Makeup


Yves Saint Laurent Beauty has some amazing new launches this year and I have had the chance to try few of the new launches this fall including one from the Fall 2018 Yconic Purple Collection. The limited edition Yconic Purple Collection is the first makeup collection designed by Tom Pecheux. There are a number of new launches from the house including base makeup which I am so excited to share with you guys.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple

Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple is a limited edition eyeshadow palette and is the first Couture Palette created by Tom Pecheux. The inspiration behind the palette is a salute to femininity, the bold “Y-shape”, embossed in glitters, magnifies the palette.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

The compact is rendered even more eye-catching thanks to the iconic YSL Cassandra in silvery shimmers of diamante. This palette is launched this autumn to dare unexpected contrasts for an ultimate sensual and daring look.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

There are some leather & nude shades warmed up by the femininity of purple & intense blue. The formula is very smooth and finely milled, it applies and blends beautifully without any fall-off. The shades are pigmented and easily buildable, for me, I prefer a sheer wash of color most of the days but for sure, I can try some intense looks with these pigmented colors this season, most probably with the beautiful colorful Indian outfits. The staying power of the formula is good. The purple and intense blue is very unique and gives some nice looks with the nude and leather.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau is the 1st bouncy melting compact from the house, to wear as a foundation or as a finisher, for a flawless complexion all day. The unique powder formulation is double-coated, which enables it to be used for either foundation or as a finisher, allowing you to create your ideal customized complexion morning or night. It can be build up for daytime or stow it away for touch-ups until the night when additional coverage is required.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

The powder is very finely milled and lightweight. It gently mattifies the complexion, it draws a soft veil over visible pores. The powder has medium coverage when applied with the accompanying complimentary dense sponge. With powder or kabuki brush, I was able to get very little product on it, so a light coverage. Dabbing the dense sponge on the face during the day for touch-ups is another thing I have been loving lately, and when the packaging is this sexy, I am all in for it. It did not emphasize my problem areas but did create a soft blur on the skin. I prefer using it as the base for my good-skin days and on the other days, it works great as a finisher over my foundation. The staying power is good, I feel my skin is mattified, but to the extent that it still looks radiant. By the midday, I can see a bit more glow as my skin’s natural oils and the powder mix. I touch up in the evening if I am heading somewhere, otherwise, I love the natural radiant glow even until at the end of the day. I have swatched shade B50 which is a perfect match for me during the fall and winter.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau

Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau is defined as an ultra-pigmented full coverage concealer which instantly camouflages under-eye circles and imperfections. It is a lightweight creamy formula which does not crack, cake or crease. The concealer has a nice creamy fluid consistency and blends in well into the skin. It is quite pigmented and provides a medium coverage which is buildable to high. The finish is satiny matte on me which looks very natural with a nice staying power.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

It works nicely as an under eye brightener or to conceal my pigmentation or redness and imperfections. It did not settle into the problem areas. It is described to be waterproof and transfer-resistant finish which I have not tested in the water yet but does look forward to doing that on my vacation next month. There are 22 shades available from light to dark. I have swatched shades 5.25 Praline which is more like my shade and 7 Coffee which is very dark for my medium skin with golden undertones.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Levres

Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Levres is a multi-use styling liner with a modern twist pen with a built-on sharpener. It has a creamy, glide-on formula, with a precision liner and a smoothing primer in one.  At one end, the pencil tip empowers with a precise application; at the other, a flexible lip blender blurs and smooths. It has a matte finish. It is available in 12 shades. It works nicely as a lip liner as well as lipstick, with staying power of over 5 hours on my lips as a lip liner. It does work well to style the eyes too. I have swatched two new shades 6 and 26.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Metallics

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Metallics is a high pigmented lip stain with a matte metallic finish. The formula is lightweight and it gives the perfect metallic radiance to the lips without looking shimmery or sparkly, just lustrous metal sheen. The formula is long-lasting, and as mentioned already it is very pigmented. The formula is creamy but lightweight and glides on easily on the lips. I have swatched 103 Tribal Copper.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

There are more new launches from YSL Beauty this year worth checking out. I am really impressed with the Le Compact Encre de Peau and All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau which are on rotation in my everyday natural makeup. Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple has beautiful shades which I am happy to have in my collection.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau, Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple, All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau, Dessin Des Levres, Tatouage Couture Metallics review swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty is available at yslbeauty.ca, Sephora Canada, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net A Porter, Hudson’s Bay, and Nordstrom.

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Since I shared the Sisley Paris Stylo Lumiere cushion pen on my blog and social handles, the product most of you guys requested me to share my thoughts on were the new Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge lipsticks. So here I am with my thoughts and swatches of few of the beautiful shades from the new lipstick collection. Sisley Paris has introduced the new Le Phyto-Rouge Collection which aims to continuously infuse moisture to preserve and protect the youthful look of the lips. The lips are not protected by a hydrolipidic film, they are naturally delicate and vulnerable to external aggressions such as pollution, UV rays, and cigarette smoke. The new collection helps provide daily protection, nourishment, and instant hydration, lasting for up to eight hours, and results in smoother, plumper, and more beautiful lips.

