The Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen – YSL’s Icon of Icons

Now, I know a good number of you may be a little baffled about why I’m even doing a post on the Touche Éclat Highlighting Pen given this little number’s iconic status in YSL.

Sure YSL has a whole slew of icons from lip products to scents and more but Touche Éclat is probably what comes to mind for most the minute YSL Beauty is mentioned.

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So… that means that a lot of you guys are probably in tuned with or know of this product well enough that this post is somewhat redundant, right?

That’s what I would have thought too but while speaking to YSL’s marketing team, I was surprised to learn that based on a recent brand survey they conducted, a good amount of the participants were actually unaware about Touche Éclat!

It’s not even the kind of, yes I know this product but I had no idea it had this much of a cult following or is this iconic to the brand.

It was a complete – Touche Elcat? Never heard of it, what does it do?

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Granted, after learning about this I wouldn’t fault them either be it if they’re new to the YSL brand or new to makeup as a whole since there are so many brands available to us now and they are all launching products / collections so rapidly that it’s almost impossible to keep up!

If it is already so hard to keep up with new stuff, I would believe it is even harder to take time out to understand the old classics that hold some heritage to the brand, right?

Thus, the point of my post is… hello everyone, this is the Touche Eclat!

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Be it if you’re new to the brand and may have heard an inkling of it, if you’re completely unfamiliar to this product or if you’re already well versed enough, I hope this entry is an interesting read!

I’m not going to go into nitty gritty details and a whole truckload of info, no, I’m going straight to the point about the product and showcase how you can use it.

Afterall, with makeup the best way to talk about it, is to show it.

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So, the Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen, simply said is… a highlighting pen!

It’s most misunderstood as a concealer of sorts and while you could get away with it working as a concealer if you don’t have bad undereye issues. Yes, this product is most recommended for – but not restricted to – undereye highlighting.

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For me, I was never quite a fan of Highlighting Pens, Touche Eclat or any other brand that hopped on the undereye highlighting bandwagon along the way, so while these were nice to have in my stash, they weren’t quite of Holy Grail or must-do steps within my routine.

Though that said, I have given the Touche Eclat a fair share of my time and use previously, I owned it in Shade 2 which is a little lighter and more ‘highlighting’ than this 2.5, and did enjoy it for its skin-like brightening and highlighting effect.

The method of operating it is quite straightforward – you click it about a million times if it’s brand new until the product flows to the brush portion then, voila, you’re all set to use it!

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It’s got a texture that is lovely, creamy and blendable too without any slip and slide on the skin after setting so that made it enjoyable to use as well.

Some of such highlighting pens that I have used across other brands tend to put a little too much work into the brightening portion that it blends out to leave a white cast or an ashened look on the skin so thankfully, the YSL Touche Eclat doesn’t do that.

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Also, I don’t recall the shade range always being this wide (or maybe I just never noticed) but unlike other brand options of varying undertones in the same very fair shade, YSL created Touche Eclat with all skin tones in mind so there’s a good variety of tones available.

Locally, I’m not too sure but I remember seeing quite a number of them from fair to deeper shades. Internationally, it is available in 12 shades.

Again, I’m using and showcasing a 2.5 here which is the most natural and close to my skintone but I would opt for a 2 if I wanted more of a highlighting effect. 1 can be a little bit fair for me but if I wanted that particular look (coupled with some good blending and careful placement), I could probably work that too.

So as you can see, the shades are rather diversed and wearable across most skintones and shades.

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Now, with all that product talk of the Highlighting Pen where 1 is sold worldwide every 10 seconds – I kid you not, it’s the product description and I don’t doubt it – here’s a bit of a demo of how it works.

Though I’ll disclaim and say that my usual undereye covering / correcting routine doesn’t consist of a highlighting pen alone.

I usually like to use an undereye concealer first to properly cover up my dark circles followed by Touche Eclat around the premise (blending further out even) to highlight the area but to show you how this illuminates and mildly conceals undereye circles all by itself, here you go:

 

Touche Eclat On the Undereye –

Based on my own opinion, I think that the more true-to-my-skintone Shade 2.5 does a slightly better job at concealing and covering up my under eye circles (albeit not as good as a concealer of course) though the highlighting effect is a little less prominent than the Shade 2 that I had used prior.

