Monday, 29 June 2015

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

I'm digging deep into MAC collections past for today's post, featuring Strapless lipstick from the 2006 Formal Black collection. Formal Black was a holiday collection featuring eyeshadow and lipstick palettes, brush sets and lip bags. Strapless came from one of the lip bags, a trio of lip colours (Enchantress lipglass and Ramblin Rose lipstick were the other shades included) in a pretty satin black bag. I stumbled across it in a bulk lot on Trade Me.

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

The packaging for this set is like the predecessor to last year's glittery Heirloom Mix tubes (see more here), glossy black with sparse pieces of silver glitter. They're almost too sparse, looking more like dust than decor at times, but it's still a nice spin on the traditional packaging.

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Formal Black - Strapless Lipstick Swatches & Review

Strapless is rather deceptive in the tube, appearing as a rose tinted bronze shimmer. Applied, it's actually a sheer, muted plum with heavy gold shimmer. Swatches of this lipstick are very hard to find online so I was quite surprised at how Strapless ended up looking on me, but I like it. The flush of plum gives a lovely stained effect. Colour pay off is mostly even and not very buildable. 
Strapless wore for three and a half hours on me and was minimally drying toward the end of wear. After most of the colour had faded, plenty of gold shimmer remained on the lips.



What I liked:
  • Sheer, even colour
  • All shades apply very smoothly 
  • No feathering or migration
What I didn't like:
  • Minimally drying
Start your hunt here:

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Collection Work the Colour Nail Polish Swatches & Review - New Shades!

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Collection Cosmetics have recently added five new shades to their Work the Colour nail polish range! These budget friendly beauties retail for just $6.39NZD at Countdown supermarkets, so they're pretty much groceries ;)

Collection Work the Colour Nail Polish Swatches & Review - New Shades!

Collection nail polishes are 8ml, so a little over half your average polish size (15ml). For the most part, these shades have lovely opacity, but the brush lets them down a bit, particularly on the pastels. The bristles on the brush are very stiff so they tend to leave grooves in the polish as you are applying and it's not a very self levelling formula - Babydoll Pink suffered the most from this. Those factors combined with my rampant nail ridges means that a good base and top coat are necessary to even things out, although frankly you should be using those anyway! Otherwise, the consistency was fine, with only Lilac Daze being on the runny side.

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Babydoll Pink

Collection Work the Colour Babydoll Pink Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection - Babydoll Pink, 4 coats

A pastel, slightly chalky pale pink creme.

Collection Work the Colour Babydoll Pink Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection Work the Colour Babydoll Pink Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Deep Blue Sea

Collection Work the Colour Deep Blue Sea Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection - Deep Blue Sea, 3 coats

An inky navy blue jelly.

Collection Work the Colour Deep Blue Sea Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection Work the Colour Deep Blue Sea Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Fool's Gold

Collection Work the Colour Fool's Gold Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection - Fool's Gold, 3 coats

A frosted pale gold, made a bit more interesting by the translucent pink base (only visible on the first coat)

Collection Work the Colour Fool's Gold Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection Work the Colour Fool's Gold Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Lilac Daze

Collection Work the Colour Lilac Daze Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection - Lilac Daze, 3 coats

A classic pale purple creme.

Collection Work the Colour Lilac Daze Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection Work the Colour Lilac Daze Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Baby Blue

Collection Work the Colour Baby Blue Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection - Baby Blue, 3 coats

A light periwinkle creme.

Collection Work the Colour Baby Blue Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection Work the Colour Baby Blue Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Collection nail polishes are available for $6.39NZD exclusively at Countdown supermarkets nationwide and online.

Have you tried any of Collection's nail polishes?

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Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Estee Lauder have some gorgeous new additions to their eyeshadow lineup launching in August! The Pure Color Envy Defining Singles and Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks, both pictured below, arrive on Estee Lauders counters in New Zealand and the UK at the beginning of August. Those who love a quick wash or smudge of colour will want to check out the Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks, which comes in eight shades. I have Pink Charcoal to show you today.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles - Cheeky Pink and Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles - Cheeky Pink and Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

The Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick is a chubby pencil coloured to match the eyeshadow shade (love when brands do this!). It has a pop on cap which stays firmly in place - no errant caps coming loose in your makeup bag - and needs to be sharpened, so there is some inevitable product wastage. For reference it fits perfectly in the larger side of my Revlon duo sharpener. 

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs, left to right: one pass, built up and sheered out

Pink Charcoal is a dusty mauve with gold shimmer. If we can rewind to 2007 for a second, the texture and application of the Smoky Powder Shadow Stick feels very similar to the limited edition Revlon Bedroom Eyes Powder Liners released back then (am I dating myself? Heehee), just more compacted in the pencil form rather than loose. It's a bit of a thrill swatching a pencil liner and getting a powder rather than the gel or waxy formulas we're used to seeing in this format. 

The texture is a little dry, but it doesn't pull or tug at the skin - I find using a sketching rather than dragging motion gives the best results. On my lower lashline, as I have worn Pink Charcoal in the makeup look at the bottom of the post, I simply sketch along beneath the lashes and use a flat brush to diffuse the edges, while on my lids I do a quick scribble all over and then gently blend it out with a blending brush or a finger. Fabulous as a wash of sheer, shimmery colour and subtle enough that you can easily skip a definer shade.

