LIPSTICK LOVE: My Top Picks for Purple Lipsticks

Above red lipstick, purple lip colours reign as my “power colour” – my ultimate confidence-boosting shade. My love for purple lipstick began during a time when the selection for such a colour was very small. In fact, I only started out with two – and mind you, they were not easy to find. I even resorted to using a purple eyeliner or eyeshadow mixed with clear lip gloss. Back then, purple was considered a “weird” shade for a lipstick, something you would only buy for a Halloween party. Last year (2016), purple suddenly blew up. People started wearing it more often and brands jumped on the bandwagon and started producing their own purple shades. Can you imagine how delighted I was? It was heaven for me!

Anyway, in no particular order, here is my list of top picks for purple lipsticks:

TOP ROW (L-R): Pink Sugar “Such A Tease”, Ever Bilena “Vivid Violet”, Flormar “Aubergine”, The Body Shop “120 Raspberry In Love”, NYX “Aria”, Maybelline “Plum Perfect”
BOTTOM ROW (L-R): Wet n Wild “Vamp It Up”, EB Advance “Amethyst Rose”, 4u2 “Lax 10”, Pink Sugar “Royals”, L.A. Colors “Amethyst”, Wet n Wild “Sugar Plum Fairy”
  1. Maybelline Color Show lipstick in “403 Plum Perfect” – The subtle plum hue combined with the sheer formula makes this a great entry level lipstick to try out purple as it leans more towards pink.
  2. Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in “908C Sugar Plum Fairy” – This drugstore dupe for MAC Rebel is a beautiful mix of purple and pink. It’s definitely a lot bolder and stronger than the previously mentioned lipstick.
  3. NYX Matte lipstick in “Aria” – Aria is very similar to WnW Sugar Plum Fairy, except it’s the slightest bit more purple/less pink.
  4. L.A. Colors Matte lipstick in “Amethyst” – This was my second purple lipstick. (My very first one was from Aido.) This was my first “true” purple lipstick; though, looking at it now next to my other purple lipsticks, it looks significantly lighter and more pastel. If my memory serves me right, this retailed for PHP 99 back then. It’s not the best formula out there, but I included it in this list because it’s a good option for when you’re not ready to invest in a tube of purple lipstick.
  5. The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in “120 Raspberry In Love” – This shimmery purple toned wine shade has a sheer formula which makes it both bold, yet wearable.
  6. Pink Sugar Matte lipstick in “Royals” – This is probably my favourite one! I love the deep purple shade and the matte formula. This is my most worn out of all my purple lipsticks. This reminds me of MAC “Heroine”.
  7. Flormar Pretty Cream & Glaze lipstick in “Aubergine” – True to its name, this shade is very reminiscent of an eggplant.
  8. 4u2 Lipaholic lipstick in “Lax 10” – This is a more purple version of Flormar Aubergine – meaning, it has a less of the slight reddish hue that Aubergine has. To the untrained eye, they’re practically twins.
  9. Ever Bilena Matte lipstick in “Vivid Violet” – Ever Bilena was my first brand of matte lipstick. So, I was delighted when they came out with a purple shade. I just had to get it! The formula seems to have changed since my last purchase many years ago. Anyway, it’s like a matte version of Flormar Aubergine.
  10. EB Advance Supreme lipstick in “Amethyst Rose” – I also picked up EB Vivid Violet’s sister, EB Advance Amethyst Rose. To be completely honest, I love the formula of this line more than the original matte lipsticks because they wear better on my dry lips. It’s a tad bit redder than Vivid Violet.
  11. Pink Sugar HD lipstick in “Such a Tease” – This isn’t a true bold purple; rather, it looks like a blend of purple, red, and brown. I can’t quite describe it. It is also metallic! It’s a very unique shade in my stash – a must have!
  12. Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in “Vamp it Up” – This almost-black purple shade is very aptly named “Vamp it Up” due to its very vampy, gothic feel. Definitely not for the faint of heart! It’s a great dupe for MAC “Cyber”.

 

What is YOUR power colour? Also, would you give purple lipsticks a try? Let me know in the comments!

LIPSTICK LOVE: My Top Picks for Red Lipsticks

Red lipstick is a classic and timeless lipstick colour. The bold rouge is not everyone’s cup of tea; but, I think we can all agree that every makeup lover probably has at least one tube in their collection. It’s definitely a “power colour” that just screams confidence!

I started experimenting with lipstick at a young age. So, I am no stranger to the struggles of finding the perfect red lipstick. I absolutely love red lipstick! I have collected a wide variety of reds through the years, and these are the ones that stood out the most to me.

