3 Things | Expensive Lipsticks

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There is something utterly divine about a lush, elegant and expensive lipstick. As little girls, it’s often the first piece of real makeup that we’re allowed to try on and to this day, lipstick is still my kryptonite and my collection is larger than I have the opportunity to wear. Particularly precious to my stash however are my high end options, not because there aren’t equally fabulous choices in the drugstore but because it just feels luxurious even when you’re wearing sweatpants.

Expensive Lipsticks

T-B | MJ Moody Margot | DIOR Hasard | YSL Nude Lavalliere

Starting off with one that I think is a true classic, DIOR’s Rouge Dior lipstick is the more traditional out of the three but one that I feel has a real timeless quality about it. The rosey pink shade #263 Hasard has a natural satin finish with medium to full coverage topped off with a rose scent. It’s smooth to apply but doesn’t have as much slip as many of the more modern options. This one sits best over my lip lines. 
Now if you want your lipstick to double up as jewelry then I think YSL’s Rouge Volupte Shine range is the clear winner as far as aesthetics go – the intricate detailing is unmistakable and very luxurious. This is a sheerer formula with a balm like consistency, a fruity scent and gives off a fresh, casual colour on the lips. Lightweight and easy to wear, this is a great one for those who want to put on something but doesn’t usually like the feel of lipstick. 
Newer to the luxe beauty game but definitely quickly establishing it’s own place is Marc Jacob’s Sheer Lip Gel* which has a light vanilla scent, is buildable from sheer to almost full coverage which makes it a versatile carry in your purse. It has a effortless glide when swatched but sadly doesn’t sit so well over my textured lips and can look slightly patchy. The colour selection however is lovely from the nude collection so it’s still worth a browse if you don’t share my lip woes. Next up, my first Chanel!
Chat soon,

Make Up For Ever | Artist Rouge Lipstick + swatches

REVIEW

Not shy to a little drama, you’ll know Make Up For Ever for their array of innovative products that merges makeup artistry with ease of use for the at home beauty lover and everyone in between. Their latest lip addition is the Artist Rouge line in a beautiful array of wearable shades plus a few extra surprises as well – newly formulated, newly packaged and out to impress.

THE BASICS
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Product: Rouge Artist Lipstick*
Colours: 16 mattes, 32 creams (some limited edition)
Size: 3.5 grams
Price: $27CAD
Availability: Sephora & MUFE counters worldwide
Would I (re)purchase: Yes, the mattes.
Website: www.makeupforever.com

Revamped from the conservative look of their previous best seller, these new tubes have a cool girl vibe with sleek black metal casing, a satisfying weight in your hand and their signature logo on the cap. The twist up mechanism is smooth and the overall feeling is premium which is more than what can be said for a few other high end lippies I own. Available in two formulas; there are 16 mattes and 32 cream finishes (including a few limited edition shades) and cover a good range of approachable colours yet with a few surprises like turquoise blue and peacock green. And if the name Artist Rouge sounds oddly familiar, their original range of lipsticks were called Rouge Artist so perhaps the flip around naming is an alter-ego persona.

T-B : C-210 | M-500

If bold high impact colour is what you’re after then these will hit the spot – with 25% more colour pigment than its previous lipsticks, these certainly don’t mess around. The cream formula offers a subtle sheen that’s more satin than glossy and the matte formula imparts a soft matte finish that’s not at all severe. Both are single swipe coverage and I do find the new bullet shape easier to work with and provides a cleaner line even when I don’t have liner around me. Neither are transfer proof but I haven’t noticed any bleeding around the lip line or smudging which is always a bonus.

