Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Barry M Lip Paint 147 Peachy Pink: Review and Swatches!

Barry M Lip Paint 147 Peachy Pink

Barry M Peachy Pink Lip Paint is a lipstick that seems to have caused equal amounts of joy and disgruntlement among makeup aficionados. For one, it's one of the most beautiful peach-nude lip colors around. At the same time, it's one of the hardest to apply evenly due to the dry, slightly-cakey texture.

Swatches (L-to-R): Barry M Peachy Pink, Lime Crime Cosmopop, Revlon Soft Nude, NYX Orange Soda

For orange-nude lovers, Barry M Peachy Pink is a perfect salmon orange tone as compared to Lime Crime Cosmopop (true pastel orange) and NYX Orange Soda (pale beige-orange). It's easier to wear than either of the other 2, and has the opacity to really pop on the lips when applied heavily.

However (here's the kicker), getting it to apply evenly requires a number of conditions to be met first:

  1. Your lips must be in perfect condition; i.e. not flaky, patchy, rashed, etc.
  2. Your lip surface must be moisturized evenly.
That's because the lipstick is quite high in pigments, but a little lacking in emollients that will allow it to "slip" and adhere to lips in an even layer. The patchiness is often caused by the lipstick particles clinging to each other more than they do your lip surface. 

  • Applying a touch of lip balm (potted ones work a bit better than stick ones as they have a higher oil content) to your lips, rub it around to remove any loose flakes, and then kiss the back of your hand a couple of times so you are left with a thin, even layer. 
  • Then apply Barry M Peachy Pink generously. Better to get it too opaque and then kiss the back of your hand to even it out and remove the extra product. 

LIP MIX SUGGESTION: Add a touch of similar-toned gloss.

(From Top): Barry M Peachy Pink + Revlon Coral Reef Lipgloss = Pretty peach-stained lips.

Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef has very similar base tones as Barry M Peachy Pink, although it has less beige pigments. As the gloss tends to sink into lines on its own, wearing it with the Barry M Lip Paint evens both products out and gives you a creamy, opaque finish. Just don't overdo the lip gloss or you could end up with a mess.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent Dupe: Barry M Vibrant Pink Review and Swatches!

 Barry M Lip Paint 62 Vibrant Pink

I've always considered Lime Crime's Countessa Fluorescent the Queen of Barbie Pinks. It's different from hot electric pinks and fuchsias like MAC's Candy Yum Yum in that it is a truer pink (as opposed to blue-based), not as deep, and almost highlighter-bright on the lips. 

Imagine my delight when my Barry M package included one that was extremely similar in shade. 
 Meet Barry M Vibrant Pink (left) and Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent (right).

Barry M Vibrant Pink is something of a satin finish (similar to MAC Pink Nouveau), which means it is opaque and tacky, with a muted sheen - which I love. This is my favorite texture of all MAC lipsticks because it imparts great color, lasts really long, but doesn't feel as dry as a full matte lipstick.

Swatch comparison; Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent (left) and Barry M 62 Vibrant Pink (right)

The right side of my hand is a little more shaded, or the two swatches would look even more similar. I was quite surprised to realize the Barry M was actually more opaque and intense than the Lime Crime, which is more of a creamy Amplified finish. If you like demi-matte finishes that last a long while, get Barry M Vibrant Pink. If you want a bit more moisture, get Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent.

The other difference is also that if you want to be really picky about it, the Barry M is just a hint deeper and more cool-toned. But just worn on the lips individually, the difference is not visible at all.

Barbie Pink vs Hot Pink: Barry M Lip Paints in 62 Vibrant Pink (left) and 52 Shocking Pink (right).

Just for purposes of comparison, here is Barry M's Vibrant Pink swatched against Barry M  Shocking Pink, the widely-acknowledged Candy Yum Yum dupe. As you can see, Vibrant Pink is more lustrous and reflective, whereas Shocking Pink is a deeper, cooler-based, more intense matte-pink. 

Do note that all the neon pinks do stain the lips, without exception. (If you've found any of these neon pinks that don't stain, let me know!) I believe it's the nature of the liquid dyes needed to get that intense highlighter-pink effect, as more subdued pinks I own, like MAC Pink Nouveau, do not do this.

