REVIEW: MAC x Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

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Since drifting away from the pop culture scene (is it normal to gain a preference for oldies music as you age?), I’ve lost count the number of times I have gone, “Who is that?” whenever M.A.C announced a new collaboration with a pop artiste. Having not tuned into any local contemporary hit radio stations for the past decade, needless to say, I had the same reaction when I got wind of their partnership with a Canadian singer-songwriter who calls herself Kiesza. But hey, if not for this collaboration, I wouldn’t have known about this talented yet underrated lady (look her up on YouTube and treat your ears to some upbeat H&M-worthy music if you must), so it’s all good 馃憤

Joining the ranks of other celebrities such as Halsey, Tinashe and Brooke Candy, all of whom I honestly didn’t know existed until they teamed up with M.A.C, Kiesza presents her first makeup collection with the well-loved cosmetics brand – a four-piece capsule collection comprising a Matte Lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, Liquidlast Liner and Big Brow Pencil – and they (except the eyeliner) are brown-hued. Hence, even without finding out who Kiesza is, this collection, or rather the lipstick, already has my name written on it.

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (regular packaging again..)

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (regular packaging again..)

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (US$17)

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (US$17)

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

Named after Kiesza’s latest single off her sophomore album, Dearly Beloved聽– the sole lipstick in this collection – reflects the understated look that she had been experimenting while trying to move away from her usual red lip colour.

Described as a warm soft brown with Matte finish, it appears to have ashy undertones when applied. Far from the usual drying Matte formula of M.A.C lipsticks, the payoff of this shade feels almost like a Satin as it goes on smooth with a creamy consistency and even has a slight sheen to it. Mostly opaque, it is moderately pigmented with a buildable intensity but emphasises every fine line (very noticeable on the upper lip) and dry bit of the lips. Having said that, it does leave my lips feeling moisturised and comfortable the entire time I had it on, so I guess it’s a fair trade-off!

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison - Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison – Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

What are your thoughts of this? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll 馃槈

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M路A路C 脳 Kiesza is now available on MACCosmetics.com. This collection is not available in Singapore.

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REVIEW: Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen

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Temperatures are soaring globally and this spells trouble for those with acne-prone skin. Heat and humidity intensify oil production in our skin which in turn gives rise to (more frequent) breakouts. Hence, while blessed souls with amazing complexion just need to slap on some toner to prevent summer zits from sprouting, the not-so-lucky ones like us would have to take significantly more precautions to stop new ones from popping up on our already-blemished face. What is your beauty regime for the hot weather like?

Apart from the usual acne cleansers and medicated cream we sufferers are all too familiar with, the trend these days seems to be toward using at-home LED devices to treat pesky pimples. LED light therapy for acne is not certainly not new as it has been used by dermatologists for years. But receiving the therapy in a clinic could set you back a few hundred dollars per session, or thousands to complete the entire treatment (and it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never get another pimple again). Handheld light therapy devices, on the other hand, are typically more affordable聽in the long run聽(a one-time payment of less than S$400) and are a more practical option because they can be used any time you want to avert an acne crisis.

Personally, I own a blue light device – a Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen gifted by my boyfriend for my birthday last year. It is quite a new product (less than a year in the market?) and was retailing for S$209 on Sephora. Now that the price online has been reduced by 30%, some of you may be tempted to give it a go but discouraged by the lack of reviews. Well, lucky you, you’ve come to the right place 馃榿 Read on to find out how I feel about the device!

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

As a quick introduction (with most information obtained from here and here), the ESPADA (‘sword’ in Spanish, but Foreo is a Swedish brand) is a slim handheld acne-fighting device which combines Blue Light Pulse Technology and T-Sonic鈩 pulsations. Operating it is easy as it has only one on/off button on the front. Once switched on, it activates a red laser-like beam for more precise targeting of blemish. This is extremely useful as without this function, it would be quite difficult to tell聽beneath the flat surface of the head聽if you’ve accurately aimed the blue light at your desired spot.

On/Off button

On/Off button

Targeted light precision

Targeted light precision

See the red laser-like beam on my forehead?

See the red laser-like beam on my forehead?

Next, rest the device on the targeted area and it will let out 415 nm of blue light (LED) which penetrates deep below skin鈥檚 surface to kill acne-causing bacteria at the source,聽while the T-Sonic pulsations help the light diffuse into pores for maximum efficacy. This treatment is only initiated on contact with the skin to ensure safety for skin and eyes and conserve battery.聽The whole process does not involve any pain or discomfort with the only rumbling sensation you experience coming from the pulsations.聽Repeat the process twice for mild acne, or three to four times for moderate acne. I’m a kiasu (overly cautious) person so I tend to zap every zit, regardless of their severity, minimally three times.

Be prepared for tired hands..

Be prepared for tired hands..

The ESPADA has a built-in timer that enables the device to vibrate every 30 seconds聽with longer pulses聽to indicate the end of each acne-treating routine. It is also USB-chargeable and one charge can provide up to 240 treatments. Mine, in most cases, needs to be charged once every week if used daily (about 30 treatments each day) and it takes about 3-4 hours to be fully charged. The red light at the foot of the device starts flashing once it reaches a critically low battery level and the treatment stops abruptly the moment the device deems itself to have insufficient power to complete the routine. But sometimes, there would still be a teeny weeny bit of power left to keep it running for a couple more seconds, so if you’re thrifty like me, just keep hitting the button until it can’t be switched on anymore 聽馃榿

Blue light technology in action!

Blue light technology in action!

Designed with hygiene as a priority, the head of the device is coated in a special bacteria-resistant silicone that prohibits the spread of acne-causing bacteria. The waterproof body is quick-drying, easy to clean and nonporous to prevent bacteria buildup. This device is said to be most effective on clean skin so I usually use it after cleansing my face and would only wipe the head with a damp cloth (or rinse under running tap every other week) thereafter. It is very portable and comes with a grey pouch for easy storage.

Comes with a grey pouch that is big enough to fit the device and the complimentary USB cable

Comes with a grey pouch that is big enough to fit the device and the complimentary USB cable

Now, moving on to the efficacy of this product, the ESPADA clears up pesky pimples to a satisfactory extent but unfortunately,聽does not work on severe cases of acne like my big cystic ones which did not only go away, their size remained unchanged and were still as painful as ever. This device is only effective against occasional or smaller pimples – such as those with poppable heads – as it is able to dry them up faster and reduce the inflammation. Moreover, contrary to what it also promises, it does not (at least for me) prevent further pimples from forming.

Price-wise, I thought the ESPADA is pretty affordable (although I received mine as a gift) especially with the discount at Sephora now. It is a lot cheaper than another similar product by Tria (not available in Singapore) due to the fact that this does not require additional or changeable cartridges which will collectively cost more than the device itself in the long run. There are a handful of other products in the Singapore market that use similar technology (such as聽SKIN INC’s Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light and Clariancy’s Tanda Clear) but cost at least a hundred dollars more.

In conclusion, is Foreo ESPADA a worthy buy? If you’re a student dealing with teen acne, then for the love of your wallet, yes. Otherwise, this still makes a decent combat tool against the little bumps on your face.

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: modelled pictures were taken 1.5 months ago when I had massive breakout of cystic acne. pictures posted in the recent reviews show my visibly clearer skin after seeking professional help from a skin clinic. I will share that wonderful experience soon on this space.
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The Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen is available in three colours (cobalt blue, magenta & pink) at Sephora Singapore for S$206 S$146.

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REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Birkin Brown & Very Victoria

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These days, highly accomplished makeup artists do not simply stop at amassing a wall of accolades or an extensive list of celebrity clientele. Instead, they become entrepreneurs聽by starting their own makeup line which, owing to their unparalleled credentials and high profile statuses,聽blooms without a hitch into聽the talk of the town. From Laura Mercier to Fran莽ois Nars of NARS to Carol Shaw of LORAC (her name spelled backwards if you didn’t realise, because me neither 馃槀), beauty brands born out of many years of makeup artistry experience are now so common and popular, I bet you dollars to doughnuts that you have at least one聽in your makeup arsenal.

Now, how about adding another (by a renowned British makeup artist, no less) to your collection? This time, though, you may have to splurge a bit more because we聽are about to talk luxury, yo 馃榿

YAZZZ GURRRL

YAZZZ GURRRL 鉁

Established in 2013, the Charlotte Tilbury brand is the namesake of its London-born founder,聽one of the world’s most in-demand聽makeup artist having聽worked with聽the likes of A-listers Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Amal Clooney and Natalie Portman, as well as respectable fashion and beauty publications聽such as Vogue.聽Despite being only officially sold in the U.K. and U.S., its popularity has spread globally ever since it was spotted on the lips of celebrity fans sashaying down red carpets, hence making it the fastest growing beauty brand.

“Wait, if Charlotte Tilbury is largely only available in the U.K., how am I supposed to buy anything without paying a bomb for shipping? Even the most affordable forwarder I know doesn’t ship from the U.K.!”聽鉁 Hakuna your tatas, ladies, for there is now an easy way. Thanks to online beauty retailers based in Singapore – like BlushBoss聽– that stocks up on brands not聽available in Singapore (such as Jeffree Star, Kylie Cosmetics, ABH and more) and at reasonable prices, laying your hands on these聽inaccessible brands has become聽pretty darn simple.

Matte Revolution Lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury

Matte Revolution Lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury

Through BlushBoss, I received my first pair聽of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks in Birkin Brown and Very Victoria – the only two shades available on the website, unfortunately聽(hopefully there will be more choices in the future) – which each arrived in a classy and quaint, very Georgian-like style boxes with gold lettering set against deep maroon background.

The lipstick tube itself is shaped聽like that of majestic fluted pillars with a texture marked by grooves, perhaps also for better grip since the hard and metallic rose gold material can be quite weighty in the hand. The cap closes with a satisfyingly loud click too! I would say the packaging as a whole has an unmistakable British flavour to it which sets it apart from those聽pop-ish designs of mainstream U.S. brands.

Side-by-side comparison between Birkin Brown and Very Victoria

Side-by-side comparison between Birkin Brown and Very Victoria

With one of Hollywood’s most celebrated makeup artist helming the brand, naturally there would be聽a lot of buzz around these CT lipsticks (which was partly why I got them in the first place) even on some of the world’s most revered magazines. Furthermore, the聽limited availability of the brand also fuels the desire to own one of these prized CT makeup. But do these lipsticks live up to all the hype?聽Read on to find out!

#1 Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Practically every lipstick in the Matte Revolution line is inspired by a celebrity one way or another (which makes a聽brilliant marketing ploy to garner eyeballs and generate more hype, I must say)聽and here’s聽one that was聽created with fashion muses Naomi Campbell (who pioneered the dark brown lip look) and Jane Birkin (who the Herm猫s Birkin bag聽was named after) in mind.

Described as a soft chocolate cream, Birkin Brown聽glides on smooth聽and has a nice聽slip, but settles聽quickly into the lip lines. Hydrating and emollient with a creamy and slightly glossy finish, this lightweight lipstick leaves a soft and supple feeling while delighting your sense of smell with聽its聽sweet vanilla scent. It is, however, mostly sheer and only buildable to a certain degree. Even so, it聽still appears patchy with very noticeably uneven聽consistency after many passes,聽as if聽there isn’t聽enough pigment to deliver a strong colour. I had high hopes that this would apply true to the bullet colour but nay.. what a disappointment. This shade fades to a stain聽after a few hours.

You might also have noticed the uniquely shaped聽bullet which,聽according to the website, is angled to mimic the shape of a lip brush for precise application. Gotta trust the expert on this one – it聽works like a charm for me because application definitely felt聽a lot easier especially along the cupid’s bow.聽On the downside, though, I would be more reluctant to聽use the lipstick for fear of losing the original shape of the bullet.. 馃槄

Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown - swatch comparison with other browns I have

Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown – swatch comparison with other browns I have

#2聽Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

If you’re a fan of Posh Spice, you wouldn’t want to miss this聽Victoria Beckham-inspired shade. Plus, it’s probably the only thing with her name on it that you can afford. Have you seen the prices of the products in her recent makeup collection with Est茅e Lauder?聽It’s CRAY!

Described as a suede taupe nude, Very Victoria is聽the perfect聽shade聽for everyday wear and best paired with subtle smokey eye. This comfortably hydrating formula聽applies like butter on the lips and leaves sheer but buildable finish with subtle rose gold shimmers. Although, similarly, it settles into my lip lines, the unevenness does not seem as聽pronounced as Birkin Brown due to its lighter tone and the fact that it is near-perfect match to my natural lip colour. I kinda like this more than Birkin Brown even though I’m usually not fond of light shades, because of it feels more matte. Also, it has better colour payoff.

Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria - swatch comparison with other muted browns/nudes I have

Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria – swatch comparison with other muted browns/nudes I have

All in all, these Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks fare very well in the comfort, luster and moisture categories – basically areas expected of luxury brands because I suppose these make the products feel and look expensive, and also to give聽a sense of glamour聽to the entire look. As one who values pigmentation (which, from my observation, luxury brands always fails to provide) more than anything else, I find these lipsticks聽way too sheer and creamy. They most likely聽need to be used with other products to achieve that degree of intensity shown on their models.

And most importantly, do I consider these matte? Certainly not 馃槓

What are your thoughts about these CT Matte Revolution lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Very Victoria and Birkin Brown are available on BlushBoss.com.sg. Get yours from BlushBoss with free shipping (no minimum order required) today!

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REVIEW: MAC Fruity Juicy Lipsticks – Love At First Bite & Si, Si, Me!

Hello everyone!

Now that聽the sun has finally broken through the raging clouds to warm us with its delightful rays, bright pops of tropical colours are officially in full swing. Ah, fellow beautyholics, you know what that means –聽it’s time to update our makeup game for the summer season! Because for makeup fiends like us, nothing says summer like a radiant聽swoosh of blush and swathe of highlight on the cheekbones to聽mimic that healthy flush, or聽a dusting of bronzer to radiate a sun-kissed glow coupled with a playful聽jolt聽of colour across the lips to heighten that overall refreshed look.

Fueling our obsession with聽all-things vibrant (especially at this sunny聽time of the year), M.A.C has planned a Summer collection slated for worldwide release on 18 May. And聽you know, when it comes to most聽limited-edition collections, M.A.C means business and does not mess around with their packaging. From聽packaging designs we saw in the previous year inspired by the deserts and kaleidoscopic colours of an ancient Chinese art form, M.A.C is somehow always able聽to聽tempt us聽into splurging on their products no matter the necessity for them. So this month, be prepared to see a dip in your bank account because you wouldn’t want to miss anything in this upcoming frootilicious聽M.A.C collection 馃構

With daylilies, palm leaves, bananas and papayas dominating the packaging, the聽Fruity Juicy collection is a kind of tropical fruits and floral fantasia that beckons聽with its loud and fancy colour scheme. Therefore, you should have no problems spotting the display in the M.A.C store when the collection comes out next week.

Pictured at a recent M.A.C preview I was invited to. No idea why there are Chinese characters on the display but they probably won't be there on the actual launch day

Pictured at a recent M.A.C preview I was invited to. No idea why there are Chinese characters on the display but they probably won’t be there on the actual launch day

Excluding the online-exclusive Eye Shadow 脳 6 in Oh My Banana聽(already launched in the UK), there will be a total of 21 products in this collection to fulfill your summer makeup goals. And to better prep your bank account for the sudden departure of at least a few tens of dollars, here’s the full price (and product) list for this collection, courtesy of M.A.C Cosmetics Singapore:

M.A.C FRUITY JUICY COLLECTION 路 Full price list (SGD)

鈻 Lipstick (Calm Heat / Shy Girl / Love At First Bite / S铆, S铆, Me!)$36
鈻 Cremesheen Glass (Cha-Cha-Cha / Shake, Shake, Shake! , La Salsa , Summer Succulence) $41
鈻 Eye Shadow聽脳 6 (Fruit a La La / Love in the Glades) $77
鈻 Bronzing Powder (Refined Golden / Baiana Bronze) $49
鈻 M.A.C Studio Sculpt Bronzing Powder (Delicates / Delphic) $60
鈻 Pearlmatte Face Powder (Oh My, Passion!) $60
鈻 Lustre Drops (Bronze Hero / Sun Rush) $37
鈻 Prep+Prime Fix+ (Coconut) $34
鈻犅燘rush (125) $70 (126) $89
鈻 Makeup Bag $58

If you’re more a lip person like me, you might also be interested in the swatches of all the Fruity Juicy lip products below:

M.A.C Fruity Juicy lipsticks

M.A.C Fruity Juicy lipsticks

M.A.C Fruity Juicy - all lipstick swatches

M.A.C Fruity Juicy – all lipstick swatches

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Cremesheen Glass

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Cremesheen Glass

M.A.C Fruity Juicy - all Cremesheen Glass swatches

M.A.C Fruity Juicy – all Cremesheen Glass swatches

You’re welcome 馃槡

Going against my hoarder tendencies, I only snagged two out of the four lipstick shades because as you might have noticed, the nude-ish聽hues are really light even on my wrist and from past experience, I doubt they will show up on my lips at all. Besides, the darker shades seem to apply better as well.

