REVIEW: ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Hello everyone!

So far, this whole decade feels like a throwback to the ’80s and ’90s with the reboot and revival of many of our childhood favourites such as The Smurfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Trolls, just to name a few. In case you didn’t know, My Little Pony has, too, made a comeback in recent years and is now even shown on the silver screen! But this year being 2017, working in the showbiz isn’t enough – you have to penetrate into the beauty industry as well to stay relevant because hey, not everyone (especially the millennials whose big part of their childhood revolves around these shows) watches TV these days, right? 馃槒

Perhaps that’s why Hasbro has been granting their licensing rights for My Little Pony to a handful of makeup companies like PUR Cosmetics, Thailand-based Mille Beaut茅 and most recently, ColourPop聽which released聽a 14-piece limited edition My Little Pony collection last month.

An overview of my ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony haul - do watch this space for my review on the highlighters and liquid lipsticks!

An overview of my ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony haul – do watch this space for my review on the highlighters and liquid lipsticks!

As you can see, there’s quite a bit to talk about for this collection, so I will split my review into two parts for easy digestion. The first shall be on the eye shadow palette.

Inspired by the colourful personalities and magical cutie marks of the retro ponies, the My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette features a range of nostalgia-evoking shades from聽“shimmery glitters and wearable mattes, to bright pops of colour and surprising iridescents”.

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$16)

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$16)

The back of the ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

The back of the ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

The My Little Pony palette measures just 10 cm聽脳 13 cm, essentially making it easy to carry around due to its slim and compact size. It is placed into a box adorned with purple-hued pony motifs and “My Little Pony” embossed in purple-foil lettering in the middle, followed by the My Little Pony rainbow and ColourPop logos at the bottom.

The design of the palette itself looks a bit more tacky and juvenile (like it was designed with PowerPoint) with six holographic ponies arcing across (yet another) rainbow plastered on the cover. The lid has a magnetic closure and it does not come with a mirror. The eye shadows – each weighing 0.85 g (0.03 oz) – are set against a purple background with white pony motifs. The names of the shades are printed on the back of the box and palette, which posed some inconvenience for me as I was constructing my review. Maybe someone can enlighten me, but what’s so difficult about having the names printed below the shades? There is sufficient space for that, am I right?

SWATCHES & REVIEW

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - all shades and their names, for your convenience

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – all shades and their names, for your convenience

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - swatches of all the shades applied with finger (2-3 swipes)

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – swatches of all the shades applied with finger (2-3 swipes)

On first impression, the mattes appeared to be underwhelming and require more swipes than the shimmery ones for a more uniform and pigmented application. For the undiscerning eye, there also seems to be a repetition of shades. For instance, Snuzzle, Firefly and Bluebell as well as Minty and Applejack are pretty similar with the same finish and thus won’t offer much colour contrast on the lid when put together.

Let’s now get down to the individual swatches and review! Being a proud owner of a plethora of eye shadow palettes, it wouldn’t be practical for me to compare the My Little Pony palette to every single similar shade I can think of (and not forgetting that it is also more time consuming than swatching lipsticks). Hence, to be more time-efficient, I am just going to compare this with the shades from two selected palettes in my stash which, in this case, would be the聽ColourPop Yes, Please!聽palette (for the warms) and聽LORAC Mega PRO 3聽(for the cooler hues). Comparison swatches will be done using my finger only.

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - swatches of first 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – swatches of first 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

Butterscotch is described as a white with subtle pink violet opalescent sheen. It is a matte pale lilac with barely noticeable fine shimmers, so much so that you would need to scrutinise the product to realise they are there. The eye shadow is pigmented and mostly opaque with a chalky but smooth texture. Blendable, it is has no fallout during application and adheres well to bare skin.

Blossom is described as a聽metallic peach with pink and gold duochrome finish. It is a mid-tone rosy nude with warm undertones and gold microshimmers which are distributed fairly evenly when applied. Although I did not have to go heavy-handed with it to achieve reasonable opacity, it does provide fuller coverage with added pressure to my lid. The texture of the eye shadow is also slightly dry and on the stiffer side so it can be rather challenging to diffuse the edges.

Starshine is described as a聽metallic golden tangerine. Totally living up to its name, it is a gorgeous warm yellow with strong metallic gold sheen. It has an insanely opaque colour payoff in a single layer although some fallout can occur during application. It goes on smooth and even with a dense consistency which requires a bit of effort to blend out the edges – but it is all worth it. When worn in the middle of the lid, it helps to make the eyes appear bigger and brighter. This shade is pretty long-wearing as it lasted five hours (the duration I spent outdoors) on my oily lids.

