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YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm Review + Swatches

February 14, 2018

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches

I’m a huge fan of YSL lipsticks and balms so when I found out they were launching a new Volupte Liquid Colour Balm I literally stalked the web daily to buy them the second they went online. Right now these are exclusive to Nordstrom and there are twelve shades total. I ordered seven of them sight unseen and they are amazing. If you like the Volupte Tint in Balms or Rouge Volupte Shines you’re going to be obsessed with the Volupte Liquid Colour Balms. YSL describes these as it having a “breakthrough formula” that is “packed with soothing shea butter, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, coconut water and jojoba oil, which soften lines, enhance lip texture and lock in moisture.”

These come with a flexible cushiony sponge tip applicator. The tips are in the cutest shape of lips! Pigment is rather impressive for a lip balm in my opinion, but they are still medium in coverage. They have an ultra smooth hydrating feel and it’s quite lush on the lips. Each balm has that distinct fruity melon/mango kind of scent which I love. One of the shades is a pale pink which is pretty much clear, but it’s an overnight lip mask instead of a tinted balm. You can wear it as a regular balm – to me it feels the same as the other shades and if left on overnight it leaves lips incredibly soft.

Lasting power is about the same as the other glossy YSL lips. They’ll stay on for a few hours and won’t fade as long as you don’t touch the lips. The formula leaves the lips so smooth and soft I don’t mind reapplying.

The colors don’t have shimmer but there is a high shine and some of them have a very subtle pearl which isn’t noticeable on but adds dimension. While these aren’t necessarily plumping for some reason on my already full lips the moisture and shine makes my lips look super full. Colors I picked were random, I literally wanted to buy all of them. After testing the shades I have I still do. I tried to show some restraint as there are a lot of other beauty releases coming out this spring. The colors are phenomenal and have a lot more color payoff than the Tint in Oils which are a lot thinner and more oily in texture.

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms descriptions:

  • Night Rehab 1 is a clear pale milky pink
  • Expose Me Rose 2 is a bright rose pink
  • Show Me Peach 3 is a medium peach
  • Spy On Me Nude 4 is a peachy nude
  • Watch Me Orange 5 is a bright orange
  • Devour Me Plum 10 is a plum
  • Chase Me Nude 12 is a pinkish nude

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches of Night Rehab 1, Expose Me Rose 2, Show Me Peach 3, Spy On Me Nude 4, Watch Me Orange 5, Devour Me Plum 10 and Chase Me Nude 12

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches of Night Rehab 1, Expose Me Rose 2, Show Me Peach 3, Spy On Me Nude 4, Watch Me Orange 5, Devour Me Plum 10 and Chase Me Nude 12

Side by sides next to the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush from a few days ago:

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms and Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms and Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

A swatch of the Tint-In-Oil #9 swatched here vs the Volupte Liquid Colour Balm #12:

YSL Tint In Oil 9 vs Volupte Liquid Colour Balm 12

Bottom line 100% love. If you’re a lip gloss lover and like tinted balms but want something with color these are for you! I love every single color I bought although #5 Watch Me Orange is really orange on me. I highly recommend checking these out. As a comparison of this to other YSL lipsticks that are sheer and glossy, I cannot pick a favorite formula. They’re all different in color, texture and finish. I truly love them all, but these new Volupte Liquid Colour Balms are really phenomenal. The colors are pretty, fresh and perfect for spring to summer. I’m for sure going to have at least one these in my makeup bag at all times for the rest of the year.

YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms Review and Swatches of Night Rehab 1, Expose Me Rose 2, Show Me Peach 3, Spy On Me Nude 4, Watch Me Orange 5, Devour Me Plum 10 and Chase Me Nude 12

You can find them now at Nordstrom for $32 each. I suspect they have an early exclusive and that they’ll launch at other retailers later in the spring but I’m not 100% sure.

Have you tried any of these yet? What did you think?

 

Chanel Fragrance Lips

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush + Valentine’s Day Picks

February 12, 2018

Chanel Beauty Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel has quite a few new launches this spring and today I’m thrilled to give you a peek at the new Rouge Coco Lip Blush along with some other picks for Valentine’s Day in fragrance, nails and lips. Right now it appears most of these are exclusive to Chanel.com, I suspect they will trickle into stores and counters soon.

