Review: Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

Hiya lovelies! I hope you’re having a great Easter weekend :)

I was going through my stash of makeup the other day and found this Shu Uemura lipstick that was given to me by my sister. It is part of a Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld collection and I had an eyeshadow palette gifted to me too. The eyeshadow palette has some rather funky colours which was a bit too adventurous for me so I haven’t actually used it, but I might take it out and  play around to see what I can do with it. I think this collection is no longer available for sale so this review would be more about sharing what I think of it than one that’s targeted at helping you decide whether to purchase this product.

So this lipstick is in the shade Celebrity Beige, and there were three other colours in this collection: Parisienne Pink, Luxe Burgundy and Mon Shu Red. Celebrity Beige is on the extreme right and is a muted peach colour that is suitable for everyday wear.

The packaging of the bullets is just so adorable! The little girl is sooo Japanese-like. I like how the cover for the lipstick is a clear case, which means you can tell what shade of lipstick it is if you own more than one bullet.

Shu Uemura Lipstick Celebrity beige

Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

When I swatched it on my arm, the colour was not too visible. The pigmentation was not great and I had to build the colour up a bit. The heavy swatch revealed a nude-peach sort of colour.

Shu Uemura Karl Lagerfeld Rouge Unlimited Celebrity Beige

I usually wear this lipstick during the week to work, as I like my work makeup to be very low-key. As you can tell from the pictures below, Celebrity Beige provides a very sheer peach colour to my lips.

Personally I’m not particularly wow-ed by this product, but neither am I hating it. It does not dry my lips out but neither does it moisturise my lips. It does provide some colour to my lips in the morning, but it doesn’t have great staying power. After eating my breakfast the colour is half gone, and it transfers to cups too so the colour is pretty much gone by the time I’ve had my coffee and a couple of glasses of water. I won’t wear this on the weekend or when I’m going out because I prefer more intense colours on my lips on those days. Perhaps if I had a choice I would’ve chosen the Mon Shu Red instead, but this was a gift so I shall not complain.

This is my only Shu Uemura lipstick so I’m not sure if it’s the formula in this particular range that makes the product so average or if it’s consistent throughout their other lipsticks. I had rather high expectations of this lipstick prior to using it because Shu Uemura is quite a good cosmetic brand! I may visit a Shu Uemura counter when I see one just to swatch their other lipsticks and see how they compare with this. But unfortunately for now, this product doesn’t do much for me.

Rating: 2.5/5

Have you tried Shu Uemura lipsticks or their other products before? What do you think of them?

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Review: CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black + CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow

CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow

Hello lovelies!

I heard your requests for reviews of items in my Sephora Singapore Beauty Haul and today I’m going to start with the popular Korean makeup products: CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black and the CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow in Beer Pong. Yay!

CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow Waterproof Pen Liner Kill Black

Packaging

CLIO products are generally in a black packaging to keep it simple and the Pen Liner and Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow are no different. Both items have a sturdy but light pen casing that houses the products within.

CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner Kill Black

This is the close up of the tip for the CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner. It has a fine tip that is not flimsy at the same time. If the tip is a little dry, all you have to do is shake the pen to allow more product to flow to the tip. The tip is protected by a pen cap that clicks so that you know it is firmly closed.

CLIO Gelpresso Eyeshadow Beer Pong

The CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow is also shaped like a pen, only a little thicker than the CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner. The product is rounded at the tip to allow gentle application onto your eyelids. Like any automatic pen eyeliner, you only have to turn the barrel to increase the length of the eyeshadow stick. The Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow’s tip is protected by a cap that also clicks once it is firmly closed. I find this design very convenient and prefer this over screw capped pen closures.

Swatches and application

Gelpresso Shadow Beer Pong Pen Liner Kill Black

On the left I have swatched the Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow in Beer Pong, which is a beautiful champagne shade. This was only one swipe and it is rather pigmented. It is also creamy, which makes it easy to apply on the eyelids. I can picture myself using it for highlighting the inner corners or lower lash lines of my eyes. It would also be great to use it on the eyelids for a simple casual look while brightening the eyes.

On the right is a swatch of the Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black and that was only a single application. This product is so pigmented and so easy to apply! Although the tip is fine, it is not flimsy to the point where you need super duper steady hands when lining your eyes. There is some firmness in the tip that actually helps give you some stability during the application rather than make it difficult for you.

