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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review and Comparison: NARS Orgasm: The Multiple vs Powder Blush

NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm is an incredibly popular colour, and with good reason. A shimmery, pinky-peach blush with gold undertones, it is pretty flattering on most skin tones. It retails for about $27-29 (depending on where you live). Its long been a staple of my own makeup collection. But the other day I picked up 'The Multiple' by NARS. Touted as an 'all-in-one,' it is supposed to work on lips, cheeks, eyes, and even your body. Although, I'm not sure where on your body its meant to go. That may be stretching it. Anyways, its a cream-to-matte formula, and it comes in a big stick. It retails for $39-46. I figured I would check it out and do a comparison of it with the powder blush in Orgasm-which is better for your money?

I took a picture of the two products (above), to give an accurate portrayal of the colours. They look pretty similar when they are in the packaging, but then I did a swatch on my hands and they're actually pretty different.

Top: The Multiple. Bottom: Powder Blush

As you can tell the powder blush is much more peachy-gold, whereas the Multiple has a stronger pink tone. But, when they go on, they do look quite similar. Pretty strange, actually.

Anyways, there's no need to go on and on..realistically, both are fabulous products. If I had to pick though, I would go with the Multiple. The fact that it is cream alone, makes it a more lucrative product (for me). The colour pay-off is unreal, and I'm not exaggerating here, it goes on like butter. It blends perfectly with your skin, so it doesn't just sit on top like a powder blush. As well, the fact that you can use it on your lips and eyes is a bonus as well. I guess if you had oily skin, maybe the powder would be a better option. I just really love the feel and look of a cream blush. It's also more expensive, BUT with the Multiple you get .50 oz and with the powder blush its .16 oz, so there you go.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick

Ah, the nude lipstick.

We see it looking fabulous in magazines, on celebrities, and models. Yet, it's damn near impossible to find one that works- doesn't wash you out, isn't too pink, isn't too brown, not chalky, etc. Like a lot of people, I've been on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick. That's why when I went into Sephora, I was sure I had hit the jackpot with the Smahsbox Photo Finish with Sila Silk Technology Lipstick in Charming. Described as a nude pink, it retails for $22.

Here's what Smashbox says about the product:

The decadent, smooth feel of Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer has now been infused into a lipstick! The smooth glide, plush cushion, and Smashbox's exclusive Sila-Silk™ Technology offer innovation that makes this lipstick silkier, smoother, longer-wearing, and more moisture-rich than any you've tried before.

Were they right? Well, yes and no. While it is true that the lipstick is quite creamy and silky on the lips, it is NOT long lasting by any stretch of the imagination. Further, I find it interesting that the description does not mention anything about the colour pigmentation. Because, let me tell you, the pay off here is not that great. I have to put loads on, just to get any colour on the lips. I like my nudes to be a bit sheer, but this was just ridiculous. Further, even when I put all the lipstick on, I still needed to put a gloss on top to make it look good. I would definitely call this more of a natural nude, in that it mostly just looks like your own lips- you can barely tell that there's any product on. There's nine other colours in this lipstick, but I can't really comment on their quality. Keep reading for some pictures!

Final verdict: SKIP. For $22, this lipstick is just not up to par. And so, I continue my search...

Standard packaging. Note that I've used a lot of it- I really tried to like this lipstick, but its honestly so much of a hassle for a so-so final effect that doesn't even last that long.

Hand swatch. This was about 5 or 6 swipes.

This is the colour on its own. Little to no difference from my natural lip colour.

Here it is paired with the Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss, which by the way, is an amazing product.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Laura Mercier Hydra Tint Review

Oh winter.  You are a cold, dark  visitor aren't you?  At this time of year my lips always get SO DRY.  We are talking cracked and bleeding here people.  This leads me to become a lip balm junkie.  In my quest to find a fun and effective lip balm I stumbled across LAURA MERCIER's hydratint.  I purchased in the colour CRIMSON.  Here is an image:

Hydra Tint SPF 15

This baby cost me $23 CDN at Sephora. But was it worth it?

Really, really not.

Essentially, there are 3 problems with this lip balm. First, it smears everywhere, getting it's (admittedly rich and beautiful) pigment all over your face.  I have little lips and having them ringed in smeary red lip balm is not a good look. Second, it is expensive. Nivea puts out some tinted balms for under $5 CDN. I'm looking into those after this puppy runs out.  Third, if I'm being honest, it is no more moisturizing than a lip gloss.  Whilst it felt like it sealed my lips (in a waxy sort of way) it did not feel "healing".  I have seen zero improvement in my lips since using hydratint.  It keeps your lips at their pre-existing condition.  Perhaps (if I'm being generous) halting further drying.  But in my opinion, many a drugstore lipgloss can do that just as effectively.  

Not an essential by any stretch of the imagination. I'd say skip this.

Here I am wearing LM's hydratint.  Isn't it a pretty colour?  If only it didn't suck so much...
Laura Mercier Hydra Tint - Crimson

Cheers everyone xx


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

There's a big snowstorm raging outside right now, so why not another lipstick review! Today is the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in the colour 9, pearly fuscia. It retails for $19 (Canadian).

Here's how MUFE describes the product:

ROUGE ARTIST INTENSE is a lipstick saturated with pigments for an intense result. Available in 50 different shades and 3 different finishes, it will suit your everyday mood. Natural or sexy, ROUGE ARTIST INTENSE will last all day and leave your lips soft and moisturized.

I will note, though, that the colour I chose is a very bright, bold pink. Not an everyday lipstick, unless that is your thing. For methough, its more for nights out, when I'm feeling like wearing some statement lipstick. Like the blurb above says, however, it is available in 50 shades so you can definetly pick it up in a more wearable colour. I will say then, that is a FABULOUS lipstick. I am in love with the colour, because it gives me the pop I need, without having to wear a red lip. I think this shade of pink is a lot more modern than a red- which reminds me more of pin-up than anything else. I have dark brown hair, so it really set off the colour nicely.

Enough about the colour, the lipstick itself is pretty great. The colour pay off is tremendous. In just one swipe you get loads of colour, and is easily buildable. Also, the longevity is well above average. I wore this to a wedding, and the colour lasted all night and did not really need that much touching up after dinner. I did line my lips though, so that may have had something to do with it, but I'm pretty sure that it would last regardless. Its incredibly moisturizing, and because of its pearly finish it has a nice shimmer to it, so I was able to wear it without lip gloss. I haven't tried the other finishes (matte and satin), so I can't speak to those. The only downside to this product is the price, at $19, its more expensive than a MAC lipstick. However, thats the only downside, in my opinion. Keep reading for pictures!

Final verdict: Considering the price, and the fact that I probably won't wear this colour very often. I would call this a SPLURGE. So, if you have the money to spend on a fun colour, than I would recommend this lipstick. Saying that, if you're on a budget, you can most likely find something comparable in a lower price range.


Packaging is pretty standard, but the lid closes quite tightly- won't come off in your purse!

Swatch- fantastic colour payoff!

Here it is on. It is pretty bold (for me, anyways), so I paired it with very light makeup on the eyes- just some eyeliner, and fake eyelashes. I also didn't pack on the makeup on my face, I tried to make it look as natural, and dewy as possible. I used cream blush, and just enough bronzer to add some colour (I didn't contour that much). Don't cake on that powder!

Hope that helps! Have a great day :)