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Nonetheless, the obvious difference is a more evened out and freshened under eye look with some slight concealing to the dark circles.

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The skin around the area i definitely highlighted and brightened compared to the slight red and dullness in the ‘Before’ picture.

 

Touche Eclat, All Over! –

This should come as a pretty ‘duh’ thing but did you know that apart from its widely popular use of brightening the undereye region, the Touche Eclat can also be used to brighten all over the face.

Of course not all over but rather the higher points of the face so it gives this ‘reverse contour’ effect.

Sometimes we want that look of dimension to the face but yet we don’t want to go in too much with a darker shade to sculpt because it’s either a little daunting for day to day use or because that tends to darken the complexion a little assuming you want an overall fresh and brightened look and this is where reverse contouring comes in handy!

It’s not as prominent as coupling shading with highlighting but it works well enough and looks fresh enough for a day look!

Here’s a bit of a guide on here I personally like to place a bit of highlight on my face but you can adjust it accordingly to your own features and preferences! These are also the spots that Zona (YSL Makeup Artist) focused on when she did the makeover for me.

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I will mention that the end result isn’t the most prominent captured on camera because the shade used (Shade 2.5) as I had said is quite close to my skintone, perhaps a tad illuminating, so if you want a stronger or more obvious highlight you can always opt for a lighter Touche Eclat tone!

That’s still suitable for your skintone, of course.

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Here’s a half face comparison, which as I said isn’t a world of a difference but you can see the subtly illuminated portions of the face and mildly more sculpted (and naturally so) contour?

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And then another with both sides of the face Touche Eclat-ed!

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Of course this isn’t a step I care to do every single day because I’m so used to using a deeper contour color to shade the hollows of my cheeks that part comes quite naturally to me.

Though I do fancy using this under my eye, along my nose bridge and also by the sides of my nose just to illuminate the center portion of my face a little more.

 

Rounding It Up…

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So, rounding it up, there isn’t much to review or not review about the Touche Eclat but rather me pointing out its purpose and to what extent it can help you with as well as what are some methods you can use it though whether you feel you need or want it is really up to you.

I feel it’s a nice to have, not a must have but at the same time if you’ve not given this cult beauty product a go then why not, right?

When it comes to nice to have products, I can’t say for sure how much you need it because I could do without but it could be such a perfect additional step in your routine it might just be a Holy Grail so I’ll leave that decision to you!

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If you’re not in a huge hurry to get it, it’s always worth waiting for the Collector’s Editions (they usually launch at least one a year) where the Touche Eclat would be dressed up in pretty designs depending on the theme of the collection!

One year they even launched a Rose tinted one (that purple-ish silver tube) due to the huge popularity of Rose Gold at that time.

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Thanks for reading!

The Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen is available for S$58 at YSL boutiques as well as TANG’s e-store.

This is permanent and available in 8 shades locally.

Sponsorship disclosure

Review: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation – Some Skincare In Your Base!

Helloooo!

So tell me, how long as it been since my last foundation review post? Too long, I’m sure!

Though in the, hmm, festivities or rather in the spirit of this YSL 30 Day spam, I thought it fitting to revive foundation reviews on here because there are a couple of bases from the brand that I am really enjoying, both in their own and very different ways.

 

In this entry at least I’m going to touch on one that I’ve had on hand for a little longer – much longer, actually – and that is the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

I think I’ve had this fella for about 6 months plus, maybe? I only know it’s been awhile and I’ve been meaning to review it but never quite got around to it so it’s about time I finally did, within my 30 Days of YSL mention at that!

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So, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is part skincare and part makeup, which is something that probably doesn’t surprise most these days since more and more brands are incorporating skincare benefits into their makeup ranges.

Though where this Serum Foundation stands is a little towards the front of the timeline when Serum foundations were first introduced into the market.

At that period, the smooth moussey and a little slippery dropper type take on serum foundations was all the rage so when YSL came out with a creamy and run-of-the-mill-feeling liquid foundation, and I mean that in a positive way, that applies so nicely and beautifully, it caused quite a bit of a stir.