In no particular order, here is my list of top picks:

Swatches under natural daylight.
(L-R: Wet n Wild Megalast “Stoplight Red”, Revlon Super Lustrous “Wine with Everything, Shawill Vogue Noble Steady Color “07”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Rich Ruby”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Divine Wine”, L’oreal “Pure Rouge”, L’oreal “Pure Garnet”, Colourette “Persia”, Sooper Beaute “Red-dy For You”, Napoleon Perdis “Madrid”, MAC “Russian Red”)
Swatches under artificial light.
(L-R: Wet n Wild Megalast “Stoplight Red”, Revlon Super Lustrous “Wine with Everything, Shawill Vogue Noble Steady Color “07”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Rich Ruby”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Divine Wine”, L’oreal “Pure Rouge”, L’oreal “Pure Garnet”, Colourette “Persia”, Sooper Beaute “Red-dy For You”, Napoleon Perdis “Madrid”, MAC “Russian Red”)
  1. Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in “Stoplight Red” – A bright, classic true red. This is one of the most popular red lipsticks in the drugstore because of the impressive quality for the inexpensive price. This is known to be a great dupe for the ever-famous MAC Ruby Woo.
  2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Wine with Everything” – A muted brick red. This shade is a very toned down red with slight brown and orange tones to it. It’s a good starter red for those who are just trying to ease their way into trying red lipsticks.
  3. Shawill Vogue Noble Steady Color Lipstick in “07” – A bright red with blue undertones. Ah, memories. I wore this lipstick to my Junior Prom in high school. I even reviewed this in my old blog! The smooth, balm-like formula makes it super hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the superb pigmentation is stunning! And for the price tag of PHP 128? It’s a great deal!
  4. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in “Rich Ruby” – A classic, cool-toned red. I reach for this when I was a casual, no-fuss red lip with minimal makeup on.
  5. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in “Divine Wine” – A deep wine/Oxblood red. This is such a gorgeous deep wine shade!
  6. L’oreal Matte Red in “Pure Rouge” – A blue-based red on me. In the tube, it looks more like a true red. On some skin tones, this tends to look warm. It is also a dupe for MAC Ruby Woo, which is also known to adapt to the wearer’s skin tone.
  7. L’oreal Matte Red in “Pure Garnet” – A deep, burgundy hue that leans towards berry on my lips.
  8. Colourette Colourstick in “Persia” – A deep red with blue undertones. It’s quite a vampy shade.
  9. Sooper Beaute So Matte Lipstick in “Red-dy For You” – A warm, orangey red. It’s a summery shade of red.
  10. Napoleon Perdis Set Lipstick in “Madrid” – A glossy red with slight blue undertones. I feel bad for including this in the list because it is not available locally. Napoleon Perdis is an Australian brand. Their face primer is included in my Ride or Die/2016 Favourites. It’s just such a beautiful red shade with a very comfortable formula. I used this in a makeup gig recently and the clients loved it!
  11. MAC Matte Lipstick in “Russian Red” – I’m not the biggest fan of MAC cosmetics in general. I have my opinions about the brand. However, I cannot deny that it is an oldie, but a goodie kind of classic. MAC Russian Red is equally just as famous as its sister, Ruby Woo. It’s a little less bright a bit cooler than RB. I do reach for my L’oreal Pure Rouge more than this; but, I still think it’s a great red that deserves recognition in this list.

 

That’s all for now! What is your favourite red lipstick? Leave a comment and let me know!

Ride or Die Makeup Tag (2016 Favourites)

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I’m a little late to the party with the Ride or Die Makeup Tag. I’m always trying new products; so, my list of favourites is always changing. The year is coming to an end, and I decided that it’s about time I round up my favourites for 2016.

Primer: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer – This is not the usual silicone-based primer. It has more of a lotion-like consistency. I love how it moisturizes my skin while providing a good base for my foundation. This works really well for my combination-dry skin.

Foundation: Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation – I love this foundation so much! It’s a medium-full coverage demi-matte foundation. It’s actually a liquid foundation. So, I’m not sure why it’s called a cream foundation. Anyway, the finish of this is just so flawless; matte, but not flat. It looks just like second skin. This sets well on my skin, so I don’t usually to powder over it.

Concealer: Catrice Camoflauge Cream Concealer – This concealer can hide almost anything! I love this for hiding any traces of an all nighter. It’s very creamy and a little goes a long way. This does crease, though. So, a good setting powder is needed.