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick Collection comprises of 20 dynamic and colorful shades in four color families ranging from barely there to bright hues. The new ‘First Kiss Technology’ releases a wave of sensory comfort every time lips are pressed together. The lipsticks have zebra-striped packaging paired with elegant gold with modern black that closes with a practical magnetic click.

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick

The two active ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac Glucomannans deliver filling microspheres which absorb moisture from the dermis, expanding, and boosting the lips water content. The cocktail of natural oils – jojoba oil, camellia oil, a trio of esters, oils, and waxes nourish while keeping lips soft and comfortable, provide an ultra-soothing film on the lips, in turn, giving a perfectly balanced combination of a glide-on texture and balm-like effect. Padina Pavonica Extract hydrates and plumps lips by promoting hyaluronic acid synthesis and boosting the hydric layer.

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick

Out of the 20 radiant shades from four color families – Beiges, Pinks, Oranges, and Reds. I have one from each family:

14 Beige Copacabana

26 – Rose Granada

33 – Orange Sevilla

40 – Rouge Monaco

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick

With 20 radiant shades to choose from, most of them are suitable for all of the skin tones. From the formula, shades, and packaging, everything is perfect in my opinion. Someone with dry lips, I am always looking for something that stays put on my dry lips without making them drier or settling into the dry flakes on the lips but instead provides long-lasting moisture.

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick

The lipstick formula is highly pigmented and a single swipe from the bullet imparts enough color to the lips, and as per the need, the intensity is easily buildable. The texture of the lipstick is smooth and creamy, glides on nicely on the lips. It is very comfortable on the lips and my lips stay moisturized, supple, and still have the color even after few hours. the moisturizing effects stay on long after the lipstick has worn off the lips. It is truly a balm plus lipstick in one bullet.

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Collection is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

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Clarins has a new addition to the Joli Rouge family of lipsticks called Joli Rouge Velvet. Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet comes after Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant. To give you a little background, I am sharing some information on all the three formulas available.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Clarins Joli Rouge is a rich and creamy formula that leaves the lips with intense color and a delicate satin finish. Joli Rouge is enriched with organic Salicornia extract and mango oil, it intensely moisturizes the lips for 6 hours and provides suppleness and comfort. The long-wearing color stays on for 6 hours. This Clarins’ timeless lipstick goes for an ultra-feminine and modern tube.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant is a delicious formula that hydrates lips while providing flexibility, comfort, and brightness. It provides the glossy effect is obtained with a perfect dose of fine pearls, imperceptible on the lips, that glisten with finesse and a new Shine Booster + complex which multiplies the reflection of light on the lips.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Top to Bottom – Joli Rouge, Joli Rouge Brilliant, Joli Rouge Velvet

Now, coming to the new Clarins Joli Rouge VelvetClarins has put a new matte finish on its legendary lipstick in a luxuriously hydrating formula that strikes a seamless balance between non-drying lip make-up and a flawless velvet look. Its velvety texture is light and creamy, gliding gently onto the skin for extremely easy application: the intense matte color instantly illuminates the lips and cares for them too.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Left to Right – Joli Rouge, Joli Rouge Brilliant, Joli Rouge Velvet

After testing the three formulas, all I can say is the formulas are very comfortable and moisturizing on the lips. The main difference in all three is the finish. Joli Rouge has a satin finish, Joli Rouge Brilliant has a glossy finish, and Joli Rouge Velvet has a matte finish.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

So depending on what time and occasion you are wearing the lipstick, you can have the same shade but a different finish altogether. The staying power of the lipsticks is really nice does not dry the lips but instead is moisturizing. The formula is smooth, creamy, and glides on nicely on the skin.

Clarins products are available at Clarins.ca, Hudsons Bay, Beautyboutique.ca by ShoppersDrugMart, Sephora, Sephora Canada.

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Giorgio Armani Beauty introduced this year – Neo Nude range for skin, cheeks, and lips, with the promise of ‘no-makeup makeup perfection’ – ‘INVISIBLE MAKE-UP. VISIBLE PERFECTION’. As is clear from the name, the entire collection is focused on creating that no-makeup makeup look with a luminous sheer glow. If you like natural makeup, like me, this Giorgio Armani Neo Nude collection is going to be right up your alley. I have been playing with two products from the range – Neo Nude A-Blush and Neo Nude Fusion Powder which I think are a must-have if you want to indulge in this collection.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder contains a high-performance color fusion emulsion with advanced pigments that maintain a skin-matching veil, which stays true no matter how many touch-ups you make throughout the day. It is available in 12 shades. Floating weightlessly onto the skin like a cloud, the secret to its brilliance lies in Giorgio Armani beauty Laboratories’ new patent*: the water memory formulation process. During formulation, water within the powder evaporates, leaving a powder texture behind. Upon contact with the natural moisture found within the skin, the process is reversed: the powder transforms into a veil-like liquid that becomes one with the skin, avoiding harsh lines, smears or caking over time. A second patent* allows a soft weightless powder – so thin it appears invisible.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Neo Nude Fusion Powder has a medium coverage, I use it mainly on the days I need a very natural look, like a simple touch up to brighten my skin and blur the imperfections and I am good to go. Other days, I am using it as a setting powder. I have Shade 5.5 – Beige which is perfect for my skin when I am not tanned.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

