Sunday 30 August 2015

Burberry Cream Shadow Dusky Mauve

Burberry releases always seem to sneak out rather than arrive with a bang, as with the case of the 8 cream eye shadows they brought out this year.

They come in a glass jar with a plastic screw lid, its a very chic design but due to the weight maybe not the best for travel.

I decided on Dusky Mauve (£25) which is a shimmery cool-toned mauve taupe. Its a lot more pigmented than I was expecting, and as I'm cool toned the mauve tones are more pronounced on me.
Shown below is just one application (this is with no primer after 5 hours wear).

Swatched below once then three times,

The formula is interesting, it does not have that really cushiony, spongy feel nor a creamy, mousse texture instead its more firm with not as much slip, however it does go on smoothly and blends nicely, its just not as spreadable as some cream shadows.

Its very lightweight and not at all clingy or drying, the wear is quite good, though best to use a primer if you want it to last the day.

Overall I like the comfortable texture and think the shimmer/sheen finish is really pretty, its certainly made me want to order some more shades.


Some really helpful reviews for the cream shadows can be found via Mostly Sunny and Indigo Kir Royale.

I bought this from whom I believe have the fastest shipping known to man.

Sunday 23 August 2015

Dior Fall 2015 Cosmopolite Collection: Continental Rouge Dior

I picked up just one lonely item from the Fall Cosmopolite Collection, like most I tend to head towards more berry toned lipsticks come Autumn so couldn't resist the Rouge Dior in shade Continental (£26.50).

Continental is a pigmented berry red with a sheen finish. In my experience deeper Rouge Dior shades like this perform better than the lighter ones (which can often highlight dryness and sink into lip lines). Continental applies impeccably, its creamy but not overly heavy, and though I find it feels a bit clingy during wear, the finish looks smooth and not drying.


The shade has very good coverage and as it leaves a stain I get a good 6 hours wear time.
Shown below swatched once then three times

Now this isn't quite the perfect berry I was hoping for, its one of those many times that I've seen a shade looking beautiful on every other blogger but on me it doesn't quite hit the mark, its just a little too bright, lacking that bit of depth/richness, I don't have pigmented lips so whether that's the reason for the brightness, nevertheless this shade is beautiful in the bullet and though it doesn't quite correspond on me, I think I am in the minority so I'd still advise checking this out.
Shown below with one light application


I bought this from Boots

Sunday 16 August 2015

Chanel Fall 2015 Les Automnales: Rouge Coco Shine Temeraire & Melancolie

The sunny days are becoming few and far between and the ever darker mornings signal the approach of Autumn. I love the colours of typical Autumnal collections but often they don't work for my colouring. Chanel's Les Automnales, however, seems to have incorporated a good array of colours, so whilst there is the expected earthy, rusty and khaki elements we also have some more neutrals and reds in the mix.

My hands immediately made a grab for the two Coco Shines (both £25 each), the shades are quite interesting, they almost look metallic in the tube. Melancolie #99 is a rusty bronze beige with gold shimmer/micro glitter

Téméraire #112 is a deep ruby red with subtle golden shimmer (this is one of the "colour" lipshines, as opposed to the "sheer" lipshines so it's more pigmented).

The lipsticks feel lightweight and comfortable to wear, Melancolie has more slip to it and has a shorter wear (around 2 hours on me) whereas Téméraire leaves a stain and wears for around 4 hours.

One thing I would mention is that after amassing a lot of Coco Shines I found that they turned after about a year, I therefore limit how many I buy now but these two shades are interesting enough that I am happy to have bought them, Melancolie is great for that soft warm lip and Téméraire is a striking vampy shade.

I bought these from Boots.

Sunday 9 August 2015

The New Rouge Bunny Rouge Silk Aether Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow

What's better than having one of RBR bestselling cream eye shadow shades, well two of course, and so we have the new Silk Aether Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow.

The duo is called Gossamer Wing and it contains Atlas Swallowtail (nude taupe) and Brocade Skipper (beige/champagne). The finish is semi-matte, yet slightly luminous so that they don't look flat.
Swatched below then blended,

These are my two favourite shades from the cream line up, ones I've re-bought a few times and recently ran out of so it was rather fortuitous when RBR sent me this duo to try.

The shadows work a a primer or lid colour, providing a sheer wash of colour or built up to be more opaque.
Shown below applied sheerly with no primer and this is after about 7 hours wear,
The duo has doe foot applicators for easy application. It has a creamy yet lightweight texture that applies smoothly and evenly. I do not find these drying and love that they do not go on patchy and the edges blend out seamlessly.
The wear time is really good, I can get around 7 hours (with no primer) with just minimal fade and no creasing.
There's everything to like about this product, the colours look very natural and are great for that nude yet defined looked. They apply effortlessly and have a lasting wear that you can trust and the actual design is great for travelling. I think whats also worth noting is that unlike a lot of  cream shadows on the market these are especially forgiving on older lids where lines/folds are an issue.
RBR have provided a 20% discount for anything in the RBR range to all my readers. The code can be used via and is applicable for all the countries they ship to and there is no minimum spend. The code to enter in the discount box is RBR-VISIONARYBEAUTY20

Disclosure: This was sent to me for free

Sunday 2 August 2015

Guerlain Bloom of Rose Fall 2015 Collection: Rose aux Joues & KissKiss Roselip

Inspired by the natural beauty of the rose, the Guerlain Bloom of Rose Fall collection seems more Spring like in its focus of soft, feminine hues.

The blushers, Rose aux Joues, have had a makeover, new black packaging and a new formula. Its meant to give you "rosy cheeks with a delicate glow. Its Pink Booster pigments capture natural light and enhance your complexion's natural pink hue in perfect affinity with the skin." I'm not quite sure how to read this as it makes me think that all the shades give a varying amount of pink flush to the cheek, even the peach and plum shades?

I bought shade Pink Me Up #06 (£33.50) . Its a bright cool toned pink, it has a really flattering glow finish (there is a tiny bit of sparkle).

Its not pigment heavy but builds up well. I didn't feel enthralled when I felt the texture, its density packed and feels rather stiff and dry, however it applies extremely well (not patchy or with noticeable edges). The downside is the wear time, I get noticeable fading after 4/5 hours so as much as I love the finish I'm in two minds as to whether to pick up another shade.
Swatched twice then blended,

Ingredients (this is scented)

The collection also sees the introduction of a tinted lip balm, KissKiss Roselip. I bought Chic Pink #372 (£26.50). Pigment is sheer (all the shades are meant to be subtle tints) but its a really pretty rosy beige nude with a glossy finish.

It glides on and feels hydrating, probably due to the oils it contains such as Jojoba and rose petal. It also contains Hyaluronic acid which is meant to plump the lips but I can't see any difference.Wear time is about 3/4 hours even with eating/drinking.
Swatched once then four times,

Ingredients (this is scented)

I'm always somewhat trepidatious with Gurlain collections so I was pleased with how these performed. My favourite is the blush, not for the colour (which I don't find unique) but for the pretty glowy flush it provides.

I bought these from There is currently a 20% off RRP on everything until 18th August 2015 (with code: ESCENTUAL20) I think they deliver worldwide.
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