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Jun. 02.

Tried Tuesday: Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Lipstick – Rioja Red

tt-sleek-thYou may have heard of Sleek MakeUP. For such a long time it has been a brand often heard of, but not often seen. That was a pity, as their products have always been great quality at a great price. Here on Robyn Rants and Raves, we are fans of the well known i-Divine Palettes, and the overly tinted, super powerful Pout Polishes. Well today I have another product to try out. It is one of their Matte Me Lipsticks, and is in the shade Rioja Red.

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Rioja Red is one of six in the range, and has the usual suspects of nudes, pinks and a very interesting looking purple in addition to this red. The tube, in line with most Sleek products is very understated. The only way you know who makes it, aside from picking it up from a Sleek stand is to look closely at the contrasting black on black of the lid. I am a big fan of products that aren’t overly showy, especially if they are able to back it up with something to make you go wow. Does this do so, or does it fall flat?

matte me wand

As you can see from the wand, the product is amazingly pigmented, and well, a little shiny. It also looks smooth and silky, which is a good sign. Mattes tend to be very dry, and some can look dry even directly from the tube. This doesn’t. It invites use. The flat sided wand makes it a doddle to apply, and carries a lot of product. I somehow don’t think you will need to go applying multiple coats of this.

matte me swatch

Here is a simple swatch of colour on the back of my hand, so it has been spread a bit, and you can clearly see just how vibrant the colour is. While some products can look highly pigmented until you spread it out, this one delivers in a very impressive way. It also looks shiny here, but that is my fault. I took the photo of this swatch too soon after applying it to my hand, which didn’t allow it any drying time. But, to make up for it, let me show you the finished look.

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Now in all of its matte gloriousness! This is it after it has set, and with a couple of stray marks from where I tried to tidy up a little (pro tip: clean it up before it has a chance to dry!). If you are thinking it looks a little orange, you are right. It is an orange toned red. I wouldn’t let that put you off though. While it is not my perfect red, I would wear this! You do need to give it a little respect, as it is a matte, and mattes are drying, but this is not overly so. If you take good care of your lips (and you should) you will not have much of an issue with this.

These are available online and through selected pharmacies (but to make life easier an interactive stockist finder is here) for a pocket friendly price of just €6.49! Now, bring me Fandango Purple, next on my list!

Robyn

Note: Product was provided for review

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Apr. 10.

Something Else Saturday: Makeup Revolution Haul

ses-revolution-thI was fortunate enough that on Friday the postman arrived with a package. Just a small package of bits from Makeup Revolution, the young gogetter company from England, who only recently celebrated their first birthday. As they had an offer on to celebrate, where if you spent £25 or more you got freebies worth £26, I felt it would be wrong not to try some bits and pieces. This is what arrived.

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The haul in all its glory

There’s only 17 items there. Not a lot really, but to make it easier to work through, I’m going to break it down into sections. We shall start with face products.

FACE:

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm (£5):

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Primer compact

Primer compact

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

I ran out of primer recently, so this was a good choice to try a different one. It is tidy, compact and comes with an applicator sponge.

Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher – Blushing Heart (£4.99):

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Box

Blushing Heart Box

The Blushing Heart (so adorable)

The Blushing Heart (so delightful)

Seriously, how cute is this. I may never use it, it looks so adorable, but I do like how there are three shades included in it.

Vivid Blush Lacquer – O’ Boy (£1.99)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Very pigmented swatch

Very pigmented swatch

This is a liquid blush with a pump lid, but I will caution you now. Be gentle. This thing is seriously pigmented. I can still see some on my hand from where I touched it on the sheet I was using earlier.

LIPS:

Amazing Care Lipsticks – Electric Love & Love Pink! (£3):

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Lipstick Tubes

Lipstick Tubes

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

These are glossy lipsticks with an inner colour core surrounded in an Argan Oil jelly outer. They look like you would have to reapply them often, but your lips would be super comfortable wearing them.

#Liphug – I think you’re amazing (£2.50):

Red #Liphug box

Red #Liphug box

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

I think you're amazing bullet & swatch

I think you’re amazing bullet & swatch

A product named after its own hashtag! A mix of comfort, colour and staying power, it is probably not a shade I would have picked for myself, but I do love the name, and I think I’m amazing too!