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipsticks in Love At First Bite & Si, Si, Me!

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipsticks in Love At First Bite & Si, Si, Me!

The lipsticks are fitted in a reflective plastic tube decorated with theme-appropriate illustrations against a black backdrop. Also in ensuring a positive first impression, M.A.C does not relent聽even for the box,聽which is something that most people would likely discard to free up space.

#1 Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

Described as a bright fuchsia with Amplified Creme finish, Love At First Bite is a muted hot pink with cool undertones.聽It has good slip which enables it to run smoothly without drag聽but聽it tends to settle into the lip lines after a while. It has an opaque payoff and an emollient and glossy texture, characterised by a聽slight sheen. Although thin and聽lightweight in consistency, it applies uniformly across the lips so there is no skipping or obvious streaks.聽This shade feels hydrating on the lips.

#2 S铆,聽S铆, Me!

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in S铆, S铆, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

Described as a deep violet with Satin finish, S铆, S铆, Me! is a darkened fuchsia pink with cool undertones.聽It has equally good slip聽backed by聽a thick and buttery texture with聽an incredibly聽pigmented聽colour payoff topped with a luscious sheen. It reminds me of the reformulated version of M.A.C’s matte because it feels matte but not drying at all.

You don’t have to purse your lips to even out the colour with this lipstick – it pretty much spreads out uniformly on its own as you apply. Although it goes on聽reasonably opaque at the first swipe, its intensity聽can still be built on with more coats. However, it become tackier with every additional layer.

Swatch comparison for S铆, S铆, Me! and Love At First Bite

Swatch comparison for S铆, S铆, Me! and Love At First Bite

This collection may not boast a diverse range of hues (as it’s just nudes and pinks). Even so, die-hard M.A.C customers who are suckers for nice packaging will flip over it. Don’t know what to buy or which products are expected to sell out fast? The availability of the items聽on the UK website should provide a rough indication of the product聽popularity among consumers. Be sure to be at the launch early聽if you are planning to get the Prep+Prime Fix+ because (according to reliable sources) it will be among the first (if not the first) to fly off the shelves. Heard it’s coconut-scented (didn’t really pay attention to it at the preview), so yeah… 馃槤

What are your thoughts on this collection? Let me know in the comments below 馃檪

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C Fruity Juicy collection goes on sale聽online and in all local M.A.C stores on 18 May 2017. Singapore M.A.C members get to preview this collection on 12 May so do RSVP (check your e-mail) to avoid disappointment!

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REVIEW: MAC Blue Nectar Lipsticks – Give In, Riot House, Sweet Venom, Ablaze, Intoxica & Barbeque

Hello everyone!

How was your Cinco de Mayo weekend聽for my readers who are residing in the states? Did it leave you a few hundreds of dollars poorer overnight? I feel ya, babes… 馃槩

Sorry for the delayed beauty update because I just couldn’t muster up enough energy to turn on my computer after more than 8 hours at work each day.. *yawns* But I promise to post more often when my long break comes in about three weeks’ time.聽I have a mountain’s worth聽of beauty products聽– accumulated over the past few weeks – to聽talk about and I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss any of them. So please be patient, fellow beautyholics! 馃槅聽I guarantee it’s gonna be worth the wait..

Unfortunately, if you’re here expecting my first update in three weeks聽to be on a聽latest makeup collection, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed again (there is definitely one in the works, so come back again in a few days or look out for updates on my Instagram 鈽). For now, it’s throwback to yet another old M.A.C collection.

Remember nearly a year ago, M.A.C welcomed the summer season with a new collection called Blue Nectar? Since it’s going to get warm again in most parts of the world, I thought it’s about time聽I thrust it into the limelight since you can technically still buy them online.

M.A.C Blue Nectar, June 2016

M.A.C Blue Nectar, June 2016

Launched last year (in May online and June in stores), Blue Nectar聽saw the release聽and repromote of 12 lipsticks (Courting Seduction / Lured In / Invite Intrigue / Intoxica / Lush Extract / Riot House / Give In / Sweet Venom / Heroine / Ablaze / Breathing Fire / Barbeque) and 6 Plushglass (Fulfilled / Ample Pink / In Abundance / Robust / Fashion Fanatic / Full for You) in idyllic hues of orange, red and purple, but this review will only be featuring 6 of the said lipstick shades. Interestingly, despite the name of the collection, there was not a single blue lipstick.

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipsticks

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipsticks

Overall swatches

Overall swatches

Some of these shades may ring a bell聽to those聽who have been聽keeping track of all the M.A.C聽launches because聽one-third of them are either repromotes or already in the permanent line. If you had passed on them the first time ’round due to the price hike, you will be delighted to know that they have made a comeback in a somewhat cheaper price tag, sans the fancy packaging.

Although聽they were relaunched as limited-edition shades again, all of them (including the new ones)聽are still available on the M.A.C website the last time I checked. So in case you are interested to聽purchase any of them, I have hyperlinked the聽names of the featured shades to their individual product pages for your convenience 馃槈

Without further ado, let’s get started on the reviews!

