Review + swatches – Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

I’m so excited to share with you my thoughts on the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet (C$38). This was one of my most anticipated launches this year from Burberry. I love liquid lipsticks, particularly velvety matte ones as they apply easily and have great staying power. Burberry makes some incredible lipsticks, so it made sense that they also made a great lipstick lipstick.

The Liquid Lip Velvet is a matte liquid lipstick, but not so matte like the other matte ones you see on the market where your lips look kind of shriveled. This one has more of a velvet finish, and is ultra comfortable on the lipstick. I have very dry lips and I can wear this without needed to go home and rehabilitate my lips.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

The two shades I have are Regiment Red, which is an orange red (Burberry’s true red is Military Red), and Bright Plum, which is a plummy dark mauve. I LOVE BRIGHT PLUM. I can’t say that enough. Influenced by Angela, I’ve been slowly getting into dark lips, and even though this one isn’t super dark or vampy, it’s dark enough to change my look.

In addition to being a gorgeous shade, the formula is also fantastic – the Liquid Lip Velvet formula is almost moussy, in that it feels very creamy on the lips. It reminds me a little bit of the Jeffree Star liquid lip formula, but the Burberry one doesn’t dry down as much. It still feels very plushy on the lips, and it doesn’t sink into lip lines either. If you are someone with dry lips and want to try the liquid lipstick trend, you’ve gotta try the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets.

While it is available in a good selection of colours, I find that Burberry colours are starting to look the same as they basically just use the same colour but in different finishes. I would have liked to see them release more unique shades for each formula. They’ve started to do that a bit with the Liquid Lip Velvet line, but it still looks a bit repetitive.

You can purchase Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet now at Sephora in store and online, as well as at the Bay in store and online.

The swatches

Bright Plum and Regiment Red

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

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

Products that did not do it for me, featuring Estee Lauder, Sally Hansen, Live Clean, and NARS

I think a lot of bloggers get a lot of flack for always loving products, or never having anything negative to say about products, especially ones that they get from PR. A lot of times, I do get products I dislike, but I only have so much time on my hands so I try to only share the ones that I recommend to my readers. That being said, there have been a few big releases recently that just haven’t earned my stamp of approval. I went into trying these products being hopeful, as usual, that I found the next HG products, but sadly they failed to performed, and were even downright bad on some levels. So… read on for some of the products that I’ve disliked recently.

Just a caveat though – these are products that I personally dislike because I have a different skin type, or general preferences as you. If you like any of these products, please continue to use them. I’m not trying to dissuade you from using them, I’m just saying they did not work for me personally.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules review

I was introduced to this product when I was going through a really rough time in my life – I was really sick for over 3 weeks, I was stressed out over the closing of my first apartment, I was busy planning a three-week trip to Asia, AND my day job was crazy busy – so I was really looking forward to trying this product. Basically it is a oil concentrate contained in individual ampoules, which is designed to calm and repair the look of over-stressed skin. Even though the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair line is designed to be anti-aging, this product was created for those with dry, combination, and stressed skin, as well as those with sensitivity. You would use this as a skin “reset,” applying one ampoule each evening for a two week period at a time.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules review

I have to say it smells so warm and inviting, and the ingredients list looks very promising. Unfortunately, this product failed to absorb in my skin, and left a greasy mess every time I used it. I even tried using it over wet skin, which is how most oils absorb into my skin, but still this was stubborn and just stayed on the top layer. It also broke me out, and left congested pores on my cheeks, temple, and chin. Despite it being so “oily,” I actually woke up with dry patches all over my face, I have no idea how that happens. I tried using it alone, over hydrating serum, under moisturizer, with both hydrating serum and under moisturizer, and I just couldn’t get it to work. My suspicion is that the oil is too thick and not refined enough, so you’ll probably need to be someone who has very dry skin in order to enjoy this.

