Estée Lauder x by Violette. La Dangereuse collection | Review, Photos & Swatches

In December Estée Lauder released another collection by Violette.

The highly anticipated La Dangereuse collection inspired by a Femme Fatale (as you may have guessed).

This new release features metallic finishes, bright colours and luxurious textures. Something perfect for the holiday season and also, all year through.

The collection consists of,

Two Eye Palettes. Amour, Amour & Blue Dahlia.

Two Pure Colour Envy Paint-On Liquid Lip Colour, in shades Naked & La Dangereuse.

One Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick Diabolique.

An Eye Gloss. Sheer Scandal.

A Loose Glitter. Burning Star.

One Eye Crayon. Sly & Sultry.

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Face Trio, Swirling Passions.

 

My favourite bits of this collection are the palettes (without a doubt!). Violette always does beautiful colour stories and creates makeup that women want to wear. This time around it’s sinfully luxurious colours! Just what I like!

Estee la dangereuse

Between the two, the Amour, Amour palette is my favourite. If you don’t already own a tonne of red palettes… maybe there’s room for one more?

The colour mix is simply stunning! The shades all work together harmoniously to create something special each time and the varied textures of the palettes make even the simplest eye looks pretty and full of dimension. 8 shades should give you endless possibilities!

La dangereuse amour amour estee lauder

Shade 1 – A sparkly pink highlighter/ topper shade with multi dimensional reflects of silver and blue.

Shade 2 – A matte cranberry red with buildable colour.

Shade 3 – A smooth orangey copper with good payoff.

Shade 4 – A buttery soft vibrant metallic copper.

Shade 5 – Copper with a red sparkle and a slightly gritty texture.

Shade 6 – A silky antique gold.

Shade 7 – A cranberry with pink tones. This one applies beautifully and blends well.

Shade 8 – A deep prune with medium colour pay off. Buildable.

The best in terms of payoff were the sparkly and metallic shades. They are super silky and ultra pigmented. My favourites were Shade 4 and 6 which were outstanding. The mattes albeit harder pressed, pick up well with a brush and blended easily. No harsh edges, no fallout or patchiness. I did start with a primed eye though as per usual as everything looks more vibrant and definitely longer lasting with some primer on.

Shade 5 was the only shadow with a slightly gritty texture when swatched. It also had a little bit of fallout.

Overall I liked the colours in this palette. Definitely something i’d recommend you to try from the collection. IF these tones suit you.

 

Blue dahlia estee lauder

Next up, the Blue Dahlia palette.

A mix of olive, golds and shades of blue in varied finishes. My favourite shadow of course is the cobalt blue. So vibrant and unique!

Shade 1 – A dirty olive green/yellow. Sheer but buildable with little fallout

Shade 2 – A neutral toned sparkly taupe which feels a tad dry to the touch.

Shade 3 – Vibrant mustard gold with a smooth texture that applies like silk.

Shade 4 – Black with green sparkle. Sadly very powdery with lots of fallout.

Shade 5 – A cobalt blue with super payoff and looked just as vibrant on the eyes as it does in the pan!

Shade 6 – Soft peachy gold with medium pigmentation.

Shade 7 – Pearlised peacock blue with impressive pigmentation and smooth texture.

Shade 8 – A deep teal blue.

Overall I do prefer the formula of the red palette better. Some of the shades in Blue Dahlia (Shade 2 in particular) felt slightly drier & gritty to the touch. There’s definite fallout with this one.

Shade 4 was also a little tricky and performed infinitely better when used with a primer. Without one the pigment doesn’t seem to hold on to the lid.

That being said, the star colours were really lovely (I mean THAT blue! it has my heart!). The texture was silky and almost gel like. Adheres so well once applied and looks just as vibrant on the lids as in the pan. I loved it as a liner too for the lower lashes for an unexpected pop of colour. Instantly makes the eyes the centre of attention! Of course as a solid one colour look this should work perfectly too. I can’t wait to wear this colour by itself sometime.