Colour pay off is, as I mentioned sheer, but it's even. You're not going to get a bold smokey eye with this colour, more of an ethereal veil, which is fine by me. The rest of the range includes a mixture of shades and textures (including mattes and satins) so if sheer sparkle isn't your jam you may still like to check the rest of the range out. 

Speaking of sparkle, if glittery fall out and migration is a dealbreaker for you, Pink Charcoal really isn't for you. I had gold shimmer all over my undereye area within a few hours of application. The colour was also very prone to fading on my lower lashline, where I hadn't used primer, but less so on my lids, where I had primed. You may want to go one further and use a sticky base, like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy to really hang onto the shimmer and prevent it from going everywhere.

All in all, a 'nice to have' formula, depending on your preferred eye makeup look or style. I'm not blown away by Pink Charcoal but I don't dislike it either. I want to check out Slow Burn (shimmery bronze) and Scorched Gold (light-toned shimmery gold) on counter come August because they are colours I'd use often, plus I'd like to see how the more opaque colours fare. Here's the full colour line up:

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review
SEA SMOKE – muted aqua blue with a shimmer finish
CHARRED PLUM – plum, with a hint of brown with a satin finish
SCORCHED GOLD – light-toned gold with a shimmer finish
INDIGO SMOKE – deep navy blue with a satin finish
PINK CHARCOAL – rosy mauve with a shimmer finish
COOL ASH – smoky gray with gold flecks and a shimmer finish
SLOW BURN – shimmery bronze with a shimmer finish
BURNT BLACK – sultry, black with a matte finish

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Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick - Pink Charcoal Swatches & Review

A FOTD with Pink Charcoal

What I liked:
  • Easy to apply and smudge out with fingers or brushes
  • Shimmery, even colour
What I didn't like:
  • The shimmer migrates a lot
  • Colour is prone to fading
Where to buy:
  • Estee Lauder makeup counters nationwide from beginning of August. Find your nearest counter here.


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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Budget friendly highlighters can be hard to find, but this little number from Essence makes the quest well worth it. Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder comes from the limited edition Ticket to Paradise collection which has been floating around New Zealand shelves for a while now - although I haven't been to my closest Essence stand to check that it's still there in the past month or so.

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Confession: I totally bought this because I cannot resist powders with gorgeous embossed designs like this. Well, not when they won't dent my wallet! I believe Tropical Heat was $6.19 or $6.39NZD - incredibly good value for a substantial amount of product (10g). 

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Swatched heavily (left) and sheered out (right) on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Tropical Heat is a light golden bronze with buildable colour pay off. Because of the golden hues, it'd be workable as either a highlighter or bronzer on varying skintones - I wear it as either of them interchangeably, which I'll show in the FOTD photos below. I like that it doesn't emphasise pores and although shimmery for a bronzer, doesn't look strange when used that way! 
The texture is soft and finely milled without being powdery. It doesn't have the thin, dry texture that I've experienced with some cheap highlighters, instead it goes on smoothly and sits beautifully on the skin, blending out easily. Tropical Heat lasts for nine hours on me.

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review


Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review

Essence Ticket to Paradise - Tropical Heat Shimmer Powder Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Even, buildable colour pay off
  • Blends easily
  • Doesn't emphasise pores
  • Lasts for nine hours
  • Works as bronzer or highlighter (on my skintone)
  • Soft, finely milled, smooth texture
  • Budget friendly - around $6NZD
What I didn't like:
  • *crickets chirp*
Where to buy:
  • Price Wise Ponsonby
  • Price Wise Botany
  • Farmers Upper Hutt
  • Farmers Levin
  • Farmers Kilbrnie (Wellington)
  • Farmers Pukekohe
  • Farmers Manukau
  • Farmers Glenfield
  • Farmers Wanganui
What do you think of Tropical Heat?

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Here's another gem from Karen Murrell's lipstick line! I always enjoy reviewing Karen Murrell's lipsticks, the packaging is elegant and beautiful and the formulas are consistently pretty great too. Today I have Violet Mousse to show you.

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review

Each Karen Murrell lipstick features its own artwork on the outer cardboard sleeve of the box. The tube is their usual classy and sturdy matte black with the 'KM' logo.
Karen Murrell's lipsticks are touted as 'vegetarian lipsticks', created with natural ingredients and ecologically friendly recycled packaging. They are designed to nurture your lips, improving their condition each time you wear a Karen Murrell lipstick.

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review

Violet Mousse is a rosewood nude shade which would be flattering on a variety of skintones. Colour pay off is buildable with a thin, light texture. Karen Murrell lipsticks have very little slip, but they don't drag or tug at the lips either. Violet Mousse wears for five and a half hours on me and isn't drying. I must say I was a little puzzled by the 'violet' in the name at first but I think that refers to undertones rather than the obvious colour.
I'm loving my first nude lipstick from Karen Murrell. There are so many more neutral shades I'd like to try from the range like Cordovan Natural, Orchid Bloom and Lavender Laughter. Have you tried any neutrals from the brand?

Karen Murrell - Violet Mousse Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Smooth application
  • Non drying
  • Buildable colour pay off
  • Lasts for five and a half hours
  • Easy on the conscience! The lipstick itself is made with natural ingredients and the packaging has been created with biodegradable materials from sustainable sources.
  • Doesn't migrate or gather around lips

What I didn't like:
  • No complaints here!

Where to buy:

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