You get 60 ampoules though, for C$135 (ouch), which is enough for just over four treatments.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish (with Argan Oil)

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish review

I was really excited to try this Color Therapy polish formula from Sally Hansen because it contains an infusion of argan oil, which sounded so promising since my nails are super dry and brittle. Unfortunately, this is one of the worst nail polish formulas I’ve ever used… the instructions say that you don’t need a base coat, but I used a red shade (not the one pictured) which then stained my nails. The worst thing wasn’t even that, it was when I applied the specifically designed top coat on already-dried colour, there was a ton of colour transfer onto the brush of the top coat which then dyed my top coat red. I tried a different shade on my ring fingers, and due the red colour bleed, my ring finger ended up with streaks of red on it as well.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish review

The only good thing I can think about for this formula is that it doesn’t smell as foul, but if it’s not effective as a polish, I don’t really care how it smells because I just won’t be using it. Wear time was average, maybe 5 days on me before it chipped substantially, but then it got another week’s wear out of it, so even though it does start chipping quickly, the entire nail doesn’t chip off that quickly, which I guess can be another good thing. Maybe.

The argan oil cuticle oil is okay, but not amazing. It smells pretty fragranced (powdery floral) and does temporarily hydrate my nails, but it’s nowhere as good as my CND Solar Oil (which I carry around with me everywhere).

Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner review

The Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner was my first foray into Live Clean hair care. I’ve previously tried their body care products and I’m a fan of the natural, SLS/sulfate-free, phthalate-free and paraben-free formulas. Sadly, the Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo was probably one of the worst shampoo / conditioner combos I’ve ever used. My beef is mostly with the shampoo – it suds up nicely but it refuses to rinse out completely so it leaves a thick layer of reside on my hair, making it heavy, limp, and also very greasy looking. The shampoo, together with the conditioner made my hair look and feel kinda gross, which is unfortunate.

I stopped using the shampoo after about 2-3 weeks, but I continued to use the conditioner. I don’t have ultra damaged hair but it can get frizzy, especially with the cold dry winter air. This conditioner is very nourishing, but also heavy so that you aren’t able to style your hair with a lot of volume. It’s not amazing enough for me to recommend, but it does its job.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Live Clean products, but the Keratin Oil line is not great.

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo review and swatches

I was really looking forward to these NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos. Dior had previously released similar (but limited edition) contouring duos so I was interested to see how this performed. The Dior and NARS sculpting duos are both priced similarly, the Dior is C$48 and NARS is C$52 (I was surprised too that Dior was cheaper than NARS). That’s kind of where the similarities ended – the NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos are very dry, much dryer and waxier than the Dior duos, and also sheerer. The two variations I have are Copacabana – Sidari Beach (swatched on the left) and Hot Sand – Laguna (swatched on the right).

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo review and swatches
NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo review and swatches

As you can see, the highlighter shades are pretty patchy, and don’t blend out very well. The contouring shades are slightly better, but they end up blending out so naturally that it doesn’t look quite contour-y. I was hoping that despite it not being intense contours, you can still get a nice bronzed look with highlight, but again the highlights continue to blend patchy, rendering them basically useless. Lastly, the tubes are quite large, my face isn’t that wide so when I swipe this down my cheek, it covers too much area so I have to be careful when I apply and blend. I like NARS regular Multiples way better, and I think you might get better results purchasing the highlight and contour shades separately, or instead get powder contour products that apply better.

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All products featured in this post were provided by PR; opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection, Better Together Cheek & Lip Kit, and Better Together Bestselling Mascara and Liner Duo

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

I’m a bit late on the bandwagon but earlier this year, Too Faced and Kat Von D released a collaboration collection, combining both of the brands’ classic styles into one. I was curious about this collection because I like Too Faced products, but I’ve never tried Kat Von D.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

The highlight of this collaboration is definitely the Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection (C$79). This a two-palette eyeshadow kit that sticks together with heavy magnets. On one side you have Too Faced’s classic sweet neutral eye look with some pinks and lots of shimmers, and on the other you have Kat Von D’s more glam, sultry eye look featuring darker shades. I’m very happy that each side actually creates a very cohesive eye look on their own, and the colours work together seamlessly and are pretty much fool-proof.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

