Wednesday, September 21, 2016

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color in Swag

One of the many perks of being a Sephora Beauty Insider (aside from the biannual sales when everything you want is sold out) is that you get these little gwp-sized tester for every 100 points spend. You probably get three of them if you purchase 50 buckd worth of stuff straight brand's site...

While I was getting a Josie Maran sunscreen, the cashier actually offered something interesting this year: A 2ml tube of BareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Color in Swag (the name is so 2013). 
Swag (the worst name ever for a non-Bieber inspired shade) is a medium dusty rose that looks quite elegant and retro. It's lighter than my natural lip color so it appears somewhat pasty on my lips. 
The lip color is fluid and easy to spread. Once set, the finish mattifies and it starts to cling onto my lip lined. To me, it's not uncomfortable to wear and doesn't suck up all the moisture. Then again, if that's how it looks on a perfectly warm and humid day, it's probably turning into lip line galore during winter. 

Well, I do like the color and the formula isn't bad. 2ml is all I need though.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coffret D'Or Premium Stay Rouge in Blossom and Berry Pink

It's all Dalenna's fault. She has been raving about and hoarding these Coffret D'Or Premium Stay Rouge for quite some time already, I held my head high because I am usually very particular about my lipstick (packaging) and wasn't a big fan of the golden metal-plastic tubes. Anyway, I finally decided to jump in since I generally like Kanebo lipsticks.

For Summer 2016 - Coffret D'Or Releases 8 new shades of Premium Stay Rouge. Four of them are scented and came with these cute limited edition pink tubes! I would totally cave just for the packaging. These are light-weight but not necessarily flimsy. Admittedly, the pricier Lunasol (actual metal) and Jill Stuart (brushed metal on plastic) are both more resistant to scratches than these. I guess that's why I don't mind paying a few extra bucks for those brand either.

The interior of the lipstick casing and the bullet are more or less the same as Lunasol and Suqqu. Actually, I thought quality-wise, the Premium Stay Rouge is on the same level as the two Suqqu Creamy Glow Moist I own (both feel like lipstick in the 25-28 dollar range). Maybe the ones I didn't try are amazing and actually worth the 5400 yen they charge?

Beside the pink tubes, these are all scented (I don't know how to describe since they are both non-plastic kind of synthetic). Both are kind of fruity floral that you find in those colorful fruit candy or jelly. PK-305 (on the right) smells slightly crisper. They are not very in-your-face and can only be sniffed during application.

The two color I picked up are PK-304 Blossom Pink and PK-305 Berry Pink
Blossom Pink is a light (not really pasty) blue pink with very soft shimmer that can't be felt.
Blossom Pink turns into a milky blue pink that I (don't know why the heck I got it) rarely buy and wear. Normally I find this kind of color garish (OK, it is and totally makes me look baked) but I will forgive it since it smells delicious, applies very smoothly, evenly and it's comfortable enough to be a lip balm. With my cooler winter coloring this might become a little easier to handle or maybe I should just branch out and learn to appreciate dolly pinks.

PK-305 Berry Pink, in the other hand, is love in a tube. It's a sheer blue red (looks reddish pink on) without shimmer at first. Once the lipstick is worn for a few time and has its top melted off a little, you can see the very tiny clear flake-like blue fuchsia sparkles. The presence of those sparkle only adds on the gloss and dimension without screaming glitter mouth.
PK-305 also has a juicier and gel-like glide compared to PK-304 (which has a slightly creamier drag). The color stays on for two hours at least and gradually dries into a softer stain. It feels balmy even after the initial hydration wears out.

I wanted a back up but I had to remind myself I tend to collect too many sheer red. Anyway, it's a great pink-red tint and the sheer formula is much better than the thinner YSL Rouge Volupte Sheer Candy, about on par with Lipstick Queen (the color is just so much more exciting). 

Anyway, I do love them (not so much for the pale pink) and cannot wait to get their Fall 2016 limited colors (limited edition tubes as well). 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Lip Color - Halloween Limited Edition

Spotted at Duane Reade -  Limited Edition Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Lip Colors
Ghost Town, Witchy Night, Twisted Tangerine, Bloody Beautiful, Vampy Vixen (already sold out)

Enchanted Goddess, Fantasy Fairy and Zombie Queen. I am not usually a fan of matte and bright but these look kind of wearable? I need to pick up the orange just to have some play time with them.

Covergirl Be Scary Gorgeous and Fantasy Maker Halloween Makeup

Spotted at Rite Aid - Covergirl Halloween Display (with permanent items) - This one is called Katy Scary (ehhhh)
Sugar Skull
Fantasy Maker Color Blast Mascara. I kind of want to try the hot pink and blue mascara. I wonder if that participates in Wet n Wild sales...
Body Tattoo and glittery eyeliner that came out every year (made me wonder if they are the same stock)
Stencil Kits for face painting
Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trent Matters Collection is on clearance. Maybe I should pick one up.
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