I just reviewed and swatched a little haul from the Etsy seller Fierce Magenta. The brand’s glosses are marked by radiant color shift, nonsticky wear, and intense shine. But you can also wear them blotted, for a matte lip chockfull of duochrome shimmer.
In each of the following shots, I’m wore three layers of gloss, and blotted after applying each. Every subsequent layer had the effect of packing on more shimmer– a lot of the base color came away with the tissue, but the stubborn little glimmers clung on. If you want a mouth with the gleam of a disco ball, swipe and blot on!
For comparison’s sake, I’ve shown each DIY liquid-to-matte alongside the closest shimmery lip color in my collection. Some of them aren’t very close at all– alas, or actually, hooray?
Here’s Romance, our “holographic shimmery golden peach”. Blotted, it wears like a soft orange or bronzed coral– the gilded shimmer starts to overwhelm the pink in the base. It actually reminds me quite of bit of OCC Authentic, a “bronzed copper frost”. That might be because the lip tar, despite claims to the contrary, has always seemed more shimmery to me than strictly metallic. Romance, at any rate, is lighter and rosier.
Here’s my beloved “holographic shimmery purple-blue” Wild Plum, worn matte. Here, the periwinkle shimmer doesn’t actually strong-arm the base color into subservience– it’s still very much a fuchsia, albeit with an assertive duochrome. Nyx Chloe, a similarly iridescent fuchsia, is warmer, with a less intense color shift.
CosmoBerry, a “brownish red with green shimmer”, was by the far the least amenable to this liquid-to-matte experiment. You can see the color looks a little clotted on the lips, like blood just starting to congeal. I think the shimmer packed into this formula might be thicker and denser, which made the experience of wearing the blotted lip color a little uncomfortable. I could feel the graininess, and it made the whole thing feel drying. Despite its #problematic texture, though, CosmoBerry worn matte is a pretty singular color. Among all the lip pies in my stash, Eve Pearl Amaretto is the only (distant) cousin, being rosewood in hue and shimmery in finish. But it’s got none of CosmoBerry‘s pale blue-green interference. You might be able to replicate it by patting OCC Fragmented over Fyrinnae Winter Romance, but Fragmented is a yellow-green shimmer– brasher and warmer.
Finally, here’s Rave! This “holographic shimmery purple with blue” looks so different as a matte lipstick– the cornflower shimmer takes over, and the overall color reads as a pale, almost foiled lavender with magenta peeking through. The effect is eerie and vaguely suprahuman– alien, cyborgian, or celestial. The closest match in my collection was Nyx Castle, a kind of grayed-out lavender shimmer– compellingly ugly, and futuristic in its own way. But Rave is darker, pinker, and more multidimensional.
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candelight, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Bubbly, Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow in Steampunk and Rapunzel Had Extensions, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in West, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 23L, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara
Face: Korres Face Primer, Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, Stila All Over Liquid Shimmer in Rose Gold, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Fawn, Juice Beauty Refining Finishing Powder in Sand (read my review here!), Urban Decay De-Slick OIl-Control Makeup Setting Spray