Sneak peek – quick review and swatches – Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

I was super lucky to get one of these not-yet-released Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks in my Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall media preview gift bag. This line of 10 liquid lipsticks is slated to launch on August 10 in the UK, so hopefully we’ll see them soon on this side of the pond as well. Pricing information is not yet known for Canada, but if it’s like all of her other lipstick products, it should be around C$39.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips features:

  • Cut-out doe foot applicator which is designed to mimic the curvature of the lips to create an ultimate volume boost
  • Sea Lavender SC, an anti-ageing ingredient that boosts collagen (more plump lips!)
  • Hyaluronic acid to firm and plump, also soothes and comforts

The doe foot applicator is very well designed in that one “scoop” is more than enough to cover the entire lip. I even had to blot because I found that it provided a bit too much product.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The shade I have is Charlotte Darling, which is a peachy nude brown. Charlotte does an incredible nude lip, and this one is no different. At first when I put it on, it looked SO orangey-brown, and it also felt way too drying, settling a bit into lines. After a few minutes, it really warms up beautifully on the skin and then it becomes a really nice peachy colour that’s very wearable and didn’t look brown at all. Despite it being a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry down to be drying, and it is also very comfortable and weightless to wear. It has a moussey texture that kind of reminds me of the Jeffree Star liquid lips, but even more weightless. As with all matte liquid lipsticks, though, this doesn’t layer well on top of itself so I wouldn’t suggest this for touchups throughout the day.

You can sign up for advanced notice and sneak peeks of Charlotte’s new upcoming Hollywood collection, which includes this liquid lip.

You can pick up Charlotte Tilbury products at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, located at 737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4.

The swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

Product received as part of a gift bag from a media event; all opinions are my own.

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Shu Uemura Tokyo Trends – eyes – Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner, Calligraph:ink Liquid Eyeliner Pen and Cartridge Set, Brow:sword, and Ultimate Natural Mascara

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner review and swatches

Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner (C$36 each) comes in five shades, four of which I have to show you today:

  • M BLACK: Define your eyes with an intense black definition for a make-up focusing on your eyes.
  • M PURPLE BLACK: Define your eyes with a purple black warmth for a feminine and romantic look.
  • M NAVY BLACK: Define your eyes with a hint of navy black for an edgy and confident look.
  • M GREEN BLACK: Define your eyes with a green black mysterious look.

I love that they have very thin tips so that you can create a precise line. That being said, they are very dry and hard to apply. It does not glide as effortlessly on the lashline and skips, so even though they have a thin tip, you will need to go over each area multiple times which will result in a thicker line. That being said, I really love this eyeliner. It does NOT smudge, transfer, or dissolve under my oily eyelids. It reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, which is one of my favourite eyeliners because it stays put.

All four colours look pretty much the same on my eyes, as they are all very dark. The only one exception is probably Purple Black, as it has more of a purple tint. I can wear all to replace my usual black liner and the effect will be the same.

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner review and swatches

Calligraph:ink Liquid Eyeliner Pen and Cartridge Set (C$24 for the pen, $22 for the cartridge, sold separately) is a liquid eye liner pen inspired by the tradition calligraphy pens of Japan. It comes in two separate parts, one is the reusable pen with the fibre brush, and the second is the liner ink cartridge. This liquid liner has a very thick brush that ends in a thin tip so that you can have the versatility to create a thick or thin line. Despite how versatile it is, the price is a bit ridiculous because it ends up being $46 for the whole liner. Personally I would prefer a new tip each time so I’m not sure how I feel about buying replacement cartridges into an existing pen package.

Brow:sword (C$42) is a pre-sharpened and pre-shaped brow pencil with a spoolie at the other end. The shade I have is Seal Brown, which is a cool-toned medium brown. It’s a very natural brown on me that is fantastic for everyday wear. The chiseled end makes it very easy to apply precisely, and then you can blend it in with the spoolie. My usual go-to eyebrow pencil is the one by Burberry (it’s SO GOOD, but you can end up overapplying), but I think I will be switching it up with this one as well because it does look more natural on me.

