Haul: Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo (in Nude #4)

I don’t actually know too much about these Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos and even when initial word of them got out, sure yes my interest was piqued, but no research-frenzy ocurred after.

Though even with all that said and done, I sit here with one Femme Nude Lip Stylo in hand (courtesy to Eliza for snagging it up in Brisbane!).

The purchase was a little bit ‘spur of the moment’ and a little bit ‘reminiscent of my nude lip loving days’, I believe those were probably the reasons why I ended up picking up this Nude Lip sensation even when nude colors aren’t something I gravitate towards much these days.

Launched in 6 varying ideals of nude, I picked up Nude #4 which I assumed would compliment my skin best.

Nude #4 is probably right there in the middle of the spectrum, a rosey nude with hints of pink in beige, to prevent the color from applying too dead.

Depending on your skintone, there are fairer pinks and browner beiges in the collection of 6 shades so there’s bound to be an ideal Nude for you. Though aside from that, you can choose to indulge in a bubble gum milky pink or perhaps go deeper with a mauvey neutral, unlike foundation nude lip colors are quite a thing of fun and you don’t have to stick with what’s best for your shade.

With a Paraben, Fragrance, Phthalate and Sulfate free formula, these Nude Lip Stylos are housed in a sleek darkened metalic tube that is typical of most Hourglass packaging.

I’m a little wary about how much the tip of it sticks out (yes you can’t retract that portion) because I tend to be a little clumsy and rushed with capping my lip products sometimes so I have to be careful not to smoosh this one up.

Though the up-side is that the refined tip allows for a slightly pointed (hurhur) application though you don’t always have to be too careful with nudes.

The retractable factor of this also makes it an ease to use because sharpening is not necessary.

Before I get on with swatches, I do want to rave about how lovely and sleek the packaging of this is.

In person, the tube is a little shorter than I had envisioned but it makes it pretty compact and cute. While it is, somewhat, a chubby lip pencil, Hourglass had done this in a very sleek and refined manner making this quite a pretty thing to whip out and touch up your lip color with.

Now, about the formula…

We all know that the perfect nude lip look is a combination of both the right tone of nude along with the texture and glide of the product. Anything too dry leaves you with ‘chalky’ lips and anything too balmy or greasy just looks unappealing.

So how did these fare?

Well, I would actually say they aren’t too bad on first slick. They are fairly soft with a nice slip and glide on the lips but at the same time, the texture of this is a little on the ‘dry’ side.

I know that description is probably confusing the heck out of you so let me take a moment to explain.

The Nude Stylos themselves, in terms of texture, feel nice and soft and do not tug on the lips with wear.

Perhaps it could be the warmer climate here but they have a nice slip straight on the lips without the need to ‘warm it up’, the tip glides on just fine and lays down color as it slicks over the lips.

Though the color, is where the ‘dry’ term of it comes in because it does initially apply a tiny bit patchy and would require some lip rubbing or maybe finger dabbing for the color to properly set and come off as a perfect nude lip.

It’s a common issue where nude lips are concerned so I wouldn’t write this down due to that as it does eventually become quite a lovely lip look once the color is all set.

The texture of this product seems to hug the lips quite closely, hence a nicely exfoliated and hydrated lip surface is a must. Though I quite like how the color hugs the lips because it almost appears like a ‘second-skin’, but in a lip form of course.

It’s quite hard to describe so here, swatches.

While it isn’t the overly creamy and balmy sort of a texture, it is melty and soft all the same, hence the slight ‘dent’ in shape of the tip after one application

As mentioned, while it has slip it is of a thinner formula allowing it to give a very natural lip-like apperance instead of a plushed look that certain more buttery and balmy consistencies would give.

While it wouldn’t hurt if this was somehow a tad more hydrating and plush on, I think that for what it is worth, it is a pretty good performer for the nude realm! If you are a nude lip lover these are certainly worth checking out given you should be no stranger to prepping and hydrating your lips for nude shades.

