Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion

Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion

This is three coats of Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion, no top coat. This may have been LE I’m not sure.

The color is beautiful, a duochrome shifting from purple to greenish bronze. The quality, however… this thing drove me nuts. It would not dry, which is why I wore no top coat. I just… gave up at some point. On the first coat I bumped my hand very lightly somewhere and the polish just wiped off. It did not get better from there on. Four hours later I still got dents in the polish as if it were newly applied. I applied it in the morning. The next day I had imprints from my duvet on the polish. Then it was finaly dry and started to flake off. UUUUUGH.

Also, much less annyoing but still: the bottle claims to have “holographic and duochrome” effects. There is no holo in this one (the two Spectra Lights were indeed holo, though).

Overall, no recommendation, which is sad because the holo polishes in this line were great.

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Guerlain Samsara

Guerlain Samsara

Guerlain Samsara EdT was first released in 1991 (two years after the EdP). My bottle is from 2016, though, one of the last batches before they changed the bottle. As far as I know, the bottle changed but the juice is the same so I have the newest formula.

Samsara is massive. You can smell the connection to the eighties where perfumes were as subtle as a fist to the face. When you’re wearing Samsara, everybody knows it. However, compared to some other huge eighties works, this one is almost ladylike. Almost. Originally I didn’t like Samsara at all. When I smelled it for the first time years ago all I got was soap. Today it’s one of my favorite perfumes and I wear it a lot. Funny how tastes change. I still get soap, but now I also get cozy vanilla, amber, sandalwood. Samsara supposedly has top notes, tbh I never noticed any other than the soapy part. With time it gets more and more ambery in a soft way (I don’t know about you, but some ambers tend to get on my nerves if they’re too strong) and of course from beginning to end there is sandalwood (synthetic, surely).

There are many sandalwood perfumes and there are many eighties orientals but nothing quite smells like Samsara. It’s probably a love it or hate it sort of thing. Luckily there won’t be a lot of people nowadays out wearing it so you’re more likely to annoy people by wearing LVEB (which I’m still smelling at every corner). At least that’s I’m telling myself while feeling fabulous in Samsara.

Catrice the Dewy Routine: the dewy drops Rose & Holographic

Catrice the Dewy Routine: the dewy drops Rose & Holographic

In which Catrice keeps misusing the word ‘holographic’, part 28378:

Catrice has a new LE out, called the Dewy Routine. It consists of only highlighters, sorted into three colors and categories: there’s a liquid highlighter, a cream stick and a powder for each color: rose, bronze and blue (called Holographic, because apparently blue is uncool). This LE is selling like lightning, especially the pink items. Luckily the distribution wasn’t even – while some drugstores were already sold out, others hadn’t even gotten their goods yet. It pays off to check smaller, less frequented places here.

I picked up two liquid highlighters, C01 Rose and C03 Holographic. C02 Bronze was wayyyyy to dark for me but may be amazing on dark skin. I decided to skip the cream sticks as I barely ever use stick highlighters. I could only barely stop myself from picking up the powders, but I didn’t for now.

Swatches, first Rose, then Holographic (which is clearly plain blue).

Rose is pink, but a very light and silvery kind of pink. The rose gold packaging and the promo pic promise something warmer, but looking at the liquid in the bottle and applied, this is clearly rose platinum rather than rose gold. Don’t go for Rose expecting something warm.

The blue one is, as expected, properly blue. Both don’t seem to have a base color when spread out, but you know my skin tone could swallow a white base so I can’t promise anything here. I didn’t see any whiteness when wearing these on my face (other than the very pale shimmer).

Both apply great. I put a drop on my hand and then apply with my finger, blending with a clean finger. One drop is more than enough to highlight the cheeks, temples, nose, upper lip and forehead. I don’t feel they need anything else on top. I mean you could layer with the other items in the collection, but they really don’t need anything to help with the glow. Lasting power was great as well, they stayed on all day, even in humid weather.

Both have a fine shimmer, with some small glitter particles. They do emphasize pores.

