Posts tagged ‘lipgloss’

April 25, 2012

All Cosmetics Wholesale Haul!

I finally got my package all the way from America today! I was so excited, I ripped it open right away. One thing I wished I’d noticed while shopping on the website was that all these items are (new) testers – obviously, I knew they weren’t going to be the full retail item, but I didn’t really register it properly. It’s probably my fault, but it wasn’t abundantly clear on the site.

I only mention this because the first item that I bought – a Pixi blush/highlighter – is actually supposed to come with a brush in the bottom, and there wasn’t one with it. The compact is quite chunky, and at first I thought yay, it’s got a lot of product! But no, most of the space is given to the brush drawer underneath, which in my case was empty. I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain, it was extremely cheap! But I was a little disappointed, as this is a retail product – it’s not tester size or anything, it’s as you’d buy it in a shop, minus the brush. Sorry for the dark picture, but this actually captures the real colour of the blush most accurately of all the photos I took! Anyway, here it is:

I got two lipsticks, a Lancome Color Design one in the shade B-List, and a Michael Todd one in Salmon. I managed to squash the top of my Michael Todd lipstick with the inside of the lid – I don’t know how, I’ve never ruined a lipstick like that before! I’m quite upset! Though, you know, first world problems. I’ve swatched the two colours here on my hand, with and without flash:

With the flash, "Salmon" (on the right) has come out WAY more pink - in real life, it's very orange/gold!

Next, staying with the lip products, I got a cute little tin with three shades of lipgloss – Pop Beauty’s Mini Ribbon Gloss in Daisy Glow. I didn’t swatch because they’re so sheer, they wouldn’t show up:

I also picked up a rather posh dual concealer by Dr. Denese New York. I didn’t swatch this, obviously – it’s a pretty good colour match so might be a bit invisible in a photo! Here’s the pretty shiny packaging though:

Finally, I got a free-gift-sized Lancome eye palette. The four shades (in order of paleness, as swatched) are: Daylight (a matte pure white), Gaze (a shimmery pale gold/beige), Colour du Jour (a metallic bronze) and Lezard (a matte dark brown, with gold sparkles through it):

  

I apologise for the flashed-up photo! You can’t really see the gold colour of the second-lightest shade – however, it comes out quite accurately on the swatch.

Yay! I’ve tried out some of these, but I’ll review them as I go along or this post will be ridiculously long! I love the lipsticks though; I think my favourite thing of all these is the Lancome one in B-List. It’s creamy, and a beautiful colour.

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March 23, 2012

Spring Lip Gloss Favourites

True colour; it looks really dark in the tube but is lovely, sheer and juicy when on.

The images in this post may be confusing viewed on the home page – I’d advise clicking the title and reading it on its own page that way 🙂 Swatches of the first 3 glosses are at the bottom!

I always feel that gloss is a more Spring/Summer product, as it goes well with the more natural, glowing makeup looks that are in fashion. This year, the red lip has made an appearance on the catwalks for S/S at places such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dior – it’s quite unusual, but I love it. A good red lip can go just as well with a white linen dress and bronzed skin as it does with more wintry eyeliner and wooly clothing!

This is my YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in No. 6. It’s supposed to be a mixture of a gloss and a balm, and I love it! It goes on beautifully, and I usually only use one layer/swipe each time, as I like it to be very sheer. It is moisturising, though products that say they have a “balm effect” are never moisturising enough for me. That’s fine, it doesn’t emphasise dryness and I can always use a balm underneath as it’s supposed to look glossy and juicy. There is fine shimmer in it, but nothing too glittery.
Also, it tastes like watermelon-y heaven, which I am a big fan of.

I’m currently saving up for the gorgeous orange coral colour in the same product! (Just need to pass one of the job interviews I have lined up..!)

This is a bit more orange in reality, it looks super orange in the tube but actually looks more like this photo when on!

The gloss to the right is my Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in ‘Coral Reef’. I use this in my favourite Springtime look, as it is eye-catching and bright without being too scary or over the top. I love the high-shine effect this gloss has, and it’s nice and thick. It has a pretty good lasting time, and wears off to a fairly natural pinky colour, so I don’t have to worry that my lips are looking odd because my gloss is coming off!
It smells kind of like sweets, but it’s a very subtle scent, so shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. This gloss also has SPF 15, which is always a plus, especially when the sun’s out more and more! (Yay!)

In reality, the colour in the tube does look more orange – but don’t worry, when applied it looks much more like the photo. Orangey, but not crazy, and still with enough pink to actually look fairly natural if applied thinly.

