Serge Lutens Serge Noire

Serge Lutens Serge Noire

No, this is not a promo pic. This is my living room shelf. Took me only two years to realize it might be a good background.

The bottle is Serge Lutens Serge noire EdP. This is the old 50 ml bottle. The new ones look a bit different. After I took the pic I put in the sprayer, so now it looks a bit different. I like how some brands give you the option to either spray or use it as a splash bottle.

This is my first Serge Lutens. I’ve been sampling them in the store on and off, but could never decide which one to get. In the end, Serge noire won because it was the most different from what I already owned.

Serge noire was released ten years ago, in 2008. Perfumers are Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens.

I don’t know what the offical notes list is. Serge Lutens has a tendency for the sort of marketing babble I have no patience for. So here’s what I think I’m smelling:

Incense which fades out softly (the whole perfume is very long lasting with good sillage), amber and vanilla (the vanilla may be part of the amber mix). Something spicy I can’t put my finger on. Not cumin or cardamom, not pepper. Later on I get some cinnamon.

The perfume is weirdly transparent, as in it’s actually quite strong (like I said, sillage and lasting power) yet it’s not as clogging as a strong perfume can be. Maybe because it lacks any flowers. Flowers can feel suffocating.

Wearing Serge noire makes me feel competent, like I can take anything on. It’s warm, yet at the same time keeps it’s distance.

I like it a lot and that’s bad because now I don’t know if I found my one hit wonder from Serge Lutens or if I should go hunt some more old bottles…

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OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Shown here are three coats (plus top) of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape. This is an older OPI and the quality doesn’t compare to newer ones. After three coats it was still not even. The pastelly green is pretty though. I had tip wear on day three.

MAC PatrickStarr eyeshadow quads

MAC PatrickStarr eyeshadow quads

So the promo for Patrick’s second collab with MAC came out recently – and I haven’t even posted my reviews of the frst one ugh. Sorry.

Here’s my haul. This was a holiday collection in the US, but over here it came out in february. For this post I’ll concentrate on the eyeshadow quads. Hopefully I will have the lip products up next week.

So in the pic above, the upper quad is Glam AF and the one in the lower corner is Goalgetter. While both are neutral colors, the Glam AF has colors from light to dark and one warm toned and three more neutral colors, while Goalgetter is all warm tones and more in the mid range of colors. With Youtubers who reviewed this collection and Patrick himself you caould see that they always reached for both palettes in one look. I did that too, since I had both. I did do looks with only one quad each too, to see if it workes and it was possible, but the range of Goalgetter on it’s own is limited.

Alright here’s the swatches:

Now the majority of those colors are regular MAC colors. Some peeps didn’t like that, but for me it was the reason I got the quads because I’ve been wanting some of those colors forever and now I have them in a very pretty packaging. Obviously, you could just easily recreate the quads with MAC’s refill pans. In this case you’d get Embark (matte), Saddle (matte), Brule (satin), I’m into it (matte), Swiss Chocolate (matte), Amber Lights (frost) and Soft Brown (matte). Omigaud is the only color not available as single. For Omigaud (frost) subsitute All that Glitters (veluxe pearl). Done.

Qualitywise I liked the eyeshadows very much. They were pigmented and I had no problems applying or blending. The mattes were a bit dustier than the others but not unreasonably so. I remember Temptalia gave Omigaud a bad rating, but mine was great. As always I used primer for everything because nothing, absolutely nothing works on me without primer. The shimmery colors I patted on with flat eyeshadow brushes, the others I used mostly with 217 or similar brushes.

The Goalgetter quad looks very warm on me, but it may look less so on people with a deeper complexion, as my skin just brings out the orange in everything. Luckily I think orange is real good eye look.

I like both quads and wore them a lot since february. I guess the collection is not available anymore (sorry) but you may find some left overs, otherwise, like I said you can just recreate them with refills. Infact, unless you really want the design, you should do it with refills.

Jil Sander Simply Elixir

Jil Sander Simply Elixir

I loved Jil Sander’s Simply EdP and after going through several samples and still loving it years later I went to the store expecting to buy a full bottle of Simply EdP (the black bottle). Behold:

Yeah, that’s the flanker. This is Simply Jil Sander Elixir EdP. I mean I didn’t accidentally buy the flanker it just kinda happened, as they’re both quite good and this one was on sale and the other wasn’t…

Elixir was released in 2017, perfumer is Christophe Raynaud.

