Beauty Blvd Mattitude Lip Liquid Review and Swatches

Beauty Blvd Mattitude Lip Liquid Review and Swatches

Beauty Blvd, the brand behind insta worth Glitter Lips launched their brand new Mattitude Lip  Liquids last month and I was instantly drawn to them! The new Mattitude Lip Liquids come in 12 bold shades, with a cream to matte formula and vivid pigments.

Beauty Blvd also describes their new lip liquids as long lasting, non-drying and non-sticky that glides on for a smooth finish. I received 3 shades for review: Remedy (Nude), Damn Fine (Red) and Secret Passage (Hot Pink).

Before I get into my review, here are swatches of the shades I received

Beauty Blvd Mattitude Lip Liquid Review and Swatches

Review

I love the packaging! It’s not the usual lipstick box you get, the boxes have the shape of lips with the corresponding colour on it. I did think that the colours on the boxes are slightly darker than the actual colour of the lipstick.

The lipsticks come in the standard tube with a doe foot wand which makes it easier to line the lips and apply. I find the two bolder colours: Damn Fine and Secret Passage are more pigmented than Remedy which is nude. The colours look great on my skin tone. Remedy is quite a light nude so I have to pair with a brown lip liner, the other two shades I can get away with fine.

The lip lipsticks go on smooth, feel comfortable and dry fairly quickly. What I really like about the new Mattitude lip Liquids is that they are not extremely drying and they are not sticky. Longevity wise, they hold well during the day and after drinking but I find after eating I have to reapply. The only thing I don’t like about them is the scent but this doesn’t linger.

Verdict

The new Mattitude Lip Liquids are really nice and come in a range of bold colours. I have had these for a while now and even took them on set with me for a photo shoot. If you want matte liquid lipsticks that are not extremely drying these are for you.  I love the shade names too and the packaging (I held onto mine for the longest).

The New Mattitudes are £9.50 available at BeautyBlvd.com

Tips for wearing the new Mattitude lip liquids and other matte liquid lipsticks

Always make sure your lips are moisturised before application. I always put on Vaseline before I start my makeup and wipe it off when it’s time to apply lipstick

Exfoliate! Matte liquid lipsticks are unforgiving to the dead skin on the lips: they emphasise them! Not so much with the Beauty Blvd ones I realised but for the smoothest application and finish always make sure you have exfoliated your lips. Use a lip scrub, Vaseline with an old toothbrush or I simply just rub my fingers in circular motions all over.

 

New clothes coming  to Ankara House

Foundation of the Month August- MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

 

Hey guys and a happy new month of September and welcome back to my foundation of the month series! For August I wore the ever so popular Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I’m sure you have heard all about this foundation as its one of MAC’s popular items and OG of foundations when it comes to dark skin. I actually only bought this foundation last year when I was going to Rome but didn’t take my foundation. I wanted to buy a new foundation I had tested and approved lol (Mac Mineralise Moisture Foundation, review here) at duty-free. However, they didn’t have the dark shades in that foundation available (another thing I have noticed, brands will have the dark shades available but go to duty-free at the airport and it’s nowhere to be found!). The only dark shades of a foundation they had were the Studio Fix Fluid so I decided to get it then ( I remember I ended up not even wearing it lol)

The Mac Studio Fix Fluid is a medium to full coverage, oil-free foundation with a natural matte finish. It is now available in 53 shades! I have the shade NW50

Experience

I used the Studio Fix Fluid during the heatwave we had in the UK and it was the perfect foundation for it! I still paired with an illuminating primer and liquid highlighter and layered both matte and hydrating setting sprays afterwards (it doesn’t make sense I know). The foundation holds well in the heat and doesn’t melt at the first ‘sight’ of sweat. My tzone did get oily after many hours of wear but it was something I could get away with without blotting.

