Sunday, 16 August 2015

Etude House Play 101 Pencils 22 & 25 Review and Swatches

 I've been interested in the Play 101 range ever since Pony filmed a few tutorials using them (links to those videos here). The idea of having a whole line of makeup pencils that you can use for your entire face is pretty genius. A lot of the colours are really versatile so you can use them on your eyes, cheeks, and lips if you want! I picked up shades 22 and 25 because I think they make gorgeous lip colours.

The product: Twist up pencils that are both in Play 101's 'glossy' category. According to the Etude House site, glossy pencils have a 'moist texture' and they recommend using them for lips and cheeks.

The packaging: I really like the stylish look of these pencils. I'm not always swayed by Etude House's cutesy packaging (unless it's too adorable to resist) so I'm glad they went with a chic look for this product.

The pigmentation: They are bold colours but it takes a few coats to until they look really vibrant on the lips. This does add to their versatility though - you can use the pink shade as a blush if you apply it lightly and blend.

The application: I love using makeup pencils since I find them easy to use. The Play 101 pencils are no exception - it's easy to be precise and the formula means they just glide on.

The colours:

22 is a darn good classic red. It bothers me when I swatch red lipsticks in stores and they end up being on the pink or orange side but this one did not disappoint me.

25 is a lovely bright pink. Both of these are build-able so you can go for a toned-down look if you wish.

The road test: This would have been a glowing review but sadly these pencils aren't very long lasting. Normally, this doesn't bother me with my lip products as I'm always prepared to reapply. However, these normally rub off in the middle of your lips so you're left looking like you're just wearing lip liner. I'm not really a fan of this look, so if I use these pencils I have to keep checking my lips to make sure they look okay.

Overall: I would completely love these pencils if it wasn't for the way they fade throughout the day. However, since the Play 101 range is really simple to use, I would love to try some of their other pencils for blush and eyeshadow.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Too Cool For School Milk Tint in Milky Lavender Review

I've had a thing for lavender beauty products for a while now. I think it started when I saw girls wearing lavender blush in Japanese magazines - it just looked so cute! While I haven't been brave enough to try lavender blush yet, I did get this cute tint from Too Cool For School.

The milk tint lives up to its name in that it actually contains milk! Supposedly this helps soften dry lips.

The packaging: Simple and adorable! I really love the font and the milk bottle on the front.

The pigmentation: It's pretty sheer, although with 'milky' being in the product's name means I probably should have expected it to be. I do have to build it up before the colour becomes noticeable on my lips.

The application: It has a very small doe foot applicator which makes it easy to apply. The watery texture also makes it easy to spread out.

The colour: After about 2-3 coats, I really like the subtle purple colour this gives my lips.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about it since I've never tried a colour like it before. However, I have warmed up to it as it's a pretty cute shade.

The road test: This tint does not cooperate with dry skin on the lips so make sure your lips aren't chapped before applying. Once it's on, it isn't drying and it even feels quite softening. I guess the milk works! On the downside, I didn't find this to be very long lasting.

Overall: This tint has been a welcome addition to my collection of mostly dark coloured lip products. Despite not being 100% sure with the shade at first, I am really happy with it now. I only wish it had some more staying power on my lips.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

3CE Water Tint in Dark Fuschia Review

Time for another 3CE review!

I'm a big fan of lip tints so I picked up this one whilst I was in Hong Kong. 3CE's water tints claim to be highly pigmented, long lasting, and moisturizing, so how could I resist?

The packaging: It's no secret that I freaking love the look of 3CE's packaging. The bottle is made of plastic so it's not too heavy.

The pigmentation: Just as 3CE claim, this is highly pigmented. You can even build it up for a really vibrant colour.

The colour:
2 coats
The water tint collection may be small but each of the colours are gorgeous. It took me a while to decide which one to get but eventually I picked Dark Fuschia which is a lovely dark pink.

The application: 
Not what I'm going for
This may just be me screwing it up but whenever I apply this in a rush, most of the product just ends up on my bottom lip! While this can look kinda cool, it's not usually what I'm going for. To get around this, I've been applying the tint to my top lip first and then waiting a few seconds before rubbing my lips together. The sales assistant also mentioned that this product is good for doing gradient lips. I've tried it but I just don't think the look suits me.

The road test: I've noticed that the tint still looks pretty vibrant after I have lunch but it does fade towards the evening, so it's definitely one to have in your bag so you can reapply it in the afternoon. The formula isn't too drying but I wouldn't say it's moisturizing either.

Overall: The main problem I have with this product is that I have to take extra care when applying it. I also wish the staying power was a little better but it definitely beats all of my lipsticks. Aside from those issues, I really do like using this product because of its awesome colour.
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