Review & Look: MakeUpForEver | 50 Shades of Grey Lip Trio

Today is the big day. For everyone anticipating the North American release of 50 Shades of Grey (the movie), you may also have your eyes on the beautifully wearable makeup worn leading lady Anastasia Steele.

Inspired by the film and working closely with its head makeup artist Victoria Down, Make Up For Ever entices us with a limited edition collection of lip, eye and blush products that will get you ready this for your own personal close up encounters.

THE BASICS
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Product: Tease Me (Innocent) Nude Lip Trio*
Collection: Aqua Lip WP Lip Liner “3C”, Aqua Rouge WP Liquid Lipstick #03, Lab Shine Diamond Gloss “D16”
Size: Liner (1.2g), Liquid Lipstick (2.5ml x 2), Lipgloss (2.6ml)
Price: $38CAD for the set
Availability: Sephora (in stores & online)
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes!
Website: www.makeupforever.com

Lips are a major focus in the movie, whether painted in an natural tint of nude or a sultry shade of rose, they signal Ana’s transformation and growth into the passionate lover of Mr. Grey. This Tease Me set comprises of their best selling Aqua Lip waterproof lip liner, Aqua Rouge waterproof liquid lipstick and the Lab Shine Diamond gloss to create an array of innocent looks.

The included instructional pamphlet introduces a natural and playful look created with this trio but once I swatched the colour on my skin I knew this could be so much more interesting. The Aqua Rouge is such a full bodied rich nude on my lighter skin that I decided to reverse the roles and create a strong and sophisticated makeup look worthy of a Miss Grey.
MAIN PRODUCTS USED

  • Make Up For Ever | Face & Body Foundation*
  • Pantone x Sephora | Marsala Shimmering Cheek Trio
  • Make Up For Ever | Sculpting Duo* #02
  • Make Up For Ever | Aqua Brow
  • Sauce Box | Etude Palette
  • Make Up For Ever | Aqua Lip* | 3C
  • Make Up For Ever | Aqua Rouge* | #03
Pigmentation and saturation from both the lip liner and the liquid lipstick are excellent and you could really have used either one on its own for a lip look. The Aqua Rouge stood out to me for how smooth and creamy it feels on application but most importantly the stay put formulation allows me to cheat my naturally thinner upper lip into something more voluptuous without worrying it would feather or smear. No splitting or cracking with the base coat colour and better yet this is pretty much bullet proof through an entire meal with no colour transfer on your glass of fancy champagne (of course Mr. Grey would only serve champagne right?).
The Lab Shine gloss has a more casual feel with light-medium translucent coverage and is littered with pink and copper micro shimmer which can be worn on its own or over the Aqua Rouge base colour in lieu of the attached clear gloss for a more dimensional look. It is a thicker formulation but is not at all uncomfortable to wear.
THE FINAL VERDICT

A very well done collection by Make Up For Ever, the Tease Me Lip Trio for the 50 Shades of Grey movie is both fashionable yet functional. I can see the shades being quite universally flattering whether it pulls more of a rich nude on your skin tone or a natural nude. The star of the set for me is undoubtedly the Aqua Rouge but I’m sure you’ll find plenty of use for the liner and gloss as well. I believe all the colours are available individually as part of their regular permanent range but the set offers a great discount for the money. 

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Review: Colour Elixir Balms | Maybelline

You know what they say about does it all products, those that claim to do everything often accomplishes nothing at all. Yet, I couldn’t help but be lured by the Maybelline Colour Sensational Elixirs which are formulated to provide colour, care and shine. I really ought to blame it on the gorgeous ads that they have created for this product along with the newer uber sleek packaging because before you know it, I came home with two.
THE BASICS
Brand: Maybelline New York
Product: Colour Sensational Elixir Balm/Gloss
Colour Range: 20 shades 
Size: 5ml
Price: $10.99CAD msrp (often on sale $6.99)
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably yes.

Silver caped square tubes with an inner chamber shaped like a lipstick bullet, these Colour Elixirs are quite the looker. The wand is a diamond shaped velour applicator that holds the perfect amount of product for a single application. And while I personally enjoy the sweet (tea/latte) scent the rest of the blogosphere seems to be divided on this matter but do note that it does have a noticeable fragrance that does linger throughout the day.

