Review and Swatches: ColourPop Lippie Stix “I Heart This” (and a Comparison with 10 other Red-Based Fuchsia Lipsticks)

ColourPop Lippie Stix 'I Heart This Lippie'ColourPop has been creating so much buzz that as a card-carrying (or rather, product-hoarding) makeup aficionado, it’s getting embarrassing not to have tried something of theirs. So, when the chance to snap up a lightly-used ColourPop Lippie Stix came up (retail US$5), snapped I did.

Colourpop lippie stix‘I Heart This’ (not to be confused with the ColourPop eyeshadow with the same name) is described as a ‘red based fuchsia in a matte finish.’ Red-based fuchsias make up about a third of my lip stash, and most times when new to a brand and buying sight unseen, this is the color I get (and thus, the comparison galore with what I thought were similar ones).

This lipstick does not disappoint. It is opaque with one swipe, very comfortable on the lips, long-lasting, and the pen-like format is really nice for precise applications. One drawback for me is that it’s slightly drying after a full day non-stop wear.

Bottom line though, I like this lipstick, and thinking of trying out another color, perhaps a mauve-y beige that is my natural lip color. My collection is missing a long-lasting, nude matte color.

Compared with other red-based fuchsias in my stash

Compared with other red-based fuchsias in my stash, under direct natural lighting/sunlight (click to enlarge)

The same line up as above, but in indirect lighting

The same line up as above, but in indirect lighting

 

 

 

 

Review and Swatches: Chanel Mediterranée Nail Polish

Chanel Mediterranee (2)When I first saw the Chanel Mediterranée nail polish online (summer 2015 collection), I headed straight to Michelle’s blog (aka the nail polish library) to check if she thinks there are dupes -  similar colors in non-Chanel price would be awesome. She did not, and I perfunctorily ordered one. Love blues, and this one looks like a stand out, therefore prone to quickly disappear from counters.

And ta-da! Here it is. It’s a wonderful blue indeed, not too bright and in low light there is a dusty quality to it. The closest similar thing I have in my arsenal is OPI’s Suzi says Fengshui.

The formula of my bottle is a bit thick, but nothing that a few drops of Seche Restore can’t help. I did two coats here, but in a jam, one coat should be fine. I’ve had mine on for 6 days and there is very, very minor chipping.

Now, it seems that I love this BUT in truth I am on the fence. It’s a bit off with my skin tone, especially on toes. The dusty quality that makes it unique seems to be working against me. I’ll play with it a bit before deciding whether I’m keeping it since the color is indeed quite unique.

Chanel Mediterranee (3)

Chanel Mediterranée OPI Suzi says Fengshui

[Music] Time for Three

I’ve been drowned in work last week, topped with some travel. I always enjoy them – there’s something new to be learned each time. This time, my most memorable souvenir is discovering Time for Three band, courtesy of the Garuda inflight entertainment system. I can’t believe I’ve just discovered them now, given that violins are my favorite musical instrument, and I’m crazy about classical – pop crossovers. Anyway, better late than never, and I’ve had them on non-stop for a few days now.

Check their cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’. I’m also loving their new album, featuring collaborations with singers.

Round-up: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Nude-ist Ole Flaming Happy Nude Year

I didn’t like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks that I got, but somehow kept buying them because they’re often on sale on Asos, and I was a bit perplexed at the hype they were getting. The latest one I tried was Ole Flamingo. Now, I’m pretty glad I persisted, because Ole Flamingo is actually pretty decent. Very good lasting power, and opaque in one swipe. However, I have got a few lipsticks in this color already, so decided to let this go as well.

I also got Happy Nude Year, but it was an unhealthy beige color. Meh. I even forgot to take a picture wearing it. Here’s a round up of all the colors I tried. I’m eyeing the Aqua version of this lipstick – from what I see online, the colors are fresh and lively.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets updated

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

bourjois 123 cc creamI’ve waxed lyrical about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in a previous post. It really is a versatile thing. The picture above shows this multitasking miracle in action, providing believable coverage and a finished professional look with a dusting of my current favorite loose powder, Guerlain’s Les Voilettes loose powder. It’s a current favorite day-to-day look that’s very quick to do; I use the shade Rose Beige.

Music for the Long Weekend: Mithoon Sharma on MTV Unplugged India

We’re in the midst of an almost unheard-of 4 day weekend. I’m quite happy slaving away on work though – actually looking forward to it. MTV Unplugged India is keeping me company, and I particularly love this set of music by Mithoon Sharma – a very talented Indian singer and composer. If you love acoustics with strings, you’ll love this set.

 

Review and Swatches: Tinted Moisturizers Alphabet Soup

Tinted moisturizer alphabet soup

They are tinted moisturizers. Period. BB cream, CC cream, ZZ cream… those are marketing rather than functional categories, for me. Over 15 years nothing has convinced me otherwise, so there.

My initial bout with BB creams weren’t a success, mostly they were ashy and gave too much glow. In the last couple of years, a few have wowed me: Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion, Kate BB gel cream, and Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. They’re swatched below.

BB and CC creams

Rohto Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion was the first finding amongst the trio, based reviews of Keto (who sadly has ceased blogging). Although she didn’t like this too much, it sounded like something I would like and the shade match seems good. It’s not until a few years later that I was able to find this item – in slightly used condition so the price was also right. Verdict? I really like this. It is lightweight yet provides sufficient coverage, which can be taken up to medium. The finish is very nice, especially atop moisturizers. The sun protection is a great bonus. The shade is spot on (I aim for MAC NC25).

Kate BB Gel Cream was bought on a whim when I saw this in a store in Manila, and was able to swatch it in person. There’s been a mini hype of this product, and so it went to my cart. Verdict? The shade OC-D is great, but the finish is too dewy for me. It is also thicker and provides higher coverage at one layer. I’ve let this go, but for those looking for a dewy finish and is around NC25 with strongly yellow tones in their skin, this might be worth a try.

bourjois cc cream rose beige

Using Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Rose Beige

Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream in shade Rose Beige was acquired late last year, and it’s the best of all the above. On its own, this shade is a bit too apricot-y for me, in a good way. It gives that peaches-and-cream kind of complexion which is slightly unnerving given one’s age. Ehem. What’s amazing with this CC cream is that it’s such a great addition to my other foundations which are mostly slightly too red. This CC cream evens out everything, making my already HG foundations even better! How about that. This is a must have for me, and I hope Bourjois does not discontinue this – I am hopeful as this brand is quite good about keeping their line up for longer.