Like Butter But Better: Revlon’s Ultra HD Lipstick

Revlon, in my opinion, is always on point when it comes to lipsticks. Their classic Super Lustrous line offers a wide range of shades, including the iconic Ice and Fire and my personal favourite, Mink. The newer lines on the other hand have brought us the amazing Lip Butters, as well as the Matte and Lacquer Balms. I have at least two shades from each of those lines and they all find regular use in my makeup life. In other words: I love them.

So when the new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks* (575.00 Php) were launched, I was nothing but excited. When they arrived on my doorstep, I was ecstatic .

P1180279The Ultra HD Lipsticks are formulated using a revolutionary gel formula (wax free!), which makes them lightweight and true to colour. If you thought the Lip Butters were smooth, these are even more so. The range offers 20 gorgeous shades, four of which I now proudly own:

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

RCB1While Revlon is without a doubt my favourite drugstore makeup brand, I only had one lipstick from this particular range of lippies before last week. What happened? A sale happened. Lol. The Super Lustrous Lipsticks went from 450.00 Php (a reasonable price to begin with) to 350.00 Php, so I picked up four new ones to join Pink In The Afternoon, which I have had for over a year now.

There was no rhyme or reason to the way I chose these shades… they just kind of called out to me. I also only picked shades in two of the four finishes the range has to offer: shine and creme. The other two are matte and pearl. Again, no real reason for it… just was not in the mood for mattes, I suppose. They are supposed to be excellent in formulation though! RCB2Two pinks, two plum/berry shades, and a brown. Mink, a beige shade with neutral-cool brown undertones, is by far the most interesting of these shades (to me). On anyone darker than me, this would make a very nice nude. On my skintone or on lighter skintones, it screams 90s, which I kind of love. Plum Velour and Berry Couture are typical choices for me, while Pink Sizzle is a bit outside of my comfort zone. Pink In the Afternoon, which again I have had for some time already, is a shade that will work on everyone but in different ways. 

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Revlon Colorburst Lacquer and Matte Balms in 145 Ingenue and 250 Standout

RLMB1I picked these up way back in February, but I totally forgot to write about them! I have one lacquer balm, 145 Ingenue, and one matte balm, 250 Standout (both 575.00 Php as you can see on the stickers). I fell fast and hard for Ingenue and if I wore reds more often Standout would be a fave too. I have my eyes on a couple more shades from both the lacquer and matte lines, but I’m not in a rush to pick them up. RLMB4Swatched and worn. Ingenue is a peachy-brown with warm undertones, medium coverage, and a frost finish. I can’t believe I actually like a frost, but in this shade it is just so flattering on the lips because the shimmer is so fine that it looks almost like a gloss. I’ve even had people ask me what lipgloss I had on while wearing this. Feels like a lipstick though and it wears pretty well but will not last through a meal. Standout on the other hand is a beautiful classic red. It doesn’t lean too orange or pink, so I’d say it’s neutral toned. The funny thing about this “matte” balm is that there’s definitely a bit of a sheen to the finish. It does dry down to look more matte after a while, but it keeps the sheen for a couple of hours after application. I do wish it were truly matte, but if we’re not being strict about that, it is a fantastic red. It wears excellently even through meals and drinking, plus it’s very comfortable to wear.

What are your fave shades from these ranges? Any duds I should look out for before I pick up more shades? :)

Packaging photos after the jump. ;)

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Review + Demo: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 190 True Beige

Check out the demo video! :)

The Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (525.00 Php) created a lot of buzz when it was first released in the US. By the time it finally arrived in  Manila, much of my excitement had faded. So I didn’t run to counters to pick one up… I knew I was going to try it eventually, but since I was so disappointed by my experience with the Urban Decay NAKED Skin Foundation (of which this a copycat!), I thought I might just be let down again. When I finally did pick it up, I picked the wrong shade pa200 Warm Beige was my initial pick but it turned out to be way too orange (i.e. warm). It will probably suit me better when summer rolls around, but for now, 190 True Beige is a better match.

RNN1220 Warm Beige beside 190 True Beige. Nearly Naked comes in a simple but chic glass bottle. I love that the cap is white, that you can clearly see the foundation through the glass, and that the shade names/numbers are clearly printed onto each bottle. I like seeing this foundation on my vanity table. Is pretty. But what about the foundation itself, you say? Oh yes, yes. My very first experience wearing it was quite exciting because for a second I thought I may have found a dupe for the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. Unfortunately it didn’t quite end up behaving the same way, but it is similar in some ways. 

