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Remember Gucci Beauty? They launched back in 2014, with Pat McGrath as one of the creative directors, but the range faded into oblivion in 2016. They've relaunched now, with a spankin' range of 58 lipsticks in three finishes, for Summer 2019! The range is inspired by Old Hollywood and art and antiques - a passion of current creative director Alessandro Michele (shared by yours truly). This shows in the naming of the lipsticks, as well as the packaging. Since I've been having a rough time lately, with allergy issues for myself and health issues for my family as well, I decided to treat myself to some of these (as well as a couple of other luxury lipsticks - see here for another recent lipstick haul - I tell you, there is NOTHING like a luxe lippie to cheer you up). Unfortunately, the more muted shades were out of stock when I placed my order, so I picked some of the bolder and brighter shades. I held off on the review, hoping the subtler shades would be back in stock soon. I then lost patience, and went ahead with the review, only to find that all the shades were back in stock! I have some dusty roses on their way to me - I will be adding the swatches of those to this very same post, so do bookmark it and check back in a couple of weeks' time! For now, I have some of the bolder, fuchsia shades to show you, though I'll definitely tell you what shade numbers contain what colour families, and how to choose the shade you want. Scroll down for part one of my review and swatches of the Gucci Rouge a Levres Satin Lipsticks for Summer 2019.
For me, the biggest problem with the Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Rouge Excess Lipsticks is that name. WHY Pure Color? Why not start a whole new range instead of adding length - and confusing - to a handle? I'll explain. First, we had the Estee Lauder Pure Color lipsticks. Then came the Pure Color ENVY Sculpting lipsticks (reviewed here) - regular first, followed by a matte range. Then, we had the Pure Color LOVE Lipsticks (reviewed here). Liquid lipsticks followed (all reviewed here) - Pure Color Love Liquid lip colours, and Pure Color PAINT-ON Liquid Lipsticks. ARGH! Stop already! Can't they remove the "Pure Color" suffix at least now? Why is it on every darn lipstick launch ever? Surely Estee Lauder Desire Rouge Excess is enough without tacking on Pure Color in there? Enough ranting about the name. Let's talk about the lipsticks themselves. These come in stunning packaging, possibly the best we've seen from Estee Lauder. Very heavy metal. All gold. Satisfying click. Incidentally, these are the lipsticks that are supposed to have the highest percentage of pigment in any Estee Lauder lipstick so far. Scroll down for the review, swatches, and demo of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Rouge Excess Lipsticks.
After Modern Renaissance - reviewed here - no Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette wowed me enough to make me buy it. Not Subculture, not Prism, not Soft Glam, not Norvina, nor Riviera. Until the Alyssa Edwards palette. Let me confess - I wasn't familiar with RuPaul's Drag Race until recently. And, when I first heard about this collab, I expected the shades to be even brighter than Riviera. This was, after all, a Summer palette. I expected neons. Electric hues. But when I saw the colours, I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from a bright yellow, the rest weren't scary at all! Okay, there is a PURE white in there, but I can live with it (or even ignore it). The rest? Wearable. Fun to play with. Easy to subdue. I call it my favourite non-drugstore palette of 2019 SO FAR. Why? You'll find out. Scroll down for the review, swatches, and demo of the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Alyssa Edwards eyeshadow palette, and multiple looks on deep-set eyes.
When Huda Beauty's Tantour Contour and Bronzer Cream launched, I barely gave it a second thought. First of all, I wasn't huge on contouring. Finicky business that, particularly when you're in a hurry. Who has the time to blend all that stuff seamlessly? Secondly, I have MAD texture - pitted acne scars - to which everything from blush and bronzer to highlighter tend to draw attention. Thirdly, ugh - a cream product, in a jar, no less! Ain't no one got the time for cream products. Not on my oily skin! Finally, the colours - NO WAY was something that looked like that coming within a mile of me. Then, I watched this video review and demo, by Shahleena, one of the (few) Beauty YouTubers I watch and trust. And then, I knew I wanted to try it. FIRST use in, I was hooked. These days, it is my one-stop cheek product. I skive off on everything else - blush and highlighter - but not this one. It even helps thin down my fat cheeks and double chin (thanks to steroids - more on that another time). But I'm getting way ahead of myself. Scroll down for a review, swatches, and tutorial of Huda Beauty's Tantour Contour And Bronzer Cream, which makes contouring a breeze even on OILY, textured skin.
As promised, here's my Summer 2019 makeup giveaway, and this one is the biggest so far this year, because there are two whole eyeshadow palettes! This one is the entire contents of the Revolution Beauty - formerly Makeup Revolution - Spring Gift Bag. You probably know that I have a few medical and family issues going on at the moment, with my Dad and Gramps both scheduled for surgeries, in addition to my being accidentally exposed to wheat ALL the darn time and landing in the ER, and now I have Cushing Syndrome and bad acne as a result of all the steroids (which you will see further below). So this giveaway will run a little longer than usual - until August 31 - in order to give me time to tide over all the crises. Scroll down to enter the Summer 2019 Full-Sized Revolution Beauty Makeup Giveaway.
