Look Feature: Naked On the Run – Texture Mish-mash!

So this is it, the day!

The day that Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run goes up and running (oh joy, I can’t stop with the punny references) so if you’re looking to get your hands on it, do hurry down to ION Sephora!

I doubt it’ll be possible to be in amongst the first few right now because those who really want the Naked Vault are probably already in queue (right? I’m guessing…) but you could still make it to be one of the First 100 and walk away with a deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Primer Potion!

Eitherways, good luck to all heading down. Remember, it’s ION Sephora and it’ll launch 6pm today (5th Dec).

Now on to the look, here’s my attempt at fusing a matte and shimmery color together for a fusion of textures.

I will say that in pictures the look didn’t quite come out as distinctive as I would have liked, partially due to the fact that I’m also perfecting the idea of mixing textures since I’m more accustomed to wearing pearly, frosted or sheened eyeshadows alone. But I think this is an okay start and you’ll like see more texture mishmash from me!

Though in the meanwhile, here’s my rough stab at it with the deeper end of the palette spectrum.

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Somehow it photographed a little more intense and darker a mix of browns as compared to how it looks in person but no matter, just an observation.

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Given the pairings available, I could go light (with Fix and Resist – the ashy beige matte and cool taupe metallic) or darker and smokier as I did here.

I had the matte shade (Dare) in the inner corner and all over the lid actually with Stun (the gold shimmer strewn brown on the outer corner.

The effect of the look was a little different from what I had in mind, probably due to the texture of the shadows and that Stun has a refined touch of gold shimmer instead of the piece-y gritty sort but I think it ended up being quite alright. Though I’ll definitely explore this texture mix again with grittier, sparklier shadows!

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Here’s a blurry shot to capture the shimmer. I don’t even know how many times I’ve said ‘shimmer’ in this post…

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For the rest of the face, the cheeks are largely the same as what I had used in previous Naked On the Run looks – with the bronzer as contour and blush as blush – but this time around I loaded up on 5050 on both the cheeks and also high points of the face for a more glowy and radiant finish to the skin.

Continuing the texture mix, instead of glossy and shiny lips from the Naked Gloss within, I cheated here and went for a satin finish on the lips instead.

My inital intention was matte but as it turns out, Laqa & Co’s Fat Lip Pencils weren’t as matte as I had remembered them to be.

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I must say, when you consider mixing and matching textures and not just colors alone, it makes the whole look rather interesting to put together.

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I apologize for the fact that my eyes always looking so bloodshot in the mornings. I’m not quite sure why but they look better as the day progresses. It must be the fact that I’m totally not a morning person, ha!

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BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Lanôme Absolue Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent

EYES 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Dare – all over lid (NOTR)
Urban Decay Stun – outer half of the lid (NOTR)
Urban Decay 5050 – brow highlight (NOTR)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Stag


CHEEKS 
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (contour)

LIPS 
Laqa & Co Fat Lip Pencil in Ring of Fire

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The Lighter Texture Mix Variation!

Now, hijacking this post a little, I was about to end it with just showcasing that one variation of the matte and shimmer mix but both curiosity and the need to document it got the better of me so I explored the lighter texture mix options I had mentioned at the start of the post.

I didn’t bother to create a brand new entry for this because it’s quite a simple look and aesthetically it isn’t very much but for those considering all aspects of this palette before acquiring it (why even consider, just get it!) here’s a look you can explore.

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I can envision this being a look I’d throw on quite often when I’m not sure if I feel up for shimmer or matte – why not both right?

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With that, I’m going to round up this dedicated mention to the Naked On the Run Palette and as always I hope that amidst my spam of looks that sometimes may not differ too much from each other, you found this helpful and informative!

Don’t forget to run down if you want to get your hands on this!

Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run Palette will be launching 5th December (6pm) at ION Sephora. This is Limited Edition.

 

Cutting that long ramble down, I’m signing out of my blog for a bit though I do have some posts scheduled and planned so this space wouldn’t end up dead but I guess for me it’ll be a bit of a break – a fun and tiring one so… not so much of a break-break but whatever, I’m rambling again.

Okay, see you guys shortly and stick around for more posts I have planned!

Thank you again for reading!

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Urban Decay’s NAKED On the Run – For The Peeps Who Are Always On the Road!

So here’s the low down if you’re getting Naked On the Run this Friday (5th December at ION Sephora, 6pm).

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Right.

I know how wrong that sentence sounds but when it comes to Urban Decay, I’m past the point of trying to correct myself and making it sound right. I’m so used to thinking of ‘Naked’ as the term of an Urban Decay range that sometimes I forgot that in itself it means, just that, being naked. Like nude.

See even when I say nude I think of a nude beige lipstick or something…

Our minds are so wired around makeup.

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My point being, I don’t think anyone would have the intention of running naked (no seriously, why would you?) but if you’re always on the go and you like your makeup quick, fuss-free and relatively subtle but not invisible then you fit the target audience of Urban Decay’s latest Naked On the Run palette!

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An all-in-one palette, this hefty case of rose gold is just base and brows (and maybe brushes too) short from being the perfect lug and go, though in it’s own right it’s quite an accomplished travel palette already.

The first thought I had when I saw this was – whoa, it’s a lot bigger than I expected!

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With a MAC lipstick for scale

I mean, I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had only seen it online but somehow a part of me expected it to be smaller, being travel and all. Though in some aspects, it’s quite nice that Urban Decay still went the whole way with a lavish look and a luxurious metalic rose-gold effect to it, instead of a cheapy rattle-y plastic feel.

