Thy Lowdown: All Dem YSL Lip Products! – The Rouge Voluptes, Pur Coutures & More!

Hey guys!

I hope the continual 30 Days of YSL spam hasn’t been too overwhelming for you all thus far!

I know I’ve been churning out entries left and right and this space has become quite active, but in a rather brand-centric (YSL in this case) way which perhaps would leave some of you guys wondering… will I be talking about other brands again?

Well yes, certainly, I will. It’s just that as mentioned in the month of July, I’m going to dedicate my blog space to more dedicated YSL mentions just for a little bit as I complete this 30 Days of YSL stint!

The stint, as elaborated here, is mainly to spotlight and discuss little bits and bobs of the brand that I wish to highlight and explain in more detail because while YSL is a fully renown makeup brand, it isn’t one that everyone knows every nook and crany about either.

Needless to say I hardly know it all myself but I’m hoping to share what I know and hope that this little 30 Day stint will be informative for you all be it if you’re a YSL fan or not! Though I understand that some times not everyone is most fond of a continual brand mention but, fret not, other brands are coming your way once July wraps up!

That said, it doesn’t mean that I’m completely forgoing YSL mentions after because if I have anything about the brand to discuss or showcase, I’ll definitely still pop word in here and there!

P6210101

So anyway, back to the whole idea of this 30 Days of YSL, I figured I would take this opportunity to put together a bit of a glossary (in my knowledge and to my knowledge of course) of YSL’s Lip Products.

P6210116

Not that their lip products need much of a mention, to be honest.

While YSL Beauty is a brand that has quality products in most departments – like skincare, fragrance, base products and more – for some reason their lip products speak for themselves and if anything, sell themselves!

P6210112

It’s something about how beautifully clad the gold (and sometimes silver) tubes look, how exquisite they are to pull out of your makeup bag as well as how well-performing the individual products are but while I’m not here to sell buckets about each range – because just give the items a swatch, the products easily sell themselves! – I’m here to give you a little low-down about the many different lip ranges that YSL carries.

P6210114

Of course not everyone is going to need this 101 but, again, if you’re quite new to the brand then this might prove useful. YSL has quite a slew of lip collections and they’re all a little targeted at what you want from your lip look. On top of that, some ranges come with sub-sections within so… yes let me get to it!

Purple Divider

YSL Rouge Volupte Radiant Lipstick

P6210117

Again, I’m not going too deep into ingredient make-up and the sort but rather sharing what I know of each line up so you know where to look if you want to sought out a particular lip look.

Starting with the range that I was first acquainted with waaaay back, the Rouge Voluptes.

Now before I go further, YSL has since expanded the Rouge Voluptes into the regular creamy and opaque line up as well as a Rouge Volupte Shine extension.

P6210122

That said, let me talk about each one in more detail because while they’re both from the same lip collection, they feel and warrant a rather different kind of love from me.

 

The Rouge Voluptes (S$49) –

LipProduct_RougeVolupte

These were quite the rage at the period of time I got into the brand (starting with lip products, ha, just as expected) and I kind of went along with it because of the whole hype and hooha about the Rouge Voluptes – incredibly silky formula, really creamy finish, opaque color pay-off etc.

P6210133

While those were promises that the Rouge Voluptes did deliver, I will say I wasn’t 100% a convert. I liked it, but something hindered me from loving it.

I was quite a nude-lip fanatic at that time so I didn’t mind the opaque and rather ‘white-cast’ lip finish at that point of time but after amassing a couple more shades and shifting to appreciating deeper lip colors, I found the pastel variants of the Rouge Volupte (somehow I only owned more pastel hues of this range) go on a little too stark on the lips.

P6210123

Another thing to note about these is that they take a little while to ‘set’ and accustom themselves to the lips because the first time you apply you’ll have to make sure the lipstick is well applied, without any smears / obvious lines and not settling into any lip lines.

P6210136

It’s definitely a plush and lovely finish but one I need a tiny bit of work to get and given how lukewarm I am with how the colors look on, I can safely say I’d rather reach for the Shines anyway.

But that’s just my opinion because it seems the rest of the world seems to chorus about how much they love the plush, opaque and creamy lip finish that the Rouge Voluptes give so…. it could really just be me.

Phew, that was quite an essay! Now on to the Shines!

 

Rouge Volupte Shines (S$49) –

LipProduct_RougeVolupteSHINES

The Shines share the similar emollient and smooth glide on the lips that the Rouge Voluptes have. In fact they also share the same watermelon scent that I adore from the YSL range so that’s no issue with me.

P6210148

Though a key difference is that if the Rouge Voluptes are creamy, the Shines are more… gel-like. They have a translucence to the finish and give a more glossy and ‘wet’ look once on the lips.

While packing a punch in pigmentation (for the stronger shades), they also provide that alternative to be worn sheer due to the translucence, which is something the Rouge Voluptes don’t have.

P6210156

If you’re looking for that lipstick that lends a punch of color yet isn’t too intense and opaque, or something you can choose to wear a little sheer on days, then the Shines are what I would recommend for you.

P6210124

I truly love these and that beautiful packaging makes it that much harder to resist!

Grey Divider

YSL Rouge Pur Couture

Or shortened to Pur Couture, as I like to refer to it as.

P6210196

This is a range that I was introduced to fairly recently… maybe a couple of years back?

Even then, my introduction to this high intensity and highly pigmented Pur Couture range wasn’t through the original line-up but rather the ‘extension’ to the range, also known as the Pur Couture The MATS.

P6210201

I think the MATS selection is a rather new inclusion to this high-pigment line-up (it was new at the time I was introduced to this range).

While new, it sits in beautifully with the Pur Couture range because it offers a nice alternative to this range without differing too far from what the Pur Coutures are all about.

P6210203

That said, let’s have a look at the Pur Coutures followed by the Pur Couture The MATS though it’s rather evident the difference between the two.

 

Pur Couture (S$49) –

LipProduct_PurCouture

The YSL Pur Couture range is aimed at providing couture shades – which means bright, strong and bold colors – through an intensely saturated formula that also aims to provide your lips with comfort and moisture through the long hours of wear.

P6210209

If you ask me, it’s really quite a perfect lipstick for those who love high intensity, high pigment and incredibly true-to-tube colors because these look fab, go on smoothly and definitely wear comfortably through the day.

P6210216

In the realm of intensely pigmented lip colors, these may not excel the most at their long-wearing abilities but they do stay on for a pretty good while.

Upon wearing off, they will leave a soft hue on the lips. Without food, I can get about 6 hours of wear or more, but with food these stay on as best as they can but will wear down from the inner portions.

P6210222

The finish, as YSL describes, is a radiant and satin finish but I think this has a little more gloss and shine than a ‘satin’ but of course not as much watery translucence as the Rouge Volupte Shines provide.

 

Pur Couture The MATS (S$49) –

LipProduct_PurCoutureMATS

Though if intense colors with a little bit of shine is not quite the couture look you’re going for then maybe The MATS have something to offer.

These shades take on a more satin finish than the Pur Couture and while the name claims ‘mat’, I think these have a little more radiance as well as comfort to the color as opposed to what we typically know of Mats.

P6210237

I’m not complaining though because there are companies out there who do flat mattes really well and if that’s what you’re after then those would serve your purpose but this is a beautiful and refined kind of a matte (perhaps satin is the right word here…) that’s easy to wear and not too couture / flat a look on.

P6210241

P6210252

While it’s looking quite glossy here, it does set on the lips with wear to become more of a matte finish but even then it’s not as matte as some mattes I’ve seen out there!

Grey Divider

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

These! Okay these I have a huge amount of love for.

P6210256

I think by now you can somewhat tell that I have a huge amount of love for a lot of the YSL lip products because I feel that they’re ideal for very different situations and also very different moods so I can’t just pick one range to love but I think they’re all quite awesome in their own way.

It’s also YSL’s credit of developing some pretty kick-ass lip formulas and finishes for us to dress our lips up in!

Back to the Glossy Stain, for the longest time these were known to pair pigmentation, color saturation and long wear with a glossy and juicy lip finish. That’s quite revolutionary a combination if you ask me!

P6210257

Though very recently YSL has decided to reinvent their Glossy Stain collection to also reach out to people who are a little more neutral and natural color-loving but also want that same glossiness, decent color saturation and long-wearing hue of soft peach or pink on their lips so the Glossy Stain Pop Water series was borne.

 

Glossy Stain (S$49) –

LipProduct_GlossyStain

But first, the original Glossy Stain line up!

I think I’ve described much of this product above that I need not say more but just to be a tad more descriptive…

The Glossy Stains, unlike lipsticks, come with a watery formula housed in a bottle whereby you brush on the color with a doe-foot applicator that does the job pretty well.

The doe-foot applicator is simple and the application method isn’t revolutionary but it works well enough with a comfortable flat end to lay color on and a more precise point for the corners of the lips so I guess that’s all that matters!

P6210260

I’ve only had experience with 2 color variants of the Glossy Stains, both are more reddish in hue, and with them I think I hold the Glossy Stains in pretty high regard.

While the vampier shade can cause a bit of line-settling when viewed up close, the glossiness makes up for it from a normal distance away and all you see is a juicy pout-y hue of vamp!

P6210280

The glossiness of these Glossy Stains don’t last as long as the color does, without eating or drinking it could shine on for maybe 3-4 hours? Though even then it doesn’t fall into a flat lip look that tints are sometimes capable of. It’s still got a slight satin shine to it, just not quite the same level of glossiness.

The color on the other hand lasts a much longer time and can be prolonged if you prevent yourself from wiping your lips. I’ve noticed that it survives through a meal, maybe not entirely intact but with minimal fading. Though as a matter of preference, I would rather blot my lips down as best as I can before I start on food.

In case of any messy lip color migrating, you know…

 

Glossy Stain Pop Water (S$49) –

LipProduct_GlossyStainPOP

Now, the newer inclusion to the Glossy Stain bunch, the Pop Waters!

When I first used them I thought they were quite novel and lovely but after being introduced to another YSL lip range that I’m going to talk about in a bit, I will admit that the Pop Waters seem a little shadowed by that.

P6210266

They’re not too bad, I’ll say. Very pretty and juicy pouts of color and if you choose the slightly stronger hued ones they’ll show up nicer and more prominently, but still naturally so. Though… overall given how natural and soft the shades are I can’t speak for how well it stains, or how well it wears and it seems largely like a bit of a glorified lip gloss.

It’s pretty and it’s still something I find myself reaching for on weekends or rushed weekdays but it’s not falling into a must-have category for me, sadly. If you ask me, stick to the regular Glossy Stain range because that’s where all the magic is at!

P6210274

But if you’re a neutral natural loving person, then read the next lowdown that I’ve got for you!

Grey Divider

YSL Tint in Oil (S$45)

P6210047

I feel like if I were to get into a really dedicated mood with this I could launch into a tirade of words but… I think I’ll save you from that right now given how lengthy this post is becoming and explain the science-talk behind this in more detail within its solo mention.

LipProduct_TintinOil

Though what you need to know is that the Tint in Oil is something like no other that I have seen. Sure, in theory it’s quite common and simple but the way the product actually feels, works, and looks on is something I haven’t quite felt before.

P6210050

Long story short, Tint in Oil suspends a lip tint within a deep conditioning oil (a blend of 4 oils to be exact) to provide you with both nourishing comfort as well as color and some slight lasting power – thanks to the hue being a tint.

P6210066

The result is a glossy yet balmy feeling product on that imparts a decent amount of juicy pigmentation at the same time. Previously I had considered the YSL Glossy Stain Pop Waters to perfectly embody that ‘rosebud lips’ effect but now, I think the Tint in Oils manage to do it better.

P6210071

More nourishingly so as well!

What’s more due to it being a tint, there is some slight staining on the lips after much of the product has worn off, which is quite quick sadly to say but given that it’s both a conditioning product as well as one that provides a decent hue of color, I don’t think I have anything to complain about!

P6210075

Purple Divider

And that is that for my really supaaa quick lowdown of the YSL lip ranges that I am familiar with.

Of course there is still that one more range that is kind of a lip product but also a multi-purpose cheek product and that’s the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush though I think I’ve done a comprehensive enough series of entries about that, starting with this one, so you can go ahead and read all about it there!

I’m not going to be doing a Look Book entry for the Babydolls again since I’ve got them mostly swatched and covered but should you have some questions about them (or any other lip range mentioned above), feel free to drop a comment and I’ll get back to you as best as I can!

P6210115

That being said and done, I think I managed to wrap up this Lowdown post a lot quicker than I had anticipated! It still wound up a little wordy but… I suppose that can’t be helped with so many ranges to cover within a post, yes?

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the Look Books of these YSL lip products coming right up!

Hopefully with those it’s less text and a lot more pictures!

A Look at YSL’s Skincare Lineups! – For the Intrigued, Confused or New to the Brand!

Hey guys! Or rather girls, ladies, women.

And of course the men out there if there are any reading this post….

So anyway, yes before I actually get to the low-down and the 101 of some of the more prominent YSL Skincare Ranges, I should first say that for those out there who are probably wondering…. Yes, YSL actually does carry skincare!

P6120026

And if your impression of YSL is an edgy fashionable brand that is strong and excels in makeup (which isn’t wrong either) such that it’s skincare would just be something totally skimming the surface of skincare products and nothing much to talk about then you are wrong.

YSL’s skincare ranges are actually quite innovative, well incorporated and have a good amount of skin-science and thought put into it.

Those who have been exposed to and continually using YSL’s skincare products mostly only have good things to say about it. If you don’t believe me, do a quick search around the web and the results don’t lie.

P6120007

So, if you are indeed fresh and new to the realm of YSL’s Skincare then I hope this 101 will be useful in directing you where to look!

Now I scratched my head a little about organising this post because I wasn’t quite sure where to start and how to arrange the flow of this information since where YSL skincare ranges are concerned, there isn’t an obvious tier to it.

Sure there are some price point tiers but it’s mainly for that one slightly more extravagant and indulgent range, for the rest of the ranges that I’m going to cover at least (because I’m no YSL Skincare expert either, I’ll say that), it’s a lot more dependant on your skin concerns and what you’re looking for or looking to include in your skincare.

With that said, I’m going to warn you about the brick wall of text ahead because, well when it comes to skincare there’s no other way about it than explanations and texts so… if you’re intrigued to find out more about the YSL Skincare ranges I’m going to touch on then grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the read!

 

p.s. Pictures in this post are not mine 
and are press visuals or editorial 
representations of the products, purely for 
informative purposes.

Purple Divider

Youth Liberator Range –

What it does: Anti-aging, skin regeneration
Who it’s for: All skintypes and ages

So… the first range I’m going to talk about is the YSL Forever Youth Liberator range and it may seem odd to jump straight into an anti-aging skincare routine but trust me, anti-aging isn’t just for the aged skin.

That’s a misconception a lot of people have and it’s not wrong because compared to the lighter and more refreshing hydrating routines, anti-aging routines do have an edge of nourishment and more enveloped hydration to the products but for the most part, YSL’s Youth Liberator range is one that’s targeted to all skincares of all age groups.

As long as you feel you’re benefiting from these products then it’s for you.

In fact, if you ask me, the Youth Liberator routine is somewhat like YSL’s all-encompassing skincare routine, aimed at giving you hydration, nourishment, a boost of skin regeneration through anti-aging skincare properties and just general skin well-being so don’t let the term ‘anti-aging’ scare you from this because it’s really all kinds of lovely.

To put in some analogy, the Youth Liberator range is also one of YSL’s most thriving shoot thus far with a solid skincare routine which is a bit like the trunk along with little branches extending in to different, well, extensions of the Youth Liberator range.

I’ll get to those extensions in a bit but in the meanwhile, in case you’re wondering about the science that goes into Youth Liberator, let me just touch on that a little. Because I know that some of you out there do like reading about things like that (as do I).

 

Inside the Youth Liberator –

The key ingredient behind Youth Liberator’s ability to encourage skin regeneration and stimulate the production of collagen for more suppler and youthful looking skin is Glycanactif™, a YSL patented ingredient. Though if you’re into pet names, you can just call it Glycan.

Glycans, are macro molecules (or poly saccharides, if you prefer that science speak) that help the skin to combat signs of aging. I’m not lab-expert to give you the full details of how that works but it’s got something to do with helping our different layers of the skin communicate better with each other. Like little efficient and lightning fast messengers.

So they’ll tell the skin layers to make the skin more supple by regenerating itself, producing more collagen to smooth out wrinkles and lines as well as boost the elasticity of the skin.

While a seemingly easy task to do, this communication between our skin cells and layers deteriorates over time as our skin ages. Apart from aging, exposure to external factors such as free radicals, sun rays and pollutants also cause this communication to break down over time so what YSL aims to do with Youth Liberator is simply to restore that!

I think that’s quite simply put, yes?

With that, let me move on to talk about the little branch extensions within the Youth Liberator range.

 

Multi-purpose High Potency Range

Now aside from the main skincare lineup which does a great job of covering all aspects of the skincare routine through varying textures, from the easily absorbed gloopy gel-like serums to the thicker and more nourishing moisturizers, there are a couple more additions to the range that YSL had included for more targeted skin concerns.

The first would be one of my favorites because they’re relatively fuss-free and easy given their multi-purpose high potency.

Let me introduce to you the Essence-in-Lotion as well as the Serum-in-Cream. As their names describe, they’re basically an infusion of potent active ingredients, hydration and all in one step that would usually require 2 products to cover.

The Essence-in-Lotion would be an infusion of Essence (like a lighter dose of serum) in a toner-like Lotion formula. If you ask me, the concept of this is very similar to the Japanese skin softeners but instead of just the skin softening step where you have to follow up with serum after, this contains both the skin softening and prepping for absorption aspect as well as the dose of serum albeit in a lighter form than the actual serum.

The Serum-in-Cream is a little more self-explanatory such that it’s a mix of your serum dosage in a nourishing and creamy balm that perfectly seals in and wraps up your skincare routine. While it seems like the perfect lazy step to end the routine, YSL does prefer to market this as a regenerative process to revisit once in awhile (one tub is supposedly good for 30 days – depending on your usage of course) to really give your skin a bit of a boost and recharge. Almost like a vitamin pill you pop when you’ve had a bit of a rough skin time or if your skin is feeling particularly fatigued after some stressful life occurrences / changes… that sort of a thing.

 

Youth Liberator Y Shape Range

So yes, that’s the multi-purpose and high-potency products branching out from the YSL Youth Liberator range. Another slightly new (I believe?) addition to the range would be the YSL Youth Liberator Y Shape Range which is more targeted at face shaping to give you that perfect facial contour.

Like a V-shaped face, but Y cause it’s YSL… ha!

I don’t have experience with this range so I can’t speak much of it but this mini range comes full-out with a Y facial applicator, which needless to say comes with a hefty pricetag too no doubt, as well as a Y-Zone Concentrate (which I assume is a serum?) and a Y Shape Cream (a moisturizing cream to seal in the routine).

 

Makeup + Skincare Product!

Now this one I believe doesn’t need much of a write up because I have already reviewed it over here, but if you’re looking to complete your Youth Liberator skincare experience but including that same skincare science in your makeup routine then look no further than their YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation!

I’ve talked about it in more detail in my review but summing it up, it’s a pretty kick-ass everyday sort of foundation that comes infused with the potent Youth Liberator Serum so you can be sure to nourish and hydrate your skin while beautifying it!

 

So I know that was insanely lengthy but I think that wraps up the Youth Liberator range, how I know it at least and if I’ve missed anything important out feel free to add on in the comments for others to read and know!

