposes.  If these are your cup of coffee, then I highly recommend!

NYX Professionals Makeup
There have been a few products by NYX Professionals Makeup that has caught my eye that I wanted to give a go.  Before picking up these few items, I have the Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Oxblood ($7.99 US, fucking LOVE this product), the Epic Ink Liner ($7.99 US), and a couple of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks ($6.99 US).  I’ve used quite a few NYX products and overall been really happy with the brand.  What I have been super intrigued and excited to try the Vivid Brights Creme Color in Bad Blood ($9.99 US) and the Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale ($7.99 US).  So, besides grabbing those two items I picked up the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien ($6.99 US) and the Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie ($4.99 US).  When I made my order they threw in a Worth The Hype Mascara ($7.99 US).

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The Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale is immensely glossy and black.  I didn’t have to build this up much to get full-color payoff.  The effect is wonderful.  The downfall is this lipgloss is heavy on the lips and it does bleed.  Would definitely recommend a lip liner with this product.  The Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie gives a very similar effect to the vinyl lip gloss.  It is not as thick as the vinyl lip gloss and it does need to be built up in order to reach full opacity.  Like the vinyl lip gloss, I would totally recommend a lip liner.  Also, you don’t need both.  I would say pick up the Butter Gloss, you get almost 3 times the product and it is $3 cheaper.

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The Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien is exactly as its name states.  It is a cream liquid lipstick.  It does mattify a touch, but it is not transfer-proof.  On my lips, it kind of comes across as more of a blue-based black.  It is very liquidy in consistency, but it is comfortable on the lips and not overly drying.  I enjoy it, but if you are looking for something transfer-proof, this would not be the product for you.  Lastly is the Vivid Brights Creme Colour in Bad Blood, the item I was most excited about.  Unfortunately, this is a bit disappointing for me.  I haven’t tried mixing some of my Inglot Duraline in with it yet to see if it improves the texture at all, but as is, the creme is extremely dry.  It is hard to pick up a decent amount of product with a brush or your finger and it is almost clumpy.  Also, with it being so dry it takes a bit to blend out.  It also takes quite a bit of building in order to get a good color payoff.  I am going to keep playing around with it to see if I can get it to work, but for right now, sadly I don’t recommend.  If you have tried this and got it to work, let me know how you did it in the comments section!  Maybe I’m just using it wrong.

Wet N Wild Beauty
Wet N Wild
has to be my favorite drugstore brand, hands down.  Especially nowadays, Wet N Wild has been stepping up their game.  Their highlighters work incredibly well, their Liquid Catsuits are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas, their price tags are amazeballs, they are just great.  My favorite nude lipstick is from Wet N Wild, I love Wet N Wild.

This time around I picked up a total of 3 new Liquid Catsuits ($4.99 US) (I know there is only two in the picture, I will explain why shortly), a MegaLast Lip Color in Black Out ($2.49 US), a MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven (Limited Edition $4.99 US), and a Pro Brush Line Tapered Highlighting Brush ($5.99 US).

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Now, let’s talk about the Liquid Catsuits.  I originally ordered 3 DIFFERENT shades of Liquid Catsuits.  So Noir Cool, the black, Sleepy Hollow, a medium blue based grey shade, and Widows Peek, from what the pictures show, a dark grey.  Nope.  It’s black.  I even opened it and swatched it.  Widows Peek is a black shade, not dark grey.  I mean, I’m not super mad, can never have enough black lipsticks in my opinion, but was definitely expecting a dark grey.  Le sigh.

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The formula for So Noir Cool and Sleepy Hollow are consistent with Nudie Patootie, a more moussey texture, but on the slightly thinner side.  Didn’t have to build these in order to get full opacity.  One dip in the tube was all it took.  Wear time, same as usual.  Pretty decent without eating too many greasy foods.  Layers decently, but not the best, can get a little crumbly.  The MegaLast Lip Color is a standard lipstick in my opinion.  It does not come out the blackest but does have decent staying power and I did not notice any bleeding.  It ends up being more of a matte finish on the lips and is slightly drying.  All three lip products I enjoy and would recommend.

Lastly is the Goth-o-graphic MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven.  I am going to be honest with you.  I only bought it because it was apart of the Goth-o-graphic collection and it had Raven in the title.  I’m not going to get much use out of this highlighter because it does have a purple shift to it and I am not a fan of purple.  However, the formula is very smooth and buttery and the pay off is quite brilliant.  If you like a purple shift to your highlights and you can still find this one, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Holy shit this took a lot longer to type up than I was anticipating.  I did say this was going to be a long one.  If you are slightly curious why I purchased so many black lip products, in the future I am going to be doing a black lipstick showdown.  Which brands have the best black lipstick, liquid lipstick, gloss, etc.  So I am collecting!  Well, I hope you found this somewhat interesting or helpful if you did let me know in the comments down below.  Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts on them?  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!