YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil Look Book (& Spicing These Up With An Ombre Lip)!

Hello!

I’m back again with one more lip Look Book and in this entry, I’m shifting my attention from the pow-wow and intensely pigmented to bring to you something with more of a focus on nourishing and conditioning the lips yet without letting up on performance at  the same time!

Introducing the YSL Tint in Oils! 

And using the word ‘introducing’ is quite appropriate as well since this is the Tint in Oils first solo appearance on my blog!

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I want to say that these are fairly new… but they were launched sometime last year maybe? So they’re not all that fresh to the shelves either.

Though all things considered, they are a fresh new line within YSL and not a sub-category or expansion to an existing range.

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While Look Book mentions are meant to be brief and picture-focused, I want to some time to introduce and describe these Tint in Oils because it’s likely I wouldn’t have another as -appropriate situation to do so. 

What’s more, given that this product has a skincare (or rather lip care?) element to it, it’s worth the added explanations of what goes inside and what they do. 

 

The Tint & The Oil –

Putting it simply, the Tint in Oils are – as the name goes – a tint suspended within a blend of 4 different lip conditioning oils. 

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The oils within are: apricot kernel oil, coriander seed oil, jojoba seed oil and possiflora edulis seed oil, which essentially is passion fruit but okay YSL, possiflora edulis it is.

They (the oils) all meld together harmonious to provide a formula that melts and envelops the lips once swatched on.

Even though it sounds rather intensive to have 4 sorts of oils in there, this still feels relatively lightweight on with and a smooth and emollient balmy feel to the lips.

I don’t sense any tackiness (given my general intolerance to even the slightest of tacks be it in glosses or skincare) and I’m quite a fan of applying this simply because the process just invokes a very nourishing and luxurious experience. 

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That’s just all the moisture and hydration aspects covered, we’ve not talked about the Tint just yet!

The Tint in Oils are available in 8 shades, if I recall right, varying in hue and intensity depending on the shade you’ve picked. Though for a product focused on lip care, I’ll say it doesn’t disappointed in the area of performance either as they (the ones tI’ve ried at least) seem to show up quite well once worn on the lips. 

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They provide a decent and natural hue of color –  buildable, I’ve noticed  – and that comes with a nice glossy shine that provides that perfect watery lip look. It’s most ideal for those banking into that translucent yet pouty, pigmented yet clear and natural sort of a look. 

What’s more since the hues come from a tint, tints are known to have a staining effect even after wearing off anddthese do have a little bit of that. 

The staining, I mean. 

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Stain aside, because it’s such a mild wash of color, this product wears for about 3-4 hours and surely would not survive food or drinks. Though for a lip conditioning product, I wouldn’t have expected anything more since these are focused on hydration and wouldn’t come with an ‘adhesive’ component which is usually leaves the lips a little sapped of moisture. 

Re-applying this isn’t a concern for me, given that the experience is joyful and the product is a beauty to whip out for touch ups!

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YSL describes the Tint in Oils as a bespoke lip color because of the translucence to it as well as the varied ways that tints warm up to and develop on everyone. 

While there is a certain ‘base’ color to each of the 8 shades available, they have a tendency to show up differently on everyone.

On me these show up well and build up easily to an intense (but still watery and translucent) hue. Though, just as explained, how it shoes up on me may not be the case for you so it’s best to give these a swatch before your purchase!

That said, let’s have a look at the 2 shades I have!

 

Tint in Oil in #5 Cherie My Cherry

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This was swatched ‘normally’, where I apply product to both the top and the bottom lip, like I typically would when I am applying gloss or liquid lipstick.

In a way it’s considered one layer without deliberately trying to build the color up.

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Tint in Oil in #7 Crush Me Orange

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Like Cherie My Cherry above, this too was also 1 coat applied to both the upper and lower lips without deliberately trying to build the color up.

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I have also noticed that for the Tint in Oils, upon initial application they may go on clear and almost colorless but if you leave it to settle and warm up on your lips for a little bit (it’s really quick, a couple seconds?) that’s when the color seems to develop and start to show up.

So don’t get startled if it goes on colorless the second you apply because you need to let it have some time to work.

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I know this Look Book post is getting quite lengthy and comprehensive that I should just label it a review, but for the sake of uniformity let’s just call this a really in-depth Look Book.

