Rock Out With Lace & Polka Dots with YSL’s Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette

Hey guys!

Starting off my 30 Days of YSL series with a (pretty) bang, here’s a look at a Limited Edition piece – the Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette!

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Though the truthful reason I’m popping this up first is because the Rock Resille collection has been out at the YSL boutique for a little while now and I can’t be sure of the availability but last I checked (which was also almost 2 weeks ago), stocks were still in!

If this gorgeous 5 color piece has caught your eye (be it the colors or the palette), I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you that it’s still available!

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So, the Rock Resille collection

Now this one is a miniature little number that sees a release of said Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette and also a Collectors Edition Touche Eclat.

I love it when they roll out the Collectors Editions because they’re always so pretty and it’s nice that the iconic Touche Eclat isn’t forgotten amidst all the new YSL innovations and it gets a revamped wardrobe every time there are quirky packaging releases as such.

For Rock Resille, contrary to the ‘rock’ element in this collection’s name, the overall look and feel of this capsule release is girly, dainty, sexy and a touch whimsical.

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There’s fishnet (which I like to refer to as Honeycomb actually, ha), polka-dots and an air of sophistication as those elements are printed on the classic and sleek YSL gold case, complete with a little raised bubble of epoxy.

That last bit is so technical and uncool sounding, I know, but trust me that raised little clear bubble gives a nice tactile finishing touch amongst all that cool, sleek and metalic edges of the palette.

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So that’s that for the outside and if that isn’t enough to catch your eye and tempt you towards the palette, the inside is a bit of a done-deal for most because instead of going smokey and couture (which usually leaves people wondering a little on how practical a palette is), YSL decided to seduce with some rosey hued bare neutrals.

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The shades also contain a nice mix of textures from the mildly shimmery to satin-mattes and have a good variation of tones to them, making it easy to envision which color would go where in your preferred eyeshadow placement method.

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For me, it’s pretty straightforward – with one look I can tell which would be the brow-bone shade I would use, the all-overlid, the lid transition and the shades to go into the outer corner. Depending on how like you to do your eye looks, it’s probably as straightforward for you too.

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Texture-wise, these shadows aren’t the creamiest of the crop, I’ll admit but they do swatch quite nicely on.

They’re a little reminiscent of the older YSL formula, actually, even though they’re housed in the new YSL eyeshadow layout and probably incorporate some of the newer eyeshadow technology that YSL had rolled out last year.

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By stating that this is similar to the older formula, I mean that in the sense that these shadows seem to carry that same certain quality of translucence to it that allows it to have a prominent base color but also a way for it to by layered and blended on top of each other without getting muddied up.

The older YSL eyeshadows often received flak for being a bit too ‘blendable‘ if you were attempting to wear the shades individually and prominently. In actuality, the true beauty of YSL shadows (then, at least and with the case of Rock Resille) is blended and layered atop one another for an intriguing base shade and complex shimmers.

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Yet that is a skill that not everyone is capable or patient enough for and definitely a look I can’t master so I do use the shadows like how I typically would and that is good enough yet when put that way, it does lack a little something compared to the usual shadows that have a stronger base color and are made to be used side by side, lightly blended into each other.

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So long story short, while the Rock Resille eyeshadow shades do swatch quite nicely on their own (on the hands at least), I have noticed that if you’re wearing them on the eyes in the typical shadow placement – inner corner, outer corner and all – you may have to go in and dab some color on after blending to enhance their individual prominence once more.

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It’s still a beautiful end product, no doubt, but a little more work is involved for sure.

Though that’s a lot of talk without any demo so, stay tuned for my Look Feature of this palette coming up real soon!

 

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In the meanwhile, if you’re intrigued by this rosey and shy neutral beauty, do head on down to give it a swatch and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it’s still in stock!

Thanks so much for reading!

The YSL Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$95 and is Limited Edition

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MAC Philip Treacy – The Super Quick Rundown (& Swatches) of What I’ve Got!

Hey guys!

Okay I’m dashing in real quick with this post because I know this is going up reaaal late and there are newer collections to talk about (like the massive MAC is Beauty) but we all know how fond MAC is of re-promoting so hopefully this will be of help be it now or eventually!

Last I had heard, which frankly was quite awhile ago too (my bad), a good amount of products were still in stock even a week after Philip Treacy’s launch because the folks at MAC had decided to up the quantity of each piece, really thoughtful!

Though…

I can’t speak much for now because it has been awhile since I heard that (and since Philip Treacy’s release), plus the items are all so beautiful I wouldn’t be surprised they would be snatched up.

So anyway!

About the Philip Treacy collection. Given how late my mention is I’m assuming most of you guys already know the ins and outs of this collection so I wouldn’t bother with press run-downs and go straight to what I have on hand.

Even then, I’m sure you’ve all seen the lipsticks being swatched and liners being worn but if you’re curious to know my thoughts on them, then read on!

Before I get to it, I want to say that the MAC x Philip Treacy promo visuals are absolutely stunning. One of the most visually captivating ones I’ve seen from MAC in awhile!

 

High-Light Powder in Blush Pink

Kicking this collection’s mention off with the pretty pink elephant in the room – the much talked about (because they’re so visually captivating) Highlight Powder.

These are available in 2 shades, Nude Pink and Blush Pink. Of the two, I have Blush Pink, the lighter and more pink-toned variant.

The powder has a beautiful pan design complete with a sparkly silver overspray over parts of the design.

On first look I assumed that the powder was simply a soft luminous (but really largely satin and powdery) pink but upon closer look, there are actually little silver shimmers strewn within the powder. Albeit not concentrated so it doesn’t end up giving you a disco ball look.

The overspray lends a nice silvery gleam and sparkle when swatched but it’s not a finish to shout much about either.

While it is termed a highlight powder, I’ve found myself using it ala a beauty powder – buffing it all over for a soft luminous finish.

The sparkles can look a little evident in some light – not gritty but you will see twinkling on the skin – so I wouldn’t suggest this method to all but under daylight and most indoor lighting you can’t really pick up on them unless someone was staring your skin down.

I would say this powder is a nice thing to own, in the context of a beauty powder more than a highlighter, but not a must-grab either.

Unless you have a weakness for packaging then I can’t really help you there ;)

 

Paintpot in Genuine Treasure

Speaking of sparkles, let’s move on to another glitzy number from this collection, the MAC Paint pot in Genuine Treasure!

This bronzey shimmery beauty does come with a little disclaimer of being a tad patchy to work with and blend but the final result is oh-so-gorgeous so I’ll leave it to you to decide if that slight con is worth it.

To me, maybe because the paint pot is still fresh and lovely to use, I have no problems with the texture. It requires just that bit more patting and blending but it still goes on nicely and the smokey sparkly bronze and gold finish it leaves on the lids is completely worth it, in my books.

My lamp lighting can’t capture the sparkles in the most beautiful way but once worn on your lids, they’ll dance and shine as you blink or move your lids. Spectacular, really!

 

Fluidlines in Blacktrack and Royal Wink

Apart from the paint pot, there are also a couple of Fluidlines launched under the Philip Treacy collection to help you get your peepers ready!

There are 3 shades available and while I do have all 3 on hand, I decided to stagger the feature of Blue Peep to the MAC is Beauty collection since you’ll see it over there as well.

So, seen here would be the signature Blacktrack Fluidline (permanent) and Royal Wink Fluidline, the only Limited Edition shade coming out amongst all of MAC’s recent Fluidline re-promotes.

Blacktrack really needs no introduction, it’s MAC’s signature creamy and smooth black gel liner that’s got a fandom or cult clan of its own, I’m sure, so let’s move on to Royal Wink!

Royal Wink is a striking cobalt blue in the tub that can seem intimidating with its undeniably regal, striking, and captivating aura.

Though I’ve noticed (it’s been a long long while since I’ve used Fluidlines) that the Fluidlines have a tendency to go on a little softer in look and finish (compared to my norm of liquid liners at least). So, for a color like Royal Wink, I dare say it goes on rather wearable!

Wear-ability is a subjective term, I know.

It’s still a cobalt blue and still bright if you’re not used to colored liners but compared to all I’ve seen or used, I think this sits somewhere in the ‘usable’ area and is something I would throw on for work if I felt up for it.

Finish-wise, I do notice that Royal Wink can go on a little patchier with one pass and require some evening out but it has a nice creamy glide to it so going over the line again isn’t a chore.

At least there aren’t any tugging or balling up issues with this!

I have done a Look Feature with this duo so you’ll have a better look at how they wear on the eyes soon!

 

Lipstick in Cardinal and Hollywood Cerise

Finally, here’s the best for last!

Though it’s not to say the earlier products aren’t good but rather I’ve personally got this huuuuuge soft (jelly-like almost) spot for lip products – lipsticks / stains / crayons especially.

The richer, the bolder, the deeper, the better!

There are 3 lipstick releases in this collection, of which I already have No Faux Pas on hand (from the holiday collections) so I’m featuring that alongside newcomers, Cardinal and Hollywood Cerise.

That would explain why No Faux Pas appears in a different outfit from the rest.

The 3 lip shades are all strong and vibrant hues so if rich, deep and intense lip colors are your weapons of choice then you will find yourself absolutely taken with these.

Since I’ve already spoken about No Faux Pas over here, I shan’t go into much detail or spam many photos about it but here it is, swatched with the other 2, just cause.

So, Cardinal is a rich red that appears to have this deeper edge from the tube but once on, that depth isn’t too dark which works out if vampy isn’t your thing. Yet of course it isn’t a fire-engine red on either.

I think it is a stunning shade and compared to a bright bold red, that sometimes you need to feel in the mood to wear, this is considerably more… wearable? Again, wearable is a subjective term.

If red isn’t quite your thing or you’ve got too many reds on hand (is there such a thing as too many reds? Ha) then meet Hollywood Cerise – here’s a color that you don’t see too often. a deep raspberry pink.

I say it’s unique because while it’s mostly like a medium / slightly deeper pink shade, it’s got a nice tinge of purple or what I like to call raspberry-tone in it.

While pink is pink, it’s definitely one of the more unique pinks I have in my stash!

I think I’m threading into self-justifying grounds now so I shall stop. It is a beautiful pink nonetheless and I gladly welcome it with open arms :)

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So, there’s that!

A quick (I hope…) lowdown and look at some of the items released with MAC’s Philip Treacy collection.

I know, I know, everyone’s talking about stuff coming out in June already and I’m still stuck on what came out in March (I think?). My bad! Posting schedules are incredibly irregular for me these days but even then I hope to do a thorough job about it no matter how belated I am (plus MAC loves re-promoting anyway), hurhur. So for Philip Treacy, I’ve got 3 Look Features for you.

Though, I do want to ask…

Would you like to see them right after this or after my product low-down of the newly released MAC is Beauty Collection? For orderly-sake I do prefer spamming Philip Treacy all at once but I’m willing to change the order of things if anyone prefers!

So anyway, wrapping it up, thank you all for reading and catch you around again!

 

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MAC Toledo – Swatches of The Lips & The Eyes (Oxblood, Tarot & Opera)!

Hey guys!

I know, I know, it’s another one for MAC but what can I say, I’ve done these brand spams before and you know when I get on a roll with a brand, I really get on a roll.

I will repeat my whole stall and slowdown on the blog issue again (incase you missed my constant complaint and lament about leaving this space empty for too long) but I’ll keep it short: Yes, I’m still disappearing a little and that can’t be helped, sadly!

So much I want to say and post but time on here has been short so this space has been moving pretty slow, my bad!

I only hope that regardless my entries are still informative and helpful to those who choose to stop by and read (thank you :D)!

So… Toledo!

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To cut to the chase, because Toledo is already so talked about, I’ll skip out on all the backstory of the collaboration and general product information (that is covered here actually) and go straight to the products I have on hand.

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Now, Toledo is a pretty huge collection and there are many things to browse, swatch and consider but what I have here is simply some lip and eye stuff. Really simple and quick items to talk about and show so I assure you, it shouldn’t take up too much time.

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The lip items I have on hand would be the Oxblood Lipstick and Lipglass as well as a Lipglass in Opera.

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Now when the term Oxblood is mentioned, in respect to makeup (or fashion even), we’re so wired to immediately bring to mind a deep vampy or mildly maroon red shade that would be stunning for the evening or a perfect fit for Fall fashion.

Though MAC apparently decided to throw a little curveball with their take on Oxblood and roll out a peachy-nude shade in that name. Trust me, that took some getting used to.

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Oh you mean this is Oxblood? Hmm…

 

Choice of name aside, the color is actually quite a pretty one and definitely one that most would find wearable because while it’s a nude, it isn’t a dead-nude shade either and lends enough peachy hues to give your complexion some color.

Though it is still admittedly quite a nude lip look that not everyone will love but from the looks of it most do as it flew off the shelves when Toledo did their initial launch (on 1st March) at Sephora ION.

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I find the formula of Oxblood, while creamy in application, a little patchy and some attention is required during application to ensure it goes on perfectly well.