#1 Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

Since Blue Nectar was launched during the summer season, it seemed only right to incorporate聽some pastels and soft neutrals to add a touch of playfulness to the collection. Among those hues聽was Give In,聽a creamy natural pink with Amplified Creme finish. It runs smoothly on the lips without skipping and leaves a buttery but streaky texture with a slight sheen to it. The colour payoff can be somewhat sheer at the first swipe but it is buildable to a decently opaque consistency. It does not settle into the lip wrinkles no matter how much product is applied.

However,聽it is not long-lasting as its emollient quality makes it move a lot, so much so that frequent reapplication would be necessary. This shade聽leans more towards the hydrating spectrum.

#2 Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

Colours in nature change with the season, and so does makeup.聽In preparation for the impending humid months, it’s about time we tweak our makeup routine and opt for hues that enable us to stay seasonally appropriate. As beauty enthusiasts, when we think summer, minimally made-up looks come to mind, and along with that are bright attention-grabbing lips聽colours such the warm reds and cheery pinks聽to show聽that you so did not compromise on your makeup game for the warm weather. For the gutsier ones who don’t mind experimenting with something more unusual,聽why not adopt the聽neon聽lip look聽this summer using near-fluorescent shades like Riot House?

Described as a light vivid orange with Matte finish, Riot House – a repromote shade from the Kelly Osbourne collection launched back in 2014 – punctuates the traditional lip hues of summer with a fun pop of sandy beach colour. When applied, it tugs a little on lips as it leaves a mostly opaque and – unfortunately – uneven consistency while settling into my lip creases. It is slightly buildable but adding more product would mean accentuating lip dryness even further because of its flat matte appearance. On top of that, deeper聽cracks start forming around the lip lines with every little movement of my mouth. Even so, this shade feels neither drying nor hydrating on the lips.

Swatch comparison for Give In and Riot House

Swatch comparison for Give In and Riot House

#3 Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

If you’re not ready to trade your reds or pinks for neon hues just yet, no pressure – you can absolutely still look chic in hues聽you’re comfortable wearing on your lips. In fact, Blue Nectar explores an assortment聽of reds and pinks聽that you probably don’t have in your stash. So, if you’ve been using the same ol’ red or pink lipstick for the past couple of summers and have decided it is time for a change, look no further, for I have picked out four聽uncommon variations of聽the quintessential lipstick hue from this collection, beginning with the lightest聽one – Sweet Venom.

Described as an intense pink coral with Matte finish, it is a more of a full聽baby pink with cool聽undertones which complements light to medium skin tones best. Sweet Venom applies like a Satin without little to no tug at the lips聽and although it is supposedly a Matte lipstick, it聽actually has聽more slip than聽the first two nudes featured here. It has an opaque coverage聽with smooth聽consistency at the first swipe. The texture feels a little powdery聽but not obvious to the eye. It can stay on for hours but only if it does not come in contact with oily food. This shade is neither drying nor hydrating.

#4 Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

Set your lips聽on fire聽with a ravishing red聽this summer!聽Described as a bright apricot cream with Matte finish, Ablaze聽adds a twist to traditional red with its bright reddish-orange hue and warm undertones and hence making it聽perfect for those who do not want to stray too far from safe colours.

This shade – which was first released as part of the Fashion Sets collection in 2013 –聽has great slip聽as it runs effortlessly on the lips聽to lend a聽smooth Satin-like finish. It provides a rich colour payoff and a buildable opaque consistency that allows for a full, uniform coverage while imparting a soft sheen. It clings comfortably to the lips聽with its emollient and lightweight texture but does feel a bit tacky at the same time. Similarly, this shade is neither drying nor hydrating.

#5 Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

Described as a bright raspberry red with Matte finish, Intoxica appears as a vivid pink-red with blue聽undertones. It聽goes on creamy with聽some聽tug聽but no drag, coating the lips with an intense colour payoff with just a single swipe. Each application delivers an聽opaque coverage coupled with聽a聽smooth and seamless finish like a true Matte (minus the dryness and chalkiness), resulting in a fuller lip look.

In addition, it also has a聽subtle sheen to it so that it does not look completely flat聽on your lips or make them seem brittle and dehydrated. This shade is long-wearing but it聽feels heavy and can be a little drying on the lips, so make sure you use a lip balm before applying the lipstick.

Swatch comparison for Sweet Venom and Intoxica

Swatch comparison for Sweet Venom and Intoxica

#6 Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

What’s summer without barbecue? Guess what – now there’s a lipstick to go along with the ambience of outdoor dining and the warmth of a real fire as聽M.A.C had relaunched聽a hue that would instantly remind you of your favourite summer tradition (and聽was聽even聽named after it). Described as a vivid orange red with Matte finish, Barbeque very much聽resembles the glowing聽embers of barbecue fire due to its punchy deep tangerine colour and warm undertones. This was first released as part of the Isabal and Ruben Toledo collection in 2015.

It has a similar creamy texture to Intoxica but perhaps due to its聽heavier, drier and thicker consistency, it聽also tugs slightly at the lips.聽The product spreads evenly across the lip upon application but somehow settles into lip lines after a few minutes. There’s absolutely no doubt about the colour payoff as you can see –聽it is so incredibly pigmented and opaque that聽you’d only need to run the lipstick over your lips ONCE to get full coverage. This is聽another classic example of why M.A.C remains ahead of the pack in producing lipsticks with the ultimate wear and colour.

Swatch comparison for Ablaze and Barbeque

Swatch comparison for Ablaze and Barbeque

On the whole,聽this collection is聽the bomb, which is also mainly why I persisted in doing a review on it in spite that it was launched nearly a year ago. Not only are the lipsticks super pigmented and creamy, the colours are also mostly workplace-appropriate.聽These colours are timeless as well, and can be recycled for the spring and fall seasons (if you know how to adjust聽the intensity). If you haven’t gotten anything from this collection yet, you should! 馃槈 I would say this is one of the better collections from聽M.A.C so trust me, you won’t regret your decision.