Ultimate Natural Mascara (C$33) in Black is just a normal black mascara… I’m not sure what much more to say about it, to be honest. I didn’t find it to be too volumizing or lengthening, which is probably by design because it is supposed to be a natural mascara. This would be good for those who already have long, thick lashes to begin with, but my lashes are short and sparse, so I can use all the help I can get. I wouldn’t reach for this on a normal day.

I recommend picking up the Brow:sword and Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner.

The swatches

M BLACK as the shape of the eye, M PURPLE BLACK as the lower lashes, M NAVY BLACK as the pupils, and M GREEN BLACK as the top lashes.

I also tried to swatch the Brow:sword, which you can see by me drawing in some eye brows, but it didn’t work great because normally these types of brow pencils activates with the oils in the brows to create pigment.

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited, Gel Blush and Tinted Lip Gloss

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited, Gel Blush and Tinted Lip Gloss review

I previously shared my review of the Paul & Joe 15 Anniversary Collection which was a huge hit. From what I know, it basically sold out in just a few days and there were long waitlists of the product everywhere. I’m here to share with you my thoughts on their Summer 2017 limited edition collection, which is inspired by the sun, sailboats, and beaches.

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

First off I have the most beautiful Eye Color Limited (C$40) palettes in shades Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007). These mosaic tile design is so beautiful and definitely creates a good talking piece. They come in three different shades, and the two I have are the neutrals. Daydream Believer is the warmer of the two palettes, featuring beautiful coppers and bronzes, as well as a nice touch of silver to balance out the warm tones. Castles in the Air is the more neutral of the two, and it has taupes and soft browns. Both of these have incredible pigmentation with soft shimmers throughout. There is one or two glittery shade per palette, but the glitters aren’t too noticeable. In addition to using this as an eye palette, these palettes can also be used as cheek illuminators to create a beautiful summery glow. It definitely helps save space in your makeup bag because you just need to bring once palette instead of two.

I’m also a fan of the whimsical print packaging, although I was a bit disappointed because the warmth at this time of the year melted the glue a bit and the palette had gotten dislodged from the packging. If you prefer de-potting your palettes into a custom kit, this packaging makes it super easy. Another downside is that I found this tended to fade quite quickly on my lids, especially if I didn’t wear any primer. It contains a lot of emollient ingredients so this wasn’t unexpected for me, just make sure to wear a primer!

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) review

The Paul & Joe Gel Blush (C$31) is my most anticipated product this collection. It comes in two shades – Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) – in the most incredibly cool texture. It’s like a gel-creme puddy that you can squish down and mold with your fingers, it is super fun to play with. The Gel Blush melts into the heat of my fingers, making it super blendable and creamy. The shade Fantasy is very pretty natural blush flush of colour that would look beautiful on every skin tone. Monde Imaginaire (imaginary world) is a sheer peachy colour that would be most suitable for fair to light skintones.

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Tinted Lip Gloss in Musing (001) and Figment (002) review

Lastly, we have the Tinted Lip Glosses. If you’re looking at the photos and you’re asking why are they called Tinted Lip Glosses when they’re clear, and they’re both the same?! It’s because they adjust to the temperature of your lips to create a pretty pink. The two shades are Musing (001) and Figment (002). Musing comes out to be a creamy pink, whereas Figment becomes a sparkly pink. Both are very cute, very hydrating, and great for the summer when you don’t want to wear too much makeup.

You can pick up Paul & Joe’s summer 2017 collection at beautyboutique.ca and select Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada!

The swatches

Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

Eye Color Limited in Castles in the Air (007)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) review

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Create your sculpted golden glow with Shu Uemura x Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017!