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However if it is any consolation, the patchiness I observed is me being critical and viewing the super close lip shots of this on. From a regular distance, as if someone were speaking to you but not in your personal space, it isn’t that glaring.

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The Oxblood Lipglass (left nude one) is something I would recommend more than the Lipstick if you don’t mind gloss.

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The gloss is opaque enough to lend color to the lips, and that’s pretty decent considering it is a nude shade, and the gloss aspect makes it go on in a finish that is easier to pull off as opposed to the matte one of the lipstick.

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I wouldn’t recommend using both together unless a dab of gloss in the middle of your lips just to add dimension or a little smoothed out to make the lipstick less patchy is what you have in mind because given the pigmentation of both the Lipstick and Lipgloss it could end up looking like a whole lot of product on if you applied both liberally.

The next lip item is the Lipglass in Opera, one of the many reds launched with the MAC Toledo collection.

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I can’t recall where Opera stands in the nuances and hues of the reds but I feel it’s an absolutely stunning red gloss to have.

Like the Oxblood Lipglass, Opera is equally pigmented in color with a nice glossy finish if that’s your kinda thing!

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The one issue or concern I have with incredibly pigmented gloss is that I’m always wary about them migrating or hair being caught on the lips and then dragging streaks of gloss over parts of the face so… there these concerns are a little evident with Opera Lipglass but thankfully it didn’t seem to feather much with wear.

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You may want to be a little cautious should you be wearing this and eating at the same time. My advice would be to wipe it off before so as to avoid mess.

Less is more as well with pigmented and strong colored glosses as they can get on your teeth should you apply too much.

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Alrightey, I think I’ve rambled on a little too much about the lip items so I’ll try to keep the next part a little shorter. After all, it’s a simple lil mascara so there’s only so much I can talk about it since I’m not an avid mascara user right now.

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So I believe there are 4 mascaras released with Toledo and apart from one of them being the mandatory noir shade, the other 3 are pretty fun injections of color.

The mascara even comes with a brush as quirky as the design of the collection itself. While adorable being all swirly and curvy, I did find that the intriguing shape did pose some trickiness when you’re trying to angle the bristles for certain lashes, namely the lower lashes.

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I can’t really speak for how well the mascara volumizes or curls considering I got the pretty purple on in Tarot and my preferred choice for using this would be on the lower lashes instead of the upper ones.

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Speaking a little bit of the color, I think Tarot is quite beautiful where purple mascaras are concerned. It isn’t the typical darkened kind and it has a pastel edge to it that brightens the shade up, but that also means it’s something that requires some thought as opposed to a darkened purple mascara that you can throw on any day for any eye look.

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Just for example-sake, I tried to snap some shots of me with Tarot on (my lower lashline) but as you can tell I applied it in some moderation that it gives a nice glimmer when it catches the light without making it look like I have purple-colored lower lashes.

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It’s a pretty mascara, that’s for sure but if you are looking for something more unique, there’s a lime green shade within the Toledo collection as well!

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So there you go! My thoughts and also some snaps of the Toledo pieces that I have on hand.

This might have come a little belatedly and I sincerely hope some pieces are available still. If not, I hope it serves as a little reminder to give these a look again should you have picked up these pieces and perhaps chucked them aside forgetting about them!

 

Thanks for reading!

The MAC Toledo collection is Limited Edition and was launched 3rd March 2015.

The Lipsticks and Lipglasses retail for S$33 while the Mascara retails for S$40

Sponsorship disclosure

A Look At MAC’s Bao Bao Wan Collection (Photos & Swatches)

Hello you guys!

Well, because blogging is now a bit of a irregular affair, I’ve decided… to hell with keeping to the order of things, I’m going to put things up when I can even if it means jumbling about with collection release dates.

Which means Bao Bao Wan is getting mentioned before Cinderella and Toledo, though I still hope to get around to talking about Toledo eventually even though it’s all over the internet because it has been released in the US for awhile now.

So anyway, Bao Bao Wan!

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The reason this gets bumped up is because I’ve come to really like the pieces I have from the collection which is a seemingly bejewelled and flamboyant eyeshadow palette and a vibrant tangerine lip color in Forbidden Sunrise.

In the scale of MAC collections, I’d say that Bao Bao Wan is considered small. Or maybe a little bit medium.

It’s a nice-sized collection without too much to overwhelm but just enough items within to catch your attention as well.

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Just to put a personality to the name, Bao Bao Wan (for those who don’t know, me included prior to this) is a Jewellery Designer from China who is also a stylish socialite, or so I’ve heard. Hence it’s no surprise that her collection comes in a beautiful packaging twist!

Instead of MAC’s usual glossy finish, the packaging in Bao Bao Wan’s collection takes on a matte or rather more suede-like finish that isn’t flat in dimension either as it appears like a deep bronzey grey yet flashes green when it hits the light.

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It’s stunning (to me, at least) and the darkened rose-gold accent running through the products (save the polishes of course) is a nice classy touch. The whole collection has a premium air to it while the prices are still kept very much similar to their usual – polishes and lipsticks are the same price as those in the permanent range.

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So anyway, enough talk about that, lets have a look at the pieces, starting with Bao Bao’s Jewels (S$75)!

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My first impression of this, and by that I mean before putting my finger to swatch it, was that this is probably a highly impractical eyeshadow palette that looks good and grand but wouldn’t be of much use.

Boy was I so wrong!

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It looks like it’s all shimmer and glimmer, which isn’t wrong, but underneath all that sparkle there is a decent amount of pigmentation to the colors making them discernible from each other.

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I don’t know what I was expecting but I guess it was along the lines of getting the same golden sparkly wash of shimmer no matter which pan I swatched but it was nice to know that they are distinguishable and while scarily sparkly in the pan, they do swatch on to be wearable colors that can be paired together for a look.

Granted it’s a look that is going to be sparklier and shinier than your average but given the jewelry theme of this collection, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, right?

Especially when 2 of the 5 colors are all about jam packed sparkles – that very top pale beige and the starry charcoal beneath.

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I’ll definitely be putting a look of this palette up because it is quite gorgeous and apart from the high shimmer factor the colors are something I would reach for and use. It’s so warm and beautiful my heart can’t take it.

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Look to come, for sure, but in the meanwhile let’s move on to the lipstick!

 

There are 4 lip color variations in MAC’s Bao Bao Wan collection and they each other an aspect of the lip spectrum – oranges, reds, neutrals and purples.

