Molly Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches + Review

Hi everyone!

I am back with a review on a liquid lipstick range by Molly Cosmetics. They are an indie brand from Hong Kong that has just been released and I was lucky enough to receive 3 of their matte liquid lipsticks. Just so you know, I really love discovering new brands like them and trying out something new because you just might find your next HG product from their range. So back onto the lipsticks.. their liquid lipsticks come in 12 different shades that are all cruelty free, paraben free and gluten free.

Left to right: Eye Candy, Hot Debut, Diva

As shown above, the lipsticks come in a clear plastic tube with a matte black cap, black writing and a label at the bottom indicating the respective shade names. I think the packaging looks very sleek and the weight felt very substantial so I do not have any complaints regarding the packaging of the lipsticks.

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Now as for one of the cutest part about Molly Cosmetics is the bubble mailer it comes in! The lipsticks came in a foiled gold bubble mailer with MC printed on the top left corner. I just can’t get enough of how amazing the bubble mailer is! The shipping from Hong Kong to Australia was very fast, it took about 7 days (including weekends) to arrive so I was very impressed with the shipping considering it’s also a free worldwide shipping. I personally really appreciate companies who do free shipping but most of the times they are slow and extremely unreliable so when Molly Cosmetics products arrived so quickly I was very delighted.

Left to right: Hot Debut, Diva, Eye Candy

Inside the bubble mailer, you will receive a small mesh bag containing your liquid lipstick and possibly the cutest polaroid-inspired card with a lip swatch on it (trust me, I’m going to go frame them after). The lipsticks themselves are also sealed inside a plastic wrapping which I already took off for the purpose of blog pictures.

Now that the packaging aspect is done, I’m going to talk about the actual lipstick itself. The lipstick applicator is a fairly long wand with a thicker side on one end and a thinner side on the other. The wand reminds me of the Sleek Matte Me liquid lipstick and the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick (but not as stiff as Sleek Matte Me wands). I personally find wands like these a little hard to work with so I am not 100% liking the wand, I much prefer smaller doe foot applicators like the Kylie Cosmetics lip kit applicators or the Lime Crime Velvetines so it is a lot easier to get into the corners of the lips and also shape the cupid’s bow. However, applicators are personal preference and different people prefer different types of applicators. Scroll below for a closeup shot of the lipstick applicator.

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The liquid lipstick formula is in between a liquid and mousse formula which I really like. It doesn’t dry out too fast like the Kylie lip kits so you have some time to work perfecting your lipstick application and doesn’t make your lips look shrivelled or too dry. The lipstick is unscented which I know some people would rejoice on but I personally love scented lipsticks so I wished it had some kind of scent in it although the unscented lipstick didn’t smell bad at all unlike some of Jeffree Star’s liquid lipstick or the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick.

The formula glided on very smoothly and evenly except the shade Diva which can be just a tad patchy, but layering them will fix the problem in no time. Hot Debut did not seem to be pigmented at all when it is still wet but dries on extremely even, pigmented and dries to a gorgeous bright neon red (with a little bit of orange thrown in). Eye Candy was also a very nice formula as it was evenly pigmented which was a little surprising as good purple liquid lipsticks are very hard to produce. Overall, the formula felt lightweight on the lips and doesn’t leave a sticky finish which kind of reminded me a little bit of Kylie lip kits except a little less crumbly and felt comfortable on the lips. Now scroll below for the actual swatches of the lipsticks..

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As I’ve mentioned above, you can definitely tell that Hot Debut and Eye Candy is a really great formula, the pigmentation is even and isn’t patchy at all. The Diva swatch, however, looked worse than it actually is because my wrist are very textured so it emphasised the patchiness even more but trust me, it isn’t as bad when it is on the lips. All the formula of the liquid lipsticks are extremely long-wearing, I have eaten extremely greasy foods (greasy pizza! who doesn’t love some greasy pizza?) with them on and they stayed put and still looked perfect afterwards! There were only minor crumbling of the liquid lipsticks after my meals, they didn’t feel drying afterwards like some liquid lipstick does and layers beautifully so you don’t need to scrub your lips off before re-application. Do note that all three colours left a stain on the lips particularly Eye Candy but that is what usually happens with purple-based lip products.

INGREDIENTS  (shade Hot Debut):

CYCLOMETHICONE, POLYETHYLENE, ATTAPULGITE, BEESWAX, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, OZOKERITE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE. MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 15850, CI 42090, CI 15985, CI 45410.

So my overall verdict? Definitely makeupswatchesau approved! I would prefer it to have smaller applicators and some scent, but that’s just me being very picky on the lipsticks yet I would still repurchase the lipsticks and purchase more shades from them. The lipsticks would be a great addition to your liquid lipstick collection and it is a great brand to support (the owners are super sweet and I can tell that they put a lot of effort into the growing brand).

Each lipstick costs AUD$21.53 here with free worldwide shipping as well as an additional 10% off when you use the code MCA234431 valid for all the items in the store.

*Molly Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are not vegan since it contains Beeswax.

**The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.

***Discount codes provided are affiliate codes. You are not obliged to use the following code but feel free to use them. My opinions remain 100% honest.

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L.A. Colors I Heart Makeup Contour Palette Review + Swatches

Hello everyone! I am back again with a review and this time it is the L.A. Colors I Heart Makeup Contour Palette review. L.A. Colors, as you have guessed, is an American drugstore brand (I mean, they spelt colours without a ‘u’ and no, I did not intentionally typed it that way). They have released a contour palette consisting of 8 different shades including 3 different contour shades, 4 highlight shades and 1 shimmer shade. The brand isn’t available in Australia but you can order them online through eBay or Beautyjoint from which I ordered from. Through Beautyjoint, these retail for AUD$9.5 excluding shipping fees and they are available in 2 shades; Light to Medium and Medium to Deep. The palette that I own is the Light to Medium shade.

