REVIEW – Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks

 

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I’ve been itching to try these products ever since I started seeing reviews on YouTube. So when I popped in Sephora the other day and saw them in store, I just had to get my hands on them. I managed a bit of self-control and only got 2 colors…instead of all 5 available shades.

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Naturally, I was attracted to the brightest colors. I got Melted Fuchsia which is a loud pink, well…fuchsia color. I wear red lipstick everyday to work, so I just had to get a red option so that I can try it out during the week. Melted Ruby fit the bill. It’s a lovely deep berry-red color.

The applicator fresh out of the box

The applicator fresh out of the box

As the product first comes out

As the product first comes out

The applicator has a velvet-y material with an angled flat surface. It’s almost like an enlarged doe foot applicator, but with much more surface area. It’s a great size too. Small enough to fit the contours of my lips but big enough to color the lips with just 2 swipes.

After the first application

After the first application

The product itself creamy and very opaque. Building the color was no issue at all. One layer was all I needed to get true color on my lips. Overall, it really does feel like melted liquified lipstick.  So that validates one part of the product name.

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Melted Fuchsia – freshly applied

On to the trickier bit–longevity. When you first apply it, it looks quite shiny. But after a few minutes it sets to a satin finish. It never really fully sets though, so it does transfer quite a bit on to everything. After a full meal, it was almost completely gone. It acted pretty much like a standard lipstick. However, its long lasting-ness was far superior to normal lipsticks when it comes to just regular activity (e.g. talking, drinking water, etc.). The color stays 85% intact for 5 hours!

One thing that I like to judge lip products on is the fade away style (FAS). It’s not just about how long it takes to fade, but also how it looks as it fades. This is more of a concern for those who like to wear bold lip colors–the ones that clearly show on your lips. After a meal, I know the color is bound to be affected and I’m always so anxious about how it looks. Sometimes, your left with a lipliner impression where the main body of your lips has lost all color but the outline remains. Other times, the color comes off in patches. But I must say that the Too Faced Melted fades beautifully. It fades across the whole surface of the lips. Depending on the activity, it can fade gradually or be completely gone. There were no awkward patches or lines left behind. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who is obsessed about how the color fades…but I’ll find a way to better explain this in future posts.

Melted ruby - a few minutes after application

Melted ruby – a few minutes after application

Melted ruby - after 5 hours of regular wear (no full meal)

Melted ruby – after 5 hours of regular wear (no full meal)

I hope the 2 photos above help illustrate what I mean with the FAS. The color fades, but it does so in a beautiful manner. Layer by layer and across the whole surface. (As I look at the photos above, I really need to find better camera settings. The Melted Ruby images are not quite true to color.) I must admit, though, that it does bleed outside my lips. I might have to try this with a lip liner and see if that helps keep the color from running.

FINAL VERDICT: 4/5 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed using the Too Faced Melted lipsticks and have included Melted Ruby in my rotation of daily lip color options.

Hope you found this post helpful!

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TAG – Lip Product Addict

Although no one has tagged me, I felt the need to do this tag. I am a self-confessed lip product addict. So when I saw that Amelia and Estee created the Lip Product Addict Tag, I had to invite myself to the party and do the tag too. I absolutely enjoyed this and was challenged by some of the questions because I just love lip products too much! If you’re a lip product addict, please go ahead and complete this tag too!

1. FAVORITE BALM/TREATMENT: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Rosy Lips 

This product provides the same moisture as the old school petroleum jelly but is a softer texture. It’s not as balmy and hard as the standard jelly. I apply a thin layer of this on my lips before I start applying my make up and by the time I reach the lips phase (which is the last phase of my makeup application process) it’s already 90% absorbed, leaving me with a soft & smooth base for my chosen lip product. At night, I slather on a much thicker layer and wake up with a refreshed pout.

Where can you get this: I bought mine at Boots when I went to London last year. But a little bird told me that you can buy this from Mustafa Centre in Little India. :)

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2. BEST EYE-CATCHING RED: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper

This is a relatively new addition to my makeup arsenal, but it was quickly become my favorite lip formula. A truly eye-catching red, in my opinion, should be matte. The problem is that the matte formula normally leaves the lips feeling dry and ends ups looking dull & unattractive towards the end of the day. This, however, is perfect. Amazing color in one layer. Sets to a matte finish and stays put even after a full meal. It also feels like nothing. Love this!

Where can you get this: I got mine from John Little in Marina Square. But I’ve seen Bourjois in BHG too!

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition in Hot Pepper

3. BEST LUXURY & BEST DRUGSTORE: Luxury – YSL Rouge Volupte and Maybelline Color Sensational

As far as luxury lipsticks go, I really love the YSL Rouge Volupte range. Thanks to quality materials, the packing is quite weighty and feels substantial. I love the engraved YSL logo with the lipstick color revealed in the middle of the tube. The textures of the lipsticks are so creamy and moisturizing. The finish is more satin & glossy, but the longevity of color is truly impressive. My favorites are the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 17, 5 (this is the color the model in the ads is wearing), 13 (nude pink color).

Maybelline did such a fantastic job with the Color Sensational line. From the wide color range to the modern packaging, this range is just an overall winner for me. The texture is very creamy and the color pay-off is TDF. Quite long-lasting and would rival the quality of MAC lipsticks, I believe. They are constantly releasing new colors and finishes, so you are never going to run out of options!

High End & Drugstore together

 

YSL Color Rouge ShineMaybelline Colorsensational

4. BEST MAC LIPSTICK: Brick-O-La

This is in my favorite MAC lipstick formula–Amplified. It provides a truly opaque color with a satin finish. On to the color itself, it’s like they crushed some red bricks and packed them in a lipstick tube. And surprisingly, it’s quite a flattering color. It’s a great everyday red color for those who aren’t used to a bright lipstick. What you see in the photo below is what’s left of my tube and I’m definitely buying a new one when this runs out!

MAC Brick-O-La

5. THE MOST DISAPPOINTING: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede

I had high hopes for this one. I bought a tube when I was in the US and it worked great while I was there for a few weeks. I was really impressed. So when it was released in Singapore, I bought around 7 colors more. But they stopped working well in Singapore. I know that sounds silly, but they really did just stop being effective. The biggest selling point for this product for me was the staying power and that just went out the window when I used them in Singapore. They flaked off, dried my lips out and had awful color pay-off. I don’t know if it’s the humidity or the hot weather, but this just doesn’t work here. I ended up getting rid of them all. Ack.

6. LINER–YES or NO? Yes, definitely.

Whether it’s a nude lip or a bright red, I definitely think that putting lipliner makes a positive difference for lipsticks. It keeps the color in place, prevents bleeding and, provided you choose the right color, makes the lipstick color appear more vivid. My favorite nude is NYX in Natural and my favorite red is MAC in Cherry.

MAC Cherry and NYX Natural Lipliner

7. BEST GLOSS: NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie (BLG09)

The formula of the Butter Glosses is heavenly. So creamy, non-sticky and the pigment is amazing. Especially since this is a gloss, the color opacity is so impressive.

Smells lovely too! This particular color just makes my lips look so moisturized and juicy. Va-va-voom effect without a bright lip color–rare & stunning.

Where can you get this: Sephora now carries Nyx in Singapore! Woot woot. :)

NYX Butter Gloss

8. SOMETHING EXTRA: Lush Lip Scrub in Popcorn

Regardless of any lip formula, color or finish, a good lip color relies on lips in good condition. This product smooths out the lips and, because it’s made by Lush, you can have it as an emergency snack too!

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

 

Hope you enjoyed that post!

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DARE TO COMPARE – My New Under Eye Concealers

Sephora sent me an e-mail last week about a private sale–20% off for members! Sephora usually gives 10%…if they’re feeling generous, maybe 15%. But NEVER 20%. Yet there they were, offering such a great deal. I couldn’t say no and headed immediately to the nearest Sephora.

I was running low on my under eye concealer, so I got 2. Why replace 1 product with 2? Twenty percent discount. That’s why. :) Also, these products aren’t new releases, but they are new to me.

I bought the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen in Last Call and Benefit Fake Up in Medium. I then decided to try them out at the same time, so I can easily compare–thus this blog post Dare to Compare. I applied one concealer on each side and wore them throughout the day.

Benefit and Marc Jacobs togetherAs you can see below, I have problems with darkness under my eyes and fine lines. I need a concealer that won’t cake, sink into my lines and also brighten the periorbital area. (Note: I had to Google “other terms for ‘under eye’”just so I don’t have to keep repeating it).

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BEFORE – No makeup

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AFTER – Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer on the left and Benefit Fake Up on the right

Let me talk about the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer pen first. I absolutely love the packaging. Jet black with a glossy finish is such a great choice. Even the box is beautiful to look at. That’s why the Marc Jacobs counters always look so chic and tempting. You just have to see them for yourself. Oh, and when you carry the actual product itself. It just feels weighty and substantial. You can tell that they’ve spent a lot of money on packaging. I particularly adore the metal nib of the concealer. It’s cooling to the skin and works well to soothe the under eye area. On the product itself, it’s feels very light but it’s very pigmented with beige undertones. It was very easy to blend with my ring finger. Although I only applied this on my under eye area, it instantly brightened my face. Loved the instantly lifted look! However, I did notice it sinking into a couple of my fine lines so I had to re-blend it out.