Both products are waterproof and when I washed my hands they were still intact and not smudged. I had to rub my hands hard with soap to remove the Pen Liner, and at first I thought I had removed the eyeshadow but when I went out after swatching them, I realised that the eyeshadow was still visible on my hand! These will definitely stay on your eyes for a long time, rain or shine!

Eye makeup using the CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner and CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow in Beer Pong

 I had a corporate event to attend last weekend and I thought I would use the two products for my eye make up. I went with a small winged eyeliner and lined my lower lash line with the Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow to brighten up my eyes. I’ll be sharing more details of the makeup I wore for the event in a separate post so keep an eye out for that! I’ll just share the completed eye makeup for now :)

Completed eye makeup! The Gelpresso Eyeshadow is more visible in this photo :)

What I think of the products

I really enjoyed using the two CLIO products! They were easy to apply and so suitable for everyday wear. The Pen Liner allows for precise application if I want to go for a natural eye look, but at the same time can be used to achieve a winged liner look. It is so pigmented and I won’t have to go over and over to make it even and visible. I did not get it in Kill Brown but definitely on my shopping list for my next trip home. Needless to say, I will definitely repurchase this when it runs out!

I also love the shade I had chosen for the Gelpresso Eyeshadow – it is subtle enough for everyday wear and makes my eyes look pretty when I use them on my inner corners and lower lash lines. I got it at about S$20 and I think it is a little pricey for an eyeshadow. That said, this product would last you for quite a while considering how pigmented and long-lasting they are.  I’m considering getting the pale pink and cherry shades on my next trip to Singapore, they would look great layered for a soft look :)

CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner Rating: 5/5

CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Eyeshadow Rating: 5/5

I hope you’ve enjoyed the review and found them useful! Have you used these products before? What do you think of them?

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Review: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to do a review of the second product in this series, and it’s the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer

I have had this primer for almost a year and hadn’t used it often until late last year.  This was my first primer product and the girl at the Too Faced counter introduced me to this when I was just gawking at their beautifully packaged make up products.

As indicated on the packaging, “Use alone for the look of flawless skin or under bronzer and makeup for a perfect finish“. I did a little research and found that it contained the following ingredients:

1. Mulberry Extract & Arctostaphylos UVA URSI: Protect, brighten and lighten skin for a renewed freshness and soothing effect.

2. Retinyl Palmitate & Cyclodextrin with CAVAMAX Retinol: Restores moisture, elasticity and suppleness with a powerful combination of anti-wrinkle, youth enhancing, skincare ingredients.

3. Camellia Oil & Vitamin A: Essence of the white tea plant and the free radical fighting vitamins are nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Skin looks firmer, brighter and more resilient, even up close.

This is also vegan-friendly and paraben-free. Sounds good doesn’t it?

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer

The primer is a nude beige colour and does not have a sheen at all. It is meant to blend right into your skin on application so it makes it perfect for all skin tones :)

I applied some on the back of my hand and it really becomes invisible on my skin after blending. It is not very obvious in the picture but it did make my skin look slightly smoother and covered some pores. This is a silicon-based primer that is slightly creamy in texture which makes it go on smoothly on the face.

I use this every morning and because of it’s slightly creamy texture it makes it easy to spread the product across the face. My skin is not that great and this primer alone was not enough to cover the blemishes on my face so I have never used it alone. If you have generally clear skin, this would be a great product to wear on days you wish to have light makeup on.

I wear this with my ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation and my make up stays fresh for most part of the day. At around 5-6 hours you can see some fading of my make up but it is still visible on my face. My face also does not look oily at the end of the work day, although I’m not sure if it’s entirely due to the primer or combined effects of the primer and my mineral powder.

So what do I think of it?

Wearing this underneath my foundation indeed makes my face look more flawless and I am very satisfied with how long it locks my makeup on for. Personally, after using this I realised that I don’t really like how silicon-based primers feel on my skin, but I could overlook that seeing what this product could do for me.

This primer comes in a 28g or 1 oz tube and retails at about A$38, so it isn’t exactly cheap for the amount of product you get. I only have experience with two primers so far, the other one being my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer so I can’t say the Too Faced Primer is my favourite primer in the world.

As to whether I will repurchase after it finishes, I probably will not for the time being as I would like to try out other primers on the market. I am most likely staying away from silicon-based primers but if one day I find that cream primers do not work well on my skin, I might return to this Too Faced Primer. If you are used to silicon-based primers then I would think this is a good product to try out.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading my review! Have you tried this or the other Too Faced Primers before? What do you think of them? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you think :)

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