The main drawback for this lip shade? It can make teeth look dull and yellow, so watch out there!

Barry M Vibrant Pink can be purchased internationally on Barrym.com for £4.49 each.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Featured Lip Shade: Barry M Baby Pink Lip Paint Review and Swatch!

Barry M Baby Pink Lip Paint worn over NYX Dolly Pink Liner

To continue in my individual reviews of Barry M Lip Paints, the second shade I'm reviewing is 100  Baby Pink, the center lipstick below (click to go to the haul post). This is probably the hardest to work with of the bunch, partly due to the texture but mostly due to the shade.

Barry M Lip Paints with flash in (L-to-R): 151 Sunset, 147 Peachy Pink, 100 Baby Pink, 62 Vibrant Pink, 52 Shocking Pink 

Barry M Baby Pink is a super-pale cotton-candy pink with a fair amount of white pigment. The texture is satiny with very low sheen, so your lips would need to be in perfect condition or it would highlight every flaw. It's also fairly opaque and quite matte.

I'm NC25, and on me it's already too pale on its own, but if you want that cool-toned doll-pink lip that girls get with lip colors like VIVA Glam Gaga and Saint Germain, but found they were not pale enough for you (i.e. NC15-NW20 and fairer) this lipstick would be absolutely perfect for you. It is very similar in tone to Sephora's Candid Candy pencil, if a little less nude-toned and more true pink, so if you like that, you would probably love this.

On anyone deeper than NC30 or deeper, it would probably look like you have white lipstick on, so I don't really recommend this for you. Get Lime Crime Great Pink Planet or NYX Strawberry Milk.

NYX Narcissus, Revlon Pink Pout, Barry M Baby Pink

From the swatches above, you can see just how pale Baby Pink is beside NYX Narcissus and Revlon Pink Pout. It gave me "Strawberry Chalk" lips more than Strawberry Milk. Without flash, the color is less "white" and quite true to the lip swatch at the top.

Some people consider this a dupe of Saint Germain by MAC, but I do beg to differ. Saint Germain is much closer to NYX Dolly Pink pencil, and is a slightly more intense blue-pink than Baby Pink by Barry M. It's also an opaque Amplified lipstick with a creamy texture. Baby Pink does not apply as thick because it's a physically "harder" lipstick than Saint Germain (not so much product comes off onto your lips in one swatch), which is no big deal as it still builds up to opaque coverage with about 2 layers or so.

The thing is that because it's so pale, those with very pigmented lips would need to touch up more, simply because any uneven coverage would be instantly visible. But I have to say it does stay even-looking a bit better than other super-pale lipsticks or glosses simply because it clings to the lip surface more.

  • In the image at the top, I applied Baby Pink over my favorite NYX's Dolly Pink pencil (cool baby-pink) to bring down the chalkiness a bit, and for a more lasting even finish. This way, when you drink, talk or press your lips together, your lip color stays even. 
  • Apply a layer on the lips without going over your lip line, and rub it around with your finger to even it out.
  • I used it to increase opacity and as a mixer for other lip shades that I don't love too much. Example below is Barry M Baby Pink with Revlon Stormy Pink, a notoriously difficult lipstick to work with.

(L-to-R) Barry M Baby Pink, Revlon Stormy Pink, mixture of both.

Click here for a Barry M Baby Pink Lip Paint Tutorial!

Weekend Lip Shade: Barry M Sunset Lip Paint Review and Swatch!

Swatches (L-to-R): NYX Indie Flick (matte), Barry M Sunset, Revlon Kiss Me Coral, NYX Haute Melon

I mentioned my Barry M haul a couple of days ago, and I've tested all of them in the last couple of days. Of the lot, I have to say #151 Sunset is probably my first recommendation, although I do really like most of the others as well.

Coral Lipsticks (L-to-R): NYX Haute Melon,Revlon Kiss Me Coral, Barry M Sunset, NYX Indie Flick (matte)

The shade itself is a true vermillion-coral creme (think Disney's Ariel) that I enjoy for its opacity, and ability to make the skin glow. 

You can wear this with deep-bronze, dewy skin for the super-hot "Summer-vacation" look, or you can matte your skin and paint on kitten flick liner for a retro pin-up look. 

Barry M Sunset is very opaque and saturated compared to the Revlon and NYX, while retaining its sheen very well. (I'd say it has a similar texture to an Amplified Creme lipstick.)