Overall I do like the palette. The cobalt blue is such a stunner and does make this mix extra special. If you are a lover of blues, The Blue Dahlia might just be very hard to miss.

 

The eye gloss in the collection, Sheer Scandal is a pink holographic clear gloss with a texture that is smooth and balmy. Perfect for adding a grungy/ worn in effect to a smudgy eye look. Just remember to wear a waterproof mascara with this one to avoid any melting or migration!

Application tip – Always apply in one stroke. The balm as you may have guessed moves any underlying shadow and several strokes will cause all the colour to mix.

Moving on to the last product for the eyes! The Jumbo Eye Crayon.

Sly & Sultry is a flattering shade for all skin tones, this one’s your everyday, easy, get ready in the car kinda product. Application is a breeze, just scribble and blend with your fingers (or a brush). It has super super payoff and adheres to the lid beautifully.

 

The lip options were some of the best offerings of this collection. Beautiful shades that are easy to wear and suit most skin tones.

Estee lauder la dangereuse

The liquid lipsticks within the collection are both matte. Naked which is an ultra pigmented nude brown. And La Dangereuse a berry raspberry red with fine pink shimmers for a metallic effect. The metallic lipstick needed a more precise application as the shimmer had a tendency to apply uneven, unlike Naked which I patted on with my fingers for a weightless, nude lip.

This particular liquid lipstick formula is barely noticeable (weightless) when worn and I love it! It also doesn’t emphasize lip lines or feel drying at all.

 

Diabolique is a luscious berry in a cream finish. The pigmentation is medium but buildable to full coverage in 2-3 strokes. This one I LOVE!

 

 

To complete the look, the collection included a face palette. The Sculpting Face Trio. Of the three palettes, the packaging of this feels more premium and the (smaller) size is just perfect to keep in my makeup bag.

The palette contains three powders, a face sculpting powder, a pink blush and a champagne highlighter. So far my general thoughts are this sculpting powder would be useless on anyone who isn’t super fair.

To me it’s pretty much a shade I can use on my eyelids to even out and prep my primer for shadow. On the other hand the blush and highlight is actually really nice. The blush in particular is a great shade for olive skin tones like mine and really uplifts the complexion. The formula of this is perfect. Not powdery at all with just the right consistency to achieve a perfectly flushed cheek. Clown cheeks are a thing of the past with this palette! And the shade would suit pretty much all skin tones. Even deeper ones.

The highlighter shade was a lovely consistency too, great payoff and silky smooth in texture. A champagne glow is always welcome and I love that they picked an ultra wearable shade for a palette like this.

Overall I do see myself traveling with this palette. I know I can get a lot of use with this mix. Even the sculpt shade i’ll be using on my eyes so nothing goes to waste.

Onto the look created which I happen to shoot during sun down. Totally loving these shades for the evening btw.

 

For the complexion I kept it simple, using Swirling Passions palette with Shade 2 from the Amour, Amour eye palette as an added pop of colour.

Bottom Line

Overall I think the best buys are the lipsticks (all are limited edition) and the red palette Amour, Amour.

I can’t recommend the Face palette unless you are VERY fair. The sculpt shade will not work on medium tones like myself.

Availability 

Online at Sephora Singapore.

Eye Palettes – SGD 90

Pure Color Envy Lipstick – SGD 52

Pure Color Envy Paint-On Lipstick – SGD 52

Glitter Pot – SGD 51

Deluxe Eye Crayon – SGD 30

Sculpting Face Trio – SGD 66

  • All samples gifted for review.

Nude & MLBB Lipsticks – My favourites, most worn and best formulas.

Bobbi Brown, Nude Lipsticks, Mac Lipsticks

 

First post of the new year and i’m about to share some of my staples when it comes to makeup. Nude & MLBB lipsticks.

