Okay. Enough with the packaging, Cheri. We want to see the makeup!
Bring on the swatches.
- Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in My Boyfriend’s Jeans ($7 USD on sale)
- Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner deluxe sample in Ampoule (FREE sample)
I first became obsessed with Sephora’s Waterproof Colorful Shadow & Liner pencils in 2014. I like to use these as a base for eyeshadows to really make vibrant colors pop, as well as on my lower lash line and waterline to add a colorful and personal effect to typically neutral looks.
I’ve had my eye on this bright matte, electric blue shade ever since seeing it on sale on the Sephora website, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up because, well, just look at it! The formula is creamy, which means it doesn’t drag on your sensitive eye skin when applied directly to the lid, and it’s hyper-pigmented, which means you can apply it in a single stroke. Also, before it dries to its waterproof, budge-proof finish, it stays workable enough that you can still smudge, blend, and smoke it out.
Basically, I die for these liner/shadow pencils.
I want them all.
As for the Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner in Ampule, this was a deluxe sample I received with my online order (yay for free Sephora goodies). It has a violet, satiny finish with blue-violet sparkle. It reminds me a little bit of Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Psychedelic Sister. I like to use this in the waterline, or as a base for applying colorful eye shadow as eyeliner.
This petite little color corrector stick was formulated in a marbleized hue of green and yellow (or as the Marc Jacobs Beauty marketing team says, “citron and lime”). The Cover(t) Corrector Stick was formulated to neutralize redness in the skin. I’m a fair-skinned babe who also happens to have mild rosacea and sensitive skin, which means my face gets red incredibly easily. I picked this up because I’ve had good experiences with Marc Jacobs Beauty products, and I hoped this would even me out.
This stick applies like butter! … Maybe a little too much like butter because it comes off more yellow than it does green, something I wasn’t expecting nor hoping for when I purchased this from Sephora. But mama bird can still work with that!
Some reviews say this color combination makes the skin look sallow, but I think that’s only an issue when you wear this by itself, something I never do. I always follow color correctors with foundation. Most of the foundations I own are light to medium coverage, which means the redness in my skin still sometimes shows through. When I use my foundation in combination with this corrector stick, it’s like … Wow. Hello clear-looking skin.
I apply this to my face by swiping it directly on my skin (the easiest and best method, IMO, because this ensures the product really melts on smoothly). I’ve also tried applying this with a makeup sponge and brushes, but directly to the face is still my favorite method. To blend, I’ve used my fingers, a damp Beauty Blender, as well as the Marc Jacobs Beauty Brush – The Shape No. 15 (the brush Marc Jacobs Beauty recommends using with this color corrector), and my favorite blending method is my fingers.
Is this color corrector worth the price?
… Nah. You can find better and cheaper green color correctors that combat redness in the skin, and they’ll actually be green. But man this one sure is cute, right?
Here’s a nice drugstore green concealer that does what it’s supposed to and is $37 USD cheaper.
- Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze – Bronzer Brush No. 12 ($78 USD)
- Marc Jacobs Beauty The Face II – Sculpting Foundation Brush No. 2 ($48 USD)
- Marc Jacobs Beauty The Conceal – Full Cover Correcting Brush No. 14 ($30 USD)
I love Marc Jacobs Beauty brushes. I picked these up in an effort to complete my MJB brush collection.
I like to use the sloped surface of my No. 2 brush for applying medium-coverage, liquid foundation across the face (The Face III brush is for more full-coverage foundation), and the same slope on my my No. 14 brush for applying concealer beneath the eyes (though you can also use it to apply cream contour more precisely by flipping it around to the flatter side and using the edge of it). I then go back in with my No. 2 to blend, blend, blend out that concealer, and top it all off with my gigantic No. 12 brush (which is fluffy and enormous) either to set the face, or perfectly apply a diffused dusting of bronzer.
These brushes are made with synthetic, antibacterial hair, which means that after a few uses, you can easily clean them with a little brush soap (or Baby Johnson’s shampoo) and water. Plus, because they’re synthetic, they work well with both powders, creams, and liquids. They’re also dense and never shed. I mean, I could write a love letter to MJB brushes.
I love the weight of them. They’re hefty, which means you get more control when you use them, and they just … I don’t know. They look expensive, they feel expensive, and they glide smoothly across the face — what established career-woman wouldn’t want these in her collection?! The only thing that would make these even better would be a rose gold handle-tip and rose gold embossed labels instead of the current silver look. If Marc Jacobs Beauty ever comes out with rose gold brushes, I’m going to run, not walk, to my nearest MJB location to add them to my collection.
