It’s been more than 6 months since I posted part 1 of the these swatches and I’m finally getting round to posting part 2. Sorry for the delay but hopefully ...
I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to shop my stash so I decided to pull out my L’Oreal Shine Caresse glosses ( or L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain as they’re known in the US) and give them another go. I’ve been stuck on my matte shades for quite some time so it’s going to take a few tries before I can get back into the gloss!
I decided to wear the shade Milady over the NYX lip liner in Prune. Milady is a beautiful plummy purple shade with blue iridescence through it. It’s really vampy but has a brightness to it that I love.
I think it has a nice brightening effect on my complexion. One of my personal makeup rules is that I pair dark lips with more radiant skin to keep the look from getting too dark. I also always add a blush in a similar tone to keep from looking too washed out. I really liked the whole look and how everything paired together.
I’ve been asked before what I wear in these quick posts so I made sure to photograph my products this time! If you’re interested, the products I used are: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, By Terry Eclat de Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in No 4 Tan, Dior Golden Savannah 5 colour palette, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black, Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown, Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious mascara, Savvy by DB blush in Glamourama and Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond (old formula).
I’ve been wanting to put this post up for so long hence why the photos of me in this post are from months ago! I go through phases with my lip products and, for most of this year, I’ve been using matte liquid lipsticks almost exclusively. I’ve already posted on some of the other shades in this range here and here so I’m not going to go into detail again here about texture, price, longevity etc so please check my older reviews for that information.
The shades that I’ve swatched for today’s post were all new for 2014 except for the shade Monte Carlo which was part of the original release. The shades I picked up are swatched below and, from left to right, are: Cannes, Prague, Morocco, Monte Carlo, Copenhagen and Transylvania.
Cannes is a gorgeous muted rosey mauve shade. It’s very pretty and something that would look quite natural (as opposed to nude) on most skin tones. I can see this be used as a good work shade or even a really pretty bridal lip.
Some comparison swatches are, from left to right: Nyx soft matte lip creams in Cannes, Stockholm, Abu Dhabi and London. I’ve got lip and full face swatches of these shades in my previous reviews. For reference, Abu Dhabi is one of my favourite nude shades on my skin tone as it doesn’t wash me out or look too ‘concealer lips’ like. London is more nude on me but is still wearable.
Prague is a muted bright (is that an oxy moron?) blue toned pink. There is another shade in this range called Addis Ababa and that is very bright but of a similar tone. Prague is like Addis Ababa’s more reserved sister and a more wearable option if you’re wanting to break into the bright pink lips look.
From left to right: Soft matte lip creams in Prague, San Paulo and Milan. Prague is definitely my favourite out of the pinks swatched below. Milan is way to light for me and not very wearable unless I wear it over a darker lip liner and top it with a gloss.
Morroco is a bright coral orange shade. This is so gorgeous and very flattering as it brightens the face instantly!
From left to right: Soft matte lip cream in Morocco, Kardashian Beauty Enjoystick in Retro Red and NARS Heat Wave. Morocco is very similar to the other shades swatched below but the other two are more red toned than coral.
Monte Carlo is a gorgeous blue toned red. I love this shade but you all know by now that I rarely meet a red I don’t love!
From left to right: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru and Lime Cream Velveteen in Red Velvet. The Bourjois shade is deeper and more blue toned than Monte Carlo and is my favourite out of the three below with Monte Carlo coming up as a close second. Red Velvet is pretty but more of a cherry red and I’m very partial to a blue tone as they pop more against my warm toned skin.
Aah Copenhagen, the shade that has my heart! I love this beautiful plum shade and have worn it constantly over the last few months. It’s going to be one of my staples this autumn and winter.
From left to right: Copenhagen, Wet and Wild Megalast lipstick in Cherry Bomb, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Sloane’s Plum. I thought I’d have more shades in my collection that were similar to this but it was somewhat unique. What can I say about this shade except that you need it in your life! I’ve seen it on many different skin tones from light to dark and I love it on most people as it’s vampy without being too dark.
Transylvania is a dark violet plum shade and it’s been named quite well! I think it’s a very sophisticated but super dark lip shade. It also tends to apply quite patchy so I wouldn’t use this without a lip liner underneath.
From left to right: Transylvania, Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in 04 and Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Midnight Plum. The plum tone to this shade makes it more wearable than the other two shades swatched. I have yet to wear it out but I’ve earmarked it for this winter season!
Have you tried any of these shades? Which is your favourite?
With Autumn in the air, I’ve been rediscovering lip products that I put away during spring and summer. Today’s lip is an oldie but a goodie, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.
This is one of those cult shades that works across skin tones due to how sheer it is. It works with your own lip colour to build something that’s unique to you. Like a lot of women, my lips are not all one shade so I like to layer most lip products over a lip liner to even them out but this lipstick looks lovely and effortless on its own as well.
I wanted something that would compliment the lipstick so I paired it with Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Obsession. I really like the texture of this lip liner as it’s really comfortable on the lips. The shade is a very pretty muted red berry shade that look nice on its own or under most red lipsticks.
I really like the end result and how rich the shade looks. You can easily change the look of the lipstick by pairing it with different shades of lip liner. I recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet.
I stumbled across these lip pencils by Maybelline by random and I’m glad I did because they’re fantastic! They’re similar to the NARS lip pencils and are the same size and need to be sharpened when they start getting blunt. There’s a range of 10 shades but I picked up the 5 that seemed like they’d work the best with my skin tone.