The blue one gives such a wonderful eerie glow, I love it. The rose one I must admit I expected it to be more … wholesome, more pink. Then I put it on and it made me look even more eerie-faerie like than the blue one. Because I expected it from the blue, but the pink is so light in color and the shimmer so intense it gives off quite a ghostly vibe. So I love both equally and would recommend both for the goth fae crowd. If the goal is more healthy look, you should rather go for something more warm in tone. In fact Catrice has similar drop bottles in their regular lineup – they sell them as primer, but they are just as shimmery, just more normal colors (light correcting serum primer in candlelight and sunlight).

 

My routine for maximum otherwordly glow:

  1. Rose: after cleansing face, start with MAC Fix+ in Pinklite, followed by MAC CC Cream in Illuminate (this is lavender colored), foundation + concealer as usual, then dewy drops in Rose. Finish regular makeup and put on another layer of Fix+ Pinklite.
  2. Blue: After cleansing, Essence fresh&fit awake primer, foundation + concealer as usual, colorless eye primer, dewy drops in Holographic on face and eyelids. Finish eyes with Catrice prismatic palette.

If this is all too one note in color I suggest adding in a touch of green highlighter such as Sleek Distorted Dreams or Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum (both of these palettes also have a blue one if you wish to intensify the blue instead for maximum ice queen look).

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Mother O’Pearl

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Mother O’Pearl

So, MAC‘s summer collection is out and despite many complaints that it just isn’t as pretty as last year’s it’s still been selling like hot cakes.

This is the Pearlmatte Face Powder in Mother O’Pearl and that Mickey Mouse face gave me half a heart attack until I realized that was the shirt I wore during photographing. So, the powder comes without creepy faces, I promise. This is the only piece I intended to buy (so far) and as of today it’s still available in some places and already sold out in others.

Swatches, first each color alone and then swirled together. Overall it’s on the sheer end which is normal for a Pearlmatte Powder. The purple is quite, well, purple (I wasn’t sure if the two purples were different so I swatched both), the pink is swatched in between the purple and the bronze, even if you can’t see it and the yellow stripe is swatched underneath the last purple (before the mix swatch). So pink and yellow don’t really give off color, only sheen.

The mix gives a nice blush color. You can get it more pink or more bronze depending on where you swirl your brush. The color is somewhat buildable but never opaque. All colors have a satiny sheen but it’s the least noticeable on the purple. It’s basically blush, bronzer and highlighter in one which is quite useful for summer.

Comparison to last year’s Oh my Passion:

The colors were quite similar so I expected them to be dupes. The yellow and the bronze part are identical, they look only different due to the different embossing. Then Oh my Passion has a light purple and strong yellow toned pink, while Mother O’Pearl has the very light pink and the deep purple.

Swatches, first Mother O’Pearl, then Oh my Passion. Turns out the strong purple makes quite a difference. Mother is more like a blush, while Passion ends up much lighter and bronzier. So if you wished for a version that was darker and pinker than last year’s there you have it.

This years powder comes in a slimmer case, yet at the same time it is heavier. It’s the same amount of product though (8g/0.28oz).

So, I like this powder. The rest of the collection didn’t really wow me although it wasn’t like, bad or anything. I might have gone for the pink lipstick but it was sold out quickly. I also tried the new liquid lipstick line, I think they’re called Oh, Sweetie? They are very scented. Very. They actually feel quite good on the lips and look pretty. Lasting power of a regular lip gloss though and the shimmer migrates into lip lines. Pass.

Essie Tart Deco, Fishnet Stockings, Rock the Runway

Essie Tart Deco, Fishnet Stockings, Rock the Runway

I have some red/coral essie nailpolish swatches for you:

This is two coats of Fishnet Stockings plus top coat. It’s a deep red that was easy to apply and lasted with only minor chipping for five days. It was on the liquid side of polishes, though, in case you prefer them thicker.

This is two coats of Tart Deco, with top coat. I used my purple Guerlain top coat and you can tell because the combination ended up on the pnk side. Without that top coat it would look more like in the bottle. Tart Deco is one of my absolute favorite colors, it applies perfectly and looks just so happy. There are several similar colors from Essie LE’s but in the end I sprang for Tart Deco too as they are never 100% identical.