Phew, that said, let’s go on to shed some light on the other more targeted YSL skincare ranges, shall we? Less everyone thinks that the Youth Liberator is all there is to YSL.

Which… isn’t wrong because it’s one of the ‘anchor’ ranges but YSL surely has more products targeting more skin concerns so, let’s have a look!

Purple Divider

Light Creator Range –

What it does: Skin Brightening & Skin-tone Correcting
Who it’s for: All skintypes and ages

As opposed to the Youth Liberator range which is a little more nourishing and a tad heavier on the skin (but not as rich as mature skin products), the Light Creator range is a lot lighter in texture and consistency, across the board that is.I believe even the moisturizer comes in a Cream Gel formula instead of an outright cream or balm like Youth Liberator does.

If your skin concerns are more of skin brightening, skintone correcting as well as achieving a more radiant and uniformed complexion, then Light Creator is a range that you should look into. In fact, if you’re up for it you can mix using both the Youth Liberator and Light Creator range – one for the day and one for the night. That’s what I’m doing right now actually but I’ll get to that in my skincare rundown in a bit.

So, you know the drill, skin science, let’s go!

 

Inside the Light Creator Range –

Containing a tweaked and updated form of Glycanactif (as defined above), the Light Creator range has GlycanactifWT™ complex as its main ingredient.

Apart from the usual skin hydration and regeneration that the usual Glycans are able to do, GlycanactifWT™ provides skin correcting and skin brightening benefits which aims to (over time) improve the uniformity, clarity and also radiance in the skin as well as working on lightening darkspots and improving the skin texture.

In all, it’s a lot more of an aesthetic range (albeit working over a period of time like skincare does) as opposed to solely being a self-sustaining and maintaining routine that the Youth Liberator does.

Though as mentioned, you are able to mix and match across the ranges to see what fits your skin concerns and desires!

As for the products, I think the range is a little bit simpler compared to the Youth Liberator routine. If I’m not wrong there are some key products within such as serums, facial moisturizers, eye cream and such but more of targeted and potent products without things like toners, lotions or cleansers.

If I’m not wrong… Ha, see I’m really not a guru where YSL skincare is concerned too. Just sharing what I think I know, heh!

 

Light Creator CC Cream –

Though the Light Creator range does thread a little into the makeup realm with a small collection of CC creams which I think is quite appropriate for the whole color correcting and skin tone correcting image of this range.

There are 3 Light Creator CC Cream shades launched – Rose, Lavender and Apricot – depending on what you’re looking for be it a brightening base, a skintone correcting base or simply a skin-tone-like base!

These come infused with the same GlycanactifWT™ complex within that nourishes and hydrates the skin with wear so, like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, it is a little nourishing to wear on and feels a little more like skincare than makeup so weartime suffers a little but if you’re all up for a little skincare in your makeup then these are great to look into!

Purple Divider

Or Rouge Range –

What it does: Age-defying and Youth Restoring
Who it’s for: Mature skintypes (age 30 plus and above?)

So… we’ve reached the Or Rouge range, the mother of all mother ranges I would say because the price point is as sexy as how all the products look.

Starting at a whooping few hundred dollars (or the lowest price could be hovering at 80 plus 90, I really can’t recall), it’s a range that not all will take to that’s for sure. At the same time, given the effects and targeted skincare concerns that this range addresses, it’s no wonder as well that the price point is this high because it is predominantly targeted at women who are further along in age (but we’re not talking super old 50 or 60 here, remember choosing to start on a skincare is your comfort, needs and choice more than a specific age barrier) as opposed to those with younger skin and the ability to focus on addressing other skin concerns like brightening and hydration rather than having to go into skin restoration.

 

The Science & Quality Behind Or Rouge –

Now… where do I start with this because given my knowledge of this range, the price point is considerably warranted if you understand the ingredients and technology that goes into it.

Looking to defy the 11 signs of aging, YSL’s Or Rouge’s key ingredient is the carefully and also very manually extracted pistils of the Saffron flower. This process is both delicate as well as tedious because a large amount of pistils can only result in a few precious drops of Saffron flower extract.

This extract, coupled with other ingredients that YSL has paired it with within the Or Rouge range, aims to aid in skin revitalization which means it addresses the 11 signs of aging that our skin faces – roughness, firmness, dullness, elasticity, wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess, skintone uniformity, pore visibility, dark spots, redness and smile lines.

Essentially that’s covering everything that comes with skin aging.

 

The Or Rouge range itself is quite complete, that is if you’re looking to dedicate yourself wholly to the Or Rouge range because if you’ve got the moolah to do that then by all means, go ahead!

That’s certainly the best way to yield any sort of results from a skincare range but given the price range… I would suggest stepping into this range one foot at a time, one product at a time.

To take your dedication to the Or Rouge range a little step further, you may also choose to invest in the hefty (in weight, feel and also price) applicator that comes with a smoothened and cool application surface for applying eye creams or dabbing on the Or Rouge moisturizer.

It’s a splurge no doubt, but it would make such a beautiful gift for your mom, a lady in your life you hold dear or perhaps yourself. If you’re feeling a little generous, that is.

I’ve given the skincare products a feel, not so much a try on myself though, and while incredibly luscious in the nourishment and hydration it provides, it really doesn’t feel all that heavy or thick on the skin either.

So if you’re thinking it’s going to be overly thick and rich (rich, yes maybe but not heavy feeling on the skin) then banish those thoughts because Or Rouge packs potency and richness in thinner and balmier formulas that blend on quite nicely.

It will feel a tad thicker than Youth Liberator, or maybe thereabout but it’s not as if you’re putting a blanket of vaseline on your skin, no. The formula is a lot more refined than that.

Purple Divider

Top Secrets Range –

What it does: Prepping & Priming the skin
Who it’s for: All age groups, depending on makeup concern

Now this last range that I’m about to talk about, I’ll admit, I have very little information on.

At a glance I know exactly what this range is about and what kind of products go into it but if you ask me, I have very little experience with the products within this range. Which I know is a tad peculiar given it’s a makeup prep and prime range and one that’s got skincare elements inside but not entirely focused on the long-haul aspect of skin benefiting either.

Which sounds a lot like something I appreciate because while skincare is something I love loads, doesn’t everyone love a little quick fix to perk up the complexion, or perhaps fix the skin tone, awaken your eyes, things of that sort.

So essentially, that is what the Top Secrets range is all about.

There are some skincare elements and components within the range so it’s not all makeup and aesthetics but the purpose of the products here are largely aimed at providing some sort of immediate (albeit exterior only or temporary) look of healthier / more ideal skin.

 

The Science of Top Secrets –

Not that there’s a whole lot of science to this range, not overly revolutionary science at least, but I should still talk about some ingredient focus or make-up if I can and while not evident in all products, I’ve noticed that caffeine appears most frequently in the ingredients line up of the products within YSL’s Top Secrets.

It’s no surprise really given caffeine is aimed at de-puffing and providing an immediate skin energizing / fatigue and water rentention draining sort of an effect to the skin.

I think there are quite a number of items in the Top Secrets range and I don’t know of many or all but I have ever tried YSL’s sunscreen (UV Shield, I think it was called) while it was still in this range. Though their sunscreen has since been boosted with added skincare benefits and moisturizing ingredients resulting in it being shifted over to the Light Creator range instead.

Purple Divider

So… actually that’s mainly about it!

 

There is one more range I am aware is available to YSL as well but it’s a range I have zero experience, knowledge and word about and that is the Temps Majeur range. In fact I’m not even fully aware if it is available here in Singapore but based on the US website it sounds like something very similar to the Youth Liberator range such that it’s marketed to most all skintypes and aids in achieving youthful skin.

Of course as I have said through this whole entry, I’m hardly an expert when it comes to YSL’s skincare and I’m finding out as much as I can while doing this up for you guys so if anyone is an expert or willing to share their insights or experience with the YSL skincare range, please feel free to drop me a comment below!

I would certainly love to hear more and find out more! Meanwhile if anyone else has questions about any of the ranges, you may drop me a note too and I’ll answer them as best as I can!

 

I know it’s been quite a read but I hope it was informative! I’ve been injecting some YSL into my skincare routine for awhile and I’ll share about that in due time! I still want to give the products more use first before forming any opinions but so far it’s been pretty good!

So yes, I’ll check back again with some YSL skincare talk at a later time but meanwhile, thanks for reading!

YSL’s Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo – 10 Smokey Hues to Spice Up Your Night (And Day!)

Earlier in Spring this year, somewhere in the period that my blog started quietening down and I had stopped being so up to date with the beauty industry due to my New Job move, YSL put out two very elegant and beautiful 10 piece eyeshadow palettes.

When those were first launched, obviously I didn’t manage to catch wind of them given how swamped I was with work at that point.

Though of course somehow along the way I caught glimpses of these here and there, some raves and some mentions and it wasn’t till now that I really got to get down and personal with the YSL Couture Variation palettes.

P6140003

Of the 2, one is a neutral mix of browns (#1 Nu) that are perfectly safe and pretty, something that will definitely strike a chord with neutral lovers.

The other is the more dangerous sibling – a little dark, a little edgy, with a whole lot of mystery.

Meet, Tuxedo (#2).

P6140008

P6140010

Smokey and edgy aren’t exactly colors that I swear by and go to on a daily basis but I felt in the mood to challenge myself a little where looks are concerned and also because the mix of colors, while intimidating at a glance, are really quite unique and stunning.

Going full out with smokey looks is kind of the name of the game with this palette but it’s not to say that you can’t attempt to tone it down somewhat and put together looks that are fit for day-wear!

Though that of course depends on your personal definition of wear-ability.

P6140011

Aren’t those smokey sparkly colors just beautiful?

Let’s have a closer look at them and share a little more on how they feel and swatch!

