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Tom Ford Lip Sculptor and Lip Lock Priming Balm Review

August 15, 2018

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor and Lip Lock Priming Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford has some new lip products launching this fall and I picked up a few items as soon as I saw them pop up online. Right now the latest includes 20 shades of Lip Sculptor ($46), a Lip Lock Priming Balm ($46) and a Lip Exfoliator ($46). I bought four of the lip sculptor twist-up pencils and the priming balm to try. I also swatched all the shades of the pencils for reference in case you can’t get to a counter.

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Picks and Lip Lock Priming Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

The Tom Ford Lip Lock Priming Balm is almost identical to the MAC Prep+Prime Lip. I do feel the Tom Ford has a slightly more emollient feel and it also has the signature vanilla Tom Ford lipstick scent. The MAC has been a long-time staple. Anytime someone asks for a lip primer recommendation for something to help smooth the lip without the slip of a lip balm, I recommend the MAC. The Tom Ford Lip Lock Priming Balm is similar in the sense it’s a creamy lip product you apply to bare lips before lipstick to help prevent feathering. I don’t use a primer all the time, but I find it particularly nice with opaque cream lipsticks or mattes. It helps prevent color from sinking into fine lines and also helps smooth the surface. I find with mattes I need a smooth surface without any dry patches or flakes. This balm helps smooth the surface. According to the description, this is paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; silicone-free; glycerin-free; sulfite-free; talc-free; PEG-free; peroxide-free; mineral oil-free; BHA-free; BHT-free; alcohol-free; propylene glycol-free; petrolatum-free; formaldehyde-free; ethanolamine-free.

I think the Tom Ford priming balm is excellent and I’m glad I bought it. I think it was worth the splurge but once I use it up I think I’ll stick with my MAC.

Tom Ford Lip Lock Priming Balm review via The Beauty Look Book

The Tom Ford Lip Sculptors are essentially a fancy lip pencil with a brush on one end and a twist up portion on the other. They are packaged with a beveled tip so you can sculpt the lips. Pigment is medium and texture is creamy, smooth, doesn’t tug and has a velvety soft finish. The colors are so good I really wish they were just lipsticks instead of pencils. There is a new Satin Matte Lip Color Lipstick launching later this fall (available for pre-order) which I’m intrigued about. I’m assuming the Lip Sculptors are designed to be coordinated with the new mattes. For now I can wear the Lip Sculptors alone or like a lip liner. I like that when I apply all over the lip it’s almost like a soft matte lipstick.

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Swatches Deviate, Slash, Bait and Crave | The Beauty Look Book

I picked four colors and they are pretty similar. I must admit I was overwhelmed at the counter. There are 20 shades! I don’t think there’s a single bad color, every option looked beautiful. The reds to me look nearly identical but most reds with any brand of lipstick, pencil or gloss do. The difference is in the undertone. I would have picked up one of the plums, but the price point is steep and I wanted to wait for later launches. Bottom line these are excellent formula and color-wise. I still think they are really overpriced, but I’m happy with my picks.

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Review | The Beauty Look Book

Colors I bought:

  • 03 Deviate is a perfect nude
  • 05 Slash is a pale pink nude
  • 06 Bait is a warm pink, can be patchy if you have dry spots
  • 14 Crave is a mauve

I like that Slash is pale but not too pale like Spiced Honey Lip Color was on me.

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Review Deviate, Slash, Bait and Crave | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Swatches Deviate, Slash, Bait and Crave | The Beauty Look Book

Swatched on bare lips, coverage is buildable to full with layering. Finish has a velvety look, but it’s not dry:

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Swatches Deviate, Slash, Bait and Crave swatches on lips | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches of all the colors. There is also a clear version which I did not swatch, colors are: 01 Divulge, 02 Invite, 03 Deviate, 04 Extort, 05 Slash, 06 Bait, 07 Conspire, 08 Elicit, 09 Crush, 10 Ensnare, 11 Charge, 12 Exploit, 13 Dominate, 14 Crave, 15 Devour, 16 Succumb, 17 Subvert, 18 Instigate, 19 Manipulate, 20 Electrify