Barry M Sunset stays on well through drinks and talking, and I find you get more applications out of firmer, more pigmented lipsticks like these. (You know how you seem to go through some tubes of glossy lipsticks so fast because they are too soft and creamy?)

Visit my TUMBLR for the tutorial featuring this lip shade!

The Weekend Mouth: Barry M Lip Paint in Sunset, with NYX Cinnamon Blush and black accented eyes.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lime Crime Chinchilla Opaque Grey Lipstick (Lip Noir Collection)

Lime Crime Chincilla Opaque Grey Lipstick

This strange lavender-grey lip shade has, for some very odd reason, become an obsession for me. I know I would likely never wear this out, but it makes me soooo curious! This is part of the Lip Noir Limited Edition collection, and is by far the most amazing shade within.

This would probably be great for toning down any lavender or pink lipsticks, but $16 is not a lip-mixer price. If I got this, I'd have to love it on its own.

Chinchilla is available on limecrimemakeup.com for US$16.
What odd lip shades have you been fascinated by, lately?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

BARRY M Lip Paint Haul and Swatches!

Barry M Lip Paints with flash in (L-to-R): 151 Sunset, 147 Peachy Pink, 100 Baby Pink, 62 Vibrant Pink, 52 Shocking Pink

Ahh... my beautiful babies have arrived from the UK. And the first thing I thought once I ripped off the plastic seals and uncapped these was, "Lime Crime!" 

And it's no wonder, as the brand is known for strong colors. Barry Ms come in matte black plastic tubes partially reminiscent of Nars, but not quite as weighty or sturdy in the hands. On first sight in the tubes, I have to say 100 Baby Pink is gorgeous. And 62 Vibrant Pink looks even brighter than the ever-popular 52 Shocking Pink. 

None of them had broken, but these lipsticks will smoosh against the sides on impact, so be careful with them if you hate that as much as me.

Pink-Peach Nudes

(L-to-R) Barry M 147 Peachy Pink, Lime Crime Cosmopop, MAC Creme Cup

In the tube, compared to the other Barry M shades, I'd immediately wanted to compared Peachy Pink with Lime Crime Cosmopop. But once swatched, the difference became apparent. Peachy Pink is a satin finish warm coral nude, and a good deal more matte than the other two swatched here. 

It's warmer and a little easier to wear than Cosmopop, but it's still very nude on the lips. The Lime Crime is more visibly a milky orange due to the high white-pigment content. Creme Cup is similar in depth but more pink, although the swatches look a bit closer in real life, without flash.

I do have to say it's a very pretty peach-nude shade. 


(L-to-R)  NYX Indie Flick, Barry M 151 Sunset, Revlon Kiss Me Coral , NYX Haute Melon

In real life, Barry M 151 Sunset is deeper in tone than NYX Haute Melon. While it has a lustre-finish, it is a good deal less "slippery" than the NYX, so you will get more even coverage and longer wear. I didn't think this lipstick would be opaque, compared to the other Barry Ms, but as you can see above, it is really intense even when swatched next to NYX's Indie Flick, and has a great lustrous texture without being all slippery and glossy.

Read a more detailed review here!
Baby Pinks
(L-to-R) Barry M 100 Baby Pink, Lime Crime Great Pink Planet, NYX Jupiter

Barry M 100 Baby Pink is pale, pale, pale. The texture was a bit dry initially, and I had to stroke it a few times to get the color going. But it is a beautiful cotton candy pink that can make you look like a Ganguro girl if you are not careful. I think it would look absolutely wicked on uber-pale girls though.

If you're tan, Lime Crime's Great Pink Planet would probably be a better opaque pink for you, as Baby Pink can look a bit chalky on anyone but the very pale. I'll report back after I've worn it on my lips! (Lips are sore and sensitive due to some allergies, so I'm not going to be swatching and removing matte lipsticks repeatedly.)

I also included NYX Jupiter in this swatch comparison as it has the same cotton-candy pink highlights, but its base-tone is a warmer sheer pink with a salmon tone.

