Look Feature: Getting Silly With MAC (& Some Dipdown Lovin’)

How often is it that you come across a hot hawt pink that has so many tendencies to go wrong yet goes on absolutely perfect.

Granted to say you’ll need some pretty good lip condition, the right range of skintone as well as the guts to pull it off but it’s a beautiful pink nonetheless.

Not one you’ll see me reaching for on a daily basis but when I feel up for a little more fun and my pinks just aren’t up to the job because they’re not bubble-gummy fun and bright enough then it’s MAC’s Silly to the rescue.

This post actually spun out from a lip swatch shot where I figured I quite liked what I had on the rest of my face and in the face (hurhur) of a color like Silly, it’s one that is best viewed from a distance to see how it ties in with the rest of the look so… Look Feature, why not.

I didn’t really have anything else from my mix of MAC is Beauty items to feature alongside Silly, or rather it didn’t cross my mind since it was suppose to solely be a lip swatch so here you are seeing Silly all alone in it’s own glory.

Well, somewhat alone.

Cause while I’m at it with MAC, I figured why not share my current obsession that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in the recent scope of things.

Why?

Because it’s not new nor is it recently repromoted amidst the slew of Fluildines but it’s something I’ve come to learn about recently (through Mag) and really grown to love – the MAC Fluidline in Dipdown but get this… for my brows!

Yes, brows.

Evidently that’s what the internet raves about it for. Though it is a mighty awesome deep brown liner in itself but you know me, I love my sleek black flicks so I think this gets more love from me as a brow liner.

Especially so when my hair is a little darker these days and most of the brow stuff I was using are a little light in tone now.

It took some getting used to in both the shade and also the formula (because using a gel pot for the brows is a totally new thing to me) but once I got the hang of it, you could say that I’m downright obsessed right now.

Though of course, as with the makeup realm, love for a product is real but obsession can be fleeting so before I get distracted and hung up on another new and upcoming brow product I thought I would give this its deserving mention first and urge you to go check Dipdown out (for brows) if you’re up for a duo-purpose product that fills your brows and also lines yours eyes! Ha!

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A bitt’o Rambles…

So anyway, that’s about it!

I’m not very sure how I fared in this post and I hope that it’s largely legible, such that the text makes sense and it isn’t too rambly, because I feel like I’m caught in a bit of a word block again these days and my brain just isn’t co-operating.

Not just with the blog but work and all.. it’s like my mind is always on sleep-mode and I can’t boot it up, ha.

It could be added stress from work given the crazy deadlines these days and also tiring home situations because baby’s been extra cranky these days from both the testy-toddler phase and also the pretty bad flu and cough strain she had contracted from school (she’s in Nursery 1 now).

But on a happier note, I’m glad I still managed to ramble something out and just talk to you guys about it. Rambling and ranting on here makes me feel better, somewhat, even though sometimes words fail me and sentences aren’t what I hope they would be I hope you guys enjoy reading nonetheless!

Leaving this off, I’ll have 2 more MAC is Beauty looks to put up and I hope to get them up within the month of June because July is going to be one exciting month!

Trust me, it’s going to be good! :)

Thanks for reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thanks for reading!

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

This is Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

All I Want For Christmas Is…

More lippies!

Well not exactly, but where makeup is concerned you really can’t go wrong with more lip products, right?

Unlike foundation or eyeshadow even, you don’t (or at least I don’t) feel this sense of guilt when you acquire another, even before you finish up any from the mountain that you currently have.

With the multitude of lip options available, from shades to finishes and textures, I think lip items are things I don’t mind having more, more and moarrrr of because they’re so easy to use, to change up, and to swap around that even having 100 at a go feels justifiable.

Am I the only one who thinks this way?

What’s more these lippies here are miniatures! All the better to finish up and feel good about it, right? Though truth be told I think they’re too darn cute to use!

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Long story short my beauty pals (Beauty Anonymous girls, Sophia & Mabel – Eliza, you’re missed!) and I did a gift exchange and somehow the bulk of the gifts ended up being lip products.

