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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What are your thoughts about the Colour Rocker collection? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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REVIEW: M.A.C x Nicki Minaj Lipsticks in Nicki’s Nude & The Pinkprint

Since her debut, Nicki Minaj had never failed to generate buzz with her outlandish dress sense. But most recently, she has ditched her neon and over-the-top aesthetics in favour of a more natural and sophisticated look and cleverly translated her newfound (understated) style into business opportunities. Not long after the announcement of her upcoming collaboration with H&M, the “Rake It Up” rapper is in the spotlight again for scoring yet another endorsement deal. This time, it’s from M∙A∙C.

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017

The M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj collection boasts a wide array of nude lipsticks and lipglasses – mostly repromotes and in regular packaging – including two nude lipsticks she had custom-designed for M·A·C. What’s more, we makeup fanatics in Singapore got to shop the collection two weeks before it officially hits stores in the U.S. 😍 Our prayers have been answered at last – no more lagging behind the rest of the world in getting first dibs on new M∙A∙C collections!

This was actually the fourth time Nicki Minaj had team up with M∙A∙C. In 2010, she worked with the brand to create a special edition Pink 4 Friday lipstick, and then in 2012 and 2013 on the Viva Glam line which saw the release of two limited-edition funky-coloured lipsticks in the name of supporting the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Hence, even if you’re not into pop music, this multi-talented American rapper-singer-songwriter shouldn’t be at all stranger to you.

If you haven’t had the chance to access the latest collection, fret not for I’ve got scoops to share! Once again, a big thank you to M∙A∙C Singapore for allowing me to preview the collection before it was made available to the public on 7 September 2017.

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017 - the display

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017 – the display

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - all Lipsticks and Lipglasses in this collection

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – all Lipsticks and Lipglasses in this collection

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipsticks (regular packaging)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipsticks (regular packaging)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipglass

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipglass

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipglass swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipglass swatches

Last but not least, the two #NickiNudes that sold out in the U.K. in less than 7 hours…

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Nicki's Nude and The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint

Created by Nicki Minaj, Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint are the only shades from this collection to have differentiated packaging conferred upon them. They are presented in corresponding-coloured tube endorsed by the rapper herself (to give them a more personal touch) and tucked into a box of the same colour. Naturally as a packaging junkie, I was drawn towards them despite having had my eyes set on Derriere and A Girl’s Got Needs. I’m sure this was the case in the U.K. as well 😅

#1 Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

Nicki’s Nude is a pinked beige described as a soft corally pink with Amplified finish. This highly-wearable shade complements most skin tones. It goes on sheer but is buildable to medium coverage and is hydrating and emollient with a hint of sheen to give the face a healthy glow.

Although the application is smooth, it lends an uneven consistency to the lips especially around drier areas (unfortunately my lips were exceptionally parched when I wore this due to heatiness) and settles into the lines so it was impossible to achieve uniformity with this lipstick. The chalky and transfer-prone texture also renders it short-lived on the lips. Once the product wears off, it leaves obvious streaks all over the lips as shown in the animated lip swatch above.

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude - swatch comparison

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude – swatch comparison

#2 The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

Named after Nicki Minaj’s third studio album, The Pinkprint is a bright cool pink which is described by M∙A∙C as a midtone creamy pink with Amplified finish. It glides on buttery and moist with a generous dose of sheen to exude an impish glamour à la Her Minajesty (what Minaj refers to herself as). In addition, it feels balmy and emollient and gives a moderately opaque payoff but with very limited buildability. However, it isn’t very long-lasting and has the same issue of leaving powdery streaks once it wears off.

And uh… is it just me or does this shade remind you of one of her many pink latex outfits?

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint - swatch comparison

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint – swatch comparison

On the whole, the limited-edition lipsticks are alright and nothing exceptional. If not for their packaging and the fact that this collection will be discontinued from 19 October, I wouldn’t have bought them for sure. A big part of me had hoped that Nicki had designed something else from the accompanying 18 lipsticks because I’m personally not very fond of pink hues. But if I have to choose between Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint, I’d pick the former because The Pinkprint is too pale for my liking (even though, admittedly, it applies slightly better).

