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NARS Pure Matte Lipstick – Amsterdam – Review, Photos, Swatches


Katherine, NARS, NC25 | by — January 28, 2014


Brand: Nars
Range: Pure Matte Lipstick
Shade: Amsterdam
Swatched by the lovely: Katherine

Bright. Bold. Perfectly matte. This super-rich lipstick provides high-impact payoff: an ultra-pigmented, long-wearing formula that glides on effortlessly with comfortable wear. Contains wild mango butter, known to provide advanced moisturizing properties to repair dryness and scaling.  Long-wearing application.  Enriched with Vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidant benefits.

  • Katherine describes Amsterdam as a darker version of its official description of “garnet red”.  On her skin tone, the color is slightly more cool-toned, leaning towards plum or burgundy. It takes a couple of swipes to produce an opaque, even finish.
  • Read the rest of Katherine’s blog post to read her verdict on how long lasting this lipstick is!
  • Thanks Katherine for the lovely swatch!

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LANCOME Color Design Lipstick – Ooh La La! Reviews, Photos, Swatches


LANCOME, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — September 22, 2013

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Brand: Lancome
Range: Color Design Lipstick
Shade: Ooh La La! (Metallic)
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Believe it or not, this is my first Lancome Color Design Lipstick and I’m really impressed by its moisturising full coverage formula that has great ‘grip’ and an emollient finish that revives a flat looking pout.
  • Infused with soothing ingredients, it feels soft, sits comfortably on lips and the rich pigments are transfer-resistant meaning it will last well throughout the day.
  • Ooh La La! is described as a “metallic raspberry golden rose”.
  • Available in cream, sheen, shimmer, metallic and matte.
  • Verdict: It only took one application to achieve full coverage, and the raspberry tones blended seamlessly with my flushed lip tone and faded gracefully through the day.  It looks bronze in the bullet, but the raspberry tones become more apparent once it sets on lips.  Normally I’m not a fan of metallic finishes, but this adds a lustruous dimension without making lips look aged. I recommend Ooh La La for very pigmented lips or medium/dark skin tones.

I got this as part of a Gift with Purchase, but it’s avaliable on Lancome counters.

SISLEY Phyto Lip Shine Ultra Shining Lipstick – Sheer Bugundy #6 Reviews, Photos, Swatches


Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, SISLEY, Yishan | by — July 30, 2013


Brand: Sisley
Range: Phyto Lip Shine Ultra Shining Lipstick
Shade: Sheer Burgundy
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • A sheer glossy treatment lipstick that feels like creamy butter and leaves lips softened, hydrated and comfortable.
  • Contains Kokum and Mango butters to hydrate and protect.
  • The high shine finish is thanks to the film-forming polymeres that help smooth the lip surface, giving the illusion of a contoured plump effect.  Whilst Sugar esters provide the softness, comfort and shine.
  • Sheer Burgundy is a sheerer laid back alternative to regular burgundy lipsticks, with a semi-translucence that makes it low maintenance.
  • Verdict: This lipstick formula will appeal to those that like a lip balm & lipstick all in one with a laid back finish .  For fairer skin tones like mine, Sheer Burgundy is a softer take on the autumn burgundy lip.  However on darker skin or pigmented lip tones this makes a great everyday neutral shade for adding warmth to the lips.

RRP: $50 AUD available in Australia at selected David Jones stores.

This product was provided for consideration

L’OREAL Shine Caresse Lip Colour & comparison with YSL Glossy Stain – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Brand: L’Oreal Paris
Range: Shine Caresse Lip Colour
Shades: Lolita 101, Romy 102, Marilyn 103, Princess 200, Juliet 300, Eve 400, Milady 402, Bonnie 501.
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Colours have an ultra-light fluid texture, that is a unique formulation of 30% water and 60% oil that boosts lip hydration and is comfortable to wear.
  • The foam applicator has a hole in the centre, specially designed to remove any excess colour leaving a veil-like lustruous finish.
  • The formula takes a while to set, making it easy to fix bloopers while it is still wet.
  • Sheer buildable coverage – 2 layers is perfect for my pigmented lips, but for some shades I needed around as many as 3 layers for photography purposes.
  • Available in 8 shades – Lolita, Romy, Marilyn, Princess, Juliet, Eve, Milady and Bonnie.

Are these dupes of YSL Glossy Stain?

  • Both have lightweight fluid textures that have a non-sticky but slightly tacky finish.
  • Both are long lasting and fade gracefully into a light stain, but YSL lasted slightly longer whilst L’Oreal left more of a stain.
  • YSL sets quicker than L’Oreal where you’re left with that oil/water film that takes just a few more seconds to set.
  • YSL has a more vibrant colour range & is richer in pigment but it’s offset by a water colour finish. Except for a few, most shades from L’Oreal are more subdued and need several layers to build coverage.
  • YSL’s taste is noticeably synthetic, whereas L’Oreal has sweetened theirs slightly in an attempt to mask the synthetic taste – but I can still taste it.
  • YSL does a better job at reviving tired dry lips & camouflaging lip flaws than L’Oreal, which only looks best on healthy lips.

Verdict: With both lip stains coming from the same umbrella company (YSL Beauty is owned by L’Oreal), it’s tempting to draw conclusions that they are dupes for each other.  I’d say that L’Oreal offers very impressive & similar results to YSL but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that one is replaceable for the other.  Where L’Oreal stands out from YSL is how easy it is to control just the right amount & it stains better than YSL if that’s what you like in a lip product.  Even though YSL has more sophisticated pigments, L’Oreal’s finish (once set) is more polished than the water colour finish of YSL that I find messy when combined with shades such as red & coral  hence why I only own one shade from YSL Glossy Stain).

Click on the lip swatches to view enlarged images.

Click on the lip swatches to view enlarged images.


RRP: $23.95 AUD

These products were provided for consideration.

CHANEL Rouge Coco – Rivoli #21 – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


CHANEL, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — January 22, 2013


Brand: Chanel
Range: Rouge Coco
Shade: Rivoli #21
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

A modern interpretation of classic creme lip colour as an homage to the rich life and legacy of ‘Coco’ Chanel

  • Rouge Coco lipsticks glides smoothly with a creamy finish, and are surprisingly lightweight despite its vibrant pigment.
  • Incredibly comfortable to wear thanks to Hydratendre complex that softens, soothes and conditions lips, making them look plump and smooth.
  • You don’t actually need any lip balm underneath this lipstick, unless you want to sheer it out or give lips an extra moisture boost.
  • Finishes range from matte to pearl to soft shimmer
  • Compared to Rouge Allure, Rouge Coco is more moisturising and slightly less opaque, however Rouge Allure gives lips a bolder & plush appearance – perfect for a statement bold lip.
  • Rivoli is a burgundy that appears matte (without lip balm) but actually has a soft creamy slip when you put your lips together.
  •  Verdict: Wine lip shades can often look harsh if you don’t get it right, but what I love about Rivoli is its versatility when worn both sheer and full coverage. The cool tones in this burgundy shade not only brightens teeth but your complexion as well, making it an excellent choice for getting onboard the oxblood lip trend.  The polished yet comfortable formula makes Rouge Coco a great choice for everyday sophistication.

Swatched over lip balm.  Without any lip balm it’s creamier, more pigmented & opaque with a semi-matte finish.


This product was provided for consideration.