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NARS Pure Matte lipstick Bangkok: review and swatches

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok
I bought NARS Pure Matte lipstick in Bangkok from  because I fell in love with the gorgeous petal pink colour on Christina Hendricks. Yes, I am that impressionable.
Christina Hendricks NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok
On me Bangkok is a nude with petal pink tones, which leans a little cool. It definitely lighter on me than it appears on Christina Hendricks. Note: the digital swatch on the NARS website is a medium beige colour, which is completely wrong.
arm swatches comparison  NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok (left) and Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick in Baby (right)
When Pure Matte was released, it was marketed as a great innovation in the matte texture.

“A super-rich, super-pampering, super-sexy lipstick in six sumptuous shades. Pure drama”.
“Glides on effortlessly, without drag or resistance”.
“Defying traditional long-wearing lipsticks, Pure Matte will not dry out lips”
“Wild Mango Butter’s advanced moisturizing properties work to repair lips from dryness and scaling, leaving lips supple and soft”

lip swatch NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok
I found that Bangkok was very drying on my lips (but as you know, my lips are picky) and applied a little chalky. My lips needed to be exfoliated and thoroughly moisturised beforehand to wear this, otherwise I found that it would emphasize lip lines significantly.
Pigmentation is sheer to medium for Bangkok, so for pigmented lips I would recommend neutralising your natural lip colour with a little bit of concealor.

Wear time is okay, not fabulous- about 2 hours.

Overall thoughts:
I really do love the colour, especially paired with a smokey eye, but the texture leaves me unimpressed. If only it had the texture of my other mattes like NARS Heat Wave, Lipstick Queen Red Sinner, or Lancome Color Design Matte Corset…

FOTD pic taken from previous post wearing Bangkok on lips
Posted by on Feb 17th, 2011 in Lipstick, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 119comments

Inglot haul and swatches: 5 shadow freedom palette and a lippy!

inglot eyeshadow freedom palette
About a week ago I picked up another Inglot palette from the store at Bondi Junction Westfields. I had been itching to visit Inglot again since my last purchase because I was so impressed with the quality of the shadows and how reasonably priced they were. (photos and swatches of my first Inglot palette here).
The 5 shadow palette cost me $45 in total, which works out to be $9 per shadow (this is great value, even for someone accustomed to paying U.S prices for cosmetics).
I chose to go with the palette that came with the flip top and mirror instead of the new style with magnets holding the lid, mostly because the mirror palette is so much slimmer and lighter. 

Inglot 5 pan eye shadow palette AMC Shadow 63, Pearl 451, Pearl 421, Shine 49, Pearl 433
from left: AMC Shadow 63, Pearl 451, Pearl 421, Shine 49, Pearl 433″


Inglot eye shadow swatches AMC Shadow 63, Pearl 451, Pearl 421, Shine 49, Pearl 433
Inglot eye shadow swatches from left: AMC 63, Pearl 451, Pearl 421, shine 49, Pearl 433

AMC 63 (matte black): very pigmented and smooth to apply. It blows MAC Carbon out of the water.

Pearl 451 (shimmery dark bluish gunmetal): again, pigmented and smooth. A beautiful sophisticated colour for a smokey eye. This is my favourite colour in the palette.

Pearl 421 (metallic rust colour): In the swatches it looks a lot more bronze for some reason, but it has definite reddish burgundy undertones. Reasonably pigmented and buttery smooth.

Shine 49 (cool toned metallic gold): not as pigmented as the others, but buttery smooth texture.

Pearl 433 (metallic green-tinged gold): reasonably pigmented and buttery smooth.

Inglot eye shadows Pearl 451, Pearl 421
Inglot Eye shadows: Pearl 451, Pearl 421

 Inglot eye shadows Shine 49, Pearl 433
Inglot eye shadows: Shine 49, Pearl 433

Inglot lipstick #163:

This is a rusty red colour with a satin finish. It is fairly pigmented and lasts about 4hrs on me, leaving behind a pretty stain as it wears off. I don’t find this drying, but it doesnt really add any moisture to my lips.

It has a strong synthetic perfume-ish scent which I don’t particularly like, so those with sensitive noses may have an issue with this.

This cost me $25 AUD, which in my opinion is not as good value as their eye shadows considering I can get a MAC lipstick for $16.50 and a Chanel lipstick for $35 if I order from the US.  ?

