Category: Lipstick Swatches
Baby Bat Beauty
So Baby Bat Beauty is one of those small companies that caught my eye due to some good branding and a selection of very try-able colours. With little to lose, I decided to give them a go and honestly, I was very pleasantly surprised. The formula of both the traditional and liquid-to-matte lipsticks is transfer-proof and long-lasting but unlike some of my other favourite formulas, it is a lot easier to get them off when finished (even though you can tell from the photos my skin got very irritated from swatching).
So, without further adieu, I have 12 shades swatched for you!
Top to Bottom: Countess, Pandora, Spring Fling, Harvest Moon, Campfire, Tiger Eye, Ruby, Persephone, Mars, Cranberry Cocktail, Silent Night, Amethyst
(I also apologise for the resolution; I was trying some new lighting and apparently it didn’t work out as well, but the colour is definitely still there. I spent so much time and obviously a lot of scrubbing on these photos that I thought had turned out well that I truly don’t want to have to do it again – sorry! This post will definitely be updated when I get new shades.)
Countess is definitely a true red with a blue undertone but it’s more muted. It’s great to wear as a red lip that isn’t too bright.
Pandora is a darker red that’s also a bit muted, like Countess. It’s also a great shade of blackened red that’s not super bold.
Spring Fling is definitely a much brighter colour. It’s a bit of a coral red with pink and orange undertones, however it is more of a red. I thought it would be closer to pink but it’s actually a nice coral colour and it’s one of my favourites from the brand.
Liquid to Mattes
Limited edition Harvest Moon is more of a medium-toned orange-red, which looks like a light brown colour. It’s definitely a great shade for an off-red in the orange/brown direction.
I believe Campfire was also limited edition for fall, but it’s a true red that’s slightly blackened. It’s definitely a beautiful shade of dark red.
Tiger Eye is definitely one of my favourites from this brand. It’s a beautiful warm red with an orange undertone – and y’all should know how I feel about warm reds!
Ruby is definitely a bright true red with blue undertones. Every brand seems to have a true red shade and I’d say this is Baby Bat’s.
Persephone seems to be the fan favourite amongst Baby Bat’s customers and it’s a pure blackened red that’s darker than Campfire but definitely maintains its red pureness. It’s a little too dark for me but everyone’s different, right?
Mars is the only metallic I have in my Baby Bat collection. It’s an interested cool red that also has hints of lavender in the colour. If you like metallics, this will be an interesting but definitely wearable shade for your collection.
Cranberry Cocktail was also limited edition but I hope it comes back because it’s a beautiful magenta-toned red. I wouldn’t call it “cranberry” but it’s definitely a cool-toned and pinkish red that’s great for days when a truer red just isn’t going to cut it.
Another limited edition, Silent Night is a muted grape purple, which almost looks blackened even though it isn’t terribly dark.
Amethyst is a bright grape purple colour and is one of the more interesting purples I own. While this formula is more sheer than the others for some reason, it’s definitely a more brightly-coloured light purple.
I apologise again that this lighting didn’t work out but I sincerely hope that the colours were easily distinguishable and that I helped you learn more about Baby Bat Beauty’s shades! Until next week!
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018
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Tarte Liquid Lip Swatches
I have to admit that since they have more natural colours, I didn’t think I’d wear Tarte Cosmetics as much as I do. I frequently throw on their lip paint since I actually really like their true red colours. (Though I have to be honest, these stay on alright but are not smear/transfer proof.) I was short on time when I did these swatches, which is why the application is horrid but I decided to make this post because their colours look very similar and since they’re about $20 a pop, it’s worth knowing the differences.
My favourite has got to be XOXO because it’s a nice true red that doesn’t have any significant undertones but it’s not very saturated, which I love. It looks like a red you’d see more in nature and it’s difficult to find a shade like that. I wear this one all the time.
Cheerleader is definitely the darkest but I would call it a true deep red with a slight berry undertone rather than a dark red. It’s a great sophisticated colour.