 

my lips but better lipsticks

 

Nude lipsticks can range from light beige to ebony, it depends on what looks nude on your skintone. Overall for my medium olive skin, I tend to use a lot of browns and mauves most with a hint of pink. They are truly the easiest to wear and can be paired with practically anything in terms of outfits! Hence, lipsticks like these tend to get purchased quite frequently. But only some, make it to my everyday rotation.

Today I want to share some of the best shades I own. Not all are true favourites (or nudes), but I wanted to get some variety in here as well, so there’s a little bit of everything.

 

MLBB lipsticks favourite

 

MAC Only You – Part of the limited Edition Ellie Goulding collection (from 2017 I believe), this warm pinky rose is a cream formula. Honestly can’t tell you how much I loved/love this one. It’s a gem. Easy to wear, feels great on the lips and looks super girly. I find myself reaching for shades like this often. The perfect MLBB shade.

Make Up For Ever C106 – A creamy neutral pink nude. This is actually a lot pinker to be classified as ‘nude’. But for a few good weeks in 2018 it was my go-to. I loved how it applied, the colour and pigmentation. The only downside though, after a few hours, it tends to leave that horrible white goop on the rim of your lips. I’m sure you know what i’m talking about! Not all lipsticks leave this weird white line. But this does.

Bobbi Brown Bare – If I had to wear just one lipstick all my life this would be it (not saying that I will, but figuratively. Yes). Something about this formula and shade is just comforting. I reach for this all the time, and honestly with the volume of free lipstick I receive as PR, it’s hard to make a statement like that unless I truly do. The colour has a hint of warmth but not overly yellow. A great shade of neutral brown for all medium skintones and a lovely nude for even deeper complexions.

The BB Crushed Lip Color is a buildable formula that feels balmy & weightless on the lips. It just melts in and works great as a smudged, worn in look. Never make my lips flake or fade unnaturally.

Estée Lauder Strapless – I have to say these Pure Color Love lipsticks are some of the most underrated lipsticks ever! The formula is top notch, creamy but not too much slip. Lovely texture and most of all, pigmented AND affordable. it’s another one of those shades I can’t seem to stop wearing! The colour will work for almost all skin tones and complexions. The perfect MLBB shade if you are fair or medium.

Bobbi Brown Rosebud – Is a warm rosy nude. First off, the formula of this is sublime. The BB Nourishing Lip Color formula is one of the best lipstick formulas in my book, and something I recommend to everyone who’s willing listen. Bright Raspberry is another favourite that I reach for quite often. My must have lip colour for summer. You need them both!

MAC Velvet Teddy – is an OG. A matte nude with a hint of pink & warmth. I did a little poll on Instagram when I posted the lipstick lineup and a lot of you picked out Velvet Teddy from the swatches. It’s just one of those shades that work on most skin tones. An oldie but a goodie.

Bobbi Brown Sazan Nude – This was limited edition but seems to be back in the permanent lineup. Very pretty nude with a hint of warmth that works best on fairer complexions. I do love this one with a smokier eye for a sultry evening look. The Crushed Lip Color formulas are my favourite so can’t recommend them enough.

Bobbi Brown Pink Nude – Another great nude for fairer skin tones. Love the hint of peachy pink that I know most seem to favour over the true nudes and a colour that’ll flatter anyone with a fair to medium complexion without looking washed out. Pink nudes also look good on olive complexions as it balances out the green undertones of the skin.

Estée Lauder Mysterious Mauve – Is a medium mauve rose. One of those shades which I had to hunt down cos I could never find it! Not one of my absolute must haves in the end, but the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting formula is incredibly pigmented and one I do adore.

Clé de Peau Beauté Lotus Flower – Earlier Last year CPB launched these new lipsticks. The packaging was just luxurious and super gorgeous so I rushed to purchase a few. These retail somewhere close to S$100, so I only got one at the time and this was my pick. The shade is a peachy rose brown, super flattering on olive skin tones and works great for medium complexions. Also the little bits of shimmer (in the swatch) is not very visible on the lips, if glitter/shimmer is a deal breaker, you really don’t have to worry. This looks more of a satin matte on the lips.

