Cle De Peau – T3 Lipstick Review and Swatches

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Cle De Peau seems to be the most expensive cosmetic brand that I have come across. At almost $75 a lipstick I would think someone would either need amazing reasons to purchase it or too much money.

The packaging is what I would expect for a high end brand; the lipstick is enclosed in a navy blue container with a gold top that has the Cle De Peau logo embedded in it.

Box

Box

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The shape of this bullet really works! I had my doubts when I first saw it but the edges make it perfect to get in the inner corners of your lips and the flat surface allows you to swipe over your lips once and not miss any spots.

Note shape

Note the shape

T3 is medium rose colour with some subtle berry tones to it that I only noticed after applying this to my lips (as you’ll see the colour of the swatch and the colour on my lips are quite different). The texture of this lipstick is what got me. Its very rare that I find a lipstick that has a high shine to it without looking frosty. T3 maintains the perfect amount of shine – it gives my lips a hydrated appearance. Also, the fine lines in my lips are practically gone with this lipstick and it lasts a solid 3 hours on me (without eating). This shade applies opaque in one swipe, I dont feel the need to put any more on.

T3 lipstick

Swatch in artificial light

Swatch in artificial light

Swatch in daylight

Swatch in natural daylight

Bottom Line – this is luxury at its best. Is it a necessity? Absolutely not; if you have your lipstick/lip gloss combination then stick to it. This did not wow me enough to warrant further purchases but it does act as a nice pick me up.

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bare lips

T3 on lips

T3 on lips

Overall Impression- 7/10. At this price tag I was hoping the lipstick would stay true to the colour it appears to be in the bullet when it is applied. Oddly enough, one would think that it would considering the amount of pigment in this which gives your lips a full opacity in one swipe. However, with that being said, my lips are not the most pigmented out there so it makes me wonder, is this even possible?? This lipstick simply acts to enhance my natural lip colour so at that I would say that it is too expensive, give it a pass.

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Bare Minerals – Power of Neutrals

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BareMinerals has released a limited edition collection that includes an eyeshadow palette full of beautiful neutrals and a small dual ended brush. I have always been a fan of bareMinerals Ready eyeshadow formula; it is so incredibly soft, silky, smooth and pigmented that it really definies the types of colours I enjoy in this range. For example, colours that are less neutral and more glittery I find to be too intense, and it can be hard to sheer these shadows out; case in point those particular shades can be hard to wear. Yeah, they are THAT pigmented. See my Star Treatment Review for more on this.

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Note Size

Note the Size

Inside the palette, you have a good assortment of 8 neutral shades- 5 matte and 3 shimmery.

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Top Row: Boss Lady, Moneymaker, Schmooze, Boardroom
Bottom Row: Exec, Payday, Magnate, Get Ahead

Left to Right: Boss Lady, Moneymaker, Schmooze, Boardroom, Exec, Payday, Magnate, Get Ahead

Left to Right: Boss Lady, Moneymaker, Schmooze, Boardroom, Exec, Payday, Magnate, Get Ahead

Boss Lady- Soft light champagne colour with silver reflex
Moneymaker– Mossy green, matte finish
Schmooze– Medium, warm brown with gold flex in it. This colour is my favorite, sooo beautiful. Every blog shows this as a different hue, I see this as a gold/brown.
Boardroom– Dark deep brown, matte finish
Exec– Dark grey with subtle eggplant colours to it with a silver reflex. This colour swatches darker than it looks in the pan
Payday– Light cool grey, matte finish. This particular colour has a BUTTER soft texture
Magnate– Warm peach colour, matte finish
Get Ahead– Warm brown, lighter than Boardroom with a matte finish

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IMG_4503Overall – 9/10. I love this palette! The balance of matte vs shimmery shades (we have a matte highlight and crease colour and shimmery statement eyelid shades) makes me feel like bareMinerals has been listening to what people really want. I can enjoy the richness of the formula and not having that overpower my look. I only wish this palette did not come at such a high price and similar to the BM Limited Ed. palettes, I wish this one had a mini eye primer. The limited edition Ready shadow palettes usually go on sale at sephora online at the end of each season so its definitely worth scoping out.

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Availability – Sephora
Price – $50CAD
Limited Edition? Yes

MAC Indulge Collection – Lust & Fashion Punch Lipglass Review

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Each lipglass applies opaque in one stroke and are not the stickest lip glosses around but they do have a tacky element to them. The shine is beautiful. These last about 2 hours on me

Fashion Punch is a light mauvy pink colour with some golden flex in it.

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Fashion Punch

Fashion Punch

 

 

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Bare Lips

 

 

 

 

Lust  is a medium, warm dusty rose colour. This lipglass has a creamy finish with no shimmer or glitter in it.

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Lust Lipglass on Lips

Lust 

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Bare Lips

 

 

 

 

Overall- 8/10. I really like the shades that the lipglasses came in in this collection. Wearable, soft, opaque and the colour is beautiful. Only if these were in the permanent range!