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Of the lot, I received the straight out orange toned lipstick in Forbidden Sunrise (S$33) and I couldn’t be happier about it because straight out oranges are usually a little rarer to find.

While they do take some thought and look contemplation to wear, as compared to a red which easily goes with many looks, it ends up being such a lovely and unique bold look that I can’t resist it.

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It’s bright, colored and fun but in a different way and mood from the usual reds and pinks. I think orange lips paired with a peach or golden hued face is going to be my new thing!

So, Forbidden Sunrise is a little different from this other straight-out orange lipstick I have in my stash. My goldfish memory is forbidding me from recalling what it is right now – I’m thinking Shu Uemura, but I can’t be sure…

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But anyway, Forbidden Sunrise is an mid-tone orange that seems to have a bit of a white base so it can appear a little stark if you’re quite deep in skintone. In my pictures it photographs a little more saturated in intensity but I do urge you to swatch it in person first incase it comes out a milky orange on your skintone.

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Though that said, it isn’t pastel either and has a nice bright almost-neon quality to it.

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It doesn’t seem to lean towards the red spectrum so it stays a true orange once on the lips and while it’s quite an acquired look I think it’s perfect when you’re looking to play up your makeup looks or want that perfect summer-ish neon orange pout.

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In all, I think the MAC Bao Bao Wan collection was one that really caught my attention and I wasn’t expecting that at all because firstly I wasn’t too familiar with the name of said designer they are collaborating with and secondly at a glance I guess it didn’t look like much but I take that back now.

The packaging of this collection is quite lovely and the pieces within are nice as well in terms of colors and formulation. The polishes do swatch a little runny and sheer at first but after some building up I think they’re not too bad as well.

If you’re interested in the MAC Bao Bao Wan pieces then check out where to find it below! Prices of the other products within the collection is listed within my MAC SS2015 Round Up entry over here.

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC x Bao Bao Wan will launch 6th March Ngee Ann City and Robinsons Orchard. 12th March at TANGS Orchard.

This is Limited Edition

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Look Feature: Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liners Part 3 – The Colors!

Alrightey, Part 3, now let the fun begin!

This instalment is all about the coloured liners within the Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner set and when I say color, these are indeed pow to the wow.

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Though of course, that’s my sentiment about it because as I had shared during my overview entry, somehow the consensus on how pigmented and intense these liners are aren’t exactly the same across the board. Some felt that the coloured shades could use more pow-wow though I think for usability (yet with enough of a color kick) these are just right.

Of the 3 parts, this features the most shades, 4 in fact – Gonzo, Voodoo, Vacancy and Stargazer – so let’s get started shall we?

We’ve got quite a bit of ground to cover!

p.s. there isn’t a sole feature for Perversion (also found within the set) because it’s a rich black that has been used one way or another in the looks of the other liners so you can take reference there.

Gonzo –

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Starting off this coloured series with the one that I think is the trickiest to wear of the lot.

 

The trickiness stems from the fact that the shade itself is incredibly striking. Pair that with a creamy and smooth satin finish that I would consider rather intense and you get a shade that’s not something you’d choose to pop on every single day. Unless a vibrant streak of teal is totally you then you go girl (or guy!).

If you’re not one to shy away from bright colors then there’s nothing not to love about Gonzo – it’s smooth, opaque, creamy, intense and a beautiful color. Even the neutral loving me thinks it’s just one of those pop of colors that’s good to have around because you never know when you’re feeling a little spunky!

Even if brights aren’t your usual option you’ll likely warm up to this one just fine!

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Shupette Has It All Palette 
(Icy pale blue & Icy mid blue), Primal (Naked 2 Basics), 
Undone (Naked 2 Basics), Cover (Naked 2 Basics), 
Skimp (Naked 2 Basics), Gonzo 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

Stargazer –

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When it comes to colored liners you can never forget the gold.

Gold liner is quite classic and it works in many ways for people be it as a subtle highlight or a prominent feature. As a personal preference, I like my gold liner considerably subtle (definitely not the way I wore it here, ha).

In fact, I don’t actually reach for gold liners often because I feel the pairing of it with a crisp black liquid liner very… been there done that. That doesn’t take away from the fact that its a tried and tested combo but, it’s just not too exciting and still very cleopatra-esque to me no matter how many times I’ve tried it.

Though this time around to make it more exciting for myself I decided to really go out there with it and frame the eye in a pretty elaborate winged liner with some black as well, of course. It’s the sort of look I would probably do for my dance stages back in school but… somehow it didn’t feel too daunting to wear this to work either. Really, no kidding.

Sure it’s dramatic but maybe because Stargazer doesn’t have the liquid-gold sort of density and shine (it’s got a little hint of silver, somehow), it makes it a lot more wearable especially for those averse to wearing gold cause it’s usually ‘too much’.

Products Used: 
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Undone (Vice 3), Downfall (Vice 3), 
Reign (Vice 3) Truth (Vice 3), Stargazer 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

Vacancy –

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Vacancy is absolutely stunning. If you’re conservative about your coloured liners then greens and purples like this would be your very best friend because while they’re a nice pop of color, they’re really not too difficult to pair and too striking to wear.

Vacancy immediately brings to mind my favorite Solone eyeliner, unimaginatively named Emerald, except Emerald seems to have a more yellow-green tinge to it while Vacancy leans towards the blue-er side of things.

It’s a beautiful beautiful blue-green shade, really, and while I wouldn’t wear it every day I can imagine some people would!

Products Used:
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01, Lancôme Hypnose Star 
Eyes Palette in Au Natural Brun, Vacancy 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner (lower lid)

 

Voodoo –

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Voodoo is a lovely purple (I feel like I use lovely for every color…) that’s got enough sparkle to it, that it glams up a look, while having a little depth to the shade as well – it’s not a stark magenta thats going to look like it’s hovering above your lids.

I think as far as prominent colored liners go, purple is always the easiest to wear, and easily the prettiest too, so I don’t have much to comment about Voodoo except that it’s gorgeous and it works.

You could even choose to wear it alone if you’re adventurous enough, or have voluminous lashes to frame your eyes but I always like that outline of black around my peepers because I need that definition.

I tried to wear this a little differently from Vacancy (which is how I always do my coloured liners) and did a little ‘bracket’ towards the outer flick of the liner as well but… that’s just me and having tried colored liners for too many days in a row, looking for something different to do.

Products Used:
Dior Backstage Eye Primer, Shupette Has It All Palette – champagne gold, 
pink and maroon-brown, Voodoo 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

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Wow and there you have it, all 10 liners featured in my 3 parter about the Urban Decay TEN Liner set (and of course that overview entry) which you can revisit here if you happened to have missed any of them!

The Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Liner Round Up (Thus Far):

If you have noticed I haven’t done a sole look for Perversion because it plays a supporting role in many of the looks I have featured and it’s such a beautiful rich black that lasts well on the lids that I’m hooked on using it every day now! I think it’s been awhile since I’ve touched my HG MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved… Oops.

That said, I do think this Urban Decay TEN Liner set is a nice one to indulge in be it if you already are a huge fan of the 24/7s or if you’re new to these and want to get a set to check out a couple of shades at a go.

There’s a nice mix of textures, as I had mentioned, and colors within that you’ll definitely be able to put together a look be it if you’re thinking to go neutral, natural, glammed up or just want to be all experimental!

I, for one, am loving this set and while I’ve had it with me for about a month now (thank you for the super advance press piece, Urban Decay!), I still see myself reaching for some shades pretty often. To the point I’m a little worried about their life span but I’ve only sharpened the most used one 2-3 times so I think I’m still good!

That all said and done, I’m wrapping up my Urban Decay TEN Liner series and am glad I managed to push this out during this period where things are winding up and getting rather hectic.

I don’t want to make any promises yet but I do have a slew of posts I’m looking and hoping to put up, fingers crossed on that!

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set will retail for S$80 and will launch 1st March 2015.

The set is Limited Edition and Perversion aside, the other 9 colors are exclusive to this.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liners Part 2 – The Sparkles

So, here’s Part 2 of my Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liners look feature and in this part I’ll be showcasing the ‘sparkle’ shades or the glimmer / glitter shades, whatever you’d like to call them really.

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Compared to the other parts, Browns and Colors, this is probably the most brief considering it’s a showcase of only 2 shades – Glitter Rock and Moonspoon – though that said they shouldn’t be overlooked either because while the browns are practical and the colors are a nice kicker to a look, the Sparkles are the ones that truly shine.

Well, no pun intended but they’re so pretty (and easy, might I add for sparkles) to wear and don’t drag on the skin unlike other sparkly liners would. There’s still a nice glide to it though notably grittier than the mattes but no reason to deduct performance points of, that’s for sure.

That all said and done, let’s get to the looks! If you haven’t checked out my overview entry yet, you really should read that one first! :)

p.s. there isn’t a sole feature for Perversion (also found within the set) because it’s a rich black that has been used one way or another in the looks of the other liners so you can take reference there.

Glitter Rock –

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This!

I didn’t expect to end up liking this so much but I really do. It’s the perfect liner thats got enough shine and glitz to make your lids sparkle with the light but not so much that you look incredibly dressed up. Read: It can be work appropriate too, not just evening / night appropriate!

For a liner with some glitz and shine, it’s considerably creamy and doesn’t tug on the skin with wear. Since Glitter Rock is a rather light shade, I do recommend pairing it with your usual crisp and sharp cat eye with this atop for that added oomph to your look.

At least that’s how I’ve been pairing it every time I wear it. Crisp liner with a cool neutral eye and Glitter Rock as an accent on the lid, perfecto!

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Frisk (Naked 2 Basics), 
Primal (Naked 2 Basics), Undone (Naked 2 Basics), 
Skimp (Naked 2 Basics), Glitter Rock 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Zero 24/7 Glide-on Liner (lower lid)

Moonspoon –

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Well, let’s not question the queer name and what it’s supposed to mean so let’s move on to the color.

The way I had worn Moonspoon here is actually over my black liquid liner so it serves more as this overlay of smokey grey and shimmer. On its own, Moonspoon (which apple autocorrect is so adamant to change to Monsoon) is definitely a darker shade than Glitter Rock but due to its glitter formula, the grey base is of a sheerer nature so it doesn’t quite lend the definition that I prefer.

Though of course you can wear this like how I had worn Glitter Rock – with Moonspoon on the edge of your black liner instead of overlayed, makes sense? – so it gives that mildly smoked out liner look and a hint of shimmer as well.

I think either ways Moonspoon is a lovely shimmery liner to own to either play up your usual crisp liner or to wear on its own for soft yet sparkly definition. The sparkles are absolutely beautiful too, might I add.

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Beauty Cottage Palette (Aphrodite, 
Helen, Medea, Calypso), Moonspoon 24/7 Glide-on Liner, 
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Liner

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And voila!

I told you it was going to be brief, right?

Well, I know that I could keep these Look Features a whole lot more brief, because I did promise a one paragraph blurb but hurhur they all end up like a mini-entry, though I guess I just have so much to share and so much to ramble on about.

Either ways I hope that the pictures and my thoughts about it is useful be it in giving you ideas on how you can choose to wear all 10 shades should you be on the fence about the set and thinking – why would I need 10 new liners, right?

Well, I think the question should be why not!

That said, here’s a recap of the series thus far and stick around for the last instalment before this set’s 1st March launch date!

The Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Liner Round Up (Thus Far):

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set will retail for S$80 and will launch 1st March 2015.

The set is Limited Edition and Perversion aside, the other 9 colors are exclusive to this.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liners Part 1 – The Browns

Hello you guys!

Show of hands, how many of you all (those who celebrate Chinese New Year, or maybe not!) are on leave from work today, or perhaps for the whole of the week even!

Well, lucky you! I may be wrapping up at work, which usually sounds like easy and quick business, but it’s turning out to be quite tricky with a good amount to sort so I do want to apologize for some backlog build up and all.

You know the drill, so much to say but so little time to put it all up!

Eitherways!

If you’re back to work during this festive period or chilling at home on work leave and have a little time to kill then I hope my mini series of Look Features featuring the Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-on Liner Set will be informative and also a good read for you!

I aim to keep this as brief as I can (let’s see how that pans out) and let the pictures do most of the talking.

I do have some thoughts for each shade but I’ll keep it as short and sweet as I can! I hope you have fun seeing my take on the colors within the Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set and if you’re looking for more information about it, don’t forget to check out this overview entry!

p.s. there isn’t a sole feature for Perversion (also found within the set) because it’s a rich black that has been used one way or another in the looks of the other liners so you can take reference there.

So first up, the browns!

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While the TEN Liner set has a good amount of colors and glitter liners going on, there’s also a nice mix of wearable and usable browns within and this entry will spotlight on those.

The TEN 24/7 Liners featured in this entry are Faint, Smokeout and Mugshot.

 

Faint –

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This look is actually attempt number 2 with Faint because the first look I tried, Faint ended up too, well… faint.

