Sunday, 20 November 2016

Clinique - Pop lipstick in Fab Pop

I was so excited about this colour when I first clocked eyes with it. I happily swatched it on the back of my hand and watched the nude pink stick trace its shade against my skin. The colour reflecting back was the same as the outer packaging, so enthusiastically I bought it!

The colour that the mirror reflects back when on my lips seems to be completely different. 
Instead of it being this gorgeous, rosy pink that's perfect for everyday and would go beautifully against my fair skin, all I see if a harsh pale pink that edges more towards 1970's light fuchsia than modern, playful, dusky pink.

I'm not happy, which is a shame because the texture of Clinique's Pop range is exactly what I need right now - rich colour that's moisturising and long lasting.

Perhaps it's just my particular lip or skin tone that makes the undertones of this look so blue, but either way, for the first time I'm disappointed with Clinique.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: creamy, some shine

Overall Rating: 1/5 - sorry, the colour was not what I expected

You'll like this if: you like exceptionally blue light pink lipsticks

Avoid: if you expect the colour from the packaging

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Nars - Audacious lipstick in Barbara

I genuinely thought I was finally done with the nude lipsticks of the Nars Audacious range. After all, I have so many, and to be honest, once you find your ideal nude (for me it's always the ones with a pinky twist), why even bother getting something else?

But actually, just like we defend the amount of red lipsticks you could need, I'd say the same now applied to nudes. Because even though I know soft, cool pinky nudes suit me best, I don't particularly want to only rock one shade. Sometimes you want more of a honey toned nude, or a peachy number, or even something more of a muted beige! We may be late to the party of defending our nudes, but the time has come for all of us to embrace our collection, even if it's tough for even us to distinguish between shades.

I digress, but my point is that my Nars Audacious escapades have led me to another favourite nude - Barbara. One that I wouldn't normally opt for.

Barbara is a soft, peach toned nude. Although pale, it sits somewhere between hot and cold so it will suit most skin tones. It's really beautiful, and just like the rest of the Audacious range, Barbara is a soft semi-matte, but the texture is luxurious and creamy. 

One of my current faves!

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: semi-matte, soft and creamy

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want to enrich your Nude lipstick collection

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Nars - Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

When I first saw this Nars range advertised, I was a little disappointed. It came across as if it would be another velvet lip style, matte liquid lipstick. One of those that have been done and re-done so many times, I'm completely over it.

But, I was wrong. I swatched a few colours in Space NK on the back of my hand and was surprised to find that even after a few minutes, the texture still stayed soft, moisturising and malleable. 
And that sealed the deal! Without even thinking, I chose Bound and headed to pay.

I haven't looked back since. I may still be a lipstick girl at heart, but this little lip gloss has won me over. So much so that I haven't stopped wearing it this weekend, which for me is a massive deal. I usually swap lipsticks every three hours!

Bound is a gorgeous dusky pink. It actually looks darker when you swatch it on the back of your hand than it does on your lips, so this can easily be passed as a nude. It has beautiful, cool pink undertones which invigorate the natural shade of your lips. 

What I found even more amazing is that despite it having a very creamy, gloss-like texture, this Velvet Lip Glide lasted a long time (two cups of coffee and a bottomless brunch!) 

It must be a big deal for it to turn my head away from the Audacious range, and I strongly endurance you investing in this if you prefer softer lip glosses.

Colour Intensity: low to medium

Finish: gloss

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want to embrace anti-matte lipsticks again

Perfect for: every occasion! 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Burberry in Primrose Hill Pink No.30

If you were a teenager in the mid-naughties, you may not have the best memories when people say "Burberry"! It's really sad, but it took me a really long time to disassociate this British, heritage brand with... chavs.

If you don't know what chavs are, google it. It really is a sight to see firsthand, and once upon a time, this resourceful segment of the British population donned Burberry. Ok, so it may not have been actual Burberry, but the pattern was all over the place - socks, inner lining of baseball caps, outer lining of baseball caps, scarves, gloves, trainers... you name it, they had it on there! I hate to say it, but due to this, I grew up thinking that Burberry is some cheap brand that I shouldn't be associated with. I'm so glad I was wrong.

Roll on a few years and thankfully chavs of Britain have now moved on since 2005 and Burberry has been freed for anyone to wear proudly. And I couldn't be more proud to show you one of my favourite lipsticks of all time - Burberry's Primrose Hill Pink.

Glossed with tons of moisture, this seductive petal pink is perfect to wear everyday. The colour can suit anyone because it has the right combination of blue and yellow tones. It's a bright, yet muted colour that I think will be popular with most of you.

The texture itself is very traditional - it's moisturising and creamy which I absolutely love, a true soft, satin finish that will leave you wanting to try more.

The lipstick packaging is also worth it - it has that really heavy, magnetic lid that makes it feel just that little bit worth the extra money.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: some gloss, light but creamy

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you're a Burberry fan and want a basic pink

Avoid if: you still haven't received from the chav/Burberry outbreak of the mid-naughties...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Nars - Audacious lipstick in Angela

The Nars Audacious lipstick range is holding the test of time. Even though it launched a few years ago, the novelty hasn't yet worn off. This was definitely not a fad range that would soon be so last year - the Audacious lipstick are clearly built to last and I'm still happily making my way through the collection.

My latest addition is Angela. Mixed in a beautiful blend of cool pinks and violets, Angela is a statement lipstick. It reminds me of 80s glamour - all you need is volumous ringlets, some shoulder pads and a little pencil skirt to channel Whitney Houston circa 1984.

The colour is created to last - the Audacious range is a semi-matte formula. It contains the creaminess of a traditional lipstick without the shine. It's incredibly comfortable to wear, lasts a really long time and makes your lips feel truly fabulous.

If you're truly going to dedicate yourself to one lipstick range, make it this one.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: semi-matte 

Overall Rating: 3/5 - the colour isn't quite right for me

You'll like this if: you want a bright, cool toned pinky purple

Perfect for: parties! This is an ideal dress-up shade. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

MAC - Lustre lipstick in Where No Man Has Gone Before

When I have mentioned the name of this lipstick to people, they seem to automatically go into two groups. Group 1 are the ones who take it at face value and consider the name to be something to do with the unknown, adventures and galaxies far, far away. 

The second group have a vastly different opinion. For some reason they automatically see the name as suitable to a woman who is hard to get. To be honest, I'm sceptical about this latter group so I'm sticking with group 1 - Where No Man Has Gone Before is a stunning, unique colour that is very difficult to find.

I'm not sure if it's just vey much within my attention, but I feel like metallic, glimmering lipsticks are absolutely everywhere! This particular one is a blend of peachy pinkness with a sheen of pearly gold. It really is beautiful when you apply it. On my lips, the pink tones seem to outshine the peach, so it feels cooler, but it's the pearlescent finish that adds the special effect. As you move in the light, the colour changes, giving it a futuristic holographic effect.

I adore this Star Trek inspired colour - I'm just very sad that it's limited edition.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: Lustre -  high shine, moisturising, pearly effect

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you're inspired by sci-fi chic! 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

MAC - Lustre lipstick in Sophisto

For years now, I have avoided wearing anything too glitzy for longer than the moment it takes me to review it in this blog. I'm a very girly girl, but when it comes to lipsticks, I've always found that anything too shimmery makes your lips look thinner and your overall look less sophisticated. 

As you may have guessed with the Star Trek Kling-It-On lipstick I reviewed a few days ago, the time has come where I am fully embracing all that glitters. 

MAC's Sophisto is a funky mixed breed of a plum and brown shade, enhanced with a dollop of shimmering, iridescent gold. It's not overpowering - in fact, it's a very wearable everyday colour, which instantly adds on marks for me.

Sophisto is part of the Lustre family, so as well as lots of gloss, you will find more of a sheer finish and the colour isn't as intense as you may anticipate. This is perfect or those of you looking for something more casual and day to day, but that's still just as glamorous.

Colour Intensity: low to medium

Finish: Lustre - high shine, sheer finish, moisturising

Overall Rating: 3/5

You'll like this if: you want a subtle but glamorous lipstick

Lipstick Queen in Bright Natural Sinner

I'm posting this very late, because Lipstick Queen's Bright Natural Sinner was my summer go-to lipstick. If you have a neutral to cool complexion and are looking for a nude lipstick that really knows how to pull a punch, this one is for you. 

If you're a fan of Anna from the Nars Audacious range, this colour is incredibly similar. It's a beautiful blend of rich rosyness, a dose of camel and a pinch of plum. 

The Sinner range means that you do not skip on colour - packing 90% pigment, you only need one swift glide to get a whole lotta colour. 

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: creamy, rich colour

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you have a cool to neutral skin tone and want a richer nude than normal 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Charlotte Tilbury - Hot Lips lipstick in Hot Emily

To say that Charlotte Tilbury intrigues me is a huge understatement! I'm obsessed with her attitude, creativity, product range and celeb address book! So, when the Hot Lips range made its first appearance, I was quick to join the many many people buying these celebrity inspired lipsticks.

This particular colour is inspired by the beautiful Emily Ratajkowski and is an enriched orange coral. Although more of a Summer shade than one to wear in the Winter, Hot Emily is a richly creamy formula that is ideal for those looking for that traditional lipstick feel.

If you're a fan of warm, daring shades, Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Emily is definitely for you. If, like me, you're not always ready to embrace the darker, matte shades that undoubtedly come with Autumn, then cling on to the warmth of Summer a little longer. It's bright, vibrant and fun - just like its namesake.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy, some shine, very moisturising

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a beautiful, vibrant colour inspired by a celeb

Avoid if: you don't like overly creamy textures. This can also come across a little bit neon, so if you don't want too much intensity, opt for something else.

Friday, 4 November 2016

MAC - Frost lipstick in Kling-it-On

If you thought that Star Trek was restricted purely for Comicon, geek conventions and The Big Bang Theory, then you might need to think again, because MAC's Kling-it-on is out of this world!

Amongst the iridescent colours that are full of vivacious life, lies this stunning lipstick that has enough glitter to rival the Mily Way. The name alone is surely enough for you to get your geek chic on, but once you try the truly unique colour, you will be fully channeling the life within the SS Enterprise. 

I chose to wear this on Halloween, because despite the number of deep Berry shades and pure blacks,  Kling-It-On actually offers beautiful glamour. The gorgeous black shade is overpowered by a mix of purple, gold and even green shimming flecks, giving your lips a stunning holographic effect. 

The Frost finish is a light texture with a full dose of sparkles, but who doesn't want that this season? The colour is buildable and although doesn't last as long as you want, is very fun to re-apply. 

So, this Autumn and Winter, instead of opting for your mainstream wines, berries and deep plums, why not give this glittery lipstick a try. 

Colour Intensity: high

Texture: high gloss, glittery

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you're bold and daring 

Perfect for: Winter, Halloween

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