P6140019

I’m not sure what I was expecting with the pigmentation or texture of these shadows but knowing YSL’s penchant for that slightly drier and more translucent eyeshadow formula (perfect for layering but not so ideal for ‘normal’ use), I prepared myself that this palette was going to feel and swatch the same.

Though after giving this palette a quick once-over with swatches (which I’ll get to below), it turns out that all the shades are rather pigmented, creamy and pick up very well on both fingers and brush!

It was a nice surprise indeed after having tested the Rock Resille palette out – again, not that that isn’t nice but it’s got a different purpose!

P6140022

So, strong pigmentation and smokey colors, what could be scarier to someone who’s usually more at home with neutrals or softer and easier to throw on colors right?

While I know the Tuxedo palette can be highly intimidating at a glance, after giving this palette a closer look, I’ve realized that the shades can easily be grouped into trios for a better sense of ‘color direction’.

For those who need a little aid to get accustomed to the palette, that is.

And that includes me…

Though you can always mix and match across the ‘groupings’, I thought I would give them a mention too to show you that not all things colorful and smokey are scary.

P6140047

So, apart from the one pale bone-white shade on the extreme left of the palette – that functions as a pretty kick-ass and universal brow highlight shade – there are 3 color trios within Tuxedo.

P6140051

Of course you can always go across the board with them but if you need a sense of order in chaos, let me break it down for you.

 

The Silver Smokes

P6140031

The first trio is what I call the silvery almost-taupes because the shades are definitely silver and neutral in that sense but they’re cool and almost a little taupey at the same time.

Especially so for the deepest shade with a satin finish. It’s more of a charcoal given how dark the color is but at the same time it’s got an ashened hue to it that strikes me as ‘taupe’.

P6140023

This trio is that perfect dressy, slightly sexy and smokey but yet not over the top or too intimidating to wear set of colors.

P6140054

P6140064

 

Wines & Berries

P6140032

The next trio would be the cranberry-ish and purple-ish hues where there’s a beautiful darkened champagne (I love this color so so much), a bejeweled deep purple and a mid-tone aubergine shade for a color kick.

P6140024

Purples are usually my go-tos if I’m opting for color but still want to keep it a little low-key and easy but these purples amp up the drama so so much due to their smokiness and intense pigmentation that even I was a little surprised at their intensity.

If you ask me, while you could dumb the shades down for the day, I think they’re best worn full-on especially so for that deep dark purple so that the sparkles within can really stand out.

P6140056

P6140058

Blue Sparkly Blue

P6140033

The last trio – the smokiest and probably dressiest – seemed the most intimidating to me because I don’t often reach for such deep and dark hues, much less blue hues but as it turns out this Look was a little more wearable for me than the purple variant.

How interesting.

And strangely enough I have more to say about this mix of colors because, just look at that bejeweled blue, beautifully sparkly silver-grey and also the smooth charcoal black shade to help add a little ‘ground’ to the look amidst all that shine.

P6140025

This trio is definitely beautiful if you’re up for a smokey blue-hued look and, just like the purples, while these shades can be worn watered down, they’re best packed on for the full complexity of color and sparkles!

P6140060

P6140063

More Snaps & Tools!

Aaaand here are more snaps of the swatches, just because!

P6140072

P6140073

Shadows-aside I thought it would also be nice to give the double-ended brush within a little mention.

P6140027

If you ask me it’s nothing much to shout about but it isn’t horrible either. The bristles are synthetic, if I’m not wrong, and it seems like a decent enough brush to use for some quick on-the-go color packing on and blending.

One end of the brush is your regular mildly fluffy paddle shaped brush and the other is a blending brush but not of the fluffy and pouffy variant but the inbetween that works for blending and also for pointed color placement (namely in the outer corner for me).

P6140029

P6140028

Grey Divider

P6140046

So… I know ultimately we’re still talking about a palette that’s a tad daunting, a whole lot of smokey and not something everyone is going to reach for on a daily basis. I’m sure there will be a few that lives for smokey eyes everyday but it’s not the vast majority.

Though hear me out, even if you’re tuning out slightly due to the shades within this palette ‘not being up your alley’ because they can be toned down if need be and I guess… you never know when you need to smoke up a look for a night out, right?

P6140044

It’s a very pretty and sleek looking good-to-have item, that’s for sure!

I think I’ll let my upcoming looks speak for themselves so stay tuned for some Look Features (with this Tuxedo palette coupled with other YSL Color Items) coming your way real soon!

P6140036

I will still say that I highly urge you all to check this out, or #1 Nu out even, because the quality and pigmentation of the shadows are really quite beautiful.

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

Rock Out With Lace & Polka Dots with YSL’s Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette

Hey guys!

Starting off my 30 Days of YSL series with a (pretty) bang, here’s a look at a Limited Edition piece – the Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette!

P6120031

Though the truthful reason I’m popping this up first is because the Rock Resille collection has been out at the YSL boutique for a little while now and I can’t be sure of the availability but last I checked (which was also almost 2 weeks ago), stocks were still in!

If this gorgeous 5 color piece has caught your eye (be it the colors or the palette), I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you that it’s still available!

P6120029

So, the Rock Resille collection

Now this one is a miniature little number that sees a release of said Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette and also a Collectors Edition Touche Eclat.

I love it when they roll out the Collectors Editions because they’re always so pretty and it’s nice that the iconic Touche Eclat isn’t forgotten amidst all the new YSL innovations and it gets a revamped wardrobe every time there are quirky packaging releases as such.

For Rock Resille, contrary to the ‘rock’ element in this collection’s name, the overall look and feel of this capsule release is girly, dainty, sexy and a touch whimsical.

P6120048

There’s fishnet (which I like to refer to as Honeycomb actually, ha), polka-dots and an air of sophistication as those elements are printed on the classic and sleek YSL gold case, complete with a little raised bubble of epoxy.

That last bit is so technical and uncool sounding, I know, but trust me that raised little clear bubble gives a nice tactile finishing touch amongst all that cool, sleek and metalic edges of the palette.

P6120033

So that’s that for the outside and if that isn’t enough to catch your eye and tempt you towards the palette, the inside is a bit of a done-deal for most because instead of going smokey and couture (which usually leaves people wondering a little on how practical a palette is), YSL decided to seduce with some rosey hued bare neutrals.

P6120044

The shades also contain a nice mix of textures from the mildly shimmery to satin-mattes and have a good variation of tones to them, making it easy to envision which color would go where in your preferred eyeshadow placement method.

P6120045

P6120046

For me, it’s pretty straightforward – with one look I can tell which would be the brow-bone shade I would use, the all-overlid, the lid transition and the shades to go into the outer corner. Depending on how like you to do your eye looks, it’s probably as straightforward for you too.

P6120047

Texture-wise, these shadows aren’t the creamiest of the crop, I’ll admit but they do swatch quite nicely on.

They’re a little reminiscent of the older YSL formula, actually, even though they’re housed in the new YSL eyeshadow layout and probably incorporate some of the newer eyeshadow technology that YSL had rolled out last year.

P6120036

By stating that this is similar to the older formula, I mean that in the sense that these shadows seem to carry that same certain quality of translucence to it that allows it to have a prominent base color but also a way for it to by layered and blended on top of each other without getting muddied up.

The older YSL eyeshadows often received flak for being a bit too ‘blendable‘ if you were attempting to wear the shades individually and prominently. In actuality, the true beauty of YSL shadows (then, at least and with the case of Rock Resille) is blended and layered atop one another for an intriguing base shade and complex shimmers.

P6120040

Yet that is a skill that not everyone is capable or patient enough for and definitely a look I can’t master so I do use the shadows like how I typically would and that is good enough yet when put that way, it does lack a little something compared to the usual shadows that have a stronger base color and are made to be used side by side, lightly blended into each other.

P6120061

P6120062

So long story short, while the Rock Resille eyeshadow shades do swatch quite nicely on their own (on the hands at least), I have noticed that if you’re wearing them on the eyes in the typical shadow placement – inner corner, outer corner and all – you may have to go in and dab some color on after blending to enhance their individual prominence once more.

P6120057

It’s still a beautiful end product, no doubt, but a little more work is involved for sure.

Though that’s a lot of talk without any demo so, stay tuned for my Look Feature of this palette coming up real soon!

 

P6120055

In the meanwhile, if you’re intrigued by this rosey and shy neutral beauty, do head on down to give it a swatch and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it’s still in stock!

Thanks so much for reading!

The YSL Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$95 and is Limited Edition

Sponsorship disclosure

Speeding Through (and Swatching) MAC is Beauty Beauties!

Okie dokes, hello again you guys!

Well… I know this post is real late and I’ve got more relevant things to share (like MAC Wash and Dry and a whole lot more non-MAC stuff) but if I don’t put this up now it’ll get shoved to the abyss where backlogged posts float about without a purpose or aim in their lives.

Ha, so dramatic, my bad.

So, no matter how late, here’s MAC is Beauty cause I owe you guys this one.

This whole collection, at a glance is a lot of pretty but frankly not a whole load of practical. Though then again, that is subjective and dependent on your makeup style.

Sure there are some nice picks and good choices within like promoting the Fluidlines (which are mostly permanent though, so no rush there) and also the deliciously candy-colored Lipsticks, of which I would say half are a little too pastel and pale for my liking but they do make pretty eye candy nonetheless.

There are some other lovely picks within like the Cremesheen glasses, if those are your thing, and some Beauty Powders within that are nice to have.

With all that said, let’s get cracking on how much of pretty is usable!

 

Eyeshadow in Wow Factor

Getting the lone little eyeshadow out of the way, I have this purple-hued matte in Wow Factor that actually goes on a little bit more usable and wearable than I had imagined.

There are 4 shades launched with MAC is Beauty (if I’m not wrong), all of which are a little light, airy and pastel.

