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Simple Look Face of the Day

Published March 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still not 100% well yet, but I’m doing better than I have been. I slept in till 9:30 Am today. I still have a sore throat, runny nose, and a cough but my body is starting to feel better and I no longer have the shakes. I’m still feeling pretty weak and so I decided just to do a simple eye look today…. Let’s jump into today’s scent and Face of the Day ….


Juicy Couture Parfum. I purchased mine at Ulta for $96 for 3.4 Fluid Ounces. This is one of my husband’s favorite perfumes on me. The scent notes are:  watermelon, mandarin orange, passion fruit, green apple, green leaves, hyacinth, marigold lily, tuberose, rose hip, precious woods, patchouli, caramel, vanilla and crème brûlée. This is another really great everyday casual dress perfume. The scent stays around for about 6 to 8 hours of wear and is sweet but not over the top sweet. You can really pick up on the caramel in this scent. I love this one for just daily use but i have been known to wear it on date night too because hubby loves it so much.


Base:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my face using I Heart Revolution Coconut Dream Hydrating Primer ($8 at Ulta). I also used a tad bit of Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) around my nose and outer parts of my cheeks to blur my pores. My foundation today is a combo of 2 pumps of Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($45 at Sephora) in the shade Dew You? and 2 scoops of The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website) in the shade Light/Medium. I lightly color corrected my under eyes using Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate ($12 at Target and on the Pixi Beauty website) in the shade Brightening Peach. I used just a touch of The Balm Time Balm Concealer ($18 on their website) in the shade Light/Medium.  I set my full face using  Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 at Dollar General) in the shade Translucent and warmed up my face using Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($30 at Ulta). For touch up powder today I am using Flower Beauty Light Illusion Perfecting Powder ($13.99 at Target) in the shade Beige L4-M1.


Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and today I chose not to set the base. For today’s eye look I used a few shades from The Balm Meet Matt(e) Adore and Meet Matt(e) Nude palettes (both palettes were limited edition and are now discontinued, however you can still find them on Amazon and Bridette’s Boutique . I started my eyes using the Adore palette…. For my first transition shade I used the shade Matt Munoz (a pastel coral peach matte). For my second transition shade I used the shade Matt Bernard (a light camel matte). For my crease shade I chose the shade Matt Jones (a mustard toned brown matte). I then switched to the Nude palette and deepened my crease and the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid using the shade Matt Rosen (a mid toned chocolate brown with a slight red undertone matte). On the remaining 2/3 of my mobile lid I used  L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eye Shadow ($9.99 on their website) in the shade 892 Amber Rush (rose gold with a copper shift). For my lower lash line I used more of the shade Matt Bernard (a light camel matte) and just swept it along the lower lash line not blowing it out too far. I then went in with more of the shade Matt Rosen (a mid toned chocolate brown with a slight red undertone matte) to deepen the lash line. I lined my lower waterlines using BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 at Ulta and on their website) in the shade Beige. I highlighted my inner corners using Hikari Cosmetics Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honeydew (icy pink with silver flip).  I set my brows using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($6.99 at Ulta but I purchased mine from Amazon) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I carved out my brow line using the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the shimmer side and set the brow line using the shade Matt Malloy (pure white matte) from the Nude palette. I popped on a pair Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes ($12 for 5 pairs at Ulta) in the style Flirty and coated my upper and lower lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($8.99 at Ulta).


Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I used the ColourPop Pressed Powder Blush ($8 on their website) in the shade Catch My Vibe (pale baby pink matte). I highlighted my Cupid’s Bow, tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, center of my chin, and high points of the brows using Benefit Boxed Highlighter ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Cookie (a pale yellow champagne with a slight silver reflect). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (now only sold in their Lippie Pencil Vault on their website) in the shade On Ice ( deep sangria) and filled in the lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix ($7 on their website) in the shade Ellarie (deep cranberry matte).


Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                      I just wanted to reach out and say I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time out of your days to read my blog. It means more to me than you will ever know. I’m just a nerdy girl with an obsession for makeup who just simply loves to share it with the world. I’m too self conscious to have my own YouTube channel… and at 43 I really don’t know that I would be able to make my way through YouTube… so I blog …. and you read it …. and that is such an amazing thing for me. Your kind words and just the very thought that you have taken time… valuable time… out of your day to just pop in and see what I have been up to means the world to me. So thank you very much and I hope that you will know that I am here for you if ever you just need a friendly ear to lean in.

Well that’s all dolls. I hope you are in good health, in great spirits, and that you have a great rest of your day/night. Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.


Cool Toned Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published February 10, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having an OK day. I’m in a ton of pain and have very low energy today, but I got up…showered…and did my makeup before having to rest today. Today I have 5 more products to test out to see if they will remain part of my makeup collection or not. Those items are… CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette, The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette, Makeup Geek Fair Skin Bronzer, and ELF Sheer Tint Finishing Powder. As per the norm I will discuss these items in Final Thoughts. So let’s jump into the Face of the Day ….


Base: I primed my face using Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($45 at Sephora). I color corrected using Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 on the Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Light-Medium. My foundation today is CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation (discontinued but still available at Walmart for $10.99) in the shade 740 Natural Beige. To conceal my under eyes I used Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta) in the shade No. 5. I set the face using ELF Sheer Tint Finishing Powder ($6 on their website) in the shade Light-Medium. The foundation and powder combo made my skin look so dark that I ended up baking most of my face …. I set my under eyes, baked my jaw line, tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and center of the forehead using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 on the Beautylish website). After I dusted off the bake I lightly bronzed the perimeter of my face and nose using Makeup Geek Fair Skin Bronzer (discontinued do to the rebranding) in the shade Sunkissed.


Eyes: I primed my lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard and set that using Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I used The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette ($42 still available at Camera Ready’s website) for most of my eye look today. For my 1st transition color I chose the shade Matt Singh (a dusty mauve matte). For my 2nd transition color I used the shade Matt Rosen (a cool toned chocolate brown matte). To deepen the crease I used the shade Matt Garcia (a cool toned mid-tone brown matte). I moved to my mobile lid and took the shade Matt Malloy (a bright flat white matte) all over the mobile lid. I then took the AOA Studio Velour Eyeshadow ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) in the shade Virgin (an icy pink cream to powder) all over the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. I then took the shade Matt Wood (a cool toned deep brown matte) to the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and to also deepen the outer v. I then took more of Matt Garcia and patted it over the middle 1/3 to help blend the outer and inner 1/3 of the mobile lid. On the lower lash line I created a soft drop shadow using the shade Matt Singh and then using Matt Garcia I lined the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners using Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow () in the shade Urban Cowboy. I set my brows using Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer ($10 at Target) in clear and then filled in my brows using ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 at Ulta and on the ELF website) in the shade Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set that using more of the shade Matt Malloy. I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). For mascara I used The Balm What’s Your Type? in the shade Black.


Cheeks and Lips: For blush today I chose Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the color Blissful (a rose pink matte). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s Bow, and center of the forehead using Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette ($11.99 at Target) in the color Sun Soleil. I lined my lips using Loreal 6-HR Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner ($8.99 at Target) in the shade Coral. I then filled in my lips using The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes ($17 on their website) in the shade Doting (a coral based peach). I then topped the lips off with Physicians Formula Butter Lip Cream ($8.49 on their website) in the shade Guava Mama (a bright coral peach).


Final Thoughs:

CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation:                                                                                  I really love this foundation so much. It looks beautiful on the face. However, the shade I have is way too dark for me now. I didn’t really even need to bronze my face, that’s how dark this foundation is. You can still find this foundation on Amazon and at Walmart, but the shade I need is 725 Buff Beige and it’s $20 on Amazon only…. I refuse to pay $20 for a drug store foundation! As much as I love this foundation I have decluttered it from my collection since I can’t get the shade I need.

Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette:                                                      When I purchased this palette from Ulta 2 of the shades were completely smashed and I never got around to calling them for a replacement. The 2 shades that survived are a bit too dark for me, and then there is the fact that this highlighter is glittery. I just don’t enjoy this highlighter. I have decluttered it from my collection.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette:                                                                                                I purchased my palette on the Brigettes Boutique website for $40, this can also be found on the Camera Ready website. I don’t reach for this palette a ton, mainly because I have a ton of eyeshadow. I really love the looks I can create with this palette. There is barely any kick back in the pans and no fall out on the face. The shades blend out so easily and the shades buff into each other with out going muddy. The shadows are a tad bit drier of a formula but there doesn’t seem to be any skipping or patchiness.  I will not be decluttering this palette from my collection.

Makeup Geek Fair Skin Bronzer:                                                                                                       I am so hoping that with this rebrand that Makeup Geek comes out with bronzers and blushes in the same shade family that I already have. I truly love this bronzer. It’s a great everyday tone. It never goes on patchy and it buffs into the skin wonderfully. I will not be decluttering this from my collection.

ELF Sheer Tint Finishing Powder:                                                                                               This shade range is so bizarre. For being a light-medium shade this shade is so orange. It’s a nice powder but the shade just doesn’t do it for me. I may at some point pick up the fair-light shade, but for now I have decluttered this one from my collection.

Well there you have it …. out of the 5 products on the chopping block, I chose to declutter 3 and keep 2. My makeup collection is starting to come together nicely and tomorrow I will be testing another handful of products to see if I will declutter them. In the meantime, I hope you have a great rest of your day/night, and that you are with as low pain as possible (for those of you with auto-immune illnesses) and that you are with plenty of spoons. Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.


Bronzey Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published December 7, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Good morning dolls. We made it to the weekend!! I hope the day finds you with plenty of spoons. I woke up stiff and my Rheumatoid Arthritis is acting up, which is common for cold weather days. I had an abundance of spoons today so I tackled a bronzey smokey eye.

I used the ColourPop Brown Sugar eye shadow palette again today. I have really been enjoying the ColourPop shadows. They go on so buttery and blend like a dream.

20191207_090752 Well let’s get started.


Base: For primer I used the Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer ($32 at Ulta, Sephora, and Tarte’s website) again; I’m trying to use it up since I don’t like the smell, and will not be repurchasing it. Today’s foundation is NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($49 at Sephora and NARS’s website) in the color Fiji. For the 3rd day in a row I have woken up with dark circles do to not being able to sleep because of pain, so I used my Tarte CC undereye corrector ($25 at Ulta Sephora and Tarte’s website) in the color light medium. I used Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer (was $25 is now discontinued) in the color medium 22. To bronze my skin I used The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel ($50 on the Chanel website) in the color Bronze Universal. I set my whole face, including undereyes, with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora and on the Laura Mercier website) in the color Translucent.


Eyes: I primed my eyes with the Tarte Shape Tape ($19 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium Honey. I chose the ColourPop Brown Sugar Eye Shadow Palette ($15 on the ColourPop website ) and set my lids with the color Chai. As my transition color I chose Jamocha. My crease color is Choc, I also used Choc on the outer 1/3 of my lid. For the outer v I picks a combination of Sorrel and Henna. To line my lower lash line I used a combination of Henna and Choc and then used what was left of Jamocha on my brush to defuse the hard line of eye shadow. On my lids I used Auburn, which I applied with my finger for for maximum payoff. For the inner corner highlight I used Ginger. I then switched to the Going Coconuts palette from ColourPop ($12 on the ColourPop website) and used Shredded for my brow bone highlight. My brows I used the combination of the Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on the ELF website) and Wow Brow ($4 on the ELF website) from ELF. My liner today is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20 at Sephora) in Mad Max Brown. For my lashes I used the Loreal Voluminous Base ($5.99 at Target) and paired it with the Balm Whats Your Type? mascara ($19 on The Blam website). On my water line I used The Balm Mr. Write eyeliner ($13 on Balm’s website) in the color Seymour Datenights.