Swatch comparison for the warms against the ColourPop Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette

Swatch comparison for the warms against the ColourPop Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette

Bluebell is described as a聽satin golden ivory. It is a cool-toned white with pearly sheen from the microshimmers distributed equally across the product. It applies smoothly on the lid while offering sheer to medium coverage. The texture, however, becomes chalkier with every additional layer. Even though it is somewhat easy to diffuse the edges, it loses its intensity as soon as it is blended out. This shade can alternatively be used as a highlight for the brow bone too because of its muted colour payoff.

Applejack is described as a聽matte dusty red violet. It is a mid-tone plum with pink undertones. This shade has a smooth, almost mousse-like (hence does not cause much kickback in the pan nor fallout during application) and blendable texture but tends to sheer out when applied to bare skin. It has to be used with a soft-bristled brush or the consistency would become uneven and lightly dusty.

Skydancer is described as a聽metallic bright icy lavender. It is a muted violet with loose purple shimmers. That said, this shade requires a dense brush to apply it with because the texture is stiff from being packed too tightly in the pan (to the extent that the surface of the eye shadow actually smooths out after use instead of leaving a slight dip). I had to dig my brush into the pan to pick up enough product and even so, I would need to exert a lot of pressure on my lid to聽get a decent colour payoff. Furthermore, it loses its, dare I say, non-existent intensity when blended out. This payoff is honestly so bad, it kinda renders this shade unusable.

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - swatches of last 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – swatches of last 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

Minty is accurately described as a聽matte cool-toned fuchsia聽except for the fact that it has inconsiderable amount of shimmer to it (or perhaps, my eyes were playing tricks on me 馃). The payoff is quite similar to that of Butterscotch but this applies softer with a velvety consistency. It adheres well to the skin but has to be piled on to get an opaque coverage. Furthermore, the edges are fairly easy to diffuse without affecting the intensity of the eye shadow.

Flutterbye is described as a聽matte true pastel peach. It is a matte coral with warm undertones and has a really soft and silky texture as well as a thicker consistency than the rest of the eye shadows in this palette. This shade gives an opaque colour payoff in a single layer and blends perfectly well on the lid while still retaining its pigmentation. It is also extremely long-wearing even without primer.

Twilight is described as a聽satin deep blackened violet聽with blue and purple fine shimmers. Undoubtedly, this is the darkest shade in this palette but it isn’t as pigmented as it seems – it takes about five layers for it to achieve a reasonably opaque coverage. Apart from the fact that it applies rather unevenly and patchy, it also does not blend very well on the lid. It has a looser texture too so some kickback in the pan and fallout may be experienced during application.

Swatch comparison for the warms against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

Swatch comparison for the warms against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

Firefly is described as a聽metallic silvery baby blue. It is a cool-toned grey with a metallic sheen from its finely milled and evenly spread shimmers. It has blue undertones which become more apparent as more product is piled on. Soft and buttery in texture, this shade has an excellent pigmentation in a single layer and is easy to use and blend out.

Snuzzle is described as a聽metallic icy white with opalescent blue duochrome. An absolute beauty that changes colour when seen from different angles, it looks like a plain shimmery white eye shadow in the pan but when applied on the skin, the iridescent blue sheen becomes very noticeable. This fairly blendable shade applies smooth and silky with a mostly opaque colour payoff but has a chalky consistency.

Princess Sparkle is described as a聽metallic rich smokey turquoise. Although it goes on slightly sheer on the first swipe, it is buildable to a fully opaque coverage with just an additional two or three layers. This shade has very good pigmentation and adheres to the skin very well. On top of that, the formula has an incredibly smooth and silky texture even when applied with a light hand and it also does not budge when I tried to blend out the edges.

Swatch comparison for the cools against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

Swatch comparison for the cools against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

APPLICATION & LOOKS

I’m no beauty guru especially when it comes to eye shadows, so here’s my humble take on the looks you can achieve with the My Little Pony palette. Also, how would this US$16 eye shadow palette fare on my primed lids? Let’s find out!