Beauty Look Book Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Swatches

Labeled with names instead of the numbers:

Beauty Look Book Tom Ford Lip Sculptor Swatches

On the nails is Chanel Resplendissant

Swatch comparisons below to a few other neutrals including Laura Mercier Velour Extreme in Vibe, Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip in Bare Rose, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Beige, Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Buff, Burberry Lip Contour in Medium, MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl and MAC Boldly Bare

Swatches lip neutral Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath, Tom Ford, MAC

Tom Ford Lip Sculptor and Lip Lock Priming Balm Review | The Beauty Look Book

At $46 each these are really expensive loves. I’m happy with my picks. I wish the lip pencils were lipsticks and then I could justify buying more of the colors. Color-wise I know red and bold pinks are popular classics but I would have liked to see a few more plum options. Maybe a couple chestnut colors or one peach. Still I think the color lineup is beautiful and I do believe there is something for everyone.

You can find the Tom Ford Lip Sculptor and Lip Lock Priming Balm out now. I bought mine from Nordstrom. Tom Ford Beauty is also available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora and Beautylish.

Lips NARS

NARS NARSissist Wanted Velvet Lip Glide Set

August 9, 2018

NARS NARSissist Ulta Wanted Velvet Lip Glide Set Review | The Beauty Look Book

NARS x Ulta launched another exclusive mini lip set called the NARSissist Wanted Velvet Lip Glide Set ($45 for 3.4 ml / 0.12 oz x 6). As a lover of minis I couldn’t resist picking this up while browsing through Ulta a few weeks ago. This has six small Velvet Lip Glides, two of which were launched earlier this year individually in Swing and Roseland swatched here. The other four shades are exclusive to the set for now.

Inside you have six colors that I think are perfect for everyday wear:

  • District is a medium peachy pink
  • Swing is a perfect neutral nude beige
  • Lure is a warm soft orange
  • Roseland is a pretty pink rose
  • Spike is a perfect mauve plum
  • Vault medium neutral-warm brown

NARS Ulta Wanted Velvet Lip Glide Set Review

NARS Velvet Lip Glide swatches District, Swing, Lure, Roseland, Spike, Vault

I think every single color is perfect in this set. Loving everything in a set is rare for me but this one equals pure love. I’ve reviewed the Velvet Lip Glide formula before but in case you haven’t tried it, these are medium coverage liquid lip products that have a liquid lipstick feel but lighter in weight and without the matte dry down. There is a soft slight sheen to the finish but it has a more velvety feel. Lip swatches on bare lips below. Lasting power is like a regular lip gloss – you’ll have to reapply every few hours or if you snack.

NARS Ulta Velvet Lip Glide swatches District, Swing, Lure, Roseland, Spike, Vault

There have been a number of request for swatch comparisons for Cozumel from the NARS Undressed Liquid Lip Set (reviewed here). I pulled the ones I thought might be similar to that along with ones from this set in attempts to dupe it. From left to right below:

 

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

One last look:

NARS Ulta Wanted Velvet Lip Glide Set Review | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line, I think the set is an easy win. The colors are perfect for summer to fall. There is a good range of warm and neutral for me. I love that Spike isn’t too blue in undertone which makes it easy to wear. I don’t mind that there are repeats of Swing and Roseland as those are my favorite colors anyways. Lure does pull a little orangey/warm on me but I think it’s summer appropriate. It’s also a good one I can mix in with pale colors to balance out for my lip/skin tone. For previous NARSissist Wanted reviews:

NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette reviewed here
NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palettes and Power Pack Lip Duos here

You can find the NARS NARSissist Wanted Velvet Lip Glide Set available at Ulta Beauty and at NARS Cosmetics. I do believe it’s limited-edition. I highly recommend it.