 Hot Pinks:

Top (L-to-R) Barry M 62 Vibrant Pink, Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent, MAC Pink Nouveau
Bottom (L-to-R) Barry M 52 Shocking Pink, NYX Shocking Pink (Matte), NYX  Cancun Pink (Black Label)

As usual, my addiction to super-hot pinks seems to have no end, and Barry M 52 Shocking Pink is the body-double to MAC's infamous Candy Yum Yum. It's even more of a dupe than NYX's matte lipstick of the same name; Shocking Pink.

As seen above (sorry for the slightly blurry shot), the NYX is a bit duskier and less opaque than the Barry M. In terms of finish, Barry M 52 Shocking Pink is fully matte, while NYX Shocking Pink is more of a satin. To their right, NYX Cancun Pink is a less opaque gloss finish, but is very similar to the other two in tone though the shadow may make it seem otherwise.

Barry M 62 Vibrant Pink was a bit of a surprise. The website swatches are terrible representations of the actual shades, and I was half expecting this to be a deeper pink. Not so. Shocking Pink is more blue and just a touch deeper. Vibrant Pink is a true hot-pink that leans neither towards red, nor blue.

It is also ever so slightly lighter in tone than Shocking Pink, and less of a true matte finish. I have to say Barry M Vibrant Pink is an almost identical dupe to Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent aside from the finish (Countessa Fluorescent is like an Amplified lipstick and Vibrant Pink a satin), so if you can't get hold of Lime Crime or just don't like the price range, stick with Barry M.

P.S. MAC Pink Nouveau looks very subdued in comparison to these crazy pinks.


Barry M does make great color makeup, and I love that they have such unapologetic colors. I am not generally a loud and boisterous person (except with close friends or colleagues), so I tend to let my lipstick do the talking. 

Barry M Lip Paints without flash, in (L-to-R): 151 Sunset, 147 Peachy Pink, 100 Baby Pink, 62 Vibrant Pink, 52 Shocking Pink

I say Barry M gives great value for the quality of its products, but do not expect to compare the textures to your favorite MAC, Nars or even Lime Crime lipsticks. They tend to be dryer than many of the other lipsticks I own, but they're not the driest around (yoohoo, Ruby Woo...). Still, if you have parched lips, I wouldn't recommend these. NYX round and black label lipsticks would be much better for you.

Similar to NYX, there is difference in consistency among products from the same range. I did not get any shimmers, only the cremes, and 4 out of 5 have a satin-to-matte finish, which I happen to like but you should take note of in case you don't.

Barry Ms are more expensive than NYX @ £4.49 each, though I bought mine for £3.74 per tube using a Summer promo code (SUMMER10). I do expect them to be more pigmented and intense, based on their brand caveat and the price difference. 
So far, they have been. 

Detailed Shade-by-shade reviews and comparison swatches below!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How to Conceal: Undereye Circles

Unless you are one of those lucky souls who don't have very noticeable shadows around their eyes, you probably need a little concealment in that area.

Using a very light concealer to try to "brighten" dark circles. 

Because Black + White = Grey.
That light, bright under-eye effect you see on people like Kim Kardashian and J Lo comes mostly from dusting on a thick layer of paler powder under the entire eye area to catch eyeshadow fall-out. At the end, the excess is swept away, leaving that light, bright effect over the under eye and cheekbone area. (Even so, I recommend only going 1-2 tones lighter with the powder.)

If your dark circles are moderate to serious due to allergies, heredity, etc., you will need to correct the color tone with a concealer that has OPPOSITE color tones to that part of your skin. It might sound counter-intuitive if you're unfamiliar with color-theory, but it really works better than plastering on layer after layer of pale concealer and ending up with a reverse-raccoon eye, below.

Selena Gomez with reverse-raccoon eyes

Salmon is the magic shade that neutralizes plummy, purple shadows under the eyes. It also works on some hyperpigmentation and other dark discolorations near the mouth and eyes. I've used it on older acne marks and it evens out everything as well.  Only thing to note is NOT to use it on fresh red marks, as salmon is a bit red and will not help as much.

Photo credits: hoydenabouttown.com

Eve Pearl, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Skin Food, MAC, Amazing Cosmetics, and a whole host of other brands are now producing these slightly orange-tinted creamy formulations suited to the under eye area. Most generic brands don't produce a very wide range of tones. If you have very deep skin tone, MAC and Eve Pearl are the brands I know of that produce suitable shades for you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Weekend Hot Pink: NYX Cancun Pink Black Label Lipstick

NYX Cancun Pink is a bright, blue-based pink that is creamy, pigmented, and (to me) extremely beautiful. While some love has been shown to Hot Pink from the same Black Label range as a creamy version of MAC Candy Yum Yum, Cancun Pink is more opaque.