First is a selection of options in the scent Chance Eau Tendre. This is a bright fruity floral that has grapefruit, green notes and quince mixed with jasmine and a bit of mush. It’s very spring-like and romantic. If you like this scent in the Eau de Toilette form you can now wear it in a number of ways including the Body Oil Spray (lovely lightweight feel with excellent packaging), Moisturizing Body Cream (luxurious smooth and cooling on the skin) and Hair Mist. My favorite is the Hair Mist because it has enough throw but is still soft enough that it’s not overpowering. The entire line smells like spring.

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Review

The Rouge Coco Lip Blush is a unique lightweight gel product for lips and cheeks. The colors are vibrant and bold in the tube but once you blend the color sheers out quite a bit for a soft tint. On the lips I can layer easily for more color – it’s not something you have to pack on to get to show up. On the cheeks however the gel is quite sheer and a tiny bit dewy for a very natural youthful glow perfect for spring. There’s no detectable scent and these come with a soft double sided sponge applicator.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

On the lips I apply directly with the sponge. On the cheeks I make three to four dabs of color and then blend with the fingers. I was initially worried that my foundation and powder would get the sponge dirty but as long as you dab lightly there’s no issue. Also these work really well over foundation and powder. As long as your base isn’t super matte and super heavy you can layer on top and blend without it looking like you caked on product on your face.

The six colors include:

  • 410 Corail Naturel sheer medium peach pink
  • 412 Orange Explosif bright orange
  • 414 Tender Rose sheer medium warm pink
  • 416 Teasing Pink bright sheer cool pink
  • 418 Rouge Captivant bold classic red
  • 420 Burning Berry deep brown plum

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

To me, Corail Naturel and Tender Rose look almost identical on me. The difference is very slight with Tender Rose having just a bit more pink. Those two are also the sheerest. Swatched below blended versus layered to show how much the color sheers out:

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book, Corail Naturel, Orange Explosif, Tender Rose, Teasing Pink, Rouge Captivant and Burning Berry

Close up of the applicators:

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Lip Swatches via The Beauty Look Book, Corail Naturel, Orange Explosif, Tender Rose, Teasing Pink, Rouge Captivant and Burning Berry

Wearing each of the colors on both lips and cheeks. As you can see below the colors on the cheeks are very sheer when blended. They give just a soft hint of color with a dewy finish. Also wearing on the face is the Estee Lauder Doublewear Nude in 3W1, MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder in Medium Plus, Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Warm Brunette (I can also pull off Soft Brunette).

Everything is swatched on bare lips, nothing else is ever added unless I list it in the descriptions above. Corresponding color is also on the cheeks blended except for 414 Tender Rose which you can see dabbed on one cheek and blended on the other.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Lip Swatches via The Beauty Look Book, Corail Naturel, Orange Explosif, Tender Rose, Teasing Pink, Rouge Captivant and Burning Berry

Overall lasting power is medium, on the cheeks they stay put for a few hours but due to the dewy nature they can get a tiny bit shiny looking. On the lips these feel like a weightless gel. Lasting power is good for a few hours and the deeper shades leave a tiny bit of a stain. The lighter shades fade on me fairly fast. Overall thoughts are that these are true to Chanel’s style of the simple classic kind of beauty. I wish the neutrals had a bit more pigment because the colors are PERFECT! They do make for a very nice barely there polished look though. My favorite out of the entire bunch is Teasing Pink. It’s a sheer hot pink, the sheerness makes it wearable for me.

There are a lot of other coordinating products to go with the new Rouge Coco Lip Blush in lipsticks and nail polishes. I don’t have any to review at this time but if you’re interested in anything let me know in the comments.

Last but not least are two classics, they aren’t new, but the Chanel Le Vernis in Shantung is a classic red perfect for Valentine’s Day, but really wearable for year round. Rouge Allure Velvet in Rouge Feu is a classic warm bright red fr the lips if you’re looking for something bold.

Chanel Le Vernis Shantung and Rouge Allure Velvet Rouge Feu

Chanel Le Vernis Shantung and Rouge Allure Velvet Rouge Feu swatches

Bottom line lots to love for me. The weather is warming up here which makes me feel ready to break out the spring scents. Chance Eau Tendre to me is a perfect warm weather fragrance that’s feminine and light but not too strong. For the Rouge Coco Lip Blush I really like the colors as I think they’re going to be flattering on a number of skintones and would have bought them even if I didn’t receive them as press samples. I’m still trying to get used to the formula as I’m normally not really into gel products but I like that they give a very fresh faced look. Given the lightweight practically weightless feel I know I’m going to appreciate it a lot more once the weather warms up and humidity rises.

You can find the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush, Chance Eau Tendre, Shantung and Rouge Feu all on Chanel.com. For a limited time they’re offering complimentary overnight shipping on all US orders placed by Tuesday February 13 at 2 PM, I do believe anything with nail products have to ship ground though.

Have you tried the Rouge Coco Lip Blush yet? If yes what did you think?

Chanel items sent courtesy of Chanel for review.

Cle de Peau Beaute Lips

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss Review

January 29, 2018

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Cle de Peau Beaute just launched several items for spring and the new Radiant Lip Glosses ($36 each for 8 ml/.25 oz, made in Japan) caught my eye immediately. There are eight shades of gloss all with a radiant and glowing theme that reflect light with subtle shimmers. It’s been a while since I’ve bought any makeup from Cle de Peau although I regularly restock on their Facial Cotton and love their Loose Powder Puff. The last thing I bought lip-wise was the Radiant Rouge Liquid which I thoroughly enjoyed and based on that fact decided to splurge on all of the new Radiant Lip Glosses that launched for spring.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

The new Radiant Lip Glosses are cushiony glosses that have a very smooth non-sticky finish. There is a very slight hint of a soft floral scent but it’s a barely there kind of scent so those who prefer scent-free lip products will still be able to wear them. Based on the arm swatches online I expected medium coverage. On me these are sheer to medium, but definitely pull more on the sheer side. Each shade has some degree of reflective shimmer – some are more sparkly than others but every one has a very natural looking sheen.

The eight shades include gem-inspired names:

  • 1 Rose Quartz – pale pink with light gold and light pink flecks, basically clear
  • 2 Warm Crystal – medium iridescent warm beige with silver sparkles
  • 3 Charm – soft rose with a very natural pearl quality
  • 4 Pink Aura – light warm peachy pink with pink and silver sparkles
  • 5 Dream Stone – coral pink cream
  • 6 Rose Pearl – cool toned pink pearl
  • 7 Star Dust – brighter pink with pink shimmers
  • 8 Fire Ruby – sheer red

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss via The Beauty Look Book 1 Rose Quartz, 2 Warm Crystal, 3 Charm, 4 Pink Aura, 5 Dream Stone, 6 Rose Pearl, 7 Star Dust, 8 Fire Ruby

They come with a sponge tip applicator that has a twist. The wand itself is semi flexible so it molds to the curve of the lips. I love the formula in the sense that it feels comfortable and hydrating. No irritation or peeling the next day after use. I do wish the pigment was kicked up a notch as the colors are gorgeous! But since I have pigmented lips 1 through 4 pretty much look the same on me. The closest thing I can think of in terms of formula is the Chanel Rouge Coco Glosses but the Cle de Peau ones are sheerer, more cushiony and not quite as thick.

As far as lasting power goes they stay put pretty well but as with any sheer formula it’s not going to last for hours and you’ll need to reapply. I just finally tried one of the Lipsticks and the formula is AMAZING! If you’re looking to splurge and love Cle de Peau Beaute, I’d say maybe buy one or two of the glosses but save your pennies for the Lipstick or Radiant Liquid Rouge.

Radiant Lip Gloss + swatches:

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss Swatches via The Beauty Look Book 1 Rose Quartz, 2 Warm Crystal, 3 Charm, 4 Pink Aura, 5 Dream Stone, 6 Rose Pearl, 7 Star Dust, 8 Fire Ruby

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 1 Rose Quartz

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 2 Warm Crystal

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 3 Charm

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 4 Pink Aura

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 5 Dream Stone

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 6 Rose Pearl

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 7 Star Dust

Cle de Peau Radiant Gloss Swatch 8 Fire Ruby

All swatched side by side, all on bare lips. On my face I’m wearing the UV Protective Cream Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Ochre + Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation in #4:

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss Swatches via The Beauty Look Book 1 Rose Quartz, 2 Warm Crystal, 3 Charm, 4 Pink Aura, 5 Dream Stone, 6 Rose Pearl, 7 Star Dust, 8 Fire Ruby

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

I’m happy with my haul. I think the price point is reasonable, especially since these glosses are from Cle de Peau Beaute. As a gloss I don’t think these are must-haves simply because they the pigment level in real life doesn’t quite match the online swatches. Formula-wise though I think these are amazing. They are nourishing without that heavy feel. Lips feel very smooth and the finish is cushiony without any tacky feel. I think these are really nice glosses, if there was more color payoff they’d be 100% perfect to me, but I like the colors in the lineup.