 

Lips MAC

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick + Lip Gloss Review

August 1, 2018

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick and Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

MAC launched a limited-edition collection called Plenty of Pout. It has a selection of lipsticks and one lip gloss with plumping ingredients they say are meant to “take lips to their very fullest potential.” MAC describes these has having a full bee-stung look with sheer, creamy colour. These contain a ginger root complex that has a cooling sensation to make lips look volumized upon application. At the same time they have oils to moisturize and smooth. As one with naturally full lips I usually don’t look for pluming lip products (I don’t want them bigger!). Also many tingle lip products are so strong I can’t handle the sting. Still the colors in this launch looked perfect and nothing would stop me from trying them. There are 6 shades of the Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick and 1 shade for the Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Gloss.

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick and Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

The Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick that come in a similar tube style to the Huggable Lipsticks (now discontinued), Liptensity Lipsticks and Tendertalk Balms. I personally love this style of lipstick because I feel they’re less prone to breakage, especially with the Florida heat outdoors sometimes can soften the base and make my lipsticks break.ย  These are described as sheer and creamy, but to me they seem to have medium to full coverage. Texture is indeed smooth and creamy with a very slight tingle to me. It feels minty and cool. All the colors and glossy shine are just perfect to me. Since they are so creamy I do need to blot once otherwise it looks like I have too much product on. The colors can probably be duped but the best thing about these is that for me there is no tweaking or mixing required. Colors work for me straight out of the tube and they are moisturizing. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the strongest), I’d rate the tingle at a 7. Your mileage may vary depending on how sensitive your lips are.

  • Kiss and Cuddle is a creamy light peachy beige
  • Nicer Than Nice is the perfect baby pink
  • Smooth Going is a soft coral pinky peach
  • So Swell is a muted pink brown
  • Ample Chic is a perfect hot pink
  • Crazy Lush is a vibrant hot red

Some have a slight hint of shimmer in the tube but they apply like creams on my lips, shimmer isn’t really visible once I have them on.

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick Review | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick Kiss and Cuddle, Nicer than Nice, Smooth Going, So Swell, Ample Chic, Crazy Lush and Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

Swatched on bare lips. For skintone reference I’m wearing the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Buff on the face. MAC Equivalent is NC35 or NC37 for the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation.

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick Kiss and Cuddle, Nicer than Nice, Smooth Going, So Swell, Ample Chic, Crazy Lush and Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

There is also a Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Gloss which is a soft clear light pink. This gave my lips the same amount of pain the Buxom Full-On Lip Polishes and Glamglow Plumprageous Nudes. It comes with a sponge tip applicator which is easy to use however I could not wear this one more than 5 minutes before I HAD to remove it with a bi-phase makeup remover. Another semi-rant is that once you take the applicator out of the tube you see how little product there is! This is the same issue I had with the Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath I reviewed a few weeks ago. On the lips the MAC Plenty of Pout gloss is clear. I would not recommend – for me this was 10 out of 10 painful in terms of the sting, but if you can take the tingle and don’t mind how little product there is inside then there’s nothing wrong with going for it!

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Gloss swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Gloss swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Both the lipsticks and lip gloss do plump the lips. Not in an overly done way but there is noticeable fullness with both. If you can handle a bit of tingle I think they are worth looking into – especially since the lipstick colors are perfect. If not I’d recommend you opt for the MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks for a similar creamy feel with a bit of shine or the MAC Liptensity Lipsticks if want similar coverage but with a semi matte finish.

You can find the MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick and Lip Gloss collection out now. Everything is limited-edition. Available in stores and online at Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty, Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and MAC Cosmetics.

MAC Plenty of Pout collection provided courtesy of MAC for review.

 

Lips

Top 5 Favorite Neutral Lipsticks

July 29, 2018

Best Neutral Lipsticks Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Sisley, MAC and Pat McGrath Labs

I’m a neutral lip lover and in honor of National Lipstick Day I’ve narrowed down all my favorites to my top 5 neutrals. This includes lipstick only – I’m still a lip gloss and tinted balm lover at heart, but for lipsticks these are my favorites of the moment. I broke out my backups of these for today’s post. Each of these colors I’ve already gone through at least 1 full tube – this is how I narrowed down my picks for my top 5. If I have used them up and repurchased it must be good because it usually takes me forever to use anything up. On the nails in the top photo is OPI Samoan Sand (with three coats).

