Review & Swatches: NARS Velvet Lip Glide

Review & Swatches: NARS Velvet Lip Glide

I have a teaser post for you today, featuring the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide – these will only launch in SG around October, so this is a really early sneak peak.  I have the chance to play and swatch the colours in this collection and also share with you my thoughts on how they perform.

Before we go on, here is the collection story:

This season, NARS takes lips to a whole new level with the new Velvet Lip Glide. The new lip color strikes the perfect balance between softness and strength, coverage and comfort in a full range of colors. Laced with NARS’ Oil Infusion Complex, this hybrid lip color combines the fluidity and effortlessness of a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick. Oil Infusion Complex allows for a smooth-glide effect, instantly delivering saturated color with sensorial comfort. The new doe foot applicator offers a plush application delivering effortlessly nourished lips and intense color. Named after the iconic venues and new attitude that emerged from the sexual revolution of the ‘70s, Velvet Lip Glide shade names capture the freedom of personal power and play.

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Swatches on my hand: 

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and swatches on my lips: 

My top picks?

Unlaced – this is the sexist pale lipstick that doesn’t look like death.. it is like a chic mannequin skin colour on me

Bound – that rosy blush nude shade never gets old

No 54 – this is a sexy red, love!

Deviant – deeper red, very flattering

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My thoughts on these:

I have to say that this is a very interesting formula – at first swatch, I thought they were just pigmented lip gloss.  I didn’t get the ‘velvet’ at all in this formula… and I thought ‘why don’t they make the lip covers from the summer collection permanent because those felt more liquidy less slippery’.. until I really had a chance to explore them and also to apply on my lips.  It takes a while for the velvet lip glide to set on your lips.. and they set into this soft velvety finish – which you can see, the transition from the glossy look in the lip swatches into the velvety in the overall face shots.  They all feel quite comfortable, and they apply very very smoothly.  I won’t compare these nor put them in the same category as the endless supply of liquid lipsticks saturating the lipstick market at the moment.  They might be a tad similar to the Giorgio Armani maestro lip colours.  The pale neutral shades are beautiful in this formula, and the bolder shades are really chic and don’t slip and slide all over the place.

In terms of lasting power, I have to say they don’t last that long – not that they are really marketed as bulge proof or long lasting –  and touching up and reapplication is necessary.  But they are easy to wipe off, and easy to re apply.  If you are prone to dry lips, and you want to try out something easy to wear.. you have to try these out.

Everything else on the face is also NARS.. but I forgot what I wore.. it has been weeks since the pictures were taken and processed.

Most likely the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Pool Shark, Brow Gel (which I will review in another entry), and Gilda (or Lovejoy?) blush… and Laguna bronzer Hot sands highlighter. Lashes – Huda Beauty Lashes in -1 Gisele.

 

Notice how in these full face shots, the lip colors have set to a more of a almost soft matte finish, very very nice!!

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I hope my review has been helpful and thanks for reading!

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GRWM: CHANEL FALL 2016 MAKEUP COLLECTION: LE ROUGE. COLLECTION N°1

GRWM: CHANEL FALL 2016 MAKEUP COLLECTION: LE ROUGE. COLLECTION N°1

 

Hi hi!

This entry will be a preview/ review/ getting ready with me entry on the pieces I got from the Chanel Le Rouge collection No1 – currently available!

As the name states, this is a collection all about RED… and Chanel does red so sexily, so elegantly and so effortlessly.  I love how this collection is all red tones, yet wearable, and so classic.  For story information – please click on this entry here

Just a quick overview of the products which really stood out to me:

