Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Givenchy Rouge A Porter Corail Decollete

I am a big fan of Givenchy Le Rouges, so when I saw the Rouge a Porter line, a sheer balmy lip product, I had to try them. I always compare tinted balm-type products to Fresh, which I consider the best because they are both moisturizing and nicely tinted. The Rouge a Porters are...ok.  If I didn't have several of the Fresh, I would probably be pretty pleased with them. It is definitely a sheer veil of color but the lips are definitely tinted. The packaging is FAR nicer than Fresh, similar to the Le Rouge packaging but slimmer. Rouge a Porters have a slightly tackier, almost jelly-like finish that is different from the Fresh balms. They wear fairly well. Longevity is unsurprisingly a bit of a problem with a product like this.  Still, all that I can forgive in a tinted balm. What I didn't care for so much and where Fresh wins unequivocally is in the moisture factor. My lips after wearing a Fresh balm, tinted or no, feel moisturized and soft. My lips when the Rouge a Porter wears off feel dry and generally in need of a good balm.  So, I will not be acquiring any more of these; with Givenchy, I'll stick to my beloved Le Rouge.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review: Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lipstick in Relentless

I adore this formula. Kevyn Aucoin mattes are exactly what mattes should be - creamy, highly pigmented, and longlasting. This color, "relentless" seems a bit of a misnomer, as there is nothing particularly aggressive or obstinate about it; it is a sweet pink with a hint of peach to it that I find very flattering for spring.  It doesn't settle into lines or highlight lip imperfections and it fades evenly but only after a good 4 hours of wear on me. I only have a slight beef with this line and that's in the packaging.  I've several of the mattes now and every single one has the lipstick seated slightly askew in the tube.  It doesn't really matter to the application but it bugs me a bit.  It's as though they kind of threw it in there carelessly, which makes me a bit concerned about problems down the road with the product breaking off or the tube malfunctioning somehow.  I'll update my review if that happens; for now, go forth and enjoy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: L'Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Rose Gold

This, my friends, is my favorite acquisition from a recent drugstore haul: the L'Oreal Silkissime eyeliner pencil in rose gold. I've never tried this line of eyeliner before but if this specimen is a good indication of quality, I can see a few more of them in my future.  This stuff goes on creamy but then does. not. budge. I've been using it as an inner corner/tearduct highlight.  It is far superior to the champagne colored eyeshadow I had been using for that purpose prior. It looks more natural with my skintone, for one thing, and for another, because it is so smudge proof, it doesn't get in my eyes and irritate them like the shadow was wont to do. You'd be hard-pressed to find something better at this pricepoint if you're looking for an eye pencil in this shade.  It is lovely.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick in 907 Cherry Blossom

I received this lipstick in my latest Glossy Box. I'll get straight to the point: this is the worst lipstick I have ever used. I've never heard of the brand; I assume the poor quality is why.  It is possible to make a matte lipstick that is not dry. It is possible to make a matte lipstick with great pigmentation.  Just look at Givenchy or Kevyn Aucoin as great examples of wonderful mattes. THIS lipstick is what gives mattes a bad name.  It is dry as the Sahara.  I had to drag it forcefully across my skin to get the swatch above.  The packaging feels flimsy and cheap. The color is nice in the tube but barely shows up on the lips because it is so sheer.  I can find nothing redeeming about this product to say whatsoever.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This Week's Fragrance Rotation

It's Sunday, which means it's time for me to retire the four fragrances I've been wearing for the last week and choose new ones. (For background on this method, see this post.)  This week I've chosen the following:
Kuumba Made Persian Garden: the prettiest clean musk I've ever smelled, nearly out of it
Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee: my favorite lily fragrance
Ellen Tracy Bronze: a solar floral, will bloom wonderfully in the humidity we're suffering with in the first half of the week
Comme des Garcons Calamus: light, green, and refreshing

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: MAC Crosswires Cremesheen Lipstick

MAC Crosswires is a lovely reddish pink spring shade in the cremesheen permanent line. Cremesheens typically work well for me as they are a nice balance between creamy and longlasting. I usually get around 2-3 hours of wear, which is better than it sounds considering I am rarely without a beverage in my hand. Crosswires, though, as you can perhaps see in the swatch, has an unfortunate tendency to highlight imperfections. Every little lip wrinkle was on full display when I wore this. Yes, you can apply a lip primer and improve the look, but I find that fussy and it makes reapplying more complicated. This all adds up to making Crosswires a pass for me.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: Suqqu EX-25 Haruhinata Eyeshadow Quad

Haruhinata can't quite decide what it wants to be - Easter egg or vamp. As you can see, it leans decidedly towards Easter egg. The shadows are pretty typically Suqqu: sheer and shimmery. I found this quad a touch disappointing though because the pastel shades are pretty similar, which limits the layering combinations you can do to create custom shades.  This is a real strength in some of the other Suqqu quads. The peachy orange shade was the worst of the bunch--barely even there--while I liked the lilac best. The lilac layered well with all of the other shades. All told, though, I'd skip this one if I were you - at the Suqqu pricepoint, there are much better options out there.