If you ask me this is really best for having out on your vanity to quickly throw on your daily look because everything is in easy reach of the palette from your liner to shadows, cheek and lip color and even mascara, if you do that.

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I don’t know how comfortable I would be actually lugging it about for my travels because it is quite ‘solid’ and ‘weighted’ but if I was pressed for time when packing and can’t be bothered to rummage my drawers for options then throwing this in my luggage would suffice.

Along with a base, some brow products, a loose / compact powder for the base, an eye primer and of course some brushes.

So that’s just an idea of what else I feel I would need to pack apart from this piece of pretty right here.

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The inconvenient aspect of it – being a little larger and weighted – is also a reason why I like it because it isn’t just super compact and small. It has some weight to it, some heft and that just makes me feel like you’re getting so much more for the price.

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The pans of eyeshadows, blush/bronzer and a highlight shade (for cheeks or eyes) within are all nicely sized so you don’t have to worry about getting your brush aim right on bleary-eyed mornings during your travels.

In fact, the Naked Nourishing Gloss within is a full-sized item! What would you know! The eyeshadow pans themselves are comparable to the Vice 3 pan size too.

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Of course, given the ‘NAKED’ theme, the shades within this palette are all out to give you that neutral and natural look be it if you want it minimal or smokey (but soft and neutral).

It’s not going to be able to give you a whole range of looks but if your comfort zone and usuals sit within these permutations of browns (warm, ashy, slightly rosey) then I think you’ll be right at home with this.

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There is a nice mix of 3 metallic shades and 2 smooth creamy mattes, a good move on Urban Decay’s part.

I especially love that warm slightly copper-gold deep brown at the very end because it’s got some stunning shimmer action going on. I couldn’t wait to use it so I have included it in some looks to come real soon.

Like, tomorrow soon.

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Here’s a swatch of the lovely browns in the palette.

They’re all such yummy shades I had to snap this palette pronto and use it right away. I got this palette on Friday and I was already using it on Monday, that’s an incredibly quick photo turnover time for my standards!

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Look at the shine on those metallics!

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And that gorgeous shine on that golden brown

 

Speaking of eyes, we have a travel-sized 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Stag and given my recent experience with these, I really like them because they stay put and don’t budge (very much) on my liner-eating watery eyes.

If any liner can last well through a day on my eyes, that’s a clear winner in my books.

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I’m utterly impressed with them and if you’re traveling, the last thing you need is a liner mishap so these are a great go-to for an ease of mind for your eyes.

 

Another eye item within is the Perversion Mascara, in a sleek travel-sized tube, which I’ve heard about quite a fair bit when it launched not too long ago.

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Modeled after Urban Decay’s very popular 24/7 Glide On Liner shade (in Perversion of course), this promises to be as rich and black as the liner.

Though I’m not much of a mascara user these days so I can’t judge how it properly wears but I brush some of this on my lower lashes and it seems to give me rather nice definition there. It’s not intense because I would only go for a light coat but I like how the brush (which was bigger than I expected) seems to hold and grab each lash really well.

 

The only thing I feel I would swap out within this palette is the Naked Gloss (in Sesso) – only because I don’t personally prefer gloss but since we don’t have a Naked Lipstick range (yet! UD, I’m waiting) this is the only thing to cover the lips.

Literally. Hurhur, I’m so cheesy now I’m sorry.

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The nice thing about this chubby tube of gloss is the spacious well it is housed in. If necessary, I’m sure you could slide a shorter lip liner or maybe even those chubby lip pencils or slimmer lipsticks in should you wish to swap it out.

But shh, don’t say you heard it from me.

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Though to give Sesso (the Naked Nourishing Gloss within) some credit, it is beautiful and natural, soft and easy to wear. The shade is a translucent medium pink that is really wearable, strewn with fine pink shimmers within to bring some shine to your pout.

It’s just I have my own beef with lipgloss and I shouldn’t take it out on here to affect my fair judgement of it. For the sake of reviewing this proper I have also been making myself wear this more often and in truth I really do like how comfortable it wears and glossy it looks, just not so much when the wind picks up

Here’s a swatch of both Stag and Sesso.

I skipped out on swatching Perversion mascara because it’ll simply be a swipe on my hand and what does that say about it right? It’s black, and we all know that so let’s save that ‘swatch’ for another time on my lashes!

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That aside, rounding up my long ramble about this palette would be the cheek colors – there’s a bronzer and blush duo housed within as well as a highlighter pan that’s slightly larger than the eyeshadows but smaller than the face color pans.

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I believe the intention is for you to choose to wear it as a brow highlight (because there isn’t one otherwise) or as a cheek highlighter as well.

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The color itself is a pale ivory with a subtle sheen, not shimmery or glittery at all, so I believe it would be great for either purpose. That’s what we all love when we travel right, multi-purpose products.

While the bronzer looked pretty orange in the pan and swatched fairly orange against my hands, it turned out alright once I dabbed it on the face so, don’t be afraid that it swatches like a lobster bisque here.

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Here’s a closeup on 5050 because it’s a great subtle highlight that I enjoy dabbing on both my brow bone and cheek bones.

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Okay, so I know I rambled on a little and went into detail with some products but overall you can say that I’m quite impressed with Naked On the Run and also really enjoyed having it on my vanity over the last few weeks (and many more weeks / days to come)!

And have I also mentioned that all the products within (Perversion Mascara aside) are brand new and Limited Edition – exclusive to the Naked On the Run palette.

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Way to go Urban Decay to give you an incentive to need to own this palette. The term Limited Ediion just lights up a spark in our mind and short-circuits the unit called Willpower.

