REVIEW: M·A·C × Aladdin Lipsticks – Princess Incognito, Rajah & Whole New World

*blows off dust* …hello everyone?

First and foremost, I owe everyone an apology. This review was meant to be posted in the same month the collection was released, but my day job (and a pretty impromptu vacation) got the better of me. Thus, this post had been sitting in the draft for nearly three months now. Seeing that most of the items are still in stock online, I guess, it’s safe to say that I’ve not broken the rule of timeliness.

Plus, it’s only a matter of time before this collection gets shifted to their Goodbyes section so hopefully this review comes in handy for you deal scavengers!

Launched in May, this highly-anticipated (but y’know, I’ve learnt to take overzealous beauty announcement reactions with a pinch of salt) collection includes four lipsticks (Friend Like Me / Rajah / Princess Incognito / Whole New World), three Lipglasses (Diamond in the Rough / Jewels on Jewels / Magic Carpet Ride), a Crystal Glaze Gloss in #1 Wish, pigment in Rose, two Powder Blush (Your Wish is My Command / Always One Jump Ahead), a 9-pan eye shadow palette (Princess Jasmine) and a Technakohl Liner in Graphblack.

Inspired by the intricate patterns and complimentary turquoise and gold hues of the Kingdom of Agrabah, the packaging was unmistakably created with Princess Jasmine in mind (though I wish they had done more to the design like inverting the colours and make it similar to the box, perhaps? I don’t know, the gold just screams “Gerard Cosmetics” to me).

Once again, no prize for guessing what products I zoomed in on…

Never enough of lipsticks…

Overview of swatches

#1 Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

Princess Incognito is described as a neutral pinkyrose with a matte finish. Contrary to the colour depicted on the website, this applied mid-reddish beige on my lips which I thought would be too light on any skin tone darker than medium. The consistency felt fairly thick with a smooth texture and it went on with a fully opaque coverage. Despite its slightly drying formula, the product did not settle into or emphasise the lip lines. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this if you have naturally dry lips, as this may exacerbate chapped lips over time.

This shade was previously sold out when I first drafted this review, but has now been restocked.

#2 Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

Rajah is described as a muted red berry with a matte finish. This is the darkest shade of lipstick in this collection, one which I felt had the strongest association with Princess Jasmine. Even though this brownish red tugged on the lips a little, it was generally easy to apply. Minimal swipes (I’m talking about 2-3) could easily give you a full coverage but don’t be fooled by the appearance. It may look moisturising but it’s actually quite drying. The pictures speak volumes – you can tell how patchy it is on my lips in their relaxed state, and how my lip lines are emphasised. Don’t expect this to last the whole day on the lips – it faded to a tint after 4 hours, further emphasising the wrinkles of my lips.

Swatch comparison for Princess Incognito and Rajah

Swatch comparison for Princess Incognito and Rajah

#3 Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

Whole New World is described as a bright blue pink with a matte finish. This popular vibrant shade of cool fuchsia remains sold out on site, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. If you don’t want to settle for basic, this is it. Not only does this shade stand out rest, it also has a purple shift and a slight blue metallic sheen to it. Application-wise, it went on with a very smooth consistency, evenly coating my lips with an opaque colour. The product felt slightly drying but there was no emphasis on my lip lines and it even made my lips look hydrated for a long time! Furthermore, I thought this shade would look absolutely gorgeous on olive skin tones!

Swatch comparison for Whole New World

Swatch comparison for Whole New World

As a matte lipstick fanatic, this collection definitely ticks all the boxes. I was glad M.A.C had decided to do without lipsticks of predictable and tacky finishes that are “shining, glittering splendid”. Yay!

But since this collection revolves around a movie about characters of Arabic and/or Middle Eastern ethnicity, one would expect the products to be catered to medium to dark skin tones. Sadly, products like the powder blush (which is ridiculous – only one shade available and yet it wouldn’t even compliment Princess Jasmine’s skin tone) and Princess Incognito are just further proofs of M.A.C’s poor curating practices for their limited-edition releases. Perhaps they just didn’t see the need for that since sky-high profits are usually guaranteed for Disney collaborations.

And maybe it’s just me but I’m starting to feel the “limited edition fatigue”, especially when it comes to M.A.C. because they’ve been pushing out way too many collections (with products that are nothing out of the ordinary) that it’s becoming impossible for me (and my bank account) to keep up. Does anyone else share the same sentiments? Let me hear you in the comments below!

What do you think about this collaboration? If you’re too lazy busy to write a comment, simply take a quick poll below!

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M·A·C × Aladdin is now available on MACCosmetics.com.

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REVIEW: ColourPop × Disney Designer Crème Lux Lipsticks – Ariel, Belle & Tiana

Hello there.. I’ve been on hiatus for far too long 😝 *inserts work rambles* 

But fret not, the wallet remained hard at work to feed my makeup addiction and keep the stash updated with the latest products. Scores of beauty collections might have come and gone during my absence from the blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean I am not allowed to talk about them! Plus, according to a recent poll I did on my Instagram, many of you don’t seem to mind reviews on past collections, so here goes 😁

Last September, The Walt Disney Company and ColourPop teamed up on limited-edition fairy tale-themed collection featuring some of the original Disney princesses in their Premiere Series forms (don’t know about you but I’m just not diggin’ this style 🤷‍♀️) gracing the packaging of their respective kits. The line-up consists of a 15-pan eye shadow palette (It’s a Princess Thing – seriously meh choice of shades), six Crème Lux Lipsticks (Belle / Ariel / Snow White / Tiana / Jasmine / Cinderella – each designed to match the skin tone of the featured princess), three Ultra Glossy Lips (Bibbidi / Boo / Bobbidi), six Super Shock Shadows and two Super Shock Highlighters (each with name inspired by the soundtrack of the movie in which the princess was starred).

