Let me preface my first video post with the following comments because after all, this is a blog:
Initially, I decided I was going to stay away from making videos (YouTube) because I know I am not going to be able to commit to posting videos every week. I know for sure that I will write at least one post a week, but videos? Nah. It takes a lot of time. Shooting, editing, music selection, voiceover, etc. God bless those YouTubers that can do it. I had to keep it real with myself. My alternative to YouTube is mini Instagram videos because those are short and fun, and I don’t need to do them that often. Then last week, my friend planted a seed in my head. She gave me some feedback about my blog, and she suggested that I appear on it more often. Makes sense.
Sharing pictures of myself in applicable posts would suffice, but that isn’t as fun because … Instagram. I decided another cool way for me to appear on my blog more is to turn my speedy IG videos into normal videos with a voiceover. Now, I’ll be hosting my own videos on my blog instead of YouTube or Vimeo. It’s the same concept, only I won’t feel guilty if I don’t post a video every week. Win, win!
In this video, you’ll see me wearing the two ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip products I wrote about here. You’ll also hear/see my first impressions/reactions to the Ultra Matte Lip products below.
Side note: I didn’t use any lip liners with these products. Also, I realize the quality of my voice isn’t consistent in the video … I’ll figure it out for next time. Bare with we. Lol. Without further ado, please welcome my very first YouTube-inspired video, “ColourPop Lip Swatches!” :D.
What did you all think? Thanks for reading and watching!
Yasssssss to highlighters! They’re so much fun to use and look at. Who doesn’t like admiring a pretty face with a “come-through highlight?” On the flip side, I’ve been seeing a lot of people abuse highlighters – but that’s none of my business…
At the moment, these four products are my favorite illuminators. I’m always on the lookout for highlighters that will flatter my complexion because not all of them are suitable for all skin tones. Nars and Maybelline are my day ones. The other two are recent purchases that I’ve added to my collection. All of these products would work for women with darker skin tones.
When I first swatched ColourPop’s Avalon on my forearm, I thought it was beautiful. It’s a copper, cream-powder hybrid highlighter with warm orange to red undertones. It feels very satiny on the fingertips and has a pearlized finish, so when it catches the light it shifts from gold to pink. It also blends well. When I finally got around to wearing it on my face, I had mixed emotions. I was not expecting it to be so legit lol! The color payoff, texture and longevity for $8 are too boss and I was stunned, intimidated, impressed and confused. You see, it has a pearlized finish which means it’s frosty/shiny which means a little goes a very long way. In my opinion, that’s key for natural-looking makeup. So, be careful with pearlized illuminators because they have the shiniest finish. Eventually, I figured out how to work with Avalon so that it doesn’t look intense and I’m not out in these streets looking cray. It works for me because when I tan in the summer, my skin undertone goes from warm/golden to red. Anyway, I use my fingers or a flat foundation brush to apply this highlighter. A brush helps produce a more sheer finish whereas your fingers provide the most coverage. So, if you’re new to highlighters and want to try the ColourPop, a flat foundation brush or duo fibre brush will suffice to start. ColourPop also promotes the use of these tools on its site.
As far as the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz, I use my fingers, foundation brush, powder brush or fan brush. Really, it just depends on my mood or what’s within reach or how much coverage I want. I like the Becca highlighter, but I wasn’t always fond of it. Becca’s highlighter in Topaz has to be one of the most hyped highlighters ever, and once I tried it – my only reaction was “oh, okay” and not “slayyyyy.” But, whatever. I’m not going to be fake. I use mine faithfully lol. I sometimes suffer from FOMO, so I had to buy it. I would describe this product as a golden, creamy-yet-light powder highlighter. It has the right amount of gold shimmer, but doesn’t look like glitter. It’s cute, long-wearing and feels like silk.
Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush is my favorite drugstore product. It’s actually an illuminating blush. So, you can skip the blush when using this because it’s a two-in-one masterpiece! It offers a soft, luminous glow in any type of light. However, it’s not as moist and silky like the ColourPop or Becca. The formula is actually a bit dry, which is not a deal breaker for me because the color payoff is exceptional for $9.99! Master Hi-Light is a sort of marble/mosaic of four shades of blush that gives you a warm flush of light when applied to your face with a brush. It doesn’t have as much shimmer as the others and that’s what I really like about it. There’s a great balance due to the two matte blush shades it includes. I recommend using a brush for this particular product. It actually comes with a mini brush underneath the pan. I’ve never used it, though. By the end of the day, the color wears off, but I can still see a bit of a glow in the applicable areas. I have a tip for how to make it last longer. Keep reading.
Nars Illuminator in Laguna is a bronze illuminator. This will be your go-to if you’re looking to achieve a true, natural glow. I repeat, if you want to go bare with just mascara and lip, this is a must-have item. It’s truly the quintessence of Bare With Me. If I could have a mascot for this site, it would be the Nars Illuminator. It has a brown, creamy base with gold shimmer that provides a soft-and-sheer finish. This will not leave any kind of annoying cast including white or pearly ones. I like to mix it with my foundation/tinted moisturizer in the winter. It give me a very warm glow. Tip: Sometimes, I use it as a base highlighter teamed with Maybelline. I find that it helps the Maybelline Master Hi-Light last longer since it has something to adhere to.
A honorable mention is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit.
It’s a palette that includes four “metallic powder highlighters.”
I only use Golden Bronze. Everything else looks like shimmering ash on me. Not cute. ABH describes it as a “sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish.” I would describe it the same way. The palette will last a very long time as they are highly pigmented. Golden Bronze is intense, but also long-wearing and feels like velvet on my fingertips. I recommend swiping this on once with a brush and a light hand, if you want a more natural glow. I tend to use this for nightlife while I’m on vacation since it’s so luminous. It’s also very good for photo shoots.
That’s me in the featured image wearing both Colour Pop and Becca (heyyyy!). You can watch a tutorial of how I use Colour Pop and Becca to achieve a natural-looking highlight here.
What are some of your favorite illuminators? Please share.
ColourPop. The social media makeup sensation that broke the internet with its low prices and richly pigmented products, released its latest line of liquid lipsticks with metallic finishes a few weeks ago. I decided to get hip and bought two ultra metallics and three ultra mattes (not pictured). I’ll be reviewing the items in the above picture since they’re currently VIP items in the social media makeup world and VSO (very sold out). Updated: See the ultra metallic and ultra matte lip products on me here.
So, let’s talk about it… I’ve been on a nude-lip diet these days. That’s why I only purchased two items. There are four metallics total. The other two colors didn’t appeal to me as much as Man Eater and Zebra. The others are cute, but I wasn’t hype to get them even if they’re just six dollars.
The color payoff is legit. There’s no need to apply more than one swipe on the bottom and one swipe on the top of your lips, unless you want a more opaque coverage.
The finish is legit. It goes on wet and creamy, but dries down to a metallic finish.
It does have a comfortable feel on the lips and isn’t overly drying.
The formula doesn’t dry down very fast, so if you do decide to apply more than one coat, it won’t look too cakey.
My lips had a sticky/creamy feeling when I would rub them together, which may have a lot to do with the reason why the brand claims “the formula is not completely transfer resistant.”
The brand also claims the formula is “extremely long wearing” but that claim doesn’t make any sense because you can’t have a product that is not completely transfer resistant be extremely long wearing. The color will wear off after some time, especially if you do things like eat and drink – which means it is not extremely long wearing. Now, if you decide not to eat and drink – your lip color will obviously last longer.
Zebra moved around a bit and started to fade off my upper lip (I smoked hookah that night, had one cocktail with a straw and a little chapstick underneath). When I wore Man Eater bare, the product also started to fade off my upper lip after having breakfast (piece of bread, oatmeal with a spoon and bottled of water). Both products started to fade within four hours of being worn.
Overall, it’s not a bad product for six dollars. Just know it won’t last very long, so take your pictures ASAP! I would buy more colors in this finish, if they appealed to me. My favorite color is Zebra because it’s not too loud even though it has a metallic finish. I love it alone, too. Man Eater would have to be worn ombre style with Zebra, with a dark pencil underneath or something else. I would never wear it alone; it’s not flattering on me.
If you have these colors or the other two colors, what are your thoughts about them? If you have any questions about these two products, please ask in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.