Lip Power – Can’t Escape Me & Anticipate It (£3):

Double Ended Lip Powers

Double Ended Lip Powers

Can't Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Can’t Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

I do like rooting through my lip drawer for glosses to put on top of lipsticks, and here we have them perfectly matched up into one pack. There’s also two completely different shades here, a vibrant pink and a dark, almost vampy berry.

EYES:

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer – Matte (£2.99):

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

A large tube of the matte version of the I Heart Makeup Eye Primer. I find myself reaching for the Focus & Fix primer a lot lately, so it will be interesting to see how the two stablemates compare to each other.

Amazing Volume Mascara – Ultra Black (£2):

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Mascara Brush

Mascara Brush

I’m always confused by products that come in black and beyond black (in this case ultra black) but I can see beyond that. It does also come in a waterproof version, and the brush looks quite nice. I am interested to see if it can do what it says!

Pure Pigments – Levity & Starless (£1):

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

I already have one of these (a sparkly brown called Grandeur) and happily added Levity, the pinky purple to my basket. As part of the free gift I received the sparkly black, Starless, and… Another Levity. I am guessing the free gift packs were pre picked, and it is luck of the draw, but I am not complaining either way. When applied over a primer to give them something to cling to, these guys pack serious power.

Baked Eyeshadow – Electric Dreams (£2.50):

Baked Shadow Box

Baked Shadow Box

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Swatching these was a little more difficult than some of the other shadows, mainly as the baking process leaves them a bit drier than normal, and then working dry onto a dry surface is awkward. There is a hint to how pigmented these are, and built onto a primer or worked wet, these could be beautiful! I am also giving away my love of purple here 😉

Palettes:

Here’s the piece de resistance! Three palettes that in most cases do almost everything, and the other is just too spectacular to include in the eye section. Starting with:

I Am Naked (£5.99):

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

6 neutral eyeshadows, and a nude lipstick, in 1 cute portable set. It’s all there, ready to go for whenever I want to get naked (stop sniggering, Cat ;-))

Go! To The City (£6.49):

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and a highlighter. All pigmented, all colourful, and all ready to go!

Salvation Palette – Give Them Nightmares (£6):

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

12 shimmer shades and 6 matte, at 33p per shadow. That and, well look at it. How gorgeous is everything, EVERYTHING to do with this palette. Never mind nightmares, this is like my dream palette!

So, that is my haul. A lot of fun to be had with it, but tell me, what caught your eye out of everything here?

Robyn

Note: While some products were free, they were a gift with purchase, and were not given for review consideration.

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Apr. 07.

Tried Tuesday: L’oreal Color Riche Blake’s Red

tt-loreal-thEvery woman should have a go to red lipstick. It’s that simple. It looks classic and elegant, and you don’t really need much else to go with it. So, after their Color Riche Collection Priveé nudes collection, each named after a celebrity and to flatter a particular skintone, they gave the same treatment to reds, this time called Collection Exclusive. So, I picked one up, and today I am sharing Blake’s Red with you.

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There are four in the Collection Exclusive range, two for warm tones, and two for cool tones, and are inspired by Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore & Liya Kebede. All ate described as matte but hydrating. I’m a cool toned person, but I am not one to stick to the rules, so I went for the one that called to me the most, and that was Blake’s Red.

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Blake’ Red is described as a pure ruby red that is designed to suit warm skintones, with a matte finish and hydrating texture. Looking at it in the tube you can see why it was drawing me to it. It is such an intense colour, that acts effectively as a siren song, dragging beauty lovers to it. I saw it, and couldn’t wait for it to be mine! And so it came to be mine, so I can show you how it looks on the lips.

loreal-lipsHere I have it on over a Revlon red lipliner, and I am very impressed with it. It is super super pigmented, applies beautifully with a brush and lasts! The claims about hydrating texture are a bit off though. It is a matte. It will dry your lips somewhat, and you should make sure your lips are in good shape first. I do love it though.

I’m now tempted to hunt down Liya’s red though. It is the cool toned sister of this, and I would be interested to put them to the test to see just how it compares. Coupled with the fact that as a beauty blogger, I can never have enough red llipsticks!

Robyn

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Mar. 24.