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So I Went Shopping

I was meant to be doing errands this past Monday (which I still did naman) when I ended up buying a few makeup bits. I also went on a swatching spree with the Revlon Matte and Lacquer balms, which are relatively new to Manila. Lookie:shopping2The lady at the Revlon stall in PCX was very patient with me that day. It was my first time to see these and I had no idea there were TEN shades from each line (bad beauty blogger, not doing your research!). Naturally, I wanted to try every single shade on my arm and it left me with these two pretty rows of swatches. :)

I was going to arrange them by shade but I was much too excited… so now I have no idea which is which except for the two that I actually bought. Hehe! I’m sure you can find proper swatches of the whole range online (Temptalia did reviews, for example). Just wanted to share the photo with you guys because it’s pretty and the whole range looks promising. The two shades I bought are on the far upper left and far lower right. They’re #145 Ingenue and#250 Standout. Srsy, leave it to me to pick the most basic shades. Lol.

shopping1And here’s everything I got on that day! Clockwise from the blush: NYX Blush in Taupe, Revlon Lacquer Balm in #145 Ingenue, Revlon Matte Balm in #250 Standout, VMV Superskin Toner 2 (new formula), and a Duo eyelash adhesive.

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At Last

NMNew makeup (that I bought with my own money)! ♥ Just wanted to show you guys what I got since my makeup ban was lifted. New nail polish was definitely high on the priority list. I used to post NOTDs on Instagram a lot… maybe I’ll get back into that! That Revlon nail polish in Persuasion a beautiful plummy red with a gel-like finish. So beautiful.

New base products were also very high on my (long) list of new things to get. Is it just me or is the idea of living with just one foundation throughout an entire year a little crazy? My skin seems to change a lot and I’m not just talking about skin tone. Hmm. Anyway, I’m on the hunt for a good full coverage foundation, but the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation was on offer at Beauty Bar (45% off until the 18th!) so I grabbed it. It gives light to medium build-able coverage and is a fave of Rae of The RAEviewer. The concealer in the photo is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage in SC5. Going to save everything I have to say about it for the review! ;)

I’m rolling into midterm exams season right now so posts will be few and far between, but this is a little taste of what you can expect. Any new acquisitions on your end? :) Also let me know what your fave full coverage foundations are, pretty please! :)

The Beauty Bee Awards: Best of 2013!

BBAIt’s time to go through my Beauty favourites for 2013! :) I had a difficult time choosing between products, so I thought it would be fun to present the “winners” alongside the other products that nearly made it. I love everything shown here, but the winners have been consistent faves throughout the year (or at least since I acquired them).

I didn’t limit myself to any number of categories, but I ended up with a nice round number: 10. The winners/faves are named in the photo and my little bee mascot can be seen hovering close to them. Let’s have a look! :) 

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Beauty Chit Chat | Sept 9, 2013

Apologies for the long absence! Things at school have been a bit hectic of late as we’re making up for all of that time we lost when there was a storm last month. Make up classes galore! And not the kind of makeup I love, unfortunately (wow that was corny). So anyway, I have quite the backlog of posts in my drafts folder but I can’t stand to publish things that aren’t quite ready yet, so I thought I would just talk at random a bit. Still about makeup/beauty of course!

I’m only 9 days into my 4-month makeup no-buy and it’s kind of getting to me. I now avoid makeup stores because I get all sad when I look at the products. Announcements of makeup launches for fall are also killing me. Even watching my favourite Youtubers’ videos is starting to become a little difficult because all the makeup just looks so puhretty on them… and now I can’t help but wonder: did I really buy makeup so often that a ban can give me these withdrawal-like symptoms? It’s hilarious in a sad, sad way. Lol.

Before the ban started, I did make it a point to purchase some essentials that I anticipated I would run out of within the next four months. MBPPromise that wasn’t just an excuse to go and buy stuff! I just honestly would not be able to function properly if I ran out of any of these things. It’s not an exclusive bunch, but again, these are things I’m running out of already so I thought stocking up would be wise.

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Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

It took me a while to figure it out, but I realized that I love almost any mascara that has a synthetic comb or brush head. My lashes don’t seem to agree with natural hair (or hair-like) bristles; they refuse to be in contact with anything other than rubber or plastic. I find that plastic wands grab onto the eyelashes better and coat them more evenly, but now I’m wondering if that’s just the case with my lashes. It seems that no matter what the formula, I just can’t use a mascara that doesn’t have plastic bristles. Hmph, that seriously narrows down my selection. For example, I really wanted to pick up the Revlon Grow Luscious mascara, but when I saw that it had a natural hair applicator, I became very hesitant to buy it. Instead, I picked up the Photoready 3D mascara which seems to be working for me just fine. It’s the most expensive mascara I own at 750.00php, but I’ve been using it everyday and I do really like it. It’s not waterproof (which I like!), it makes my lashes look longer, thicker, and blacker, and I have no application issues with it at all thanks to the plastic bristles. It’s a great everyday mascara, as the overall effect isn’t too dramatic. My go-to evening mascara is still the Maybelline cat eyes mascara, but since that’s waterproof I don’t like to use it everyday.

I didn’t want to do a full-on review for this because I believe mascaras are largely a matter of knowing the elements that you personally like in a mascara. You’ll like this one if you like it as basic as it gets, with plastic bristles, a slightly glossy finish, and a very clean overall effect.

Does anyone else out there have very specific preference when it comes to mascara wands?

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