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Not so much in Singapore, strangely, perhaps because on our hot little humid island not everyone is as receptive towards a serum-infused foundation but trust me if your concept of serum foundations is thick, heavy, greasy and oil-slick-esque then the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is far from it.

The only downside to this, which I’ll get to more thoroughly in a bit, is the wearing power. Or rather the lack of.

Though as I said, I’ll get to it.

First up, given this has skincare properties and a bit of science behind it, I feel it’s necessary for me to explain that a little just to give this sleek glass bottle some justice in that area.

The Skincare Science –

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So, a little makeup branch off YSL’s Youth Liberator skincare range, the Serum Foundation functions largely like what the Youth Liberator range sets out to do which is provide nourishment to the skin, hydration as well as anti-aging benefits.

The key ingredient behind that is a YSL patented one called Glycanactif, responsible for aiding with skin regeneration and all prolonged hydration so your skin remains soft, supple and moist through the day. That’s mostly for skincare but with a little inclusion of the Youth Liberator Serum within this foundation, I’m sure it’ll provide some skin comfort to normal / dry skintypes.

While it’s not a foundation I will actively wave the oily skintypes to, I’m not saying you must turn away either because ultimately it’s still something I can wear on oilier days, albeit not as perfectly as foundations made for oily skintypes, but you get my drift.

If you are curious, it’s not a no.

So in the makeup science front, YSL had also included something called the ‘Color Tune-Up Complex‘ which is meant to aesthetically correct skin dullness and also refresh and brighten the complexion for that look of a fresher skin appearance.

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So with that science done, let me talk a little bit more about me.

Or rather my thoughts about this foundation which is… frankly a little conflicted but a large part of it sways towards the scale of LOVE.

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Yet I can’t entirely say it’s affixed there because while I absolutely love how this foundation feels on, looks on the minute I apply it and how comforting it is to apply – with that powdery soft scent and then the smooth glide that makes it feel like I’m applying skincare and not makeup – there are tiny flaws to it that prevent me from calling it a Holy Grail or something I’d reach for in any circumstances.

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Yes, as you’ve guessed it, it’s the staying power. That darn staying power which may not be such a big issue if you have dry skin (it’s mainly oilier spots that wear down quicker) or if you live in a cooler and less humid climate because… you know, Singapore is a giant greenhouse.

Before we get to that, let me show you how it applies and goes on:

 

The Application –

The foundation has a pretty good amount of coverage, about a medium I would say and you can opt to build it up a bit more but as with most foundations I like to apply a thin amount all over and only choosing to build up on areas that need more attention (like cheeks for my blemish spots).

Even then, I don’t fancy building it up too much either.

Here’s a BEFORE so you know what I’m working with / on.

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My favorite mode of applying this is using my fingers actually because, as I had mentioned, it gives you such a comforting experience and it’s perfect for mornings when you just want to indulge yourself a little more in some soothe and pamper but yet you’ve really got to get that makeup done and head out the door.

For the purpose of using a camera I used a paddle brush, so my hands don’t get dirty, ha.

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I like how after application my skin just looks that much healthier, brighter, fresher and overall better. It lends a rather satin finish so it’s not especially dewy or supple looking on but it goes on looking just like skin, but fresher, and that’s good enough for me.

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It seems to also do a pretty good job at refining the texture of the skin so no skin-blurring or smoothing primer is really required beforehand. Though you could use an oil control one if you’re especially oily at spots.

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Of course after a coat, some little blemish spots still peek through but that’s fine by me because I don’t have to look super flawless every single day and speaking of, this is what I really like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation for – the everyday.

It’s so easy to apply with the added skincare benefits that it feels like a perfect foundation for the everyday so you don’t feel so bad about constantly plopping on a base for the entire day.

Here’s more pictures of the foundation on, after I have evened it out on both sides.

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If your skintype is on the drier side of the spectrum and you can afford it, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation actually looks better without setting.

It’s not quite dewy but it’s got a nice, soft and natural little shine to it that makes the skin appear healthy and supple along with a satin-like skin finish.

Though personally I can’t go without setting my base, even the most cream to powder sort I’ll still need a dusting of something over to seal it all in so here’s how it looks once set.

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Frankly, it loses a little of that satin and fresh skin finish but it still looks nice on nonetheless.