This is two coats of Rock the Runway. As you can see this is one of their gel couture line. I still think the bottles are pretty, but take up too much space in storage (probably only relevant if you own wayyy too much polish). This is a classic red leaning sliiightly pink (only noticeable if you put it next to a more yellow leaning red). I have had Essie gel polishes before, but not the matching top coat. So previously I have used my regular Essie base coat (nourish me) and no top coat (that was my no top coat phase lol) and they lasted very well, but not much longer than normal Essie polish. So this time around I researched how Essie wants us to wear these and found the following information:

  1. no base coat! (they claim the polish already includes a base)
  2. apply color
  3. use their gel couture top coat (comes in a white opaque bottle)

And so I did that. And I regret. Do NOT use without base coat! This stuff stained so hard. Also, doing it that way made it last no longer than regular nail polish. Up to two weeks of wear time? Yeah, no. Four days of wear time, then bad chipping. It might just be my nails, but base coat is a must, both to avoid stains and to help with longevity. People often ask me ‘how do you get your polish to last so long’ and I mean the obvious answer is ‘no hard labour’ but also ‘base coat’.

I will try again with base coat and the gel couture top coat and see what happens, but so far my advice is: use normal base coat if you want these to last. Top coat is optional.

Apart from that the color od Rock the Runway is very pretty and the polish applied like a dream. It has a very broad brush though, if you dislike that sort of thing. The polish alone already has more shine than regular nail polish. The gel couture top coat is also very shiny, but not more than any other high shine top coat.

MAC Prep&Prime Fix+ Pinklite

MAC Prep&Prime Fix+ Pinklite

Recently MAC released some more Prep&Prime stuff, including a body lotion in Pinklite, some mattifying stuff and Fix+ in Pinklite and Goldlite. I like having some Fix+ as a backup and chose the color Pinklite.

The liquid is colorless but has pink shimmer flowing through it. If you leave it standing it will sink down but you can shake it up again. There’s a ball in the bottle to help with that. This is why my Fix+ up there looks white – I had been shaking it. To show you the beautiful shimmer in the bottle I made a detail photograph:

See the pretty swirls? All of the white and pink here is the shimmer. So clearly this is a shake well before use kind of product. But will you look like a disco ball spraying it on your face?

Fix+ in Pinklite sprayed on my arm. It’s very subtle. I mean there is pinkish shimmer, but you can totally spray this all over and nobody will notice it’s makeup. They’ll just think you are naturally ethereal. 😉

Now the name Fix+ tends to confuse people. This is NOT the sort of setting spray that makes your makeup last longer. MAC’s description says: skin refresher/finishing mist. Not setting spray! How to tell apart refreshing spray and setting spray: when you spray them on your hand the refreshing spray will feel watery while the setting spray will be sticky (that’s what helps the maekup stay on). If the spray is mostly alcohol (often in mattifying sprays) it will evaporate quickly and feel dry afterwards. Fix+ is basically water with skin care ingredients such a cucumber extract.

So how I usually use Fix+ is that when I am done washing my face I spray this over my face for a nice refresh. This moisturizes my face very well, especially when I then put primer on top. The difference for me, especially in winter is that I get less dry skin patches which helps a lot with makeup application. That’s the skin refresher part. The finishing mist, like a finishing powder, is something you can put up after you’re done with makeup, for a luminous finish. Some like to do that with Fix+ when they look too powdery. The water helps the powder to melt into the skin. Personally I prefer to use less powder. So mostly I didn’t put Fix+ on top.

Now Pinklite and Goldlite also contain shimmer particles, so spraying them on before makeup is like putting on a shimmery primer. And when you put it on top of makeup you get that very subtle luminosity. In my opinion those two shimmery ones are the only Fix+ that are also useful to use right after makeup application. When it’s hot you can also spray it on through the day for a quick refresh which is something I do with any Fix+, but not a setting spray (too sticky).

I specifically chose Pinklite because it contrasts with my yellow undertone, to make it more visible. I have also noticed that the whole thing shows up better on darker skin, so depending on your skin tone the results may vary.

