Heya loves! Hope you guys are doing great! I am so caught up with the jet lag after my US trip. Also, the weather in US is more fickle than a girl on her period. The temperature ranges from 10-26degrees in a span of 24 hours. Not complaining though, my skin loves the chill and has been doing great by not breaking out on me despite all the late nights. To keep my lips feeling moisturised and looking fabulous in the day, I have been wearing Givenchy's new line of Rouge Interdit Vinyl lipstick which I had the opportunity to preview a few weeks back.
The launch was held at Bang Bang @ Pan Pacific Singapore. Let me add a super irrelevant line but the DJ that night was ON POINT man. Kudos to his sick beats, I would totally listen to his playlist if it's available.
When I first swatched these lipsticks, I thought it would be a sheer balm judging from the texture on my wrist but boy am I wrong! These lipsticks are so pigmented & gorgeous it gives such a plump and beautiful shine on the lips. If you are into juicy apple bitten lips, this is definitely your go-to lippie!
The new Rouge Interdit Vinyl lipstick is infused with a special mysterious & rare ingredient which is black rose oil. I literally have never heard of black rose oil because black roses itself are so rare to come by! This special ingredient provides hours of comfort & moisture to the lips, making it extremely wearable for a daily basis.
Forget the gloss, this lipstick when applied, has a vinyl-like shine which creates instant fuller and thicker lips. It has a special soft-focus agent that blurs out even the tiniest imperfection on the lips. Talk about photoshop in a lipstick ;)
The Rouge Interdit Vinyl has an extensive shade range and our local Sephora carries 12 of these illicit colours. However, the one shade that has us all in suspense was the Noir Revalateur, a mysterious black shade that is universal to all. Playing with pigment alchemy, it reacts to the pH of the lips and transform into a different shade for every women. It may appear mauve on you and plum on your friend, how interesting right? You can also use this special shade as a top coat on top of other shades to create a darker and more intense lip colour. Transforming a lipstick from day to night suddenly becomes so easy!
Of course, being a lipstick junkie, I had to have the Noir Revalateur. Since I wasn't in Singapore when it hit the stores, I literally searched high and low across so many Sephora stores in the US just to get my hands on this gem. I finally found ONE piece in a super ULU Sephora in LA and literally thank all heavens for it. This shade was SOLD OUT everywhere, I almost lost hope in getting it. (I sound so dramatic....but the struggle was real!)
Anyway, the night was really happening. There were tons of VIPs including Dominique Lehongre, the international training director of Givenchy alongside Jean Phillipe. The famous celebrity artist Larry Yeo graced the event as well and I think I was so star-struck. And I mean make-up god kind of star-struck *hyperventilates* Of course I did not dare to approach him, maybe one day when I muster enough courage. In the meantime, I will be a secret fangirl for his works and witty remarks. :P
The Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl is a true beauty on its own. These lippies retail for SGD$48 a pop and I am meaning to add more shades to my collection too! Do let me know your thoughts about this lipstick & which shades you got!
Have a lovely weekend!
Hola fellow beauty lovers! Living in the 21st century, we can never complete our make up routine without our trusty under eye concealers. These babies are our lifesavers when it comes to faking sleep & helping us look moderately presentable after a hard night of partying. Today, we are going to compare the two highly raved concealers and see which is the better weapon to combat our panda eyes!
I have been an avid user of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer & Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Choosing between the two is a pretty tough choice as both have their own pros & cons. I am a MAC NC20 and I use NARS Vanilla & Urban Decay Light Warm.
Off the bat, NARS has a much drier and thicker formula compared to Urban Decay. The drier NARS formula requires immediate blending or it may sink into the fine lines around the eye. The UD concealer has a more lightweight liquid-like consistency thus blending is much easier. The UD one feels more moisturising as well.
Both brands have a wide variety of shade range with NARS having 10 & UD with 11. I am the second lightest for both brands. NARS Vanilla has a pink base whereas the UD Light Warm has a yellow base. This is extremely important when it comes to selecting your undereye concealer as different bases helps to counteract different problems.
A yellow base helps to counteract purple or bluish undereye circles and bring warmth to a cool tone skin. It helps to neutralize and even out the skin tone thus it is a basic concealer shade for most women.
A pink base helps to counteract bluish green under-eyes. If you have veiny like under-eye problems, a pink base will work like a dream for you. Not only does it conceal, it helps to brighten up the area as well thus masking the fatigue from all the late nights.
Between the two shades, I actually prefer NARS Vanilla over Urban Decay's Light Warm as it doubles up as a brightener thus making my eyes look more bright and awake.
NARS has a simple hard doe foot applicator whereas the UD one is much more unique. It is slim on the sides (right photo) and flat on both ends (left photo). The unique applicator helps distribute ample product across the under-eye area thus making it much more efficient and user friendly. I actually prefer the UD applicator with the NARS concealer as it helps in the distribution of the product which makes blending much more easier.
Overall, it is a tough battle between the two concealers. I love how NARS provide a fuller coverage and brightening effect although it has a more difficult blending process. The UD is phenomenal when it comes to blending but the coverage is just not enough for me. I would still repurchase both but I think I gravitate slightly more towards the NARS one as it works like a dream in a humid country.
If you have combination to oily skin, your best bet would be the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. If you are a beginner in make up or just looking for a simple under-eye concealer, the Urban Decay Naked Skin will work magic for you. I would highly recommend the Urban Decay Naked Skin for those of you with dry to normal skin. For me, I love both and I just need 1000 concealers in my life. ;)
Thank you for reading!