On a side note, the star seems to have bigger plans up her sleeves and these lipsticks barely scratch the surface of what she has in store for us. Just last month, she had teased on her Instagram account that she is currently working on a “first of its kind partnership” with the brand that is slated for release next year. I may not be a fan of her music but collaborations with M∙A∙C always gets my attention. So until she spills the beans (which I’m quite positive is pretty soon), I am definitely keeping a close eye on further updates about this secret project! Could she be introducing a more extensive range of pink lipsticks?

What are your thoughts about this and her upcoming collection? Let me know in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

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M.A.C × Nicki Minaj is now available islandwide and M.A.C (UK). It will be launched on MACCosmetics.com on 21 September 2017.
MAKE-UP USED: [EYES] Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette / Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End & Mars / Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen [BROWS] Sigma Brow Powder Duo in Medium [FACE] shu uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation 764 / Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick / Benefit Rockateur / Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer

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REVIEW: LORAC Cosmetics x Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipsticks – Belle-ieve, True Beauty, Savoir Faire, Red Rose & Tres Chic

Hello everyone!

These days, it is imperative to set aside some money for rainy days. And by rainy days, I mean days when makeup companies drop new products unannounced.

So.. LORAC Cosmetics recently sprang a surprise on unknowing beauty community with the launch of their Beauty and the Beast capsule line which included a limited-edition eye shadow palette, cheek palette, lip gloss collection, and lipstick collection. Since this collection didn’t serve primarily as a build-up to the premiere of the movie (or directly capitalise on its popularity since this was release in June, more than 2 months after it completed its run in major theatres), I supposed no one had expected this collaboration to happen.

Fortunately, I was lurking around the internet when the news got out so I managed to snag some stuff before the rest of the world did. No prize for guessing what I bought😂

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection (US$36)

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection (US$36)

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection

This Beauty and The Beast lipstick collection features 5 brand new moderate-coverage MOD Cream shades that are inspired by the Disney classic, right down to their names. Vanilla-scented and decked out in clear plastic with gold-foiled rose detailing and a metallic gold body where the movie title is imprinted on, these lipsticks are cleverly and luxuriously packaged to fondly remind one of the iconic yellow gown Belle wore in the film while taking away the “cheap” look.

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection swatches

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection swatches

The lipsticks are neatly arranged in a vacuum-formed plastic tray and then packed into a paper box. Each set is priced at US$36 (domestic shipping is free), which breaks down to a cost of less than S$10 per lipstick. WOW! I am sure no one expected it to be this affordable especially with the Disney logo plastered on every lipstick (which gives most sellers the excuse to jack up their prices). But I can’t help feeling sceptical about the quality 🤔

#1 Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve

Belle-ieve is a warm mauve with a hint of pink undertones and a satin finish. It has the right amount of slip to allow for a smooth and even application across the lips without skipping or tugging. Highly pigmented, it delivers a one-swipe intense colour and an opaque payoff with an added sheen of moisture. It has such thick mousse-like consistency that it actually sits atop the lips nicely and conceals most of its flaws rather perfectly at the same time.

The lipstick also lends a slightly tacky sensation but that can easily be eliminated (while still maintaining the intensity) by dabbing the excess oil onto a facial tissue. Doing that would also extend its wear time. On days I don’t stuff my face with food, it could last about 5 hours on me so its longevity is not an issue. What really bothers me, however, is malleability of the bullet. It seems really prone to melting and has already slanted quite a bit after a few uses even though I usually keep my lipsticks away from the sunlight. I’m not sure if this is an isolated problem but do be careful not to exert too much pressure on the first use just in case.

