Saturday, 14 October 2017

Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Poison Metal

Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Poison Metal

When it comes to lip products, Dior don't mess around. Two recent launches found their way into my makeup collection - the gorgeous, subtly shimmery (but totally wearable) Double Rouge lipstick in Miss Crush, and this bad boy - the Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Poison Metal.

The shade range for Dior's new liquid lipstick formula is impressive - four finishes, from matte up to full-on metallic, and 24 shades. I'm a broken record when it comes to liquid lipsticks; most are far too drying for my taste, and give me cat's bum lips within about 15 seconds. The formula here is a different animal - smooth, unbelieveably pigmented (see the swatch below) and very easy to apply. Compared to your average liquid lipstick, they are more forgiving on unevenness and texture. Take that with a pinch of salt though - unless you have fillers or natural insta-lips they won't give a smooth, totally texture-free finish. The formula does dry down, and is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Poison Metal

I mean look at that pigmentation! The shiny, metallicy-ness is there without being glittery - the shade Poison Metal is a grown-up, modern, vampy metallic for those-who-don't-do-glitter. It does set a little more burgundy than it looks in the tube, but it is a beautiful colour.

Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain Poison Metal
 A very rare shot of my actual face. Excuse the application.

The only discrepancy I have is the slightly wild wear-time claim. 12 hour wear, you say, Dior? Umm... no. If you plan on eating/drinking/talking in that 12 hours, you'll definitely find this wears off. Gently though - no white gummy gross ring of product - and it's easy to reapply and layer without bobbling up or peeling away. It is not transfer proof either, FYI - bear that in mind if that's a dealbreaker for you.

For such a dark, vampy colour and in a liquid form, I think this is a pretty good effort. Not for everyone, but it's a keeper for me.

Have you tried these liquid lipsticks?

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder in No.5 Amber Light

By Terry Compact-Expert Dual Powder No.5 Amber Light

I'm fairly new to By Terry. Partially because of the price point, granted, but I feel the brand is often bypassed on the blogosphere - apart from the (rightfully) hyped Ombre Blackstars. Their newest addition to the super-luxe line is a beautiful powder - By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powders, and I have the shade No.5, Amber Light.

By Terry Compact-Expert Dual Powder Amber Light No.5

These gorgeous little compacts contain a matte "face powder" and a highlighting shade in the centre. By face powder, this varies immensely from shade to shade and dependent on your skintone - for a light-medium gal like me, the three lightest shades would essentially be highlighters for me, the fourth a subtle, modern contour-highlight duo, and the rest bronzing/blush duos. Is that helpful? probably not massively! Basically - go in and swatch if you can.

The powder formula is an absolute delight - silky, finely milled and absolutely dreamy to apply - think Hourglass standards of soft. It feels premium, put it that way. You need the lightest hand and a soft brush, or you'll lose half of this in the pan. The highlighter is glowy without being glittery, and the two blend together perfectly. On my skintone, this is a perfect peachy-blushy-bronzey-highlight combination - it does all the work for you. I can tell this is going to be a winter staple for lifting my olive skintone in the dreary months!

By Terry Compact-Expert Dual Powder No.5 Amber Light
Swatched - the outer shade blended and heavily swatched, then the same for the highlight
The formula does seem to smooth out the skin and is very forgiving on pores and fine lines - the overall effect is chic and wearable. I don't experience any fading at all when worn, and the formula sits beautifully on bare skin and over foundation. If I had eleventy million pounds, I'd buy another three!

Have you tried this beautiful compact powder?

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Monday, 9 October 2017

YSL All Hours Foundation Review

YSL All Hours Foundation Review

My first foray in to ultra-long-wear foundations was with the cult-classic Estee Lauder Double Wear, in the matte face and loads-of-spots years. Super matte, unbelievably long-lasting, and for my oily complexion? A dream. However - have you tried to remove that bad boy? My face (and flannel) wept. Now I'm a bit more au fait with the joys of skin-like foundation formulas, ELDW sits rather neglected in my drawer.

But sometimes, you just need a full-on foundation. Weddings, loads of photos, a terrible skin day, or a looming date night - perfected complexions required here. Enter Yves Saint Laurent's new delight - All Hours Foundation.

YSL All Hours Foundation Review

Now this is a triumph. Modern-matte (not porcelain doll and other-worldly, but not at all dewy) and believeable, the formula is a breeze to blend and evens out the skin beautifully. I find it is forgiving on texture, unlike most matte foundation formulas, and doesn't look at all cakey. I would say it's a true full coverage formula, but is easily sheered out with a little moisturiser if you prefer a bit less coverage. YSL say the formula is waterproof and transfer resistant - I have to say I've not been caught in a downpour wearing this, but given that you'll need a cleansing oil to remove it (but no ELDW scrubbing required!) I would agree with the transfer statement. Oh, and it's SPF20. Marvellous.
YSL All Hours Foundation
I'm shade B50 for reference. Be warned - it looks slightly lighter in the bottle!
I absolutely cannot get enough of this. It doesn't crumble, fade, congeal or crease wildly - I have a tiny bit of settling in fine lines after 6-8 hours, but that's it. It feels like nothing on the skin and blends well with cream and powder products. I rarely re-powder if I'm wearing a trusted foundation, and with All Hours I know I can get a solid 8-10 hours without looking greasy (which is a borderline miracle).

It's going to take a lot to knock this off the top spot.

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick in Miss Crush Review

Dior Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick in Miss Crush

If there's one beauty product Dior have nailed, it is lipstick.

I'm yet to meet a Dior lip I didn't love. Their Lip Tattoo formula was a favourite of mine this summer (that scent alone is heavenly). I'm not going to lie to you though, the Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick had me a bit on edge. Metallic? And matte? And ever so slightly two-toned? Needless to say, I was going to need a bit of convincing. I picked up the least frightening shade for me - Miss Crush, a mid-toned, warm pink with a cooler pearly reflect.

First off - let's get it over with - it is gorgeous in the tube. Silly, I know, but it really is beautiful. That first use took a bit of doing to spoil the perfect matte-metallic demarcation.

Swatched - minimally scary so far. The metallic element in this lipstick is ultra-fine, subtle, entirely wearable shimmer. I mean, it's definitely present, but it's nowhere near the realms of, say, Jouer's Skinny Dip. Office-appropriate. Promise.

Dior Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick in Miss Crush

On the lips - stunning. No, really. Plumping without being obvious, delicately shimmery without being glittery, and surprisingly easy to apply. There's no crazy matte-metallic demarcation in practice, and the slightly richer colour to the outside and inner lip gives a little definition without being full on 90's. The lipstick is, as with all Dior lipsticks, a joy to apply and wear, with no tugging and no settling in my lip lines - yup, even that sparkle didn't get stuck. I get 4 hours of comfortable, non-drying wear before needing to re-apply.

Dior Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick in Miss Crush

If the whole metallic-sparkle lip thing is a step too far, this is a beautiful, subtle alternative. I reckon the killer Dior red shade probably packs a bit more punch than this cheery pink, but I'll be sticking with Miss Crush!

Have you tried these lipsticks? What did you think?

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