MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips (Review & Swatches)

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips

Hold on to your keyboards… my excitement for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips is REAL. These acrylic paint inspired lipsticks are a thing of beauty!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips

High in pigment, easy to apply and chockful of colour… the Acrylips are a wonderful addition to MUFE‘s range of products. As many of you may be aware, I am extremely obsessed with the Too Faced Melted lipsticks and these are not only on par with those… but I think they may actually be a smidge better. Oh my god… did I actually say that???

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips

Let’s get down to business. The Acrylips are a squeeze tube format with a slotted doefoot applicator. The products comes out of the doefoot and makes for extremely easy application. I especially love this style of product because I am known for constantly breaking my lipstick bullets in half and there’s ZERO chance of me doing that with these.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips

These are a liquid lipstick without that horrible dry paint feeling that you get with matte liquid lipsticks. They glide on smooth and glossy, but will eventually dry down to a more satin-like finish over the course of thirty minutes or so. Pigmentation stats strong while the dry down occurs, so you needn’t worry about reapplication any time soon.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips

The colours I chose to review are bold vibrant shades that scream my name. All three colours had incredible pigmentation. They were opaque in a single swipe and there was no “wateryness” that can sometimes occur with a liquid lipstick pigment like this.

On the lips, they do not feel dissimilar to the Too Faced Melteds, if anything, I’d say these settle down to a more satin finish a little bit faster (which is a good thing in my opinion). They are comfortable to wear, and best of all, the pigmentation stays incredibly strong for many hours (I didn’t clock it for total length, but I didn’t have to reapply any within the four hours I would wear these).

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylip Lip Swatches

Wearing 202 Coral Pink
Wearing 202 Coral Pink

This is MY SHADE. A pinkish coral with a neon vibrancy to it, 202 Coral Pink is wonderful!

Wearing 401 Raspberry Red
Wearing 401 Raspberry Red

And who can turn down a Raspberry Red (401) shade??

Wearing 500 Lilac
Wearing 500 Lilac

And lastly, Lilac (500) is a pink-tinged purple that was far more pigmented than I was expecting given that I find brands seem to struggle with this kind of shade.

Final Thoughts

I think it’s obvious that I’m in love with these. From the packaging, to the vibrant colours (there are no neutrals… yet!) to the comfort of these on your lips, the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylips are a wonderful addition to their range. I like that MUFE chose to play on the theme of paint since the texture of these is incredibly similar to acrylic paint. It just makes the pairing so wonderful since MUFE is one of the brands I always admire from an artistic standpoint when they’re showcasing their work (for example, at IMATS). If you like the vibrant shade range, definitely consider grabbing one of these – I’m personally in love with them and I hope you will be too!

The MAKE UP FOREVER Artist Acrylips can be purchased on sephora.ca for $29 CAD each or on sephora.com for $24 USD.

The products featured in this review were sent to me for consideration.

MAC Cosmetics Kabuki Magic Collection (Review & Swatches)

MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic Collection

MAC Cosmetics is just on the verge of launching an absolutely behemoth-sized collection on us: Kabuki Magic!

MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic Collection
MAC Cosmetics – Kabuki Magic Collection

Available online on January 19, 2016 (it does say select MAC locations, but I’m not sure if they mean regional online for that launch date, or in stores regionally), the Kabuki Magic collection boats roughly 50 products in its lineup!

“The heart and soul of M∙A∙C Cosmetics comes alive backstage at the 34 Fashion Weeks throughout the world. We pride ourselves on discovering and nurturing new talent and working with the industry leaders who innovate iconic beauty styles. In January, M∙A∙C teams up with three adored makeup maestros – Diane Kendal, James Kaliardos, and Kabuki – to create colour collections reflecting each artist’s signature style.”
MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic Collection
MAC Cosmetics – Kabuki Magic Collection

The collection stays true to MAC‘s traditional black packaging, but adds a little bit of extra flare with some layered gold lettering on the exterior packaging as well as on the products themselves.