The finish is very natural and luminous without looking oily. Skin looks radiant and healthy, I do notice it blurs my problem areas and does not emphasize them. The application is easy, the finely milled powder blends in seamlessly into the skin and does not look cakey. My combination skin, with some part being dry and another oily, it does not cling to the dry areas and overall, the skin looks smooth and luminous. The packaging of the powder is so elegant, the touch and feel are so luxurious.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush gives a wash of color gives skin a healthy flush, so natural it looks like you – but better. The water-based product instantly fuses with the skin, comforting and hydrating whilst simultaneously adding radiance. So light, the products promise to blend seamlessly with one another. The new pointed applicator of all three collects precisely the right dose of formula to accentuate your most natural beauty.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

It is a beautiful addition to my blushes, very unique yet very natural. I have shade 51 – raspberry which is a natural pink flush on my cheeks.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

It is very lightweight and blends in nicely into the skin, giving the most natural dewy flush to the cheeks. The applicator works nicely to apply both on the cheeks and also on the lips. It stays on my cheeks for almost the whole day, around 7 hours.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Top – Neo Nude A-Blush 51 Raspberry, Bottom – Neo Nude Fusion Powder 5.5 Beige

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder are a must-have for you to check if you are more into the natural look, like me, who loves makeup and prefers a very natural look every day, it has become a part of my everyday work makeup. They are both very much travel-friendly and are in my bag since I started testing them. Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Neo Nude Fusion Powder are available at armani-beauty.ca, Sephora, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks.

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Since the first glimpse of the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection, all I can think of is the beautiful colors comprised in the collection which complement with each other as well as the season, rightfully called as ‘Sultry And Ripe For The Picking’. The collection has a Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Vice Lipstick, and Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Palette. Such perfect colors and products for the season with some beautiful berry and pink hues which will complement with most of the skin tones.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette is a must-have from this collection. Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette has a sexy vibe that’s more tart than sweet.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

This cherry-hued palette has 12 ‘never-before-picked’ neutrals which are perfect to create the most tempting eye looks. The 12 all-new shades include an array of soft-mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering coppers and plums to the most intense black cherry.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

Bing is a deep mauve matte that is on trend, Drunk Dial is a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax. The formula has a velvety texture and blends easily. The shades are pigmented and the staying power is amazing, stays on all day without any creasing.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

The shades in the palette, from left to right are described as:

Hot Spot – Ivory Matte

Caution – Soft neutral beige matte

Bang Bang – Shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle

Feelz – Soft Dusty Rose Matte

Juicy – Soft warm peach

Turn On – Pale metallic rose shimmer

Ambitious – Metallic rose copper

Bing – Deep mauve matte

Devilish – Reddish plum matte

Young Love – Metallic cranberry

Drunk Dial – Deep metallic burgundy

Privacy – Deep brownish-plum matte

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette 

The Crimson compact is adorned with a row of metallic cherries, includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush which is dense and soft enough to use and carry within the palette on the go. The chill neutrals and sexy shimmers to super-smokey eyes do spice up everything with some beautiful eye looks.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the cult favorite eye pencil which has two new shades in this collection called Black Market and Love Drug. Black Market is a black satin shade that looks amazing as a winged liner or as a tight line. Love Drug is a deep wine metallic that intensifies the cherry eye look. Both shades work great as a base for eyeshadow, just apply to areas of the eye where some more drama is needed. 24/7 Gilde-On Eye Pencil is a creamy, award-winning and waterproof that stays soft for blending for about 30 seconds and then dries down to a long-lasting finish that does not budge.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

There is three limited edition matching shades of Vice Lipstick in the Naked Cherry Collection. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy and pigmented. They feel very comfortable on the lips and the staying power is really nice.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

From top to bottom, Vice Lipstick – Juicy, Devilish, Cherry, 24/7 Glide-On Pencil – Love Drug, Black Market

The three shades in this collection are:

Juicy – Light peach-pink with copper micro-shimmer

Devilish – Berry pink with tonal micro-shimmer

Cherry – Deep berry wine

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection

I am really loving the collection with all the pink and berry hues which are my personal favorites when I am in good mood. I would advise you to check this collection before it sold out. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection is available at Urban Decay stores and urbandecay.ca. It will be available at sephora.ca and beautyboutique.ca (October 5th), Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart (October 15th).

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