While there is a little way before this is perfect, it’s still pretty darn nice and I’m glad nude lips are having some proper appreciation these days! I remember, back in the day, finding that perfect nude was such a rare occurence!

These Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos are not available in Singapore (as of now), but you can get them from Hourglass.com. I believe they are permanent.

Thanks for reading!

New: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Info)

Hello!

This is essentially a press-post, where I drone on about the product information and details soo it could get a wee bit lengthy but if you wish to find out more about the science behind the product and understand how it ticks, then read on!

I feel, for something as fresh and new to the scene as this, it is a good idea to do a little introduction before I spam you with too-close-for-comfort images of my lips / cheeks and whatnot.

I have been anticipating this launch for awhile, since I got word about it through a hush hush super sneak preview. Even then, when it was all dressed down in unassuming lab sample tubes with the shade names printed in generic fonts and stuck on it, it ha already wow-ed me with the impressive formula and intensity.

Now that it is finally out and ready to be revealed to the world, I can’t wait to share – the information and also snaps of the product!

All that, that I am refering to is the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush – an all-new dual colour play hybrid innovation.

A new beauty revolution, YSL continues on with their Baby Doll persona (p.s. Baby Doll is a famed YSL fragrance) – a representation of a cheeky, fun yet saucy YSL-sort of lass that prances about in bright spring hues yet gets serious with a sharp red pout; all this, with the help of the new YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush.

Deceptively candid, naturally sophisticated, always spontaneous. She confidently proclaims her infidelity to her lipstick and blush, happily giving in to the pleasure of playing a double game with a touch of luminous, matte color on her lips and her cheeks. In one flourish, she brazenly blushes, radiating a hot orange of a feverishly libertine red.

Covering the lip and cheek spectrum in 12 wearable and workable shades, the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush aims to play up the YSL Baby Doll’s seductiveness, revealing new facets of her personality as easily as switching up her lip or cheek color.

Kiss Your Cheeks, Blush Your Lips

A fusion of two technologies – foundation and lipstick, this innovative new air-whipped formula (with two patents pending) combines a sensual color-diffusion complex and a blend of pigments for color harmony that perfectly compliments and adheres to both the skin and lips.

After all, we know what sometimes works for one spot on the face might not work just as well for the other. That is what makes these multi-purpose lip / cheek products so tricky to work with sometimes.

Though that isn’t the case with the airy texture of the Kiss & Blush, as it melds perfectly on lips and skin alike – a velvety soft veil with a matte luminosity that sits / blends well as a lip color or cheek blush.

AIR WHIPPED COLOR DIFFUSION COMPLEX

The secret behind the unique formula of this, from texture to pigmentation and how it works, is:

  • A light-diffusing gel – a special structure that enables the formula to easily blend and evenly diffuse light for a finish that lends both a matte and yet luminious look. This highly concentrated gel creates a velvety texture that can properly carry the desire color intensity for a light-weight, yet fresh and vibrant pop effect.
  • Oils and balancing powders – These ensure the comfort and long-wear of this formulation, making it feel light-weight and non-existent on the skin through the day. The color stays put while remaining matte and radiant, without the grease!
  • Pure pigments enhanced with micropearls lightly tinged with pink – Maximizing the radiance of each complexion and offering a vibrant yet satin finish.

Patented Applicator

The high performance formula is matched with a unique, multi-purpose patented applicator. Uniquely designed with a hidden pearl applicator in its centre, this flexible bead helps caress the lips and cheeks in a rapid and precise manner – smoothing the color while depositing it at the same time.

The meticulously shaped tip allows for precision, giving a defined outline for the lips while the wells in the centre deposits enough colors for the cheeks, with no excess.

The 12 Match & Match Shades

Available in 12 versatile and radiant shades, these 12 airy-light playful temptations are a family of color harmonies built around the 4 emblematic YSL shades – Red, Fuschia, Orange and Pink.

