Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks in Matte Innocence and Matte Blissful
Oops ... I did it again. That's right, more lipstick. On the plus side, at least there aren't any pinks in here. (I'm characterising Matte Blissful as a purple, okay.) I was absolutely hooked on these two specific shades after watching this lip swatch video from KathleenLights. Getting my hands on them was the driving motivation behind my entire BeautyJoint order.
l-r: Matte Innocence, Matte Blissful
l-r: Matte Innocence (worn with balm underneath), Matte Blissful
l-r: Milani Matte Innocence, Revlon Complex, Rimmel Notting Hill Nude, NARS Biscayne Park, Revlon Soft Nude
Matte Innocence is a pale pinky nude. Prior research warned me of its relative sheerness and tendency to highlight every dry patch on the lips. It definitely does that, but I forgive a multitude of sins due to the colour. While I have a few similar shades, Matte Innocence leans more pink than peach, red or brown. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Complex and Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude are more orange. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park is the darkest and surprisingly, most red (I remember it to be such a basic beige). Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Soft Nude is the lightest and peachier.
l-r: Milani Matte Blissful, Australis Lun-dun, Revlon Berry Haute, Chi Chi Bring It On
Matte Blissful was my "had to have". To say I'm a sucker for these purply-pinks is an understatement. I love the brightened, warm tone in this. It has a creamier texture and is more opaque in coverage and forgiving on the lips than Matte Innocence. Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Lun-dun (one of my favourite lip product discoveries of late) is very similar, slightly darker and less pink. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute is much darker, more of a grape colour. Chi Chi Viva La Diva Matte Lipstick in Bring It On is cooler-toned, more lavender.
Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso (05)
As lauded as this blush is in the drugstore makeup world, I deliberately avoided purchasing it for the longest time because I was convinced I had too many similar products (NARS Deep Throat, NARS Luster, Bourjois Rose Coup de Foudre, Benefit Sugarbomb, BYS Coral, the list goes on). But two things wore me down. First was NikkieTutorials obsessing over it lately. Second was Karima McKimmie of Shameless Fripperies obsessing over it a few months ago (and only watching those videos recently). Add to that KathleenLights naming Luminoso as "top 3" out of all the blushes she owns, and no more could I resist.
I'm so glad I added this to my cart as it's lived up to the hype for me. I actually think it's sufficiently different to the peachy/coral blushes in my collection in that it's more of a lighter orange than anything with a red bent. The shimmer is also what it's renowned for: more of an illuminating sheen, very fine and not glittery or chunky in any way. The packaging seems excessively bulky to me (could've done without the bottom compartment with the mini brush), but the product is hard to fault.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High Definition Concealer in Creamy Beige
As I recently learned the hard way with the purchase of Clarins Instant Concealer, the single most important aspect of any foundation or concealer is the shade match. Thankfully, Creamy Beige matches me fairly well (I'd guess I'm somewhere between NC20 and NC25). As some people have mentioned on MakeupAlley, there's grains in this. I don't know if it's a batch or formulation issue, but I'm definitely not the only one affected. The granules kind of melt upon contact with the skin and disappear, but it's still troubling they exist in the first place. I dislike the brush applicator, but I suppose it's functional enough. Having said all that, for $3 USD ($4), this is incredible value. The concealer blends into the skin smoothly, doesn't transfer or move around too much once it's applied, has good coverage and a natural, satin finish.
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara in Black (301)
This is one of the most hyped drugstore mascaras I know of and I was curious to see how it performed on my tragic Asian lashes. I'm not convinced by the volumising claims, but this is good at defining, separating and lengthening. It's on the wet side, but nothing too difficult to work with. I don't get excessive smearing or smudging (though I avoid using it on my lower lash line as it's not waterproof), or clumping. It's very black which is always a big plus. For $3.59 USD ($4.70), there's not much to complain about.