I’m really not the one for matte full coverage foundations which is why I stayed away from this for the longest time. But I have learnt over time, you have to build to full coverage plus the tools you use ( sponge/brush) also has an impact. With most full coverage foundations, you won’t necessarily get full coverage from 1 pump of straight away! Since then I have been more open to trying out these types of foundations although it won’t always be my first pick. I also now pair all my matte foundations with an illuminating primer and a liquid highlighter to give me a ‘matte glow’

I really can understand the hype of this OG foundation, MAC was one of the brands back in the day to provide dark shades for this and I clearly remember everyone using this foundation when I started uni and first got into makeup! Even though my first ‘highend’ foundation was MAC I went for the Match Master foundation instead of the Studio Fix Fluid because I didn’t want that matte dry face every one had.

Verdict

It is one of the oldie but goodie foundations and I can see why. I am finally part of #studiofixfam. If you’re like me and you’re not really here for matte foundations you can always mix in an oil or liquid highlighter and use a sponge for less coverage. I love the Estee Lauder Perfecting Illuminating Primer and the Makeup Forever Radiant Caramel Primer ( also doubles as a colour corrector) it’s what  I have been using with all my matte foundations. All this though can seem like extra work when there are perfectly perfect illuminating/dewy foundations on the market.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is £26 at MAC

DO you have this foundation? Let me know your thoughts!

xoxo

 

Foundation of the Month July- Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation

 

Hey guys, welcome back to my foundation of the month series! In this series, I am testing out foundations by wearing them for the whole month and letting you know my thoughts on it. The point of this series is to help dark-skinned women find foundations and hopefully introduce you to some good products! So far I have 6 months’ worth of foundation reviews from the very popular Fenty Foundation to the very cheap but extremely good The Ordinary High Coverage foundation!

This month I wore my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation. I have had this foundation for a very long time but it’s one of those products that sit in my collection and I hardly ever use it. Mainly because it’s a darker shade( I got matched to this in the summer now that I remember) so I can only use it in summer or when I go on holiday. I decided to use it this summer because I’m slightly darker than my usual shade thanks to the amazing weather we have had in the UK.

MUFE Ultra HD Foundation offers a natural invisible finish with medium buildable coverage. I have the shade 180= R530. I bought the foundation at the time they were switching from their HD formula to their Ultra HD Formula hence the two shade names. The foundation feels extremely lightweight on the skin, like a second skin and blends seamlessly. It works well for my normal to combo skin type and holds well throughout the day. The shade I have of this foundation is too dark and red for me which is why I hardly use this foundation. I use it in the summer when I am tanned and when my undertone is neutral and slightly red or when I am away on a really sunny holiday. I love the formula of this foundation so I tried getting the stick formula hoping to get a better match to my usual skin tone/undertone, unfortunately, I got matched again to the wrong shade, this time a really neutral shade that looks grey!  At the time I didn’t know much about foundations and undertones, I trusted the MUFE lady and the foundation did match my jawline which is darker than the centre of my face. Sighs, my liquid formula is at least workable but the stick formula is rubbish, it’s not even good for me as a contour.

The MUFE Ultra HD foundation oxidises. My shade has a red undertone but at the end of the day looks redder than when I first applied it (I learnt this the hard way when I tried to apply this foundation in the winter with a bandeau style top. My face looked extremely red and dark compared to my chest, I had to wipe my face and start all over!). To counteract this, I apply a lighter than usual concealer with this foundation so my face doesn’t end up 2-3 shades darker than my body.

Verdict

I have mixed feelings for this foundation. It’s a beautiful foundation which feels like nothing on the skin and offers medium coverage that doesn’t look cakey however it oxidises and I can only wear it during the summer time. I would like to have my correct shade but I also don’t want to have a 3rd bottle of this foundation in my collection. I want to give away my stick foundation as I have actually never used it but I really don’t know anyone with a neutral/grey undertone and I don’t want to throw it away either. Sighs.

Will I recommend it? Hmm, if you can get your exact shade (they have 40 shades) but you run the risk of oxidation. I think there are other options out there which offer the same amount of coverage and finish without the oxidation.