For me, these Artist Rouge lipsticks comes down to wear because there many brands making high pigment colours nowadays and competition is high. While I wouldn’t call these moisturizing by any means, I do find them easy to wear and the matte has gorgeous depth to it without making my lip lines look overly pronounced (see me wear it in this video). Ironically, I’m not as stoked about the cream finish formula as it didn’t make my lips look plump but instead settled oddly and is far lacking from what I expected a good creamy lipstick to be. If you have dry or more wrinkly lips then the creams are not your best choice. Lasting power is average with the creamy pink but great with the matte wine although realistically because these aren’t moisturizing, I’d rather just re-apply through out the day.
THE FINAL VERDICT

The Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks are one swipe, long lasting and highly pigmented lip colours that not only offer you satisfaction in singles but also encourages you to mix up your own shades with extra options like black, white and turquoise just to name a few. I like the new design of the bullet and the fact they are easy swipe and go formulas but the cream option lacks in smoothness once applied and just doesn’t enhance the look of my lips. The matte formula however is a stand out choice if you want luxurious colour that’s much more forgiving than a liquid lipstick and that you can pop on in 5 seconds in the car without a liner.

Chat soon,

Review: NYC | Get It All Lipstick + swatches

What do you look for in a good lipstick? Smooth application? Rich colour payoff? Comfortable wear time? Well New York Colour, one of the drugstores most affordable brands, is offering all this and more in a one step do it all lipstick. Let’s have a closer look…

NYC Get it All Lipstick
THE BASICS
Brand: New York Color (N.Y.C.)
Product: Get It All Lipstick*
Colours: 12 Shades (5 shown)
Size: 3.5 grams
Price: $5.99 CAD
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes.
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Website: www.newyorkcolor.com

Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Peg-4 Diheptanoate, Peg-8 Beeswax, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Propylparaben, Serica Powder/Silk Powder/Poudre De Soie, Retinyl Palmitate, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Linalool, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Eugenol, [May Contain/Peutcontenir/+/-:Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (Ci 15850), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (Ci 15985), D&C Red No. 27 Aluminum Lake (Ci 45410), D&C Red No. 30 Lake (Ci 73360), D&C Red No. 33 Aluminum Lake (Ci 17200), D&C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (Ci 15850), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (Ci 19140)].

NYC Get it All Lipstick

With a completely wearable 12 shade colour palette and a bang on price point (let me remind you that this is only $2.19 in the USA) there’s a lot going for this lipstick at first glance. But even as they arrived at my door, there was a slight tinge of apprehension. It’s been a long time since I’ve used N.Y.C. products and since been away I’ve grown into a bit of a lipstick snob to say the least.

NYC Get it All Lipstick

Housed in a simple twist up tube with a clear cap that lets your easily scan the colour you want for the day, these lipsticks are built for functionality. The formula leans on the traditional side with a thicker slightly waxier feel but glides on reasonably smooth with a little extra pressure. It has a sweet lingering scent that hasn’t changed with N.Y.C. products since my teenage years but it’s not something that bothers me terribly. One swipe will give you medium to near full coverage but a second swipe will definitely have you completely covered. The waxy base means there’s little to no sinking into lip lines and the overall application is very forgiving.
Of the 12 shades available, most are cream finishes and a few have a fine shimmer but they all impart a pretty sheen that is oh so photogenic! I was pleasantly surprised that these look great on the lips and the effect is on par with some of my higher end products.
NYC Get it All Lipstick
NYC Get it All Lipstick
L-R | 400 ExtraordiBerry | 102 Mochamazing | 101 ExceptioNude |
300 ImpRedsive | 202 FabFushsia

I would say most of the darker shades apply true to the bullet but a few do turn out slightly brighter then they seem but overall the colour payoff is undeniably vibrant. Every single shade packed a punch and there’s certainly enough in the spectrum to suit all skin tones. However if you plan on picking up one of the darker shades, I do suggest using a lip liner to really perfect the edges for a seamless finish – for some reason this lipstick just needed that little extra help. These do kiss off like traditional lipsticks but even then you’ll still have plenty of full wattage colour left on your lips.

Personally I loved putting these on for quick trips and even for filming because they have great impact on camera. But while they do have a decent wear time of around 3 hours, I find these a little heavy and reapplication isn’t as comfortable as I’d like. Ideally, you’re better off removing the lipstick all together and putting it on again fresh.

