Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Big Lots Haul and Swatches

Hello again readers!

Well, I certainly have taken my sweet time in coming back. School started up again, and well, education comes first. I didn't have much time to take swatches, let alone make a blog post about them...

Anyway, years ago I thought Big Lots wasn't that great, it's just a shop that I just wasn't interested in until this past year after seeing some of the amazing deals that people have been getting with cosmetics. Now I'm kind of hooked, and I go there about once a month or so to see what kind of goodies I can get. Here we go!

Wet n Wild -  Greed

I started really getting into makeup when these palettes were still in stores (I really remember getting 3/4 of them and missing out on this one!).

Wet n Wild is not MAC or Inglot by any means, but they do have some great shadows, and their 6-pans were great! You'd get three matte, and three shimmer colours in each palette. 

Swatched Dry
In this palette, you get three mattes: a cream, an orange-brown shade, and a black. The black isn't that pigmented, but for adding a little bit of definition to the outer corner or to the crease it should work fine.
You also get three shimmers: A light silver with a small amount of gold shimmer (it looks so warm because I swatched it over the L'Oreal Caresse Shine Stain... oops!), a nice rose-gold, and a shimmery black. Once again, the black isn't the most pigmented, and really I'm never wild about shimmery blacks... however, the lighter colours are gorgeous.

You can still find these (many of these) paired with the Lust palette at Big Lots for only 3.50! 

L'Oreal Color Riche Balm - Laze in the Maze and Sundays by the Scene

Another one of those products that I didn't want at their full priced, but once I found them on sale I had to have them...

I adore the packaging on the Color Riche Balms! They are so cute, with the coloured caps and the gold plastic holding the balm. It just looks really adorable, and it's something you can easily find in your purse too. I'm also really pleased that the caps don't come off easily, as I was expecting them too, but they really do hold up to their own.

Sundays by the Scene is a clear balm with a pearl shimmer to it. I wasn't expecting a colour, since I've seen swatches beforehand, but I'm still a little bummed that it's not really a blue-colour... It'd be so unique!

Laze in the Maze is a bright, bubblegum pink. I have to be honest, I was prepared to hate it, but after wearing it, I fell in love! It's a perfect summer pink.

I had to lighten up the lip swatches, because for some reason they came out so dark, even when I took them facing the sun, what's up with that?

You can see all my peach fuzz, my bad
Sundays by the Scene adds a shine to your lips, kind of like a frosted effect.

Laze in the Maze

Something I really noticed was that the balms really liked to settle into the lines of your lips, which could be an issue if you have a lot or you get dry lips (like me) a lot. In most cases, it might not be noticeable, but if you're really looking closely you can definitely see it.

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lipgloss - Coral Heat

I bought this one on a whim, and I gotta say, I am loving my nude trend!

Coral Heat is a beautiful coral pink creme lipgloss, that has just the right amount of pigment. The wear is a little slicker than the NYX Butter Glosses, but how opaque it was is similar.

It adds just the right touch of colour, and it's very flattering.

Revlon - Pink in the Afternoon and Night Sky

I haven't had a Revlon Lipstick in a while, so this is my first one I went out and bought for myself! The last one I had, was a gift.

And I was pretty excited for the eyeshadow too.

Pink in the Afternoon is a dusty, rose pink creme. I was really pleased with how pigmented it was, and with just one swipe gave a great pop of colour. It's pink enough to add more, but not too distracting either.

Night Sky is a blackened eyeshadow base with iridescent glitter. I was a little let down, seeing as it's so gorgeous in the pan, but swatching it was a nightmare. Unless you do this wet, prepare to apply layer after layer... after layer to where you want it. It's a hassle, and I wasn't wild about it... I guess I can use it for an eyeliner with some mixing medium, but I might end up just forgetting about it, no matter how pretty it is.

Maybelline Great Lash - I See Blue

I really want to get my hands on Maybelline Great Lash in Royal Blue, but seeing this for so cheap? Sold!

I See Blue is a bright blue that grabs your attention very quickly. I was really impressed with how opaque this mascara was, and was expecting to have to do at least three coats to get proper colour, but I only needed two for full effect! It goes on so great, and even if it's  not waterproof, is definitely a thumbs up.

L.A.Colors - Glossin Go Dazzling Lipgloss and Navy Blue Liquid Eyeliner

The L.A. Colors Navy Eyeliner I instnatly fell in love with at first swatch. It's a gorgeous deep navy, that gets full colour in a single swipe (you may have to go over it) and I was so excited to try it on that as soon as I got home i applied it.... And instantly had my heart broken.

The eyeliner was really runny, which isn't the biggest deal, my ELF eyeliners are runny too, but once this got in my eyes, they BURNED. Even applying it anywhere near my lid my eyes would start to water, and the eyeliner would get all over the place. I love the colour, but the pain isn't worth it.

Dazzing however, is a different story. It's a standard gloss, and I was expecting it to have minimal coverage, but I was surprised. It's a bright pink with a pearlescent shift, and it applied in one coat! It doesn't have a very good smell or taste, but it looks really great, and it's as slick as I come to expect from a gloss. Wear time is average.

Thanks for reading!

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