Apparently we’re on the same wavelength where makeup usage is concerned, heh! When in doubt, lips.

So anyway, let me digress to a shot of the night with the girls (and the gifts – pre-opening).

Back to this, this post is just a quick look at some of the items we had gift-swapped.

It’s a pointless entry, really, given I didn’t manage the time to swatch them for this or haven’t used many of them so I don’t have thoughts to share but I was shooting these for the fun of documenting it, while they’re still pristine, and thought why not just do a share-post.

In a way it also serves as a bit of an announcement that you’ll be seeing these lip products mentioned in LOTDs to come! Or if I feel so strongly about any of them I’ll dedicate a whole Look Feature / Review to them.

I am so excites, I can’t wait to slather them on! It helps that I haven’t tried any of these lip products prior – not the Melted Kisses (have been meaning too), not the Fresh balms (have been meaning to too), nor the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks (have been lusting over them).

Let’s have a look!

 

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This miniature set truly is very miniature but even then, each bullet is beautifully done and doesn’t feel cheapy in any way given the smaller size of them.

It’s one of those things that’ll be really cute to hang on a Christmas tree (hence the ribbon) if I had one!

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The shades are simple and iconic ones from their Permanent line.

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Left to Right: Penelope Pink, So Marilyn, Bitch Please

Next are Fresh lip balms!

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Would you believe that I’ve never tried these given the amount of love this has received online?

I don’t know why but I know I’ve been meaning to, just that I never got around to it and I’m glad I can give these minis a go before deciding if I’m in the rave camp or the meh camp.

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SuperDry Lip Crayon! I had no idea this brand did makeup, with such cute sporty chic packaging at that, and I love the shade that was picked out for me!

Despite its scary outlook, the product is actually a balmy sheer wash of color that’s great (and easy) to wear naturally or to layer over lip colors to change their hue.

It feels really moisturizing on as well!

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This little Too Faced Melted Kisses set makes me so happy!

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Mainly because I’ve been considering these myself and the question is always, which color to get without getting them all? So this set perfect answers that!

You have a nude, a soft pink, a vibrant fuchsia and a much needed red. It’s perfecto!

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So that’s all the lip loving going around this Christmas from my end (from the girls) and while I don’t know about myself but I will say, for the girls at least, that I think we know each other and each other’s makeup preferences very, very well!

:D

Do share, what are some of your beauty gifts this year? Or what are some beauty gifts you have given?

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Thanks for reading!

 

In Some Dior News…

Okay, one more (forrealz), before I go!

I am mass churning these out in pictorial style because they are all already out and about (in Singapore) so it’s best I get word of them out first before I return from Japan a week later and it’s suchhhh old news.

Though yes, I do know that most of the time I am trailing and jogging behind makeup news, a little breathless and a heaving heap of mess but… for once, I shall run along with the masses?

Wait up for me!

So anyway, you’ve seen pictures of these, you’ve probably heard a lot about them, especially because the makeup scene was abuzz with news of these interesting Dior Lip products.

Is it a lipgloss? No.

Is it a lipstick? No.

Is it a lipstain? Not really…

So what exactly are these?

Dior calls them Fluid Sticks, I call them awesomely glossy and pigmented lips in a swipe!

If juicy translucent jelly lips that pack quite a punch are your thang, then pop by your nearest Dior counter right now to grab these up!

Available in an array of 16 colors, this water-based (yes, you heard right) lip formula is made to slide on moist and cool on your lips and leave a close hug of glossy pigmentation as the water evaporates with wear, leaving you a dense layer of color and shine.

I know the first question on many people’s minds would be how these compare to the YSL Glossy Stain. Well, off-hand (and this is really pre-mature), my impression would be these run a little thicker (but they’re still runny in comparison to glosses) and aren’t as aqueous as the Glossy Stains but the eventual ‘dry down’ feel of a dense balmy layer feels very similar.

I’ll give you more thoughts / information about these along with a proper swatch and showcase to come.

