HOW-TO: SUNSET OMBRE LIPS
By Kailey

I finally got my hands on three of the NYX Macaron lipsticks and I LOVE them! While playing around with the lipsticks, I noticed some wouldn’t stick to the center of my lips, making them look patchy. I thought I’d mask this slight problem by creating an ombre effect - one that also makes an unconventional color more wearable!

YOU WILL NEED:
- NYX Lavender Lipstick
- NYX Apple Streusel Butter Gloss
- Red Lipgloss (I’m using MAC’s Strawberry Malt)
- Translucent Powder

LUPITA + LIPSTICK
By Lydia

Hello!  I’m Lydia from the personal style blog Style is Style. I seldom wear makeup in my everyday life, but Powder Doom is inspiring me to experiment more! One product I am always into is LIPSTICK. Nothing is quite as satisfying as punctuating my face with a bold (or subtle) lip color. This post is essentially a fangirl homage to Revlon’s range of lipsticks + Lupita Nyong’o’s general amazingness. Clearly, Lupita is everything, and the girl knows her lip colors. I did three looks ranging from super easy to still pretty easy, using various Revlon lip products. I love the creaminess of their formulations, and the intensity of the pigments are excellent for drugstore prices. But enough about the lipstick…on to the looks!

As you may have noticed I try things for weeks if not months before I say anything about them and usually get things weeks before they go on the market. I do not have any obligations or sponsorships with brands or even answer to magazine advertisers so I am 100% not shitting you when I say something sucks or something rules, even if they are given to me for free or whatever. Ok now that that disclaimer is aside, here is what is currently #NEW #FRESH #TRENDY at Sephora that live up to the hype. I just skimmed the “Just Arrived” section and have had all of these for months now so you can skip the hype or blog reviews. Here is the scoop. 

  1. This Bite Lipstick tastes amazing. It’s also hella moisturizing and safe (free of all the junk of parabens etc blah blah blah), mostly I love it because it tastes SO GOOD? Like the most delicious cherry lipbalm or something? I actually put it on when I’m hungry sometimes just for the flavor. It’s gluten free also, whoohoo.
  2. Bobbi Brown stick foundation is the wave if you have a lot of scarring or acne. It is hella heavy duty. Technically it’s not new, just repackaged, I believe. Maybe minor adjustments to the formulation, it’s just as good as it ever was. You can use this as a concealer (probably wisest, you don’t need heavy duty coverage 100% of the time everywhere, even with bad skin). But yes. One of the best foundations out there. Comes in a good color range too. They just expanded it into darker colors. 
  3. Margiela’s new fragrances are the only thing I stan for in regards to the brand besides Tabis. I like how sweet they are and the packaging is beautiful and the smell lasts a long time. 
  4. Urban Decay Electric Palette - I feel like this was made just for me. When I saw the press release it took me all about 2 seconds to call them up and beg for them to send me one to try out “for the readers”. SO PIGMENTED. I’ve been using it almost every day! I LOVE IT. SO MUCH. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. There’s not a dud in this. actually I don’t like the silver that much but the blue more than makes up for it. Best blue ever. Like, forreal. You know the Nars blue everyone loves but is disappointed by? This is that blue, but better. Sorry NARS, I love your concealers a lot tho.

- Arabelle

I have a serious soft spot for dark, vampy colours and recently decided I want to get Nars lip pencil in Train Bleu, but it seems to be sold out at sephora (both in store and online) and I was wondering whether there could be a dupe for that same colour? Otherwise, do you know any other really good dark burgundy/purple-y colours? I already own Cyber, Soulfully Rich and Media by Mac. Thank you so much!

Asked by
womandestroyed

Try MAC Smoked Purple. Here’s a swatch of that. They’re quite similar. 

Do you know of a good lipstick/stain that can make it through a date without transferring itself to my boyfriend's face? Because I love lipstick, and he loves when I wear it, but I haven't yet found one that stays put. I don't need it to last the whole night, just through dinner and a movie!

Asked by
higgitusfiggitus

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge will last any makeout session plus a three course meal. I speak from experience. 

Giveaway time! I have a few extra’s of Urban Decay’s Revolutionary Lipstick shades so I thought I would share the love. I’m giving away Anarchy and 69, along with their matching lipliners, to one winner. USA entrants only, sorry, I’m not payin’ for international shipping!
Must be following powderdoom. 
Like this post. 
Reblog this post (once). 
Comment on this post via DISQUS with your fav lipstick story. 
All of the above are mandatory. If you have not done all of the above, you will not be qualified and will not win anything. Also if you reblog multiple times you will be disqualified. Basically just follow the rules and you’ll be fine. This giveaway will end 10/16 at 11:59PM EST. 
Good luck! High-res

Giveaway time! I have a few extra’s of Urban Decay’s Revolutionary Lipstick shades so I thought I would share the love. I’m giving away Anarchy and 69, along with their matching lipliners, to one winner. USA entrants only, sorry, I’m not payin’ for international shipping!

  1. Must be following powderdoom. 
  2. Like this post. 
  3. Reblog this post (once). 
  4. Comment on this post via DISQUS with your fav lipstick story. 

All of the above are mandatory. If you have not done all of the above, you will not be qualified and will not win anything. Also if you reblog multiple times you will be disqualified. Basically just follow the rules and you’ll be fine. This giveaway will end 10/16 at 11:59PM EST. 

