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Review: Get All The Looks This Fall With The Mented Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks & Everyday Eyeshadow Palette

Review: Get All The Looks This Fall With The Mented Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks & Everyday Eyeshadow Palette

By Erica Moore @glammzmore

In case you haven’t heard of Mented Cosmetics, they make nude lipsticks for us brown girls. I wrote about them here a while back. The brand has recently released a matte version of their signature lipstick collection along with complementary lip liners. And they were kind enough to send both for review. Before I get to those though I’d like to talk about the Everyday Eyeshadow Palette which was also sent for review.

The Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette features nine shades of nude eyeshadow made with melanin in mind. The uber pigmented shadows are the perfect neutrals for creating day to night looks, and the color selection is great for Fall. 

The shadows apply smooth and blend well. And they wear all day over a primer and base without fading. I love this palette and have been reaching for it all week.

The lipsticks are creamy, comfortable and have great pigmentation. They wear well for at least four hours without needing a touch up. Unless you eat something greasy.

My favorite is still Dark Night. It reminds me of hot chocolate.

The Mented Cosmetics Lip Liner Collection features nine creamy lip liners, one to complement each shade of lipstick.The lip liners are nice and creamy. They glide on smooth and don’t tug on the lips, and the pigmentation is great with one swipe.

All aren’t an exact match for the paired lipstick. But it’s close enough. You can also mix n’ match them.

Original article on TheGlamorousGleam.com

 

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Cocoa Swatches Review: Everyday Eyeshadow Palette - Mented Cosmetics

Cocoa Swatches Review: Everyday Eyeshadow Palette - Mented Cosmetics

By Ofunne Amaka @cocoaswatches
Our Everyday Eyeshadow Palette was designed with your melanin in mind. Each shade packs enough pigment to envelop your eye lids in the gorgeous nude and neutral shades you love. The sophisticated 9-shade collection has exactly the right colors to take you from your morning meeting to post-work drinks and everything in between. Trust us, this is truly a palette you’ll love wearing every day.
WHY WE'RE FEELIN' IT

The name of this palette says it all - it is the quintessential everyday palette! The pans are huge, the shadows are super pigmented and blendable and the palette has a large mirror! The color story has a great mix of brown + gold tones that really compliment medium to deep complexions. I just wish the shade names were on the palette because they are so cute.

Original article on CocoaSwatches.com
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Pro Tutorials: Mattes + Liners

Pro Tutorials: Mattes + Liners

 

What if we told you that you could have the perfect nude lip in a long-wearing formula without it being super drying! It's a miracle! No, it's our new velvet mattes and creamy lip liners! Formulated to feel as soft and cushiony as your lips you'll forget it's on. Our original 9 semi-matte lipsticks you love now come in matte with matching liners. Sold as duos and individual you can feel free to mix and match to make each shade your own.

Watch the tutorials below by some of our favorite beauty influencers. They've done all the work of vetting our collection so you don't have to! 

Loving these tutorials? Watch more on our video gallery

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Cocoa Swatches Review: Nude Lipsticks - Mented Cosmetics

Cocoa Swatches Review: Nude Lipsticks - Mented Cosmetics

By Ofunne Amaka @cocoaswatches

The Mattes: Velvet matte nude lip shades with the perfect blend of browns and pinks to enhance your multi-hued lips.

The Semi Mattes: Deeply moisturizing nude lip shades with the perfect blend of browns and pinks to enhance your multi-hued lips.

All lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, cruelty free, and proudly made in the USA.

  • Peach Please - Our subtle peach shade gives the right amount of warmth to brighten your smile and your day.

  • Pretty in Pink - You'll love how multi-dimensional this pink is. Pretty in Pink starts with a light brown base to create a deeply pigmented, wear-all-day pink.

  • Nude La La - Looking for the perfect pink for darker lips? you've come to the right place. Nude La La's brown-and-pink blend provides a full coverage nude for women of many hues.

  • Brand Nude - This deeply pigmented tan shade accentuates your undertones and won’t wash you out.

  • Dope Taupe - The name says it all - this ain't your grandmother's taupe. Our unique blend of brown and pink will quickly become your go-to nude.

  • Brown Bare - Our sun-kissed, soft brown shade provides just the right amount of color and the perfect level of shine.

