Fair! Both Trixie and Kim Chi’s brands are known for rich, bright pigments and stellar performance. The collection delivers all that — in super-adorable packaging, too. “When I first met Trixie, she was already working as a makeup artist and believe it or not, she knows so much about makeup and how to do it on women,” Kim Chi says. Since they are both well-versed in making makeup, things fell together nicely through the process. “Kim is humble queen, but she’s probably the most prolific drag makeup artist of our generation,” Trixie says emphatically. “Her technique, vision, and artistry is just beyond. It’s like the Super Friends [collection].
That much is apparent once you start actually playing with the makeup. When the products came across my desk, I was immediately drawn to the MVPalette ($45), which is designed to look like one of those old pink mini TVs from the ’90s. The “screen” on front is a changing holographic image of both queens. Open it up, and there’s still plenty to love. The 20-shade offering is a mix of matte, shimmer, and full-on glitter shades in a range of vibrant hues, plus a few neutrals thrown in there.
“Our fans, they appreciate and they love color, but at the end of the day, they’re also women and they need neutrals,” Kim Chi explains. I, a woman, can report that while I do love color, neutrals are an absolute must. The palette is great — it’s the kind you can take on vacation without having to tote along too many extra shades, and I appreciate the range of matte neutrals in here that guarantee I will always have more than one crease color to choose from.
The TTYLips liquid lipsticks ($15) have similarly impressive packaging — hinged onto the cap is a small mirror that you can swing out to use for on-the-go application. The stuff inside’s pretty great, too — the lipsticks apply smoothly and when they dry down, your lips still feel moisturized, thanks to the inclusion of coconut oil and beeswax.
There are two pale shades, a taupe and a pale pink (Spice Cake, Pink Fantasy) which are so very Trixie, and two warm shades, a brick red and a terracotta (Red Fantasy, Hello Hello) The LOLips bullets ($15) are similarly fabulous. Their color scheme echoes that of the liquid lippies — two light pinky shades (Eat It, Pink Sorbet) and two more warm-reddish hues (GAYsha and Gingerbread) The application is buttery, and the finish is a moisturizing semi-matte.
What I appreciate about the BRBlush in Pink Era ($28) is that it’s double-sided. The light pink lives alongside the brighter magenta shade and goes on with a velvety, buildable finish. I was at first a little wary of the brighter pink shade in the pan — I wasn’t sure if it would show up on my medium-brown skin tone, especially now that I’ve tanned a bit this summer.