Inglot lipstick # 163


swatches Left: NARS Heat Wave Right: Inglot lipstick 163

My only beef with Inglot products is the numbering system. I hate the fact that these shadows are given a number instead of a name- not only does it make it difficult for buyers to remember what they saw in reviews but it also cheapens the product a little.

It isn’t that difficult to come up with a few names. In my opinion, once a product has a name, it sort of gains a personality and a back story (think Russian Red), which engages the consumer on an emotional level and is a great marketing tool. Inglot, if you are listening…
I will definitely post some FOTDs with these shadows, so watch this space!


Posted by on Feb 6th, 2011 in Eye shadow, Inglot, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 262comments

OCC Lip Tars in Melange and Clear: review, swatches, and a concoction!

from left: Vintage lip tar, Melange lip tar, Clear lip tar
from left: Vintage lip tar, Melange lip tar, Clear lip tar


Because I had so much fun playing mad scientist with Grandma and Vintage (to see the review and swatches click here) I couldn’t help but pick up a couple more OCC Lip Tars from Makeup and Glow. This time I got Melange and Clear.


The colour is described as a ‘neutral terracotta’ and does look like this on the swatches I have seen on other people. On me, however, it’s much lighter both on the skin swatch and on my lips (the colours in the photo are pretty true to life). I would describe it as a neutral peach nude with slight yellow/orange undertones.

 I can see young Bridget Bardot rocking this colour with lots of eye liner!


Wearing a thin layer of OCC lip tar in Melange on lips
Wearing a thin layer of OCC lip tar in Melange on lips

? Texture and pigmentation:

As with the other OCC lip tars I have tried, it is feather light on the lips, opaque coverage and extremely long lasting.
The one negative thing I have noticed with this (and Grandma) is that I get that awful Melange coloured dried dead skin ring where my lips meet after about 2hrs of wear (although I get around this by applying lip balm to that inner lip area every 30mins). This happens with most brightly coloured lipsticks but more so with the lip tars for some reason.
Still, Melange is my favourite colour so far.

lip swatch- OCC lip tar Melange
lip swatch- OCC lip tar Melange
Playing around with Melange and my Vintage lip tar, I came up with a mid toned dusty rose colour. For lack of a more imaginative name, let’s call it ‘Vint-Lange’ (laugh at this, and I will fight you)

Vintage, Vintage + Melange= 'Vint-Lange', Melange
swatched from left: Vintage, Vintage + Melange= ‘Vint-Lange’, Melange

1 part Vintage 2 parts Melange concoction = 'Vint-Lange'
1 part Vintage 2 parts Melange concoction = ‘Vint-Lange’

Me wearing ‘Vint-lange’ lip swatch

full face wearing 'Vint-Lange' on lips
full face wearing ‘Vint-Lange’ on lips
The Clear Lip Tar has the same base ingredients (castor seed oil, hemp oil, peppermint oil, vitamin E) as the others, just without pigment. It has a much thinner consistency and a glossy finish that stays glossy (unlike the coloured Lip Tars which apply glossy but dry to a satin finish). It is meant to be used to sheer out the other Lip Tars.
I find that it gives Lip Tars a high gloss transparent quality (the extent of this depending on how much you use) which can be quite pretty; however, the staying power of the product drops significantly once the Clear Lip Tar is mixed in with the regular ones.
I got my lip tars from for $16

For international orders check the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics website

Posted by on Jan 27th, 2011 in Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 140comments

OCC Lip Tars Vintage and Grandma: review and swatches

When I first got my OCC Lip Tars in the mail, I was hyped up to the eyeballs from all the rave reviews from makeup gurus. I ripped the mail package apart in excitement, whipped out my lip brush, tried both colours on in a frenzy, hated them both, and angrily threw them in my drawer never to be seen again…

Until about a week ago. I’m not sure why, but suddenly they seemed to work for me. I think I must have over-applied the product initially.. and Grandma looks ridiculously bright on me when overdone.

Anyhoo… on to the review!

