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(left to right) MAC Creme Cup, MAC Modesty, Ecotools Retractable Kabuki Brush, Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender, Too Faced Melted Sugar, Colour Pop in Beeper, Too Faced Lip Insurance Original, Jordana Rock N Rose, Maybelline Vivid Matte in Nude Flush, NYX Cosmetics Blotting Powder in Light-Medium

 

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Too Faced Lip Insurance in Original.

At the beginning of the day, a thin layer of foundation from my facial application helps my lipstick stay until about lunch time. When I have to inevitably take it off (because it gets cakey and gross) and re-apply, I use this lip primer to help it last through the rest of the day. The formula goes on matte and disappears, leaving my lips feelings velvety soft.

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Too Faced Melted Sugar

This is an amazing product that has no comparable dupe. It goes on smoothly and lays so comfortably on your lips. There’s a great selection of colors and Sugar is a great one to use on top of darker colors to add some brightness. It does dry out, but not immediately.

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Eco Tools retractable Kabuki Brush.

Because of my oily skin, I find that using the powder puff with foundation will result in the color sliding off of my face. Having this retractable Kabuki brush is perfect because it gets the job done and doesn’t take up a lot of space in my bag!

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(left to right) MAC Modesty, MAC Creme Cup.

Creme cup is without a doubt my favorite MAC lipstick. It is a glossy light pink that goes on smoothly, is hydrating on the lips, and lasts a good amount of time. I purchased Modesty recently and was trying it out to see if it was a good fit. It’s also a lighter shade, but it is more nude whereas Creme cup is more pink. I’m trying to find a lip liner in my collection to pair it with, but keep it around in case I find inspiration

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Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush.

I can’t say enough great things about this product. You can compare it to Revlon’s HD Ultra Matte lipsticks, which provide a matte color without drying your lips. The shade is a very pretty nude brown that I often pair for my favorite lip liner, Jordana Rock N Rose. The lipstick does dry out your lips, but after a few hours, not immediately like traditional matte formulas.

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Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Beeper.

I wish I could say nice things about these lipsticks, but I can’t. They are matte but they are EXTREMELY drying. It’s at the point where the lipsticks dried my lips out and started crusting from the time I left my apartment to the moment I sat down on the train. They are affordable and have an enormous cult following, but I just don’t see any benefit from them. Yes, there is a great color selection, but I find them IMPOSSIBLE to wear (on their own). Since I already spent my money, I make use of them by lining my lips. I have this in my bag because I pair it with Melted Sugar. The combination is beautiful and the formula of Melted Sugar hydrates your lips and takes away from the extremely drying properties of the Colour Pop. Would I purchase it again? Absolutely not!

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(left to right) Blotterati by The Beauty Blender, Jordana Rock N Rose, NYX Cosmetics Blotting Powder in Light-Medium.

The Blotterati is a flat sponge (made of the same material as the Beauty Blender) that essentially absorbs oil throughout the day. Instead of using blotting tissues and/or just applying powder, you soak up excess oil from your skin using this sponge. The packaging is convenient and comes with two flat sponges and a cleansing solution. After dabbing my face with the sponge, I apply the NYX Cosmetics blotting powder for any future oils. I usually have to do this 3-4 times throughout the day, but I always use very little powder (mostly on my T-Zone).

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