What are your thoughts? Share them with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C Blue Nectar was launched as a limited edition collection in June and August 2016 online and in local outlets respectively.聽However, all of the shades at present are still available聽for purchase individually on MACCosmetics.com.聽found something you like in this collection? Get it聽while you still can!

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REVIEW: Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar – Milk in Coral, Milk in Pink & Milk in Red

Hello everyone!

Amidst all the outlandish beauty fads (like exaggerated arched brows, plumped up lips and strobing) that swept the internet in recent years, South Korea amazingly remained聽uninfluenced by Western pop culture and even聽managed to cement聽their own reputation聽as the beauty hub of Asia, gaining a loyal fan base from all over the world. Their immense popularity is nothing surprising nor unusual, and I have a good reason for that.

When it comes to Korean beauty trends, the spotlight has consistently always been on soft and bright hues聽for the purpose of achieving the聽girl-next-door look. This differs聽greatly from those of Western make-up products which focus聽on heavy pigments, contouring and volumising to give an edgier and more defined appearance. To many, Korean beauty products are (quite literally) like a breath of fresh air because not only are they聽usually lightweight and hydrating in nature, the choice of shades are pretty much an exact match to your skin tone so they聽accentuate your natural skin texture rather than burying it under layers of make-up. In addition, the Koreans have proven聽to be ingenious聽trendsetters for reinventing the same old beauty products into modern must-haves for everyone.

And some classic example of that are cushion foundations (which I will talk about very soon) and – you know it – multi-tonal lipsticks, what I’d call a beauty breakthrough in this ombr茅 lip-obsessed society which even international Western beauty brands like Benefit, Maybelline and Givenchy can’t resist tapping into. Who would have thought we’d get excited about everyday shades all over again?

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

If you have caught on the frenzy of multi-tonal lipsticks like me, here’s another聽brand, on top of two I had previously featured, to add to your radar: Berrisom (氩犽Μ鞃).

Established in South Korea, Berrisom聽positions themselves as a high-tech cosmetic brand using AO5 antioxidant formula extracted from three types of berries (elderberry, blackberry and cranberry) and two types of blossom (evening primrose and camellia), and hence their name. They are best known for their peel-off lip stain (Chu My Lip Tint Pack) which made rounds on the internet two years ago. Taking cue from the gradient lip trend fuelled by competing K-beauty brands, Berrisom went on to launch聽Oops! Two Two Lip Bar聽in 2016, a series of two-toned lipstick with white as the primary base colour. Previously only available on Qoo10 for international purchase (..that long wait time before your orders arrive), K-beauty enthusiasts in Singapore must be thrilled to know that it’s now sold in our local Guardian outlets!

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar

The Oops! Two Two Lip Bar series comes in just three universal colours – Milk in Coral, Milk in Pink and Milk in Red – and they are each packed in a long paper rectangular box 脿 la Kylie Lip Kit聽but perhaps half聽its聽size. When opened, the inside of the box reveals a diagonal slat to minimise the movement of the product so it doesn’t produce those annoying plopping sound聽in transit.

Presented in an all-black slender plastic tube with a protective seal on the cap, the packaging may not look as luxurious as say, Laneige but I’m not the least worried about the actual quality since聽you know, Korean beauty products generally have such high standards, they seldom disappoint. They are scentless and work like any other lipsticks – screw up the bottom of the tube (it’s retractable), apply, purse your lips to distribute the colours, blot further if needed聽and you’re ready to go!

#1 Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral (S$16.90 / 15,000 KRW)

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral (S$16.90 / 15,000 KRW)

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral - before and after lip pursing

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral – before and after lip pursing

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Coral

As classical as red lipsticks are, they may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It requires a great deal of courage to walk around with red lipstick because its vibrancy screams for attention and not many Asians are ready for that kind of public scrutiny yet. So, the next best lip colour option to enchant and look coquettish聽at the same time without drawing unwanted eyeballs is to go a few tones lighter. Then, what you’d get聽is an alluring coral. There has been a sudden surge in demand for coral lipsticks in recent years and it could highly be attributed to the popularity of Korean TV soaps. That’s totally understandable. I mean, who could resist those kissable and luscious orange-tinged lips of Korean celebrities like Jun Ji-hyun on My Love from the Star?

Hence, when there’s only enough budget to make three shades in the pilot stage of introducing a new lipstick line, a coral better聽be one of them. And perhaps, that’s how Milk in Coral came about. This shade is a muted聽warm-toned聽red with a white that goes on聽almost invisible to the naked eye. It applies smooth and creamy, leaving a satin finish聽with a聽soft sheen to it. The first swipe delivers mostly opaque (it may be too dark by Korean beauty standards聽but I personally like its opacity) and a very pigmented coverage which significantly contrasted the red against the white and聽allows for聽a more noticeable gradation.

When applying lipstick, I like to extend the application聽slightly beyond the lip line聽to create an illusion of plumper lips but聽these聽Berrisom lipsticks rendered it more difficult to achieve that effect (in one full attempt) due to the聽shorter width of the bullet. It would take some practice before I can聽maneuver the bullet perfectly (especially on the cupid’s bow) without disrupting the gradient. That aside, the colours blend seamlessly well聽without settling into my lip lines after I purse my lips. Further, it is hydrating and emollient, though a little tacky. To achieve a just-bitten (a.k.a the Korean style) look, try wearing the colours in reverse.