I do think I’ll be reaching for these frequently in the upcoming months. However my heart still belongs to the Radiant Liquid Rouge and I’m hoping more shades will be launched in that formula.

For now with the new Radiant Lip Gloss, my top picks: Warm Crystal, Star Dust and Dream Stone.

You can find the Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss at counters now. I bought mine from Neiman Marcus. Also available at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Cle de Peau Beaute.

Are any of these on your radar? What’s your current favorite lip gloss formula?

 

Lips Marc Jacobs Beauty

New Marc Jacobs Beauty: Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon and Cream and Sugar Trio

January 24, 2018

New Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon and Cream and Sugar Trio | The Beauty Look Book

There are some new Marc Jacobs Beauty launches out now for the lips and I have a few swatches of some of the shades! A new lipstick formula is out called the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon ($26 each for 0.07 oz/ 2 g). Also new is a super cute set of minis called Cream and Sugar Nude Lip Trio ($25) with a new color of liner, gloss and lipstick called Cream and Sugar.

The Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons are ultra pigmented smooth chubby sticks. Marc Jacobs Beauty calls this “liquid lip in a stick.” These are one-swipe wonders with a rich creamy texture that feels like it melts into the skin. They have something they also call “ghost pearl” which is a very subtle sheen you can see on the lips to add dimension. Formula-wise these are incredible. Probably the most cushiony chubby pencils I’ve ever tried. They’re super comfortable on the lips and last like a long-wear lipstick. I love that they have a little shine/sheen and don’t look dry like a lot of the current lip trends did last year. The only downside for me and pretty much a deal breaker for most of the colors is that the colors are very dark and bold. As a neutral lip lover there is only one shade I feel I can pull off which is Night Mauves.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon | The Beauty Look Book

I have four colors:

  • Send Nudes is a deep brown nude, this makes me look dead
  • Night Mauves is a pearly soft pink, doesn’t really pull mauve on me but I love this shade!
  • Pink Straight is a super bold bright pink
  • Plum N Get It is a bold plum

I would have liked some more natural shades or medium-brights like the colors from the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim line or Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur formula. But the formula is top notch! Another look + swatches below. Packaging is in a twist-up format and the lids have a special locking feature when you press down so they don’t pop off easily in your purse. I love little details like this!

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon | The Beauty Look Book

I added an arm swatch of Le Marc Liquid Lip in Slow Burn which to me is the best neutral medium rose color ever made:

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Next is the Cream and Sugar Nude Lip Trio which has a new shade Cream and Sugar. It comes with minis of the Le Marc Lip Creme (peachy nude), (P)Outliner (peachy nude) and Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss (pearly gold champagne). I’m completely obsessed with all the colors and hope this means we can expect new shades in the full sizes soon. The lipstick is full coverage and opaque with a creamy feel (review on the formula when it originally launched here). The lipliner is really opaque and matte so it does tug a little on bare lips. The gloss is super pretty with a sheer finish.

Lipstick and liner have no detectable scent or taste. Gloss has a slight minty scent like all the other glosses. They have a nice cushiony feel and even though this gloss has sparkle it’s still smooth without any gritty feel.

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

This swatch shows the gold pearl of the gloss better, there are multi-colored sparkles which makes it hard to photograph all aspects of the gloss:

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons to some other nudes for reference:

  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Honeycomb review here
  • Marc Jacobs Screen Test swatched here
  • Marc Jacobs Anais swatched here
  • Marc Jacobs No Angel here
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Bradley here
  • Marc Jacobs Sugar Sugar review here

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

I’m completely in love with Cream and Sugar Lip Trio. I’ve bought some of the other mini sets they had which are usually limited-edition. Right now it’s still available in Slow Burn. For the Lip Crayons I love Night Mauves. Since I know not everyone is a neutral lip lover like me I do think a lot of women who like bold lips will find something to love. The formula is soooooo good, I do hope they expand the line.

You can find both available now at Sephora and Marc Jacobs Beauty. The trio is limited-edition.

Marc Jacobs Pink Straight and Plum N Get It provided courtesy for review.