Of course this may not be everyone’s palette, less everyone’s travel palette, but it’s one you don’t really need much persuasion to get because neutrals just work.

Almost everyone loves a good neutral because it’s so easy to wear and when you have a quick face option put together in a well designed palette, what’s not to love!

It makes for a great gift too if you happen to know someone looking to get Naked (okay, bad joke) or someone who loves the Naked line and would be totally stoked about receiving this under their Christmas tree.

It’s highly recommend given the price and size of everything, S$85 isn’t too bad for this box of quality!

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If you’re up for getting this palette, here’s a bit of a repeat of information that I had talked about earlier in this post. Only because it’s such a great deal and I really hope one of you guys manage to score it!

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Naked On the Run Early Bird Promotion!

The Urban Decay Naked On the Run palette will be launching at 5th December, 6pm sharp. Though if you’re hardcore about it you might want to get there earlier because the first 2 who purchase the palette will receive the Naked Vault for FREE.

The next 4 will have the option to purchase the Vault (worth S$550) at a steal of S$388!

Then of course the First 100 will also be given a nice deluxe size Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion so you can prep your lids proper before you use Naked On the Run!

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So, are you going to be On the Run down to ION Orchard on the 5th of December?

 

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay’s Naked On the Run retails for S$85 and will be launching on 5th November, 6pm sharp.

This is Limited Edition.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Icy Blue Hues with Shupette (Has-It-All Palette & Blush)

While putting this look together, I think my train of thought went a little like this:

Okay, let’s see what we can do with this…

That’s not too bad, now lets try this…

Hmm… meh, okay, that wasn’t quite what I expected *mentally a little disappointed with that blue*

Alright lets smoke the ends out to give this more depth

*steps back from the mirror*

Well hey, what do you know, I think I actually really like this look!

Well, yes, for the most part when I’m trying to do a look feature on an eye palette, most of the time I don’t always have a look in mind and I just mix and match the shades up on the spot.

Of course some combos (like neutral looks) just jump into mind but sometimes for palettes that are a little trickier and not as ‘direct’ (by that I mean, green goes here, darker green goes here, voila), a little trial and error is required and that’s how this look came about!

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After exploring the safe, usual neutrals with the Shupette palette – you know, because I always need that classic something to fall back upon – I decided to venture into the soft, giggly and overly happy world of pastels.

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While pastels are soft, they aren’t to be taken lightly either because given the whole soft, airy and bright nature of these colors, they should be paired and blended well with a deeper shade to give the look some depth.

I’m sure we’ve all encountered looks where people slap a pastel shade all over thinking that alone is enough but their lids end up standing out too much and not in a very good way so… yes, as odd as this may sound pastels may be trickier to work with than smokey shades even.

Though when paired right, and with the right glowy sort of pastel colors, they can be incredibly beautiful on with a soft wash of color and stunning iridescent shine.

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The blue eyeshadow in the Shupette palette in particular gives that very lovely iridescent effect that highlights the look really well in a soft icy blue. I was initially a little disappointed at the pigmentation (when I first patted it on) but came to realize that it’s got such a beautiful glow to it that it makes up for the lack of color and need to build it up with wear.

It’s a look I think I will revisit if I’m feeling up for something eye-catching, yet soft and feminine at the same time.

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For the lips and cheeks, I decided to play up the brights and compliment the blues in the eye look with some soft pinks. Though the soft really only applies to the cheeks because there’s no such thing as a soft pink in the Shupette lip palette.

Oh wait, correction, there is… but that’s no fun.

Here are the shades I used (eyes & lips) from the Shupette palette.

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I went with an even brighter fuschia pink this round, as opposed to the already rather bright pink I had worn in the earlier more neutral Shupette look.

I felt that given how icy and played up the eyes were, a stronger lip color (pink, especially) wouldn’t hurt.

I’m really starting to like the pink lip options within the Shupette palette and am half wishing for them to actually roll out such colors. Granted I should have similar shades in the stash, I do like how lightweight and smooth these lip bon bons feel on.

Creamy and smooth, staining but not dry. They’re quite lovely.

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BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Shu Uemura Shupette Has-It-All Palette
- middle light pastel blue
- bottom left blue
- middle top greyish brown
- top left charcoal
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner (in black) –– LOVE!
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (1st from left)

 

So, that’s that for the look and also the Shupette speed-mentions! Though… if you think about it it wasn’t all that speedy and my mention is a little tardy into the launch but just in case there are still a couple of pieces for those who need a little enabling I hope my entries were of use!

I’ll be moving on to an encyclopedia of Surratt mentions before maybe shifting my blog back to its usual mentions of random slews and brands here and there though I will admit I’m quite liking this ‘categorization’ thing that I’m doing now.

Though this marks the end of the Shupette speed-mentions, it doesn’t mark the end of the product mentions, that’s for sure! They’ll be having their cameos here and there be it in upcoming looks or maybe a ‘current routine’ sort of entry so, stay tuned!

I’ll have those ‘usual’ posts back once I’m done with all my spams. It’s been awhile since I’ve done them it’s like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to not have a whole lineup in plan and in place!

 

Regardless, thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Both are Limited Edition and available right now!

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Shupette’s Silk Cushion Cheek Color (Pictures & Swatches)

Here’s more kitty lovin’ coming your way!

I know back in the day when I went on my non-stop Lancôme rampage (because we would be kindly given a whole slew of items that were released) I felt a little apologetic about talking about one single item without a ‘break’ in between though these days I seem to feel it’s more therapeutic this way.

Do I make sense?

