Some of some of my red lipsticks :)

Some of your might know this but I have been slowing purging my stash. The items are getting sold at my sale blog.

LINK TO SALES BLOG

But back to this post. I’m always been been drawn to red lipsticks but rarely wear them. Hence I decided to swatch my reds. Except I forgot my Shu Uemura lipsticks which are in another box. So here are swatches of the other reds I have.

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From left to right:

Bobbi Brown Matte Stain For Lips – Cabernet
Julie Hewett Femme Noir
Julie Hewett Coco Noir
Julie Hewett Rouge Noir
Julie Hewett Oona Noir
Kevyn Aucoin Poppia
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Ravish Me Red
Duwop Private Red
Paul & Joe #24

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From Left to Right:

Lipstick Queen Medieval
Julie Hewett Jules Bijou
Besame Besame Red
Besame Red Hot Red
Besame Red Velvet
Besame Merlot
Besame Cherry Red
Giorgio Armani Matte Silk – #15
Giorgio Armani Lipstick Mania – #9

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From Left to Right:

Giorgio Armani Shine – Hollywood Red #31
Chantecaille Tulipe
Cover Girl Fire Shine
Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple
Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RD1
Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RD2
Neutrogena Moistureshine Lipstick – Poppy Red
Laura Geller On Stage
Vincent Longo Gel X Lipstick – Select
Hope they will help you if you are contemplating a purchase!

** Not affiliated with any brands and all items were purchased by me.

Lip Gloss Dupes?

Lip Gloss Dupes?

So I was doing a blog review of Bare Escentual Wearable Berry & Wine glosses & lipliners when I was reminded of how much I love the color of the Wearable Berry. Since I rounded up most of my glosses recently (to be reviewed/purged/kept), I decided to start swatching them 😀

As you can see, none of them is a exact dupe 😦 Revlon Colorstay Mineral LipGlaze – Forever Raisin 540 & NARS Dolce Vita probably came closest.

You are probably wondering why I want to have a dupe of a color I have already? *gives a Mona Lisa smile* I guess you just have to wait till tomorrow to know. 😀

Smashbox Double Exposure Lip & Cheek Color in Irresistible

Smashbox Double Exposure Lip & Cheek Color in Irresistible (US$24)

This seems to be another item that had been discontinued by Smashbox although you can find it online at a number of etailers for a fraction of the original cost.

Smashbox Smashbox Double Exposure Lip & Cheek Color is supposed to bring an instant flush to your lips and cheek. It is also stated as suitable for all skin tones. The color Irresistible is described as a warm melon shade.

In the pan, this looks coral than watermelon pink. In fact, once I started looking at this, I just felt like I had dupes of this. I promptly went to my blush drawer & found two blushes that looks similar to this. The first is Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Pot Rouge. The second would be Kevyn Aucoin Moist Glow in Tansoleil.

Here are some comparison pics.

As you can see, BB Calypso Coral looks very similar to SB Irresistible. Kevyn Aucoin’s Tansoleil looks just a tad lighter.

Once you swatch the product, the difference is apparent immediately. Smashbox Irresistible has the sheerest pigmentation amongst them all. It also feels the most emollient amongst them. In terms of pigmentation (tested by just one swipe with my finger), Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral is the most pigmented followed by Kevyn Aucoin Tansoleil, & lastly, Smashbox Irresistible. This might be great if you want something that is sheerer & am worried about looking clownish.

In the second swatch, you can see that Smashbox Irresistible looks the shiniest.

In the third swatch, you can see that they all look some what similar 😀 at least to me. For the average consumer, you probably will not need all three blushes!

As you can see, this is really pretty once it’s sheered out. 😀 On my cheeks (I apply using my MAC 109 to dab in the blush, then on my cheek, then buff), it’s a pretty coral color. Staying power of this baby is good. Minimal fading on me even after seven to eight hours.

Conclusion: This will probably go into my purge pile. Although this is a pretty color, I don’t feel like I love this. Plus I am big on pigmentation so I will rather keep a pigmented product which I can sheer out 😀

*Purchased by moi!

Ingredients: Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Petrolatum, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Euphorbia Cerifa Candelilla Wax, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Copernicia Cerifa (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Red 30 (CI 73360).

Net weight: .08oz/ 2.2 g