Compared to the original this one has more vanilla and less violet. There’s more wood and powdery iris which I don’t think I detected in the other one. As leather perfumes go this is a very gentle one. I mean I have some niche stuff and their leathers smell quite different (much harsher).The Bottega Veneta leather perfumes are also stronger on the note. Honestly this more a woodsy powdery vanilla than a leather perfume.

Overall I love it and find it very cozy. Wearing it makes me feel so good like everythings going to be alright. (My mum used to wear Jil Sander when I was smaller, so maybe that’s why…)

I like that Jil Sander keeps releasing mainstream perfume that does not smell like cotton candy. Go, Jil Sander! Going back to the original I feel like Elixir is softer and sweeter and maybe more mainstream than Simply. Simply is cooler due to the violets and some green stuff in it that Elixir does not have. They do smell similar though which is why I went home with Elixir in the end. It’s entirely possible that I pick up the other one later on as well, we’ll see.

I’d say this is a great workplace perfume if you are mindful the doseage, except in my workplace we wear all kinds of heavy stuff so I may be off base here.

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

I’m a bit of a lip liner fiend. I just like knowing that I have the right liner for my lipstick should I want one. My favorites are the regular MAC pencils.

So two of my newer liners are Nightingale and Auburn. Nightingale is a lovely berry shade and Auburn is a red with brown undertones.

Swatches of Auburn and Nightingale. Auburn is a great liner for Chili and similar shades. Nightingale goes well with shades like Rebel or Maybelline Berry Bossy.

The liners have the usual MAC liner quality. That’s really all there is to say. Believe it or not, I still have nowhere near the whole range. Although at this point I might just as well pull the trigger on the rest… We’ll see. 😉

 

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition

Hello, I am back after having a real nasty cold. Finally I feel like playing with makeup again so here we are. This is the Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition palette from BH Cosmetics. It’s the only version of the palette I know so I can’t say what the difference to the non deluxe version is. BH Cosmetics is now available in certain Austrian drugstores, they have a couple different palettes, but I think they switch them around. I swatched what they had in stores and the quality was wildly different. Like some swatch great and some really, really bad. So take caution – the quality is not the same across palettes. That’s a pity because the Carli Bybel is a winner.

This is the whole palette. It’s huge. There are three rows of eyeshadows and two rows of highlighters. The eyeshaodws come in matte, satin and shimmery finish. All the shadows are warm tones, but the first row is more pinky corally, the second is more purpley and the last more brown toned. The highlighters are a rose gold, a light bronzey gold, then a stark white, a lavender pink with blue undertone, a mid tone bronze and a deep bronze. It goes really all out on the highlighters. No matter the skin tone, no matter the look, you’ll find one that works. Overall I think this is a well thought out palette. Someone sat down and thought, what do I need to get my look and that’s how you got good matte transition and crease colors. Not all palettes have these.

Swatches! This is the first row. It goes from a peachy light matte to a peachy pink shimmer (it looks more golden in the shadow but I promise it applies with pink shimmer) to a matte orange, a pink with gold shimmer and a terracotta shimmer.

The second row starts out with a rose gold shimmer, then a purpley warm taupe (my fav, goes with any look), then a matte deeper purple (very warm toned) my second fav in the palette and my most used color, then a shimmery taupe and last a satin reddish dark purple (not too dark).

Last eyeshadow row starts with a light matte beige, very useful for blending out into the skin. Then there’s a shimmery gold, a caramel brown matte, a bronze and last a dark brown with satin finish. The last color is pretty cool toned compared to the other colors, but that helps it look great in a look. If this one were very warm too, I think it could pull too red. So I love the overall shade selection, but for my personal taste it’s a bit too much shimmer. Also while they swatch differently they looked more similar on my eyes. I feel like it was a varying base color, but the shimmer particles were ususally the same? But I got a lot of compliments wearing these shadows so I do think the shimmer made them stand out. It’s possible to make matte only looks also from this but usually you wouldn’t reach for this palette if you only wanted matte.

