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.


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.


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


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


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

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner – Green Eyes & Brown Eyes

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (US$10.95)

I am trying to stop buying drugstore makeup. *crickets chirping*

Nothing wrong with them but my stash is getting to the point where I need to purge & show my mid end, high end & pro-line makeup some love. However, these gel liner sets will definitely stay in my stash because I love, love, love them & they can compete with any of my mid end gel liners! 😀

I got the set in green eyes & brown eyes. They come in blue eyes & hazel eyes as well. Each set is a set of three gel liners which are supposed to include a dramatic, a natural & a complementary look.

Each liner pot seems a smaller (.07oz each) when you compare it to gel liners like Bobbi Brown (.1oz), Shu Uemura (.098oz) or Clinique (.17 oz) but I actually like it that way. I have never finished a gel liner in my life so smaller is fine with me. Plus you get three colors for the price of $10.95 pre tax which comes up to $3.65 per color. That’s an amazing deal!

The texture is soft. Not too moist nor too dry. It goes on smoothly without any tugging (I use a fine point brush). I really like the design too! It stacks like lego blocks & reminds me of my childhood. The container is made of acrylic plastic instead of glass (Bobbi Brown & Shu Uemura) but that is okay with me since I drop my makeup items! In fact I just accidentally swept the brown eyes set off to the ground & they’re all fine! 😀

I feel that the texture is very similar to Bobbi Brown & Clinique’s gel liners. They are a little more moist compared to Shu Uemura painting liners. If you give me a blinded test between this & my Bobbi Brown/Clinique gel liners, I don’t think I can tell the difference! This is how good I think they are!

These swatches are done with one to two swipes. As you can see, it’s a very rich & pigmented liner. The black in each set comes with colored sparkles. The green eyes set has a black with green sparkles, the brown set (purple casing/why not brown? I don’t know) had a black with burple sparkles (blue/purple). However the sparkles are so fine that it’s not very obvious even when I swatched it on my arm. On your lids, it’s probably going to be non-existent.

Note: I normally only line my upper lash line (not tightlining) & almost never line my lower lash line. No waterlining for me.

Cons: Some smudging experienced at the end of the night. However in the hot summer months, almost everything smudges on me. It might be a tad hard to remove as well. I had to scrub a little to get the swatches off my arm (used oil cleanser too!).

Conclusion: A must have! It’s amazing for the price & after this post, I think I will go out & get the other two sets!

* Purchased by yours truly. These can be found at any drugstore that sells Physicians Formula as well as Ulta. I didn’t find these at my local Target even though they do sell Physicians Formula.

** MAC NC25 Asian for reference. See my other foundation shades in my profile.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Polyethylene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, PVP, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water, BHT, Phenoxyehanol. May Contain: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Black 2, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron oxides, Manganese Violet, Mica, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogophite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake
Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist Approved. Fragrance Free. Paraben Free. Safe for Sensitive Eyes and Contact Lens Wearers.

Total net weight: .21 oz/6g