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Drugstore Discoveries: Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor in Pink Indulgence Review & Swatches

August 14, 2009
Revlon Colorstay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor Pink Indulgence ($7.49)
Lipstick so soft and smooth you won’t believe it’s long-lasting. Exclusive formula with SoftFlex™ for hours and hours of luscious, feel good color in one smooth step. Stays gorgeous, stays creamy, stays on. In 30 full-coverage and 6 sheer shades.

I first saw Revlon’s ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor in Pink Indulgence staring back at me from the cardboard lips of Beau Garrett at Walgreens, and it was instant love. Her lips were this creamy perfect shade of pink that I Just had to have. I put off purchasing Pink Indulgence for the longes time, worried that the lipstick might be drying, but when I saw these for 50% off some time back I couldn’t resist picking one up.

The formula on these is just amazing – they feel super soft and creamy and just melt onto your lips, yet somehow manage to be very longwearing as well! Pigmentation is also really beautiful; Pink Indulgence is that perfect milky soft pink that pairs well with pretty much anytihng and everything, but especially a smoky eye or a more dramatic eye look.

Swatch of Pink Indulgence

Lip Swatch of Pink Indgulence

My only regret is that I didn’t try these sooner – Pink Indgulence was well worth the >$4 I spent on it, and I’d say it’s definitely worth purchasing at full price as well. I plan to check out the other shades this is available in at some point ~ I’ve got my eye on Plush Peony and So Blushious.

RATING: 4.5/5

Introducing YSL Gloss Volupte Sheer Sensual Gloss Stick SPF 9

August 11, 2009
Yves Saint Laurent GLOSS VOLUPTÉ Sheer Sensual Gloss Stick SPF 9 ($30)
Introducing YSL’s first gloss stick, combining the femininity and sensuality of a lipstick with the comfort and shine of a gloss. Colorshine complex and Candellila resin result in a transparent, non sticky shine. Thanks to fluid silicones and melting microcrystalline waxes, Gloss Volupté leaves your lips feeling sensual, silky and full of comfort. Pomegranate extract and a delicate Mango fragrance provide a delicious touch of freshness. Available in 4 transparent, mouth-watering shades.

I was all exicted when I stumbled across YSL’s new addition to the Volupte family, the Gloss Volupte. If you do a quick search of the blog you’ll see that I absolutely adore the Rouge Volupte formula – it’s creamy, highly pigmented, and really like no other lipstick currently on the market. I was expecting more of the same from the Gloss Voluptes, and Iced Lychee looked to be especially promising; from the swatch I was thinking it would be a milky creamy pale pink with a high shine finish. But after having seen some swatches of these I’m a little disappointed. I’ll still be checking these out in person but it looks like it’s not going to be the love at first sight I was expecting.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick + Lip Shot

July 28, 2009
Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick ($18)
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick works three full-time jobs—it defines the shape of lips like a liner, fills them in with creamy velvet color, and then plumps them to their full buxom potential. It’s a three-in-one lipstick that’s quick and convenient for defined, colorful, buxom lips anytime, anywhere.

Swatches (left to right): Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Monte Carlo

After having viewed this online I figured Bare Escentuals’ Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick would be an emaciated looking skinny little thing, so imagine my surprise when I was greeted by the sight of this big, fat, pencil the size of a small Sharpie! Sadly my Sephora only had these three shades in stock, but other than Milan these look to be the prettiest of the bunch so I guess I’ll survive.

  • Brooklyn is a harvest fig shade – a mauvey berry color with slight brown undertones. Not my usual type of shade and probably not something I’d purchase.
  • Las Vegas is my favorite of the bunch – a vibrant, milky medium pink that’s totally me.
  • Monte Carlo is a bright, hot magenta that’s much brighter than the lippies I’d usually go for, but the shade has such a beautiful clearness to it, if that makes any sense, that I actually found myself drawn to it. A seriously gorgeous hot pink!

Lip Swatch of Las Vegas

So the verdict? I’m absolutely loving these BE Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Sticks – they’re like fun, creamy crayons for your lips! They’re pigmented, long-lasting and provide some gorgeous color pay-off, plus they also create this fun minty/tingling sensation (I guess that’s the plumping part) on your lips akin to that of BE’s Buxom Glosses. The Big & Healthy pencils are semi-matte since they are meant to be usable as both lipstick and lipliner, so they’re gorgeous either worn on their own or coupled with a glossy lipstick or a gloss. The retractable pencil packaging makes these easy to travel with and great for touch-ups, and I’m thinking Las Vegas would make a great addition to my lippie collection!

Have you tried BE’s Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Sticks for yourself? Any thoughts?

Drugstore Discoveries: Max Factor Vivid Impact Lip Color Review & Swatches

May 19, 2009
Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor ($7.99)

Dying for a little splurge but your wallet thinks otherwise? Indulge in some luxe-for-less by checking out Max Factor’s Vivid Impact Lipcolor, available in a designer palette of 20 pure-pigment shades.

