Look Feature: Genuine Treasure with A Pop of Hollywood (Cerise)!

Hello!

It’s time again for a Look Feature!

Now. while you’re not here for long stories I just want to repeat that often (actually, all the time) my Look Features are actual looks that I do for a day at work because weekday mornings are the only time I can manage to plop on this amount of makeup. Weekends are always a rushed and family oriented affair so makeup fun-time is almost zilch.

That said, I’m currently in a relatively new work environment and have donned safe neutrals for about a month now and feel it’s about time I take some baby steps towards more played up makeup, and in the process, be able to squeeze out some Look Features for you guys!

So with that essay done, let me introduce this look!

Okay, if anything, I know it isn’t flamboyant but I would say it’s a tad flashier than what I’m used to – simple soft brown neutrals and all.

This look is slightly smokey with a beautiful amount of shimmer and sparkle (sadly not full captured in this lighting) and even with all that ‘drama’, to me at least, I still paired it all with a bright lip color.

If it counts for anything, I donned it on a Friday which makes it okay to be a little flashier, yes? Heh.
For the lids, all I had on was Genuine Treasure, a paint pot released with the MAC Philip Treacy collection, and this right here is pure love.

The formula could be perfected a little more and it could apply creamier and blend a tad better but overall it’s pretty okay.

Plus the fact that it’s absolutely stunning and sparkly just about makes up for it.

I thought to line the lids with Blacktrack (re-promoted with Philip Treacy) but preferred a richer and more crisp patent-black liner look so liquid liner it is!

The sparkles within Genuine Treasure is the real gem here but under my strong lamp lighting they’re a little washed out and muted. If you’re in a dimmer lighting situation (e.g. warmer light, or even washroom lighting) you’ll see the shimmers really sparkle and shine as you blink – it’s quite beautiful!

If you’re wondering about whether the shimmery bits tend to migrate or fall on the cheeks with wear then my answer to that is – yes.

Though, as you can see, the shimmer flecks are quite fine so if you’re good with a little sparkle on the cheeks as you move then you should be fine with any fall out or migration from this. Definitely no disco-ball action, thankfully.

Plus, with something this gorgeous, that minor bit of a con is something I can live with.

Given the smokey and sparkly eye look, I could have gone with a nude lip look but instead decided to go on a more playful route and pop on Hollywood Cerise, a bright raspberry pink!

I swept on a light veil of color on the cheeks using my favorite blush for that soft flushed effect – THREE Color Veil in Lovekick. Since the eyes and lips were already played up so much, it’s only wise to give the cheeks some color (to balance the look) but nothing too overpowering either.

I think it’s the lack of sleep these days that’s making my double eye-lid do weird hooded things again. I’ve been quite annoyed with it in some of the recent Look Features I’ve snapped. Grr.

Products Used:

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

FACE
PURER Skin Serum
L'OCCITANE Angelica Eye Roll-on
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
Leaders Clinic Sunscreeen
Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Color Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Genuine Treasure Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
THREE Color Veil in 19 Love Kick

LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Hollywood Cerise

Grey Divider

And that’s the look!

I’ll admit that while I’ve tried wearing some slightly flashier and not-so-neutral looks to work a couple of times, I still have second thoughts about it when I sit down and think to put together a more striking / smokey / colorful look for the day.

While bright lips is something I have started throwing on since Week 1 at New Job, I still get some colleagues commenting about how ‘red’ my red lipstick is… Heh.

Baby steps I guess, baby steps.

I’m definitely not going to do some full-out smokey cleopatra-esque sorta eye look anytime soon of course.

 

Thanks for reading you guys! Look forward to my last Philip Treacy Look Feature that features a bright pop of blue! :)

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!

 

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