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Rimmel Provocalips Lip Color

I stopped at one…for now, but you guys will understand why I’m going back for more of these Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kissproof Lip Colors as soon as you see the color – and of course what I’m about to tell you…

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Rimmel released 8 shades of these liquid lipsticks and although I’m thinking they missed some key colors, they still offer a good variety to choose from. I was able to swatch all 8 colors, however only purchased one cos I needed a deep vibrant red in a long wearing formula and #500 Kiss Me You Fool fit the bill.

The main reason I held back from purchasing more (at the time) was the concept of “color + a glossy top coat”. I had a few of those formulas in the past and between the dry flaky end result and the hassle of having to top up the gloss which melted the color away, it was too many negatives than it was worth. Granted, that was a few years back so I wanted to test this new formula before I committed to buying more and long story short….I’m sooo impressed!

Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Me You Fool

Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kissproof Lip Color – #500 Kiss Me You Fool

This is a 2-step lip color. One end has the color and the other side (with the colorful lip prints) has a clear gloss. Both ends feature a slanted sponge tip applicator and it’s actually quite precise. I didn’t use any lipliner so that I could test the longevity of the formula and the applicator did a great job of allowing me to stay within the lines of my lips.

Left: color only / Right: with gloss top coat

Rimmel Provocalips - #500 Kiss Me You Fool

Rimmel Provocalips #500 Kiss Me You Fool

The color formula is quite opaque. If you’re after a thin coat of the color (or want to use it as a stain), one coat is plenty. However, if you want the true color to translate, I found 2 coats to be perfect. Especially that I didn’t use a lipliner, I traced the shape of my lips with the first coat and then went in with the second which made less of a mess. *warning: the color is so pigmented, it stains like crazy.

It dries down to a matte finish within couple of minutes and doesn’t make the lips feel tight or taught. There’s a slight bit of stickiness but if you choose to wear it as a matte color, dusting a bit of translucent powder over the top would take care of that. And it stays on. I can’t vouch for the 16hr wear time cos I never wear lipstick for that long but I can guarantee, once you get this lipstick on, it’s not going anywhere! In fact, I rubbed and scrubbed, washed and wiped and nothing budged it. I use waterproof makeup remover to get it off.

The gloss is light weight. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s nothing like those previous formulas I tried where the gloss would almost be like glue-consistency and very heavy. It would actually take some effort to part the lips – that’s how sticky they used to be. This particular gloss is not only light but also feels moisturising. It doesn’t interfere with the wear of the color formula either. I haven’t experienced any melting or thinning of the color as some glosses tend to do to lipsticks.

Rimmel Provocalips

 700 Skinny Dipping, 110 Dare to Pink, 730 Make your Move,  200 I’ll Call You / 310 Little Minx, 500 Kiss Me You Fool, 550 Play With Fire, 230 Kiss Fatal

The 8 shades featured in the range vary from the typical beige and pink nudes to the more vibrant vampy shades. I found the first two lightest colors (Skinny Dipping and Dare to Pink) to be slightly more dry compared to the other shades. Granted, I did swatch the first row, tried taking photos and then decided to shoot all colors together, and those few minutes  in between made the first row of colors dry.

In person, Little Minx (the fuchsia pink) and Play With Fire (the deep red) looked so so beautiful.  I couldn’t be happier with my Kiss Me You Fool but I will definitely go back for the other two – especially that I know how great the formula is.

With liquid lipsticks being the “in-thing” of late, as a drugstore alternative, I find Rimmel really came to the party with this line. It may not be the one-step application as some other companies are doing, however I like that the Provocalips lipsticks come with the gloss option.

Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colors are available at drugstores starting at $8 and up depending on store/location/country.

 

What do you guys think of long wearing lipsticks? Any favorites from the Provocalips line?

 
 

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

I always get excited receiving parcels but it’s very rare that I’ll actually gaze out the window waiting for the delivery guy. Well, the new NARS Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette had me doing just that and now that I finally have it in my hands, my wait is justified. By the way, if you’re interested to see this palette in action, I included two stunning makeup tutorial videos from NARS at the end of the post.

Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

As you guys may know, NARS brought out individual Dual Intensity Eyeshadows as part of their permanent collection some time back. With their buttery smooth, finely milled formula coupled with their ability to turn the intensity right up when used wet, the quality of these shadows had many of us in awe.

So when NARS announced they would be releasing a limited edition palette of the most popular colors from this line as part of their Spring 2015 collection, you can understand why I wanted to get my hands on it.

Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Featuring 8 amazing shades, 7 of which are part of the permanent line and one exclusive to this palette (being Ursa Major) and a mini flat shader brush, this palette makes a makeup lover like me gush in excitement right off the bat with packaging alone.

NARS has been working with renowned design companies lately which is the reason that we see them releasing gorgeous packaging slightly different to their standard black compacts. And they most certainly did not hold back with this palette. The lid of this palette is full mirror with the NARSissist logo etched onto it. It has such a modern yet luxurious look to it which can make a great centrepiece for your vanity. The lid also features a full size mirror inside, which is great for travel as it’s much larger than the standard palette mirrors.

