Birchbox's LOC Ultimate Collection Review and Swatches
I was introduced to LOC from Tati, or GlamLifeGuru on Youtube. I've known about Birchbox for a long time, but I never made the effort to subscribe to any beauty box. I love Tati, and really wanted to support the launch of LOC by purchasing the eyeshadows and lipsticks she created with Birchbox. I went ahead and purchased a subscription to Birchbox and the LOC Ultimate Collection which includes every eyeshadow shade and lipstick shade Tati created.
For $46 you get 3 lipsticks and 5 eyeshadow sticks. It comes out to about $5.75 each, which is the average price for drugstore products! But the amount of product you are actually getting is extremely lacking. For reference, a Burt's Bees Lip Balm comes with .15oz of product. The LOC Vibrant Matte Lipsticks come with .02oz of product. That is such a tiny amount. Luckily, the One & Done Shadow Sticks come with an average amount of product (.05oz), but unfortunately, you must sharpen the product to get more. Sharpening the sticks wastes so much product, which is such a bummer. The Vibrant Matte Lipsticks are twistable, so I am not sure why they didn't make the One & Done Shadow Stick that way too. But, it comes with a sharpener for your convenience.
I definitely put these One and Done Shadow Sticks to the test. With primer, without primer, 12 hour long days, used as eyeshadow bases... I can't say I'm wowed, but I am definitely satisfied with my experience. I only had minimal creasing with this product after 8-12 hours of wear (time becomes blurry when your day becomes school, work, sleep) and that is with and without a primer. These shadow sticks dry fast, so you must work quickly when blending them out. They do not budge once they are on, so in a negative note, if you make a mistake, there is no going back.
The shades are so pigmented and I have no problem with these blending out before they set. They are super creamy when first applied, and as long as you are careful when smoothing them out, you'll be happy with your results. I think the color scheme Tati and Birchbox picked for this set is great for everybody. You get three very wearable everyday shades and 2 fun, deeper shades.
The Vibrant Matte Lipsticks are very creamy and smell similar to the ColourPop Lippie Sticks. They have a velvety feel, which is good because matte lipsticks can be very drying. These aren't drying at all, but I don't notice anything spectacular about them. First Kiss, the nude, looked disgusting on my lips. I don't love nudes on me anyway, but this looked like concealer on my lips, which is not cute. Wildest Dreams is a beautiful red, but I noticed a tiny bit of bleeding after a long time of wear. Glam Life is probably my favorite out of the three, and I even liked pairing it with First Kiss to tone the color down and make it more wearable for daytime. The wear of Glam Life is better than Wildest Dreams, but it definitely started losing it's intensity after a few hours.
Overall, I can't say I'm completely in love with these products. If you want go support Tati like I did, then go ahead and purchase this kit. If I wasn't a subscriber of hers, I probably wouldn't have bothered picking this up. The One and Done Shadow Sticks are nice, but they are not anything special compared to other brand's shadow sticks. The lipsticks are definitely not anything special, and you definitely don't need them in your collection. I can't see myself wearing these over some of my MAC lipsticks or even Maybelline. They are just okay, in my opinion.
You can buy these individually, in small trios, or just all the One and Done Shadow Stucks or just all the Vibrant Matte Lipsticks. If you really want to try something out from this brand, then I'd go with getting the One and Done Shadow Sticks. They don't budge, come with some beautiful colors, and are super creamy. Skip out on the Vibrate Matte Lipsticks, there are better products out there. I'm still glad I got to support Tati, even if I wasn't completely in love with this collection.
Have you tried anything from this collection?