#2 Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink (S$16.90 / 15,000 KRW)

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink (S$16.90 / 15,000 KRW)

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink - before and after lip pursing

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink – before and after lip pursing

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Pink

Spring has sprung and what better way to usher in the season of renewal with some pink lips? While I wouldn’t really associate such聽bright statement shade with the Korean pop culture (as I often see Korean artiste opting聽for much more聽muted lip colours outside of quirky K-pop videos), pink lipsticks are known to be more versatile than reds. Besides, nothing exudes fun and flirty vibes on top of femininity like pink lips, so they are essentially聽a fab addition to any girl’s beauty arsenal.

If you don’t already have a pink lipstick, fret not as Berrisom has got you covered with an affordable one they named Milk in Pink – a cool-toned bubblegum pink that applies like butter with聽some tug, and as thick and evenly as some of my favourite M.A.C lipsticks. It has a satin finish and lends an opaque colour payoff. Upon blending with the white, the main colour聽visibly fades into a baby pink towards the inner part of my lips. However, it tends to run into the creases as you can see on my聽bottom lip but it’s not obvious from afar.

Swatch comparison for Milk in Pink

Swatch comparison for Milk in Pink

#3 Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red (S$16.90 / 15,000 KRW)

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red (S$16.90 / 15,000 KRW)

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red - before and after lip pursing

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red – before and after lip pursing

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar in Milk in Red

Whether you are warm- or cool-toned, there is bound to be a red lipstick for everyone, so don’t shy away from reds just because you thought you looked awful in the last one you wore. Most likely you聽didn’t pick out the聽right one that complements your skin tone! Supposedly, a聽rather accurate way of determining your undertones would be by looking at the colour of your veins on your聽wrist: blue-tinted veins signify a cool skin tone, whereas greenish veins point to a warm skin tone. A mixture of both would indicate a neutral undertone.聽Therefore, in order to look your optimum, you should go for lipstick聽shades that directly corresponds to your skin tone.

So, as an Asian with cool skin tones (yes,聽“yellow-skinned” don’t automatically have warm undertones.. *ahem*), I should聽presumably look better with cool-toned reds like Milk in Red.聽Well, well, well.. look at me, all jazzed up and looking out of the ordinary! 馃槤馃槤馃槤聽Jokes aside, I do聽feel more comfortable wearing this shade of red as compared to those with yellow undertones, so I guess聽there’s some truth to this lipstick compatibility theory after all!

Like the others, Milk in Red glides almost-effortlessly across the lips, delivering full-coverage colour with a satin聽finish in just a single stroke. Lightweight聽and hydrating, it perfectly defines the lip contours which inadvertently gives my lips a plumped effect. Out of the three shades mentioned, the gradation here seems most apparent (look at the bottom lip!) because聽of the intense pigmentation of the main colour, red (so you definitely cannot get away without pursing your lips for this one). Boy, I may not be the biggest fan of red lips but Jesus Christ I LOVE THIS. Now, I have to find a suitable occasion to wear this lovely red..

Swatch comparison for Milk in Coral and Milk in Red

Swatch comparison for Milk in Coral and Milk in Red

In conclusion, I was so damn right – these Berrisom two-toned lipsticks聽did not disappoint! In fact, probably because they are so untypical of the usual Korean make-up products聽for their strong colour payoff聽and close-to-matte-like finish (if you noticed, most聽K-beauty lipsticks are either too glossy or sheer 馃槖 me no likey), they surpassed my expectations. Moreover, they are more long-lasting too!

With so many Korean beauty brands to shop at, there’s likely better choices out there. But in terms of affordability, Berrisom聽definitely takes the cake because like, seriously, it’s only S$16.90!聽(Prices are a lot lower聽if you buy it off the net but do bear in mind that you can’t try the colour before purchasing!)

What are your thoughts on these lipsticks? Let me know your comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Berrisom Oops! Two Two Lip Bar is now available at selected local Guardian outlets at an introductory price of S$13.90 (usual price S$16.90) for a limited time only.
Products featured in this review were editorially selected. All opinions, as always, are genuine and uninfluenced.

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REVIEW: HERA Sensual Rouge Lipsticks – #132 Rustic Garden, #200 Morning Fever & #451 I’m Not A Mama

Hello everyone!

While we are on the subject of Korean beauty products,聽there are still a couple of other noteworthy brands that I would like to put the spotlight on, one of which is HERA. Now, most of you Hallyu enthusiasts would have already heard of this brand by now – even though it is not available in Singapore – through their ambassador Jun Ji Hyun as she had famously worn two lipsticks from HERA in her latest hit drama Legend of the Blue Sea. But I know not everyone is into the Korean Wave, so聽read on for a quick introduction on the brand.

Founded in 1995 by AmorePacific (the same company behind Laneige, Sulwhasoo, Innisfree, Etude House and IOPE), HERA is currently touted as one of the leading Korean beauty brands聽in the world聽for both men and women聽despite only having physical presence in their home country and recently, China.聽Even before I set foot in Seoul last year, I had heard plenty of talk about the brand.聽But as mentioned previously, I am not one who would buy into the hype of Korean make-up聽brands (especially since new ones seem to be popping up every moment – ain’t nobody got money for dat!) so聽my decision to slap new make-up on my face typically boils down to the visual presentation of the products themselves. It’s sad but true – first impression counts, so only brands that invest in their packaging deserve my money.

And HERA is certainly one I would splurge my money on despite their products聽being as expensive as some high-end brands around.

HERA Sensual Rouge

HERA Sensual Rouge

Unlike typical one-tone lipsticks, the Sensual Rouge series are said to deliver an聽exquisite blend of two colors and a moist finish.聽Available in 8 shades, they come in slim and long rectangular glossy plastic (yet rather sturdy) tubes that are perfect for on-the-go use. A sleek and clean appearance聽with聽touch of elegance and trendiness, it goes without saying that HERA had聽gotten me hooked to their packaging聽the very moment I spotted them at Lotte Department Store! Go ahead and pack along multiple shades of these Sensual Rouge lipsticks on your next trip if you feel like wearing a different lipstick shade for everyday of your vacation – these lipsticks do not take up much space in your make-up bag even when boxed up.