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses' autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses’ autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

Due to popular demand, this collection was restocked several times and I only managed to get the lipsticks during its second run because procrastination happened 🙊

#1 Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (I’ve moved to a place that doesn’t allow me to have a workroom, so hopefully this explains the background 🤣)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

Ariel is described as a peachy beige nude with a Crème finish. Unlike the swatches provided by ColourPop, this has more coral undertones than depicted (i.e. more orange than dusty rose) so I did not find it very flattering on my yellow skin tone. Otherwise, this hydrating, highly pigmented MLBB shade is perfect for daily wear – even without a full face of makeup – as it blends nicely into the lips while still intensifying the natural lip colour so as to draw attention to the lips. The formula, as with other Crème Lux Lipsticks, has a buttery smooth texture and has a nice slip when applied. However, it tends to bleed a little, and reapplication is definitely needed after a few hours of wear as it is not transfer-proof.

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

#2 Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

Belle is described as a rosy berry with a Crème finish. Despite the darker hue, this medium reddish mauve with brown undertones is extremely wearable in actual life and would look absolutely flattering on any skin tone. It is vibrant enough to make a subtle statement but when paired with bold looks, it totally screams rocker chic. Belle delivers full-coverage pigment with a creamy consistency and is lightly matte in appearance. It is slightly more long-lasting so it tends to be more drying (still bearable nonetheless) than the other shades.

#3 Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

Tiana is described as a deep oxblood red with a Crème finish. Silky smooth in application and soft and lightweight (akin to a lip balm!) in texture, this cool reddish purple (more red undertone than purple in my opinion) gives an amazing colour pay-off (the colour matches that of the bullet too!) that does not bleed into the fine lines. Tiana isn’t very dark from a neutral perspective and certainly complements any skin tone, but I must say it would look best on medium to dark ones. has an impressive staying power which is such a rarity for matte-ish deep berry shades like this (M.A.C, are you taking notes?). But once it does wear off (I’m talking about at least 6 hours of wear), it fades to an even pretty tint. I can’t recommend this beauty enough!

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

Despite the affordable prices, ColourPop has never been one to disappoint when it comes to quality, and I am glad that even after four years in the business and getting all that recognition, this hasn’t changed a bit. And this collection is just another example to add to the list. Psst.. I can’t wait to try their expanded line of eye products!

What do you think about this collaboration? Let me know your views in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

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ColourPop × Disney Designer is now available on ColourPop.com.

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[SHOUT-OUT] TAKASHIMAYA Beauty Hall #UnveilANewFace with New Brands and Counters

Hello everyone!

Singapore’s leading department store, Takashimaya recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a little unveiling party to introduce a couple of new brands such as HERA, Fresh and Albion, as well as to reveal the transformation of some existing counters.

The press event – hosted by Jade Seah and Marie Alexander – kicked off last Tuesday (the day before Hari Raya Haji) with live makeup demonstrations by celebrity makeup artist Ginger Lynette using products from the aforementioned brands. HERA’s global makeup artist Lee Sehyoung was also present to work his magic on the face of the model while giving some insightful tips with other respective trainers on how to achieve flawless skin using the brand’s makeup products. Following that, Class 95 radio deejay Jean Danker opened Day 2 of the event by inviting makeup maestro Peter Khor to take centre stage to demonstrate his coveted skills.

Read on to find out what went down on those two exciting days!

All photographs courtesy of Alexander PR Group and Willy Foo unless otherwise stated

DAY 1

TAKASHIMAYA celebrates its 25th anniversary with #UnveilANewFace

TAKASHIMAYA celebrates its 25th anniversary with #UnveilANewFace

Media personality Jade Seah picking the lucky draw winners!

Media personality Jade Seah picking the lucky draw winners!

Mouth-watering Japanese canapés by Ma Maison

Mouth-watering Japanese canapés by Ma Maison

Guests were also treated to some delicious pastries and cakes by Butter Studio

Guests were also treated to some delicious pastries and cakes by Butter Studio

Bloop

Pretty nails at the Bloop booth!

Pretty nails at the Bloop booth!

HERA

TAKASHIMAYA Beauty Hall welcomes HERA!

TAKASHIMAYA Beauty Hall welcomes HERA!

HERA's global makeup artist Lee Sehyoung (who flew in from South Korea) giving some invaluable beauty tips

HERA’s global makeup artist Lee Sehyoung (who flew in from South Korea) giving some invaluable beauty tips

Fresh

Fresh is also one of the newcomers at the beauty hall

Fresh is also one of the newcomers at the beauty hall

Check out their counter!

Check out their counter!

Some star products by Fresh!

Some star products by Fresh!

Live demonstration by a representative from Fresh

Live demonstration by a representative from Fresh

Fresh product testing

Fresh product testing

Albion

Welcome! Albion joins the ranks of HERA and Fresh

Welcome! Albion joins the ranks of HERA and Fresh

Some of Albion products

Some of Albion products

Aren't these eye shadow quads pretty?!

Aren’t these eye shadow quads pretty?!

Albion skin care products

Albion skin care products

Celebrity makeup artist Ginger Lynette wowing the crowd with her makeup prowess

Celebrity makeup artist Ginger Lynette wowing the crowd with her makeup prowess

DAY 2

Radio personality Jean Danker looking at stunning as ever while addressing the crowd before her

Radio personality Jean Danker looking at stunning as ever while addressing the crowd before her

Chantecaille

Cult beauty label Chantecaille (pronounced shan-duh-kai) finally opens its first outlet in South East Asia at TAKASHIMAYA!

Cult beauty label Chantecaille (pronounced shan-duh-kai) finally opens its first outlet in South East Asia at TAKASHIMAYA!

The brand's founder Sylvie Chantecaille is an anti-poaching advocate, so don't be surprised to find images of at-risk animals embossed on the eye-shadow pans of its signature and collectible palettes!

The brand’s founder Sylvie Chantecaille is an anti-poaching advocate, so don’t be surprised to find images of at-risk animals embossed on the eye-shadow pans of its signature and collectible palettes!