Apply Butterscotch as the base colour

Apply Butterscotch as the base colour

Butterscotch (using Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush from the Mrs Bunny kit)

Butterscotch (using Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush from the Mrs Bunny kit)

Butterscotch

Butterscotch

Starshine and Blossom for a pop of colour

Starshine and Blossom for a pop of colour

Cut crease with Princess Sparkle (using Sigma E47 Shader Crease Brush), followed by Skydancer on the outer corners for a more seamless transition from the blue to the pink

Cut crease with Princess Sparkle (using Sigma E47 Shader Crease Brush), followed by Skydancer on the outer corners for a more seamless transition from the blue to the pink

More Starshine (using Sephora Multitasker Shadow Brush #63) along the lower lash because, why not?

More Starshine (using Sephora Multitasker Shadow Brush #63) along the lower lash because, why not?

Add a shimmery highlight (Butterscotch) to the inner corners of your eyes for a brighter look

Add a shimmery highlight (Butterscotch) to the inner corners of your eyes for a brighter look

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

Final look (without eyeliner)

Final look (without eyeliner)

The meh choice of shades aside (I actually prefer the shades on the PUR Cosmetics palette), I must say that you are getting a huge bang for your buck out of this palette. For the price of US$16, I certainly did not expect the eye shadows to be this pigmented and blendable. They are pressed rather perfectly which is probably one of the reasons for the minimal to no kickback in the pans after usage. And yet, you could still get decent colour payoff out of most of them.

Needless to say, I am impressed with the quality and won’t mind dedicating space for more eye shadow palettes by ColourPop 馃榿聽 In fact, I just placed an order for 4 of their newest palettes 馃槅 #sorrynotsorry

Paired with my M路A路C lipstick in Gabriel Zamora

Paired with my M路A路C lipstick in Gabriel Zamora

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

Do stay tuned for the second part of my ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony collection review where I will talk about two of the highlighters and Ultra Matte Lips.

Thanks for reading!

The ColourPop 脳 My Little Pony collection is now available on ColourPop.com. Get the featured Sigma eye shadow brushes at 10% off here with code “FIONASEAH” upon checkout.

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REVIEW: Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette

Hello everyone!

The best-selling Sigma palette is back by popular demand – and this time, with an improved packaging. First launched in September 2013, the rebooted聽Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette includes all original 16 vibrant macaron-inspired pigments in a “smooth, blendable formula”. Each of these Sigma-exclusive shades has a matte finish with extreme, long-lasting color payoff and can be used all-over the face (as some shades are not recommended to be used as eye shadows).

This palette debuted at US$32 but is now聽retailing for US$39. Considering that the cost of raw materials could have increased substantially over the past four years, the slight price hike is understandable. Nevertheless, you can shave a few bucks off the current retail price (10% discount, to be exact) if you checkout with my code “FIONASEAH“. Sigma ships all orders within the U.S. at a flat rate of US$4.95 while free shipping is offered to U.S. and international orders above US$50 and US$150 respectively.

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette (box)

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette (box)

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette (back)

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette (back)

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette

The palette retains its squarish shape but certainly has a more upscale appearance than the packaging before due to the water marble design and glossy plastic gold lettering (neat, sans-serif typeface unlike the tacky, cursive one before) on the cover that feels velvety-matte to the touch. Furthermore, the lid now has a magnetic closure as opposed to having to remove the lid entirely previously. This palette comes with a mirror (none before) and a thin protective plastic sheet above the pans and has a shelf life of 24 months.

I am usually put off by bright eye shadows, but there’s just something about this palette that made me want to lay my hands on it. It could be the way the shades are systematically arranged. Analogous colours are placed next to one another in this palette which makes it a dreamscape for the OCD in me.

But wait, what is that blue doing at the bottom row?

But wait, what is that blue doing at the bottom row?

The names of the shades are the same as before, and you can easily tell how they are derived unlike those of most eye shadow palettes in the market which felt like they were picked using a lottery spinner.

Swatches, three to four swipes for every shade (applied with Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush and M路A路C Prep + Prime Fix+. Brush is cleaned with semi-damp makeup wipe and dried with tissue paper each time)

Swatches, three to four swipes for every shade (applied with Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush and M路A路C Prep + Prime Fix+. Brush is cleaned with semi-damp makeup wipe and dried with tissue paper each time)

For a more structured review, the shades will be segregated into colour schemes and swatches will be done using my index finger to show the full potential of the colour intensity. Then, I will compare them to similar colours from other palettes (Urban Decay聽脳 Jean Michel Basquiat Tenant Palette, LORAC I 鉂 Brunch PRO Palette, Juvia’s Place The Zulu and Masquerade Palettes) in my stash.

