REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Hello everyone!

In case you haven’t heard, Urban Decay recently expanded their Naked Skin line and dropped a cushion compact in Singapore. I know what you’re thinking. Urban Decay may be (very) late to the cushion compact trend but hey, at least they are making an effort to meet the needs of their Asian consumers!

According to their website, the Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundations come in 6 shades of their revolutionary formula which provides weightless, buildable coverage with a luminous finish. It keeps the skin hydrated for up to 18 hours and protects with SPF 50+ and PA+++.

At present, this product is only available in Singapore (Whoop! We have been noticed once again! 🙌) and is sold in two parts – case and refill.

Product display at Sephora

Product display at Sephora

All 6 shades swatched (using fingers). The shades 2.5, 3.25 and 3.5 of Naked Skin Glow Cushion correspond with those of Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

All 6 shades swatched (using fingers). The shades 2.5, 3.25 and 3.5 of Naked Skin Glow Cushion correspond with those of Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Case (S$19) and refill (S$40) sold separately. For first-timers, you need to get both to complete the set

Case (S$19) and refill (S$40) sold separately. For first-timers, you need to get both to complete the set

Description of each item at the back of the box

Description of each item at the back of the box

Each refill has a shelf life of 12 months but if used religiously everyday, it will definitely run out way before its expiration date.

I. Case

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Case (S$19)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Case (S$19)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Case

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Case

The case comes with a mirror and has a hollow at the base for the refill to be slotted into

The case comes with a mirror and has a hollow at the base for the refill to be slotted into

The case has a lid with a holographic lavender appearance and a built-in mirror for touch-ups on the go. The lid opens with a push of the button located along the curved surface of the case.

II. Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill (S$40)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill (S$40)

Shade number printed on the box

Shade number printed on the box

Clear instructions how to refill the product

Clear instructions how to refill the product

The refill is stored in sealed plastic packaging to keep it sanitary.

The refill is stored in sealed plastic packaging to keep it sanitary.

The refill

The refill

Sold separately from the case, each refill includes an applicator puff which is entirely in royal purple to align with the corporate colour scheme of Urban Decay. The ribbon is made of thick and sturdy material which gives the impression that it won’t be easily disengaged from the puff.

For the uninitiated, most cushion compact puffs on the Korean beauty market are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial which lower the risk of transferring bacteria from the face to the compact. These Urban Decay applicator puffs, however, are not antibacterial so it is recommended to be washed at least once a week like your beauty blender.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Within the receptacle lies the foundation-soaked sponge overlaid with a foam-like mesh which, upon further scrutiny, resembles multiple layers of cheesecloth piled onto one another. It has a comparable surface area to that of my Laneige BB cushion, perhaps slightly bigger. As opposed to using just hole sponges (which is very common in Korean cushion compacts), the added netting allows for better measure of control. The downside of it, however, is that it restricts you from flipping the cushion to extend the usage. Do also note that there isn’t any protective seal affixed to the netting (another common feature in Korean cushion compacts) but that should be least of your concerns since the refills all come packed in plastic pouches.

If you’re always on the hunt for better deals on Carousell or eBay, here’s a tip: you will be able to tell at a glance if the Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact has been used before since the clear mesh instantly gets stained with the product once pressure is applied upon it. Determining “newness” would be near-impossible for cushion compacts that utilise only hole sponge as they are usually of the same colour as the product 😉

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Ingredients-wise, the Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation contains skin-nourishing ingredients such as rose centifolia flower extract, which has toning and firming properties, as well as Gentian root extract for its skin-soothing and antioxidant benefits. There is also peppermint extract to help condition the skin.

Most importantly, the product is made in Japan, where quality is never compromised.

Technically speaking, the case may not seem like an absolute necessity if you’re one of those who constantly look for ways to cut back on makeup spending. But for hygiene’s sake, it is always advisable to house the product in an airtight case to reduce the chances of turning it into a breeding ground for microbes. Further, it also prevents your formula from drying out and helps to keep your applicator puff in place.

After all, unless you damage the case (which is quite unlikely given the quality of it), it should be a one-off purchase so you won’t need to replace the entire thing when your product runs out, even if you have gotten a shade tanner or fairer.

