2020 Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine

Product: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine Date Acquired: January or February 2020 Grade: A- My mother has strong opinions about my lipstick choices, and she's not shy about sharing those opinions. She has expressed distaste for some of my favorite lip products, such as Pat McGrath Madame Greige ("washes you out, … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine

2020 Lipstick Chronology #1: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (New Formula)

Product: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita Date Purchased: January 4, 2020 Grade: B+ I started this blog in early 2014 with a series called Lipstick Chronology, in which I set out to review all of my lipsticks in chronological order of purchase, musing on the circumstances in which I bought them and the feelings … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #1: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (New Formula)

ColourPop Blur Lux Lipstick in Slow Dance

Here, as promised (look at me, keeping a blog-related promise!), is my review of the second item from my recent ColourPop order: the Blur Lux Lipstick in Slow Dance. Early in 2019, ColourPop introduced sixteen shades of Blur Lux Lipstick, a "matte lipstick formulated with soft blurring pigments." This semi-sheer formula was designed to replace … Continue reading ColourPop Blur Lux Lipstick in Slow Dance

ColourPop That’s Taupe Palette

Earlier this month, I placed my first ColourPop order in over a year. Like many longtime ColourPop customers, I'd grown tired of the brand's constant new releases and discontinuations of older products. Last spring, I discovered my holy grail neutral eyeshadow: ColourPop's Super Shock Shadow in Truth, a satin-finish beige. I wore it almost every … Continue reading ColourPop That’s Taupe Palette

Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Strawberry Drip

Fenty Beauty, like Rituel de Fille, is a brand that I started following years ago but didn't get around to trying until 2020. I always liked Fenty's bold, exuberant aesthetic, but the releases never seemed to line up with my makeup habits. Fenty's flagship products were an impressively inclusive range of foundation (I don't wear … Continue reading Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Strawberry Drip

Rituel de Fille Color Nectar Pigment Balm in Bloodflower

Rituel de Fille is a brand that I've been following, but not actually patronizing, since its launch in 2014. I have a vivid memory of sitting on a bench during a break from my dissertation seminar in Washington, D.C., and scrolling through the newly launched Rituel de Fille website. The brand's aesthetic seemed designed for … Continue reading Rituel de Fille Color Nectar Pigment Balm in Bloodflower