Because, in case of this, if I were going to talk Shupette, why not just lay it all down consecutively for a whole week even so those who wish to know are able to check it out all at one shot without (much) disturbances, yeah?

It makes filing and the whole flow so much easier too. Tell me it’s not just my OCD-self….

 

I mean I doubt you all would want to be jumping around from kitty cat to a bath product, to maybe some hair stuff, makeup and back to little ole kitty cat, yeah?

I guess it loses that momentum somehow… so anyway, my point is, this is kitty cat week so cat ladies, sit tight and hang tight!

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This next kitty cat product (okay, am I annoying you by saying kitty cat?) is one that I’m actually a little undecided about. It’s really just me sorting my own feelings because those who have tried this product end up really liking it and so do I, actually, it’s just that it comes with a couple of catches and tiny hoops to squeeze through but I guess I don’t mind.

So anyway, this product here is a cheek product, a rarity within Shupette’s very extensive collection. You would think there would be a couple more cheek options within this cutesy collection given that’s the easiest to market to a youthful audience but no, there’s only 1 cheek product in 2 color variations.

What’s up with that, Shu?

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Though to appease us a little, I would say that the formula of said cheek product that was included within this collection is quite glorious.

It’s one of those formulas you can’t quite explain because it’s so interesting and cool yet it works incredibly well at the same time. Though as a personal conflict, the only beef I have against it is that it’s part-cream.

You know me, cream products and I don’t always get along.

I seem to have conflict with many many things in this beauty realm – cream cheek products, lip pans… I’m bothersome, I know.

But anyway, as I was saying while this is a little bit of a cream-like product, it’s not actually cream either so this is where I started to open myself up to the product and accepted it a little.

It’s a bit of a dense cushy mousse-like product that swatches creamy but blends on to a smooth powder-like finish on the skin. It’s not tacky on and in no way shiny or greasy either.

If I had to compare it to something, I would say it vaguely reminds me of those Maybelline bouncy blush things that were all the rage a little while ago.

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Housed within a really simple and functional packaging with a clear top (I like this aspect) so you can easily see the product, simply twist off the cap and voila.

For all the incredibly state-of-the-art packaging we’re seeing these days, something about a plastic and simple case like this feels mildly nostalgic. Or I could just be over-thinking, as I always do.

As I had mentioned, this comes in a miserable selection of 2 shades – Orange and Pink – and the shocker is that I chose Pink.

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So cute those kitty cat paw prints!

I’m the sort who would rather opt for coral / peach / orange first before I settle for pink but given how cutesy (and pastel-hued) the Shupette Palette is, I figured the Pink shade would be more of help to pair up some looks.

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Here’s a closer look at the intriguing texture of the product.

Again, it’s like a smooth dense mousse but slightly creamy and rather smooth once swatched. The formula isn’t slippery or greasy at all, which makes it quite nice but given how I like to use this (over my whole getup – yes, even powder), it proves to be a bit of work to properly blend it all in.

A little more dabbing, blending and even more blending to even the color out is required but it’s possible to wear this color over your already-done base without disturbing the foundation, powder or concealer.

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That said, I think that would be the little hiccup I have with this guy – that it takes a tiny bit more refining and time than if I were to simply swirl and dust a powder blush on with a brush but the result is truly well worth it because the flush this lends seems to look so natural (and so adorable too) that I can’t help but reach for this more often than I would like.

I’ve tried using a stippling brush and a couple other options with this but I figured the best way around it is still using my fingers.

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There’s just something so special about this (and cream products, mainly) that hugs the skin so closely that it seems to replicate a cheek flush most naturally and perfectly.

Much as I love powder blushes for their ease I will agree that creams do have that advantage over that natural factor and somehow it’s just different when you’re using a cream product as opposed to a powder, but the hassle that it comes with often turns me away.

It’s nice, though, that this one lessens a lot of those hassles (and thicky creamy greasiness, though no less elbow grease, heh!) and has actually opened me up to using it and preferring it more than even my powder options most times.

It works great for workdays with a full out look and weekends for a natural look, I’m really enjoying it if you can’t already tell!

Have I already mentioned that this blush just lasts and lasts through the day? I don’t bother setting it with a powder (or another blush) on top; I simply dab this on, blend, and voila! Unless you are very oily and would have to dust some powder on for a peace of mind, I think this trooper can last you through your everyday too.

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Lip color is one of the lip pans from Shupette Has It All Palette

It’s a pity this is Limited Edition, really, and from what I have seen of it (on BritishBeautyBlogger, here) apparently there isn’t a whole lot of product in it either but I’m sure it’ll be nice while it lasts.

I hope to see more of these Silk Cushion appearances in Shu Uemura collections to come and, of course, in more colors please!

 

Thanks for reading!

Shupette’s Silk Cushion Cheek Color retails for S$45 each and are available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide.

This is Limited Edition

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Shupette Has-It-All Palette – Pictures & Swatches

After much much much waiting, here you go, you guys!

May I present to you, Shupette (who usually goes by Choupette) featuring his cutesy little Has It All Palette!

 

But seriously now, based on my site’s statistics, it seems like Shupette is one popular kitty (that – and the JaeRim SoEun couple) as a good number of people flowing in seem to be drawn to the Shupette round up post with some keywords being the Shupette Has-It-All Palette.

So it’s about time I finally got down to writing and posting about this palette that I’ve had sitting around for a bit and have given some pretty good use to!

Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Retailing at an auspicious amount of S$128 (if you don’t get it, it’s chinese customary stuff), the Shupette Has-It-All palette may sound steep at first but if you consider the 8 eyeshadows, 6 lip pans (or lip bons bons as they call it) and not forgetting the incredibly cute plush and fuzzy Shupette case that you get along with it, it really doesn’t sound half bad.