I own Vivid Impact Lipcolors in shades 04 Pin Up Pink and 28 Rose Rage, and I must say that while I’d been wanting to try these for awhile as I’d been hearing such good things, I really was surprised by the quality. Max Factors Vivid Impact Lipcolors are gorgeously pigmented with great opacity, creamy, non-drying, and come in a luscious range of bright, fun shades that will make you lips pop.

Swatch of 04 Pin Up Pink

Shade 04 Pin Up Pink is a pale milky pink that’s a little lighter than what I’d usually go for, but really great paired with a neutral eye or a dramatic smoky look. Rose Rage (28) is an easy-to-wear berry pink that literally goes with any and all looks.

Lip Shot of 04 Pin Up Pink

I don’t use many drugstore lip products as I’ve never found any that I’ve particularly liked. They’re usually drying, non-pigmented, have funky flavors, or just don’t come in a particularly exciting range of shades, so Max Factor’s Vivid Impact Lipcolors are a welcome and much-needed addition to my local drugstore makeup aisle. Check them out for yourself! And while you’re at, be sure to test out a few Max Factor mascaras (they’re amazing!) such as their latest 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara (review HERE).

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact in Gabrielle (60) Review & Swatches

April 28, 2009
Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact ($45)
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact contains a ruby-powder formula that interacts with the light and creates a jaw-dropping pout of perfection. At first glaze, lips will be left defined, smoothed, plumped, and hydrated.

Tucked in a compact that marries beauty with high design, with one click, you will have a luminous lipstick and mirror at your fingertips. Designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the most talented jeweler from the Place Vendôme in Paris, it is the ultimate accessory of mystery and seduction.

Despite my protestations and claims that I wouldn’t purchase this $45 lipstick, I caved =X. What can I say, I’m weak! I was doing so well until I saw that for two days only, Bergdorf Goodman was offering custom-engraving with the purchase of any of the Rouge G lipsticks. Check out my engraving in the photo below!

Unfortunately the color selection kinda sucked and I wasn’t all that into most of the shades–they all veered towards either being too bright or too neutral, and there really just weren’t any of the usual pretty soft pinks that I naturally gravitate towards. I would’ve taken a stab at one of the brighter shades, but this lipstick is really creamy and pigmented and I just knew that I wouldn’t be comfortable.

I ended up with shade #60, which is a pretty pale shimmery pink with hints of peachiness to it, and I must say the shade, which had been the only one that had caught my eye when I’d checked the Rouge G’s out a few weeks back, really works for me. It’s a great everyday shade for a soft neutral lip and pairs amazingly well with a smoky eye.

The formula is really nice, although I’m still not 100% convinced that it’s $45 nice. The Rouge G’s are super creamy, beautifully pigmented, decently long-lasting, non-drying, and all-around really nice. And of course the packaging is pretty stunning in and of itself–the bullet-shaped tube opens to reveal a discrete mirror that’s perfect for touch-ups on-the-go.

The swatch above is a very accurate representation of what this shade looks like in person, but sadly I didn’t have nearly as much luck capturing Gabrielle on my lips. The pretty shimmer is absent, and you really can’t se too much of the pinkiness either.

Guerlain’s Rouge G has made me realize that I actually own very few creamy lipsticks, and I’ve definitely acquired a new appreciation for them. While my wallet is still hurting from the $45+ tax hit it took, I am loving this shade quite a bit and will probably be wearing it constantly while I’m in Korea. Now to get through airport security with this hunk of metal sitting in my pocket!

Rouge G de Guerlain Custom Engraving Event @ Bergdorf Goodman

April 28, 2009

Don’t mind the poor photo quality, my camera battery decided to die on my so I had to resort to using my camera-phone =X.

The engraver hard at work. He was such a sweet man!

Working on my lipstick! 🙂

A cascade of letters strewn across his workspace.

And the end result: Isn’t she a beauty?

Dior Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor in #359 (Pink Empress) Review & Swatches

March 31, 2009
Dior Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor in #359 Pink Empress ($26)

Dior’s newly formulated Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor offers weightless, pigmented high-impact color with a smooth texture that allows it to glide over lips for color that lasts and lasts.

I purchased Pink Empress in order to receive this free Dior Diamond Lipstick Case, and honestly it was well worth it for the lipstick case alone as it’s pretty stunning, so while I wasn’t expecting too too much from the lipstick I must say it’s pretty great, and at a very reasonable price point too! I swatched all the shades before settling on Pink Express, a shimmery pearly shade that’s pinky with some rose tones to it.

The shade is a little brighter than it appears to be in the photo above–pinks are tough to photograph! The new Dior Addict formula feels very lightweight and somewhat slick and slippery on the lips, yet manages to stay put for hours on end. I wore my Dior Addict in Pink Empress a few days back and it lasted through a light snack, tennis and basketball, and dinner.

Swatch of Pink Empress

Dior Addict, while not really drying, isn’t all that moisturizing either. I’d say that my lips remain comfortable while sheathed in this pretty pink shade, but not really hydrated.

