Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons Review & Swatches


I got these Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons by Sonia Kashuk way back when the Canadian Target stores were closing, so I thought that today I would finally review them! I have three out of five shades, which from top to bottom are Dahlia, Orchid, and Peony. Before I share my thoughts here's some info from Sonia Kashuk's website:

"This luscious lip formula does it all, delivering high-impact color, ultimate shine, and the comfort of a balm in one convenient twist-up crayon. The moisturizing color keeps lips smooth and supple."
 
 
Here are the swatches, which from left to right are Peony, Orchid, and Dahlia. All three shades are really nice, but lately I've been gravitating to more natural lip colors so Peony is the one I've been using the most. Orchid and Dahlia are great for when I want something bright or bold, though! These crayons have a smooth, creamy texture that's easy to apply and each shade is nicely pigmented. They look pretty shiny in the swatch, but once they're on the lips I find that they look like more of a satin finish. Staying power is pretty good, with only some light fading after several hours of wear. I really only have one problem with these and it's that I find that they dry out my lips pretty bad despite claiming to be moisturizing. I prep with a balm before application but about an hour or two later my lips feel dry and uncomfortable. I power through it and just keep re-applying lip balm over top, but it's something to keep in mind if you suffer from constant dry, chapped lips like me. With that aside though, I do like these crayons! 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 1 - Nudes Review & Swatches


Today let's check out MAKE UP FOR EVER's Artist Palette Volume 1 - Nudes ($49CDN), which I treated myself to for my birthday last month. It's a "collectible eye shadow palette with nine must-have Artist Shadow formulas in neutral tones", which I totally need more of haha. This palette was my first experience with MUFE's shadows, and I'm happy to report that I'm quite impressed!


MAKE UP FOR EVER says that their shadows have an "advanced gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments" so that each shade "leaves a smooth, even finish that leaves lids ultra-saturated with highly-blendable, lasting color". The shades included in the palette are I-528 Pearl, I-514 Pink Ivory, ME-512 Golden Beige, S-556 Taupe Gray, D-562 Taupe Platinum, ME-644 Iced Brown, S-102 Onyx, I-544 Pink Granite, and D-652 Celestial Earth. Let's get to swatches..


Here's the top row, which from left to right is I-528 Pearl, I-514 Pink Ivory, and ME-512 Golden Beige. These three make great highlights on the lid, brow-bone, or inner corners.


Next is the second row, which from left to right is S-556 Taupe Gray, D-562 Taupe Platinum, and ME-644 Iced Brown. I like using each of these as all-over lid shades, but I'll use Taupe Gray in the crease as well.


And last but not least, the third row, which from left to right is S-102 Onyx, I-544 Pink Granite, and D-652 Celestial Earth. Onyx is a rich black which is handy to have in any collection, and Pink Granite and Celestial Earth are more shades I like using as lid shades.

Each of the shadows had nice, smooth textures with excellent pigmentation (all swatches are just one swipe each) and wore all day over primer. Out of all of the shades my favorites at the moment would have to be Iced Brown and Celestial Earth, which I've been switching between for my lid shade for a while now. I also go for Pearl or Golden Beige a lot when I want to brighten my inner corners. All in all, it's a good quality palette with a nice selection of neutrals. My only con is that I wish there were some mattes included so I didn't have to switch between palettes, but that's not a big deal!

The Face Shop Over Girl Edge Lip Crayons Review & Swatches


I've been finding it hard to find time to blog, and if I do find time then I find that I'm lacking motivation.. Well today I've finally got both time and motivation! These are the Over Girl Edge Lip Crayons from The Face Shop, that I've been enjoying a lot lately. The shades that I have from left to right are BE01, PP01, PK03, and RD02. They come in quirky, patterned tubes with the color of each corresponding to the product inside.


These crayons twist up, and have a small, slanted tip that makes application nice and precise! The formula is smooth with what I would call a 'just right' texture.. It's not stiff but it's not too creamy either. Let's see some swatches:


Here they are swatched in the same order as before, which from left to right is BE01, PP01, PK03, and RD02. Each shade is really nice but currently I find myself reaching for BE01 the most; I've been wearing it to work almost everyday lately! As for the wear, the color stays put really well for several hours even through eating and drinking, and even when the color does begin to fade it does so evenly. The only downside I can think of for these is that they can get slightly drying after an hour or two, but it's not a big deal since all I have to do is put on a little lipbalm. Overall, I'm really loving these!

The Face Shop Milky Moisture Tint in 03 Apple Red Review & Swatches


The first product I'll be reviewing from my Korean Cosmetic Haul is this Milky Moisture Tint in the shade 03 Apple Red from The Face Shop. It comes in a cute, little cylindrical bottle with a doe-foot applicator and contains 4ml of product. Here's some info that I got from The Face Shop's website:

  • Milky emulsion type tint naturally permeates into lips without dryness or streaks
  • Contains more then 80% moisture, which gives a cooling sensation on application
  • Contains natural oils - brazil nut seed oil, jojoba oil, and mistletoe oil for nourishing lips


The shade is more of a coral then a red like the name suggests, and is great for the summer. Since it is a tint it does sheer out on the lips, but I find that you're able to build it up a bit more with two to three layers. The consistency is very thin and water-like, and feels nice and cooling upon application. It applies evenly for the most part but does have a tendency to stick to dry spots, so it's a good idea to either exfoliate or apply a balm beforehand. The tint stays put for several hours, but I find that after a while my lips start to get a bit dry despite being a "moisture tint".. It's a not a big deal to me though, because it's easily solved by either just reapplying or putting some lip balm on top. Overall, I really like it and I've been reaching for it a lot!