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Sure it’s costlier than a 20 eyeshadow palette like Vice 3 but it’s a whole different realm of Limited Edition. You can’t expect something tagged with a Karl Lagerfeld relation to be cheap, yes?

For those who have already made up their minds about getting it (or have already got it), here are some reasons why I feel you made a pretty good choice answering your inner cat-lady’s calling.

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The Shupette Has It All palette (and in fact the whole collection) is undoubtedly targeted at an audience that loves this huge amount of ‘cutesy‘ so the shadows within stand somewhere in the soft, wearable and slightly ‘sheer’ realm.

In other words, the sweet, neutral and natural makeup arena so if you like your looks heavy, dark and smokey then you might be tilting your head and squinting at the palette wondering what the appeal is.

Though what it lacks in the eyes department it makes up for in the lips but I’ll get to that in a bit…

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I don’t always fancy frosty pastel shades but I can tell you that these are done quite well. It falls in line with the asian / Japanese concept of wearing colors as a light frosty wash instead of a full-out full-on slap of green, pink or blue.

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Though thankfully the entire palette isn’t a shimmery pastel wonderland as there are some more ‘grounding’ shades, as I call it, to help you along and to provide a little depth to the look when need be.

Those shades are located on the top row of the Shupette Palette – there’s a charcoal grey (looks black but swatches sheer), medium taupe, deliciously warm brown and a copper-gold-toned shade.

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In all, I’m sure you can get some good looks out of the palette even if the pastel shades aren’t your thing, or in reverse if wearing deeper tones aren’t something you’re comfortable with.

To get you a little acquainted with the middle row of colors, these are what I would call the ‘sweet’ colors within the palette. They seem quite distinctive in their pans but once swatched they’re a nice translucent (and shimmery, but not glittery) wash of light tones.

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They don’t look completely identical when swatched, thankfully, but you know how sometimes when things are worn on the lid you really would have to pack it on to tell them apart…

For my method of use, I will admit I do visit the top row (and maybe that bottom right color) more frequently than the rest but the pastel shades are truly lovely when used and paired well.

I’ll get to that more in my looks to come but for now, here are swatches of the top and bottom row of eyeshadow colors!

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So, as I was saying while the eyeshadow aspect could leave much to be desired (for some, expecting a little more pow-wow), the lip pans prove to be quite a different story.

You see, with lip pans I generally expect a lip-gloss sort of pigmentation. Nice and juicy color but largely translucent and gives just the right amount of tint.

Though these lip pans here pack a lot of color and punch in their cute little wells!

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I like that they offer a stronger selection of colors be it to make this palette a whole lot more vibrant visually or because they know that in the asian market bold lips are easier to don (and more preferred) compared to smokey bold eyes.

The pans, while small, give a nice pigmentation of color – akin to lipstick pigmentation even – and from my short encounters with them (me and lip pans aren’t the best of friends.. but I try!), I’ve noticed that these seem to lend a mild staining effect even after they’ve worn off.

I like!

I haven’t given that far right nude any use just yet because it did swatch quite average but, hey, it’s a nude… what can we expect when it’s placed alongside such powerhouse colors, right?

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One reason for my lack of use of these lip pans is a personal preference or aversion to cream products in a pan form.

There’s that hassle of dipping the fingers, applying and the cleaning it off when given that time I would rather whip out a lipstick but the applicator included does help make my life a little bit easier where this is concerned.

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Sadly I didn’t bother with the sponge-tip (sorry dude), but I have used the double-ended brush applicator as a lip brush to swatch on the shades within the lip pans.

It’s not a stellar brush but it works well enough and I would imagine it should get the job done should you be traveling and not have a lip brush on hand.

By that I mean if you’ve packed this palette along because I highly doubt anyone would be whipping this palette out mid-day to touch up their lip color, right?

To each their own though…

 

Another random thing to spotlight is these cute little paw prints running across the plastic ‘film’ that usually protects and prevents the powder / products from getting on the mirror or all over the palette.

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It’s a small touch but it’s so adorable!

That said, this rounds up my overview of the Shupette Palette thus far. I’m a little late with my mention so you might have seen it everywhere else already but I hope it was still useful, nonetheless!

I’ll be back with another kitty mention and then a couple of looks but I’ll admit that my attention span with this guy was cut quite short. It’s peculiar, I really do like this palette and I like the shades within be it the eye products or the lip products but it’s missing that grab that prevents me from putting it down and straying to other palettes.

Maybe it’s too sweet, even for me (gasp), or perhaps the distractions are way too strong but eitherways this palette has a nice spot in my stash. Not one that has me head over heels but it’s nice, nonetheless.

Like that one palette you’re glad to have though you don’t give it enough love? Yes, this seems to be it. But I’m sure if the colors are up your alley or if you’re just that avid a kitty collector you wouldn’t mind this sitting steady in your stash either ;)

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Anyway, before I go I wanted to add that last I heard this palette was out of stock (now I heard this awhile ago actually…).

Though they are doing reservations and such and will inform you once it’s back in stock or once stocks flow in so, that’s that. I’m not too sure of the stock situation as of now given its been launched for awhile and the die-hard Shupette/Choupette fans would have gotten their hands on it but if you’re a little late to the party, no harm trying your luck!

Shu Uemura’s Shupette Has-It-All Palette retails for S$128. This (and the Shupette Collection)is available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide.