  1. Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Bradley is probably my most-worn nude since it launched, lip swatches here and compared to the Girls here
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk is the best my lips but better neutral pink, on the lips here
  3. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist #11 Litchi is the prettiest soft peachy nude, it was such a splurge but 100% worth it (never swatched it on the blog, but will be swatching more of this formula soon)
  4. MAC Matte Lipstick in Yash is a great matte neutral nude, I can’t find lip swatches of this one on the blog but I do have it arm swatched here, also love Patisserie, Touch, Velvet Teddy and Mehr
  5. Pat McGrath LuxeTrance in Sextrology is an easy to wear baby pink that doesn’t wash out my tan complexion, lip swatches here

Best Neutral Lipsticks Tom Ford Bradley, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Sisley Phyto Lip Twist 11, MAC Yash, Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Sextrology

I’ve also included a few more runner ups and I’ve linked previous lip swatches for each color below. These are some neutrals I love for their texture, lasting power, creamy feel and color. There’s one matte which is the Laura Mercier color below – I add balm to it because the formula can pull a bit dry but the color is perfect.

Best Neutral Lipstick Swatches Marc Jacobs Mocha Choco-Lata, Marc Jacobs Dreamgirl, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, Tom Ford Autoerotique, Tom Ford Pink Dusk, Hourglass I lust for, NARS Barbara, Laura Mercier Vibe

Lip reviews + swatches linked below:

What are your best neutrals for lipsticks?

 

Lips NARS

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review + Swatches

June 25, 2018

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

New lips just launched from NARS in a few different formulas and today I’ve swatches of all the newย NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer ($26 each for 0.17 oz/5.5 ml, currently available at NARS and Barneys New York). There are 10 shades in this formula and 1 special-edition color Orgasm (reviewed here). In addition there are 5 new colors of the Velvet Lip Glide (reviewed here) and 5 new shades of the Powermatte Lip Pigment (to be reviewed soon). The NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer is an opaque, rich color, full coverage gloss with a high shine. They come with a flat applicator with a sponge tip on one side and plastic portion on the other. One will dispense a lot of color while the other blends it out more. There are 10 shades total, 6 creams and 4 sparkles. I believe there are hits and misses with this launch formula-wise.

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Most of the colors have a beautiful smooth application. There are some however that apply streaky on bare lips and settle into fine lines. Color descriptions and thoughts on which ones are the best below. First a look at the shades and swatches.

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The Beauty Look Book | NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches, Santo Domingo, Conquest, Valencia, Red District, Mississippi, Baden Baden, Abruzzo, At First Sight, Everglades and Cape Town

Shown above from left to right:

  • Santo Domingo is a medium to light muted dusty pink, it settles into fine lines at first but once you let it set on the lips, it smooths out
  • Conquest is a perfect medium bright warm pink
  • Valencia is a bright coral hot pink, this also settled into my lip lines
  • Red District is the best cream formula, it’s a perfect bright red, smooth, opaque, glossy
  • Mississippi is a sheer mauve plum, it takes a few layers but applies smoothly
  • Baden Baden is a gorgeous deep plum, but alone it was streaky, I’d recommend applying it over a matte lip pencil
  • Abruzzo is a high sparkle metallic wine plum with gold and silver flecks, I thought this would be too glitzy but this is a truly stunning color, smooth coverage and no texture
  • Everglades is one of the scariest lip colors I’ve seen, having actually driven through the Everglades a couple times I’d say this color evokes the same feelings I had driving through alligator territory (they are probably the most frightening living creatures I’ve ever seen)
  • At First Sight is a sheer sparkling white silvery gold, it’s pretty sheer, almost transparent but has the prettiest sheen
  • Cape Town is an iridescent duochrome orange, pink loaded with multi-color sparkles, it’s very metallic but smooth

Overall the shimmers performed better on my lips formula-wise. I would say the cream colors Valencia and Baden Baden are the higher maintenance ones for me as the color settled into fine lines if I applied these on bare lips.