I think it’s a cute gimmick, but after I use it up I’ll probably be back to the normal Fix+. Those new Prep&Prime products should be a permanent addition, but I’m not 100% sure.

All Used Up April & May 2018

All Used Up April & May 2018

Since I didn’t get around to do April’s empties I’m combining the last two months in one post:

I used up my beloved Givenchy lipstick in LIVely Pink. This was LE, but I have similar things from Givenchy, so I would not repurchase. I liked it a lot though. It’s one of those almost colorless balms that turn pink when in contact with your skin. The metal case was absolutely beautiful but got me into trouble with a metal detector once. This must have happened to several people because upon redesign they replaced the metal parts with plastic in the newer, slimmer cases.

Piz Buin Allergy SPF 30. Again. And I have one more to use up. See, I honestly like the cream, it doesn’t irritate my skin (which sadly often happens with sun care), it smells great and applies well with minmal white cast. But I seriously hate the bottle. It’s so hard to get anything out. Will not repurchase until they change bottle design, but alas, one more to finish up (I bought back ups before I got my first bottle halfway down, which is when the trouble starts).

More Balea winter stuff: Magic Winter Shampoo: I loved this. Balea shampoos are 50% hit and 50% miss, and this one was a hit, worked well and had a nice milky smell. Would repurchase if full size existed, which as this was LE, it does not.

Then the Hand & Nagelbalsam: This was just a regular hand cream.

And the shower gel with Cinnamon & Orange scent: First I thought I was smelling cinnamon & apples. Quite lovely, but I think a full size would get boring after a while. So I liked that I had a mini that I could use up reasonably fast. Right now I am using up the last of the magic winter showergels. Still have a ban on buying more shower gels as these things just multiply on their own.

Look by Bipa nail polish remover: this was my fav remover, for it was very cheap and worked quickly. The smell was absolutely awful, but the pros outweighed that. Would have repurchased in a heartbeat – but it is discontinued. 😦

essence I love Extreme volume mascara: will not repurchase. The mascara itself was quite good. It gave volume and length with only minimal smudging. But the brush drove me nuts. It was so big and the bristles were so long that I always poked my lid, had to remove the spots on my lids and then redo my eye makeup. Naturally, this one still exists while the best essence masacara on earth (forbidden volume) was discontinued.

essence express eye makeup remover: a two phase remover that worked very quickly. It left some oily residue but that didn’t bother me. It leaked a bit which made the sticker go off, as you can see in the pic, but okay. The one thing I found slightly annoying is that this is scented. Why do I need a scented eye makeup remover? My eyes do not need to smell fresh while being cleaned of makeup. Worst case scenario, you get irritation, which luckily I didn’t get. But since it removed makeup very well I miiiight repurchase in the future. Maybe. Right now I have something else.

And this concludes my list of empties for now. 🙂

L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc

L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc

This is Mûre et Musc EdT by L’Artisan Parfumeur. It was first released in 1978, the nose is Jean Laporte. Despite being a niche scent this was and is insanely popular. You’ve probably smelled it before, even if you didn’t know it. I know that when I tried it first in a sample I immediately recognized it, even though I had never consciously smelled Mure et Musc before.

What does it smell like? It’s kind of hard to describe, though. It certainly doesn’t smell like something from the end of the seventies/early eighties, at least to me (my pefume knowledge gets a bit spotty pre-nineties). It gives the promised musc, in a clean way, not too cozy. I think modern musc concoctions tend to pair it with stuff like cashmeran etc to make it clean and cozy. This one here is more laundry detergent, but in a very good way.

Nowadays when a scent promises berries, you know you get that horribly sweet stuff. The berry portion of Mure et Musc though smells a lot more real. Not candy but the actual fruit, fresh from the woods. Because of this I would hesitate to call it a fruity scent, as nowadays you’d expect something different. I really like it though.

I think there’s also a bit of lavender in it, but my nose may deceive me here. Overall, everything gets overpowered by the musc. Luckily it’s a good musc, but you have to be in the mood for it.