According to YSL, here are how the 12 shades are categorized to suit whichever YSL Baby Doll persona you wish to emulate.

N°1 Fuchsia Désinvolte, N°2 Rose Insolent, N°3 Rose Libre

N°4 Orange Fougueux, N°5 Rouge Effronté, N°6 Rouge Libertine

N°7 Corail Affranchi, N°8 Pink Hédoniste, N°9 Rose Épicurien

N°10 Nude Insolent, N°11 Prune Impertinente, N°12 Moca Garçonne

Apart from matching your lips and cheeks with the same shade (which is the textbook way of applying makeup), YSL encourages their Baby Doll to be playful and have fun mixing it up.

The 12 Kiss & Blush shades combine endlessly to create looks that focus on contrasts. For fun and surprise, Lloyd Simmons (YSL’s International Makeup Artist) had paired together some duos for sublime color shocks that are irresistibly YSL.

Instead of just showing the names on here, I think I’ll swatch them up in an up-coming full out swatchfest with these little babies so… keep a look out for that?

Preview Snaps & Swatches

In the meanwhile, here’s a quick snap / swatch of 9 out of the 12 Baby Doll Kiss & Blush shades. These aren’t the ones I have on hand but rather the ones I previewed earlier on so while a couple of shades are missing here, I will cover those in my follow-up post!

Thank you Mag for your hand and hand-swatch!

And
here’s a peek at the ones that I do have on hand (hurhur, punny?) and you can expect swatches of!

These cute little polish-looking bottles really are revolutionizing the lip and cheek beauty scene. While, in a sense, this whole velvet-y smooth texture isn’t the first of its kind, or at least not too discernible from similar textures I have felt before, the fusion of the lip and cheek aspect, along with the way it works makes it so novel and cool.

It is definitely one product that would be quick to scale the rungs of cult, reaching some holy grail status akin to the almighty Touche Éclat, I’m guessing.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush will retail for S$50 a pop at all YSL counters – launching in April or May, I’m not too certain which.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more pictorials of these beauties!

Spring-time Glossiness! What's to come!

I may be a few springs too late but… it’s spring time nonetheless and better late than never, yes?

What I’ve noticed is after the glitz and glam of the Winter / Holiday collections, everything gets a lot lighter, brighter and sheerer come spring.

If you favor lipglosses, you would have been pretty pleased with all the revamps that brands have been doing to their lipgloss line – amping up the formula, stylizing a cute and practical applicator etc.

While lipglosses are still glosses – sheer, translucent and glossy – they have come quite far with modern day technology and sure don’t feel / smell like the same glosses I’ve seen on my mom’s vanity back in the day!

Anyway, what I am trying to say is… while I may have skipped over mentioning some of these glosses at their launch, I feel they deserve a little word all the same because after all, while I don’t reach for glosses as much these days, I can’t deny that they were my stepping stone to dressing my lips up!

Shh, don’t tell my secondary school teachers but I loved to pop on some sheer gloss just before school started. I guess that’s the beauty of it, you can get away with a slick of gloss even in school, not that I am advocating it but… yeah.

Stay tuned for these glossy mentions!

I know they aren’t new (aside from the YSL) and you can head over to counters to swatch it for yourself etc, but sometimes some blog mentions ignite my interest in existing / permanent products all the same so I hope these overviews will do the same!

Thanks for reading!

p.s. incase you notice a cute little icon around on out-going links (like this), it is an indication that these out-going links will open in a new window / tab depending on your browser setting! It’s a small random addition but I thought it would be quite spiffy to have these around incase you’re wondering what links open where and don’t want to override your current window.

p.p.s. I didn’t include the little icons for the side-bars else they’ll be all over the place! In current / newer entries, pictures will no longer be clickable while you will see little arrows beside images in 2013 and earlier entries because I can’t go sorting my entire archive and those open in a window.

Nothing’s going wrong, don’t worry!