Review: Part 1 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

There has been many raves on the blog world about these YSL Glossy Stain. This is more the initial look at it, since these two colors did not work for me (I ordered it blind from Sephora). I did end up returning these two color and picking up another three other colors, which will be reviewed next.

The packaging is very high quality plastic, and I like that it is not all gold, like other YSL products. The part I think that’s especially well done is the see through strip in the tube. It makes it easy to see what color it is without looking at the label. The applicator is like Lancome’s Fever Gloss, which is fatter than the normal doe foot applicator. Personally, I like the applicator a lot – very easy for quick application.

The formula is truly great, both hydrating and pigmented. When first put on, there is a glossiness, but it fades over time and becomes more of a matte color. I wont lie, it does makes my lips feel tight (almost a dry feel) after the glossiness goes away. It doesn’t make my lips peel over time at all, but I do think you need to apply a lip balm over it to keep your lips hydrated.

The two colors I chose were #15 Rose Vinyl and #18 Rose Pastelle. #15 Rose Vinyl applied like a dream, it was really pigmented and applied evenly. #18 Rose Pastelle is another story, it applied really streaky and it seemed light (white) on my lips instead of pink.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml

Pro:

  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range

Con:

  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.

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Review: Bobbi Brown Neiman Marcus Exclusive Rose Gold Set

The Rose Gold Set includes:

  • Black Ink Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner. (There was a mistake on the NM website)
  • Rose Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow.
  • Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara.
  • Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, 30mL.
  • EXTRA Repair Eye Cream, 7mL.
  • Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush.
  • Accessory. <- Rose Gold Cosmetics Bag

The whole set is $85. So here’s the breakdown of the cost per product…

Product

Price

Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner $22.00
Long-Wear Cream Shadow $24.00
Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara $24.00
Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, 30mL ~$7.00 ($24/100mL)
EXTRA Repair Eye Cream, 7mL ~$ 31.73 ($68/15mL)
Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush $25.00 Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush$28.00 Cream Shadow Brush
Accessory

As you can see just the Gel Eye Liner, Cream Shadow and Mascara together is $70, so this set is a really good value for Bobbi Brown lovers and those who want to try out some of the Bobbi Brown products.

The Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner works great, I do own Black Ink, so it was good the color didn’t repeat. Caviar Ink is this smoky black color, although it’s not as dark as Black Ink. I get about 8 hours of wear before it starts to smudge, but I do have a bit of hooded eye so it might last longer on others. It smudges on my lower lash line faster, which is normal for me. The formula is very creamy and applies easily. I did use the Dual Ended Brush that came with the set and it worked fine.

The Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Rose Gold is not a color I would normally wear. I think it works best on those with pink undertone and lighter skin tone or darker skin tone than me (I’m about NC 25-30). It looked a bit orange on me instead of a rose gold color, I was wearing an orange shirt, so not sure if that affected it. I got the same wear as the Eye Liner in terms of length, 8 hours. I did not use a primer underneath, so it has good wear time. Again, I used the brush that came with it, and it applied fine. I did use my finger to blend it out a bit.

Being Asian, I am very picky when it comes to Mascara. I only use Waterproof formulas since it’s the only one that holds my curls. The Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara has a wet formula, which does not hold curls. I find it average in terms of lengthening, the Japanese fiber Mascaras does a better job. It does nothing for volume, but it is a very black and does not flake. The wand of this Mascara is very similar to the Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Mascara. I like this wand best for my lower lashes, which is likely the only use I have for this particular Mascara.

Personally, I just use a facial cleanser to take my make up off, and really cannot use make up removers with oil in it because I find it blurs my contact lenses. I don’t feel like there is too much oil in this Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover though. It doesn’t leave that greasiness on my skin, and, surprisingly, this make up remover did not blur my contact lenses either.

I have not tried the eye cream yet. I know I do not like any skincare products packaged in a pot/jar instead of pump or tube.