  • Foxy Brown - An irresistible blend of brown and red - soft enough for your daytime look, bold enough for your night out. 

  • Mented #5 - This shade bears our namesake because it represents everything we love about a nude lip: it's a fully pigmented, multi-dimensional blend of brown, purple, and pink. trust us - you won't want to take this shade off.

  • Dark Night - Go bold or go home, right? This dark chocolate shade is perfect for a night on the town yet warm enough to wear to the office.

Original article on CocoaSwatches.com

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Cocoa Swatches Review: Glow for Grown Ups - Mented Cosmetics

Cocoa Swatches Review: Glow for Grown Ups - Mented Cosmetics

By Ofunne Amaka @cocoaswatches


The limited edition Glow for Grown Ups collection includes three shades for your summer glow. These shimmer lotions are buildable, blendable, and made with your melanin in mind. each shade is packed with shimmery pigment, but sheer enough to give you the soft, easy glow that summer time calls for. All shimmer lotions are vegan, cruelty free, and proudly made in the us.
  • Glow Up: This rose gold will glow up any summer look. 
  • Glow Out: Our classic gold shimmer will add the perfect subtle warmth all summer long.
  • Glow On: This is the bronze glow you've been waiting for
Original article on CocoaSwatches.com
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Top 5 Nude Looks: Emmys 2018

Top 5 Nude Looks: Emmys 2018

Last night’s 70th Emmy Awards was full of groundbreaking wins, glamorous red carpet fashion, but televisions biggest night was focused on diversity and inclusiveness. Here’s our top 5 favorite nude lips of the night. Read more to see how you can get their look using Mented!

Angela, we weren't READY! Angela Basset came to slay the red carpet and break necks! Her lippie is reminiscent of our Nude La La Matte Lipstick with our Mented #5 Lip Liner

Penelope Cruz looked stunning in a feathered dress and simple smokey eye. She topped off her look with a lippie most similar to our Pink About Me Gloss.  

 

Thandie Newtown had a sleek hair do to match her sleek pink dress. Her pink lippie looks just like our Pretty in Pink Matte Lipstick

 

Sandra Miju Oh wore a deep pink lippie which complemented her gorgeous dress. Get her look with our Nude La La Semi-Matte Lipstick.

Taraji P. Henson never fails to slay the red carpet! She wore a regal updo soft drop curls. Recreate this look with our Brand Nude Matte Lipstick!
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Review: GlambyRuna Bare's It All

Review: GlambyRuna Bare's It All

If you don't know GlambyRuna you're missing out! With 100K followers across her social media channels body-positive Bangladeshi-American beauty influencer GlambyRuna, captivates her audience with her bold looks and personality.

Runa has been on the hunt for women of color friendly nude lipsticks so naturally she's tried our Capsule Collection of semi-matte lipsticks. Watch the video above to hear Runa's honest thoughts and favorite shades!

Want to see more from GlamByRuna? Check out our interview with her here and her review of our Everyday Eyeshadow Palette. Read more: #GoNude with GlamByRuna

Follow Runa on Instagram and subscribe to her YouTube Channel

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Meet Our Mattes

Meet Our Mattes

You asked and we've answered! Our best-selling 9 nude and neutral lipsticks are now available for pre-order in a velvet matte finish with matching liners! Both are highly pigmented, comfortable, and long-wearing with a lightweight feel. Guess what? You can purchase them individually or as duos. Shop new arrivals.

Mattes

Our velvet matte nude lipsticks have the perfect blend of browns and pinks to enhance your multi-hued lips. All lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, cruelty free, and proudly made in the USA.

Shop Pre-Sale: Matte Lipsticks

Liners

These 9 long-wearing and creamy lip liners glides across the lips for a natural-looking definition that lasts. Each liner has a matching semi-matte and matte lipstick! Feel free to mix and match and make your own shade.

Shop Pre-Sale: Lip Liners

Pre-sale orders begin shipping on 9.21.

Mattes

Liners

Matte Duos

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Coming Soon: Matte Lipsticks & Lip Liners

Coming Soon: Matte Lipsticks & Lip Liners

The 9 semi-matte nudes you love will be available this friday (9/14/18) in a velvet matte finish! This launch has definitely been in the works for a while as we've perfected this matte formula to be comfortable all day long! We encourage you to try our new shades--you may find your new favorite nude in our mattes. 