The embossing has already worn away with use, but you can roughly make out the elephant print on two of the pans

The embossing has already worn away with use, but you can roughly make out the elephant print on two of the pans

More of Chantecaille! Their products are so pretty!

More of Chantecaille! Their products are so pretty!

THREE

Hello and welcome, THREE!

Hello and welcome, THREE!

Some of THREE's products

Some of THREE’s products

Celebrity makeup artist Peter Khor showing us the tricks of the trade!

Celebrity makeup artist Peter Khor showing us the tricks of the trade!

MDNA

All hail the queen of pop: TAKASHIMAYA brings in Madonna's premium line of skincare products, MDNA SKIN

All hail the queen of pop: TAKASHIMAYA brings in Madonna’s premium line of skincare products, MDNA SKIN

You can already tell how luxurious (and expensive *gulps*) her products are just by the looks of the packaging!

You can already tell how luxurious (and expensive *gulps*) her products are just by the looks of the packaging!

Shiseido

Not a newcomer, but Shiseido has just got a counter revamp! It's so much more spacious now!

Not a newcomer, but Shiseido has just got a counter revamp! It’s so much more spacious now!

The goodie bag I received for attending the press event! I will be doing a review on the Guerlain lipstick soon 😉 (Photo by me)

The goodie bag I received for attending the press event! I will be doing a review on the Guerlain lipstick soon 😉 (Photo by me)

Other new beauty brands not mentioned above include Clé de Peau Beauté, La Prairie, La Mer, Sisley, ReFa and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.

Have you popped by the beauty hall at TAKASHIMAYA to get your beauty fix yet? Let me know what you’ve bought in the comments below!

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All brands featured above are available at Cosmetics Department, Level 1, TAKASHIMAYA Department Store (391 Orchard Road Singapore 238872)

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REVIEW: shu uemura Laque Supreme – BG04, RD05, PK05, CR03 & WN05

Hello everyone!

The matte lip trend has enjoyed a resurgence and much longevity over the past few years. But as the Spice Girls sang in their hit song, “Too much of something is bad enough,” and if you’re already sick of the wrinkly and shrunken lips effect, shu uemura has gotchu. The brand recently (okay, like 8 months ago..) expanded its Laque Supreme line with 11 new shades (adding to their 5 most-coveted existing shades), as well as a packaging makeover! Even before trying the product, the ombré packaging had already struck a chord with me. Look how pretty it is!

shu uemura Laque Supreme

shu uemura Laque Supreme

shu uemura Laque Supreme

shu uemura Laque Supreme

Debuted in 2015, this long-lasting liquid formula delivers an intense shot of pigment and high shine of a gloss – thanks to a new special technology* embedded in it – with a fruity scent whilst keeping lips hydrated and shiny throughout the wear. Since it doesn’t dry down completely, the product is bound to transfer. But to what extent was the question.

Shades available in Singapore: RD01, RD05, WN03, WN04, WN05, CR01, CR02, CR03, PK04, PK05, PK06, PK07, BG02, BG04, BG05 & OR01.

Now boasting a total of 16 captivating shades ranging from iconic lacquer-red to better-than-bare nude that are sure to flatter Asian skin tones, these shades were selected by defining the colours that are most beautiful for shine and that allow the lips to become the focus of the face. That said, perhaps what didn’t really change was the ergonomic-shaped applicator affixed to the cap. Ideally-sized for our delicate Asian pouts, the applicator is absolutely perfect for drawing precise lines especially along the cupid’s bow!

*Shu red-dye complex, a mixture of red dye and red pigment is added to achieve deep color intensity

Below are five of the latest additions to the Laque Supreme line (courtesy of shu uemura Singapore) together with my honest opinion about them, as always!

BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

BG04 is a medium dusty rose with brown undertones and a glossy finish. Although hydrating and causes zero feathering, it has sticky (as with the every other shades in the Laque Supreme line, but this somehow felt a lot more tackier) and thick consistency which weighed down my lips a bit. Sheer on first pass, it took about two to three layers for it to become reasonably pigmented. If you’re patient enough, it can also be built to a medium coverage by waiting for the previous layers to dry before applying the next coat.

This shade is lovely but pity about the below-par longevity on the pout – it vanished completely (without leaving any stain) with only a light pat of tissue paper on the lips after my dinner. With hindsight, that can be a good thing because you won’t get that awful ring-around-the-mouth look. But whatever it is, don’t ever wear this shade to a buffet because reapplication will be a bitch!

RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

RD05 is a vivid red with blue undertones and a glossy finish. The applicator picked up a lot of product from the tube and glided on the lips smoothly without tugging to deliver a semi-sheer colour that was buildable to medium-to-full coverage (by employing the same technique mentioned above). This shade appears a lot more pigmented and even in texture than the others, and has the ability to blur out any dried specks of skin or imperfections on the lips while enabling crisp edges. Truly long-lasting, it faded to a stain after a heavy meal.

PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

PK05 is a cool fuchsia with slight berry undertones and a glossy finish. Despite its sheer payoff, it yields an even consistency and does not leave streaks of distinct pigment on the lips when more than one coat is applied back-to-back. Apart from that, it is also buildable to a medium coverage. It clung onto dry patches and hence, accentuated some of the flaws on my lips but felt moderately hydrating on me. This shade faded to a stain after a heavy meal.

CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

CR03 is a medium coral with red undertones and a glossy finish. Runnier in consistency, this shade yields a sheer coverage which seems promisingly pigmented initially until it is spread out – the colour loses most its intensity and blends into the lips (but without bleeding or settling into the lines). Therefore, those with naturally pigmented lips should stay away from this shade because the colour will most likely not show on yours. Although adding more coats (atop those that have dried a bit) does help to build its opacity to a certain extent, the result ends up appearing messy and streaky. This shade leaves a very subtle stain on my lips after my dinner and was moderately hydrating on me.

WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

WN05 is a warm burgundy with a glossy finish and is by far, the most disappointing one from this range probably because I had such high hopes for it! The texture is almost like CR03 but worse – clings onto dry areas and delivers a very patchy and uneven application which intensifies once it dries because some parts would appear visibly darker than the rest. The first two passes yield a sheer, just-bitten effect, but is once again buildable to a medium coverage if you don’t layer on too quickly.

Among the five shades here, WN05 leaves the most noticeable stain (and therefore is the most long-lasting), so much so that it took me a couple of washes (or rather, scrubs) for it to be removed entirely.

Longevity test - all shades except CR03 and BG04 withstood the wrath of my Simple makeup wipe

Longevity test – all shades except CR03 and BG04 withstood the wrath of my Simple makeup wipe

[Under natural lighting] I don't own many glosses, so I'll do a finish comparison instead with other brands

[Under natural lighting] I don’t own many glosses, so I’ll do a finish comparison instead with other brands

In general, the Laque Supreme line is definitely a few notches above regular glosses due to the moisturising effects, more intense pigmentation (mainly the lighter shades) and higher longevity it (mostly the darker shades) offers. Even though the texture is still too tacky for my liking, it adheres well to the lips so when hair gets stuck in it, it doesn’t drag any product over my face. And I believe that is a major bonus for anyone – like me – who shuns lip glosses. I think so long as nothing comes in contact with the lips, these are still pretty much low maintenance.

What are your thoughts about the Laque Supreme line? If you have been avoiding lip glosses, would you be keen to give this a shot? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

shu uemura Laque Supreme is now available on shuuemura.com.sg, shuuemura-USA.com and in all local shu uemura outlets.
Products were supplied by shu uemura Singapore for my consideration but all opinions expressed are my own.

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REVIEW: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks – Spanked, Freckle Fiesta & Saw-C

Hello everyone!

Since flying the flag for shade diversity through its 40-strong foundation range, Fenty Beauty has been touted as the game-changer in the beauty industry, bringing public excitement and anticipation for its next releases to a white heat. But as someone who isn’t too huge on palettes full of sparkly eye shadows, and liquid lipsticks (many of mine dried up within one year of purchase), my attention was naturally diverted to the line of bullet lipsticks which dropped in December last year.

Available in 14 universally-flattering shades, the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks come in an ultra slim reflective hexagonal tube with a long-wearing, petal-soft matte finish that promises weightless and intense pigmented colour on the lips. According to Glamour, the lipsticks were designed to enable a more controlled application – the bullet can be used upright on the top lip and upside down to fill the bottom lip (although I don’t find this feature particularly groundbreaking – isn’t this how lipsticks are normally applied? Or was I the only one doing that all along? 😂). As interesting as they sound, because this brand had disappointed me the first time around (and also S$28 for just 0.06 oz / 1.7 g of product is a lot of money), I wasn’t inclined to pay full price for them. So it was only when Sephora held their annual sale in May that I got my hands on a few of the shades – only three, to be exact, but I do feel kinda tempted now to add more of them to my collection 👀

Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Spanked is described as a dusty rose with a matte finish. Initially, I was rather sceptical as to how this yellow-toned mauve-pink would apply on my lips because it seemed a little dry in the tube. But there was nothing of that sort when I ran the bullet over my lips for the first time – the coverage was incredibly full and opaque with a hint of hydrating sheen so the texture didn’t look entirely flat. The lipstick deposited a uniform and (comfortable) thick coat of intense colour without weighing the lips down or emphasising the lines, thus rendering a second layer unnecessary. If the payoff is found to be too dark, it can be toned down by blotting it off with a tissue or by pursing the lips without removing too much product or causing any patchiness! This shade lasted for most of the six hours on me when I wore it out.

Swatch and finish comparison for Spanked

Swatch and finish comparison for Spanked

Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Freckle Fiesta is described as a spiced terracotta with a matte finish. This yellow-toned burnt orange is one of the more popular shades that flew off the shelves on launch day. Like Spanked, Freckle Fiesta glides across the lips without skipping or tugging to deliver an even and pigmented coverage opaque enough to conceal whatever flaws there are on the lips on the first swipe without settling into the lines. It also lasted a decent chunk of the day. That is, even after a pretty heavy meal!

Swatch and finish comparison for Freckle Fiesta

Swatch and finish comparison for Freckle Fiesta

Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Saw-C is described as an exotic tangerine with a matte finish. This bright orange has a strong yellow undertones, and sadly tugged a little at my lips during application. The payoff is vibrant and pigmented, but has a slightly patchy and drying consistency which is fortunately only visible upon close inspection. It doesn’t deliver as much opacity as the other two lipsticks, but it can be built upon to achieve full coverage – although not without the extra patchiness and product settling into the cracks. But if you were to disregard its shortcomings, this shade is actually pretty fascinating and unique (I don’t have anything similar in my ever-growing lipstick stash), and I think it complements dark skin tones very well!

Swatch and finish comparison for Saw-C

Swatch and finish comparison for Saw-C

Fenty Beauty might have let me down with their foundation and Match Stix previously but these Mattemoiselle lipsticks have restored my confidence in them with their insanely pigmented payoff and superior longevity in just a single application – an extent of which I’ve not encountered with other brands, even my favourite M·A·C. I’m certainly open to welcoming more of them into my stash – but only when the prices are discounted, of course.

What do you think of the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks? Did you get anything from this range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

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The credibility of Kat Von D might have taken a hit for her stance on vaccinations, but we cannot deny that her makeup brand is still one of the most successful in the industry after many years into the beauty business, owing to the high-performance and cruelty-free products in wildly unorthodox colours that it has been producing.