The bonus is that it also does not stain the lips the way NYX Hot Pink and Candy Yum Yum do.

L-to-R: NYX Paris, NYX Cancun Pink, MAC Pink Nouveau

At just under $5 from Beautyjoint.com, it's definitely more expensive than the round lipsticks, but then this has been one of my favorite NYX purchases to date, and I think it would look wicked regardless of whether you have uber-pale or very deep skin tone. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Deal? Sephora Makeup Studio Blockbuster @ US$49.50

Deal? Sephora Makeup Studio Blockbuster @ US$49.50

(General Availability from early Oct' 11)


Yea or Nay?

This mega-kit from Sephora boasts 193 products.

- 96 eye shadow shades
- 84 shiny lip glosses
- 6 cream eyeliners
- 2 eyeliner pencils
- 3 blushes
- 1 bronzer
- 1 mascara
- 4 applicators

Friday, August 19, 2011

Big, Fat, Bombshell Lashes: Double-Lash Demo

Double-lashes; Ardell 122 over Ardell 110, worn with NYX matte lipstick in Sweet Pink 

A lot of movie starlets stack lashes for a real lush-lashed bombshell look. Unlike wearing a strip of full, showgirl lashes, stacked lashes are more irregular, more wispy, and somehow more subtly-glamorous looking.

Ardell 122s stacked over Ardell 110s.

Step 1: As a base, don't wear too much eye makeup unless you're intentionally going for a drag look. Apply a little neutral or warm shade along the socket line just for definition, as all the attention is going to go to your lash line.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Getting Fuller Lashes: Smoky Lash Trick

Black smoky liner with NYX Angel Blush, NYX Tea Rose lipstick (with Angel blush dusted over)

Mascara can lengthen and thicken lashes to some extent, but if you have sparse lashes, piling on more layers of mascara is not going to fool anyone into thinking you have lush lashes. 

One of the ways to make you look like you have a fuller lash line is adding dark smokiness to the base of your lashes. This trick uses few products, and can be done quickly with no need for smudging or special skills. In fact, this is a look I often wear to work (without the black along the lower lashes) because it looks polished and takes all of 5 minutes.

You need black shadow (matte is best), a firm smudger brush (pictured below), black liquid or kohl liner, and mascara.
Sephora Smudge Brush
 Step 1: Use the smudger brush to apply black shadow to the lash line. Instead of dragging the brush left and right, pack the color in sections, in a downwards motion, like you are painting your nails. If you want to keep it subtle, just leave the black near the base of the lashes.

Monday, August 15, 2011

How to Conceal: Product and Tools Overview

Skin Food Salmon Darkcircle Concealer
Since there were some questions recently regarding concealing products and tips, I decided to do a 3-part general guide to Concealing for common problems like spots. uneven tones, and dark circles. 

Part 1: Overview
Part 2: Undereye Concealing
Part 3: Spot Concealing

PART 1: Concealer Overview
General Rule-of-Thumb: Concealer should itself be concealed. 

If I had to walk into an important interview wearing only one thing on my face, Concealer would be it. While I'm addicted to color makeup like eye- and lip-products, concealer is the #1 confidence booster. 

Unless you are one of those who have permanently spot-free skin, no uneven tones, and no darkness around the eyes, you will likely need some, if not all, of the products listed below. Please reference this as an overview of the TYPES of products that will help to fix specific issues, rather than a definitive listing of must-have products. 

