Saturday, October 19, 2013

Limited Edition Mac Divine Night Holiday Collection 2013

Limited Edition 
Mac Divine Night 
Holiday Collection 2013
All 5 lipsticks from the Mac Divine Night Holiday Collection 2013
Mac's Limited Edition Divine Night Collection for the holidays is here! If you're reading this post now, well the collection has been out since October 17th in stores. Hopefully you were able to get what you wanted. Here are the products I purchased and my review. 

I received notification of the release via text but was sad to see that there was no pro discount. 
For those who have the pro discount, you know and probably are feeling the pinch since the Rihanna collection where there was no pro discount either. I hope that Mac is not going to continue with this trend on Limited Editions lipsticks and/or collections because at the $16.50 price point, it adds up.

This collection is perfect for the holidays though! 
Many items are great to add to your makeup arsenal and enhance your holiday look. 
For myself, I purchased the Limited Edition Fluidline Gel Eyeliner. 
I like when Mac releases unique eyeliner shades and the "Deliciously Rich" is a shimmering dirty taupe. Perfect addition to a smokey eye look!

Please note: typo on pics, should be 'Divine Night'.

Delicious Rich Fluidline Eyeliner Gel and Military Nail Lacquer
Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Mystery, Orpheus and Raven.
The "Military" nail polish looks chic and I can see myself rocking this for New Year's. 
It is a black matte with silver suede pearl.

And I also love Mac's Kohl Power Eye Pencils so I got Mystery, Orpheus and Raven.
They are all black eyeliners but with variations of colors and a pearl finish.
Orpheus is an intense black with gold pearl.
Raven is an intense black with red pearl.
Mystery is an intense black with green pearl. 
I already have Feline which is the best black eyeliner out there!

Onto the lippie review:
All lipsticks come in a classy matte black tube with gold on the inner tube.
The box is matte black with gold lettering.
Exclusive Event - taupe brown.

If you didn't get your hands on the Rihanna "Nude', this lippie fits the bill.
It is a greyish dark nude brown aka 'zombie lips'. The satin finish goes on smooth.
Very trendy color.

Rating: 5/5
Private Party - dirty mauve plum.

Another satin lippie that looks like a dirty mauve. Classy.
Rating: 5/5
You've Got It - pink undertone with gold frost.
Versatile frost lippie. Personally, I'm surprised. I tend to steer clear of frosts however I've come across some winners. I can wear as-is for a pale lip look or combine with liners and glosses totally transforming the color. This is also great to add on-top of other lippies.
Rating: 5/5

Here's why I really like this frost lippie. Combined with a liner, you can create new lip colors. I used the Raven eyeliner from this collection and blended together: I get a really cool frosty grey lippie. 
Adding a gloss on top makes it more interesting.
I used YSL #18 Golden Gloss.

Frostie Grey Lips: created using the Mac Raven, You've Got It and YSL #18.
Flair for Finery - cool pink/nude.
M.A.C. always throws in a nude lippie into all it's collections. This isn't a bad nude. But it's dupable. It's also a Lustre finish meaning it goes on sheer with buildable color but it doesn't last long. 
Also it doesn't look anything like the swatch on the site. 
Rating: 4/5

Prepare for Pleasure - clean magenta red.

This is a nice cremesheen red lippie. It's snazzy enough for holiday wear however being a cremesheen, it doesn't last long either. It doesn't look anything like the swatch on the site and M.A.C. describes this as a 'clean magenta red'. I took macro shots of this and there is gold shimmer. 
If you need a red or are just a lover of red lipsticks, by all means pick up this one.  
Rating: 4/5

Happy Holidays! Even if it is early!
Stay sweet lovelies.

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please when sharing pics, link back to this blog. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

L'Oreal LeMatte + LaLaque ColourRiche Lip Pens

L'Oreal LeMatte + LaLaque ColourRiche Lip Pens

All Lip Pens featured except #411
Rave reviews. Limited Edition.
Question: Is it worth the hype?

Well let me say this first, you'll be lucky if you can find them.
If you do, get any that you can (and leave some for somebody else would be nice).
These I found at Walgreens and Target. Will they eventually trickle down to other locations or not, I don't know, but I do know that they don't last that long on the shelf anyway. My Walgreens had received 2 shipments but they were gone and then they received no more.
You'll have to trek to numerous locations to see if they have them. Good luck.
With the way makeup companies are playing the "Limited Edition" game, finding these kinds of lipsticks is becoming a rather difficult task!

If you're up for the challenge, here's what you'll get.
No liners used unless noted.

Le Matte
4 lip pens with a velvety matte finish.
Feels lightweight on lips.
Love the texture on these and I can use liners to create lip looks.
Not drying at all.

No Matte-R What - 403
A velvety and versatile matte nude lippie.
Rating: 5/5

Matte-R of Fact - 404

A velvety matte vampy burgundy red lippie.
Rating: 5/5

She's So Matte - 408
A velvety matte coral pink lippie.
Rating: 5/5

Matte for Me - 409

A velvety matte cherry red lip bordering on fuchsia really.
Rating: 5/5

LA Laque
4 lip pens with a glossy finish.
I can feel the 'lacqueredness' on lips.
Put too much on and it'll feel like you shellac'ed your lips.
Not much is needed for full coverage.
It's not super glossy but there's enough shine to differentiate it from the matte.
Not drying at all either.

Never Laque-ing - 411

A glossy neutral pink lippie.
Rating: 5/5

Lacquer-ized - 412
Lacquerized - 412 (taken in studio lights; no flash)

A glossy hot pink lippie with purple tones.
Added Note: This one was interestingly difficult to photograph. Perhaps my camera has reached 'burn-out' mode. I decided to go back and do flash photo with this one. However I'm going to post the original in studio lights one on here as well. My studio lights made it look more purple!!
 I think this lippie is going to look different on everybody.
Rating: 5/5

Lacque-onic - 413

A glossy glam blue-red lippie.
Rating: 5/5

I Laque You Alot - 414

A glossy orangey red lippie.
Rating: 5/5

Final thoughts:
L'Oreal tautes this as a 'lipstick and lipliner in one'.
For all the shots unless otherwise specified, I used the pen to line my lips. The sharp double-angled tip gave precision however once you wear that down you're left with a rounded nub. 
There's not a lot of product in the pen too.
Seen below is how much you get for roughly $7.99.
And the longwear you get with hi-end matte and retro's aren't going to be found here. 
You're going to be reapplying... 3 hours at most if you're not drinking and eating.

Full length of lip pen contains (not even a full tube of lipstick)
The novelty and 'hotness' factor is that it's a lipstick in a pen. Convenient to carry, chic to pull out and it's offered in 2 hot finishes. No wonder Revlon is jumping on the bandwagon and 
releasing their version of this.

I didn't get backups and that's ok. I like to try different trendy collections but much of what is featured in this collection are dupable colors or colors I already have. They altered their traditional lipstick formula in terms of texture but left their notable and distinct powdery soft floral scent 
which greets you as you open the tube. 
I personally have no qualms with it and love the scent. And 'tongue-in-cheek' names.

So all in all, if you see this at the store, try not to jump up and down too much, 
but I won't blame you if you do.

Stay sweet lovelies!

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please when sharing pics, link back to this blog.