~purchased by me~
Everytime I foray into a new brand for lip products, particularly lipsticks, I always get one red. If you know me personally or have seen my FOTDs or selfies, you know I rarely wear red on the lips. I love my nude pink, nude peach, pink-mauves and corals but I have a hard time finding a super good red. It’s not my way to measure how good a brand is but since I rarely wear and only use it for certain occasions, mainly parties. So with that in mind, I look for an opaque, non-drying, moisturizing, non-feathering, non-migrating, long lasting formula. Slight staining properties is a plus (stains with same color as the shade used). All the above without any aids, meaning lipliner, concealer on the edges, anti-feathering liner.
This is love at first swipe. Opaque at first swipe, non-drying, moisturizing, long-lasting with slight staining capabilities. And then I find smudges of the lipstick on my chin, above my upper lip, etc. Maybe I should let it dry first. Ugh, I still love it so much.
I would give this a 4/5. I took one point away for the feathering. Despite that, it is still my top red lipstick. Do you have a top red lipstick in your collection? Do share below and thanks for dropping by.
~ purchased by me ~
When I began dipping my toes in contouring, I picked up products that looked good and/or was popular. So when I saw this on display at a Sephora, I immediately bought it not knowing (or even checking) that there are different shades. This one here is Shade 4. I like it though because I can experiment with it.
The Sculpting Kit contains 2 micronized matte powders, a light shade to highlight and a dark shade to contour. I find both to be slightly powdery and takes a little bit more effort to blend. It does not have the easy blend ability of the Anastasia Contour Kit, Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar or Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. What I do like about it is that it sets right away. I know it seems like a bad thing but knowing this (and after numerous practice), it is comforting to know that once you have achieved the look that you are working on, it will not budge. What I also like about this is that it is hard to over-blend with this product. This product, particularly this shade is perfect for those sharply contoured cheeks. I do love the effect it does on the face…on print (or photos). But in real life, it kinda looks oh so fake ( which I think is true for full-on contouring).
For on cam purposes, this might be the perfect product for highlighting and contouring. And if you have a tendency to over-blend, this is perfect for you. This would be suited for those with medium to dark skin tones, as the contour shade is too dark for lighter skin tones. Each shade is a whopping 5.5g and you can get it at Sephora for $48.
I am still not comfortable with this contouring business. How are your contouring skills? Any tips?