Thursday, September 24, 2015

Burberry Eye Color Cream No. 108 Dusky Mauve

Nothing beats a good cream eye shadow. They are super easy to use and if the brand gets the formula right, they blend well and they stay put till you want them off. It took me quite some time to try a cream eyeshadow from Burberry because frankly the colours did not inspire me to get them. I have actually all the kinds of eye shadow colours I need and don't really need another bronze/ gold/ taupe shade anymore.

I did see Visionary Beauty's post about Dusky Mauve and I was itching to get new makeup and so Dusky Mauve became mine. I had wanted to get Cold Copper but I have way too many bronze gold shades at the moment, perhaps next time.

Burberry Eye Color creams come in a glass container with the same kind of brush applicators as the Chanel Illusion d'ombres. I don't use them at all. I prefer using fingers to blend cream shadows.

I feel that this cream eyeshadow has the same feel, texture and look at the Chanel Illusion d'ombre with one exception, Burberry Eye Color creams glow instead of shimmer and sparkle like quite a few of the Chanel Illusion d'ombres. When I dip my fingers into the pot, the cream has a cushiony feel to it. I find that using my fingers to apply and blend is the best way for me.

I guess depending on your skin tone, Dusky Mauve looks slightly different for everyone. On my warm skin tone, Dusky Mauve looks positively warm with hints of mauve. It is a lovely all over lid colour for me, on days when I don't have much time, I just apply Dusky Mauve and some eye liner. I love how glowy it is when light hits on it.

Here is the accompanying lip colours I used for this look. I used Tom Ford's James and 3CE's Glass Red over it to give it that glossy shine.

Top to bottom: Glass Red and James

It was my brother in law's birthday, so we celebrated at the Dancing Crab. Here is a reluctant poser, I miss my boy when he was a lot younger, he was so willing to pose. 

My very first lobster roll, I am officially in love with it. 
Sri Lankan crabs
I love crabs but sometimes it is frustrating to get at the morsels of delicious meat. I was in crab heaven, check out that pincer.
And cupcakes to add a touch of sweetness. My Lady Snow wants a sniff too.

To all my Singaporean readers out there, stay healthy and drink lots of water. Let's hope the haze situation gets better. It is awful today.

Getting back to Dusky Mauve, I think it is a pretty colour. It blends easily and is smudge resistant on my oily lids. It gives my lids a refined glow. Subtle and very work friendly. I wish it was cheaper but that being said it is on par with Chanel's pricing which is SGD $52.

SGD $50

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3 Concept Eyes 403 Glass Red

I met my dearest blogger friend Lunaface a while ago and she gifted me with a 3 Concept Eyes lipstick. It is always such a joy to receive new makeup to play with. Thank you my dear. I am not really a big fan of Korean makeup just because it is another deep dark hole which if I fall in, I will never get back out from. Too many makeup brands and not enough money for it.

403 Glass Red is kind of a misnomer. It should be called Glass Orange instead because I don't see any red in this. That being said it is a lovely sheer orange shade that brightens my complexion.

I have added a lip liner under this lipstick as you can see here.

It is nice balmy lipstick to use on an understated day. It does not last long. It is not moisturising but it does not leave my lips dry and peeling.

I have seen 3CE sold at Luxola and Sasa in case you are interested to check them out.

Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Saturday, September 19, 2015

NARS Private Screening Fall 2015 Color Collection: Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Pasiphae

I have been wanting to try a dual-intensity eyeshadow for ages for haven't found any colours that I needed right this minute. Something about duo chrome browns get to me every time and Pasiphae looks like a colour I cannot pass up. 

Thankfully this NARS eyeshadow does not have the same rubbery casing like my old NARS duo. It is a matte black functional casing with a little mirror inside. Hopefully it will be able to stay clean and tack free.

You have to see Pasiphae in person to appreciate the pretty green flashes. My photos are not able to capture its beauty.

Top to bottom: Swatched wet and dry
On my arm swatch, you can see that Pasiphae is slightly more intense when used wet. I am in love with that gold green flash.

The SA at the NARS counter told me to use a tissue to wipe the surface of the eyeshadow before using it. If not, the colour would not swatch well. I am very pleased that the duo chrome is visible on my lids.