III. Application

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

To use the cushion compact, slip your index, middle and ring fingers under the ribbon of the applicator puff (not demonstrated in the picture above) before gently pressing one small part of it down into the cushion to pick up the foundation. Swipe the puff across the skin to spread the product and dab to blend. For hard-to-reach areas like inner eye corners and around the nose, fold the puff in half (or simply use the corners) and carefully dab the foundation on. Thereafter, apply concealer and loose powder (for a more matte finish).

Notice how the excess gets sucked back in?

Notice how the excess gets sucked back in?

Be warned, though, that the netting will sink in over time so do refrain from applying too much unnecessary pressure to it

Be warned, though, that the netting will sink in over time so do refrain from applying too much unnecessary pressure to it

Using the puff would lend a more airbrush-like coverage as compared to using fingers

Using the puff would lend a more airbrush-like coverage as compared to using fingers

As always, testers are available at Sephora (and Urban Decay) for consumers to match the right tone before purchasing. I contemplated between shades 2.75 and 3.25 – neither of which was a perfect match to my skin tone (I swatched all of the shades onto my jawline and realised that 3.5 was too dark even though it looked like it disappeared into my wrist in the swatch earlier) – but finally decided on the lighter one considering that the finished look would turn out darker after all the contouring.

First swipe (without blending)

First swipe (without blending)

Side-by-side comparison: with and without foundation

Side-by-side comparison: with and without foundation

Before and after application on the same area

Before and after application on the same area

ABSOLUTELY NO FILTER: Before and after application on the face without any eye makeup (lol my face looks like it has gained some pounds after)

ABSOLUTELY NO FILTER: Before and after application on the face without any eye makeup (lol my face looks like it has gained some pounds after)

Hydrating and lightweight, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation has an airier and a less creamy texture than the typical liquid foundation (and less watery than the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup) which prevents it from creasing on the delicate skin around the eyes. Comparable to tinted moisturisers, it is buildable to a certain point from a sheer to medium coverage to give a very natural application and a dewy veil. It took an average of two swipes at each area to achieve the “after” fresh and supple look above.

While it does not conceal major blemishes entirely, it is able to neutralise and cover most of the redness and large pores on my skin for a more even and – dare I say – flawless finish. Unlike many Korean cushion foundations I’ve tried (in particular by Etude House and Laneige), this doesn’t leave a cakey or tacky (especially tacky) texture and I could actually skip the setting powder altogether (but I did not due to my oily skin type). On top of that, it is fragrance-free (no harsh chemical smell emitting from the product either) which makes it suitable for sensitive skin.

NO FILTER AGAIN: Finished look - applied concealer, blush, bronzer, lipstick and some eye makeup. I don't look as pale as before, eh?

NO FILTER AGAIN: Finished look – applied concealer, blush, bronzer, lipstick and some eye makeup. I don’t look as pale as before, eh?

Of course, this review wouldn’t be complete without a longevity test. Can it withstand the humid weather in Singapore?

After 6 hours of wear. Yup, same ol' glasses problem..

After 6 hours of wear. Yup, same ol’ glasses problem..

After 6 hours of wear (close-up)

After 6 hours of wear (close-up)

Six hours later, I didn’t really notice much of a change in the appearance apart from the fact that my skin looked undoubtedly oilier (which can temporarily be rid of with the Palladio Rice Paper I carry along with me wherever I go but for the purpose of this review, I did not blot my skin throughout the day ☺). Upon closer look, however, the foundation did seem to have disintegrated a bit and some of my pores looked clogged and this would have been amplified if I had not stayed indoors (air-conditioned) most of the time (it was too hot and humid out there). That said, no foundation has remained spotless on my skin for more than an hour so far 😢 #oilyskinwoes

All in all, the application and quality certainly did not disappoint. Moreover, it is convenient and travel-friendly as you don’t have to make space in your luggage for your foundation, moisturiser and whatnot. This does most, if not all, of the job!

But.. is it a worthy buy? Here’s the thing, cushion compacts use up extremely quickly and this will be no exception. No doubt, this a great product. But paying S$59 for something that can probably last for only 4 months, tops, is a bit of a stretch. The same amount of money can fetch you a fairly decent bottle of liquid foundation that can take up to a year to empty, or two cushion compacts from a Korean beauty brand. With the abundant supply of cushion compacts in the Korean beauty market (practically every Korean brand carries their own cushion compact line), you are bound to find something similar to this (and likely with more benefits) at a more economical price.