Tried Tuesday: Sleek Pout Polish

tt-sleek-thI seem to be gathering a collection of lip balms (not that I am complaining, they’re handy to have). Most are clear. Some are scented various ways, but the one I am looking at today is tinted. A tinted lip conditioner it calls itself, but that’s just the same as tinted lip balm. It comes from Sleek MakeUP, and is their Pout Polish, in the shade Pink Cadillac.

Now, normally, when I think of a tinted lip balm, I think of something that may be vaguely a particular colour in the pot or tube, but which makes no difference to your lips when you apply it. And that’s a pity, because one that is actually TINTED could get a lot of love. Hopefully this pout polish lives up to expectations.

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The first thing you see is that it is a pot. I am not really a fan of pots, but I can live with it. It’s understated, tells you exactly what it is, and that’s it. It’s also surprisingly large, with a hefty 10g of product, for just €5.50. I like that. Bang for your (euro)buck is always good, if the product inside is good too.

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And here is the shiny goo that awaits. I say goo in that it is soft, but don’t worry, you’re not going to jab your finger right through it, unless you’re really trying to. It’s also pink. Not just pink, but screaming bright “you’re never going to have to guess what colour I am” PINK. Yes, it is safe to say this is tinted. Very tinted.

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This Pout Polish is so tinted that you can certainly see it on your lips, while it has another plus to it. It is sheer enough, that you can apply it with your finger without worrying too much about the tint being visible around your lips too. It is cushioning, and soft, and makes my lips feel wonderful while wearing it.

In the couple of times I’ve worn this, I’ve become quite a fan. It is becoming one of the three things I reach for when I want a put together face without having to really put together a face, along with mascara and BB cream. It requires no effort to apply and instantly makes your lips look happier. I may be adding a couple more of the 13 available shades to my collection soon.

What do you think of tinted lip balms? Are there any shades of Pout Polish you recommend? Let me know in a comment!

Robyn

*product was provided for review

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(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)
Nov. 25.

Tried Tuesday: Random Bits from Makeup Revolution

MUR-Swatches-thMakeup revolution is a budget brand that has been making quite a splash since its launch at the end of last year. Pitched in the same price point as brands like MUA, they want to make professional quality makeup affordable by all, and from reading numerous reviews online, they seem to be succeeding in that regard. But, I always prefer to try things out for myself. So, in a case of needing some retail therapy a couple of weeks ago, I placed an order, which arrived last week. That means that for Tried Tuesday today, I have a selection of swatches to share with you.

I bought essentially two categories of product, lips and eyes. We’ll look at the lip products first.

Lips

I bought three lipsticks to try out, all of which were £1 each. Two came from their “Scandalous Shades” while the third was a “Vamp Shade”

The first thing I noticed upon opening them was that a couple of the lipsticks appeared to have impacted on the top of the tube at some point. This is especially noticeable on the deep red (vamp) lipstick, a shade called “Rebel With Cause”, and to a lesser extent on the purple (scandalous) lipstick “Depraved”. The pink, “Crime” was unaffected. As they were still in their tamper proof plastic seals, I know they weren’t used, but it does slightly concern me as to the quality if this is allowed to happen. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m less concerned about it in a £1 lipstick, compared to something more expensive, but it does bother me a little.

Though, I said I have swatches, so here are some swatches. The top is the three tubes, the second is swatched on the back of my hand, and the third is on my lips.

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)

(top – bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

These were all done after a single application on the lips using a lip brush, and there is fairly good colour payoff. You could of course reapply to bump up the colour.

I’m most intrigued by Depraved. It is a curious colour, that I actually quite like, but I’m trying to figure out how to actually wear it. I’ll have to have a think about that.

Eyes

I also have three eye products to show you. The first two are a primer and a pigment. I’ll get to the third in a couple of moments.

The primer is one of three in their Focus & Fix range of primers. The one I have here is Brighten, which I’m told is suitable for metallic shades. The other two are original, and matte (for matte shades). These cost £2.50 each. Alongside it, I have a loose pigment Eye Dust shadow (£1) in a shade called “Grandeur”, a metallic bronze/copper. There are 25 shades of pigment available, so you should be able to find one to love!

In the pictures below you can see the primer by itself on the left, the pigment in the middle, and then layered over the primer on the right, both without flash and with.

