Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Body Shop - Lightening Shade Adjusting Foundation Drops - Review and Giveaway

Pale skinned gals rejoice –find it difficult to get your foundation to match your neck like I do? Is your face a full shade darker than your neck too? The Body Shop have just launched two swanky new foundation shade adjusting products – lightening drops and darkening drops, to either lighten or darken the shades of your favourite foundations that you already have.
The Body Shop are not re-inventing the wheel on this latest release because there are other lightening mediums available but there is most definitely a gap in the market for an affordable and accessible foundation lightening mixing solution. Props to the Body Shop for recognising that there are more than 6 different shades of skintones, particularly as a lot of the drugstore/high street foundations come in a variety of six shades. The shade of the lightening drops is a not a true white but more of a sheeny ivory white leaning a little pink. This will be particularly handy for folks with seeking to lighten foundations that are too yellow based as the pink will serve to neutralise the yellow tones. That said, I’m naturally cool toned and my skin leans a little pink but I did not find that the lightening drops, when applied to my cool toned foundations, made my skin look any pinker. When you are very pale and very cool toned, foundations can be ridiculously pink (Make Up For Ever I’m thinking of you here!) so I promise I would be the first to tell you if these drops would make you look like you dipped your head into a can of baby pink paint!

This product retails for €17 and contains 15ml of product which is about half of your standard bottle of foundation. The weighty glass packaging has a pipette dropper on top, perhaps to add to the “mixing” element, but I have found the pipette to be awkward to use. No matter how much I squeeze the top of it, the product just doesn’t get sucked up to be squirted out, and when you do try squirting out, all you seem to get is air bubbles. I personally would have preferred a pump on this to be able to more easily control the quantity of product that comes out.
The claim is that one drop of this will lighten your foundation by half a shade but I wouldn’t pay much heed to this claim to be honest because that will completely depend on your skin tone versus the shade of foundation that you are trying to lighten versus the effect you are trying to achieve. The Body Shop claim that this will not change the consistency of your foundation – again, I haven’t found this to be the case. Once the lightening drops are added to your foundation, they definitely change the formula of your foundation slightly, I noticed that it made very full coverage foundations like Estee Lauder Double Wear slightly less full coverage (but gave more slip which made it easier to apply) and it made the MAC Pro Longwear foundation more radiant and sheeny (not greasy!) looking. I’m really not averse to this because I loved how the finished foundation mixture looked and lasted on my skin.

I’ve been trying it out for over a month so have compiled my thoughts. Firstly, for how I use it, I take 2 pumps of the foundation I am seeking to lighten (I adore MAC Pro Longwear and I usually take an NW20 in MAC foundations but any MAC foundation wearer will know that an NW20 in one MAC foundation is not the same as the next MAC NW20 foundation…I digress…) and I pump it directly onto a foundation mixing palette (I got this one from the Irish Beauty Show a few years back but the back of your hand will do). I put a couple of lightening drops on the foundation and mix together, then apply directly to my face. There is really no magic or tricks to it and you don’t need a chemistry degree to figure it out.
All of my nitpicking and qualms aside, I have to say, I had great success using this product and I really liked how it both lightened my foundation and gave my foundation a different consistency. I love MAC Pro Longwear anyway, it lasts brilliantly on my skin, looks flawless and when buffed out, it doesn’t really feel or look heavy or cakey on the skin (unlike its first cousin Studio Fix!). I think the lightening drops added a nice bit of non-glittery luminosity to the foundation, and it applied perfectly to my skin and lasted equally as long as it does normally on my skin. I did not feel like the lightening drops in any way detrimentally affected my foundation in terms of application, wear or appearance. I’m looking forward to trying these out with other foundations going forward.

What I really like and rate most about this product is that it will enable me to use some of my favourite foundations all year around, and not just the summer months when I sport a bit of fake tan. In that respect, I think the €17 investment was well worth it. Like I said previously, The Body Shop did not reinvent the wheel with this product, but I like what they’ve done (apart from the dysfunctional packaging) and I can see myself using this loads.
Because I have been so impressed with The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting drops, I am giving way a bottle to a follower on my Facebook page Total Makeup Addict. If you’re curious to try but not sure whether it’s worth the €17 gamble, head over to my Facebook page to throw your name into the ring. Just look for this photo and follow the instructions:

Does this product sound like the answer to your prayers or too good to be true? Have any of you tried the darkening shade adjusting drops from The Body Shop? 


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Inglot HD Lip Tint Matte in 16 and 17 - Review and Swatches

Very few products have gotten the hype that the Inglot HD Matte Lip Tints got in the weeks coming up to their release to the general Irish public. I have to admit, I didn't really buy into the hype, as I've never really been blown away by Inglot lip products, I always find them just middle of the road. Nevertheless, I am loving all things liquid lipstick in recent times so I did pick up two shades - 16 (a cool toned mid pink) and 17 (peachy toned nude). Out of the 10 shades available, they were the only two that appealed to me personally - a lot of the other colours were bolder. There are 10 colours in the collection altogether and they are €20 a pop (is it just me who has noticed Inglot prices have been creeping up to MAC territory?)
 I'm more impressed with these than I thought I would be because they are just so comfortable on the lips. I have dry lips at the best of times, never mind when wearing liquid lipsticks, and I find that some liquid lipsticks can really exaggerate the dryness and fine lines on my lips, particularly over the course of wear. The Inglot HD Lip Tints are not the longest lasting ever, lasting 3-4 hours before gradually fading, but I have found them to be comfortable. The formula is quite thin and even though I have the lightest shades available, I have a feeling that these might actually tint the lips a bit which is favourable for better wear time. I've found both of the colours that I have perform the same way, I love shade 16 (the pink) in particular. As I mentioned, I'm not struck on any of the other colours in the range but if Inglot released new shades on the nude/ light pink/ mauve pink spectrum, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one, I liked them that much. So many liquid lipsticks such all the moisture out of not only my lips but my whole entire body so it's a refreshing change to use these Inglot Lip Tints
I've seen swatches of some other shades and they look fab and I understand the wear time on the darker colours is pretty respectable too by all accounts. If you're looking for a liquid lipstick that won't leave your lips in bits at the end of the day, consider these ones. 

