Being able to achieve a flawless makeup finish is a great thing for most occasions – it’s even more important for special events. With my wedding coming up next year, I am really paying attention to products that can give the highly sought after flawless-but-natural-looking face, especially looking for those that photograph well. I’ll be trying and reviewing makeup and beauty tools for this purpose over the next few months- watch this space for more!
The Corrective Colours Kit ($54 from ry.com.au) is a camouflage/concealer palette with 4 colours that can be used alone or combined. Yellow corrects for redness in skin and blemishes; peach counteracts the bluish green tinge of under eye circles; beige for a general neutral shade that can be blended with other colours, and lilac to counteract yellow and sallowness.
I’m mostly happy with the texture of the product- the peach shade sits well on the undereye area without noticable creasing through the day. The only problematic shade texturewise is the yellow shade- which is a little drier, and catches on flaky skin a little bit. On normal skin it’s not a problem, but on flaky blemishes it’s not ideal.
I use the peach and yellow shades the most. The peach does work fairly well under the eye area to cancel the bluish green tinge of undereye circles, and there’s no noticable creasing if you use a thin layer.
I find the yellow works well at cancelling redness around the nose, and the lips- although my one gripe here is that it’s really quite a pale shade. Probably a touch to pale for my fair to medium skin, and most likely too pale for anyone darker than me. I get around this problem by patting on some foundation on top with my beauty blender. You could probably also try and mix it with your own concealer.
I haven’t really found a use for the lilac shade yet- I’d love to know what you guys use this type of shade for in terms of spot correcting.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF
According to Kiehl’s…
” Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30 is a multi-action formula that provides both immediate and long term benefits.
1. Instantly brightens and perfects the skin: Formulated with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to instantly help diminish the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under eye area.
2. Brightens overtime by reducing hyperpigmentation: Activated C and Licorice Root are used within the formula to help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
3. Protection: Developed with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, utilizing a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration”
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This limited edition collection is inspired by one of Bobbi’s favourite destinations- Telluride Colorado. The collection features shades of tawny nude, rose gold, pinky bronze, reminiscent of the late afternoon sun in Telluride. It consists of a limited edition eyeshadow palette, 3 Pot Rouge shadeds for lips and cheeks, a limited edition Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink, and 3 lip trios (lipstick, lip pencil, gloss).
I was very fortunate to receive the limited edition Telluride Eye Palette to swatch and review.
Bobbi Brown says..
” A palette of sunset-inspired eye shadow shades that deliver a range of brilliant eye looks. Featuring seven earthy eye shadows in a variety of brown, soft blush and mauve hues, this palette is a fresh take on a neutral eye—a major makeup trend from Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week. The palette includes a sleek Dual-Ended Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush for on-the-go application. ”
From left to right:
‘Cream’ is a (very) sheer matte warm white. I apologise if you can’t see the swatch, my camera didn’t pick it up well.
‘Woodrose’ is a sheer but buildable light brown taupe in a matte finish. This works well as a subtle crease shade that works with almost everything- I love this colour and wish it was more pigmented.
‘Velvet Plum Metallic’ is a medium but buildable pigmentation plummy bronze in a shimmer/metallic finish. The fine shimmers in this shade give the lids that ‘glossy look’ I adore . This is my favourite shade in the palette.
‘Blazing Star Sparkle’ is a white glitter shade in a clear base.
‘Heather Rose Shimmer Wash’ is bronze with multicoloured shimmer and medium pigmentation. The shimmer particles are on the larger side, and does seem to create a lot of fallout so be careful with the application of this one.
‘Antique Rose’ is a sheer to medium pigmentation dusty rose beige in a matte finish. Gorgeous shade, but it fades pretty quickly on me.
‘Smokey Brown’ is an extremely pigmented blackened espresso brown in a matte finish. This is a great shade because it works so well as a liner (it’s so pigmented it looks like a cream product even when applied dry), as well as a fantastic dark brown/black matte shade that blends out smoothly and doesn’t catch on the skin.
The dual ended brush that comes with the palette is pretty decent quality (surprisingly! I get so many crappy sponge applicators with my high end eyeshadow palettes, I usually just throw them out) I use the fluffy side for applying and blending shadow, the flat synthetic bristles on the other side works well for applying Smokey Brown as a liner.
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Rimmel recently released a new line of colourful lipglosses inspired by Rita Ora (the face of the collection). I was sent the shades Purrr… Glossy Cat #130, and Ooh La La #500 to try.
