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The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting AND comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried.

A friend sent me two shades as a gift. One of them is Escapist (45), a blackened bluish red. I love the color against my light-medium olive skin with strong yellow undertones. Note: All of the photos shown below were taken at the end of a workday comprising of one meal, 2 coffee drinks, and several trips to the water station.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 45 Escapist

The lipstick feels very tacky upon initial application. It is opaque and there’s no need to apply more than a layer. I scrape off as much as I can from the applicator before I put on the lipstick to make sure it dries down. The tackiness lessens and I don’t notice it throughout the day. That said, I don’t have the habit of smacking my lips.

There’s a learning curve to applying this lipstick but it didn’t take a while before I got the hang of it. The consistency is similar to viscous caramel syrup.

My only gripe is the finish. I don’t know about the other shades, but the two I got (Escapist and Voyager) have considerable shine typical of satin lipsticks. If you’re expecting a flat finish, you might be disappointed.

Putting anything under or over the lipstick significantly affects longevity. I used it as base for a standard wax-based bullet lipstick and it ended up flaking in an unflattering way. I don’t experience the latter when I use the lipstick on its own.

The lipstick is hard to remove if you don’t have a bi-phase makeup remover. You have to bring the latter if you need to reapply. With the shades I own, the lipstick doesn’t look great layered over once it cracks. It needs to be fully removed before you can touch up.

All shades released in the Philippines are cooler-toned. My no-buy is in a lot of danger once the warmer shades are launched. Already I have my eye on Fighter and Amazonian.

Semi-regularly, I go through my vanity to look for stuff to give away so they don’t go expired with me. Unfortunately, I found 4 products that went bad.

It could be hard to believe but I loved all of them. This is the reality of buying more than you need; You could end up with many things going bad if you’re not on top of shelf lives and expiration dates.

The Face Shop Miracle Finish Long-lasting CC Cushion | V205 Dark Beige

This is one of the face bases that got me a lot of compliments. It’s skin-like, semi-dewy, diffuses pores, and doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of my skin. I was so happy when The Face Shop released darker shades that are yellow enough for me.

When I noticed that I was down to my last few uses, I picked up other bases to ‘save’ this cushion until a refill of my shade becomes available, but I recently found out that the brand doesn’t carry refills of the darker shades. All they had were the lightest shades. Are there really that many more pale relative to brown people in the Philippines? My skin tone isn’t even that deep (MAC C30-depth).

I don’t feel inclined to repurchase another compact. Aside from the refill issue, I believe cushions go bad faster because the product is exposed and you have to double-dip every time.

Inglot YSM Cream Foundation

Before trying out Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation, this was my favorite matte foundation. It doesn’t look like it, but I got past half-way through the tube.

It gives a soft-focus matte finish (i.e., skin-like + pore-blurring). Inglot YSM is like a blur cream and foundation hybrid. It feels mousse-y and sets the bar for me in terms of lightweight-ness. Coverage is low-medium, buildable to a medium. I don’t understand how it doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy even when I layer too much.

My oils start to show by the 4th hour but it doesn’t look bad in person. I look dewy rather than greasy when my oils break through. Note that I have high tolerance for shine. I’m not really buying matte foundations for them to stay matte all day. I’m more into looking fresh and healthy.

I’m shade 49 when I’m NC30 and shade 50 when I’m nearer NC35. Php 1,195 for a 30ml tube.

Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot

This is one of my favorite spot treatment products. I first featured this two years ago and my thoughts on it remain the same. It can significantly reduce inflammation overnight and while it can dry out a pimple, it doesn’t irritate the skin to cause dark marks. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t get to finish it. The past two years, I didn’t experience a bad breakout.

Aromatica Tea Tree 53 Blemish Spot (Treatment)

I usually use this under a hydrocolloid pimple patch. It has tea tree extract and salicylic acid. It helps calm down inflamed pimples. I think I should no longer consider myself to be as acne-prone as I was in 2008 to 2011. I overestimated my need for acne spot treatment products. I still have 2 unopened pouches of CosRx pimple patch and a 30ml bottle of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid.

Skincare gods, please grant me the wisdom to know when it’s time to give my backups away so they don’t go bad with me again 😬

Finally, I own something by Fenty Beauty! Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta was my last purchase in 2017. I’ve been purchase-free since!

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick

I love Riri but I didn’t want to buy anything from Fenty Beauty just because Rih has her name on it. I waited for her to come out with a matte lipstick in a relatively wearable shade I like.