I’m not sure why at a glance I predicted Wow Factor to go on a little chalky and ‘floaty’ – you know how pastel colors have this light base that makes the color go on really pale and appears as if they ‘float’ above your skin? – but surprisingly Wow Factor turned out pretty nice.

The color isn’t chalky at all, it swatches easily and in this case it’s thankfully not immensely pigmented at first swatch. There’s some translucence to this purple that allows it to be more wearable despite its pastel outlook.

Sure the color still needs some building up if you want a true purple to show up but at least it actually does intensify with each layer.

Is it a love? I would say… not really unless you’re seeking a matte pastel-purple. But was it a nice surprise? You could say that.

 

Fluidline in Blue Peep (and Blacktrack)

Next up is something that’s permanent so no matter that this entry is delayed because these little buggers are likely still around. Unless out of stock but they’ll be back in no time, don’t worry about it.

So the line-up of Fluidlines introduced with the MAC is Beauty collection is quite extensive. Like mind-whirling sort of an intensive with a mix of cream and also shimmery finishes though I have a humble selection of 2 to feature. Of which, you’ve already ‘met’ Blacktrack earlier with my Philip Treacy entry.

Spotlighting more on Blue Peep, because honestly, what is there to say about Blacktrack (a smooth creamy black gelliner) that most MAC fans don’t already know?

Blue Peep is a scary little number in the pot. So bright, so intriguing and so stunning but scary, nonetheless.

If you thought that Royal Wink from Philip Treacy is a color that requires plucking up some guts to use, then you had better start plucking those guts and more up if you’re thinking to use Blue Peep!

Though that said, it’s not a color that’s completely unwearable too because what I like about liners is no matter how scary or vibrant (unless it’s a blood red or something unorthodox), all you need is a crisp sharp sleek of black to pair it with and somehow everything just works.

Yes it’s a little bit of a pop compared to the same ole same ole black slick of liner but it’s a fun way to dress up your look without too much effort.

And if you ask me, I think Blue Peep feels like nicely formulated. It applies a lot creamier and more intense than Royal Wink did. It’s almost similar to Blacktrack in terms of the smooth glide of pigmentation, definitely no patchiness or translucence inbetween colors here!

You’ll feel like using it just because it draws on so smoothly and well, ha!

 

Cremesheen Glass in Japanese Spring

Now… on to this little bugger which honestly, I don’t have a lot to share about.

There was a time, when these were first launched I believe, that I actually was quite intrigued by these and chased launches as well as made purchases.

These days, I’m more of a lipstick/lipstain kinda girl so glosses have since been ushered to the back of my mind and I don’t pay much heed to them., much less the softer Cremesheen Glass shades since they’re largely quite soft in pigmentation and solely lend a milkiness to the lips.

It’s not a product that excites me but if Cremesheens are your calling then you might have been quite pleased with MAC bringing them out again (in 3 shades if I’m not wrong) in a variant of cutesy pastel hues for MAC is Beauty.

I did attempt to include this fella in a Look Feature eitherways, despite my lukewarm feelings towards it, so do keep a lookout for that!

 

Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom

I think Beauty Powders are always abit of an underdog.

To me at least when it comes to browsing through product extensive collections because I’ll always get swept away by the lip and eye stuff (and sometimes the blushes) that the last thing I focus on would be the Beauty Powders though truth be told, these are really quite nice little gems.

Depending on the Beauty Powder and the purpose, of course.

Though Pearl Blossom is quite a stunner, though soft and subtlety so.

It reminded me of Shell Pearl (launched with Liberty of London way back) but with a stronger pink tone to it than Shell Pearl’s peachy color of course.

Pearl Blossom is beautifully strewn with fine shimmers within which I swear appear to be a mix of gold and silver flecks but once swatched (on the hand and on the face) the gold hues seem to vanish and instead I see more of a silvery glow. Though not so silver that it is overly cool-toned. I would still rank this as a rather neutral color finish.

My favorite way to use this is with a fluffy buffing brush and sweeping this all over the face for an added glow of both color and soft sheen though it also has enough color (on my skintone and fairer ladies perhaps) to show up as an icy pink blush if you care to build it up.

Beautiful, really!

 

Lipsticks in Silly & Diva-ish

I’ve noticed that this is slowly becoming a trend, where product-extensive collections are concerned, I seem to save the lipsticks for last. Heh.

Told you I’m a bit of a lipstick fiend right now and there’s really no way to resist the temptation of beautifully intense and eye-catching lip shades.

While majority of the lipsticks launched with MAC is Beauty are on the paler and more pastel side of colors (a definite yay for those who love that – pastels aren’t often embraced by brands), there are some notably more vibrant and striking shades within as well.

Silly and Diva-ish, pictured here, are one of the few and boy are they gorgeous!

The thing about these 2 would be that they go on a little lighter and brighter than how they appear in the tube, and it’s not as if they are a different or wholly new formulation either.

Silly is a matte (the only matte lipstick in MAC is Beauty, actually) and Diva-ish comes in Amplified if I remember right.

Though somehow both appear a little deeper in the tube, which was a bit of a pity to me where Diva-ish is concerned because I was really in love with that raspberry tone it had that doesn’t seem to show up as much on my lips.

I have noticed that on more pigmented lips it seems a little more true-to-tube with that deeper hue that I love so much. Bummer!

Nonetheless they are gorgeous shades and, you guessed it, I have Look Features of these guys coming up for you so do look out for that!

How could I not, right?

 

And even if these items may not be available at all MAC counters anymore – told ya I’m super late, my bad –  it’s the GSS period so there’s loads to buy everywhere!

Even if you’re a little bit too lazy to step out of the house to shop (as I am most of the time these days, ha), there are loads of GSS promotions online, so get shoppin’!

Don’t say I didn’t share some relevant news amidst this super belated one, heh!

Purple Divider

Wrapping this up, I’ve got some Look Features from MAC is Beauty to feature! I may not be able to do the OCD thing of having them up in one orderly stream cause there’s just so much more relevant things to talk about but… I’ll try and we’ll see!

Just a heads up in case I break my modus operandi and you guys start wondering what’s up with me, heh.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon, real soon!

Introducing YSL’s Pop Water & Full Metal Shadow (plus Giveaway!)

Hey you guys!

Taking a break from all the MAC spam I’ve been putting out lately and talking about a little upcoming YSL!

Yes, upcoming because I am finally in time to talk about something even before it launches, woots!

IMG_2643

So these little fellas are launching this Friday (22nd May) and where YSL is concerned, you know the drill.

Pieces are limited and stocks run out quick so if you’re spying anything – go get’em!

Though I have some good news and that is, YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains are a permanent addition to YSL’s lip line-up, though select few shades are Limited Editions, so… the best thing to do is still to zoom down if anything catches your eye. Heh.

 

YSL Full Metal Shadows

Kicking this off, I want to talk about something I had a mixed up first impression of.

IMG_2654

The thing about YSL Singapore is that a lot of times collections reach us pretty late, at least compared to the Western side of the globe.

So, as I was saying…

While browsing western bloggers’ reviews of the YSL Full Metal Shadows, I remember being a little disappointed at how these swatched and looked on those blogs.

IMG_2674

I believe even the thoughts shared were luke-warm. In extreme cases some were even a little dis-satisfactory because we know that price is a crucial considering factor in the Western world (for most, not all) and these are highly priced.

I think over here we’re so acustommed to it because even our drugstore prices are bordering departmental store prices.

Anyway, swayed by my online-impression, I didn’t have much excitement for these, that’s up till the point that I swatched them.

IMG_2660

Whoa boy, was I wrong about them!

These are available in 10 shades but I’ve only got 5 to play with during the preview.

IMG_2663

I’m not sure what went ‘wrong’ with some of the international bloggers but where I’m concerned these swatched with good enough pigmentation, and a nice distribution of glitter and shimmer amidst the colors.

IMG_2666

Everything was nicely melded together in this liquid/molten-like formula. It is as if you’re swatching varying shades of shimmery molten metal. Quite intriguing.

And that’s just them being applied densely.

If you’re all about sheering your shimmers out, these do that really nicely as well and don’t tug or pull on the lids, giving you a good window to pat and blend yet still set a little once the formula is nicely thinned and sheer-ed out.

IMG_2667

I can’t comment on how it wears in our humid climate yet because I’ve not tested them out but so far, these sparkly thingamajigs have certainly caught my eye!

IMG_2671

IMG_2672

I urge you guys to check it out, even if you think sparkles and shimmers are too much for you because the taupes and browns (there’s a pinkish peach too, not pictured here) are extremely wearable and perfect for zesting up a neutral look.

 

YSL Pop Water Vernis A Levres

Alrightey!

So moving on to something a good number of you would know of or have tried, their Glossy Stains (or also known as Vernis A Levres).

IMG_2658

These Glossy Stains are known for going on watery and cool (unlike the balmy emollience that now-popular high-shine lipsticks impart) – very lightweight – yet also imparting strong pigmentation that grabs and holds, staying and staining through meals or drinks. All that with a perfectly chic glossy shine.

The original line up is really da bomb if you’re looking to combine intense pigmentation with a glossy finish and an incredible staying power, at the expense of it not being moisturizing (but yet not exactly lip moisture-sapping either).

While that ticks a lot of the right boxes for bold lip lovers, YSL has discovered that those looking to dip their feet into the brand’s lip products are often wary and afraid to give the Glossy Stains a go.

Reason being? They are far too intense.

While that is the point of the original Glossy Stains, YSL is a brand that innovates.

So, after noticing this group of people would prefer softer, sheerer and more natural hues (and also the bold loving people who wouldn’t mind a soft rose shade either ways), they’ve decided to roll out the YSL Pop Waters!

IMG_2650

For those who find the original Glossy Stains too daunting or for those who can’t stop adding to their lip supplies ;)

IMG_2649

Available in 12 neutral and natural variations, some of which are Limited Edition (boohoo), I only managed to play around with 8 at the preview.