The Too Faced side features two matte shades, two shimmery metallic shade, one satin shade with gold glitters, and another shimmery satin shade. The quality of these shades is fantastic, and each of these are one swipe wonders, giving you incredible colour payoff with fantastically smooth texture and blendability. The only shade that didn’t perform as well was Better Together, which was slightly patchy and blended unevenly. Otherwise, even the two matte shades were perfect.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

On the Kat Von D side, I was going crazy over the shade Swoon, which is a duo-chrome metallic red. I now know why people are so in love with Kat Von D shadows, they truly are quite amazing. While the Too Faced side was quite warm, the Kat Von D side is noticeably cooler, but even then you can create a plethora of different eye looks with just this one palette. One other thing is that the shade Devotion, which is a matte black, is so crazy deep black, but still very pigmented and smooth. I was really disappointed with some of Urban Decay’s matte blacks before, so this definitely beats it out of the park. The only shade that was disappointing on this side was Lovestruck, the neutral golden shimmer. It had very little colour payoff, and was also harder in texture than the others.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

The Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection also comes with a full size Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black and full size Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (black). These alone have values of C$55 together, so the palette is essentially only C$24, which is pretty awesome.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

My personal favourite of this collaboration is the Better Together Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set (C$47). The makeup bag features a cute dog with a glitteyr background on one side (for Too Faced), and a Sphinx cat on the other side (for Kat Von D). It also comes with a mini Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Muse (shimmering nude), a mini Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in XO (matte oxblood), a mini Too Faced Love Flush Blush in So Happy Together (peony pink), and a mini Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder in Rosy Glow (golden sheer). This kit is a great discovery set for you try out multiple fan favourites at once, all housed together in one cute makeup bag!

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

Lastly, there’s also a mini Better Together Bestselling Mascara & Liner Duo (C$28), which contains minis of the Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black and  Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. If you’ve never tried either of these formulas before, this would be a nice set to pick up.

In terms of my overall thoughts on the collection, I was a little bit surprised from the price of the mini sets. The Ultimate Eye Collection is a great buy, especially if you are already a fan of the Tattoo Liner and Better than Sex mascaras. I was expecting that the Bestselling Mascara & Liner Duo would be priced under $20, and the Cheek and Lip Makeup Bag would be under $40. Maybe I’m just used to Sephora offering value products all the time, who knows, but my first impression was a bit of a sticker shock.

Other than that, if you’re fans of either Too Faced or Kat Von D, I do highly recommend picking up the Ultimate Eye Collection, the eyeshadows in the two palettes are simply beautiful.

The Too Faced x Kat Von D collaboration is available now at Sephora.

The swatches

Too Faced eyeshadow palette from the Ultimate Eye Collection… these are one swipe wonders except for Better Together (last shade)

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

Kat Von D eyeshadow palette from the Ultimate Eye Collection, all one swipe wonders except for Lovestruck (last shade)

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate collection review and swatches

PR samples; opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

In 2017, Guerlain is celebrating the 30 years of Guerlain Meteorites. This iconic product was first launched in 1987, and was one of the first few products on the market that promoted a radiant complexion, instead of a matte finish. Meteorites was also the first product created in the form of pearls, which also sparked this trend that continues to this day.

Despite all of the inspired products on the market, none match the iconic status and effects of the cult classic Meteorites. I know a lot of my beauty lover friends have attempted to recreate that ethereal grow with other pearl products, but it’s just not the same.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

I am a huge, HUGE Guerlain Meteorites fan. I own the Meteorites in pretty much all of its variations, and the new Meteorites Happy Glow Pearls (C$89) is one of the most beautiful with its pastel shades and the different size balls. It’s housed within a gorgeous hard plastic iridescent pink round case, with an adorable pink fluffy pouf. There’s also a convenient, high quality mirror in the underside of the lid.