Witout flash

Without flash

With flash

With flash

I can understand how the primer is designed for metallics, as you can see the metallic sheen from it. The pigment itself is a little lacking on its own. While that can be useful if you want to go subtle, I always think of pigments as being for intensity. That problem is greatly alleviated by layering it over the primer. It really makes the pigment come to life in both pictures. I wouldn’t mind picking up another couple of pigments to see what else they can do.

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

The third and final eye product I picked up, really deserves its own post, so I will keep it brief. It is the Awesome Eyeshadow Collection, a palette of 100 shadows, covering nudes and smoky shades, in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic colours. What’s more is that it is only £12! That leads me to why it should get its own post. I have to wonder just how good the quality can be, to offer 100 shades for such a low price. We are talking 12p per shadow. Just out of curiosity though, I chose 10 random shades from the palette to swatch a couple of evenings ago. With no special preparation, and no primers, these were done using a cotton bud on the back of my hand. The shades I chose are outlined in pink below, and correspond to the colours on my hand, reading left to right.

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

For such a quick test, I think there is some promise there. Yes, a couple of the shades do look a little weak by themselves, but I would need to do something more thorough to test this out. I can see it being a quick and easy way to build up a collection of different colours though, as the shades are quite varied.

Now, the good news, for those of you who absolutely must play with your makeup before buying, is that Makeup Revolution are available in Ireland! The bad news at the moment is that they are only available in Superdrug in Omni Park, Santry. But, if you are in the area, it would be a shame to not go in and have a look. My spies tell me that the price differential between the UK and here is only about 35 cent in the pound. If, however, you are unwilling or unable to make that trek, you could always do as I did and order online from Superdrug or the Makeup Revolution Store, and then Parcel Motel the parcel.

Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution? Is there anything that is tempting you? Or do you believe that the price is just too low to be good quality? The comment line is open!

Robyn

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Oct. 02.

Tested Thursday: Balmi Lip Balm

balmi-thWinter is coming! Unfortunately I have to say that. It is October, and that means cold weather is descending on us. It also means that it is time to stock up on hand creams, wooly hats, scarves, gloves and lip balms. Y’know, for all the parts that are going to generally suffer in the cold. Handily, this week, for Tested Thursday, I am looking at the Balmi Lip Balm Range.

balmi-carton

Let’s start, as always, with the first thing you see – the packaging. This comes individually packaged in a blister pack. It means that you don’t get to see and sniff what is inside, but it also means that you know that nobody else has been near what you are considering smearing over your lips (I’m not even going to think about how nasty that would be). You can also see the unique cube packaging, which I will talk about in a moment. Coming in 4 flavours (coconut, raspberry, strawberry and mint) each blister and cube is colour coordinated, which is very handy as aside from on the carton you don’t have any other indication of which is which.

balmi-back

The back of the carton extols the virtues of the product within, telling us that:

Your lips are constantly on show to the world around you and you want them look good and feeling protected against the elements. Balmi Lip Balm has been designed to not only provide moisturisation to your lips but also protection from harmful UVA rays. Balmi Lip Balm provides SPF 15 Sunscreen and UVA&UVB protection. Tested to SPF 15 European Standards

So far, so good. Yes your lips are always on show, yes you want them looking good and feeling protected and yes you want moisturisation and sunscreen for your lips. Sounds like just the ticket, right. The carton goes on to tell us even more.

Balmi Lip Balm is a perfect blend of ingredients to give your lips long lasting daily care and protection. Our special blend of Balmi moisturising goodness containing anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil help leave your lips moisturised, soft and super smooth.

Oh, lets talk about the ingredients. In fact, let me show you the ingredient list.

balmi-ingredients

If I were browsing through lip balms in the chemist and saw that long list of chemical compounds, I’d throw the product across the store, and run away screaming. It doesn’t look all that pleasant, especially when compared to the likes of Burt’s Bees, or my current favourite Hyalogic Lip Balm, where the top three ingredients of a much shorter list are olive oil, aloe and beeswax. In all honesty, that sounds much friendlier! However, having time to sit at my desk and do some googling, I can see that the ingredients are very run of the mill, safe compounds, including waxes to make up the product, moisturisers, 5 different sunscreen compounds, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, with a couple of preservatives in there to make sure it doesn’t go bad on you too quickly. But, as I said, I had time to look these up. Someone browsing may not, and would just see it as a chemical factory in a cube. It is perfectly safe, but it may not look the very best at a glance.