Shupette Has-It-All is Limited Edition

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On My Nails: Meet Me At Dusk (The Body Shop Color Crush™ Nails)

OHAI… Sorry to have been neglecting you again, nail entries.

Funny thing is now that I’ve been painting my nails and keeping them painted once more, I have all these pictures of nail posts to do but no intention of doing them. Oops!

But okay, I’ll get right to it.

Nail entries are super quick anyway, right?

 

In today’s post, I have featured a color from The Body Shop’s new line up of nail polishes – the Color Crush™ Nails.

I was sent a small bag of them with a couple of shades to choose from but I felt in the mood for some nudes so I popped Meet Me at Dusk on.

p.s. I’ve noticed these polishes have alternate names in french and this one is also called Rose Rendez Vous

Meet Me At Dusk… Nude shade… Cheeky~

So anyway, here’s the shade done in 2 coats and snapped when semi-wet / drying.

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The Body Shop was also kind enough to include a top-coat (which supposedly works as a base coat too, interesting) which I think was a really good call because these Color Crush™ shades really pop and look much better once you have a glossy shine over them.

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On their own, they seem to be a little dull, not as plush and lack a little something but the topcoat really brings this to its full potential.

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I don’t suppose you have to use a The Body Shop topcoat but if you’re a sucker for everything being matchy, then why not right? They’re only S$12.90 a pop!

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So that’s that for my first introduction to The Body Shop’s Color Crush Nail Polishes, starting with a very simple and safe nude shade. I’ve got a couple of other shades on hand ranging from purples, to bright vermillion (as they call it) and black so… those will be up real soon!

As soon as I can paint them that is, which I don’t assume is too long given how frequently I’m changing up my polish shades right now.

 

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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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What is Your Vice? – Urban Decay Vice 3 (Photos & Swatches)

We’re drawing close to the launch of this little guy (and okay, maybe little isn’t a good way to describe it) and I am mighty excited!

The Urban Decay VICE installment is actually one of the more exciting releases of the brand, I feel.

Of course the NAKED range will forever have my neutral-loving heart but out of all the whacky eyeshadow boxes and renditions that Urban Decay does, the only other one that I felt drawn to would be the Vice series.

So, why do I only have a Vice (Vice 3 at that) on my hands now?

Well… you know me, eyeshadows aren’t actually a vice of mine. I can resist them quite okay because lovely as they are, I feel that I can get away with or replicate them with what I have. But of course, it’s always nice to have something new, something pretty and something like Vice 3.

When Vice 1 was released, I remember thinking to myself that the whole palette looked absolutely gorgeous – so edgy, so wearable (in my mind back then) and soooo nice.

Now, looking at Vice 3, I went back to see images of Vice 1 (and 2) and felt that of the 3, I think I like número tres the best.

This one. Vice 3.

Why?

Because compared to Vice 1 and 2 at least, 3 is a whole lot more wearable but don’t let that discount the edge because it’s still got plenty in the form of shades like Heroine, Bondage, Alchemy, Sonic and Dragon. The rest of the palette holds well in it’s own way and the neutrals are there with a good purpose too – to help gel this whole palette together.

I like that because you don’t get a whole palette full of pow-wow that you can’t use it alone since we’re all about portability and sticking with one sole product for a whole look these days.

If you’re a neutral sorta gal, don’t let Vice 3 scare you because it’s very simple to use. And if you are the sort that likes it vibrant and smokey, Vice 3 has just enough of that for you as well!

Before we get to the color and swoon about the shadows in terms of both shades and quality lets get the other stuff out of the way first.

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When you pick up a Vice 3 palette, apart from the 20 eyeshadow pans, you’re also getting a thin zip pouch (cute but nothing to shout about, really) and also a double-ended eye brush within.

The pouch helps to keep this very reflective palette from being imprinted with finger prints or scratched if you intend to bring this for travels. Otherwise, the pouch is also able to house tablets the size of an iPad Mini, should you have one.

It isn’t a cushy pouch in any way, really just fabric sewn together so it’s cute if you’re head over heels with the Vice 3 design – of motion blurred lights – but otherwise, I chucked mine aside a little unimpressed.

Cute, Urban Decay, but let’s get on to the real stuff!

The double-ended brush is good enough, since Urban Decay doesn’t disappoint with their synthetic fiber brushes. Though it’s worth noting I personally don’t use the brush within the palette unless I really have nothing else proper on hand.

It’s cute that it comes in the same lime-green that adorns the base of the Vice 3 palette.

On one end you get a blending brush looking… brush, which works great for buffing that crease color out.

On the other, you get a… shorter version of a blending brush? It’s almost like a stumpy crease brush which I have some of in my stash but those are often left untouched. It’s good if you like placing strong colors in your crease but the stiff nature of it leaves me from picking it up much.

I like my blending brushes a tad fluffier, but it’s a good brush no doubt.

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So, with all those said and done, let’s move on to the colors now, shall we?

While at a glance this palette can look very… messy, and I mean that in the whole “zomg so many colors” sort of way, you’ll be surprised to know that they are actually carefully arranged within the palette to give some semblance of an order.

Each ‘column’ is almost like a quad of its own, with colors that compliment and match each other well enough to create a look with. We have

  • the neutrals column
  • the vibrant column
  • the purple-gold column
  • the cranberry-hued column
  • the smokey column.

Does this now make a lot more sense to you?

As with most of Urban Decay’s eyeshadow offerings, a large amount of the eyeshadows in Vice 3 did not disappoint.

The mattes were buttery and smooth with good pay-off while the pearlised or metallic shades were intense in both color and shine with a creamy formula that imparts amazing pigmentation.

