L’oreal Paris – Colour Caresse by Colour Riche Swatches

September 13, 2012 § 3 Comments

L'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche Main

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I saw these pretty lipsticks in the States last week and I really wanted to buy them, but I decided to go home and do some research before I actually spend my money. So I read several beauty blogs and watched bunch of YouTube reviews and I was totally sold that I will love these lipsticks!

Still, these lipsticks are relatively expensive (Regular price $12.59 + tax at Shoppers Drug Mart) and I can almost buy a MAC lipstick, so I was gonna wait until it goes on sale for $9.99 or something. And who knew? Shoppers Drug Mart had a Buy 1 Get 1 free sale for all drug store brand lipsticks yesterday! (It was only for 3 hours special) So I rushed there to buy these lovely lipsticks.

My original plan was to buy Rose Taffeta and Sunset Angora. I saw swatches online and those 2 were my favourite, but they were also most popular. When I went to L’oreal section, these Caresse Colour Riche collection were very low on stock. Sunset Angora has already been sold out and there was 1 last sealed Sunset Taffeta. So I grabbed it like there is no tomorrow. Then I was torn between Sheer Linen and Blushing Sequin. Sheer Linen is a nice soft beige that I know I will use, but Blushing Sequin just looks so amazing on the model. In the end, I picked Sheer Linen because I just don’t wear something as bright as Blushing Sequin often.

Here is how the inside looks and the swatch on my arm:

L'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche InsideL'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche Arm Swatch

Sheer Linen is a soft beige colour that can be used daily. It tones down the redness of my lips quite well but because it’s sheer, it doesn’t make your lips too pale so it won’t give you that “corpse” look. Rose Toffeta is a rosy pink colour that instantly brightens your face up. I have yellow/orange undertone so I usually stay away from blue pinks but this one can be worn by anyone with any undertone. Below is swatch on my lips with 2 strokes:

L'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche Swatch on Lips

I REALLY LOVE the formula of these lipsticks. They are moisturizing and sheer, but still pigmented enough to see the colour on the lips. It is easy to apply and it does not accentuate the wrinkle of the lips. They are nice to just have them in your purse and put it on whenever you need to. Probably don’t even need a mirror to apply them. Oh, their wear time is not so great. Maybe 2-3 hours? But I don’t mind reapplying them. Also, they add nice gloss to the lips but not sticky. They are definitely my new favourite lipsticks and I will buy more colours when they are on sale again. LOVE THEM!

Pros:

  • Moisturizing
  • Sheer but with nice colour pay off
  • Easily accessible
  • Nice colour range (nothing crazy)

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive for a drug store lipstick
  • Not long lasting

My Final Rating: 5/5 !

Sally Hansen – Diamond Strength in Must-have Iris Review & Swatch

March 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

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I originally posted this on Luuux and since then Sally Hansen has renewed their Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color series. Its new packaging looks really cute. (Check here)

This shade looks really bright in the bottle and you may think it’s no good for daily use. When I got it as gift and used it for the first time, I was not sure what to do with it too. You can check out more swatches at KITTYPOLISHNBAGS, Crystal Polish, and Fashion Footing.

After some playing around with the colour, I decided that it’s a really nice polish for making gradient nails. As you can see on the photo above, the colour is pretty sheer. It layers nicely and seamlessly so it is really easy to make the gradient too. Basically all you do is:

  1. Paint the entire nail in 1st coat
  2. Paint top 2/3 of the nail in 2nd coat
  3. Paint top 1/3 of the nail in 3rd coat
  4. Finish it up with a top coat

Gradient nail makes your nails look longer and elegant. I also do the same type of nail with sheer gold nail polishes. It really isn’t very hard to do so please try and let me know if you like it.

My final rating: 3/5

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