MUFE Ultra HD Foundation is £31 at Debenhams (wow I bought mine 3 years ago for £29)

Foundation Of the Month June- Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Soft Matte Foundation

 

 

If you are looking for a new foundation, I got you covered. I decided to start a foundation series over on my Insta page because I realised I have a few foundations and its only best to share which ones work well and have enough shades for dark skin tones! So the challenge I set myself is this, every month (I made a rota guys smh), I stick to using 1 foundation and report back to you guys. I am loving the challenge so far because I am enjoying rediscovering some foundations I had in my collection! Doing this has also shown me how far I have come in selecting better foundation shades & undertones for my skin tone. I am also learning how to work with the shades that aren’t quite a good match but not bad enough to sell or throw away

Anyway, let’s get into it!

For June, I decided to go with the Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Soft Matte Foundation. I have had this foundation sitting in my collection since I got it last October, patiently waiting for the summer to wear it.

I’m sure by now, you have seen and read all the reviews of this foundation, all the specs and swatches so I will just go right into my thoughts on it. I have the shade 430.

This is a beautiful lightweight matte foundation with medium to full coverage. It’s a very liquid (fluid) foundation. I love how lightweight it feels on the skin and how easy it is to blend. The Pro Filtr Foundation dries quickly and almost sets itself.

I have oily combo skin so I decided to wait till summer to wear this. It wears very well and remains matte too. I also took this foundation on holiday to Santorini ( post coming) and again in the Greek sun it wore very well. It’s not transfer resistant but Fenty doesn’t claim that anyway. It’s long wearing and doesn’t oxidise.

I chose 430 because it was the best shade match and undertone at the time (October) however after wearing it now it comes off as slightly lighter, probably because its summer and I have tanned a bit. In Greece, it definitely wasn’t a match as I was probably 3 shades darker lol. but it still works and surprisingly doesn’t look ashy

Verdict

The best thing for me about this foundation is the extremely lightweight feel and skin like finish. It claims a soft matte finish but for someone like me who prefers a satin/luminous finish, I think this is very matte so I pair with dewy primers often( Am I the only one who layers a matte primer on top of a dewy/illuminating primer. It makes no sense but I want a matte glow LOL). It works well with all of the primers I have paired it with. Obviously, if you love matte finishes and prefer that this would be a perfect finish for you. It’s not extremely matte but for me, because I am used to the opposite I find this quite mattifying.

I was also expecting this foundation to be pricer but its £26 for 32ml which is less money for more product compared to the current luxury foundations on the market. Subsequent Fenty releases have been pricer though which I found surprising…… anyway

You can find this foundation in the UK on Harvey Nichols

For swatches and shade comparisons, see my previous post here

Foundation Of the Month May- The Ordinary High Coverage Foundation

 

 

If you are looking for a new foundation, I got you covered. I decided to start a foundation series over on my Insta page because I realised I have a few foundations and its only best to share which ones work well and have enough shades for dark skin tones! So the challenge I set myself is this, every month (I made a rota guys smh), I stick to using 1 foundation and report back to you guys. I am loving the challenge so far because I am enjoying rediscovering some foundations I had in my collection! Doing this has also shown me how far I have come in selecting better foundation shades & undertones for my skin tone. I am also learning how to work with the shades that aren’t quite a good match but not bad enough to sell or throw away

Anyway, let’s get into it!

It’s no secret I love The Ordinary! Their skincare range is amazing at cheap prices: a combo I always love! The skincare giant released Colours by The Ordinary (I think late last year) and it quickly went viral too and soon it was sold out with stellar reviews were coming in. I only purchased the foundation this year, mainly because I didn’t really need a new foundation but also I couldn’t be bothered to join a waitlist for it.

The High Coverage foundation is one of the foundation offerings from the brand. This one provides full coverage with a higher conc of pigment plus a semi-matte finish. Skin looks smoother, stays on longer and resists settling into fine lines.

As always with the challenge, I have been wearing the foundation all month and for May I really tested the claims of this out! It’s not the biggest shade range, you get 21 shades with different undertones. I have yellow/golden undertones however the shade that offered this would be too light so I opted for the 3.2 shade which has red undertones. I was worried about this, but after watching tons of videos it looked like it wasn’t that red.

The High Coverage foundation is lightweight and does leave the skin looking smoother! It does have a semi-matte/ satin finish. The red undertone is really subtle infact I didn’t notice a huge difference compared to my yellow/golden foundations! Thank God it doesn’t oxidise too! In terms of performance, its top of the range and I am actually very impressed by it! The staying power on this £5.90 foundation is amazing! It does extremely well in heat and wears very well as time goes on! It’s also one of the foundations I have noticed that takes a while to separate around my smile lines! This pairs well with a few primers I have tested it out with: Makeup Revolution Primer and L’Oréal Mattifying Primer (if you love a matte finish, pair this foundation with a matte primer and you will love the results! I paired it with the L’Oréal primer and it gave an extremely matte finish which I didn’t like (I don’t like matte finishes but if that’s your thing go for it)

I have also mixed the High coverage foundation with a few liquid illuminators (see which ones on my instapage ) and a few times with an illuminator and beauty oil for the ultimate dewy/glowy finish- it pairs and works so beautifully with these products without falling short. Of course, it means the coverage is ‘sheer’ compared to its normal coverage. Or more like a medium coverage. It doesn’t look cakey on however I have realised if I use a full pump or 2 it can look cakey. I think it’s because it’s a high conc of pigment, this is very reminiscent of the NARS all Day Weightless Luminous. Is it transfer proof? No, but so is all my other foundations.

Verdict- this £5.90 foundation is on par with some of my £30 plus foundations. The Ordinary High Coverage foundation reminds me of the NARS all Day Weightless Luminous foundation in terms of coverage but without the luminosity. It also reminds me of the NARS Natural Radiant foundation in terms of how smooth and ‘fresh’ it leaves my skin but again without the radiance. Works well in the heat and doesn’t slide off, photographs beautifully and medium to full coverage yet natural-looking all under £6! C’mon!

If you are looking for a drugstore foundation please look into this! If you are yellow/golden undertoned and want to try this shade don’t worry it doesn’t look red at all! I honestly think this is worth all the hype!

The Ordinary High Coverage foundation is £5.90 on Deciem

 

Foundation Of the Month April- NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation

If you are looking for a new foundation, I got you covered. I decided to start a foundation series over on my Insta page because I realised I have a few foundations and its only best to share which ones work well and have enough shades for dark skin tones! So the challenge I set myself is this, every month (I made a rota guys smh), I stick to using 1 foundation and report back to you guys. I am loving the challenge so far because I am enjoying re discovering some foundations I had in my collection! Doing this has also shown me how far I have come in selecting better foundation shades & undertones for my skin tone. I am also learning how to work with the shades that aren’t quite a good match but not bad enough to sell or throw away

Anyway, let’s get into it!

For my birthday month, I went with my absolute favourite foundation, the NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation. I have the shade Benares.

 

Absolutely beautiful full coverage foundation with a luminous finish. This has a high conc of pigment so I found using a 1 and half pump plus a liquid illuminator (my recommendations will be on insta soon) was enough for a full face. NARS makes sure you also use less product as one full pump comes out with the tiniest amount compared to other foundations.

The NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation is extremely lightweight and blends seamlessly into the skin. This foundation can easily look cakey if you use more than 2 pumps (I found this out the hard way). I also feel like it blends better with a buffing brush or a stippling brush.

I’m a huge fan of dewy/luminous finishes and this one is so beautiful not glittery at all
My absolute favourite foundation and I highly recommend. I have normal to combo oily skin types and this works well with my skin. I double prime in my tzone area
Available in 33 shades

Foundation Of the Month March- NARS Natural Radiant Foundation

If you are looking for a new foundation, I got you covered. I decided to start a foundation series over on my Insta page because I realised I have a few foundations and its only best to share which ones work well and have enough shades for dark skin tones! So the challenge I set myself is this, every month (I made a rota guys smh), I stick to using 1 foundation and report back to you guys. I am loving the challenge so far because I am enjoying rediscovering some foundations I had in my collection! Doing this has also shown me how far I have come in selecting better foundation shades & undertones for my skin tone. I am also learning how to work with the shades that aren’t quite a good match but not bad enough to sell or throw away

Anyway, let’s get into it!