Good luck!

hi! so i'm looking for makeup for back to school and really need a good black lipstick. i'm a student with a limited budget so basically i can't spend more than 15 dollars on a tube of lipstick. any recommendations for black lipsticks that aren't from hot topic or lime crime? thanks!

Asked by
tamponangel

Where are you based? In the UK, you can get a nice black lipstick at Superdrug for less than $15 US, I got a tube while I was visiting. But you would be hard pressed to find a good black lipstick in drugstores in person for any price in the US. Off brand dollar store black lipsticks are pretty easy to find but are pretty crap. There are deep, deep purples and reds available by Revon etc but they aren’t black. Most good ones are mid-range or online. Here are some options you might be into, though:

  • NYX Round Lipstick in Penelope ($4) - I think NYX makes pretty good lipsticks esp at the pricepoint, they are a lightweight (fragranced) formulation. NYX has a slippery formula, though, so for something so dark, it’s imperative you line your lips with a black eyeliner or something beforehand. 
  • Portland Black Lipstick Company Black Lipstick ($10) - This is probably your best bet — shipping is super, super reasonable and you’ll come out under budget. I have a few PBCO lipsticks, I really like them, though I hate the packaging. Here is a photo of me wearing this specific lipstick, actually. 

Those are my recommendations at your price point. If you want to spend a little more and get your product immediately, MUFE has a nice black lipstick (though I think their Lab Shine Lip Gloss in black is THE BOMB DOT COM) and OCC of course has a perfectly pigmented black — but it is not very practical to carry around in between classes because of how you need to apply it. If it exploded in your backpack (the packaging is just a plastic tube, this is not that uncommon), you’d be totally screwed. 

Hope that helps

Lip products are my raison d’être, they’re the easiest way of pulling together my hair to the rest of my aesthetic and the infinite variations make me very happy! These aren’t new to my stash, but they are products I’ve never gotten around to doing lip swatches for, so I thought I would. These range from indie cosmetics at a super affordable price point (think, <$4) to mid-range and high end. Please excuse my greasy hair and lack of filled in brows, I just came in from the rain and have been busy preparing for a super busy month. Some things I just forget. 

  1. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in KAOS — $5.99 — This gluten free, vegan, cruelty free independent lippie is the most creamy out of the bunch. I’d venture to say it was too creamy. In fact, it was not even really hardened properly because of the heat here, so I used a lip brush. You can see it’s still uneven despite my tries, but it’s still very beautiful.  I would suggest using a purple or grey eyeliner underneath it for a more even and dimensional application. It’s worth trying out, it’s very unique and affordable.
  2. KAOIR Lipstick in Jamaica — $16.99 — Gluten and cruelty free. This is a very smooth, moisturizing application, but you should not apply lip balm beforehand or it just has too much slip and looks terrible. It’s a nice color, I think. You do need several layers to reach full opacity but it’s nice though I would say it wears on the quicker side. Try to use a green eyeliner (or lipliner) underneath. 
  3. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in Hipster Ariel — $5.99 — Gluten and cruelty free and vegan as GCC is known for. Mmmmm…. not a huge fan of this. Looks chalky on the lips and it’s too creamy and spotty to work with. I think the formula could do without some of the moisturizing oils like Jojoba or something because it’s probably why these haven’t lasted the heat wave as well as the other lipsticks. It’s a nice color, and I’ll put this in the freezer for a bit and revisit it. 
  4. Geek Chic Cosmetics Geek Gloss in Banished — $4.99 — I really love this gloss, it’s very beautiful, though it’s not perfect. You want to use this with a lip primer (I have not) and I hate twist up lip gloss packaging. I TRULY, TRULY loathe it. The packaging on this broke after three uses and now it doesn’t twist up. I applied this using a qtip from the broken packaging. Gluten and cruelty free, vegan.
  5. Inglot Pacific Blue Lipstick in 290 — $12 — I have another lipstick from this collection too, damn! Forgot to swatch it. Anyway, I like this one more. It’s the most enjoyable to wear out of all of these, I’d say. It’s creamy, pigmented, only required 2 swipes, minimal touchups, didn’t slip, and is pretty affordable. INGLOT doesn’t publicize their cruelty free stance so I’m unsure.  
  6. Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips — $26 — I haven’t worn my now probably infamous collection of Illamasqua lipsticks for awhile, they’re just a lil bit more drying than I’m here for in the summer. Illamasqua has one of the dryest, but most pigmented, lines of lipsticks I’ve ever tried. This will stay on forever. You want to mooisturize thoroughly beforehand, but primer isn’t necessary. Goes on opaque with one swipe. 
  7. MAC Lipmix — $15 — I know some people think this is a dupe or comparable product to OCC Lip Tars since they are both in tubes, but you’d be wrong. The formulations are completely different. This is a creamier product to Lip Tars liquid, and goes on dry and stays dry while Lip Tar goes on liquid and dries matte. I prefer Lip Tars, but they also cause a lot of people problems with bleeding out through your liplines, or separating in the tube (just shake it up a lot). That doesn’t happen with this product because it’s simply much more of a thick cream that you need to paint on. Super pigmented, 100% opaque on first brush stroke.  

Alright, there you have it! There are plenty of other interesting lip color swatches and reviews in the lipstick & swatches tags if you check ‘em out. Hope this was helpful. 

Full Disclosure: All of these products were purchased by me or were gifts from Chi-Chi! Thank you my dear.