 

 

What’s your favourite shade from this line up? Mine’s Bobbi Brown Bare. And the Crushed Lip Colors in general. I’m just someone who enjoys an easy lip (and eye), cos I strongly believe in the whole less is more approach to makeup. Hence why I share so many neutral makeup looks over here!

Anyways, would you like to see more lipstick lineups like this? I’d be happy to do a lineup of reds. and maybe a guide to MAC nudes next.

Apotheosis, Le Mat de Chanel Fall Winter 2018 | Review Photos & Swatches

Apotheosis, Le Mat de Chanel Fall Winter 2018 | Review Photos & Swatches

This fall Chanel released an all matte collection.

Mysterious, sophisticated and just what the heart needs to warm up to this cosy season.

The collection features two matte eye quads, a neutral (of course) and a striking blue, a selection of Le Rouge Crayon (this season in a matte formula), my favourite Rouge Allure Ink liquid lipsticks in 4 new shades , two matte nail varnishes, cream eyeshadow sticks and blush.

Chanel fall 2018 le mat

What’s even more exciting is that the packaging is also matte which reenforces the matte theme.

Here’s a look at the pieces of the collection i’ve been testing.

Chanel le mat collection

As always the eye products are what piqued my interest instantly.

Quiet Revolution consists of a pale dusty rose, deep teal blue, cerulean blue and a smokey grey. The shadows swatch smoothly and feel silky as they’re applied. My favourite shade to work with is the teal. I find shades with green undertones can really bring out the green in olive complexions. So I use the cerulean blue to counteract this and add more life. You can add a pink blush to neutralise the overly yellow/green cast if you are olive skinned like me. The total effect is beautiful with this blue eye look.

The pigmentation of the shadows were excellent. They really layer well for intense colour, I didn’t have to use a cream shadow or eyeliner as a base to achieve a fully opaque wash of colour. This is what I love about luxury eyeshadows, the colours are always so vibrant. Affordable matte shadows have a tendency to look ashy at times and with this quad you get nothing but incredible colour.

I didn’t experience fall out with the teal (even though I anticipated it!), but noticed the cerulean blue had noticeable kick up when I dip my brush in to pick the colour. I ended up with a few splashes of blue around my eye and had to clean up. I think the brush used does play a part in how much fall out you get, stiffer brushes seem to produce more fall out as they flick the product away as you apply. Anyways, do your eyes before the base is always my advice when it comes to palettes like these.

Clair-Obscur is a neutral matte lovers dream. If you ever were in the market for a neutral matte quad, I’d highly recommend this one! The overall palette leans more neutral than warm making it great for most skin tones. There’s a latte brown, a pale taupe, a cream and a deep neutral brown to enhance and deepen your eye look. The shadows are really smooth to the touch and apply like silk. They are easy to blend and make for a great everyday eye look if you do wear eyeshadow on the daily. My go to look is using the palest shade on the entire lid and adding a little shading to the crease with the taupe.

I experienced no noticeable fall out (also they are browns so really, you are safe!). I still recommend using a primer though to help the eyeshadows adhere to the lids for prolonged wear. With the Chanel eye primer they do.not.budge.

Swatches!

Chanel le rouge crayon mat

Next up, lips!

I was excited to see more lip crayons this season as I absolutely adore the Chanel crayon formula. They are my favourite from Chanels lip lineup. Apart from the fact they are so easy to throw on (jumbo pencils really are fool-proof), the new matte version makes them even more longer lasting without constant need of reapplication.

Also, since reds are my weakness, these new additions were my first choice when I was packing for Paris in September.