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Availability- MAC Cosmetics
Price- $18CAD Each
Limited Edition? Yes

MAC Indulge Collection – Feed the Senses Lipstick Review

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I always enjoy a good quality, neutral collection from MAC but it seems as if they can be pretty far and few between. The most recent MAC collection, MAC Indulge, seems to have pieces to it that can work beautifully for a soft, everyday look. I picked up 3 lip products from this collection (after much restraint) and after testing them out for a day, here are my thoughts:

Feed the Senses
This lipstick is a lustre finish meaning it applies sheer upon one swipe from the bullet. However, if you layer several layers of Feed the Senses, you can achieve a close to opaque coverage, at its best. The formulation of this lipstick is very soft and gives off a nice shine (nothing too overpowering) on the lips.

Feed the Senses

This looks warmer in the tube than it is in person.

A huge misconception in the beauty world is sheer = bad quality. Depending on how the company claims the product should work determines its performance. Since lustres are known for their sheerness, its best suited for those who prefer a subtle wash or want to venture into the world of bold, bright lip colours.

Feed the Senses is a bubble gum pink with lavender tones to it. This, at its most intense, reminds me of a Niki Minaj type of colour. Now, on my olive, NC 30 skin that type of colour comes across ashy and almost alien like. However, given the lustre finish, Feed the Senses comes across as a beautiful wash of that ‘purple-based’ pink

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Feed the Senses

Feed the Senses

Bare Lips

Bare Lips

Overall – 7/10. I appreciate the sheerness of this formula because it allows me to control the intensity with which to wear this type of bubble gum pink. Overall, this is a solid addition to my collection.

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Availability- MAC Cosmetics
Price- $18CAD
Limited Edition? Yes

Hard Candy All Lit Up Eyeshadow Base- Quick Sand

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I have not heard anything on the new Hard Candy cream eyeshadows which is pretty shocking to me. It seems like beauty bloggers are always on the latest trends where makeup is concerned so I wonder how this badboy seemed to slip through the cracks.

All Lit Up

When I purchased mine, it seemed slightly dried out (notice the crack in the middle which was already there). This did not seem to affect the texture too much though- I would say that this is not the creamiest eyeshadow I have but its decently emollient and by no means stiff.

All Lit Up

The colour is a beautiful, yet subtle, light bronze colour with some gold sheen to it. When applied with my finger the colour applies semi-opaque in one swipe and fully opaque in two. At its full opacity, the colour is a lot lighter on the lid than it appears in the container. In fact, it blends out really nicely to almost match my skin tone and have no sharp edges.

All Lid Up

Overall – 6/10 This cream eye shadow isnt very memorable to me. After using it once I threw it back into my makeup collection and forgot about it. It gets the job done in terms of applying a natural wash of colour onto my lid. If you have a similar colour eyeshadow, it will work to really intensify the colour. However, if you wear this under different colour eyeshadows that you want to pull more bronze colours from, I think this is too sheer to alter the shadow colour. I have very oily eyelids so if I wore this alone, I’m sure it would crease as do my MAC paintpots and MUFE cream eyeshadows.

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Availability – Wal-Mart
Price- $5 USD
Limited Edition? No

Benefit High Beam Review & Swatches

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Benefit has a liquid highlighter in two shades – a warm golden bronze shade (Moon Beam) and a cooler, light pink shade (High Beam). Depending on the shade of your skin, you may find one works better for you than the other. Both shades come in containers that remind me of nail polish; the applicator is a brush and the product is quite liquidy.

High Beam

High Beam

 

Brush Tip Applicator

Brush Tip Applicator

With this being said, I have warm yellow/olive undertones to my skin so moonbeam is not my natural fit. I really have to work on blending this into my skin well, otherwise in in daylight, this highlighter can look very stark against my skin.

Artificial light

Artificial light

Natural light

Natural light

Overall – 7/10. Although Moon beam was the wrong highlighter choice for my warm skin, judging the product alone I will say that it requires more blending to appear as a ‘glow from within’ than some of my other highlighters.

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Availability – Sephora and Benefit stores and online
Price – $32
Limited Edition? No

Wet N Wild Trio in Knock on Wood

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Ever have eyeshadow combo cravings? Lately I have been really into this look: a suede/gold coloured shadow on the lid and a deep burgundy/ wine colour in the crease. For this reason, when I found a drugstore trio that contained these colours, I had to try it out.

Trio

From top to bottom, in this trio we have a light pale pink that I would use as an inner corner highlight due to its frostiness. Then we have a brown that appears darker in the pan than when swatched – you get a medium brown with a slight golden sheen to it. And finally we have the deep burgundy red that’s perfect for definign the outter lid.

Natural Light

Natural Light

Artificial Light

Artificial Light

When used together this trio has smokey eyes written all over it. The colours blend wonderfully into each other on the lid when applied although I do have to say that if you’re not careful and if you over-blend, the colours can go muddy on your lid very fast to the point where you cant see the individual colours anymore and they just kind of mix into each other and look like a mono colour.