So aside from simply showing how these swatch alone, which frankly is fine and beautiful if glossy and watery sheers like that are what you’re looking for, YSL’s Makeup Artist Zona had taught me a little trick to spice these up should you want the same nourishing and deep conditioning benefits but yet also want a little color and a more playful twist to the look.

Cue, the Lip Ombre trend!

I know this trend has been making it rounds and I’ve since slipped out of being obsessed about it but the Tint in Oils make it easy to revisit because of the look of watery suspended color. Now all you need is a more intense lip color as your ombre and voila!

I snapped a step-by-step while I attempted this look on my own, so have a look!

 

The Ombre Option

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First you apply a really sheer coat of the Tint in Oil. I require mine to be sheer because they seem to develop quite strongly on my lips.

If you’d really like to further strengthen the ombre effect, you may even dab some concealer or face powder on your lips before going in with the Tint in Oil.

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Next up, pick your ombre-ed color and for this look I used YSL’s Pur Couture The Mat in 208 (as seen here).

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Dab it on the inner portions of your lips. Pardon the blurry picture but apparently my camera, too, felt it was too unglam a sort of shot to focus on, ha.

And….

Voila!

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I always forgot how much I really do like the look of ombre lips till I bother to attempt them again.

Something about it is so effortlessly casual yet still made up at the same time and I’m glad that I now have the Tint in Oils to help make achieving this look that much easier!

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So phew, that is that for the YSL Lip Look Book Series that I had in mind!

Actually.. I do have the Gloss Voluptes on hand too, from awhile back when they were first introduced I believe, but given how I’m not too huge of a gloss fan and I wouldn’t have much to say (and also, frankly the lack of time to do those looks up) I decided to pass on including them within this Series.

Though if anyone is still interested to know what I feel about the Gloss Voluptes and see looks / swatches of the ones I’ve got, you can drop me a note and I would gladly do it up for you at a later date!

And there ya go!

 

I’m sorry if the recent posts just aren’t quite ‘the same’ in a way. I’m not sure if I’m the only one feeling it but I’ve been going in and out of that writers block situation again but didn’t want to compromise on cutting down mentions I want to post and things I wanted to talk about so I really squeeze out whatever little writing capacity I have in the block to put stuff out and I hope they’re still coherent and not overly rambly!

Though I think it’s a bit late for this one… this one’s in rambly boundaries already so I’m going to wrap it up now!

 

Thanks for reading!

YSL’s Tint in Oil retails for S$45 and is available at YSL counters and boutiques.

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YSL Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain & Pop Water Look Book!

Hey guys!

So real quick, here’s the low down about YSL’s Glossy Stains!

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I’m dashing about a little hurriedly with this post because time’s a little tight so I hope I manage to do these Glossy Stains some justice and feature / mention them well because they are amazing products and I can’t even put to words how much I adore them.

It’s not often that you chance upon a product that’s rich in pigmentation and intensity, has a cool aqueous formula, goes on with a high shine and wears like da bomb at the same time!

That’s a lot of boxes ticked! Though the question now is whether these boxes are the ones on your list. 

Though for those not too fond of intensely pigmented lips, YSL had you guys in mind and recently launched the Pop Water edition to the Glossy Stains line up.

I’ll share more about this new segregation but simply put, they’re more neutral, natural and a lot softer in hue with more translucence. 

The mildly confusing aspect is that while it’s rightfully a considered ‘sub-category’ within the Glossy Stain overview, they’re still grouped together and lumped together with their naming system (aka numbers I never remember) the main way to tell them apart. 

That and the shade once you swatch it of course.

But eitherways, we’ll get to that! And it’s likely not so complex – you go to the store, you see, you swatch, you like, you buy. Ha!

 

Glossy Stain

First, let me talk about the full-on intense Glossy Stains. The Classics, as I like to refer to them as right now. 

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These days, it’s increasingly common to marry glossiness with pigmentation but I feel I haven’t chanced upon a product that checks all the boxes that the Glossy Stains do.

It’s usually glossy and pigmented but not quite staining, or staining and pigmented but not too glossy.

Somehow if they manage to get glossy, staining and pigmentation down, it doesn’t carry the same watery and cool texture that the Glossy Stains have.

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So… Yes I’m rambling now but I find that these are truly quite unique.

I wish I had more hues to showcase but of my stash, I only have 2 – a bold red and a vampy aubergine-red.