 

How the Foundation Wears –

So now, let’s get to the serious and mildly upsetting part of this foundation – how it wears.

Though I will say that while it’s not the most ideal sort of wear time, it’s one that I can still deal with and one that I still choose to use and go through with because while it doesn’t stay pristine till the end of the day, it goes on nice enough and wears decent enough through the day.

It really is considered decent but in this day and age where all the foundations that are launching all over can last 8 hours, 12 hours and even more, this just feels a bit paler in comparison.

Though I’ll attribute it to – you win some you lose some. Perhaps adding in more additives for longwearing ability could hinder the skincare portion so… it’s something I don’t mind sacrificing a bit of, on days I’m just heading to work and then home.

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Usually by a little after lunch, I’ll start seeing first signs of wear on areas I tend to perspire or produce a little more sebum at – typically my T-zone.

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the rest of the face still wears quite alright with a blanket of coverage.

Though nearing the end of the day, and the end of the day, most of the coverage would have worn off leaving my skin a little fatigued looking because that ‘fresh’ base is not that evident, especially so around my eye and nose area.

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It still lends some skin-tone evening, thankfully, and doesn’t completely disappear as if my skin went on a foundation buffet but it’s not a look I’ll wear out post-work. If I had to go somewhere, I would touch up my face to give it that more flawless and fresh complexion once more.

Here’s a better end of work day shot once I got home and had my camera on hand.

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I think how severe the wearing off of it is will also depend on your natural skin condition and how much coverage you need from your foundation.

My main concern with foundation is lending that brightened appearance and concealing my undereye circles cause that’s where fatigue shows up most prominently and while that’s an area to touch up, I think the rest of my face still ends up being quite tolerable. Blemishes showing through and all but no redness or uneven skintone peeking out.

 

In Conclusion –

So anyway, I think I’ve rambled for long enough about this foundation, concluding this I will just say that the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is one that conflicts me a little when I have to talk about it because while I do love every single aspect of it and would highly recommend many to try it because it feels nice, smells nice and looks really nice on once applied, there is that one downside to it I feel I need to explain and disclaim because it could impact a lot of people’s judgement about it.

So while it may not last the entire day nor will it leave you looking as flawless by the end of the day, it’s just one of those incredibly nice to have products (yes, nice to have despite the pricetag) for that luxurious bridge between a skincare product and a makeup one.

It’s almost like a guilty pleasure of sorts and the sleek darkened bottle and smooth glide of the product certainly has it’s own way of luring you towards it!

I will highly recommend you give it a look at least or have the YSL Makeup Artist demo it on you so you can have a look and feel of how it is on.

After all, the YSL motto is to have yo try and understand a beauty product for yourself, on yourself, before you decide!

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So all that said and done, thanks for reading!

The Youth Liberator Serum Foundation retails for S$89 and is permanent.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

Look Book: MAC Huggables! (feat. Soft Talkin’, I’m Game, Flaming Lips & Love Feeling)

Hey y’all!

So here’s the second installment of my MAC Huggables feature! Sorry it took awhile, this past long weekend was a hectic one where house-errands were concerned.

I know I didn’t show much (in terms of swatches and how everything goes on) in the review entry where I mainly shared my thoughts about them so here I am, back with a Look Book-esque feature of the 4 shades I’ve got!

I’ve included half-lip swatches because where translucent or close-to-lip-shade colors are concerned, I feel that half-lip swatches (while bizarre) give a good gauge of the pigmentation you are laying down. So hopefully these work out helpful!

Also, since these Huggables are a little translucent, do keep in mind that they will likely swatch on differently from person to person.

It’s mostly dependent on the pigmentation of your lip color and my lips aren’t the most pigmented so if yours are they could go on deeper or stronger in tone for you!

 

Soft Talkin’ –

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Half-lip swatch

 

The thing about translucent, sheer-ish glossy shades is that when it comes to neutrals, these aren’t the best.

Often times it’s either it’s so light there’s hardly any pigmentation (gloss, anyone?) and other times they tried to load up on pigmentation that it ends up going on chalky and just bizarre.

I’d say, compared to a few nude attempts at glossy and translucent lipstick finishes, this one isn’t too bad.