So I'm about 10 days behind with the results of the Spring Makeup Giveaway... for starters, my Dad had a medical emergency - sudden onset of hernia - and is due for surgery on the 27th. He's already recovering from an odontoid fracture in the brain, so they cannot give him general anaesthesia. Then, my Gramps - whose knee replacement surgery has been postponed to July - decided to scare everyone further when he ruptured a blood vessel inside his eye, which was caused by high blood pressure. The bleeding has been stopped, and the offending blood vessel repaired. As if all this wasn't enough, I ended up in the ER with swallowing difficulty, a swollen neck, and bad itching - severe allergic reaction - on Tuesday, which necessitated more steroid and epinephrine shots. I've gained 5kg, and look a proper sight now. Actually, DON'T watch any of my recent YouTube videos, my quadruple-chin and acne will scare you out of ten years' growth. There's only one way I can make it up to you lot for the delay - have a TWO-PALETTE giveaway next, which should commence over this weekend, so do stay tuned for that. But before that, the results of the Spring Giveaway. Drumroll... Click here to read more »
The Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes come in two variants - Lightgasm, for light to medium skins, and Lovegasm, for medium to dark skins. This post has the review and swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm palette in Lovegasm, and a tutorial of the palette used on textured, tan skin. The Glowgasm palettes cost £60 each, and contain four shades - a "bronzer", a highlighter, a "multi-glow", and a "pop blush". The packaging is gorgeous, the whole thing feels and looks luxurious and heavy, and the pattern is very pretty. Therein end the raves, for me at least. There are some real issues with this one. No, really - don't believe me? I have a proper demo of this thing right ahead. Scroll down for the review, swatches, and demo of the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette on textured medium-tan skin.
Are you ready for this? Duochrome eyeshadows! Magical blending! Easy-to-do EOTDs with depth and dimension! Meet the Revolution x Carmi Make Magic Eyeshadow Palette, launched by Revolution Beauty in collaboration with beauty YouTuber Carmi MUA. This is Makeup Revolution's second collab with Carmi. The Carmi Make Magic Palette is very different from the Tammi Tropical Carnival Palette, that I reviewed here - that was a lot bolder, more summery - this one isn't seasonal, you can use it at any time. The palette costs just £10, and contains 20 eyeshadows, of which six are a bit larger, and include duochromes, foils, metallics, glitters, and shimmers. The rest are matte or pearly/shimmery, no glitters. The colour scheme includes something for everyone. There are perfectly work-friendly neutrals, including the ideal base shades for those who are tan/warm/medium/olive hued. There are pops of colour that will see you through Summer. There are rich, smoky shades. There are ice-queen pales. Best of all, there are warm and cool eyeshadows in here. In short, I think this is one of the most universal palettes I've seen in a long while. Scroll down for my review and swatches of the Revolution x Carmi Make Magic Palette, and a duochrome eye makeup tutorial.
Cult Beauty's Summer 2019 gift with purchase is right on the dot, in the last week of May, as expected. This one is worth more than £300, and contains 20 products, of which FIVE are full-sized, including a full-sized EYESHADOW PALETTE! I can't even! I find, of late, that Cult Beauty GWPs contain more full-sized products than the Space NK ones, and they also contain more makeup. However, this edition also contains some nutritional supplements and fake tan. The Cult Beauty Summer 2019 Goody Bag is available here worldwide, when you buy for £150 on the Cult Beauty website. The GWP goes live from the evening of 29 May, but VIP customers (those who've spent £500, I think, on the website in one year) get early access with code VIPSUMMER19. Scroll down for the contents of the Cult Beauty Summer 2019 Goody Bag, a gift with purchase that is available worldwide.
Cremes may come and glosses may go, but my heart shall continue to flip at the sight of a long-wearing matte liquid lipstick. Hopefully, the trend isn't over yet - there are brands that are continuing to launch liquid lippies, By Terry having come out with a set of 15 shades for Spring 2019, called the Lip-Expert Liquid Lipsticks. These come in shine and matte finishes. No prizes for guessing which I picked. The packaging is very different from other liquid lipsticks we've seen; this one is futuristic, and, for the want of a better term, very cool. Doe foot applicator. I picked up three shades, and returned one - shade 3 happens to be a bubblegum pink rather than the dusty rose they've advertised, but shade 2 is perfect for everyday wear, while shade 4 is a deeper colour that I'm embracing in my quest to get out of my comfort zone. But you'll see all of that in a minute. Scroll down for the review and swatches of the By Terry Lip-Expert Matte Liquid Lipsticks.