To celebrate a decade of fearless artistry, Kat Von D Beauty dropped a 10th Anniversary collection and in honour of her Latinx heritage, the launch was planned to coincide with Cinco de Mayo (5 May), a culturally and historically significant day for the Mexicans. The line includes an eyeshadow palette, a Metal Crush Highlighter (Gold Skool), Studded Creme Kiss Lipstick (Santa Sangre), an Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick (Gold Skool), a brush set, Tattoo Liner (Trooper) and a train case comprising everything in this gold-drenched lineup – but in very limited quantity. My eyes were set on the eyeshadow palette (though now I kinda regret not buying the gold liquid lipstick as well).. because nobody can get enough of rainbow beauty things, right?

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (US$52 / S$76)

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (US$52 / S$76)

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette [I got mine off the KVD website]

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette [I got mine off the KVD website]

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Finger and brush swatches of all shades (Click to view full size)

Finger and brush swatches of all shades (Click to view full size)

Encased in a reflective gold packaging graced by an original artwork hand-drawn by the talented Kat Von D herself, the limited-edition eyeshadow palette features 16 blendable shades (mostly of warm hues) inspired by and named after 16 of Kat Von D’s muses – people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and skin tones, some of whom had worked behind the scenes.

The bold selection of shades were specially handpicked for this commemorative collection, are vegan (as always) and of finishes designed to “power your self-expression with insane pigment and effortless blendability”. What I love about the palette (apart from the fact that it comes with a mirror) is that the shades are arranged almost in sequence as in the colour spectrum, and this spoke to the OCD in me. But annoyingly, their names are not printed on the palette so I had to keep referring to the box for them.

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary: ColourPop × Shayla Perception · Kat Von D Saint and Sinner. The comparison swatches shown below are the same as those on my Perception review.

Adele is described as a chocolate brown. This deep cocoa brown has a matte finish with very sparse and unnoticeable gold shimmer. Smooth to the touch, there was amazingly no kickback when I dipped my finger or brush into the pan (which is rare for dark shades). The application was slightly sheer and streaky but was buildable to a semi-opaque coverage. When blended out, however, some of the product wouldn’t budge while those that did balled up slightly. On top of that, the overall intensity was also reduced. In its wet state, it becomes a hard film that is nearly impossible to blend. For comparison swatches, please refer to the image after the review on Malice.

Malice is described as a vermilion red. This burnt orange has red undertones and a matte finish which feels a little powdery. There was a bit of kickback in the pan when I picked it up with my brush, but it didn’t have any fallout when I applied it to my lid. This shade provided an even consistency and was easy to blend without sheering out too much so it didn’t take me long to build it to full opacity. It delivers almost the same, if not a slightly more intense payoff when used wet.

Swatch comparison for Malice and Adele

Swatch comparison for Malice and Adele

Ashley is a described as a peachy orange. This bright orange has yellow undertones and a matte finish. Finely milled to a powdery smooth texture, it goes on pigmented on bare skin without being chalky. The harsh edges can also be diffused easily without becoming muddy or sheering away. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Gina is described as a mustard yellow. This matte warm yellow has orange undertones and it becomes darker (almost leaning towards orange) when more product is piled on. Finely milled with a smooth texture, this shade adheres well to the skin while providing great pigmentation. I had no issues diffusing the harsh edges when applied wet or dry. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Egypt is described as a gold glimmer. Infused with glitzy chunky shimmer that appears loosely scattered when applied, this muted warm gold does not feel as gritty as it seems in the pan. It goes on very smooth and pigmented on bare skin skin, delivering an opaque payoff without the need for a primer. When I blended out the colour, it didn’t sheer out or lose much of its sparkle. When used wet, the shimmer becomes more condense, enabling the shine to be a lot more pronounced. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Alexandra.

Sylvia is described as a honey beige. This pale warm beige has orange undertones and a matte finish. The payoff is mostly sheer, and in order to achieve some opacity, a lot of product have to be patted on. Like most of the shades in this palette, it has a smooth consistency which blends out seamlessly. Unfortunately, the colour is matches my skin tone too well to make any impact so I don’t see myself using it often. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Lala is described as an olive green. This deep moss green has yellow undertones and a semi-opaque matte finish, and is a splendid addition to my limited repertoire of green eyeshadows. But as much as I adore this shade for its uniqueness, it sadly does not perform up to my expectations. Besides having a lightly chalky consistency, it also tends to emphasise the texture of my skin and ball up when I tried to blend it out, resulting in a patchy and distressed-like texture. These issues, however, seem to minimised when product is used wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Leafar is described as an emerald glimmer. This cool vibrant green has blue undertones and a metallic finish owing to its densely packed fine shimmer. Although pressed relatively loosely in the pan (as I could feel the product lifting off when I swirled my finger in the pan), the amount of kickback is pretty minimal. Smooth in texture, this shade adheres well to bare skin and blends out easily without affecting its intensity. It goes on semi-sheer on first pass but once more product is piled on, its opacity and vibrancy are out of this world. Leafar works beautifully dry and wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Melanie is described as a rosy cream. Matte in finish, this pale cool beige is probably one tone away from being completely white – it is so light that it disappeared the instant I swatched it on the paler part of my wrist. This shade is mostly opaque, and it applies fairly pigmented without any fallout. I was also able to diffuse the edges easily.

Swatch comparison for Melanie and Alexandra

Swatch comparison for Melanie and Alexandra

Alexandra is described as a rose gold glimmer but it appears more of an iridescent orange with yellow undertones and a slight pink shift to me. This shade is the shimmery and slightly darker version of Gina although it appears more peachy in the pan. Very finely milled with a smooth and seamless consistency, this shade goes on opaque and blends out effortlessly without losing much intensity. Furthermore, a little of this product goes a long way – it delivers incredible payoff without having to jab your brush into the pan.

Swatch comparison for Egypt and Alexandra

Swatch comparison for Egypt and Alexandra

Nancy is described as a taupe mauve. This muted terracotta has brown undertones and a matte finish. Finely milled to a smooth, even and endearing texture, this shade applies mostly opaque on the lid and is fairly easy to diffuse. There was some kickback in the pan, but negligible enough not to cause any mess. It does, however, tend to become increasingly greyish when more product is added atop each layer.