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There’s a decent amount of pigmentation that I do see some beige going on after application (and I don’t look so dead) but it’s still a nice spectrum of nude-neutral if you’re looking for that.

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It doesn’t go on chalky or emphasize (my) liplines, from a distance at least, and all in all is a really easy and quick neutral nude color to throw on without much maintenance after.

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Not bad, I’d say!

 

I’m Game –

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Half-lip swatch

 

This is such a pretty shade. So so pretty!

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I classify this as a mid-pink, though some reviews have classified it as a deeper pink, it’s your call really.

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Overall, it’s something that’s nice and wearable but yet still lends a bright splash of color to your look.

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Though not too intimidating that you have to be all made up to pull this off. It works perfectly well with smoked out looks as well as a fresh and bare-faced look, complete with filled in brows.

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I would say it’s highly versatile and even a touch playful such that it has an air of casualness to it. It’s really one of my favorite of the lots and one I would urge you to check out!

 

Flaming Lips –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now, what can I say about this color…

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It’s extremely pretty, no doubt, but at this stage I think glossy neutral-reds aren’t the most unique in the sea of lip color options though of course it’s still nice for a brand to roll one out should you be a fan of reds.

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As they say, you can never have enough red!

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I don’t know what else to say about this except it’s a pretty juicy red and something quite no-brainer to throw on.

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Perfect if you want an everyday-red or perhaps a stepping stone to the world of red lips!

 

Love Feeling –

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Half-lip swatch

 

Now we’re talking! This shade here is indeed pure love.

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Though that’s me and my biased-ness when it comes to orange and coral lip shades speaking. You see, I’m a little bit queer.

I wear reds often and easily, I reach for pinks quite often because they’re quite fun and casual but yet still striking yet at the end of the day, what captures my heart and takes my breathe away most is really corals.

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They aren’t the easiest to pull off because on tanned skin some oranges can pull too bright (and stark) and on fair pale skin oranges could look out of place but yet if you’ve found a nice one, they are especially pretty to wear.

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Love Feeling is a really good example of a ‘nice one‘ because while it is evidently orange, it’s got enough balance of color in it to make it wearable and not as daunting especially for those who thread carefully when it comes to corals.

If you like oranges but don’t always fancy the full-out tangy orange shades, then Love Feeling is perfect for you too.

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It’s as dressy as reds but not that formal, as vibrant as pinks but not as cutesy and playful. It’s a perfect chill and laidback but yet still striking shade – as much of an oxymoron that is.

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So there ya go!

Amidst corniness I’ve managed to describe the 4 shades that I have on hand.

There are still 6 more shades to check out and those range from dusty mauves to roses, there’s definitely a shade that would be suited for you!

Give the Huggables a chance, if you haven’t, and for all you know it might change your mindset on the idea of glossy, juicy pouts of emollient color that’s great for everyday wear!

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Huggable Lip Colors are available in 10 shades (at all MAC Counters while stocks last) and retail at S$30.

The Huggables are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

Is Your Lip Color Huggable? – MAC Huggable Lip Color (Swatches)

Hello!

I’m jumping my own queue here (and even then it’s a little late, heh) because MAC is Beauty was launched before the Huggables but I haven’t mentioned that yet… Oops.

Though MAC is Beauty has been out for a bit so I figured maybe I’ll take this time to spotlight the Huggables first since they are relatively a little newer and my installment on them is shorter and quicker to get done.

Afterwhich, I’ll get back to MAC is Beauty for archiving purposes because, you know MAC. What goes around comes around again, ha!

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So, Huggable!

What an adorable name for this collection, right?

Now, based on my limited knowledge of MAC’s alternate lip ranges, because their original range is enough of a selection to keep you busy already, I believe the Huggables have been launched before and this is perhaps their second time taking the stage?

I could be wrong… but eitherways if you’re not too familiar with thy Huggables then listen up!

 

The formulation & texture –

In MAC’s logic, when it comes to dressing your lips, you should never compromise on shine for color so that’s what you get with the Huggables – a high-shine and glossy finish paired with a juicy kick of color, especially so for the bolder shades.