IMG_2679

Sorry, no names because I didn’t take note and can’t quite match them now, heh.

In the aspect of formula and finish, they’re very similar to the original Glossy Stains. The key difference would be the watered down pigmentation.

While I say watered down, I mean it in a positive way with a beautiful texture and finish that’s unique and difficult to achieve in the makeup realm.

A little bit like how some like to take intense stains and dab it on lightly (instead of wearing them full out) followed by topping it off with a glossy shine for that soft watery rose-bud gradient sort of lip look?

Yes, this is the exact effect you will achieve with the New Pop Waters.

IMG_2684

Here’s an interesting tidbit – the inspiration behind the watery translucence yet still vibrant color effect was actually Gummy Bears!

I find that so adorable and genius at the same time because the idea of something so vibrant and colored but yet translucent with a fluid look does sound like an appealing concept of color to makeup and I’m glad that a brand has finally looked into figuring that out!

While they appear light and soft, some shades do a pretty mean job of staining as well so that original factor of the Glossy Stains still apply!

IMG_2686

Apart from the Pop Waters, there’s actually one more exciting lip release in this collection and that’s a Lip Plumping Glossy Stain (that is colorless).

I’ve given it a go a couple of times and it’s quite nice to use even with the lip plumping factor that often turns people off.

It wasn’t amongst the mix of stuff during the preview but I do have a piece with me so I’ll give it a proper entry of its own in due time!

Purple Divider

Phew!

I think I’ve ranted on too much and for too long! I’ll still delve into a little more information in these products’ individual entries or features so keep a look out for those!

IMG_2657

Anyway!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Wrapping this up, I think what most of you are most interested in is the giveaway so, yes, I’ve got one for you (those residing in Singapore only – sorry!) and it’s happening over on my Instagram, ending on 24th May.

Do pop by and take part!

 

Thanks so much for reading this lengthy entry and hope to drop by on here again soon!

The YSL Full Metal Shadow (S$45) and Pop Waters (S$49) will be available from 22nd May 2015 at YSL Counters and Boutiques.

The YSL Full Metal Shadow is Limited Edition while the YSL Pop Water is Permanent, however select shades are Limited Editon.

MAC Philip Treacy – The Super Quick Rundown (& Swatches) of What I’ve Got!

Hey guys!

Okay I’m dashing in real quick with this post because I know this is going up reaaal late and there are newer collections to talk about (like the massive MAC is Beauty) but we all know how fond MAC is of re-promoting so hopefully this will be of help be it now or eventually!

Last I had heard, which frankly was quite awhile ago too (my bad), a good amount of products were still in stock even a week after Philip Treacy’s launch because the folks at MAC had decided to up the quantity of each piece, really thoughtful!

Though…

I can’t speak much for now because it has been awhile since I heard that (and since Philip Treacy’s release), plus the items are all so beautiful I wouldn’t be surprised they would be snatched up.

So anyway!

About the Philip Treacy collection. Given how late my mention is I’m assuming most of you guys already know the ins and outs of this collection so I wouldn’t bother with press run-downs and go straight to what I have on hand.

Even then, I’m sure you’ve all seen the lipsticks being swatched and liners being worn but if you’re curious to know my thoughts on them, then read on!

Before I get to it, I want to say that the MAC x Philip Treacy promo visuals are absolutely stunning. One of the most visually captivating ones I’ve seen from MAC in awhile!

 

High-Light Powder in Blush Pink

Kicking this collection’s mention off with the pretty pink elephant in the room – the much talked about (because they’re so visually captivating) Highlight Powder.

These are available in 2 shades, Nude Pink and Blush Pink. Of the two, I have Blush Pink, the lighter and more pink-toned variant.

The powder has a beautiful pan design complete with a sparkly silver overspray over parts of the design.

On first look I assumed that the powder was simply a soft luminous (but really largely satin and powdery) pink but upon closer look, there are actually little silver shimmers strewn within the powder. Albeit not concentrated so it doesn’t end up giving you a disco ball look.

The overspray lends a nice silvery gleam and sparkle when swatched but it’s not a finish to shout much about either.

While it is termed a highlight powder, I’ve found myself using it ala a beauty powder – buffing it all over for a soft luminous finish.

The sparkles can look a little evident in some light – not gritty but you will see twinkling on the skin – so I wouldn’t suggest this method to all but under daylight and most indoor lighting you can’t really pick up on them unless someone was staring your skin down.

I would say this powder is a nice thing to own, in the context of a beauty powder more than a highlighter, but not a must-grab either.

Unless you have a weakness for packaging then I can’t really help you there ;)

 

Paintpot in Genuine Treasure

Speaking of sparkles, let’s move on to another glitzy number from this collection, the MAC Paint pot in Genuine Treasure!

This bronzey shimmery beauty does come with a little disclaimer of being a tad patchy to work with and blend but the final result is oh-so-gorgeous so I’ll leave it to you to decide if that slight con is worth it.

To me, maybe because the paint pot is still fresh and lovely to use, I have no problems with the texture. It requires just that bit more patting and blending but it still goes on nicely and the smokey sparkly bronze and gold finish it leaves on the lids is completely worth it, in my books.

My lamp lighting can’t capture the sparkles in the most beautiful way but once worn on your lids, they’ll dance and shine as you blink or move your lids. Spectacular, really!

 

Fluidlines in Blacktrack and Royal Wink

Apart from the paint pot, there are also a couple of Fluidlines launched under the Philip Treacy collection to help you get your peepers ready!

There are 3 shades available and while I do have all 3 on hand, I decided to stagger the feature of Blue Peep to the MAC is Beauty collection since you’ll see it over there as well.

So, seen here would be the signature Blacktrack Fluidline (permanent) and Royal Wink Fluidline, the only Limited Edition shade coming out amongst all of MAC’s recent Fluidline re-promotes.

Blacktrack really needs no introduction, it’s MAC’s signature creamy and smooth black gel liner that’s got a fandom or cult clan of its own, I’m sure, so let’s move on to Royal Wink!

Royal Wink is a striking cobalt blue in the tub that can seem intimidating with its undeniably regal, striking, and captivating aura.

Though I’ve noticed (it’s been a long long while since I’ve used Fluidlines) that the Fluidlines have a tendency to go on a little softer in look and finish (compared to my norm of liquid liners at least). So, for a color like Royal Wink, I dare say it goes on rather wearable!

Wear-ability is a subjective term, I know.

It’s still a cobalt blue and still bright if you’re not used to colored liners but compared to all I’ve seen or used, I think this sits somewhere in the ‘usable’ area and is something I would throw on for work if I felt up for it.

Finish-wise, I do notice that Royal Wink can go on a little patchier with one pass and require some evening out but it has a nice creamy glide to it so going over the line again isn’t a chore.

At least there aren’t any tugging or balling up issues with this!

I have done a Look Feature with this duo so you’ll have a better look at how they wear on the eyes soon!

 

Lipstick in Cardinal and Hollywood Cerise

Finally, here’s the best for last!

Though it’s not to say the earlier products aren’t good but rather I’ve personally got this huuuuuge soft (jelly-like almost) spot for lip products – lipsticks / stains / crayons especially.

The richer, the bolder, the deeper, the better!

There are 3 lipstick releases in this collection, of which I already have No Faux Pas on hand (from the holiday collections) so I’m featuring that alongside newcomers, Cardinal and Hollywood Cerise.

That would explain why No Faux Pas appears in a different outfit from the rest.

The 3 lip shades are all strong and vibrant hues so if rich, deep and intense lip colors are your weapons of choice then you will find yourself absolutely taken with these.

Since I’ve already spoken about No Faux Pas over here, I shan’t go into much detail or spam many photos about it but here it is, swatched with the other 2, just cause.

So, Cardinal is a rich red that appears to have this deeper edge from the tube but once on, that depth isn’t too dark which works out if vampy isn’t your thing. Yet of course it isn’t a fire-engine red on either.

I think it is a stunning shade and compared to a bright bold red, that sometimes you need to feel in the mood to wear, this is considerably more… wearable? Again, wearable is a subjective term.

If red isn’t quite your thing or you’ve got too many reds on hand (is there such a thing as too many reds? Ha) then meet Hollywood Cerise – here’s a color that you don’t see too often. a deep raspberry pink.

I say it’s unique because while it’s mostly like a medium / slightly deeper pink shade, it’s got a nice tinge of purple or what I like to call raspberry-tone in it.

While pink is pink, it’s definitely one of the more unique pinks I have in my stash!

I think I’m threading into self-justifying grounds now so I shall stop. It is a beautiful pink nonetheless and I gladly welcome it with open arms :)

Purple Divider

So, there’s that!

A quick (I hope…) lowdown and look at some of the items released with MAC’s Philip Treacy collection.

I know, I know, everyone’s talking about stuff coming out in June already and I’m still stuck on what came out in March (I think?). My bad! Posting schedules are incredibly irregular for me these days but even then I hope to do a thorough job about it no matter how belated I am (plus MAC loves re-promoting anyway), hurhur. So for Philip Treacy, I’ve got 3 Look Features for you.

Though, I do want to ask…

Would you like to see them right after this or after my product low-down of the newly released MAC is Beauty Collection? For orderly-sake I do prefer spamming Philip Treacy all at once but I’m willing to change the order of things if anyone prefers!

So anyway, wrapping it up, thank you all for reading and catch you around again!

 

Sponsorship disclosure

Upcoming for MAC Summer (And Some Spring) 2015 – MAC is Beauty, Huggable Lips, Pro Longwear Waterproof & More!

Hey everyone!

First of all I do want to apologize for the absence on here as life just got way too busy. To the point that these days I would say I’m a little out of touch with every nitty-gritty release within the beauty realm and only keep tabs on major brand releases because, well, those are a little hard to miss.

Thus, attending these little preview/catchup beauty sessions are really quite liberating. It’s like being in the know once more, catching up with brand peeps I’ve worked with a long time and also playing with makeup all at the same time.