Swatch comparison for Ashley, Gina, Sylvia and Nancy

Swatch comparison for Ashley, Gina, Sylvia and Nancy

Catherine² is described as an orchid glimmer. This mid-tone lavender has pink undertones and loose shimmer which renders it a metallic finish. At certain angles, however, it appears eggplant purple with a hint of grey. This shade applies sheer and requires many layers before it stops allowing my natural skin to show through anymore. Additionally, it does not spread out very well as the product tends to concentrate at the part where the brush touches first and it didn’t budge an inch when I tried to blend it out.

Swatch comparison for Catherine²

Swatch comparison for Catherine²

Kelly is described as a blue-brow glimmer. This warm brown has loosely scattered cyan shimmer and a duochrome finish to boot. The shift on my finger after I dipped it into the pan looked seamlessly stunning but it didn’t quite translate well on my lid – the shimmer was seemed like it was on a separate layer from the main product and the sparkle was too ostentatious for the shift to be noticeable. Packing on more product made them more cohesive until I blended it out (as the shimmer along the edges once again distanced itself from the brown). Eventually, the problem was resolved by applying the product with a dampened brush. Not only did that keep the shimmer and the brown together, it also intensified the shine. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Sarah is described as a cool greige (a mix of grey and beige). This cool mauve has grey undertones and it applies sheer and streaky. The product clings on uneven surfaces and is barely buildable. But once it is blended out, it fades to nothingness. You might think that this could probably work better when used wet. WRONG! It hardened and darkened to a dirty purple when I applied it with a dampened brush and it was a Herculean task to diffuse it at all. How did this horrible shade make it into the palette?

Swatch comparison for Sarah

Swatch comparison for Sarah

Carolyn is described as a muted teal but, I don’t know if it is just me but it seems a little too dark to be qualified as “muted”? This matte shade has a strong blue undertone and looked promisingly opaque on the first pass. But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when the product started losing its intensity and sheering out (except for that little area where the brush first touched) upon being diffused. Apart from that, this shade also has a mild rubbery and stiff texture with an uneven consistency which caused it to ball up when I ran my brush through it on my lid.

Swatch comparison for Lala, Leafar, Kelly and Carolyn

Swatch comparison for Lala, Leafar, Kelly and Carolyn

Chad is described as a cobalt teal. This vivid cobalt blue has a matte finish and possibly nanoscopic gold flecks as well (but I wasn’t sure if they were originally there or were transferred from the one of the shimmery shades my finger had touched previously). It has a consistency similar to that of Carolyn – uneven and patchy with the tendency to cling onto rough surfaces. The harsh edges were also a challenge to diffuse because the product just refused to budge. This shade left a stain that took me a few scrubs to remove completely, so use sparingly if you can!

Swatch comparison for Carolyn and Chad

Swatch comparison for Carolyn and Chad

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

In the suggested look below, I will be attempting to apply every single shade in the palette onto my lids.

My made-up face, sans eye shadow (I know I had gone a little overboard with the bronzer here lol)

My made-up face, sans eye shadow (I know I had gone a little overboard with the bronzer here lol)

Malice

Malice

Malice

Malice

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Adele

Adele

Adele

Adele

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Coating my upper lid with concealer

Coating my upper lid with concealer

Alexandra

Alexandra

Alexandra (on top of the concealer)

Alexandra (on top of the concealer)

Catherine²

Catherine²

Catherine²

Catherine²

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly

Chad

Chad

Chad

Chad

Carolyn

Carolyn

Carolyn

Carolyn

Leafar

Leafar

Leafar

Leafar

Lala

Lala

Lala

Lala

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Melanie

Melanie

Melanie (disappearing into my skin)

Melanie (disappearing into my skin)

Melanie

Melanie

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara

Based on what I have gathered, it is safe to say that the warms are the stars of the palette. They deliver intense colours and are easy to blend. That said, I find the orange hues a bit repetitive. The cools, although provided additional visual interest with shades like Lala and Carolyn, have been lacklustre due to their patchy consistency and poor blendability. But in general, this palette is still relatively easier to work with as compared to those I have tried by other brands because the shades don’t need to be damp for them to show on my lids – they are already pretty pigmented on their own!

What do you think about this palette? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette is now available on Kat Von D (sold out), Sephora USA (sold out) and Sephora Singapore.

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REVIEW: ColourPop × Shayla – Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette & Crème Lux Lipsticks in OOUUUU!, Quickie & C’mon Sis

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With nearly every makeup product imaginable already being sold on the market, brands are at risk of losing their footing if they don’t innovate. From packaging revamp to striking up a collaboration with high-profile figures, companies such as M·A·C have been employing numerous marketing strategies to shake the somewhat stagnant beauty industry to great success, and it sure didn’t take long for emerging brands like ColourPop to learn the tricks of the trade and follow their footsteps.

Being a (largely) e-commerce brand, the decision to book social media influencers to front their beauty campaigns is a no-brainer for ColourPop. But what makes them more relatable than any other brands (apart from their low costs) is how they have been promoting a sense of inclusivity by putting the spotlight on people of colour – Latinas (Kathleen Lights, ILuvSarahii), Asians (Jenn Im, Hello Kitty 😂) and now the third African-American after Ellarie and Karrueche, MakeupShayla.

For the unfamiliar, MakeUpShayla (whose real name is Shayla Mitchell) is a beauty guru with nearly 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 2 million followers on Instagram. As part of her larger goal to make brands more diverse, she jumped at the chance to collaborate with ColourPop to come up with makeup that would complement darker skin tones.

Her collection, which comprises Crème Lux Lipsticks (OOUUUU! / Quickie / C’mon Sis), Luster Dust Loose Highlighter (Boomin’ / Pose), Ultra Glossy Lip (Neat Freak) and a Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (Perception), is a throwback to the emo era with paint splatters (albeit emblazoned in gold foil) all over the black packaging. You could buy the entire collection in a bundle for five bucks less, or simply get the eye shadow palette and another seven-dollar item to enjoy free domestic shipping. Since I’m not residing in the U.S., I would have to fill my shopping basket with more products to have them shipped to me at no cost. So lucky you – more of ColourPop in this review!

