Sugarpill Cosmetics Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lipstick Review, Swatches, Video & Photos + Swatches On A Woman of Color

Sugarpill Cosmetics recently launched a new liquid lipstick - Pumpkin spice! It's described as a sparkling metallic rustic copper pearl liquid lip color with warm golden reflects. It's a very soft and creamy, mousse-like formula that also has a pumpkin spice-scent to it.  [embed][/embed]

Availability: Only on for $18. There is a $6 flat rate shipping cost but if you spend over $100 you do get free shipping. They do ship worldwide (with the exception of a few countries). It is made in the USA and you are going to get Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz of product with a shelf life of 12 months.

Thoughts: The formula of these are amazing. By far, this brand is in my top 5 for favorite liquid lipstick formula because of how soft and non-drying it is. As for the color - it's very pretty on its own but I"m going to have to play with it to see how I'll wear it out (with a full face; pics later). Comparing it to it's sister lip color Trinket; hands down Trinket wins for me if I had to pick one - the color just suits me better.

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What it looks like when first applied & wet: What it looks like when it has dried down for 10 minutes:




Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared Matte and Jam On It – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

img_5478-ccc Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick is a range of cream lipsticks with a blend of intense pigments and luxurious emollients that saturate the lips with brilliant color that looks amazing and feels feather-light. It's been so long since I've actually purchased a regular lipstick (a non-liquid lipstick) that it honestly felt weird shopping around for these when looking for something else to review from Smashbox.

When researching the formula, I was intrigued by this line because of its formulation. It has a moisturizing satin-smooth formula that is designed to soften and protect your lips with shea butter and vitamins C and and it is formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, silicone & talc. They cost for $21.00 for 0.10 oz. of product and are available in two finishes - Satin and Matte. Here are two mattes to take a look at - Infrared Matte and Jam On It.

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So even though these are from the matte line, it didn't dry down to a complete matte. They definitely hold true to the moisturizing and creamy light weight feel on the lips. As comfortable as they are, they don't fully set so the color does wipe off and you're going to have to reapply throughout the day. As for the pigmentation, I did have to build these up on my lips to get a full color payoff. I don't mind so much but since these do wipe off easily (when eating or drinking), keep that in mind if you decide to purchase. I recommend pairing them with a lipliner to make them stick a bit more.


NARS Cosmetics NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette in Unfiltered I – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

For Cyber Monday, NARS and Sephora decided to snatch more money from our wallets and release these NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes that were available for that day only and for early access for VIB rouge members. I purchased the Unfiltered I palette ($59) because it looked like it would compliment my skin tone based on the initial photos that I saw. So let's jump into my photos and a bit more of the information that I received from the press release. img_4961-copy

From the press release - Sculpt, shape, and glow with a covetable wardrobe of high-impact matte and seductive shimmer blushes, customized to you with NARS Unfiltered Cheek Palettes. These are blush palettes that are a curated selection of six must-have shades in each limited-edition mirrored palette. You can warm up your face with hot bronzes and reds in Unfiltered I; or choose to cool down your look with soft pinks and golds in Unfiltered II.

NARS’ unparalleled powder blush formula is richly pigmented and micronized to deliver sheer, buildable color. This season’s lineup takes style to the next level with five limited-edition blushes and one iconic shade in each palette. Wear individually or blend together to customize your look.

UNFILTERED I nars11-01com-narsissist-unfiltered-i-cheek-palette-image-jpeg SHADES (Left to Right): WATCH ME: Opalescent gold (sheen)* ME FIRST: Apricot (sheen)* TAKEOVER: Copper rose (sheen)* OUT THERE: Deep russet (matte)* CHIC: Rich raspberry (matte)* EXHIBIT A: Red (matte)

UNFILTERED II nars11-02com-narsissist-unfiltered-ii-cheek-palette-image-jpeg SHADES (Left to Right): CONQUEST: Pastel peach (matte)* UNDEFEATED: Pale pink (shimmer)* POWER PLAY: Vivid pink (matte)* HOT SAND: Peach champagne (sheen) FAME: Pink amber (sheen)* CANDID: Mauve raspberry (shimmer)*

*New limited-edition shade

As mentioned above, I purchased the Unfiltered I palette because it looked like it would compliment my skin tone based on the initial photos that I saw and I wanted to give you the scoop before its released again. (I uploaded the photos as a gallery to save scrolling space. Please click the gallery to view the photos larger). My friend from @Manniefique was also kind enough to swatch this palette on her skin tone as well as she is a bit darker than I am. 