So how exactly does one define an “elixir”?

With big words like “hyper saturated”, “cushiony feel” and “glass shine” in the advertisements, I had in mind a futuristic vinyl like gel emulsion. Instead the texture is a smooth balm that coated my lips in a protective layer while also imparting a semi-opaque wash of colour. With the exception of a few of the darkest shades perhaps, these are not what I would call hyper saturated but more of a medium intensity colour depending on your shade selection. Though still more pigmented that most of my current glosses, the beautiful glossy rich red worn by the model in the commercial will require a copious amount of product to achieve on your own lips.

In the shine department, I find the reflect quality to be rather elusive. Yes you can achieve a glass like finish but only in specific lighting conditions where there is light directly shining in your face. Other wise with dispersed ambient light or even regular day light, these Elixirs show off a more subdued shine.

When it comes to the two colours I own, “Nude Illusion” gives me a soft muted lip without taking away too much from my own lip colour and in contrast “Hibiscus Haven” adds just the right amount of pop without the heavy look of a lipstick. Certain shades contain a hint of fine shimmer while others are a jellly/cream finish.

Maybelline Colour Elixir | “Nude Illusion” & “Hibiscus Haven”

Application is smooth and easy on the lips with this formulation but certain shades (like Hibiscus Haven) can tend to settle into lip lines so stick to softer and lighter shades if you find yourself prone this issue.

What I really love about these Elixirs are their staying time, which is usually an easy 3-4hrs if not longer. While these aren’t kiss proof or lunch proof, I do find a good amount of product still remains on my lips after such activities that it’s not always absolutely necessary to touch up immediately. The balmy consistency also helps the colour to say within my outer lip line and prevent traveling which can happen with glossier pigmented liquid products.

Even more surprisingly, instead of just preventing my lips from dehydrating, I often find my lips a bit more moist after the gloss wears off. It doesn’t quite beat a proper lip balm for moisturization but it is one of the more care conscious lip colours in my collection.

THE FINAL VERDICT
Almost perfect under my highly standards for a gloss, these Maybelline Colour Sensational Elixirs falls short due to the lack of promised “glass shine” and the fact that it can settle into lip lines of which I have many. On the other hand, I love the balmy application and cushion feeling that these provide so a few more colours might have to be added to my collection. Overall, a good product to own and an easy choice for an everyday look.
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Ingredients: (May vary depending on colour)

Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate,Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl, Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated, Castor Oil Isostearate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Pentylene Glycol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Alumina, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Linalool, Silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Aluminum, Hydroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, Parfum / Fragrance


May Contain: Mica CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides CI 15850 / Red 7 CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake CI 75470 / Carmine CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake]. 

TAG | Lip Product Addict + Video

Lippies lippies everywhere, all these lippies but what to wear?

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have much too many lip products than we can wear (or consume for that matter, as most of it ends up being eaten). Yet it’s a sneaky little addiction that keeps slipping into pockets, purses and overflowing makeup drawers. So in celebration of lipies everywhere, here’s my Lip Product Addict Tag!

THE QUESTIONS

FAVOURITE LIP BALM / TREATMENT
Hurraw! | Lip Balm | reviewed
BEST EYE-CATCHING RED
Annabelle | Twist Up Lip Stick* “Vamp” | reviewed
BEST LUXURY & BEST DRUGSTORE
Bobbi Brown | “Soft Rose” & “Sandwash Pink”
Essence | “In the nude” & “Creamy nude”
BEST MAC LIPSTICK
MAC | “Ravishing”
THE MOST DISAPPOINTING
Revlon | Kissable Balm Stains
LINER – YES OR NO?
Boots No. 7 | Lip Liner “Nude”
BEST GLOSS
L’Oreal | Caresse Shine Stains | reviewed
SOMETHING EXTRA!
NYX | Xtreme Shine Lip Cream “Nude Peach Fuzz”

The fun thing I adore about lip products is their versatility and impact, a switch of colour can change up your whole makeup look and their small size makes it easy to carry around all your favourite options. I never leave home without at least 3 options in my purse and I know I’m not alone so now I’ve shared my lippie addiction, I want to hear your favourites too!