I’ve got two pieces from the collection, so let’s run through them.

MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic - Jasper lipstick swatch
MAC Cosmetics – Kabuki Magic – Jasper lipstick swatch

The lipstick Jasper is described as a deep reddish-brown with a satin finish. I’d say that description is fairly bang on!

MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic - Jasper lipstick
MAC Cosmetics – Kabuki Magic – Jasper lipstick

Satin is one of my absolute favourite lipstick finishes by MAC as it has a lot of staying power, so I was really happy to see a shade like this in that finish. Jasper was easy to apply (although obviously not as creamy as an Cremesheen or Amplified) and the colour impact was there right at the get go. Beautiful, beautiful colour!

MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic - The Shining Hour quad
MAC Cosmetics – Kabuki Magic – The Shining Hour quad

I was really excited to try out The Shining Hour dazzleshadow quad from the collection. I love me a good glitter shadow and I had never tried out MAC’s dazzleshadow formula before.

MAC Cosmetics - Kabuki Magic - The Shining Hour quad
MAC Cosmetics – Kabuki Magic – The Shining Hour quad

The quad as a whole is called The Shining Hour, but the shades each have individual names.

  • Letty Lynton White pearl with white reflects
  • Heaven Loves You Gold pearl with gold reflects
  • Last Dance Light pink pearl with duochromatic violet reflects (repromote)
  • Humoresque Light burgundy pearl with teal reflects

Sadly… I wasn’t impressed. These are very light and not that pigmented. They felt almost like speckly… fluff? Dusty? I’m not sure how to describe it other than that I wasn’t really happy with the colour payoff.

Wearing The Shining Hour
Wearing The Shining Hour

In the end, I opted to do a full eye look using only the shadows available in The Shining Hour quad, but I’m starting to think I did us all a disservice by doing that. These dazzleshadows are accent colours – you can’t truly build a singular eye look off of them unless you’re using one colour as a wash of pigment across your lid.

  • In the look above, I made sure to use a sticky eyeshadow base. I applied Last Dance on the lid, Humoresque on the outer corner and through the crease, Letty Lynton on the inner corner of the eye, and Heaven Loves You rimming the entire lower lash line.
Wearing The Shining Hour
Wearing The Shining Hour

I personally see these dazzleshadows as more of a eyeshadow topper to add a punch of shine to the center of your lid, or to the inside corner. I wouldn’t suggest you use them as I did because the effect is not that great.

In the end? Huge thumbs up on the Jasper lipstick, thumbs down on The Shining Hour quad.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Swatch Sunday: Urban Decay Afterdark

Urban Decay Afterdark

I was originally going to resist the Urban Decay Afterdark palette. Some of the shadows are duplicates of shadows I have in other UD palettes (although you can never have enough Fringe eyeshadow as far as I’m concerned) and I figured I didn’t need it. But I kept seeing Rebekah putting together looks using the palette and my willpower caved.

Urban Decay Afterdark
Urban Decay Afterdark

I mean… my willpower was only so strong. Just look at this damn palette!

Urban Decay Afterdark
Urban Decay Afterdark

Urban Decay Afterdark Swatches

Urban Decay - Alter
Urban Decay – Alter
Urban Decay - Scene
Urban Decay – Scene
Urban Decay - Supersonic
Urban Decay – Supersonic
Urban Decay - Sinful
Urban Decay – Sinful
Urban Decay - Offduty
Urban Decay – Offduty
Urban Decay - Druggie
Urban Decay – Druggie
Urban Decay - Backfire
Urban Decay – Backfire
Urban Decay - Lounge
Urban Decay – Lounge
Urban Decay - Fringe
Urban Decay – Fringe
Urban Decay - Paralyzed
Urban Decay – Paralyzed

You can get the Urban Decay Afterdark palette from sephora.ca for $59 CAD or on sephora.com for $49 USD.