Pahlish Swatch Spam!

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Hey lovelies,

How about a quick bit of Pahlish swatch spam? Yes? Yes.

Starting with the rubbish swatches first, just in case they help someone, some day... (in sunlight)

Pahlish - Bony Fingers swatch

Pahlish - Bony Fingers, 1 coat over black

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Pahlish - Who Loves Orange Soda?! swatch

Pahlish - Who Loves Orange Soda?! swatch

Pahlish - Who Loves Orange Soda?!, 

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And now onto the studio lit ones!

Pahlish - Stroke of Luck swatch

Pahlish - Stroke of Luck swatch

Pahlish - Stroke of Luck swatch

Pahlish - Stroke of Luck swatch

Pahlish - Stroke of Luck swatch

Pahlish - Stroke of Luck, 3 coats

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Pahlish - Your Bright Shadow swatch

Pahlish - Your Bright Shadow swatch

Pahlish - Your Bright Shadow swatch

Pahlish - Your Bright Shadow swatch

Pahlish - Your Bright Shadow, 3 coats

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L'Oreal Lifetime Love + Pahlish Pianos Filled With Flames swatch

L'Oreal Lifetime Love + Pahlish Pianos Filled With Flames swatch

L'Oreal Lifetime Love + Pahlish Pianos Filled With Flames swatch

L'Oreal Lifetime Love + Pahlish Pianos Filled With Flames swatch

L'Oreal Lifetime Love + Pahlish Pianos Filled With Flames swatch

L'Oreal Lifetime Love + Pahlish Pianos Filled With Flames swatch

L'Oreal - Lifetime Love, 2 coats
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Pahlish - Pianos Filled With Flames, 2 coats
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Seche Vite (Amazon)

This combo is so magical *sighs dreamily*


Unfortunately none of these polishes appear to be in stock on the Pahlish website or any of the suppliers (Rainbow Connection, Edgy Polish and Llarowe). But you never know what'll pop up in blog sales - in fact, that's where I got most of these. Don't stop believing! *dances*

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Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

I was delighted to stumble across a pharmacy that had full sets of limited edition Australis collections last week, despite it having no permanent Australis stand, and had my pick of Neon Crush (which launched early this year) and the latest collection, AC/ME.

Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review

The packaging of the Velourlips is super cute, with printed lace trim and a pink heart above the 'i' in 'Velourlips'. Inside you'll find a doefoot applicator which has just the right amount of softness to spread the lipstick easily. This tube also bears an AC <3 ME Metallic Edition sticker.

Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review

As you guys may know, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Velourlips line; when they're good, they're really good, but when they're bad I end up wanting to biff them across the room. Unable to resist sating my curiousity about these new metallic shades, I swatched each shade at the pharmacy and noted that the texture was slightly thinner and more watery than the near mousse-like usual consistency. As that thickness and tendency to resemble cake batter should you look at it funny is what turns me off some of the Velourlips range, I was pleased by the different texture and decided to take a chance on Grandmaster Pash, a brick red flecked with golden sparkles.
I imagine the the thinner consistency is to give some transparency for the sparkle to peek through, the formula was a touch sheerer than other Velourlips I've tried which I was all for. It made it so much easier to control and build the colour without having to worry about it caking up on itself if I moved too fast. Grandmaster Pash quickly dried down to a matte finish, with the sparkles giving off a frosted glass effect.
The sparkle can be felt on the lips, but it's not gritty or unpleasant. Wear time was phenomenal, lasting for over seven hours without fading. The sparkle stayed firmly in place too, which was a bit of a relief as I had visions of finding errant glitter on my chin over the course of the day! It was very slightly drying after about two hours, but that didn't worsen over time, so I was rather pleased :) Velourlips have a sweet candy-like scent.

Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips - Grandmaster Pash Swatches & Review


What I liked:

  • Fantastic colour pay off
  • Wears for seven hours +
  • Sweet candy scent
  • The sparkle doesn't feel gritty and it doesn't migrate everywhere

What I didn't like:

  • Minimally drying after two hours

Where to buy:


What do you think of this metallic take on the Velourlips formula? Are you a fan?

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Lani

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Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

I've owned this lipstick before.
Just over three years ago, I purchased Illamasqua Brink on Trade Me, applied it once, winced and promptly passed it onto my best friend, convinced it was too orange for me to pull off. And then that entire incident vanished from my memory, until I was going through my inbox inbetween working on this review tonight and came across the payment instructions (sidenote - I need to clear out my inbox!).
Apparently I completely forgot I'd tried and disliked Brink already when I bought it in a destash a short time ago and for that I am very glad, because this time around it was total love!

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review

Illamasqua's packaging is simple but so lovely, a rectangular tube with bevelled edges and a satisfying solidity. Not pictured is the embossed logo on the cap, which is a really cool touch.

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review

Brink is a matte coral which pulls quite orange. It has fantastic colour pay off and applies smoothly, although as with most mattes, it does catch on any imperfections as you can see in this swatch. I was floored by the wear time, with Brink hanging on for seven hours (including snacks and drinks!) without looking much worse for wear. It became minimally drying after six hours. Illamasqua lipsticks have a very light vanilla scent.