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Now, on to the product. Here we have the raspberry (dark pink) and strawberry (light pink) cubes. You can also see a keyring attachment coming off the back. Personally, I don’t know what it is doing there, because the cube is bulky, and so are my keys. It would just be too much to hold all that up to my mouth to use the product. If you had one or two keys, then maybe, but to me it’s useless, and the cube is big enough that it is (probably) not going to get lost in my bag.

In terms of flavour and scent, when they say they are raspberry and strawberry, they really are. You can tell that from sniffing them, but they are not overpoweringly smelly. They are really quite pleasant, with the slightly sweeter strawberry being my pick of the two.

And finally, we get to the product itself, which the packaging tells us is easy and convenient, further stating:

You need a lip balm that fits your lifestyle. The Balmi Lip Balm has been designed with active people in mind. Our unique conical applicator lip balm creates zero hassle to apply on the go with maximum ease.

balmi-cone

With the conical applicator I have to agree with them. It really is easy. I just put the tip between my lips, swipe it back and forth a couple of times and it’s done. It feels soft and smooth going on, feels comfortable, and for the most part sinks in, though it does leave a slight residue. The residue doesn’t bother me at all though, and is not in any way sticky.

So, in short. If you car conscious and concerned about using too many chemical products on your skin, look elsewhere. This is not for you, and there are a wealth of more natural options out there. Balmi though, should last through the rigours of winter while giving your lips the protection they deserve. They’re available from McCabe’s and McCauley’s pharmacies nationwide for €5.95.

I know that these were in the September Chic Treat Club box, so if you got one there what do you think of it? Are they a good purchase, or would you generally choose a more natural product?

Robyn

* Product was provided for review

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Aug. 12.

Tried Tuesday: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

bubblegum-thThere are some products that I don’t use too often, but know are always there for me when I need them. For example, my lips are usually quite good, but, when they are in need of a little extra TLC, I turn to this little pot of goodness that Amy from Red Lips;Red Hair turned me on to, in the form of the Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush.

bubblegum-product

The ingredient list for this scrub is pleasantly simple, primarily being made from castor sugar, with added organic jojoba oil. There is also methyl ionone, flavour and colour, obviously to give it the distinctive pink hue and bubblegum candy flossy flavour. There is also no preservative in the mix, so it is not going to last forever, but you are going to want to use it too often, or just eat it with a spoon, so that is not going to be a problem.

bubblegum-fluff

Fluffed up, you can see that it is made up of little sugar crystals, and these are what serve to scrub the lips. You can use your fingers, or, what I do is use my toothbrush, after brushing my teeth to rub a little of this across my lips, removing dead peeling skin, before applying a generous amount of lipbalm. Allowing the balm to sink in leaves me with smooth, supple, perfectly kissable lips (any one want a proper test, let me know ;-))

What do you use to give your lips a little extra care? What do you think of the Bubblegum Lip Scrub? Please do let me know below!

Robyn

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Jun. 03.

Tried Tuesday: Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick

tt-marykay-thLast Thursday I was introduced to a new (to me) brand of makeup, skincare and fragrance, that’s big in the States, and worldwide really. Yet, it’s always been a name that hasn’t stuck in my head, that you may see it briefly mentioned in a magazine and move on to the next thing. Yet I’m glad I was introduced to it, as there are some really interesting bits. The brand is Mary Kay, and today I’m trying one of the products that I was given, a True Dimensions Lipstick in the shade Color Me Coral.

marykay-box

The True Dimensions  lipstick comes in a range of 16 different shades, containing all the usual gamut of nudes, reds, berries and so forth. there are two coral shades, this one, which is a pink coral, and an orange coral called coral bliss. Some of the catalog printed swatches like of mystic plum and sassy fuchsia do actually look really gorgeous, but lets see how I get on with this one first.

marykay-tube

The tube is really solid, and isn’t your standard half and half opening. To open this one you have to push down on the centre clear section at the top, to expose the bottom, and then pull the tube out. Unfortunately it didn’t come  with instructions to do this, so it did take me a minute to figure it out. One benefit of it though, is that it will not accidentally come apart in your bag, leading to coral coloured blotches everywhere.

marykay-product

The product itself is soft and creamy, so soft and creamy, that when I was running a brush over it before applying it earlier, I broke a small chunk off the back of it. It happens though, so I’ll get over it.

marykay-lips

And of course it wouldn’t be a Tried Tuesday without trying the product in it’s natural environment – on the lips, so here it is. This is after two coats, using a No. 7 lip brush. The first one was just a little sheer, but it is easily buildable into what I think is a great colour for summer days or the office.

