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

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Burberry Summer Showers: Lip Glow Balm

The Burberry Summer Showers collection is a range of three shades options for cheeks, lips and nails (Orange Poppy, Pink Peony and Pink Azalea). Its very much about juicy colours with a dewy finish and brings us two new product; Fresh Glow Blush and Lip Glow Balm.

The Fresh Glow Blushers (which consists of over 50% of water) seemed somewhat translucent when I swatched them so I picked up two of the Lip Glow Balms instead (£23 each).

Orange Poppy #01 is a brightening coral/orange.

Pink Peony #02  is a healthy looking pink.

They don't have lots of slip like some tinted balms do and both have a nice glossy sheen finish.

The initial swatch is very sheer, reminding me of the Benefit hydrating tinted lip balms. Shown below Benefit lollibalm then Burberry Pink Peony swatched once and then the same shades swatched 3 times.

Unlike Benefit, I am pleased to say that they apply a lot more pigmented on the lips (Orange Poppy is undeniable more pigmented than Pink Peony). This does make me wonder if the Fresh Glow Blush would have applied more pigmented on the cheek compared to when I swatched them).

Swatched below once then three times, Orange Poppy then Pink Peony,

The balms feel moisturising, and make the lips feel softer. The formula contains nourishing oils and waxes which helps to protect from dehydration and I find my lips still feel in this condition after the product has worn off.

Its a nice concise collection of cheery looking shades and I have to say I'm tempted to go back for the more plummy Pink Azalea Lip Glow Balm.


I bought these from Harrods

Sunday, 29 June 2014

YSL Couture Palette: Saharienne #4

The YSL shadow formula has always been the brands weak point in my opinion and I didn't have high hopes for the new reformulation, however the difference is phenomenal. Everything in terms of formula/quality is an improvement.

The five shadow palettes contains a variety of finishes with a good balance of light to deep shades. Though I don't think the colourways are necessarily unique, the choices are such that I am sure you'd find at least one that you need to take home with you.
I bought the cooler toned most natural looking palette, Saharienne (£39.50).

It contains a shimmery, almost iridescent pale peach, a shimmery yellow tinged cream, a satin/pearl grey with a hint of mauve, a satin medium, gold brown and in the centre square a satin, deep cool brown. In the pan all the colours have a very faint multicoloured sparkle, though once applied its only noticeable in the cream shade.

All the shades have very good colour payoff , apart from the larger pan (the peachy base shade) which is more sheer. The texture of all shades is soft and smooth, and though a primer is required to stop colour fade, they hold up very well with no creasing nor fallout.
They blend effortlessly and the finish of all the shades is very flattering, never venturing into the too shimmery territory.

I'd certainly recommend checking these out, especially if you have been disappointed with the old YSL powder formula, as these are a welcome improvement.

I bought this from boots.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Chanel Summer Reflets d'Été: Utopia & New Moon

Slim pickings from this years Chanel Summer collection Reflets d'Été, I only purchased two of the Illusion d’Ombres.

I wasn't too sure about the colour story when I first read about it and seeing the products in person I still wasn't sure as the collection seems to lack cohesion.
Of the three shadows on offer I bought the two limited editions.

Utopia is a shimmery/metallic dusty lavender.
It goes on very smooth and blends well with a good wear time.
Shown below, Utopia swatched once then three times.

New Moon is a brown/copper with red undertones. Its jam packed full of glitter (I do get a bit of fall out).

Though the base has the same good performance of Illusion d’Ombres, the glitter particles can make it look a bit messy as they disperse a bit, so I find this works best applied over other shadows rather than on its own.
New Moon swatched once then three times.

Below is Utopia with a touch of New Moon on the centre, they don't really work together but I wanted to try them combined.

I'm not really infused; I am a fan of the Illusion d’Ombres but something about Utopia isn't hitting the mark and though New Moon it just so pretty to look at in the pot, once applied it makes me look tired.

Sadly the fall collection (which is usually my favourite release from Chanel) isn't looking up either from the lackluster reviews I've read so far, so lets hope it looks better in person.

I bought these from Boots.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Surratt Artistique Eyeshadow: Ingénue, Idéaliste & Ombre

The former assistant of Kevyn Aucoin, a celebrity makeup artist and a Japanese inspired range, my expectations were extremely high for the Troy Surratt makeup range. Extremely exclusive (I believe only sold at Barneys New York and Liberty), product reviews are not aplenty so I just hoped for the best when making my choices online.
The line looks sleek and modern with a very streamlined packaging. I'll start today with some of the eyeshadows.

They come with a plastic cover that you slide off. The line offers customisable palettes that you can fill with shadows and blushers. Shown below is the large compact case (£18.50).

I'd recommend getting a compact, as its more robust, as I could see the single packaging being a bit flimsy for travelling or if you are the clumsy sort like myself.
The pans come with a double-sided sticker to adhere them in the compact.This is the only aspect of Surratt I am not keen on as I feel a magnetized system is more user friendly.
I bought the below shades (£16 each):
Ombre (clay/taupe matte though this shows up warmer on my skintone)

Idealist (softly shimmered golden beige )

Ingenue (softly shimmered/sparkly pink)

The Japanese influence is clear with the soft, velvety, non powdery texture and lightweight feel. All these shades have soft pigmentation and blend well. I think they are best used with a primer due to their lightness so they have something to adhere to.

I've bought some other items from the brand which I'll review soon, but I can say now that I'm really impressed with the line.

I bought these from

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

A Short Break


Unfortunately I have been suffering with intense sickness for nearly 2 weeks now, during that time I fortunately had some saved draft posts so have just had to hit publish for these last weeks, as I have run out of them now I will not likely resume posting for a week or two.
Thanks for your time

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