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Top Row: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra / Bottom Row: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

With the exclusion of Sycorax (black) being matte, this is a full shimmer palette. Ursa Major (the brown exclusive to the palette) is not shimmery but it’s also not flat matte, I guess we can call it satin finish.

The quality and color payoff: I’ll include a pre-warning that these eyeshadows are not like the super intense pigment type of shadows that many companies have been releasing of late. But that’s not a bad thing; in fact I prefer eyeshadows which are buildable cos they’re much easier to blend and they give off the most professional results. And that’s exactly what these eyeshadows do – with the added bonus of being able to use them wet. This is where you really get to play with your looks and intensify them as much as you want.  You can achieve a diffused, perfectly blended application, yet use the colors wet to take the look up a notch (or five) as you wish. You basically have the best of both worlds and it’s like having 8 shadows but in fact you have 16…if that makes sense :)

Left Picture: dry application / Right Picture: wet application

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Top Row: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra / Bottom Row: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

Europa: is a soft pastel pink in the pan but it definitely gives off a warmer/coral type of undertone when applied

Himalia: although this looks like your typical gold shade, it has a cooler undertone than a yellow/bronze color. It’s quite natural and subtle but when used wet, the shimmer component brings this shade alive

Ursa Major: this is a gorgeous satin medium brown. It has a hint of warmth but can go either way depending on what other colors it’s paired with

Subra: this one almost has a flat cool dark brown undertone sprinkled with warm purple metallic so when used dry, it gives off more of the brown accents, yet when used wet, the warm purple shimmer takes over. This is a very versatile color and can be used as a shadow liner to add a hint of smoke to the eyes without going for that full smokey effect

Andromeda: lightest shade in the palette, although it looks like a basic cream/beige, it has pink/gold shimmer throughout; but because the powders are so finely milled, you can only catch this detail in different lighting. This gives the eyeshadow a multi dimensional look so you can create beautiful looks without layering on different colors to achieve a similar finish

Lysithea: I must admit, I’m not a fan of silvery, cool toned shimmer shadows. They can be quite tricky as they can have an ageing effect or look straight up frosty. And I wasn’t too crazy about this shade but when I swatched it, I realised it has the most perfect green/gray undertone. Of course I mentally started pairing up looks in my head and needless to say, this color may very well become my new favorite. Oh how things change :))

Giove: I have a soft spot for this shade of blue eyeshadows. If any time I want to opt for anything other than the standard brown/black smokey eyes, this color is the first one I reach for. And Giove doesn’t disappoint. It’s not an obnoxious, over the top blue. They really caught the perfect balance of color, shimmer and depth and again, it would look amazing used as a shadow liner to add a subtle pop of color

Sycorax: last but not least is matte black. Plain matte black may not seem as exciting as the other colors but it’s a must for me in any eyeshadow palette. A matte black can single handedly take an eyeshadow palette from usable to versatile. And this particular formula being dual-use, you can create intense sharp lines to frame your eyes or buff it into the crease or corners of your eyes over other colors to add depth to your looks. So, we should never underestimate the value of a matte black eyeshadow ;)

The Brush: I actually like the brush. Having ‘flat shader’ type of bristles, I wouldn’t recommend it for blending but it’s great for laying down or packing on color. It feels nice in the hand as well, not too bulky, not too thin

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is $79. No it’s not the most affordable but when we take into account the size and pricing of the individual dual intensity eyeshadows which are $29 each, this palette in fact ends up being a great value for money. Each eyeshadow is 0.03oz compared to the 0.05oz of the individual versions, however even at the smaller size, retail value of this palette works out to be almost double what it actually costs.

In summary, even though I would usually prefer palettes which have a good balance of matte and shimmer shades, I love that this palette is dual use (wet/dry) and hence the finish of the shadows can be altered. It’s like a pro palette made available so everyone can experiment with different looks.

Being a limited edition palette, taking into account the quality, amount of product and versatility, I would highly recommend this palette.

 

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is now available on the NARS website and will be launched at Sephora and other stores February 1st.

Check out this palette in action with 2 different looks – by NARSmedia

 

     

 

What are your thoughts on this palette? xx

 

Nordstrom Special

Hi beauties! How are you all? Did you have a good weekend? I just wanted to pop in and give you guys the heads up about this deal I saw on the Nordstrom page.

They have this “Free 25-piece gift set with beauty purchase” deal at the moment. I thought seeing as they also offer free shipping and stock majority of the popular beauty brands, this set is an added bonus – especially if you need to stock up on your favorites.
 

Shop Nordstrom Beauty here

 
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**In terms of makeup, Nordstrom now stocks HourglassCharlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay and Lorac online, so if you had your eye on any new release products from these brands, now would be a great time to add them to your collection ;)
 

Happy Shopping!! xx