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Belle-ieve - swatch comparison

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Belle-ieve – swatch comparison

#2 True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty

True Beauty is a cool pale pink with fine gold shimmers infused into it which imparts a subtle frosty sheen. This smooth lipstick glides on like butter and eventually lends a glossy finish which offers some plumping effect. It applies sheer at first, but is buildable to a medium coverage. That said, it settles noticeably into the lines and ends up streakier with each coat. It, too, leaves a tacky sensation on the lips which likewise can be removed. Due to its exceptionally soft and creamy consistency, it tends to ball up upon application and roughen the look as shown in the above lip swatch. Hence, I would suggest using a lip brush to apply this lipstick for better control of the texture.

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - True Beauty - swatch comparison

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – True Beauty – swatch comparison

#3 Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire is a peachy coral with a satin finish that applies effortlessly to deliver full coverage and colour intensity. This universally-flattering shade casts a radiantly youthful glow and instantly brightens up even the dullest of faces. It has a creamy and nourishing texture topped with a lustrous sheen to soften the lines and lend a glossy appearance to the lips. If wet lips aren’t your thing, simply blot the excess moisture away gently for a matter look and a longer-lasting wear. I have nothing much to rant about this shade. Needless to say, this is definitely one of my favourites from this collection!

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Savoir Faire - swatch comparison

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Savoir Faire – swatch comparison

#4 Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose

Red Rose is a cool-toned red with a satin finish. It applies like a dream and offers insanely-pigmented colour in full opacity in a single stroke. Ultra moisturising, this lipstick is formulated to provide uniform colour coverage and high-shine to add luster and volume to the lips without settling into the lines so they (even for the thin ones) look absolutely juicy and fuller. It has the same tackiness as the other lipsticks in this collection and is certainly not transfer-proof. But it is comfortable enough for you to keep wanting to reapply the product.

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Red Rose - swatch comparison

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Red Rose – swatch comparison

#5 Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic

Très Chic is a cool brown with the shine and softness of a satin but the tug and pull of a matte during application. It goes on thick and balmy to deliver a light wash of colour and mostly-sheer colour payoff which needs to be layered to achieve reasonable opacity. It applies patchy and the uneven consistency accentuates any imperfections on the lips so exfoliation is a must beforehand. Although this shade feels the driest among the lipsticks in this bundle, it has the best staying power as it clings onto the lips all day without weighing them down.

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection - Très Chic - swatch comparison

LORAC Cosmetics × Disney Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection – Très Chic – swatch comparison

All in all, these lipsticks (my first from LORAC!), save for a few shortfalls, have earned a spot in my regular makeup roster. The creamy and soft bullets are highly susceptible to melting so you have to ensure that the lipsticks are kept in cool environment (especially in humid countries like Singapore) or they will break or dislodge easily. But of course, if that happens you can always employ the melt-and-freeze trick to repair it. Every application renders a thick and rich consistency because more product is dispensed each time although this also translates to lesser uses. Nonetheless, this lipstick bundle is a very worthy purchase because the quality is really up there for the price you pay. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat!

What are your thoughts about these LORAC MOD lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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LORAC × Disney Beauty and the Beast was available on LORACCosmetics.com.

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REVIEW: M.A.C x Steve J & Yoni P Lipsticks in Spotlight Me & A Killing Smile

Hello everyone!

Husband-and-wife design duo Steve Jung and Yoni Pai are not only a household name for their contemporary casual pieces in South Korea, but are also widely known among western fashion cognoscenti since having their creations stocked at major retailers such as Selfridges, Nordstrom and NET-A-PORTER. Following their inception in 2007 with their label Steve J & Yoni P (or SJYP), the London-based designers have dominated runways of late and had even collaborated with Topshop on a capsule collection in 2011. They were further catapulted into prominence when Lee Hyo-ri and Jang Keun-suk (among many of their high-profile clients) as well as Hollywood celebrities Rita Ora and Olivia Palermo were spotted wearing the brand on a few occasions.

With such an influence, it came as no surprise that M·A·C (a longtime sponsor of the makeup for Steve J and Yoni P’s shows during Seoul Fashion week) would sought to tap into their creativity and fashion prowess to release a collection “as cheeky and progressive” as their style for summer!