PINKS

The pinks of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

The pinks of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

Redberry Rose is described as a brilliant, true hot pink. It is a cool-toned fuchsia with a matte finish. It has an intense pigmentation in a single layer with a buildable opacity to provide a full coverage. Non-powdery, it has a soft and blendable texture which makes it easy to work with. This shade is determined to be unsafe for eye area since it has the tendency to stain (even with primer) but I had worn it for a couple of hours without any detrimental effect to my sensitive eye. That said, do use this with caution.

Apricot Flower is described as a perfectly-warm, mod peach. It is a light coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It applies fairly well and has a semi-opaque pigmentation which ultimately becomes a hue deeper when piled on. However, I won’t recommend adding too many layers as I ended up having difficulty diffusing and blending out the edges.

Passion Fruit聽is described as a crisp, neutral pink. It is a medium coral-brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It applies and blends well, giving a nearly-opaque pigmentation without having to apply much pressure to the lid. The texture was, however, slightly loose so there was considerable amount of kickback in the pan. There was also a bit of a fallout during application.

Cherry Blossom is described as a cool, bold pastel pink. It is a washed-out pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. Soft in texture, this shade applies smoothly and evenly on the lids while offering sheer coverage. It is hardly pigmented (enabling it to be removed very easily) and does not seem to build up even though it blends relatively well. This shade works best as a base colour or to tone down any heavy-handedness that may occur.

Swatch comparison for the pinks on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

Swatch comparison for the pinks on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

WARMS

The warms of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

The warms of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

Meyer Lemon is described as a zesty, buttery yellow. It is a washed-out pastel yellow with cool undertones and a matte finish. It has a rather soft but chalky and powdery texture, so fallout is inevitable during application. In addition, the first layer lends a patchy consistency and the colour somehow fades even more as I try to blend it out. I eventually found myself dipping my brush into the pan more often than I had expected just to achieve a reasonably even and opaque payoff.

Ginger Pumpkin is described as a muted-orange spice. It is a neon orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Although thicker and slightly powdery in texture, this shade applies smooth and soft without creasing and blended fairly well. It has great colour payoff and is vibrantly pigmented with an opaque coverage in a single layer, which also causes it to stain (and therefore deeming it unsafe for the eye area).

Caf茅 au Lait is described as a classic, warm coffee brown. It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a creamy matte finish. It has a moderately powdery texture with a soft and smooth consistency. This shade is able to give an even and opaque colour payoff on the first application using either dry or damp brushes. The excess powder adheres to the lid during application and therefore, did not cause much fallout problems.聽The edges blend pretty well, too.

Swatch comparison for the warms on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

Kickbacks occurring mostly in Apricot Flower and Passion Fruit

Kickbacks occurring mostly in Apricot Flower and Passion Fruit

PURPLES

The purples of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

The purples of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

Violet Whip聽is described as a milky, cool lavender. It is a pale, washed-out lilac with a matte finish.聽Soft and smooth to the touch, it has a slightly chalky and uneven texture on the first application which can simply be straightened out with a wee bit more product layered on top. Easily blendable on the lids, this shade is also ideal for聽ombr茅 eye makeup looks.

Lavender Honey聽is described as a pink-violet pop. It is a muted warm-toned purple with a matte finish. It has a rich, semi-opaque colour payoff which can easily be built up to full coverage. It applies moderately well with no fallout during application. Due to its聽overall drier texture, there would be some difficulties in blending out the edges. As with most purple or pink pigments, Lavender Honey stains and is therefore unsuitable to use as an eye shadow (even though it posed minimal to no issues to me).

Cassis is described as a striking, royal purple. It is a cool-toned purple with a matte finish and an intense colour payoff. This shade applies smooth but somewhat uneven, resulting to a slightly chalky texture that did not blend very well on the lid. And when it does to a little extent, the eye shadow loses its intensity. It is almost impossible to diffuse it without turning it into a patchy fuchsia. Likewise, this can and will stain – it took me a couple of separate washes to remove this entirely from my lid!

Elderberry is accurately described as a deep, smokey purple with a matte finish. Contrary to what is seen in the pan, this shade goes on sheer in one layer. Furthermore, despite its smooth texture, it applies noticeably unevenly and patchy.聽To get somewhat of a decent pigmentation and coverage, you would need to go back and forth between digging your brush into the pan (there won’t be much kickback, thankfully) and filling the lids with this not-so-blendable eye shadow.

