Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte Lipstick in MO6 - Charming Beige

Guerlain Maxi Velvet Intense Liquid Matte Lipstick

Guerlain may have been a little late to the party with the whole liquid lipstick situation, but this is no bad thing - some clever bod at Guerlain has clearly been doing their homework. The Guerlain Intese Liquid Matte formula is a triumph. It contains hyaluronic acid to aid hydration, and is billed as being as "creamy as a gloss, but as intense as a lipstick". Now, if you're familiar with Guerlain, you'll know that their Rouge G's are some of the best lipsticks out there (and I am in LOVE with the KissKiss Matte formula) so I had high hopes for this release.

Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte in Charming Beige
I would go as far as to say this is the liquid lipstick for people who don't do liquid lipsticks. The formula glides on beautifully, is easy to apply, and is super comfortable to wear. I don't experience any settling in lip lines or any tight, uncomfortable feeling as the day wears on. This is not a completely transfer-proof formula, neither is it absolutely chalk-matte - you'll need to head more in an Anastasia Beverly Hills direction if that's your jam. There is a miniscule amount of tackiness when worn, so bear that in mind if that's something you really hate. If you liked LancĂ´me's Matte Shakers, or Dior's liquid lipsticks, you will definitely like these babies.

I have the shade Charming Beige, which is a perfect true nude for medium skintones, and a lovely tawny colour on light skintones - perfect for the Autumn, and for those days where you want your eye makeup to do all the talking.

Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte Charming Beige
I love the formula so much that I went out and bought a rosy pink one a week later - and that's something I never do! I feel these Intense Liquid Mattes are not getting nearly enough hype.

Have you tried these?

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Glossier Haul

The Glossier Haul

It happened.

The inevitable Glossier haul.

Partially fuelled by hype, partially by The Anna Edit, and partially curiosity, I made a moderate Glossier order on the U.K. release date. Not one to jump in on reviewing without a decent test, I've been using these products every day since they arrived in their beautiful white box. So, Glossier - worth the hype?

I picked up the Phase 1 set, which comprises of the Milky Jelly Cleanser, the Priming Moisturiser and I chose the Birthday Balm Dotcom after reading many a review. I also picked up a Cloud Paint in Dusk.
Glossier the Birthday Balm DotCom

Firstly, the Balm Dotcom. The birthday version has a tiny, subtle, non-obnoxious skimmer through it, and smells exactly like vanilla cake. It smells delicious, tastes like vanilla cake and Vaseline (odd) and is a generally very nice lip balm in a handy tube. I won't go wild repurchasing, but I'll definitely use it up.

Next - the Milky Jelly Cleanser. This is going to be a love-hate for some, I think. Not brilliant for removing makeup (but I tend to use an oil-based cleanser for that anyway) but a lovely, light, refreshing second/morning cleanse for the skin. The bottle is sturdy and feels like it would be travel friendly, and the pump dispenses just the right amount for my face. I use a flannel with this as I'm a bit paranoid about residue left on my oily skin, but it's not been in the least bit irritating and doesn't leave my skin feeling parched or tight. I don't know about conditioning, per se, but it's certainly quite gentle and easy to use. If you generally like gel-based cleansers, you'll enjoy this one.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

The Priming Moisturizer is actually my favourite product of the skincare trio. I was a bit sceptical (due to my oily complexion and its penchant for going ballistic when new moisturisers are applied) as to whether this would be anything special for me, but it has become my go-to under makeup moisturiser. The texture is light and very quickly absorbed, and doesn't leave any greasy residue. I'd imagine for dry skins this wouldn't be quite enough for you (there is a Priming Moisturizer Rich for drier skin types) but for me, this is perfect. I'm not sure about priming from a makeup longevity point of view, but I notice a definite reduction on redness and generally even looking skin.

Glossier Cloud Paint Dusk

And last but definitely not least - Cloud Paint. I absolutely love this product. Dusk is a go-with-everything, dusky-buff colour. You need only the tiniest amount (which is fortunate - the tube is pretty teeny), and it blends out beautifully into a soft, easy, complexion-enhancing flush. It's not greasy, but does feel moisturising - perhaps the oiliest complexions will have issues, but I haven't experienced any at all. It stays well for about 7 hours before fading on my cheeks. Bear in mind that the whole point of the Cloud Paints is that they are subtle, but it wouldn't be difficult to build up if you so desired.

Overall? I'm impressed. I'll be purchasing more Cloud Paints by the bucketload, and the Priming Moisturizer is here to stay.

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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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