Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Singapore: Fig Jam & Strawberry Shortcake

The Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters had taken the US beauty blogging community by storm for the past few months and I am really interested to find out what the hype was all about. Finally, news were released regarding its availability in our local Watsons and of course I had to pop by to check them out but alas, only a pathetic handful of shades (EIGHT to be exact) are offered in Singapore as compared to the TWENTY in the US.

Nonetheless, these were what I had picked up:

Fig Jam, Strawberry Shortcake (these names make me hungry!)

Fig Jam looks like a deep brownish plum in the tube but it applies sheerly on the back of my hands leaving a very rosy-brown colour whereas Strawberry Shortcake is a very cool-toned baby pink that might be difficult to carry off on warm skintones.

Strawberry Shortcake:

Strawberry Shortcake

Fig Jam:

Fig Jam

Shades:

I love Fig Jam to death. It reminds me a lot of Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey just that Black Honey can look a little darker and leans more berry whereas Fig Jam is redder. Applied sheerly, it also is a MLBB colour which makes it perfect when you don’t want to look too made up. Strawberry Shortcake seems to be the least-cool pink available but it still appears too blue (almost lilac) on my lips. It might work if I apply a sheer layer but anything too much and I look crazy. Other colors available in Watsons include: Macaroon, Brown Sugar, Peach Parfait, Cherry Tart, Candy Apple, Lollipop (if I remember correctly).

Texture:

Texture-wise, these definitely glide on like butter and has the feel of a Clinique Chubby Stick. These feel rather comfortable on the lips and while it does not prevent the lips from cracking, it does not dry my lips completely either.  It is encouraged that you put on some waxy non-slippery lip balm beneath before putting these on.  Because of the nature of the product, the lipstick bullets are softer and prone to melting. Therefore it is important to store them away from direct heat and avoid twisting up too much product.

Longevity:

These lipsticks last approximately an hour or so for me and lesser if I lick my lips a lot. Reapplication can dry out the lips further if no lip balm was used.

Other  Thoughts:

I will likely repurchase in some other colours but honestly, I wasn’t WOW-ed by the product. Certainly, the Revlon Lip Butter did not disappoint and let me down completely but it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Granted, I love how easy it was to just slick this on without a mirror and how nice it feels on the lips for the first 10 minutes or so but otherwise I’m like “meh”. It is an okay product and it works for the price point, but it wasn’t quite worth all the buzz in the blogging community.

Clinique New Releases 2012!

I am very excited to share some new Clinique releases for 2012 after having the pleasure of attending the strategy seminar:)

Pore Refining Solutions range + Dermawhite Brightening Essence

I usually do not have much troubles with pores but this range seems very attractive for people battling oily skins. The Instant Perfector is very similar to Benefit Porefessional/Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer and feels very smooth to the touch. This range is expected to reach our shores in September 2012 which is quite a long wait since it is recently launched in the UK.

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know that I enjoy using Clinique Quickliners for their staying power and resistance to smudging. The Intense version, like the name suggests, is much more “intense” and pigmented with one swipe which eradicates the need to go over the lashline over and over again. This time round, the shade range is more extensive and includes a blackened green, a deep navy and a plum.

I do not know when the expected release date is for the Quickliners, but I am very much looking forward to it!

Thank you for reading, and have a nice week ahead!

 

Review: Diorskin Skin-Refining Pro Lighting Radiant Base #001

I picked up the Diorskin Skin-Refining Pro Lighting Makeup Base from SG-Bestbuy World recently thanks to the recommendations of several friends as I was in need of a good primer that helps with radiance (just in time for Chinese New Year)!

The Diorskin Radiant Base works on a Dior innovation known as Pro Lighting Action whereby an unparalleled combination of soft focus pigments and transparent pearly particles (Halo Pearls) help diffuse light in all directions giving the result of a refined skin texture to reveal a complexion that glows with beauty.

There is supposedly 2 shades custom-made to beautify Asian complexions: 001 for “blue” skin tones and 002 for yellow skin tones. However, SG-BestBuy only carries the 001 shade so I picked that up instead.