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The Happy Glow Pearls contains a combination of iridescent light pink, mauve, pink, and champagne pearls. Despite it being a 30th anniversary variation, it seems to fall a bit short of my expectations. I personally prefer more of a warmer glow, but this one looks a bit pale and powdery on my skin. I can wear this as a setting powder, instead of as a finishing powder, because it does feel more mattifying than my other Meteorites. My brush picks up more powder as well, making application as a setting powder a breeze. I wish they had included all matte shades though, because the big iridescent champagne balls deposit a lot of almost glitter-sized shimmer. It’s quite noticeable on the face and doesn’t look natural. The smaller iridescent pink balls aren’t as obviously shimmery.

That being said, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, and if you’re a true Guerlain Meteorites fan, or if you are looking for an alternative to your setting powder, then you’ll likely want to collect this for your stash.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

There are a few other limited edition Meteorites inspired products released this spring, also with gorgeous iridescent pink packaging. This lipstick is one of the two limited edition KissKiss lipsticks (C$45), in the shade 564 Pearly Pink. It’s a very delicate cool-toned petal pink with some shimmers. The formula is unlike other KissKiss lipsticks I’ve used in the past – this one is sheerer, almost like a lip tint instead of a lipstick.

It reminds me of the KissKiss Roselip in Pink Me Up from a few seasons ago, but without the hydrating formula. The shimmers are also slightly on the gritty side, and not as smooth as I would like it to be. Wear time is just okay; the glossy finish wears off pretty quickly and you’re left with a slight pinky tint, which also wears off if you eat or drink a latte or something. For $45, it’s just okay. Unless you’re wanting to collect this for the iridescent pink packaging, I’d definitely say you’re better off buying a KissKiss lipstick from their regular line, or the KissKiss Roselip in Pink Me Up which is very nice as a hydrating balm / lip tint combo.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

The one product from the collection that was a disappointment was the new Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush (C$51). This brush feels a bit bigger than the existing Meteorites brush, but made with the same ombre pink hairs. It feels substantial and luxurious in my hand, but the fibres are just not soft enough. The harsh fibres are great at picking up more powder, but it feels so scratchy on the skin. For a price of C$51, you can definitely find better alternatives for powder brushes.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

The Guerlain Spring 2017 collection is available February 1, 2017 at all Guerlain boutiques and counters, including Beauty Court, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and others.

The swatches

KissKiss lipstick in 564 Pearly Pink, one swipe, and then layered

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

Products courtesy of PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Swatches + review + look – Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 and Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 (C$52) is new and features nine matte shades out of the Artist Shadow collection. The shades are #M-100 Black, #M-620 Grey Brown, #M-126 Chalk, #M-842 Wine, #M-802 Antique Pink, #M-546 Dark Purple Taupe, #M-240 Prussian Blue, #M-536 Milk Tea, and #M-530 Eggshell. This is the first and only all-matte palette by Make Up For Ever available for purchase by consumers, and it’s also the first of the Artist Palettes that I’ve tried from the brand. I have several other shades of the Artist Shadows in shimmery and metallic finishes, but these are also my first mattes.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

I LOVE the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. They are intensely pigmented, smooth, very blendable, and so gorgeous. The shades in this palette are so up my alley – I love the plums, pinks, and mauves, accented with that beautiful jewel tone teal. These matte shades are also some of the best I’ve ever tried in terms of texture, colour payoff, and consistency in quality. Unlike most matte shades, I actually got barely any fallout during application, with the exception of the darkest shades.  You also get very good pigmentation consistently across the board with no chalkiness. It almost feels creamy in some ways due to how smooth the powders are. Usually in every palette, there are one or more duds, but this palette wears just beautifully. The shades can also be worn as neutrals, or smoked out for a more exciting look. I seriously love this palette.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold review and swatches

Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (C$48) features a “gel formula that provides superior blendability to beautifully sculpt, highlight or simply give the skin a natural radiance.” This formula contains a high percentage of emoillients which results in a beautiful, creamy powder with a gel-like texture. They are the same formula as the previously released Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzers and the Pro Sculpting Duo contour kits. It also reminds me of the Estee Lauder highlighter in Modern Mercury in terms of formula and texture.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold / Golden Pink review and swatches

The shade I have is Rose Gold (or Golden Pink on Sephora). I’m not sure how I feel about this shade, it is too cool-toned for me, and is so pale it almost looks white, with a bit of a duo-chrome sheen. It is also very pigmented, so I can see the whiteness translating onto the skin. You would have to use a very light hand, but with the gel-ish formula, I found it difficult to just pick up a bit of product. Because it is so pale, I would recommend this more for those with very fair to light skin. I love the concept of this, but the execution could use a bit more tweaking.

