Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Collection Review


Charlotte Tilbury launched a new collection of lipsticks called Hot Lips ($32 each). This launch features 12 new lipsticks shades designed in collaboration with 12 celebrities to support Women for Women International a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women survivors of war and injustice. $2 from each lipstick sold will be donated to the organizations in the first two months of sales.

The launch features 12 new shades of both her lipstick formulas Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick which you can purchase individually for $32 each. The Hot Lips shades have a special box packaging with red lips on the exterior and the actual lipstick tubes themselves have a lip print embossed on the front of the product. There are a few re-promoted shades with this launch. On Charlotte Tilbury's website there is an exclusive set that features all 12 of the new Hot Lips and a lipstick holder called the Hot Lips Luxury Collection for $350. I ordered this set direct from her site - purchasing 12 shades individually would have retailed at $384. I have all 12 shades swatched today.

Here is what the lipstick holder looks like, it's an exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury's website and only comes with the set.

I've split the twelve shades into two color groups, neutrals and brights:


Neutrals shown below from left to right:
  • Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G  is a repromote, it's a neutral light nude pink
  • Very Victoria Matte Revolution is a repromote, it's a cool-toned mauve nude pink brown
  • Kim KW K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a pale flesh toned pink nude
  • Super Cindy Matte Revolution is a medium 90's shade nude with peach tones
  • Kidman's Kiss Matte Revolution is a light peach pink
  • Liv It Up K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a neutral-cool light pink
  • Secret Salma Matte Revolution is a berry mauve pink


Brights and bolds:
  • Hot Emily K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a bright orange cream
  • Miranda May Matte Revolution is similar to Hot Emily, Miranda May has a bit less orange and more pink, it's a bright color
  • Tell Laura Matte Revolution is an orange warm red
  • Carina's Love Matte Revolution is a bold blue-based red
  • Bosworth's Beauty Matte Revolution is a medium bright cool pink
  • Electric Poppy Matte Revolution is a hot pink
  • Hel's Bells Matte Revolution is a deep purple plum


Swatches of the 12 Hot Lips Shades on bare lips below. For skintone reference I'm wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundations in 6 and 7 mixed together set with the Flawless Finish Powder #2.
A few comparison sets below to other shades from her line. I've reviewed and swatched her lipsticks quite a few times before. For those new to her lipsticks, she has two formulas. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks were the first formula she launched. This is a creamy high pigment lipstick with medium to full coverage and a natural shine. She later launched a matte lipstick called Matte Revolution which is a luminous matte lipstick. These also have full coverage and have a satiny sheen to them even though they are matte in finish.

They have a slight vanilla scent and while they aren't moisturizing like a lip treatment, I find they are hydrating and they do not make my lips peel. In terms of prep, I rarely wear lip liner these days but the ones I reach for the most are Pillow Talk and Iconic Nude which will go with a wide range of colors. For a base I like her Lip Magic to help moisturize and prep the lips or the MAC Prep and Prime Lip

Comparison Set 1:
  • Hot Lips include Kim KW, Super Cindy, Kidman's Kiss, Liv It Up
  • Matte Revolution includes Miss Kensington (swatch), Between the Sheets (here), Very Victoria (review)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks include Nude Kate, Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect and Stoned Rose (a;; swatched here)
  • Lip Cheat Lip Pencils include Iconic Nude and Pillow Talk (swatched here)


Comparison Set 2:
  • Hot Lips include Hot Emily, Miranda May, Tell Laura, Carina's Love, Secret Salma and Hel's Bells
  • Matte Revolution shades include Sexy Sienna, 1975 Red (here), Walk of Shame, Bond Girl and Love Liberty (rest here)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades include Kiss Chase (swatch)


Lip swatches for other shades linked above in comparison labels, but here are a few reswatched for reference:


Out of all 12 shades I think 10 are perfect. There were only two that I found a bit patchy or hard to apply including the lightest and darkest shades. Kim KW which I suspect is going to be one of the most popular options is one of those light nudes I cannot wear easily. It took me a lot of layering and blending to get smooth streak-free application. It's very opaque and contrasts with my natural lip tone so it washes me out a little bit. Hel's Bells went on my lips streaky and a bit patchy but did smooth out with layering. Adding a lipliner under both shades can fix any uneven application - and this might not happen to you if your natural lip tone is different from mine.


Some of the Hot Lips colors look nearly identical to each other in the tubes. The difference definitely shows up on the lips though. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite because every single color is amazing. I will say that I do think Tell Laura looks identical to 1975 Red (discontinued). If you already own 1975 Red, skip Tell Laura. On the flip side if you missed out know you can buy Tell Laura as an exact dupe. My perfect Charlotte Tilbury nudes are still Penelope Pink and Bitch Perfect although Super Cindy and Kidman's Kiss are both great peachy neutrals.