Though in the meanwhile here’s a little selfie of how Artifice (one of the 4 IT colors), a vivid orange-red, wears on me. To give you an idea of how they wear, with lovely pigmention and a jelly shine.

I don’t care that we don’t have ‘seasons’ here but these are so perfect for that whole summer-gloss makeup trend, especially so for people who don’t typically like glosses! Ahem ahem, me.

As I said, this is a quick touch and go, so I hope the pictures themselves serve as a good feast in the meanwhile.

Lips aside, after Dior had successfully launched their Gel Top Coat (not actually a gel, but gives that plush glossy effect), it was only a matter of time before they infused that same glossy long-wearing quality into their usual line-up.

Well, that time is here as Dior is doing an overhaul and replacing all their current Dior Vernis with a new and improved formula – the Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel.

I’ve only got one of these babies swatched, in one of the 4 ‘IT’ Colors (complementing the Fluid Stick range), but I’ll give the rest a go once I get back!

Though in the meanwhile, you can head on down to a Dior counter (I recommend the Backstage Studio at ION) and give these a swatch to see how glossy and plush they are!

Do approach the sales assistants before hand to check if what they have are stocks of the new Gel Effect polishes as they are in the midst of replacing the range and it could get a little confusing for them and us alike.

So, did I do this in record time? A quick lowdown of what’s new at Dior right now.

I have some word of the Summer collection to share too but… I think I’ll save that for when I’m back. I feel like I’m running the clock here because I still have a whole luggage to pack so ciao for now!

Again, don’t forget to catch me on instagram if you would like to see glimpses of my trip!

My Marc Jacobs Beauty Haul (From 2013) – Part 2

It took a while inbetween but here’s the second part to my Marc Jacobs beauty purchase – this Lovemarc Lip Gel that I had added to cart, along with my nail polish purchases.

I had no intention of picking this up and I was solely fixed on the nail polishes. Though out of curiosity, I chanced upon a swatch of this stunning Lip Gel and into the cart it went…

Thinking back, I’m glad it did!

Marc Jacobs’s Lip Gels are made with a unique gel formula though don’t let that trick you into thinking these colors are sheer because most of them are anything but!

Available in 16 shades, ranging from nudes to pinks and the classic reds, I had somehow fallen for the plummy deep and vampy Saboteur.

Here’s an interesting trivia: Marc Jacobs’s lip gels have names inspired by the man’s favorite movies and Saboteur happens to be this really cool vintage one with murders, fires and all that thrilling stuff!

This is besides the point, but fun to know.

Lovemarc’s packaging is, needless to say, very sleek and these lipsticks snap to a magnetic closure. The case is a glossy black with metalic touches that give it an overall polished look.

Saboteur exudes its charm once swatched, so while it doesn’t look like much from the tube, do read / scroll on!

In the tube, Saboteur appears to be a brown-toned deep red that while dark, isn’t too interesting to the eye.

Though once swatched, the hidden plummy and vampy tones show through making this an interesting and special color for those who like to thread a little on the wild side.

it’s a little cool-toned and while it imparts a rich color, it isn’t too bright, making it easy to wear.

The slight plummy undertone gives this lipstick a soft vampy edge, just enough vamp to spice up a look without falling into the boundaries of gothic and being ‘over the top’. A very classy sort of vampy, if you ask me.

Swatched alongside true reds, you’ll be able to see that plum undertone show through a tad more.

I think the true beauty of this shows up best when worn on the lips.

The gel formula allows the Lip Gel to glide smoothly over the lips with enough slip yet enough tact to prevent any feathering or unwanted slip / sliding from occurring.

The Lovemarcs are easy to apply, even for the dark or the bright shades and while the pigmentation is intense, there is that gel-like translucence to these that make them wear so easily over the lips – blending in almost so, unlike some creams, they don’t ‘sit‘ on the lips.

Paired with dark hair, Saboteur seems to really give the overall look the perfect kick and the added strands of purple highlights are delightfully vampy toppings on this otherwise already great combination!

I didn’t get to try it with blonde locks and while I think it would be a great look too, it would exude its own flavor.