I really love how many coral and orange-toned lip colours Revlon do. I don’t actually own that many of their products, but the ones I do have are always better quality than I’m expecting (I should probably learn from that, huh?!) and I love their nail varnish shades. I feel a splurge coming on once the student loan comes through…!

True to colour.

Bourjois lip gloss was one of the first makeup products I ever owned, and I’ve always loved it since! This gloss on the left is the Effet 3D gloss in the colour “Rosé or épic”. (I quite like the way that implies there’s ordinary rose gold, and then there’s EPIC rose gold!) It is a totally beautiful rosy bronze in the tube, but when applied it’s quite subtle. This is quite possibly my favourite gloss colour of all time, as it gives my lips a beautiful rosy shimmery (but not glittery!) golden colour without looking unnatural. It’s that perfect kind of shade that you can truly wear for everyday or for going out in the evening, and it’ll look stunning all the time!

This also claims to have an “8hour balm effect” and although I wouldn’t go that far, it does keep my lips from drying out and won’t highlight dry areas, despite containing sparkle! If I feel the lip balm urge and don’t have any around, I would apply this and know that it’ll help to save my lips from getting any worse, and soothe them in the short term.

I would repurchase this over and over – it’s a true staple of my makeup collection, and every time I apply it I remember why I love it so much! Perfect for Spring.

Fairly true to colour - perhaps a little more brown than it is in reality.

Finally, on the right, another Bourjois gloss, also from the Effet 3D line. This is the old packaging, which I actually liked better – I just thought it looked more elegant. But hey ho, the product inside is just as good now!

This is a “my lips but better shade”, and although nude, is still highly pigmented. It’s nice that they don’t scrimp on the pigment for colours like this. I wear this a lot, and although it’s not strictly a Spring shade, I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately – I’m going through a natural makeup phase, and that is because of Spring! The formula for this is slightly different, I think – this gloss doesn’t have a very long wear time, and is not sticky in the least. It still feels of medium thickness, but don’t expect it to last a particularly long time because of this; it won’t.

However, it does smell nice. Just a generic sweet smell, really – nothing major. It feels lovely on, with the same “balm-like” benefits of the newer formulation. I think perhaps their Marketing department just picked up on something that was already there when they did the new packaging!

So that’s my roundup of my favourite glosses this season – hope you’re enjoying the onset of Spring as much as I am!

🙂

Swatches: YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in No. 6, Revlon Super Lustrous in Coral Reef, Bourjois Rosé or épic.

March 15, 2012

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

Black and gold square lipstick tube  Black and gold square tube of lipstick

top image from yslbeauty.co.uk

I am in love. Totally. This stuff is, to coin a phrase, the bomb! It’s exactly what it says on the tin – a lip stain which is also a gloss. It goes one step further than all those high street brands that have a lip stain pen and a lipbalm on the other end, like Revlon’s, though that’s a great idea. But this combines the two into one product, and it’s amazing!

It goes on feeling like a thin gloss, and it almost feels a little patchy when first applied, especially as you have to be sure not to apply too much. But once you rub your lips together a bit, the texture begins to change, feeling thicker and settling down in consistency. It isn’t exactly sticky – nowhere near the texture of Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker – but it’s tacky enough to have real staying power, and of course, the colour payoff is beautiful.

Obviously, the top image is the one from the YSL website, and the bottom one is the colour I own, #7. (Notice my own picture! I have a cable so I can actually use my own photos! Joy! 🙂 ) I love this colour, it’s a beautifully natural coral that I would be totally comfortable wearing on an everyday basis, yet can be built up a little for stronger colour payoff.

This stuff has a very long wear, as you might expect for something that’s marketed as a stain. Overall, this product is totally fabulous and YSL have really got it right here. It does everything you want and everything it promises – easily 5 stars!

I bought this for full price (shock horror) after seeing the wonderful RaeView’s* video featuring them. I also bought the colour she recommended, not because I’m a sheep (baaaa) but because I could tell it was exactly what I was after. I don’t regret it for a second!

*links to the video I mention, but underneath the video is also a link to her blog – check it out 🙂

September 22, 2011

Review: Max Factor Max Effect Lip Gloss

Tube of dark pink gloss

image from superdrug.com

So, firstly, I haven’t posted in a little while. This is for two reasons – I haven’t been at home, I’ve been at my boyfriend’s, and I was there because I had a terrible (but quite funny, looking back) accident with some hair dye and I needed to hide. Don’t worry, I’ll be going into THAT whole shebang later.

