Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Gel || Product Review + Swatches (UPDATED)

Quick story: The LAST thing I learned how to do might surprise you. Eyebrows. Yes—eyebrows: one of the core basics of makeup. The “frame” of the face. It’s very ironic considering that my brows are my most complimented feature. It took me a while to master pencil and powders; you can imagine how baffled I was when brow pomades became a thing.

Everyone knows about the famous Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. While beauty gurus raved about this product, I branded it as a mere “hype”. I was satisfied with my trusty pencils and powders. Plus, brow pomades are pricey! ABH Dipbrow retails for $18 (on their website), but it’s sold for PHP 1,200 locally at Beauty MNL. Its equally well-known dupe is the Colourpop Precision Brow Colour ($6 USD) which retails for PHP 500.

So, what changed my mind?

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation is a brand that’s very dear to my heart. It’s a local indie brand that specializes in natural and organic makeup, skin care, and fragrances. I’ve already reviewed their lip creamsBB Cream, duo foundation, tamanu soap & serum on my blog; and, I’ve featured their other products on my Instagram. So far, I have never been disappointed with any of Le Blanc’s products. Keeping an open mind, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try the Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Pro Powder/Pomade.

Wait, what? “Powder/Pomade”? What is it really?

This product was originally formulated as a loose eyebrow powder, but it was reformulated into a gel-to-powder product. It applies so smoothly and sets into a practically budge-proof finish. The new product name is Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Gel (as of 26/11/17). 

There are four (4) shades: Mocha Brown (NEW), Burgundy Brown, Choco Brown, and Deep Brown

  • Mocha Brown – A light, neutral brown. No prominent yellow or red undertones; just a true mocha shade. [Like an answered prayer, this shade was just released 5 days after I originally posted this review!]
  • Burgundy Brown – A soft blend of reddish brown tones and a touch of blonde undertones. This is the lightest shade. It works well for for people with blonde to light brown hair.
  • Choco Brown -True to its name, this shade is a true chocolate-y brown that is universally flattering. [When I first tried this, I thought I had the wrong shade because it has prominent red tones when freshly applied. It subsides as it sets/dries. This is my favourite shade.]
  • Deep Brown – A rich neutral brown with a touch of gray undertones. This is perfect for dark brown to black hair.

See how neutral Mocha Brown is compared to Burgundy Brown? It’s such a beautiful tone!

Ingredients: Kaolin Clay, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Dioxide, Mica Spheres, Iron Oxide, Vitamin E Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Phenoxyethanol

Packaging:
I love the new packaging! It’s so sleek and classy. It is now a glass jar that contains 10 grams of product. A protective lid was also added to prevent spilling, contamination, and drying.

What I love:

It applies as a cream and sets to a soft powder finish that is pretty much budge-proof.
  • Honestly, what’s not to love? The formula is smooth and creamy. If you’ve ever had issues with your gels/creams/pomades drying up and becoming stiff, this will not be an issue with Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Gel. I’ve had my Choco Brown one for almost a year now and mind you, it is as soft and smooth as it was when I first got it. I promise you that.
    UPDATE: This has been reformulated as of its new batch (26/11/17). The texture is now similar to a mousse, but not as thick. It is still soft and easy to work with, but it now has a better hold and staying power. 🙂
  • It is richly pigmented. A little goes a long way.
  • Easy to blend and work with. It doesn’t dry too fast, so you have ample time to blend!
  • You can control the application. Do you want soft, natural looking brows? Apply sparingly and brush through to soften. Want “on fleek” defined brows? Carve out your desired shape with ease using a fine/thin angled brush.

    In both photos, I used the shade “Choco Brown”. The only difference is the application.
  • Great hold without the stiffness. Brow (setting) gel is optional. The formula sets the brow hairs in place without giving them the “crunchy” feeling/texture.
  • Long-lasting. Although, it’s not entirely waterproof, it is water resistant. I have never had any of my clients say that this faded or smudged.
    UPDATE: The new formula is now WATERPROOF! Yay!
  • Affordable. For only PHP 350, you get 5 grams of product, which is a lot considering how little you need for each application. UPDATE: You now get DOUBLE the amount for the same price! It now contains 10 grams.

What I don’t love:

  • I don’t really have any complaints, to be completely honest! Perhaps, some people might wish for a more water resistant/waterproof formula, or perhaps a wider shade range; but, I’m already highly satisfied with this product just the way it is. Although, if I were to give a suggestion, maybe I would want a shade lighter than Burgundy Brown. Something more suited for the lighter blondes (those with bleached/platinum blonde hair).
    UPDATE: As I’ve stated above, the reformulation and new shade are an answer to my prayer. ❤

To say the usual “I highly recommend this product” would be an understatement! Just go to my *Instagram accounts and check my MOTDs and lists of products used on myself and on my clients; I have been using this product almost exclusively since I got it. Need I say more? 🙂
*Personal IG & Blog IG

These products are available at Le Blanc’s Beauty PH.