I have always been a fan of Bobbi Brown’s brushes. I recently picked up the Bobbi Brown’s Party Collection Deluxe Travel Brush Set, which is exclusive to Neiman Marcus, as well. I was told by the Bobbi Brown Sales Associate that the travel size brushes were regular size brushes put on shorter handle. I disagree; the regular size brushes are denser and bigger than the travel size brushes. I found the travel brushes are just as soft as the regular size brushes. The travel size brushes perform well, but they are not exactly the same as the full size.

Lastly, the rose gold bag is actually really cute. Since it has a strap on it I think I will use it as a purse at some point.

Product Info:

$85 @ Neimanmarcus.com

It is a limited edition product.

Pro:

  • Great Value
  • Great Products (Cream Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Makeup Remover, brush and bag)

Con:

  • Not all products are winners (Mascara)
  • Cream Shadow might not work for all skin tone
  • Limited Edition (I believe the Rose Gold Cream Shadow is exclusive to this set)

Bottom line: If the color (for the Rose Gold Cream Shadow) works for you, I think this is a great set to get, especially if you don’t have any duplicated products or you want to try some of their products.

Review/Comparison: Las Vegas De Chanel Collection – Le Vernis Gold Fingers Nail Polish

The Gold Fingers Nail Polish is a pale gold nail polish with a gold, green and pink shimmer under the sun. It reminds me of Chanel’s Graphite from the Fall 2011 collection, although not quite as unique and shimmery as Graphite.

I compared it to a couple of gold nail polishes in my stash: The first being L’Oreal’s Project Runway Colors Take Flight collection nail polish in Amazon’s Flash #695,and then also the Hello Kitty’s 2011 Holiday collection Liquid Nail Art in Gold Sparkle.

As you can see Gold Fingers is much paler than Amazon’s Flash (which is a horrible watery nail polish that does not apply evenly). Gold Finger’s gold tone is similar to the HK’s Gold Sparkle, except Gold Sparkle has more noticeable glitter in green, silver and red. Out of the three, I have to say HK’s Gold Sparkle is the most unique.

The Gold Fingers applies smooth and does not streak. However, out of all of my Chanel nail polishes this one chips the worst. I applied 2 coats with Chanel’s base coat and Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted to Speed top coat. I have used that combination with other Chanel nail polishes and have never seen this result. It chipped on the same day as applied (on my birthday, how sad).  I am not talking about small chips either, big chunks fell out. To top that, one of my toe nails chipped completely, that has never happened to me before.

Product Info:

$28 @ Chanel.com or or Vegas Boutique in Borgata

0.04 fl oz

Pro:

  • Beautiful color
  • None Streaking

Con:

  • Chips easily
  • Expensive

Bottom line: It is a pretty gold, and I hate to say this about Chanel products, but I would avoid this nail polish and look for a dupe that performs better.

Review: Las Vegas De Chanel Collection – Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powders for Eyes and Cheeks

Oh Chanel, why you have to torture me with another limited collection. My wallet was still recovering from getting the entire Knightsbridge Collection (which I will review soon, since you can still purchase it on Chanel.com), so I only picked up the Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder and the Gold Fingers nail polish (hehe reminds me of Austin Power’s Goldmember).

The Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder comes with the standard Chanel packaging, square shaped, black plastic case. It also came with an angled brush in a velvet pouch, which I am not sure exactly how I feel about it; since most of the time I don’t use it and I don’t quite know where to put it for storage. I guess it is useful for on-the-go if you really need to. It should be noted that there is no applicator for eyes, since Chanel does advertise it as a product for both eyes and cheeks.

The powder itself is really beautiful. However, being a crazy anal person, I don’t understand why the strips are not symmetrical. There is more of the pink shade than the brown shade. Nonetheless, the strips are wide enough to get a decent sized eye brush to pick up each of the colors.

The Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder is very finely milled and has shimmer not glitter. It applies smoothly on the skin and the pigmentation is good, except for the gold shade. With the stripes mixed together you get a pretty sheen; it does not lean on the gold side surprisingly. There is no noticeable fragrance with the powder; unlike the Joues Contraste Powder Blushes (I actually love the rose smell).

Product Info:

$95 @ Chanel.com or Vegas Boutique in Borgata

It is a limited edition product.

15g NET WT 0.53oz

Pro:

  • Finely Milled
  • Multipurpose

Con:

  • REALLY Expensive
  • Colors are dupable

Bottom line: If you are a Chanel fiend like me, with money to spend, I would get this product. Otherwise, I would definitely skip it because of the super marked up price and the fact it is not the most unique product from Chanel.

Review: Guerlain Terracotta – Sun in the City Illuminating Powder

When I first read about this highlighter on the blog world, I wasn’t interested in getting it. After all, I just went out of my way to pick up their most elusive Cruel Gardenia Meteorites (I will not bother reviewing it since you can no longer get it anywhere, but I might do a quick look on it). BUT when I saw this powder at Neiman Marcus, I had to have it. Unfortunately, this Guerlain highlighter was also sold out, but Nordstrom just got it so I ordered it online. 

First let me say that this is a HUGE compact, much bigger than the Cruel Gardenia Meteorites and the regular Meteorites compacts. It consists of a black matte plastic packaging with a snap closure that is both sleek and simple. The packaging reminds me of the Armani Eyes to Kill palettes and the Le Métier De Beaute blushes.

The powder presentation is very pretty, with waves on the surface and the detail is just gorgeous. The powder itself is very finely milled. Under the sun it glistens, with bits of gold, green and pink colors on the heavy swatch. It is really hard to capture on camera how pretty it is.

WARNING: This powder is extremely soft! The plastic cover has a part you tuck between the product and the case, and it ripped out some of the product for me. I just pushed it back in, ghetto style.

The Sun in the City does not have the normal Guerlain scent; it smells like bar soap to me from back in the day. It’s very minimal though, and the smell is only noticeable when in the compact.

Product Info:

$70 @ Nordstrom

It is a limited edition product.

15g NET WT .52oz

Pro:

  • Finely milled
  • Great formula
  • Lightly scented
  • The name! Sun in the City LOL

Con:

  • Expensive
  • It is just a highlighter

Bottom line: If you want to splurge on a golden highlighter or is a makeup collector I would highly recommend it. Otherwise, I would pass because of the high price.

Review: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Boheme

This lipstick was one of my online impulse buys. I have never tried a MUFE lipstick before and I was curious. The packaging is shiny plastic with “Make Up For Ever” on each of the surfaces. To be honest, it’s pretty cheap packaging. I would expect this kind of packaging from a drugstore brand (it actually reminds me of Maybelline lipstick I bought once in high school).

The color is a beige nude with pink shimmer. It is a sheer lipstick, I didn’t find it build-able since It didn’t apply evenly. It looks really pretty swatched on my arm but it’s much lighter on the lips. Also, My lips peel after wearing this lipstick, so this gets poor grades for moisturizing. It only wears for a couple of hours on my sensitive lips.

This lipstick does have the same fragrance and taste as standard drugstore lipstick, which I think it’s a huge negative for a higher end make up brand. Personally, I hate the taste of drugstore lipsticks, which is why I always opt for high end lip products.

Product Info:
$19 @ Sephora
It is a limited edition product
3.5g – Net wt. 0.12 oz

Pro:

  • Easy to wear color
  • Shiny finish

Con:

  • Cheap Packaging
  • Does not apply evenly
  • Chemical taste and smell

Bottom line: I would avoid this lipstick. You can find a similar color, finish and performance at the drugstore for much less.

Yoshi Would Totally Fit In On The Jersey Shore!

My little pooch, Yoshi, should be on Jersey Shore because his life philosophy is FTP! Food! Tan! And Poo!

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