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

For spring and summer 2017, Shu Uemura collaborated with hip Japanese street style brand Ambush to bring a collection featuring metallics with bold lips. There are so many products in this collection, I don’t even know where to start! The collection is divided into makeup and skincare. The makeup products are a bit unusual for Shu Uemura, as they are quite funky and bold, whereas I’m more used to Shu Uemura creating subtler looks that are more of the Japanese aesthetic. Truthfully speaking, this collection isn’t very me in general, as I prefer a more natural look with not as much metallics. I love gold, but accessories mostly and not really on my face.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

There are four lipsticks. The first two are the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte formula (C$36), which is a comfort matte that provides full coverage without dryness. The two shades are Ambush Life, a warm coral orange, and Ambush Love, a beautiful raspberry red. There are also two Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shines (C$36), which is a sheer hydrating balm-like lipstick. The two shades are Ambush Spirit, a cool-toned lilac, and Ambush Freedom, a warm brown.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

While the gold packaging is catchy, I’m not a huge fan of it on the lipsticks as I find them to be fingerprint magnets and annoying to try to figure out which one is which shade. The names themselves aren’t super obvious either, so I tend to have to open it each time to check the colour. Also just a general thought is that Shu tends to release very similar colours in limited edition packaging each season. I’d really like to see them release more unique lipstick colours because I’m not one to purchase similar colours just because they are in limited edition packaging, and I assume most people aren’t unless they are super fans of that particular collaboration.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

There is a limited edition Ambush Custom Quad Case (C$17), which comes with the Ambush logo on a bold gold cover. You can fill the quad case with your own limited edition Ambush Pressed Eyeshadow Refills (C$19 each) and Glow on Blushes (C$19). The eyeshadow shades that I have are VVV, which is a metallic white, and Holy Mountain, which is a beautiful metallic bronze. It also comes in Montage, a pretty taupe, and AMB Nomad, a golden bronze. The Glow on Blush shade is Ambushed, which is a warm matte bronzer.
Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

Along with the Ambush collection, Shu is introducing a new eye product – the Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow (C$39) that is a metallic liquid eyeshadow that goes on with medium to full coverage to create a liquid metal effect. It comes in eight shades – yellow gold, copper, gun metal, dark bronze, pink gold, purpurite, champagne, and bronze – in addition to a limited edition Ambush shade – Dreamcatchers, which is a metallic dark blue. If you like liquid eyeshadows, these are seriously AMAZING. They go on soooo smoothly with so much pigmentation (copper is the only one of mine that applied sheerly, everything else had full coverage), blends out beautifully, and sets completely within a minute. You get a truly liquid metal effect which is fantastic for a night out or when you want a pop of shine. You can also wear it sheerly over top over shadows if you want just a bit of that shine.

Shu Uemura Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow in yellow gold, copper, champagne gold, pink gold, bronze, purpurite, and Dreamcatchers review and swatches

To complete the eye look, Shu has introduced two new shades of the Eyebrow Manicure (C$26) in classics gold and crush silver. This will create chic metallic brows to complement your cool look.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

In terms of the skincare products, you can pick up limited edition packaging of the Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil (C$46 for 150mL), which is their anti-pollution formula that contains moringa extract and green tea leaf extract to help clear pollutants and brighten the skin, and the Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil (C$49 for 150mL), which is the ultimate luxury anti-aging cleansing formula. Shu Uemura cleansing oils are the original cleansing oil that everyone always talks about. They are very reliable, gently removing all of your makeup without stripping, and also emulsifying completely without residue. The Ambush collection packaging is also available on that large 450mL size.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

There’s also the Stage Performer Glow Creator in the shade Warm Glow (C$45), also in the limited edition Ambush packaging. The Stage Performer Glow Creator is a hydrating moisturizer, primer, and foundation enhancer in one. Used on top of foundation, it can also be subtle liquid highlighter.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

Lastly, you can also pick up a limited edition blotting paper (C$25 for 50 sheets) with the gold Ambush packaging. Each sheet of blotting paper is also stamped with the Ambush logo. I’m not one to splurge on luxury blotting paper so I can’t really recommend this, sadly.