Shades (Left to Right)WATCH ME: Opalescent gold (sheen), ME FIRST: Apricot (sheen), TAKEOVER: Copper rose (sheen), OUT THERE: Deep russet (matte), CHIC: Rich raspberry (matte), EXHIBIT A: Red (matte)

Overall: Both @Manniefique and I agree that this palette is a stunner. The shades are buttery soft and blend like a dream. The only one shade that has me questioning "but why NARS" is Watch Me - the opalescent gold (sheen). I'm definitely not wearing that shade on my cheeks (not on this skin tone) but maybe as a highlight for an eyeshadow? I'll let you know how it turns out...

AVAILABILITY: December 6, 2016 at December 15, 2016 at and Sephora stores February 1, 2017 at department and specialty stores


No filter. No limits. #NARSissist.

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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection (Indiscretion, Addiction, Devotion and Seduction) – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

img_4820-copy For the holidays, Laura Mercier released a highlighter palette ($58 for 0.44 oz) that included four miniature sized versions of their permanent highlighters. The shades include Indiscretion, Addiction, Devotion and Seduction (from top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right). Normally, each highlighter costs $44 each for .35oz of product so this is a great way to test out new shades and to mix and match without paying for a full sized one.

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This palette is a great deal and perfect for those who want to try out the Laura Mercier formula. It's more for someone who likes a bit of a sparkle to their highlight without it being too dramatic. It's actually what I wished the Stila holiday highlighting palette would've been like.

Have you tried these highlighters yet? Let me know if there's anything specific you want to see from this brand!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector Review, Photos, Swatches On A Woman of Color - Shades Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark and Deep

img_3743 Over the summer, Urban Decay released a new tinted moisturizer called Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector. This is an oil-free, hybrid complexion cream that is designed to provide lightweight coverage with SPF protection, instantly and completely blur imperfections, and even out skintone for a result that looks natural.

It is available in 6 shades light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark and deep that you can see swatched on two different skin tones below:

dsc02700-copyShades from left to right: Deep, Dark, Medium Dark, Medium, Medium Light and Light Swatched on NW20 skin (above @lipstickjunkieforever) and NC50 skin (below)

The UD Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector comes in a 40 ml tube for $34. The formula contains peptides, vitamins, and a range of moisturizing ingredients as well a SPF 20 and a plant-derived ingredient that promises to improve the tone and texture of skin. I kept the shade Dark & Deep as they were the only two that worked on my skintone. 

Here are additional swatches in different lighting for you:

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Overall, I love this foundation - in summer because I really don't like putting on heavy foundations or full coverage for that matter - but also in the fall/winter for those days that I don't want to wear makeup but I still need to wear something to look presentable. I only wish that UD would expand the shade range.

This has been put into my no makeup makeup drawer next to the MUFE Water Blend foundation and NARS Velvet Matte Skin tint.


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Coverfx Enhance Click Cream Illuminators in Shades Celestial, Gold Dust, Berry, Candlelight, Blossom and Gilded - Photos, Video and Swatches On Women of Color

CoverFX sent over their new Enhance Click Cream Illuminators last week for us to dive into so I invited some of my friends over to show these off on different skin tones. img_1642-named

This is a cream illuminator that comes in a convenient tube that you can use to brighten, strobe, and highlight your complexion with a luminous glow. These are $18 each and you get .17oz of product in each. It is vegan and free of fragrance and talc.

These little things are perfect for travel or throwing in your purse for some daily touch ups through the day. As for the formula, it is incredibly smooth and looks natural when applied and blended out but why should we chat about this here when you can just click play below and watch everything as I opened it. 


So which color do you like? As always, let me know what you think (I'm already planning on filming a comparison of these to their other illuminators)!