The formulation is akin to the trend ‘sheer but not actually that sheer‘ lipstick ranges that seem to be all the rage right now. Though I’m not complaining because when it comes to day-to-day lip choices, I seem to reach for formulas like that the most.

The translucent nature makes them easy to slap on and there’s enough of a color kick for some vibrance yet not too much that it makes me feel overly ‘made up’.

On top of that, the emollient and balmy nature of such ranges, paired with a glossy finish, also makes the wear more comfortable and natural. Well, if you can call a juicy and glossy cherry-red lip look natural, that is.

At this point, the Huggables sound a lot like the usual ‘sheer-er’ lipstick ranges but what sets it apart is all in their name, that the Huggables are… well, lip-hugging!

It’s a formulation and texture that I find intriguing and new in my time of playing around with lipsticks.

The lipstick is soft, gel-like and emollient such that it has this soft buttery texture once warmed up but unlike the sleek glide you get with lipsticks of such formulation, this tends to grip and hug the lips with a balmy wrap as you lay color down.

I don’t call it tugging, cause unlike dry mattes it doesn’t cause the same lip pulling effect but it doesn’t just slide on without a care either. For the better or worst, it’s really your preference.

But it is intriguing.

While other translucent and emollient lip colors slide and glide on easier, they wear off incredibly quick too since they have a higher slip but these Huggables aren’t having any of that.

These fellas give your lips a warm and snug bear-hug that feels completely comfy – that nice and balmy moisture hug.

To the point that some have noted a ‘heavier’ balmy finish on the lips that they’re not used to but I personally am a fan of that balmy finish (the balmier the better, heh) so it’s not a problem with me.

As with most lip products that are formulated for long-wear, you will feel some tact with wear but it’s not as much of a hair magnet as some glosses are, and you would only be reminded of the tact when you press your lips together.

Though the itty bitty downside is that ultimately, this is still a glossy, translucent and juicy lip color, not an intensely pigment-loaded matte lipstick or lip-adhering lipstain so the wear to these Huggables cannot be compared with those.

While MAC claims a 6 hour wear, which I don’t doubt if you have this on without interference, they will wear out once you’ve had food and drinks.

The up-side though is the fade looks natural (no funky color ring around the lips) and the more intense shades do leave a soft whisper of life on the lips, but you’d likely be reaching for a touch-up by then so… yeap.

Now with all that rambling about the formula and how this lipstick wears all ironed out, let’s talk about the colors involved with this release.

 

The Colors! –

There are a total of 10 colors released with the 2015 Huggables collection and these shades are, sadly, Limited Edition.

While the selection isn’t huge, I think the colors cover a good enough spectrum, touching on wearable neutrals (and pretty nudes) along with a range of vibrant shades from blue-pinks to cherry-reds and also my favorite, a tangy orange.

Of the 10, I have 4 shades on hand to show (that I have been showing, ha) – Soft Talkin’, I’m Game, Flaming Lips and Love Feeling.

The rest of the shades see a nice mix of rosey colors, dusty colors, mauvey colors and more brick-toned reds, as seen in my swatches (without labelings, oops) here.

As I always say when it comes to translucent finish lip shades, hand swatches are never the best judge since the translucent nature of it makes it swatch a little more muted and less exciting on the hands, somehow.

So do stay tuned for the lip swatch / look book entry to come, alright?

Though meanwhile, for representation purposes, here’s how they look.

So anyway, this entry is getting too long for its own good so I’m going to let you guys off but do remember that the Huggables are Limited Edition so if you spy a shade that you may like, or think the formula has piqued your interest then don’t hesitate! Head down to your nearest MAC counter now!

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Huggable Lip Colors are available in 10 shades and retail at S$30.

The Huggables are Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

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 :)

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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

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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Look Feature: MAC X Julia Petit – Moving Sand Duo

Okayyy~ I’ll get right to the point here.

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I’ve only got one piece of the MAC x Julia Petit collection on hand (the Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo) so I’m going to keep my feature short and simple. And of course hopefully compiling it like this makes it informative too.

In this post, I’ll be showing you some snaps of Moving Sand in all its smokey, warm, and also part sparkly glory, followed by my take on this duo which is likely to be the only take I’ll be able to do when using it alone.

I’ll explain why I say that in a little bit but… for now, here’s Moving Sand!

