Thursday, 26 March 2015

Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Valentines Day Trio Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

I'm pretty late with this trio - it arrived while I was out of town for my wedding and then of course all my nails went to smithereens while I was away! Boo :(
Although the Femme Fatale Valentines Trio was a limited edition pre-sale on their own website, it's fortunately still in stock with some of their international stockists. Color 4 Nails still has Rich in Beauty and Fool's Paradise and Rainbow Connection UK still has the complete set (use the Rainbow Connection store link to get 5% off your first purchase!).
After many, many coats of nail strengthener, here is the Femme Fatale Valentines Day Trio!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Valentines Day Trio Nail Polish Swatches & Review

The boxes for this collection are glossy black instead of white. I really like them! This is the second collection to feature Femme Fatale's new 9ml bottles and as I mentioned last time - they are one of the few brands to reduce price along with size! Such a cool move.


Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Valentines Day Trio Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Valentines Day Trio Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Star-Crossed Lovers

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Star-Crossed Lovers nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Star-Crossed Lovers nail polish swatch

Star-Crossed Lovers, 3 coats

A gorgeous warm deep plum based filled with darker purple shimmer and holo glitter. Star-Crossed Lovers applied beautifully in three coats while still retaining that jelly depth. Here I've shown it without topcoat and you can see a bit of texture but it's still quite glossy. 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Star-Crossed Lovers nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Star-Crossed Lovers nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Star-Crossed Lovers nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Star-Crossed Lovers nail polish swatch

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Fool's Paradise

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Fool's Paradise nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Fool's Paradise nail polish swatch

Fool's Paradise, 3 coats

This is what Chanel Peridot aspires to. I don't know how Sophie manages to balance these combinations of glitter and shimmer so perfectly, but she does and for that I bow down to her! This one covered nicely in three coats too. Again, pictured without topcoat and not lumpy or bumpy at all - just the normal minimal texture of glitter. 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Fool's Paradise nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Fool's Paradise nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Fool's Paradise nail polish swatch

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Rich in Beauty

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Index & pinky: Rich in Beauty, 3 coats
Middle: Diva - Latte, 3 coats + Rich in Beauty, 3 dabbed coats for glitter gradient
Index: Kleancolor - Black, 1 coat + Rich in Beauty, 2 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

And now we come to my personal favourite in the collection, Rich in Beauty! This is a such a versatile polish so I had to show you a couple of different ways of wearing it. Worn alone it's mostly opaque with some nail line visible. Over black, the glitter mix really pops - I'm a such a sucker for contrasting shimmer and the purple micro-shimmer in this has my heart pounding! I love glitter gradients too, so I had to do a demure-yet-glitzy gradient over a nude polish as well. Another great formula here. I can see myself using this a lot!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Rich in Beauty nail polish swatch
Shimmaaaaaa.

Did you buy any of these beauties in the Valentines Day pre-sale? Are you planning on tracking them down?

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MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

MAC's decision to include the pro product Studio Eye Gloss in a very commerical launch has been a talking point amongst MAC fans since we heard the first whispers of the Cinderella collection. So I was delighted and intrigued when a parcel showed up from MAC NZ's PR containing the shade Lightly Tauped.

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

The Studio Eye Gloss comes packaged in a 15ml screw top jar. If you have or recall MAC's (now discontinued in the potted form) lip conditioner or tinted lip conditioners, this is the same jar format. The shade I have, Lightly Tauped, is one of two, the other being Pearl Varnish which is a white gloss with pearl. 

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

This stuff looks positively magical in the jar and swatched on my arm, the complexity to the shimmer is just incredible and has to be seen in person.

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

Left: Applied heavily/Right: Sheered out

Although Lightly Tauped does have a taupe base it is translucent enough to be nearly imperceptible when sheered out on the skin.The sparkle didn't show up on my lids so well in photos but could be glimpsed a bit more readily in real life. It is subtle though, definitely not the full on sparkle seen in the heavy swatch! 

Here's how I wore Lightly Tauped:

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

Using a synthetic flat concealer brush, I patted a thin layer of Lightly Tauped over a similarly coloured base (Colourpop I Heart This).