I highly recommend that you check out the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 palette, it’s one of the best all-matte palettes I’ve tried, and is definitely worth trying out. Both products are available at Sephora now.

The swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold / Golden Pink review and swatches

The look

Wearing M-530 as a base on the inner 1/3 of the eyelid, M-536 as a base on the outer 2/3 of the eyelid, M-546 in my crease, and M-100 and M-842 to smoke out the look on the top and bottom lash line, all from the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 palette.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

Review + swatches + look – Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

For Spring 2017, Lancome is releasing new shade extensions to some of their recent eye products. The Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme (C$36) was first introduced for Fall 2016 as an extension to their original Grandiose Mascara. The Grandiose Extreme claims to offer even more volume, curl and length for up to 24 hours of wear. I liked the original Grandiose, but only after a few weeks off testing. The original formula was a bit too wet for my short straight lashes so it wouldn’t build up or hold a curl. I haven’t tried the Grandiose Extreme in the original black, but I have the shade Bleu Nuit to share with you today. In addition to Bleu Nuit, it is also available in Burgundy.

In terms of the formula, this one blows the original Grandiose Mascara out of the water. While it is still a wet formula, it dries down much faster so that you can build up more volume and length to your heart’s content. In addition to it looking fantastic right after application, it is also great at holding a curl. The first time I tried this, I didn’t even curl my lashes because I couldn’t find my lash curler, but this managed to give my lashes a nice lift that stayed in place all day. It also doesn’t flake, smudge, or wear off until I removed it at the end of the day. Removal was easy, as it just melted into my cleansing oil without the need to rub my eye too much.

The Bleu Nuit colour looks very intimidating at first because it’s almost a bright blue coming out of the tube, but it dries down to a dark navy on my black lashes. It gives just the right amount of tint that isn’t too crazy. I would wear this to the office no problem.

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

The Lancome Grandiôse Eyeliner (C$40) was a Lisa Eldridge invention. The applicator bends to a 35 degree angle to help make liquid liner application a breeze. It has a felt tip applicator, but this is different from other felt tip applicators because it is soft and bends with ease. I usually hate felt tip applicators because the stiffness makes it hard to create a cat eye, but I did two near-perfect cat eye flicks (one for each eye) in under 10 seconds, no joke. While it is not a one-swipe wonder, i.e. you do need to go over each section of your lash line a few times to build up the formula, you don’t need to re-dip and each dip will give you enough product to finish one eye.

In addition to easy application, the formula itself is seriously amazing. I have very bad luck with Western brand liners because they usually smudge like no tomorrow on me, even the high end ones. The Grandiose Eyeliner lasted all day on me without fading, creasing, or flaking. It looked absolutely perfect on me until I went to take it off. When I did remove this, it came off in chunks instead of dissolving in the cleansing oil, which actually made removal very easy as well.

The three shades that I have are Fuchsia, Cerulean and Silver Snow. Fuchsia dries down matte, whereas Cerulean and Silver Snow dry down metallic with a wet look. This also comes in a Metallic Green shade. I wear Cerulean all the time, it is a very dark navy blue base with blue metal shine to it – it is seriously the most gorgeous eyeliner I own. The colour brings out the colour of my eyes, and really helps to make my eye makeup pop. The colour reminds me of peacocks!

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

I can’t say enough good things about these two product formulas. I normally don’t wear coloured mascara or liners so I was a bit wary about these, but I’m so happy to say that I’ve found new favourites. I definitely have to check out the original black shades in store.

The new shade extensions for Grandiôse Eyeliner and Grandiôse Mascara Extreme are available January, 2017, at Sephora, The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, and other places that sell Lancome.