There were a couple of shades that seemed a little powdery or lacking in intensity when swatched but those were the rare duds of the palette because overall, this still feels like a gem to own.

I can’t help but think Din Tai Fung (a chinese restaurant) when I see that brown…

I especially liked the intense colors (the whole row of reds is love!) within this palette and felt the smooth matte neutrals were good enough supporting roles. They’ve lovely alone too, no doubt, but if you wanted neutrals only I think Naked 2 Basics is more up your alley (more info about that one to come!).

Here’s a close up of some pretty shades I zoomed into (well, literally with a camera) when I first marveled at the palette.

Enough said, I think you want to have a look at the swatches.

Column by column now, so you can see how the colors look when paired with their column, though of course you can always mix and match it up.

So, that’s that for the swatches and a look at the palette!

To countdown to the launch of this beauty, at Sephora, this Thursday (30th October) I’ll be dedicating this whole week’s entry to featuring looks from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette – Whoop!

If you’re looking to get your hands on a Vice, this should be the one to get!

In other news, the rest of Urban Decay’s holiday offering will also be launched this Thursday (30th October) at Sephora!

That includes:

  • Urban Decay Shadow Box (Permanent)
  • Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Liner Set (LE)
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette (Permanent)
  • Urban Decay Aura Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder (Permanent?)
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush (Permanent)

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette will retail for S$88 at Sephora starting 30th October 2014.

Vice 3 is a Limited Edition Palette.

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On My Nails: A Little Attitude + Sephora’s Express Drying Oil

It’s been awhile since a nail post hasn’t it!

I’ve been pretty good about keeping my talons colored at all times, though not good enough to remove and swap out a color at the first signs of chipping but hey, good enough!

Compared to my almost 6 month long abstinence of nail color due to time constrains and eczema issues, I have to say that it’s nice to once again have color on my nails and get to change that up according to my mood. Bright and summery one day, moody and dark the next.

In this post, I’ll be showcasing the last of my piCture pOlish loots (featured here) and this color, Attitude, was not one that I purchased. It was one that Eliza had picked out for me and I can’t say how perfect a shade it is for me. This girl knows me so darn well, thank you love <3

 

Attitude is a mysterious purple that leans a little blue. It’s almost like a galaxy reflected in your nails – the blue tinted sort of cartooned galaxy instead of the dark starry space kind.

The shimmer within this is stunning, almost as if they each have a role to play – there are the prominent silver ones that glint and shine from the darkened base while the softer shimmers lend a subtle sheen, adding dimension to the nail color.

What’s more you’ll be glad to know that while the polish is strewn with shimmer (like, really packed), it wasn’t difficult to remove either.

How perfect is that?

So that’s how Attitude looks under sunlight, and it is actually rather true to what it appears like in person – soft sparkles on a dark base with a nice glowy sort of sheen to the base color.

Though for representation sake, here’s how Attitude looks under really bright and harsh lighting, just to show you the concentration of the shimmers within.

It’s gorgeous yes, but it is a little obnoxious if you ask me and we have a lot of glitter or shimmer polishes out there that can achieve this effect rather easily so I feel that what Attitude can achieve with it’s mix of prominent and subtle shimmer is really quite unique and gorgeous.

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Aside from piCture pOlish’s Attitude, I also want to give a little mention to Sephora’s Express Drying Oil.

What this is, is basically an oil that you drip on the nails and it acts like a topcoat, as well as quickens the drying process of the nail color you have on.

It sounds incredibly interesting and to date I’ve never tried anything of the sort. The only quick dry thing I have tried would be top coats (like Seche Vite) and even those are painted on very much like nail polishes are, not dropper-ed on and surely not an oil.

So with that, I found this Sephora Express Drying Oil very fascinating and fancy-effects aside, I’m actually quite happy to report that this does work fairly well.

It is a little messy to use given the whole oil factor and dripping it on your nails and all but if you put a tissue, kitchen towel or cotton pad under your nails while you do it, it’s no big deal. What’s more given this is an oil of some sort, I would like to think that it actually helps to hydrate the skin around your fingers a little more. I’m not sure if they market this as being hydrating or nourishing to your cuticles but my dry cuticles seem to be facing better days after I’ve started incorporating this into my nail routine.

It could be a coincidence with a better skin cycle, who knows.

Though what I do know about this is that it in the inital period of wear (maybe the first day or so?) it gives you a mega glossy and pretty shine which is rather incredibly given you just had to drop one drop of oil over your polish. Though the plush shine does subside by day 2 and it becomes a pretty okay shiny finish.

Not mega wow but it’s decent enough on for someone who can’t stand muted nails, aka me.

I can’t feedback on the added wear time of this because piCture pOlish polishes wear really well on their own already so.. perhaps I’ll get back in future if I test this out with MAC polishes or something.

In short, I think this is a rather nifty product especially for those who don’t have a lot of time to sit around and paint a pristine top coat after you have already spent this long on your nail color. What’s more we all know topcoats, especially the awesome fast drying ones, get gunky real quick and become more of a pain than a help so having something like this would be great!

Daily use aside, I can see this being of help for photoshoots, considering it instantly gives you hi-shine, plush and glossy nails that are so picturesque.

I really should have made this a review entry of its own but… ah well, what the heck. Go check this out if you’re a nail fiend or if you know a nail fiend. I’m sure this would make a nice stocking stuffer now that the holiday period is around the corner!

 

Sephora’s Express Drying Oil is available at all Sephora outlets.

piCture pOlish’s Attitude is available on their website here.