There you go, that’s it for my Marc Jacobs haul for now!

I do have a couple more things in mind that I want to get but at the same time I’m not in too much of a hurry to acquire them so I would likely wait for them to hit our shores and give everything a good swatch before deciding!

I hope this helps if you’re planning a Lovemarc shopping list! Just for the information, these Lip Gels retail for 30USD on Marc Jacobs.

Thanks for reading!

Haul: NARS Future Red (from Guy Bourdin collection)

Remember NARS’s tie-up with Guy Bourdin?

The collection with the whole hooha controversy?

Well yes, good, because I hauled one little item from there and am only talking about it now, oops. Though it isn’t much really, it’s just a red lipstick that I absolutely had to have because it’s such a lovely red.

Now, I don’t want to get into the whole controversial aspect of the Guy Bourdin collection because at the end of the day, I view this collection as makeup and simply makeup. Obviously I wouldn’t support violence on women but at the same time the works that were chosen to be featured were works that Guy Bourdin had done in his time, as his own form of artistic expression (as we do with makeup) without knowing they would end up being pushed into a commercial collection so…

Guess what I’m trying to say is no matter how, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and choices and by buying one lone lipstick it doesn’t mean I’m saying that I support violence on woman, that’s rubbish.

So much for me saying I didn’t want to get into it…

So anyway, Future Red.

There’s a good amount of raves over this color and yes indeed, it is a stunning red.

Though I will admit, I liked it a lot more before I bought it, apparently…

Future Red seems to be of a satin finish – not quite a matte and definitely not a glossy shiny red. It applies well and easily on the lips with a glide though what I noticed with this lipstick, on me, is that it seems to feather a tiny insey winsey bit.

It’s odd because everywhere I read, everyone loves this. Also because I hardly have any feathering issues with my lipsticks – ever. Unless that lipstick was born to migrate or something, that is.

So the idea of this lovely red not staying sharp, sleek and in my lip line baffles me a little.

Thankfully I don’t get clown lips from this and regardless I still use it since the feathering is so minor I can overlook it.

After all, it is a lovely, almost-perfect red!

For comparison sake, I had to swatch it alongside my other reds.

It is when they’re all swatched together, as such, on my skintone that I noticed Future Red isn’t actually that deep or rich a red – I do favor deep reds with a slight vampy edge, my weakness.

It’s actually a little more everyday, almost, which is peculiar given how it seemed to be so rich and bold when viewed alone.

It is more of a mid-tone red without the richer and deeper bases as with Majella or YSL’s Mats so it works well for a fun and perky red lip that is ‘light’ enough to wear through the day.

Nonetheless, I love reds and I don’t mind another in my stash. Though don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful color all the same and deserves merit for that, though for those of you who didn’t manage to get your hands on Future Red, you can always seek out YSL’s Pur Couture lip color in 203 if you want something slightly similar with a bit more depth!

Do share, what are some of your favorite reds?

Thanks for reading!

Upcoming: Anna Sui Lip Crayon for Spring!

If you’re not over the chubby pencil / lip crayon phase, you would be pleased to know that Anna Sui is rolling out some beautifully packaged (what’s new) lip crayons for Spring 2014.

Thing is, I’ve never noticed these Anna Sui lip crayons and as it turns out, it’s a not a new thing to the brand as Anna Sui had released some lip crayons last Spring as well.

Though the ones you see here are new shades in a newer packaging, isn’t it just gorgeous?

I haven’t seen this for myself and I’m not even sure we will have it here but I can bet that they’ll be smelling of Rose, mmmm!

Available in three shades, I don’t know how opaque or sheer these would go on but if it’s anything like their previously released Lip Crayons, they should be decently pigmented!

Currently it is only spotted at Urban Outfitter’s website but fingers crossed that we’ll see this in person at Anna Sui counters soon?

I’ve got my eye on that lovely Coral Pink!

Thanks for reading! How do you feel about these Anna Sui Lip Crayons? Tried the earlier releases?