I couldn’t help myself. When I saw that two of my favorite makeup gurus, Jeffree Star and Manny MUA, had joined forces to create a stellar and limited edition makeup set, I had to splurge a little. I’ve been so cooped up running my company for the past 6 months that I’ve started to go a little stir crazy, and what better way to add a little glam to my life than with new makeup?!
I ended up grabbing only one item from the collaboration (Velour Liquid Lipstick in Daddy) because the rest were so similar to makeup I already own. And of course, as it is with all makeup, once you buy one cosmetic item, you just have to pick up this, and that, and oh, that over there too because OMG how shiny!
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Haul Rundown:
I remember a few months ago when Rich Blood and King Tut were constantly sold out and so freaking difficult to get ahold of. They were so in demand that everyone was scrambling to get ahold of them! I guess it’s good that I’ve been a CEO hermit hunched over a computer instead of out glamming up because the hype has died down significantly, and I’ve finally been able to get my hands on them. While these late-in-the-game purchases don’t make for very trendy makeup blogging, it at least means I’m able to grow my embarrassingly large makeup collection and feed my glam addiction.
Enough adorable GIFs.
Let’s get to swatching.
Swatches of Every Gold Highlighter In My Collection
I dug around in my makeup collection for every single gold highlighter I could find that might be comparable to King Tut. Some of these are in palettes, and others are in compacts.
From left to right: 1) Anastasia Beverly Hills Butterscotch, 2) MAC Cosmetics New Vegas (retired), 3) BECCA Cosmetics Opal, 4) Jeffree Star Cosmetics King Tut, 5) Anastasia Beverly Hills Dripping In Gold, 6) BECCA Cosmetics Prosecco Pop, 7) Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa (sold out everywhere).
Here’s what I’ve learned:
- Jeffree Star’s highlighter/Skin Frost pans are f*cking gigantic.
- You really don’t need 50 million gold highlighters in your collection. One will do. Seriously.
- King Tut is gorgeous, and while it definitely stands alone in terms of actual formula and exact shade, it is still highly dupable.
The highlighter in my collection most comparable to King Tut is definitely Dripping In Gold by Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this comes in a huge Glow Kit palette with 3 other shades. So what’s more important to you? One shade that you’ll basically never run out of because there’s so much in Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost pans that you’ll be applying highlighter until you die? Or 4 shades that you can switch between as you like (assuming you like the other shades in the kit)?
Overall, love King Tut. It’s a bit dark on my fair skin compared to the highlighters I usually reach for, but it applies with a lovely and soft wash if you use the right brush (I recommend the MAC Cosmetics 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush). You can also just apply with your finger, then blend it out with a blush brush. Easy peasy.
I did find it pretty exciting that BECCA Cosmetics Prosecco Pop is a great dupe for MAC Cosmetics New Vegas, a retired Mineralize Skinfinish that you can’t find anywhere. And I like Prosecco Pop better! New Vegas has a ton of these chunky pieces of gold glitter in it. It doesn’t show up when you apply it with a brush to your actual face, but they’re still there. Haunting you. By comparison, Prosecco Pop is buttery, smooth, and has the same fabulous shine that New Vegas does, but 10x better. And it’s now permanently in the BECCA Cosmetics cosmetic line!
Let’s talk lipstick.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Swatches
No one needs this much liquid lipstick, but like … I need this much liquid lipstick. Y’knowuddm’sayin? /Elbow nudge.
I’ve been the happy owner of Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick line for quite a while now, and I am obsessed. The formula, the smell, the applicator, and the comfort of it on my lips — it’s everything I want in a liquid lipstick, and more. I was happy to find an excuse to add more shades to my collection.
Androgyny is my favorite. It’s a plum mauve that you need, need, need, and it looks amazing on every skintone. The colors on Jeffree Star’s website aren’t always true to life. In person, the shades always dry down slightly darker, and I don’t mind that! I have so many nude lipsticks at this point that I’m not buying new colors to look natural. I buy because I want to express my personality through my lipstick. I want to have fun with color. And these shades do exactly that for me!
Review of the new shades I picked up:
- Rich Blood: For some reason, my tube was clumpy and slightly dry? I reached out to Beautylish (where I purchased my lipstick from) to ask for an explanation, and their wonderful customer service team mentioned that this particular shade is dryer than most due to the glitter in the formula. A shame, but hey. If it results in this gorgeous dark red shade with beautiful blue reflects, I’m not complaining!
- Doll Parts: I needed a hot pink in my collection. I always stray from pinks lately because they have a tendency to make my teeth look yellow, but I love this color! I have fair skin, and this is just a fun shade to wear.
- Sagittarius: This shade fulfilled everything about Androgyny that I was missing. It’s a more grey-toned mauve that gives me edge when I rock it with a smokey eye, and it’s a very on-trend shade, considering how many women in the world love neutral mauves nowadays.
- Daddy: The cool-toned brown of my dreeeeams! I love brown lipstick. For Daddy in particular, I love lining and slightly filling my lips first with a deeper brown or maroon, then blending this over it to make the whole look wearable and edgy. Brown is in. See my Facebook Profile Picture for proof. #HeartEyes
All in all, I consider this a successful makeup haul. I accomplished my intended purpose: feeling like I’m not a hermit by indulging in glam shopping. Ha! … Now to find an excuse to wear these out. :)
* Note: All products are swatched on my NW20/NC20 skin.