Cheeks and Lips:  Today I chose a subtle highlight. I used MAC Mineralize SkinFinish ($36 at MAC and Ulta) in the color Warm Rose. For blush I used NARS blush ($30 at Sephora) in Orgasm. My Lip combo today is Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Pencil ($19 at Sephora) in the color Bow N Arrow and MAC Matte Lipstick ($18.50 at MAC and Sephora) in Velvet Teddy. I added the tiniest amount of  the eye shadow Auburn to the center of my lips.


Final Thoughts:

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation comes in 20 shades (6 shades for deeper skin) and is billed as a full coverage foundation. At best it is a high medium coverage foundation.

Tarte CC undereye corrector is my favorite under eye treatment. It gets the under eye bright and dewy. I hope it’s never discontinued.

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer was discontinued and that makes me a sad panda. This concealer is so good!!! It’s thick enough to cover tattoos but thin enough for the under eye.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is my favorite bronzer in my collection. It’s a cream to powder formula that melts into the skin effortlessly. It makes the skin look tan, not look like a fake tan. I even use it on days where I am not wearing makeup. It’s so worth the $50 price tag. You get a ton of product even though it looks like there isn’t a lot of product you actually get 30 grams of bronzer.

The is a reason that the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder is the only setting powder I gravitate to. It’s velvety smooth and,,as long as you use small amounts and build as you go,  it never looks cakey.

Tarte Shape Tape is a thick concealer…. I didn’t like it under my eyes but I love it as a primer for my lids. I do you this concealer on my hormonal break outs (its a good spot treatment) but I never use it to correct the skin.

I can’t say enough about the ColourPop eye shadows!! They are so buttery, so pigmented, so blendable, and so affordable!! ColourPop Brown Sugar is a great little neutral toned palette. So is the Going Coconuts palette.  I’ve only had these palettes for a week and I can’t get enough of them.

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is by far my favorite liquid liner. It glides on smoothly is opaque and dries down matte. It never feathers into the fine lines of my lids and it never fades. It’s a long lasting formula too.

Loreal Voluminous Base is a lash primer that I use anytime I am not using my tried and true Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara. The only time I do not use it, is if I am testing out a new mascara. It really adds thickness and length to the lashes

The Balm Whats Your Type? mascara is slowly gaining my heart. It’s not as black or as voluptuous as the Carbon Black is, but it is a close enough comparison.

The Balm Mr. Write eyeliner in the color Seymour Datenights is flesh toned eyeliner that is great for the water line. It’s not as bright as the NYX FAUX Whites pencil is but it worked really well for today’s look. It’s just bright enough to give the water liner a little pop.

The Precisely Brow and the Wow Brow are my favorite brow products now. I haven’t even looked at my brow powder since trying these. ELF is killing it with products these days.

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Warm Rose is the most subtle highlighter I have ever tried. It’s not a glowly highlight, it’s more of a brightening highlighter that works good on smokey eye days. This one is a bit light for my skin in the colder months but looks amazing when I have a tan.

My NARS blush in Orgasm is a mini. This is the first time I am trying this cult classic and boy do I get the hype behind it!!! I just purchased the full size version. It’s prettiest coral blush I own, and I own heaps of coral blushes. It is my second favorite NARS blush (Dolce Vita being the first favorite).

The Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Pencils are some of my favorite formula. They are so creamy and pigmented and they stay put all day. In fact at the end of the day when my lipstick is gone these lip liners are still in place. They are so creamy that I have on occasion used them as a lipstick.

MAC Matte Lipstick  in Velvet Teddy is my favorite nude lip. It’s painful for me to use because it was the first lipstick I tried by MAC and the person who introduced me to it was my best friend who passed away a few months ago. It’s a matte formula that doesn’t feel drying. Is it just me or do MAC lipsticks smell like cupcakes???


Well that’s all for now beauty babies. I hope the weekend finds you pain free, or as close to pain free as a spoonie can be, and having plenty of spoons.

Until next time dolls, remember to reserve a spoon for a bit of lipstick.