Having said that, since this is an Urban Decay product we’re talking about, setting a low price-point for it would be out of the question. Perhaps, they can do more to set themselves apart from the Korean brands and offer what they don’t, which is to cater to deeper skin tones and expand their shade range, to make this line seem more worthy of the price tag. Contrary to public perceptions, a sizeable portion of the population in Singapore is dark-skinned so I can’t fathom why this wasn’t done at the get-go 🤔

What are your thoughts about this new product? Let me know your views in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation is now available at all local Urban Decay and Sephora outlets. It is a Singapore-exclusive product (for now) but may be slated for release in the U.S. in 2018.

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REVIEW: shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks – Yellow, CR330, RD160, BG965 & WN288

Fans of shu uemura should be no stranger to their Rouge Unlimited range which is known to carry some of their signature lipsticks.

Well, guess what? They have blessed us with 33 more new shades (38 outside Singapore) in various textures, including 4 mixer shades (Purple, Glitter, Yellow and Pearl), for you to experiment with. On top of that, the range also boasts a new formula that offers an intense, true colour with versatile coverage in ultra-light texture.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks - 5 of the 38 shades

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks – 5 of the 38 shades

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks - 5 of the 38 shades - swatches

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks – 5 of the 38 shades – swatches

The lipsticks are encapsulated in (very reflective) silver retractable tubes with thick transparent dome-shaped caps which, according to the designer Kumiko Inui, have been “simplified” and “sharpened” to help enhance the shade visibility (honestly, that’s a fantabulous idea right there as it potentially saves me the trouble of having to remove the cap of every lipstick before finally getting to the shade I want). The crystal-like bottom is also designed as such to enrich a sense of luxury. Sleek and elegant, the packaging basically screams “high-end”.

All 38 new shu uemura Rouge Unlimited shades

WINE · WN225 · WN237 (NA) · WN248 · WN256 · WN288 · WN299
RED · RD154 · RD160 · RD164 · RD166 · RD170
PINK · PK325 (NA) · PK340 · PK355 · PK359 · PK363 · PK365 · PK368 · PK369
ORANGE · OR520 (NA) · OR540 · OR551 · OR560 · OR564
CORAL · CR321 · CR324 · CR330 · CR332
BEIGE · BG900 (NA) · BG923 (NA) · BG928 · BG931 · BG935 · BG965
MIXER · Purple · Yellow · Glitter · Pearl

NA – Not Available in Singapore

You can pretty much tell from the list above that shu uemura stands for no nonsense when it comes to naming their lipsticks. They don’t give their lipsticks gimmicky names (probably save for a selected few, but they’re not really marketed so you won’t know until you look them up online) like most beauty brands out there to attract consumers. This gives me the impression that shu uemura means business with their quality. Aesthetics seem to take a back seat to functionality, which is not really a commonplace in today’s competitive business environment.

Let’s now find out how the five shades apply!

#1 Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

Yellow is a vibrant warm-toned yellow with a glossy finish. As a mixer shade, its purpose is to warm up and brighten tones to create tomato reds, tangerines and corals. Therefore, it needs to be used alongside another Rouge Unlimited lipstick to realise its full potential.

When worn on its own, it appears very oily and tacky with an apparent streaky texture on the lips which requires a few coats of it to be reasonably opaque. Yellow works better on a smooth canvas. Hence, the lips need to be exfoliated before application or the product would cling onto the dry areas. Apart from that, the colour seems to only show when the lipstick is applied directly onto the lips. There was hardly any pigment transferred to my lips when I used a lip brush to create my ombré lip looks, even with multiple passes. That said, this lipstick feels lightweight and hydrating and is extremely easy to remove.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow - swatch comparison: Yellow is quite comparable to M·A·C's Gold XIXI, but has less shimmers

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow – swatch comparison: Yellow is quite comparable to M·A·C’s Gold XIXI, but has less shimmers

#2 CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

CR330 (or Coral Minim) is described as a medium grapefruit pink with a glossy finish. A pink-toned coral that is not too subtle nor garish, it complements pretty well with cool skin tone like mine and exudes a girly demeanour.