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Anastasia Beverly Hills Black Cherry Lip Gloss – Swatches, Photos, Video & Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Black Cherry Lip Gloss is a creamy deep plum gloss that is designed to give your lips an intense pout. For $16, you get 4.5 grams of product which is almost 16oz. It's a very creamy formula that doesn't apply tacky or sticky but still leaves your lips with a super shine - a glass like finish. ou can wear it alone or pair it with a lipstick for an extra pop.

Here is a live look at me applying it.


Cupid's bow highlight - OPV Highlighter in Glam-O-Rous $27.00


Versace Eros Pour Femme, Verssace Pour Homme & Michael Kors Glam Jasmine Fragrance Prize Pack (Twitter) Giveaway

Surprise! I told my twitter fam yesterday so they were already prepared for this! I have one full set fragrance set for one of you! The set includes:

Versace Eros Pour Femme

Versace Pour Homme

Michael Kors Glam Jasmine 

To enter, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter, RT my pinned tweet and you’re entered to win! Make sure you tag your friends so they can enter too. 18+ or older to participate. Open internationally.

See you there and remember – we have tons of giveaways across all of the social media platforms so check around!


Kami Cosmetics Liquid Matte Smooch Swatches & Photos - Wanted & Blue

If you remember - or if you're a new reader here Kami Cosmetics is a luxury beauty brand that has been designed for the sophisticated and chic woman in every skin tone. The best thing about this brand is it is owned by woman of color with the kindest heart. You can find out more about the brand in my first review here. I was recently sent some more of their products to test out and I couldn't be happier to share some photos of the liquid matte smooch line.

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This liquid lipstick formula is one of the best that I have tried. It's very pigmented for how light-weight it is on the lips. You really only need one swatch to get a true color payoff (see below) but if you want to apply two coats to build it up, touch up wear after a long day or even do an ombre lip then these are the liquid lipsticks you want to try.

Here, I wanted you guys to see what Wanted and Blue looked like on my lips. Let me know which other colors you want lip swatches of.


Available: Online at Kami Cosmetics for $18 each.


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Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss - First Review & Swatches On Different Skin tones

Excuse me as I interrupt our regularly scheduled program - but I just had to when I opened this Gold Crème Lip Gloss from Bite Beauty. img_1363-ccc img_1350-ccc

Literally. Liquid. Gold. I will update you all once I have do official lip swatches but my friend @manniefique and I swatched this so you can see how it pops on different skin tones.

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I was mesmerized from the moment I took this out of the box. There is no other lip topper or dazzleglass in my collection or that I know of that comes near the amount of shimmer and sparkle in this. I wore it around the house (for about 45 minutes as I'm typing this) and it's not sticky or gritty at all nor does it have a scent.

Again. I will update you all with a better swatch and some looks as soon as I can but I wanted this to get up while it was still in stock (and I was able to get a back up of it)

Update: You can view a video of me using this on my lips here



Available: This is limited edition and currently in stock at Sephora for $22.


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Sugarpill Cosmetics Trinket Liquid Lipstick Review, Swatches, Video & Photos On A Woman of Color

Sugarpill Cosmetics re-released their first liquid lipstick in the shade Trinket. img_0912-cccimg_0928-copy img_4401

It is described as a creamy matte mauve that is infused with luminous golden sparkles. It is listed as vegan and I believe it is cruelty-free (see the ingredients below). The color is now permanent and for the second launch, I had to get my hands on it to review!

Availability: Only on for $18. There is a $6 flat rate shipping cost but if you spend over $100 you do get free shipping. They do ship worldwide (with the exception of a few countries). It is made in the USA and you are going to get Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz of product with a shelf life of 12 months.

Thoughts: I love it! This is an independent brand that was started by Amy aka Shrinkle. The lipstick itself is very comfortable; does not apply streaky; has a citrus scent to it; and a beautiful gold reflux to it that you can activate once it dries down by tapping your finger over it. Please review the photos and video below to see exactly what I mean.

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What it looks like when it has dried down for 10 minutes and tapped on to further activate the gold glitter:img_4402-ccc

And onto the video:


Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Kaolin, Petrolatum, Isobutylmethacrylate/Bis-Hydroxypropyl, Dimethicone Acrylate Copolymer, Synthetic Beeswax, Dimethicone, Polyester/Dimethicone/IPDI Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trihydroxystearin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate. May Contain (+/-): Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Tin Oxide

Everything else that I'm wearing:

Halloween Earrings Foundation: Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation in Sienna


Paco Rabanne Olympea and Invictus Fragrance Review & Twitter Giveaway

In light of the upcoming holidays, it might be time to help you start shopping around for gifts! So let's start with this giveaway for Paco Rabanne Olympea and Invictus Fragrance Review Twitter Giveaway.