Of this collection, I’m a big fan of the Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadows and I think that everyone should go pick one up if you’re into that liquid metal eye look. If you’re a fan of Ambush accessories, or are into that more punky look, then this is a great collection to look into.

You can pick up the Shu Uemura x Ambush collection on the Shu website now, as well as at all Shu Uemura counters across Canada.

The swatches

Shu Uemura Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow in yellow gold, copper, champagne gold, pink gold, bronze, purpurite, and Dreamcatchers

Shu Uemura Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow in yellow gold, copper, champagne gold, pink gold, bronze, purpurite, and Dreamcatchers review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Transform your rocker chic look from day to night with Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth’s Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

As you all know my crazy obsession with Charlotte Tilbury’s products, today I’m really excited to share with you the newest Charlotte Tilbury look that I’ve had the pleasure of testing – The Rock Chick! In addition to The Rock Chick, I also enjoy using The Vintage Vamp, The Sophisticate, The Bombshell, and my absolute favourite, The Dolce Vita.

The Rock Chick Luxury Palette (C$66) is coordinated like any other of Charlotte’s palettes to create a desk to dusk, to disco look – from the top left corner in a clockwise direction we have the prime, enhance, smoke, and pop shades, with the top two shades being the desk shades (most daytime appropriate), right two shades being the dusk shades (for after work drinks or events), and adding the bottom two to create the disco look (for those nights out).

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

The Rock Chick is one of Charlotte’s only cool-tone leaning palettes. It contains a shimmery champagne (prime), a shimmery taupe (enhance), a matte grey (smoke) and a glittery silver taupe (pop). The texture of each shade is as amazing as every other Charlotte palette I’ve used – it’s smooth, almost creamy, and extremely pigmented with very good adhesion and staying power. This palette creates an amazing smokey eye that looks great on all skin tones. I don’t generally use glittery shades, but the pop shade in this one really ties the entire look together. The glitter does not migrate, and instead helps to create a very cohesive, funky chic look. I never use primers with Charlotte’s eyeshadows (I have to with other shadows because my lids are oily) and I always get a full day’s wear out of them with just minimal creasing and fading. They’re the one eyeshadow palette that I reach for time and time again.

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

During the day, pair your Rock Chick look with the ultra bright fuchsia Hot Lips lipstick in Bosworth’s Beauty (C$38). This is the most cool-toned lipstick in my collection, and honestly a bit too cool-toned for me. It is fiercely bright, and will definitely create a statement. In addition to it being so bright and cool-toned for my skintone, I actually found the formula to be a bit streaky and settle into lip lines. Sadly this one is a pass, unless you have very pale or cool-toned skin. I would prefer something more neutral like KISSING Lipstick in Bitch Perfect or Penelope Pink, or Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillowtalk.

At night, pick up a more vampy lipstick suck as KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson (C$38). Charlotte’s KISSING Lipstick is one of my all time favourite lipstick formulas – I think I own like 6 of the 10. I love that it applies easily, is lightly hydrating, and is very lightweight on the lips. Night Crimson is a beautiful vampy red that can be worn sheerly like a vampy stain, or with full on coverage.

I highly recommend you check out The Rock Chick palette, or any one of Charlotte’s Luxury palettes. The KISSING Lipstick is also a winner. If you need more Charlotte Tilbury shopping ideas, check out my shopping guide here.

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Givenchy Prisme Blush and Prisme Libre Travel for Spring / Summer 2017

Givenchy Spring / Summer 2017 Prisme Blush in No. 1 Passion review and swatches

This Spring, Givenchy is releasing two new face and cheek products designed to improve the convenience of creating that ultimate glow. Givenchy Prisme Blush (C$55) was one of the innovators in the blush palette world. Their original Prisme Blush contained four different shades to help create colour, contour, and highlight, all in one palette. It inspired the creation of countless other similar blush products, such as Marcelle’s quad blush, and Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact.