This makeup base also comes with an SPF of 20 / PA+ but I won’t recommend leaving the house without a properly-formulated sunscreen because of the low PA rating of this makeup base.

This primer comes in a heavyweight frosted glass bottle that feels solid and sturdy in my hands. It also comes with a metal pump nozzle that makes dispensing of product very easy and hygienic.

swatch in natural light

swatch blended out

As can be seen from above swatches, the base is a rosy pale pink liquid that helps to brighten up the skintone. Even though the shade is pink, it does not make me look grey or too fair. It does not contain any visible shimmers as far as I could tell. There is also a very subtle fresh floral scent to it that is not overpowering in any way. In fact, it smells pretty damn good in my opinion. As far as a primer goes, this one applies creamily and blends easily into the skin using fingers and the colour helps to brighten up the skintone without looking too over the top. It also does not provide any form of coverage whatsoever but it does result in a rather refined skin texture (without the need for additional foundation).  This base also helps my foundation go on better but it lacks some oil control. There is some dewy shine on my T-zone and chin after a mere couple of hours. This is quite surprising because my skin is dry (and dehydrated) by nature and I seem to get better oil control using the foundations on their own without the Diorskin Radiant Base.

For those who have drier skin types and are looking for a radiance booster, this primer will be what you are looking for!

Price: $59/30ml

FOTD: Dior Spring 2012 – Garden Roses

This FOTD is specially done for HS as she had requested for it when I posted the comparison for Dior Garden Roses vs. Purple Crystal.

Face: Diorskin Radiant Base 001, Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream #01 Fresh, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder 01, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder on nose bridge and cheekbones

Eyes: Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – Garden Roses, Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Pencil 01 Black Diamond, Milani Liquif’eye Eye Pencil in Brown, Maybelline Volum’ Express mascara on lower lashes

Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On M Pink 33E

This look is easily achieved just using fingers because the shades are so soft and blendable. I did not use any brushes at all for this look to keep things quick and simple. These colours are very pretty with just the right amount of shimmers and translucency and hence do not look OTT for daytime. In fact, the shimmers are rather subtle on the eyelids.

I hope you enjoy this look, and thank you for reading!

Guerlain Spring 2012: Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder

The Guerlain Spring 2012 Makeup Collection is out at Takashimaya! I am very excited to be able to pick up the Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder that I’ve been eagerly waiting for since November 2011. Prior to the launch of the collection, I spent hours and days googling for swatches and pictures of it and the more I viewed, the more I wanted it!

This powder is simply breathtaking and it’s not just because of the visual appeal. The powder feels incredibly creamy and smooth to the touch as it is milled finely to perfection.

L: blended out, R: heavily swatched

Sunlight shot

The result is a shimmery pale pink powder that will work as a highlight or shimmery face powder.  I have used a fair bit before I took the sunlight shot so it looks kind of mooshy in the centre.. And clumsy me managed to nick parts of the outer petals when I wasn’t careful with the screw on top :( But still beautiful nonetheless!

Wearing the Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Météorites as an all-over face powder with extra on the nose bridge for highlight:

Face: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream #1 Fresh, Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder

Eyes: Naked Palette – Virgin, Sin and Toasted, Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Brown on upper lashline, Milani Liquif’eye Pencil Liner in Brown on lower lashline, Maybelline The Magnum Volum’ Express Mascara

When applied with a loose fluffy brush, the Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder gives the most subtle healthy glow to the skin without making one look like a disco ball. When used as a highlighter, a small dense brush is required to pick up enough colour without caking on too much product. This product works well both ways. However, in my opinion, this is nice to have but not an absolute must have unless you are a collector or Guerlain fan. The product is not particularly unique save for the design.

Price: $88 / 9g

Christian Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – Garden Roses vs. Purple Crystal

Hi all! I finally got around to swatching my Dior Garden Roses quint and would like to compare this to my other Dior palette in Purple Crystal since both of them reminded me of each other.