Furthermore, you don’t have to keep track of the shelf life of these lipsticks because the expiration dates are stated on the bottom label. But then again, the clear-cut expiration dates may not necessarily be a good thing for makeup hoarders who are unwilling to toss their past-it lipsticks *guilty*

A different take on bar codes? HERA showcases their creativity by incorporating iconic Seoul landmarks into boring ol' bar codes :) Who needs blatant, in-your-face "Product of South Korea" on the packaging when you can have artistic and subtle messages like this? :)

A different take on bar codes? HERA showcases their creativity by incorporating iconic Seoul landmarks into boring ol’ bar codes 馃檪 Who needs blatant, in-your-face “Product of South Korea” on the packaging when you can have artistic and subtle messages like this? 馃檪

Not only is the packaging en pointe, a lot of thought had been put into naming the shades as well. All these just make me wonder why HERA isn’t聽expanding as much outside South Korea as their sister brand Laneige. They are聽clearly ready to take over the international beauty scene! Oh, you selfish Koreans.. Only want the best for yourselves, eh? 馃槒

#132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden (35,000 KRW)

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden (35,000 KRW)

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

HERA Sensual Rouge in #132 Rustic Garden

To be fair to lipstick brands I am trying for the first time, I would usually pick out hues聽on both ends of the darkness spectrum for a more balanced review. Based on the聽shade number, Rustic Garden is the lightest shade in the Sensual Rouge line and聽it is mainly an amalgam of muted rosy-pink in the middle and a darker warm-toned pink (as opposed to the colours depicted on the box which look cooler and browner than warm to me) on each side of the bullet.

The oily formula enables it to glide smoothly on the lips but some product can be seen settling into my lip lines. 聽Barely noticeable on the first application because it is so close to my natural lip colour, I have to run this lipstick over my聽lips several times before I can finally see some contrast. It is emollient, hydrating and feels lightweight and the聽glossy sheen gives the soft colours an extra pop!

#200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever (35,000 KRW)

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever (35,000 KRW)

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

HERA Sensual Rouge in #200 Morning Fever

In view of my impending entrance into the workforce then, I聽had been keeping a lookout for multi-tone lipsticks with shades that are unusual聽yet not over the top and are聽suitable for everyday wear. Ticking all the right boxes is聽Morning Fever聽– one with muted red as its primary聽colour and pale orange as the accent colour.

It goes on buttery and sheer on first application but builds to a semi-opaque finish. It has more slip than Rustic Garden and feels lightweight and supple on the lips, but leaves an oily film which lends聽that natural sheen. I would prefer the orange to be slightly more prominent because currently, the blend is so seamless than unless you see it under proper lighting the contrast is hardly visible at all.聽Nonetheless, it is a very flattering shade which gives the lips a healthy glow.

HERA #132 Rustic Garden and #200 Morning Fever swatch comparison with other similar multi-tone shades

HERA #132 Rustic Garden and #200 Morning Fever swatch comparison with other similar multi-tone shades

#451 I’m Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama (35,000 KRW)

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama (35,000 KRW)

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I'm Not A Mama

HERA Sensual Rouge in #451 I’m Not A Mama

Last but not least is I’m Not A Mama, the darkest and perhaps most pigmented of the octet and also one that is more in line with what I would normally wear. But lo and behold, probably because I’m more of a seasoned dark lipstick fiend, I find myself having more negative things to talk about for this shade.

Featuring a reassuring blend of cool copper and a deepened claret (in between brown and purple – a combination I knew would complement each other perfectly) on the bullet, this lipstick disappointingly applies聽as a muted burnt orange聽altogether on my lips and聽thereby blurring the contrast of the colours (which defeats the purpose of the multi-tone function聽since any regular lipsticks can do the job). In fact, if you were to look very closely, the deeper hue appears a lot lighter than the primary colour when applied on the lips聽馃 Although the most opaque among the three reviewed聽here, it is still mostly sheer by normal standards and has to be layered to decent opacity – a characteristic quite typical of Korean makeup products聽as the Koreans tend to place more emphasis on achieving a more youthful, natural and dewy look.

Application-wise, it is equally greasy and has more slip than the other two but feels tackier. On top of that, it has a runny聽and weightless聽texture that glides on easily, leaving the lips feeling moisturised and refreshed. All in all, it is a pleasant shade and聽I would have rated it better聽if not for the barely visible colour contrast.聽Pity!

HERA #451 I'm Not A Mama swatch comparison with regular lipsticks

HERA #451 I’m Not A Mama swatch comparison with regular lipsticks

On the whole, I would say that the Sensual Rouge line is alright聽in quality but nothing to write home about. For sure, much still needs to be done to the accuracy of the information on the packaging聽because聽I find the shades depicted on it聽very deceiving and absolutely inaccurate as you can see.聽Do swatch (if possible) before buying聽or you will be in for a surprise.

So should you get these? Depending on your preference, you may enjoy them if you don’t mind opting聽for a softer look. But if you are all for a more defined and mature make-up look, this (or K-beauty in general)聽is certainly not for you.

What are your thoughts on these multi-tone lipsticks? Are they effective in creating聽ombr茅 lip looks or are they just plain marketing gimmicks? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 馃檪

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While HERA Sensual Rouge is only available in South Korea and china (not at duty-free counters), you might able to find other聽products by the same brand on Qoo10 and Lazada.

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