(This review is a revised, updated, and reposted entry from my previous blog.)
The hype for matte lip creams is still going strong; and, why wouldn’t it? Matte lip creams revolutionized the world of matte lip colours with their innovative formulas that uniquely differ from one brand to another. Popular brands like MAC, NYX, Maybelline, Milani, Sleek, Revlon, and L’oreal have come up with their own versions of lip creams, ranging from soft mattes to kissproof, transfer-poof, and smudge-proof formulas to suit every lip lover’s taste. What a time to be alive!
However, matte lip products have a known reputation for being dry and sometimes, uncomfortable on the lips; albeit, mostly tolerable. As a person who has very dry lips, my relationship with matte lip products are on a love-hate status. Fortunately, as I was browsing through Instagram one day, an answer to my prayers came. A promotional post from I. Le Blanc Enterprises (@leblancsbeautyph) about a sale on their all natural beauty products. Naturally, I had to go for the lip products!
I purchased the Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams. I was able to try the shades Aphrodite, Hera, Selene, and Freya.
Aphrodite -A beautiful mix of brick red and oxblood red. Love, love, love!
Selene – Warm mid-tone pink.
Hera – Deep purple with fuchsia undertones. A very trendy shade!
Freya – Freya initially appears to be a midtone brown; but, eventually, its rosy hue comes through and softens the colour into a very flattering rosy brown shade.
I won’t go into details about this because this product is being repackaged into new, classy semi-glass acrylic 8ml tubes. Basically, this (older packaging) is hard plastic and the lip cream itself is applied using a doe-foot applicator. The shade names are indicated at the bottom of the tubes.
The packaging is very classy! It is made of high quality semi-glass acrylic tubes with gold accents. It feels very sturdy! I find that the applicator on the new packaging is much better and easier to control than the old one.
Mildly fruity. Barely any scent.
Do not be fooled by the lip cream’s smaller than usual packaging. This product packs some serious amount of pigment!
The consistency of the three older ones (Hera, Aphrodite, and Selene) are on the creamy, moussey texture. The formula of Freya is a bit more fluid. Fret not! This is not a bad thing! The formula performs much better, in my opinion. I don’t know if this is a reformulation or if the packaging’s quality makes a difference with how the actual product keeps in the long run. I suppose the glass acrylic case keeps it fresher.
These start out very creamy, but eventually settle to a soft matte finish that feels weightless on the lips. Seriously, these lip creams are so light, you will forget that you’re wearing a lip product! Matte and lightweight? YES!
These are surprisingly long wearing. Selene was able to survive through a meal without any need for retouching. All shades leave a pleasant stain on the lips when the product itself is gone. Also, it does not leave my lips feeling dry!
Overall, I think these lip creams are AMAZING! You are seriously missing out if you haven’t tried these.
Update: You can also use these as cream blush! Be careful, though; a little goes a long way!
YES! These are definitely staying in my beauty arsenal.
(Also, Freya is already a repurchase!)
To see more products and information, visit their Instagram account, @leblancsbeautyph.
I have always been a fan of fragrances. Through the years, I have tried a large variety of scents. However, I don’t invest in the fragrances that I buy. I mostly use cheap colognes, body sprays, and affordable eau de toilette scents. The only expensive perfume I use is Elizabeth Arden Red Door Velvet; and, it’s not even mine. It belongs to my mother; and, I only use it for special occasions.
As someone who switches scents every now and again, depending on my mood and preference, it is not practical for me to spend so much on fragrances. However, I do want to experience wearing known, popular scents. That is why I was so pleased when I encountered a seller of Jo Malone inspired perfume oils.
Now, I know that “imitation” or “inspired” scents are not new. However, I rarely encounter high quality ones. Often, you would see colognes inspired by popular fragrances that are mostly made up of water, alcohol, and very little fragrance oils. I’m not saying that those colognes are not good. I just prefer scents that are concentrated because I would not need to apply a large amount, and I would not need to reapply during the day. That is why I prefer oil based perfumes rather than alcohol based ones.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys long lasting fragrances that smell just like the expensive colognes and perfumes that you wish to buy, then, you will enjoy this review.
Scents and Descriptions
1. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia
This scent is one of the many bestsellers in the line; and, upon testing it, I can see why it is a crowd favourite. It is crisp, clean, fresh, and youthful. When my mother smelled this scent, she said it reminded he of the Sanggumay Orchid. This fragrance is elegant; yet, appropriate for daily wear.
I love using this on hot days because the scents keeps me smelling fresh. Unlike some scents that don’t react well with warm weather, this one stays consistently pleasant. Even when I walk under the blazing heat of the sun and sweat out, I will still smell fresh and clean — just as if I had just taken a shower!
My friends say that this scent is “lakas maka-fresh”.
2. Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise
This scent is another bestseller. Unfortunately, this has been discontinued by the original Jo Malone. Luckily for us, this scent is available in the Jo Malone inspired perfume oil mists!
Unlike common vanilla based fragrances, this does not smell like a confectionery dessert. (Although, personally, I love that kind of vanilla fragrance.) This one is a soft, powdery vanilla scent with mild notes of anise. It is very lady-like and feminine, with a touch of mature elegance. In other words, “sosyal”!
