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Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks (Review & Swatches)

Brand new to Estee Lauder is their 30-colour range of the Pure Color Love lipsticks. Ranging from “ulta mattes to shimmer pearls, cool chromes and edgy cremes”, the colour lineup has a blissful diversity that doesn’t seem too heavy in any area. There are loads of nudes, heaps of brights, and plenty of deep shades.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about this range is the shape of the lipstick bullet. I don’t even know what to call it – chisel edge point? X-acto knife? Like what the heck even is that? It comes to a sharp point as both sides are exactly identical – a steep vertical slant to the end of the lipstick bullet. One thing’s for sure – I don’t like the shape. Sure, it’s edgy, unique, whatever the heck else you want to call it, but it’s not for me. I’m currently trying to wear the lipstick down in the shape *I* want. Which means a heck of a lot of wear on one side of it – and yet I can never remember which size I’m wearing it down! ARGH!

Weird shape aside, the lipsticks themselves are quite lovely – which is really the whole point of the product now isn’t it? The packaging is a pull out tube with a lovely satisfying snap closure. It’s a weighty product, which to me has always meant luxury.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks swatches - Orchid Infinity, Bar Red and Flash Chill
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks swatches – Orchid Infinity, Bar Red and Flash Chill

I was gifted an interesting variety of shades at the Pure Color Love launch event:

  • Orchid Infinity – an edgy cream
  • Bar Red – an ultra matte
  • Flash Chill – a shimmer pearl

The colours were pre-selected for us, but I like how they approached the selection as it gave me the chance to try out a variety of finishes.

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Orchid Infinity
Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Orchid Infinity

Of the three I tried, Orchid Infinity, the edgy cream, was the shade I had the most issues with. It required a few layers to get opaque coverage, however it whenever it wore away, it melted away on my lips nicely – no nasty edge that looks like you applied lip liner wrong (and heavily). The formula was smooth and creamy – almost slippery.

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red
Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red

Bar Red, an ultra matte, was my favourite out of the three in this post. Although pegged as an ultra matte, this was not drying on my lips. It went on smoothly – albeit stiffly at first since I had to break through that initial layer (why are mattes like this?) – and afterwards it was smooth to apply. Pigmentation was on point and it such’s a glorious colour – your true red, or “Christmas red” as I tend to think of shades like this. This shade and formula can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Flash Chill
Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Flash Chill

Flash Chill was the last shade I tried and the one I was the least interested in. But isn’t that the way it always goes before we discover a new shade that we suddenly love? Granted, Flash Chill looks very similar on my lips to plenty of coral shades I’ve been in love with over the years, but in the bullet I wasn’t convinced it would come out this nicely. I stand corrected however and Flash Chill is gorrrrgeous! It’s a peach that turns coral on my lips with some gold flecks of glitter splashed in for good measure. The glitter isn’t gritty, but it will stick to your lips a little longer than the lipstick will, so re-application will be necessary. (Which is fine – layering with all three of these lipsticks was absolutely fine and caused no issues.)

Final Thoughts

In order of finish preference for the Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks, the ultra matte was by far my favourite. Super comfortable to wear and gorgeous pigmentation. Second was the shimmer pearl – it’s a lot of fun and there’s a glimmer of sparkle in the partial translucency of the colour. The cream was sadly my least favourite, but I think it may be partially because of the colour. Purples are a bastard in the makeup world, and this colour did suffer from some patchiness. That being said, the texture and feel of it was really, really nice, so you may fare better with a less volatile pigment.

In short, yes – I’d absolutely recommend these!

The Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks are available exclusively in Canada via www.beautyboutique.ca where they retail for… actually I can’t tell you. This is really bizarre – I’m positive they’re available on www.beautyboutique.ca but the entire domain seems to be blocked in Australia (where I’m currently writing this post). Not sure why that is!

Swatch Sunday: Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts palette

Shame on me, I avoided buying this palette for so long! Coloured Raine‘s Queen of Hearts palette launch was huge for the brand – so many people snapped it up and raved about it. And me, for whatever reason, just kept putting off buying it because I didn’t need it – or so I thought.