NYC Get it All Lipstick
NYC Get it All Lipstick
THE FINAL VERDICT

The New York Color Get It All Lipsticks make excellent beginners products and are excellent colour payoff at a drugstore price point. Though not a first choice for dry lips, these can take on a photo-shoot or big event in a pinch and no one would know the difference by how pretty they look. The heart of the N.Y.C. brand has always been young, fun,
vibrant and these lipsticks fit right in. Despite them not being perfect, I still find myself reaching for them quite often and I might even pick up a lighter colour or two.

Stay Bright.

Review: Lipstick Queen | Sinner vs. Saint Lipsticks (Scarlet & Julia)

If there’s one thing that makes a beauty product instantly more covetable, its the elusive factor. I’ve long heard about Lipstick Queen from bloggers in the UK (they are total enablers I’m telling you) but it’s actually created from Australian born Poppy King who traveled the world working in cosmetics before starting her own range of lip products. Her claim to fame in my books? A great range of classic shades with bold saturation in corresponding matte and sheer formulations. All good things come in twos.

Lipstick Queen Sinner Saint
Brand: Lipstick Queen
Product: Saint Wine* (sheer), Pinky Nude Sinner* (matte)
Colours: 20 shades (in both formulas)
Size: 3.5grams
Price: $30 CAD
Availability: Scarlet & Julia (online), Nordstrom Canada
Website: www.lipstickqueen.com

With all the ranges that Poppy has put out, her take on the Sinner and Saint combination was a genius concept. Twenty everyday classic shades are offered in Sinner (opaque matte) and Saint (sheer) formulations so you can always have your favourite lipstick to wear however you like. If you’re a bit of an lipstick addict, you know the frustration of finding the right shade but wanting just a little something extra. With this range, I can wear the same colour in sheer for casual makeup and the opaque version for a more done up look – great for a day to night transition for example!

There’s a certain vintage aesthetic to the boxes and the lipsticks come in nicely weighted, slightly rubberized casings. Their slim compact design may look standard here but some of her other ranges have quite striking colour design combinations.

Lipstick Queen Sinner Saint
L-R | Saint Wine | Pinky Nude Sinner
SAINT WINE
re(purchase): Probably yes.
 
Having gotten a makeup touch up at Nordstrom, the makeup artist put this over my lips prepped with a bit of balm. The result was juicy, lush and delicate yet without sacrificing colour. Saint Wine looks like a deep bordeaux in the tube but applies with a slightly glossy translucent quality. The colour is true from the bullet to my lips and according to the brand’s website, these contain 10% pigment but I can tell you these are definitely buildable. It’s a very interesting finish that I’ve rarely seen in other products because while these do have a slight gloss, they are not wet nor oily and glides on easily over fine lip lines. Best part? They let me have all the colour without feeling I have to amp up the rest of my makeup to match, plus the formula lasts a surprisingly long time with minimal dryness. No bleeding what so ever.
No fragrance.
INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil Vegetable Oil Polyisobutene Octyldodecanol Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Beeswax (Cera Alba) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Ozokerite Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil Tocopheryl Acetate Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate Butylparaben Propylparaben [ +/- (MAY CONTAIN):] Mica Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491) Iron Oxides (CI 77492) Iron Oxides (CI 77499) Red 6 (CI 15850) Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) Red 28 Lake (CI 45410) Red 30 Lake (CI 73360) Red 33 Lake (CI 17200) Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140) Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163) Carmine (CI 75470) 
Lipstick Queen Sinner Saint
L-R | Saint Wine | Pinky Nude Sinner

