Friday, December 21, 2012

Review/Thoughts on Illamasqua Liquid Metal and Guerlain Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit, with Video

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I had received the Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic in my Alter Ego Mystery Selection kit which had a couple guaranteed colors and grab bag of others. I love a cream shadow, but was sad to read about how emollient the Liquid Metals were, figuring I couldn't use them on the eyes. Sadly I had the same experience with the actual cream shadow from Illamasqua in Crumble, crease city. But, I have today off so figured I'd give it a fair shake on my eyes and see how it went! And while I was at it, thought I'd do a little demo in a video for a couple items from the Guerlain Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit.

Let's get the true disaster out of the way first. In an effort to not make a mess, I used the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base for a primer, put a thin layer of Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic, gave it a bit to set (though it already started transferring to my crease despite only applying to my lid) and then put over the top two shadows. I used the L'Oreal Forest Smokes for the deep green on the outer lid and the deep yellow gold from a Black Radiance duo in Sunrise/Sunset on the inner lid.

It's such a beautiful color. In the places it didn't crease like there was no tomorrow, that is. Maybe I can try to get it only on that bit of my lid where I don't have any more lid creases..

After 15 minutes, it was all gathering up into the many creases in my lids. Not a good look, my friends.

Now also in these pictures I'm wearing the Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator in shade 01 under my eyes (without any other concealer or corrector) and the Meteorites in shade Teint Rosé on my cheeks. The Illuminator has a nice smooth texture, good coverage and doesn't catch on any under eye dryness (a problem I've always had). All in all, I like it.

But the Meteorites, oh the Meteorites. I don't know what to say about this stuff. It has a very, very strong scent of violets and as far as I can tell has no discernable color or sheen. I gather it's more an illuminating setting powder, but I guess I was expecting the ability to see something.

On the left there (obviously) is the Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic, then the Guerlain clicky illuminator pen in shade 01, and the invisible swatch via brush of the Meteorites and I used my fingers in the attempt to get some visible swatch but only got a few sparkles at the very end of the picture.

I have seen some swatches online that have visible something in them for Meteorites. Maybe it's just that I'm so pale, it blends into my skin color. I have no idea. But with the rampant scent and basically nonexistent effect, I am not impressed to say the least. The kit also included a brightening primer that I haven't tried (due to my oily skin and less than great luck with primers), the full sized Illuminator and this mini/travel sized Meteorites for $57 at Sephora. I had a coupon for $20 off $50 so I don't feel too bad about making the spend to try out some stuff from a luxury brand I've never used.

Have you used any of these items? Had any better luck than I did? Can you actually see Meteorites on your skin?! :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My Everyday Lips with Very Pale Skin, Warm Pinks and Pink Nudes

Last up in my subdued lip series of Everyday lips are warm pinks/pink nudes. I've done Brown Nudes and Cool Pinks so far, check them out if you're interested in other options for very pale skin!

And just what is my definition of Very Pale Skin? I am around NC10, MAC Matchmaster 1.0 is a very good match, for spot concealing on my face Amazing Cosmetics concealer in Fair (except that it made me break out like nobody's business) and MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer in #1 are near perfect.

One thing I found tough when shopping for lipsticks was how different it may be on my skintone compared to others. What might be nude or light on my favorite blogger, it's medium toned and slightly dark or too bright and bold. There's certainly room for deeper, brighter, bolder lips - but I usually focus on eyes and the lips are just a complement. So here's what I found works for my skintone and coloring as an "everyday" light to mid-tone lipsticks!

Here's my bare lips for reference. I have quite a few lip freckles, so it's easy to determine what level of coverage a lip color has.

These warm pinks/pink nudes are probably the first colors I was really comfortable with when I got back into makeup. Previously I'd lean towards the same colors my mom would wear (despite her being a deeper olive skintone) in the mauve range. These are easy to wear with my coloring and tend to not clash too much with whatever else is on my face - always a plus!

L'Oreal Fairest Nude, Sheer Linen; MAC Can't Get Enough
I picked up L'Oreal Colour Riche Fairest Nude after seeing quite a few youtube beauty ladies mention it being the best thing since sliced bread. Now, it looks different on me than them, maybe less nude and more like my lips but better shade. A warm pink nude with a cream finish. The texture is opaque without being too heavy or thick, not terribly drying, but does have that perfumed flowery "old lady" smell - so be warned.

Another youtube recommended lip color up, Rimmel Airy Fairy.

Revlon Gumdrop, Primrose; Rimmel Airy Fairy, Revlon Rose & Shine
Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Airy Fairy is less on the nude side and more pink. The color is a bit cooler than Fairest Nude, but it does have a slight golden sheen that warms it up. Texture isn't as nice as Fairest Nude, but it's not gritty or too thick. Because of the slight sheen, it can be a little easier to wear than a cream finish for any dryness and will give you a little bit more volume.

Last up, a relatively recent find and favorite, Revlon Super Lustrous in Rose & Shine. It's more sheer than the two above and has more of a sheen. It's a warm rose shade, it does need a little building up to get this level of color but it's very thin so it doesn't feel too thick or slippery with the layers.

What are your favorite warm pinks? Have you tried any of these out? Let me know! Thanks for stopping by. :)