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Review: Korres | Lip Butter "Pomegranate"

Korres had their big breakthrough moment when they first appeared in the shops of Sephora a few years ago. Hailing from the sunshine land of Greece and with their focus on natural ingredients (which at the time was still relatively new in the mass market) the brand quickly gained a faithful following. One of these iconic Korres items is the Lip Butter which comes in small colourful pots, ready to heal dry chapped lips.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Korres
Product: Lip Butter in “Pomegranate”
Shades: 6 total (Quince, Guava, Pomegranate, Mango, Jasmine, Wild Rose)
Size: 6ml
Price: $12 USD / $16 CAD (via Sephora)
Availability: Korres (website), Sephora (online)
Would Repurchase: Yes, when it’s on sale.
Websitewww.korres.com

Let me start this review with a small refresher on this magical term “lip butter”, which by now is thrown around left and right, thus it seems many companies (even drugstore) has products which they consider to be soft, buttery and emollient. In short, they can be seen as similar to a tinted lip balm but coloured lip butters seem to pack a bit more colour and is more creamy rather than waxy. When I first encountered the Korres lip butters (2010 – 2011), the term was still very new and thus quite innovative.

I purchased a lip butter and glaze set (both in pomegranate) from Sephora in San Francisco which was sold at a great price, only $15 USD for the two. Opening up the small plastic container, the product itself indeed looks quite buttery, the consistency is one which melts smoothly onto my lips and imparts a surprisingly bright pop of colour. The colour saturation varies depending on the shade but with the exception of Jasmine, all the others offer a visible juicy tint to the lips that borders on a light coverage lipstick with a soft balmy shine. The texture is very creamy or “buttery” as you can say and has no waxy feel at all, much more like a lip moisturizer. My pomegranate version is lightly scented with a sweetly tart fragrance which I actually quit enjoy.

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The description actually claims various benefits from each flavour by means of the included extracts but looking through the ingredients list, I highly doubt how effective they actually are. I certainly don’t consider polybutene to be very natural and that’s at the top of the ingredients list, the actual pomegranate is listed much lower down as punic granatum extract. None the less I am very happy with these because it smoothes out my lip lines and makes my lips look naturally juicy, voluptuous and dare I say kinda sexy in a “girl next door” way. For daily use these lip butters are certainly worthy of my makeup bag, I like using it to refresh my lips when they are looking drab. With continued use I did find my lips to be slightly softer even after the butters have worn off but these are far from an intensive treatment so in the moisturization department, I’d only recommend them for maintenance use. While these are not terribly expensive, at $16 a pop Canadian, they seem a bit unreasonable here considering the much lower American price but they will be repurchased when I find them again in a Sephora across the border. Get them if you can, especially if it comes in a kit!

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INGREDIENTS
Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid,Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopherol,Aroma (Flavor), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Punic Granatum Extract, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Butyrospermum Parki(Shea Butter) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 77891(Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake,Red 6), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

Review: Candydoll | Lipgloss "Peach Orange"

I love reading the magazine sections showing what’s inside models makeup bags, especially when it’s a little broken and grubby that’s when you know they’ve really been using the products to the last bit. A recurring staple item I’ve noticed from my Japanese magazines is Candydoll’s line of lip glosses (along with the blush) in various shades of baby pink. As a girly girl at heart, you can never have too many pink glosses right?

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THE BASICS
Brand: Candydoll
Product: Lipgloss
Colour range: 8 shades
Size: n/a
Price: $13-16CAD
Availability: Ichibankao (online), eBay, Sasa (online)
Would I repurchase: No.
Website: www.candydoll.jp

I picked up mine with a previous order from Sasa seeing as they offered the best price (and free shipping during promo times) but the colours were quite limited. Looking up the series online, they’ve now added two new shades to a total of 8 colour variations. The line is geared towards those seeking a feminine, dolly type of look so no crazy brights here, the colours are juicy and watery ranging from creamy finishes to sheer sparkles.