Swatch comparison for the purples on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

Swatch comparison for the purples on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

BLUES

The blues of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

The blues of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

Blueberry Cream is described as a nearly-neon, pastel sky blue. It is a muted blue with warm undertones and a matte finish. Smooth in application, this shade blends fairly well on the lids and leaves no fallout behind. Although the payoff is uneven and sheer in a single layer, it is buildable to a semi-opaque and medium intensity.

Blue Chocolat is described as a pale, calming aqua. It is a pale blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It has a smooth consistency and a mostly sheer but buildable coverage. The edges also blend moderately well on the lids with no fallout during application.

To the untrained eye, these two blue shades may look identical (perhaps that’s why the pans are placed away from each other on the palette to avoid giving the impression of being repetitive) but if you look closely, Blue Chocolat not only appears to be more pigmented, but it also has a stronger white base to it than Blueberry Cream. Having said that, I still don’t reckon the contrast to be great enough to warrant the inclusion of two similar-looking blues in the palette (they do look the same from afar). As a matter of fact, I feel that it should be replaced with a darker shade of blue for the relaunch of the palette.

GREENS

The greens of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

The greens of Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Shadow Palette

Almond Pear is described as a captivating, sea green. It is a pale cool-toned cyan with a creamy matte finish. It has a buttery smooth texture and an excellent colour payoff with semi-opaque to full coverage. Highly blendable, it is easy to work on the lids as it doesn’t require much effort to soften any harsh edges. However, it tends to lose its vibrancy (i.e. becomes a lot more muted) as I try to blend it out.

Cr猫me de Menthe is described as a slightly-grey, blue green. It is a muted warm-toned teal with a matte finish. It can be a little messy to use owing to its chalky and slightly powdery texture. But its great pigmentation and near-opaque consistency make up for these shortcomings. Similarly, this shade loses its intensity when blended out.

Citron Pistachio is described as a vivid, citrus green. It is a muted lime green with a velvety soft matte finish. It has a thicker texture coupled with a vibrantly pigmented payoff. The edges blend moderately well without the colour fading much and turning patchy in the process.

Swatch comparison for the blues and greens on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

Swatch comparison for the blues and greens on the Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

Having tried the palette myself, I am fully convinced that there are practically no limit to the amount of unique looks you can come up with with it and I have some examples to prove this. As an afterthought, I thought it would also be uber-fun to state what local food these looks might have taken inspiration from to tie in with the theme of this palette 馃槅 The eye shadows were applied atop a layer of Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion on my lids with the following brushes: Sigma E60 Large Shader, Sigma E25 Blending, Sigma E30 Pencil and Sephora Multitasker Shadow #63.

LOOK 1: PADDLE POP

Look #1

Look #1

Look #1

Look #1

*cues Paddle Pop theme song*

As a tribute to the ice-cream that made our childhood, I painted my lids paddle pop-coloured rainbow using at least one shade from every colour scheme (apart from the warms which I had inadvertently forgotten about): Passion Fruit, Redberry Rose, Lavender Honey, Elderberry, Blue Chocolat, Almond Pear and Citron Pistachio.

LOOK 2: KATONG LAKSA

Look #2

Look #2

Look #2

Look #2

What local delicacy comes to mind when you think of yellow and orange hues? For me, it has got to be our highly acclaimed聽laksa. This look recreates the unmistakable bold orange colour of the popular spicy noodle soup found in Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia (well, it can also take after the colours of Indian curry because we preach racial harmony and embrace diversity, y’all) using mainly the warms: Meyer Lemon, Ginger Pumpkin and Cafe Au Lait. Admittedly, this look seems half-finished without the reds (since there isn’t any reds in the palette), like how a bowl of laksa isn’t complete without the chili paste.

LOOK 3: PURPLE AGAR-AGAR

Look #3

Look #3

Look #3

Look #3

Look #3

Look #3

Inspired by my favourite local jelly-like dessert (the middle one, obviously), this look was created using mainly the purples, as well as a hint of blue and green,聽in the palette聽namely: Violet Whip, Lavender Honey, Cassis, Elderberry, Blue Chocolat and Almond Pear. With hindsight, I could also use the greens to recreate the colours of honeydew-flavoured Agar-Agar on my lids 馃槅

All in all, this is a rather fun palette with a good range of decently pigmented pastel colours at a pretty affordable price though it isn’t practical for everyday use. The eye shadows are neither firm nor stiff in the pan so it was easy for the brush to pick up the product. My only gripe, however, was the the size of the pan – they’re a tad too small for my liking (and my shader brush).