Boy, do I miss that amidst the current work-work-baby-baby sort of lifestyle. I’m losing touch of that frivolous beauty admiring self, a little. Just a little…

But anyway!

We’re not here to talk about me but rather these upcoming MAC Spring/Summer collections so let’s get to it!

Before I go into detail about the upcoming collections I’ll say that these are coming out pretty fast and furious (with one launching later this week and the rest in subsequent weeks) so get ready to prepare your heart and wallet for these!

Unlike before, I don’t have many swatches or detailed snaps of the collections for you and lighting kinda sucks as well but I didn’t have another way around it – sorry guys!

Though wait for my detailed product post about the pieces I’ve gotten from each collection because that would have better lighting, pictures and swatches, I’m sure!

Enough talk, let’s get started with the soonest release first and work our way to the back!

 

MAC is Beauty –

Available 24th April 2015 at all MAC locations

So, if my facts are right this collection isn’t entirely new-new but considerably so to the International market. If I remember right, the MAC is Beauty Collection was first released in South Korea last year and made its way to the International markets this year.

The release date isn’t of importance but that info does give you some idea on where this collection is coming from, focused on color trends within South Korea, which would explain the soft cutesy pastel approach it takes along with some vibrant pinks because we know Koreans love their pop of lip color, paired with clean and soft luminous skin.

One more thing you might want to know about the collection before I continue is that it is huge.

Like 48 piece collection kind of HUGE.

The entire collection rundown consists of 12 lip colors, 16 Fluidlines, 4 Eyeshadows, 4 Creamsheen Glass, 3 Nail Lacquers, 2 beauty powders as well as an assortment of some brushes, liners, mascaras and such!

I didn’t manage to get shots of everything within the collection, because not all of it was present, so here’s some press visuals for (better) representation of some pieces.

Now, a couple of shots I took during the preview.

P4130024

P4130022

While the collection can be a little overwhelming given how huge it is, I honed in on the lip products (lipsticks, really) with the visually pleasing array of milky soft shades. Though the winners for me would really be the stronger and more vibrant colors like Silly and Diva-ish, those 2 shades are gorgeous!

The Fluidlines are pretty too especially with all the glass pots placed together like this but, unlike the Lipsticks where all the shades are Limited Edition, the Fluidlines are permanent shades.

Nonetheless, it’s a good time to get acquainted with them if you’re always overlooking the Fluidlines!

P4130025

P4130027

P4130026

Since I couldn’t quite match name to color in the image above I hope the quick color descriptions below help you put a name to the product!

Items in this collection:

  • Lipstick in Highlights – pale creamy peach(S$30)
  • Lipstick in Real Redhead – mauve nude (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Pure Vanity – pale peach nude (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Reel Sexy – bright coral (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Real Doll – light pink-lilac (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Silly – bright white-pink (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Notice Me – pale lilac (S$30)
  • Lipstick in French Twist – light pink nude (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Make Me Gorgeous – intense coral pink (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Call the Hairdresser! – rosy mauve (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Diva-ish – intense fuschia (S$30)
  • Lipstick in Catty – light creamy pink (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Lowlights – deep deep brown (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Copperthorn – copper bronze (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Our Secret – milk chocolate brown (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Deliciously Rich – shimmering taupe with gold (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Shade – deep green (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Midnight Snack – deep metal grey (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Macroviolet – sparkly purple (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Looking Good – sparkly burgundy (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Ivy – fresh leaf green (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Blue Peep – turquoise blue (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Siahi – deep ocean blue (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Brassy – brassy gold (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Silverstroke – silver (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Blacktrack – solid flat black (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz – intense black with gold pearl (S$30)
  • Fluidline in Waveline – navy blue with gold pearl (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Yogurt – chalky pale pink (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Preening Pale – mint-green shimmer (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Wow Factor – medium lavender (S$30)
  • Eyeshadow in Bouffant – pale peach shimmer (S$30)
  • Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl (S$42)
  • Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom (S$42)
  • Studio Nail Lacquer in French Tipped (S$23)
  • Studio Nail Lacquer in To Dye For (S$23)
  • Sudio Nail Lacquer in Doll Me Up (S$23)
  • Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick (S$30)
  • Studio Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 (S$39)
  • Penultimate Liner in Rapidblack (S$34)
  • Zoom Lash in Zoomblack (S$32)
  • 137 Brush (S$83)
  • 221 Blending Brush (S$41)
  • 276 Brush (S$44)

What a list!

 

Huggable Lip Color –

Available 8th May at Sephora, 9th May at Ngee Ann City and Bugis. 15th May at all MAC locations.

Next up on the launch pad is the MAC Huggable Lip Color collection!

Well, the Huggable Lip Color collection is actually launching in the same time frame as the Pro Longwear Waterproof but nevermind that, let me talk about these lippies before we get all about that base (about that base…. okay, I’ll stop).

So, Huggables!

P4130009

I don’t believe that this is the first time MAC is putting out their Huggable range of lip colors, I think the Huggables have been introduced prior but this is my first time giving the range a look and a go.

MAC has a tendency of launching some ‘aside‘ lip collections and I can’t really keep up with those – the Mineralize Rich Lipsticks and Marcel Wander Lipsticks.

So, comparing the Huggables to their usual range of lipstick finishes, I would say these do stand on their own ground where finish and wear is concerned.

P4130011

MAC describes the Huggables as a lasting , glossy finish which I think sums them up loosely but there are more aspects to this semi-sheer and glossy lipstick that seems to hug the lips like a balm once on.

I’ll share more about them in my detailed post to come but for now, I will let you know that I’ve been quite obsessed about these fellas!

P4130012

P4130013

This release is accompanied by 10 lip shades which sees a nice mix of soft neutrals as well as color kickers that range from pink, to reds and oranges. You’ll find a little something for yourself, I’m sure!

There were only 9 colors available during the preview and I have them swatched below but due to their semi-sheer finish I can’t quite put a name to the swatches right now – oops – so the best thing to do is check these out for yourself when they launch!

P4130014

P4130016

While it is launching 15th May islandwide, it will first reach Sephora ION on the 8th of May and Ngee Ann City as well as Bugis on the 9th of May, complete with the Huggable bear pictured above!

Items in this collection:

  • Huggable Lip Color in Bare Hug (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Dramatical (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Soft Talking (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in I’m Game (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Love Feeling (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in I’m In (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Play It Soft (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Glamorized (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Flaming Lips (S$30)
  • Huggable Lip Color in Fashion Force (S$30)

 

Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation –

Available 8th May at Sephora, 9th May at Ngee Ann City and Bugis. 15th May at all MAC locations.

I’ll be honest and say that the recent MAC foundation releases (fairly recent at least) have got me a little confused because where my MAC foundation knowledge is concerned, it’s still stuck in the early eras when I first got into MAC.

After all, I never got around to learning the A-Zs of their foundations because I was always distracted by collections so frankly, I’m still learning about their new foundation / concealer releases as I go but what’s easy to understand about this is that Pro Longwear Waterproof is like an upgraded more nourishing, lasting, and of course waterproof version of the Pro Longwear.

If you’re a Pro Longwear die-hand fan, fret not because Pro Longwear Waterproof is an add-on to the range and the original version will not be discontinued (…. yet? heh).

P4130003

This foundation could be a little confusing given it’s longwearing (usually suited for oily/combination skin) yet there’s that word ‘nourishing’ within the name which makes one think it’s richer and more suited for dry skin.

Though according to MAC, it’s suppose to be able to fit most skintypes be it if you’re dry, oily, or combination.

Upon swatching the formula on my hands I will say that it goes on rather watery and creamy first and sets quite quick but doesn’t leave that cakey crepe-y look that some heavier and longer wearing foundations do. I can’t speak for wear time and performance yet but I’ll be sure to check back with you all!

P4130002

P4130007

The Pro Longwear Waterproof launch is paired with a Pro Longwear Compact Powder.

Now, as I had said about my limited MAC foundation knowledge, I’munsure about whether this is a new introduction or a re-promote along with this base collection but eitherways, this compact seems to function like a touch up powder though I’m sure you could choose to use it at the start of the day too, your choice.

I don’t have much of an impression of this guy just yet as I only did a quick swatch of it at the preview so I’ll have to go it a go and see what I find!

P4130004

Now, the all important question is how many shades does Pro Longwear Waterproof come in and how many are we bringing in?

Well, this range has 16 shade selections and I believe we will be getting all of them at our counters – yay!

I can’t wait to give the foundation a go and share my thoughts about it soon!

It feels and sounds really promising so far, for the whole full day at work in a cold and dry air condition environment coupled with humid and hot lunch breaks.

Items in this collection:

  • Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (S$62)
  • Pro Longwear Powder Pressed (S$44)
  • 193 Angled Brush (S$62)
  • 135 Large Flat Brush (S$83)

 

MAC Wash & Dry –

Availability sometime in June – to be confirmed.

Now, this is a collection I have very little information on because the launch period is still a little ways away (yes, phew finally a little breathing space between collections) in June but I’ve got some visuals on some of the products so I thought I would let you have a look.

I’ll be giving this collection a more detailed look again in May when MAC has more press pieces on hand to show so I’ll likely give you another update to come!

But for now, here’s the group shot!

P4130028

The perfect collection for Summer with all the gold gleams and coral hues, I can already tell that I’ll be so in love with the pieces from this collection just by looking at the lipstick shades, that beautiful highlighter (I think?) and the veluxe pearl eyeshadow palette.

After the introduction to Bao Bao’s Jewels, I’ve come to love MAC’s Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow finish even if it means living with some sparkly bits of fallout on my cheekbones.

That pearl glint and the hi-shine finish of these shadows are to-die-for!

And did I already mention the summery coral lipstick hues?

P4130029

I think I did… but aren’t those 2 lip colors just so vibrant and fun!