Perception Pressed Powder
Shadow Palette 

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$23)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$23)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (click to enlarge)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (click to enlarge)

With 16 bold yet versatile shades for creating day-to-night looks, Perception is a refreshing change from the neutral and rose gold palettes that have been sprouting up everywhere like mushrooms. At just US$23, you are essentially paying about US$1.50 per gram of eye shadow (for comparison, M·A·C charges about U$4 per gram).

Despite the low price, it still comes with a mirror (covered by a protective film)! Having a mirror in your eye shadow palette is like realising your dress has pockets – they are little bonuses that you never know when will come in handy, so that certainly contributed to the positive first impression. Besides, a lot of attention was paid to the overall aesthetics of the palette as can be seen from the gold-scripted names underneath each pan. For the record, printing the names of eye shadows isn’t a common practice of ColourPop!

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Perception: Kat Von D 10th Anniversary · Kat Von D Saint and Sinner

Unbothered is described as a metallic ivory with a peachy flip. This cream contains ivory gold micro-shimmer that lends a radiant (yet not too obtrusive) shine to the eyes. It has a smooth and silky application (almost like Satin finish) and is finely milled to provide deeper coverage. The texture adheres to the lid very well without appearing streaky and blended out very easily even in wet state. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Spill The Tea.

TF is described as a metallic true gold. Upon application, this eye shadow luxuriously envelops the lids like the finest silk (because the texture is so smooth!) with a high-shine gold shimmer-infused (somewhat muted) warm gold colour. When used dry, it goes on slightly sheer on first pass but is buildable to full opacity but the payoff becomes richer and more intense once it comes in contact with water. There was no fallout and edges were relatively easy to diffuse. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Strut ‘n Slay.

Titus is described as a metallic gunmetal. To be more explicit, it is a grey with purple undertones which has small yet sparse predominantly silver shimmer particles. It has semi-sheer payoff which improves slightly when used with a dampened brush. Although the texture was smooth (as with majority of the shades in this palette), it took me a bit of effort to diffuse the edges and after awhile, it became patchy on my lid. On top of that, I noticed that it started to settle into my crease about two hours into wear.

Swatch comparison for Titus

Swatch comparison for Titus

Stallion is described as a matte black with blue glitter. Like Titus, this bluish-black contains shimmer that scatters all over the skin when applied. But in terms of application, this performs much worse due to its slightly grainier texture which refuses to adhere to my lid, thereby causing some fallout issues. Although pigmented, it tends to become patchy once it is blended out (which is also a difficult task). Generally, I find this shade to be rather messy – there was never a time when the area around the pan would be spotless after use because of the kickback. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on 14.

Spill the Tea is described as a metallic warm taupe. This warm rose gold has a finish more metallic than the ones mentioned before this because of its densely packed shimmer. It has a smooth but uneven consistency which doesn’t blend out very well. A lot of the product tend to congregate at one spot, leaving the other areas sheer. But I realised the application got better when used with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for Spill the Tea and Unbothered

Swatch comparison for Spill the Tea and Unbothered

Diva is described as a metallic amber. This finely milled deep copper is densely packed with shimmer of the same colour, rendering it a true metallic effect. It is a darker, warmer and certainly a more pigmented version of TF. Loosely pressed and moderately creamy in texture, a lot of product comes off the pan easily in a powdery soft form with just a small dab of the brush. As kickback is expected for this shade, it would be advisable to pick up the pigment with a light hand. When applied, it yields a smooth and intense pigmentation even in its wet state (which makes it suitable to be used as a liner too) without fallout. Diva is certainly one of the better performers in the palette. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Strut ‘n Slay.

I.E. is described as a metallic olive. This muted army green is flaked with gold micro-shimmer and it applies pigmented on the lid with minimal fallout when patted on top of a primer. However, it quickly loses its intensity upon being blended out, becoming a patch of muddy grey with an uneven texture. I found the colour payoff and consistency to be much better when applied with a dampened brush. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Sassy.

14 is described as a metallic navy with closely packed blue shimmer that provides a uniform shine with every application. Fairly smooth in texture, it has an even consistency and a nearly opaque pigmentation. But it was a bit challenging for me to blend out the harsh edges without causing them to become blotchy in the process. I prefer applying this wet to maximise its intensity.

Swatch comparison for Stallion and 14

Swatch comparison for Stallion and 14

Strut ‘n Slay is described as a metallic rosy copper with a name inspired by Shayla’s signature tagline. The colour payoff is mostly opaque in a single layer, and despite it being of a shimmery finish, this shade does not catch as much light as the other metallic ones in this palette. Furthermore, the product did not seem to adhere very well to my skin as there was a reasonable amount of fallout during application. However, it blends out seamlessly without losing much intensity.

Swatch comparison for TF, Diva and Strut 'n Slay

Swatch comparison for TF, Diva and Strut ‘n Slay

Culture is described as a matte soft brown. Moderately pigmented, this muted orangey brown has a sheer-to-medium coverage with a soft and smooth texture that doesn’t feel dusty or dry. The product doesn’t have much fallout and its edges can be diffused easily without sheering out too much. Contrary to the other shades, I found Culture more suited to be applied dry because the colour on its own is gorgeous and the original finish gives a soft touch to the eyes. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Thic.

Sassy is described as a metallic eggplant with a teal flip. This intriguing shade has a strong teal presence in the pan but applies medium brown on the lid. When more product is piled on, only then will the teal shift be more apparent. The first layer rendered a rather streaky consistency but it gradually evened and smoothed out with a couple more pats. To maximise its potential, use Sassy with a dampened dense brush.