The creamy matte lip colour Bae is a true deep red but it’s lighter than cheerleader. The colour is as close to a deep red as it can be without being dark, so it’s a great shade. However I found this formula a lot chunkier to put on than the others – not impossible, just different.
Extra is definitely the brightest of the five and it’s a cool-tone red. It’s actually more of a true cool red since it’s not neon, just a bit brighter than their other shades.
Swamp Family Red is a collaboration with Bunny Meyer and I think it’s limited edition. This colour is definitely a true cool red, probably the coolest of the five I have, but it is definitely a true red so if that’s something you’re looking for, this should definitely be a contender.
Left to Right: XOXO, Cheerleader, Bae, Extra, Swamp Family Red
I hope that this was helpful and even though their formula isn’t perfect, these colours are really nice and I wear them often.
Next week I will be on a plain to Europe and I’m probably going to be gone until mid-November so follow me on Instagram for some beautiful pics and I’ll update everyone on my trips when I get back. Until then!
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
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The Best Reds, 2017
I’ve always loved red lips, and my makeup collection started when I embarked on a journey to find the perfect red lip shade: something not too dark, not too bright, not too pink, and not too blue – just pure red. And, of course, after owning what is now a collection of 50+ lipsticks, I have a tonne of reds of all pigments, saturation, and finishes. After a lot of thinking, I’ve come up with my favourite reds that are just that – red. These aren’t very dark or bright, and they don’t have a undertones though a few have some orange pigmentation. I’ve learned that’s how I like my reds 😉
From top to bottom: Worth, Helen Wheels, Cornucopia, Frida, Jingle, Strawberry
“Worth” by Axiology probably strays the most in the orange direction but it’s a shiny brick red lipstick that’s absolutely gorgeous. It comes in a stick and my only concern is that it’s not very long-lasting, however I have found that I wear this brand when I’m planning on changing my makeup later in the day. The company itself is devoted to making the world a greener, friendlier place and it’s absolutely beautiful. Definitely check them out.
“Helen Wheels” by Manic Panic is the most underrated colour ever. It’s honestly the colour that stopped my search for the perfect red, because I’d found it; the thing that kept me looking for more colours is that I was worried it would be taken off the market for lack of interest. Anyway, it comes in a stick but it’s more long-lasting than some other stick lipsticks (however it was quite hot the day I received it and I think it was dried out – but that only made it less smear-able). It’s a true red that’s a bit on the orange side but it’s like a fire engine red without being obnoxiously bright. It’s such a wonderful shade.
“Cornucopia” by Makeup Monsters is one of their most popular colours and rightfully so. It’s just such a beautiful brick red and the formula is pretty solid (though it does fade and smudge some throughout the day). I’m not quite sure what to say other than it’s a beautiful colour.
“Frida” by LA Splash is one of the first I bought from them, and they’re probably my favourite lipstick brand at the moment. Their formula is amazing and ridiculously hard to get off – which is great until you want to swatch! Frida is a glittery red that’s a bit on the orange side but in certain light, it’s a solid red. It’s still available but since it was part of their Dia de los Muertos collection last year, I hope they’ll make it a permanent part of their collection.
I’ve talked about “Jingle,” now called “Red Hot,” by Lime Crime in a previous post and I’m so glad they’re selling it as a single now. It’s a beautiful solid red that has a lot of shine to it; this shade gets a tonne of compliments. The nice thing is that the shine is subtle enough to be worn casually but visible enough that it doesn’t look matte. Lime Crime’s another brand that has a great formula – not as great at LA Splash but pretty close.
“Strawberry” by Anastasia Beverly Hills is a godsend; I haven’t seen another lip colour like it but I’ve dreamt of it. It’s a very solid red but nothing that’s too bright, a bit like Helen Wheels, though the saturation and texture is very different. It’s available only online so I hope this beauty isn’t going to be discontinued.
I have so many beautiful reds that I love but I managed to narrow them down to six, and I hope those six were good enough for you, viewers! Of these, which is your favourite?
Until next week!
Posted on Sunday, March 5, 2017
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