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|From top to bottom: London Posh (with shimmer), Cannes Crush, LA Exclusive and Rio Rush|
Now as you know, I’m not usually one for drugstore makeup–I don’t find that the colours usually work on me or last as long–but these little guys are winners (plus I love the chic packaging).
A hybrid of a balm, gloss and stain, these guys come in 12 different shades, some with shimmer, some without.
On application, these feel super hydrating and cushiony like a balm (which I love); not at all sticky or goopy. Colour is evenly dispersed across the lips and over time, the gloss fades away and leaves an even, pretty stain. I was surprised at the level of coverage–I have pretty pigmented lips and can’t often pull off lighter or translucent pink shades, but these really worked.
They kind of reminded me of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis, but these are definitely thicker (easier to control, I would argue) and substantially more hydrating.
The only thing I didn’t really like about these was that they had a kind of weird scent when you first pull the wand out of the tube, but it soon disappears. Maybe Revlon could work on adding a nice fragrance?
Personally, shade-wise, I’m more of a fan of Cannes, LA and Rio, only because London contains a shimmer (I just don’t like shimmer generally in my lip products). However, all of these shades would be great for summer for bright, low-maintenance punches of colour.
Now for the second of the June giveaways!
Get beach-ready with gorgeous tan, shimmery skin and polished nails, then refresh yourself from the heat with a thermal water spray. Here’s what’s in this week’s prize:
Clarins Backpack (not pictured)
Approx. value of $160
Mary-Kate and Ashley have really stepped up their game since their tween television stint– from their ‘New York cool girl’ outfits to their super-successful brand, Elizabeth and James, they’re it-girls by definition. I recently scrolled upon this goregous shot of one of the twins (not entirely sure which, however), sporting a nude lip that somehow didn’t look like 2007 Kim Kardashian but more along the lines of an editorial Daria Werbowy. And so, since simplicity seems to be very much in style at the moment, I’ve lined up three easy (and thrifty) ways to add some nude-attitude to your closet.
Matte Nude Lip
Using Topshop’s lip liner in Ceramic—colour and texture will give you the closest dupe of Mary-Kate’s (or Ashley, honestly who knows) look—line your lips and fill in– and though it’s nude, be precise, and don’t be afraid to add some definition to your top lip. Blot, then repeat to get a strong colour.
Satin Nude Lip
For a more subtle take on the look, these products will give you a pinkier, sheerer finish. Start with Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Pink Punch, then smack your lips to disperse the bubblegum tint (this stuff is surprisingly really pigmented, so be careful). Then using Maybelline’s Colour Sensational lipstick in Storm Sahara (this one isn’t too brown), apply by dabbing the bullet to your pout– this version feels really nice on the lips and keeps them moisturized.
If your opposed to trying a flesh-toned lip, or love a good versatile polish colour, this is your best bet. Essie’s Sand Tropez is one of my favourite nude shades– it’s opaque, unlike many promisingly “nude” shades that give me barely there colour, and is a very chic colour that would look amazing on any skin tone. Two coats give a even, subtle nude touch, and is a perfect winter to spring transition colour.
“The Immaculate Foundation is god-send–the formula feels like a gel moisturizer, the coverage is light but buildable, and it controls oil while looking natural”
“It truly is the blackest liner I’ve ever used”
“The warmth of this shade is the key to covering the purple hue that naturally shadows my eye, no matter how much sleep I get”
“Medium to full coverage and the ability to keep your hyperactive oil glands at bay”
“A deep, optimistic mix of iris, patchouli and gourmand. For me, it comes off as very feminine, floral (but not overbearingly so) and a bit mature”
“I love it because it makes you seem like you just naturally smell amazing, not like ‘oh, her perfume smells amazing’.“
“The products have not only done heaps in clearing my skin, but have also faded a lot of the marks from old breakouts”
Vernis in Love in Grey Lumiere
“When I wore it, I noticed that in some lighting it had a burgundy hue, then in different light it looked a bit like a really dark emerald shade and then sometimes it even had a blueish sheen.”
I’d like to start off with a disclaimer; I am no makeup artist, and the products I chose are what I find works for me. I regularly sub in new products for others according to my taste and my skin concerns. So, let’s get this show on the road.
Kiehl’s BB Cream: After cleansing and toning and moisturizing and so on, I apply this in what I like to call sunscreen style, ie. rubbing the product between my hands and slathering all over the face. A layer of this BB gives me some light coverage with a very natural finish. It’s more of a base for my powder, plus the SPF can’t hurt.
I would usually apply concealer at this point, however I don’t know whether it’s been the heat or the lack of school, but I just can’t be bothered these days.
Benefit High Beam: I first saw this technique used in a Charlotte Tilbury video and I’ve used it since in place of many ineffective under eye concealers. I do two dots right below my tear ducts then dab with my pinkie– the light reflective properties counteract the natural shadows under the eyes and give you that ‘8 hours of sleep’ look. Genius.
MAC Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle: With my index and middle fingers, I first dab the cream, remove most of the product onto my hand, then apply and blend, smiling to find the apples of my cheeks. This colour is EXTREMELY intimidating in the pan, however when used in moderation and correctly, this coral shade completely wakes up my face and lasts all day.
Benefit Watt’s Up: This sample-sized luminizer is a prime example that good things come in small packages. And the seriously cute packaging is only the beginning. I apply a bit to my fingers, then dab and blend on the tops of my cheek bones and right under the brow bones.
Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation: A recent find, I’ve been loving the coverage this gives while simultaneously keeping things shine-free. I apply this all over, using the Illamsaqua Powder Brush, kind of in a packing motion to build up the coverage.
Clarins Instant Sunlight Bronzer: While this product is unfortunately discontinued now, I can promise you that the Clarins range of bronzers will give you the most natural sun kissed glow on the market. Using my MAC Small Duo Fibre Brush, I sweep this across the sides of my forehead, along the cheekbones, down my nose, and a tap on the chin. This one in particular has minimal sparkles and a matte finish that makes a tan on a fair, freckley girl like me look believable.
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara: I just use a swipe of this to keep my usually bushy brows at bay throughout the day.
Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner in Black: This is one of the cheapest, longest lasting eyeliners I’ve ever used, and while I use in minimally, I’ve had the same pencil for a year now. I fill in my tightline, and drag it across my lower lash line (not the waterline though) for some definition.
Lancome L’Extrême Waterproof Mascara: Because while waterproof is a pain to remove, it’s just too convenient during the summertime between the dips in the pool and the extra perspiration. I guess you could call this one the ‘favourite child’ at the moment. It defines the lashes and the thin brush gets right into the roots.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten: I’ve already ranted and raved about this product, however I just cannot stress the high-end quality and high pigmentation of this lip stain. It literally lasts for hours, it won’t smudge and it tastes like mint. What else could you ask for.
Click for more in-depth reviews of these products mentioned…
Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
Clarins Instant Sunlight Bronzing Powder
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner
Lancome L’Extrême Waterproof Mascara
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain