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REVIEW & SWATCHES: Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in 602 Heartbreaker & 614 Pop Rock

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I have been waiting for the Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks (4.3g or 0.15oz for $28) for a while now.  I regularly stalked my local Sephora until they arrived last week. The Sephora website shows nine different colors, although my local store only had six Kiss Pop shades available.

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The packaging is what initially drew me to these lip color sticks. They look like chubby crayons with a very sleek metallic silver finish and a colored tip mimicking the shade inside (which makes it easy to identify them). Once you take off the silver cap a shiny black tube is exposed as well as the actual lip product. These are twist-ups so you will not need a jumbo pencil sharpener. The Kiss Pops do not have a discernable scent –which is a plus in my book.

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I swatched the six shades available at my local Sephora (sorry for the in-store lighting). They were all very pigmented matte shades. Left to Right: 614 Pop Rock, 610 Crush, 608 Headliner, 606 Pop-Arazzi, 604 Wham & 602 Heartbreaker.

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 I came home with two Kiss Pops—602 Heartbreaker and 614 Pop Rock.

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Heartbreaker is a warm poppy medium pink. A brink pink.  It is very pigmented and applies smoothly on my lips. As with any matte lip product I try to prep my lips before application (namely, exfoliate with Sara Happ lip scrub and moisturize with Fresh Sugar Lip Balm). Heartbreaker did slightly emphasize some dry patches on my lips but did not dry them out.

The color lasted on my lips for 4 hours before starting to fade. Heartbreaker left a lovely stain on my lips. I did not experience any feathering or color bleeding. Some matte lipsticks feather if I do not use a lip liner, but the Kiss Pops stayed perfectly put without any lip liner. 

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 Pop Rock is a fun and bright red orange shade. I love this color on my warm complexion. Pop Rock very slightly dried my lips a bit but nothing near uncomfortable or very noticeable. I made sure to exfoliate and moisturize my lips to prep for this intense shade.

The wear on Pop Rock was incredibly impressive. It stayed put on my lips for 8 hours with minimal fading on the center of my lips even after eating lunch and drinking water consistently throughout the whole day. I am very pleased with the wear and the color so I am more than happy to deal with the slightly drying texture. Once Pop Rock finally started to fade it left a lovely stain on my lips.

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I am very pleased with my two purchases from the new Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks. I recommend prepping your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing before application of ANY matte lip products. I read some reviews stating that the Kiss Pops are very drying, but that was not my experience. I suspect it has to do a lot with the lip prep (or lack there of).

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I highly recommend you check these out. They are definitely going to give my favorite matte lipsticks (NARS Pure Matte lipsticks) a run for their money and may even dethrone them! I love the packaging and the performance was excellent. I suspect both of these shades will become part of my go-to products. These are currently available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs.

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Collection

The Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Collection Set ($85) is one of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives. It comes with a 12-eyeshadow palette, a twist-up gel eyeliner and a mascara tube. There is also a small card with instructions for different eye looks.

I was very excited about this set mostly because the palette seems perfect for traveling. The case it comes in is sturdy plastic and it comes with a good mix of mostly cool-toned eye shadows in various finishes. The palette is about the length of my hand and bit wider.

 

The Nude on Nude palette has eye shadows with three different finishes. Bobbi Brown describes them as “eye shadow”— matte, silky and smooth; “Sparkle eye shadow” –a combination of shimmering pearls and fine sparkle; and “Metallic eye shadow”—rich, high-pigment color with intense shimmer.

 

I have been using this palette for four days now and I can say it is a good buy if you are looking for a set of neutral eye shadows. But I am definitely not blown away by the quality of some of the shadows in the palette.

 

I have done three sets of swatches; each picture represents one row of the palette.

 

* Ivory (eye shadow) is a matte pinky off white. This shade swatched fine but it was hard to get to show on the eye.

* Chiffon (sparkle eye shadow) is a shimmery champagne shade with some pink pearlescence to it. It does not have a strong color base but does add pretty sparkle.

* Golden Pink (metallic eye shadow) is a copper metallic sparkly shade. It has a hard texture but is pigmented and workable.

* Graphite (sparkle eye shadow) is a cool taupe color with white flashes. This is one of my least favorite shades. The texture is very hard and which makes it difficult for the brush to pick up. The base color does not show up at all when applied. I experienced fallout with this shade.

 

* Gold (sparkle eye shadow) is a cool yellow gold shade. When applied, the sparkles change from pale yellow gold to pink and white. It is smooth and very pretty although it does not show a base color.

* Naked (eye shadow) is a matte cool flesh color with a hint of mauve. This is one of my favorites on the palette. It applies smoothly and has excellent color payoff.

* Nude Beach (metallic eye shadow) is a light beige shade. The finish is more satin than metallic. It is pigmented and applies smoothly.

* Birch (eye shadow) does not remind me of birch at all. It is a cool beaver brown shade. It is one of the standouts of the palette with smooth texture and great pigmentation.

 

* Smokey Topaz (metallic eye shadow) is a mauvey taupe shade with a metallic finish. This is a great eye shadow in both texture and pigmentation. I will definitely be using this one the most.

* Truffle (eye shadow) a light rosy fawn shade. Another well executed matte in this palette silky smooth and pigmented.

*Golden Bronze (metallic eye shadow) is a sparkly sandy bronze shade. The texture is a bit hard. The color payoff is buildable.

* Espresso (eye shadow) is a very dark almost black-brown espresso color with very sparse sparkles. It is very pigmented, it goes on slightly patchy but is easily buildable and smoothed out. 

The full sized Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner (normally $24) is a soft black color which applies smoothly. It can be smudged right after application for a smokey look. I did not have any problems with it migrating or smudging after application but it is not budge proof.

The full size Smokey Eye Mascara (normally $28) lengthened, darkened and separated my lashes. It does not give very intense or super black eye lashes, but I was very pleased with this as an every day mascara.

 

Overall this is a good value set as it includes the mascara and eye liner with the palette. However, if buying for the palette alone (as I mostly was) I feel there are better products out there—namely the Urban Decay Naked palettes and TheBalm Nude Tude. I do really enjoy most of the matte shadows (not Ivory) in this palette but I will not be reaching for it as much as I hoped. My search for the perfect travel palette continues.

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Rejoice, it’s Friday! #TGIF #Chanel #nails #nailpolish #makeup #beauty #ChanelMakeup #friday