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick is £14, and is available from marykay.co.uk or one of their independent beauty consultants.

What do you think of this colour? Have you tried anything else from the Mary Kay Range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Robyn

Note: Sample was provided for review

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Apr. 29.

Tried Tuesday: Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colour

tt-WnW-thIt’s like the search for the holy grail, well for lips anyway. All I want is a lipstick with great colour, that stays put through eating, drinking, and, eh, other activities, and that doesn’t destroy my lips in the process. Is that too much to ask? I think not. Maybe I’ll have luck with this Megalast Liquid Lip Colour by Wet n Wild.

wnw-tube

The colour we’re looking at here is Raisin’ the Roof. It looks like a deep pink/berry in the tube, and according to Wet n Wild last up to 8 hours and are completely transfer proof, while moisturising at the same time. This is due to Elastisilk technology that combines flexible colour and silky pigments that move with the lips.

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The applicator is nice without being anything particularly special, holding a fair amount of product without being overloaded and goes nicely on to the lips, though in the case of Raisin’ the Roof, it does apply quite purple. I wasn’t quite expecting it to be so dark, looking at the tube, but it is still a nice, rich colour, which would probably be better suited to autumn lips.

wnw-lipsAnd this is what it looks like on the lips. It feels slightly strange as it dries on the lips, and bonds both to the lips and itself a little, but when it dries it DOES NOT MOVE! When removing it I had to have a bit of a go at it, and it didn’t wipe away. It kind of peeled away in bits. It also seemed to show up every single line on my lips. I’m not entirely sure if it is just my lips, or this showing everything up, so I will have to investigate further. I probably won’t be trying with this colour though, not for a few months. There are some nice coral and pink shades available too (13 in total) so I might just pick up a more summery shade to try again.

For now though the jury is out. I can’t say as it stands that this is everything I’ve been looking for. The colour payoff is amazing, and it doesn’t budge once it sticks on there, but I’m not entirely sure about not drying out my lips. I’ll have to try a couple more times and see.

Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colour is €4.69, and is available from Dunnes Stores, some Penneys and pharmacies nationwide.

What do you think of the Wet n Wild lip range? Have you found your holy grail, go nowhere lip product? Please do share your experiences.

Robyn

Note: A sample was provided for review

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Apr. 18.

Face Friday: U Magazine Box

FF-ThumbHello all! In case you haven’t seen this haul yet, I was fortunate enough to win all of these goodies from U Magazine for winning a quiz. And really, there is no better way to start trying them than to slap them on your face and hope for the best. For that reason the foundation, blush, eyeshadow and lipstick are all ones that I’ve never tried before, while a couple of items are tried and tested favourites.

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Face:

  • Foundation: NYC – Natural Matte Foundation (001 – Ivory)
  • Bronzer: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: NYC – Cheek Glow (649 – Prospect Park Rose)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: NYC – IndividualEyes Palette (Smoky for Green Eyes)
  • Liner: ModelCo – Eye Liner Pencil (Black 01)
  • Mascara: NYC – High Definition Mascara (black)

Lips:

  • Liner: Revlon – Colorstay liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: Rimmel – Lasting Finish by Kate (110)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Ecotools – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Eyeshadow Primer
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Highlight Shadow & Blend
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Lid Shadow
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Crease Shadow & Contour Shadow
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – LipstickCouple of notes: I’m not a fan of the foundation. It was runny, applied quite unevenly, and if it weren’t for the Hello Flawless evening things up, it would have been a disaster. The blush was light, natural and buildable nicely. The shadow palette was nice to work with, though as I was in a hurry to get back outside to the sun I didn’t do a perfect job of it. I’m quite a fan of the lipstick. I can see myself wearing it again.

Robyn

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