Monthly Archives: August 2015

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Lipsticks

I am all about a budget lipstick.  What I am not about is prefacing my descriptions of budget lipsticks with the statement ‘they are good for the price.’  In my opinion something is either good, or its not and if its not good, it doesn’t really matter how little you paid for it, you probably won’t use it.  These lipsticks from Freedom are certainly good for the price – at just one pound or AU$2 it would be hard not to be good for the price.  But are they GOOD?

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Lipsticks

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Lipsticks

I have ten of the Pro Lipsticks.  Some of these I paid for and some of them I received as part of a Freedom deal.  It has actually taken me a while to make a decision about these lipsticks because the formula is unusual in my opinion, but I have decided that I do like them.  In general I would describe these lipsticks as being balmy in texture; almost waxy.  This has the positive effect of making these very comfortable to wear but it does mean they can be sheer and also a bit patchy, particularly if you purse your lips together.  You really do need to exfoliate your lips with these guys because otherwise they will accentuate every dry spot and line.  They are also quite sheer, even though the pigmentation is quite good.  I have found the wear time on these to be hit and miss.  The lighter shades can fade quite quickly, but the bolder shades have a surprisingly long wear time!  I was impressed.

So lets have a look at the Pro Lipsticks in more detail.

Pro Lipsticks: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

Pro Lipsticks: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

‘Space Luxe’ is a colour that I would never have selected, but I was interested to receive it free just out of curiosity and I must say I am impressed.  If you are looking for a gold lipstick this is really pretty opaque and super metallic.  I can’t speak for the staying power, but it is very bold.  ‘Mannequin’ and ‘Sooner or Later’ are very neutral shades and are both particularly sheer.  They are ‘your lips but better’ colours if you have a fair complexion like me.  ‘Whispers’ is a super wearable, neutral pink and I really like this colour.  It wears well and has good staying power.  The really disappointing shade for me out of all the ten Pro Lipsticks that I own is ‘Game On!’ and I am so bummed because I love this peachy colour but it swatches so much better than it wears on the lips.  It is streaky, gathers in the lines of my lips and goes patchy if you purse your lips together.  Its such a shame, because it is a beautiful colour 😦

Pro Lipsticks: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Pro Lipsticks: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Next we move to the more vibrant colours that I own from the Pro Lipsticks and these are much more pigmented.  Juicy is a lovely colour.  It is sheer, but I love this colour of coral.  ‘Pink Lust’ and ‘Flushed’ are both really lovely pink shades and they last quite well on the lips.  Adorn is a lovely berry colour.  It is not as pigmented on the lips as in the swatch above, but I really like the fact that it is muted in tone.  And lastly we come to ‘Red Wine.’  This is my favourite colour and makes me wish that I had purchased the ‘5 for 4 – Pro Lipstick Red Collection’ because I suspect that these bright shades are the best.  This red is perfect.  It is vibrant, it is comfortable to wear, it lasts really well and it does stain the lips slightly so that as it wears it doesn’t look too patchy.  I really like this one.

So – overall, these Pro Lipsticks aren’t my favourite formula but I do like them.  The only shade that has really disappointed is ‘Game On!”  The formula of these is quite different from other lipsticks in my collection, but I do like the balmy feel of them and the fact that they are a bit more sheer and glossy for days where I just want something I can throw on and then touch-up without a mirror.

But hey – they are cruelty-free and at just AU$2, don’t trust my opinion, give them a go for yourself!  You can buy Freedom Makeup online here.

ColourPop Lippie Stix

Lets talk about the ColourPop Lippie Stix.  They are cruelty-free and at US$5 they are kind on the budget.  I currently have five colours in my collection:

Toucan – matte

Topanga – satin

Frenchie – matte

Cookie – matte

Lumiere – matte

From the top: Toucan, Topanga, Frenchie, Cookie, Lumiere.

From the top: Toucan, Topanga, Frenchie, Cookie, Lumiere.

I am in love with these lipsticks.  The matte formula is really creamy and moisturising and so comfortable to wear – they don’t feel like any other matte lip products that I own.  The packaging makes them really easy to apply with accuracy.  I didn’t buy the matching lippie pencils as I felt like I wouldn’t need them and I was right.  You can get a really sharp line with these lipsticks on their own and the satin and matte formulas last REALLY well.  I wore ‘Frenchie’ to work last week and it lasted through breakfast, two cups of coffee and then lunch before I re-applied it!