My mother describes this scent as “woodsy”.
I recommend this scent for cooler weather. It’s a great scent (one of my personal favourites, actually); however, it feels a little too “warm” for humid weather.
3. Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay
This is a unisex scent that registers as more masculine (on me). Crisp and slightly musky. Very clean, neutral scent. It has a slight “cool” vibe to it. It is a simple, yet no-nonsense scent. If you want a gender neutral scent that makes you smell clean and pure, this is a great option for you.
I got this because I personally prefer unisex and masculine scents. I find that they go really well with my natural scent.
4. Jo Malone Lime and Basil
I got this as a freebie sample from the seller. She was super sweet! I really appreciate that she gives these out to her customers.
It is cool, clean, crisp, and super fresh! It is slightly masculine; but, it works well as a unisex scent, too. It is very refreshing! Initially, I assumed that this would smell too sharp and strong; but, oh boy, was I wrong. This smells SO GOOD. This is the kind of scent I would love my man (if I had one, lol) to wear. I could sniff this all day.
I am SO grateful that she gave me a sample of this scent! It is now one of my favourites! I highly recommend this scent! If you enjoy that fresh, energizing, rejuvenating kind of fragrance, you HAVE to try this! I intend to purchase this one in a full sized bottle.
Available Sizes and Price List
100ml – PHP 850 (+80 for glass bottle)
50ml – PHP 450 (+60 for glass bottle)
30ml – PHP 280 (+40 for glass bottle)
10ml – PHP 150
It varies per scent, per person’s body chemistry, and weather conditions. These generally last for a very long time, though. On me, they last for about 8-12 hours. (English Pear & Freesia and Lime & Basil last for the longest amount of time on me.)
How to Order
If you are part of The Make Up Revolution PH (facebook group), search for the threat entitled, “Jo Malone Inspired Perfume Oils“. There, you will see the list of details on how to order, as well as tips and recommendations from the seller.
Price: PHP 300+ (mall price); PHP 250 + shipping fee from Love Manila Place of Purchase: Poshmark Boutique: Love Manila store
Net Weight: 0.17 oz. (5g)
The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss (What a mouthful!) is not a new product. In fact, it has gained a lot of popularity since liquid lipsticks became a trend. I’m pretty sure most liquid lipstick lovers have a couple of these in their stash. It is one of the most affordable liquid lipsticks in the market, after all.
I have the shades Rebel, Secret, and Stunner.
Rebel is a unique blend of purple and maroon. I instantly fell in love with this shade when I first saw swatches online. So far, I do not own a colour quite like it in my stash. It’s definitely bold and borderline vampy.
Secret is a deep oxblood red. Some reviews say that this shade goes on patchy; but, for me, it applies evenly.
Stunner is bright purple that is not for the faint of heart! It is definitely not an easy shade to pull off. I like how the shade exists, though. This particular shade goes on a little streaky and uneven. Applying a second layer helps to even it all out.
The consistency of these is neither runny nor thick. It’s somewhere in between, I would say. It’s still fluid enough to be a liquid lipstick and it is not creamy enough to be considered a lip cream or lip mousse.
The pigmentation is a hit or miss, sadly. The lightest shades are chalky an streaky while the darkest shades are uneven, streaky, and do not layer well (layering the dark shades will just rub off the first layer). The “miss” shades are not buildable. Most of them have a nice consistency and opaque pigmentation, though. Rebel and Secret both apply smoothly in just one layer.
The finish is very matte indeed. I question why the word “Gloss” is in the product name because it is void of any shine. The texture is not the best, but also not the worst. It has some tackiness to it which can easily be fixed with a light dusting of translucent/colourless powder. It holds up very well through a meal, except when the food is really oily. It doesn’t flake off or crumble even when you press your lips together. It is not exactly “weightless” on the lips. At the same time, it is not terribly heavy.
Removal is a bit of a pain if you don’t know how to remove it properly. It is advisable to use an oil based makeup remover to take it off. Personally, I use coconut oil.
Overall, I recommend this product to people who want affordable, good quality liquid lipsticks. I wouldn’t recommend the lightest and darkest shades, though. Other than that, it’s a really good product.
Would I repurchase? If they release new shades, I don’t see why not. However, I would rather invest in better liquid lipsticks in the market.
Welcome to my official website! I am Rolande Karla, and this is my new beauty, art, and lifestyle blog. This will be my media portal for sharing my thoughts on the latest beauty and fashion trends and the art of makeup.
I will be posting product reviews, tutorials, feature posts, and more. I will also include my Makeup Portfolio which will contain shots of my own work on myself and on clients (makeovers, before and after shots). As an artist, it is also important for me to include my Art Portfolio here, where I will share my artworks (traditional, digital, and paintings).
For the past few years, I have been working on this website — curating drafts, collecting useful photographs, and posting in my previous blog site. I started building my social media presence in 2015 through “microblogging” on Instagram.
Now that I have RolandeKarla.com up and running, let’s get down to business!