Overall the colors are all great which I think is rare for me to say on an entire collection launch. Charlotte Tilbury created a good range of wearable color options that are suitable for any occasion and any season. 100% worth the splurge for me. Because I know many of you will insist that I pick my top favorites, my top 5 are Super Cindy, Hot Emily, Secret Salma, Kidman's Kiss and Liv It Up.

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Luxury Collection Set exclusively online at Charlotte Tilbury. Individual shades also available online and in stores at Charlotte Tilbury, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Beautylish and Selfridges.

Have you ordered any shades yet? Which ones?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Christian Louboutin Loubilaque in Rouge Louboutin


This July Christian Louboutin will launch a new lip product called Loubilaque ($85 each) which is a new full coverage opaque liquid lipstick. According to Christian Louboutin, "Loubilaque is for the bold woman who wants to bring attention to her lips ..." I am thrilled to have a preview of one shade Rouge Louboutin for you today and can report that it is indeed a very bold kind of lip product. The Loubilaque has a high shine full coverage finish and is absolutely flawless. It has a sponge tip applicator and comes in a bullet that is slightly larger than the Lipsticks (reviewed and swatched here). The Rouge Louboutin color is identical across formulas, including the Nail Polish. Loubilaque is the boldest out of all the lip formulas and has a lush moisturizing cushiony feel. You can feel it on the lips but it is not heavy. The color stays put once it is on and has impressive lasting power. It literally stays put and doesn't budge once it's on the lips and even after a few hours still looks as fresh as it did when I applied it. Color transfer will happen though if you drink or eat - but even with snacks it still stayed on my lips. It is pure love and I am looking forward to seeing the other 7 shades that launch come July.

A closer look at the lipstick - it's a true red, color will look brighter or deeper depending on the light. The press gift came in a glorious framed embossed heart with a chain - it looks like something that came out of a Snow White story.


More details and also comparisons of the Loubilaque packaging compared to the lipsticks:



Rouge Louboutin Loubilaque on the lips and Rouge Louboutin on the nails







I didn't think it was possible to top the lipsticks, but Louboutin has managed to make red lips even better. There is a soft perfumed scent to the lipstick which gives it a nice feminine feel. Based on my testing for the Rouge Louboutin I can say that these are top of the line amazing. The formula is flawless - it stays put, doesn't bleed, lasts long, moisturizes the lips, feels like a cushion and is the epitome of luxury in a tube. I know many will want comparisons to other formulas and off the top of my head I cannot think of a dupe. The Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are my favorite liquid lipstick because they are a hybrid of lipstick and gloss in one with amazing shine and color. I would say the Louboutin Loubilaques are most similar to those but the formula is a lot more opaque, lasting power is better and overall look and feel is more bold.

Starting July there will be eight shades total. Colors include Bengali, Bikini, Colibretta, Casanovella, Altressa, Altareva and Akenana - I don't have descriptions of photos but I hope to find them previewed on @Louboutinworld's social channels because I literally cannot wait to see what the other shades look like.

The Louboutin Loubilaque will retail for $85 each. Launches in July.

Many thanks to Louboutin for sending me a preview of the new Loubilaque.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Suqqu Summer 2016 - Creamy Glow Lipstick EX-20 and EX-21 and Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-31


I was thrilled to be able to finally try a few items from the Japanese beauty line called Suqqu. It's a brand that's been on my radar for years but it's not easily accessible to those in the US. I was sent a few pieces from the Summer 2016 Collection to try and literally could not contain my excitement while swatching these items. The collection is a UK exclusive that you can find online and in stores at Selfridges. I have 3 items to feature here, but for reference Sweet Makeup Temptations has the entire collection reviewed and swatched on her blog in case you are curious about the other items.


I was able to test out the following:

Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-31 Gyoukou £45 for 0.16 oz/4.6 g - this is an eyeshadow quad with some of the softest silkiest eyeshadows I've ever tried. The palette has a mix of different textures including a shimmering yellow, sheer matte white, matte burnt orange and satiny cool brown shade. All the colors are extremely easy to blend and layer together - the white is very soft and while I swatched it with a heavy hand on the arm to show the color, on the lids it's almost translucent when you blend it out. The shades come in a mirrored compact with some of the best compact brushes I've ever tried and are made with excellent craftsmanship (most compacts come with applicators that are completely worthless). I have mixed feelings about this quad due to the colors. Quality, pigment, application and lasting power are all top of the line, but the colors are very warm and quite outside my comfort zone. I know they are designed for a more colorful summer look, but I tried these several different ways and yellow/orange really aren't my colors. Based on my testing I do think the quality, design and pigment are excellent. Now that I've been able to see for myself how good these are I am going to do some investigating on other colors and try to order a few (if you have any recs please let me know!).