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Marc Jacobs_open

 

My apologies for all the gushing about Marc. ;) Benefit does have its own set of special characteristics. The packaging looks like a tube of lipstick, but what stands out is the moisturizing layer that surrounds the pigment itself. I applied it straight from the tube to my skin and it was definitely thicker feeling. It was tackier and I had to keep swiping until I got the coverage that I wanted. It felt heavy, almost like I put a harder petroleum jelly under my eyes. Blending it wasn’t difficult, but I wasn’t too pleased with the outcome. It gave a some coverage but I was also left with small white particles that I had to wipe away with a tissue. But it truly was moisturizing. My under eye area felt so supple and looked a little fuller.

Fake Up_open

This was an easy decision, I absolutely loved the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer! Benefit Fake Up seemed more like a treatment and did a better job as a moisturizer than a concealer. Maybe I’ll use Fake Up as a base or use it on days when I don’t want to wear make up but want something to treat my under eye area with.

At this point, I would like to welcome the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer to my daily makeup routine!

You can get both products at all Sephora branches in Singapore.

Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer – SGD35.20

Benefit Fake Up: SGD 30.40

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REVIEW – Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Creme & MAC MSF Natural

HELLO. So I’ve decided to start a blog. This will feature beauty products heavily–mostly on makeup, but I’ll also touch on skincare and haircare. Sometimes, I’ll even write about food and travel. Basically, I’ll be covering my main interests in life. Bear in mind that I have just started with this blog, so the situation is quite amateur at the moment. But I promise that with a little more practice my content will improve. I will learn not to use the flash (you will see this heavily in some photographs below) and sharpen the voice of my writing. I request you to continue reading and provide any feedback that you may have.

If you are still reading this, I say “Hurrah and thank you!” to you! My first entry will be a review of 2 recent makeup purchases. Let me start by saying that my skin is quite sensitive and prone to breakouts. So when I find face bases that work for me, I tend to stick to them. Over the past few months, I’ve been using Bare Minerals as my everyday foundation and it’s been working great. However, the weather in Singapore has been excessively hot and humid. This makes even something as light as Bare Minerals feel like a mask covering my face. The sun is not shy in this part of the world, so I needed something that had more SPF in it. I then trotted to the nearest Sephora to find an alternative to my trusty mineral powder. That’s where I found the Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Creme. Now, I’ve never really gotten into BB creams and CC creams. I always found them a bit too thick and it never matched my skin tone. But the magical forces in Sephora just pushed me to give this a go. I tried it on my hand and was surprised with the texture. It was much thinner than the standard BB or CC creams and it sort of melted on to my skin. I was convinced and got a bottle for myself.

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I then proceeded to MAC with the mission of finding a light powder to help set this new purchase. My face is basically an oil rig and the weather just does not help. I need powder, or else I start reflecting light off my face and might blind people who walk in front of me. I explained my requirement and the MAC adviser suggested the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep. I know that most makeup fanatics have this in their collection, but I just never found the reason to get it so I never did. But there’s no day like today to try new things, so I got this too.

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The following day, I decided to try this newly purchased face combination. I was going to work, so this experiment was a big commitment since I couldn’t just wash my face off and change my makeup in the middle of the day.

I first applied the OH CC Creme with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Let me tell you this, the CC Creme blends so easily! Similar to how it reacted on my hand, it just melted on my face and left me with a brighter complexion. I got the shade Medium and it was just a touch too light for my face…but I just came from a beach holiday, so I’m not too worried about that evening out later on. It didn’t feel sticky on my face at all and it felt very light. You can’t expect much coverage from these makeup + skincare hybrids, so I wasn’t surprised with the light coverage that it provided. I had one major blemish on my left cheek and it managed to partially cover it. It did a pretty good job of lightening the darkness under my eyes. It really brightened my whole face, which I absolutely loved.

I adored the finish of the CC creme. It was a skin-like finish, with an “I’m awake and ready to face the world” layer. However, as mentioned above, I really need to powder my face. So I applied the MAC MSF Natural and was pleased with how it turned out. The powder itself was quite light as well. It did mattify my face, which was necessary, but it didn’t kill the healthy glow that the CC creme provided.

I had this makeup on the whole day and it lasted quite beautifully. It just melted (I can’t say this word enough in this post) on my skin and didn’t slide around my face. Even with the scorching weather, it felt comfortable and lasted the whole day. Absolutely love this combination!

FINAL VERDICT: 4/5 stars each and 5/5 stars for the combination

If you are looking for an everyday face base that provides light coverage and SPF, I highly recommend the Ole Henriksen CC Creme. Have I mentioned that it smells nice and citrus-y? So lovely and refreshing to apply on your face! If you are not oily, then you can definitely skip the powder. But if you’re like me, then I suggest pairing it with the MAC MSF. You’ll have beautiful, glowing skin that will last all day!

Cheers!

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