This week I have been playing with Rimmel’s Renew Sheer & Shine Lipsticks. They are essentially a gloss in a stick! They remind of a very expensive Dior Addict Shine lippie I bought a few years back, but at a much better price point.
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…
Indoors with flash so you can see the reflectiveness…
(Thank you little sister for lending me your beautiful lips!)
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!
Max Factor is a brand have dipped into on occasion but have limited experience with. I love their mascaras – 2000 Calorie was a favourite of mine for a long time. I also once had a brief fling with one of their foundations – I remember recording a foundation tutorial with it way back when.
I am happy to be able to explore the bounties of this brand a little more.
24 from False Lash Effect Mascara – This mascara has a built-in primer that wraps lashes. Max Factor is a sister company of the US brand Covergirl – hence the latters infamous Lashblast being the same as the formers False Lash Effect Mascara. I have always been a fan od Max Factors mascara and I’m sure this one will be no different!
I have two of Revlons Flipstick Colour Effects Lipsticks – Bloomy Pink and Salsa Red. They are lip duos. The colours can be worn alone, blended together or used on different parts of the lips – to highlight the plumpness for example. (€11.99) “An innovative double-ended lipstick you mix, match and personalise your own lip colour”.
I have never tried Max Factors nail polishes either so I shall have some fun swatching these.
Right, I’m off to start swatching and testing!
Thoughts on Max Factor??
I have been meaning to do a Drugstore Favourites Series for a while now. I thought I would get the ball rolling with a video on my favourite nude lipsticks! Swatches below :)
Products Mentioned (swatches below)
Rimmel Spotlight Beige
Boots Natural Collection Appleblossom
e.l.f Nicely Nude
Barry M 101 Marshamallow
Revlon Nude Attitude (matte)
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Bare Necessity
Revlon Smooth Nude
Victoria Secret Scrumptuous
Bourjois Rose Romanesque
ROUGE PUR COUTURE GOLDEN LUSTRE Lipsticks Available:
Golden Lustre N° 101 – Violet Singulier
Golden Lustre N° 102 – L’Or Pur
Golden Lustre N° 103 – Bronze Persepolis
Golden Lustre N° 104 – Brun Métallique
Golden Lustre N° 105 – Rose de Madère
Golden Lustre N° 106 – Beige Iridescent
Golden Lustre N° 107 – Rose Boréale
Golden Lustre N° 108 – Ocre Rose
Golden Lustre N° 109 – Corail d’Or
Golden Lustre N° 110 – Fuchsia Symbole
Golden Lustre N° 111 – Rouge Hélios
Golden Lustre N° 112 – Rouge de Venise
Golden Lustre N° 112 – Rose Parisien
Like all YSL lippies, they don’t come cheap – €31.00 to be exact. But they’re so pretty *whiny tone*. I need Rose Parisien, need.
It’s a gorgeous bubblegum pink. I saw it on Lipstick Rules and it has been on my mind ever since.
I needed a little pick me up yesterday so I bought a new book (The Radleys – meh!) and popped to my local Starbucks for a huge mug of tea. However, after I settled myself in to cosy arm chair it became apparent that I was sitting in the middle of some Mammy and toddler convention. Now I love kids but there was no chance of unwinding. I decided to take myself into Boots and treat myself to a few new lipsticks instead. I blame the hyper children :)
Boots are running 3 for 2 on Rimmel products so I had to buy three lipstick. Had to.
I swatched about twenty lipsticks and finally settled on three. I went for bright, current shades rather than my usual nudes/nude pinks.
The three I went for are 110 Pink Gossip, 620 Coral Queen and 340 Lily Extase (Left to right).
And here are some swatches…
All three are both creamy and pigmented, I think that’s why I chose them. Lily Extase and Coral Queen are a little outside my comfort zone so I’ll start with Pink Gossip. Face of the days using these bad boys to follow :)
What do you think?
I’m a big fan or Carmex as you know. Whenever they release a new product I run out and buy it right away. Although I quite enjoyed the Strawberry version that came in a tube, I found it lacked the lip healing properties of the pot.
Last month Carmex launched Moisture Plus which are stick lipbalms that come in a few shades. I got my hands on Peach and I’m in love.
The colour of the stick is a little misleading – it appears like a bright mix of raspberry and peach. But when applied it gives a natural, sheer peach lip.
Is it just me or does the swatch remind you of Nars Orgasm blush?
I’ll still continue to use my traditional pot at night but I am delighted to have this more sheer, colourful option for day time.
It’s quite a glossy, juicy finish. Love it. I packed some on over Sephora Native Nude Lip Liner this morning.
The balm contains Vitamin E, Aloe, Shea Butter and all important SPF 15. It has an ultra-hydrating formulation will give you moisture, shine and colour all in one stylish slim line package, its slanted tip ensuring perfect application-no mirror required.
These balms cost €5.99 (from all the usual pharmacies and supermarkets). Now all I need is the pink version.
NYX Lipsticks. I only have Paris and Flower, both of which I love just as much as any of my MAC pinks. I wanted to try a few more. These lippies are all from BeautyFragrances.co.uk.
Pumpkin Pie, Circe, Summer Love, Baby Pink, , Harmonica
Pumpkin Pie, Circe, Summer Love, Baby Pink, , Harmonica
Swatches and reviews to follow, as always :) So far, I’m loving the three neutral shades. I’m still on the fence about the pinks but I will keep you updated.
Do you have any more NYX lipstick recommendations for me?