And last swatch, the highlighters! First lines are the top two bigger pans, the others the four pans with flower print on. All of them give an instagram worthy shine, but the first two are the most subtle. Due to the warm color they can be buffed into the skin more. The white is just plain white. This comes with a base color, so while it works on my pale skin as a highlighter, it might not work for everyone. I have also used this shade on the eyes (actually I’ve used most of the highlighters on the eyes too. Sadly they do differ from the shadows – they don’t last as well on the eyes and they don’t get that opaque when blended). The most visible shade is the lavender pink one, though, because of the blue toned shimmer. The pink base blends out more than the white one so it may be more wearable despite the blue. The last two colors are too dark for me to wear them as normal highlighters. I have worn them as cheek colors instead. The lighter bronze gives me a nice “I’ve been hiking” glow and the darker one is a regular shimmery bronzer on me.

All of the colors, both shadows and highlighters, blend out well. There is kick back when picking up color with a brush, but it’s normal amounts of kick back, not Subculture levels of kick back. When worn with primer the shadows lasted all day on me, except one day when I was sweating a lot, then they creased after eight hours. The highlighters only lasted three hours on my eyes, but then they’re not eyeshadows so that’s okay. Worn on the cheeks they lasted all day as well.

Overall this is a great palette for warm toned neutral loks with a lot of shimmer. I wish all BH Cosmetics palettes had the same quality (some did, but not all). I can recommend this one, at least.

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Happy Valentines! Let’s wear some liquid eyeliner:

This is the NYX matte liquid liner in the color MLL01 Black. The brush is a classic thin brush, no hardened foam or anything. The brush is thinner than it looks like on the pic, because there it’s loaded with product.

A common liquid liner problem for me is that I have hooded eyes and I apply the liner and then I look up into the big mirror – bam! Liner all over the place. *sob* And in real life I can’t do the Violet Chachki thing and declare the whole lid liner. So I don’t do classic liquid liner that often, eye liner pens work better for me. But I’m nothing if not stubborn with a shopping problem. Hence trying out the NYX matte liquid liner. It comes out liquid and dries down matte like liquid lipstick – and it dries down super quick! No more “augh I opened my eye!”. On the downside it dries so fast it dries on the brush while painting. So you need to dip back in several times (depending on how much you have to fuss around. If you’re good, once is enough).

Swatches! Truly matte. Even the very thick line dried quickly. You can also see it can get patchy on the edges.

The product does not claim to be waterproof, but it claims to be water resistant. Not sure what’s the difference there, except resistant is probably the more honest claim. It behaves like a waterproof item. You certainly need oil to remove it. It does not smudge, but what it does is crumble. Not like in huge pieces, but like you can see in the swatch the edges aren’t smooth, and it just gets more and more like that as time goes on. Upon removal you do get bigger crumbles.

I’m not a huge liquid liner expert, but for me this was certainly the easiest one to apply, as described above. I can actually play around and do winged liner without messing everything up, woohoo. This weighs up the bit of crumbling it does for me, but you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it for yourself.

I’m certainly tempted now to also try their other liquid liners to see if it’s a NYX thing or if it’s a matte thing that does the trick for me.

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

This is the Essence nailpolish in 01 Hello Holo from their Holo Rainbow set. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. The top sunk into the gritty polish though, as usual with heavy glitter polishes. The polish is just straight up holo as promised. I know lately it’s been a trend to complain “that’s not holo” on fake holo makeup and I’ve seen people comment that about nail polish as well, but it is holo. The colors in each particle shift through the whole rainbow = holo.

I like that the polish was thick enough that you could easily get this opaque. I also didn’t have to move the glitter around much to get an even distribution. I’ve had much worse glitter polishes from essence before. But this one gets a total approval from me. It also lasted very well, apart from the fact that there was some shrinkage. I don’t know, this often happens to me when I wear heavy glitter polish, that the polish shrinks after a few hours and leaves some of my nail free. Other than that, there was some chipping on day four.

You better have some peel off base coat, because getting that stuff off otherwise is hell. I know because atm I don’t have any peel off base and ugh. There won’t be more glitter reviews anytime soon. The sparkles are so pretty, though!

The whole Holo Rainbow stuff was introduced into the permanent range half a year ago. So, these are not LE – although with essence you never know when they discontinue stuff again so if you want them, get them soon.

MAC Viva Glam Sia

MAC Viva Glam Sia

Bet you thought today was gonna be a fragrance review. 😉 But I need some more testing time and I have a brand new red lipstick so here we go:

The newest Viva Glam ambassador is pop star Sia. This is MAC‘s Viva Glam Sia (matte).

The lipstick design is very pretty with the huge Sia written on the side. What I don’t like about the design is that the packaging is completely smooth. I dropped this lipstick several times when trying to open it in the early morning. *sob* The usual satin surface is much better imho.

Swatch. Now look at this gorgeous red. The lipstick is matte, but for MAC more on the creamy side, comparable to Urban Decay Comfort Matte finish. I don’t think it was drying on my lips, but it is january and the temperatures are sub zero, so my lips are dry anyways.

The color is straight up red with no undertones pulling yellow or pink. In certain lights it may look more pink or more yellow but it’s a true red. If you look really closely you can see there is very small red shimmer in it. This is not a shimmery lipstick but I think the shimmer helps the color along to look most vivd. Nail polishes sometimes pull the same trick.

Honestly I know red lipsticks are legion but this one looks so good. Ugh. Have some comparisons:

Viva Glam I is obviously much darker, Ruby Woo is lighter and pinker (and drier), Mrs Mia Wallace is darker and glossier. The closest match is the L’Oreal lipstick Liya’s Red, but that’s also slightly pinker. So far, Liya was my reference for a true red, but now my references will be Sia and Mrs Mia Wallace. But the best drugstore dupe I could find was Liya, which I’m not sure I think it’s still being sold? They always say it’s limited but for the last couple of years it was always in stores.

But back to Sia: I love the color. The lasting power could be a bit better though. From a matte lipstick from MAC I expect four hours of this color on my lips, but it barely lasted three. 😦 It did not leave a stain either, and it wore off on the inside of the lips completely and stayed on the outer parts, so reapplication was very necessary.

I then decided to help it out by applying lip liner. My closest lip liner was Ruby Woo. The liner is less pink than the lipstick so it worked well. Putting the lip liner all over and then the lipstick on top made it last four to five hours and I needed only little touch ups later. Maybe it’ll get less creamy with time and last better. I guess I’m simply spoiled by liquid lipsticks nowadays.

So yes, depending on if you want a true red or not, this one is certainly worth checking it out. It should be available for at least the next six months.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost

It’s snowing! Time for more ethereal glow!

This is the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in the color Soft Frost. I’ve wanted this since it came out, but many others wanted it too and so it was very often sold out. Luckily, this is a permanent item and keeps getting restocked so I finally have mine. In the pan it looks plain white, only when you tilt it just right you can see the purple shimmer.

Swatch! It’s purple alright. There’s not much of a color shift to it, it changes a little from more pink purple to more blue purple, but that’s only when you look very closely. So, there’s no duochrome quality to it. The base color does not apply as far as I can tell. On me it looks completely invisible unless the light hits in which case it looks like in this swatch. You can buff it out some to make it more subtle as well. So this should be wearable for all skintones despite looking stark white in the pan, but I only tested it on my skin of course.

The shimmer is very fine. I can see no sparkles in it. This is one of the finest highlighters I own.

On my cheeks it lasts about nine hours. Qualitywise one of the best highlighters I own and despite the fact that it’s purple it’s surprisingly wearable. The price is a bit steep though, imo. I do want to mention that Nyx has a very similar highlighter for a lot less money, the color pulls a bit more blue though.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Pearl

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Pearl

Hello, everybody. I hope you arrived well in the new year. Over here, it is being cold and snowy right now, as it should be. Matching the weather my makeup style is very glowy, very pale in color. I’m never into pastels in spring, but in january they’re my favs. Same with highlighters, I’m putting the golds back on the shelf, now it’s all white and silver. So today I’ll be reviewing my first highlighter from Becca. It’s not actually my first Becca product, that was a summery liquid blush, but my first of their famous highlighters.

The packaging has a metal top, but the rest of it is rubbery. As you can imagine, it looks new for exactly three seconds. The powder itself, this is the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in the color Pearl, is white with white/platinum shimmer. I think Becca offers the same colors in different formulas, like liquid etc.

Swatch. It looks pretty close to the pan, doesn’t it? Some highlighters have a base color and a shimmer color, and often the base color doesn’t apply, so you’re left with only the shimmer. (If you don’t know what I mean, an example of that would be the Zoeva Spring Palette which looks off white in the pan but applies only in colored shimmer.) This one, on the other hand, applies definitely with base color, so you’re going to have a white patch or stripe on your face. This is what makes the highlighter so intense and noticeable (like, seriously, guys, this is a youtube/instagram style highlighter, no subtlety to be had) but also not suited for everybody. Luckily, Becca has many shades, including darker ones. My advice would be to get a shade that goes with your skin – unless you are a blending god/goddess who can make this work on dark skin, I mean I’m not going to tell you what do.

Here you can see Pearl applied on my temple. It really is blinding and white (for reference, my skin tone in MAC is NC 15). Also, I’m sorry but I think I’m not actually wearing any makeup here other than the highlighter… I was just so eager to put it on. When I wear primer and foundation the pores look less noticable. But this is the sort of color that would show imperfections.

The wear time on this is amazing. I’m talking fourteen hours and still looking good. The product is finely milled and applies easily, if a bit strong (on purpose). The price is not exactly cheap, though. Becca has so many highlighters out, very pretty shades, but I’m not sure if I’m going to get more…

Also, right now I’m testing a palette by BH Cosmetics, the Carli Bybel Deluxe palette, which includes a white highlighter that looks veeery similar to this. It’s not as fine, though, looks a bit more glittery. However, if that’s good enough for you I thought I’d mention it, since the whole palette is cheaper than a single from Becca.

MAC Snow Ball Pigment and Glitter Kit Pink

MAC Snow Ball Pigment and Glitter Kit Pink

Happy New Year! *throws glitter*

This is a queued post, so when you’re reading this I’m probably sleeping, haha. Unless I messed up the queue and it back posts to Jan, 1st of 2017…

My year in review: I’m actually shocked I managed to keep up my posting throughout the year as I’ve been mostly sleeping and working all the time and I can barely remember the year as I’ve been tired all the time. But there are a lot of posts so my schedule worked out fine. My plans for next year are to keep up the Monday-Wednesday-Friday posting schedule. Productswise I want to pay more attention to drugstore brands because I found quite a few gems there this year and I hope they’ll keep it up. Most luxury brand releases left me unimpressed in 2017. I used to buy a lot more of those.

In 2017 I also bought wayyyy to many MAC products, like, help, I keep falling for those LEs, even though I know it’s silly. But I also gotta say they turned out to be good quality and I’m still using those items. My plans for next year is still to slow it down with the LEs and go for the regular items I’ve been wanting for a while. Let’s see how that turns out, though.

So to make this post not just boring blabber, I’ve also got a review for you! It’s the MAC Snowball Pigment and Glitter Kit in Pink. Yes, Snowball was the Holiday Collection and is already mostly sold out, however, those kits were released later on and right now this kit is still available on the MAC website and it’s even on sale. Also I think those pigment and glitter colors usually pop up again from time to time as well.

Well, the packaging this year was a dream.

And I like that the bag is in fact a lot bigger than it needed to be to hold the three minis. I think you can get about ten single shadows in there at least. The pigments included in this set were: Pigment Whisper Pink, the very lightest shade, Pigment Copper Sparkle, and Glitter Pink.

Swatches: Whisper Pink, Copper Sparkle and Pink.

All of those are loose and produce fallout and are best applied before the rest of the makeup.

Whisper Pink is very light and only barely pink. It’s really more of a shell color if you ask me. The shimmer is a light gold. In fact there is slightly bigger shimmer which is gold and smaller pink shimmer. The color is very pretty and works very well for me, although  am not sure if it works for darker skin tones. This can also be used as a highlighter as you can blend it out well and there’s no real base color.

Copper Sparkle is, well the name is what you get. The color is intense and opaque however, as you can see on my swatch, a bit crumbly at first. It’s best to put some out, then dip a brush in and then really swirl the brush around on the back of your hand before putting that onto your face, so the pigment applies smoothly. Once you do that it’s oky, but I don’t understand where the clumps come from. My full sized pigments don’t do this. I’ve right now pulled out my full sized pigments and I gotta say those are five thousand times smoother. The particles are so much smaller. Does MAC put lower grade pigments into their minis??? Or is it just the colors I have?

Pink is just loose pink glitter. This color is always available, at least in pro stores and online. As there is nothing that makes the glitter hold together or adhere anywhere it’s best used with glitter glue. Then you can just pack it on.

The pigments on the other hand can be used on their own and will – once you’re done and cleaned up the fallout – stick to where you put it. But you can also use mixing medium with the pigments to turn them into creams. The glitter though, even when you use glue there is always a piece of glitter that ends up somewhere like in your hair etc, but that’s just how loose glitter behaves.

Personally I like the colors but I think the best thing about the set is in fact the bag. 🙂 I wish the pigments were the same as the full size pigments but they’re not. As is, I don’t plan on getting more of these holiday kits in the future.

Dolce & Gabbana the one

Dolce & Gabbana the one

Happy Holidays!

For today’s Fragrance Friday I have the perfume that probably surprised me the most this year (plus a tip if you’re still searching for a present):

This is Dolce & Gabbana the one EdT. It was released this year (2017); the nose is Michel Girard. If you’re as confused as I am, yes, the one EdP was released several years ago in 2006, but apparently they never released an EdT to go with it. There are several flankers already, though.

Now, my track record with Dolce & Gabbana perfumes is not the best. Some are nice but forgettable, some have a really nasty shrill fake sandalwood in them. I would have never tried this new EdT if it hadn’t been included as a GWP.

The good news is, there is no sandalwood in the one! The bad news is – well actually I have no bad news for you because I really, truly like this perfume!

It’s a lily perfume, but without the crushing presence lilies can have. It’s not really lightweight, as the main notes are lily, ylang ylang and vanilla, but it’s not a screechy sweet mess either! I’m honestly impressed. For other notes, I get some musk in the dry down, but that’s it. I don’t decect any of the fruit it’s supposed to have. That’s a good thing in my books, as there are so many fruity florals anyway. The biggest problem in perfumery is that so many perfumes smell alike. Now, this one isn’t super original either, but it’s still a fresh breath in the LVEB sea.

It lasts for to five hours. It doesn’t seem to have a strong sillage but it could be the sort of perfume that actually lingers around without you even noticing.

Worth a try if you like a soft lily.

Sleek Matte Me Metallic liquid lipstick and Distorted Dreams Highlighter

Sleek Matte Me Metallic liquid lipstick and Distorted Dreams Highlighter

Hello and welcome to my first ever post about Sleek. This brand became available over here last year, but to be honest I looked the products over once, found nothing of interest and forgot about them. This year I started looking for metallic matte lipsticks and now here we are. (This post is not sponsored and I bought all products here myself).

… I kinda bought the whole display. I think it may have been a  summer collection or something because it has now been replaced by a Holiday/Winter looking thing, but I checked and all products made the jump into the normal display so hopefully they’re not LE and in the regular range now.

These are the highlighting palette Distorted Dreams 1030, which includes three cream highlighters and two powder highlighters, and three Matte Me Metallic liquid lipsticks, from left to right: Rusted Rose 1042, Volcanic 1043 and Roman Copper 1044.

The applicator looks like this. It is small compared to other brands and not fluffy at all. It felt kinda hard on my lips, but it was easy to get crisp lines which I find more important with a liquid lip than fluffiness.

Single swipe of all three colors, except I managed to mess up the order, sorry about that. So here we have Rusted Rose, a mauve color with frost shimmer, Roman Copper, which is straight up bronze and Volcanic, the most interesting color. It’s a duochrome shimmer shifting from pink to a weird earthy greenish grey, but the pink dominates on the lips.

You can see in the pic that a single swipe isn’t truly opaque. I have come to the realisation that metal liquid lipsticks are a lot like nail polish. They don’t always look good with one coat but you can do a second and then it’s all good. And unlike nailpolish you can add your second layer immediately. I got all colors opaque with two coats.

The Matte Me Metallic are the first metallics I have that are truly and totally matte. This dims the shimmer but that makes them properly metallic in my opinion (as opposed to simply shimmery).

They take a while to completely set, they feel sticky for about twenty minutes but they look dry sooner. The lasting power, though – for a matte liquid lipstick it’s disapointing. It lasts about four hours and wears off when eating on the inside of the lips immediately. It has the lasting power of a regular lipstick, not a liquid. On the upside, once you’re past the sticky stage they feel totally comfortable and are not drying. Compared to other liquid lipsticks, these feel more like a thin mousse.

I think these were the first three Matte Me Metallic, but Sleek has since released more colors. I actually like the ones I own and was willing to get more but all of the new colors have frost shimmer. These three offered some nice variety in color and shimmer, but I really don’t need more that are just like Rusted Rose, but with a slightly different color. Maybe I’ll check out their normal Matte Me range instead, the one without shimmer.

On to the highlighter!!!

Le swatches. The palette lists the names of shades in the back but I can’t tell which one is supposed to be which, so I’ll skip that. I swatched the two powders first, the gold and the pink and then the three creams, a peach, a blue (smallest pan in the middle) and a green that is to die for.

So, yes, cream and powder in the same palette. Lots of people dislike that and for good reason (the powder will contaminate the creams) but I wanted the palette so badly so I tried to be careful with it (with moderate success). Picking the powders up with a brush is the biggest offender here. Using fingers does not create that much flying powder and they actually apply well when using fingers as well (the powders I mean; I always apply creams with my fingers). However I have found that you’ll get the best and biggest impact when using a beauty blender. That’s how you get instagram-highlights out of these (both cream and powder).

All shades are very good, except for the lilacy pink powder, which has less base shimmer and more sparkle. They are invisible heads on (no base color) but show a strong shimmer when the light hits just so. They are among the strongest highlights I have used. While I was testing these out I have by pure chance watched a video by Manny MUA, who did a “Jeffree Star” Halloween look and offhandedly mentioned that Jeffree (famous highlighter lover)  likes Sleek highlighters best and now I can say I am not surprised.

Look at this pic I took at six am:

You may have to tilt your screen a bit, but that’s the green highlighter. A picture taken in better light because it was in the afternoon sun:

Yeah, baby. This is the blue one. It’s not like in your face blue, but it does give a very cool vibe.

The wear time of these is also very good I can still see them with the same intensity after eight hours. Most of my expensive highlighters don’t manage that. So, in conclusion I am now thoroughly in love with Sleek highlighters and I want them all.

Zoeva Rodeo Belle

Zoeva Rodeo Belle

So, Zoeva has a couple of new palettes out, and they keep adding more new palettes. Deciding which one I wanted got overwhelming so I went for an old one instead:

This is Rodeo Belle, not new and in the regular range (aka non-LE). Huzzah.

The palette design is a bit underwhelming compared to what Zoeva is putting out now, but the shade selection is nice imho. The first row is warm toned, the second one is cool toned. There is both warm and cool neutrals in there and colors. The only truly matte shade is the pink in the middle. The others are at least a bit shimmery, though some apply with no visible shimmer (basically all of the neutral colors).

On to swatches:

The swatches are done in reverse today. First is the black, which is a really good black when applied to the eye, don’t get fooled by this single finger swipe here. You can see the red shimmer on the pic, but it’s not really visible on the eye. It looks a lot more shimmery in the pan, but I like that it applies with a good base color. The black is called Deadshot.

Next color is called Day Money, a cool toned dark grey. It is very soft, but applies without fallout and  opaque. Next is Smoking Gun, a, well, gubnmetal grey shimmer. It looks pretty dark in the swatch, but due to it’s high shimmer content can look lighter when worn on the lid due to the way the light hits it. Color itself is opaque.

The green is called Hot Wind. It’s shimmery with a golden shimmer tint, it is buttery and wonderful.

The blue is called Yee Haw; it has golden shimmer, making it very pretty. Wearing blue is a bit difficult for me but the color itself is of good quality.

Now we’ve reached the upper row. The red is Bang Bang, and it’s banging! This is the best red I own, hands down. The color is so strong, but it also blends out well (there’s no point in having lots of pigment if you can’t place and blend it properly) and is absolutely one of the best colors in the palette.

Western Diva is a warm toned mid tone brown. It is very useful to have in this palette because I prefer to pair most color looks with a warm brown. I usually placed this in the crease.

The next color is Cactus Flower. I think this corally pink is sooo pretty and was one of the main reasons I bought this- And then it turned out to be the worst color in the whole palette. Eh. It’s the only matte and it shows. Getting the color to actually show up on the lid and evenly is a fight. I have to pat it on gently three times for even coverage on my lids. What a pity.

Rodeo Ready, the light brown on the other hand is a good kid and the most used color for me. It’s already showing a dent. It might depend on your skin tone how useful this color is, but for me it’s a great warm allrounder. It is so warm it pulls slightly orange, which goes well with blue eyes.

The last, but really first color is Early Sunrise. It’s a shimmery beige, darker than my skin tone, but for most this will be the highlight color. I have used it as an all over wash to even out the lid before putting the rest on. The quality is okay, but I am not sure if it really applied opaque. It’s after all more a subtle highlight than a lid color.

 

And that’s the whole palette!

tl;dr: It’s a good one if the colors happen to be colors you want, because nobody will buy it for the neutrals even if they are good. Don’t buy it for the peachy pink, though. The rest is great. Best color is the red. Palette design is meh compared to newer Zoeva offerings.

Nyx Cosmic Metals Celestial

Nyx Cosmic Metals Celestial

Hello, let’s brighten our monday with some more metallic lips, shall we?

This is a tube of Cosmic Metals by Nyx, the shade is called Celestial (CMLC13).

It has a regular flocked applicator, although it is a bit fluffier than others I think. The product is very goopy and always sticks to the end like in the picture.

Swatch. The color is a warm gold. And yes, it is a lip gloss. On the packaging they call it lip cream, but come on guys, this is a gloss. It has that typical plush glossiness you can only ever get with lip gloss. The color is opaque though and for a lip gloss it lasts surprisingly well. But it’s still a gloss, so don’t expect it to be long lasting. I get about two hours, mayyyyybe three.

Is it metallic? I say yes, of course this is a gold color with gold shimmer, so that wasn’t too hard, but most of the other shades in the cosmic metals range look metallic as well. This range also has very cool colors like blues and greens and such. They look pretty but since the lasting power isn’t that great I decided to stick to a lighter color. It’s just not a liquid lipstick (even though a SA tried to claim that, don’t listen to them) and to be honest I’m not a big gloss wearer. If I were, I would get some of the more outlandish colors, because they are super opaque and they do last longer than regular glosses. They are also very pretty.

The gloss has no discernible taste or smell, which is great. The product is goopy and feels thick on the lips and is sticky – that’s what helps to keep it on. The lips feel moisturized while wearing it and in the evening the skin doesn’t feel like it wants to pop off. If there is a rest of product still on when you take your makeup off it is best to take it off seperately with some micellar water or else you’ll smear the goop all over the place.

Verdict: try out if you like opaque glosses.

Too Faced Melted Metal Debutante

Too Faced Melted Metal Debutante

Welcome back to: Dandygal tries to review all the metal lip thingies she can get her hands on. Today it’s Too Faced with their Melted Metal liquified metallic lipstick. Too Faced also have a product called Melted Matte, but note that it doesn’t say matte anywhere in the description of the metal one.

The item looks like this, the color is Debutante.

The unused applicator. It is shaped like those gloss plastic things, but is also flocked.

With product coming out.

It’s easy to mash this stuff onto your lips, but I wouldn’t get a dark color because I’m not sure how accurately I could apply it with this thing. As is, the color does not apply completely opaque.

Lip swatch. Debutante is a light coral with lots of gold shimmer in. It is not comepletely opaque and so the red of my lips shows through, pulling it more pink.

The melted metal finish is creamy and doesn’t dry down. So I would consider this a lip cream and not really a liquid lipstick as I expect a matte finish from a liquid lipstick. The upside is it’s nowhere near as drying as a liquid lipstick and when applying you can put it on your lower lip, press your lips together to distribute product and then finish the edges. This is how I usually apply regular lipstick. But you can’t do that with real liquid lipstick at all – if you press your lips together before the product is dry you’ll end up with a mess. The melted metal is a lot easier to use here.

The downside of it not being a matte liquid lipstick is obviously the lasting power. It never dries down and gets continuously less on your lips even if you do not eat or drink. After half an hour there is about half of it left on the lips but on the upside it reduces evenly so it always looks good. I ended up allpying more every couple hours. The squeeze tube houses 12 ml of product so I won’t be running out anytime soon.

Debutante has a weird sort of taste and smell, but it’s not very strong so I got used to it. The first ingredient is castor oil, that’s where it might come from?

To the most important question: is it metal? The shimmer is very fine so yes, I would consider this one here actual metal. So in that regard, this one is a winner.

 

Other “metal” lip products I have reviewed so far:

Mac Metallics Silver Spoon and Love’s a Gamble (both shimmery and not really metallic imho)

Maybelline Pure Gold and Steel Chic (truly metallic)