Steve J & Yoni P for M·A·C 2017

Steve J & Yoni P for M·A·C 2017

Launched in June 2017, the M.A.C × Steve J & Yoni P collection comprises 4 lipsticks (Spotlight Me / Candy Yum Yum / A Killing Smile / Yoni Crush), Lip & Cheek X 6 (Yoni Attraction), Eye Shadow X 2 (Touch Me Baby), Dazzleshadow X 2 (Midnight Fever), Powder Blush (Peony Petal), brushes (159SH Duo Fibre & 217SH Blending), a makeup bag and Studio Eye Gloss (Pearl Varnish). The packaging design drew inspiration from Yoni P’s signature look of blonde hair and thick, black eyeliner while other graphics of the components “speak articulately to the existing street style in Seoul”. This campaign was supposed to be a joint effort with a two-person team but I don’t know, it appears to be more centered around one 🤔

Cheeky and quirky packaging

Cheeky and quirky packaging

I’m personally not really a fan of the packaging (oops!) because I find the artistic direction to be too.. haphazard? The exaggerated facial features created with simple lines seem thoughtless and just don’t appeal to me. Furthermore, the packaging reminds me of that of Yazbukey for shu uemura, but quirkier. What do you think?

#1 Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me (US$17.50 / S$36)

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me (US$17.50 / S$36)

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me

Spotlight Me is a warm peach and described by M·A·C as a light peachy nude with Amplified finish. It has a balmy consistency which gives it plenty of slip and a soft, creamy texture. Furthermore, it offers a buildable-to-opaque coverage with a hydrating shine. However, it leaves a tacky and waxy sensation and has the tendency to settle into the lines of the lips. This lipstick is lightweight and not transfer-proof so frequent reapplication is expected throughout the wear.

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me - swatch comparison

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in Spotlight Me – swatch comparison

#2 A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile (US$17.50 / S$36)

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile (US$17.50 / S$36)

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile

A Killing Smile is described as a bright pinkish red with Matte finish. This formula applies smoothly with no tug to lend a lip-hugging and opaque coat of cool raspberry pink, complete with a semi-matte appearance and a soft shine. It has a thick texture and an even and mostly opaque consistency, which can still be built upon for greater intensity. Like most M·A·C mattes, this shade is slightly drying but not to the extent of absorbing all the moisture from the lips and leaving them looking uncomfortably parched and cracked. It may not have the extreme longevity of M·A·C’s older mattes, but this still lasted on me for at least 4 hours.

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile - swatch comparison

M·A·C × Steve J & Yoni P Lipstick in A Killing Smile – swatch comparison

Admittedly, despite the Asian-friendly colours and this collection being borne out of a partnership with Asian designers, I am just not feeling all of this. I had even hesitated on getting these lipsticks (hence the delay in this review) due to the limited range of shades that look vastly similar to many of my M·A·C lipsticks.

The unexciting and repetitive choice of colours meant that they are not intended to be statement pieces but collector’s items. M·A·C knows very well that die-hard fans of the brand and K-pop would try to snag a piece regardless of the products (and price) so long as they are adorned in limited-edition packaging – and I am a living example of how their effective marketing can convince customers into buying things they don’t need 😖

Having said that, this collection does offer a narrowed-down selection of lipstick shades that will certainly go well with most fair and medium skin-toned Asians if you don’t already own any of them. Furthermore, these are priced the same as regular-packaged lipsticks (yes, gone are the days of US$16-17 M·A·C lipsticks – prices are creeping up without us realising!)

So, what are your favourite products from this collection? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below or take a poll!

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M.A.C × Steve J & Yoni P collection is now available on MACCosmetics.com and M.A.C Bugis Junction, ION, NEX, Ngee Ann City and TANGS at Tang Plaza.

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REVIEW: M.A.C Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – To Matte With Love, Dance With Me & High Drama

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From my observation as an ardent M·A·C user, the brand is often late to the party when it comes to following beauty trends. Or rather, they simply do not see the point in rushing into conformity and churning out low-quality products that would potentially tarnish their good reputation. But more often than not, you can be sure it’s worth the wait. Hence, when M·A·C finally announced that they were bringing out their own line of liquid lipsticks (literally years after every makeup brand had already done so), I had my hopes up and was eagerly awaiting their launch in January last year.