Though termed matte, these are more creamy satin in finish. Not glossy as the originals but not quite as matte to be classified a straight up matte. I like to think of them as a ‘flattering matte’, the type of formula that don’t make your lips look like raisins, but pillowy, luscious and va va voom!.

ALL of them glided on like silk! Incredibly pigmented for a lightweight formula. Truly one of the best lipstick releases this year and most certainly worthy of the 2018 favourites post! (So grab them before you miss out!)

Le rouge crayon matte

In todays blue makeup look I used Discretion. A nude which pulls more pinky peach on my sallow skin.

Swatches!

And some lip swatches,

Next up, the Rouge Allure Inks. They are liquid lipsticks which dry down to a matte.

I have two shades with me.  A deep vampy red and a cheerful bright, strawberry red. If you are new to the formula you can check out my very first review, HERE. I like this particular Chanel lipstick formula as it’s weightless and doesn’t give your lips the raisin effect. It goes on in thin layers with colour you can build up to full opacity maintaining the weightless feel.

I don’t have Serenity with me, (a gorgeous rose nude). Something i’d most likely use often. Somehow I have only accumulated the reds in this formula and can’t tell you how the lighter shades perform. If you have tried them. Do leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Last but not least, here’s a set of comparison swatches featuring other Rouge Allure Inks in my collection. As you can see, I love the reds!

Bottom Line

Everything in this collection is pretty much amazing.  The only bits that didn’t make me go wow was probably the nail polish. I’m more an old school glossy polish girl at heart, but that’s my preference, also the Chanel polish formula isn’t the longest lasting so I tend to skip these unless the colour is truly unique!

The Matte Lip Crayons are my top picks. You really can’t go wrong with these. Even though there are so many variations of red within this lineup they are all so different. You can purchase a few without feeling too guilty.

Last but not least, of the eye quads, Clair-Obscura is a must have.  A true matte neutral palette with this quality is a rare find and I honestly do believe you shouldn’t miss out. Over the years I never let any Chanel palette slip if I felt it was a good formula, these are the palettes I come back to over and over. They are worth the splurge.

What pieces caught your attention? I would love to know!

For more on the latest and greatest, follow me on Instagram which features a lot more newer releases. HereAlso here’s a preview of Chanel Holiday! I can’t wait to review these next!

*PR Samples included.

 

TOM FORD Traceless Touch Foundation Cushion Compact Review

In August Tom Ford launched their first ever Cushion foundation. Buildable medium-full coverage for a long-wearing flawless finish.

The formula promises to be “unfazed by water, humidity and perspiration as it minimizes oil, pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is infused with a plumping dose of moisture courtesy of Aquacell, a proprietary plant based moisturising complex with every application.”

The packaging is very much luxury in every sense. From the elegant cognac case to the thoughtful gold trimmings and inlaid TF logo up top. This cushion (as expected) is lightweight and comes complete with a fabulous magnetic closure for quick and easy touch-ups on the go!

tom ford cushion

Unlike the standard liquid foundations, most cushion compacts come with around 15ml. The TF cushion contains 12ml. In any case I believe you’d use far less of this though since the coverage is VERY high in comparison to regular cushions and you don’t have to keep building up.

The consistency of this is slightly thicker as well. And from what i’ve noticed, runs a bit light in comparison to the other Tom Ford foundations. About half a shade lighter to be exact!  I happen to be the very last shade. 5.5 Bisque. It’s still a tad too light for my (tanned) summer skin, but I can just about make it work without having to bronze up a lot.

The Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation gives you a satin matte finish, very skin-like and radiant.

The coverage is impressive and can be built up to what i’d call ….almost full. I don’t think it ever looks cakey at any point. But overloading will certainly cause the foundation to move throughout the day.

If you prefer more coverage than the traditional cushion foundations, the Tom Ford is definitely for you. It bridges the gap between ‘easy on-the-go light makeup’ and the ‘full coverage, so we apply only at home… foundations’! Finally, portable foundations no longer have to be light with next to nothing coverage.