Pasiphae is not as refined as my powdered eye shadows. Is is not as finely milled but I guess in order for it to be suitable to be used wet, it has to be like that. There was slight fall out as I was using this damp on my lids close to my lash line. I applied a dry layer to soften the edges before applying my Addiction eyeshadow in Morning Moon. Pasiphae stayed put on my lids without creasing or fading throughout the day.

 SGD $44

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NARS Audacious Lipstick Janet

(Information taken from NARS website)

Single-stroke coverage so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is audacious. Forty shades of unabashed luxury for unstoppable impact. Its luxurious, pigment-rich formula glides on intense, full-coverage color in a single stroke. A specially embossed bullet, dressed in a matte-black metallic case, reveals a strikingly sculptural design. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure.

I wondered why I took so long to pick up a NARS Audacious lipstick. Honestly other than the NARS Satin Lip Pencils, I am not inclined to pick up any of the regular NARS lipsticks. Even though I knew they had some awesome colours, my impression was that the formula was not very moisturising. 

I was at the NARS counter to pick up Pasiphae and I was in the mood to try out a new lipstick. I picked up an Audacious lipstick to swatch and was blown away by how creamy and intense one single swipe made. I was sold. The hard part was deciding which one to bring home with me. Should I stick with my preference for a red? Or go with a safe work colour? After much swatching, I decided on Janet although Michiyo is still on my mind.

I do love the black blocky casing. It has a magnetic closure. It does not feel like cheap plastic when I hold it. I am so glad it isn't that horrible tacky rubber casing they are infamous for.

Check that gorgeous swatch made with just one swipe. Audacious lipstick has a very creamy formula. I won't call it a matte but it doesn't have that much of a shine as compared to most satin lipsticks I own. It can be unforgiving as it will cling to all the dried bits and show them up so you need to exfoliate and apply balm to prep your lips before applying. It lasts about 5 hours with minimal fading. I ate a sandwich and there was very little fading. It felt light on my lips and it did not dry them out. However, I do not feel that they are very moisturizing as compared to my favourite Burberry Lip Glow lipsticks. 

The strength of Audacious lipsticks lie with their audacious (heh!) colours which are strong and bright. They are magnificent when applied. There a trade off between awesome saturated colour and moisturizing properties in this case. For strong colours, I don't mind it not being as moisturizing as my Burberry lipsticks.

In case you are wondering, Audacious isticks are SGD$1 cheaper than Burberry ones which cost SGD $45. I still prefer Burberry lipsticks because I feel that their formula is superior but Burberry does not make audacious (heh!) colours as compared to NARS.

SGD $44

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Friday, September 11, 2015

Shiseido Fall/Winter 2015 Collection: Shimmering Cream Eye Color BR 731 Kitsune

I meant to pick up a lipstick for a good friend at the Shiseido counter and check out the Fall/Winter lip colours. I have developed quite a liking for Shiseido lipsticks and wanted to check out Empress and Spellbound which I had seen in a post by Makeup Stash. The two lipsticks did not inspire me but Kitsune did. It is hardly a colour I would buy because Kitsune looks like such a blah colour. That muddy brown doesn't inspire people to rush out of their homes to buy it. It however did capture my attention at the counter. The micro sparkles glistened quietly and Kitsune looked like a promising lid shade.

Kitsune is a warm brown that leans slightly orange on my lids. The micro sparkles are not obvious. I owned Shimmering Cream Colors before and I always loved how creamy and easily blendable they are. Kitsune is no exception. I had forgotten to apply my trusty eye primer. Even without an eye primer, Kitsune was long lasting and it did not crease or fade at the end of the day.

Kitsune all over my lids
Tom Ford's Golden Peach powder on the middle of my lids

I am loving this shade. It is a natural everyday colour to wear. Kitsune is has a sheer to medium coverage that can be easily layered on. It is easy to use and stays on my lids till it is time to take it off. It plays well with powder eye shadows and other cream shadows to. I am loving the price point, it doesn't break my wallet.

SGD $32

Ratings: 5 lipsticks