Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Balm - Pretty Smart Lip Gloss in GRRR!

I accidentally bought GRRR! And that's probably the strangest sentence I've ever written.

As you have probably guessed, lip glosses aren't my thing. I'm not a fan of the sticky texture, the overhauling shine and the fact that it lasts on average ten minutes. Nope. For me, it's all about lipsticks.

However, there are certain lip glosses that do break the mould and I can't help but reach for them occasionally.

This, sadly isn't the case for The Balm's GRRR! While I love The Balm as a brand and have adored other colours within this range, this particular colour just isn't for me. The nude is just a little bit too dull for me to really fall for it.
Unfortunately, it will fit into my draw of bad lipstick mistakes bought online where the colour swatch doesn't quite live up to the truth.

I don't want you to not give this a try just because I've given it a negative review, because if you like nude lipsticks, then you will absolutely love this. This lip gloss range is not sticky in the slightest, offers the colour that is in the tube and contains a dose of glitter to add that extra bit of glamour.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: glossy, high shine

Overall Rating: 2/5

You'll like this if: you're a fan of nude lip glosses

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Chanel - Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt

There was a time when Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks were the main component of my make-up bag. My three favourites consisted of Boy, Chance and Flirt. While Boy and Chance were my two everyday shades, Flirt would always make an appearance in the evenings. 

The subtle tones of mandarin and coral, mixed with dazzles of gold shimmer were my ideal combination for a beautiful 'going out out' lipstick. 

You won't get intense colour from the Rouge Coco Shine collection, but you will get a stunning lipstick with tonnes of gloss. As well as add a drop of coral colour to your lips, Flirt leaves lips looking moisturised and plump. 

I have to admit that it has been a good few years since I last wore this shade, but since discovering it again, it hasn't left my side.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: glossy, subtle colour

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a sophisticated, subtle lipstick that can be worn from day to night

Perfect for: a hint of colour, high shine look, sunny holidays, wearing with Nars blush in Gina

Charlotte Tilbury - Matte Revolution lipstick in The Queen

As my lips are currently painted in Charlotte Tilbury's new limited edition shade, I'm currently by the pool in Mauritius. This is probably not the way she intended The Queen to be worn. The luscious pinky-red is a regal lipstick designed for black tie events over poolside glamour. 

Despite it being worn for the wrong occasion, The Queen is a fabulous lipstick that is sure to make you feel like the belle of the ball. The intense red is softened by vibrant shades of pink, making this a unique colour that doesn't really have an alternative counterpart. 

If, like me, you're finding mattes a bit old school, you don't need to worry about this one. The Matte Revolution range is all about comfort, creaminess and just that little hint of glass. It also lasts for so long so it has all the greatness of matte colour, without any of the fuss. 

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a beautiful, limited edition glamorous shade

Perfect for: making a fabulous first impression, first dates, wearing with a subtle pinky nude blush 

MAC - Matte lipstick in Babes And Balls

It does feel like as soon as October rolls around the dark lipsticks suddenly make a show stopping appearance. We immediately say goodbye to the gentle hues of Summer and embrace the forthcoming Winter with deep berry and plum shades. 

There is no better way to pay homage to the colder days than with MAC's Babes And Balls lipstick. This beautiful lipstick is a cross between a stunning ruby and a gorgeous amethyst. That mix of purple and red makes it the jewel of the berry tones.

Created in MAC's Matte formula, Babes And Balls is long lasting with little sheen. A world away from warmer climes, this gemstone of a lipstick is made for the Winter.

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: Matte

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a spectacular berry tone to prep yourself for Winter

Perfect for: Winter, cold days, all skin tones

Chantecaille - Lip Chic in Amaryllis

Chantecaille has always stood for making products that are filled with goodness, which means no parabens and definitely no sulphites. Despite the fact every Space NK shop adviser has always recommended it, this Lip Chic in Amaryllis is the first product I have bought from the range. 

It has been mentioned in beauty blogs before, but I don't think Chantecaille's Lip Chic range gets the true credit it deserves. The range claims to leave your lips liking younger and fuller but without the irritation that some other lip plumping agents do. Instead, it has gained this end result by containing the sheen of a lip gloss, but the even coverage of a lipstick. 