Paco Rabanne Olympea is an eau de parfum that is based on the idea of a modern Greek goddess that evokes strength, dynamism and conquests. The bottle is shaped like a laurel crown and adorned with a jeweled cap. It is the female counterpart to the masculine Paco Rabanne Eau de Toilette Invictus, which was inspired by the athletic spirit, competition and victory.

To enter, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter, RT my pinned tweet and you’re entered to win! Make sure you tag a friend so they can enter too (I do have 2 sets and all). 18+ or older to participate. This is only open to U.S. residents (sorry babes).

See you there and remember – we have tons of giveaways across all of the social media platforms so check around! xoxo1

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Stila Stay All Day, Sparkle All Night Liquid Lipstick Set Review, Swatches, Video & Photos – Baci, Rubino, Fresco, Patina and Bacca

By now you know Stila Cosmetics released their holiday lip kits. I picked up the Stay All Day, Sparkle All Night Set when it first released on because I was obsessed with trying the Glitterati lip topper. The set includes 1 glitter lip topper and 5 liquid lip colors in the shades:

  1. Baci (nude pink)
  2. Rubino (beet red)
  3. Fresco (mid-tone dusty rose)
  4. Patina (dusty rose)
  5. Bacca (raspberry)

It is limited edition and currently available at Sephora, Ulta and for $39. I love their liquid lipsticks - the smell, the comfort - amazing. I only wish this set had a bit more variety to it with the colors (like last year's set). All in all, it's a great set for the Gliterrati top coat; a holiday gift set and/or a way to test out Stila's formula before committing to the full size.

L to R: Fresco, Bacca, Patina, Rubino, Baci

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Here is a quick swatch video of them all. Make sure you watch until I turn off my studio lights and you can get a better view of the glitter shift of the colors.

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As per usual, here are lip swatches of each of them. Please keep in mind that these are incredible more beautiful with the glitter top coat on (if that's your thing) and it's hard to fully capture the glitter on the lips in a photo.

Stila Rubino

Stila Bacca

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When it comes to the lip topper, make sure that you tap it onto your lips instead of swiping it across so you can build up the glitter. Here's a look of me applying Glitterati to Bacca.

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And just in case you missed it, here is a shot of me wearing an ombré lip with Bacca on the outer part of my lips with Patina in the inner portion.

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Colourpop Fall Edit 2016 Dusty Rose Review, Swatches & Photos – Femme, Viper, Times Square, Muse Eyeshadow

Recently Colourpop Cosmetics launched its fall edit - the dusty rose edition which included 4 liquid lipsticks and 3 eyeshadows.

  • Femme ($6) – Oops we did it again with this muted dirty lilac in a satin finish
  • Viper ($6) – You’ll really want to sink your teeth into this true dusty rose in an ultra matte finish
  • Times Square ($6) – You'll always be bright in this muted pink beige that never sleeps in an ultra matte finish
  • Barracuda ($6) – You're really gonna heart this warm deepened rose in a satin finish
  • Muse Eyeshadow ($5) – This vibrant coppery rose in a Pearlized finish will inspire you
  • Brady Eyeshadow ($5) – Here's a story of a soft dusty rose in a Matte finish
  • Paisley Eyeshadow ($5) – Sheer golden ivory laced with tons of multi- coloured sparkle in a Glitter Sheer finish


I picked up Femme and Muse during the launch because I already had Times Square and Viper from my labor order. I will include swatches of everything that I have from the dusty rose edition below.

Here is a look at Muse Eyeshadow.


Click the video to see live finger and brush swatches.

I will update this post with addition swatches in a bit and some more looks in a bit!


