Wednesday, 18 January 2017

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil Fresh Glow Bronzer Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Review and Swatches

Yeah yeah, it's January. I've already kicked off winter with an SPF review, why not continue in an unseasonally sunny vein with bronzer?!

We all need a bit of a complexion pick-me-up in the UK this time of year. In Scotland, we've got this perfect word for those grey, overcast, grim winter days - dreich. Dreich is just UK winter all over. Eurgh.

Anyway. The perfect antidote to a grey winter face is a lovely, fresh, glowy bronzer. L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil, you had me at hello.

Following on from all of the cushion foundations we've seen in the last 12 months or so, L'Oreal also launched their cushion bronzer. If you're not familiar with cushion products, they're a lovely Korean beauty product that our U.K. market is embracing wholeheartedly (along with sheet masks). They're spongy, slightly weird textured little compacts, usually containing dewy, glow-enhancing loveliness.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil Bronzer Review

The packaging is simple, and does the job. If you've ever known the frustration of smashing an expensive powder bronzer in transit, you'll have no worries of anything similar with this wee cushion. There's a decent mirror too, and the seal on the cushion cover is pretty good - I've had no spillage issues so far.

But what's really special is the product itself - what a dream. It is so easy to apply and blends perfectly with fingers or a brush - absolutely ideal for on-the-go application, or a speedy complexion update. Although sheer, it's buildable, but hard to go crazy with.

The colour is a neutral-to-warm toned bronze; not the slightest bit orange, but come on L'Oreal - one freakin' shade?! I don't think I've ever met a universal colour in my life. If you're porcelain fair - go easy with this chap. If you're any darker than approximately MAC NC30, you'll hate this as a bronzer-it'll simply blend in with your natural skin tone. If you're NC/NW 45 or above - this might be a really nice, subtle, dewy highlighting option.

 The formula is relatively sheer - allowing for a natural, believeable bronze-up with no streaky disasters. it sits beautifully over foundation or on bare skin. I've mostly been using this over bare skin for a pick-me-up on no makeup days, and get about 6 hours' wear without fading. 

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Fresh Glow Bronzer close up

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil Swatch
L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil Review and Swatch

You can see in the swatches above (swatched heavily then blended out to the right with a finger) the slightly dewy finish on the Cushion de Soleil. I think that in the summer my greaseball face will eat this for breakfast, but for now - I am in love.

Have you tried any cushion products? What did you think?

Some links are affiliate links. all products mentioned bought with my own money. 


Monday, 16 January 2017

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Creme Lipsticks: C105 and C211 Review and Swatches

Make Up for Ever Artist Rouge Creme Lipstick Review and Swatches

I'm ashamed to admit it given that I'm a beauty blogger, but here it is.

 I'm a complete noob when it comes to Make Up For Ever.

 Temptalia's raved about their eyeshadows for years, Anna's a huge fan of their bronzer, and when Karen of MBB tells you their lipsticks are bomb - you know this is a brand you need to get involved with.

Thankfully, lovely Debenhams started to stock the previously elusive MUFE last year - whoever you are, Debenhams' buyer/beauty edit curator, you are a wonderful human/genius. I decided to dip my toes in the Artist Rouge water with two Make Up for Ever Artist Rouge Creme Lipsticks in C105 (below) and C211.

Make Up For Ever C105 Review and Swatch

Make Up For Ever reformulated their Artist Rouge formula last year. I can't compare these with the previous edition, but I can tell you, categorically, that you gotta try these babies on for size. C105 is a  not-too-nude and C211 is a rosy, mauvey pink (I am nothing if not predictable, dear reader. Smoky eyes and nude lips 4 lyf.).

Holy pigmentation, Batman! The colour! The smoothness! These are off the pigment charts. One swipe is enough for full, flattering coverage, and the super pointy bullet makes corners and cupid's bows a doddle. The Artist Rouge Creme formula is very forgiving on dry patches, and on me definitely makes lips look a little fuller. The finish is sheeny-natural, and as such is very easy and comfortable to wear.

