An ageless love triangle leads to a beautiful collection
(Sung to the tune of Sugar Sugar)
Makeup (do do do do do do) ah, lipstick, lipglass! (do do do do do do)
You are my ob-session
And you got me wanting you
Makeup (do do do do do do) ah, blush and Pearlmatte! (do do do do do do)
The Archie launch has got it all
And it’s got me wanting more
Though I watched the Archie show as a kid, I have to admit, I didn’t get it. Why did these two beautiful girls want nerdy ol’ Archie? And on a deeper level, I knew even as a little girl that it was kind of weird to pit them against each other for his affection. Really Archie, make a decision already. Or girls, what about Reggie? He’s pretty cute and in the band too.
Archie obviously has staying power. First released in 1941, the comics are still being made today. And the best friends/worst enemies are still fighting for Archie’s affection. (He actually married BOTH of them in a recent story line, but I won’t even get into that.)
Love triangles aside, there’s no denying a catchy song or a great makeup collection. And Archie’s Girls is a great makeup collection; bright pop graphics with equally bright pop shades. Of course, a lot of it is sold out online already (which it was before we even opened the Fed Ex box.) But try in store, you may still have luck. Keep resorting to EvilBay as a last resort!
The lip and cheek products were what I was drawn to most in the launch. I’m a straight up Betty when it comes to the cheeks…
It’s no wonder I LOVE Betty’s Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me! It has one of my all time favorite MAC products in it: Shell Pink Beauty Powder. It’s absolutely one of my holy grail highlighters; the product I reach for most often when I want to add a healthy, lit from within sort of glow. Don’t be sad if you can’t track it down, Shell Pink is available in the Year of the Snake launch too!
Flatter Me! is a light shimmery golden peach base (that’s the Shell Pink Beauty Powder) with embossed bright coral hearts (Foolish Me Powder Blush).
Veronica’s Pearlmatte is no slouch either. Aptly named Veronica’s Blush, it’s a silvery pink base (Frankly Scarlet Powder Blush) with bright but dark pink hearts (Play It Proper Beauty Powder). In case you didn’t notice the switcheroo, the Beauty Powder is the accent here versus being the base in Betty’s product. Oh those girls – so different!
Whichever one you use, swirl the finely milled base and heart shades together for the best effect.
The blushes are lovely as well, and silky smooth to apply. I especially love Betty’s Cream Soda. It’s a bright and light coral with subtle shimmer.
Veronica’s is called Prom Princess, it’s a bright medium magenta pink that should look really pretty on darker skin tones.
The lipsticks have me leaning Betty as well. I only stray to the Veronica side for Ronnie Red. I tried to convince myself I didn’t need it. Honestly, if you saw how many red lipsticks I had, you’d call the authorities. But my god, it’s just so pretty! Just a bright, pure red with just enough depth to it. And in MAC’s fabulous matte formula; cushiony matte I like to call it. It’s not dry and has a 5 hour+ formula. There was no hope for me; I was helpless to Ronnie Red.
And If fuchsia is your thing, Daddy’s Little Girl is beautiful; a bright, satin finish pop of purple pink.
Getting back to being helpless to the power of lip products, if you’ve read this blog even once before, you probably also know I’m a sucker for corals, especially bright ones. And wow, does Betty have some stunning bright corals!
Betty Bright is a bright and light South Beach Granny kind of coral that drives me crazy. It’s got a satin finish that you can apply lightly and add a gloss for just a wash of color. Or, apply heavily for full on coral. Exfoliate your lips first though, the formula is on the drying side.
Girl Next Door has a lustre formula and is a silvery pink.
Kiss Don’t Tell may be the shade you do resort to drastic measures to get. If you love a bright yellow pink, they don’t get much prettier than this pretty creme.
In the Veronica camp, we checked out Feelin’ So Good; a sheer blackened wine.
How about it readers, do any of these products make your eyes fill with cartoon hearts?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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Girl Next Door – Vivid blue pink (lustre)
Betty Bright – Light vibrant peach (satin)
Oh, Oh, Oh – Sheer brown plum (lustre)
Daddy’s Little Girl – Mid-tone pink violet (satin)
Ronnie Red – Bright Red (matte)
Boyfriend Stealer – Deep blackened plum (cremesheen)
$16.50 US/$20 CDN
Summer Sweetheart – Light peach
Stay Sweet – Light lavender pink
Kiss & Don’t Tell – Bright coral
Mall Madness – Mid-tone pink violet
Strawberry Malt – Bright red
Feelin’ So Good – Deep blackened plum
$16.50 US/$20 CDN
Cream Soda – Light neutral coral (satin)
Prom Princess – Mid-tone violet pink (satin)
$22 US/$26 CDN
Pearlmatte Face Powder
Flatter Me – Golden peach base (Shell Pearl Beauty Powder) with coral hearts (Foolish Me Powder Blush)
Veronica’s Blush – Silvery pink base (Frankly Scarlet Powder Blush) with deep pink hearts (Play It Proper Beauty Powder)
$30 US/$35 CDN