An artist’s touch: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks

Life imitates art with Make Up For Ever’s newest lipsticks.

I’ve always really enjoyed Make Up For Ever’s lipsticks, especially their matte liquid lipsticks, so whenever they come out with a new formula, I’m always dying to get my lips on them.

New from the brand is the Rouge Artist Lipstick (C$31), a pigmented, satin-finish lipstick that will give you all-day colour and hydration.

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Available in a staggering 60 shades, this lipstick comes housed in a beautiful lipbrush-inspired casing that is long and elegant and definitely unlike anything else in your collection.  The colour is a matte satin and will hydrate lips as you wear it as it contains amino acids for moisture, as well as camellia oil to soften and comfort lips.

Make Up For Ever sent me two of the 60 shades to try out, Power Greige, a dark taupe colour, and Spirited Pink, a baby pink.  I really liked how these applied and the finish they leave on the lips.  I did find them to be incredibly moisturizing and the colour was long lasting.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks swatched in Powerful Greige and Spirited Pink

I did like these lipsticks but I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t find them to be anything too different from their other Artist Rouge lipsticks, aside from the package. The packaging is definitely unique and gives it a nice flair, however, I do think it is a bit unnecessary and the tube is quite long.  It’s very bougie and if you are into that sort of thing then I think you’ll really love these.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipsticks

Aside from that, I do really like the shade range and the wide assortment of colours they chose to go with. With 60 shades, you’ll definitely find your perfect colour… and then some!

Have you tried the new Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Blue moon: Avon x VDL Pantone Colour of the Year collection

I used to be huge into the whole Pantone Color of the Year thing.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Pantone Color of the Year, it’s a colour that influences everything from fashion to decor to graphic design, and more. Every year, Pantone, the colour authority, announces a new colour and for 2020 it’s PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue.

This shade embodies trust and confidence and is known to be calming while enhancing focus.

Already, just based on what I’ve been receiving this year in terms of beauty, there has been TONS of blue, so I can totally see how this shade has already influenced the beauty community.

There have been a few lines that celebrate the release of the colour every year (Sephora Collection used to do one every year) and this year it’s VDL’s turn. The Korean beauty brand released a collection based on the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year earlier this year (apparently this is the sixth Color of the Year collection with VDL). The collection is made up of primers, liners, eyeshadows, and more.

Avon sent me a few items from the collection to try out (as part of their collab with the Nature Collection brands), including the eyeshadow palette, an eyeliner, and one of the primers.

Avon x VDL Pantone collection eyeshadow palette

First up, the Pantone ’20 Expert Colour Eye Book 6.4 No.2 (C$68) is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette (they also offer it in a warm tone) with eight shadows and two face shades.   These shadows comes in both shimmer and matte formulas and are a nice blend of shades to be able to create a variety of different looks.  There is of course the star shadow in the Classic Blue which features glitter in it, but there are a variety of neutrals as well, making this palette very useable. The shadows also have a silicone-based formula and finishing powder to absorb sebum and hold makeup in place.

The palette comes housed in a beautiful casing which features the Classic Blue shade on the lid and a large mirror inside.

Avon x VDL Pantone collection primer

VDL also came out with a special-edition of their Lumilayer Primer (C$46) which helps to brighten skin and help your makeup last longer. Apply this on your skin prior to your foundation to help it absorb and maximize the wear. The formula is a light texture and contains fine pearl particles to give you a toning effect.

This primer is part of their regular line but features a special-edition cap in the Pantone Classic Blue shade. It also comes housed in a velvet blue box which makes it super luxe.

Avon x VDL Pantone collection

Lastly, the easiest way to sport Classic Blue is definitely an eyeliner.  Thankfully, they have released the perfect eyeliner to help you achieve this.

The Pantone 20′ Multi Color Auto Pencil Liner (C$38) is available in five shades (with two blues) and is an automatic pencil eyeliner that can be used for subtle or bold looks. One end is the liner and the other features a smudger if you want to blend it out.   This liner offers long-lasting wear and is water resistant.  Just apply it and go about your day. There’s no smudging or bleeding once it’s set.

Avon Pantone collection swatches

There are a variety of other products in this collection as well, and considering how I don’t typically reach for blues often, I actually really liked how these products applied. I didn’t see many of the products online on the Avon site any more but they are available on the Nature Collection one, so if you are interested in grabbing a few items, I would get on it.  This collection actually launched back in the summer so it’s been out for a while now. Take a look online to see what they still have in stock though, as the quality is amazing and the special-edition packaging is super cute as well.

Have you tried any Pantone Color of the Year products?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Rainbow look: Dior Colour Games Summer 2020 collection

This post was a long time coming.

I had actually received Dior’s Color Games collection months ago, but since I was in Montreal at the time and the makeup was here in Winnipeg, I didn’t actually get around to trying it out until last weekend (I’ll be honest, when it comes to swatching, I try to wait until I have something going on, which because of COVID, doesn’t happen very often anymore).

Anyways, as soon as I got home from Montreal and opened all my boxes, this particular collection really stood out to me since a) it’s Dior, and I always get excited over new Dior makeup, and b) I really like the collection in terms of the products they chose to include, as well as the colours.

Anyways, we’ll get right to it, but although it’s technically fall and this is a summer collection, I’m not sure if you can still find these items or if they are limited edition for the season, but the products are available online so if you visit a Dior Beauty counter I’m sure you’ll be able to snatch them up before they are gone forever.