Lip Swatch of Pink Empress (with flash)
It’s actually a softer pink in person–the close up below is a much more accurate color representation.

Lip Swatch of Pink Empress (Close Up w/o Flash)

My mother and I both happen to be big fans of Dior lipsticks~they come in a great range of shades and formulas, and the packaging is always absolutely beautiful. These are the types of lipsticks that you’d be proud to pull out and reapply at any time. At $26 I really think that they’re very decently priced, and considering that they’re lightweight yet pigmented, have great shimmer and shine, and are long lasting, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to check these out!

Gorgeous MAC Gifts with Lip Swatches and Reviews!

March 30, 2009

A certain somebody chose these three MAC lovelies for me and shipped them to me all the way from Germany! ❤ She got me MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks (from the Creme Team Collection) in Shy Girl and Lickable, and MAC eye shadow in Swish.

Swish is seriously my new favorite pink eyeshadow! I’ve worn it a few times since receiving it and already received several compliments on it. It’s a great pop of color for the eyes that’s got medium pigmentation, and isn’t nearly as bright as it looks to be in the pot. I can’t believe I haven’t checked this out before! I feel like this would be an easy pink for most skintones to pull off.

Shy Girl is a pretty neutral coral beige that has slight orangey undertones. As the name indicates its creamy, has great opaque coverage, and feels beautiful on. It may not be flattering for certain skintones (i.e. if you have strong yellow undertones), but I really like it paired with a smoky eye.

Lickable is a super-bright clean blue pink that makes for a strong, dramatic lippie. It’s definitely a statement lipstick and not for the faint of heart. It’s gorgeous, but I have yet to find the perfect occasion to wear it.

BOTTOM: Lickable, Shy Girl

Lip Swatch of Shy Girl

Lip Swatch of Lickable

Thanks so much Melanie for these great MAC products! I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with these and coming up with different eye looks to pair them with. These made great additions to my ever-burgeoning MAC collection!

Guerlain’s ‘Rouge G de Guerlain’ Swatches

March 25, 2009

I wasn’t actually planning on swatching these as I was feeling particularly lazy during this day of shopping, but I remembered that faerie_bel had asked me if I knew what shade the model in this promo image was wearing, so I figured I’d pump the MA for a little info.

The MA decided to add her own swatches to the ones already on my hand, resulting in this mish mash of random swatches =X.
Top Row:
random red (don’t remember the number), #66 with a red lip liner on top
Middle Row: #2, #3, #4, #5
Bottom Row: #6, #1, and another swatch of #2 by the MA

So according to the MA that I spoke with (and I’m not entirely convinced that she’s correct), she thinks that the model in the promo image is wearing Rouge G de Guerlain in #66 over a red liner, hence the #66/liner combo swatch you see in the top row. I’m also wearing #66 on its own in the photo below.

Please excuse the fact that I seem to have developed wrinkly, pruney granny lips in this photo! I really don’t know what’s going on with that and it’s kind of creeping me out. So I wasn’t all that into this shade and SO also hated it on me, but I can definitely see it looking stunning on others.

The packaging was cool of course, but honestly the formula wasn’t $45 worth of wonderful, at least for me. The Rouge G wasn’t as long-lasting as I would’ve liked, and while it did feel beautifully creamy on and have nice opacity, I’d have to say you’re paying a hefty premium for the nifty packaging.

Kanebo Sensai Deep Moist Shine Rouge in MS 108 Botan Review & Swatches

March 20, 2009
Kanebo Sensai Deep Moist Shine Rouge/Rouge Hydra-Brillance in MS 108 Botan ($40)

The Packaging: Sensai’s Deep Moist Shine Rouges come in the same tube as their Lasting Treatment Rouges ~ a substantial feeling twist-up tube that’s elegant in its understated simplicity.

The Formula: Sensai’s Deep Moist Shine Rouges consist of a sumptuous formula that gently moisturizes lips while sheating them in a highly translucent film of pure, protective lasting color. A moist luster envelops lips, leaving behind a sheer kiss of shimmering color that’s subtle and beautiful.

The rouges contain Kanebo’s exclusive Kanten-treated pigments (a jelly-like substance obtained from red seaweed) and natural Phyto Volumising Oil (a clear botanical oil that helps achieve moist, plump-looking lips). The 12 available clear and glossy hues are inspired by traditional Japanese kasane colors.

The Pigmentation: Sensai’s Deep Moist Shine Rouges are all on the sheer side, in stark contrast to their Lasting Treatment Rouges which are highly pigmented and opaque on the lips. The Deep Moist Shines leave behind just the slightest hint of color and shimmer, making for a clean, polished lip.

The Color: MS 108 Botan is a light peachy shade that gilds lips in a golden shimmer with peachy tones. Botan catches the light beautifully and just brings out my inner goddess–I love it!

It’s a subtle, barely there look that’s tough to capture on camera but that’s really something special in person. I plan on scoping out additional shades in the future.