Anyway, lip gloss! When I bought this little gem, there weren’t half as many colours in it as there are now. In fact, there were only four. I am very pale, but I have naturally quite pigmented lips and dark hair, so darker, purplier (it’s a word, I promise) colours look better on me as a rule than lighter ones. I so wish I could wear pretty light pinks, but they just look weird on me. So I bought 06 – Cloudy Red. I could already tell it’d be a good colour – but I didn’t realise exactly how much I’d come to love it!

This lip gloss really goes a long way, for a start. You don’t need too much, and I always have to squeeze a bit out onto my finger rather than use the slanted-attempt-at-an-applicator-tip to apply it, because otherwise I just get way too much. It has a very sweet, quite distinctive smell/taste, which I personally love though others may find it a bit too strong. Each colour has a different taste, though, so be sure to sniff before you buy! That may be a bit gimmicky, but I’m a sucker for such things, I’m afraid…

Once it’s on your face, you’ll notice that it’s very slippery and creamy in texture. It doesn’t go tacky; it’s one of those glosses that always feels wet. While this gives a lovely high shine, of course, it does mean that if it’s windy your hair will be stuck to your mouth in no time! But then, that goes for all gloss up to a point – it’s an occupational hazard of having beautiful lips…
My only gripe about this product is that when it fades or wears off, I don’t particularly like the effect that’s left. Some colour/shine does stay on, even after drinking a takeaway coffee, as I found! But I don’t particularly like the texture of colour that’s left on my lips – it looks a little flat and smudgy. However, I’m obviously not expecting it to be all that longlasting, so it’s not a huge minus for me.

The perfect colour and lovely look of this gloss mean that it’s quickly become my most trusted favourite. As it’s quite nude on me, I’m definitely considering going and buying the fabulous bright orange one that I spy on the Max Factor website! I have such a thing for orange, and I already know it’ll be a good quality gloss. I highly recommend this lip gloss; it’ll last you ages, as you get 13ml for £4.99, and now there are loads of different colours and scents to choose from, I’m sure there’s one for everyone!

September 3, 2011

Review: e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm

I’m sure it’s safe to admit here among friends that e.l.f. products are definitely of the hit-and-miss variety! I’ve had loads of their stuff over the last year, and while some of it is an absolute steal at the price, other things, I’m sorry to say, hit the dustbin almost immediately. (More on those later!)

But onto the lipbalm. Firstly, here’s a nice big picture of it:

Pot of pink lipbalm

image from drugstore.com

This picture is quite big, yes? And as usual with e.l.f., you’ll get it in the post and it’ll be tiny, right? Wrong. This pot is HENCH. There’s no other word. It’s way too chunky to go in my jeans pocket, and although it does the Estée Lauder trick of ‘square pot/round product well = less product’, you still do get a pretty large amount for your money. I was very impressed by that straight away.
The next thing is the smell. I know a lot of people take issue with the scents on certain e.l.f. products, but I’m an unashamed scent junkie – I love it. This stuff smells lovely, as far as I’m concerned! Fairly standard sweet smell that the company use for lots of things, but I like it. It also tastes nice – important for something you’re putting on your lips!

I bought the shade Mellow Melon, and it’s quite strongly pigmented. It’s not like the Vaseline Rosy Lips or anything – this stuff is pink. But that’s great for me, because I’d been looking out for a nice bright pink lipgloss anyway, and the stickiness of this product makes it basically a gloss, but more nourishing.
Speaking of nourishing, I’m fairly whelmed by this balm. (As opposed to under- or overwhelmed! Don’t think it’s a word any more, but I’m trying to bring it back. I like it.) Just…yep, it’s a lipbalm all right. Not incredible, not bad. A LOT better than their ordinary line’s lipbalm offerings, as I’ve been told, but I’ve never tried that one so I can’t say myself. I’ll be using it mainly for the colour, as I am completely addicted to LUSH’s Whip Stick lip balm (officially the Best Thing Ever In The Entire World For Your Lips, 2011!) and so don’t really need it to be uber-nourishing.

I’d buy this again, just because it’s cheap, cheerful and pretty. For people who aren’t hardcore lipbalm fiends, it’s going to do the job of moisturising your lips, probably as well as you need it to. (Don’t get sucked in! SAVE YOURSELVES!) But if it weren’t nicely coloured, it’d be a lipbalm last resort for me. There are much better things out there.

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