  1. JOUES CONTRASTE Rouge Profond – this red blusher is intense, and you want to be careful with it, I like the soft satin finish of the blush, and gives your cheeks a healthy flush
  2. LES 4 OMBRES Candeur et Expérience – this palette is very wearable – the highlight of this palette is the red of course, and it has just the right amount of brown in it to not scream crazy red eyes when you use it, which is not a good look.  In my LOTD I used the red mainly on my eyelids – and I blended it out up to the crease with the softer browns in this palette.  The result is a reddish toned neutral eye – not cranberry toned (which is redder I guess?) which I sometimes try to do and always end up not liking it.  It is quite a made up look, but if you want to tone it down, you can always go for the 3 other browns in the palette.  The quality of each shade is very fine, and there is no detectable shimmer/ glitter bits at all.
  3. STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Éros – this is a very soft creamy metallic red eyeliner.  I used this to lightly line my lower lids.  It stayed on pretty well for several hours, and goes on really smoothly.
  4. ILLUSION D’OMBRE VELVET Rouge Contraste – this is a deep dark reddish brown eyeshadow, and I used it to line my upper lids.  You can use it as a base of course, for a really intense smokey eyes, but I am not really into dark smokey eyes, and this works great to define your eyes when you use a liner brush to apply.
  5. LE VERNIS GLOSS Rouge Radical – this is very cute, like a more playful version of your usual red nail polish colour.  One coat gives you a jelly glassy effect, and the colour payoff is pretty intense for a ‘gloss’.  LE VERNIS Rouge Puissant is a rich red that is opaque in one coat, though I would apply two for maximum shine.
  6. All the Rouge Allure Velvet – they are all gorgeous interpretations of the red colour, and each of them have subtle differences in their undertone. I personally prefer ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Rouge Feu which is a soft matte bright cherry red.  My sister loves the formula and colour of the ROUGE ALLURE Rouge Tentation which is a creamier formula, and the shade is a deeper red which she prefers.
  7. LE CRAYON LÈVRES Séduction which is a beautiful red lip pencil.  It glides on smoothly, and the colour will go with many red lippies that you already have.. especially those reds with a berry deeper tone.  It also blends it nicely without leaving a harsh line.

Bottom line:

Overall, this is a stunning collection with wearable reds that will flatter most skintones.  If I have to pick three items from this collection, I would go for the eyeshadow quad – it is really unique, intense and offers endless possibilities for wearing.  I would also pick the lip pencil – it is such a fancy thing to do, holding a Chanel pencil in your hand, filling in your lips.  Lastly, you got pick at least one of the Rouge Allure, there will be at least one which appeals to you.. and well, I can’t have enough Chanel red lipsticks.. hehe.

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Here are the swatches: 

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Some application pictures:

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Everything else I used on my face:

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That’s all for this entry, and I hope you find this overview useful! Thank you for reading!

NEW Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

NEW Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

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Hi hi!  Sharing with you my overall thoughts on the new Urban Decay Vice lipsticks which are just launched at Sephora this weekend.  I had the chance to preview and play with these lipsticks for a while, and I shall share with you with are my faves.

 

Just a few quick facts before we move on:

SG$29 each – this is a darn good price point, and you can easily grab a few without feeling like you have spent a bomb… and with over 100 shades, you definitely will want to get more than a couple.

six finishes

  1. COMFORT MATTE – creamy matte * this is my fave formula among all
  2. CREAM – this is like the previous Revolution lipsticks, they are creamy and intense, slight sheen
  3. Metallized – Imagine the CREAM LIPSTICKS, packed with glitter/ shimmer
  4. SHEER – this is the old Sheer Revolution, depending on your colour choice, the nude ones are really see through, while the bolder shades still pack decent colour payoff
  5. SHEER SHIMMER – this is the sheer sister of the Metallized finish
  6. MEGA MATTE – this is like a liquid lipstick in a tube, but  more comfortable to wear.  I am impressed.

The lipsticks are formulated with their trademark PIGMENT INFUSION SYSTEM – which gives the lipsticks super creamy texture and rich colour payoff. They comfort and hydrate, and never leave your lips dry.  They also contain extracts of Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Babassu oils to soften your lips.

Here’s a closer look at the packaging, which is sleek, not bulky at all, and shaped like a bullet – most of you would have seen the pic of me on my IG, wearing a whole load of these lipsticks in a bullet strap at Sephora.. hehe – I personally find them easy to pop into your small bags for touching up on the go.

My thoughts – as I have already mentioned – not all the six finishes are going to appeal to everyone.  The sheer shimmer are almost like lipstick toppers – but I won’t def wear them on their own.  Some of the metallized ones are like frosty lipsticks – not exactly attractive to me, as you will see in one of the shades below.

Your best bet would be to go for the CREAM, CREAMY MATTE, and/or even the MEGA MATTE – the latter, I find that they feel dry at first touch, but as you glide them over your lips over and over, somehow they seem to warm up a bit and melt into your lips, giving your lips a very smooth, matte look.  I must say they are really beautiful.