There isn’t a lot to say about the contour palette except that it is an amazing contour palette. The texture isn’t as powdery as Australis AC On Tour Contour palette and they are very soft and buttery in texture. You can see how smooth the texture is from the swatches below, they are also extremely blendable which is one of the most important factor that you should look for in a contour palette. So now scroll below for some swatches..

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If you can’t tell already, shade #7 is my favourite contouring shade for my skin tone. It isn’t too grey and isn’t too warm which creates an illusion of shadow naturally (if you don’t use a proper shade, you won’t be able to create the illusion with contouring so shade is one of the most important aspect in contouring). For AUD$9.5 I really think this contour palette is worth it and more.

Contour palette available here.

So I hope you enjoyed this post about my favourite contour and highlight palette as of now. See you guys in my next post!

Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette Review

Hi everyone!

I’m back with a promised review of the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette. It’s one of Rimmel’s new releases here in Australia and I have been getting a few questions regarding this palette so I am going to dedicate a whole post on it.

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This Rimmel Sculpting Palette is designed by Kate Moss and contains 1 highlighting shade, 1 contouring shade and 1 blush shade. The packaging is a flip top black and rose gold coloured packaging that is sleek so it is extremely travel friendly and obviously also gorgeous to look at since it is rose gold coloured. In Australia, these retail for RRP$16.95 and available in 1 shade 002 Coral Glow. I am honestly a little disappointed with Rimmel Australia having released only 1 shade instead of 3 as I saw some other UK and US bloggers showing 3 shade options. Shade rant aside, this sclupting kit is pretty amazing for the price! I am really impressed with the texture of the product and how convenient it is.

I used the highlighter shade with my Morphe M510 brush to apply and it gives off a very pretty finish. It is a light gold shade that is shimmery without any chunky glitter and it isn’t too powdery. The intensity is also very decent so you can definitely achieve a strobed look just with the highlighter in the palette. The highlighter shade in this palette is very similar to The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer.

For the blush, there is nothing much I can say about it other than that it is very pigmented, not powdery and matte. You can see some glitter on the pan but it does not transfer on your skin when applied. I do really like the blush but it isn’t the best and definitely not the star of the show in the whole palette.

A lot of people have asked me about the the contouring powder in the palette and how it performs. The contouring shade is honestly quite terrifying when you look at it in the pan. It definitely contain shimmer and looks just a little less shimmery than the highlight shade. I have to say that the contouring powder is workable for contouring; it isn’t orange and it is definitely blendable on the skin but I love it more for bronzing than contouring. I have included a comparison swatch between NARS Laguna and the contouring shade in the palette below.

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As you can see, the shimmer between NARS Laguna and the Rimmel Sculpting Kit is pretty identical. In terms of the shade, however, NARS Laguna is definitely warmer in comparison meaning that if you usually use NARS Laguna as a contour shade, this palette might work for you too!

I hope you enjoy this short review on the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette and find it helpful. I definitely think that this product is worth the money especially if it goes on sale!

*The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.

Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser + Brush Review

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well. I have posted a picture on the Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser and Tan Time Brush over on my Instagram as well as a quick demo of the brush cleanser on my Snapchat story. If you want to know more about the products, scroll down below!

Lottie London is a UK-based cosmetic brush and accessories company that is recently released in Australia. I honestly have not heard of the brand before I saw an Instagram post on the brush cleanser being available at Target. I was about to pick up one of the brush cleansers at Target but it was unfortunately unavailable at my local Target. A few days later, Lottie London emailed me to ask whether I was interested to try out their products so I obviously had to request the brush cleanser. They also sent me their Tan Time brush which I initially wasn’t quite interested in because I am quite picky with brushes and I haven’t heard much about the brand but when I received the brush, OH MY GOD! It quickly became my staple powder/bronzer brush in my everyday makeup routine.

Above is the Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser. It is a solid brush cleanser with added Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to condition your makeup brushes. They retail for AUD$16 and available at your local Target or here. I absolutely adore the Soap Star Brush Cleanser. They are compact, easy to use and cleans your brushes very well. It removed all makeup residues on my brushes and left them squeaky clean. I also didn’t notice any harsh fragrance which is great if you have sensitive skin. I do think that this Soap Star Brush Cleanser is best for travelling as it’s so easy to carry and isn’t as bulky as if you were carrying liquid brush cleansers like the ones from Daiso. A con to the Soap Star Brush Cleanser is that I feel that the price is a little pricey, even though it is actually worth it if you think about how convenient it is. In saying that though, I would 100% repurchase this product when I run out. It is recommended that the soap cleanser is used only with synthetic brushes but I have used it with natural hair brushes and they seemed fine.

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The next product is the Lottie London Tan Time Brush. As I mentioned above, I initially wasn’t interested in purchasing any of the Lottie London brushes during my visit to my local Target but when I received the brush in the mail sent by Lottie London I was immediately in love. It’s such a great brush and I think that it’s a lot better than my Real Techniques powder brush that I own. The bristles are amazingly soft (yes, I think it’s softer than my Real Techniques brushes) and they are dense enough to pick up enough product and not too dense that it will pick up too much.

I have washed the brush and I haven’t noticed any shedding or colour running which is a good sign. The handles also felt sturdy and the colour is just absolutely adorable! I don’t have any negative things to say about the brush from Lottie London and I am definitely going to pick up some more from their range when I visit Target. The brush retails for AUD$18 and it is available at Target and here.

I definitely recommend waiting for Target cosmetic sales so you could pick them up for less than the RRP. Let me know if you have tried the brushes, if not, are you going to pick up some?

*The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.