Currently Obsessed: e.l.f. and Laura Mercier (Part 2)

It wasn’t long before I ended up at my favorite (wouldn’t say local, since there are e.l.f. stores that are much closer to me than the one I like) e.l.f. store – my Planet Fitness was literally less than a 5 minute drive from it. Keeping the e.l.f. lipstick in mind, I made sure to snag it with the new blending and swirly brushes from the Beautifully Bare line that, surprisingly, were available in-store too.

From previous experience, the store usually gets products that get dropped on e.l.f.’s online store much later, so to see the blending and swirly brushes on the store shelves right after they dropped online was a bit of a surprise, but one that I wasn’t gonna protest because I didn’t have to worry about shipping.

Now, this isn’t to brag or anything, but I can generally tell if a lip color will work for me just by looking at it before application. The only time that this works against me is if the color is edgy or unusual (say, KVD LL in Echo. I regret getting that because the quality was shitty), straight up cool-toned pink (Jouer’s Lip Creme in Orchid is a regret), or a nude lip color (this one was tricky because what’s considered nude for one skin tone isn’t the same on mine and partly due to my lip pigmentation).

Thankfully, I averted a disaster with A Touch of Blush. It applied smoothly without tugging at my lips and was definitely more sheer than satin to me, so I had to apply a bit more to get my preferred coverage – if I layered any more, I probably would have had a vampy lip but it was still safe for work wear.

I generally go to e.l.f. for the Lip Exfoliators and the brushes, but I’m taking another glance at their lip products thanks to A Touch of Blush.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy

I wanted to like this product. I really did. I got this thinking that a brown lip color was what would give me that highly prized “nude lip.” But nope. The color in the tube did not mesh well with my lip pigmentation, so it looked much darker on my lips – I literally looked like I magically dipped my lips into chocolate the way that chocolatiers dip that twirly wand that they do in those Lindt commercials to show how smooth their chocolate is.

Being that it was a liquid lipstick, I had to put a thin layer of lip balm before applying – and it was a decision that served well, because it wasn’t even ten minutes after I applied Teddy that I felt the all-too-familiar sensation of something doing a Kalima – I get that feeling when I use the Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask, except this time it was happening on my lips.

The lip color progressively got darker over time and it wasn’t a flattering nude – it wasn’t something I’d definitely wear for office either. Teddy clung to every lip line I have and made them painstakingly visible and my lips looking severely dehydrated.

Don’t get me wrong: I love me some NYX lip products. This was not one of them.

And that’s it for this entry’s Currently Obsessed! I do have more products lined up to blog or possibly vlog about – I just need to figure out how I can maintain an Internet connection to do so.

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