At first glance, the pastel colours may seem intimidating in the pan, but they are actually more forgiving than dark neutrals, which more often than not lead to a smokey mess. As long as you know your聽colour wheel聽(or if all else fails, simply go with monochromatic looks like how I did above) and know a thing or two about blending, you can hardly go wrong with pastels. So if you’re game enough to experiment with unconventional shades, don’t hesitate to get this palette!

And yes, for the record, this palette was paid with my own money聽馃榿

What are your thoughts about the Creme de Couture palette? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Hello everyone!

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

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

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

Product display at Sephora

Product display at Sephora

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

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

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

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

Description of each item at the back of the box

Description of each item at the back of the box

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

I. Case

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

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

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Case

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Case

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

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

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

II. Refill

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

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

Shade number printed on the box

Shade number printed on the box

Clear instructions how to refill the product

Clear instructions how to refill the product

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

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

The refill

The refill

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

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

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

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

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

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Refill

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

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

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

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

III. Application

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact Foundation

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

Notice how the excess gets sucked back in?

Notice how the excess gets sucked back in?

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

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

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

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

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

First swipe (without blending)

First swipe (without blending)

Side-by-side comparison: with and without foundation

Side-by-side comparison: with and without foundation

Before and after application on the same area

Before and after application on the same area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After 6 hours of wear (close-up)

After 6 hours of wear (close-up)

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!

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

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

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks - 5 of the 38 shades

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks – 5 of the 38 shades

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

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

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

All 38 new shu uemura Rouge Unlimited shades

WINE 路 WN225 路 WN237 (NA) 路 WN248 路 WN256 路 WN288 路 WN299
RED 路 RD154 路 RD160 路 RD164 路 RD166 路 RD170
PINKPK325 (NA) 路 PK340 路 PK355 路 PK359 路 PK363 路 PK365 路 PK368 路 PK369
ORANGEOR520 (NA) 路 OR540 路 OR551 路 OR560 路 OR564
CORAL 路 CR321 路 CR324 路 CR330 路 CR332
BEIGEBG900 (NA)BG923 (NA) 路 BG928 路 BG931 路 BG935 路 BG965
MIXER 路 Purple 路 Yellow 路 Glitter 路 Pearl

NA – Not Available in Singapore

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

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

#1 Yellow

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Yellow

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

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

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

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

#2 CR330

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330 - swatch comparison

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR330 – swatch comparison

#3 RD160

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160 - swatch comparison

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in RD160 – swatch comparison

#4 BG965聽

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in BG965

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

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

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

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

#5 WN288

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

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

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in WN288

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

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

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

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

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

Read on to see how my attempts turned out!

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + RD160)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + RD160)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (BG965 + WN288)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (BG965 + WN288)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + CR330)

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick mix (Yellow + CR330)

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!

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

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

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M路A路C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 3)

M路A路C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 3)

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

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

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

#13 Night Mint

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

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

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

M路A路C Colour Rocker lipstick in Night Mint

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

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

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

Nope... not even close

Nope… not even close

More swatch comparisons towards the end of this review.

#14 Into The Madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, it’s time for a..

M路A路C LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY

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

 

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

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

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

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

Hello everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#1 Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Naked

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Naked

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

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

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

#2 Birthday Suit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#3 Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Commando

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Commando

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

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

#4 Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick - Bare

Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick – Bare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj 2017

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj 2017

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

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

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

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj 2017 - the display

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj 2017 – the display

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - all Lipsticks and Lipglasses in this collection

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – all Lipsticks and Lipglasses in this collection

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - Lipsticks (regular packaging)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – Lipsticks (regular packaging)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - Lipstick swatches

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – Lipstick swatches

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - Lipstick swatches

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – Lipstick swatches

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - Lipglass

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – Lipglass

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - Lipglass swatches

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – Lipglass swatches

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

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj - Nicki's Nude and The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj – Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint

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

#1 Nicki’s Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude (US$17.50 / S$33)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude (US$17.50 / S$33)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

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

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

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude - swatch comparison

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude – swatch comparison

#2 The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (US$17.50 / S$33)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (US$17.50 / S$33)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

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

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

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint - swatch comparison

M鈭橝鈭機 脳 Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint – swatch comparison

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

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

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

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M.A.C聽脳 Nicki Minaj is now available islandwide and M.A.C (UK). It will be launched on MACCosmetics.com on 21 September 2017.
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