PINKY NUDE SINNER
(re)purchase: Undecided.
I had been debating one of Poppy’s classic true reds but finally gave in to this rich pinky nude shade. As part of the Sinner range, this formula contains 90% pigment and is meant to give an opaque matte finish. On my skin this shade pulls slightly more coral but on my lips, it’s again true to the colour of the bullet. No need for multiple layers here, one swipe will give you what you want and I find it reads like a satin finish more so than a true matte. Nonetheless, this feels like an old school smoothing cream lipstick without the ticklishness or beeswax feel. It certainly feels heavier than the Saint variation but not at all uncomfortable. While this didn’t dry out my lips, it didn’t hydrate either so I would still recommend a good balm routine if you plan on wearing this all day. In fact, one application of this lipstick lasts 4-5 hours while still looking presentable (not perfect but perfectly presentable). Personally I would have liked this to be a bit more emollient but I assume that would take away from the wear.
Slight vanilla fragrance.
INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Triisostearyl Citrate, Silica, Beeswax (Cera Alba/Cire D´Abeille), Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Vegetable Oil (Olus/Huile Vegetale), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Synthetic Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba), Calcium Carbonate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Tocopherol, Lauryl PCA, Vanillin, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). SINNER FIRE RED: INGREDIENTS (CONTENTS): Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Triisostearyl Citrate, Vegetable Oil (Olus/Huile Vegetale), Beeswax (Cera Alba/Cire D´Abeille), Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
, Synthetic Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba), Calcium Carbonate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Tocopherol, Lauryl PCA, Vanillin, Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Lipstick Queen Sinner Saint
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SCARLET & JULIA  | SHOP
Scarlet & Julia is a unique online beauty destination where women on the go can purchase the items they need with one click. Scarlet & Julia offers La Boutique, which lets members access their favourite products at any time, and limited-time Private Sales featuring the best products at exclusive prices. When you purchase an item on Scarlet & Julia, you support a good cause because we donate 1% of our sales to Look Good Feel Better, an organization that supports women battling cancer.”

I picked up these lipsticks with a gift card courtesy of Scarlet & Julia, a new Canadian online beauty boutique carrying a small curated selection of beauty brands. Hard to find line like Lipstick Queen, Roger and Gallet, Esthederm and Payot are all available. Shipping was quick, well packaged and needs to be signed off upon receiving to make sure you don’t loose your parcel. However, I have heard of customers having issues with discount codes not registering on the site and customer service being slow. A few weeks ago I contacted their PR with an email about their company outlook yet still have not received a response. Scarlet and Julia seems to have put their marketing with a PR firm so I’m undecided if this is an issue with the company itself or the PR firm. Nothing wrong with the products but a little hiccup that’s worth mentioning.

Lipstick Queen Sinner Saint
THE FINAL VERDICT

Lipstick Queen products revived what women traditionally loved about lipstick and brought it up to date with our modern taste. I adore the selection of colours from the Saint and Sinner range; there’s something for every occasion and not to mention the entire concept is quite brilliant. The saturation of the colours are amazing and I’m impressed with its long wear ability as well. While I’m not quite completely sold on the Sinner range, I’d highly recommend the Saint formula because it’s just so unique with it’s combination of colour and translucency – it’s like wearing a lighter lipstick without giving up what I love about lipstick. I don’t have lip swatches to show you at the moment since my camera trigger needs some fresh batteries but you must have a try if you ever seem them in person.

 Lipstick & kisses,

Review: REVLON | Ultra HD Matte Lipstick

The past year has been so good for lipstick lovers. After years of ho-hum products, brands are embracing lips all over again and this time reviving some old formula ideas but in modern textures. Take matte lip colour for example; not a new concept but one that’s taking so many reincarnations lately. My latest experiment? Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks.

 REVLON Ultra HD Matte Lipstick


THE BASICS
Brand: Revlon
Product: Ultra HD Matte Lipstick*
Colours: 8 Shades
Size: 0.2 fl oz. / 5.91ml
Price: $10- 11.50 CAD (approx.)
Would I (re)purchase: Yes! Yes! Yes!
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Website: www.revlon.ca

INGREDIENTS: Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

REVLON Ultra HD Matte Lipstick

Now if you’re looking for a truly no-shine, absolutely dry, no funny business matte lip product. Turn around and move on.

