Vegan, cruelty-free makeup – Madam Glam lipstick review

Vegan, cruelty-free makeup – Madam Glam lipstick review

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend. It has been a while since I reviewed any product on my blog, but I have been trying some new products recently and wanted to share it with you all.

Madam Glam is a relatively new US based company and is known for their nail paints. So, a few months back, a representative from their company contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing some of their products and of course I was excited to try vegan and cruelty free makeup! They sent me two of their lipsticks and here’s my thoughts on them. Please know that this blog post is NOT sponsored in any way!

I wanted berry/red toned lipsticks to suit my skin tone and I received the shades Sophisticated Wine (#38) and Le Rouge (#138). Their lipsticks contain Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) which are all plant based ingredients! They have 17 lipstick shades (as of today) and come in shiny and matte finish. The packaging is quite simple and straight forward, nothing fancy. It’s a twist up black velvety lipstick case with the brand name on the cap and the shade name on the bottom of the lipstick. The cap does not have the harsh clicking sound on closing but does slow down to close in a subtle way (which I prefer). The lipstick bullet is quite compact which saves space in my makeup bag. 

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Left: Sophisticated Wine; Right: Le Rouge (with flash – more representative of the true shade)

And here are some swatches on the back of my hand.

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Sophisticated Wine is a beautiful pinkish berry shade that is appropriate for work/every day wear and can be flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Le Rouge, as the name suggests is a bright red (leaning towards orange red) and will suit light to medium skin tones. The swatch on their website does look darker than they are in person.

Both the lipsticks are moisturizing and creamy on application. You get instant pigment pay off with one swipe of the lipstick. The formula is also quite build-able. You can achieve lip looks ranging from a stained lip to a full-on pigmented lip (no natural lip coloring showing). The formula does not move around much and I did not have any issues with feathering around the lips. Throughout the day, the lipstick does wear off but leaves behind a stain (which I personally love). That being said, the stain is not drying on the lips. You know when some lipsticks wear off, they just tend to really dry out the lips.. well, this doesn’t do that!

It did not come off patchy either, it wore off pretty uniformly. However, you do have to touch-up after eating a meal though. The stain on its own is not enough to last the day (at least on my pigmented lips). So, I do re-apply after a meal which is true for most lipsticks.

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Pictures: ‘Sophisticated Wine‘ on application and the wear off throughout the day (notice that the moisturizing effect/shine fades away but about 40-50% of the pigment stays put). Absolutely love this shade (on application and the stain that it leaves behind)!

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Pictures: ‘Le Rouge‘ on application and the wear off throughout the day (notice that the moisturizing effect/shine fades away but about 40-50% of the pigment stays put). I am not crazy about this shade on application but love love the stain! :-)

These lipsticks cost $15.95 and Madam Glam has been kind enough to share a 30% discount code for all my subscribers. $16 for a lipstick does sound expensive but then again the lipsticks do not contain any animal products and are cruelty free. Also, these lipsticks contain 4.5g of product in comparison with a traditional MAC lipstick containing 3g of lipstick for a higher price. So, these will last much longer.

So, if you are interested in checking some products from Madam Glam, don’t forget to use the link http://madamglam.com/?utm_source=yt-beautylashes30. You can purchase their products from their website – http://www.madamglam.com/

PROS:

  • Vegan!
  • Cruelty-free!
  • Paraben-free
  • Decent wear time (4-5 hours without eating/sipping on a drink)
  • Leaves behind a stain
  • Moisturizing (for about 4 hours)
  • Smooth application
  • Good pigmentation (my experience is limited to these two shades)
  • Does not feather outside the lip line

 

CONS:

  • Can settle into the lines of the lip
  • Can be a bit drying towards the end of the day (when the moisturizing effect wears off)
  • Slightly pricey
  • Transfers onto food and drinks
  • Old/Grandma’s lipstick smell (although it doesn’t have a scent once on the lips). I think this may be because they do not haven’t added any artificial fragrance to these lipsticks (which may be good in the long run).

Overall, I am very impressed with the lipsticks, especially considering its a new cosmetics company! I am looking forward to purchasing and testing more of their products.

 

Christmas / New Years party makeup look

Here’s a makeup look for Christmas / New Years party.

MAC lip liner swatches for NC40-42 skin tones

I, for sure struggled when I went to the MAC store for purchasing lip liners. So many choices! Here’s some I picked that would suit Tan olive skin tones. The colors range from nudes to peach to pinks to orange to red to purple! There’s something for everybody. I hope this helps towards your next MAC store trip/online order. 😉

 

Using Kevyn Aucoin essential skin enhancer as an under eye concealer.

Oh, I’ve missed blogging and vlogging! Soo excited to be back. I never imagined people would actually ask why I wasn’t making videos anymore. I am so thankful to each of you who has continued to support me despite my absence the last two months. It really keeps me going. I was in India for about 2 months for my visa stamping and that really threw me off track (since I didn’t have my recording tools and much of my stash). Once I was back in the states, I was busy moving into our new home. Now that I have almost settled at the new place, I felt it was time I got back to things I really enjoy doing.

So, my first video is a quick one. I’ve discovered yet another gem of a concealer. It’s none other than Kevyn Aucoin essential skin enhancer. It is a highly pigmented product that can double up as concealer and tinted moisturizer/foundation. Just mix a tiny amount into your moisturizer or tinted moisturizer to increase coverage. I have been testing it out this summer and it stays on beautifully on my oily skin. More on that when I review it as a base product. This blog post/video is geared towards using it as an under eye concealer.

This concealer will work on most skin types but I would stay clear if you have any dryness around your eyes. This product does well only with moisturized skin. Also, one has to be careful with how much you use. If you use too much, it will end up creasing. This can be avoided by using a small amount at a time and setting it with powder.

It’s pigmented enough that I can skip a corrector thereby reducing the no. of products I use on my face. Considering how little I use each time, this tub will last me for years! :-)  Overall, this is my new favorite concealer for covering up my under eye circles. Have you tried it?