Setting Powder: RCMA No Color Powder – I gave in to the hype when I heard Jacklyn Hill and Wayne Goss rave about this powder. Mind you, this is not cheap. Initially, I hated this because I packed it on like how I would with my other setting powders, and it highlighted my dry patches. However, I discovered that you really only need the tiniest amount of this powder; and, it looks phenomenal! So velvety smooth.

Contour Powder: Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow in “112R” – I don’t really use a specific contouring powder. I just use my Inglot eyeshadow which has 3 neutral shades of brown. Sometimes, I also use this for my eyes and brows. It’s very versatile!

Blush & Bonzer: EB Blush and Bronzer Duo in “Baked Fig” – Can you tell from the photo how much I love the bronzer? It gives my face the right amount of colour without looking orangey. The blush is such a beautiful dusty rose colour. The neutral tone would suit any skin tone. I also love how just a little bit of product goes a long way.

Highlighter: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette – This is the BEST drugstore highlighting palette that money can buy! I promise. The quality of both the packaging and the actual product just looks and feels so high end and luxurious.

Brow Products: FS Eyebrow Powder Quad Palette & San San Waterproof Eyebrow Mascara – Now, I know that these are two products; however, I use them as a combination, which I would could as one. The FS brow palette is very versatile. The product is richly pigmented and easy to apply. The San San eyebrow mascara really sets your brows to a budge-proof, waterproof finish. This is legit.

Eyeshadow Palette: Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eyeshadow Palette in “EC-02” – This palette is just perfect. Gone are the days when drugstore, local palettes were just the chalky, poorly-pigmented stuff. This palette is the real deal. It’s a close dupe to the Viseart Minx palette, if I’m not mistaken. This palette is all you ever need to take you from day to night!

Eyeliner: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner & K-Palette Real Lasting Eyepencil – Again, these are two products; but, I do use different eyeliners for my top and bottom lid/lash line. I use Maybelline gel liner for my top because it stays put on my very oily eyelids. I use the K-Palette eyeliner for my very watery waterline/lower lash line.

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Ah. An oldie, but a goodie. This is my ultimate favourite mascara because it just WORKS. I have lashes that droop downwards. This holds my curl and gives me beautiful lashes.

Falsies: Wicked Beauty False Lashes (style “G01”) – I was not a fan of false lashes until I tried Wicked Beauty! (No, I am not paid to say that.) They are just so affordable, but the quality is really good. Plus, they come in so many different styles!

Lip liner: City Color City Chic Lip Liner – I used to hate lip liners because the ones I’ve tried were either stiff and dry, or too soft and mushy. City Color nailed it with these lip pencils. They have the right amount of firmness, so they don’t break easily; but, at the same time, they glide on really well on the lips and don’t dry them out.

Lipstick: Colourette Cosmetics Colourstick in “Georgia” – Now, if you’ve read my review on Colourette lipsticks, you would know by now that I absolutely love them! I would choose them over Mac any day. My favourite shade would probably have to be “Georgia” because it goes with anything and everything. You just can’t go wrong with this shade.

Lipgloss: Napoleon Perdis Lip Veil in “Rare Opal” – The formula of this lipgloss is smooth and hydrating. The shade I have is clear with beautiful pink, purple, and gold fine reflects. This looks amazing over any lipstick.

Liquid lipstick: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in “Unicorn Blood” – HANDS DOWN, the BEST liquid lipstick formula I’ve ever tried! This is the only liquid lipstick that does not dry out my very dry, textured lips. The formula is just phenomenal. As for the shade, I live, breathe, and bathe in Unicorn Blood, which is a deep blood red. Plus, it smells like root beer!

That’s all for my Ride or Die Tag/2016 Favourites!

 

BE LIMITLESS. BE IT. Colourette Cosmetics Coloursticks

Price: PHP 499 (SRP)
Place of Purchase: Bethany & Dakota (Poshmark Timog Branch), Persia (The Showroom Timog Branch), Harlem, Georgia, and Brooke (Colourette Marikina)

I first started seeing ads of Colourette by Fairness and Flawless on Facebook. Back then, I think they only had 5 shades available. I was not familiar with the brand and online shopping was not my thing yet at that time. So, every now and again, I would just look at the ads and think, “That’s a really pretty colour!” I remember that the first two shades I fell in love with were Bethany and Dakota.