Enter to Win: Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Contour and Bronzing Powder Instagram Giveaway

I can't believe that it's already fall. Yes, it is my favorite season - the cooler weather; the darker makeup; the thoughts of being able to layer my clothes and throw on some booties - the possibilities are endless. So I figured now was a good time to give away one of my favorite bronzing compacts the Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Contour and Bronzing Powder in color 05 Moyen - Brunettes. img_0044-ccc img_0047-cccimg_0055-ccc

The Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Contour and Bronzing Powder has four matte shades that you can use for bronzing and contouring. Normally, I would use a compact that was fully one shade but I have a hard time as a woman of color finding a good bronzer that doesn't run red on my skin tone and the Guerlain bronzers are a god send. With that said, we all know their bronzers can be a bit pricey to purchase especially when I change shade throughout the winter/summer. So I found the 4 seasons Terracotta bronzer which is a great deal for me because it was only $76 on Sephora, I was able to use a coupon and it gives me 4 shades to choose from throughout the year. 

Knowing how hard it was for me to find a high end bronzer, I wanted to hook two of you up with your very own in color 05 Moyen - Brunettes (I ordered three when I purchased - yes, I stick by my statement of my favorites become your favorites). Now onto the Instagram giveaway!


It’s time to giveaway this high end Guerlain prize to two lucky Instagram followers! The prize includes:

1. You must follow @candycoatedclosets on Instagram.

2. In the comments on this Instagram photo, tag three friends so they can learn about all of the fun we have on here.

3. You can enter up to 5 times with a new set of tagged friends in each comment.

That’s it!

Contest runs from Thursday, September 22, 2016 and ends Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 11:59pm est. Two winners will be randomly chosen from those who commented (not those tagged within the comments) and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending.

No giveaway/spam profiles & profile must be set to public by the end of the contest so we can ensure that you are following @candycoatedclosets. Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

Make sure that you click on the links above if you want to learn more about this amazing product from the giveaway!


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Colourpop Fall Edit 2016 Liquid Lipsticks Review, Swatches & Photos – Times Square, Viper, Love Bug, Wolfie

First, I'm shooting all of these photos (and possible video if I upload with the new camera so let me know what you guys think). When Colourpop Cosmetics launched their Fall Edit 1 collection, they included a promo to receive 4 free shade if you ordered over a certain amount: Times Square, Viper, Love Bug and Notion (swatched in this previous post). Of course, I received them all (yes, I shop too much) so here's a look at Times Square, Viper, Love Bug and Wolfie that I received in my last order.

  • Times Square ($6) – Ultra Matte Lip
  • Viper ($6) – Ultra Matte Lip
  • Love Bug ($6) – Everyday is Valentine's Day when you wear this rich Terracota in an ultra matte Lip
  • Wolfie ($6) – Leave ‘em howling in this rich rosy pink ultra glossy lip with a flash of gold on top in a Metallic finish


Here is a lip swatch of Viper for you. Let me know what other colors you guys want to see swatched on the lips. img_0032-named

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Here is a lip swatch of Love Bug. While it is a beautiful color, please remember that this is an Ultra Matte liquid lip and it is very drying! img_0041-namedimg_3602-copy

Also, check out my Instagram for quick video tutorials on how I created the look with Love Bug!


Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette - Quick Review, Swatches & Photos

Star Light, Star Bright First star I see tonight - How I wish Stila Cosmetics got this highlighting palette right. The Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette is a new, limited edition trio of highlighters that was released for the holidays. It includes three radiance-enhancing highlighters with an ultra-smooth formula that was designed to melt into your skin. It is $39 USD and contains 3 x 0.5 oz/ 14.78 mL of product. The shades are transcendence (opalescent pink), Kitten (shimmering nude pink) and Bronze (sunkissed radiance).

The brand says that the formula was created with “ultra-fine, light diffusing particles” that will melt into your skin and give you a natural-looking glow...and that's where I think the problem is.

At first touch, these are some of the softest highlighters I have ever felt. So smooth, creamy and buttery that I wanted to just stand there and rub my finger in it all day. When it comes to swatching or wearing it, it gets a big F from me. The colors are pretty but there was hardly any pigmentation to it for it to show up properly on my skin tone. Below there are swatches taken in store.

When trying to apply this with a brush...well just don't. Please don't. If you want to take the chance, I recommend applying it with your fingers first and then blending it out with a beauty blender. Let me know if this works for you or what you thought about it.

This is available exclusively at and in-stores for $39 USD.


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