For Spring, Givenchy reformulated and repackaged this iconic blush palette with the introduction of eight different variations (pictured below) to help create that beautiful complexion. Instead of four shades in one, which used to be a bit tedious to use individually, now each palette contains two complimentary shades that work together to bring light and colour to the face. Each compact is formulated with Black Tahitian pearl powder to create a smoother and more radiant complexion, synthetic pigments varying from shimmers to mattes, and lauroyl and lysine for improved ease of application and greater staying power.

Givenchy Spring / Summer 2017 Prisme Blush in No. 1 Passion review and swatches

The shade I have to share with you is No. 1 Passion, which is a gorgeous coral red. On the left is a lightly shimmery champagne, and on the right is a satin coral red. Blended together, you get this most beautiful natural flush of colour. While I love the colour combination, I found the blush palette to be a little bit chalky and not as smooth as other blushes I’ve used. It is also intensely pigmented, which means that you will have to use a light hand, particularly when using the coral red shade on the right.

Givenchy Spring / Summer 2017 Prisme Blush in No. 1 Passion review and swatches
Givenchy Spring / Summer 2017 Prisme Blush in No. 1 Passion review and swatches

Givenchy Prisme Travel for Spring / Summer 2017 review and swatches

In addition, Givenchy has created a travel loose powder, the Prisme Libre Travel (C$48), but combining the four different shades of its cult favourite Prisme Libre loose powder into a convenient travel case that you can take with you on vacation or in your daily makeup bag. Prisme Libre Travel is available in one shade – 01 Mousseline Pastel – which is also the universally flattering shade of the Prisme Libre powder. This powder is unbelievably finely milled, so much so that it feels like it dissolves on your skin into nothingness, while still creating a beautiful blurring effect.

You can apply this directly with the accompanying sponge (which is SO SOFT, by the way), or you can use a small powder brush. I prefer using the small powder brush, just because I’m kind of OCD about sponges. The brush also allows for a light dusting of powder, which works better on my dry skin.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel for Spring / Summer 2017 review and swatches
Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel for Spring / Summer 2017 review and swatches

You can pick up both the Prisme Blush and the Prisme Libre Travel at Sephora. Prisme Blush is available both online and in store, whereas Prisme Libre Travel is available online only.

The swatches

Givenchy Prisme Blush in No. 1 Passion

Givenchy Spring / Summer 2017 Prisme Blush in No. 1 Passion review and swatches

Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel in 01 Mousseline Pastel

Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel for Spring / Summer 2017 review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

It’s Dior lip week! I love wearing liquid lip products because they are long wearing, food and drink-proof, and if you find the right formula, also very comfortable to wear. For Summer 2017, Dior is releasing new Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (C$36) in six deliciously juicy shades. With a super long 10-hour wear time, this is the perfect lip formula to take with you on vacation, to the beach, or on a night out with the girls or significant other.

The Lip Tattoo formula is very lightweight, similar to a liquid gel, which coats the lips in a beautiful veil of colour. The product itself applies with a cooling sensation on the lips – it’s not a peppermint-like tingle, rather just a light freshness. Because it is so fluid, it’s a bit hard to apply in that it can run outside of the lip lines quite easily. You’d definitely have to fix any mistakes right away especially because it stains the skin so quickly. It dries down to a satin finish, and you are left with a very beautiful tint that lasts and lasts. It really does last, especially if you aren’t eating or drinking. The stain is hard to remove, even with oil remover. That being said, you can definitely make out with your significant other with this, and you will still be left with a beautiful lip colour.

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

The three shades I have are 451 Natural Coral (Nordstrom exclusive), 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry.  451 Natural Coral is a summery bright coral, it doesn’t lean too orange or too red, making it the perfect coral tone. 761 Natural Cheery is a bright pink-red, it’s very skin-brightening, especially on Asian skintones. Lastly, 771 Natural Berry is a beautiful subtle berry colour. Most lip stains have the most difficulty nailing down dark, vampy colours, but 771 Natural Berry is so easy to wear. It dries down completely and does not cling to any dry spots. I was testing this when my lips were super dry, and it did not look patchy at all.