I initially purchased my first few Marc Jacobs Beauty brushes because I was being a total brand-whore and wanted high-end brushes, primer, etc in my collection that were something other than MAC Cosmetics (of which I own doubles of almost every single brush). At the time, Arin (you guys remember Arin, don’t you?) said I was obviously paying for the brand name and nothing else, and that I should never pay that much for a synthetic brush, and she’s probably right, but …
… It’s Marc Jacobs, you guys.
And it’s my money.
And it’s Marc Jacobs.
While I absolutely love this product and how easy it is to remove stubborn eye makeup with a cotton pad saturated in a little of this stuff, I do not love the stupid cap. It’s one of those “press down and twist” plastic things that baby-proof the bottle, but it may as well be Cheri-proof because I always end up recruiting my boyfriend into helping me twist the damn thing off.
Here’s a cheap drugstore dupe that saves you $33 USD, works just as well, and doesn’t have some ridiculous cap on it.
- NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette ($65 USD)
Out of all my purchases, this palette is definitely my favorite. This NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette eliminates a ton of unnecessary extra products for me because it’s a 4-in-one — highlight, contour, bronzer, and blush. The first time I used this (after going through my regular foundation routine), the only other product I reached for was a shimmery highlighter to top it all off.
When swatching this palette, I went over a few of the colors a few times to give you all a better idea of how rich these can get. The blushes and bronzer are pigmented, buildable, and you can easily sheer them out with a light hand. That means you’ll probably have this palette for a long time before you hit pan on any of the shades. I love that this palette comes with a huge pan of Laguna because I pretty much grew up wearing that powder all across my temples and cheeks, and I still use it today. Plus, I love that there’s a huge mirror on the front of this palette, as well as on the inside. The mirrors are enormous! It makes applying the powders so easy.
If you’d like to see a video with more in-depth explanations on how to contour, highlight, or use the powders, drop me a comment and let me know!
Omg. Tell me these aren’t the most beautiful highlighters ever. I have a cosmetic highlighter addiction, and this Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow is not helping. After swatching these shades and nearly dying of perfection, it made me really, really want to run out and buy this palette’s sister in Gleam.
I love Sunburst as an everyday highlight to spotlight areas of the face that I want to beam into the heavens, Golden Bronze makes a beautiful topper to actual bronzers (with a light hand, honey, because this stuff is pigmented!), and I love mixing Bubbly with Dripping in Gold when I really want aliens to see me from outer space.
This palette is a blush, bronzer, and contour kit that combines all of Benefit’s full-sized and top-selling face powders into one gorgeous collection. It even comes with a small blush/bronzer brush! … Although to be honest, I wish Benefit replaced that brush with another powder because I never use these dinky little palette brushes.
When swatching this palette, the first thing I noticed was how pigmented Dandelion is. I mean, da fuq? The last Dandelion powder I owned was so pale that it barely showed up on my skin, if at all. It wasn’t even buildable to a deeper coverage. I disliked it so much that I ended up giving that basically-translucent but far-too-expensive nonsense away. Did Benefit change its formula for Dandelion or something? Because this baby-pink is heaven!
The powders in this palette are all pigmented and easy to sheer out. On my arm, the swatches are in order from Dandelion, Hoola, Dallas, Coralista, to Rockateur.
I haven’t quite used these on my face yet, but I can already tell from these arm swatches that I’m going to love them. Rockateur makes the perfect night-out blusher or blush-topper, and Dallas + Hoola are matte enough that I can use them to both contour and bronze on more “natural-looking” days. And can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful Coralista is?! This works on fair-skinned babes, for sure, but I’d love to see Coralista on darker skin, because wow. That peachy-orange hue is beautiful.
The only item I didn’t closely photograph from this haul is my Duo Lash Glue, and that’s because, well, it’s a basic false eyelash glue. The only difference is that it has a brush tip that makes it easier to paint the glue onto your lashes with precision so you don’t end up applying too much glue to your falsies before application. There’s nothing different about this formula versus Duo’s original packaging. But I love the improved application process! And it was only $9 USD, so hayyyy.
I’m so excited to use all of these in tutorials for you on my YouTube Channel! If you have any questions about any of these products or want to see something in action more than the others, drop me a comment and let me know.
PS. I really debated doing an actual haul video on my YouTube channel, and after much consideration, decided this was a post better left for my blog. For one, I doubt y’all want to hear me blab for an hour about all of the expensive things I purchased. And more importantly, I wanted what I posted to be informational and helpful. I hope this has helped some of you decide on what you want in your own makeup collections!