The Julep Maven boxes for April were from the Vivid…
Hi! My name is Jeannie and I’m an NC25 Korean who can’t live without 3 things: My family, Food, and Eyeliner!
Sassy Moss fluidline
Mac describes Sassy Moss fluidline as a vivid green, and they’re pretty spot on! In the pot, it looks like a very intense springtime green. Swatching it with an eyeliner brush in one swipe gave the same color, while swatching it with my finger (using it like a paint pot) made the green more intense and bright. This color is absolutely perfect for springtime and gives a pop of color without going overboard.
This is the same formula as their regular fluidlines (like the popular Blacktrack) and the formula is the same. I wore Sassy Moss with Blacktrack all day, no eye primer, for a solid 8.5 hours and it did not budge or smudge. At the end of 8 hours, I rubbed the liners together and they still did not budge.
(Hand swatches: Bottom left is regular swatches. Bottom right is the swatch after rubbing it vigorously under running water for 20 seconds)
Sadly, I do not own any other green liners or such vivid shadows. This is unique!
This is definitely an underrated product and I would highly recommend everyone to grab this one quick before it’s gone forever!
L-R: Benefit Sugarbomb, Petal Power, Azalea in the Afternoon, Too Faced Perfect Flush blush in Candy Glow
Azalea in the Afternoon mineralize blush
Azalea in the Afternoon is described as a mid-tone blue pink. It is slightly shimmery and frosty, but did not tend to emphasize pores. On the cheeks, it’s a gorgeous flush of buildable pink that can be worn naturally (like I have in the pic below) or intensely. The blush itself is pretty powdery, but I notice this is how it is for most mineral blushes because the formula is so soft.
I wore this along with Sassy Moss and Blacktrack for 8.5 hours. Unfortunately, it did not have the same lasting power as the fluidlines. After about 5 hours, the blush had faded around the edges, leaving a flush of color in an odd place on the center of my cheekbones. The color was still there, but definitely not as even as when first applied. Boo.
I could not find a dupe to match both the color and the frosty shimmer. The closest I could find was Too Faced Perfect Flush blush in Candy Glow. As you can see from the picture below, there is definitely less shimmer, and the color is slightly darker.
Petal Power mineralize blush
Petal Power is a coral pink with gold shimmer. The gold shimmer is definitely noticeable both in the pan and on the face. Like Azalea in the Afternoon, this is a frosty, shimmery finish, with a very powdery texture. The color is more of a light-to-medium coral and seems to suit warm undertones very well. Petal Power is definitely more pigmented than Azalea in the Afternoon, but that could be because the color itself is more intense.
Lasting power and fading was about the same as Azalea in the Afternoon.
For comparisons, the closest blush I could find was Benefit Sugarbomb, which was definitely a lighter coral color. If you own Benefit Sugarbomb and are looking for something like it with more color, Petal Power is the way to go.
I can easily see Azalea in the Afternoon as my daily spring blush, because the shimmery frost of it keeps me from having to use a highlighter with it. Petal Power is definitely going to be my go-to blush for the transitional spring-to-summer season.
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