It applies smoothly and hydrating with no tug and brightens up the complexion of the wearer with its lustrous shine. Marked by a thin, jelly-like consistency, this shade runs slightly streaky and sheer if applied with only one or two coats but the colour intensity and opacity build up with increasing layers. The product, however, settles into lip lines.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330 - swatch comparison

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330 – swatch comparison

#3 RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

RD160 (Shu Shu Baby) is described as a medium true classic red with warm undertone. When applied, it appears to be a medium-dark red with slight orange undertones and a glossy finish. Lightweight and hydrating, it combines the eye-catching shine and wet look of a gloss, with the comfort and high-impact pigmentation of a lipstick.

Buttery soft and creamy in texture, it glides on like a dream with full, even coverage. One swipe is all it takes to instantly transform a girl next door to a glamourous bombshell. Suitable for fair skin tones, this lipstick adds a pop of colour to the lips and is source to a nice little confidence booster. It does not leave a tacky sensation (just the usual mild greasiness from the cushion oil) nor does it emphasise dryness or lip lines. Most of all, it is fairly long-wearing, leaving a stain after about five hours of wear.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160 - swatch comparison

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160 – swatch comparison

#4 BG965 

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

BG965 is described as a muted rose but I would consider it to be more of a raspberry mauve, a shade which is absolutely flattering on medium skin tone. Creamy and smooth as butter, the application gives a uniform consistency and a more satin finish with a hint of shimmer. It applies with some tug (since the bullet itself has a slightly drier texture) and does not emphasise dryness or lip lines. This also has great spreadability, that is, the product distributes evenly with just a little purse of the lips.

It lends an emollient and moisturising effect as it wraps the lips with a comfortable and balmy veil of colour that feels like second skin. It has a buildable colour intensity which enables the shade becomes more pigmented and opaque with more coats. But in all honesty, the colour is perfectly gorgeous on its own so you don’t really need to go too heavy on it. Needless to say, this is easily my favourite in this review!

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965 - swatch comparison: Maniac by Urban Decay is darker.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965 – swatch comparison: Maniac by Urban Decay is darker.

#5 WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288 (S$38)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

Inject some sultriness into your autumn look with WN288 (Ride’n Berry)! The darkest shade in this review, it applies as a warm burgundy with a luscious sheen. It is such a pretty colour that I cannot imagine it not working on any skin tone. You can literally ditch the smokey eye and still look high-fashion whilst wearing this lipstick alone.

Apart from a thicker and drier consistency, this also has more of a matte texture to it than the rest. Due to this reason, it causes some tug during application (but no drag). Although buildable to a more opaque and deeper hue, certain areas tend to become patchier than the other as more coats are added. That said, it feels equally hydrating and lightweight on the whole. It also lasts longer and melts into the lips to a just-bitten stain after a few hours of wear.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288 - swatch comparison: Diva Antic by M·A·C is darker and more matte.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288 – swatch comparison: Diva Antic by M·A·C is darker and more matte.

In addition, I had fun mixing the aforementioned shades on my lips to create some simple ombré lip looks without the use of any lip brush (although using the shu uemura 6M or 6F lip brush is highly recommended by their makeup artist for a more seamless result). I blended the colours just by pursing my lips and this goes to show how blendable the texture of the lipsticks is and how fuss-free the application can be.

Read on to see how my attempts turned out!

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + RD160)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + RD160)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (BG965 + WN288)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (BG965 + WN288)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + CR330)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + CR330)

All in all, based on these few shades, I think it is quite safe to say that the shu uemura Rouge Unlimited (Central) lipstick series is a worthy investment despite the heftier price tag (M·A·C lipsticks typically never go beyond US$25) which mostly accounts for the R&D that went into the making of these lipsticks (and you know, the Japanese don’t fool around when it comes to their desire for perfection).

