Sunday, 17 August 2014

Dior Fall 2014: New 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Versailles & Rouge Dior in Bar

For this Fall Dior has reinvented the 5 Couleurs palette, the packaging is now more sleek and the reformulated shadows come in matte, satiny, iridescent and ultra-shimmery finishes. I bought #566 Versailles (£42) as it looked like a nice wash of sheer shades and a liner combination. I only quickly swatched some shades of the palettes before settling on Versailles (I had a SA right by my side watching my every movement so felt uncomfortable swatching as thoroughly as I normally would) so it was only when I tried it at home that it became apparent how ultra shimmery/frosty the majority of shades were.  It contains a shimmery/frosty pinky peach, shimmery/frosty golden cream, satin finish cool brown, metallic/sparkle silver and in the centre a metallic/sparkle gold.
In terms of feel and performance the only finishes that I noticed a difference from the old style quints were the gold and silver. Dior's sparkle shades in the past have been rather lacking in pigment and prone to flaking in chunks but these are much smoother and have extremely high pigment that almost gives a wet look.
I do like this palette but have to apply all but the brown extremely lightly so that it doesn't end up too frosty.

I initially reached for a pretty pink Rouge Dior called Rose Tutu, but opted for the more novel #317 Bar (£26).

Unlike the reviews I have read I get absolutely no pink in this shade, for me it applies as a sheer grey beige, only with a lot more shimmer/frost than appears in the tube or from swatching. This really doesn't suit me and I think would work best if you have pigmented lips to allow the natural lip colour to mix in.

The formula feel creamy and smooth, though this shade does highlight dryness and lip lines. I'm annoyed with myself for buying this as I should have trusted my gut rather than being swayed by reviews I had read thus far.

I am going to go back for the Rouge Dior Rose Tutu and will take a look at the more matte shadow palette options but I'd say I'm more impressed with the texture and colour options of Chanel's reformulated palette release than I am with Dior.

I bought these from Boots

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Hits and Misses from Burberry, NUDESTIX, Paul & Joe and Kevyn Aucoin

I've had a few disappointing acquisitions lately, as much fun as it is to share the must buys I also think its worth showing the products which don't quite hit the mark.

First up its the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Duo in shade #2 Pravella/Janelle (£19). It contains a cool pink and dusty peach. The pigment is quite flexible, you can apply as a bold colour or sheered out.
Swatched below and then on the right both shades combined,

Blended out swatches,

Its packaged the same as the eyeshadow duos so its very streamlined, though I have seen reviews whereby the product was felt to be on the small size.

It applies a bit patchy with a faint bit of tackiness to the touch. My gripe with this is the lastability, as it wears off in patches. I fully understand that if you touch your skin whilst wearing cream products then it will transfer off, but this does it when no contact is made, its very odd but without fail every time I wear this I end up with a very visible patch where its completely disappeared.

Next we have the NUDESTIX Lip & Cheek Pencil in shade Love (£24). I didn't pay attention to the brand when it came out as it seemed aimed at the younger, flawless crowd, however Spacenk had a gift with purchase promotion a while back, so I thought I'd give it a go.
I like the colour which is a subtle warm pink.
What I don't like is that on the lips it shows up any dryness and on the cheek wear time is poor and it feels unpleasantly tacky.
Next its Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer in shade #03, Rosy Beige (£26). I've had this before in shade #01 Light Beige and really liked the finish but it wasn't quite enough coverage for my dark circles. I stumbled across a video with Burberry's makeup artist and she said they used shade #03 on every skintone to cancel out circles due to its peachy tone.
Swatched below on the left with Bobbi Brown corrector in light peach on the right, you can see how much more yellow the base is in the BB.
Whilst this has a non drying creamy texture and a skin like finish, the actual colour is too peach and too dark and doesn't so much conceal darkness but add a new colour to the mix. This is not so much a miss as I think its a good product, just not for my skintone. 
To end on a good note we have the Paul & Joe trio in #05 Cherry Blossom (£23 for the trio and £7 for the case).
It contains a multi coloured sparkle pink, shimmery golden brown and a satin finish plummy brown.
Pigment is excellent and the shades are soft, creamy and apply/blend really well, and there is of course the cute limited edition packaging.
I bought the Kevyn Aucoin from (NUDESTIX was a gift with purchase) the Paul & Joe from Harrods and the Burberry from

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Guerlain new KissKiss lipstick review

Guerlain has recently revamped the KissKiss lipstick. They are now packaged in sleek shiny black with gold accents.

The collection consists of 25 shades, some with visible shimmer others not. There were some beautiful deep shades that I was tempted by but in the end I went for the more everyday shades.

Priced at £26 each, #368 Baby Rose is one of the shimmer shades. Its a cool toned pink with gold micro glitter.

