YA’LL. FEBRUARY’S BOX WAS EV-REE-THANG. It was just the best! So let’s dive right in.
The February box is called Now & Later featuring “lip tips, hairstyle savers, purse essentials.” Basically, the types of products that can take you from the office to happy hour.
- BareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop
- Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense
- Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder
- Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9 Copper Pink
- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara
- Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
Down and dirty deets here!
First up is the BareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop. I think this is a new product, or at the very least, new to me as this is the first I’ve seen or heard about it. It’s an oil-based lip balm formulated with maracuja oil, which you may recognize from Tarte’s product line. I quite liked this! It’s really pigmented for a lip balm and after I swatched it, it left a stain that would not come off! I tried coconut oil, hand soap and then finally a shower the next morning took it off. When wearing it, I did find it to not be as moisturizing as it claims. It felt good at first, but as I reapplied throughout the day my lips were feeling dry. I would suggest keeping your favorite lip balm on hand. Additionally, I would be interested in trying one of the nude or MLBB shades. Plumberry Pop is a gorgeous bright berry though and I think this is a great item to take to the beach or some other outdoor summer activity when you just want to add a pop of color.
As you can see above, it really leaves quite a bit of color behind but it does fade evenly which is nice.
I’m not one to get really excited over a black pencil liner. I’ve tried some good ones, both drugstore and mid-range and I definitely have my favorites. But THIS LINER. OMG. It’s amazing. I would actually buy this full-size, it’s that good. The Drama Liqui-Pencil liner is just that – it combines the intensity of liquid liner with the easier application of a pencil AND bonus is that it’s longwear as well. This liner is so creamy but not as messy/creamy as UD’s Perversion 24/7 liner. It doesn’t set right away, so there is time to smudge and play but once it sets it doesn’t budge. It’s also great on the waterline and to use for tightlining. However, in the booklet I received with my box, it suggests using this product to do a wing and I just don’t think it’s cut out for that. The formula is just too creamy to get a sharp wing. It may be good for doing something more smudgy though. Anyway, I’ve been using this off and on the last couple of weeks and I really enjoy it. The matte black pigment just lasts and lasts for hours, doesn’t transfer on my hooded lids or in the outer corners of my eyes. Lastly, it comes in 16 different colors! So I may have to put these on my wishlist.
Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder
More dry shampoo! The Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder is just that: a powder. It’s multi-functional in that it is a dry shampoo, style extender and volumizer. While this product does work, I think it would be better for those with shorter hairstyles. For my longer hair, it just took for-ev-er to do my head and then you really have to work it in so there isn’t a dusty white cast. On me, I thought it worked best around my face, down my part and the crown of my head and I would use it in conjunction with an airbrush to really work it in. And just to put it out there, the main ingredients are corn starch and various types of silicone. The full-size bottle is $27 for 2 ounces of basically something you could find in your pantry. If this is something you’d still be interested in, try to get your hands on a sample first.
Next is the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in Copper Pink. Sephora claims that this is a universally flattering shade for any skintone. I don’t know about that (I think it’s always risky to say that about any product), but it is a great perfect MLBB shade for myself. MUFE claims that the Rouge Artist Natural line will keep your lips hydrated for up to eight hours, but I didn’t find that to be true. I found it to be lightly hydrating, but with not a lot of lasting power especially for the pigment. It was gone from my lips after an hour or so. I don’t mind reapplying, but I know that can be a dealbreaker for some. I’d like to check out some of the other shades available though.
I really like this color! It’s a great one to keep in your bag as it will go with anything else you have on your face.
This was the only big disappointment in my box this month and I was really looking forward to trying it! Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara has pretty much cult status and I’ve heard from so many beauty junkies that consider this their HG mascara. I know and readily admit that I’m incredibly picky about my mascara, but I was expecting this to be amazing! And it just wasn’t. Although it applied well and I liked the way my lashes looked (very important as mine are basically invisible), I found this to be flaky and the intensity of the color faded only after a couple of hours of applying it. A $20 mascara should not flake, at all. On top of that, when I was washing my makeup off (I use coconut oil followed by a cleanser), my lashes felt crusty and brittle which I didn’t like. Anyway, even with all that aside I just didn’t think it performed any better than my favorite drugstore mascaras. So this was a sad pass for me.
See? It doesn’t even look that black in the picture above. So disappointed!
Last item! A sample of Tom Ford’s Back Orchid perfume. I was SO EXCITED for this as I’ve never tried anything from Tom Ford. First spritz and I was IN LOVE because it’s everything I want in a high-end fragrance. It’s heavy and heady and I couldn’t stop sniffing my wrist. Notes feature black truffle, black orchid, black plum, noir gourmand accord and patchouli. On the dry down, I found it definitely mellowed out and seemed warmer and creamy with even a hint of vanilla. I wish the initial top notes stuck around a bit longer as that was my favorite part, but overall it’s a gorgeous fragrance and I want to check out the rest of the line.
Here’s some swatches of the color products from above.
So that’s it for the February box! Thanks for sticking around!