Creamy Moist Lipstick in EX-20 Hyaku Daidai £27 for 0.13 oz/3.8 g - this is a richly pigmented creamy lipstick and just as the name implies, very moist. Both of the shades I tried are full-coverage colors with an insanely luxuriously creamy texture. I love coral-like shades and usually wear softer peaches but EX-20 is really quite striking even though it's orange. It has a fun summery vibe. There is a tiny bit of shimmer in this one - it's visible in the tube and on the lips but not in an overly frosted way. Lasting power is very good and the color stays put as long as you don't touch your lips.

Creamy Moist Lipstick in EX-21 Senka £27 for 0.13 oz/3.8 g - this is a bright raspberry pink. It's medium-deep and bright all at the same time. On me it pulls neutral-cool but still has enough warmth in the base that it doesn't look blueish. If you like lots of bold color this is really quite pretty.

Swatches of all three, first with flash:


Without flash:


A closer look at each item:



Eye look of all four shades layered and blended, you may not be able to detect any of the white, but it was used as the last step to blend out any harsh edges:






After years of reading so many wonderful reviews on the brand I'm thrilled to finally have been able to try a few items. The quality is top notch - I'm so impressed with the texture of everything. The eyeshadows are unbelievably soft - almost pillow soft to the touch. They blend beautifully but the colors in EX-31 just really aren't my kind of colors. The Creamy Glow Lipsticks are everything everyone has raved about - creamy, glowy, moist with full and flawless coverage. The neutral lip lover in me is dying to try some of the more neutral shades - if you have any recommendations on where to start please let me know in the comments.

I do believe the items in the summer collection are limited-edition (I'll update once I confirm), currently available at Selfridges. I'm still in the spring mindset for colors (although I do love a good bronzer year round) but the lip items will be perfect for warmer months when brighter colors feel more in season (at least for me).



Have you tried anything from Suqqu before?

Many thanks to Suqqu for sending a few items for me to play with.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks


Buxom Cosmetics launched a new liquid lipstick formula called the Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks ($21 each for5 ml/0.18 fl oz). These are indeed very lightweight in feel with a whipped texture that has a soft velvety matte finish. Unlike most matte finish lip products though, it doesn't feel matte at all, but rather has a cushiony soft moisturizing feel almost like a balm. I personally do not like matte finish lipsticks or matte liquid lipsticks because I find them drying in formula, make the lips look wrinkled because of the intense pigment and the colors usually darken or look dusty once they've dried. There are few exceptions with really good matte formulas I am willing to wear including Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, Louboutin Matte Lipstick and Tatcha Kyoto Red - the Buxom Wildly Whipped formula also now falls into that category.


There are 12 shades total that come in a wide range from neutrals, to reds, corals, plums and pinks. All the shades offer full coverage with a single stroke although to cover the entire lip and get application precise around the edges I like to swipe a few times to apply. The tips come with a beveled sponge which makes application easy (I really appreciate well-designed applicators). They do have a plumping formula to make the lips look full, but they don't tingle like the Full On Lip Polishes or Lip Creams (several shades swatched here). I liked that they did not dry out my lips and the days after swatching and test wear - my lips did not show any signs of peeling or flaking. Lasting power is medium - I would say they last for a few hours as long as you don't snack, drink or touch your lips. There will be color transfer if your lips touch anything - but other than that they do stay fresh looking for a relatively long time.


A closer look at all the shades and swatches:

Descriptions:

Nudist is a light nude
Centerfold is a warm nude
Instigator is a fig neutral
Devious Dolly is a warm rose mauve
Wandress is a medium pink
Lover is a bright rose pink
Moonlighter is a bright pink-red
Flaunter is a bright warm orange
Dominatrix is a deep red
Exhibitionist is a bright fuschia pink
Criminal is a deep purple plum
Swinger is a medium lavender purple
Swatches with flash:


Swatches in natural light without flash:


Lip swatches of all shades on bare lips, for skintone reference I'm wearing Becca Aqualuminous Foundation in Beige in some photos while others I'm wearing the Make Up For Ever Foundation Stick in 123 + translucent powder. These are all matte in finish - the sheen in the photos is due to the camera flash/lighting.

Most of the shades have very smooth streak-free coverage. I found the darkest shade Criminal to be very patchy but dark shades can be hard for me to wear because the contrast makes it where if any of my natural lip shows through - it really shows through. As soon as I saw all the corals reds I thought they would all look the same, but after swatching them I really do see the difference in undertone. Some are deeper or brighter, others have more pink or orange undertone. If you like reds - there are quite a few options to choose from.

My top picks and favorites are Devious Dolly, Instigator, Centerfold and Lover. They're all on the bold side but I like that there are wearable shades mixed in for the neutral lip lover. I've been reaching for Devious Dolly a lot because I think it's conservative enough for everyday wear but has enough color and pigment in it that makes it more fun than the everyday pink nude or neutral.