Although, admittedly, not every shade gives an “ultra-smooth” application, all of them fulfill the promise of delivering a non-sticky, hydrating and highly-blendable texture as well as a buildable colour. In fact, the finish kinda reminds me of M·A·C Huggable formula. And for the record, these lipsticks don’t carry a strong scent, though I can’t quite put my finger on the smell (it’s not something I had come across before) but it’s definitely pleasant and sweet-smelling. Now, they have got me really curious about their Supreme Mattes too, which already sound like a finish that’s right up my alley 😆 Should I?!?

What are your thoughts about the new shu uemura Rouge Unlimited shades? Let me know your views in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited is now available at all shu uemura outlets and on TANGS.com for S$38. It is also available on Shu Uemura USA for US$30.
Products featured in this review were editorially selected. All opinions, as always, are genuine and uninfluenced.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: M·A·C Colour Rocker Lipsticks (PART 3) – Night Mint & Into The Madness

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M·A·C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 3)

M·A·C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 3)

In this finale of my M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick review (which comes about seven months too late – oops!), I will be exploring two more shades (purchased at a later date) and giving my final thoughts about the collection as a whole. To refresh your memory, this collection saw the launch of 28 (mostly) limited edition bright neon-coloured Matte lipsticks in February, 12 of which were already reviewed here earlier this year.

Missed the earlier reviews?
Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Since the Colour Rocker collection page has already been taken down, I have hyperlinked the following shades to their corresponding product pages for your convenience. You may still be able to find them at your local M·A·C stores.

#13 Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

Night Mint is described as a light army green with a Matte finish. This would have been an accurate description if it had referred to the bullet as the lipstick did not quite translate to the depicted colour when applied on my lips. Instead, it appears more of a muted cool grey with a barely noticeable hint of green undertone, which is such a shame because the intended shade is something I’ve not seen from M·A·C before and certainly not what I can find in my stash. Now, this is just another grey… 😴 Oh M·A·C.. why did you have to skimp on the green pigment for this?

The colour discrepancy aside, I must say that this lipstick glides on relatively smooth and has a nice slip to it. It gives the kind of texture you wouldn’t expect from a Matte lipstick. It wears comfortably with very minimal shine and is buildable to a darker hue of grey. Creamy in consistency, it has a mostly opaque payoff and does not look patchy like most unusual shades do. However, the product tends to settle into the lip lines and its emollient quality causes it to wear off more easily and fade to a chalky mess.

There were speculations that Night Mint could also be a bullet lipstick dupe for Dirty Money (by Jeffree Star Cosmetics), so here’s a quick swatch comparison with the latter to set the record straight..

Nope... not even close

Nope… not even close

More swatch comparisons towards the end of this review.

#14 Into The Madness

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipstick in Into The Madness (US$17 / S$33)

Into The Madness is described as a bright lime green with Matte finish. Even though this may not be the first green lipstick ever created by M·A·C, it is undoubtedly one of their only greens that really applies matte and true to the bullet colour without all that glittery nonsense and almost non-existent pigment (like Fashion Flower in 2011).

That said, the formula is still not perfect. Although it applies creamy with minimal tugging and skipping, the product settles into the lip lines and does not distribute evenly across the lips, leaving a visibly chalky texture which kinda enhances all the imperfections and makes it hard to draw crisp and smooth outlines around the lips. It is lightweight but slightly drying and impossible to build on without making it streakier. However, considering that the formulation for green pigments is typically a challenge to get right, this is already a milestone, I feel.

On top of that, this Grinch-like fluorescent green also reminds me of Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Venus Flytrap by Jeffree Star, albeit not as pigmented and vibrant (judging based on swatches I found online as I don’t personally own that shade). So, if liquid lipstick isn’t your cup of tea, this could be an alternative in bullet form for you.

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipsticks in Night Mint and Into The Madness - swatch comparison

M·A·C Colour Rocker lipsticks in Night Mint and Into The Madness – swatch comparison

And… this marks the end of the final instalment in my M·A·C Colour Rocker collection review! This is definitely one of my favourite collections of the year because, apart from the fact that every shade is in Matte finish, this literally offers a spectrum of futuristic colours including some never seen before in my 5-year love affair with M·A·C (even though most of them would have been more apt for creating ombré lips or other sorts of lip art). In general, with the exception of the yellow and neon green, the quality of the lipsticks (especially the neutrals) in this collection have surpassed my expectations. I hope they remain permanent!

Now, it’s time for a..