Swatches from the top: Toucan, Topanga, Frenchie, Cookie, Lumiere.

Swatches from the top: Toucan, Topanga, Frenchie, Cookie, Lumiere.

These lipsticks are really opaque.  I have very dry lips at the moment and these don’t emphasise the lines on my lips or gather on dry patches.  I am SO impressed.  I have been wearing one of these lipsticks a number of times a week since I purchased them and they have quickly become one of my most loved lip products.  I would recommend that you check blogs and youtube for swatches before you buy as I found that the photos on the website weren’t always completely true to colour – or there were not swatches provided!

I can not speak to the other finishes that the ColourPop Llippie Stix come in (eg. sheer, creme, glossy, hyper-glossy and ‘no finish’) but I absolutely recommend these five colours that I have tried and I can’t wait to try more…

Like I need move lipstick in my life!

Have a fantastic day 🙂

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Blush & Highlight Palette – Pinks and Fair Contour.

I received this beautiful, six-pan contour palette from Freedom Makeup London as part of one of their special deals.  I was really impressed when it arrived because it is such a nice, small size palette and  I immediately thought how great it would be for travel.  With four blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter there is plenty of colour selection – plus a nice big mirror in the lid!

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

These blushes are really soft to the touch and very pigmented.  I use these with a very light touch but I have to say they do blend beautifully.  All of these products have a satin finish, which I really do love – no glitter in sight!

Pinks and Fair Contour - swatches.

Pinks and Fair Contour – swatches.

I really like the selection of colours in this palette.  I feel like there is one of every pink you could need here including a mauve, a bright pink and a coral pink across the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Then across the second row you have your bronzer/contour colour which is, as the name of this palette suggests, most appropriate for people with a fair complexion.  Then you have a lovely soft rose-toned blush and a pink toned highlighter.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

I have worn these blushes to work for the past week and they last really well.  Although a couple of the colours do look very bright in the pan, I have found them to be really wearable colours, even on my pale, freckled skin.

I have looked on the Freedom Website and this palette isn’t available to be purchase just yet, but I did read that it was going to be released into their range soon.  I am excited to see what different palettes may be available when these are released, and I would certainly recommend them!

Have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution: The One Blush Stick – Pink

I received ‘The One Blush Stick’ in Pink as part of a free gift from Makeup Revolution a number of months ago.  I had looked at these blush sticks on the website and recognised them as being very similar to a blush stick product by NARS.  I don’t own the NARS version but I was tempted to try the Makeup Revolution dupe as I have nothing that is remotely comparable in my collection.

I really am a cream product novice.

Makeup Revolution - The One Blush Stick: Pink

Makeup Revolution – The One Blush Stick: Pink

There are eight products available in the complete set including four colours available in two finishes: bold and matte.  These retail for GBP5 which is about AU$10.  I only own the one colour – the bold ‘Pink,’ so I can’t speak to the quality of the entire range but I can tell you that I really enjoy this one that I own.

I would describe this as being almost a cream to powder product, although it is not advertised this way.  It goes on very creamy and is very pigmented.  You certainly don’t want to paint it on in a swipe straight from the tube otherwise it will look like children’t SPF zinc!  I pat this on to the cheeks gently and then blend with my fingers or a stippling brush.  It is very buildable so it is better to start slowly and then work up to the desired colour.  Despite looking a bit scary in the tube I think it actually gives quite a natural flush on the cheeks.

Pink swatches: direct from the stick on the left, and a smaller, blended swatch on the right.

Pink swatches: direct from the stick on the left, and a smaller, blended swatch on the right.

I was surprised how easy this is to work with.  At first I was put off by the brightness of the colour and my lack of familiarity with cream blushes, but this One Blush Stick is pretty foolproof and blends really easily.  Initially I felt that I might need to set this cream product with a small amount of a powder blush but now I realise that that step isn’t necessary and because it sets to a powdery finish once it is blended out you don’t end up with a greasy face.  This blush lasts really well throughout the day and even if my foundation is starting to break down this blush stays put.  Living in the tropics I am always looking for products that don’t melt off my face in the awful heat and humidity, so the long wear of this blush is a big plus in my book.

I really like this blush and I look forward to trying other colours from The One Blush range in the future.

Have a fantastic day!