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2/12/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Saks Fifth Avenue (operated by Hudson's Bay Company) opens its first Canada location at Eaton Center next Thursday (February 18), then at Sherway Garden February 25.

Shoppers:

*** Saturday & Sunday: Spend your Points Beauty event
- 50,000 points = $100 (extra $15) or
- 95,000 points = $200 (extra $30)
on cosmetics and fragrances.

*** All week:
- L'Oreal, Garnier skin care: 30% off (including the new micellar water)
- Biore skin care: 20% off (including the new Baking Soda cleanser)
- Olay skin care: 25% off
- Cetaphil, Jamieson skin care: 20% off
- Aveeno, Neutrogena facial cleanser: CAD8.99
- Vichy Aqualia, Ideal body, Purete Thermale skin care: 25% off
- RoC Retin-Ox Corrextion, Clarifiant serum: 30% off
- Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, Fit Me makeup: CAD6.99; Brow Drama pro palette, Master Contour kit: CAD15.99
- L'Oreal Infallible/ True Match makeup: 30% off (including the new Lumi cushion foundation)
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, Infallible/ Colour Riche lip: CAD8.99 (including the new Pro Matte glosses)
- Revlon PhotoReady Eye art, ColorStay eyeshadow/ lip: CAD12.99
- CoverGirl Professional mascara, eyeshadow single, Smooches lip: 2/CAD10
- Marcelle brow: 20% off
- Rimmel eyeshadow single, Extra Wow Lash mascara, Lasting Finish lip: CAD3.99; selected makeup: CAD6.99 (including the new The Only 1 lipsticks)
- NYC Kohl eyeliner, Expert Last/ Ultra Moist lipstick: 2/CAD4
- Essie: CAD7.99
- Lady Gaga fragrances: 40% off
- Guess fragrances: 20% off
- Avene: GWP of $40 or more.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 8,000 points with Calvin Klein fragrances
- 8,000 points with Hugo by Hugo Boss or Hugo Woman fragrance
- 8,000 points with Neostrata All-in-one eye or night serum
- 8,000 points with 2 Cover FX makeup products
- 5,000 points with $50 Lise Watier purchase
- 5,000 points with 2 Joe Fresh sponges, applicators
- 3,000 points with Bio Beaute by Nuxe body lotion
- 3,000 points with Gosh eye products
- 2,000 points with 2 CoverGirl Colorlicious lip, Plumpify mascara, TruNaked eye products
- 2,000 points with 2 Schwarzkopf Essence, Stylist Ultime hair care products
- 1,000 with 2 Revlon eye implements
- x20 points with Strivectin hair care
- x15 points with Soap & Glory Sit Tight Intense XS serum
- x10 points with Pur Minerals lip products
- x10 points with Quo makeup, lashes, implements
- x10 points with Joe Fresh implements
- x10 points with Nip+Fab skin care.

Lawtons: x2 Airmiles with $25 purchase or x10 Airmiles with $65 purchase until Saturday
- L'Oreal Sublime cleanser: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Revitalift skin care: CAD22.99
- Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair: CAD19.99
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma: 20% off
- Neostrata: 30% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Marcelle New Age, Precision foundation/ skin care: 25% off
- Maybeline eyeshadow: 25% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lip, Voluminous mascara: CAD7.99 (except Voluminous Butterfly/ Intenza mascara: CAD10.99)
- Revlon foundation, powder, concealer, primer: CAD14.99 (bonus miles)
- Revlon lipstick, eyeshadow, eye/ lip liner: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Annabelle Stay Sharp liners: CAD6.99
- Rimmel eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara: 20% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off
- ColorEvolution gloss, foundation, concealer: 20% off
- Bonne Bell eye, makeup remover: 25% off
- NYX: 15% off (bonus miles)
- Essie: CAD7.99
- Red Carpet Manicure LED Gel light/ kit: 20% off.

Walmart:
- Aveeno Absolutely Ageless skin care: CAD9.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous (original) mascara: CAD6.47: True Match Lumi cushion foundation: CAD19.97
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.46.

The Bay:  15% off almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard with code "FAMILY" until Monday. Exclusions (including beauty) apply.

The Body Shop: 40% off in stores and online until Tuesday, exclusions apply.

Also, 30% off fragrance gifts until Sunday.

Bath & Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday.

Love tote with 6 best sellers (with Love Sunshine and Lemonade scents, including a Watermelon Lemonade 3-wick candle) is $30 with $30 purchase.

- 3-wick candles: 2/$38.50, single wick candles: 2/$24
- Select 3-wick candles: $15
- Signature body care: B3G3F
- Aromatherapy boy care: BOGO
- Select Be Joyful Signature body care: $5
- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50. 

2/11/2016

Rimmel The Only 1 lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Rimmel's launch for The Only 1 lipsticks was somewhat quiet, except for coverage on a few UK blogs, but they deserve more than that, with some notes :)

Claim to be full coverage with one swipe, vibrant, luminous and long lasting while being moisturizing and comfortable, these lipsticks perform a lot like Maybelline creamy matte lipsticks, except for the finish of course.

According to the brand, the lipsticks are formulated with an oil blend for glide and lightweight feel, Rosa fruit oil and vitamin E for moisturization and advanced polymers for staying power.

I hunted down the 3 shades I wanted the most: It's a Keeper, Call Me Crazy and One of a Kind and love them quite a lot.

