Sunday, July 29, 2012

Comparing Lip Crayons

I'm sure everyone has seen or heard the hype on lip crayons. Clinique, Tarte, and Revlon have all entered the market with their own product. I figured I would share my opinion on which is the best product for you.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa, Tarte LipSurgence in Sweet (limited edition color)
Swatched in the same order as picture above

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stain is obviously the cheapest out of the three, ranging anywhere from 7-9 dollars. It also has the least amount of product at .095 oz. It has a peppermint smell which I don't like because peppermint oil tends to dry out your lips. The Revlon lip crayons have the least amount of shine but it is the longest lasting, hence the name "stain".

This is Revlon's color in Honey on my lips (please note I have naturally red lips so all of these colors will tend to look the same). Honey is a light mauve berry color.

Clinique Chubby Stick (I hate that name!) is the most moisturizing of the three. It has no scent so those with sensitive skin will like this. I prefer the formulation of Clinique the best but the color is so sheer it's almost not worth it and it doesn't stay on for that long. This contains .10 oz and costs $16.

Clinique's Mighty Mimosa is a sheer pale pink color

Finally, Tarte's LipSurgence in Sweet is the most expensive of the three at $24 with .10 oz of product. It too has a peppermint smell which could be problematic but it feels pretty moisturizing. I find the LipSurgence to have the most glossy look and the wear time is slightly better than the Clinique Chubby Stick.

Tarte's Lip Surgence in Sweet is a light pink color with gold shimmer in it.

My overall opinion is stick with the cheaper option. Though Revlon isn't as moisturizing you can always add a lip balm on top. I think they have decent color payoff, they have the longest wear time, and at $8 you just can't beat it. Clinique is the second best option because it doesn't have the irritating peppermint oils in it. Please don't waste your money on Tarte's LipSurgence unless you get it in a value pack which is how I got my hands on it. $24 is an outrageous price when clearly, you can find a dupe with the Revlon colors.

I hope this helps. Have you tried any crayon lip colors? What are your favorites? I would love to share information! 

Have a lovely day!

Friday, July 6, 2012

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented 8-PC Set

100% Pure is one of my favorite natural makeup brands. It's quite expensive and pretty much only available online but I love the quality and use a lot of their products regularly. I know buying makeup online can be risky so I figured I could help guide you through some of the products (I have tried quite a few). One way to try out an array of their products is to purchase their cosmetic sets or the value sets that they feature occasionally. Either way, I hope you find this helpful.

I purchased the Fruit  Pigmented 8-PC Set a while ago when they had a sale for 15% off all cosmetic sets. It comes in a cute box which would be perfect as a gift.

As it states the set comes with 8 pieces
The box is $65 but the website says it retails for $122. If you can get it on sale I think it is a complete bargain. It is the perfect way to test out some of their products plus, this set comes with wearable colors that you can get a lot of use out of.

Now for some swatches listed in the numerical order from the picture above:
1. Lipgloss in Pinkberry
2. Blush in Strawberry
2. Swatch of Strawberry Blush
3 and 4. Vegan Blush and Eyeshadow Brush
5. Mascara in Black Tea
6 and 7. Eyeshadows in Vanilla Sugar and Cocoa Plum (I dropped the Cocoa Plum right before taking the!)
8. Dual-ended Creamy Eyeliner Pencil in Champagne (top) and Chocolate (bottom)

The Good: The colors are beautiful and I think you could get a really nice look using just the products in this set. The blush has good pigmentation, is a perfect cool toned pink that will look good on most skin tones and is matte. The Cocoa Plum eyeshadow is soft and has good color payoff. I have always been a fan of their mascara as it does a good job at lengthening, doesn't clump, and doesn't smudge or flake off. The gloss isn't sticky, and the dual-eyeliner pencil is my favorite part of the set as it's creamy, blends easily, and would be a good base to eyeshadow as well as an eyeliner.

The Bad: I hate the brushes that come in this set. Yes, they are soft, but the blush brush is very blunt on the end which isn't what I look for in a blush brush; I like them to be tapered. The eyeshadow brush is OK but I find it a bit to big for what I like. They are pretty to look at but I need something that is functional. I also don't think that the Vanilla Sugar eyeshadow has very good color payoff. I found it to be a little chalky and hard to blend. 

The Verdict: Overall I think this is a good value set and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Yes, it has a few duds but that happens often with value sets. I think if they are having a sale then you should jump on the chance to purchase this.

You can visit 100% Pure online and browse through the rest of the products they have to offer. For US click here and for UK click here (these are not affiliate links)

Have you tried this brand? What did you think and what would you recommend?