All of them have doe foot applicator, but the doe foot applicator in the Lip Tattoo is smaller than other doe foot applicators I’ve used, maybe 2/3 the size of a regular one. This allows for easy and precise application.

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

It reminds me a lot of the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains, which were my go-to lip products to wear a few summers ago. Those have more of a glossy finish though, and also left a beautiful long-wearing stain. If you like the idea of those, give these a try. The biggest difference is that this dries down after a few minutes to a satin-matte finish, whereas the Revlon ones leave a glossy finish.

The Dior Addict Lip Tattoos are available as at May 1 at Sephora, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and all Dior counters in Canada. Only 451 Natural Coral is a Nordstrom exclusive, but everything else should be available at all counters.

Lastly, I also wanted to share with you these new upcoming Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow quints. Dior reformulated and repackaged their iconic eyeshadow quints so now that eyeshadow applicators are on one side of the palette. The shade I have is 357 Electrify (C$71), which is a beautiful blue palette with a pop of gold-pink. Love it! They seem have raised the prices quite a bit for these though, I remember when Dior quints were “only” $58… but that was something like 10 years ago.

Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow quint 2017 in 357 Electrify
Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow quint 2017 in 357 Electrify

The swatches

From left to right: 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry, freshly applied in the first photo (before dry down, it does dry matte), and then the aftermath leftover stain after I tried to remove this off my arm with remover.

Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry
Dior Lip Addict Lip Tattoo review and swatches in 451 Natural Coral, 761 Natural Cherry and 771 Naturally Berry

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

For Spring 2017, Dior Beauty, under the direction of Creative Director Peter Philips, reformulated its popular Dior Addict lipsticks. The new Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks (C$43) feature increased pigmentation along with high shine and high moisture content.

The new formula wears very comfortably, and is significantly more pigmented than the last generation of Dior Addict lipsticks. The texture is very soft, and you cannot twist up more lipstick than you need or else it will break when you apply it. It also feels way slicker on the lips than before, with a wet glossy finish. My lips feel gently moisturized, but I have very dry lips so I still prefer to nourish with lip balm before applying this. It is scented with a powdery rose fragrance, similar to some of the older Dior lipsticks, but a bit more modernized.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

It comes in a variety of shades, but the two I wanted to share with you today are 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage.  577 Lazy is a cool-toned mauve that wears very milky on the lips. 925 Sauvage is a dark, vampy, chocolate brown. Both shades wear very wet on the lips, with a lot of slip. Wear time is not great, maybe lasting through 2-3 hours of full wear, but the darker shade Sauvage does stain so you can get a few more hours of stained lips. I would recommend wearing a lip liner underneath this to prevent feathering, otherwise it will bleed a bit outside of the lip lines.

While I really like that wet look and the improved pigmentation, unfortunately I dislike the feathering and bleeding and short wear time. It seems like it’d be a nice topper for another lipstick, but when worn on its own, its too high maintenance for not the best return on investment. Personally, I would pass on this and get something like the Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipsticks, or Burberry Kisses (not a coincidence there, just good quality formulas!).

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

If you are still interested in trying out these new Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks, they are out now at all Dior counters, including Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

The swatches

577 Lazy layered and single swipe, and 925 Sauvage layered and single swipe

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 577 Lazy and 925 Sauvage review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge

Every season, Givenchy releases a limited edition Couture Edition of some of its most popular products, featuring prints right off the runway. I previously reviewed last season’s collection here, which features a gorgeous floral print. For Spring / Summer 2017, the Couture Edition features a print of mini white crosses (or plus signs) on a black background.

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches

The products in the collection as Prisme Libre in No. 1 Mousseline Pastel, and a re-release of a previously limited edition, and one of my all time favourite lipsticks Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours. The Prisme Libre features a vegan leather lid, and the Le Rouge lipstick is covered in genuine leather, both adorned with the limited edition print.