We hope you didn't think we'd come out with mattes without liners now! We're introducing 9 highly pigmented and super smooth lip liners matching our matte and semi-matte lipstick. These liners are perfect for adding definition to your lips and taking your look up a notch. Mix and match these liners with our gloss and lipsticks to create endless looks.

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When Less is More

When Less is More

I spent the first several months after we launched Mented feeling like I always had to have a full face of makeup on. "How can you run a beauty company without being a walking billboard for makeup?" - I thought. It wasn't just in my head either - one night, after telling someone what I did for a living the person responded, "Now that you run a makeup company you really should look the part." (Of course the person was a man - eye roll.)

 I watched hours of YouTube tutorials, terrified of being the dope in the room who didn't contour or highlight properly. I'm not joking - I've spent more time watching YouTubers contour than I've spent planning my retirement (relatedly - we should all be spending way more time thinking about retirement). 

There were plenty of days when I loved putting on a full face - sometimes there's nothing more relaxing than piling on concealer, am I right? But there were plenty of days when I started approaching minute forty-seven of my makeup routine and thought to myself, "What am I still doing here?"

Thankfully, the hotter-than-Hades New York summer snapped me out of my more-is-more routine, and forced me into a simpler, less-is-more variation. Some days I don't wear any makeup at all (though I always put on a brow…a girl's gotta have standards). Most days, I find myself quickly swiping on some concealer to diminish my dark spots, brushing on a dash of eyeshadow (Redbone from our Everyday Eyeshadow palette), adding mascara and a gloss (I'm still obsessed with Send Nudes) and I'm out the door. Because right now, in this moment, that's what makes me feel beautiful (and that's about all that can survive the heat).

Come fall, I suspect I'll up the ante a little bit, but I'm committed to remembering these past few glorious months - I haven't contoured in ages and I'm telling you it feels amazing. What's more, makeup feels fun again, because I'm not trying to prove anything to anyone; I'm simply using some of my favorite products - which were formulated specifically for brown women like me - to enhance a face I've come to love, flaws and all. 

Until next time,

KJ

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AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn 2018

AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn 2018

It was our second year at AFROPUNK BK and we had a blast! We came back bigger and better than last time. We went from having 9 lipsticks, 4 glosses, and nail polish to this year having our new summer gloss collection, eyeshadow palette, t-shirts and glow! Thank you to everyone that stopped by and we'll see you next time!

Check out this flash back to us at AFROPUNK BK 2017!

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The Camara Technique

The Camara Technique

If you don't follow celebrity MUA Camara Aunique on IG and Twitter, you're missing out! She's known for slaying the faces of some of our favorite celebs from Chloe x Halle, Niecy Nash, Angela Basset, and more.

We recently took a spin at a technique Camara taught us by using our lipsticks in 4 ways on the face in this video. Read below to get quick tips on how to execute this technique effortlessly using your favorite Mented lipsticks! 

How did you develop the Camara lipstick technique?

I started using lipstick to complete my makeup looks for a while now, I always think of unique ways to incorporate the products we already own.

How should one choose their contour shade?  

Soft contour is always better the harsh contouring look is no longer in trend so choosing a color one or two shades darker may best. 

How should one choose their blush shade? What would you recommend from the Mented collection? 

Peach tones always work well on women of color even our chocolate girls my favorite colors to use as blush is Peach Please and Pretty in Pink.

When it comes to eyeshadow with a lipstick, is it about using one shade or still providing a separate base and crease color?

When using a gloss or lipstick as your shadow try any color and blend! I won’t recommend using it in the crease. Apply a powder first then apply the lipstick and gloss on top 

The number one question we're asked is how do I find my perfect nude lipstick. How do you advise clients on finding their perfect everyday shade? 

Finding the right nude is wearing the color you feel best in. If brown tones make you feel beautiful wear it proud. Testing the colors on your forearm helps you see which would work best with your skin tone. 

What inspires you as a artist to continue to find new ways to use makeup?

I’m always looking for new unique ways to fall in love with the makeup I already own, I also push my clients to use the products in their makeup bags and think think of other ways you can use it to benefit you. 

Want to keep up with Camara? Check out her website and watch her slay faces on IG

 

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