Try if: you want to smell like eating blackberries after folding laundry

MAC Grand Illusion Lipcolor

MAC Grand Illusion Lipcolor

A while ago MAC had this display with new glossy lipcolors, the Grand Ilusion Lipcolors. To be honest I don’t know if they were LE or not, but even now that the display is gone you can still get them, so hopefully I’m not too late here.

Originally I got Broken Halo (silver with multichrome shimmer), and the red looking one here is Let’s Rock, which actually belongs to my sis. Let’s Rock is a lighter red (was hard to photograph) with green shimmer.

Then I got this one later on:

Ah, look at it! Rave Bunny, a light pink with blue shimmer.

Swatches of Let’s Rock and Broken Halo.

Swatch of Rave Bunny.

So in my books, these are glosses, even if MAC sorts them among the lipsticks on their site. Yes, the color is almost opaque, but the finish is still super glossy and does not dry down, which makes them glosses. They feel different from MAC’s other glosses, less sticky, more slick. They last fairly well for a gloss, too. I get like three hours of wear time which I think is great for a gloss.

They are supposed to have a cooling effect, which. You know the body can’t actually tell hot from cold, that’s just in your brain? This stuff gives off intense tingling, like from a strong mint. My lips interpret this as ‘chili’, so much that I got hungry for spicy food and ate some and I can confirm chili sauce on your lips feels not identical but very similar. So, tbh the cooling effect is basically a pain response, which can’t be too healthy for your skin. Luckily this tingling stops after about ten to fifteen minutes. I could have done without that effect.

But that’s the worst thing I can say about these, otherwise I loved them which is why I went back to get the pink one. After the tingling is done these are pretty moisturizing, combined with usable lasting power and beautiful shimmer. Broken Halo does pale down the lips considerably and gives off the finest pink shimmer. I have also worn it over matte lipsticks, which looks so good but is hard to touch up. Worn alone it’s pretty editorial and I like it that way.

Despite the green shimmer, Let’s Rock is the more wearable color between the two. Some may not even notice the shimmer is green, interpeting it as yellow gold. Let’s Rock is sparklier than the other two, which have the very finest shimmer.

And lastly, my absolute fave, Rave Bunny. It’s just so bubblegum pink and the blue shimmer is really intense (stronger in artificial light).

I can’t believe MAC actually made me like lip glosses!!! Those fiends! Luckily the majority of the other colors didn’t look good on me. The more normal colors were too dark on me, but will look stunning on deeper skin tones. Some of the lighter colors were not to my taste and some colors were too outlandish even for me. Yes I am willing to wear matte green lipstick, but green gloss is were I draw the line, apparently.

I greatly recommend Rave Bunny for pink with a twist and Let’s Rock for transparent red with a twist. Broken Halo is more for the androids and alien queens.

Now if MAC could do these without the ‘cooling’ they’d be perfect.

 

Catrice Lala Berlin Prismatic Palette

Catrice Lala Berlin Prismatic Palette

When I did my last haul one of the things I got was the three pan palette on the left here. It’s from a Catrice collection, so LE. It’s the Lala Berlin Collection, which had mostly iridescent stuff. This palette is called Prismatic Palette in C01 Prismatic Persian. It claims to be an eyeshadow palette but the size of the pans and the colors made me think of a highlighting palette. The two outer pans have an off white base color with blue shimmer and pink shimmer, the middle one has a gunmetal base color with silvery shimmer.

Swatches. Same order as in the pic above, first the blue one, then the grey one, last the pink one. The base colors on the blue and pink don’t really show up, the grey one does have a base color. So based on the first swatches I decided to use all of them as an eye color and the blue and pink as highlighters as well. The grey had too much base for me to dare put it on my cheeks.

So, when buffed out with a highlighter brush the white base color of blue and pink didn’t show up and the shimmer turned out to be quite intense. They lasted all day long, too. Thumbs up, those two are good highlighters.

For eyeshadow I used a dense brush and patted it on instead of buffing like the highlighter. To not end up looking like I was from the early 00s I paired it with MAC eyeshadow in Soba. The grey one looks pretty much like in the above swatch, but pulls a little purple? It was a surprisingly good look. For the other two I had to pack on quite a bit. That way the base color did show up and it looked a bit dusty. Tbh I prefer them as highlighters, even though it was possible to get an eye look out of them. I do have to say that I’ve tried putting most of my colored highlighters on my lids and the Lala Berlin ones lasted better than them. All shadows lasted all day on me without fallout or creasing when worn over primer. Real highlighters often only make it up to two hours.

Overall, a cute palette to experiment with, but not a must have. If this is already sold out and you really wanted that pink and blue highlighter I’d recommend Zoeva Spring Strobe palette as possible dupes.

Shopping the stash: Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator

Shopping the stash: Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator

Unrelated to this post, but I have just pulled the trigger on my first ever vault buy (you know, every color of a certain item in a box). Pterodactyl screech. But for today I decided to do some stash shopping, because believe it or not, I actually own things I haven’t even shown on this blog.

I am fairly sure this stick was part of a past Bronze Goddess Collection: Estee Lauder Pure Color All-over Illuminator. I don’t know how long ago that was though. This is a highlighting stick, which as the name implies you can use all over the face or body as desired.

Unblended swatch. It has a bronzed coral color with gold shimmer. The finish is glossy and it does not dry down. Obviously, while on other complexions this is a highlighter, on me it’s a blush.

Blended swatch. This gives a lovely hint of subtle color with shine.

I apply it directly from the stick and blend with fingers. This works best on a light base. The more coverage you got, the more likely the cream is going to lift your foundation. Also works perfectly on makeup-free skin. I prefer this for no makeup makeup looks in summer, when I’m going to sweat and get shiny anyway. With this stick I can at least pretend the shine is intentional. While the color fades a little throughout the day the shine and shimmer stay all day.

It can also be applied to lips and eyelids for a bit of shimmer (you’re not going to get opaque color) but as the product never sets, it’s going to end up in creases sooner or later. It does give a lovely freshness, though. For comparison: this on my lips is more visible than Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Beige Dore. And this stick isn’t actually meant to be a lipstick.

This is perfect for adding lightly glossy finishes without having to use the goopy stuff.

Like most Bronze Goddess items this was LE and is not available anymore, but they might bring it back one day? I’m glad I snagged it up, even though it’s really not compatible with heavy bases and powdered faces. I only ever use it in the summer (or sometimes in the winter when I’m longing for summer), so despite having it for years there is still a lot of product left.

Sleek Matte Me Rioja Red

Sleek Matte Me Rioja Red

More liquid lipstick!

After the rather unusual colors of last week, we’re back to a lipstick classic: red! This is Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red 433. I have and liked some Matte Me Metallics, but this is my first regular Matte Me.

Unlike the Matte Me Metallic, which have a mousse like texture and aren’t completely oaque, the Matte Me is a thin liquid that dries completely matte and opaque. The color of Rioja Red is a bright, fiery red.

The small applicator was easy to work with for precise edges. It dries quickly; don’t forget to smile while the lipstick is still wet to prevent later cracks. The color does not bleed at all and it didn’t crack on me either. You get the typical look of a matte liquid lipstick, but it does not look overly wrinkly and it did not feel dry either. Honestly this is probably one of the best matte ones I tried so far.

The color does not budge all day, except in the very middle of the mouth when eating. And there it wears off not too badly. It does stain everything it touches. Since it felt so good I forgot I was wearing lipstick at all and somehow dragged my fingers across my lips and then freaked out because my fingers were red…

Thumbs up, this lipstick is wonderful!

Flower by Kenzo Eau de Lumiere

Flower by Kenzo Eau de Lumiere

As you can see in ths pic from my haul post, I got several Kenzo samples. One of them is Flower by Kenzo Eau de Lumiere EdT. In fact I got so many of those samples lately that I felt I had to finally do a good testing of it.

Eau de Lumiere is one of the many flankers of Flower by Kenzo. It was released last year, 2017 and the perfumers are Alberto Morillas and Amandine Clerc-Marie. So I’m already a year behind, the newest flanker is Flower by Kenzo Red, released in 2018.

Anyway back to Lumiere. The original is a powdery floral scent. Lumiere also starts with the powder, but sweeter. After this opening you get flowers, jasmine and tbh I’m not sure what else. The jasmine is quite strong and I don’t really like it. And last, some creamy sweetness that is… incredibly boring. I’m so sorry if you like this perfume it’s not bad but so mainstream and for a Kenzo I found that disappointing.

Next.

NYX Vivid Brights Vivid Fire

NYX Vivid Brights Vivid Fire

I don’t use all that much classic liquid liner, as I have hooded eyes and that often doesn’t end well. However I had good experiences with Nyx matte liquid liner and so… clearly I had to try more?

Jepp. Red eyeliner. XD This is the Vivid Brights liner in VBL01 Vivid Fire by NYX. The packaging is the same as for the normal liquid liner, but the bottom part matches the color inside. Not shown here but the handle is the regular black.

Swatch. Like my black one this also dries matte and quickly so. This is great because hooded eyes. I can actually play around with this quite a bit and make a big wing and/or a very thick line and nothing transfers into the crease or anywhere else. This can be worn alone or you can add a thinner black line near the lashes. The red may look scary, but it actually looks very good combined with my blue eyes. The red has blue undertone, it’s actually more of a raspberry color.

While the swatch here looks pretty much exactly like the one for the black liner I found this one to be even easier to work with (maybe I’m just getting the hang of it, though). The swatch may look patchy, but on my eye lid I just… tbh I simply applied more and more until it looked even and it didn’t even bunch up or anything. Also while the black one crumbled after a while this one only crumbled when I rubbed my eye. There was no smudging. You need oil remover to get it off, but then it went very quickly – easier than black liner.

So this one gets a full stamp of approval from me.

NYX Liquid Suede in Sway

NYX Liquid Suede in Sway

Nyx has several different ranges of liquid lipsticks. This one here is from the Liquid Suede range and the color is LSCL06 Sway. I had to have it because the color is so unusual. It’s a wonderful light purple, somewhere in between pastel and neon.

The flocked applicator is rounded at the top, unlike many other liquid lipstick applicators which have a tip. It is also quite long. It was easy to use, though, and I got a good crisp line.

The smell of the product is pretty chemical. On the one hand, it’s great because there’s no added perfume at all (which can be both annoying and irritate the skin/aggravate allergies) on the other hand you’ll have to decide if that smell is too much for you. I can’t smell it anymore after application, so it’s okay for me.

Swatch. Nyx describes this as lip cream, and it’s accurate. This pic was taken several minutes after application and it’s still not totally matte. On the lips it does look mostly matte, but it’s nowhere near as matte as your usual liquid lipstick. It feels very good on the lips (there’s olive oil and avocado oil in the formula). It is possible to distribute color from the lower lip to the upper lip upon application and not mess up the result (you can’t do that with a matte liquid lipstick – it’ll look like when you touch wet nail polish). There is no cracking along the lip lines either.

Of course, this means the lipstick is NOT transfer proof AT ALL and that it wears off when eating etc. Although, when it’s only a small snack it survives nicely. Overall the wear time great, a solid six hours or more (without eating).

I seriously love this color, seeing it makes me so happy. The quality of the lipstick is also good, so this gets my stamp of approval.

Nyx has released some metallic liquid lipstick lines lately. I do hope that doesn’t mean the regular liquid suede line is cancelled. I haven’t tried any of the metallic ones yet because I didn’t see any color that spoke to me. I have however since bought another one of the liquid suedes, which I hope is just as good (haven’t worn it yet).

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Please excuse my currently very errant posting schedule. My non internet life is being stressful and my posting is always patchy during the summer months, so I cannot promise you regular posts right now but this blog has not been abandoned.

Since I am in love with my other highlighting palette from Sleek, Distorted Dreams, obviously I got myself another one instead of using the one I already have because makeup collectors/bloggers are weird like that.

Sleek offers three permanent highlighting palettes. This is the lightest one, called Solstice 032. (I turned the palette around for my photograph so the pink and the taupe are the actual top shades.) While the (LE?) Distortion palette offered five shades in two finishes (cream and powder), this one has four shades in three finishes – cream, powder and two baked powders.

