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ESTEE LAUDER Violet Underground Collection – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


ESTEE LAUDER, LIP GLOSS, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — February 27, 2013

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Brand: Estee Lauder
Range: Violet Underground Collection
Shades: Pure Color Velvet Lipstick (Black Cassis, Violet Crush) and Pure Color Gloss (Chaotic Currant, Rebellious Violet)
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • The inspiration for Estee Lauder’s 2013 spring collection is the “ultimate fusion of high style and street chic”, with deep, vibrant violet and fuschia tones.
  • The violets in the collection consist of Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Violet Crush (plush matte violet), and Pure Color Gloss in Rebellious Violet (dazzling violet) that has layers of crystal reflection.
  • The deep wine shades consist of Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Black Cassis (plush matte deep wine) and Pure Color Gloss in Chaotic Currant (plum wine) that’s high in shine.
  • The lipsticks are matte & non-drying, however I recommend wearing them on well conditioned lips to prevent lip flaws from being accentuated.
  • I also found the lipstick sit well on some lip balms over others – my first attempt at swatching was not nearly as successful as the second attempt where I used Nivea Lip Butter, which softened lips without altering the lipstick texture.
  • The lipsticks look fine on their own provided your lips are in excellent condition, but I find they have more oomph once paired with the matching gloss – not to mention that it also hides a few lip flaws or two.
  • As for wearing glosses on their own, Rebellious Violet gives lips a polished wash of violet and sit better on lips than Chaotic Currant.
  • Verdict: Whilst both shades are beautiful in their own ways, the violets in this collection were the ones that really pulled at my heart strings.  Tom Pecheux has really nailed the violet shade that I’ve been coveting, giving it a sophisticated edgy look.   Whichever shade of the two that pulls your heart strings, I recommend getting both the lipstick & gloss.

Random fact: I have a habit of drawing over the lip line with dark shades for an opulent look, whereas I tend to “stay within the lines” with feminine shades.

Both lip images are swatched over a layer of Nivea Lip Butter that’s been pressed into the lips.


Rebellious Violet on its own.

Chaotic Currant on its own

These products were provided for consideration.

GUERLAIN Rouge G L’Extrait Orgueil M69 – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


GUERLAIN, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — October 18, 2012


Brand: Guerlain
Range: Rouge G L’Extrait
Shade: Orgueil M69
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • A hybrid between a lipstick and a gloss, L’Extrait is liquid yet creamy, velvety yet lightweight and SUPER pigmented.
  • The liquid formula takes moments to set – thankfully not immediately, which gives you time to define your lip shape & correct bloopers.
  • It sets into a velvet matte finish that’s surprisingly soft, comfortable and not at all drying and doesn’t feather.  However it’s not transfer proof – even after blotting and setting it will still transfer a little.
  • It will last for as many hours as you can go without eating, and softens in intensity over time but not in pigment.  If you don’t wipe down your lips after eating, the pigment remains at around 80% even 4 hours after application.  But I can’t resist a good wipe down after a meal to make sure my lips start off with a clean canvas when touching up.
  • The soft formula is thanks to an exotic blend of Guggul resin (smoothing),  hyaluronic acid (plumping), and Tiger Grass (collagen stimulating) which moisturise lips continuously for hours until you wipe it off.
  • Orgueil is a deep wine with warm tones.   I chose this shade over the others because I have a weakness for matte textures in decadent shades.
  • Verdict: My decadent velvet wine lip attracted compliments left right and centre, and it’s now my new favourite statement lip colour! I recommend applying the bulk of the product in the centre of the lips, using only the excess to define lip edges to avoid any gloopy bits that can be tricky to correct once set.  A must-try for lipstick lovers.

I drew over my natural lip line to show you that the texture is fluid enough to create a crisp line with this doe wand applicator.
As you can see it’s not a dry matte finish but looks soft and comfortable with amazing coverage.

I purchased this product.

ARBONNE Lipstick – Runway Rouge, Candy, Bordeaux


ARBONNE, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — July 30, 2012

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Brand: Arbonne
Range: Lipstick
Shades: Runway Rouge, Candy, Bordeaux
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

  • Fragrance free, hypo-allergenic, paraben-free, formulated with micro-pigments for a lightweight yet pigmented finish.
  • Available in 14 shades, I was given 3 to try – Runway Rouge (raspberry red), Candy (metallic pink) and Bordeaux (wine with a wash of bronze).
  • The texture is high in grip, making it long-wearing and feather-resistant.  Full coverage is achieved in just a few sweeps.
  • Whilst I wouldn’t describe it as moisturising, it is non-drying and feels comfortable on lips.
  • Verdict: My favourite shade out of the three – Runway Rouge – looks like a classic creamy red with lip balm. But if you apply the lipstick without any lip balm, you immediately notice a subtle metallic sheen which I feel is a look that’s dated.  Especially when the current lipstick trends are all about creamy, soft and moist lips.  To bring out the best in this lipstick, I recommend wearing a hydrating & smoothing lip balm underneath to add moisture and soften the metallic finish.

Generous layer applied on top of Maybelline Baby Lips.  Without lip balm, my lip lines become much more accentuated.

Some of the shades have alternate names, possibly due to regional differences.

RRP: $36 AUD

Available online.

These products were provided for consideration.

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme – Extended Play – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


Lips, LIPSTICK, MAC, NC20, Yishan | by — July 26, 2012


Brand: MAC
Range: Pro Longwear Lipcreme
Shade: Extended Play
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

  • Extended Play is described as a “dirty red with yellow undertone” and is from the permanent collection.  I’d describe it as a vampy deep wine / maroon.
  • As with all Pro Longwear Lipcremes, they are one of my favourite long-wearing lipstick formulas that stay feeling comfortable all day long. They’re lightweight, creamy with great grip that ensures minimal transfer & won’t feather.
  • It will leave your lips matte after a few hours, but not dry ‘as long as you prep lips with generous lip balm beforehand.
  • Excellent coverage, I only need one layer for an extra bold lip.  You can also get away without lip pencil seeing as the shade is so contrasting against the natural skin tone.
  • Verdict: This looks really vampy against my fair skin tone, and instantly makes my complexion look even brighter and fairer as though I’m wearing foundation on (but actually I don’t).   Due to the yellow undertones in this lippy, I recommend this for olive or yellow-based skin tones.


RRP: $40 AUD

This product was provided for consideration.

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme – Red Dwarf – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


Lips, LIPSTICK, MAC, NC20, Yishan | by — February 22, 2012

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Brand: MAC
Range: Pro Longwear Lipcreme
Shade: Red Dwarf (Daphne Guiness Colleciton)
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

  • Launched as part of the Daphne Guiness Collection, Red Dwarf is described as a “blue pink” but in my books it’s a blue toned berry shade.
  • The opaque long-wearing formula glides easily and grips onto lips without aggravating lip lines.
  • Fades gracefully into a berry stain without being drying.
  • Because of the long wearing formula & round/flat shape, I recommend using a lip brush to get a smooth even finish.
  • Verdict: Unlike Jen (My Funny Valentine) who can pull off ANY berry shade, there are only a few wine/berry shades that look good on me, and this is one of them.  Another reason I highly recommend this is that many berry/wine shades out there tend to have a lot of slip, sinking into lip lines and looks streaky and uneven.  Red Dwarf has none of that.

Applied with a lip brush over a thin layer of Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm.

This product was provided for consideration.