Close up lip swatches on bare lips. For skintone reference I’m wearing the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC37, Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer in 3w1 (reviewed here) and Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation #4 on top to set.

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Santo Domingo | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Conquest | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Valencia | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Red District | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Mississippi | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Baden Baden | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Abruzzo | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Everglades | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in At First Sight | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Cape Town | The Beauty Look Book

All the lip swatches side by side:

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches, Santo Domingo, Conquest, Valencia, Red District, Mississippi, Baden Baden, Abruzzo, At First Sight, Everglades and Cape Town via The Beauty Look Book

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Overall some beautiful colors and lovely formulas (patchy colors aside). There isn’t really any detectable scent to these. Lasting power is pretty good, they are thicker than the Velvet Lip Glides due to the high shine so they adhere better to the lips. Lasting power is pretty good, not as good as their Powermatte Lip Pigments, but for a gloss they stayed put until I snacked. My favorites are Santo Domingo, Red District, Abruzzo and At First Sight. Compared to other lip glosses these are among the most full coverage that I’ve tried. Ones like the Pat McGrath LUST Glosses or Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss are a lot sheerer. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Glosses are probably the most similar (but hers are thicker), Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid is also thicker with a more lipstick feel.

You can find the NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer now at NARS and Barneys New York. Starting July you will also be able to find them at other NARS retailers like Sephora and Nordstrom. Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer provided courtesy of NARS for review.

 

Lips Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick

June 15, 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty launched new lip glosses in stick form called the Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick ($28 each for 2.1 g/0.074 oz). I’ve been such a huge fan of the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers I was eager to try the new formula. I ordered five sight unseen. I picked the neutrals which turned out to be a lot lighter in color than I anticipated but still lovely. My picks:

  • Sugar Sugar – sheer nude cream
  • P(r)each – sheer soft peach
  • One Mauve Time – perfect mauve
  • Sweet Escape – baby pink
  • Mocha Choco-Lata – perfect nude beige

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

These are emollient sheer smooth gloss sticks. They have a very shiny finish and moisturizing feel. Lasting power is medium – they won’t disappear quickly but they aren’t budge-proof. The gloss sticks have a melt-on texture. Packaging is slightly longer than the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers but similar in style. The Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick has a removable pull off cap and the product comes in a twist-up tube that clicks with each twist. The only downside is you can only twist up, you can’t twist back down. The good thing is each click will only push a small amount of color up.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

The two lightest shades Sugar Sugar and P(r)each were patchy with the first application, once you have it warmed up a little it smooths out. Close ups of each color below with lip swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Mocha Choco-lata!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Mocha Choco-Lata! | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Mocha Choco-Lata! | The Beauty Look Book

Sweet Escape

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sweet Escape | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sweet Escape | The Beauty Look Book

One Mauve Time

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review One Mauve Time | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review One Mauve Time | The Beauty Look Book

P(r)each

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review P(r)each | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review P(r)each | The Beauty Look Book

Sugar Sugar

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

All side by side:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Mocha Choco Lata, Sweet Escape, One Mauve Time, P(r)each, Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

 

For quick reference my MAC foundation shade right now is the Studio Fix Fluid in NC37. Lip swatches as always done on bare lips.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Mocha Choco Lata, Sweet Escape, One Mauve Time, P(r)each, Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

If you want something light and glossy these are great. I think the color selection is a lot more wearable for me compared to the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons. The glossy texture feels similar to me although the crayons are full coverage while these new gloss sticks are a lot sheerer. I’d say if you like the feel of the YSL Volupte Tint in Balms or Chanel Rouge Coco Shines you will most likely really like the Marc Jacobs Enamored Lip Gloss Sticks. In terms of glossy lips though my favorite product this season are still the Pat McGrath LUST Glosses although the formula is completely different and also in liquid form.

They are sheer so depending on how much color you want these might be too sheer if you prefer a lot of pigment. I give them a thumbs up – although I do wish the packaging would click up and down. The only shade I think is iffy is Sugar Sugar – this is mainly because I find pale colors challenging to wear in general. If you see the last photo of my natural lip you’ll see that there is going to be a contrast between pale colors and my lip. This is why you’ll often see a dark ring around the outer edge if the product is slightly sheer or transparent. It’s my natural lip color showing through. Since I have full lips if I cover it entirely with product it makes them look EXTRA huge.