The shades that I love love love out of this bunch, and from more that I have swatched and explored are

  1. Rock Steady – C
  2. 714 – MM
  3. Rush – C
  4. LIAR – C
  5. Hitchhike – CM

I love that they have kept some of the classic shades, like Naked, Menace, and brought back Mrs Mia Wallace as a permanent addition to the collection.  Got to love some brand heritage here. 🙂

In terms of longevity, this really depends on the finish, the sheer ones will require more touching up throughout the day, but the CM, and MM formula will definitely stay on much longer.  I also like how the Cream formula really glide on your lips and deliver full colour payoff in one swipe.

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Here are swatches on my lips:

 

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And some of my faves overall:

On the rest of my face I am using

IT COSMETICS CC CREAM, CONCEALER, SET WITH RCMA LOOSE POWDER, NAKED 3 palette

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I hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

NARS Fall 2016 Colour Collection

NARS Fall 2016 Colour Collection
NARS FALL COLLECTIONS RELEASE DATES FOR SINGAPORE

August

Fall 2016 Color Collection

Velvet Eyeliner

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

September

Audacious Collection

  • Audacious Lipstick *Shade Extensions
  • Brow Defining Cream
  • Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo

October

Velvet Lip Glide

 

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The Story Behind the Fall Colour Collection

Fall into power. Make a strong statement with a sophisticated new look that’s as
singular as it is stylish. Created by NARS Founder and Creative Director, François
Nars, the Fall 2016 Color Collection debuts a refined combination of seasonal
shades, signatures colors and state-of-the-art textures for eyes, cheeks and lips.
Cheeks are sculpted to new heights by complexion-enhancing hues from light
caramel to espresso. Lids shimmer with shades of iridescent white, rose gold,
and deep indigo, while lips go matte in saturated tones of garnet and bordeaux.
New Velvet Eyeliners add rich dimension with pigments that glide on smooth and
blend evenly creating the perfect base for smoky lids or a fine line for a bold look.
GET THE LOOK
The Fall 2016 campaign image features model-of-the-moment, Aya Jones.
Raised in Paris and of African descent, Jones was personally selected by
François Nars not just for her stunning beauty but because she is the epitome
of today’s confident, cosmopolitan young woman.
To create the campaign look, skin was prepped with Pore Refining Primer and
the complexion was evened with Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 in Annapurna.
Caramel Radiant Creamy Concealer was blended under eyes and as needed
to blur any imperfections. The right side of Melina Contour Blush was swept
into the hollows of the cheeks and Orgasm Blush was brushed along the
cheekbones for added dimension.
For eyes, the café au lait side of Melina Contour Blush was applied in the crease
and below the brow bone. The espresso shade was brushed softly along the
brow bone. Next, Blondie Matte Eyeshadow was blended along the lower lash
line and the inner corner of the eye was brightened with Antares Dual-Intensity
Eyeshadow. Black Moon Velvet Eyeliner was traced along the upper and lower
lash line and Las Pozas Velvet Eyeliner was used along the waterline of the
lower lashes to further accentuate the eye. Brows were defined with Brow
Defining Cream in El Djouf and Oural Brow Gel. Finally, lashes were finished
with two generous coats of Audacious Mascara for added length and volume.
To complete the look, lips were lined with Jungle Red Lip Liner Pencil and
topped with Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil blended with a fingertip to
a soft finish.
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PRODUCT LIST
EYESHADOW
RIGEL
Shimmering rose gold
ANTARES
Iridescent white gold
ARCTURUS
Shimmering deep indigo
VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL
INFAT UAT ED RED
Garnet
Limited Edition
CONSUMING RED
Bordeaux
CONTOUR BLUSH
MELINA
Left Side: Café au lait; Right Side: Espresso
TA L IA
Left Side: Light caramel; Right Side: Nutmeg
VELVET EYELINER
BLACK MOON
Black
MAMBO
Rich Hazelnut
CURAÇAO
Turquoise Blue
KALISTÉ
Teal
LONDON
Stormy Grey
BLUE LOTUS
Periwinkle
LAST FRONTIER
Espresso
LAS POZAS
White Pearl
DARKLIGHT
Navy

Get Ready with Me: Hourglass Flawless Base

Get Ready with Me: Hourglass Flawless Base

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Hi hi!!

In this GRWM entry, I will be sharing my thoughts on a few HOURGLASS makeup products, and also, pop on a smokey plum eyelook using the KatVonD eyeshadow palette. I love this look, it has been a long time since I do a non-neutral smokey look and I like how it turned out.  I didn’t really feature any particular lip colour in this entry, but in my first pic, you can see that I went with a purple lip, just to go with the theme of the eyes.