These Ultra HD Mattes (an add on to their already well loved Ultra HD Lipsticks – reviewed) are a more forgiving liquid lipstick with a satin to soft matte finish. Essentially these frosted chunky tubed wands are 2016 versions of liquid lipsticks without the awful paint effect of the 90s-2000s or any of that over the top metallic sheen. L’oreal Rouge Pulp anyone?

With a familiar doe foot velvet applicator the formula is smooth and offers very even medium buildable coverage but you’ll probably need two full pumps to really coat your lips in colour. Recall that the Ultra HD is Revlon’s no wax range so these are actually a gel cream texture. Scented with the same sugary candy fragrance as the rest of the original Ultra HD range, I found the consistency very easy to work with (not too runny, not too thick) and it’s rather forgiving if you happen to forget to prep your lips with exfoliation. These do apply with a moist look and takes about 10 minutes before they settle into a satin look and even then it’s not a kiss proof, food proof formula. But there’s also never any colour bleeding around the lips and it easily smoothes over lip lines instead of enhancing them.

 REVLON Ultra HD Matte Lipstick
SHADES: HD Addiction | HD Seduction

Wear time averages about 4-5 which I think is quite good considering how comfortable these are on the lips and I never needed to profusely prep with lip balm prior to putting them on so they are quick and non fussy whenever the mood hits you. Reapplication goes well and it doesn’t crust and crack or peel. The darker shades do leave a stain even after a meal and will hang around until you remove it properly with a makeup cleansing product.

THE FINAL VERDICT

The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks are an easy, fool proof way to try out the liquid lipstick trend with out being the a slave to dry lips. Everything from the consistency to the application and colours range screams easy to wear, office appropriate and approachable. While these are not the true mattes of what’s available on the market today I really love this style and think its a safe medium point for those who want a few dependable everyday lip options with slightly longer wear time than your average lipstick and an ultra comfortable feel. Great for young lip and more mature lips or the dry season. Take that winter!

Stay Colourful.

Review: Rimmel | Provocalips Long-lasting Lipstick (swatches)

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If there’s one things to be said about makeup in 2015, it has to be the return of the liquid lipstick. Thankfully, gone are the 90s thick, goopy, frosty styles and in are new creamy, fluid formulations. Starting off with Rimmel, whose Apocolips had me cringing more than swooning by the way (see evidence in this review), they released the sequel Provocalips earlier this year.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel
Product: Provocalips Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick*
Colours: 10 shades
Size: 4ml (lipstick), 3ml (gloss)
Price: $8-9 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide.
Would I (re)purchase: Yes

These 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Colours, as Rimmel calls them, come in a familiar and convenient 2-step applicator. Colour on one end and a gloss top coat on the other. The style is sleek and slim although I find fitting the length into my regular purse sized makeup bag just a bit cumbersome but slipping it into the side pocket of my handbag worked just fine.

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L-R : Little Minx (310) | Kiss Fatal (230) | Kiss Me You Fool (500)

The range comes in 10 shades, leaning more towards the brighter end of the colour spectrum featuring some hot pinks, fuchsias and rich mauves. Most finishes are creams but there are one or two surprisingly frosty/shimmery picks. Again like the Apocolips, Rimmel has made the Provocalips for those who love big bold colour but this time tweaked for a long lasting effect which was exactly my complaint about the previous.
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On my lips: #500 Kiss Me You Fool

What you’ll love is that these lipsticks pack a one-two punch of saturated colour plus a vinyl like shine. Attached to the central wand, the dual ended applicator has a thin liquid lip colour on one end plus a thick balm like gloss for hydration and a wet shine without the goopy feel. My nose did pick up a slightly hint of paint-chemical scent from the colour and a sweet lotion scent from the balm neither of which lingered long enough to be a distraction.
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Bottom: Lipstick only | Top: Lipstick + Balm Gloss