It has a nice shimmery finish though unfortunately I found the glitter particles a bit gritty in feel and the colour did not apply as evenly as I would have hoped.

#303 Beige Booster is, despite its name, a natural rosy shade.

It has a sheen finish and an extremely smooth texture and applies evenly.

The KissKiss formula is enriched with mango butter which gives it a nice creamy texture, both lipsticks feel hydrating and have an average wear time.
Swatched below:Baby Rose, Beige Booster

Ingredients below (the lipsticks are scented):

I really like the formula of Beige Booster and will likely buy more of the KissKiss range, but based on my experience of Baby Rose I will avoid any more of the shimmer shades.

I bought these from John Lewis.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Stila Ice Cream Collection

There's something quite sad when you see a brand you thought was great lose its way. Back in its heyday the Stila brand was unique, it wasn't just about the quality and design of the products but the brand had a very strong identity that made it stand out. Once the brand was sold everything that had made it special started to diminish. I've bought bits here and there from the brand since, perhaps for nostalgic purposes, but the Stila of today is miles away in some aspects from its original creation in my opinion.

It was with hope then that I eyed the recent Ice Cream collection, which in celebration of their 20th anniversary, revisited the vintage product design.
I ordered two of the eyeshadow trios, Mocha Chip (which I actually ordered in error, meaning to select Neapolitan) and Rocky Road. The packaging is similar to the old style, though the actual design on the lid is disappointingly very generic.

Mocha Chip contains a frosty cream, shimmery bronze and brown with a touch of gold sparkle.

Rocky Road contains a satin pink cream, shimmery taupe and a matte cool brown.

Priced at £18 each I think these are quite good value, they have a smooth texture, a very high pigment level and are easy to blend. However if I were to be picky (which you know I will be) and compare them to the original trios, these are more powdery, don't adhere as well to the lid and the finish of the shadows just isn't as good.

I was really hoping this would be a return, albeit brief, to the Stila of old but sadly that's not quite the case.

I bought these from

Sunday, 20 July 2014

YSL New Rose Gold Collection: Blush Volupte Rose Gold & Teint Touche Eclat Rose Gold Primer

The  new limited edition Rose Gold collection consists of: Blush Volupte Rose Gold in shade Loulou, Souffle D'eclat Rose Gold Face Powder, Touche Eclat Rose Gold Highlighter, Teint Touche Eclat Rose Gold Primer and a Rose Gold Blush Brush.
In the UK this collection is exclusive to Boots at the moment and I understand it will have a limited release in other countries.

The Blush Volupte Rose Gold in shade Loulou (£32) is certainly eye catching with its bright burst of colour. The powder is very finely milled and non powdery. It feels very smooth but is not creamy/soft.  
The blush contains a pigmented cool toned matte cerise/fuchsia and in the centre a slightly sparkly silver-pink.

I love the shade, however feel that the centre colour gets lost and I can't tell the difference when I combine the shades or not.

Swatched below both shades and then combined.


I initially was going to pick up the both the primer and Touche Eclat but on swatching there was visible gold sparkles in both so I just got a sample of the primer.
 The Teint Touche Eclat Rose Gold Primer is similar in concept to the Armani Fluid sheers (the full size is £30.50, 30 ml and comes with a pump dispenser). It can be used under foundation to give the complexion a natural glow and on top of to use as more of a highlight.

It has a lovely silky texture and is not sticky. The effect is very pretty, it gives that candle light glow with a peachy/gold tone with a very long lasting wear.

Having played with my sample, as much as I love the application/wear and effect, I do not like the visible golden sparkle I can see on my skin close up.

I think the concise collection is very striking and recommend checking it out if you can.

I bought this from Boots.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Surratt Artistique Blush in Duchesse & Eyeshadow in Doré Rose

There's a good colour-range of  Artistique blushers in the Surratt line, I opted for one of the palest blush shades, Duchesse (£23).

It's a light peach with a satin finish that gives a lovely natural sheen to the skin, perfect for lifting the complexion and adding a healthy warmth.

As its so light in colour I think this shade is best for fair skintones.
Swatched below and then blended out,

Its not chalky nor powdery and has a wonderfully smooth, silky texture that glides on almost like a cream and has a very impressive long wear.


When I initially saw the Artistique Eyeshadow Doré Rose (£16) in the pan I was worried it would be too similar to Idealist (reviewed here) but you can see in the swatch  (Doré Rose on the left) they are different enough to own both.

Doré Rose is a shimmery copper with a touch of rose gold. A really pretty shade but too warm for my skintone.
As with my other Surratt shadows this has a lightweight, silky, non powdery texture which applies effortlessly.
Swatched below once and then swatched with a damp brush,

I remain really pleased with the Surratt line for the quality and performance, though as the shadow colour wasn't right for me I just need to be a bit more careful in future with my selections.

I bought these from
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