The NARS holiday collection this year is just right up my alley with its punk-style packaging design. Some items are sets of those from permanent items, but some are limited to this collection like the Powermatte Lip Luster, Spiked Audacious Lipsticks, Provocateur and Scandal Eyeshadow Palettes, and–the highlight of this post–the Hot Tryst Cheek Palette.
About the brand
ADDICTION is by Ayako Yoshimura who was the right hand of Francois Nars before becoming NARS’ International Creative Director. In 2009, she released her brand under Kose in Japan.
When a friend told me of Ayako’s work history with Francois Nars, that confirmed why I found ADDICTION reminiscent of NARS makeup.
The only Addiction item I have (at the moment as I want to get more in the future) is the Cheek Polish in 09 Sensually.
I wanted to publish this before the Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder, but I remembered I haven’t edited this post. 😆
A subtle pop of dewy color for lips and cheeks. Our nourishing tint with safflower, jojoba and sunflower seed oils feels luscious yet lightweight. Fluid-gel formula slips on with ease thanks to a convenient wand applicator that delivers the perfect amount every time. Shake well before applying.
My lips get very dry and flaky after a few days of regular or liquid lipsticks use, so I would eventually need to use lip balms for a few days. But I dislike how my lips look without color and my tinted lip balms dry it too. So when I discovered the Clinique Pop Oil Lip & Cheek Glow in Black Honey, I became a lip oil convert.
I have been waiting for the local Clinique stores to have the Clinique Pop™ Oil Lip & Cheek Glow. I didn’t even know that Black Honey is among the shades. It was good timing that co-blogger Joiz and I was at Clinique (Rustan’s Makati) last weekend for the Lip & Smile event since they just had the Pop Oils in stock for only about a week at the time. The shade I bought was Black Honey Glow.
I’ve used the oil for a few times already since I bought it. Here are my first impressions:
- Consistency is slightly thick (thus its fluid-gel formula), so it takes some effort to get a natural blush finish.
- I love the dewy finish on the cheeks!
- It doesn’t come off sheer on the lips as I thought it would be like the Clinique Superbalm™ Moisturizing Gloss in the same shade.
- It leaves a red stain when the gloss and shine is gone.
I’m really loving the Pop Oil so far that it makes me want to get another one. I’ll get all if I could! 😀
Among my high-end blushes, Laura Mercier’s Second Cheek Color is my most favorite. The blush is velvety-soft, easy to apply as it goes on smoothly and evenly on my cheeks–it’s hard to go wrong with it– and buildable without looking cakey.
I own two shades so far, but Barely Pink is the one I use often. It’s a pale pink that truly brightens my cheeks. It stays true to color almost whole day on me. 🙂
Hm, this might not be obvious based on my previous reviews & recos, but I do like pink blushes. 🙂 One blush I didn’t expect to like and even recommend is the Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Pink Kiss. But mine’s in the Dramatic Pastels Deluxe Eye and Cheek Palette, which was released years ago. 😛 I don’t use the blush anymore though because I’ve already hit pan.
You thought I would forget my third installment of recommended blushes, didn’t you? 😀 Now that I’ve had dinner and a nap after what seemed like forever at work, I will do my best to get this review up before midnight strikes. 🙂
Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Mandarin Sky
This Lancome blush has been with me for quite a while now. Before I had it, it has been in my wish list for a while too. My Aunt/Godmother gifted this to me when I sent her my beauty wish list. (Yay! Thank you, Tita!)
Some more background on when I bought the Deborah Hi-Tech Blusher in Mogano — The person who made the request asked me about Catrice. I haven’t tried anything from the brand, but some of their products have good reviews. So I tried all their blushes and they were either too shimmery and powdery–Fall-out was bad. 🙁 The sales lady recommended Deborah since it was at the next aisle. I’ve been curious about the brand too because that’s usually the first I see when I go to SM Makati’s beauty section. 🙂
I wasn’t too impressed by the first set of blushes I tried, but their Hi-Tech Blushers are good! I was sold, so I got one.
Normally, I stick to one palette for a month then move on to another by next because I have so many! I meant to use only the Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Palette for this month, but I can’t keep myself from also using In theBalm of Your Hand.
When I saw the palette online, I knew I had to have it because it has Mary-Lou Manizer, Bahama Mama, and an Instain blush. Oh my goodness, I so badly wanted it! I made sure I had the dough before I checked Beauty Bar though, so I can quickly purchase it in case they have it. Of course it was a happy ending for moi. 😀
Before I go on my review, just an fyi that the lip colors aren’t included in this review.
Before I start this review, I want to say I usually don’t care about the expiration of cosmetic products except when they smell weird and/or harm my skin. It may be gross for some, I know, but I dislike being too wasteful. Now that I’ve said that, this CoverGirl Blush-On I’ll be reviewing is one of those I have been using for a long time. 😀
Called Blushing Glow, this is a mute pink blush that looks dull on the pan but is actually a bit shimmery on skin. I have very few blush-ons in my makeup stash (I want to add more!) and this is my most favorite. I’m grateful my Mum gave this to me.