As far as wear is concerned, I can confidently say this lasts all day without much need to touch up. I packed this with me to test out in Paris last month and it was one of the few that made it through the whole day without looking oily and worn. The weather was a bit chilly which is probably why I didn’t feel it get too oily. But testing it out back home I do notice it sink into any larger pores and fine lines as the day progressed….. even after powdering quite well. Basically, a mid day blot was inevitable for my combination skin.

 

Bottom line

I do think this is an excellent addition to the Tom Ford portfolio. Judging by it’s popularity (read, totally sold out), it’s definitely one for the shopping list.

Unfortunately the shade range is a poor 8 in total. I hope you fit in! Me being a fair-medium (NC30-35 in MAC) made it very difficult to grab a suitable match. But I do think once my tan fades, the foundation will definitely start becoming my go-to since it’s so easy to apply and looks great on the skin!

*Thank you Tom Ford Singapore for the sample. x

 

 

 

NARS Eyeshadow Singles | Photos & Swatches (2018)

This month NARS launched their ‘Eyes Collection’ with a reformulation of existing shadows and also  brand new shades. For as long as I remember, NARS shadows have been some of the best in the market and with what i’ve seen (swatched) the product is now improved and even better.

This new line introduces a brand new Pigment Powder Suspension technology that delivers intense colour payoff, effortless blendability and rich, longwearing vibrant colour. Expect glitters, buttery mattes, shimmery pearls and satins, whatever suits your fancy.

The collection is broken down to 4 categories,

Hardwired sheens – Multi dimensional glitters for maximum impact and dramatic shine.

Precious metals – Shimmery shades to create soft pops of colour.

Pure Pops – Bright vibrant shades to add a burst of colour.

Soft Essentials – Neutrals in buttery mattes and smooth satins.

Along with the new formula, NARS has now switched up the packaging for a sleeker, slim compact. Of course no departure from the signature matte black packaging, it’s still quintessentially NARS.

Hardwired Sheens were the first to catch my eye. The colours were spectacular. Nothing that’s been in the permanent NARS collections before. Duo chromes, sparkly glitters that are soft to the touch and almost flakey (in a good way) and amazing pearly pigment that glisten. There’s 18 in total.

Argentina – A shimmering violet with a smokey deep base.

Chile – An iridescent lavender duochrome with pink shimmer.

Earthshine – Iridescent pink with a shimmery champagne shimmer.

Ecstacy – A minty green with gold shimmer. Very soft and flakey to the touch with good pigmentation.

Firenze – Another flakey high shimmer pink sequin like shadow.

Galapagos – Earthy brown with gold shimmer. Excellent pigmentation.

Goa – A brown green.

Hellcat – Pewter green with gold shimmer.

Lunar – A Lavender with pink shimmer. Good pigmentation with a very smooth application.

Madrid – A duochrome brown with a green and purple shift.

Melrose – Duochrome salmon pink with gold flecks.

Mendoza – A bronze with gold reflect. Excellent pigmentation.

hardwired sheens

Night breed – A sooty matte black with black glitter flecks.

Night clubbing – Black with gold pearly shimmer.

Pattaya – Coppery gold with a high shimmer flakey finish.

Pointe Noire – Plum brown with shimmer.

Rio de la Plata – A champagne with gold flecks.

Stud – A silvery pewter brown with amazing pigmentation.

Next up Precious Metals. These are the metallic shimmers and pearly shades. Almost everything swatched with good payoff and silky smooth to the touch. 13 shades in total.

Banquise – Vibrant silver.

Big Sur – A shimmering deep blue.

Fez – A medium satin brown.

Guayaquil – A bright rusty brown.

Isla Bonita – An iridescent white gold.

Kashmir – A neutral champagne beige.

Lahore – A rosy brown.

Mekong – A deep warm brown with golden shimmer.