M·A·C LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY 

Have you been leaning towards safe lipstick colours because you never found the courage to splurge on unconventional shades for fear that they may not suit you? Here’s your chance to score one (your first bold lipstick shade, perhaps) from the Colour Rocker collection without having to pay a single cent for it!

 

WIN a brand new Matte Royal worth US$17.50 / S$33 (no box) by simply  following me on Instagram! Once you’ve hit the ‘Follow’ button, comment on this Instagram update with the (valid) IG handle of TWO (2) friends to be qualified for the draw!

Matte Royal is a deep blue with a Matte finish and was first introduced as part of the Matte Lips collection in 2015. For full review and swatches, click here!

Contest ends 29 October 2017, 23 59 h (GMT +8). This contest is open internationally and the winner will be selected randomly and notified through Instagram within 5 days after the contest period ends. The prize will be mailed out to the winner at the lowest postage cost possible. For transparency purposes, the winner will also be announced on this post.

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M.A.C Colour Rocker is now separately available on MACCosmetics.com and in all local M.A.C outlets.

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REVIEW: Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipsticks – Naked, Birthday Suit, Commando & Bare

Hello everyone!

The balmy weather is about to make way for the wintry chills. But there are still a couple of summer releases that I’ve yet to talk about here. So please bear with me as I take you through more of my purchases over the past few months 😆 *sigh* Too much makeup, too little time..

In a further attempt to propel Kylie Jenner to billionaire status by the age of 25, I camped by my phone one faithful night as I waited patiently to splurge my money on her Vacation collection 😏 As expected, the Wet Set was quickly wiped off the shelves within a minute of being stocked up. I wasn’t fazed by that because years of lipstick shopping experience have trained my eyes to automatically block out everything except the Send Me More Nudes Liquid Lipstick Sets 😆

With a choice of two finishes – Matte and Velvet, Send Me More Nudes comprises four vanilla-scented full-size tubes for the price of US$45 per set. I had only tried her Mattes so far thus I was naturally drawn to (and curious about) the Velvets. I carted it out and got it delivered to my U.S. forwarding address since shipping is only free for international orders over US$60.

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick (US$45)

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick (US$45)

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick (back)

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick (back)

The liquid lipsticks are filled in clear frosted tubes that are velvety to the touch and then fitted in a beige sliding box (like the KKW Crème Liquid Lipsticks) with gold-foiled lettering. Each liquid lipstick has a net weight of 0.11 oz or 3.0 g.

All the names of the liquid lipsticks are synonymous with 'nude'

All the names of the liquid lipsticks are synonymous with ‘nude’

I love my mattes but the better-performing ones can really suck the moisture out of the lips sometimes and I don’t like how gross and chapped mine look after a few hours of wear. The velvet formula, on the other hand, is supposed to mimic the long-wearing effect of the matte without drying down completely and sending my lips to Atacama Desert. Judging from the wrist swatches above, the claims seem to hold true. But we won’t know for sure until we try them out on the lips..

#1 Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Naked is described as a sandy beige. It is a pale warm beige with a soft, semi-matte finish that does not dry down completely, therefore causing it to be less resistant to transfer and shortening its longevity on the lips.

This light shade applies fairly smoothly and coats the lips in opaque colour with one easy swipe. It takes after the streaky appearance of most matte formula but doesn’t feel as drying so it won’t crumble when I eat or drink. In addition, it leaves a slightly tacky (but not as sticky as gloss) surface which wears off to a rather messy powdery texture after a few hours.

I don’t think this shade of nude looks flattering on my skin tone even though it has just enough dark pigment to avoid making me look completely like a washed-out zombie. It is too pale for my liking. That said, this is a great choice if you’re going for an understated glamour look and it would certainly stand out more against lighter skin tones too!

#2 Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Birthday Suit

Birthday Suit is described as a nude warm beige. It is a muted toasty orange with a distinct yellow undertone and has a semi-matte finish which, similar to Naked, does not dry down completely to keep the lips hydrated. On the downside, it does not lend a long-lasting application. Moreover, in contrast to other lipsticks in this bundle, this shade has a visibly runnier formula which makes it tacky and extremely prone to smudges and transfer. Also, somehow this looks like a less intimating version of Butternut (which is going to be launched later today by the brand).