The fluid consistency of the lipstick itself makes the product easy to apply without feeling heavy even on slightly drier or more wrinkly lips and you have enough time to work the product into every crevice before it sets (essential if you don’t want the color to crack when you smile). There’s no need to use a lip pencil here as I found the wand perfect apt at creating a defined pout. Just make sure you have plenty of product on the wand to start as the product can spread quite thin and you want to have a good layer on your lips before it starts setting.
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Once locked and loaded, I had no fear reaching for that tapa at the snack table or sipping my drink. No shifting, no bleeding and very minor (if any) transferring onto people, food or objects. Now 16hrs is a far stretch but it would do you just fine for at least 3 hours at a party in your red lipstick without re-glossing or even checking the mirror. If you’re really keen on making it last longer, top up the balm before it wears off to help preserve the look of the lipstick.

Like all products of this type, essentially the colour step forms a film over your lips. At some point if the gloss is worn and the colour layer becomes exposed for a long time, the Provocalips will peel but because of the thinner formulation I did find this to be less noticeable than other film-like lip products.

It is going to be the best option for dry lips? No. At the end of the day, wearing any kind of long lasting or matte colour will require you to prep with a good scrub and a moisturizing balm as part of your regular routine (just remember to blot the balm before applying this) but I’d say this is comparatively a very forgiving formulation.

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THE FINAL VERDICT
Rimmel’s Provocalips is a lightweight, saturated and glossy long wearing lipstick that should wear well on almost everyone. The thin formulation doesn’t shy from colour and the top coat creates an amazing vinyl shine that photographs superbly. The application is precise and the non-feathering factor means you can even sneak in an extra millimeter (or 3) around your lip line. Peeling is minimal as long as you stay glossed up and I’d have no worries leaving my mirror behind to head out for lunch in my Provocalips. Great well rounded product at a drugstore price…now only if they’d release a few more colours.

 Stay Colourful.
INGREDIENTS: ISODODECANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, C9-13 ISOPARAFFIN, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, SILICA, PROPYLPARABEN, PHENOXYETHANOL, TIN OXIDE, BENZOIC ACID, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 28 (CI 45410), D&C RED NO. 36 (CI 12085), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), BARIUM SULFATE (CI 77120), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), CARMINE (CI 75470)].

Review: Etude | Colour In Liquid Lips Lipstick (Korean Makeup)

Jumping on the full impact liquid lipstick trend, popular Korean beauty brand Etude House caused a lot of excitement with the release of the Colour in Liquid Lips which is an exquisitely coloured range of fluid yet full impact lip lipsticks. This type of high intensity lip colour was seem as early as 2 years ago and you may be familar with popular western variants like Dior Fluid Sticks or the Rimmel Apocalips I had reviewed earlier. However Etude’s range of fun totally wearable colours and promise of a moist glossy finish definitely warranted an overseas order.
THE BASICS
Brand: Etude House
Product: Colour in Liquid Lips (Lipstick)
Colour range: 20 Shades
Size: 3.5ml
Price: $11-13 CAD (via eBay)
Availability: eBay, Cosmetic-Love (where I purchased mine) & other e-retailers
Would I repurchase: Undecided.
Website: http://www.etude.co.kr
Now I wasn’t kidding about the spectacular yet wearable colour choices now was I?

From just initially seeing the colour chart alone, I loved that all the options were different enough to be distinguishable yet I would not blink an eye at rocking any of them. Of course it features some of the popular Asian lip hues such as orange and fuchsia pink which have been trending for the last few years. No problems there Etude.

Opening up as a twist and pull plastic tube package, the familiar flocked applicator has a pointed tip for precise application around the corners of the lips and a small dip in the center to hold just the right amount of product. There is an every so slight sweet candy scent but it’s fairly subtle and I don’t smell it at all once I put it on. And speaking of application, Etude markets Liquid Lips as a super smooth and lightweight glide on product with vivid colour payoff.
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After much deliberation and then finding a few of my initial picks out of stock, I settled for OR201 which is certainly not what the promotional image shows and it’s also one temperamental colour to photograph correctly. Etude certainly delivered on the vivid aspect with OR201 best described as a neon sherbet, a mix of pink with a dash of orange and with one swipe (no second dips here), you have full smooth and glossy colour. 