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you.

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation || Product Review

This is such a long overdue review. I’ve been using these products since last year. Please, do take note that the photos in this post were taken a long time ago. So, if anyone would wonder why I look (slightly?) different, that’s why. Anyway, let’s jump to the review. I will be featuring two products: the Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation.

Le Blanc’s Ultra Healing BB Cream remains one of the ultimate bestselling products from the brand — and for many good reasons.

Product Claims:
“Full coverage cream foundation that has many skin benefits and helps reduce acne and scars as it contains the wonder effect of Tamanu Oil and Argan Oil. Specifically made for severe sensitive skin and skin suffering from many different kinds of problems such as psoriasis, skin asthma, acne, severe dryness, and a lot more. Made with 100% pure organic ingredients with super healing properties.”

This product comes in 9 shades (as of June 2017), perfectly suited to Pinay skin tones. I have the shades “LBS1” and “LB01”, which I alternate or mix depending on my (current) skin tone. It is available in two sizes: 10ml Trial Size (PHP 350) and 30ml Full Size (PHP 650).

True to its claims, this BB Cream really does work wonders to the skin! I previously reviewed the Le Blanc’s Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap and Serum and I discussed the benefits of Tamanu Oil to the skin. The Tamanu Oil content in this BB Cream makes it a 2-in-1 product, makeup and skin care all in one. It yields full coverage that looks absolutely flawless in person and in photographs. I noticed that the two bottles that I have (bought at different occasions) have different consistencies. One has a thicker, more cream-like consistency; while the other has a thinner, fluid consistency. I don’t know why; but, they both offer the same amount of coverage. On a daily basis, I use only half a pump of product to cover my entire face. That small amount gives me a good medium coverage. My favourite tool to use in applying this product is a paddle brush because it gives a very flawless, seamless finish to the skin. Oh, and speaking of finish, this has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish that sets quickly on the skin.

Pros: To be honest, I love almost everything about this product! It’s my favourite BB Cream. I use this more often than foundation. As for the skin healing properties, I notice that whenever I use this, my active breakouts heal a lot faster. Seriously!
Cons: To keep this product non-comedogenic, it was formulated without waterproof/water resistant ingredients; hence, this comes off easily with sweat or water. (Surprisingly, though, it holds up extremely well against facial oil.) No worries, though, as this can easily be resolved by setting it with a good powder (I highly recommend the Le Blanc’s Mineral Loose Powder or the Le Blanc’s Mineral Finishing Powder. I will review these soon!) and/or a setting spray (Le Blanc’s Matte Drizzle Makeup Setting Spray has just been released this May. I don’t have it yet. I will definitely purchase it and try it out!)

Now, the Duo Cream Foundation is fairly new. It was released in August 2016. It is a cream foundation and concealer in one product. It has a dewy finish and was formulated to be semi-waterproof/water resistant to cater to the customers’ demand for a longer lasting base makeup.

Just like the BB Cream, this offers full and flawless coverage. The only difference is that it is in cream foundation form and has a dewy finish. This comes in 5 shades (as of June 2017). It retails for PHP 599. I find that this one is best applied with a damp beauty sponge/beauty blender because it yields an airbrushed finish.

In this photo, you can clearly see the difference between the Ultra Healing BB Cream and the Duo Cream Foundation, both in terms of shade and finish. You can also see that the Duo Cream Foundation holds up against water.
BEFORE: Bare skin
AFTER: Duo Cream Foundation on the left half, Ultra Healing BB Cream on the right half

As you can see from the before photos, my skin has an uneven tone. I also have a lot of blemishes to cover up. In the after photos, I applied the Duo Cream Foundation to one side of my face and the Ultra Healing BB Cream to the other. Hopefully, you can tell by the photos that the Duo Foundation has a dewy finish while the BB Cream has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish. The BB Cream is also a little bit more yellow/warm compared to the Duo Foundation. The coverage of both is amazing!

Overall, I highly recommend both of these products. My recommendation is that if you have dry/normal skin, go for the Ultra Healing BB Cream. If you have combination/oily skin, go for the Duo Cream Foundation.

These products are available at Le Blanc’s Beauty PH.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you. 

 

Maximize Your Splurge: How to get the best value for money on expensive products.