Not long after encountering the brand online, I found out that they had opened a branch at a store near my school. Of course, I had to try these babies for myself! I bought, you guessed it, Bethany and Dakota. Soon, they started releasing new shades; and, you know what? When it comes to coming up with colours and shade names, Colourette knows what they’re doing! My collection now consists of Bethany, Dakota, Harlem, Persia, Georgia, and Brooke. (I said I’d only buy two! Hahaha)

Shades (as of September 2016):

  1. Chelsea – warm, beige nude
  2. Sahara – warm, slightly orangey nude
  3. Bethany – neutral brown toned nude
  4. Amari – light/pale baby pink or carnation nude
  5. Kendal – hot salmon pink
  6. Charlotte – fuchsia
  7. Harlem – bright, almost neon magenta
  8. Devon – hot orange; summery shade
  9. Maui – a redder version of Devon; poppy shade
  10. Petra – pink toned red
  11. Helena – a warm toned red
  12. Persia – dark cool toned red with slight purple undertones
  13. Dakota – deep burgundy
  14. Felicity – brown based pinkish nude
  15. Austin – mahogany brown
  16. Georgia – perfect mix of mauve, pink, and brown
  17. Olivia – bole brown
  18. Monroe – auburn-coral
  19. Brooke – rich chocolatey brown with very slight red undertones

They also have a lip primer called the “Uno Lip Primer”, which helps moisturize the lips and give them a clean, smooth canvas to adhere to. This helps the lipstick last longer!

Scent
Colourette Coloursticks has a signature watermelon scent throughout their line. Though, personally, I think it smells more like berries, haha. Anyway, it’s a really good smell. I usually prefer unscented cosmetics; but, the scent that they use is very pleasant. They released a limited edition collection that had an enticing mocha scent, which they appropriately named “Chocolat Collection”. The shades in that collection are now part of the permanent line (Felicity, Austin, Georgia, Olivia, Monroe, and Brooke), but the scent is back to the default fragrance.

Consistency and Pigmentation
So far, in terms of lipsticks, Colourette is the only brand I have tried that actually delivers its promises. (No, I am not paid to say that.) The creamy matte formula provides comfortable wear that looks matte (as in, gloss/shine free), but creamy at the same time (it does not have that powdery, flat finish). In photos, it may look shiny; but, in real life, it looks creamy. The one swipe claim is also true! Even the nude shades are highly pigmented. A little product goes a long way. Matipid siya gamitin.

Another perk that I love is that it is very versatile! Dab it on and wear it as a sheer wash of colour for a natural flushed look. Swipe it once and blot with a tissue paper to achieve a #kissproof stained look. Swipe it on or build it up if you want a full, bold look!

Dakota_Colourette
In this photo, I am wearing the shade Dakota as a tint, stain, and full on lipstick.

Longevity
Despite the creamy matte formula, these babies are really long lasting. The moisturizing formula prevents the lipstick from flaking off and clumping up like other matte lipsticks. The pigment adheres well to the lips even without the UNO Lip Primer. The dark shades do need a little touch up if you eat something oily, but only if you want to keep it intense. They leave a nice, even stain that would NOT really NEED touch ups.

Colourette_Arm_Swatches
See the stains left behind?! The photo on the left was taken after freshly applying the Coloursticks. The photo on the right was taken nearly 6 hours later, and the product has been wiped off with a makeup remover wipe, washed with soap and water, and rubbed with an oil based remover. The colour is still there!

Final Thoughts
Colourette is my favourite lipstick brand, no joke. I love how the company promotes natural ingredients and delivers their claims. Plus, it’s a local brand. #LoveLocal! I highly recommend Colourette Coloursticks to people with sensitive skin/lips and people who want high quality products for a fairly inexpensive price.

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Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentsStation: Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams || UPDATED Review and Swatches

(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.
Swatches
Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream
PHOTO CREDITS TO MS. IVY LE BLANC (@leblancsbeautyph)

Aphrodite -A beautiful mix of brick red and oxblood red. Love, love, love!

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Aphrodite

Selene – Warm mid-tone pink.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Selene

Hera –  Deep purple with fuchsia undertones. A very trendy shade!

Le Blanc's FLat & Fabulus Super Matte Lip Cream Hera

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.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Freya
Packaging
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.
Scent
Mildly fruity. Barely any scent.
Pigmentation
Do not be fooled by the lip cream’s smaller than usual packaging. This product packs some serious amount of pigment!
Consistency
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.
Finish
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!
Longevity
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!
Verdict
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!
Repurchase? 
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.

Product Review || LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

 

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.

LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss Swatches

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.

LA Girl - Rebel

Secret is a deep oxblood red. Some reviews say that this shade goes on patchy; but, for me, it applies evenly.

LA Girl - Secret

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.

LA Girl - Stunner

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.