Glossy Stain in #9 Rouge Laque

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Glossy Stain in #33 Bourgogne Artistique

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Glossy Stain Pop Water

Now, after all that pigmentation and intensity, let’s dial it down a notch to something more natural and much softer.

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Much as I’m always singing praises about intense color and pigmentation – because ultimately those are best to dress up a look and easiest to showcase without saying much – complementing neutrals are still a nice and easy option within the stash.

Especially for days where you want just a hint of color to wrap up the look but don’t quite going for the big and bold.

Though… As a personal opinion, I’ll say that the shade of Pop Water I have, while pretty and soft, is perhaps a little too neutral and natural for my liking.

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Sure it’s a perfect shade for the weekends, and I do use this quite oft  then, but my logic when it comes to the Glossy Stains is go big or go home.

Well, maybe you don’t have to go that big but while super natural tones are lovely I feel they’re not the most representative of the prowess these Glossy Stains hold.
Nonetheless, to each their own and while I don’t love this, I can see why some might.

All that said and done, I do enjoy this time to time. 

Glossy Stain in Pop Water #203 Eau de Corail

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That’s that for the Glossy Stains! I know I ended up rambling a little more than intended, oops, but I had some opinions that came to mind and felt I should include them.

Hope you guys don’t mind a bit of that, heh!

I’ll be wrapping up the lip Look Books with the YSL Tint in Oils in the next post! I expect that one to be a tad more informative than the lip postings I’ve been doing this far because that’s a rather new ‘mention’ to my blog but… We’ll get to that.

Meanwhile, thanks for reading!
P.s. Was a little time strapped but I’ll update the price again in a bit!

YSL Pur Couture & Pur Couture The MATS Look Book!

Hello again!

Somehow amidst the mayhem this week, that is both work (madness, pure madness at work) and social-life-catching-up, I’ve managed to squeeze this post out – Yay!

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Though, I know Look Book entries aren’t that difficult to do up because ultimtely the pictures are the point of the post and if anything the rambles that go with are a lot more casual and easier to put together. As opposed to indepth review mentions or info-posts where I have to source the right information with a bit of pressure to stream them together in a summarised, informative, yet still interesting to read manner… I’m sure you get what I mean.

But anyway, before I get too caught up with rambling about nothing in particular here, here’s the Rouge Pur Coutures!

 

Rouge Pur Couture

If you’re all strapped up and ready for a rollercoaster ride down some serious pigmentation, serious intensity and smooth glide of color then the Pur Couture is just the thing for you!

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This lip range from YSL is all about standing out, being loud and wearing your lip color strong.

Though I’m guessing there are some wearable and more neutral shade offerings within the Pur Couture range, if you’re not the biggest fan of bold and strong colors but still want to own something from the Pur Couture range, though my biased bold lip self is thinking, pfft just go for the gold!

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Or in this case, go for the bold!

 

Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge

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Pur Couture in 13 Le Orange

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It appears that Le Orange seems to capture a little more red in hue as opposed to how it looks in person (which leans a little warmer and more orange, but still generally red-toned) but it’s definitely a brighter and ‘livelier’ shade than Le Rouge above!

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Pur Couture in 19 Fuchsia

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Pur Couture the MATS

Now if the Pur Couture and their intense pigmentation just isn’t cutting it with the edge for you or maybe because you’re not a fan of things with a hint of shine then the Mats are a beautiful option to look to!

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As  mentioned in my Lip Lowdown entry, it’s not the sort of matte that saps away all hint of moisture on your lips and accentuates your lip lines in an unflattering manner. It’s still a largely creamy and slightly radiant lip look.

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It starts out with a hint of shine, somewhat like a satin, but does set with wear to more of a matte (as we know it) finish. Though still with a creamy look so it’s still comfortable on without much maintenance with wear.

Some hydration will be sacrificed with this option, as opposed to the Pur Couture, but it’s all in the greater good of a satin-ish matte finish, yes?

 

Pur Couture the MATS in 203 Rouge Rock

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Pur Couture the MATS in 208 Fuchsia Fetiche

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If you’ve noticed, I’m trying to skip write ups for individual shades because that would easily turn these Look Book entries into an essay but I just have to say that I absolutely love this color.

It’s my new favorite love for bold lip days because it’s that perfect shade that sits between pink and red whereby it’s a little playful but still classic (somewhat) and importantly, it’s one of those complexion brightening hues – major love!

