CLIO Spring Summer 2014 – Gelpressos Go Pastel!

I always love me some CLIO.

I think as far as korean cosmetic brands go, at least the ones I know of, CLIO constantly pushes the boundaries of funky, classic, dramatic, dressy and reserved, all rolled up into one!

They have had their iconic moments with their sleek black liquid liners, followed by shiny and shimmery colored Gel-presso shades and because the typical look of darkened and jeweled liners feel too ‘been there done that’ for CLIO, they’re throwing all sense of restrains out the window for their Spring Summer look – cotton-candy pastels!

A collection of perfectly adorable shades that pack an intense punch of pigmentation!

Available in 4 shades to us, I have with me 3 to showcase.

I know, I know…

Again I am a little late on reporting about these because they have been out for awhile now and it seems that every display shelf I go by, Mintade appears to be a rather popular choice.

I can easily see why… how does one resist a pastel mint-green eyeliner?!

Following that I think Peace One Day (the purple) is getting quite a bit of love as well.

Before you dive headfirst into this pool of bubble gum pop shades, there is one thing you need to understand about shades this light and this stark.

While they may seem relatively harmless, being all gentle and soft, pastels that are this light tend to have a white base about them. This makes them appear a lot bolder and a lot trickier to wear on the lids than opposed to say… an intense metallic lime green.

I’m just saying it hypothetically.

But yes, who would have thought the pastel would knock out a metallic lime green in wearability. But here is me just putting these in perspective.

Though if you are a go-getter, feeling experimental and up for some makeup-fun in the most fuss-free of ways (because pastel eye shadow looks are so much more of a pain to werk than pastel liners), these would be absolutely perfect in spicing a simple look up!

If you are familiar with CLIO’s usual Gelpresso range of eyeliners you would know that they are famed for being smooth and creamy with the fluidity and intensity of a gel liner.

Though I felt that with these Pastel Upper Liners, a little bit of that fluidity and smoothness was lost.

It still draws intense and pigmented but it has lost a little of that sleek glide I quite enjoyed with the earlier variants of Gelpressos I have tried. Though to a certain extent it is still considerably soft and doesn’t tug or pull on the lids with wear – it just appears a tad drier.

The major plus side about these?

There is no need for sharpening! Can I get a resounding ‘YAY’?

If you’re nitpicky about your liners being perfectly pointed each time you use it, you would be glad to know that like all CLIO Gelpressos this comes with an inbuilt ‘sharpener’ as well.

Though I think it’s more like a tip moulder.

One interesting thing I found about these pencils would be how the manufacturing date is printed (clearly) on the pencil itself. Not on some box or piece of paper that comes with that usually ends up in the trash.

Now I’m not certain if the regular range of Gelpressos have that but I thought it was a good thing to have regardless if you pay attention to manufacturing dates or now.

So with all that said, here’s how the 3 shades I have on hand swatch:

The shade I am missing is a lovely soft beige-peach that I managed to swatch in the store (didn’t snap a pic). It is probably the most wearable of the lot, yet would still appear fairly distinct on the lids.

The creamiest shade, of the 3 I have, would be the red as that slides on perfectly without appearing chalky or feeling too creamy / thick.

It’s such a gorgeous red that I feel almost tempted to use it as a lip liner!

Now, about wearing these… CLIO has their own suggestions about it hence the name – Upper Liner.

These are meant to be paired with your usual and signature black liners, somewhat like Upper Storey Liners. Geddit?

If you’re stumped on ways you can flaunt these cheeky and oh-so-interesting liners, CLIO has some pretty cool suggestions for it be it if you’re feeling a little safe and simple today or want to get down and experimental with your looks.

I have a mind to give some of the creative and unique looks a try but as of now I have been donning these in a way that I know best – paired with a black liner, much like the first example in Mintade.

After all, that is the inital intention of these colored buggers, yes?

If you would like to be all decked out in CLIO when putting together these looks, be sure to check out their CLIO Waterproof Pen (or Brush) Liner in Kill Black (S$22.90).

I have actually used up one of each (yes, zomg) and loved it while it lasted so I do recommend you giving that a look if you are on a hunt for a decent black liquid liner.

 

With that said, I’ll wrap up this little introduction entry about these pretty nifty and very cool pastel eyeliners.

It really isn’t everyday that a drugstore brand launches such high intensity pastel shades that perform pretty well.

If you ask me, my favorite of the lot is Peace One Day (purple one – no surprise…) but Pink Stud intrigues me, a lot. Especially so when I am into this whole crimson eye phase as of now be it red liners, shadows or smokey cranberry looks. No thanks to being so drawn to (Orphan Black’s) Helena’s look though hers is a little more druggy-fied.

You get the drift.

So anyway, thanks for reading and if you’re up for some pastel fun or on the hunt for that perfect slick of red (as I am was), then do check these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners out!

CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners retail for S$16.90 each and are Limited Edition.

Available at select Watsons stores in Singapore.

As you would have guessed, I have a Look Feature coming up so keep a lookout for that!

 

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The After-Hours Chronicles of Lancôme's Artliners

Okay, I know I did mention in my earlier Lancôme post that when I obsess over some brands and recently used items I could talk about them all the time, non-stop, forever.

But I assure you that initially the plan to ramble on about Lancôme (for now) had stopped in the earlier post and I was all ready to start painting a new picture and ramble on about other stuff but as it turns out, I forgot to give some mention to the long-wearing ability of these Artliners, which rightfully is one of their selling points.

