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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: Part 3

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Morroco is a bright coral orange shade. This is so gorgeous and very flattering as it brightens the face instantly!

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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.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Have you tried any of these shades? Which is your favourite?

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Lip of the Day- Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils Review and Swatches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle- review and swatches

I have an intense love for Chanel lip products. Every single one that I’ve purchased is clearly high quality and applies so well. If there’s one thing Chanel does really well though it’s a red lipstick and Gabrielle is no exception.

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Gabrielle is the first lipstick I’ve purchased from the Rouge Coco line and I’m impressed. The only disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come in the ‘click click’ packaging I adore from the Rouge Allure range. It still looks chic and very Chanel so it’s a small disappointment.

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I purchased Gabrielle after going through a crazy swatch frenzy in the David Jones makeup department trying to find anything that came close to Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. It didn’t end up being a dupe but it was so pretty that I bought it anyway.

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It’s a really pretty warm red which tiny shimmer particles through it and lifts my complexion whenever I wear it. The product applies really smoothly and is very comfortable on the lips. I can get a few hours wear without having to re-touch but I always wear my lipsticks over a lip liner.

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Ignore the foundation, I took these pictures at the end of the day when everything was starting to wear off and go patchy!

I did some comparison swatches against some of my high end reds so that you can get an idea of where it sits in the spectrum. It’s not as deep as Chanel Dragon and is missing the ruby shimmer. To my eye, it’s most similar to Guerlain Garconne or Dolce and Gabbana Attractive Monica and could be a glossier, deeper version of MAC Ruby Woo.

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Without flash. From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

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With flash- From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

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With flash- From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

This lipstick doesn’t come cheap at $50AUD/$35USD but if you splurge on just one luxury lip product, Chanel is a great way to go.

What’s your favourite red lipstick?

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks- swatches and review

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I’ve been staying away from making any high end purchases so I find myself spending more time at the drug store. Lucky for me drug store makeup has come a long way and it’s quite easy to find comparable products at a cheaper price (and not as nice packaging). Today I’ve got four of the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks to show you and they’re worth a look!
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I bought Notting Hill Nude, In Love With Ginger, As You Want Victoria and Sloane’s Plum when Priceline was having a 2 for 1 deal. There weren’t any other shades that jumped out at me- these 4 seemed like they’d work the best with my skin tone.

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Swatched below from left to right is Notting Hill Nude, In Love With Ginger, As You Want Victoria and Sloane’s Plum. You can see how pigmented the shades are and how vibrant (except for the nude obviously).

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Notting Hill Nude is a pink toned nude with a hint of brown to it. As it has a white base, this shade can easily wash me out so I wouldn’t apply it as fully as I have below and would pair it with a darker eye look. This shade can be unforgiving on lips that haven’t been exfoliated so make sure you get rid of any flaking before you apply it!

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Comparison swatches are below (from left to right): Notting Hill Nude, Burberry Lip Mist in Copper, MAC Half & Half, Dior Addict Lipstick in 333 Nude, Burberry Lip Mist in Nude Peach and Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in BG934. I find the two Burberry shades and the Dior shade to be the easiest nudes to wear on my skin tone. This is probably because they’re more translucent so they meld better with my natural lip shade.

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In Love with Ginger is a vibrant orange shade with quite a bit of red through it. I love shades like this and the brightening effect they have on my complexion. This is such an easy shade to wear and I love how juicy and glossy it looks on the lips.

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Comparison shades below (from left to right): In Love With Ginger, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Neon Red, MAC Scarlet Ibis, Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange and Kardashian Beauty lipstick in Retro Red. I find this range to be comparable to the Maybelline Color Sensational range but I like this shade more than the Maybelline shades that are swatched. It doesn’t compare to the intensity and pigmentation of the Kardashian shade though- look how vibrant it is!

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As You Like It Victoria is a bright slightly blue based pink. You know I love a bright pink lip so there was no way I was passing this one up!