IMG_0612Overall 7/10– for the price this is definitely a winner. Go in with smaller brushes, do preceise work on yoru lids and you’ll get that smokey eye benefit at the end. The colours are too gorgeous and remind me of colorus in some Revlon pallets I’ve seen and a NYX one but this is deffinitly the most affordable way to get a similar look. A new take on a neutral eye with some bold colours – my makeup vice.

Availability – Wal-Mart
Price- $3 CAD
Limited Edition? No

Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Style Eye-con No. 3 in 102 The Ingenue

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This trio screams luxury at every angle; the packaging, from what I understand, is mostly a hit or miss- people either love it or hate it. I personally love it. My biggest areas of appeal where packaging is concerned is how sleek and functional it is and this eyeshadow trio is just that! Sleek (very thin and not too long) and functional (had a huge mirror on the inside and a button you press to open it so it sits securly in my makeup bag). If I had to really scrutinize the packaging i’d say it catches finger prints easily but when kept in its pouch it stays clean.

Comes in a cloth pouch with one dome foot applicator

Comes in a cloth pouch with one dome foot applicator

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Note how thin the compact is

Note how thin the compact is

large mirror!

large mirror!

The colours are a breath of fresh air. I feel like finding that stand out eye lid shade is getting harder and harder these days. Whether this is because I own such an extensive collection that I have most the shades I love or if companies just arent putting out those incredibly unique and goregous, yet relatively neutral, shades anymore.

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The main colour that caught my attention is the centre pewter shade with gold sheen to it. The colour applies true to pan and is fully opaque upon two applications. I like packing on this colour but if you were to go in with one swipe on your lid, you would still achieve a bold colour payoff – case in point, these shades are uber pigmented.

Middle shade

Middle shade

Then we have a white shade that has a very subtle sheen to it. When I swatched this in Sephora I thought it was matte but upon applying it at home it has a VERY subtle sheen to it. Take this from someone who prefers matte highlights, this highlight is so flattering- it brings light to the places you add it without it looking obviously sheeny.

First Shade

First Shade

And finally we have the warm peach shade in this pallete that I use as an inner corner highlight or it can be worn alone on the lid. This shade is the most dupeable to me but it’s a nice shade.

Last shade

Last shade

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Overall 7/10 the pigmentation is outstanding, the fall out is non existant for me and the packaging is functional. I really do love this palette but the price just seems ridiculous to me. There is no amount of work that you cant do to other eye shadows to have them appear on the lid as these do so for something that is really pure luxury, I’d say look into it if you had the disposable income but its deffinitly not a must. Also, I wish the unique pewter shade was larger and the peachy shade (which is more dupeable) was smaller.

Availability – sephora
Price- $50 CAD
Limited Edition? No

OPI by Sephora Nail Polishes — 50% off!

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In light of the current sale Sephora is having on all their OPI nail polishes which are being phased out worldwide (so if you liked a particular colour, back it up!!) and replaced with a Sephora brand (I think its called ‘x’). I have seen this new brand in stores and the colours are completely new.

I thought I would share one of my favourite Sephora by OPI shades for those of you browsing through the polish sale. This colour is called Break a Leg Warmer and its a true dark grey. IMG_4001Untitled IMG_4013

Lip Tar Review – Memento and Melange

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I like it when companies put out cosmetic formulas that differ from the masses. Example – lip tars (MAC has a version of these as well I believe… I feel like they could be called lip paints or something like that). Lip tars are a hybrid between having the opacity of a lipstick and shine of a lip gloss.

Lip tars are best applied with a lip brush or if you prefer to sheer out the colour more, use your fingers. These guys are VERY pigmented but also have an expiry date to them so although one tube will last you a long time, be ware that they do tend to separate. When mine separate I just turn the lip tar upside down and leave it over night so the formula mixes back together. I have had mine for a year now and dont feel the need to toss them but if they do become visibly ‘bad’ I let you know.

Short and sweet of these products is this; are they truly revolutionary? Not really. If you’re like me and prefer a light to natural lip then these colours stain no more or last no longer than a traditional lipstick would. However, if you prefer darker lip colours than you would get more of that long wear/staining benefit from these.

Momento

Momento

Memento  is a soft pink colour that, when sheered out, is the most natural shade I have seen so far in the range. Memento felt a bit greasy to me and applied quite slippery.

Overall Impression – 4/10; its nothing special.

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Momento

Melange

Momento

Melange

Melange

Melange is an vibrant orange with some coral undertones to it. Dont be fooled – this colour looks  a lot more pink in the tube than it actually is. Melange seemed to have a lot more pigment to it than Memento did and applied more evenly on the lips.

Overall impression – 7/10. Its a fun vibrant lip with decent lasting power although the glossy finish seems to disappear in ‘average’ time.

Melange

Melange

Melange

Melange