1. Skin-toned Concealer 
  • This should be TRUE to your real skin color or just slightly yellower. If you use powder, you can get one just slightly lighter than your skin tone. If you don't, get your exact shade.
  • Used for: Spots, fresh acne-scars, slightly-dark or red areas of your skin
  • Recommended coverage: High
  • Good Texture: Waxy, thick, dry until warmed up
  • Suggested Products: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35, most concealers in a stick form
  • NOT GOOD FOR: Trying to cover dark circles completely

2. Salmon-toned Concealer 
  • A product that is pinker than your actual skin color, but not lighter as there needs to be enough peach pigments to counteract dark pigmentation. 
  • Used for: Under-eyes, veins, bruises, dark purplish/plum spots
  • Recommended coverage: Moderately-high (go for the very thick textures only if you need to cover tattoos)
  • Good Texture: Semi-creamy, not hard to spread and blend
  • Suggested Products: NYX Concealer in a Jar (there's an orange shade), Amazing Concealer, Bobbi Brown Corrector, Skin Food Salmon Concealer (pictured at top)
  • NOT GOOD FOR: Covering redness and acne

3. Setting Powder
It can be:
  • slightly more yellow-toned (not TOO yellow) than your skin, 
  • slightly luminous rather than flat matte, and 
  • a shade or so lighter than your natural skin color, if not translucent. 
Concealer, especially opaque ones applied thickly over blemishes, will grab powder and result in a dark, cake-y patch, so setting it ahead of time with a lighter shade locks in the concealer and allows you to apply the rest of your makeup easier.
  • Used for: Setting concealer and providing extra correction
  • Recommended coverage: Sheer
  • Good texture: Fine-grained, dry and light
  • Suggested Products: Powder in Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer Kit, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, MAC MSF Natural, Everyday Minerals Kaolin Powder Sunlight (for setting spots), Everyday Minerals Luminizing Sunlight (for setting eyes)

4. Good Tools

  1. Tiny eye liner or lip brush for applying concealer precisely under and around spots

  1. Very loose, fluffy, tapered eyeshadow blending brush (left) for gently stippling setting powder over concealer in small areas
  2. Spatula (or any other plastic/metal tool) for scooping/scraping concealer out of its container
For under eye areas, I recommend just using your finger, as this is where you need smoother, thinner coverage, and your ring finger is better for warming and sheering out concealer.

  1. If you are keen to avoid acne, you want your concealer to stay as pristine as possible, which means no "double-dipping" with brushes and fingers straight from the jar. Get a disposable plastic spoon or spatula to scrape a bit of product from the container, and take the product from there. Then clean it with soap or rubbing alcohol after every use.
  2. Clean all brushes used for cream/liquid products AFTER EACH USE. Concealer left on a brush for a day or more will have accumulated bacteria, dirt, and dead cells from your skin. Why would you ever want to reapply that back onto your face??!
  3. If you are having an active breakout, clean all tools that touch your face after each use. Even the powder brushes. The last thing you need is to perpetrate the "breakout - conceal - breakout - conceal" cycle by reapplying bacteria to clean skin. 

Makeup shown above:
  1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #52
  2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer #52
  3. MAC MSF Natural in Medium
  4. Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Pencil in Grey
  5. Sasa Super Dolly Shining Powder in #01 Silver (dabbed onto center of lids) 
  6. No 7 Extreme Length mascara in Black
  7. NYX Lip Pencil in Fuchsia
  8. Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Fuchsia
*No blusher, eye liner or shadow used.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

How to even out NYX Narcissus Lipstick, plus a tutorial!

Top-to-Bottom: NYX Narcissus Round Lipstick, Revlon Stormy Pink Matte Lipstick, layered for an even, opaque finish.
Narcissus is one of NYX's best-sellers, but I'm one of those who feel the texture leaves much to be desired. Unlike many of the creme formulas, Narcissus is a semi-shimmery, bright doll-pink which has been compared to MACs Viva Glam Gaga.

The problem is that the very-creamy, slightly-shimmery texture does not adhere to your lips well, so it will sink into lines, and streak and smear around every time you press your lips together. With a shade this bright, any unevenness is extremely obvious.

The trick? Layer this over a matte lipstick. 
The matte texture will absorb some of the grease in the texture and make Narcissus less slippery. This means it will stay more even on your lips. You can use a nude lipstick or even some concealer, but to retain the original intensity and not mute the color, a bright pink that is very similar in shade would be your best option.

NYX Narcissus layered over Revlon Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink gives a more even and opaque finish, without visibly altering the color.

Wine-smoked Eye Look with NYX Narcissus lipstick: (Click for tutorial!)