Although it applies somewhat streaky at first, it fills the lips with a light and soft texture that is gradually buildable to an opaque coverage. It also gives a slight wet-look shine for added dimension. This fades to a patchy stain after five hours of wear.

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - swatch comparison for Naked & Birthday Suit

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – swatch comparison for Naked & Birthday Suit

#3 Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Commando here is described as a terracotta beige and it is my personal favourite from this bundle! It is a lovely muted red orange with a semi-matte finish which glides on the lips smooth and easy. The pigmentation is saturated with colour and one swipe is suffice to create an even, full coverage on the lips without placing emphasis on my parched patches. I find this to be the most matte of all the lipsticks (minus the dryness) featured in this review because of its thicker and creamier consistency as well as the fact that it has less sheen to it.

While it does also apply somewhat tacky with minimal drying, it is not as susceptible to transfer as the rest. In fact, it remains mostly intact from beginning to end, even after two heavy meals. It wore so well on me that I didn’t find the need to retouch on it throughout the five hours it was on my lips. Furthermore, this shade also earned me a few compliments 🤗 Well, enough said – this receives an A grade from me!

#4 Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Bare is described as a nude pinky beige. It is an.. *yawn* uninspiring light mauve with a semi-matte finish. I mean, it is a nice, safe (*ahem* basic) everyday colour and all but wouldn’t you agree that this hue has been done too many times before by every beauty brand? 😴 I’m also quite positive that Kylie Cosmetics had come up with a few shades prior to this which are very similar to Bare.. but I digress.

Likewise, this shade runs rather smoothly on the lips and gives a mostly opaque yet slightly thin and watery texture – which I honestly didn’t mind so long as it doesn’t apply streaky or wear off almost immediately upon contact with other things. Unfortunately, not only does Bare tend to emphasise the fine lines, it also appears to be a little patchy and these flaws become more noticeable with time. Apart from that, it isn’t food- and drink-proof. In terms of colour and quality of Bare, #IssaNo for me 🙅

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - swatch comparison for Commando & Bare. Also, separated at birth are Bare, Koko K and Candy K

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – swatch comparison for Commando & Bare. Also, separated at birth are Bare, Koko K and Candy K

As always, I like to compare the product in question with shades of the same family of colour so here are some swatches to conclude this review..

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - swatch comparison for all four shades against KKW Crème Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – swatch comparison for all four shades against KKW Crème Liquid Lipsticks

When Kylie Cosmetics first teased about the Send Me More Nudes Liquid Lipstick Set, the first thought that came to mind was if it was going to be another disappointing quad of vastly indistinguishable nude lipsticks like the KKW Crèmes. Fortunately, unlike those lip drenchers (because those are too trashy to be considered lipsticks) from KKW collaboration, there is more tone disparity among the neutrals in this collection. They are not as muted as the KKW Crèmes and are definitely longer-lasting too 🙄Granted, some shades in this set may be too light or dark for your preference but you are bound to find one that complements your skin tone!

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - swatch comparison for you ColourPop junkies

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – swatch comparison for you ColourPop junkies

Now, this would probably fuel the rumour that Kylie Cosmetics is actually repackaged ColourPop (which I highly doubt as their matte formula are very different) but Kylie’s Velvet and ColourPop’s Satin are strikingly similar application-wise. Both are equally non-drying and comfortable on the skin. Heck, even the applicators seem to be of the same size 😂 However, I must admit that ColourPop dries down more uniformly and lends a more huggable second skin-like effect on the lips. So, if you spot any ColourPop dupe in my swatches, get them instead at a fraction of the Kylie Cosmetics’ price 😝

What are your thoughts about the Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick Set? Did you get the Mattes or the Velvets? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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the Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick set was available exclusively on KylieCosmetics.com. It is now sold out but you can still find other products from the vacation collection here.

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4 Hidden Causes Of Acne – Does Lack of Sleep Cause It?

Suffering with spots? Plagued by pimples? Bothered by breakouts? Then this is the article for you.

Whatever you call the blasted blemishes, most of us have suffered from the uninvited presence of acne at some stage in our lives. And while having a good diet and a five-star skin-care regime are important, keeping the dreaded pimples at bay is by no means that simple.