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I think of the 3 (duos available in MAC x Julia Petit), Moving Sand is probably the trickiest to use because you get a matte medium warm-yet-ashy brown paired with a shimmery smokey charcoal.

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The only way I see this is smokey whereas the other 2 color variants does give you the option of trying a inner-corner, outer-corner sort of a pairing.

Not to say you can’t with this but I think the warm yet ashey brown will blend into nothing on my lids (maybe just a bit of warmth) and make the black a little misplaced if I were to do the inner-outer-corner combo.

So… where this duo is concerned I decided to just smoke it up!

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Now, I’m not the neatest when it comes to smokey eyes and usually I snap my looks in the morning so everything is done a little hasty.

I assure you it all looks great and good in person but cameras are sometimes a little too nitpicky about blending and patchiness.

How I wore Moving Sands is incredibly simple – pat the black all over just under the crease, blending it a little over and then softening the edges with some of that smooth warm brown.

Voila!

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With smokey looks, while it sounds simple in theory, a good amount of blending and fine-tuning is involved because black can be tricky to work with but overall I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

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I’m not typically a smokey eye (well, this smokey at least) wearer but I do like the look this gives. Almost like that lived-in supermodel sort of smokey eye.

Almost…

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For the rest of the face, I kept it simple – a clean base with soft glowy skin (thanks to mixing MAC’s Strobe Cream in with my Diorskin Nude Foundie fav), a soft coral flush on the cheeks and nude tan lips.

I deliberated playing the rebel playful factor up and throwing on some pink lips but ultimately chickened out because I didn’t want to show up too flashy to work, heh.

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I tried to incorporate MAC items where possible given this is a focus on a MAC item, so why not try pairing the rest of the look but of course it’s not a largely MAC look.

Have a look at the product rundown if you’re interested in what’s where.

Products Used:

BROWS 
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown 
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed 

FACE 
AEON Ultragel Hydrator 
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50 
Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation 
MAC Strobe Cream (mixed into foundation) 
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer 
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder 

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01 
MAC x Julia Petit Eyeshadow Duo in Moving Sand 
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Skimp (brow bone) 
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Perversion 

CHEEKS 
Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030 

LIPS 
MAC Toledo Lipglass in Oxblood

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Some thoughts on the texture of the shadows, I’ll say that they definitely aren’t the creamiest I’ve felt, nor the most buttery and intense in terms of pigmentation; Mumu (that matte brown) performed better and was easier to use than Noite (the shimmery charcoal). Though that goes without a doubt, given that Noite’s finish is a Lustre and that is notorious for being a MAC formula that is tricky to work with.

Noite does need some packing and building up to reach a lovely intensity and I’ll advise you to use a black base for added depth because no matter how rich it looks in the pan, it’s hard to build it up that same intensity.

Though in terms of pairing the pair does work well together, for how I use it at least, and I do think it’s a nifty little pan to bring around for smokey looks on the go when you’re traveling!

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It’s not going to score an A with me for texture but if you’re drawn to this pairing or need a quick duo for smokey eyes on the go then this isn’t too bad a consideration.

I’ll also advise you to give the rest of the MAC x Julia Petit collection a look too, the cranberry hued duo is quite a lovely one!

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful!

MAC Julia Petit Duos retail for S$49 each and are available 20th March at MAC TANGS Orchard, Sephora ION Orchard, and Ngee Ann City.

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A Look At MAC’s Bao Bao Wan Collection (Photos & Swatches)

Hello you guys!

Well, because blogging is now a bit of a irregular affair, I’ve decided… to hell with keeping to the order of things, I’m going to put things up when I can even if it means jumbling about with collection release dates.

Which means Bao Bao Wan is getting mentioned before Cinderella and Toledo, though I still hope to get around to talking about Toledo eventually even though it’s all over the internet because it has been released in the US for awhile now.

So anyway, Bao Bao Wan!

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The reason this gets bumped up is because I’ve come to really like the pieces I have from the collection which is a seemingly bejewelled and flamboyant eyeshadow palette and a vibrant tangerine lip color in Forbidden Sunrise.

In the scale of MAC collections, I’d say that Bao Bao Wan is considered small. Or maybe a little bit medium.