The Balm Makeup Review

Published December 3, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hello dolls. How are you today? Today I will be reviewing a full face of The Balm makeup for you.

20191202_101946 I purchased all the products I’m about to review from Birgettes Boutique  for a discounted price. I purchased 2 eye shadow palettes, foundation, concealer, pressed powder, mascara, liquid liner, a flesh toned eye liner, and a liquid lipstick. I didn’t need to purchased blush since I own 3 of the The Balm’s blushes, and I thought I had one of their bronzers and highlighters however when I searched for them I couldn’t find them so I chose a bronzer and highlight that is similar to the ones I couldn’t find. I also thought I had already purchased primer from The Balm but I didn’t so I am using another brand’s primer.

Base:  I used Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer ($45 at Sephora for 1.7 fluid ounces), for concealer I used The Balm’s Time Balm ($18 on their site) in light medium, my foundation today is called Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website) in the color light medium, to set my concealer I used the ELF Smooth and Set Eye Powder as always, to set my face I used The Balm’s Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder ($20  on their website).

Eyes: I used as always Tarte Shape Tape in the color Light Medium Honey,  eye shadow palettes…. Meet Matt(e) Ador and Meet Matt(e) Nude (both $42 on The Balm’s website). I started with Meet Matt(e) Ador and used the color Matt Johansson to set the Shape Tape. As my Transition color I chose Matt Bernard follow by Matt Jones as my transition shade, I switched to Meet Matt(e) Nude for my crease color and I picked Matt Rosen (I also used this color for my lower lash line), as my outer v I chose Matt Wood and I used Matt Malloy as my brow bone highlight, on the inner 1/2 on my lid I used Matt Munoz and on the outer 1/2 I picked Matt Russo from the Meet Matt(e) Adore, Brows are the same as always the brow powder from Oh La La brow Bar, I used Schwing Black Liquid Liner ($19 on The Balm website) and on my lower inner rim I used Mr. Write Eyeliner Pencil ($13 on The Balm Website) in the color  Seymour Datenights, and my mascara is What’s Your Type? Black Mascara ($19 on The Balm’s website).

Cheeks and Lips: Since I couldn’t find my Bahama Mama Bronzer ($20 on The Balm’s website) I chose Mac Bronzing Powder ($30 at MAC) in the color Matte Bronze which is almost an exact duplicate, same with the highlighter… I couldn’t find my Mary-Lou Manizer ($24 on their site) so I chose Milani Afterglow ($9.99 at Ulta) in 01 Strobelight which is a spot on dupe for the Mary-Lou Manizer, my blush I chose Shadow/Blush ($21 on their website) in the color FratBoy, and finally for my lipstick I chose Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick ($17 on their site) in the color Doting.


The Review: Time Balm Concealer comes in a small pot and is a drier cream formula however even though it is drier it still needs to be set with powder because it settles into the fine lines around the eyes. It comes in 9 shades, 3 deeper shades. Even though it is a drier formula it goes on cream as it melts into the skin and brightens the eye area so well that I didn’t find the need to use my under eye corrector.  Even Steven Whipped Foundation comes in the smallest pot I have ever seen for a foundation so when I first got it I was upset considering the price tag. When I applied the foundation I finally understood why the pot is so small. The littlest amount goes a long way. All I used was the small amount that was in the cap and that covered my face and neck perfectly. It comes in 8 shades (2 darker shades). This mousy foundation does not need to be set it dries down to a velvety finish. It doesn’t feel like I am wearing foundation. This foundation is amazing and so far is wearing beautifully. It does oxidize so you may want to do a light covering of powder to keep the color true if you have a shade that matches you perfectly, for me I welcomed the oxidation because it made the shade perfect for my skin (even though it doesn’t look like it in the pictures). Be careful with this one it does cause flash back in flashed pictures. Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder is not translucent at all; it has a light flesh tone to it that I feel caused me to look pale. It is finally milled and silky, a great powder to use to take down that afternoon shine. It’s compact so it fits easily in a purse and is great for travel.

