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New: YSL Rebel Nudes Lipstick (Review, Swatches & Pics)

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You know how much I love a nude lip product! Well, YSL have decided that nude doesn’t stop at beige. These goodies are definitely not boring! They have launched Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres or Rebel Nude Lipsticks to us. 

When I first saw the packaging I assumed this was a gloss. Wrong. It does go on quite creamy but it dries to a stain with a sheen. It’s quite unusual and not like any lip product I have tried to so far. Usually I find stains too intense and too drying, that is not the case with this gem.

Here’s how it looks on my sisters lips in natural daylight…

YSL Rebel Nudes Lipstick

Indoors with flash so you can see the reflectiveness…

YSL Rebel Nudes Lipstick(Thank you little sister for lending me your beautiful lips!)

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The photo above taken with flash over-exaggerates the iridescence. You can see a slight hint of it in natural light which is very flattering. I had to try a variety of lighting set ups and flash to show it to the extreme so don’t be scared of it :) It’s still natural.

They are made with a new formula and texture which as a I mentioned is unique. There is a brush instead of a doe foot applictaor which is a bonus for me. It’s far easier to apply this way. It feels fresh on the lips too. The best thing is that they have hold but they aren’t sticky!

One slick gives a natural colour and a little transparency. You can wait 20 seconds and apply a second coat which is what you see in the swatch pictures. You can lightly blend with your fingertip to tone down the effect if you wish. I do this last step with all glosses. I like a slightly smooshed look rather than super polished – I use the word ‘smooshed’ since it looks like someone has just kissed you :) Something YSL recommend is to mix & match shades, that’s not something I ever thought of doing, it could also get very expensive! Too rich for my blood I’m afraid.

The packaging is very beautiful. I love that you can see the shade through the tube. Also the brush is precise and delivers the right amount of product, without waste.

Choosing the right nude: There is one to suit every woman. No. 103 Pink No Tabboo, No.4 Fuchsia Tomboy and No.108 Violine Out of Control are the most intense. No.101 Nude Provocateur, No 106 Beige Anarchist and No.107 Naughty Mauve are the most transparent. There are also two orangey tones for ladies with fair skin – No.102 Corail Mutin and No.105 Corail Hold Up.

It’s rare for a product to surprise me but this one sure has. They cost €33 each so these bad boys are for a payday treat!

Any fans?

 

Make-up, Previews/Launches, YSL

Autumn: YSL Autumn 2013 ‘Electro Chic’

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YSL’s Autumn 2013  collection ‘ELECTRIC CHIC’ has landed! I popped in to swatch everything on my hands and have a good look at the collection. As always, here is a little over-view, expect reviews to follow but for now let me just say that I adore the nail polish shades, all three of them. That never happens, as with any collection there is usually a dud. Well not this time!

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Make-up, Previews/Launches, YSL

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Nothing like Yves Saint Laurent to put a smile on my face!

  • Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof  in 5 Golden Sand
  • Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss  in 54 Golden Sand
  • Long Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in 8 Luminiscent Gold

 

I can’t wait to try a Summery gold and bronze look with these. Xen tan is on this evening so I think I’ll play around with these beauties tomorrow. I’m not sure what to expect from the gold mascara… should be interesting.

I’ll keep you posted on how I get on!

Amy x

Concealer, Highlighters, Make-up, YSL

YSL Touche Éclat | Review

Often copied, never equalled. Those are the words that come to mind when I hear Touche Eclat mentioned. It is such an iconic product and has earned its place as a cult buy. It occurred to me that I have yet to have a little M&B rant about this beauty and yet it’s a product that I have used for years.

My most recent tube of Touche Éclat came is a Celebration Edition inspired by Stefano Pilati’s latest jewellery collection.

I doubt there is a make-up artist out there that doesn’t have this in their kit. When I first purchased this, oh maybe 6 years ago,  used it for skin emergencies only – exhaustion and dehydration due to partying namely. But in the last few years it has become a bit of an essential for me.

For those of you who have yet to try it, it works by casting light under the eye to lessen signs of fatigue, lines and hollows. The formula has changed over the years and YSL have also added a whole range of shades, finally.

Application

I apply the product by dabbing with the applicator brush. However,  I don’t blend with the this brush. I either pat the product in with my ring finger or I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush (MAC 117 all the way). Using the fluffy brush leaves you’re skin looking airbrushed. A little goes a long way – the reverse panda is not a good look. I don’t really use this right under my eye, where there is discolouration. I apply it right under the discoloured area – this draws the eye to the highlight. It works really well. I also like to use it down the centre of my nose, along my cheekbone and on my cupids bow. It leaves you looking really etherial.

A note on dupes

I have tried every single Touche Eclat-esque and inspired product I could get my hands on. I haven’t found one that does exactly what this one does. I dabbled with Lancome’s version for a time but was a little underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it worked, it just didn’t work as well as YSL. I also picked up Aldi’s version (recommended by so many) and although I found it an ok under-eye concealer is really didn’t offer the reflective power of Touche Eclat (that being said, it’s worth a look as a concealer).

Some Touché Éclat application tips from YSL:

  • Use around the eyes to brighten and diffuse imperfection.
  • Apply on the outer corner of the eye then blend in long strokes towards the temple.
  • Before highlighting with shade 1, using 3 over the inner eye can neutralise blue undertone.
  • Can be used as a base over the eye lid to improve the hold of eye shadow.
  • Use in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten tired eyes and to enhance the white of the eye.
  • Blend number 6 as a warm cream bronzer over the cheeks.
  • Use on bridge of nose, between brows, on top of cheekbones to sharpen your features.
  • Darker tones such as No 5 can be used to contour underneath the cheekbones.
  • Blend with fingers for finer result and for a professional finish with a fluffy brush.
  • Blend a line below and over the brow to sharpen the eyebrow definition.
  • Apply on the corners of the nose to neutralise redness and broken veins.
  • For fuller lips, apply to the middle of the lower lip over lipstick and soften.
  • Apply around the lips to sharpen and enhance the cupids bow.
  • Apply down the décolleté to enhance the neckline
  • Apply down the side of the leg to elongate.

I’m  obviously a big fan. Thoughts?

Amy x