 

Dior Lips

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms New Shades

January 17, 2018

Dior Addict Lip Glow Spring Shades | The Beauty Look Book

There are new shades of the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms ($34 each) and they are amazing! If you’re like me you probably started jumping for joy as soon as you heard the news that more colors and formula finishes were going to be launching this spring. For those who are new to these, the Dior Addict Lip Glow is a color-changing balm that shifts in color depending on your lip chemistry. They had different shades that adjust to suit your natural flushed lip color. Last year they launched the Addict Lip Glow in Berry and a Sugar Lip Scrub and Lip Glow Pomade. I reviewed and swatched all the shades in that post. This year they’ve added two new finishes in a Matte and Holographic version along with two new shades of the Original Classic formula. Six new shades total.

Dior Addict Lip Glow | The Beauty Look Book

For the six shades some are retailer specific so you’ll have to shop around to find all the new ones as some are store exclusives. I found Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have 5 of the new shades, Sephora has 1 exclusive to their store and 2 other options of the new colors. My thoughts and description of the colors and finishes. Since these will adjust to a unique shade on your skin depending on your chemistry the overall look will most likely be different on you.

  • Pink 001, Coral 004, Lilac 005, Berry 006 are the older shades you can see swatched and reviewed here
  • Raspberry 007 and Ultra-Pink 008 are both glossy sheer flushed pinks
    • Raspberry looks deeper in the tube than Ultra-Pink but for my lip chemistry Raspberry turned into a lighter pink on my lips
    • Ultra-Pink looks lighter in the tube but it gave me a deeper more flushed berry pink look
  • Matte Pink 101 and Matte Raspberry 102 have a matte finish with a nice blurred lip look
    • Matte Pink is a soft diffused pink, it doesn’t brighten or deepen like the original on me, it still goes on darker than what you see in the tube which is a soft powder pink, on my lips it’s a pretty soft blurred pink matte
    • Matte Raspberry is a cool-toned raspberry pink with a matte finish
  • Holo Purple 009 and Holo Pink 010 are sparkling shimmers
    • Holo Purple 009 gives an iridescent lilac pink that deepens on my lips (Sephora exclusive)
    • Holo Pink 010 gives a flush like the original Pink 001 but with iridescent flecks of shimmer

There’s no detectable scent. They are moisturizing with a glossy finish for the regular and holographic shades. The matte ones have a distinct matte finish but aren’t drying. Sometimes the colors will adjust deeper on my lips and give them a pink stain. Other times they’ll give my lips a lighter flush.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Balms New Shades | The Beauty Look Book

A closer look and swatches, below top to bottom:

Matte Pink, Matte Raspberry, Ultra-Pink, Raspberry, Holo Purple and Holo Pink

Dior Addict Lip Balm | The Beauty Look Book

Dior Addict Lip Glow Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Foundation worn on my face is NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Vanuatu (all shades of the formula swatched here) with Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation #4 to set. All lip products were swatched on bare lips.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

A look at the Dior Addict Lip Glows new shades in direct sunlight:

Dior Addict Lip Glow Review | The Beauty Look Book

Dior Addict Lip Glows | The Beauty Look Book

There are a few other color-changing balms on the market including the new shades of the Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tints (reviewed here) and MAC Tendertalk Balms have made a comeback (review on the original launch here). All have a similar balmy cushiony feel, moisturizing finish and glossy look. My favorites are the Dior although each formula has a similar finish and vibe. The Dior is the most hydrating on my lips and has the softest feel to me. I also like Dior’s colors the best but between the different brands I’ve tried they are pretty similar for formula.

Out of the new shades, my favorites are the Matte Pink, Raspberry and Holo Purple. Out of all the shades available I’d say my favorites are still probably the Coral and Lilac. If you want a more emollient product I’d opt for the Lip Glow Pomade which is clear on me but still gives a cushiony moisturizing finish.

This week’s giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below. One winner will receive the new Dior Holo Pink Highlighter, Holo Pink Addict Lip Glow and Ultra-Pink Addict Lip Glow. Open internationally but you must be 18 years or older to enter and qualify. I’ll pick one at random through the widget below. Not sponsored or affiliated. I will e-mail a winner within 72 hours after the giveaway ends. I usually ship prizes within a week.

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Have you tried the new shades yet? Or the original ones? Do you have a favorite brand/formula of color-changing balms? You can find the new Dior Addict Lip Glows at all Dior counters now. Do keep in mind you may have to search a few stores for all the shades. I bought mine from Nordstrom and Sephora. Also available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Dior.

