I was having a hard time deciding whether or not to post this review, as there have been some changes to the RockABetty Beauty store. Due to some trouble with one of their suppliers, RABB decided to phase out all items which contained ingredients from that supplier – meaning a complete overhaul of some of the formulations. As a result, none of the Lid Lusters I received can be found on the website. This is exceedingly frustrating, but as I hate to have my time wasted, I decided to proceed with the review. Please keep these changes in mind should you decide to order from RABB in the future.
For swatches and product play-by-plays, click on!
I ordered a “Reviewer Special” sample pack, and a full-size tube of “Happy Chappy” lip balm. I ordered on June 18th, received shipment notice on June 22nd, and received the package on June 25th.
Everything arrived wrapped in an old school popcorn bag, with a hand-written thank-you note. A very inexpensive but entirely cute touch.
Speaking of cute, inexpensive touches, the sample pack also included a nice dual-end applicator brush. And guess what? It’s actually freaking functional. I put this little cutie in my purse for touch-ups. Nice bonus!
All swatches are taken dry over Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
CURSE: A nice green-based gold. The green tones show up wonderfully at different angles.
SIX FEET UNDER: A light, ashy, dirty brown.
FLOOZY: Vibrant purple with pink sparks. Applies very beautifully!
NEEDFUL THINGS: A seafoam green with an ice-blue sheen. This colour is so pretty, it’s almost stupid.
MEMBRANE: Metallic, pale peachy-pink.
The lid lustres ($4.25 for 3g jar) apply smoothly and last all day without creasing when applied over a primer. However, I noticed that they have a bad habit of washing out on my eyes if I only apply it over a primer. Adding a cosmetic adhesive such as Pixie Epoxy definitely helps kick up the vibrancy. Either way, Floozy and Six Feet Under sheered out when blended, so you’ll need to keep those jars open for touch-ups while you’re working.
NOTE: all of these shades are discontinued, due to recent reformulation. This review may or may not reflect what you can expect from the new line.
Pinup Complexion Enhancer in “Glow” (swatched above) is translucent with ultra-fine shimmer when blended out, or faintly vanilla-white with shimmer when packed on heavily. Its primary use is as an all-over enhancer or targeted highlighter, but it serves well as a browbone highlight as well. On the cheeks, this product lasted about four hours before falling, which is much better than I usually get out of highlighters.
SUCK IT UP ($10 USD Full Size) is a basic mattifying powder, which pulls double-duty as a foundation primer. Seeing as my skin is fairly dry, I can’t really speak for its oil-absorbing power as a primer. As such, I’m not going to go into any detail about the product. The powder itself, however, is light and silky, and does function well as a setting powder.
I’m just not the sort to pass up a lip balm when ordering indie, so of course I had to snag the Happy Chappy Lip Conditioner ($5.99 USD), a “mood-bosting” lip balm.
As for the lip balm being “mood boosting”, I didn’t find the fragrance strong enough to have any benefit in the armoatherapy department. And though “flavor oil” is included in the ingredients (listed both on site and on the package), I didn’t pick up on any flavour. I definitely think this balm could be stronger in the flavour and fragrance area.
The formula of this balm is extremely thick, which may make it overwhelming for daytime use. This is noted on the website, along with the suggestion of using it as an overnight balm. I generally use it in this way, as a single application can last for hours during the day (it still feels freshly applied at the two-hour mark).
Some items I would definitely order again. Were they still available, I would definitely rush back to order full sizes of Floozy and Needful Things. I’m definitely interested in checking out the new Lid Luster line, especially Cannibal, Death Becomes Her, and Incendiary. Pinup ‘Glow’ is also an item I would love to have a heaping helping of, as it is so multi-purpose and just plain pretty. It’s just too bad that it’s not up on the site right now. Damnit.
I’m rather on the fence about Happy Chappy, though. I like the formula – it works great as a night balm. However, I think the flavour and fragrance should be more powerful at that price.
RABB ‘Needful Things’
RABB Pinup ‘Glow’
Rimmel Professional Liquid Eyeliner ‘Ebony’
RABB ‘Suck It Up’ Oil Absorbing Primer/Powder
e.l.f. Studio Blush ‘Tickled Pink’
e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzer ‘Sun-Kissed’
e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick ‘Apricot Beige’
Urban Decay Urban Defense ‘Halo’