P4130030

P4130031

Well, to be fair I didn’t get to swatching any of these so I’m not sure how they perform on but they do look promising and if anything it’s a collection I’d say to keep your sights on!

I can’t decide how I feel about the whole tie-dye gradient sort of a look to the packaging but it’s fun, bright and tropical enough for the whole Summer theme that I’m just going to let it slide.

So, more information about this hopefully soon!

Items in this collection:

  • Unsure of the full line-up yet!

Purple Divider

And there you go!

A really quick rundown of the collections I managed to preview earlier this week! I hope I didn’t end up rambling too much because I haven’t been proof-reading my entries too much these days; I hardly have time to write already!

I have some pieces from the collections mentioned above and I can’t wait to share about them though I know it’s a bit of a challenge to churn like before so I’m not even sure when I can get those posts up but hopefully it wouldn’t be too far away from their launch dates!

Gah, I really do miss spamming this space and you guys with entries but… oh well, life happens!

 

Eitherways, thanks for sticking around and stay tuned you guys!

MAC Toledo – Swatches of The Lips & The Eyes (Oxblood, Tarot & Opera)!

Hey guys!

I know, I know, it’s another one for MAC but what can I say, I’ve done these brand spams before and you know when I get on a roll with a brand, I really get on a roll.

I will repeat my whole stall and slowdown on the blog issue again (incase you missed my constant complaint and lament about leaving this space empty for too long) but I’ll keep it short: Yes, I’m still disappearing a little and that can’t be helped, sadly!

So much I want to say and post but time on here has been short so this space has been moving pretty slow, my bad!

I only hope that regardless my entries are still informative and helpful to those who choose to stop by and read (thank you :D)!

So… Toledo!

P2080035

To cut to the chase, because Toledo is already so talked about, I’ll skip out on all the backstory of the collaboration and general product information (that is covered here actually) and go straight to the products I have on hand.

P2080036

Now, Toledo is a pretty huge collection and there are many things to browse, swatch and consider but what I have here is simply some lip and eye stuff. Really simple and quick items to talk about and show so I assure you, it shouldn’t take up too much time.

Grey Divider

The lip items I have on hand would be the Oxblood Lipstick and Lipglass as well as a Lipglass in Opera.

P2080039

Now when the term Oxblood is mentioned, in respect to makeup (or fashion even), we’re so wired to immediately bring to mind a deep vampy or mildly maroon red shade that would be stunning for the evening or a perfect fit for Fall fashion.

Though MAC apparently decided to throw a little curveball with their take on Oxblood and roll out a peachy-nude shade in that name. Trust me, that took some getting used to.

P2080040

Oh you mean this is Oxblood? Hmm…

 

Choice of name aside, the color is actually quite a pretty one and definitely one that most would find wearable because while it’s a nude, it isn’t a dead-nude shade either and lends enough peachy hues to give your complexion some color.

Though it is still admittedly quite a nude lip look that not everyone will love but from the looks of it most do as it flew off the shelves when Toledo did their initial launch (on 1st March) at Sephora ION.

P2080042

I find the formula of Oxblood, while creamy in application, a little patchy and some attention is required during application to ensure it goes on perfectly well.

P2080050

However if it is any consolation, the patchiness I observed is me being critical and viewing the super close lip shots of this on. From a regular distance, as if someone were speaking to you but not in your personal space, it isn’t that glaring.

P2100213

 

The Oxblood Lipglass (left nude one) is something I would recommend more than the Lipstick if you don’t mind gloss.

P2080047

The gloss is opaque enough to lend color to the lips, and that’s pretty decent considering it is a nude shade, and the gloss aspect makes it go on in a finish that is easier to pull off as opposed to the matte one of the lipstick.

P2110049

I wouldn’t recommend using both together unless a dab of gloss in the middle of your lips just to add dimension or a little smoothed out to make the lipstick less patchy is what you have in mind because given the pigmentation of both the Lipstick and Lipgloss it could end up looking like a whole lot of product on if you applied both liberally.

The next lip item is the Lipglass in Opera, one of the many reds launched with the MAC Toledo collection.

P2080043

I can’t recall where Opera stands in the nuances and hues of the reds but I feel it’s an absolutely stunning red gloss to have.

Like the Oxblood Lipglass, Opera is equally pigmented in color with a nice glossy finish if that’s your kinda thing!

P2080053

The one issue or concern I have with incredibly pigmented gloss is that I’m always wary about them migrating or hair being caught on the lips and then dragging streaks of gloss over parts of the face so… there these concerns are a little evident with Opera Lipglass but thankfully it didn’t seem to feather much with wear.

P2100207

You may want to be a little cautious should you be wearing this and eating at the same time. My advice would be to wipe it off before so as to avoid mess.

Less is more as well with pigmented and strong colored glosses as they can get on your teeth should you apply too much.

P2080046

 

Alrightey, I think I’ve rambled on a little too much about the lip items so I’ll try to keep the next part a little shorter. After all, it’s a simple lil mascara so there’s only so much I can talk about it since I’m not an avid mascara user right now.

P2080056

So I believe there are 4 mascaras released with Toledo and apart from one of them being the mandatory noir shade, the other 3 are pretty fun injections of color.

The mascara even comes with a brush as quirky as the design of the collection itself. While adorable being all swirly and curvy, I did find that the intriguing shape did pose some trickiness when you’re trying to angle the bristles for certain lashes, namely the lower lashes.

P2080057

I can’t really speak for how well the mascara volumizes or curls considering I got the pretty purple on in Tarot and my preferred choice for using this would be on the lower lashes instead of the upper ones.

P2080060

Speaking a little bit of the color, I think Tarot is quite beautiful where purple mascaras are concerned. It isn’t the typical darkened kind and it has a pastel edge to it that brightens the shade up, but that also means it’s something that requires some thought as opposed to a darkened purple mascara that you can throw on any day for any eye look.

P2080061

Just for example-sake, I tried to snap some shots of me with Tarot on (my lower lashline) but as you can tell I applied it in some moderation that it gives a nice glimmer when it catches the light without making it look like I have purple-colored lower lashes.

P2130020

P2130026

P2130030

It’s a pretty mascara, that’s for sure but if you are looking for something more unique, there’s a lime green shade within the Toledo collection as well!

Purple Divider

So there you go! My thoughts and also some snaps of the Toledo pieces that I have on hand.

This might have come a little belatedly and I sincerely hope some pieces are available still. If not, I hope it serves as a little reminder to give these a look again should you have picked up these pieces and perhaps chucked them aside forgetting about them!

 

Thanks for reading!

The MAC Toledo collection is Limited Edition and was launched 3rd March 2015.

The Lipsticks and Lipglasses retail for S$33 while the Mascara retails for S$40

Sponsorship disclosure

MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus 2015 (Lip Swatches & Thoughts)

And so you’ve been told, that MAC’s Viva Glam collaboration with Miley Cyrus is finally available to us for purchase! Well, since the 15th of February if I’m not wrong.

P2090177

I’ve shared a little of my thoughts about the Viva Glam collection and also Miley’s take on this MAC tradition (in my MAC SS’15 Overview here) but I thought I would repeat a couple of the points here while I showcase the products once more.

I’ll try to keep it short because ultimately heres the low-down: it’s a stunning pink lipstick that is surprisingly wearable across varying skintones and proceeds of this goes towards a charitable cause so really… what more do I have to say, right?

But you know me, I still have a lot to say otherwise. I just can’t stop rambling… heh.

P2090182

So as I had said, Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (the lipstick first), while a rather daunting bright pink in the tube is actually what I would call a wearable pink where brights are concerned at least.

It does lean a little blue, maybe, on some skintones but it isn’t in the league of scary blue-pinks either as I think it sits in a relatively comfortable neutral ground.

P2090183

It’s vibrant, no doubt, but it’s got just the right amount of color and also the right amount of depth such that ladies with deeper skintones wouldn’t have to worry when it comes to pulling this off and ladies who are fairer wouldn’t feel that this too dull or deep on either. It does still have that whole complexion brightening thing going on, if that helps.

I don’t know how many ways I need to define this shade but basically, it’s a mid-tone and vibrant pink that would easily find its spot in anyone’s makeup collection, I’m sure!

What’s more while it is creamy in formula and comfortable in wear, it’s pretty staining as well. Definitely not of the staining league as No Faux Pas but it’s good enough to leave a pink tinge on your lips even after a meal.

P2090180

In contrast to the creamy satin finish (Amplified formula) of the Miley Cyrus lipstick, the gloss is strewn with shimmer and in Miley’s creative direction words – like a disco ball. At least that’s what we were told of her vision and ideals of the gloss.

P2090186

While it appears like vibrant pink within the tube, the base of the gloss is actually sheer and the payoff is primarily shimmer with a translucent mid-tone pink base. The shimmer bits aren’t gritty, obnoxious or metallic (phew) but just sparkly enough to add some shine and fun to the already vibrant Miley Cyrus Lipstick.

P2090178

Of course you can choose to pair the gloss any way with anything but the ideal pairing would be the lipstick with the gloss.

P2090189

P2090193

Though as a personal preference, I don’t normally like to layer gloss all over the lips if I already have lipstick on (unless the lipstick formula needs that glide) so I opt to dab a little of Miley Cyrus lipglass in all its glossy shimmery goodness solely to the centre of the lips.

P2090194

I don’t have a swatch of that because I had only attempted it once but if you ask me, my ultimate preference is still the Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick all on its own because I’m quite a fan of that creamy satin lipstick finish and this (lipstick) alone is pretty enough for me!

P2120035

P2120038

Plus the windy weather these days are definitely turning me away from glossy options.

 

Do you have your sights set on the Miley Cyrus lip duo?

Thanks for reading!

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2015 is currently available at selected MAC outlets. The Lipstick and Lipglass retail for S$30 each. All proceeds of this will go towards the MAC AIDS Fund.

This is Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure