SEPHORA – Give Me More Lip 2015

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LAST YEAR, I missed picking up the Give Me More Lip set because I didn’t fancy it, there was something about it that I just didn’t want but THIS YEAR I picked it up and LOVE IT!

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L to R: Bite, Clinique, Urban Decay (Full Size), Laura Mercier, Tarte, Buxom x2, YSL, Too Faced Melted, Sugar, Lancôme, Kat Von D, Nars (Full Size), Ciate (Full Size), and Smashbox (Full Size)

This set has a nice variety of colors and products to try if you have been wanting to try a brand or two out. I was happy to be able to try YSL, Ciate, Urban Decay, and Laura Mercier. This set is $59 at Sephora and when you look at the price of the full sized lipsticks, you are getting a good value. The Nars is $32, Urban Decay $22, Ciate $19, and Smashbox $20 so right there you are getting a good value for a set that includes 4 full sized lipsticks!

Now let’s get to the product!

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Laura Mercier – I have wanted to try this brand for a while but something has always swayed me away. This color is Milky Way and although with the flash in this pic it looks a bit bright but it’s actually a very subdued and almost sheer taupe that’s gorgeous and would look with or without a liner.

I’m a Buxom fan! I don’t care for the tingle on the lips much but my favorite color is Dolly. These are very sheer but the subtle color comes through just right when you want a relaxed natural look with just a tinch of sparkle!

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I fancy buxom lip glosses. I could care less for the tingle feeling but these are nice on those natural makeup days when you want just a sparkle and honestly the travel sizes are perfect. I don’t always like to carry around big tubes of lip gloss so half sizes are way better!

 

 

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This Berry Blast is a nice shade of sheer berry. My favorite Buxom is the color Dolly, it’s just the perfect color of gloss period! They are not super sticky nor too thick. The application is smooth and easy.

wpid-wp-1444659880463.jpgThese two are the most pointless of the bunch! I thought the Clinique stick would have some color because in the tube it looks pink but it’s clear on me however I seen a lighter skin swatch and it showed some color. I have a chubby Clinique pencil in a bright fuchsia that shows perfect on me so I was disappointed by this one. The Tarte is clear, the formula is nice and soft and it adds a pretty shine as you can see but I wish they would have put a color one in instead of clear yet it’s moisturizing.

I am not the biggest Sugar fan especially in these tiny sizes because they melt and break quite easily.

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The formula is very nice and smooth. Moisturizing. I cannot understand for the life of me why someone would pay so much for this product, the full size is $22.50 and although it feels nice, my baby lips works just the same for me. I enjoy the travel sizes but can’t see myself ever buying a full size.

Next Up is Too Faced Melted in Peony.

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I own a full size of this in the darker pink color which I think may actually be Berry Red. These have a felt tip applicator meltedwhich some have said sucks but I really like the way this tip spreads the product on the lips. In the time that I have my dark pink color (9 months), I have had to clean the applicator once and I did so by taking the applicator off and running hot water through it to remove any clogged openings and it works fine. The formula is very opaque. I put full coverage on in this pic to show you how opaque it is but even when wearing my pink color I only put on one lip then blot the two together. This is long lasting but not fully transfer proof yet not super messy or creamy. I will wear this color with a liner or even mix it with the color I already own for a cute ombre effect!

I didn't know this was Lancôme until reading the back of the box

I didn’t know this was Lancôme until reading the back of the box

I had no idea what to expect with this product and it’s just alright. Would I pay $23.50 for a full size which looks more like a taller travel size? NO. It’s not too thick and as you can see not too pigmented either but I was surprised by the color that I got considering an arm swatch didn’t look so good. Overall the product itself isn’t bad but I can’t imagine other colors having pigment with such a sheer formula.

wpid-wp-1444659847497.jpgBeautiful COLOR!!

I was excited for this one because I really wanted to try this brand (I’m wearing this today (10/11/15) at work and it’s holding it pretty well these 3 hours in through my bowl of oatmeal and cup of coffee). This formula is SOOOO CREAMY which is also it’s con though. You have to have a bit of finesse when applying this so it doesn’t smear everywhere. It’s very rich and opaque. I will definitely be purchasing a full size now that I know how great this formula is. So far this is a long wearing, non drying formula that I like. There is kind of scent that smells like perfume but it’s subtle and fancy.

Next is BiTE Beauty

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I am a fan of Bite and own quite a few of the double sided $14 lipsticks and a full sized in Palamino. This color was surprisingly cute and neutral. I have a Smashbox lipstick in my favorite color of cognac which is way lighter compared to this cognac so that was interesting to see the different cognacs. There is no liner needed for this cutie. She’s very pigmented and is a great fall color. BiTE products are all so smooth on application and although they are very creamy, they are not messy and actually have great staying power.

Who doesn’t Love a KAT VON D lippie?

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I went looking for this color a long time ago and it was sold out every where so instead I purchased the color Motorhead which is a more burgundy dark color than this is although they are quite similar so I was excited to see this color in the pack. It’s a perfect year round color if you’re like me who wears dark lips whenever the mood strikes regardless of the season.

NEXT UP is NARS . . . .

I have a bone to pick with NARS! Why are their lipsticks so small? For $30+ I’d expect a little more product and that is something that has kept me from buying the lipstick because I do not feel you get enough of the product compared to other, cheaper, and sometimes better lipstick. But I’ll talk about that in a second. . . in this set was

wpid-wp-1444659823543.jpgThis color is sexy! I am very impressed with NARS formula on this one (a previous one I received as a gift was sheer so I returned it and got two lipsticks of a different brand). It’s soft, smooth, moisturizing and as you see it has a nice pigment. Nothing negative about this product except the price for a full size which is more like a half size to me.

For example, I compared a few other lipstick brands to this one in size:

wpid-wp-1444659815695.jpgAs you can see, Smashbox is the biggest and cost $20 per tube, next is NARS coming in next at $30 then Mac which has been used so it would be about the size of Smashbox and then Bite which is actually about the size as NARS but I am ok buying that because it’s about $6 cheaper. I just wish these companies would stop going overboard with these prices on lipsticks because we all know that cost price and the sale price are dramatically <said with a serious eye roll> different!! But oh well right. . .we are slaves to beauty. . .on to the next one. . .

wpid-wp-1444659806363.jpgSmashbox is one of my favorite brands. I love the variety of colors they have , the pigments and even the sleek black square tube (Like NARS). This color is a bit bright on me without a liner but I have a nice magenta liner that would give this bad boy some fierceness! It’s matte so it’s a bit drying but nothing Lorac like <insert lip purse and eye roll *shade>

Next Up is URBAN DECAY . . .

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This photo makes the lipstick look more bold than it is, it was really subdued on me and as a first time user of this brand of lipstick it was very smooth, like the YSL smooth so almost messy but not quite. Great pigment and coverage. I wore this work the day before yesterday and didn’t need a liner but wore one anyway and this was just a great product all day. Total moisturizing on the lips all day. I can see myself buying more of these as they felt more like a glorified gloss but I didn’t mind that.

And Last but not least the beauty I am wearing today (10/13/15). . . . CIATE

wpid-wp-1444659797714.jpgThis is a BRIGHT orange, really bright, super bright but I like it!! This is my first time trying Ciate and this formula is thick on application – not sticky think but a lot comes out on the applicator thick so a little goes a really looooooong way!

It’s long wearing, a bit drying, not shiny, and scent free. I had to exfoliate my lips good this morning and reapply because my first try was creasy and flakey on my morning lips. I can see myself picking up more colors because I love bright and bold lip wear however I can see this being too bright for some.

Today I applied a sienna lip liner then applied to the inner area of my bottom lip then blotted/rubbed lips together to achieve a nice subtle but bold orange.

Me today at work wearing the Ciate!

Me today at work wearing the Ciate!

That’s all the product folks – whew!! A lot to take in now the following photos are swatches!

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Folks listen here, getting this stuff out of this little plastic thing was hell, I actually hurt one of my fingers trying to dig it out!

Folks listen here, getting this stuff out of this little plastic thing was hell, I actually hurt one of my fingers trying to dig it out!

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KAT VON D – Mi Vida Loca Remix Lipstick Set

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This little beauty arrived yesterday and I was uber hyped to get it in and swatch it for you guys. I am not an eye shadow person so I will not be picking up her matching eye shadow set but it looks very pretty too!!

This set includes 7 mini lipsticks and one full limited edition lipstick in an adorable white studded tube! I haven’t gotten many of her new studded lipsticks, the last Kat Von D lipstick I have was in the gold smooth tube and one of her liquid lipsticks in the fabulous color ‘outlaw’ so I was excited to be able to try 8 colors for $45!