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The texture is similar to that of double cream and feels very comfortable to put on however it does not make friends with dry lips so be sure to exfoliate extra well and prep with balm 10 minutes before putting this on. In fact, I would say the colour saturation and general feel of this product to be extremely similar to the Rimmel Apocalips but this smells better and lasts longer though it’s not transfer proof. Still, I consider this a step up in the right direction and would take this over Apocalips anyday.
To help avoid this high pigment lipstick from settling into fine lines (as most products of this nature tends to do) I recommend applying a few dots on to prepped lips first, smoothing it with your finger for even coverage while blending around the edges and then topping off with more product in the center. Forget the flawless photos in the promo, this lipstick does need some work to show it’s true potential but once you’ve got it on, I do think it has such a pretty finish and is very spring appropriate. Wear time is an average 2-3 hours maximum but doing the double layering method (like I suggested) does stretch this more towards the 3hr mark.

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THE FINAL VERDICT:
This Colour in Liquid Lips Lipstick from Etude House delievers on colour, smoothness and a covetable rainbow of shades. The formula is indeed lightweight and is neither greasy nor uncomfortable to wear however coaxing it to it’s full potential takes some time, prep and effort so it’s not the easiest of formulas to use. I would not recommend this for anyone with very mature skin or if you find lip colours often settle into your lip lines. A very similar product with a slightly different texture but with great shine and much easier to wear, go for NYX’s Xtreme Shine Lip Cream. For those who are fans of products like the Rimmel Apocalips and you love big colour then it may be worth while snagging a few of these Etude lippies. In that case may I recommend PK009 and OR205 for your wearing pleasure.

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Review: Velvet Kiss (Baiser Velour) Matte Liquid Lipcolour | Lise Watier

There’s something irrevocably captivating about lipstick and I’ve recently been introduced to a truly seductive lip colour that will have people turning heads. Think chic black turtleneck with a luxurious bright lip, strong brows and sunglasses wrapped in a cashmere scarf. Say hello to Lise Watier’s latest innovation, Velvet Kiss (Baiser Velour) lipstick.
THE BASICS
Brand: Lise Watier
Product: Baiser Velour Matte Lipcolour*
Colours: Passion Kiss, Sweet Kiss, Love Kiss (9 colours total)
Size: 6ml
Price: $27 CAD
Availability: London Drugs, Shoppers Drugs Mart, Lise Watier Online
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes.
Website: www.lisewatier.com

Housed in a sleek smokey grey tube with a pointed flocked applicator, Velvet Kiss is advertised to offer the coverage and intensity of a lipstick combined with the ease of use of a gloss. The product itself has a rich, creamy yet whipped consistency and bang on colour that is not shy to steal that second glance when walking down the street. Many have noted the similarities to the NYX Matte Lip Creams but these are slightly more emollient when wet and feel texturally richer during application. They have a very slight indistinguishable scent to them which doesn’t linger once you have it on your lips.

With 9 kissable shades in the range, I completely fell in love with the deeper sophisticated colour that is Passion Kiss which is a gorgeous raspberry that will fit a variety of skin tones from light to deep. (Seriously, you can not go wrong with raspberry.) On lighter skin like mine, the effect is casual French chic which can elevate your everyday jeans and t-shirt style or take you to a glamorous soiree all in one day.

Do note that since the colours are so richly saturated and full coverage in one swipe, you will need to be precise and careful while defining your lip contours but a slow and steady stroke will impart a gorgeous finish and really help to sculpt your lip shape. For a full on colour lover like me, these are certainly something to get excited about!