Plus I can’t resist a creamy matte finish!

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So that’s it for the pow-wow Pur Couture range!

This is a Look Book post with a whole lot of vibrance, drama, and intensity and I don’t think that’s going to die down anytime soon with my next post about the YSL Glossy Stains but I think I’ll be turning it down a notch or rather winding it down a little within that post so keep a look out for that!

Meanwhile, I hope this was informative and also inspires you to pick up that bold red / pink / coral / purple lipstick tomorrow and rock a TGIF bold lip look!

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Pur Couture (and the MATS) retail for S$49 each

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YSL Rouge Voluptes & Shines Look Book!

Hello everyone!

So the wheels are really reaaaally picking up this week at work and it doesn’t help that I didn’t manage time to schedule these lip spam entries ahead of time so fingers crossed I manage to get all the lip Look Books I have in mind up on time!

The saving grace is that these entries are a lot more visual since most of what has to be said about the product has already been mentioned in my YSL Lip Lowdown / Breakdown post (read if you haven’t!) but I’ll still revisit a couple of points within these posts, just because.

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Rouge Voluptes

So, firstly, the Rouge Voluptes.

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I can’t speak for all but I think a good number of people I know first set foot into YSL’s Lip Realm via the Rouge Voluptes because these babies are absolutely beautiful in both packaging and also formulation.

Putting aside my personal prejudice and preferences, I will admit that the creamy, smooth and opaquely pigmented finish of these is largely alluring to many.

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It ticks all the right boxes and comes with the fruity and fun signature YSL watermelon scent to boot but for some reason, I’ve just not taken to the shades that I’ve tried and while I still give them love and use from time to time, it’s just not my #1, #2 or even #3 option or go-to.

It’s one of those ‘once in awhile’ indulgences where I use them when I have a spare amount of time because I feel the lighter and more pastel hued shades I have do take a bit of working in to look proper and good but once all settled and set on the lips, I get reminded again of what I do still reach for them. Once in awhile.

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But anyway, that’s just me, as I have said. The Rouge Voluptes are typically highly rated and reached for by many so it could be a hit or miss thing and it’s a tad of a miss with me so don’t let me judgement affect yours too much and check them out in person to get a feel and swatch!

One thing’s for certain, the lipstick tube really is super loveeee.

 

Rouge Volupte in 1 Nude Beige

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Rouge Volupte in 30 Faubourg Peach

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Rouge Volupte in 32 Corail Jalouse

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Rouge Volupte Shines

Where the Shines are concerned, I have a bit of a 180 degree moment with them because while the Rouge Voluptes don’t sit very well with me all the time (hurhur, for realz), the Shines on the other hand win me over easily.

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The formula has a little more translucence to it, paired with an intense yet still mildly natural and glossy finish, it’s quite perfect for days you want a kick of color but without the very ‘made up’ factor that a red lip, violet lip or pink lip usually comes with.

Like a casual color kicker, somewhat.

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That’s if you can consider these casual because while they are in my books it could still be rather intense for more neutral natural loving people but if you’re looking to take baby steps to the world of intense lip color then the Shines are your best bet!

 

Rouge Volupte Shine in 4 Rouge in Danger

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Rouge Volupte Shine in 19 Fuchsia in Rage

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While scary in the tube, Fuchsia in Rage is actually not that intimidating a shade once worn on. It’s still got the purple tinge to it that makes it stand out and a little unique but there’s enough pink and raspberry hues within to make it tiptoe into the rather wearable zone at the same time.

Strange enough it’s a pink I’ve been reaching for quite often on casual lip days when I can’t decide if I want to wear pink or be a little ‘bold’ / dressy with my lip color.

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So there you go!

Not too rambly nor too wordy, I hope!

I’m doing my best to keep this (and the upcoming Look Book mentions) brief and relatively text-free, allowing the images to do most of the talking because that’s the point of more visual posts, yes?

Hope the option of showcasing a lip close up for texture and color representation as well as a full face shot for an idea of how the lip colors look from a ‘normal’ distance and how it all ties in with a look is helpful!

That’s would be it from me with regards to the Rouge Voluptes, coming up next would be the Pur Couture (& and The MATS) so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading!

YSL’s Rouge Voluptes (and Shines) retail for S$49

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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.