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Fantastic colour pay off
  • Super long lasting (seven hours)
  • Doesn't migrate, feather or bleed
What I didn't like:
  • Unforgiving of any dry patches or other flaws
  • Minimally drying after six hours
Where to buy:

What do you think of Brink? Are you a fan of Illamasqua lipsticks?

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Lani

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ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

ZA
Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Another treasure from ZA today! I am really enjoying delving further into their makeup line and hope you are enjoying seeing more of the brand too. I'm eyeing up some of the eyeshadow palettes next, which look to have similar complexity and colour combinations to high-end Japanese brands I've been lusting after like Suqqu and Shiseido's Maquillage line.

The closest ZA stand to me is often woefully understocked and bereft of new releases, so you can imagine my delight when I came across a gold-shimmered ivory highlighter at a ZA stand chock-full of goodies while visiting my hometown a wee while ago. Unfortunately this was one of the few things they were out of stock of, so I walked away empty handed, mournfully admiring the swatch on my hand.

The following week, I was chatting excitedly to ZA's super lovely marketing assistant, Kate, about all that I had seen and swatched, along with my upcoming wedding. The highlighter came up and Kate revealed it was called June Bride, a funny coincidence that led to her very sweetly gifting it to me as a wedding present. Thank you Kate!

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

Although it's part of the Cheeks Groovy line of blushes, June Bride is quite clearly intended as a highlighter, with a diagram on the packaging showing suggested application. I guess I am quite used to brands clearly splitting products into categories - blush, highlighter, bronzer, contouring powder - and labelling them as such (even though in many cases you can use a product however you please), so I was kind of surprised that ZA didn't call this a highlighter explicitly. No beef there though, just an observation.

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

Inside the compact you'll find a small brush for applying the highlighter with. I did play around with this brush and found it a bit too dense for the kind of diffused highlight I prefer and sort of... floppy? Let me explain. I'd apply highlighter to the top of my cheekbones, and the density of the brush would cause it to apply in quite a thick stripe, but when I'd try to blend it out, the bristles would flop everywhere and not really blend much at all. I had more success using the side of the brush to very lightly run the product along my cheeks and then build gradually, so it's not useless, but I much prefer to reach other brushes. 

ZA Cheeks Groovy 05 June Bride Swatches & Review

June Bride is ivory with gold shimmer, giving it a rather yellow tone overall in the pan. On skin though, it's more subtle than you'd think, providing a really buildable natural glow. The texture is very fine and smooth, blending beautifully into the skin without looking powdery at all. I was somewhat disappointed by the wear time though, as I found it had mostly faded away after five hours when I usually get seven or eight hours out of most highlighting products.
June Bride makes a wonderful brow bone and inner corner highlight, and lasted eight hours (over primer) when I wore it that way. The colour really reminds me of MAC Vanilla pigment, just with sheerer colour pay off, so if you love Vanilla but find it too intense June Bride could be just the thing you're looking for. 





What I liked:
  • Good colour pay off
  • Blends well
  • Wore well for eight hours on eyes
What I didn't like:
  • Starts fading after five hours on cheeks
Where to buy:
Have you tried any of the Cheeks Groovy line? Got a favourite highlighter? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

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Lani

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MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

This is one beauty I couldn't believe my luck to have stumbled across. I bought Marquise D' for a super reasonable price from a lovely lady in Greece. I think it worked out about $15NZD, which is phenomenal given that in this packaging, this lipstick can sell for upwards of  $70USD in some of the makeup sales groups I'm in. This edition originates from the very coveted and hard to find 2011 Wonder Woman collection, though it was previously released in Blonde, Brunette, Redhead (2009). Funnily enough, I saw this lipstick on counter when it launched with Wonder Woman and passed over it as 'just another nude' (How tastes change!). To an extent, yes, it is, but there's still something special about Marquise D'...

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

The packaging for this collection is incredibly cool - I somehow missed photographing the red star emblazoned on the gold section of the tube to show you, which is just criminal! I have my Wonder Woman edition tube of Russian Red back in the swatch box though, so will be sure to photograph that again properly for you guys soon.  The Wonder Woman printing has been very well done, I haven't exactly been gentle with my original tube and the only thing showing a bit of wear is the gold ring where the cap connects with the rest of the tube. 

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review

Marquise D' is a sheer pink-based nude with gold shimmer, and that gold shimmer is really what elevates it past 'just another nude'. It's subtle shimmer, the kind that gives the lipstick a glow without being frosty in the slightest. The gold shimmer has no texture when applied, the smooth Lustre finish absolutely glides on. Definitely a shade you could apply without a mirror or a care in the world! Being a sheer nude, Marquise D' didn't last terribly long on my lips, making it to two and a half hours without being drying at all.

MAC Monday: Wonder Woman - Marquise D' Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Sheer, even colour pay off
  • Non drying

What I didn't like:
  • Nada!

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What do you think of Marquise D'? Are you a Wonder Woman fan?

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Lani

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