Based on how light and sheer these colors are I was tempted to order the other three shades which are deeper/brighter. I have not seen them at stores near me yet but have decided to pass for now. My top two picks are Mocha Choco-lata! and One Mauve Time.

You can find the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Sticks at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter and Marc Jacobs Beauty. Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

Lips Sisley-Paris

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder + Phyto-Lip Delight Review

June 13, 2018

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder and Lip Delight Review and Swatches

I have a few different products to review from Sisley for you today. One is the Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder which I’ve had my eye on for a while and the other is a new product for lips called the Phyto-Lip Delight. To me both are perfect for the upcoming summer season.

The Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder isn’t new but it is new to me. It’s been on my wishlist for months and I finally caved and bought it. It’s a unique formula that’s a bronzing gel powder, similar in concept to the NARS Dual Intensity Blushes where it’s a powder but not quite like a traditional powder. The one from Sisley is a warm bronze. It’s dense in formula and can be applied sheer for a soft wash of bronze. If you need more color you can use a dense brush for more color. It’s probably the most expensive bronzer I’ve ever splurged on. It was worth it for me but I still think the price point is very very steep.

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder review and swatches

Swatches, heavy vs. blended:

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder swatches

Swatch comparisons:

Sisley Bronzer swatch comparisons

Quick note that if you need a truly natural looking bronzer I’d still recommend the Becca Sunlit Bronzers. The Sisley Phyto-Touche Trio is also very natural looking, especially on lighter skin tones. The Chanel Les Beiges multi-stripe bronzers this year are also very natural.

Up next are the new Phyto-Lip Delights which are tinted gel-balms that transform into oils upon contact with the lips. They are sheer tinted oils but have enough pigment that you can see the color if you layer them a little. There are three perfect everyday neutrals in #1 Cool which is a nude beige, #2 Pretty which is a perfect pink and #3 Sweet which is a peachy coral. There is no shimmer to them to me they aren’t scented although they do have a subtle makeup scent. The finish is transparent and light for a soft tint. They plump and nourish the lips. You can wear them alone, under a gloss for more moisture or on top of a lipstick for added shine. The Phyto-Lip Delights have a nice comfortable feel that isn’t heavy or sticky. Right now they are available online at Sisley-Paris, they should trickle out to counters later in the summer. Circle straw bag shown from J.Crew. Sandals shown also from J.Crew.

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Swatches:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

On bare lips with around two to three layers:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Swatch comparisons below to some other colors. They’re really quite unique compared to others I thought they’d look like off the top of my head. Turns out the Sisley Lip Oils aren’t quite the same color-wise:

Swatch comparisons

All three applied below with different cheek combinations:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Ingredients:

Sisley Ingredients

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder and Lip Delight Review and Swatches

Bottom line my love for Sisley-Paris makeup continues. I’m a huge fan of the Phyto-Lip Twists (Baby is my favorite shade) and the new Phyto-Lip Delights are no exception. They are quite expensive but in my experience their products have been worth the splurge for me. I was fortunate to get an early sneak preview of the Lip Delights but have purchased a number of things from the brand. My top two tips are to 1) sign up for their Beauty Subscription Program to get a monthly sampling. I reviewed 6 months’s worth of boxes here and it is the only subscription program I’ve kept. 2) Make a list and save purchases for GWPs. The Sisley-Paris website often has promos running on a regular basis. I also like the Beauty GWPs you can find at Nordstrom.

The bronzer is a gorgeous addition for me but I do own a wide range of other bronzing powders so I cannot call it a must-have. I do think I will be getting regular wear out of it this summer though.

You can find the Phyto-Lip Delights available now at Sisley-Paris.com. The bronzer can be found at all Sisley counters. I bought mine from Nordstrom.

Phyto-Lip Delights provided courtesy of Sisley for review. Bronzer purchased by me.