Have you tried the Inglot HD Lip Tint Mattes yet? 


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Colour Pop Cosmetics - Lippie Stix and Ultra Matte Lips - Swatches and Review

A couple of weeks back I mentioned in this post that I made my first Colour Pop purchase and that I would duly try the products and report back on how I found them. Colour Pop is one of the most hyped brands online in recent times but is currently only available online in the US and there is no international delivery available (I've heard that international delivery is in the works though so watch this space!). I used a parcel forwarding service to have some Colour Pop forwarded to me. Colour Pop is extremely affordable and a lot of the products are very heavily endorsed by various Youtubers- many personalities have collaborated with ColourPop to bring out their own variations of Colour Pop's most loved products. When I was trying to pick things out in my first order, I honestly could have gone mad, there are so many colours available on the site. I picked up a cross section of products and today I'm just opining on the lip products that I picked up.

There are four different types of lip products available - Lippie Pencils (lipliners), Lippie Stix (lipsticks), Ultra Matte Lips (matte liquid lipsticks) and Ultra Satin Lips (satin finish liquid lipsticks).

Lippie Stix

The Lippie Stix are the Colour Pop equivalent to ordinary lipsticks. They all come in long white bullets and are colour coded on the very bottom of the packaging and when you take the lids off. These are $5 a piece. I got two shades to try - Lumiere from the Kathleen Lights collection and Tootsi. Lumiere is a gorgeous mauve pink, similar to MAC Syrup and Tootsi is a grey toned beige shade. I wouldn't say that these are very matte in the traditional sense- to my mind, they are more of a satin finish. They are comfortable to wear and last about 3 hours before needing to be touched up. Whilst I'm not mad about the packaging, for less than a fiver each, these are pretty impressive and I would definitely pick up more.

Ultra Matte Lips

The Ultra Matte Lips are undoubtedly Colour Pop's most celebrated product and the main reason that I placed an order with Colour Pop in the first place. These have been celebrated and hailed by so many people that honestly the hype was real. I picked up 9 different shades to try out. What I will say about these is that the formula of these is very matte and very thin, easy enough to apply, comfortable enough on the lips and 2 coats give optimum colour opacity. Because the formula is so thin and matte, it can be very unforgiving if you have textured or dry lips. I also find these to be quite drying if you wear them over the course of a day. In terms of reapplying, I found that the product was a little flaky when built up in multiple laters so I would take a wipe or a cotton pad soaked with Bioderma, remove the residue from my lips, apply MAC Prep + Prime Lip and then reapply the Ultra Matte Lips over it. They are not lip perfection in all honestly but they are mighty impressive - especially considering the tiny $6 price tag! 
Midi : Neutral pinky beige shade, a good nude shade for paler ladies.
Trap : A grey/pink/lilac shade, very unusual colour and probably one of my favourites of the whole bunch. With no other makeup, this kind of makes me look like a dead person but with the right eye makeup, I love this colour.
StingRAYE : This is another collab product with some Youtuber called Raye (unknown to me) and it's a gorgeous mauve colour. It leans a little too brown on me for my liking, I'd not struck on browns on my cool skin tone, but it's not the kind of brown that looks like chocolate smeared all over the lips.
Bad Habit : I don't often veer into the bold lip territory but this colour is absolutely stunning, I am obsessed. This is a dark cool toned mauve pink and I honestly cannot even cope with how much I love the colour. The formula of this was slightly less dry and more forgiving than the other lighter shades that I tried.

Beeper : On my fair skin tone, again this looks a little brown on me, and I was hoping it would be a little pinker. This is one of the most hyped Colour Pop shades and I can understand the hype. This is very similar to StingRAYE on me so if you are similarly pale, I definitely would get one of the other, I don't see the need for both.
Clueless : This is a gorgeous dusty mauvey cool toned pink - now this colour is right up my street!
Tulle : This is described as a mauve burgundy shade, which is actually pretty accurate. It's a deep reddish brown with just a hint of mauvey smoke to it
More Better : This was the most disappointing of all the shades that I tried. The formula of this one was a lot drier and more difficult to work with than the others. You would definitely need a lipliner with this one because the formula of this is feathery. It's a pleasant plummy wine colour but I prefer Bad Habit.
Creeper : This is what I would call the perfect red lip - if blue toned reds are your thing, then this is a necessary addition to your shopping list.

Overall, I can see why Colour Pop is so hyped, their colour selection is vast and the prices are unbelievable. If you have fine lines, dry lips or textured lips, I'd probably veer away from the very pale colours as they seem to expose all lip imperfections. I'll definitely order more from Colour Pop - rumour has it that they will soon be offering international delivery which will cut out the need to use a parcel forwarding service. I've also been trialling their Super Shock Shadows over the last few weeks so I will bring swatches of those in your direction as soon as I get a chance. If you are interested in learning more about the Colour Pop range, check out the Colour Pop website, and if you are dying to get your hands on some Colour Pop asap, check out this post where I detailed my experience with a US parcel forwarding service. Let me know in the comments below if any colour particularly stood out to you or if there is anything that you are dying to try!

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