A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

This week I'm diverging from the 2020 Lipstick Chronology in order to review my first new lipstick of 2021: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square! I spent much of my January no-buy scouring the web for a replacement for Topshop Matte Lipstick in Rio Rio, which I bought and reviewed back in June … Continue reading A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

ColourPop Spring Haul, Part 1: Jelly Much Eyeshadow in Photosynth Sis and Lux Lipstick in 7 Springs

ColourPop released its Spring 2019 collection over two months ago, which is about two years in ColourPop time, and I've lost count of the number of new collections and product ranges and eyeshadow palettes that the brand has debuted since then. However, the spring collection is still available (and is on sale as I type … Continue reading ColourPop Spring Haul, Part 1: Jelly Much Eyeshadow in Photosynth Sis and Lux Lipstick in 7 Springs

Three Generations of Glossier Generation G

Note: I purchased these products with store credit earned through my Glossier affiliate link. I am not a Glossier rep (and never will be), and these opinions are entirely my own. Glossier's Generation G lipstick is aptly named, though that aptness is accidental: the sheer matte lipstick is now in its third generation, having been … Continue reading Three Generations of Glossier Generation G

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 25 Coral Sunset

Surprise! I'm allowing myself to write one quick post during this hiatus. Today I'll be skipping over my backlog of unreviewed products to take a look at my most recent purchase, a new product that hasn't yet received much attention online. Sephora massively expanded its Cream Lip Stain range last month, adding twenty-seven new shades, … Continue reading Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 25 Coral Sunset

Marc Jacobs Rei of Light and Bonus Super-Fun Class Anxiety

Earlier this year, I attended a department dinner in honor of a visiting speaker. One professor decided that the best topic on which to engage the graduate students near him was opera. He held forth about the various operas he'd seen recently in New York, and it turned out that quite a few of my … Continue reading Marc Jacobs Rei of Light and Bonus Super-Fun Class Anxiety

Liner Notes: NYX Slim Lip Pencils in Dolly Pink and Pumpkin

Just a quick review of the final two items from last month's Ulta order: NYX Slim Lip Pencils in Dolly Pink, a pastel lavender-pink, and Pumpkin, a burnt orange with gold shimmer. I keep protesting on this blog that I don't care much for lip liner, but I also keep buying more lip liners. I … Continue reading Liner Notes: NYX Slim Lip Pencils in Dolly Pink and Pumpkin

Lipstick Chronology #32: Wet n Wild Stoplight Red and Purty Persimmon

Names: Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipsticks in Stoplight Red and Purty Persimmon Dates of Purchase: September and October 2013 Grades: A-, A- Notes: Wet n Wild's MegaLast lipsticks make me ask myself hard questions about my aesthetic threshold for makeup packaging. I'd like to believe that I'm the sort of person who cares more about … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #32: Wet n Wild Stoplight Red and Purty Persimmon

Lipstick Chronology #23: Milani Flamingo Pose and Sweet Nectar

Names: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Flamingo Pose and Sweet Nectar Date Purchased: Spring 2013 Grade: B Notes: I wish I liked Milani more than I do. It's one of the only cruelty-free American drugstore brands left, and I mean entirely cruelty-free: it hasn't expanded into China or sold out to a larger company that … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #23: Milani Flamingo Pose and Sweet Nectar

A Creamsicle for the Summer Solstice: Revlon Matte Balm in Mischievous

I really shouldn't be writing this. I have three other posts in the works: my long-postponed review of Illamasqua Zygomatic blush, my even longer-postponed musings on British vs. American beauty practices, and a contribution to the wave of introspection that has been sweeping the beauty blogosphere in recent weeks. I was all set to write … Continue reading A Creamsicle for the Summer Solstice: Revlon Matte Balm in Mischievous

Lipstick Chronology #2: Revlon Orange Flip and Persian Melon

Name: Revlon Moon Drops Lipsticks in Orange Flip and Persian Melon Date of Purchase: April 2011 Grade: B- Notes: I'm painstakingly, ploddingly moving my Tumblr posts onto Blogger, which means that several of these posts will feature my old hair (which got pixied on January 30) and less-than-ideal lighting. Not that a month of beauty … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #2: Revlon Orange Flip and Persian Melon