Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in the Pinks: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Artist Acylip in 201, 200 and 202.

Is there a popular makeup brand out there that hasn't released a liquid lipstick line in the last year? They're definitely the current hot thing—and generally, I don't get it. I like the look of matte lips as much as the next person, but I don't like the hyper-dryness of most liquid lipsticks. I also find them more work to apply than I would like, so I tend to prefer regular old lipstick in the bullet.

Make Up For Ever's new Artist Acrylip formula is a great product for makeup mavens like me who don't appreciate the dryness of typical liquid lipsticks. The formula is definitely liquid, but it doesn't set to a dry, ultra-matte finish. It also don't last quite as long as a typical liquid lipstick, but that's a fair trade-off for me. It does leave behind a nice stain.

The downside of Acrylip for me is the applicator. It's a round sponge-tip that doesn't provide the precision I want given the consistency of the product—it's easy to over-apply. I recommend a brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Acylip in 200, a light, milky candy-pink.

The formula itself is probably one of the most pigmented I've ever tried. It really does remind me of acrylic paint, as per the product name. A little goes a LONG way!

I have three shades of Artist Acrylip to show you: 201, Fuchsia Pink, 200, Candy Pink, and 202, Coral Pink.

Artist Acrylip 201, a loud, bright fuchsia, is my happy place. You can apply a thin layer with a lip brush for a stained look, or you can layer it for more of a pop, like I did above.

My face in this photo pretty well sums up how I feel about Artist Acrylip 200, Candy Pink. It's very pretty, but the milky shade looks comical on my skin tone! I found it applied a little streaky compared to the other colours—I needed to build it up to full opacity. I think that's fairly normal for such light colours, though.

Acrylip 202, which I'd describe as a deep, deep coral, surprised me. I normally don't go for orange, but this grew on me. Even my husband, who doesn't often comment specifically on my makeup, thought this colour was lovely. I might just wear it to the movies tonight!

If you're interested in a liquid lipstick that doesn't make your lips dry and crumbly, and that isn't fully matte, definitely give Artist Acrylip a try. As usual, Make Up For Ever doesn't disappoint. You can find these at Sephora for $29.

Are you part of the liquid lipstick fan club? What do you like about them? Are you interested in giving these a try? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical: Review and Photos

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical.

Who doesn't love a foolproof pink lip? What about a foolproof pink lip on a BUDGET? Be still my beating heart…if you haven't already, you must head to your nearest drugstore and pick up Revlon's Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical, a medium-sheer, cool purplish pink with silver micro glitter. It's cheap, it's easy to apply, and the colour is lovely—bright enough to be fun, and subtle enough for the office. It now lives permanently in my purse. 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical applied. Is it fabulous or is it fabulous?

It's not long wearing, but it doesn't claim to be. And sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with crayon-like packaging. On one hand, it's wonderfully simple: there is, of course, no twisting (unless you're running low and you need a little more). It's also darned cute. On the other hand, I'm not inclined to let in hang loose in my big ol' purse, because I'm afraid the cap will pop off. It's true that this has only ever happened with my NARS lip crayon—not with either of my Revlon crayons. But I'm not interested in testing the Revlon caps. Pink lippie all over my purse would be way uncool. So it lives happily in my purse makeup kit. (Yes, I have a purse makeup kit. No judging.)  

The verdict: It's one of my favourite lip products to reach for when I'm reapplying mid-day at work. If you're not afraid of the packaging, you should try it!

Rating: Four stars out of five. 

Available: Anywhere "drugstore" makeup is sold,  including Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, and London Drugs, for about $10 Canadian.

Have you tried any of Revlon's Colorburst Lacquer Balms? Are their lip products not wonderful?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick: Review and Photos

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick.

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick.

Ilamasqua is one of my favourite new brands—everything is so bold, bright and pigmented. I picked up this shade, Atomic, awhile ago on an impulsive hunt for a fun pink lip colour. Let me tell you, this fits the bill! 

Illamasqua Atomic is a bright, cool-toned blue-fuscia pink. The formula is matte, but there's an ever-so-subtle bit of shimmer in it. (Temptalia says it's almost a frost, but I don't agree—perhaps the formula has changed?) For a matte formula, I don't find it especially drying, which is a nice change. It doesn't drag when it applies. If you're concerned about dryness, however, I would recommend applying it over a balm or a primer. 

I had a difficult time capturing this colour in a photo. It's PINK, and it's BAM. I'd wear it with a very subtle eye and cheek for balance. Have a look:

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick. Sorry the light looks a bit cool in this shot—it was the only way I could get the colour to look true!

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick. Sorry the light looks a bit cool in this shot—it was the only way I could get the colour to look true!

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick. This is one pass—the stuff is PIGMENTED.

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick. This is one pass—the stuff is PIGMENTED.

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick. BAM!

The verdict? Such a fun, longwearing colour. I'll definitely be back to the Illamasqua counter.

Rating: Five stars out of five.

Available: Illamasqua's website, AND (as of this year) at Hudson's Bay—both online and in Vancouver's Pacific Centre location! Pay them a visit if you're local. They're enthusiastic and always willing to take the time to apply some colour for you. I even went to see them after a disastrous makeover at a location I won't name. They were happy to help.

Have you tried Atomic? Are you planning to visit their new counter in Vancouver?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. This post contains affiliate links.

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