The shades I picked up are, from left to right, Nude Perfection, Berry Much, Pink So Chic, Light it Up and Fab Orange. The two pink shades look very similar as you can probably tell so, if you’re of a similar skin tone to me or darker, I’d just pick one of them.
Nude Perfection is a more peachy brown nude versus a pink nude. The shade isn’t too bad on my skin tone but it’s lighter than I prefer in a nude and I think it makes me look slightly washed out. This type of nude is what I usually wear as a base shade underneath a complimentary gloss shade.
Pink So Chic is a plummy pink that has a slight purple sheen to it. I think it’s a really pretty shade that works well as a transitional colour into autumn. If you’re of a lighter skin tone or have less pigmented lips, I imagine that this shade would show up as more of a truer pink.
Berry Much is a deep berry shade and it is gorgeous! This is a beautiful rich autumn shade. I’ve been wearing this one quite a lot and have been pairing it with gold eyeshadow and black liquid liner. I think this would look great across skin tones but would just look more vampy on lighter skinned girls.
Light It Up is a nice red shade that pulls slightly warm. I think it’s easy to wear but it’s not my favourite red shade on me. I think that reds that pull more orange or more blue look better on me versus the shades that tend to sit in between.
Fab Orange is (as the name suggests) an orange shade. It pulls slightly red so it’s a much more wearable orange than some you might have seen which are just true oranges. Shades like this have a complexion brightening effect on my skin tone.
These lip pencils are very pigmented like most of the Maybelline lip products I’ve tried and finish with a satin sheen. They’re meant to be a velvet finish but they’re not as matte as I’d expect. The up side of this is that they’re really comfortable to wear but the downside is that they don’t last as long as they would if they were a true matte.
I find that I can get at least 4 hours of solid wear without eating or drinking but that drops as soon as you try to eat or drink. I took some before and after pictures above and below of what my lips looked like after I’d worn Berry Much for nearly 3 hours but having drunk tea in between and after doing a blot test. As you can see, the colour has pretty much worn off but it has left a mauvey stain to my lips.
Despite the issues with reduced wear, I think the pro’s outweigh the cons and I’d recommend them. If you want to increase the wear time, you can always layer these on top of a lip pencil which I sometimes do. The product is also really affordable at $9.95 AUD.
What do you think of these lip pencils? Have you tried them out?
If you’re going to splurge on a beauty product, Guerlain is always a good choice. I always find myself gravitating towards Guerlain when the holiday collection gets released because the packaging is always so decadent and beautiful. The 2014 Holiday collection, Un Soir a l’Opera (or A Night at the Opera), is gold and red and fabulous!
I had to stop myself from picking up multiple items from this collection because everything was just so pretty. I couldn’t walk away from the Meteorites though and who could blame me? The limited edition container is gold with bow on the lid, an ode to the bottle of Guerlain’s Coque d’Or perfume from the 1930’s.
The powder puff inside is a rich red shade with a bow on top. I don’t tend to use the included brushes or applicators with any makeup item but puffs especially are lost on me. They look cute but seem completely impractical and don’t tend to give an even application of the product.
This is my second Guerlain Meteorites purchase and, like the rest of Guerlain’s range, the perles d’etoile come with the signature violet scent. I’m really sensitive to scents in makeup but I love the Guerlain scent, it’s pleasant without being too overpowering. It is a very noticeable scent though but it dissipates once the product is actually on your skin.
There are 6 individual shades of meteorites in this container which range from a powdery beige to a vibrant red. There are 40 meteorites in the container and more of some shades and less of the others. The meteorites themselves are quite fragile and I had to get a new container when I purchased these as the sales woman accidentally dropped the box and all the pearls shattered. These work best when they’re intact as you don’t pick up too much product.
I was a little worried that these shades wouldn’t show up on me but the two most vibrant shades, the bronzey orange and the red, means that this does translate on to my skin. The orange reminds me of NARS Taj Mahal and the red is similar to a mix NARS Taos and Exhibit A. The three lightest shades are very sheer and the light pink is quite a powdery white pink on me.
I love how this looks on the cheeks as it gives a luminous healthy glow. The meterorites are meant to be used more as a finishing powder so, even though I’m wearing this on bare cheeks below, I prefer this over my blush. Wearing this over blush gives the blush a nice sheen and doesn’t emphasise my pores the way it can over bare cheeks. I apply this using my NARS Yachiyo brush but a slightly denser brush might give a more intense finish.
There’s no denying this product is pricey at $75 for 40 individual meteorites (that’s $1.85 per tiny ball of product!) and whether the price is worth it is between you and your bank balance! I love the decadence of the packaging and bought it as present to myself for my 30th but, let’s be honest, I would have found an excuse either way! I think it would make a really special christmas gift though for someone very lucky.
I have a lipstick addiction like a lot of beauty bloggers and matte liquid lipsticks are especially having a moment right now. I have quite a few but the Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition and the NYC Soft Matte Lip Creams are probably my favourites because they’re budget friendly and have a lovely texture and shade range.
I decided to go for something bright today (as usual) so I paired NYX lip pencil in Orange with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco. Both are a vibrant orange.
The lipstick looks a little drying but that’s the downside of matte lipsticks. It feels really comfortable to wear though.
On the rest of the face I have: MAC Blondes Gold pigment on the eyes and Napoleon Loose Eye Dust in Mosaic Gold around the tear duct, Benefit They’re real mascara, Maybelline Master Precise Liquid liner, Burberry Brow Sculpting Pencil, Burberry Sheer Foundation Powder, Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush in Pink Punk and the Guerlain Meteorites in Perles d’Etoile from the Holiday 2014 collection.