The Prisme Libre in No. 1 Mousseline Pastel (C$69) is a universally flattering variation that contains green, blue, soft peach, and purple-toned powder. I previously already reviewed the Prisme Libre powder here. The Le Rouge lipstick in #315 Framboise Velours (C$45) is a seriously gorgeous raspberry shade in a satin-matte finish.

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches

I’ve said this time and time again – Givenchy’s Le Rouge lipstick is THE matte lipstick for those who don’t like the feel of matte lipsticks. It’s lightly hydrating, and looks so beautiful on without any of that shriveled lip look you often get with other mattes. Framboise Velours is a universally flattering blue-based raspberry that instantly brightens up any complexion and teeth. It was original launched with the fall 2014 collection, at the time in a limited edition berry leather case. I remember when I first went to the store to check out that collection, I had intended on purchasing Rose Plumetis, which is the rosy-nude shade that was released in the same collection. I tried on both Rose Plumetis and Framboise Velours, and instantly fell in love with how much Framboise Velours just brightened my skin overall. Of course I had to have it. Since then I’ve worn this countless times, and despite my massive lipstick collection, this shade continues to hold a very dear spot in my heart.

If you were to buy anything from the collection, I highly recommend picking up the limited edition Le Rouge in Framboise Velours. Your life will never be the same! This Couture Edition collection is available at Sephora (both in stores and online) as at April 20, 2017.

The swatches

Le Rouge lipstick in #315 Framboise Velours (left is the one from the fall 2014 collection, right is this year’s variation, basically the same, but I wanted to show you guys anyways).

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

My fingers are shaking as I’m typing this. I’m just so excited to share with you the Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection (C$90), a treasure kit of everything a cat lady loves. The star product is absolutely the vanity kit, which includes six adorable single Eye and Cheek powders in the shape of cats, a cat-head lipstick (it wears a top hat and has a mustache!), a travel box for the single shadows, and a very cute cat head makeup pouch, all housed inside an orange blossom-print jewelry vanity that can be reused to store your most precious makeup collectibles.

The Eye and Cheek shades are a nice mix of matte, satin and shimmers. The shades are: sky blue, bronzey taupe, bright pink, gold, charcoal, and light pink. They are quite sheer, and a bit chalky. The shimmers are also more dispersed rather than smooth shimmer. The quality of the powders themselves are quite average. The lipstick is a beautiful coral shade, and has the texture of a gel-like lipstick with medium coverage.

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

I honestly wouldn’t really use the Eye and Cheek powders much. They aren’t the most travel-friendly of eyeshadows and blushes, even though it does come with a travel case. They are molded to be quite sturdy – I assumed that they’d crumble when touched but they do withstand a bit of moving around and putting back into the box. That being said though, if you are a cat lady or love cute things, you should just get this kit anyways because it is so adorable. The lipstick is also a collector’s item – I don’t see myself using this on a daily basis, even though the colour is very wearable and goes with a variety of looks.

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches
Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

I use the box to store all of my previous limited edition Paul & Joe products, and it works out very well. I love the orange blossom print, which is the original print on all of Paul & Joe’s makeup products. This is a great throwback to her old collections!

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

In addition to the 15th Anniversary Collection kit, there are also three variations of the Eye and Cheek palette, also with a cat design that goes all the way through the powder, as well as two cat head lipsticks (see the Instagram gallery below). The lipsticks are pretty neat – one of them in a pretty pink coral colour, and the other is one that looks blue-grey in the bullet, but actually is a PH-adjusting lipstick that will create your custom hue for you based on your skin’s PH levels. In addition to receiving this box from PR, I also purchased the pink lipstick and one of the Eye and Cheek palettes. They’re being shipped to me right now, but I will be sure to share on Instagram once I get them.

This is available as at April 7th at beautyBOUTIQUE.ca and at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. If you are interested in this, please call ahead to your local Paul & Joe counter because it is likely to sell out!

The swatches

Eye and Cheek colours

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches
Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches
Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.