Left to Right: MAC Chili, Fenty Freckle Fiesta, Lipz Diva Villain

Color

Freckle Fiesta is a medium terracotta-toned orange. The color is more vibrant than I thought it would be it’s nowhere near as bright as MAC Lady Danger. It’s still somewhat muted.

Fenty Beauty Freckle Fiesta

Formula

The lipstick is full-coverage, lightweight, and has a thin consistency. It’s not flat matte like matte liquid lipsticks or MAC Retro Matte. It has a little bit of a sheen that’s easy to blot off if you prefer a dry flat finish. It applies evenly and doesn’t tug. It doesn’t have a scent 🙌🏼 hallelujah!!!

MAC Chili, Fenty Freckle Fiesta, Lipz Diva Villain

The bullet is thin, similar to NARS Pure Matte. Think: the diameter of a cigarette. The tube only has 1.7 grams of product (Note: NARS pure matte has 2 grams, MAC’s standard bullets has 3 grams).

Fenty Beauty Freckle Fiesta Lip Swatch

The lipstick doesn’t fade evenly after a meal. You’d most likely get a lip ring, but because of how pigmented it is, you can just smoosh your lips together to get even coverage again albeit sheerer. Don’t expect liquid lipstick level of longevity. With creamy matte formulas, the latter is often sacrificed for comfort.

I’m not the best person to ask if a lipstick is drying. My lips seldom get dry.

Packaging

The packaging is pretty and very photogenic, but it doesn’t have the heftiness of most lipsticks within its price range. The chrome coating is also thin and can get scratched off easily revealing the flesh-toned plastic base which can look cheap and tacky.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle

This product is so worth it if you find a unique shade that you really like, you’re a big fan of Rihanna, and/or you want to support brands that advocate diversity. Otherwise, you’re not missing much. If you prefer products that offer value for money and are eyeing the dupable colors like MaDamn, Shawty, Spanked, or Griselda, there are a lot of cheaper alternatives with the same/ better quality and pigmentation.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Mica, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Aqua/Water/Eau, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985).

One of my recent most used lipsticks is Lipz Diva Silky Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lucky. I love the formula! It dries down matte and sets completely. This is one of the more comfortable and lightweight matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried (note, however, that I generally like matte liquid lipsticks). The consistency is thin and it moves with the lips once it dries, if that makes sense.

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It doesn’t transfer on mugs / cups unless you’re drinking a fatty coffee or hot chocolate or anything topped with whipped cream. It remains presentable after non-greasy meal and it doesn’t get tacky when wet.

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This shade needs 2 layers to achieve full opacity, but I usually wear only 1 layer. Leaving the middle part sheer-ish makes my lips look fuller.

Left - Lipz Diva Lucky | Right - MAC Flat Out Fabulous
Left – Lipz Diva Lucky | Right – MAC Flat Out Fabulous

I love that it smells and feels pepperminty.

A tube has 5ml of product but reasonable for Php 159. I bought mine from my HS classmate Mayen (IG: @wan_stopshop).

Left - Lipz Diva Lucky | Right - MAC Flat Out Fabulous
Left – Lipz Diva Lucky | Right – MAC Flat Out Fabulous

The shade seems like MAC Heroine and MAC Flat Out Fabulous combined. I would say it’s a practical buy to get in on 2018 color of the year–Ultra Violet–without having to spend so much.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

Purge No. 7

I bought several The Ordinary products without giving much thought to how they would fit into a sustainable skin care routine.

Of everything I bought, I’ve mostly just been using Advanced Retinoid, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, and the AHA + BHA peel.

Everything else just started stressing me out because I don’t know where and how to fit them in. I wish I have something valuable to say about Matrixil 10% + HA. It has a watery gel texture and it claims to help with wrinkles. I didn’t use it enough times to notice a difference.

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Happy Skin and Pixi Face Brushes

Purge 8, 9, & 10
(Top to bottom: Happy Skin Powder Brush, Happy Skin Blush Brush, Pixi Foundation Brush)

For the kind of makeup look I go for every day (yung nag-makeup-ka-pa-di-naman-halata makeup look), I have so many makeup brushes. I’ll slowly let go of more.

These 3 are good brushes. I’m just not using them as much as the other ones I own. The Happy Skin Brushes do the job well. They’re soft and pretty to look at. The Pixi Foundation Brush is ok, too, but the head is too small for my preference. The brush doesn’t have a lot of yield because its bristles are short and VERY tightly packed. It could be a good substitute for fingers, but I already Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush for that.

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Morphe E52 Brush

Purge no. 11

Another good quality brush. I love how it’s tapered and huuuuge! I haven’t been using it as much because I use it to set my foundation, and I don’t often do the latter.