So let’s get to it..

Dior Beauty Summer 2020 Colour Games collection Dior Beauty 5 COULEURS - COLOR GAMES COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION

Okay so we obviously had to start with the star of the show, the 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette (C$73), which as you’ll remember in my latest DiorShow post they actually redid the packaging and formula of these after this collection.  The palette in their Color Games collection is available in two different hues, a neutral one and a fun one, and both of them have bright colours that will make your eyes pop.

I had received the palette in 287 Dive, which features blues, peach, mauve, and plum, and although these aren’t really shades I would normally reach for (aside from the peach), I actually had a lot of fun with this palette and ended up creating a pretty neat look.  I used the peach on the lids and then the eggplant purple in the crease with the bright teal under the eyes to make them pop.

I’ve tried out my fair share of the brand’s 5 Couleurs palettes and truthfully, only a few have impressed me.  I do like this one and think the shade range is actually really pretty. The other palette, Sprint, is definitely more wearable since it contains browns, pinks, and sand colours, but it is nice to throw a little colour into my look every now and then and the Dive palette definitely helps me achieve that.

DIORSHOW COLOUR & CONTOUR - COLOR GAMES COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION

Pair the shadow palette with their Diorshow Colour and Contour sticks (C$38). These double-ended pencils contain both a cream eyeshadow and an eyeliner and come in neutral and deep hues to create a variety of different looks.

Dior sent me both of the shades, Gold/Blue and Brown/Peach and the way these work is the neutral colours (gold and peach) are the cream shadows, whereas the deeper colours (blue and brown) are the liners.  For the look I created in this post, I had put down the pink shadow first as my base, used the palette and then used the cream gold on my lids to make them pop.  I then used the brown liner, which has a slight iridescent sheen to it to help elongate my lash line.

I actually really liked these and they are one of my favourite items from this collection.  I have seen so much blue lately in the makeup world and I wish that instead of the blue liner on the gold/blue one it was gold/black.  It is a pretty blue, so I will give it that, but I tend to wear more black liner rather than blue in general, so I’m not sure how much wear this one will get.

As for the product itself, these are a total dream and glide on the lids.  Unlike their new gel liners in their fall DiorShow collection, these are much more creamier and I find that you don’t have to have a heavy hand since they glide on rather than tug on the lid area.  These are a total win in my books.

Dior Beauty 2020 summer collection Colour Games look

For the cheeks, Dior has released two shades in their Rouge Blush (C$54) product, a pink and a coral shade.

Open up the compact to reveal the collection’s circle motif embossed in the blush, which gives cheeks intense and ultra-pigmented colour.  Dior sent me the coral shade, Peach Volley, which is the perfect summer companion to tanned skin and really does apply beautifully (they mean it when they say intense colour, so go in with a light hand). Dior also has this in Pink Pong, which is a baby pink, also perfect for those warm summer months.

Pair the blushes with their Color Games Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze Bronzer (C$60), which also features the same collection motif with Dior letters intertwined in a circle.

Available in two shades (light and dark), this bronzer features a powder that is infused with golden minerals to really make skin stand out and give you the perfect summer glow.  There is a lighter shade surrounded by a darker middle, so you can mix the two colours together or wear them separately.

DIORSKIN MINERAL NUDE BRONZE - COLOR GAMES COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION Dior ROUGE BLUSH - COLOR GAMES COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION in Pink Pong Dior Beauty Summer 2020 Colour Games look

The brand sent me the darker of the two (Warm Flame), which I actually really enjoyed.  I have a couple bronzers from a previous collection and wasn’t too impressed with the formula, but this one I find works much better and you don’t have to go too heavy with the product to give you a beautiful tanned complexion. It comes in the same silver compact as their other bronzers (in a plush velvet sleeve) and I do have to say that out of all the products from this collection, I would say this one is worth the money.  It performs well and the packaging and detail on this product is so beautiful.

Lastly, for the lips, Dior chose to go with two limited-edition colours in their Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (C$39) lip stains. Available in a cranberry and a deep taupe, these stains dry down on the lips (perfect for masks!) and give you a 12-hour wear without drying out the lips or making them feel heavy.

Dior sent me both colours, Natural Almond and Natural Cranberry, and I found that they were a watery formula that goes on sheer, meaning you have to build up the colour. I did have a little bit of trouble when it comes to evenness of the colour, but once I figured it out, these were really pretty. They do settle down nicely and I did find that I didn’t have to reapply the colour often. These work with your lips’ natural colour to give you a custom shade and they honestly feel like nothing at all.

Dior Beauty Dior Addict Lip Tattoo swatches

The formula was also reformulated with 80 per cent ingredients of natural origin and considering the world we live in now, I think will be the brand’s most-worn lip product when it comes to what I reach for when I apply my makeup.

There are a few other items in this collection, including lipglosses and nail polishes (which the brand also sent me but I wear shellac polish so I haven’t been able to swatch these yet), but overall I really like what they did with their summer collection.

These products are still available online so if you can get your hands on them still, I would recommend the lip stains (solely on the fact that we have to wear masks everywhere now), the Colour and Contour Sticks, and the bronzer. If you are able to get to a Dior counter, I recommend checking out the collection in person as well so you can see the intricate details of the products up close, as well as bask in how pretty the shade range is.

Did you pick up any items from Dior’s Color Games collection?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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