OK enough of the hub-bub let’s get to the product:

All the beautiful colors

All the beautiful colors

Looking at the photo you can see how bright the colors look with a flash but how dim they are without and as I were hoping they’d be brighter, they are in fact quite dim yet still full of pigment, especially on my dark skin.

These are with two swipes per color

These are with two swipes per color

Each Color From Left To Right:

GOLD BLOODED – This has sparkles in it and feels gritty on the lips so AT FIRST I was thrown off by that because I don’t like glitter lipstick or the feeling of it on my lips. However this color proved to be worth that feeling. Now the gritty feeling never went away and blotting will show blotches but it’s such a vibrant red/orange with a hint of gold undertones that you can’t help but love it. It stayed on for about an hour as it’s the last one I swatched and it did very good with holding up the color.

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I have two lipsticks this color, one being Kat Von D’s but this one has a certain undertone to it that screams fire!!

NEXT UP:

HALO – folks I didn’t think an orange could be so effing fantastic but this one is all that and everything else included!! *I am actually wearing it at work today! This is really a nice opaque but light orange. It’s soft but bold and goes on smooth but be sure to have exfoliated lips or get this caught up in all of your creases! This is my favorite out of the bunch!

Check the gold undertone in this beauty and that POW, I'm sexy in my orange lipstick feel!

Check the gold undertone in this beauty and that POW, I’m sexy in my orange lipstick feel!

NEXT UP:

NaYEON – I have no idea what the name of this means but it is the same name as a popular Korean singer and LPGA player. This looks black but it’s really a dark silver with sparkles and that gritty feeling again (I am not a fan of this feeling) This is the one color I cannot wear to my M-F job but can and will rock at my Sunday job even so, this is my least favorite color.

It did take multiple swipes to achieve such a dark hue and even then the middle of my lips were splotchy a bit

It did take multiple swipes to achieve such a dark hue and even then the middle of my lips were splotchy a bit

NEXT UP:

COVEN – As a MN Vikings fan I love all things purple especially a good purple lipstick I can wear on game days. Coven is a light lavender and feels a bit stiff to apply. It’s very pigmented and I believe it will require a liner for almost anyone who wears it so it doesn’t wash them out. I’d most likely apply this only to one lip them blot/rub the rest onto the other lip. It’s far too opaque for my skin tone.

A darker purple liner would be perfecto

A darker purple liner would be perfecto

NEXT UP:

SEXER – Dare I say that I was expecting this pink to pop off of my lips like a fairy but it was kind of dark and subdued.  A more winter pink for sure but I wanted more pank! It is opaque enough and gives a full and rich color but not as bold yet that’s ok.

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NEXT UP:

WOLVESMOUTH – Kat Von D wins for best effing names of lipsticks EVER!! I thought this would be my favorite color right out the box but it looks like three other colors I have and falls to the bottom on that list. It’s no doubt a gorgeous color; full, rich, creamy, and all that goodness but it’s nothing special nor new. It’s not berry which is in for the season yet it’s a medium plum – again I have dark skin so on me it doesn’t stand out. This would be my 2nd least favorite.

It's a rich plum

It’s a rich plum

NEXT UP:

BACHELORETTE – This next to Wolvesmouth and Sexer is like their big sister. She’s such a cute and fun pink and when you view the pic above you can see how it’s kind of a darker pink than Sexer but on me it shows brighter than Sexer which was unexpected but very much appreciated!

It's what I thought Sexer would be

It’s what I thought Sexer would be

FINALLY:

NOBLE – It’s nude and nudes are not the easiest lipsticks to work with because certain levels of nude don’t look good on everyone. I need darker nudes and this one is very opaque; a bit too much for me. I will wear this this week and apply a liner and a darker nude gloss on top to see what I come out with!

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So there you have it folks! I am happy with this set even with the colors that I don’t fancy because I got to try 8 colors for a very reasonable and exciting price!

In order as shown on the box

In order as shown on the box

If I buy a full size I am thinking that Halo and Bachelorette would be coming home with me as those two colors are just too fabulous for words! I would love the full sized color more if it didn’t have that gritty feeling but out of the entire set only three doesn’t look good on me, NaYeon, Coven, and Noble so that’s a win for me!

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Have A Fabulous Day!!