Wet n Wild New Cushion Highlighter and Lipstick

Wet n Wild recently came out with a new line of cushion products, which is now available on their website and at Walgreens. They have a highlighter ($5.99), a contour ($5.99), 4 shades of color corrector ($5.99), and 3 matte lip creams ($4.99). Today I was able to pick up the highlighter and one of the lip shades (Bubblegum in Paradise) at Walgreens. I was curious to try them, and to see what a cushion lipstick entails.
dsc_0054This is the packaging before it’s open. I have to say Wet n Wild seems to have been stepping up it’s game lately. They have put out a lot of new products, and these are something different than you would typically find in the drugstore. The packaging is adorable – I love the design, and it is something new from what we typically see from Wet n Wild.

dsc_0062These are the opened products. The highlighter comes with a black sponge that you dip into the cushion to pick up the product, which is wet in the container. The black lid screws on. For the lipstick, it is a squeeze tube with a “cushion” applicator – which is really just a regular sponge tip.

First I swatched the highlighter. I tried it 3 ways – with the applicator it came with (top), with a real techniques sponge (middle), and with a brush(bottom). I also photographed it with and without flash. It swatches as a pearlescent glow with pink tones to it.

I think it applied most densely with the black sponge applicator (top), so if you wanted the most intense highlight it would be the best way to apply it, or with another dry sponge. If you wanted a more subtle, sheered out glow, you could use a wet sponge or brush and blend more into the skin.

IMG_2395.JPGIt looks good on the skin! It isn’t too intense, but you can definitely see it in direct light. This is something I would wear on an every day basis, or even if I just wanted to add a little something to my skin on days I don’t wear foundation.

I was more disappointed with the lipstick, because the applicator made it hard to work with. I first swatched it on my arm – if you apply in a swiping motion (bottom) you will get a sheer wash of color. If you wanted it fully pigmented and opaque, you would need to apply in a dabbing motion to build up the color in each spot.

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I applied it to my lips, which I found difficult because the sponge applicator is too big and round to get precision in the edges and corners of the lips. I did have to go back and clean up any messy areas.

It does look matte on the lips, but feels mousey and does not dry down. The color also wasn’t what I was expecting from looking at the tube. This isn’t a lip product I would find myself reaching for or wanting to use, because it isn’t easy to apply, and because there is transfer, I would be reapplying at least a few times throughout the day. At the $5 price point, I would much rather go for a Colourpop ultra satin lip, which I can throw on easily in the morning and not worry about for the rest of the day. Wet n Wild also has the new Liquid Catsuit lipsticks, which have a much better applicator, dry down, and last well. They are also $4.99, so you would be much better off grabbing one of those.

I will definitely be using the highlighter more, and I think I may pick up the contour or color correctors if I can find them! The highlighter and contour do only come in one shade, so these aren’t something that will work for everyone. For darker skinned people, the highlighter will be too light, and from what I can see, the contour seems to be too dark for people with very pale skin.

Has anyone else tried these new products? What did you think?

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My favorite bold lipsticks

On a majority of the days that I wear makeup, you can find me sporting a dark or bold lipstick – way more often than I wear light pinks or nudes. I swatched some of my most worn colors and provided a short review of each. For reference, I have light skin with  neutral undertones.

I’ll start with the lipstick I wear most often.

Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Aubergine
This is a beautiful berry shade that I love for winter. It is a matte shade, but does have a bit of shine to it. It is extremely long lasting and I never find myself having to reapply, even after eating. Last year I wore it all night for New Year’s Eve and it stayed great! It can be drying (like most lipsticks) after a long day, but is not uncomfortable to wear.

And a pretty good dupe that I unintentionally bought is Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – LBB. They have close to the same finish, but I would say LBB is a little bit shinier and just a tad deeper. LBB is just as long lasting as the Bite formula, and also somewhat drying but comfortable.

Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint – Yaassss
While I personally find some of their shade names silly, as soon as I put this on my lips I fell in love. The color is a perfect lavender, and while unconventional, is still very wearable. I do like the formula, but it isn’t a typical “matte liquid lipstick” it doesn’t fully dry down into a transfer proof lip, and isn’t as long lasting as you would expect. It does need to be reapplied, but isn’t drying. It is far from my favorite formula, but the color is unique in my collection.

Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – Grind
Another favorite purple, this one being a bit darker. The formula is about the same as LBB – a little drying, but long lasting and comfortable.

Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Liquorice
I got this lipstick as a 100 point reward at Sephora. It’s a dark, vampy red. The formula is very creamy and not at all patchy, which I sometimes I have trouble with in colors this dark. These are made to be moisturizing and I would say I don’t think it’s necessarily moisturizing (not like lip balm or anything), but I don’t find them to be drying or uncomfortable in anyway. My only downside would be there is some transfer, but the color still stays on the lips and they are pretty long lasting (though not as much as their matte formula).

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip – Panda and Lyin’ King 
This formula was mentioned in my favorites of 2016 list, and once again I will say I love these lipsticks! They are extremely long lasting, pigmented, and comfortable on the lips. While they have a satin finish, they do dry down to a point where there is no transfer. Two of my favorite colors are Panda, a purple toned berry shade, and Lyin’ King, a deep pink.
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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Echo 
This is my only blue lipstick and initially took some courage to wear. It is long lasting and transfer proof, while not being as drying as other lipsticks I have tried. I have heard the complaint that they are too drying, but I am personally pretty used to the feeling and they don’t bother me. Some of the darker colors can be patchy, and I did have to apply 2 coats to get the full and even coverage.

These are all lipsticks that I love both the formula and color, and would highly recommend to purchase. If you have any recommendations for bold lipsticks, I would love to hear them! Lipstick is probably my favorite makeup item and my collection is always growing.