Schwing Black Liquid Liner has a learning curve to it. It goes on super wet and dries down completely matte. The brush tip is finely pointed and flexible. Because it is such a wet formula, it does seep into fine lines of the eyelid and it did transfer to the inner corner of lower lash line. I will need to play with this one a bit more before I give my final opinion on it. I right now have a love hate relationship with it. I love that it is super black and that it dries down completely matte, what I don’t like so far is that it’s such a wet formula… I meant to only do a small wing and ended up with such a thick line. With practice I’m sure I will be able to perfect the wing, it’s just going to take time. Mr. Write Eyeliner Pencils are creamy and pigmented and do not smudge. They go on great on the water line as well. It’s a really great pencil. I plan to purchase other colors.

Meet Matt(e) Nudes palette is 25.5 grams of product and has 3 cool tones; Matt Johnson is a true toned grey, Matt Malloy is a bright white, Matt Abdul is a grey toned brown. The remaining 6 shades are warm toned. Matt Garcia is a reddish brown, Matt Rosen is a light orange based brown, Matt Wood is a deep true brown, Matt Singh is a muddy peach, Matt Lombardi is a yellow based tan, and Matt Hung deeper grey based brown. Meet Matt(e) Ador is 21.6 grams of product and is a cool toned palette. Matt Russo is a dark peach, Matt Bernard is a yellow based tan, Matt Munoz is a pink based coral, Matt Jones is a mustard based brown, Matt Williams is a true brown, MAtt Johansson is a vanilla, Matt Soto is a blue based black, Matt Borski is a cobalt blue, and Matt Lee is a true black. Both palettes have 9 shades and a full sized mirror. The palette is a sturdy cardboard. Both are, obviously, matte palettes. They both are stand alone palettes, meaning you can get a complete look from just 1 palette. They are both compact and easy to travel with. The shadows are extremely pigmented and layer well with each other. There is a little bit of kick back with these shadows but nothing too intense. Some of the darker shaded I did notice fall out but the lighter shades were OK. I really love these palettes. They are great everyday makeup palettes that you can get multiply neutral looks from. There are 4 palettes in the “Matt(e)” line and I plan to purchase Meet Matt(e) Trimony. The only thing these palettes could use would be a shimmer and a inner corner highlight shade. I highly recommend these 2 palettes if you are in the market for a new neural palette.

What’s Your Type? Black Mascara has a .04 fluid ounces. It has a natural brush applicator rather than the standard plastic brush that seems to be popping up. This formula is on the wetter side and does transfer if you move your lids too much while it dries and it produces lengthy natural looking lashes. It’s the perfect mascara to use on no makeup makeup days and basic neutral eyes. I do like this mascara and will definitely be reaching for it on low maintenance makeup days.

Shadow/Blushes are not that pigmented. I had to build FratBoy up several layers to get color payoff. It’s been a while since I’ve used these blushes that I can’t remember if this is the same across all the colors or if it’s just FratBoy that is subtle. It’s a pretty color so I don’t mind the extra work. These blushes last long on the cheeks. Shadow/Blush comes in 5 shades…. there are other lines of blushes on The Balm’s website as well.

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick comes in 18 colors and has .25 fluid ounces. These liquid lipsticks are thin in formula. Doting went on streaky, I needed 3 layers to get even coverage. It has a minty scent that is cooling on the lips. There is no transfer and it is long wearing, however it does wear off on the inner part of the lips. Unlike most liquid lipsticks, this formula is comfortable on the lips, my lips don’t feel dry as a desert like they do with most liquid lipsticks. I’m banking on it being because it’s such a thin formula. It does however pick up on any dry skin on the lips so a good lip balm is needed before you apply the lipstick. I wont buy any of the other shades, I just don’t like it enough to purchase more , I will however use Doting again.

Final Thoughts…. The Balm is a pretty good brand with cute packaging. The products are great quality and easy to work with. I’m glad I tried them out and will be purchasing more from them.

Well that’s all for now dolls, hope your day brings you greatness, and as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.



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