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Make Up Store's Punky Persona – Amarillo Marbled Eyeshadow

For the longest time I was a little mistaken about this product, thinking it was released earlier this year with Make Up Store’s Spring 2014 collection.

Though upon doing some research – like just, as I was typing this up – I found out that this particular Marbled Eyeshadow was actually released last year I believe.

Released with their Punk Collection last September, Amarillo is a perfect blend of something a little smokey but generally neutral.

Almost as if a punk rocker wanted an effortlessly mauve-y and smokey eye look. The sort that makes it look as if they had partied a little too hard last night or haven’t slept for days.

Regardless of that description, Amarillo is actually very wearable (even if you aren’t going for that editorial ‘druggy’ look) and very beautiful on.

But I do feel a little bad for this belated mention given perhaps you may not be able to readily find this at Make Up Store right now. You could try your luck because they do have a good amount of stocks on hand but otherwise, I do have more Marbled Eyeshadow mentions coming so wait up for those!

Given that, I will quickly explore and showcase the wonders of these Marbled Eyeshadows first and shan’t rant on too long about Amarillo lest it isn’t available and not easy to find.

Amarillo is a speckle of burnished red, dusty blue, pale pink and some taupe hidden in the mixture of everything.

These kind of shadows are interesting and really fun because depending on where you put your brush, the color you get from the swatch will differ.

Of course the gist of the color is there – a taupey sort of base color – but the nuances do shift.

In the case of Amarillo, you can either achieve a cool mauvey taupe, a burgundy tinted brown, or perhaps catch a glint of icy blue within the mix.

It is quite lovely and sometimes one Marbled Eyeshadow is all you need for a smoked out look with shifted tones.

Could you believe that the varying swatches above are all derived from this lone Marbled Eyeshadow?

I didn’t manage to snap any looks with this on to show but I believe that’s for the better, given this was released awhile ago. I don’t want to be any more of a tease than I already am.

Though, if these Marbled Eyeshadows seem interesting enough to you, I have a few pieces from their Spring 2014 collection to share and from what I know, those should still be in stock!

I haven’t gotten down to shooting and using them yet but expect to see them on here soon!

Make Up Store’s Marbled Eyeshadow retails for S$27

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LOTD: That Nude-Ombre Lip Obsession

So, even though words are failing me now, makeup sure isn’t and I have been going through my own fair share of… makeup phases. You could call it that.

One that I have been dabbling in for awhile would be the Nude-Ombre lip look. I have sported this on numerous occasions be it a more dressy variant or a more subtle one for a natural / daily look. It’s just that I haven’t quite gotten around to talking about it on here, word block and all.

Until now that is!

So… for those who may not have seen it, what is a Nude-Ombre lip?

Well, frankly it isn’t a very new look because I’m sure this has made its rounds on runways and the editorial makeup scene.

It is only of late that it is brought to the mainstream makeup scene, possibly by some K-Wave but eitherways I am not here to debate its origin or how this lip look got its shot to stardom.

I am simply here to express my love for it and in a very dramatic LOTD, no less.

I assure you, there are more natural ways to wear the ombre lip but lets start with a bang, shall we?

I will give you a product breakdown but if you must know, like right now, what I used for my lips is MAC’s Lip Erase in Dim (Pro) and Lancôme’s Lip Lover in 362 Bordeaux Tempo.

I happened to be in a dramatic crimson-toned eye makeup phase as well… hence the dramatic eye and equally dramatic lip mix up. Heh.

Well, makeup is about bending the rules, yeah?

If you ask me, what is it about this Nude-Ombre lip look that I like… it would be a little hard for me to explain. But something about them gives this slightly natural (ironic for a dramatic look), sensual and yet girly vibe. That, and I have always liked the ‘berry-stained’, post-kool-aid or ice-pop sort of a lip gradient.

Except this is doing it in a whole new and deliberate way with a pretty clear nude and color portion. As opposed to a gradient lip look with varying intensities.

As much as these give a ‘effortless’ (I don’t care to apply my lipstick properly y’all) look, it actually requires a little more effort than the usual color-within-the-lines way of slapping lip color on.

Depending on how dramatic you prefer it to be, there could be some lip concealing involved, blending after the color goes on and even more concealing to perfect the look.

So it isn’t as effortless as it seems… but it sure looks it!

BROWS
Lancôme Le Sourcil Pro Brow Pencil

FACE
YSL CC Cream in Apricot
Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder

EYES
Lancôme La Base Paupières Pro in 01
MAC Eyeshadow in Real Drama
L’oreal Infinite Wear Eyeshadow in Brazilian Duo
Star Lash Liquid Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint liner in Engraved

CHEEKS
Model Co Cheek & Lip Tint

LIPS
MAC Pro Lip Erase in Dim
Lancôme Lip Lover in 362 Bordueax Tempo

Frankly, this look would have been a lot more ‘put-together’ and not as avant garde-ish as it looks right now if I had thrown on some proper lashes or maybe even false lashes but with me and glasses these days, lashes just get in the way of things.

I have also noticed that, maybe it is due to me skipping out mascara for a good while but wearing it again seems to irritate my eyes a little. Grr. It isn’t expired / old or gross either.

Ah well.

Though enough of me and this, for now. I’ll probably be back with more nude-ombre lip looks that I have done and snapped during the peak of this obsession.

As of now, while I still love nude-ombre lips, I haven’t been throwing them on all that often. I have a bit of a new phase creeping up on me and that is the pink-red-hued eye sort of a look.

Almost like you’re tired, but it is kept edgy with a slick of eyeliner but overall not over the top because I still need to look normal for work.

So anyway, that will come soon so until then, thank you for reading!