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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 | 7comments

Ameli eye shadows, you rock my world! : Review and Swatches

Why hello there!
A couple of weeks ago Kean from emailed me asking whether I would like to review some Ameli eye shadows. I had never previously heard of Ameli (I am ashamed to say I know nothing about Asian cosmetics outside of Shu) but they are a Korean cosmetics brand with a focus on eye makeup.
About Vanity Box:
Vanity Box is a project that started mid 2010. Our intent is to source Korean cosmetics which may not be as popular overseas yet but is hugely popular in Korea. As some of you may know, Korea is widely recognised for the quality and affordability of its skincare and cosmetics (Think Laneige, Tony Moly, The Faceshop, Missha) We felt that there aren’t many options in Australia yet apart from the mainstream Korean brands. Even so, these products are often overpriced. [taken from their website]

I had a little play with the eye shadows over the last week and am quite impressed with the quality of the shadows.


from left:  Cinnamon Dust, Black Scandal, Arabian Night, Golden Olive


Cinnamon Dust: A matte warm grey with subtle green undertones. It does have some shimmer particles, which I find doesn’t really show up on my eyes (ie ends up looking totally matte). Smooth texture, medium pigmentation.

Black Scandal: Shimmery midnight blue, incredibly pigmented and smooth. Words cannot express how beautiful this colour is. Just a note of warning though- the shadow is fairly soft so apply with a light hand otherwise you will look like a (stylish) raccoon.

Arabian Night: Sparkly cool-toned purple. fairly pigmented, and reasonably smooth.

Golden Olive: metallic duochrome khaki base infused with orange-gold shimmer. Smooth texture, medium pigmentation.

from left: French Chic, Luxury Brown, Orange Glow

French Chic: shimmery light silvery sea-green colour. Very smooth texture and good pigmentation.

Luxury Brown: metallic medium-dark rust brown colour. Highly pigmented and very smooth.

Orange Glow: orange gold (similar to MAC melon pigment colour-wise). Not as pigmented as the others, and a little bit chalky.

…and here are some swatches. Some of the colours are a little washed out (sorry!)


Swatches from left: Arabian Night, Black Scandal, Golden Olive, Cinnamon Dust.



Orange Glow, Luxury Brown, French Chic


Packaging: the individual shadows come in a cute silver flip up compact with the colour visible through the central clear portion.
French Chic

I will be doing FOTDs with these shadows soon, but for now I just wanted to show you how Cinnamon Chic, French Chic, and Black Scandal look as a single wash over the eye lid.
wearing Ameli eye shadow in French Chic as a wash over lid

Wearing Ameli Cinnamon Chic eyeshadow as single wash on eye and Chanel Extrait de gloss ‘Impertinance’

 Wearing Ameli eye shadow in Cinnamon dust and Chanel Extrait de Gloss in ‘Impertinence’


wearing Ameli eye shadow ‘Black Scandal’ all over lid with MAC ‘Omega’ to blend into crease


wearing Ameli ‘Black Scandal’ all over lid with MAC ‘Omega’ to blend into crease

Price: Ameli shadows cost between $13.00 and $19.50 at Vanity Box

please note these products were sent to me for consideration by Vanity Box.
Posted by on Feb 9th, 2011 in Chanel, Eye shadow, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 5comments

Chanel Extrait de Gloss Impertinence: Review and swatches

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 packaging
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 packaging

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence

Be still my beating heart! Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss formula might actually knock NARS lip glosses off it’s HG pedestal.

I bought #59 Impertinence from the Chanel’s US website (through the mail forwarding service Shopaholiques) recently.


I had been looking for a neutral brown lip gloss that doesn’t lean plum or red on the lips, a gloss that would give that sepia photograph look (I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone but me). It’s hard to find a neutral brown gloss! I guess brown is not really that common or popular a colour in lip gloss land.

Yet here it is…. the perfect neutral brown.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence (neutral brown) Swatched
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence (neutral brown) Swatched

Texture and pigmentation:

Like most chanel lip products, it wears beautifully on the lips. Non sticky but with enough thickness to stay put on the lips for 3ish hours (really good for a gloss on my lips) and quite moisturizing.

It has medium pigmentation with enough translucency to see your lip details.
Love the luxurious weighty packaging on chanel products, and this is no exception. The wedge shaped paddle applicater feels a little strange to use, but I have no real complaints about this.  
I got it from for RRP 32USD

bronze smokey eye FOTD wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in #59 Impertinence neutral browns
Me wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in #59 Impertinence.


lip swatch Chanel Rouge Allure extrait de gloss #59 Impertinence
lip swatch Chanel Rouge Allure extrait de gloss #59 Impertinence


I can see myself falling for the Extrait de Gloss in Fatale, Genie, Insouciance, and Emoi, but won’t be getting any until my wallet recovers from my recent purchases.
Have you tried any Extrait de Glosses? Likes/Dislikes?
Posted by on Feb 7th, 2011 in Chanel, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 4comments

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 | 22comments

My Blushes: Swatches and Product Photos

Hey ladies,

Thought I would swatch my modest blush collection for you guys. I can’t seem to find my BECCA Beach Tint in Peach anywhere but I’m sure it will turn up sooner or later. 

my blushes MAC Peachykween, MAC Blushbaby
MAC Peachykween, MAC Blushbaby
MAC Peaches, MAC Gingerly
MAC Peaches, MAC Gingerly

NARS Mounia, BECCA Watermelon
NARS Mounia, BECCA Watermelon

MAC Pink Swoon, MAC Posie blushcreme
MAC Pink Swoon, MAC Posie blushcreme

Blush swatches: MAC Pink Swoon, NARS Mounia, BECCA Watermelon beach tint
Blush swatches: MAC Pink Swoon, NARS Mounia, BECCA Watermelon beach tint
MAC Posie, MAC Fleur Power, MAC Peachykeen
MAC Posie, MAC Fleur Power, MAC Peachykeen

Blush swatches: MAC Fleur Power, MAC Gingerly, MAC Peaches

I’m not sure why my blushes are almost all MAC, it just happened that way.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... Posted by on Feb 1st, 2011 in Blush, MAC, NARS, Swatches | 4comments

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