The swatches

Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow, and Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

The look

Wearing Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit and Grandiôse Eyeliner in Cerulean

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

Lancome Grandiôse Mascara Extreme in Bleu Nuit & Grandiôse Eyeliner in Fuchsia, Cerulean, and Silver Snow review and swatches

Products received courtesy of PR; opinions are my own.

Review: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, Multi-Perfecting Concealer, and the Foundation Brush

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

To say that I love Guerlain foundations would be a huge understatement. Every single Guerlain foundation I’ve ever tried in my life has been a complete hit with my skin, making me look gorgeous, luminous, and even skin toned. I started my Guerlain foundation journey almost 7 years ago with the Parure Extreme foundation, which was my go-to foundation for YEARS. I discovered the Meteorites Baby Glow in the spring of 2015, and then last winter I discovered Parure Gold, all of which have continued to be staples on my makeup vanity. The one Guerlain foundation I’ve never got around to trying was the Lingerie de Peau. Thankfully, this product is being reformulated and relaunched for this fall, and I was very fortunate to be sent a bottle from Guerlain to try.

The new Lingerie de Peau (C$69 for 30mL) features a new and improved formula. Like its name, it was inspired by the feeling of naked skin, and Guerlain sought out to create the most natural, weightless foundation there was. The new formula contains Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, which is a technology that contains smoothing and shaping stretch fibers to allow the foundation to move with the skin. It also contains natural linen and silk fibers, for soft, weightless, radiant coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

I would describe Lingerie de Peau as a foundation good for people with normal or combination skin types. In terms of texture, I’ve never tried the previous formulation, but the new Lingerie de Peau is very lightweight and fluid. It is the thinnest of the Guerlain foundations that I’ve used, making it very appropriate for the natural-faced look. Don’t let the light texture fool you though, because the coverage is buildable to medium. It covers my redness, but not my freckles, leaving a natural finish. If I powder, wear time is fantastic at over 10 hours of smooth, luminous, hydrated skin.

Application is a breeze, I’ve used this with both the accompanying brush (reviewed below) and fingers, and both work equally well. I get more of a natural finish when applied with my hands, and then a fuller coverage finish when applied with the brush. It feels super lightweight on the skin, and just leaves my skin comfortable.

The new Lingerie de Peau also features a much expanded shade range. I’ve been very fortunate in the past to always consistently wear 02 in any of Guerlain’s foundation formulations, including this one (shade 02N), but I do know that since their shade offerings were so limited, most women are not as fortunate and don’t get matched perfectly to a Guerlain shade. For the new Lingerie de Peau, there are a whopping 14 shades in neutral, cool, and warm tones. That being shade, the shade range still doesn’t expand much past medium-dark, so those with very dark skin will still be out of luck. This is a move in the right direction, though, and hopefully we will see even more shades released in the future.

Two downsides of this foundation are that it clings to dry spots, and you really need to powder otherwise it will get fade quickly and pretty unevenly. I’ve had really weird skin lately, with the previous stresses of moving and then travelling, so my skin has been very unbalanced (dry spots on certain areas and oily bits on others). I find that I wear this foundation much better when my skin is balanced. I can wear the Guerlain Parure Gold foundation without powdering, and it will stay looking lovely and luminous all day, but I need to powder with the Lingerie the Peau. I generally powder with the Meteorites Voyage Compact, so I’m not complaining by all means, but it can still be an extra step of effort.

In general, I like this foundation but not as much I love the Parure Gold. Of course the price difference is pretty big (the Parure Gold is $95), but I think for an extra $30 I want something that I truly love. If you are new to Guerlain foundations though, this one is definitely a fantastic starter foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

In addition to the new Lingerie de Peau, Guerlain is also launching its inaugural (that I can remember) full coverage concealer. The Multi-Perfecting Concealer (C$42 for 12mL) comes in three shades, and two undertones each, for six shade options. I have the shade 01 Light Warm which is too light for the rest of my face, but works well to conceal the undereye area. I have the worst luck with undereye concealers because pretty much all of them crease on me, and this one unfortunately is the same way. I always powder under my eye though, so I don’t know what causes the creasing. If you have tips, please let me know. Otherwise, this concealer does a fantastic job at brightening my undereye area and covering my dark circles. The texture is very cream and slightly like a puddy, so you only need a tiny bit which will go a long way.