I give the formula a thumbs up - it's really quite unique compared to anything else I've tried. I like that they don't dry down like a traditional matte - they have a soft cushiony feel with a very very slight sheen which makes them look more natural as it catches the light. I would call the finish a soft matte that has a slightly diffused finish. If you look through other photos and swatches @buxomcosmetics or search #buxombabe you can see how these look on others to get a better idea of the finish.


Bottom line - I highly recommend you try one. You can find the Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks at Sephora and Ulta. They retail for $21 each.

Wildly Whipped Lipsticks provided courtesy of Buxom Cosmetics.


Monday, May 9, 2016

NARS Summer 2016 Color Collection - My Picks


The NARS Summer Collection for 2016 launched a few weeks ago and it features some of the prettiest soft natural colors for a summer theme and the neutral-beauty lover in me is beyond thrilled. I received a few press samples and also purchased a couple items to review. The colors I picked out for the most part are very different from the traditional bright, bold or bronze shades we see for summer collections, but they are shades you can wear year round. The colors are easy to wear and can be mixed with bolder brighter shades. Colors featured above include:
  • Dual Intensity Blush in Sexual Content $45 (c/o) has a soft peach and light mauve pink shimmer, I feel like I've been searching for a blush combo like this for my whole life, it has a very natural looking shimmer and I am a bit bummed it's limited-edition, I will be buying a backup of this one, it's a nude pink/peach on the cheeks that shows up on my medium skin, pigment is really rich but in a natural way
  • Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation $45 (c/o) is a shimmering light pink and medium rose with warm tones, the shimmer is a bit more visible on this one compared to the lighter summer option, but it's not overly frosted, this one pulls a bit warmer on my skin but doesn't turn orangey, finish is smooth and doesn't emphasize pores
  • Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Topless $29 (c/o) is a light seashell pink with a very natural sheen, it has smooth pigment and is easy to blend, I would say pigment is medium but can be sheered out, shimmer is visible but it has a natural looking shimmer
  • Lip Cover in Get Dirty $28 is a new formula which is like a liquid lipstick, these are full coverage creamy lip colors that have a soft sheen in the finish, but have a velvety feel, Get Dirty is a medium warm rose, it almost looks peachy on me
  • Lip Cover in Overheated $28 is a full coverage dusty rose, it's cooler-toned than Get Dirty, the color looks darker swatched on the arm compared to the way it looks once on my lips, but it's still a medium toned neutral

A closer look at the shades plus swatch comparisons:


Comparison Set 1:




Comparison Set 2:

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess (review here
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Andromeda and Europa (review here)





Comparison Set 3:

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara (lip swatch here)
MAC Lipglass in Lust


A quick look per request with the warmer shades, Becca Aqualuminous in Beige is on the skin, for color it's NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (mix of colors), NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation both shades mixed and blended, NARS Lip Cover in Get Dirty.


All the colors are shades I want to wear everyday. I think the Dual Intensity Blush in Sexual Content is one of the prettiest neutrals for blush that I've ever seen. I am thrilled it's on the nude side but still shows up on the skin. Liberation is also a very pretty combination that is wearable. It has a softer feel compared to Fervor. For those new to the Dual Intensity formula - they are really very unique, it's like a hybrid powder and cream with a smooth texture that adheres well to the skin. They glide on like creams but aren't really like traditional emollient creams. Most of the items for eyes and cheeks are all shimmery - but there are varying degrees of shimmer. The colors in the summer collection have a softer shimmer compared to some other shades. Lasting power is excellent for my normal/combination skin and the shades don't emphasize pores.

For the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Topless, I though it would be almost identical to Andromeda or Europa, but it has enough shimmer and a different base to justify owning if you already have the other two. Tom Ford Opale by comparison is similar, but NARS Topless has a bit more pink.

For the lips I really like the new Lip Cover formula but it is extremely opaque so if your lips have any dry flakes or patches they will show up with this one, but it would be the case with any full coverage opaque lipstick. The colors are full coverage but not heavy feeling and they stayed with impressive lasting power. I would have preferred a clear packaging for the base like the Lip Gloss formulas so I can see the color inside rather than having to look at the labels but it's not a deal breaker. I love both colors but if I had to pick just one, I would say I have a slight preference for Overheated.

I am really happy with all the items I've tried. I feel both blushes are back-up worthy because I haven't found colors with the same color, quality and shimmer - to me they are both very unique and absolutely perfect.

You can find the NARS Summer Collection now at all NARS counters and stores. The entire collection is limited-edition so I do recommend ordering sooner than later. Available online at NARS, Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and all other NARS retailers.

Press samples include the Dual Intensity color items. Lip products purchased by me.

 

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