As with Mugshot (which you’ll see in a bit), Faint is a beautiful and classic staple sort of a shade to have – a creamy smooth matte mid-tone brown that would be great to use all over the lids or to blend, if an eyeshadow. Though once you change it up to an eyeliner then the dynamics do shift a little.

As a liner, it’s most ideal for those who like their eyes done soft, in the case of a soft whisper and glide of color which isn’t my way of wearing liner but for the sake of showcasing the liner as a liner (because I always feel inclined to use this as a cream shadow base), I paired it with a pared down look of almost nothing on the lids except a sweep of skintone beige to even the lids out and provide a smooth canvas for the the liner.

Faint is kind of in the middle ground where my liner preferences are concerned – too light to offer definition and not flashy enough to be an accent liner – but I still saved a spot for it in my stash knowing that one day I’ll come to appreciate its subtlety!

You never know when you need a creamy matte cool mid-town brown, right?

Products Used:
I had forgotten to list it down for this particular look but it's simple enough it shouldn't matter, heh!

 

Mugshot –

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Mugshot is a really beautiful brown actually. It’s nice and warm and with the right amount of depth and shine, I can see why this would be an incredibly popular and classic eyeshadow favorite amongst Urban Decay fans. As with Faint (pictured earlier) it is a color that works as an eyeshadow – easy to throw on everyday and also easy to smoke up for the night – but as a liner I feel it falls a little short.

Though I did like the way I wore it here because given how neutral and soft a color it is (as a liner) I felt like I could play it up a little more with some inner corner flicks and all.

Though color-wise, if you like that slight definition to the eyes but nothing harsh and in the case of Mugshot with a nice kick of sheen then I think it’s not too bad a color. The way I typically use Mugshot (when not doing a liner representation as I am here) is as a cream colored base which defeats the purpose of it being an eyeshadow-turned-liner but eitherways, it sticks and stays and works that way. It’s a pretty color no less and being exposed to it as a liner is making me curious of the shadow!

Products Used:
Dior Backstage Eye Prime, 5050 (Naked On the Run), 
Fix (Naked on the Run), Stun (Naked On the Run), 
Mugshot 24/7 Glide-On Liner, Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner, 
Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Liner

 

Smokeout –

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There’s nothing not to love about this smokey deep brown unless of course, you don’t like the look of smokey deep browns.

Much as my heart lies with the crisp and perfectly flicked deep black winged liner, every once in awhile I like to indulge myself with a smokey (but haute) mess of brown blends on the lids. There’s just something so casual, effortless and yet still sexy about a deep smokey eye and if that’s your go-to look than you’ll be more than happy with Smokeout in your inventory.

I paired this with a different sort of eyeshadow placement from my usual, one that would accentuate the smokiness of Smokeout – a look that starts deep and dark at the lash line and slowly feathers out towards the browbone, without any crease definition.

I think that’s my favorite way to wear Smokeout and I’ve revisited this look a couple of times already.

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion, DTF (Vice 3), 
Factory (Naked 3), Limit (Naked 3), Strange (Naked 3), 
Smokeout 24/7 Glide-on Liner

 

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Okay, I know we’re off to a very simple start here with the Urban Decay TEN Liners set because neutrals / browns ultimately are as such… neutral and brown so there’s nothing overly exciting about them but you have to admit that while they aren’t pow wow in visuals and not the most eye catching, they are the most reliable so I decided to kick start this series by showing you what are the looks you definitely will be able to get from this set and the looks that will be able to take you through your everyday.

Now that that’s sorted, we’ll get started on the Sparkles and the Colors coming right up, alright?

Am I doing good with keeping this short and (relatively) brief thus far?

The Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Liner Round Up (Thus Far):

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for looks of the rest of the liners!

Urban Decay’s TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set will retail for S$80 and will launch 1st March 2015.

The set is Limited Edition and Perversion aside, the other 9 colors are exclusive to this.

Sponsorship disclosure

Urban Decay’s TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set (Info & Swatches)

I know I’m a little to the party of these Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils but where permanent (fairly and mostly, that is) items are concerned – better late than never right?

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The reason why I got on the bandwagon of these so late even though the world (okay I exaggerate, how about online realm?) was singing praises of it was because I am pretty nitpicky where pencil liners are concerned. Knowing these were of creamy nature, I just did not expect them to last on my problematic lids even if the raves were of how lasting these are.

I mean, my lids are a whole different league and what works on most people would still end up not working for me so… you can’t blame my skepticism.

Though I’m quite happy to report that after (finally) giving this a try with the Black Magic liner set (from the Holiday season), I’m a total convert and no matter how problematic and watery my eyes can be, these do stand the test of wear. Sometimes they don’t go unscathed but it’s good enough by my eye standards!

Almost good enough to rival the 7 year HG position that MAC’s Powerpoint Liner in Engraved has… no kidding!

 

So anyway, before we go into the 24/7 Glide-On Liners itself, let me first talk about this amazing set of liners you see right here that is very appropriately named, TEN.

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the TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liners set comes with 1 full sized pencil (Perversion) and 9 other never-before-released Limited Edition colors that are exclusive to this set.

These other 9 colors also come in a shorter travel size, that while small is also a good enough size to use. Though if you do fall hard for any of the colors, it could be agonizing when you are nearing the end considering some of the 9 are pretty lovely everyday shades.

Smokeout, I’m looking at you!

Though I’m sure there are similar renditions in their permanent line up but… when we like a color we like that exact color, right? Even though a brown is just a brown.

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During TEN’s initial release, which was sometimes in September for the US folks I believe, Perversion was still a fleeting favorite. It’s known enough from re-releases but not permanent yet. However, since then it has been given a permanent spot on Urban Decay’s shelves so Perversion is the only permanently available color within TEN while the rest are Limited Edition.

 

So anyway, lets have a look at the ten liners within TEN.

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The options are a nice pick of colors ranging from natural and wearable to the bolds and brights. Urban Decay even threw in a couple of variation in textures and finishes as well and I’ll get to that with my swatches in a bit.

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Now, I’m not too well versed with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow offerings but I believe that this set of TEN liners is actually a homage to some of their best-selling shadow shades.

I know it’s odd that given Urban Decay’s reputation for their color products I’m actually more drawn to their staples like loose powders, eye shadow primers and the likes but yes. So I can’t say I’ve used or recognize many of these eyeshadow names (Voodoo seems to be a tad familiar…) to compare it to so I’ll just go about sharing my thoughts of these as is, yeah?

 

From what I have seen online, since this set was out in the US a little whiles ago and only coming to us now, the opinions on this seems quite diversed. There are those who don’t particularly fancy this set and feels that it is sub-par in performance and then there are those who are quite contented with it.