Make Up For Ever C211 Review and Swatch

Picking a favourite here is like asking me to choose between custard and ice cream on sticky toffee pudding (anyone else have this trauma? No?). They're both creamy, gorgeous, infinitely wearable, and generally glorious. I'll definitely be wading deeper in the MUFE pool in 2017.
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge C105 C211 Swatches
C105 top, C211 bottom. One swipe swatches as ever!
Do you have any Make Up For Ever Favourites? What should I try out next?

Some links above are affiliate links. All products mentioned bought with my own money.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara Review

Oooooh don't you just love it when you've clocked up a slew of Boots points?! Especially when that also coincides with Christmas gift sets going on sale. Yaasssssss. 

Hello, YSL Babydoll Mascara.

I'm not really a super-high-end mascara gal - honestly, I've never struggled to find a decent mascara in a more reasonable price bracket. Usually, I'm a Rimmel fan - they just get it right -  but when you can pick up a weeny glowy moisturiser and a smudgy, super-black waterproof eyeliner at the same time, and for zero real pennies - I'm in.

The packaging is, unsurprisingly, luxurious and lovely. The brush is tiny - and minimally stabby, thankfully (I am prone to eye stabbing with these plasticky type mascara wands - cue tears and mascara face. Nightmare.).

This mascara is definitely scented - bear that in mind if you're sensitive when it comes to smells - and is quite a wet, shiny formula. I find the formula to be volumising without being excessive; and it definitely does catch all the teeny, new little lashes at the lash line without looking gunky or clumpy. The tiny brush does a grand job of separating lashes, and gives a doe-eyed, sixties lash look with one or two coats.

YSL Babydoll Mascara ReviewYSL Babydoll mascara review

Sorry for the unsolicited face shot - it's pretty impossible to show mascara in a genuine, real light - but you can see it's really increased the volume at the base of my lashes and found all the baby ones beautifully.

All in all - volume, thickness, separation, lovely. If you've got a spare lots-of-money and fancy a splurge, it's a very lovely mascara. You don't need it, but it's a top-drawer treat.

All products mentioned bought with my own funds. Some links above are affiliate links.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

MAC Liptensity Lipsticks - Claretcast and Medium Rare

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Review and swatches

Everyone loves a good MAC lipstick. From creamy nuanced nudes to full-on, Candy Yum Yum lips - MAC has you covered. Their newest lipstick formulation offering, however, is really interesting. 

MAC Liptensity lipsticks promise "extreme colour intensity, clarity and vibrancy" with "fully saturated colour" in a satin finish. I'm quite glad to see a bit of a shift away from flat-matte lips - as much as a velvety-matte lip looks amazing on a full pout, for us mere mortals I find it's often a less than flattering finish. 

I picked up two of these lipsticks on a recent Fenwicks trip - Medium Rare, a nudey neutral pink (obvs); and Claretcast, a rich, ruby-berry.

MAC Liptensity lipstick Claretcast and Medium Rare

Firstly - packaging. a vast improvement on normal MAC bullets! They have a secure feeling click-closure, and the colour-coded tubes make finding the right shade in an embarrasingly vast MAC lipstick collection a breeze. 

The texture is quite different to your average MAC lipstick - quite gel-like and shiny in the tube. It warms on contact with the lips (there is a tiny drag on initial application) and basically melts into the lip on application. I find that this formula is extremely forgiving on lines and dryness, and is borderline plumping - my lips look considerably smoother with one of these lipsticks, which is a nice change from moisture-sapping matte lipsticks. They have the same classic light vanilla scent as the normal MAC line.

 These do feel ever so slightly tacky to touch - barely noticeable if you're a regular wearer of any lipglosses, but worth bearing in mind if you're a super-matte fan. 

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Claretcast

Then, the swatches - one swipe. Jings. The pigment is indeed there. They are really bright and strongly pigmented - I have applied them as a light stain for experimentations' sake, but if you love sheer lips, you won't love these - look at Rituel de Fille's offerings instead.

MAC Liptensity Claretcast and Medium Rare Swatch

I'm afraid our current dull, rubbish weather isn't doing my swatches any favours here, but you can still see just how intense these are on one swipe. Personally, I am absolutely loving this new formulation from MAC - I can't wait to try some more!

Have you tried these lipsticks? Which ones should I pick up next?

Some links above are affiliate links. all products mentioned bought with my own money.

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