For March I was using the Natural Radiant Foundation in New Caledonia. I know this post is super late, sorry!

 

This is the latest foundation from NARS and it’s already a hit! New Caledonia is described as dark with golden olive undertones

This is a full coverage extremely lightweight foundation that blends seamlessly into the skin. I love how smooth it leaves my skin. It has a truly natural radiant finish.  I find this foundation long lasting and still looks amazing even hours after application! It pairs well with a lot of concealers but I think it looks amazing with the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer or the Kat Von D lock it concealer. NARS claims this foundation is sweat and transfer resistant but hmm this slides off like my other foundations when I sweat albeit not as easily or quickly but it is definitely not transfer resistant even after setting with a powder. I think it’s the same as any other foundation

The Natural Radiant Foundation comes in 33 shades and so many undertones for #darkskin. NARS did an amazing job with this collection! I was matched to 3 diff shades! But chose New Caledonia in the end. NARS can sell me any foundation and Imma buy it!

This picture was taken after 7 hours of wear after eating, dancing and sweating!

Make sure you check this out!

Jan Foundation of the month

Feb Foundation of the month

Foundation Of the Month- NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

If you are looking for a new foundation, I got you covered. I decided to start a foundation series over on my Insta page because I realised I have a few foundations and its only best to share which ones work well and have enough shades for dark skin tones! So the challenge I set myself is this, every month (I made a rota guys smh), I stick to using 1 foundation and report back to you guys. I am loving the challenge so far because I am enjoying rediscovering some foundations I had in my collection! Doing this has also shown me how far I have come in selecting better foundation shades & undertones for my skin tone. I am also learning how to work with the shades that aren’t quite a good match but not bad enough to sell or throw away

Anyway, let’s get into it!

For February, I decided to go with the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I’m in the shade Benares

This was my 1st foundation from NARS and it hasn’t let me down! So much so that I went back for another and I trust NARS completely when it comes to complexion stuff!

Sheer Glow is easily my favourite foundation! Nothing sheer about the coverage, in fact it’s a medium coverage that can easily be built up if needed. Glowing healthy finish, my skin looks smooth and non-cakey. This foundation feels like nothing on the skin! Photographs so well, in fact, it’s the foundation I reach for I know I am going to an event. Below is a picture of me as a bridesmaid at my brother’s wedding last year. It was summer and that day was particularly hot PLUS bridesmaid duties but the Sheer Glow didn’t budge

For a glowing finish foundation, it works really well in the summer! It leaves the skin radiant without looking too oily and works well for my normal to oily combo skin type.

One thing I have noticed about this foundation and shade, it can look orange when first applied( I was scared the very 1st time I used it!) but after it blends in and settles, I believe it adapts to the skin ( I could be wrong!)

The only con is that it doesn’t come with a pump so I bought that separately. You also can’t put the cap back on once the pump is in. sighs

Sheer Glow is available in 33 shades

Swatches & shade comparisons

 

Guess who is looking at the new NARS foundation?!

 

Need a setting spray to go with that foundation?

Setting Sprays post

Foundation Of the Month- MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation SPF 15

If you are looking for a new foundation, I got you covered. I decided to start a foundation series over on my Insta page because I realised I have a few foundations and its only best to share which ones work well and have enough shades for dark skin tones! So the challenge I set myself is this, every month (I made a rota guys smh), I stick to using 1 foundation and report back to you guys. I am loving the challenge so far because I am enjoying rediscovering some foundations I had in my collection! Doing this has also shown me how far I have come in selecting better foundation shades & undertones for my skin tone. I am also learning how to work with the shades that aren’t quite a good match but not bad enough to sell or throw away

Anyway, let’s get into it!

For the month of January, I used the Mac Mineralize Moisture Foundation SPF15. I’m in the shade NW47

 

I purchased this foundation when I randomly went to MAC for something else. I got a sample of this and tested it for a few days then I went back for it because I was impressed with it so much!