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Comparison swatches (from left to right): As You Like It Victoria, Maybelline Color Sensational in Fifth Ave Fuschia, YSl Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte, Kardashian Beauty lipstick in Shocking Pink and Revlon Colorburst lip butter in Raspberry Pie. Rose Volupte is one of my go to shades and the Rimmel shade is quite comparable if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.

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Last but not least is Sloane’s Plum which is a plum shade with a blue iridescence through it. I have quite a few purple shades which have blue iridescence through them but not any plums. This is a great rich autumn shade which I’ll be wearing more often as the weather cools down.

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Comparison swatches (from left to right): Sloane’s Plum, Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo, MAC Rebel, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle and Loreal Caresse Gloss in Milady. Shade wise, Milady is probably the closest to the Rimmel shade but I didn’t own any dupes. I like this shade because it’s easily transformed by changing the lipliner underneath.

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I’m loving these Rimmel shades and have been wearing them quite a lot. They’re very comfortable on the lips but they’re not moisturising as such. As they’re quite glossy, they’re not long wearing so I always wear these over a lipliner. They sell for about $10 in Australia and I don’t think you can go wrong, especially if you wait for a sale to come round!

What do you think of these lipsticks? Have you tried them before?

Kardashian Beauty En-Joystick Lip Lacquers

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Ok, I know you’re probably judging me a tiny bit when you saw the ‘Kardashian’ in the title but stick with me. I was browsing in Mecca on New Years Eve while my friend was getting her makeup done and decided to play with the range and these lipsticks (or lip lacquers as they refer to them) caught my eye purely because I was bored. I’m the last person who would really care to try anything with the infamous sisters attached but I was soon sold on these.

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These En-Joystick (hate the name) lip lacquers are nicely pigmented lipsticks that come in long slim line bullets. The name lip lacquer is deceiving because you envision something liquid and glossy but these are most definitely not liquid and they’re not overly glossy, more of a satin finish. I love the slim bullets because they’re almost like a lip pencil which makes them really easy to apply- no lip brush needed!

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I picked up 4 shades and don’t think I’ll go back for any of the others because the ones I picked probably work the best with my skin tone. I chose the three most intense shades, Retro Red (a bright orange), Rose Parade ( a red) and Shocking Pink (self explanatory I think!). I also bought Love Hangover which is a nude shade on me.

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Love Hangover is a nudey-caramel shade with flecks of copper through it. It has a metallic sheen to it which gives it a very bronzey Kardashian-esque feel.

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Some comparison swatches – (from left to right) Love Hangover, Burberry Copper Lip Mist, Revlon Brown Sugar Lip Butter, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Copper Charm. This shade looks like a mix between the Maybelline shade and the Revlon shade. I love pairing it with a very radiant makeup look.

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Rose Parade is quite a neutral red which, to my eye, may lean slightly warm. I’ve been wearing this constantly and pairing it with some black liquid liner.

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From left to right- Rose Parade, Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne and Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate. This is a lovely red and stacks up well against its high end counter parts.

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Retro Red is a bright orange with a tiny hint of red in it. I love shades like these and think that they instantly brighten my complexion.

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From left to right: Retro Red, MAC Scarlet Ibis, Nars Heatwave, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Neon Red. This shade is very similar to the MAC and NARS shade but I much prefer the texture of Retro Red with its satin finish compared to the semi matte finish of the other two.

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Shocking Pink is a lovely bright blue based pink. It’s a fun summer shade and works well for day and night.

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from left to right: Shocking Pink, MAC Girl about Town, Maybelline Color Sensational in Vivid Rose, Guerlain Rouge G in Gigi and NARS Schiap. I find blue based pinks slightly more difficult to wear compared to warm toned pinks but this shade is really easy because it doesn’t have too much blue in it.

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I’ve been loving these lipsticks and have been wearing them constantly over the last 2 months. I find them so comfortable on the lips but that means that they’re not long lasting. I always wear mine over a lip liner and can get a good few hours wear without reapplying. After a few hours though, as with most lipsticks, I get some build up on my lips so I remove everything and exfoliate and then reapply. I’d recommend these and, at $15.95AUD/$8.99US, I think they’re a steal so go check them out!

Have you tried any of the Kardashian Beauty range before? What do you think?