Happy Friday, everybody! I'd like to kick off the weekend with something a bit colorful: A makeup swatch-a-thon! So many swatches, so little time.
The subject of today's swatch-a-thon is Younique. I've got eyeshadows, eye pencils, lip stuff and more to show you! Whoa! I always see a lot about this brand on Facebook, so when Younique offered me a few of their products to try I was naturally very curious.
WHAT IS YOUNIQUE?
Younique is a direct-sale beauty company specializing in makeup, which traditionally means face-to-face sales. However with it being 2015 and all, it's now very easy to order on their website! You will still need to apply a Younique presenter's name to your cart to order, but don't worry if you don't already know one—they have a map on their website that allows you to easily search for someone in your area.
Of course the most important thing is the actual products, so let's take a look at them!
Stiff Upper Lip Stain ($22):
A budge-proof lip liquid lip stain available in seven shades. I received three of the shades to try: Sultry (a deep raspberry red), Savvy (a berry purple), and Shy (cherry pink). Here's what they look like swatched on my hand:
L to R: Sultry, Savvy, Shy. Of course most people don't wear lip stains on their hands, so here are some lip swatches for you as well:
SULTRY: This stain is VERY pigmented, definitely the most so of the three (what you see above is just one layer!) A vampy, sexy red.
SAVVY: This stain was a bit more subtle, requiring two coats to get the effect you see above. I think it's a good thing that this one is a little more sheer, as having really bright purple lips makes me look like I've been drinking too much red wine or something. I really like Savvy layered under other tinted balms and glosses—gives the color more depth.
SHY: Looks red in the tube, but shows up on my lips as a bright cherry pink. Very cute! Pigmentation wise, it's not as bold as Sultry, but not as sheer as Savvy either.
All three of the stains were easy to use (the bottles have doefoot applicators). Generally speaking I found them all to be very long-lasting—they actually do stain your lips, so once they're on, they're going to stay there for a while. That said, here are a few things I'd keep in mind for a smoother application:
- LIP LINER: If lipsticks tend to feather around your mouth, I recommend drawing a "border" with clear lipliner before applying to prevent that from happening. They didn't feather much on me, but remember that they are liquid stains.
- WAIT FOR THEM TO DRY: It is possible to smudge these lip stains while they're drying, so I recommend waiting a couple of minutes for them to dry completely. Once they do, you can apply lip balm or gloss on top without interfering with the color (assuming it's not too oily).
- BEWARE OF DRIPS: Seriously, these guys stain (like they're supposed to!) Keep them away from your favorite clothing and/or parts of your skin you don't want to look rosy.
Moodstruck Precision Eyeliner Pencil ($15):
Pencil eyeliner available in a variety of colors. I received three shades to try: Perfect (black), Prim (brown), and Passionate (purple).
All three of the shades are matte. Swatches:
L to R: Prim, Perfect, Passionate. I like that the purple shade is matte—there's a time and place for glittery eyeliner of course, but sometimes you want to keep things simple. Once these liners are drawn on they're very hard to smudge. I think the brown and purple pencils work better for on-the-lid lining than waterlining—the pencils glide on smoothly but need to be applied with a little bit of pressure to get the maximum color payoff, and I'm too much of a wuss to poke the inside of my eye too hard. Black, on the other hand requires a much gentler hand! I think it's the best performer of the three, though none of them are bad.
Here's a look at some of the other Moodstruck pencil colors:
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Of course what makeup drawer would be complete without eyeshadow?
Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette #1 ($49):
The first eyeshadow palette in Younique's Moodstruck series is made up of warm neutrals. Lovers of brown, this one's for you.
- ELATED: A warm, matte light beige. This is a hair darker than my skintone so it doesn't show up well in my arm, but it does make a good base color on the actual eyes.
- SINCERE: A shimmery, warm taupe.
- BRASSY: The name gives it a way! A light and shimmery brass color.
- CHIPPER: Warm, matte medium brown.
- SWANKY: Shimmery golden brown. My favorite from this palette!
- FORTHRIGHT: Matte dark brown.
- ZEALOUS: Dark, shimmery brown with a warm sheen.
Before I get into the particulars of the formula, let's quickly look at swatches from one other palette...
Moodstruck Shadow Addiction Palette #2 ($49):
Palette #2 features cool shades, focusing mostly on variations of black and silver.
- HOPELESS: Shimmery darkened silver.
- ROMANTIC: Shimmery light silver.
- HONORABLE: Matte. Medium cool-toned brown.
- BLISSFUL: I'm actually not sure how to describe this color. Is cool gold a thing? It looks like cool gold if it is (or at least a very shimmery silver with a brown base) and gets this AMAZING foiled look if swatched over primer. (Look at my swatch below and you'll see what I mean!)
- COCKY: Satin-matte cool dark brown.
- PERPLEXED: Shimmery gunmetal grey.
- PEPPY: Matte black.
All swatches were done over primer, FYI. If these colors aren't your thing, there's also a third Moodstruck palette featuring cool pinks and purples. Anyway, let's talk a bit about design and performance! With both palettes, I think the shimmer shades are the real stars of the show—many of them are multidimensional and just plain pretty. I do appreciate that the mattes are there as well though because it's hard to complete a look without them, and the three matte shades selected for each palette complement the shimmer shades nicely. My only complaint is that I wish there was a some sort of white or off-white in palette #2—then it would be perfect! But it's still my favorite of the two—I love Blissful (shade #4), however you would describe it. As with most shimmery palettes, I strongly recommend using a sticky primer underneath to get the best performance and least fallout.
One other thing worth noting about these palettes is that they contain quite a lot of product. Each palette is 13g, meaning the individual shades are all around 1.85g each on average.
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Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ ($29):
A two-step fiber mascara system that comes with a little carrying case. This is perhaps Younique's most well-known product, though they recently upgraded the formula and the brush a bit! To use the 3D fiber lashes, apply some of the "transplanting gel" (the stuff in the longer tube, which looks like regular black mascara if applied on its own), then carefully apply the fibers with the smaller tube, then seal them in with more of the transplanting gel.
Here's my before and after:
Refreshed Pure & Natural Rose Water ($29):
Last but certainly not least, a refreshing rose toner! This obviously isn't makeup, but makes a great pre-makeup spray if your skin is feeling try. This stuff smells really lovely—like fresh roses but also a bit sweet. Mmmm.
That's it for my Younique swatch-a-thon! For more information on all of these products, be sure to check out their website.
What do you think of Younique? Which of these products would you be most keen to try? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Younique, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my based on my own personal experiences with the products. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. #YouniqueBeauty