Swatch comparison for I.E. and Sassy

Swatch comparison for I.E. and Sassy

September is described as a metallic pinky violet. This mulberry pink is finely milled with densely packed shimmer. It applies semi-opaque with a rather weak intensity at first, and takes about three layers to build to full coverage and achieve the same degree of vibrancy as in the pan. The product adheres fairly well to my lid and I was able to diffuse the edges easily.

Swatch comparison for September

Revenge is described as a matte red brown. This shade is rather loosely pressed in the pan so my brush was able to pick up a lot of product with only a light touch on the surface. Needless to say, there was a decent amount of kickback in the pan. Almost velvety in texture, Revenge appears burnt red when applied, but turns slightly more brownish when blended out. When used wet, it also becomes a bit patchy. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Shade.

Thic is described as a matte vibrant orange. This warm orange feels much drier as compared to other mattes, thereby rendering it a slightly grittier texture (but it isn’t rough on the lid so not to worry). It applies pigmented but sadly doesn’t blend very well over a large surface area. The intensity and pigmentation of this shade remain largely unchanged regardless of wet or dry application.

Swatch comparison for Thic and Culture

Swatch comparison for Thic and Culture

Played Out is described as a matte chocolate brown. This deep cocoa brown can be simply described in one word: problematic. Smooth with great pigmentation and a nearly opaque payoff on the first sweep, this shade was off to a promising start.. until I blended it out – a great deal of intensity and opacity was lost in the process and the finish actually separated on my lid. The harsh edges were a pain to diffuse too. I thought it would be a lot better when applied wet, but it became patchy so.. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Shade is described as a deep matte purple with violet glitter. This maroon brown contains mostly silver but sparse shimmer. Like Revenge, it has a considerable amount of kickback in the pan due to it being loosely pressed, but it is drier in texture and more coarse to the touch. It goes on slightly streaky on the lid, coating it with a semi-opaque and streaky colour (some of which landed on my face). More product was piled up to build it to full opacity, but to little success. And once it was blended out, it instantly sheered out. That said, Shade may yield better results when used wet.

Swatch comparison for Titus, Revenge, Played Out and Shade

Swatch comparison for Titus, Revenge, Played Out and Shade

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Culture sets the stage

Culture sets the stage

Applying Culture all over my lids

Applying Culture all over my lids

Played Out goes next

Played Out goes next

Defining the eyes a little with Played Out

Defining the eyes a little with Played Out

Followed by 14

Followed by 14

Further defining the outer V with 14

Further defining the outer V with 14

Stunning Diva picks up the baton

Stunning Diva picks up the baton

[Pardon my crazy eye] Diva for an added pop on the inner corners

[Pardon my crazy eye] Diva for an added pop on the inner corners

Pick up some I.E. with a finger

Pick up some I.E. with a finger

Apply I.E. to the centre of the lid

Apply I.E. to the centre of the lid

Now, going over to Shade..

Now, going over to Shade..

Adding some depth along the crease

Adding some depth along the crease

Dabbing the brush in Stallion

Dabbing the brush in Stallion

Giving some attention to the lower lash line with Stallion

Giving some attention to the lower lash line with Stallion

Extending the application to the next 40% of the lower lash line

Extending the application to the next 40% of the lower lash line

And finally, TF as the finishing touch

And finally, TF as the finishing touch

TF on the inner corners

TF on the inner corners

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow

A full frontal shot of me rocking Perception!

A full frontal shot of me rocking Perception!

Lipstick: OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU! (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU! (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

OOUUUU! is described as a warm peach with Crème finish. This satin lipstick glides with ease to saturate the lips with a lustrous reddish salmon (orange) colour which is  quite a letdown for me because it appears way too peachy than what is depicted in the tube, and anything too peachy makes me look jaundice. Like the other Lux Lipsticks, this is infused with a faint chocolatey scent. Although moisturising, it feels excessively creamy, making it prone to transfer and not as long-wearing as I would like it to be. On top of that, it also tends to leave gaps on the lips and cling onto rough patches.

Swatch comparison for OOUUUU!, against the orange lipsticks I have

Swatch comparison for OOUUUU!, against the orange lipsticks I have

Lipstick: C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

C’mon Sis is described as a soft pinky brown with Crème finish. This gorgeous medium brownish-red has the right amount of slip to blanket the lips effortlessly with a moisturising coat of colour that instantly brightens up the face. Richly pigmented, it is opaque in one pass without emphasising the lip lines. A great everyday lip colour for medium skin tones especially, C’mon Sis goes well with any occasion and stays on the lips much longer than OOUUUU!.

Swatch comparison for C'mon Sis

Swatch comparison for C’mon Sis

Lipstick: Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

Quickie is described as a peachy nude with Crème finish. Touted as the perfect nude lipstick for Black women, this salmon beige goes on smooth to deliver a nearly opaque colour (but buildable to full coverage) with a moisturising sheen on the first swipe. But due to the overly creamy and slippery texture, the product moves quite a bit during application and, of course, doesn’t last very long on the lips.

When I swatched it, the colour seemed lot lighter than what was shown in the swatches provided on the ColourPop website so naturally, I didn’t expect to like it on my lips. But surprisingly, it doesn’t wash me out and it actually complements on skin tone. If you’re planning to amp up the eye makeup, this also makes an ideal lip colour to keep it as the focus. That said, this shade may still be too pale on some skin tones so I recommend pairing it with a mocha brown lip liner to create some depth.

Swatch comparison for Quickie

Swatch comparison for Quickie

I am not going to lie – the preposterous amount of beauty influencer collaborations in the market has tamped down my interest in them entirely but this ColourPop × Shayla partnership has definitely brought in some interesting and unpredictable products (I’m so over those warm palettes) – with great value, no less. If there’s anything I’d recommend from this collection, it would be the Perception palette which is probably the most diverse palette ColourPop has ever released.

What are your thoughts about this collection? For those with darker skin tones, do these products really work for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Otherwise, simply take a quick poll!

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