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review
See the rest of this makeup look here

And here's how it looked after half an hour:

MAC Cinderella: Studio Eye Gloss - Lightly Tauped Swatches & Review

The Studio Eye Gloss has a very tacky, gluey consistency. Temptalia described it physically snapping her eyelid back; I didn't find it quite so extreme but wearing this there is definitely a difference in the way that your lid moves. It's a very odd sensation having the folds of your eyelids come un-stuck in slow motion with each blink. 

Always keen to put a product through its paces, I trialled it several ways. 
  • Applied to bare lids, I found the Eye Gloss began to crease after an hour. After that time the creasing didn't seem to happen any further and the stickiness of the formula was still noticeable, but not as annoying. The product shifted noticeably during wear though, and we're talking within an hour of application. Although I applied it just to my mobile lid, it found its way above my crease, underneath my eye and began winging its way out to settle into crows feet I didn't know I had.
  • I then tried using it as a sticky base for shimmery eyeshadows, reasoning that glitter glues like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy share a similar tackiness but the Studio Eye Gloss is stickier again. When I applied a shimmer eyeshadow over it (I used a neutral pink shimmer from a MUA palette) it intensified it into a molten, metallic finish, but the eyeshadow did nothing to set it. The Eye Gloss remained tacky and pulls formed in the shadow as the Eye Gloss stuck to itself with the natural movement of my lids. Within ten minutes, the shadow had been pulled away from most of my mobile lid and had begun forming into clumps along my crease.
  • And as you can see from the photos above, when worn over eyeshadow it creased heavily within half an hour on me. You can even see the beginnings of the creasing in the last eye photo before the 'after' shot. It also grabbed at my liquid eyeliner, forming lines above my crease. This was more noticeable on my left eye (your right), which is more hooded than my right and can be seen if you enlarge the full face photo above. 
  • I also tried slicking it on my cheeks as a highlighter and it looked beautiful, but the tackiness does feel odd. I only tried it on bare cheeks and I'm not sure how well it would fare over foundation, given the strong dislike it took to my eye makeup.
I haven't got any information as to whether the Studio Eye Gloss is lip safe but I'm tempted to try it as a lipgloss to make the most of that incredible shimmer!  When I removed Lightly Tauped from both my eyes and my cheeks, I found that a lot of shimmer and tackiness still remained and a double cleanse was required to get rid of all of it.

It's worth bearing in  mind that I have super oily eyelids and I have seen other people mention the Eye Gloss not creasing for them. As with all makeup, your mileage will vary! I can only speak to my experience. 

I think this is a product that could go either way for a lot of people. I can see it being fantastic for fashion photo shoots where you're not so concerned with longevity or potentially SFX makeup. If you love the lived-in, messy, sexy look the Eye Gloss would be perfect for that. But for most consumers and especially anyone who prefers a polished look - not so much. I intend to keep playing with it, but it's something I'd probably reserve for a concert or dress up party rather than everyday use.

I like that MAC is a brand that takes risks so on the one hand I want to congratulate them for including a product which has a pretty specific purpose. On the other hand, being a movie tie-in, the Cinderella collection had the potential to attract the attention of greater numbers and convert new MAC fans (the eyeshadow palette containing a greatest hits of MAC eyeshadows seems to back this theory up). So wouldn't they want to put their best foot forward and put out more of the products they're known best for? Then again, MAC has never been a predictable brand. From the original Viva Glam campaign with RuPaul to this unforgettable Heatherette collaboration starring Amanda Lepore - perhaps a move like this is exactly what we should have expected! (Links are NSFW).


I'm leaving off my usual summary; as you've probably gathered I have pretty mixed feelings about this one! 

If you're looking to check out Lightly Tauped Eye Gloss, here's all the info on where to find it:

Where to buy:
MAC Cinderella launched in New Zealand on the 16th of March at the following locations:
  • M·A·C Britomart, Atrium on Takutai, Auckland. 
  • M·A·C Ponsonby, Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. 
  • M·A·C Westfield St Lukes, 80 St Lukes Rd, Mount Albert. 
  • M·A·C Botany, Fountain Lane North, Botany Town Centre. 
  • Smith & Caughey’s Queen St, 253-261 Queen St, Auckland. 
  • Smith & Caughey’s Newmarket, 225 Broadway, Newmarket. 
  • Farmers Centre Place, Shop 81, 501 Victoria Street, Hamilton. 
  • Kirkcaldie & Stains, 165-177 Lambton Quay, Wellington. 
  • Ballantynes, City Mall, Christchurch. 
  • M·A·C Westfield Riccarton, 113 Riccarton Road, Christchurch. 
  • Arthur Barnett, 285 George St, Dunedin

Also try...

