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Happy National Lipstick Day!

In the parade that is silly and obscure holidays — National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, anyone? (November 20th, if you’re curious) — today is National Lipstick Day.  How did you celebrate it, did you wear lipstick?  Buy it?  Covet it?

If you need another fix, here are some quick swatches of a quality lipstick that was my favorite price, free.  A few weeks ago I got a postcard in the ol’ snail mail from Ulta.  One of my member benefits was that if I took the card into an Ulta store, I’d get a free Clinique lipstick.

Yep, that was it.  Didn’t have to buy anything, didn’t have to take a survey, nothing.  And it was a full-sized lipstick, not a miniscule travel size.  Let’s look!

My Ulta sales associate reached into her Box o’ Freebies and pulled out the shade All Heart.  There were other colors but I was very content with All Heart.  I no longer see it on Ulta’s web site, but it’s from the relatively inexpensive line called Long Last Lipstick and comes in the familiar Clinique light green case.

All Heart case

All Heart label

I don’t see the weight marked on the label, and as you can see it’s stamped “Not For Individual Sale.”  However, I think this line of lipsticks usually costs about $8 U.S.

All Heart is a beautiful shade of darker-than-pink-lighter-than-red, which I love.  It has a very faint shimmer that keeps it from being a plain creme, but it’s by no means glittery.  What I love most about it is how it feels.  When I was applying it, it felt so light that if I hadn’t been looking in a mirror, I wouldn’t have been able to tell any of it was getting on my lips.  Honest, it’s that weightless, yet the pigmentation is great.  It wore well for hours (went out to dinner so I eventually wiped most of it off) and left a very light stain after removal.  It has virtually no smell or taste.

Here’s an All Heart swatch under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

All Heart outd

All Heart flash

All Heart indoor

Can you see how different it looks in each light?  And even though that last lighting makes my skin looks like I have malaria, the lipstick still looks great!

Essie Fall 2015 Collection update — Leggy Legend!

If you saw and were intrigued by my post earlier this month about the upcoming fall collection from Essie, good news!  Ulta is carrying it NOW, at least online.  Look HERE.

The name of the set is indeed Leggy Legend, as some guessed.  Also, Ulta has the mini set and it contains the colors I’d want most — the bronze, the wine, and the charcoal.  A plain red, eh, got plenty of those.  The price of $17 for the mini set seems high though, especially considering the bottles are really tiny, only 0.16 oz. each, compared to a full-size bottle which is 0.5 oz.

The pictures I had in my earlier post weren’t very good as they were scavenged from various unofficial sources.  So let’s look at better ones!  All from Ulta’s web site:

Essie LL Leggy Legend

Leggy Legend

Essie LL Color Binge

Color Binge

Essie LL With the Band

With the Band

Essie LL In the Lobby

In the Lobby

Essie LL Bell Bottom Blues

Bell Bottom Blues

Essie LL Frock n Roll

Frock N Roll

Each full-sized polish is $8.50 at Ulta.com.  No word on when they’ll start appearing in stores.

Between these colors, the new fall ones from OPI, China Glaze, and SinfulColors, I feel like I’m swimming in an Olympic-size pool of autumn polish goodness.  And I haven’t even heard yet what Zoya’s going to have for us this fall!


Never did swatch all the Zoya polishes I picked up in their most recent Earth Day sale.  Let’s make another foray into the Box o’ Goodies.

I showed you an older color, Flowie, that I got in that sale, and was surprised how much I liked it since I’m not generally big on neutrals.  Today I have a firecracker of a color, Mieko.

Mieko is an older shade and was part of the 2008 winter collection called Flourish.  Zoya calls it “rosy pink with a touch of orange and tons of bold metallic gold shimmer.”  I call it one of those shades that looks pink in some lighting and red in others.  Definitely shimmery and very pretty.  Two coats, no top coat, under filtered bright outdoor light and with the flash:

Mieko outd

Mieko flash

I think it looks more red in the first picture/lighting and more pink in the second.

I really like it but have several other Zoyas that are close, although not total duplicates.  Here’s Mieko compared to Kimmy, Elke, and Reva.

Mieko comps bottles

Mieko comps swatches

Kimmy and Elke are slightly more orange-toned yet not outright orange at all.  Reva is also dark pink-toned but has more shimmer.  Of all four, my bottle of Kimmy had the best formula and was almost a one-coater.  Kimmy and Reva are still available at Zoya’s web site but Elke is not.

Essie Fall 2015 Collection preview

Good morning!  While skimming pages and photos online ISO news, I saw this fuzzy little picture labelled “fall collection 2015″ at the Instagram site of Samaria Beauty Supply in Florida.  It appears to be a shot from Essie itself.

Essie Fall 2015

If this is the upcoming fall set, then I don’t know the name of the collection, although Essie almost always has one of the polish names as the set’s name.  I’ll make a stab and guess it’ll be either “Color Binge” or “Frock ‘n Roll.”  Cool that the first color is a beautiful bronze, because I think bronze is going to be the color for fall.  Zoya had some bronze-y, cinnamon-y hints at the last New York Fashion Week show — see this photo to see what I mean.