I chose Amaryllis because the glossy red looked beautiful as it rotated out of the tube. Once on the lips, the red was no where near as vibrant - instead it created a beautiful subtle crimson with heaps of shine but no stickiness. 

I didn't notice my lips getting any fuller than other lipsticks, but the texture really is lovely of you want something light.

Unless you like subtle shades, Amaryllis is definitely for the Summer.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: high shine but not sticky

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a pretty, does-good lipstick/lipgloss hybrid 

Avoid if: you like Matte shades or a strong colour laydown 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

MAC - Matte lipstick in Strip Me Down

It's not often I purchase a MAC lipstick that I feel 'flat' about. It's not that I dislike Strip Me Down - it's just that it doesn't stir me in the same way that some of the others do.

I'm not too sure why because it ticks all the boxes.
It's a beautiful autumn leaf, nude shade. Tick!
It's a comforting matte finish. Tick!
It's MAC. Tick Tick Tick!!!

And yet...I don't know. I can't quite explain it but as enticing as Strip Me Down sounds, it just fails to get me in the mood.

But that's just me.

You could be completely different, so as I've started this blog post on such a sour note, let's turn things around, shall we?

Strip Me Down is a beautiful autumnal nude. With the changing leaves all around us, the cold front approaching and what I can only describe as Heinz Tomato Soup weather, changing your normal nude to Strip Me Down will turn the heat up a notch.

MAC's Strip Me Down is created in its matte formula, so unlike its signature Retro Matte, regular mattes are so much easier to wear everyday. They are still creamy but with very little shine.

This nude sways more on the brown side, so it will be popular if you have a neutral to warm skin tone, so unless I've completely put you off just by reading the first sentence, do give this lipstick a go.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: matte, but creamy and comfortable

Overall Rating: 2/5 - it's nice, but not my cup of tea

You'll like this if: you want a nude to match the changing season

Perfect for: Autumn days out, every day, first dates, office wear

By Terry - Rouge Expert Click Stick in 16

My weekly trip to the local Space NK brought me so much joy (more than normal!) when I saw the By Terry Click Stick range.

Not just because By Terry is an amazing cosmetics range that not only makes you look good, but does amazing things to the health of your complexion, but because I have been looking for a new lipstick innovation for so long.

The new Click Stick does exactly what it says on the tin. You click the bottom of it like a YSL Touche Eclat to get more out of the tube. And when you do this, the crayon-like lipstick is a beautiful tear drop shape, which is ideal for application.

I was so excited by this. To me, this means the ideal cupid bow with a lipstick that has a point where you can literally trace the outline of your lips. Bye bye lip liner!

After much deliberation on the colour, I chose 16 - a lovely crimson that enriches your look. I swatched the colour on my pale arm (holiday is next week) and the brightness of the shade was offset beautifully.

I could not wait to try it as soon as I got home, so I sat in front of my vanity mirror, clicked the stick and carefully painted my lips with my new scarlet shade.

My first thought was that the texture was light, delicate and very creamy. The colour intensity was so obvious with the lightest application and within seconds my pout was a pillarbox red.

My second thought was that despite the fact I had about half an inch of the lipstick showing, my one application had turned it into a blunt stump. The tear drop shape's edge diminished in an instant and when I next reapplied, I had to click it about 10 times to get the right amount of lipstick out again.

Despite the creaminess of the texture, the colour does have longevity, but considering it's roughly £25 a stick, this lipstick runs out very quickly.

This is a treat lipstick. It makes the perfect gift, but it's not something I would urge you to buy if you're on a tight budget. Unfortunately, there are others out there that do exactly the same job much cheaper.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy, some gloss

Overall Rating: 3/5 - the colour and texture is great, but this is used up quickly

You'll like this if: you want the YSL Touche Eclat version for you lips, or you feel like your thumb needs the exercise

Perfect for: quick application, first dates, special occasions, wearing with flicked out eyeliner
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