Thursday, October 27, 2016

NARS Velvet Lip Glide

With NARS new Velvet Lip Glide liquid lipstick I may have finally found the matte for me. Matte formulas and I have an uneasy relationship.  I like a little more of a satin finish, I like a little slip. I feel they can  try settle in your lines so I usually wear them with a balm or gloss on top .

NARS Velvet Lip Glide on the other hand feels soft and creamy on lips ( the formula includes oils) and once dry it has an almost matte finish that doesn't feel dry on lips . It retains some of that moisture and stays a little creamy at least for the first hour or so then settles into a more matte finish but still never tight or dry. I don't feel the need for any balm over this.

The wear time is very long. The other day after I applied it at noon after lunch when I came home in the evening there were still traces of it left. Usually for  the remainder of the afternoon I will reapply color but this stayed put every time I checked.

The pigment as with all things NARS  is extremely rich .  There are several  nude Shades and the shade that I have here , Bound,  is a little nude and a little more pink and perfect for Fall. If you want bold there are plenty of reds and the bold burgundy,  Toy shown above.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide  is $ 26

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

MAC Quik Trik Sticks

 It's double the color and fun with MAC's new QuikTrik Sticks. These multi use dual sided sticks debuted backstage at last Winters' Fall 2016 fashion shows and  come in coordinating shades for color, contour and highlight.

I have three of the duos here . Two are bronzes and golds while the other has pink and peach.

These glide easily onto skin  and blend well. They have a very emollient feel yet the ingredients list no oils or heavy hydrators.  The non shimmer side of each duo has good medium-full pigment while the pearlescent highlight side is more sheer and yes, shimmery but not a glitter overload. If used with a light hand it's fairly subtle. 

I am liking all the color combos I have and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. I love stick products like this and having two in one is even better. Great for touch ups  , I've been using mine to add a touch of brightening (aka help) midday. 

Shown are A Latte Sheen/Semi Sweet, Bare End/Earthnut and Ginger Spiked /Counterpoint 

  • Softly Does It / Tight and Tawny Very light pink shimmer / Light taupe
  • Bare End / Earthnut Light golden champagne shimmer / Muted medium beige
  • A Latte Sheen / Semi-Sweet Light copper with gold and silver shimmer / Muted golden bronze
  • Ginger Spiked / Counterpoint Soft pink with fine-spun gold shimmer / Mid-tone bluish pink
  • Miss Cupcake / Tomato Soft pinky peach with fine-spun golden shimmer / Vivid bright coral
  • All Aflush / Here You Go Rose with copper sparkle / Deep reddish burgundy

MAC Quik Trik Sticks are $ 32 and LE through Dec. 15

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation

Le Teint Ultra Tenue is Chanel's newest foundation and perfect for oilier skins.

Le Teint Ultra Tenue has a matte finish with medium coverage. It's a drier formula so definitely more for oily skins but it doesn't feel dry/ tight or look cakey.

The drier formula does mean you have to work with this quickly. It will set fast but it is blendable and buildable. You will need a well prepped face even if you are somewhat oily. Use with a light moisturizer and /or primer for the best finish.  Once this is on and set it looks really good, wears long and leaves a perfected soft focus look that isn't heavy, leaning more "your skin but better" .

There is also a powder compact version which again is for those who are oily with  medium  matte coverage  . 

Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue  Liquid Foundation is $ 60

Monday, October 24, 2016

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Bag

Another gift set from MAC Holiday Nutcracker Sweet is up today.

The Pink Mineralize Bag contains three products , two full size for lips and one mini for face. Mineralize Lipglass in Eloquently Elegant,  Mineralize Lipstick in Be Fabulous and Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade make up the set and come housed in a large decorated makeup bag.

The bag is pink and burgundy with stars and gold embroidery and made of a PVC type material. I admit  I don't love the look of  all the designs/bags with this collection ,  but I go for the products mostly anyway and I love this little trio. The colors are all easily wearable and pretty.  The bag is a nice size at  8" long x 4" wide and will hold a lot with a deep open compartment.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Bag is $ 49.50 and available at MAC stores and online only.