This foundation is definitely one of my favourites. It leaves a beautiful luminous finish and has medium buildable coverage. It literally feels like nothing on the skin. It has caused me no irritation and I find it doesn’t clog pores or emphasise texture on the skin. Because it has a very dewy finish, I think this is more suitable for dry to normal skin types.  Have normal to combo skin however in the winter, my skin lends more towards the normal scale so I can get away with this. I also tend to use this more in the colder months since it’s so dry out, this foundation leaves the skin healthy and glowy. It’s a long-wearing foundation and in my experience is only starts to separate, usually in my smile lines around 5-6 hours of wear but that’s with all foundations with me anyway. I won’t count that as a con.

It doesn’t oxidise. Swatches & comparison shades

 

I will admit this isn’t a huge shade range, there are only 18 shades in total and I am NW47. Although their Next to Nothing Foundation is quite similar to this. Below is a picture of me wearing it, I didn’t think to take a proper selfie in Jan because I thought I would be doing this on insta alone, but have no fear, I will do better LOL.

 

That’s it, folks! I am playing catch up, I know! I debated on whether I should bring this series to my blog because it’s already on my Instagram. But since Instagram wants to mess up their timeline, I thought I would do it here as well. Instagram will show the snippets whilst my blog will have the full review and thoughts on it! I have already posted February’s foundation on Instagram and I will be bringing the full review soon on the blog! Stay tuned.

More Foundation posts

Mary Kay Luminous Finish Foundation

Fenty Pro Filtr

 

Looking for a primer to go with your foundations? Check here

xoxo

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer Review

 

Makeup Revolution has earned its spot as one of the fastest growing drugstore makeup brands. They are mostly known for making more affordable dupes of high-end products. They have a TON of products and it seems like new products come out every month! Last month they released their Conceal & Define Concealers which quickly sold out everything and was hailed as the dupe for Tarte’s popular Tape Shape Concealer. Thier timing was perfect with 18 shades it triumphed over the failure of a launch of the Tarte Tape Shape foundations! Anyway, I picked up some of the concealers and at only £4 I could easily afford 2. So I picked up C13 as a highlight shade and C18 as a contour shade.

What is it?

Lightweight yet full coverage to cover dark circles, blemishes etc. matte finish with no creasing.

Experience & 1st Impressions

The concealers are thick and creamy and with full coverage and a matte finish. These concealers dry quickly so I really had to work quickly to blend them out. The conceal and define concealers blend easily into a matte finish with no patchiness. Because they dry quickly and matte, I could get away with no setting powder (although I have normal to oily skin, my skin is more normal in the colder months) but I went ahead and set them anyway with my Ben Nye Translucent powder in Topaz (best setting powders for WOC talks about some options for us, check it out here)

C13 has a yellow tone and although it’s slightly brighter than my usual highlighting shade (I don’t usually do bright highlight), it’s still a workable shade for me. C14 looked too neutral for my liking and C12 was definately too light for me. I picked up C18 for contouring but honestly I think it’s too dark( how many times can we say that coming from the drugstore!)  However because it has a warm undertone it’s still nice for me to contour with and warms up my face. I only use a small amount because it’s full coverage and dark. C17 or even C16 would have also been suitable but I went for C18 just to be on the safe side. They didn’t cease on me girl! They don’t oxidise either and they last all day!

The concealers are packaged beautifully and come with a large doe foot applicator and come with 3.4ml of product. I like the large applicator: it makes for easy application and it comes with the right amount of product so Idon’tt have to keep dipping and taking more product out.  Not a lingering scent but it slightly reminds me of paint lol. The shade range is amazing! 18 shades and I hear they plan to increase it to 25 soon (early march) . Some work could be done on undertones for sure e.g. there could be an in between shade between C13 & C14 and more yellow toned concealers so hopefully the expansions addresses come of these.

Verdict- if you are looking for a new concealer please do check this out! It’s cheap effective and comes in a bunch of colours. The hype is definitely worth it! These do not look and feel like a £4 concealer!

Check it out on Tam Beauty and Superdrug

 

Other Makeup Revolution products I have reviewed

Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Primer

Makeup Revolution Amazing Setting Spray