We just received this new product at Nordstrom a few days ago.
With YSL lip products, I either love or hate them depending on the formula. I do really love their glosses so I was definitely intrigued with this product.
The packaging is really nice looking. There are currently 8 shades in all.
The applicator is the same applicator that is in all the new glosses that is shaped to envelope fully the lip for a perfect application.
I first tried this out on my hand. It came off like a clear-ish gloss that didn't really have a whole lot of color to it, until a few seconds later when magic happened and the color came through. I tried shade 1 Drive Me Copper. It had a slight peach tint.
It felt so smooth on application. I was expecting it to be sticky, but it was not at all! It felt so nourishing on the lips. The smell was nice too. A hint of fruity.
It gives such a refreshing look to the lips. A minimal but slightly tinted look with a lot of moisture and gloss. The shine comes from four essential oils that help hydrate such as:
apricot kernel oil
coriander fruit oil
jojoba seed oil
passiflora edulis seed oil
Don't be fooled by the word tint in the title of the product. My friend tried the shade 5 Cherry My Cherie which is a darker pink, and when she tried to wipe it off to try something else, it literally did not budge. The oil came off, but not the color. We tried to take it off with waterproof eye and lip makeup remover, and it did not do a single thing taking it off, so be prepared to be committed to the color all day if you are wearing the pink shades. I did not have that problem.
I loved this product and will definitely recommend it to my customers. A superb glossy look without all the stickiness, and something that actually nourishes and treats the lips with a bit of color.
Yves Saint Laurent Tint-In-Oil $32
Working in cosmetics definitely has it's perks, and one of them is being able to see, touch and feel new product when it arrives in bright little packages to the store.
One of those exciting moments arrived when the new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks came. I decided to purchase 479 Magique(slightly darker pink tone).
They say to not call it a lipstick or a gloss.
At first glance, the packaging is so sleek and cute with clear and silver. You can see the color in vial form at the bottom. The lid twists off to reveal a perfectly shaped fluffy applicator brush.
The product is water based and not wax based, so the first thing you notice is how it literally glides on the lips amazingly well. It is so velvety soft with a light and airy feel. The color is so rich and vibrant. It is also buildable if you need more color.
There is a slight stickiness to the product, but not bothersome at all. Stickiness helps keep products on longer.
These sticks are like a splash of refreshing water for the lips. Very hydrating and has a mature shine to them.
I would describe them as a lip stain. I would put them in the YSL Rouge Pur Couture or Armani Maestro category.
They are so easy to apply and not fussy. The shade range is great and there is a shade for every lip.
These are perfect for those that want to have a nice color while still maintaining a natural appearance.
Where to buy:
Dior Addict Fluid Sticks $35.00 + Free Shipping
***I am not endorsed or paid by Dior or affiliates. The opinions expressed are of my own***
I had several customers come into the Department Store I worked at and would always say the same thing...... I need a lipstick that is easy to apply, doesn't ball up after a few hours, would wear evenly and would be a long-wear.
"You are in luck!" I would say." I have the perfect thing for you!". I would lead them to the Nars lip pencils. They are chubby sticks of goodness that embodies all of those requests, and I personally have a pretty appalling collection of them myself.
When I fall in love with something so hard like these pencils, I literally want to own every one!!! Even though I don't own all of the dozens and dozens of colors that they have, I still own a majority of them.
You can use them as a lip liner, lipstick, lipstain and gloss (depending on the formula). They glide on effortlessly and you can sharpen them with a traditional cosmetic sharpener (the larger hole).
I will literally apply in the morning; eat and drink all day; and only have to reapply once more for a fresh look. The color wears off pretty evenly compared to other lipstains and lipsticks. These babies don't budge!
I usually line my lips first, then fill in the center to apply.
There are definite differences between the formulas and wearability between them that I will explain.
The three formulas are; Satin, Velvet Matte and Velvet Gloss.
The satin is my favorite formula out of all three. They are the longest wearing, with the perfect amount of shine to them. In the swatch on my wrist above, the shine almost looks more than the shine in the gloss sticks. The shine tones down after a little bit of wear and settles with the perfect amount of shine. The color is so pigmented. This collection has some of my favorite colors in it as well.
Velvet Matte is just that.... matte with no shine. These are for people that like more of a soft and natural look, or just prefer matte. I like to use a matte lip when I am trying to play up my eyes. Beautiful colors and wear very long. The only downside is that these can feel dry on the lips. I had several customers that requested matte and they looked stunning in these pencils.
The Velvet Gloss pencils are perfect for those non-precision quick application days, or if you just want a glossy look. They are the glossiest out of the bunch with the most shine. They are also the most moisturizing. Most of the darker colors are extremely staining and will stay on all day (like the popular Mexican Rose). Even the lighter colors are pretty pigmented. I love how these feel on my lips. The only downside to these, is that the shine and pigmentation can vary from color to color. I would recommend trying these out at your local Nars counter.
Where To Purchase:
Nars Satin Lip Pencil $25 and the Nars Final Cut Limited Edition Colors Collection $25
Nars Velvet Matte Pencil $25
Nars Velvet Gloss Pencil $25
***The opinions expressed in this post are just my own personal opinions. I am not endorsed and do not get paid to express my opinion about this item***
You never know how a piece of makeup is going to look until you get it home and try it on.