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Look Book: CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners

I seem to be having a fall out with the ‘Eyeshadow Combination Department’ in my brain.

Yes, I do have a department like so, don’t you?

Eitherways, by fall out I don’t mean the glittery speckly mess you get on your cheeks from eyeshadow rebelling and refusing to stick where they are supposed to be. This is the “I hate’chu, I’m not going to talk to you for awhile” sort of a fall out.

Thus I have been quite down in the dumps with my eye looks these days. I try to think up combinations in my mind, harass the ‘Cheek and Lip Department’ or sometimes send some requests to the ‘Eyeliner Management Department’ but nothing seems to work and they’re all sending me back the generic neutral combos.

As if I couldn’t think of that myself…

Hence, neutral, neutral and all neutral is what I have been slapping on right now.

The same ole color placements, rotating with different chamapagnes, browns, smokey chocolate shades etc, but very much the same at the end of the day.

Though this is also the perfect time for me to embrace the pastel pop of color that these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners give, because no matter what neutral combo it is, the eyeshadow isn’t what people are looking at anymore.

Not that anyone is going to think “hey are you wearing that eyeshadow combination again?” but it is nice to pacify my own need for a little oomph and change in my eye looks without really needing to do much (from the usual).

If you haven’t seen my little low-down on these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners, you should check this post out first.

So let’s begin! Not that we have a lot to go through, I only have 3 shades on hand.

Pink Stud –

Probably the oddest color-name combo but Pink Stud swatches an intense medium red. Perhaps it could flash a little pink(-red) at angles and if you were to wear this blended out you will get more pinky hues that way.

Though eitherways, I think it’s more red in my eyes than pink…

Here it is, regardless.

p.s. Yes that’s the ombre lip look, I’ll talk about what I used here soon but a quick tip – it’s CLIO as well.

This shade can be quite tricky to pull off given it threads a little in edgy or gothic, depending on your choice of description. Yet at the same time it isn’t impossible to wear if paired this way.

Sure you may feel a teeny bit self-conscious but… my advice?

Just werk it girl. Nothing works a red liner as well as confidence *snaps fingers*

Mintade –

Seemingly a hot favorite, I had very unimaginatively worn Mintade numerous times in the way pictured below.

I know, I could get a whole lot more creative with these Pastel Upper Liners, given the references in the press release and all but I don’t have time (or make up guts) for that. Plus half the time with my frames on, how would people tell otherwise anyway.

Though one day if I had some time to play around with a whacky liner look I would like to attempt something more adventurous with these shades.

Peace One Day –

Because pastel purple is an extremely peaceful color?

I will never know but I decided to make peace with my need for exploring a different way to wear these and the mental thought of not being too ‘over’, thus I worked out this simple look below.

Really, it happened a little out of curiosity and ended up looking like something I planned to do all along so I’m going to just roll with that…

It is a really small and hardly noticeable flick but it does add a little something to the look! I like how playful it appears to be, peeking out right at the very end like that.

Granted it can’t last the whole day given my watery eye syndrome but it is fun to have on nonetheless!

While I am still going to explore (hopefully) more creative ways to wear these pastel buggers, I hope they are still in stock for those who are intrigued to work these sweet candy pops of colors!

Granted they aren’t easy, they are lots of fun so… go ahead and pop by your nearest Watsons to swatch these up and, well, have fun!

These CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners retail for S$16.90 each and should be Limited Edition. They are available at Watsons, while stocks last!

Thanks for reading!

Lancôme Lip Lovers Look Book!

Initially the plan was to feature these looks within my Lancôme Lip Lover swatchfest but I figured that it’s probably a little much given how long and picture heavy that entry is alone.

What’s more it’s probably a lot easier if I were to just feature these looks seperately on their end, without the distraction of all the in-yo-face lip swatches.

So… we’re good? Here we go!

This ‘look book’ is really simple and if you came here thinking I’m doing looks for every single shade then my bad, I may have deceived you. Instead I am very simply doing a choice look from each of my self-created ‘batch’ of Lip Lovers.

If you are completely lost right now, chances are you may not have seen my Lip Lover swatchfest so do head over and check that out!

If you already have, let me properly explain myself a little more.

 

This is simply a collection of looks varying from the super natural (using a choice Lip Lover from a batch I had designated as ‘natural’), to slightly defined yet polished, dressy and even the all out vampy. As vampy as these sheer slick lip colors go, that is!