Lastly, to complement the release of these new base products, Guerlain has launched a synthetic-fibre Foundation Brush (C$53). This is a fluffy foundation brush, designed to buff the product into your skin. Compared to Guerlain’s past brush releases, this one is very soft, dense, and easy to use. It’s not at all rough on the skin, and can work well to buff in your foundation of choice. One thing to note is that this brush is made in China, which I was surprised to see because I thought all of Guerlain’s products were made in France. Although, don’t let that make you think the quality of the brush is subpar, it is a good quality brush, well made, and relatively weighty. That being said though, I don’t really believe it is worth $53. There are a plethora of other brush choices on the market that would perform very similarly without the Guerlain brand and associated price tag.

Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review
Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review

The swatches

Left to right: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in 02N (see how it’s quite fluid), Guerlain Parure Gold in 02, Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in 02 (more pink/peach leaning)

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

On the very right: Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer in 01 Light Warm

Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau ingredients:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation ingredients

The products in this post were provided by PR for review considerations; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom and Rouge Intense Supreme collections

Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom review and swatches

Lise Watier is one of my favourite Canadian brands. They consistently release high quality products with beautiful formulas. For Spring 2017, they are releasing two collections: the Beauty Blossom limited edition colour collection, and the Rouge Intense Supreme, which is a new permanent line of lipsticks.

The Beauty Blossom collection is inspired by delicate florals and soft pastels. I was sent the 24 Hrs Glam Eyeshadow sticks from this collection, which are three shades of matte, waterproof, budge-proof cream eyeshadows that blend easily, dry quickly and stay in place until they are removed. The three shades are:

  • Ivory Velours – a matte ivory that works great as a base makeup to help bring out bright pigments
  • Urban Velours – a matte soft taupe that is a perfect eye contour shade, and can also be used elsewhere on the face
  • Petal Velours – a matte delicate peach that works well to neutralize any colours on your lids

 

Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom review and swatches

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches

Also new for spring is the Rouge Intense Supreme lipstick. Lise Watier makes fantastic lipstick formulas, and the new Rouge Intense Supreme has become an instant favourite of mine. It claims that it provides intense colour payoff and incredibly comfortable sensation in just one swipe. It is also infused with the Lise Watier exclusive ingredient, Labrador Tea.

The shades I have are:

  • Daphne – a medium brown
  • Kelly – a rosy pink
  • Maya – a nude peach

I love the texture of the Rouge Intense Supreme lipsticks, they are so incredibly creamy with beautiful colour payoff. You do get medium coverage in just one swipe. I have very dry lips so these are comfortable to wear.

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches

The swatches

Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Eyeshadow Ivory Velours, Urban Velours and Petal Velours

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Maya, Kelly, and Daphne

Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom review and swatches

Review + swatches – NARS Spring 2017 Wildfire collection

NARS Spring 2017 collection review and swatches

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Did you do lots of Boxing Day shopping? I had a nice four day break, but I’m back at work tomorrow for the following two days, and then off on Friday for another four day weekend. I love this time of year because it’s so chill and relaxing. I mostly just sit at home and watch Netflix with a nice cup of tea.

I know it’s still winter, but today I have my first spring collection to share with you guys. For Spring 2017, NARS is introducing a new colour collection inspired by burnt reds, chestnuts, and big-sky blues. I have a few products from the collection to share with you today.

NARS Thessalonique Duo Eyeshadow for Spring 2017 review and swatches

Thessalonique Duo Eyeshadow contains an iridescent seashell pink and an iridescent smokey violet. I find NARS Duo Eyeshadows a bit hit-or-miss. I love some of the classics such as Kuala Lumpur and Grand Palais, but this one was just a bit above average. The light pink shade on the left is super powdery, like imagine lots of powdery fallout. The iridescent smokey violet is almost like a violet taupe. The colour is beautiful, the texture is soft but not powdery, and you get great colour payoff and pigmentation. I would use this Duo for just the right side alone, but the left side would require a bit more care during application.