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I’m actually in the contented camp.

Because seriously, yes there are some shades could use more pigmentation and some don’t feel as smooth compared to the usual UD 24/7 Glide-Ons but I do think the different finishes account for the varying formulation – some shades glide on smoother and feel much creamier while others don’t.

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Overall, I’ll just say that they don’t feel dry and they don’t drag on my skin. Some shades seem to have a little bit of translucence to them but I think maybe the US market is a little more nitpicky with intensity because I’m perfectly fine with a gold eyeliner not actually look like a solid line of gold.

That’s just me and my preference of that more ‘asian styled’ makeup where a soft glint is just perfect though it’s a fair warning that those who are looking for each and every color to be solid will have to approach with caution because they’re not all like that.

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I’ve noticed that there are 3 main finishes – the Sparkles, the Shines/Metalics and the Satins.

The Sparkles have a faint level of base pigmentation with a really lovely speckle of shine and glimmer within it. These shades may not be intense but when worn over crisp black liner, either on top of overlapping, they turn out to be quite lovely.

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The 2 left most shades are the Sparkle ones

 

The Shines/Metalics have a more intense base pigmentation as compared to the Sparkles but their formulation isn’t the smoothest yet. The consistency across all the colors aren’t the same either with some applying more evenly while others may appear seem a tad patchy. It’s scrutinizing it under a microscope of course because when worn on the eye it looks good enough to me.

Finally, the Satins. I would call them Mattes but there’s only one color amongst them that truly is matte. These, I feel have the best formulation amongst the mix but really, this is me being critical about them because I think they all feel ‘good enough’. The Satins are also the most intense and even in pigmentation and I especially love Smokeout because it’s such a perfect smokey brown. Now this, would be a color I’ll be sad about if its nearing the end which it might given I’ve been using it so often now.

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The Shines / Metallics in the right and Satin finishes in the centre

 

Here’s a look at all 10 of them again with their proper names alongside for easier reference:

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The Rundown (If You’re New to 24/7 Liners) –

So… I decided to give this a more indepth run down given that where liners are concerned, opinions and requirements may vary.

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In terms of wear-time the only area that truly tests a liner is my lower lashline and also the corner of my outer-eye because every single liner smudges on there by the end of the day, even the best of the best that I have tried. The only question is how long does it stay on and how well does it smudge/fade away without a horrid panda eye effect.

Thus where colored liners are concerned, I can’t comment on those muchless the glitter ones (you shouldn’t wear those too near your lashline to be safe!) because when worn on the upper lids they all last well through the day looking good even after 12 hours.

For the browns and black, mainly Smokeout and Perversion, these last a good 5 hours before they do start feathering out a little on the lower lashline and fading away at the outer-eye corner but what I like about this (and the 24/7 Liners I’ve tried so far) is that even when it feathers, the concentration of the color on the lower lashline still stays so it looks smokey but not horribly so.

I can’t describe it really, but ultimately I still look presentable by the end of the day and not every single eyeliner does that for me on my lower lashline / outer eye corner so thats why these take the cake for me.

My MAC Powerpoint has been working well over the years too but I’ve noticed that it does fade in intensity on the lower lashline, hence I prefer the Urban Decay over the MAC right now.

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I got a little too carried away by the liners that I forgot to mention this set comes with a cute sharpener as well. The sharpener comes with 2 ‘sizes’ for thinner or fatter pencils and I like that they provided one just for this set because I can has a dedicated sharpener for all my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Liners now!

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There’s something joyous about simple things like this, no? Or perhaps mainly for the OCD.

Though the ideal situation would be if I can one sharpener for every single pencil, or at least every single color, but… let’s not go there.

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So phew!

Okay I know this entry was especially rambly but I felt the need to have all bases covered because I know that personally when reading about eyeliners (especially those you would wear on the lower lashline), I do prefer things to be detailed and well accounted because… like I had said, I get very skeptical about trying new things.

I try them, of course, but that’s after a lot of affirmation about how it works so, hopefully my entry is affirmation enough to check out this pretty exciting set that’s coming your way in March!

I hope it’s not just my obsession with eyeliners that is sparking the excitement and enthusiasm in a ten piece liner set (of pretty good liners too) coming your way but that everyone else is feeling some sort of buzz about this too.

Eitherways, stick around and I’ve got a 3 part Look Feature of these coming right up. I hope to get them running consecutively before the launch of these babies (1st March), which is a perfect way to spend those ang baos* right? Though no promises since my blog schedule is so erratic these days.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

*red packet money from Chinese New Year

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Thanks for reading and I’ll be back with more!

Specifically – The Browns, The Sparkles and The Colors! That’s how I’ve divided them for easier categorisation and showcase, that is :)

Urban Decay’s TEN 24/7 Glide-On Liner Set will retail for S$80 and will launch 1st March 2015.

The set is Limited Edition and Perversion aside, the other 9 colors are exclusive to this.

Sponsorship disclosure

MAC Holiday 2014 – Keepsakes’ Smokey Face Palette (Photos & Swatches)

You know how in recent months I’ve been complaining (at times) about my writing being a little off?

I mean, somehow my writing brain is back now and I’m able to string together proper and acceptable (by my standards) sentences but there’s this fleeting thought that it’ll crumble again and I’ll back to that sputtering self where whatever I write is just… missing something.

But let’s not think about that now in case I am willing it to happen again. Though do you know what else seems to be missing a little something?

The MAC Face Palettes for the Holiday 2014 Keepsakes Collection.

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It’s quite a bold thing to say, I know, that this palette seems off but I just can’t help but get that vibe from it.

In many aspects, it’s really pretty and quite thoughtfully put together but something just doesn’t sit right with me and I can’t place my finger on what exactly is off about it either.

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Though before I get to that, here’s a background about its place in the massive MAC Holiday 2014 collection.

Rolling out with products to cover you from the eyes to lips, cheeks and all, MAC had 2 Face Palettes within the Keepsakes collection and I have the Smokey variant to show.

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The other Face Palette is in Natural and it’s quite an earthy neutral mix of browns, leaning towards the warmer scale. It’s quite pretty actually but I do like the dimension found within the Smokey Palette as well.

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I just wished the quality was a little more even across the board because what I found here is that the eyeshadows (while a good color mix for they classic smokey eye look) were a little dry to the touch.

The best performer amongst the shadows was Carbon but that’s a loved permanent MAC matte black shadow anyway.

