Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lipscape Review

I had the wonderful opportunity to sample and review lipsticks from Lipscape. 
The products provided were sent as samples from the company. 


LIPSCAPE

What are they?  Handmade matte iridescent lipsticks that are themed to nature, earth, and the environment. The collection has a rainbow of colors to choose from, some limited edition. The founder whose background is in geography, wanted to combine her love of lips with the world.

Where to buy? www.yourlipscape.com

DISCOUNT CODE FOR JUNE & JULY: use LIPSCAPE13 to get 10%off! 

Onto the review...


I was greeted by a lovely iridescent green package. I loved how it was themed to the earth being 'green'. Inside were two lipsticks in a green chiffon bag. I could immediately smell the buttercream scent.


Included as well was a personalized card from the founder with a tip not to wear any balms or glosses under the lippies. They need to be dry for the lipstick to adhere. 


I received 'Wildfire', "a warm red with flashes of gold", and 'Hurricane",  "a mid-tone blue with flashes of violet." (Color descriptions are from web-site)

Taken without flash


Taken with flash



With that in mind, I started with Wildfire. I normally wear EOS lip balm before apply any lipstick. I decided to skip the lip balm step as per the tip and just apply the lipstick to my bare but lined lips. I used a red lip liner by Nyx. Because of the supermatte texture (there is no slip), I had to swipe several times to get coverage. You know the Duchess works with all kinds of lippies. I was initially frustrated with this process but I finally got a beautiful result which is pictured below. 



Amazingly my lips felt comfortable and not dry. It didn't really feel like I was wearing any lipstick. I wore the lipstick for 3 hours. I drank and ate a little. I still had lipstick on and did not need to reapply. After taking it off, my lips felt smooth too. Products ingredients are listed on the website which include: avocado, jojoba, rose hip oils and mango and shea butter.

Onto Hurricane. I decided to go against the tip of not applying anything and prepped my lips as usual with EOS lip balm and foundation. (Some women have tried 'n true routines when it comes to applying lippies, some do not.) The application was actually easier this time. I lined my lips with a blue eyeliner pencil.



In the end, I continued to play with the colors. 

You can mix the Lipscape colors to create other colors using obviously Color Theory. Mixing the red and blue produced purple. 


I also added lipgloss to bring out the reflective pigments  (I used Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in Julio-discontinued. Any white pearl lipgloss will do)
So you can wear it matte or with gloss.


I created a list of pros and cons. My only thing was application: more slip and a little sweet flavor would be a plus. The scent kept wanting me to lick my lips but it didn't taste sweet. (I was reminded of Jessica Simpson's lippies how they smelled like dessert but were also sweet to taste.) 

If you're looking to switch up colors and try something new —I have my eye on the purple "Unrest and pink "Ozone" lippies— try out some lippies from Lipscape and let me know what you think!


USE DISCOUNT CODE FOR JUNE & JULY: 
LIPSCAPE13 to get 10%off! 

PROS:
Buttercream scent
Variety of colors
Matte finish yet not drying
Inexpensive
Long-lasting
Does not stain lips

CONS:
No 'slip' because of supermatte texture
Had to swipe several times


Stay sweet lovelies!
See you on IG!
~Duchess


DISCLAIMER: The Lipstick Duchess accepts products for reviews. Reviews are honest opinions of the products. All products reviewed on my blog have been purchased by me unless stated otherwise. 

Mac: All About Orange

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Finally finished swatching all 7 of the lippies in Mac's All About Orange Collection. Whew! Here's a break-down of the lippies. And yes, I love all of them.

Neon Orange (bright clean orange) - Amplified:   a notch brighter and stronger than Morange. It's similar to Milani's Sweet Nectar. I wore that the day after and thought they are twins separated at birth! Both have good coverage, pigmentation and long-lasting.


Tart & Trendy (bright neutral orange cream)- Lustre


Tangerine Dream  (warm orange cream)- Lustre

RazzleDazzler (creamy light coral) - Lustre


Flamingo  (light milky bright coral)- Lustre


These are all Lustre finishes. What I like to call "lipgloss in a tube". The coverage is sheer but buildable. For some I had to swipe many times to get full opacity. Especially on RazzleDazzler and Flamingo. Tangerine Dream came a close second to swiping. My fav out of the bunch was Tart & Trendy as it didn't take that many swipes to get good coverage. These are versatile lippies regardless that they're lustres -as you can wear them sheer or build them up. 

