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Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to Continue Reading...
NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick ($9) is a new creamy matte lipstick available in 12 shades that launched with NYX's Spring 2018 Collection. I know what you're thinking, “Not more matte lipstick!” Yes, more. Sorry. I had hopes that Spring 2018 would be about shine but so far were off to a rather horrible start. I probably would have avoided this purchase but I got two requests to review these so, I ended up purchasing one for review. I have to be a negative Nancy here for a second, apologies in advanced for turning into a grumpy old lady but this marketing is absurd. “Raise your squad goals with Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick!” Ugh please. Really? Squad goals? Just for the record I do not call my friends “my squad”. Maybe if I was twelve that would sound cool but not at my age. Sorry, rant over, hopefully I didn't offend anyone.
NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick is likely an unnecessary release for the brand. Why? Because aside from some nifty new packaging this isn't a groundbreaking formula that brings anything new or unique to the brand's permanent collection. Really, at this point NYX has any number of matte lipstick offerings and really didn't need to do a new one. However, that's what NYX does. Each season they bring out a round of brand “new” items and you can't complain about that as at least you're getting variety but sadly, not affordability anymore as the prices haven risen quite a good deal. This is 0.05 oz in size and $9 which makes it quite an expensive lipstick.
There is something new about it though. The packaging which may or may not be a gimmick depending how you view it. This is a click style slanted lipstick. So, basically it gives you control over how much lipstick you'll use. You can click it once and a small sliver will rise up or click twice go get more. In theory, swiveling a lipstick up and down does the same thing but I guess this sort of keeps things neat and tidy. The packaging doesn't really add any great value to the overall, lipstick but I guess it's sort of a “cool” idea.
NYX On the DL Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick NYX On the DL Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick Swatches This is a fragrance-free formula (it does have a cardboardish taste though) with a powdery creamy consistency that glides on lips very easily thanks to the soft texture. It provides pretty much full coverage on a single pass with a wear of around six hours however, during that wear the color dries out and flakes up on my already dry lips. It also falls into the natural lips of my lines giving me a dry look. I'm prone to dry lips so this formula really isn't flattering and ages my lips a bit.
If you're successful with matte lipsticks and like them this formula might be for you! It applies very nicely with a light, creamy, comfortable formula however, if you're prone to drier lips or have aging ones it might not be flattering on you. I personally didn't like the way it looked on my dry lips. I also felt it was an uneventful, expensive launch for NYX. NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick is available now at drugstores or get it at ulta.com.
Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel ($52) is an eye gel that preps for concealer and makeup while promoting healthy looking eyes with a formula rich in collagen, elastin, and glycolic acid. I actually purchased this after seeing an ad for it on Instagram. I know, I know I shouldn't give in the silly advertisement but the video they showed was rather intriguing which left to my purchase. I'm probably as obsessed with eye cream as I am with concealer and I have several different ones in constant rotation as I'm of the firm belief that you can make your aging eyes look years and years younger so long as you have a good hydrating eye cream. I'm not under not illusion that an expensive eye cream is going to banish my dark circles, finer lines, and puffiness. I am however, a strong believer that moisture is the key to fixing many of these issues. Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel is actually very, very similiar to Dr. Denese Med MD 33 Clinical Eye Treatment Gel. Both products rely heavily on cyclopentasiloxane which is a form of silicone that acts as a primer of sorts to fill and plump finer lines. This is also gives both of these eye creams their gel-like consistency that applies, spreads, and absorbs easily which in turn makes it a very good texture for use under eyes.
Dr. Denese version has a good deal of better anti-aging ingredients compared to Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel and is also cheaper by around $3-$5 however, this doesn't mean you should right off Volition Beauty's formula since it contains a Snail Secretion which is an excellent hydrating ingredient. None the less, I think Dr. Denese's version is worth mentioning here since her version is the superior of the two formulas. Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel's formula came as a surprise for me as the way it was promoted it seemed unique and innovative. Imagine my surprise when I realized I had already tried something almost identical to it in Dr. Denese's formula. As a HUGE, massive, die hard fan of Dr. Denese's excellent skincare I was quite intrigued that no one had mentioned the similarities between Voilition's and Dr. Denese's formula. But I digress, let me tell you my thoughts on the Helix AM/PM Eye Gel formula.
Not everyone is going to love this formula! I would recommend it for those with aging eyes, dryness, or finer lines but not anyone who has younger or oily eyes or even anyone that dislikes silicone or may be allergic to it. The brand promotes it as a cooling, anti-aging eye gel but I actually didn't experience any cooling when using it and I'm fine with that because I've never really felt that “cooling” really adds anything beneficial to a skincare's formula aside from feeling nice. This is an eye gel but the texture is quite thick. When I think of gel I automatically think of a water-based formula that absorbs quickly. This is not that formula. It's quite thick and has a gelatin-like consistency but still manages to absorb fairly well if you take time out to gently pat it into place or even smooth it delicately under your eyes. I apply a little dot under my eyes and I gently smooth it on with my ring finger and proceed to pat it into place. It remains quite “wet” for a minute or so after application which means I wait a few minutes before applying my makeup but this isn't a problem as I typically apply my skincare after I shower so, I get dressed and proceed to do my makeup which gives it plenty of time to set.
Apparently, it addresses puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dryness. It excels at addressing dryness since it contains a healthy amount of snail secretion (no snails were harmed in the making of this product) however, I wouldn't say puffiness was diminished after using it for several weeks. I don't think it does much in the way of treating wrinkles or finer lines but it will make them look better. It acts as a filler or primer of sorts so finer lines appear smoother and it also, plumps up skin under the eyes as well as adds plenty of moisture to the area. I am of the firm belief that finer lines will ALWAYS look better when you're hydrating the area enough and this delivers plenty of moisture to address such issues. It works very well under concealer and allows my concealer to apply easier. Not to mention it seems to extend the wear of my concealer so my eyes look brighter, fresher, and well hydrated throughout the day and m dark circles, puffiness, and finer lines aren't showing through because my concealer wore away. It does contain fragrance in the ingredients but a very small amount which my nose didn't detect or pick up during application or after. I think if you're looking for more of a way to treat finer lines you might want to go with Dr. Denese Med MD 33 Clinical Eye Treatment Gel since it has better anti-aging ingredients. But if its moisture you seek and something that will aid application of concealer while plumping eyes and smoothing finer lines so they visibly appear better this might be a great pick up. I liked it a lot even though I'm a fan of Dr Denese's version. I'd definitely re-purchase it as it works great as an AM eye cream where as I can use Dr Denese's in the evenings. I'd highly recommend checking it out especially if you suffer from drier eyes. Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel gets a Muse Approval. It's available now at sephora.com.
After much drama and a quick sell out Moschino x Sephora pissed a lot of people off to say the least. To this day I still do not understand what happened with this collection. I felt for sure it would have been a Jem x Sephora situation where the items did not sell out and just went on sale a few weeks later. But this collection literally launched one day and within minutes of the launch it disappeared. I guess I underestimated the powder of Moschino. None the less it is all back in stock at Sephora.com but don't hesitate who knows how long it will be around. Happy Shopping!