REVIEW: Sephora 脳 Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday

Hello everyone!

Sephora Singapore just held their bi-annual Beauty Pass Sale and in a bid to retain my Black status (as you could probably tell from the drop in my beauty reviews, I hadn’t really been shopping for makeup), I made some obligatory purchases which included a pair of peculiar-looking eyeliners born from the collaboration between Sephora and Stabilo! Yes, you read me right – Stabilo, as in the stationery brand of highlighter fame (they had their chance to release face highlighters but they blew it!).

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners 2020

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners 2020

This partnership might come as a surprise to some but considering that even Crayola has ventured into cosmetics, it goes to show that the lines between the beauty and non-beauty industries are blurring. It also makes perfect sense for Stabilo to ink the agreement because as girls transition to women (or boys to men), the need for stationery supplies diminishes thanks to electronic devices. One possible way to win this demographic back would be to appeal to their needs and I’m sure everyone needs makeup at some point in their lives 馃槀 Sprinkle a dash of nostalgia and we have a winner!

The eyeliner comes in 4 shades (Ink Splash, Back to School, Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday) and retails at S$15 each, or S$12 during the sale. Since I already have a staple black liner, my money went to the brown and blue (and I regret not getting the grey one now). Like the tip of your typical highlighter, the applicator is bevelled to allow for an alternation between thick and thin lines with an uninterrupted colour intensity and evenness from the start to the end of the application. The packaging is modelled after the original design of chunky Stabilo highlighers but maybe only two-third of the size (super cute!), making it convenient to bring around!

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (sealed, front)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (sealed, front)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (seal, back)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (sealed, back)

Rub test

Rub test

Call me bias but I don’t always have a good impression of merchandise sold under house brands so I had my reservations about these claims being translated into reality. (But eyeliners in the form of highlighters? Who can resist?!)

Pardon my unkempt brows

Chocolate Break

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break on primed lids

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break on primed lids

It was a challenge manoeuvring the tip.. This was the best I could do.

It was a challenge manoeuvring the tip.. This was the best I could do.

Ahh...the gaps

Ahh.. the gaps

Don’t laugh, but the name reminds me of how Ms Yeah created her makeup with cocoa powder in one of her many ingenious videos.

But unlike the sheer payoff of the makeup that she had concocted, Chocolate Break is highly opaque and pigmented. It has a darker undertone as compared to the colour reflected on the packaging, so it appears almost like black which makes it ideal for those who do not wish to deviate too much from wearing the standard beauty look.

There was no bleeding, and attempts to rub this matte dark brown swatch off my hand were largely unsuccessful. Even after 8 hours, the colour still remained reasonably vivid despite wetting my hands on a few occasions! This little wear test took me by surprise, so I decided to wear the eyeliner on my upper lash lines and run 5km around my estate to confirm its longevity the next day. Surely, my oily lids coupled with my acidic sweat would be able to melt the makeup away?

Post-run

Post-run

Fading away..

Fading away..

Left-side going strong!

Left-side going strong!

And you guessed it – the eyeliner budged quite a bit. But even though it barely survived the run, I was glad it didn’t transfer onto my lower lash line and give me panda eyes (throughout my run, I was so paranoid that my eyeliner would smudge and I’d attract a lot of unwanted attention from other park users!).

Summer Holiday

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday on primed lids (and some of it somehow transferred onto my lashes)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday on primed lids (and some of it somehow transferred onto my lashes)

A trip to a faraway destination might not be an option right now because of the coronavirus (I could have been in Bangkok 馃槶) but that does not mean you can’t feel like you’re on holiday at home (or while heading to the supermarket, whatever)! Transport the sea to your lash lines with this calming blue hue and you’re all set for a Zoom summer party (be sure to use a poolside virtual background while you’re at it)!

When tested on my hand sans primer, Summer Holiday revealed a pigmented coat of matte dark periwinkle colour (which is true to the colour of the packaging). It was mostly smudge-proof (but not as resistant as Chocolate Break to rubbing) and had a consistent product payoff. Again, the sceptic in me wanted to see if it could held up on where they were supposed to be, so I painted on the eyeliner and went for a run on another day.

Post-run

Post-run

Almost gone..

Almost gone..

Not too bad, but it smeared more than Chocolate Break

Not too bad, but it smeared more than Chocolate Break

Either my body had produced more sweat than usual on that day or this shade couldn’t really withstand humidity because it smudged more easily than Chocolate Break. There was hardly any product left on my lids after most of it migrated into the creases, or simply melted away with my sweat.

Opacity comparison with other brands of eyeliners I own

Opacity comparison with other brands of eyeliners I own

Based on my experience, both eyeliners yielded great results until they got exposed to moisture, so I wouldn’t want to wear it to watch tearjerker films, y’know, just in case. I also wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of the bevelled tip as it really takes some getting used to. Even as a seasoned eyeliner user myself, angling the tip correctly to draw straight thin lines (especially those feline flicks) posed as a challenge to me 馃槱

It’s a pity that only a limited amount of colours was released because I could see how popular this would be if there were more to choose from! Perhaps if this is a success, Sephora might consider working with Stabilo again to come up with more interesting shades – this time, hopefully with a touch of fluorescence just like the highlighters 馃榿

Unfortunately, I don’t think this range is released in the U.S., so if you’re living in the States, you might want to get someone to ship it to you from Asia or Europe (wherever Sephora has stores in).

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Sephora 脳 Stabilo Felt Liners are now available at Sephora Singapore.

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REVIEW: M路A路C聽脳 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路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M路A路C聽脳 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路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M路A路C聽脳 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路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M路A路C聽脳 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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REVIEW: ColourPop 脳 Disney Designer Cr猫me Lux Lipsticks – Ariel, Belle & Tiana

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

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 馃榿

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 馃し鈥嶁檧锔) 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 Cr猫me 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 馃檴

#1 Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me 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 馃ぃ)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel

Ariel is described as a peachy beige nude with a Cr猫me 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 Cr猫me 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 Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

#2 Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle

Belle is described as a rosy berry with a Cr猫me 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 Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Tiana

Tiana is described as a deep oxblood red with a Cr猫me 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 Cr猫me Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Cr猫me 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!

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

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