Pyrenees – A shimmery gunmetal.

Rome – A taupey grey with silver shimmer.

Verona – Icy pink with silver shimmer.

Virgin Gorda – A golden pink.

Zambezi – A cool mint green with shimmer.

precious metals nars

The mattes and satins within the Soft Essentials category were simply exceptional. Pretty much everything I could ever want in a matte. Think buttery soft, silky, exceptional blendability (no dry chalkiness at all) and good pigmentation. My first thought was, I need them all!.. (and so do you).

nars soft essentials

Ashes to ashes – A soft fleshy brown.

Bali – A neutral deep brown.

Bengali – A warm medium brown.

Biarritz – A silky matte cream.

Blondie – An ashy light brown with yellow undertones.

Cabo san Lucas – A fleshy pink.

Coconut grove – A deep brown.

NARS soft essentials

Kingston – A silky matte grey taupe.

Nepal – A satin pink nude.

New York – Reddened neutral brown with amazing smoothness and payoff.

Night star – A cream with golden glitter flecks.

Nouméa – Orange toned brown with amazing payoff and texture.

Sofia – A pink toned brown.

Tullum – A warm ochre brown with excellent texture and pigmentation.

Soft Essentials NARS

Lastly a look at the Pure Pops range that feature bright colours especially for artistry. Most of the best pigmented shades within this line were the mattes. The colours were saturated with very good texture and payoff. There’s just one shade that I couldn’t seem to swatch. The poorest performer. Domination. I can’t confirm how it picks up on a brush, but when swatching the payoff was next to nothing.

In this category I swatched just a few shades. The ones that caught my eye and had good pigmentation.

Baby Jane – A matte bright baby blue with good payoff.

Duoro – An exceptional bright matte yellow.

Night Porter – A shimmering forest green.

Persia – A matte Terracotta orange with amazing payoff.

Showgirl – A shimmering bright blue with amazing payoff and silky texture.

Strada – A Lavender with a gold sheen.

* Another shade that’s worth a mention was Goldfinger. A muted yellow gold. Unfortunately I missed it in the swatch but the texture and finish is very similar to Showgirl.

Bottom line

Given the overwhelming range, my favourites that I think you should zoom in on would be the Hardwired Sheens and the Soft Essential (mattes). The colours and textures will be some of the best you’ve ever tried.

Here’re my top favourites. I’m going to try and keep them to ten!

Earthshine, Firenze, Galapagos, Mendoza, Melrose, Stud, Virgin Gorda, Noumea, Bengali, Persia. I’d also like to throw in Tulum as a unique ochre which would make a beautiful warming shadow that works well as a transition shade and also layering.

For the more adventurous, I’d suggest Baby Jane and Duoro. Both must haves!

Pricing and availability

The collection is now available at all NARS boutiques and counters. Each eyeshadow retailing at SGD33.

Happy shopping!

*Thank you NARS Singapore for loaning these for swatches! ❤

 

 

 

Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipstick | Photos, Swatches, Review

Chanel Rouge Allure

This fall Chanel has a new addition to their lipstick lineup. The Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipsticks (in six shades).

An innovative matte formula that’s liquid but goes on silky smooth for a velvety finish. The final effect is a softly blurry colour that mimics a quintessential ‘just been kissed’ French lip look. Smudgy, effortless, with no harsh edges.

Overall the packaging is a win, I find the soft rubber look rather fresh and very travel friendly. Also the matching tube with the corresponding lipstick shade makes life a lot easier when you have to grab-and-go in the mornings. My only concern is the sponge tip applicator of which i’ve never been a fan, but of course essential to create the blurry, smudgy look.

The formula goes on the lips almost velvety and has a smooth silicone-y feel. Never really setting but looking completely matte and velvety on the lips. Worlds apart from the (dry as the desert) matte liquid lipsticks that’s in the market right now. And you’ll never have to worry about emphasized lip lines anymore.