With flash: Dior Purple Crystal, Dior Garden Roses

Natural Light – Dior Purple Crystal, Dior Garden Roses

Swatches of Purple Crystal

Now, I have been vastly disappointed by the quality of Dior eyeshadow quints (no thanks to my first-ever Dior quint in Sky Glow) and have since swore off them. However, HS managed to pick up Purple Crystal for me at a Dior warehouse sale a while ago and to my utmost surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed Purple Crystal (whereas Sky Glow let me down completely).

Now fast forward a year and some months when Dior has been churning out new releases after releases, I was never interested because while Purple Crystal was beautiful, it is not good enough to entice me to return to the brand. Plus the prices of the quints are too high to justify any purchase :(

When I saw promo pictures of the Garden Party Collection being released, I was like, “BAH. Not again.” And made up my mind to ignore it. When the collection was first released at Takashimaya, I could not help but marvel at the beautiful quints on display. Then I walked over to the counter and reached out to touch the eyeshadows, transferring the swatch onto the back of my hand. I remembered going, “Wowwwwwww”. Then, I couldn’t help it but reach in for more. And more. And more. Each shade seemed to leap to life beneath my fingers; the sparkles in the shadows fighting to catch the light. I kept telling myself, “No no no, you have Purple Crystal and that is enough.”

For the next few days, Garden Roses was on my mind. I was in love.

With that, I ended up with a new Dior quint tucked in my shopping bag.

NO REGRETS. My initial fear that it might be similar to Purple Crystal was dispelled immediately. Purple Crystal was a true purple quint – it consists of a glittery (and gritty) mint green shade, the palest of peach-pink, a light lilac, a lavender and a deep purple. Garden Roses is a more varied and mixed quint with shades of light to medium pinks, purples and silver. Even though the lighter shades from both palettes can be indistinguishable from one another when applied on the eyes, the main point of difference is the finish of these shades. Purple Crystal has the slightest pearlescent sheen that makes the shadows look borderline glowy. When applied on the eyes however, it mainly looks powdery and matte unless you catch the light. The frost in the shadows also only show up when the shadows are heavily packed on.

For Garden Roses, it is a different story altogether. The shadows are smoother and more finely-milled yet more transparent. They are also more metallic and gives off a nice “wet-look” in comparison to Purple Crystal which can be powdery. I have not tried this palette on the eyes yet but I foresee that they will be getting a lot of wear.

I hope this post is helpful. Thank you for reading!

FOTD: Coffret D’Or Jewelcious Eyes 02 Pink Topaz

Another recent EOTD using the Coffret D’Or Jewelcious Eyes in 02 Pink Topaz that I picked up during the last Kanebo sales!

This is the loveliest palette out of the others, and I especially like the combination of white, light pink, pale rose-gold and medium gray. The light pink in the centre of the quad is meant to be an accent shade that is meant to be patted on the centre of the lids. It is also the most glittery of all and feels slightly gritty to the touch. However, all these shades apply softly and smoothly without any fallouts.

I absolutely love how the light pink glitter shade adds dimension to the eyes without being OTT which makes it perfect even for conservative work environments. Unlike how some Japanese shadows add too much glitter to the eyes, these Jewelcious shadows add just a subtle-enough shine.

Face: Coffret D’Or Beauty Lasting Liquid UV Foundation #BE-B, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder, Guerlain Meteorites – 01 Mythic

Eyes: Coffret D’Or Jewelcious Eyes – 02 Pink Topaz,  Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Pencil –  01 Black Diamond, Milani Liquif’eye Eye Pencil in Brown on lower lashlines, Kiss Lashes in Juicy Volume 02, Heroine Kiss Me Volume&Curl Mascara on lower lashes.

Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb, NARS Laguna Bronzer (cheek contour)

Lips: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF15

Haul: Chanel Spring 2012 Harmonie de Printemps

Chanel had released their new Spring collection for 2012 –  Harmonie de Printemps in Takashimaya yesterday :)

Source: www.chanel.com

My haul for today (includes the Dior Spring 2012 Eyeshadow Quint in Garden Roses):

I am super excited about these and cannot wait to try them out!

More pictures of Blush Horizon de Chanel:

Extremely pretty piece and definitely the star of the collection. I could not bear to shell out any more money for this collection so I decided to just stick to the blush and no regrets so far! This is like a blush and highlighter all in one and as many other bloggers had pointed out, it consists of cool pinks on the top half of the blush and warmer peaches on the bottom half. You should be able to mix the colours according to how much peach or pink you prefer on your cheeks but honestly to me that sounds gimmicky because the stripes are way too small to pick up individually. I would probably use this swirled altogether because I’m rather sure the cooler pinks are not going to work very well with my yellow skin tone. With all that said, do you absolutely need one? At $100 per piece, honestly… No, the colours are easily duped and there are too many other cheaper products out there waiting to be tried. But it makes a worthwhile collector’s item so if you have the budget, there is no harm occasionally splurging on a high quality, well-made Chanel blush.

For more pictures and information, Karlasugar had included useful swatches of the entire collection in her blog.

FOTD: Lunasol Aurorized Eyes – 02 Light Variation

It is finally my off day today and I decided to wear Lunasol Aurorized Eyes in Light Variation that I picked up during the last Kanebo Sales.  On my days off, I like to wear minimal eye and face makeup unless there it is a special occasion or outing so as to give my skin some time off too.

Lunasol Aurorized Eyes – 02 Light Variation

It consists of a flesh-toned beige, a pale pink, medium warm-toned brown, a butter yellow and the palest lilac. Most of these shades are shimmery and apply with a high shine, almost glossy finish and are so finely-milled that they feel like butter under the warmth of my fingers. The exceptions though, are the brown and the lilac. The brown shade feels a little hard to my touch but it was not difficult to pick up the powder whereas the lilac acts as an accent shade that is dabbed onto the centre of the eyelids to draw light and attention. It is very glittery and sparkly with minimal color payoff.

The last picture shows off the high-shine finish best of all. For this look, I merely used 3 colours: the butter yellow, the pale pink and the brown as a powder liner. I love how this combination turns out despite the subtlety of the colours.

Since I received a Benefit package today, I decided to finish off my cheeks and lips with some Sugarbomb blush powder and Benetint Lip Balm.

Face: Feverlet BB Cream, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder on undereyes, Lavshuca Loose Powder on rest of face.

Eyes: Lunasol Aurorized Eyes 02 Light Variation, Milani Liquif’eye Pencil Liner in Brown on waterlines, Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black Onyx

Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb

Lips: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm

I was drawn to this palette like moths to light and I do not regret my purchase at all. As with all other Lunasol palettes, this was well-made and of high quality.  My only gripe is that some of the colors may look similar on the eyes unless care is taken to pack them on. Nonetheless, this palette  is extremely versatile and a worthwhile addition to every makeup stash :D

Christian Dior Spring 2012: Garden Party Collection

Dior has released their Spring 2012 Garden Party Collection at Takashimaya!

Some swatches that I managed to take:

TOP: Garden Roses, BOTTOM: Garden Pastels

I apologize for the poor quality of these swatches no thanks to the poor store lighting. These swatches do the quints no justice, they are so much more shimmery in real life and the colours are perfect (if not predictable enough) for spring. Garden Pastels is lovely but the lighter shades (off white, baby pink and butter yellow) can look a little too similar on the lids because of the frost and shimmer so I decided to skip on that one. Garden Roses, on the other hand, reminded me a lot of their previous Purple Crystal quint (EOTD here) but the shimmers in Purple Crystal are more understated and gives off a more satiny-pearl finish rather than being shimmery.

I have already reserved Garden Roses and will be collecting it during the upcoming Takashimaya 10% storewide promotions. Just in time for Chanel Spring 2012 too! Please also check out Elaine’s blog for more swatches and product pictures.

Updates (7 Jan 2012): 

More pictures of my Garden Roses quint!

I apologize for all the picture spam, but this quint is so photogenic and is an absolute work of art. I especially love the rose details and the multi-dimensional colours. These pictures do no justice to the beauty of this quint. You would have to see for yourself to understand why this is such a huge sell out!

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