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>One of the presents I received for my birthday was MAC Lipglass in Cultured.
Click below to see my thoughts and swatches!
Cultured Lipglass (£12.50 for 4.8g) is a rose pink with tiny bits of gold glitter. These don’t show up as glitter on the lips, but just add a nice sheen to the colour.
I absolutely love this colour. It enhances my natural lip colour without looking too much, and is really easy to wear with any make up look. I think this would suit most skin tones, and can see myself wearing this on most days because it’s just so easy to wear and adds a nice, healthy flush to my lips.
I did have the misfortune to wear this on a ridiculously windy day, and the resulting hair-in-gloss look was not great! The gloss is quite sticky, but I didn’t find this to be a problem unless I was in the wind. The gloss has a sweet vanilla scent, but it fades once I have applied it. It lasts 3-4 hours before fading, less if I eat or drink before that.
I am so glad that I have found this colour! I really recommend it if you want a wearable gloss, I think it would work for most people.
Today is my birthday, and I have been absolutely spoiled!
I can’t wait to try it all ^_^
I will post reviews up as I try them out!
>After my success with Collection 2000′s Extreme Coloured Length Mascara, I decided to try out their Sheer Loose Powder (£2.99 for 20g) as my current loose powder (Bare Minerals Mineral Veil) is running low.
It is available in two colours – Translucent and Barely There, and I have tried Translucent. Click below to see my thoughts and pictures!
This powder is really cheap, and you get a lot of product for the price! The jar’s circumference is slightly bigger than a Coca Cola can, and you get 20g. That’s much more than the 3g of Mineral Veil that you get! The powder comes in a jar with a powder puff.
Unfortunately this didn’t impress me like Collection 2000′s mascara did. This isn’t very finely milled, which didn’t cause too much of a problem when I applied it with a brush, but when I tested out the puff on my arm the powder had a tendency to ball up. You can also see from the swatch below that the powder clumps together.
I use loose powder everyday to set my liquid foundation, and tested this for that purpose. Upon application it does do the job, but I felt that my skin was left looking a bit dull and flat, and not in a nice, matte finish way! The powder did apply translucent on me, but I think that darker skin tones might feel that it would show up a bit too light on them. It stayed in place whilst I was inside, but as soon as I went out (on a 10 minute walk) I got a shock when I caught a glimpse of myself looking incredibly shiny! Eek! And if I stayed inside, the effect only lasted 2 to 3 hours before I felt like I had to reapply. I also felt like I had to use quite a lot of product for even coverage on my face, whereas with my Mineral Veil I hardly need any.
I’m sad to say that this powder was a big miss for me, but at least it was only £2.99! It has definitely made me appreciate my Mineral Veil more.
Have you found any good setting powders? I’m still on the lookout for a replacement, so let me know your recommendations!
>I got a small tube of Clinique’s Superbalm Moisturing Gloss (£13.00 for 15ml) as part of their ‘bonus time’ promotion a couple of months ago and despite using this almost daily I am only just getting around to reviewing it!
Click below to see swatches and why I absolutely love this lipgloss!
First of all, this is not the lipgloss to buy if you’re looking for something dramatic. The gloss gives a hint of colour – a very subtle ‘my lips but better’ effect. The gloss is not too sticky, and you can see the nice, glossy finish it gives from the swatches.
I don’t normally wear lipgloss, and this has completely converted me. Since trying it, I have been using it more and more often, and now I reach for it almost daily! It feels amazing on my lips – so soothing and smooth, and is long wearing for a lip gloss. Plus, I have had this for about 2 months and the tube has hardly gone down, so I imagine that a full sized tube would last for a long, long time. I love the fact that it is sheer because it means that I can put it on at any time without worrying about whether the colour is right.
I have found this better for hydrating my lips than anything else I’ve tried, and it looks good at the same time as well! I hate the greasy appearance of balms like Vaseline; this looks so much more polished and does a better job I can’t wait to try the other colours, and cannot recommend it enough!
>The second item that I ordered from MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection was their Crushed Metallic Pigment in Summer Stash (£25.50 for 12g).
Click below to see my thoughts, pictures and swatches!
This is a set of four pigments that come in two stacks, and you can put them in any combination of two which is convenient if you want to take a pair of them somewhere.
The individual pigments are named on their website but nowhere on the packaging itself.
Pink is the name given to the pinky violet with a silver sheen.
Old Wine is a rich brown with gold glitter and a bronze sheen.
Peachy is a pinked beige champagne with a silver frost.
Pearl seems to be a lighter version of peachy in the pot, but applies as more of a creamy to white pearl. It is sheerer than the other three shades.
This is the first time I have tried pigments from MAC and I’m really impressed! It is a really nice set of colours that do go well together and I love every single colour. They are really versatile so you can create both day time and more dramatic looks from just this set. All of the colours do have a metallic sheen though, so it is nice to mix them with different finishes if you think it’s too much to use all of the colours at once. They are all easy to apply and blend on the eyes, and I can also use the lightest colour as a highlighter if I apply it lightly and blend out. A little goes a long way, so you can’t be too heavy handed with your application.
Fall out can be a problem, but this is minimal if you press the colour into your eyelids rather than apply it with a sweeping action.
I love this set! Pearl is a bit sheerer than the other three colours, but this actually worked to my advantage as I can use it as a highlighter. The colours are really lovely and richly pigmented. It’s a bit expensive at £25.50, but you get a lot of product, and I can’t see this ever running out! Also, MAC quads are priced at £33 so if you look at it that way it’s quite a good deal. I found it a nice way to try out MAC’s pigments for the first time, and definitely recommend it!
MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection included four lipsticks, and I decided to get Bust Out! (£13.50 for 3g).
Click below to see my thoughts and swatches!
Bust Out! is a pinky grape purple, and is a lustre lipstick, so it is quite sheer with a sheeny finish.
I’ve never tried a lustre lipstick from MAC before, and I really like the way that it glides on easily, and it isn’t drying on my lips at all! It does still cling to dry skin a bit, but no where near as much at matte finish lipsticks do. I’ve never tried a properly purple lipstick before, and I’m not sure if I like it a lot when I first apply it, but after one to two hours it fades slightly and looks much more wearable. This lasts for about 5 hours, and by the end of this time the colour is still present but much less intense than when first applied.
The colour is buildable, but you have to be careful to apply evenly otherwise the colour will end up a bit uneven – I think you can see this from the lip swatch below.
This lipstick isn’t my favourite colour, but that’s just my personal taste, and once it fades a bit I do really enjoy wearing it. Also, I absolutely love the quality of the lipstick so I’ll definitely try some more lustre finishes in the future.