Product description from OCC:

OCC Lip Tar Vintage and Grandma product photos
OCC Lip Tars Vintage (left), Grandma (right)
A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment – a little goes a very, very long way! An intense yet featherweight layer of color that stands up to the scrutiny of Hi-Def Video and Digital Photography, without ever looking (or feeling!) heavy. Meant to be mixed, Lip Tar comes in concise array of colors for a limitless selection of shades made by you!” [from the OCC website]

Price and availability: $16 from for Australian orders. for international orders.


-Grandma is a bright Coral Pink when swatched, but spread in a thin layer on my lips it turns a baby doll pink. I’m not entirely sure why. If I over apply it will look neon coral pink.

-Vintage is a deep dark shade of burgundy red. Like my D&G Ultra lipstick in Lip Tar form. 

– Lip Tars are meant to be mixed, so I had a little play with it and found that a tiny smudge of Vintage, plus a good squeeze of Grandma mixed together makes the prettiest darkened petal pink (last photo below)

OCC Lip Tar Vintage and Grandma swatches
Swatched on arm: Grandma (left) Vintage (right)

-applies glossy, and dries down to a satin finish. 

-it is feather light, as if you are not wearing anything.

-If you have dry lips like me I would suggest exfoliating lips before using the Lip Tars because they do tend to accentuate flaky lips.

Pigmentation and wear time:

-Amazing pigmentation, in fact, the most pigmented product I have come across. A tiny drop is enough to cover both top and bottom lips, and I would highly recommend that you use a lip brush with darker colours because your lips will look like a mess otherwise. 
– Wear time is also just as amazing. Lasts all day, even through meals and drinking. The swatches were damn hard to get off my arm too. 

Lip swatch OCC Lip Tar in Grandma
Lip swatch OCC Lip Tar in Grandma- applied sparingly.
Lip swatch OCC Lip tar Vintage
Lip swatch of OCC Lip Tar in Vintage
me wearing OCC Lip Tar in Grandma
Full face photo- wearing OCC Lip Tar in Grandma

FOTD wearing OCC Lip Tar in Vintage
Full face photo- wearing OCC Lip Tar in Vintage

wearing a mix of OCC lip tar in Grandma and Vintage
Full face photo wearing a mix of Grandma and Vintage

Overall impression:

Loving the product. Even though it takes a bit of prep and careful application, it stays on your lips forever- a great party lip product. I have put an order through the Makeup and Glow website for Melange and Clear.
Posted by on Jan 18th, 2011 in FOTD, Lip Gloss, Lipstick, OCC cosmetics, Reviews, Swatches | 171comments

Lipstick Queen Rouge Sinner lipstick in "Red"


Poppy King Lipstick Queen photo
The lipstick queen herself

?I picked up my first Poppy King lippy about a month ago after seeing it on a sales assistant working at Kit Cosmetics. I have enough red lipstick to last me several lifetimes but the red on her lips was just so vivid and fresh that I had to have it.


It is a bright true red. The photos below make the colour look a little washed out (I have a lot of trouble getting true photographs of reds, not sure why) but Red Sinner is very very vivid and will get you noticed (in a good way). In my opinion it probably would look best on fairer complexions.


The texture of the Sinner lipstick is very unusual for a matte lipstick- completely matte yet surprisingly silky and does not dry your lips or settle into lip lines. It is actually quite similar to my Lancome Color Design lipstick in ‘Corset’ in terms of texture, and looks (and feels) as if there are silicones filling in your lip wrinkles making the lips look airbrushed and plumper than they were.

note: for more swatches and product photos of this lipstick click here to go to post Seeing Red: My red lipstick collection

Price: $33.95
availability: Kit Cosmetics in Australia, internationally.

lipstick queen rouge sinner lipstick red review, lip swatch
lip swatch: Lipstick Queen Rouge Sinner lipstick in Red

Me wearing Lipstick Queen Red Sinner, Laura Mercier satinee creme colour in Rum Satin, and MAC Gingerly blush
Me wearing Lipstick Queen Rouge Sinner in Red, Laura Mercier satinee creme colour in Rum Satin, and MAC Gingerly blush.
I’m also wearing:
-Laura Mercier Satinee Creme Colour in ‘Rum Satin’
-UD 24/7 zero eyeliner
-NARS Sheer Glow
-Laura Mercier translucent setting powder (I’ve just received and am loving it so far. Will do a review soon)
Posted by on Jan 14th, 2011 in FOTD, Lipstick | 113comments

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