On my face, I used the Hourglass Illusion skin tint – this foundation is not really a ‘tint’ in terms of coverage, it packs on decent coverage, and is extremely smooth and quite creamy. For the name Hyaluronic, I thought that this foundation would be more fluid, and feels ‘thinner’ but this one has a BB cream type of formula.  The finish is semi matte.  Overall it is quite nice, but my only negative thing to say about it is that I wish it is easier to apply and blend.  It doesn’t quite glide on.. but takes a bit more effort to blend and set into my skin.  But once it sets, the finish and feel is quite impressive. I haven’t tried it with the Mineral Veil primer… maybe I will update once I have given this combo a go.

I think I have already mentioned my thoughts on the YSL moisture glow in a previous entry (it is good stuff!) so do check out the older posts from last weekend!

Next, to pimp up the complexion, I went all Hourglass too – the entire Ambient range is just amazing, they are subtle glowy, not the Becca on fleek ‘see the glow from outer space’ type of intense glow.  So if you want subtlety in your makeup finish, you can’t go wrong with the Hourglass ambient products.

One thing though, the pigmentation is intense – so while the shine is wearable, this doesn’t meant that you can be heavy handed with the Ambient powders – especially so for the Bronzer and Blushes.

The Ambient bronzer in Bronze Light is the paler shade of the two they come out with.  And it is warm and intense.  I have to be light-handed, but the colour is so nice, this is definitely one of top five bronzers.

I also used Diffused Heat in this entry, and again, lightly tap and lightly apply for the best results.

I like Ethereal Light as a finishing powder – I will dust it under my eyes, all over the middle of my face after I have set my face with a loose powder.  This gives your face an almost undetectable sheen, and helps to finish off the complexion.

Finally, I used Incandescent Strobe Light to highlight my cheeks.  This gives a pearly sheen as a highlight.. not too ‘on fleek’ shiny. If you are scared of intense cheek highlights, you will be safe with the Strobe Light powders.

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On my eyes, I used the KatVonD eyeshadow palette, as the placement of the colours as shown in the picture below.

This is extremely smooth and fine, and as far as matte eyeshadows go, these are some of the best ones.  There is hardly any fallout, and they blend so smoothly, not patchy at all. I love it, and I do wish I have a more neutral palette to work with. I  have previewed and swatched all the other palettes from the brand, so I know for sure the quality is consistent across the colour way.

I also used KatVonD liquid liner in Trooper.  I like the firm sharp tip, and it allows me to draw a good winged liner.  I only wish it is blacker though – because I do have to go over the liner a few times.  But it stays put, and looks good throughout the whole wear time.

 

That’s all I have for this entry, and thank you for reading!!

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All products used – All Hourglass unless stated

Face

prepped with YSL Instant Moisture Glow

hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Ivory

By Terry highlighting concealer brush in 03 beige

set with Shu Uemura lightbulb loose powder

warm up complexion with Ambient Bronze in Bronze Light

set undereyes with Ambient lighting powder in Ethereal Light

blush in Diffused Heat

highlight cheeks with Incandescent Strobe Light

Eyes

Kat Von D shade & light for contour eye quad in Plum

eyes lined with Kat Von D liquid liner in Trooper

Lips

Kat Von D in LUV

Swatches & Review: Kat Von D Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

Swatches & Review: Kat Von D Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

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Hi hi!!

As many of you know, Kat Von D makeup is coming to Sephora Singapore this July.  I got to attend a media preview and a meet & greet with Kat herself several weeks back, and I have exciting products to share with you, which you will see scattered throughout the next few entries.  Let’s start with the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks – I have the full set here – except for the newer shades that are released in the US.  And I have been playing around with these for a few weeks, so I will also give you my thoughts on them.

Price wise, I think they are SG$31 each when released at Sephora SG.  Quite reasonable.

In case you aren’t aware, Kat Von D started her makeup line in 2008, and her brand is well-known for the rich textures and colours and inspired by her artistic talent as a tattoo artist.

The everlasting liquid lipsticks is a long-wear full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.  I have found them to be quite creamy, and you have a few seconds of playtime before they set completely matte.  Playtime meaning you can purse your lips together to spread the colour, clean up any mess, and also to do some blending if you want to wear them for a more sheer look (which I found to be quite nice among the lighter shades).