Within my swatch entry I focussed on the lips mainly to give you a close look at them and how they swatch. The purpose of this Look Book would be to take a step back and see how these Lip Lovers work in the whole of things!

Also, to see how you the range of colors can last you from day to night, casual to dressy!

So now, let’s have a look at the little ‘batches’ shall we?

Again, I stress that you check this post out if you are lost with the whole concept of batches and the colors within the batches etc, alrightey?

From The Soft Spoken Trio – 318 Abricot Tango

Well, it is no wonder that I would end up featuring this shade as it is my favorite (and the most wearable one on me) of the Soft Spoken Trio. The other two are gorgeous too, don’t get me wrong but because I am trying to do a representation of fairly natural looks to more dressy ones, Abricot Tango would be as natural as it gets for me!

The look here is quite – doh – straightforward. I hardly have anything on and this is actually when I prefer using the soft and natural shades. For weekends when I don’t have much slap on or don’t want to look like I am trying at all but want to prettify my lips a little.

On the Face:
Biore UV BB Cream, NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder (dusted on), Benefit Gimmebrow, 
Lancome Blush Subtil in 030 (lightly)

 

From The Playfully Subtle Trio – 333 Rose Des Nymphs

For something a little more than just ‘au natural’ but yet still relatively simple and casual, here’s my pick from the Playfully Subtle Trio – Rose Des Nymphs!

That may come to be a bit of a surprise given I often find pinks a little ‘dressier’ and not as casual on my skintone but somehow for Rose Des Nymphs, the raspberry pink in it helps to make it a casually playful lip look. It has enough color that it is fun but just enough that it isn’t too bold, is easy to wear and just brightens up a (really) simple makeup look!

On the face:
Guerlain Ecrin Sourcils Brow Powder, YSL CC Cream in Apricot, Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, 
Dior Backstage Eye Primer, Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette (Neutral tones), 
Lancome Artliner 24H in Black Diamond, Lancome Blush Subtil in 030

 

From The Sophisticated Vibrant Trio – 355 Framboise Etoile

Now we’re talking!

Again a peculiar favorite of mine since Framboise Etoile (once worn on the lips) has a slight pink tinge to it amidst the juicy strong red. It is almost a deeper raspberry tone, but on the sheerer spectrum of things so it doesn’t look too unwearable nor vampy. Instead, it seems to add a soft dose of femininity which I quite like.

I do enjoy using both this and 353 (the more true red version) but somehow I find myself reaching for 355 a little more, perhaps because I find deeper reds easier to wear on myself.

On the face:
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Walnut Brown, Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed, 
Lancome Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, 
MAC eyeshadow in Vex, MAC Extra Dimensions eyeshadow in Modern Pewter, MAC eyeshadow in Mineral, 
Lancome Artliner 24H in Jade, Starlash Liquid Liner in Black, MAC Mineralized Blush in Ring of Saturn

 

The Femme Fatale – 362 Bourdeux Tempo

This one probably needs no introduction since I have raved about it since the earlier swatchfest.

It’s deep, dark, dangerous (okay not really) and absolutely stunning. Surprisingly for a deeper berry tone it is very easy to wear as well! Though that definition may differ from person to person since a nude-lip-lover may have reservations about it but if you love your bold lip colors, this shouldn’t be too much of a shocker once on.

Instead it is absolutely gorgeous, a plush brown-tinged plum that defines and deepens but not unwearably so.

On the face:
Guerlain Ecrin Sourcils Brow Powder, Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Liquid Foundation, 
Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Primer, Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette, 
Shu Uemura Black Princess palette (purple), Lancome Artliner in Amethyst, 
Starlash Liquid Liner in Black, MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved, 
MAC Mineralized Blush in Grand Duo

 

And that wraps it up!

Hope this has motivated you to go check out these Lancôme Lip Lovers in person because while the swatch post was perhaps helpful in giving you the gist of the color, these look so much better from a distance (as per a normal person would look at you). That way the colors show more evenly, strongly even and definitely makes the lips appear a whole lot more lustrous and plush!

Perfecto~ I haven’t loved a lip formulation this much in awhile. These are absolute stars in my book, go have a look!

Lancôme Lip Lovers retail for S$40 a pop and are permanent. They are available islandwide at all Lancôme counters.

Thanks for reading, have a great week everyone! It’s back to work soon for me, boohoo…