It’s a nice-sized collection without too much to overwhelm but just enough items within to catch your attention as well.

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Just to put a personality to the name, Bao Bao Wan (for those who don’t know, me included prior to this) is a Jewellery Designer from China who is also a stylish socialite, or so I’ve heard. Hence it’s no surprise that her collection comes in a beautiful packaging twist!

Instead of MAC’s usual glossy finish, the packaging in Bao Bao Wan’s collection takes on a matte or rather more suede-like finish that isn’t flat in dimension either as it appears like a deep bronzey grey yet flashes green when it hits the light.

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It’s stunning (to me, at least) and the darkened rose-gold accent running through the products (save the polishes of course) is a nice classy touch. The whole collection has a premium air to it while the prices are still kept very much similar to their usual – polishes and lipsticks are the same price as those in the permanent range.

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So anyway, enough talk about that, lets have a look at the pieces, starting with Bao Bao’s Jewels (S$75)!

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My first impression of this, and by that I mean before putting my finger to swatch it, was that this is probably a highly impractical eyeshadow palette that looks good and grand but wouldn’t be of much use.

Boy was I so wrong!

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It looks like it’s all shimmer and glimmer, which isn’t wrong, but underneath all that sparkle there is a decent amount of pigmentation to the colors making them discernible from each other.

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I don’t know what I was expecting but I guess it was along the lines of getting the same golden sparkly wash of shimmer no matter which pan I swatched but it was nice to know that they are distinguishable and while scarily sparkly in the pan, they do swatch on to be wearable colors that can be paired together for a look.

Granted it’s a look that is going to be sparklier and shinier than your average but given the jewelry theme of this collection, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, right?

Especially when 2 of the 5 colors are all about jam packed sparkles – that very top pale beige and the starry charcoal beneath.

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I’ll definitely be putting a look of this palette up because it is quite gorgeous and apart from the high shimmer factor the colors are something I would reach for and use. It’s so warm and beautiful my heart can’t take it.

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Look to come, for sure, but in the meanwhile let’s move on to the lipstick!

 

There are 4 lip color variations in MAC’s Bao Bao Wan collection and they each other an aspect of the lip spectrum – oranges, reds, neutrals and purples.

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Of the lot, I received the straight out orange toned lipstick in Forbidden Sunrise (S$33) and I couldn’t be happier about it because straight out oranges are usually a little rarer to find.

While they do take some thought and look contemplation to wear, as compared to a red which easily goes with many looks, it ends up being such a lovely and unique bold look that I can’t resist it.

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It’s bright, colored and fun but in a different way and mood from the usual reds and pinks. I think orange lips paired with a peach or golden hued face is going to be my new thing!

So, Forbidden Sunrise is a little different from this other straight-out orange lipstick I have in my stash. My goldfish memory is forbidding me from recalling what it is right now – I’m thinking Shu Uemura, but I can’t be sure…

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But anyway, Forbidden Sunrise is an mid-tone orange that seems to have a bit of a white base so it can appear a little stark if you’re quite deep in skintone. In my pictures it photographs a little more saturated in intensity but I do urge you to swatch it in person first incase it comes out a milky orange on your skintone.

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Though that said, it isn’t pastel either and has a nice bright almost-neon quality to it.

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It doesn’t seem to lean towards the red spectrum so it stays a true orange once on the lips and while it’s quite an acquired look I think it’s perfect when you’re looking to play up your makeup looks or want that perfect summer-ish neon orange pout.

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In all, I think the MAC Bao Bao Wan collection was one that really caught my attention and I wasn’t expecting that at all because firstly I wasn’t too familiar with the name of said designer they are collaborating with and secondly at a glance I guess it didn’t look like much but I take that back now.

The packaging of this collection is quite lovely and the pieces within are nice as well in terms of colors and formulation. The polishes do swatch a little runny and sheer at first but after some building up I think they’re not too bad as well.

If you’re interested in the MAC Bao Bao Wan pieces then check out where to find it below! Prices of the other products within the collection is listed within my MAC SS2015 Round Up entry over here.

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC x Bao Bao Wan will launch 6th March Ngee Ann City and Robinsons Orchard. 12th March at TANGS Orchard.

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