[Local] La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette: Review and Swatches

While tooling around in the traditional market for the Purbasari lipstick, this little gem of a travel palette by local brand La Tulipe caught my eyes: Asian Beauty Travel Palette (normally Rp165,000 ~ US$12 but was on 15% discount). It was one of two La Tulipe travel palettes that I was shown, but I bought this one since I prefer its  color combination and cover illustration.

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Inside the La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette

The first row in the palette has four eyeshadows which are unnamed: #1 shimmery orange-y copper; #2 shimmery light pink; #3 a satiny matte dark brown (more on this below); and #4 golden cream. The second row is occupied by a face powder (suitable for someone NC 25-30, and described as a two-way cake though I haven’t tried it wet yet), a shimmery and slightly bronze-y peach blush , and two lip colors (a shimmery almost translucent orange, and a matte peachy pink).

Now, the dark brown is relatively matte, but with a very slight sheen. That’s why I mentioned it as a satin-y matte. In a jam, this will also work as brow color, if you use sparingly and just to fill in the gaps. It is not too red, so that’s a plus, but if you try to shape with it – where some color show on skin rather than amongst brow hair – the shine will show through more.

The palette is made of cardboard,  10.5 cm width x 14.5 cm length x 1.5cm deep (comparable to a conventional postcard). It comes with a plastic separator and a good-sized mirror. Two mini brushes are included, which were useless and I’ve thrown away.

The pros: cheap; the colors relatively pigmented and neutral for Asian skin coloring; shimmery but still office-appropriate; the powders soft, buttery and blend easily; the lip colors not drying; the individual pans not too small; and the packaging classy.

The cons: the eyeshadows will need a primer to be longer-lasting; all the powder products heavily fragranced; and some people may find the color combination old-fashioned.

Edit: I’ve had a chance to use the face powder wet, and results are not good. There is some coverage, but the buffing takes time, oil control is poor, and the finish is very coarse. This is best as a setting powder in a thin layer.

Bottom line: I think this is probably the best travel palette I’ve ever seen from a local brand. It’s a classy palette that you won’t be embarrassed whipping out in front of co-workers or in the airport lounge. Recommended!

Backside of the La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette (click to enlarge)
Backside of the La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette (click to enlarge)
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Swatches of all contents, La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette
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Wearing #1 (left) and #2 lip colors, the face powder and blush (over MAC BB Cream), La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette
Face powder and eyeshadows, La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette
Face powder and eyeshadows, La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette

Review and Swatches: Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks

Too Faced Melted Kisses Sweet Cheeks (3)The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks and Love Flush Long Lasting 16-hour Blushes have been getting good reviews online. At US$21 and US$26 they are expensive for me, so I waited patiently until a travel set come around. It recently did, and at $36 for the set ($6 per item) it is very good value. This limited edition set is packaged for gifting, with individual boxes for each sub-set of coordinated blush and lipstick, so that might be an added convenience if you are giving these away.

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Packaging of the Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks Holiday 2015 set

There are 3 sub-sets of coordinated blush and lipstick: a peachy pink blush with a beige lipstick; a pink blush with a soft warm pink lipstick; and a maroon blush with a berry lip color. All the colors are in the permanent line, so you could get full sizes of these if you like them enough.

I really like all three blush colors in this set; they are easy to use and blend, relatively opaque, and have very good lasting power (at least 6 hours before fading, on my oily skin). Tarte’s 12-hour blushes still outperform these in the lasting power, but these are still very good. The pan is tiny – below I’ve given size comparisons – therefore very convenient to take with you daily for touch-ups, or to take during your travels.

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Comparison of Too Faced Sweet Cheeks blush pans with other blush brands

The lipsticks I really, really like, especially the colors Peony and Fig – I might need to get full sizes of these! Nude, the beige brown lip color, is just not for me as it washes me out, but the quality is as good as the other two. I like the applicator (a squeeze tube with a sponge applicator attached), the texture, and the lasting power of these lipsticks. There is a noticeable scent, but it doesn’t bother me.

Bottom line, this is a beautiful, useful and fun set that I have no regret purchasing, and would recommend to anyone.

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