Swatch Party Friday!: $1 AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick


These dollar lipsticks come in 24 shades and have a powder matte finish. All listed lippies had fairly even application minus the blue shade - which would do better with it’s accompanying lip liner (also $1!).

There is a faintly chemical smell to them (which is not my favorite) but generally speaking they’re a pretty good bang for the buck - especially for shades less frequently worn.

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 The things we do for lip swatches!

The things we do for lip swatches!

Swatch Party Friday! : $1.25 Glitter - Super Glitters

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Super Glitters Loose Glitter

This is not the first time we’ve dabbled into some Super Glitters fun. However, today, we’re looking into another round of glittery goodness.

The average price is about $1.25 for around 2 teaspoons of product (which, honestly, who really goes through that much glitter...) with an ever growing shade range. 

At the time of purchase "Bitty Jars" were available but as of publication, there does not appear to be Bitty Jars available (please correct me if I'm wrong). Additionally, there does seem to be minimal differences in glitter size which is why the numeric association is also listed. These glitters were applied with a base of NYX Cosmetics Glitter Glue. 

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Happy Shopping! 


More Swatch Parties! 

Swatch Party Friday! | Kleancolor Along the Lines Liquid Eyeliner

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Kleancolor

Now…I’ll be honest and say I might have gone a little overboard with the $1 USD Along the Lines eyeliners…But with so many colors to choose from, can you blame me?

These eyeliners have an interesting latex-like finish where (if you wanted to) you could peel off the color once it’s dried to remove. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is the sour apple candy smell to the product that gets stuck in your nose. It’s not hindering me from using them, because I quite like them for the price, but it is something to be aware of.

Additionally, the liners do not have the names written on the bottle which I find irritating from both a blogging and consumer standpoint (being it might be difficult to figure out exactly what shade to re-purchase).

However, overall I have very few complaints about this $1 liner. It feeds a special place in my crazy makeup “collect it all” spirit that I just can’t seem to deny.

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Swatch Party Friday! | Black Opal Eyeshadows

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Black Opal

Black Opal is a black owned beauty brand who specialize in cosmetics geared towards people of color. Now, as you can see, I am decidedly NOT a woman of color…however, I’ve found cosmetic brands that have melanin on the mind kick up the pigment to such jaw dropping levels in order to show up on deeper skin. Let’s face it, we love ourselves some bold pigment here at BackPorchPoet. Good makeup is good makeup, regardless of the target audience.

I received these shades at a makeup convention earlier in the year so they are not available individually, however, if you search for the names of these shades you will be able to find the respective palettes they belong to!

Eyeshadow Palettes range from $4-$9USD on the Black Opal Website.

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Swatch Party Friday! | Colourpop Luster Dust Loose Highlighter

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Colourpop Cosmetics

If you ever wanted to dip your toes into the world of loose highlighter - Colourpop’s $7 Luster Dust is a great place to start. As someone who has her feet firmly planted on the side of traditional powder highlights, it’d be a lie if I didn’t say these didn’t call my name once in a while.

Many makeup enthusiasts use loose highlight on it’s own, on the body, mixed with body oil or lotion, and as a “highlight topper” to add double the shine. Whatever way you’ve thought about using them, I hope these swatches help you choose the highlight of your dreams.

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Swatch Party Friday! | Lit Loose Glitter

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Lit Cosmetics

Lit cosmetics has gained popularity over the past few years for their vast assortment of glitters and unique glitter adhesive. Are they still an indy brand? Can you be indy and have a Sephora slot? These are my very important questions!

Anyway, back to the glitter. The Lit website recommends a “Dunk, dip, and dab” style of application. What does this mean? Well it’s suggested you take a clean brush, dunk it into the glitter base, then dip that wet brush into the glitter pot at an angle, and finally dab the product to the face in short strokes. As someone who owns both the glitter and adhesive, I thoroughly recommend following their instructions. In fact, I use the same method for the rest of my glitters thanks to them and get very cool results.

For the below swatches, I totally ignored them because who wants to dirty a brush when I have my nasty fingers I can dip into the product and smear on with some Model’s Own Glitter Glue? Sure not I.

These glitters retail for around $16 USD.

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I’m sorry! Blurry photos help show the dimension of the glitter…I don’t mean to trigger anyone with bad photography…

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