Candydoll Gloss
As you may know, sheer glosses are not really my thing so I went with “Peach Orange”, a creamy peach pink with a bit more intensity. From close up you can detect very miniscule shimmer, which doesn’t translate into any thing much on the lips, it will still show as a cream finish with medium opacity. Among the things I like about this gloss, the applicator has to get some bonus points, I’ve seen many variations on the standard sponge tip but the slight slant makes it easy and quick to apply the gloss evenly to both the top and bottom lip.
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In all, if you are just looking at this gloss from a photograph, you’d think it’d be a good makeup bag staple but don’t be fooled. While it does have good coverage and a balmy shine, it is very sticky…as in…MAC lipglass-stick-to-everything sticky. If you are going to do any kind of moving around or talking with this lip gloss on, you’ll soon realize it’s a nuance. But like the MAC glosses, the extra thickness will give you slightly longer wear than watery versions, it’s certainly not going anywhere unless you’re wiping it off.

Candydoll Lipgloss FOTD

Even worse is the unflattering look it has on anyone with wrinkly lips (see photo above) which was the real deal breaker for me. I would have stuck with the stickiness even if just for filming or special occasions but it unforgivingly sinks into every little fine line I had on my lips making them look even worse than before I put anything on. So as tempting as this cute little gloss may look, unless you have a perfectly plump pucker and like the sticky feel of gloss, pass and spend your money elsewhere.
Have you tried these popular Candydoll glosses?

Review: L’Oreal | Caresse Shine Stain

L’Oreal has really been stepping up their game in the past year, releasing some unique formulations that is pushing the bar on what is deemed as drugstore makeup. The newest addition to their colour line that’s been on everyone’s lips (quite literally) is the 2013 Caresse Shine Stains.

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THE BASICS
Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Caresse Shine Stains / Aqua Wet Lacquers
Colour range: 12 shades (via L’Oreal USA website)
Size: 6.3ml
Price: $8-10 USD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Absolutely yes!
Website: http://www.lorealparisusa.com

LOreal Caresse shine stain colours-ingredients

THE REVIEW VIDEO

THE FINER DETAILS
I found the shade “Rose on and on” to be surprisingly beautiful and while it’s still quite a tame shade from the collection, it was not at all boring. However, photographing the colour was a different story, the colour swatches quite different on my hand than it does on my lips as you’ll see from my photos below.

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LOreal Caresse Shine Stain-03

LAST WORDS
Can you tell I am head over heels about this? It’s been a very long time since I’ve been thoroughly impressed by a new product innovation, not just a new colour or new packaging but a whole new formulation that’s sure to be game changer in this highly competitive market. If you’ve never been a gloss lover in the past, this might be the right time to give it another shot. For those with dry lips this will mask those pesky lines, colour lovers will adore the versatile wear and those forever debating between lipstick vs lip gloss can finally call it a truce.

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Stain FOTD

Review: Rimmel | Vinyl Max lipgloss | #711 Glorious

Rimmel’s Vinyl Shine lip gloss was one of my very first “colour” makeup items, it’s been on the market for many years and a few shades like “East End Snob” have become iconic drugstore hits. The newer addition to the line called Vinyl Max rolled out quietly over here, no fuss, no big adverts and if it weren’t for some helpful beauty bloggers, this may have slipped past me completely.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: Vinyl Max Lipgloss
Shades: 12 (from big brights to soft nudes)
Size: 8ml
Price: $6 CAD or $3.99 (on Sale!)
Availability: Drugstore
Would I repurchase: Not likely.

Quite a sad tale I have tell about this lip gloss. It had so many good things going for it but its one flaw was too important to ignore. The Vinyl Max line draws on the bigger is better concept; bigger wand, bigger shine, bigger colour and full voluptuous lips of course.

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The gloss has a very smooth gel-like consistency and packed a punch in the colour department which was a huge win in my opinion as it’s often hard to find drugstore glosses that goes on more than just sheer. From all the shades I’ve swatches, from the nudes to the plums, every one of them had great medium to full on coverage. And these aren’t just your average colours either, they’re infused with shimmer and dancing glitter bits that will really make your lips shine. Sensitive noses beware though, this gloss is quite perfumey leaning towards syrupy on the fragrance scale.

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Not very good at lip swatches yet, not sure to purse, smile, close mouth? Oh sheesh.

The shade I picked up was #711 Glorious which is a bright pinky fuchsia with golden sprinkles which look so pretty when worn and I must say truly does enhance the volume of my natural lips. This gloss doesn’t have any special plumping ingredients but fantastic combination of shine and sparkle does the trick pretty well.