The colors are taupe (cream), vanilla yellow (powder), cool pink (baked) and orange (baked). The cream shade looks dark in the pan, but the color blends out on skin. Swatches:

These are unblended and you can see already that the cream (first swatch) is not dark. The swatches go in the same order as I mentioned before: taupe cream, vanilla powder, pink baked powder and orange baked powder. All of these have silvery white shimmer. You can see that the texture of the baked powders is not as smooth as the other two.

While you can tell the colors apart in the swatch, when applied on cheeks and blended they all look the same. You get intense platinum shimmer, end of story. If that’s what you want, this is a great highlighter for little money. For me I expected some more variety, so I’m a bit disappointed. I mean the quality is great, all of these last a whole day and the shimmer is very visible. It’s just that at the end of the day I could never tell which color I had applied, so the four colors are pretty pointless imho.

My favorite is the yellow powder, because it’s actually lighter than my skin tone and so makes the most difference, also it is the smoothest powder.

Another slight annoyance is that the compact includes a brush. This is completely pointless but takes up a lot of space and the brush is not of good quality. My favorite ways of applying these are as follows: for a more subtle finish I use fingers for the cream and my Zoeva highlighter brush for the powders. For a stronger finish you can either layer cream with powder or apply the cream with a beauty blender.

Kenzo World

Kenzo World

I’ve gotten quite a few samples of this one here since it was released: Kenzo World EdP. The EdP was released in 2016. Last year they released an Intense flanker and this year the EdT. But I’m super behind the times and so I’m only now reviewing the EdP. The nose is Francis Kurkdjian.

World was mostly known for it’s unusual TV spot and the bottle design. Tbh I don’t get why you name a perfume World and then give it an eye bottle. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t put that thing on my dresser.

Anyway, let’s move on to the juice. World has only three official notes: peony, jasmine and ambroxan.

It starts off extremely sweet in a sticky variety. It smells like overdosing on gummy candy. I guess gummy perfumes have their audience. That audience is not me. It takes half an hour for that to get more quiet, but the sticky sweetness never goes away completely. Only then the ambrox has a chance to get through. To me it smells more like a cashmere-y variant of ambrox. It doesn’t have much to to with ambre gris (ambroxan is the synthetic stuff originally made to replicate ambre gris, which is that whale stuff). Overall ambrox isn’t too noticeable. In fact I believe many people may be anosmic to it, just like musc anosmia is very common. This could lead to people thinking the perfume doesn’t smell anymore and reapplying it over and over. For this reason I hope it won’t be a bestseller because while I can live with the later parts of this perfume, an overdose of the beginning is something I wouldn’t want to smell on anyone.

I’m aware my beloved Kenzo Jungle is just as obnoxious, but that’s just more up my alley. Sorry.

On the upside Kenzo made an interesting perfume by reducing the formula so much. Most perfumes have much more going on, while World is bare bones. At least Kenzo are trying to come up with new things while everyone else is busy copying LVEB.

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Synthetica

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Synthetica

Well, let’s make it a cheek week. After monday’s blush review I have a highlighter for you today: NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in the color Synthetica DCIP05. Long story short, it’s a highlighter with intense shimmer. There are several colors in this line, including a great blue/purple highlighter, but I opted for one color that was more unique to my stash (I may be one of the few people who have too many blue higlighters).

Swatch of Sythetica. It has the orange base color you see in the compact, and a beautiful and intense golden shimmer you only see when it’s applied. This is obviously meant to be a highlighter on skintones darker than mine. I use it as a blush instead as the color shows up just well enough for me. It only works if I’m going for a very strobed look, though, because guys this is some serious shimmer. When you buff it in it only gets stronger.

The color starts to fade a little around six hours of wear time, but it never disappears completely.

I’m a bit sad I didn’t notice those NYX highlighters before I already had such a big collection, because I don’t want to buy similar colors yet the NYX have such a good quality. And they don’t cost the world either. My only complaint is that they are not really duochrome. The shimmer is a single color and does not really shift. It’s just that the base color and the shimmer color are different, giving the product an iredescent feel. But I expect something more from a duochrome.