 

Laura Mercier Lips

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

December 20, 2017

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

There’s a new lipstick formula from Laura Mercier called the Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick ($28 each for 1.4 g/0.035 oz, made in Germany). They launched 24 shades in a wide range of colors from pale beige to dark purple. They come in a slim twist up tube similar to the Caviar Sticks Eye Colors which I adore. I feel fortunate to be able to share swatches of all the colors with you today!

The Velour Extreme Matte Lipsticks are matte full coverage lipsticks. All have a cream finish without any shimmer. In general I hate matte lipsticks and matte lip products. I find they make my lips look dry, shriveled, colors darken and everything looks aged. The few exceptions have been the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, Louboutin Matte Lipstick and Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks. The Laura Mercier Velour Extreme the formula is ultra matte. Formula is opaque and long lasting, but smoothness is hit or miss. Most of the colors have extremely good flawless coverage, but some have a patchy finish like Ruthless (pale pink), Extreme (deep plum) and Goals (light peach). They do have a very matte finish – I found applying a balm underneath helps smooth the finish but they still last long.

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

For reference on my skintone and foundation, I currently use the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion in Buff, Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer in Natural + Tawny, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC35 and NC37. Swatches of what I rotate between in my Summer Foundation and Base Edit post. For the new NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation I’m still testing out the colors but I’m swatching Stromboli or Vanuatu or Barcelona.

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Respect, Ruthless, Vibe, Fresh, Fierce and Rock

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Nudes - Respect, Ruthless, Vibe, Fresh, Fierce and Rock

Up first are the lightest shades and neutrals:

  • Respect is a light beige
  • Ruthless is a pale powdery pink
  • Vibe is the perfect neutral pink
  • Fresh is a neutral pink rose mauve
  • Fierce is a brown neutral
  • Rock is a deeper brown

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Nudes - Respect, Ruthless, Vibe, Fresh, Fierce and Rock swatches

All swatches are done on bare lips.

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Nudes - Respect, Ruthless, Vibe, Fresh, Fierce and Rock

 

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Cool, Stylin, On Point, Fire, Control and Dominate

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Cool, Stylin, On Point, Fire, Control, Dominate

Next are the orange and reds. These are high impact shades all on the bold side. As with most reds there are similar options but each one has a different undertone. I like that these are true to what you see in the tube. Often times with reds they go on brighter or pinker than what I see.

  • Cool is a bright mod peach
  • Stylin is a bright coral peach
  • On Point is a vibrant orange
  • Fire is an orange red
  • Control is a deeper brick red
  • Dominate is a bright red

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Swatches Cool, Stylin, On Point, Fire, Control, Dominate

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Swatches Cool, Stylin, On Point, Fire, Control, Dominate

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Goals, Bring It, Clique, It Girl, Fab and Power

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Goals, Bring It, Clique, It Girl, Fab and Power

Up next are the bright pinks.

  • Goals is a powder pink
  • Bring It is a fuchsia pink
  • Clique is a bright red pink
  • It Girl is a bright deep peony pink
  • Fab is a hot cool pink
  • Power is a deeper pink red

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Goals, Bring It, Clique, It Girl, Fab and Power

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Goals, Bring It, Clique, It Girl, Fab and Power LIP SWATCHES

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Queen, Fatale, Hot, Boss, Dare, Extreme

Laura Mercier Queen, Fatale, Hot, Boss, Dare, Extreme

Last are the deeper pinks and purples. For some reason the deeper shades were pretty patchy on my lips. There is a sharp contrast between my natural lip color and many of these.

  • Queen is a bright cool pink
  • Fatale is a plum red
  • Hot is a bright deep red
  • Boss is a patchy violet
  • Dare is a muted mauve brown plum
  • Extreme is a deep streaky blackened purple

Laura Mercier Queen, Fatale, Hot, Boss, Dare, Extreme

Laura Mercier Queen, Fatale, Hot, Boss, Dare, Extreme Lip Swatches

Lasting power is quite impressive. They do have a dry texture/feel in the tube so there is going to be slight tugging when you apply on the lips. If you have a balm underneath they’ll glide on better. Once on the lips they feel weightless and very comfortable. I love the packaging style and hope they launch this in cream or shimmer shades because I can see myself wearing those more than mattes. For a matte lipstick these are good. I still prefer other matte formulas like the ones from Pat McGrath, and in general like cream or gloss finishes for lipsticks.