And of course let’s not forget the XXL wand which appears to be a love-hate situation with most people. I initially thought it was rather cool but unfortunately it did not provide the precision I needed and annoyingly took me a full minute to apply this gloss to my liking. 

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Excited as I was to find another great drugstore love, I was extremely annoyed to realize that this gloss bleeds…rather terribly. I had worn it on its own happily prancing around, chatting away with my lovely lips only to notice later that the gloss/pigments had bled its way into a little fuchsia ring around my mouth. Not cute, especially since this was a bright shade to begin with. So if you are gonna give one a shot, then remember to pair it with a lip liner or stay far away from the edges of your lips lest you be seen with a bleeding Joker smile.

Review: Essence | Stay with me lipgloss

Drugstore lip glosses come and go but there’s many aspects that go into a good gloss. While the main purpose of a gloss is to add shine, I like mine with a kick of colour too but that’s often where it gets complicated. Many drugstore options tend to travel beyond your lips or the colour settles into every line and wrinkle. This recent love of mine (recommended by Miss Natty) is one of the few drugstore glosses for which I went out to repurchase multiple shades.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Essence
Product: Stay with me | Long lasting lipgloss
Colour selection: 7 shades in the permanent line
Size: 4ml / 0.13 fl. oz
Price: $2.99 CAD
Availability: Select Shoppers Drug Marts (Canada) , Ulta (USA)
Would I repurchase: Yes, I already have.

Let’s start from the top down, I must say that the packaging for this gloss is quite adorable. Not overly kitschy but not cheap and boring either, it looks more expensive than $2.99 and it has a good weight in my hands. Essence markets itself to be a very hip and trendy inexpensive makeup line but certainly has more to offer than what you may think.

It has a funny little “snow man” sponge tip applicator (much like the Liz K gloss) and I think it’s just going to be one of those love it or hate it bits about this product. I find it decent for applying product to large areas of the lips but very had to define the edges, especially if you are using a brighter colour. It’s also candy/fruit punch scented which smells a little sickly strong in the tube but doesn’t linger long on the lips.

Essence Stay with me lipgloss_02
There are a total of 7 shades available ranging from sheer pinks to deep raspberry reds, a combination of both warm and cool tones to suit your whim with a focus on cream finishes. All the shades I own or have swatched have light to medium pigmentation (the brighter ones being slightly more opaque) which makes them fabulous to wear on their own or to add more dimension to your favourite lip colour.

My favourite aspect of this gloss beyond the colour payoff is the balmy consistency of the formula which smoothes over the lips like a lip balm and does not enhance lip lines at all. Even the pale baby pink, a shade which can settle unevenly on the lips, applied super smooth and made my lips look plump and juicy. Plus my lips were not parched and dry after it wore off which happens frequently with inexpensive glosses. Because it’s not too wet or slippery, the colour stays put a bit longer than others and the bright shades didn’t bleed around the lip line either so you can wear that red with confidence. Really, this is the perfect gloss for those who normally don’t like gloss at all.

You can see all their shades and everything else Essence has to offer on their website | www.essence.eu

Altogether I am super impressed by this little gloss and it’s a drugstore pick me up that I can see myself repurchasing for a long time plus recommending it to anyone who will listen. It’s a wonderful tinted balm-gloss that will fit nicely into any makeup collection. So the next time you find yourself browsing the makeup shelves again, head over to the Essence stand and pick up one or three to try. I’m quickly growing very fond of this Polish brand and have a few more items lined up for review. These European brands are absolutely rocking my world recently.

Have you tried this or any other Essence products before?

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INGREDIENTS NO 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07: HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, BIS-DIGLYVERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, HYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-75 STEARATE, BHT, CETETH-20, STEARETH-20, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, MAY CONTAIN: CI 15850 (RED 6 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 45410 (RED 27 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Korean Makeup: Liz K "Lizy Lips" gloss

Sparkle Sparkle Bling Bling!

If you’re a lip gloss fan, today’s post is just what you need. I’ve been testing out a new gloss from Korean makeup line Liz K. Created by celebrity makeup artist Kim Chung Kyung, the brand offers easy to use professional quality products to make every woman look like a star. Easy to use? Looking like a celebrity? Count me in!