Sweet & Sour (soft peach cream) - Cremesheen:   This lippie reminded me so much of Lime Crime's Cosmopop. It too is buildable. 


Sushi Kiss (midtone coral)- Satin:   The satin finish is another one of my favs finishes from Mac. The other two are matte and amplified. The color goes on smooth. It wasn't a surprise that it became such a hot lippie and quickly sold out.


What is your fav lippie(s) from this collection?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

MakeUp ForEver Aqua Rouge Review


Make Up For Ever Professional Paris
Aqua Rouge
 Waterproof Liquid Lip Color

...rocks!

I'm always impressed with MUFE products, now even more so with Aqua Rouge. I bought this at Sephora. I got the #17 (orange) and #15 (nude pink) to try. I tested it on my hand and noticed how vibrant the color was. Plus it didn't come off easily. I knew it was a winner.

As you can see this is a versatile lippie. You can wear it matte or lacquered. Either way—whatever you do—it will not come off. I ate, I drank...still on. I had to use an oily makeup remover to take it off before bedtime. 

Personally I haven't seen a bright orange lippie that is matte out there. This is on par in terms of brightness with Mac's Neon Orange, Morange and Milani's Sweet Nectar. But you can wear it in two different finishes and it lasts and lasts. The lacquered finish just makes the orange color 'pop' even more.


UPDATED!!



I'm going to post additional pics of the other lippie (#15) to this post eventually. Trying to work through orange lippies and there is a lot from the All About Orange by Mac collection! Enjoy!

Have you tried this product?
Stay sweet lovelies!
See you on IG!
~Duchess

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Inglot Freedom System Lip Palette

I've been meaning to get this palette ever since I first saw it 
revealed at the makeup shows.

Finally I got my first Inglot!

I'll be posting new lipart on my IG and hope to update this post with a full review on these colors. I've heard about how good and pigmented they are and they do look lovely. Some of the pans got caught on the outer magnets. 
Other than that they just drop into the pan easily.

For this palette, you'll need to get the empty eyeshadow square pan. Most of their lipstick stuff are in circles except for this. There's plenty of product in each pan. Each pan sells separately for $6. I purchased First Row: #91-95 and Second Row: #96-100.
The actual eyeshadow square case with magnetic cover costs $16.00.
So the total would be $76.00 with 10 lip pans at $6. Not necessarily cheap but it is refillable!





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Stay sweet lovelies!
See you on IG!
~Duchess

May Glossybox


May's Glossybox is here!
First thing I noticed was there were more samples than actual travel-sized products. Three of the products were sample-sized.
I would think that getting a travel-sized product would enable one to use it longer.
If you use it longer than you could determine whether you'd want to purchase it.
And for the amount paid, well, you get my drift.
Other thoughts are they are truly tailoring these boxes based on the surveys you fill on their website. Personally I wouldn't mind getting something different. I mean it's a 'surprise box' isn't? For example the perfume solid which smells really good, smells eeringly familiar to that of the Bulgari products I received before. It would have been nice to get different stuff. How about nail care? Ok...ok...
Onto the review...



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Onto the products I received:

1) Nicka K New York Absolute Perfume Stick: Parc de 59 - the scent is a pleasantly strong green scent. Reminds me of Bulgari in previous Glossyboxes.

2) My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer - I'm still haven't gotten to using this but with the summer heat coming up, it will be a great addition.

3) Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray - I loved the Alterna spray and it's used up, so I'll start to try this out. Again great add for the summer.

4) Etre Belle Collagen & Aloe Vera Hydro Mask - the last mask was a treat but much like the masks I can get for a $1.00 at the Asian supermarket. Haven't used this yet but it'll be great when it gets hot & humid. May chill it in the frig before I put it on.

5) European Wax Center (2 packets out of 3) - I got the Exfoliate and Body Wash samples. Will try it eventually but I did love the Wash with Joe CoffeeMint in the last box!

6) AmorePacific: Almond Butter - not my color, guess I can give it to my daughter or use as contour? It does have a really soft sponge applicator.


What did you get in your Glossybox for May? Are you subscribed? 

Stay sweet lovelies!
See you on IG!
~Duchess