Every once in a while, you find yourself lemming for some much raved about expensive product. However, the price puts you off from buying it. “Do I really need to spend one thousand pesos on a lipstick? Do I really need it?” And we all know that nothing haunts you more than something you didn’t buy! So, how can you justify your spend? Here’s how:

  1. Buy something you know you would use.
  • Ah, so you’re eyeing that fancy high-end eyeshadow palette? Well, do you see yourself wearing the colours the palette has to offer? If not, chances are, it will just be stored in your vanity drawer, waiting for an opportunity to be used. Don’t be blinded by the beauty of products. Don’t be deafened by the loud raves of beauty youtubers. Know what you like and try to stick to that. If you want to experiment and try new things outside of your comfort zone, try a cheaper alternative first to see if you like it; so, when you end up not liking it, you wouldn’t feel too bad about not using the product ever again.
  1. Choose a multitasker.
  • I have mentioned multipurpose products plenty of times before here on my blog, and that’s because I think it’s one of the key rules of makeup. Did you know you can use your brown eyeshadow to add colour to your lids, serve as eyeliner to define your eyes, serve as your contour powder, fill in your eyebrows, and adjust your lip colour? Well, now you know! Select products that can be used in many different ways so that you actually get a lot of use out of your expensive purchase.
  1. Go for something pigmented.
  • I know not everybody likes rich colours and heavy coverage; but, hear me out. A sheer foundation can offer minimal coverage. Although, that’s what some people want, it’s not very versatile. A full coverage foundation, on the other hand, can be thinned out for a natural, sheer coverage, or you can build it up for a full, flawless effect – you wouldn’t even need to buy a concealer! A rich, bold lipstick can be dabbed on lightly for a soft lip stain effect, or applied full on for a daring pout.
  1. Be on the lookout for sales, coupons, and promos.
  • Although, expensive/high-end brands don’t hold sales and promos as often as drugstore brands do, they usually have seasonal sales every couple of months – or at least, thrice a year. (Usually, they’re held during the summer, the brand’s anniversary, and during the Christmas season. You can thank me later.) Try to be patient and wait for the opportunity to come around. Who knows? You might be able to save a bit more for when the sale season comes and you might be able to buy more than what you had originally intended on purchasing.
  1. Treat your expensive makeup with extra care.
  • Keep them away from direct sunlight, store them in a cool and dry place…you know the drill. Some people opt to store their makeup in the fridge as they believe that the cool temperature helps to preserve the makeup and prevent them from going bad/spoiling.

 

How do you maximize your splurge? Share your thoughts below!

 

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!

 

Pinkies Collections Smooth Silk Long Eye & Lip Pencils – Product Review & Swatches + DUPES??

Price: PHP 89
Availability: Pinkies Collections booths (SM Department Store and Watsons)
Net Weight: 2.2g

Pinkies Collections is one of those brands that people tend to overlook; and, I think it deserves more recognition. Personally, I grew up with the brand. I used to buy their products back when the brand was still named “Pinkie Swear”. I loved their eyeshadow singles and I still use some of their products up to this day.

For this post, I will be sharing my thoughts on their eye and lip pencils which I have been loving.

Right off the bat, I can say that these are longer than your average lip or eye pencil. At the end of each pencil, you will see coloured ends that represent the shade. This is handy for when you need to look for a specific colour in your stash.

The shades that I have are PCLP04-Atlantic, PCLP06-Burgundy, PCLP09-Dofodil, PCLP10-Holihood, and PCLP14-Raspberry. They have a lot more shades to choose from!

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Disclaimer: I do not actually own any of the shades from the Kylie Lip Kit. I am also not saying that these are exact dupes. However, they are very close in tone and hue in my opinion. 

Atlantic is a beautiful brown based nude. It is similar to Kylie’s Dolce K.

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Can we appreciate the rare symmetry, though?

Burgundy is a confusing shade because it is not burgundy at all. It is a deep brown similar to Kylie’s True Brown K.

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Dofodil is a fun cobalt blue. It has no exact Kylie dupe,but if you would mix the shades Freedom and Skylie, you would get something similar.

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Holihood is a beautiful berry with fuchsia tones. It’s right in between being bright and bold. This would be a dupe for MAC Flat Out Fabulous.

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Raspberry is not a very accurate name again. It is a deep blackened plum colour. It is similar to Kylie’s Kourt K.

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The finish of these is mostly semi-matte or creamy matte. Dofodil is the only one that retains some of its sheen to it. The rest set to a soft matte finish that feels comfortable on the lips. Based from my observation, Dofodil is the creamiest one while Raspberry has the most matte finish of the 5 that I have.

What I love about these pencils is that they are very pigmented and smooth. A little product goes a long way. They last long on the lips, too. You can use these alone without any lipstick on top!

What I don’t like about these is that they are too soft. They are difficult to sharpen. Placing them in the freezer before sharpening would solve this issue, though. The creamy texture is great for the lips, but not ideal for the eyes because it causes them to fade very quickly.

Overall, I recommend these pencils because they are versatile and have a good shade selection. For the price, I really can’t complain about its minor issues. Personally, I would just stick to using these as lip pencils.