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What I’ve always admired about Korean style makeup in general is that elusive transparent yet chic and sophisticated look. They are usually always wearing a full face of products but it’s always polished and blended to perfection. I’ve got a lots to learn but at least I can start off with lip gloss.

THE BASICS
Brand: LizK
Product: *Lizy Lips lip gloss “Bling bling red sorbet”
Features: Ceramide and moisturizers to plump up your lips.
Size: 4.7grams
Price: $16.50usd (on Wishtrend)
Availability: Wishtrend online
Would I repurchase: Yes

A few things hit me immediately upon opening my Lizy Lips gloss. First the packaging is very luxurious. Not too serious or too mature, it certainly markets itself as a high end product and everything from the design of the tube to the weight of the lip gloss reinforces that. This is something that I’d be happy to pull out to touch up after a meal or give as a gift.

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After getting over the beauty of the design, I have to say this gloss has the most incredible sparkle. I spent a good while just turning the product around and seeing the star dust catch the light and twinkle. It isn’t completely a pearl or metallic finish yet it’s not a rough glitter either, if you are a shimmer lip gloss fan then this has to be one of the best I’ve ever seen. The glitter inside is finely milled to a powder and inside the gloss it’s noticeable enough to stand out on it s own but never gritty on my lips.

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What you’ll notice after opening the tube (even before you apply this to your lips) is the fruity scent and although I’ve used many fruity glosses before this was more authentic and less artificial or overwhelmingly sickly sweet. I detect perhaps a mango or guava hint, something very lush and kissable. Lizy lips has no taste at all but the attractive scent is a huge bonus point for me and I think even those who normally do not like scented product might be swayed by this one.

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The consistency of the gloss is very smooth and has a gel like quality when applied so it adheres well and spread easily. One of it’s selling points is actually the “snowman” tip which is very similar to the Essence Stay with Me lipgloss wand, curvy in the center with a little bulb on top. I can’t say it makes the application process any easier but it doesn’t seem too bothersome either so for me it’s just a design kick. Lizy lips is light to medium in coverage and is perfectly suited to be worn on its own, my colour “Bling bling red sorbet” tints lips a sheer juicy raspberry shade. The wear on this gloss is average, if you want to keep it absolutely perfect you’ll need to touch up between 3-4 hours. The good thing is, that it doesn’t bleed outside your lip line (so you can skip the lip liner) and it does wear off quite evenly.

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What I love most about this gloss is the translucent quality it gives to the lips. I love the look of cream/pearl glosses but they tend to emphasis lip lines, I like sparkle finishes too but they tend to very rough and gritty. I feel that Lizy lips is the perfect combination. I tend to have very wrinkly lips (always had, likely always will) and this gloss just fills them in without drawing attention to the wrinkles. The result is a perfectly plump, translucent, sparkly finish. It doesn’t make my lips look any bigger than usual but it certainly makes them look smoother overall. Even after I remove the product, my lips felt quite moisturized and soft so I know that the ingredients in here are keeping them in good condition.
You can find the LizK “Lizy lips” line from Wishtrend’s website, linked below.
Venture online to see their selection!
I’m very excited to have been introduced to the LizK brand and while this gloss is priced higher than what I would usually spend on my daily gloss products, the quality and performance is evident. I’d even go as far to say that this is comparable with my all time favourite glosses from Dior and those retail for a whopping $30 if not more. Next on my list of things to try from LizK is probably the UV Protection Color Veil, looks very promising!

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Daily Goods: Pastel lipgloss from Revlon

I was in the drugstore picking up some photos the other day and saw these cuties. I’ve always been a fan of the Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss formulation. They have great pigmentation and a thick but non goopy consistency which I feel is really comparable to many high end lip glosses.

What caught my eye were these three beautiful spring colours (part of the permanent line I believe). The center shade was already a favourite but the other two creme shades are new to me. In fact I was hesitant about the lavender but perhaps it would be wearable over a pink lipstick.

REVLON Super Lustrous Lipgloss

  •  Peach Petal
  • Pink Whisper
  • Lilac Pastelle
I haven’t opened them because I want to wait a little longer until spring and summer to bust them out but gosh aren’t they pretty? If only they came out with more shades I think these would almost top MAC’s lip glass for me. They are one of the few wonderful drugstore lip glosses I’ve ever used.

Do give them a look if you haven’t already!

Ciao,