Wet n Wild Coloricon in Knock on Wood, NYX Blush in Silky Rose, and NYX Narcissus lipstick

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Duping MAC Pink Nouveau

Top-to-Bottom: MAC Pink Nouveau, NYX Matte Summer Breeze, and  Etude House  VIP Girl PK009

If you don’t have access, or don’t want to pay so much for MAC’s Pink Nouveau, but want a bright pink, here are 2 quick options.

NYX Summer Breeze matte lipstick and Etude House VIP Girl PK009.
Note they are not 100% dupes. I’d say they are about 90-95% similar. Both are a twinge less blue-toned than Pink Nouveau, so if you are attracted to true pinks, but find Pink Nouveau a tad too “cool”, try these other two.
Texture wise, NYX Summer Breeze is MUCH closer to the satin finish of the MAC but with a faint touch more peach in the base. The Etude House lipstick is glossy in texture, so you won't get that full-on opaque doll-pink mouth as you would with the NYX and MAC versions. If you have dry lips, or don’t like a matte finish, get this.

Cost wise, NYX wins. The Etude House lipstick might possibly be cheaper if you’re in South Korea (but then I can't say for sure). It’s a little marked up in other parts of the world. But if you are just buying ONE lipstick though, getting PK-009 from your local Etude might be cheaper than footing the shipping cost for NYX.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Favorite Eye Pencils

Mattes (L-to-R): Revlon Matte Kohl Eyeliner in 05 Very Violet, Make Up Store Vanilla matte pencil,  Revlon Matte Kohl  Eyeliner in 04 Pure White, The Body Shop Special Edition Kajal Eyeliner #01

  1.  Revlon Matte Kohls are great because they are so strong and opaque, but creamy enough to apply without tugging too much on your skin. I like Very Violet along the upper lash line in a colorful kitten flick because it's deep and matte enough for good definition, but you still get strong color. Pure White can be used along the waterline. Note that matte whites tend to work better and stay stronger than pearly ones, which sheer out easily, and will not survive the water line.
  2. Make Up Store's Vanilla matte pencil is my absolute favorite pencil. I haven't been able to find a similar matte pale yellow-beige shade from other brands. This is the best possible color for the water line when you want to brighten and widen, without the harshness of white pencil. TIP: I also use it on any dark spots or marks that need some precision concealing.
  3. The Body Shop Special Edition Kajal: I liked the creaminess and the twist up tube enough to buy a backup but there are plenty of great black pencils out there, MAC Smolder being one of them. This just happens to be one I enjoy and have on hand.

Metallic liners (L-to-R): Sephora Flashy Liner in 07 Flashy Copper, Bourjois Metallise in 52 Brun Inoxydable, Bourjois Metallise in 54 Bleu Clinquant, Silkygirl Funky Eyelights in 02 Ocean Blue, MAC Eye Kohl in Rosemary & Thyme, and Bourjois Metallise in 87 Vert Eclatant
I don't use my metallic liners as much as I should, but I'm not funky enough to wear these all the time. Liners DO need touching up over the course of the day, ESPECIALLY along the lower lash line and water line, and these are where I tend to apply my metallics.

  1. Bourjois Regard Effet Metallise: Great range of shades and great silky textures. These make fantastic eyeshadow bases, and come in some amazingly strong and bright shades that stay true to color when applied. (Some pencils go on duller and sheerer than they appear.)
  2. Sephora Flashy Liners: I did not get many shades as I already have a big collection of Bourjois ones, but I do find these very comparable to Bourjois. Flashy Copper is obviously my favorite, but I prefer it over the lids, as it can make your eyes look swollen when worn close at the water line. (It's closer to skin shade for me.)
  3. Silkygirl: This is a drugstore brand available in Southeast Asia. It's cheaper than the usual brands like Revlon and Bourjois, but the quality isn't entirely on par. They go on less opaque and less evenly than some other brands. Still, Ocean Blue is a lovely steel-blue leaning towards indigo that I love to wear along the lower lash line, with just a neutral wash of beige-brown on the lids. You just need to re-apply every few hours to keep the color strong.
  4. MAC Eye Kohls used to be the only brand of colored liners I owned, but I don't find them to be as metallic and strong in color as other brands, although they are "smokier" in tone. There are still some great shades and if you are shy of color, these are a better way to acclimatize yourself first. Draw along the lash line and smudge with a finger for a hint of smoky definition without too much color.