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TOM FORD Lip & Cheek Stain – Tainted Love – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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LIP TINTS, Lips, NC20, TOM FORD, Yishan | by — December 19, 2012

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Brand: Tom Ford
Range: Lip & Cheek Stain
Shade: Tainted Love
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Besides Aphrodisiac, the other lip product I was most excited to try from the Fall 2012 Collection is this Lip and Cheek Stain as it’s something I’ve always liked the concept of but rarely find lip/cheek duos I’m 100% in love with.  Those that I’ve tried either looks lovely on the cheeks but not lips, or vice versa.
  • Tainted Love is described as a “deep rose” that gives lips a flushed sheen, or a dewy berry flush on the cheeks.
  • A stand out for me is that it glides softly on both skin and lips and leaves skin with a comforting cushioned sensation, thanks to nourishing acai oil and cherry extract.
  • Verdict: This gets two thumbs up for me, as it not only looks flattering on both lips and cheeks (“my lips/cheeks but better”), but also for another reason.  I’ve always loved the way Tom Ford Black Orchid lipstick looks on cheeks, but struggled at how the lipstick doesn’t sit well on my dry cheeks, possibly because I have it in the old formula that’s less moisturising (white & gold packaging). But with Tainted Love, it gives a similar flush (it’s rosier than the violet hues in Black Orchid) but is far easier to blend and sits more comfortably on the skin.  Also the sheer buildable formula means I can also apply it liberally directly from the bullet without worrying about overdoing it.

 

RRP: $65 AUD

This product was provided for consideration.

LAURA MERCIER Lip Stain – Peach Glaze

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LAURA MERCIER, LIP TINTS, Lips, NC20, Yishan | by — November 20, 2012

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Brand: Laura Mercier
Range: Lip Stain
Shade: Peach Glaze
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • The long wearing formula is described as a hybrid between a stain and gloss – however I found it to be closer to an silky yet waxy lip creme with a semi-matte finish.
  • Peach Glaze is a peachy nude that’s understated and natural.   Against my flushed lip tone it looks slightly streaky, so I recommend this for paler lip tones.
  • Also available in Mulberry, Moccha, Scarlet, Shy Pink and Sugar Violet.
  • It works best when applied directly onto the lips (without lip balm) for the creamy texture to grip onto the lips, and finished off with a gloss or  Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” Whilst I’d use a lip brush to get the colour out of the pot, blending with fingers seems to work best at warming & softening the creamy matte texture into the lip creases.
  • Verdict: When it comes to lip stains, a peachy nude certainly didn’t cross my mind.  But the more I work with this shade, the more I appreciate what this shade has to offer.   Ideal for pale lip tones that want a long lasting nude lip that tones down your lips without making you look washed out.

It’s not moisturising on its own, but does a great job at toning down lips for an understated nude.

RRP: $42 AUD

Available on counters or at Adore Beauty (Australia).

This product was provided for consideration.

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick – Heaping Hazelnut – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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CLINIQUE, LIP TINTS, Lips, NC20, Yishan | by — November 12, 2012

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Brand: Clinique
Range: Chubby Stick
Shade: Heaping Hazelnut
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Heaping Hazelnut debuted at the Karen Walker FW12 show, and is one of the 8 new shades added to the Chubby Stick range, along with Pudgy Peony, Bountiful Blush, Two Ton Tomato, Oversized Orange, Might Mimosa, Curvy Candy, and Voluptuous Violet.
  • The balm-like formula feels really moisuturising yet lightweight, thanks to a special blend of Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil.
  • Coverage is buildable – one layer gives you a “my lips but better” sheer nude, and the second layer gives a more hazelnut nude.
  • Packaged in a convenient retractable barrel, perfect for on-the-go application.
  • Verdict: Heaping Hazelnut is a sheer nude that’s wearable on all skin tones & does a pretty good job at adding a sheen to dry lips. Unlike many creamy nudes, the sheer hazelnut tones in this lippy doesn’t accentuate lip lines or flakes making it a nude lipstick you can rely on any day regardless of your lip condition.

Heaping Hazelnut is a “my lips but better” sheer nude with one layer, and the second layer gives a more hazelnut finish.

This product was provided for consideration.

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick – Pudgy Peony – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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LIP TINTS, Lips, NC20, Yishan | by — October 15, 2012

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Brand: Clinique
Range: Chubby Stick
Shade: Pudgy Peony
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Pudgy Peony is one of the 8 new shades added to the Chubby Stick range, along with Heaping Hazelnut, Bountiful Blush, Two Ton Tomato, Oversized Orange, Might Mimosa, Curvy Candy, and Voluptuous Violet.
  • The balm-like formula feels really moisuturising yet lightweight, thanks to a special blend of Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil.
  • Coverage is buildable  the first layer will give you a sheer pink flush, and 2-3 layers gives you a peony pink pout.
  • Packaged in a convenient retractable barrel, perfect for on-the-go application.
  • Verdict:  Pudgy Peony blends with the warmth of my lip tone to become a deep pink.   My new favourite way to wear Chubby Sticks is to fill in lips lightly with lip pencil in a similar shade and top up with Chubby Stick throughout the day. This helps to minimise the tint wearing out unevenly, and also intensifies the look and keeps your lips looking polished for longer.

Seeing as my last few swatches of the Chubby Sticks were too sheer, I layered it on more this time to show you how buildable it is.

RRP: $35 AUD

This product was provided for consideration.

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick – Two Ton Tomato – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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CLINIQUE, LIP TINTS, Lips, NC20, Yishan | by — August 13, 2012

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Brand: Clinique
Range: Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm
Shade: Two Ton Tomato
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Clinique have added 8 new vibrant shades to their Chubby Stick rang – Heaping Hazelnut, Bountiful Blush, Two Ton Tomato, Oversized Orange, Might Mimosa, Curvy Candy, Pudgy Peony and Voluptuous Violet.
  • The balm-like formula feels really moisuturising yet lightweight, thanks to a special blend of Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil.
  • Coverage is buildable with Two Ton Tomato –  the first layer will give you a sheer tomato tint, and 2-3 layers gives you a vibrant tomato lip almost as bright as a buttery lipstick.
  • Packaged in a convenient retractable barrel, perfect for on-the-go application.
  • Verdict: Two Ton Tomato has surpassed this lip crayon & this lip butter as my current favourite go-to red lip tint for two reasons – the pigment in this crayon is much bolder when layered on, and secondly I get equally long lasting moisture as the lip butter, except with the convenience of the pointed tip of a crayon.  Stay tuned for the swatch of Pudgy Peony coming soon.

You don’t need lip balm underneath this, however I swatched this over Maybelline Baby Lips to nourish my lips from the makeup remover in between swatching.
Lip balm will mute the pigment of this Chubby Stick into a tint, however direct application of 2-3 layers gives you a vibrant tomato lip almost as bright as a buttery lipstick

RRP: $35 AUD

This product was provided for consideration.