The best thing about these is the lasting power. They stay put and don’t bleed at all. There is going to be transfer to cups or napkins if you drink but otherwise they stay on the lips for hours without budging. I liked that they worked well with balms too. No detectable scent on these either. Do you have a favorite matte lipstick formula?

My top five picks: Vibe, Fresh, Fierce, Fatale and Power.

You can find the Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipsticks available now at Sephora.

Lipsticks sent courtesy of Laura Mercier for review.

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show

November 28, 2017

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show Review + Swatches

I ordered the Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 in Skin Show ($75) sight unseen which features new liquid lipsticks, a clear gloss and a micro glitter pigment. After falling in love with the Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks I decided to try this set. There are two shade options and I went for the nude one. Quick takeaway is I still prefer her regular lipstick formula but for liquid lipsticks hers are pretty darn good. I feel like I’m pretty much the only one who is in general anti-liquid lipsticks because they just don’t work with my lips, often look dry and shriveled. I usually have to add gloss or balm to make them work.

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show Review + Swatches

The LiquiLUST 007 comes in an iridescent sealed pouch stuffed with lavender colored sequins. It’s definitely eye catching and fun but I have no idea what I’m going to do with all these little bits of iridescent purple sequins. Andrew was worried the cat would jump into my flatlays because he likes shiny things and get glitter all over the place. In reality he should be more concerned that I’d get it everywhere – there’s something about glitter and sequins that makes me think it would be super fun to just throw toss up in the air everywhere in the house.

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show Review + Swatches

Inside the set you have:

  • Liquid Lipstick in Divine Nude which is a neutral nude pink
  • Liquid Lipstick in Possessed which is a medium rose
  • Liquid Lipstick in Slay-OMI which is a deep wine brown
  • Clear Vinyl Gloss (comes with a slanted applicator)
  • Gold 007 Cristalline Micro-Fine Pigment

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show Review

Swatches:

Pat McGrath Liquid Lipsticks in Divine Nude, Possessed and Slay-OMI

Lip swatches:

Pat McGrath Liquid Lipsticks in Divine Nude, Possessed and Slay-OMI

Pat McGrath Liquid Lipsticks in Divine Nude, Possessed and Slay-OMI

Some comparison swatches next to her 1995 Matte Trance, Realness LuxeTrance, OMI MatteTrance, Beautiful Creature LuxeTrance:

Pat McGrath Liquid Lipsticks in Divine Nude, Possessed and Slay-OMI Swatches vs LuxeTrance Lipsticks and MatteTrance Lipsticks

Comparison swatches next to NARS Power Matte Pigment in American Woman, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Slow Burn, Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid in Chutney, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Platinum Blonde and Dolly Bird (these two aren’t dupes or similar, just added them to show how deep the other shades are), Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Hot Cocoa.

Pat McGrath Liquid Lipsticks in Divine Nude, Possessed and Slay-OMI vs Marc Jacobs, Charlotte Tilbury and NARS

Back labels, ingredients and info:

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show

Pat McGrath Labs Liquilust 007 Set

Overall thoughts on the set are positive. The Liquid Lipsticks have no detectable scent, full smooth coverage that is 100% streak-free and feels remarkably comfortable for a matte. They do have a matte finish and drydown but don’t dry out to the point they make my lips look shriveled. Divine Nude is almost identical to the MatteTrance Lipstick in 1995 (I prefer the lipstick version). Lasting power is really good – they stay put for hours without budging.

The gloss is also unscented and has a slightly tacky feel. On the lips it doesn’t feel too sticky – it actually feels really comfortable, almost hydrating on me. As I’m really not a fan of matte lips, I find if I apply the gloss first then apply the liquid lipstick on top, it’s almost like an opaque gloss like the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Cremes.

The only color I felt was too dark was Slay-OMI but it’s really nice for a deep lip. I didn’t try the gold glitter except to swatch. It’s a yellow gold and as I don’t like to wear yellow or glitter I don’t see how I’ll get any use out of this (it’s being regifted to one of my friends).

Bottom line a solid win, but I still think her LuxeTrance and MatteTrance Lipsticks are better for me. At this time I don’t know if her Liquid Lipsticks are going to be launched individually or in more colors outside of her sets. There’s another LiquiLUST 007 Duo available with another new gloss formula but I’m probably not going to order it as it has Divine Nude and I now have it from the kit I bought.

You can find the Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 set available at Sephora and Pat McGrath Labs. Have you tried or seen these yet? What did you think?