NARS Bumpy Ride Blush for Spring 2017 review and swatches

NARS Blushes are known for being one of the best on the market; its Orgasm blush is a makeup lover’s staple. Surprisingly, this is my first blush from NARS… I owned Orgasm for a while back in university, but I never got around to using it so I returned it to Sephora. The shade Bumpy Ride is a cool-toned candy pink with silvery shimmers. It is quite powdery as well, but you get good blendability.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Siros and Usbek for Spring 2017 review and swatches

My two favourites from this collection are the Velvet Shadow Sticks in Siros (bronze) and Usbek (vivid purple). These are one swipe wonders, SO creamy, pigmented, and very easy to apply and blend out. My issue with them is that they don’t fully dry down to a matte, long-wearing finish, so I usually have to start with an eyeshadow base, and then end by patting a bit of similar-toned powder shadow on top to prevent creasing. Sadly this takes a bit away from the metallic finish, but the end result is still very bright, vivid colouring.

NARS Spring 2017 is available starting January 2017 at Sephora, and February 2017 at all other NARS retailers, such as Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and the Bay.

The swatches

From left to right: Velvet Shadow Sticks in Siros and Usbek, Thessalonique Duo Eyeshadow, Bumpy Ride Blush (swatched heavy and blended out).

NARS Spring 2017 collection review and swatches

Products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Make Up For Ever NEW Water Blend Foundation and Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

Hello!! I hope you are all having a fantastic day so far. Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of Make Up For Ever‘s new releases, specifically the new Water Blend Foundation, which replaces the Face and Body Foundation, and the new Artist Rouge Lipsticks.

The Water Blend Foundation contains 80% purified water infused with pro-vitamin B5, and glycerine and mango butter, to provide hydration and improve skin elasticity. Spoiler alert, I don’t like this foundation. I generally prefer to keep my skin relatively mattified during the day, and then I expect my foundation to provide a little bit of a “cushion” to smooth out my skin, blend everything out nicely, and then provide coverage. The Water Blend Foundation is ultra lightweight, providing barely there coverage, just covering my redness but not much else. I also find that because it is so lightweight, it sinks into my pores quite a bit; there is no cushion at all.

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

My shade is Y245, is the same shade I wear in the Ultra HD Invisible Cover formula (which I still wear quite a bit because I finally got down the method of application!).

That being said, I gave this to my mom to try out and she LOVES it. She usually keeps her skin more dewy though, which would help this product blend out better as the dewiness already provides that cushion. She doesn’t generally want a lot of coverage during the day either, so this works out to just even out her skintone slightly.

Foundation is a very personal thing though, so just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t. If you are looking for something very lightweight, with barely there coverage, and if you have normal, combination, to oily skin, then you may want to try this out before you rule it out completely.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches

The new Artist Rouge Lipstick comes in 31 cream shades and 14 matte shades, to create a large 45-shade collection. This new lipstick formula is 25% more pigmented than the old formula, and it also contains:

  • Macadamia oil soothes the lips, while mallow oil nourishes, prevents dryness and locks in moisture.
  • Sunflower seed wax in the cream formula provides 8 full hours of outstanding wear.
  • Combination of carnauba and microcrystalline wax in the matte formula provides 10 hour wear.

The two shades I have are C211, which is a creamy, nude mauve, and M401, which is a beautiful matte blue-based red. The texture of these is drier than other lipsticks on the market, but the pigmentation is very beautiful. You only need one or two swipes to get full coverage. Due to the formula, there is a lot less slip, and you also get extended wear time. I love the pointed bullet design; the pigmentation of these lipsticks means that there is a lot less room for error for when you are applying them on the lips, so you really need something to create a precise line (if you decide not to use a lip brush). The pointed tips are just perfect for creating that clean line around the lip.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches

The swatches

From left to right: Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches

Ingredients:

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation ingredients