Hey there gorgeous! This review is probably the longest and most in depth one because it is all about the highly coveted Kylie Jenner Lip Kits. It literally took me two tries aka waking up at ungodly hours just to get these lippies. If you are still stranded without your own lip kit, you can check out my previous post for my tips and tricks here.
So right off the bat, I am going to answer the number one question I get regarding these Kylie Lip Kits.
Are Kylie Lip Kits manufactured by Colourpop?
Well the answer is yes & no. Yup, before you go "wtf" on me, let me explain why. I have done a whole bunch of research & yes, there are pictorial evidences of Kylie leaving Colourpop's head office but both parties have incessantly denied that both lippies are manufactured in the same factory. The two lippies also have similar formulation which makes it undeniable that they could be manufactured by the same company. Also, I realised that the Kylie Lip Pencil has the same plastic like packaging as the Colourpop Lip Pencil which I am not a big fan of. I prefer the traditional wooden pencils than the plastic ones. Truth is, take it or leave it, Kylie Lip Kits are being manufactured by a sister company of Colourpop. You can read the whole story of the interview between Refinery29 & the founders of Colourpop here. There you have it, whether it is being manufactured by Colourpop or not, I cannot deny that these Kylie Lip Kits are of great quality and I will definitely repurchase them. Kylie Lip Kits are obviously priced way higher than an average Colourpop lippie but there are differences between the two and slapping a multi-million dollar name on a product does add a bit into the cost.
Whew! Now on to the more juicy part which is the actual review on these lippies. I will be breaking up my review into sections and comparing both Kylie Lip Kits & Colourpop lippies so it will be easier to understand. Go ahead, grab a coffee & a snack because this is gonna be looooong!
These lip kits are extremely well made and yes, they do have similar formulas with the Colourpop ones but as I said, there is a difference with both their wears. Kylie Cosmetics does not test on animals and all the shades except for Candy K are vegan. (Pretty similar to Colourpop as well). However, I did notice that all different shades have a slight difference in consistency & formulation which is rather perplexing. Some of the shades are very watery whereas others apply on like a liquid-like cream. I personally feel that a million-dollar company should at least have a stricter quality control to prevent issues like this from happening.
Comfort & Longevity
The Kylie Lip Kits are extremely comfortable and it lasts literally all day on my lips. The metallics do not last as long as the usual mattes but it did stay put till dinner time which is pretty amazing for a lippie! As I said before, there are slight differences in terms of the consistency & formulation which in turn affects the wear as well. Dolce K wears the most comfortable for me, it feels like a soft pillow on my lips and it is extremely comfortable whereas Posie K is dries slightly sticky on my lips. The stickiness goes away after awhile but there is definitely a difference between the two shades. In comparison to the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks, I would say that the Kylie Lip Kits are way more comfortable and lasts longer. The Colourpop ones tend to "numb" my lips especially after I removed them. I am not too sure if anyone has the same feeling but when I was doing my Colourpop lip swatch video, I had super numb lips at the end of it and it was crossing the line of weird. Does anyone have the same issue as me? Let me know, I hope I am not the only one experiencing this!
The Kylie mattes are much watery in consistency with Candy K being the most "liquidy" for me. The metals have almost the same consistency as the NYX soft matte lip cream, just slightly more watery and easier to control. I realised that the consistency of Candy K is similar to the newer shades of the Colourpop Ultra Mattes which is super watery. My Colourpop lippie literally spilled all over me when I accidentally tilt the bottle upside down. Did not try it with the Kylie one because that is USD$29 right there. The Kylie Lip Kits comes with a doe foot applicator which is my favourite applicator to apply liquid lipsticks so no shade to that!
Holy moly shit. I do not mean to cuss but seriously, the only thing that I HATE about this lip kit is the scent. Thank all heavens it disappears after awhile but seriously, it smells of the sickest, sweetest butterscotch in the universe and all I want to do after each application is puke. I guess the only good thing about it is after a giant burger, I no longer have to feel bad about it. Jokes aside, it is literally that strong which makes me wonder why is there a need for it?!
There are 9 matte shades, 3 metals & 3 glosses with Exposed being the newest out of them all. I have Dolce K, Candy K, Posie K, Reign & King K and all shades were lovely on my skin tone. This is a very outstanding point for them because having to formulate a universal shade for all skin tones is an extremely difficult feat. I bought a whole bunch of Colourpop ones but only a few were wearable for my skin as there were too much grey/plum pigments in them. The shades from Colourpop are lovely, but on my lips maybe not as much. Also, I realised that the Kylie Lip Kits give a slight plumping effect to the lips as well. Not too sure if it has to do with the colours but my lips do look visibly fuller whenever I put on the Kylie Lip Kits.
The lipsticks come in a transparent tube with Kylie's signature and the dripping effect all around. The top is black and overall, it feels pretty well made and has a substantial weight to it. The printing on it is great because it does not wear off easily. The printing on the Colourpop lippies wear off so easily even when they are not being used as often. The lip kits also come in the iconic boxes as pictured.
Personally, I do feel that these Kylie lippies are of great quality and definitely worth the splurge. However, to collect all shades? Maybe not. I have read some articles that their darker colours go on pretty patchy so I am going to give them a pass. As for the glosses, Kylie has already solved the issue regarding the crappy brushes so maybe if you are a gloss girl, you might want to give it a try. If I had to choose between Colourpop or Kylie Cosmetics, I would choose the Kylie lippies as they are significantly more well made and feels better on the lips. Colourpop is great since the quality and price are so friendly for the average market but if you are a lip junkie like me, spend a little more on your favourite shade from Kylie Cosmetics because it is truly one of the most comfortable matte liquid lipsticks in the market.
Thank you for making this far and hope this review helped you!