There are always going to be those pieces where you regret buying them. Certain things don't always work for everyone's skin type, color or preference. While these may work for others, they certainly didn't work for me!!!
Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in French Nude 108
The color is gorgeous! The packaging is high-quality. Really nice and solid.
The problem with this lipstick is the texture. I felt as though I was trying to apply dried up wall spackle to my lips. You have to push really hard to get anything to transfer to your lips, and the formula was soooo DRY! No moisture at all! Because of that, the color hardly shows up. It was almost a chalky texture.
This lip color was a total bummer for me since it costs just as much as a Giorgio Armani lipstick (which I LOVE).
I tried it, and decided to give it another go..... it did not change my mind. Super disappointing since this lipstick cost $32!!!
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Fuschia Fever 140
I decided to go out of my box, and try a really fun and bright lip color. I have seen other bloggers with my same skin tone and hair color use a really bright shade such as this one.
The color has way too many blue tones in it to look good on me. The color is way too much of a contrast on my fair skin tone, and platinum blonde hair. I felt as though I had stepped into the eighties full of big frizzy hair and neon.
It did not help that my parents saw me and told me that it had looked like I had just stepped out of the circus. Yeah, not good.
Makeup sure is a trial and error. Good thing this was only a few dollars. Maybe I will save it for costume makeup.....
M.A.C. Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation 30ml
This was the foundation I owned before I got really into learning all about makeup. I just figured all foundation was equal, and since mineral makeup was good, I just bought it.
As you can see in the picture, the formula separates dry pieces. That is about how it is on the skin. The formula is very dry and once again, like the Sunday Riley lipstick, you are basically just applying spackle. It is actually probably a really good foundation for people with super oily skin, but I have combination skin that is more dry than oily, so it just caked on the dry parts of my face.
It has been discontinued through MAC and they have come out with a new formula into a mineralize foundation compact for $33.
I will continue buying my Makeup Forever HD Foundation since I know and love the formula.
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
This has a dual purpose. One purpose works great and one doesn't.
It is great as a lash gel, especially for people with eyelash extensions, because it is water-based, and holds in those pesky strays all day. It also extends the life of your extensions by at least 2 weeks longer than usual.
The bad side is for use as a brow gel. Once I stopped getting extensions, I decided to use it as a brow gel ( I would never use it for both at the same time for hygienic purposes) but it just feels like you stuck water on your eyebrows. It just sits on them in super wet clumps and does nothing to shape your eyebrows.
At $2.99 it served it's purpose for eyelashes.
NARS Night Series Eyeshadow Palette
The colors are so pretty and look like they would be fantastic. NARS is usually one of my favorites when it comes to cosmetics.
This palette failed miserably. The two middle colors are like big sparkly flakes that do not transfer to your brush to apply at all! I had to dig my brush in hard, and it still did not coat my brush.
I tried the really pretty burgundy color in the top right corner, and it just looks black on the skin. No red tones whatsoever. The green in the bottom left corner also show up more charcoal than green.
I dislike this palette the most out of any other ones I have owned. I believe I bought this at a super bargain. I don't remember how much, but definitely will NOT be buying this again!
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Stick in Pale 002
I bought this to use as an under-eye and nose highlighter, and as a concealer for my neck and chest (since they tend to naturally be lighter than my face and the rest of my body for some reason).
The color is nice. Kind of sheer and not full-coverage like I think it is supposed to be.
After a little while, the formula gets stuck in the wrinkles under my eyes, the pores on my upper cheeks, and the bumps on my nose. It is not an attractive look at all!
I have tried it several times hoping that I can make it work, and it never will. I can say that I almost hate this product. I hear the foundation is pretty good, but I definitely will not be purchasing this concealer again, and it was a bit expensive for drugstore concealer if I remember correctly.
Pür Minerals Blush in Roselite 0.14oz
I had purchased this blush when I decided I was going to start applying and learning the art of makeup. I had purchased the 4-in-1 compact, and LOVED the way it made my face look, so I got the blush and bronzer.
The bronzer is ok. Not the best, but not the worst. The blush comes in a pretty small compact. The color is a really pretty soft pink tone. The color is pretty sheer, but still gives a really minimal pretty look.
The main problem with this blush is the smell!!! It started not too long after I purchased it. I researched it, and it wasn't just mine. It was a huge complaint of this blush! It's a super strong moldy rotting makeup talc smell. I used a brush I didn't care about, because it made the brush smell rancid.
I could smell it during and after application. It's not a smell you want to have on you and in your brushes. I thought I could handle it, but I just can't because of how strong the smell is.
It is a shame since this little tiny compact cost a huge $16!
So there you have it! Hopefully this will help if you are thinking of purchasing any of these products, so you can make an informed decision. Like I said before, some of these might work for you, but I just listed the reasons why they didn't work for me.
The next post like this (I am not sure when I will do it) will involve hair products I regret buying........
Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts for me. I am going to be doing tutorials in the future sometime, but suggestions or ideas for posts are always fun to get.