Top – Bottom | Passion Kiss (darker in real life), Sweet Kiss, Love Kiss

While these Baiser Velour lipsticks demand attention, they also demand quite a bit of prep work to get it right. Exfoliation and a thick balm mask prior to using these are highly recommended as they do dry to a soft matte finish which will enhance flaky skin. On the bright side, I haven’t noticed any cracking (often associated with long wearing lip products) or feathering once these are on and they will last an impressive 5 hours with minor fading and only a slight transfer.

Your biggest trade off for such high impact colour is the comfort factor. These feel perfectly tolerable for 2-3 hours after which you will start noticing dryness and the growing urge to want to smooth balm over your lips. There is a way to carefully rehydrate lips with balm and then blot before reapplying Velvet Kiss but it does take an extra 5 minutes to touch up. This is not my kind of everyday lipstick.

THE FINAL VERDICT

A truly beautiful and glamorous creamy matte lip colour, the Lise Watier Baiser Velour Velvet Kiss Lipcolour is a rare find. While it’s not a perfect formula, I highly recommend picking up one of the deeper rich shades for special occasions where you really want to turn heads and make an entrance. (Hey, go big or go home right?) Great for colour lovers and a good collectable for matte lipstick lovers as well, it rises above similar products with it’s creamier application and long lasting finish. And while it’s not worth having them all, you will certainly be glad you have one in your arsenal.

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Review: Revlon | Ultra HD Lipstick

Drugstore lipstick just got a whole lot high tech. If you recall my preview post from December’s Relvon beauty preview event (update yourself here if you missed it), I meet some of the prettiest lipstick to come around town in a long time. They were bold, colourful and best yet, drugstore. Now that I’ve had a couple of weeks to wear these out and about, let’s talk about the Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks.
THE BASICS
Brand: Revlon
Product: Ultra HD (gel) Lipstick*
Colour Selection: 20 Shades
Size: 3grams
Price (mrsp): $11.49CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.
Website: http://www.revlon.ca

With 20 blossoming shades (fun fact: they are all named after flowers), the lure of these Ultra HD lipsticks is its gel based formula over the traditional wax based formulations. According to Revlon, this means more saturated pigmentation, a smoother application and a weightless feel.

The basic design and size is similar to their popular Lip Butters but these are capped in a clear top instead of frosted. Now as much as I adore that I can see exactly what colour I am reaching for, the lipstick does not completely twist down inside the tube when it’s new and I have smushed every single one of these inside the cap when trying to close it. Note the (twisted up) full length of the bullet as well, which only holds 3 grams of lipstick, a tad smaller than the average tube. These are also very scented with a prominent sweet vanilla/mango like perfume and while I like that just fine, you may or may not.
With all the descriptives out of the way, I do feel that the gel formulation is very likeable and the main draw for me was how it sat smoothly over my (wrinkly) lips and filled in every line and corner perfectly yet without any bleeding that’s usually associated with very creamy products. Not many lipsticks can get that right.

L-R | Poppy, Hydrangea, Primrose

Of the colours I’ve tested, pigmentation seems to be medium yet buildable and each swipe gave perfectly even coverage. I did notice that any shades with a fine shimmer (such as Hydrangea) did feel slightly drier during application versus the cream finishes. And while these do not provide any continuous hydration, they do look very lush with a beautiful sheen when photographed. Just look at Primose that I am wearing in the photo below!

Lasting power ranges from 3-4 hours and most of the brighter colours do leave a lasting stain even after the colour has worn off so it is a nice options if you are planning to wear a bright lip for a long day about town.

THE FINAL VERDICT

I think it’s worthwhile to pick up at least one of the pretty colours in the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick collection to try on as the gel formulation does make a difference to the beautiful saturation and the lush way they look in photographs. These aren’t the best for dry lips but on the other hand they provide great colour without highlighting lip lines or wrinkly lips. I do wish they were a bit more hydrating so they fall short of being a perfect lipstick in my opinion. However with such a wearable colour selection, I will probably pick up another shade or two.

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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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