Purrr… Glossy Cat is a pale cool nude with medium to high pigmentation, pretty decent coverage for a pale nude. Ooh La La is a bright fuschia pink with medium pigmentation. Both products have a reasonably good wear time for a gloss on my lips (about 2hrs before it’s mostly faded)- I was surprised at the relatively good wear time of Glossy Cat for a nude gloss- although I did find that the product tended to accumulate at the inner part of the lips, which meant I needed to tidy up with a tissue before reapplying at the 2hr mark.
These do sit very comfortably on the lips, with a moisturising, cushiony feel and a non-sticky, lightweight formula.
“OMG! Get set to sing, shout and scream with pumped, hi-gloss, luscious lips. Pushing the boundaries of long-lasting lustre, Oh My Gloss! marries Rimmel’s Gloss Lock’ technology with Argan Oil and Vitamin E. The formula delivers up to 6 hours of crowd-roaring colour, shine and comfort. With its non-sticky, lightweight feel, your lip-look couldn’t get any better!”
Price: RRP $13.95 AUD
Availability: available from May 2015 from Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Chemist Warehouse, Target, Kmart, BIG W, selected pharmacies and selected Coles and Woolworths.
Rimmel has also released their ScandalEyes Extreme Mascara, with a 2 sided brush. I don’t often blog about mascaras, there are only a few that are remarkable- most of them are pretty ordinary and same-same on my lashes. This is a goody though, it really does volumise and lengthen damn well especially if you take the time to use both sides of the brush.
Price: $16.95myfunnyvalentine on Jun 2nd, 2015 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 112670 comments. Rimmel+Oh+My+Gloss+and+new+ScandalEyes+Extreme+Mascara%3A+Review+and+Swatches2015-06-02+00%3A45%3A26myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11267
I purchased the Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction (rrp $52 AUD) as I was going through Duty Free last year. I’m a sucker for a glossy berry lip, and even though I have a number of nearly identical berry toned lip products- there’s always room in my heart for one more.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction is a pigmented cool berry shade with a juicy gloss finish on initial application. It is almost opaque in 2 layers and the pigmentation intensifies with each reapplication through the day.
I feel like it is at it’s most gorgeous when first applied and then loses it’s glossiness quite quickly- becoming more of a cross between lipstick texture and stain on the lips. The product still looks reasonably nice once the shine wears off but what initially drew me to Distinction was the dimensional glossy colour- so it’s a little unfortunate that this aspect of the product is so fleeting. Wear time overall is about 3 hours.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Distinction is neither drying nor moisturising. As with many dark colours, (exceptions to this include YSL Glossy Stain in Brun Glace, and at the other end of the price point spectrum- Face Of Australia Lip Paint in Very Berry) it can sometimes settle into lip lines if your lips are dry- so prep lips beforehand if you want this to sit nicely.
Overall- it is a stunning colour on initially application but becomes a bit blah after about 15 mins. For the luxe price point I would hesitate to repurchase
Comparison swatches (from left): Chanel Distinction, YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition, MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Good To Be Bad
myfunnyvalentine on May 19th, 2015 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 111390 comments. Chanel+Rouge+Allure+Gloss+in+Distinction%3A+Review%2C+Swatches2015-05-19+08%3A35%3A20myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11139
NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils ($34 AU) are one of my favourite matte formulas, and I’m completely besotted with the shade Dolce Vita. I already own Dolce Vita in the regular lipstick, and also the lipgloss form- but I think that the Velvet Matte lip pencil is by far the most interesting version of the three.
Both Dolce Vita and Red Square are completely matte- a smooth matte formula that glides on the lips quite easily and doesn’t feel heavy or drying on the lips at all. Not bad for a matte! Lasting power is excellent for Red Square (4-5hrs before noticable fading), and average for Dolce Vita (about 2 hrs).
Red Square is a warm orange toned red with almost full pigmentation in one swipe. It swatches warmer on my skin than it looks on my lips. Dolce Vita is a neutral to warm guava rose colour with medium and buildable pigmentation- it is such a flattering shade.
My only gripe with these products is the fact that you need to sharpen them. I hate having to sharpen pencils because they are inconvenient, (particularly if I’m travelling), and you lose product each time you sharpen. At $34 a pop, I don’t understand why NARS didn’t make these a twist-up type pencil, like Clinique did with their Chubby Sticks.
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