So…. no other photo of the Essie collection yet… or IS THERE???  There is.

Check out this site, TheHappening.com¡Ya están aquí los nuevos tonos de Essie!  There are “rojos profundos, azules intensos, y sofisticados bronces.”  This has some really pretty shots of five of the shades, although the one I’d want to see most, the bronze Leggy Legend, is missing.  Also, the two reds and the plum appear to be mislabeled.  I think the first color shown is called In the Lobby, not With the Band.  The reds are Color Binge and With the Band, not Color Binger and Color Finge.  But the blue and the granite gray look accurate.

I’m dyin’ here in a mega-heat wave, but seeing fall shades has me dreaming of cooler temps and autumn tones.  Can hardly wait to see what other companies will be announcing in the next month or two!


EDIT, 7/6/15:  Found one more picture; it’s a good one.  Look here:  http://www.paramountbeauty.com/Product/Essie/Nail_Polish/Collections__N__Displays/_Fall_Collection_2015/Leggy_Legends_Fall_2015

From this link, the name of the set may be Leggy Legends, not sure.  I love the wine and the bronze!

Multitask with a lip color & lip liner duo from Colour Prevails

Disclosure:  These products were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Ooh, I haven’t reviewed a lip product in a while since nothing new has grabbed me in months.  But thanks to Nonie Creme Colour Prevails (CP), a new Walgreens-exclusive brand, I’ve got a cool 2-in-1 product to test.

It’s the Lip Design Sheer Colour/Liner Duo, and it comes in twelve shades:

  • Nude Beige
  • Antique Pink
  • Fig
  • Cherry
  • Dusky Pink
  • Coral
  • Grape
  • Wine
  • Red Apple
  • Rosewood
  • Watermelon
  • Burnt Pink

CP lip color liner duos

These colors are, top to bottom, Dusky Pink, Red Apple, Coral, and Antique Pink.  (Guest appearance by Anthocharis damone out of my craft supply stash.)  As always, click on any of my photos for a larger view.

Why a lip color/liner duo?  Why lip liner at all?  I don’t think we see or hear as much about lip liner as we used to years ago, perhaps because liners have become less obvious.  Remember the horrible trend of lining one’s lips in a much darker color than one’s lipstick?  And overlining, a horrible attempt to make one’s lips look fuller than they are??  Shudder.

To show you what I mean and without offending anyone, take a look at this post from blogger Vampy Varnish who showed us what NOT to do.  Thanks, VV!

Lip liners still have their place, especially as we get older.  With age we tend to get tiny lines and wrinkles on and around our lips.  These can act as tiny channels for lipstick to migrate outwards, leading to a look that is described as “feathering.”  A liner creates a barrier to keep the lipstick in place.

But what color to use?  You can try to find a liner that matches your lipstick, use a clear one for everything, or…. wait for it…. have a company match a lip color and liner for you.  Voilà!

This duo from Colour Prevails has a sheer lip color on one end that’s a smaller diameter than a standard lipstick, and an even smaller lip liner at the other end, both with clear caps.  Both twist up and do not require sharpening.  The SRP is $12.00 US and for a quality dual product I think that’s quite reasonable.

Here are both ends of Antique Pink up close:

CP lip Antique Pink

CP lip Antique Pink liner

I debated the best way to swatch these for you.  Draw a little lip shape on my arm with the liner and fill it in with the lipstick?  I decided to draw simple lines with each product so you can clearly see the colors.

Antique Pink is a cool-toned medium pink.  Coral is, no surprise, an orange-toned coral.  Under indirect outdoor light and then under artificial indoor light:

CP lip swatches 1 outd

CP lip swatches 1 ind

Red Apple is not nearly as dark as it appears in the tube and is a nice light red.  Dusky Pink is the darkest of the four colors I have and is a dark rose.  All four shades have a subtle amount of shimmer, but are not glittery.  Also under indirect outdoor light and then artificial indoor light:

CP lip swatches 2 outd

CP lip swatches 2 ind

As you can see, the liner is actually a tad darker than the corresponding lip color so I would recommend using a very light hand with the liner.  Actually you need to use a light hand with the liner anyway because it’s a thin, soft pencil, not a hard one, and you don’t want to break it.  And remember, you don’t want your lips looking outlined.  I think there’s a tad too much difference between the liner color and the lip color of Coral but think the other three are closely matched.

The lip color is sheer but buildable, a formula that I love since I hate heavy opaque lipsticks.  On my lips it felt light and wasn’t drying.  The finish was my favorite, a slightly glossy satin, neither matte nor glassy/wet-looking, and it stayed that way with no additional lip gloss or other product.  Wear was good and I saw no feathering but I can’t put a certain number of hours to it as I tried the different colors throughout the day.

I like that all four colors I received were mid-tone ones since I don’t wear super dark lip colors, bright purple, etc.  However, if you have been wanting to try a purple-toned lipstick without going bizarre, the shade Grape might be a way to experiment, since these lip colors are sheer.  On me (light to medium Caucasian cool-toned skin, brown eyes, dark brown & white hair) my favorite color was Red Apple, which surprised me as I don’t think I would have chosen it in the store, thinking it was too dark.  It’s a great light red, not too intense at all.  Coral was too orange for me but warmer skin tones could rock it.