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour‘s debut saw the introduction of 15 robustly saturated colours in a liquid-suede finish (basically what you would expect from your Retro Matte lipsticks but in liquid form) packed in an all-black box and encased in a long clear plastic tube screw-capped with M·A·C’s trademark black dome-like lid. Each tube contains 5 ml / 0.17 fl oz of vanilla-scented product and comes with a fluffy yet flat applicator for better precision and control.

To date, there are already 31 shades in this range and most of them – including the three below – are permanent.

#1 To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love (US$21 / S$39)

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love (US$21 / S$39)

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love

To Matte With Love is a cool fuchsia pink described by M·A·C as a bright raspberry. It glides across the lips without skipping or tugging and upon application, the lipstick dries down almost instantly, transforming an initially creamy texture into a budge-free velvety (as opposed to a powdery) and matte finish. The product is so intensely pigmented and opaque, it fills the lips entirely with just one swipe. It has an even consistency which makes it easier to define the lip shape. On top of that, it does not crack when I move my lips (at least for the first few hours of wear), even without any form of lip nourishment. It is extremely long-lasting but feels drying on the lips and will start flaking and peeling the moment it comes in contact with grease.

I vaguely remember this as an online-exclusive product (which was why I bought it because I wouldn’t have gotten a shade that’s so not me) but it doesn’t seem to be the case. No regrets, though. To Matte With Love is gorgeous even though I already have something quite similar 😭

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love - swatch comparison

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte With Love – swatch comparison

#2 Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me (US$21 / S$39)

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me (US$21 / S$39)

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me

Dance With Me is a cool darkened red described by M·A·C as a deep cranberry red. It has a more watered-down consistency even though on the whole it still applies somewhat thick, creamy and with some tugging. It needs just one swipe to fill the lips with a reasonably opaque wash of colour.

However, it doesn’t build well especially when it is still in the wet stage as the initial layer tends to shift around with the movement of the applicator and thereafter, leave an uneven and blotchy appearance. It dries down completely to a slightly velvety and matte finish (with a rubbery texture which made my lips feel synthetic 😭), albeit in a longer time (about 2 minutes). But my lips feel increasingly constricted as traces of moisture wear off from the lipstick every millisecond. The dried-down finish also highlights every crinkle and crevice and accentuates flaws to some extent. But no doubt, it is very long-lasting. This is relatively difficult to remove as it stains the lips.

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me - swatch comparison

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me – swatch comparison

#3 High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama (US$21 / S$39)

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama (US$21 / S$39)

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama

High Drama is a deep burgundy purple described by M·A·C as a deep dark plum. It has a thin and streaky consistency and hence would require at least two passes to completely fill the lips. It lends a sheer smear of colour at the first swipe and has very limited buildability even though it is rather pigmented. It seems like the more layers I apply, the patchier (marked by very noticeable dark spots) it becomes. It feels like it has the tendency to bleed (which it sorta did around the edges).

This shade yields a satiny texture with subtle sheen which gives the impression of hydration when in fact, it is extremely drying. The heavy and hardening sensation on the lips while wearing High Drama makes the experience uncomfortable. Moreover, the product bunches and is distributed unevenly across the lips, causing them to look wrinkly and rough. It starts cracking and becoming flaky after three hours of wear without eating or drinking. Needless to say, its longevity would be a lot shorter when it comes into contact with anything (more particularly food and drink).

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama - swatch comparison

M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama – swatch comparison

While there’s definitely much to work on for the darker shades, the lighter ones (more specifically To Matte With Love) seem to offer a more seamless application on top of a thicker and a more velvety consistency. But then again, these were purchased more than a year ago when they were first launched so, I don’t know, there could already be some improvements made to the formula. When in doubt, drop by any M·A·C outlet and swatch them to your heart’s content!

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M·A·C retro matte liquid lipcolour is now available on MACCosmetics.com and at all local M.A.C outlets.

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