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts palette
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts palette

I was finally broken down after seeing my friend Samantha wearing this palette constantly in unbelievably beautiful combinations. So when they decided to restock it, I snapped it up. It was a re-launch item, so I think I paid for this back in June, and only just got it this past August. It looks like the palette many now be permanent (thank heavens), and it retails for $50 USD. I had no customs charges from the US when it arrived.

Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts Swatches

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Crown
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Crown
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Royal Highness
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Royal Highness
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Your Majesty
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Your Majesty
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Princess
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Princess
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Empress
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Empress
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Queen Mother
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Queen Mother
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Heir
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Heir
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Royal Prerogative
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Royal Prerogative
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Noblewoman
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Noblewoman
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Ladyship
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Ladyship
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Duchess
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Duchess
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts - Dethrone
Coloured Raine – Queen of Hearts – Dethrone

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils (Review & Swatches)

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

This is the first time in a long while (or maybe ever??) that I’ve been genuinely excited about what is essentially a lip balm. Some of you may have seen my August favourites video in which I professed my love for the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey… well there’s a whole slew of other flavours to choose from now!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

Although the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil formula is not a new one, what is new is the four new flavours they released on June 1, 2017. Although I had only been familiar with the original (I think it’s the original one anyway) flavour in Honey, I was really excited to try out the newly released additions to the lineup.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

I initially started using a baby sample size I happened to have of the original Honey one because my lips were becoming extremely chapped from moving into our new condo and, for whatever reason, I get dry AF when we move. The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil was a total saviour – not only was it super hydrating, but it also helped to lock in moisture because the product is quite thick. Not so thick that you feel like it’s a goopy mess, but the good kind of thickness where you know it’s doing something good to your lips.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

The thing that’s really nice about these is that the formula is basically skincare that ends up looking like a luxurious lip gloss. They’re packed full with hazelnut and organic jojoba oils to help nourish and smooth your lips, while also providing an insanely glossy shine.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil comes with a really bulbous applicator tip
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil comes with a really bulbous applicator tip

There is one thing that makes me laugh about the product though, and that’s the bulbous applicator. It does do an excellent job of hugging the lips and delivering product, but it’s so enormous that you may actually fling some product on the walls or floor while you’re trying to pull out the applicator from the tube. Honestly, it’s more funny than anything else, but it IS something to be aware of! (Shawna of Spill the Beauty also noticed this in her recent review as well.)

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - swatches
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – swatches
  • Candy: They say the scent is based on cherry, raspberry and strawberry mixed together, which I find somewhat accurate, although I think I’d just label it as “fruity”. It comes across as a glossy pink on the lips.
  • Tangerine: Although I love the glossy orange sheen of this one, I find it so bizarre that they labelled it tangerine and then made the scent red currant. Like… what? Still really lovely though!
  • Honey Glam: Easily my favourite out of all the new shades. It has the same delicious scent as the original Honey, but this time it’s chockful of gold glitter particles. The gold glitter is very apparent on the lips and looks absolutely beautiful – this would make for a great lipstick topper.
  • Mint: I get a lot more peppermint flavour than I do straight mint out of this one, but I do prefer peppermint, so that makes me really happy. This one contains a little bit of menthol so you feel notice a slight cooling/tingling sensation on your lips which is intended to help plump them up.

Final Thoughts

The Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are absolutely winners in my book and I’m so glad they’ve extended the range to include new flavours. This product was an absolute saviour to my lips during the past month and you can bet your butt I’m going to be travelling with these little tubs of goodness the next time I get on a plane, or taking it anywhere with me where I run the risk of getting super dehydrated lips.

Online availability is a little bit all over the place for these. For Canadians, you can get the original range of Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils on sephora.ca for $25 CAD each or you can get the new shades and the old shades on beautyboutique.ca for the same price tag. For those in the USA,  you can purchase all of the shades on sephora.com for $26 USD each.

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Swatch Sunday: Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters

Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters

SUVA Beauty is one of those brands that came out of nowhere for me. I was tagged a few times on their social media posts because people know I really like vibrant bright eyeshadows, and yet I never got around to ordering them online. So when I discovered that they were at IMATS Toronto this past month, I dove right in and picked up their Cupcakes and Monsters palette.

Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters

What’s nice is that they’re Canadian, and it’s really nice to support something homegrown, especially when the colours are so vibrant and exciting!

Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters

Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters Swatches

Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Sugar Diet
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Sugar Diet
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Electric Slide
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Electric Slide
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Funny Face
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Funny Face
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Bloody Mary
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Bloody Mary
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Got Milk?
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Got Milk?
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Sangria Sundays
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Sangria Sundays
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Clover Club
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Clover Club
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters - Blue Lagoon
Suva Beauty Cupcakes and Monsters – Blue Lagoon

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection (Review & Swatches)

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection

If you had asked me years ago if I would ever be interested in Mary Kay launches, I would’ve likely laughed you out of my apartment. But, hey, here we are! Mary Kay flies so much under the radar in the beauty community because it’s still pegged as such a grandma brand, but damnit, I’m trying to change that a little bit!

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - nail polishes
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – nail polishes

Let’s start with the nail polishes because they are hands down my FAVOURITE thing that Mary Kay makes. I won’t be swatching them for you (which is in your best interest, I promise – my nails look like I’ve been at war with them since the condo move), but if you’ve been keen enough to notice my nail polish in my YouTube videos over the last 8 months or so, you’ll have noticed that practically the only nail polish I wear anymore is by Mary Kay. These suckers are opaque in two coats, have a lovely cream finish and are overall amazing. Highly recommend.

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - lip suedes
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – lip suedes

New for the Fall 2017 limited edition collection are these Lip Suedes. They’ve only released two colours – Rose Blush and Mulberry Muse – but they’re pretty, if not somewhat conventional, colours.

These were absolutely LOVELY to wear. The colour glides on easily and smells wonderful (like vanilla). Coverage was opaque in two swipes. It goes on like a cream and eventually dries down to more of a matte finish. I liked that aspect because it made the lipstick last a heck of a lot longer than I was expecting. They’re also incredibly comfortable: I wore Mulberry Muse out for the evening last weekend, had multiple glasses of wine and there was very little fading. I also wore Rose Blush to work and didn’t even feel the need to remove it after five hours of wear which is completely unheard of for me (usually I get tired of having something on my lips).

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - lip suedes in Rose Blush and Mulberry Muse
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – lip suedes in Rose Blush and Mulberry Muse
  • Rose Blush is more of your everyday pink shade. I’m not typically keen on pinks, but this shade was very easy to wear and was something that would match a multitude of eye looks.
  • Mulberry Muse is way more up my alley! This kind of wine shade always comes back in style as the colder weather hits and I welcome it with open arms!
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - eyeshadow quints
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – eyeshadow quints

The last two items in this launch are eyeshadow quints. You can buy separate packaging to house these in, or you can slap them into one of your magnetized palettes since the back has a big ole magnet on it.

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - eyeshadow quint in Simply Smoky
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – eyeshadow quint in Simply Smoky
  • Simply Smoky will cover all your smoky eye needs… except for a cream brow bone shade which I feel is kind of vital. The far left shade is too grey/blue to be used on the brow bone, so keep that in mind!
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - eyeshadow quint in Rose Nudes
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – eyeshadow quint in Rose Nudes
  • A bit more cohesive, the Rose Nudes quint makes for a really lovely neutral eye with a pop of pink.

I went a little eighties with this look – smoky blue eyes with a wine-coloured lip.

I did like the way the Simply Smoky quint looked on the eyes, but as I said before, I had to pull in a brow bone shade from another palette to pull it all together.

More of a neutral look for this one – pink on pink!

Rosé Nudes was my favourite quint between the two. The colours blended onto my eye seamlessly and made for a really beautiful look. (Please disregard the horrible creasing foundation around my eyes – I have a scathing review coming up on that later on in the month.)

In short? Mary Kay makes some really, REALLY decent makeup products and I was quite impressed with the Fall launch. My picks are definitely the nail polishes, as well as the lip suedes.