As expected, with a formula that doesn’t set, the longevity isn’t much (2-3 hours max) and definitely doesn’t last through meals. Regular touchups would be necessary to maintain intensity.

Overall within the range, some shades appear considerably more pigmented than the others. I believe Avant Gardiste to have the best texture and pigmentation. Plasir and Avocation though pigmented cannot be layered on and ends up looking slightly patchy whenever I attempt to achieve better coverage.

Here’s a look at the colour range.

960 Avant Gardiste – A deep wine red.

956 Invincible – A neutral true red.

954 Radical – A neutral orange red.

958 Volupte – A bright raspberry red.

950 Plasir – A bright peach.

952 Evocation – A neutral fleshy nude.

Bottom line

The texture is actually something completely new and takes a bit of getting use to. There’s a constant fear the colour might actually move and end up smudging since they feel so cushiony on the lips.

What I really love though is it never dries out the lips, something exceptional since a matte lip look always ends up feeling uncomfortable within a few hours.

Overall I can’t really say if I love them enough to wear everyday. What draws me is the intense saturated colour. If I had to recommend one, a must-try, Avant-Gardiste would be my pick. An elegant red for a special night out.

Pricing and Availability 

To be updated.

 

*Includes PR samples received for review consideration.

 

 

 

Dior Summer 2018 Diorshow On Stage Liner Review

The instant Dior summer dropped I was at the counter in a heartbeat to check out the most exciting portion of the launch. All new liquid liners in a rainbow of colours! I’ve already posted complete swatches here on IG but was really keen on letting you know my thoughts on these products after giving them a fair test.

At the time I also grabbed one of the limited edition Nude powders in a pastel mix (which I normally skip as they are too light for my tanned skin), & also the new All Day Brow Ink which was a waterproof formula.

The collection consists of 14 shades from matte white to hot pink to shimmery blue. All packaged in slick black with the corresponding shade on the length of the liner (which is always great for easy identification).

The applicator is an easy to use felt tip that’s perfectly formed for precision. What really impressed me is, with the shape and length of the tip, it was near impossible to mess up the application. The fine tip allows you to get really close to the roots of the lashes and in between for a fuller voluminous look.

The saturation of colour is truly impressive. One fluid stroke is all it takes for a neat opaque line. I don’t think a coloured liner should be any other way.

Between the mattes and the shimmers (which were only a few) I find I like both formulas. Although I did notice the mattes weren’t a true matte as expected. They always seem to dry to a semi matte finish.

If you are one of those people who find it difficult making it through the day without a migrating line.. this is THE ONE you are looking for. I found the longevity of these incredible. There was zero smudging or flaking all day. And this is me testing a full day which is over 12 hours right up until I take off my makeup at night (by which i’m always faced with at least a little smudging near the inner corners)..

On that same note, taking off the liner does require some patience as this long-wear formula fittingly adheres to the lids and is budge proof. Normally i’d turn to a waterproof eye makeup remover to successfully get every last bit of eye makeup off and it works brilliantly.

Here’s a quick comparison of my go-to daily liners against the new Dior. As you can see, the Matte Brown is very saturated and applies beautifully. Another reason why I seem to use it most days.

Bottom line

Impressed. That’s my conclusion in one word. It’s rare I find a product that truly exceeds expectations. And my oily lids concur these to be backup worthy.

So far my top picks are the Matte Brown and Pearly Turquoise. Both apply so beautifully. However if you require something with some punch, the pink makes a fabulous summer shade. I know I will use this lots! 

Here’s the white in action. I wore this simple look to the beach a few weeks back!

Applied over eyeshadow, the white line tends to get muddy, and a few layers were needed as the underlying eye makeup keep transferring to the nib. Just make sure you wait till the first line dries before you retrace it and keep wiping the nib often to achieve that pure white line.

…or just skip the eyeshadow altogether! You honestly don’t even need it.