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The other 2 eyeshadows within – Filament (light silver) and Aristocratic Aura (mid-silver-grey) – weren’t particularly eventful or inspiring when swatched. They imparted pigment quite okay though it felt a little dry and fallout was inevitable.

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Yes, I misspelled Aristocratic Aura. Move along now ;P

Though if you really want this because of the packaging then it’s consolation to say that it’s not that bad and you can still work with the shadows to create a look. Albeit a little more patting and blending is required but if you’re willing to do that, then why not.

 

The other items within the palette are a little better, I felt, especially the Born to Dazzle iridescent powder which I’ve come to like.

While it looks rather shimmery and intimidating in the pan, and somewhat sparkly when swatched on the hand, it actually wears well on the face.

Enough shine that it illuminates the skin in a slightly fancier way than a soft glow but nothing tacky or over the top.

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It’s a nice touch for all the party-ing that’s coming up though I doubt my parties would be as hip as most of y’all since it involves slinging a baby in one hand and a baby bag in the other but I’m sure we can still make the sparkles work.

 

Apart from the powder pans, the Face Palette also sees the inclusion of some cream products and MAC had thoughtfully included a built-in plastic ‘cover’ so your powder doesn’t get all over the creams.

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I like this sentiment because it isn’t a flimsy piece of plastic placed over but rather a proper swiveled and sturdy cover.

Plus the fact that the creams and powders are so closeby and these powders don’t leave the cleanest trail, this extra touch will prove to be a lifesaver in keeping your palette clean.

So for cream products, we have a Pearl Cream Colored Base and 2 Lipstick pans – one in Petulance (beige) and the other in Evening Posh (the red).

I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t cared for lip pan products for such a long time or that all these new ones coming out have seriously up-ed their game but the lipstick pans found within swatch well in both pigmentation and texture.

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As for the Cream Colored Base, I’ve always been curious about the exact function of these but I guess the correct answer from a MAC Artist would be, wherever you need it.

My need for categorization and everything to be in its own place feels slightly ruffled at multi-purpose products but for a compact palette as such I believe this would come to great use either as a face highlight or a brow bone highlight (given how flakey and gritty Filament is, you don’t want that near the browbone).

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I don’t think any of you would care for this but just to mention, there is a tiny dual ended MAC brush within as well.

One side serves as a shadow brush and the other for the lips (or cream stuff) though I felt that using my fingers for quicker coverage and then going in to refine the edges with said included brush worked better than using the brush alone.

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So, in all, my confusion about the Face Palette lies in understanding the choice and products included because it is a nice compact mix  of items within a darling palette but I’m curious why MAC didn’t want to include a blush within since it is a Face Palette after all.

Or perhaps it’s a clever marketing technique since there are blushes within the Keepsakes collection so it’s good to get those to complete your look, yes?

Though if anything it’s an interesting take on Face Palettes to tout on the go. After all, when you whip out a palette like this adorned with soft shimmers, pearls and a cameo to touch up while you’re out, I’m sure you’re bound to turn some heads!

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Though speaking of pearls, I do have a bit of beef with these. While beautiful, they feel a little flimsy and some areas feel like they aren’t stuck on proper since I could wiggle them around.

Maybe it’s paranoia speaking because I haven’t come across anyone saying they’ve lost their pearls (trying to link to something comedic but lost my train of thought along the way) but it’s best to be careful when handling the palette.

It’s built for travel and for you to put on a face on the go but unless I keep it in a special pouch of its own where it can remain protected and pristine, I would think twice before touting this out!

Actually a pouch isn’t a bad idea, MAC should have included a cute sequined one to complete the ‘set’!

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Regardless, if this MAC Smokey Face Palette has caught your fancy and you’re willing to overlook the just-miss quality of some of the items within because the packaging is just too awesome then, head down to your nearest MAC to pick it up.

Be it for yourself or that MAC loving friend (which could be yourself as well, heh).

If you ask me, I’m conflicted about recommending this. On one hand the quality on average isn’t superb only because I’m looking for that near perfection and luxurious feel but yet if you want special, pretty, and rather-acceptable/usable in quality then I guess you wouldn’t mind this.

It’s your call really, why don’t you head down to MAC to give it a swatch? Perhaps I’m just being too critical about my expectations.

 

Thanks for reading!

The MAC Keepsakes Face Palette is from the Holday 2014 Keepsakes Collection. It is out at all MAC stores islandwide and is a Limited Edition.

I’m sorry I don’t have the price of this on hand.

Sponsorship disclosure

On My Nails: Just Peachy (The Body Shop Color Crush™ Nails)

Hello!

So it’s back to the nail entries though I’ve been (fairly) religiously painting my talons and keeping them nice and colored, I’ve been slacking a little on telling you what I have on them.

Perhaps slacking isn’t the right word, it’s more of being distracted by the many other things to say but before these get lost in the sea of pending entries, let’s have a look again at The Body Shop’s Color Crush™ Nail Polishes that I have on hand, shall we?

 

So… the decision to paint this orange hued shade was because I was about to remove my nail colors and snip my nails down but figured… since they’re at this length already why not swatch another shade first before removing it all.

The reason why I’m not so hyped about keeping this shade on (or was not, at least) is because of my aversion to wearing orange on the nails. Or in this case, vermillion.

Or also called ‘Just Peachy‘, though I’ll say it leans more red-orange than peach but whatever floats your Color Crush boat.

Don’t mind the messy painting, remember my plan was slap on, snap and then remove. Heh!

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And I only have one thing to say after swatching this…

You know how in situations where you assume something for the whole batch due to the first little bugger you test yet that assumption turns out wrong because the first test subject is actually a bit of a dud?

Yeah, well, that’s what happened here because I don’t know if this is the same range from The Body Shop but Just Peachy swatched… well, just peachy! It was nice and opaque, shiny and creamy and I could even skip a topcoat with this brilliant bright orange.

Did I just put brilliant and orange together while describing a nail color?

Yes I think I did.

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I usually can’t deal with oranges, hence the initial thought, but Just Peachy actually looks nice on and doesn’t do that odd orange polish thing of making my skin appear yellow and sickly.

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Long story short, call me impressed!

Now I can’t wait to go on and swatch the rest of the shades, which really are just 2 more shades – one a pastel purple (totally my color~) and the other is a staple black.

Would you believe I don’t have a black in my stash? At least I don’t have one that isn’t gloopy or dried up so… yes, I’ll save that ramble for another entry.

 

Thanks for reading!

The Body Shop’s Color Crush™ Nail Polish (colors and top/base coat) retails for S$12.90.

They are available at all The Body Shop outlets islandwide.

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