Friday, April 28, 2017

Nicolette Cosmetics: Brand Review & Swatch

Nicolette Cosmetics is a black-owned, indie beauty brand based in Massachusetts. Launching on April 29th at 12 pm EST, they'll drop two products, the Lip Paints, and Mineral Pigments, in a range of shades. To learn more about the Lip Paints and Mineral Pigments, then read this article. 

Nicolette Cosmetics sent these products to the author of LeeNG Beauty for free as PR. All opinions mentioned are strictly the author's own. 

I was recently sent a PR package from the indie brand, Nicolette CosmeticsThe owner, Dheandra, had contacted me to see if I was interested in trying out her products and sent me a couple of them to try out. 

For the everyday girl with an urban edge, Nicolette Cosmetics is a black-owned, beauty brand based in the United States (the state of Massachusetts to be exact). I’ve never previously heard of this brand as they’re extremely new. They don’t officially open for business until April 29th at 12 pm EST, which is when they'll drop two products, the Lip Paints and Mineral Pigments, in a range of shades. In addition to these, they're also currently working on some new shades for an upcoming summer collection. 

'Boujee' Lip Paint ($16.00 USD)

The first of two products that Nicolette Cosmetics will be launching with is their Lip Paints that’ll be retailing for $16.00 USD each. These are liquid-to-matte lipsticks that will be coming out in 9 colors that’ll consist of nude, bold, and metallic shades. I only have one shade to swatch, but you can check out the rest of the shades on Nicolette Cosmetics' Instagram or Facebook Page

The shade I received, Boujee, is a pink nude. Boujee is said to best suit those of medium complexion, but it will also flatter light skin as well. Out of the 9 shades, this looks to be the lightest of 3 nude shades being released. If Boujee isn’t your cup of tea, then you might find the other two nudes, or even the other shades, more appealing to your taste. 

Swatch of 'Boujee' Lip Paint

Lip Swatch of Nicolette Cosmetics' 'Boujee' Lip Paint.

Liquid-to-matte lipsticks are generally not the most forgiving thing to wear, but this formula is comfortable enough for long-wear and won't dry your lips out. You don’t need a lot of product as it has a lot of coverage — one application will completely cover your lips - but you can add a second layer without it crumbling or becoming gummy. It’s also transfer resistant; however, it is not budge-proof. Color won’t come off on your glass when you drink, but if you eat or rub your finger across your lips, it will.

The one potential con that I see (and that’s depending on your preference) is that the Lip Paints do have a strong, vanilla cupcake smell. When I got the package, I literally opened the tube, and it was like BAM! VANILLA CUPCAKE! Naturally, the smell does fade when it dries, but not completely. Some people like scented makeup. I personally don’t because I’m sensitive to a lot of products that have a fragrance or a distinct smell. But I do have a higher tolerance when it comes to makeup because so many brands have put out scent-infused products, especially when it comes to lipstick.

'Wildin' Mineral Pigment ($12.00 USD)

And the second product that Nicolette will be launching is the Mineral Pigments for $12.00 USD each, which is what I’m looking forward to the most. These are loose pigments that will be coming in 7 bold, shimmery, metallic shades — a few being an emerald green, rose gold, and a red shade.

The shade I received, Wildin, is a pretty, azure blue. I’m such a sucker for blue makeup, but there’s not a shade in Nicolette’s range that I wouldn’t wear. 

Swatch of 'Wildin' Mineral Pigment.

In terms of color, I want to say that Wildin is a lighter, shimmery version of shade Expensive from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Beauty Killer Palette. Beauty Killer is one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes, but some of the shades are a pain to use — Expensive being one of them. It’s such a pigmented, glittery blue, but you can't blend it out without knocking all the glitter off. 

What I like to do is apply Expensive to the lid (blending as needed) and then pack Wildin on top to bring the glitz back. I find that it saves a lot of time and product doing it that way than just trying to pack Expensive on to get the glitter to stick, but the Mineral Pigments are also pigmented enough to be worn on their own.

For the longest time, I didn’t like using loose pigments because they can be messy and get all over the place if you sneeze or drop them. But if you want something with a lot of pigmentation and versatility, then a loose pigment is the way to go. The Mineral Pigments can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and to custom-make your own makeup shades. You can even use them as a highlighter or a blush-topper if you get the right colors.

If you're interested in ordering any products from Nicolette Cosmetics, you can do so at their website.

Nicolette Cosmetics sent these products to the author of LeeNG Beauty for free as PR. All opinions mentioned are strictly the author's own. 

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