Have you tried MAC's Studio Eye Gloss?

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

NV Colour Preview

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Hey lovelies,

UK brand NV Colour has recently started popping up on shelves in New Zealand and I've got a wee preview of some of their products to share with you! Here's a wee blurb from the brand:

NV is a young, edgy and trend driven makeup brand. Offering optimum style and this season's hottest colour selection, the NV brand is the perfect contender for the thriving world of cosmetics, with a retail price point that everyone can afford. 
Dedicated to translating catwalk inspired trends into accessible looks, NV brings you gorgeous quality makeup in the most sought after colours.

NV Colour Preview

NV Colour Preview swatches

Swatched under daylight bulbs

Pictured, we have:
  • Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen - Blue Velvet, $14.00
  • Cheeky Stick Cheek Tint - Chilli Chops, $13.50
  • Lipstick - Sorbet, $14.00
  • Chunky Crayon Eye Crayon - Platinum, $12.00

Pretty wallet friendly for New Zealand, don't you think? Let me know what you're itching to see reviewed first and I'll do my best to oblige :) My gorgeous friend Teigan has already reviewed some of their eyeshadows so pop on over to her blog MaSucree's Makeup Musings to see those.

And here are some product photo previews:

NV Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen - Blue Velvet preview

NV Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen - Blue Velvet

NV Cheeky Stick Cheek Tint - Chilli Chops preview

NV Cheeky Stick Cheek Tint - Chilli Chops

NV Lipstick - Sorbet preview

NV Lipstick - Sorbet

NV Chunky Crayon Eye Crayon - Platinum preview

NV Chunky Crayon Eye Crayon - Platinum

NV is available from selected pharmacies nationwide.  

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Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

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Hey lovelies,

One of the products you guys were really interested in when I shared my Essence preview post was the Lash Princess Volume Mascara and I can't blame you - that packaging is to die for! I've been trialling this out over the past couple of weeks so let's dive into the review.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Lash Princess' packaging is adorable; glossy black with peachy decorations to make the mascara tube look like a dress - you can see the hint of faux corset lacing on the back of the cap in the picture above. The decorative whirls aren't purely for show, on the cap they are rubberized to aid in gripping it during application. 

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

The brush itself is a curved cobra head shape with spiralling traditional bristles. The curve really helps to grab and lift the lashes.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Top row: Without Lash Princess
Bottom row: With Lash Princess


Lash Princess definitely gives my lashes lift and volume (I did not use a lash curler for these photos), but is also provides some clumping. I took these photos during my first time using it and after a few more uses the formula has settled down a bit and is a little less clumpy. I generally find mascara is never at its best when first opened, does anyone else notice that? Even so, it's still a little clumper than I'd like but can be managed with some attention and a lash comb. 
This mascara wears all day for me without running or flaking, but I do find a very small amount of smudging under my lower lashes at the end of the day. This is usually disguised to an extent by the eyeshadow I wear there, but it's still not ideal. For the price though ($7.45NZD) I'd say Lash Princess is definitely still worth a shot, especially if you like super-black thick lashes.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review


What I liked:
  • Provides volume
  • Gives lashes a lift
  • Wallet friendly
What I didn't like:
  • Smudges under eyes over the course of the day
  • Prone to clumping
Where to buy (NZ):
  • Price Wise Ponsonby
  • Price Wise Botany
  • Farmers Upper Hutt
  • Farmers Levin
  • Farmers Kilbrnie (Wellington)
  • Farmers Pukekohe
  • Farmers Manukau
  • Farmers Glenfield
  • Farmers Wanganui
  • Price Wise Direct (online store) 
Also try...

Have you tried Lash Princess? Stay tuned for more Essence reviews!


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