In terms of the liquid lipstick formulation – I think they are one of the better ones out there – they set nicely, not too drying and comes in a good range of colours. The Colorpop ones which I have are quite liquidy and dry down so dark that they look too stark on me.  The MAC Retro Matte liquid lippies are way much better and I wear them quite often.  The Tarteist lip paints don’t really set, and seems to slip and slide though they have cute names and nice colours.

As always with liquid lipsticks, the lighter shades tend to dry down quite a bit darker than what you see in the tube.  I also find that the formula differs somewhat among the range.. with the lighter shades turning out to be quite chalky (because too pale and too stark).  The outstanding shades in this collection (to me at least) are the reds.  They are so rich, so beautiful… and to add even more interest to them, I always pair the reds with a deeper red or berry just in the centre of my lips to add dimension.

Some of the ‘famous’ shades in this collection – Lolita – turned out to be quite brown on me.. and Bow & Arrow is also a taupey beige colour. Both are pretty but not my everyday colours. I think Lovesick is really beautiful as a subtle mauvey pink.

I am really drawn to the reds – Santa Sangre is a full body true red.. and I love this shade on me.  I also think that the red shades aren’t as drying as compared to the hot pinks – wore Backstage Bambi today and it turned a tiny bit patchy after a few hours and a bit of food – though overall the color still stayed on solid.

The disappointing shades to me are the really deep ones – the vampy deep reds.  Perhaps I have to be patient and layer them in order to achieve a more even application, but as you can see in my lip swatches, as you can see Damned and Vampira in the swatches – I didn’t know how obvious it looks until I saw the pictures.  When I look in the mirror I thought I had applied them quite evenly.

All that being said, I think that liquid lipsticks are low maintenance in that you might not need to touch up as they really stay put for a substantial amount of time.  But in the event that you want to clean them off.. it is going to be a struggle as you can’t wipe them off with a tissue.  Sometimes I like to remove my lip color completely before I start a meal.  But at the same time, they are quite  high maintenance – if you want to re-apply, you got to make sure that you have concealer on hand to just clean up around the lips to avoid a smudgy look… also you need to make sure that the rest of your face is quite done up too, a good clean base, defined eyes and brows.  You can’t really get away with no makeup and slap on Santa Sangre or wear Echo and pop out of the door.

But for a night out, and for maximum impact as far as lippies are concerned, I feel that liquid lipsticks are the way to go.. I would much rather a matte or satin finish as opposed to the glossy finish when I use lip products anyway.

Overall the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are definitely worth a try, and I would recommend the following as my top picks:

  1. Bow & Arrow
  2. Santa Sangre
  3. Outlaw
  4. Lovesick
  5. Bachelorette
  6. Mother
  7. Berlin

 

I have plenty of swatches and pictures below – along with overall looks for some of the shades.   If you are wondering what else is on my face, I will have follow up entries on the LOTD, so I won’t get into too much details here.

Hope you find this entry helpful!  I have several entries coming your way.. been productive!  Stay tuned!

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NARS SUMMER COLLECTION 2016 – Under Cover

NARS SUMMER COLLECTION 2016 – Under Cover

NARS will be releasing a 10 piece collection for summer this year (one of the 10 will not be launch in SG though, it is a US market exclusive – and that is one of the Lip Covers in Members Only, aptly named).

The collection is outstanding partly because of the gorgeous packaging, illustrated by LA-based Greek painter Konstantin Kakanias – images of girls on a chic summer cruise/ beach vacation. The collection is summer appropriate with dual intensity blushes and eye colours, as well as limited edition Lip Covers – two nudes and a bright orangey red – the fourth shade, Members Only is a deeper true red.

I find the two blush duos to be very wearable and the formula is better than the existing dual intensity blushes – the new ones in this collection are more powdery and softer, making it easier to pick up the product and apply on your skin.

Two shades – Sexual Contents & Liberation — if you have lighter skin tone, go for Sexual Content, while Liberation would suit those with a deeper skin tone.

The dual intensity shadows are summer appropo – with a periwinkle blue, a teal green, and two neutral shades in a tan brown and shell pink shade.

The Lip Covers are the stars of this collection – they are intense, and sets to a demi-matte finish.  While trying these, I conclude that you need to apply them lightly, and blot off any excess.  The color stays on well, and every shade is stunning. I personally prefer Members Only and Overheated.

 

Stay tuned for this collection to launch in SG this May!  Hope this entry has been helpful and thanks for looking!