Thus, here I am checking in sheepishly to plop on some less-than-flattering close ups of my eye but hey, it’s all in a days work.

If you haven’t already checked it out, head over to see how these Artliners wear when they are all fresh and beautiful in my Lancôme Artliner Look Book feature.

Now, if you are ready, here is how a couple of them look after hours, which frankly isn’t bad. It’s just my mildly greasy skin and creased (lower lashline) liner that I am a little ashamed of.

Pretty good for 10 hours of wear, if I say so myself.

When everything else looks a little worn, fatigued and faded, these are still going strong with their pigmentation, sparkles and pristine shape! Check out the tips of my flick looking as sharp as they did when I first drew them on in the morning.

These definitely do live up to their claim of being long-wearing though I have a teeny tiny bit of a complaint, which I forgot to mention in earlier entries too.

Slight Con…

These ‘peel’ or ‘flake’ off because of their vinyl / film like quality that actually enables them to stick and hug the skin well. Though this also means that the best way to remove these would be to rub in one direction. This way, it prevents the little bits and pieces that ‘peel’ off from getting into your eyes. I am having a rather sensitive eye moment right now so little flecks that accidentally fall into my eye can irritate my eye a lot so I have noticed this and taken extra care during removal.

It isn’t totally a con because this is just how the formula is and most of the time our eye cleans itself out anyway but if your eyes are easily prone to irritation, you might want to take note of this.

So, with that said, I think I’ll put a lid on Lancôme on here for a bit. I still have a lot of Lancôme loving to give but I’ll shift the spotlight a little for now, alright?

Thanks for reading and if you haven’t checked out my recent Lancôme swatch-fests and look books, follow the links below!

Haul: the Two from THREE (Flash Performance Liner & Blush)!

I’ve heard nothing but raves and positive sentiments about THREE’s eyeliner products so when the opportunity presented itself, I just had to grab me some THREE products!

Special thanks to Eliza for hovering over the THREE counter snapping and swatching all their products for us! Aside from the liners, there is little news about the rest of their range (blushes, lipsticks etc) so while we were intrigued it’s all quite a mystery and hit-and-miss situation to us.

So with that, I settled with a very simple and humble haul of one eyeliner (cause I really don’t need anymore) and a blush – all of which have received some mentions online.

Better to be safe? Heh

Starting with the liner, named Flash Performance Eyeliner, these are raved to last well through the day and come in an assortment of lovely shades.

I exercised control and only picked up one from the eight colors available.

The THREE Flash Performance liners are pencil liners with a sponge-tip applicator on the reversed end to help with smudging and blending them out if you prefer.

The smudger was surprisingly dense and different from the usual sort that I am used to. This feels like a solid piece of rubber for some heavy duty smudging, instead of the foamy and soft sort I often see.

While I rarely smudge my liners with these, this time around the color I picked worked best drawn over the lids and then smudged out for a softer look.

The shade I picked is 07 Eye Doll, a medium…. well, I’m not sure how to describe.

It’s mostly olive but yet very neutral, has some gold reflects along with shimmery pink ones within. It’s generally neutral with a hint of murky along with shine.

In short, it’s beautiful; here see:

Aren’t those little flecks of pink just beautiful?

While it isn’t my usual deep dark shade for me to line my eyes with, or bold / bright enough to be used as an accent liner, this is lovely all the same and how I like to use it is messily drawn on then smudged out – gorgeous!

I promise you a LOTD one day though I’m guessing it’s not going to photograph as well and complex as it looks in person, which is sad. Though this shade is a true beauty, no doubt about that.

Another item that I threw caution to the wind and hauled would be the Color Veil for Cheeks.

I don’t know what made me want these THREE blushes given I’ve not heard much about these. Perhaps it’s curiosity?

Regardless what it is, I am glad I went ahead and picked this up because I love it, from the simple and sleek packaging to the color and the way it diffuses a flush on the cheeks. It’s so perfect!

The blush I have here is 19 Love Kick, quite a kick of color in comparison to the rest of THREE’s Color Veil shades available.

While this looks extremely bright and vibrant in the pan, what I like about the Color Veils is (as the name hints at) these go on like a soft veil on the skin. They are pigmented, but in a way that nicely diffuses color on the cheeks no matter what brush you use.

It’s beautiful, it’s delicate but yet it shows up. I can’t say enough about these and after my experience with Love Kick, I’m kicking myself for not picking up more!

Though I blame it on the lack of swatches online and inaccurate swatch images via THREE’s website. It makes it such a gamble to buy these Color Veils without seeing them in person!

In that hand swatch they are still swatched on rather heavily, here is how it looks (as a soft diffused flush) on the cheeks.

It’s so beautiful and hardly any blending is required for that soft look! If you’re a blush junkie, I highly urge you to give THREE’s Color Veil for Cheeks a look if you haven’t.

Of course, a good number of their Color Veils look relatively light in tone and Love Kick is one of their more pigmented and stronger ones, their target market is obviously for fairer skintypes. Though Love Kick would be able to show up nicely on skintones till about an NC 35 or maybe even 40 if you layer it a little!

It’s so soft and diffused it probably wouldn’t look patchy on either.

So that wraps up my first encounter, and certainly not the last, with THREE. I need more Color Veils in my life but I shall pace myself, perhaps give their lip products a little peek too in the mean while…

Thanks for reading!

Do you have anything you love from THREE to recommend?