Colour Prevails has several other new lip products.  There’s a combo lipstick and lip gloss…

CP Vintage Rose lipstick and gloss(Vintage Rose)

a lip balm…

CP Berry Wash lip balm(Berry Wash)

and even a matte lip product with a clear top coat as an option.

CP Tangerine matte lip color and topcoat(Tangerine)

I don’t wear matte lip products but I plan to get my mitts on that lipstick/matching lip gloss.

Disclosure:  These products were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Boss Lady meets Bridezilla

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Does that title sound like the worst idea for a reality show EVER?  Fear not, it’s neither a wacky new TV series nor the latest daikaiju (giant monster) movie from Japan.  It’s nail polish.  Polishes.

I’m having a week of Colour Prevails (CP) product reviews.  Yesterday was Eye Shimmer Powder, and I’ll have some cool lip products coming up tomorrow.  Two weeks ago I showed you two CP nail polish top coats and today I have two cremes.  I discussed the size and shape of the polish bottle and handle in that previous post.

CP Boss Lady and Bridezilla

Bridezilla is a very pale peach neutral.  At first I thought it was a light tan than would give me zombie hands, but no, I’d actually go with the pale peach description.   The Bridezilla name must come from the idea that this would be a lovely low-key nude polish to wear in a wedding so that one’s hands wouldn’t detract from the dress or other colors.

Formula was good and I used two coats although in hindsight I think three would have been better.  The smell was rather strong.  Under indirect outdoor light:

CP Bridezilla outd light

I like it but am not crazy about it because I’m not big on nude polishes in general.  It’s better on my skin tone than a beige or tan but I think it’d look great on someone with very dark skin.

Boss Lady is a classy brick red.  The first coat looked like a true red or candy apple red, but the second and third coats made it look darker and more warm-toned.  Formula was also smooth, and this one had no particular smell.  Same lighting:

CP Boss Lady outd light

It dried shiny but I still wanted to try a clear top coat, so I put that on my little finger and a matte top coat on my ring finger.

CP Boss Lady w top coats

Interesting look with the matte!  This shade of red is one of my faves for fall.

Colour Prevails nail polishes are a Walgreens exclusive and are $8.00 US for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL.  I plan to get a few more for myself soon, since I’ve been lusting after Sashimi, a pink-coral, every time I go in Walgreens, plus the dark pink Cocky.

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Having a Blast with SinfulColors

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.

Wanted to get this review up ASAP today, because it’s the last day to take advantage of Walgreens’ 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes.  Have you gotten some good ones?

SinfulColors has a small set for summer called Having a Blast.  At first glance it looks mostly 4th of July, but it could also be for Canada Day (July 1st) with its red and white, and there’s one polish that’s very beachy.  These are all re-promotes except I believe the red, white, and blue glitter called Star Blast Off is new, as my bottle has no number or bar code.  Still, SinfulColors usually has a similar glitter polish every summer.

SC Blast bottles

Left to right:

  • Ruby Ruby #369
  • Snow Me White #101
  • Hot Spot #943
  • Out of This World #842
  • Star Blast Off
  • Green Ocean #220

Ruby Ruby needs no introduction from me, as I liked it so much I already bought it two years ago!  My full review is here and here’s a photo again.  It’s a great true red creme, a classic.

Ruby Ruby flash

Snow Me White is a plain white creme, and I’ve found similar polishes problematic in the past, too streaky or patchy.  Snow Me White was neither of those things, had a good formula, and covered well in two coats.

Out of This World looks like a white shimmer in the bottle but is more of a silver-white.  It’s more sheer than Snow Me White and I used three coats but could still see my nail line, so I think it’s supposed to be a sparkly top coat.

All my photos today are with the camera flash.  Out of This World and Snow Me White with the bottle of Snow Me White:

SC Blast silver white

Hot Spot is an inky blue shimmer.  Two coats:

SC Blast blue

Star Blast Off, as I’ve said, is a red, white, and blue glitter in a clear base.  As with my bottle of Mamasita in the Street Fusion set, though, the base in Star Blast Off had turned a pale pink, even more so than my bottle of Mamasita.  I think the red glitter bled due to the hot weather in shipment but I can’t be sure.  Mamasita is also red, white, and blue, but Star Blast Off has large stars in it.

You have to fish for the stars with the brush, which is not difficult.  The stars are so big that they don’t lie flat to the curve of my nails, but a little extra clear base of the polish over them would help.

SC Blast glitter

I tried Star Blast Off over Snow Me White but didn’t like it due to (a) the pink-tinted base and (b) none of the white glitter showed up.  I like it over the dark blue Hot Spot.

Finally, Green Ocean is a very pale green sheer base with blue-green metallic glitter and tiny shards.  It really does give an ocean or mermaid look.  Also over Hot Spot:

SC Blast ocean

I like all these polishes and Hot Spot, the dark blue, is probably my fave.  It would be fun to experiment with Out of This World and Green Ocean over other colors, too.

SinfulColors does all that internet stuff:





Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.


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