Acne is a multi-factored beast, and our busy daily lives throw up many contributing causes – a number of which are not always that obvious.

Lucky for you, I’ve done some digging and uncovered a few sneaky hidden causes of acne, plus some accompanying solutions. So read on and let me help clear things up.

The top 4 hidden causes of acne are:

1. Heat and Humidity

While we all welcome the onset of summer and the chance to get our Vitamin D fix, unfortunately warmer temperatures aren’t always a friend to our face.

Heat and humidity bring an increase in oil secretion and sweat, both of which exacerbate skin conditions and can trigger outbreaks amongst those prone to acne.

Now unless you’re Storm from the X-Men, there’s nothing you can do to change the weather. But solutions are available, such as washing more regularly throughout the day and carrying around clean tissues to avoiding touching your face with your hands.

Too much heat during the nighttime can also cause problems, because we often overheat while we sleep. My advice? Try sleeping with the window open, or find yourself a nice fan. Fresh air = fresh face.

Another quick trick to solve those heat-led breakouts? Look to the magic of technology! Blue light therapy devices are a great way of tackling acne-causing bacteria that build up under summer skin. Problem sorted!

2. A Lack of Omega-3

Oily skin bad. Oily fish good.

Omega-3 fatty acids, also know as healthy fats, play an important role in tackling inflammatory conditions like acne. And if you lack Omega-3 in your diet, you’re missing an important weapon in your battle for a clear complexion.

Omega-3 deficiencies have been shown to decrease the production of sebum, which lowers the risk of getting unwanted pimples.

So like you looked to technology for a great fix, look to the sea now! Fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and anchovies are all high in Omega-3 – and therefore contribute to a healthy glow.

If you’re not a fish fan, you can get your Omega-3 fix from nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Allergic to nuts too?! Uh oh. Well fear not – a variety of supplements do exist, including krill oil, cod liver oil, fish oil and flaxseed.

Psst…As an added bonus, Omega-3 will help keep your joints nice and loose. Great skin, supple body – it does it all!

3. Dirty Pillows

Think about it. While you might diligently wash your face every night before heading off to la-la land, what is the very next thing your freshly cleaned skin comes into contact with? Yep, that’s right – your pillowcase.

And if you are neglecting to properly wash or swap your pillowcase on a regular basis, it’s the same as forgetting that cleansing regime of yours and going to bed with a full face of make-up.

Because your pillowcase is like a big sponge; soaking up everything your face throws at it through the night – sweat, drool, skin cells, oil – and yes, even residue of your nightly moisturiser. Gross.

So, if you want to avoid that breakout, then break out your inner washer woman and start washing that pillowcase at least once a week. And if you are really concerned, then try flipping your pillows more frequently. It’ll help you sleep better, too.

4. A Lack of Sleep

Speaking of better sleep, we’ve arrived at our fourth hidden cause of acne.

What does sleep have to do with acne, I hear you ask? Well, a lot actually.

Research have shown that poor sleep impacts on almost every aspect of our physical and mental health. Poor quality sleep has been proved to play a role in depression, obesity, our ability to fight disease, and yes, even our appearance.

A lack of sleep leads to increased stress, which results in the production of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid. This in turn can lead to the deterioration in the health of skin structure and function. Basically, bad sleep leads to bad skin. Got it?!

So how do we solve this problem? Well, there are no magical number of hours you need to sleep – everyone is different. However, if you’re regularly getting less than six hours sleep a night then this is probably preventing you from having blemish-free skin. It’s possibly affecting other aspects of your health, too.

After all, there’s a good reason why they call it ‘getting your beauty sleep’!

For more tips and tricks on getting a good sleep, visit this site. Once you learn how to get into a proper bedtime routine and how to have a decent sleep, every night, your skin will thank you for it.

So there you go – four hidden causes of acne that you may not have heard of before!

Now remember to prepare for hot weather, get some Omega-3 into you, wash that pillow and get more sleep.

I hope that’s clearer now. Your skin will be soon! 😉

Thanks for reading!

This article is guest-written by Sarah Cummings, co-creator of Sleep Advisor, a one-stop website for everything you need to know about achieving optimal sleep level and waking up each day with more energy and focus.

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