Note #1: Canada only gets 12 from the full range of 15 shades available in the UK:

- 110 Pink a Punch, 120 You're All Mine
- 200 It's a Keeper
- 300 Listen Up
- 510 Best of the Best
- 600 Peachy Beachy, 610 Cheeky Coral, 620 Call Me Crazy
- 700 Naughty Nude
- 800 Under My Spell, 810 One of a Kind and 820 Oh So Wicked.
So, 100 Pink Me Love Me, 500 Revolution Red and 710 Easy Does It are UK exclusives.

Note #2: Smaller Shopper locations only have a display of 7 shades, because of limited shelf space I assume. It took me a few trips to gather these 3.

Note #3: The finish of these lipsticks starts out satin, then slowly turns to semi matte as they wear off. The fading naturally starts from the inside of the lips but in general, they wear quite well.

Pigmentation is great with all 3, only requires a thin second layer to perfect the application. The flat slanted tip requires more patience to stay within the lip line :)

Left: luminous shine in the sun, right: muted finish in the shade. It's a Keeper (far left) gives my dark lips the most natural pink tint, the only shade with very subtle shimmers (note #4).

Call Me Crazy is very bright, rivals the level of Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids while One of a Kind is the darker red that is easier to wear, very flattering on medium skin tone.

Final note: quality in the line is not as consistent as that of Maybelline creamy mattes, as certain shades apply more patchy than others, e.g. Under My Spell which I skipped.

The lipsticks are 0.11oz/ 3.4g, $7.98 each at Walmart or $9.99 at Shoppers.

2/10/2016

Annabelle Spring 2016

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Get ready for colours, as Annabelle's Spring release this year is just that!

These are the brand new Big Show lacquers in a beautiful range of pinks and reds.

Meant to be shiny, lightweight, non sticky, non drying, pigmented and long wearing, Big Show lacquers are a hybrid of a lipstick (for the saturated colours), a gloss (for the shine) and a stain (for lasting power).

The line includes Adore Simply, Caress Tenderly, Kiss Sweetly, Enchant Romantically, Love Fiercely and Hypnotize Deeply.

Shade names are printed in black on clear stickers at the bottom of the tubes, a little hard to read. Wouldn't it be more fun if those beautiful names are just written right on the tubes?

The slanted sponge tip applicator is basic and small, and it works.

The colours swatches more opaque on the hand (see below). On the lips, I do need to layer them up in thin coats, but the finish is beautiful. Not much of a stain afterward that I notice though. They do transfer and fade with food/ drinks also.

Important note: Try not to layer too much or the product will leave a bit of residue line on the inside of the lip.

The lacquers have a fruity vanilla scent that is noticeable during application but not much longer after that.

With the exception of Adore Simply being very light (cool toned pink tinted), the other 5 shades (Caress Tenderly, Kiss Sweetly, Enchant Romantically, Love Fiercely and Hypnotize Deeply) are bright, but not as bold as how they look in the tubes.

I normally prefer one coaters on the lips, but surprisingly have a lot of fun with both wearing these lacquers alone for a sheer natural look and layering them on other lip products and watch the colour/ finish changes.

The lacquers are $9.95 each, $5 off online right now, for limited time!

3 new Waterproof liquid eyeliners in Black Star, Bronze and Blue Spark, bringing more colours to the face :)

The formula is supposed to be quick dry, glossy, long lasting (up to 24hrs) and glide on easily without smudging/ flaking.

I can confirm most of these claims, except for the 24 hour part as I did not wear makeup that long. The liners did last through my normal work days and gym classes. I found some tiny transfer when I wore just the eyeliner on the lash line, so I recommend adding at least a wash of eyeshadows on the lids with it.

Standard packaging for liquid eyeliners, with short tip (slightly firm, great for newbies like me) and long handle.

And Annabelle means waterproof when it says waterproof :) The liners survived the swipe test on my hand after they dried, and last through flurries when I was out shoveling and other watery episodes on the eyes through a normal day :)

The colours have good coverage so I don't need to layer them on, and the sparkles are a nice touch.

The green tint in Black Star makes it appear less intense than a pure black. Bronze is a little too close to my skin tone to be noticeable. Blue Spark is naturally the bold colour of choice and it does not disappoint.

These waterproof eyeliners are $8.95 each.

2/09/2016

Marcelle Spring 2016

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

So we survived another blizzard :) Tons of snow to shovel this morning and more tonight still but the sun is out, I won't complain.

Continue with the positive streak, I am showing you exciting new Marcelle Spring products today.

This Volum'Xtension Magnetic mascara is very easy on the eyes with chrome silver tube in black and red accent.

The name does strike some curiosity, doesn't it? The mascara has a flexible wand with 3 different levels of polymer bristles (see closeup below), meant to offer length, volume and definition to the lashes.

I normally don't like flexible wands as they are hard to control, but this wand is flexible so that it does not hurt my eyes at close contact. The stopper on the tube is tight and wipes off a lot of product when the brush is pulled out, which explains how well it separates my lashes, without any clumps or flakes. 

It does a good job in giving my lashes some length, but not much on the volume side. For that reason, I use the mascara on days I want natural looking lashes, or layer it with another mascara on days I want a more dramatic look.

Marcelle eye products are always safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens  wearers, if you are wondering.

The tube retails $12.95, currently on Buy more Save more promo online.

I am going to say this without much exaggeration that my brow game has changed for the better with this little tube of Perfect Brow.

It is a sculpting tinted brow gel with natural hold, applied with an interesting-looking angled brush.

Before this, my normal process includes a slim brow pencil to shape, a chubby pencil to fill and then clear brow gel to set. Perfect Brow now does the shaping and setting job, plus tinting the brow hair for a fuller look.

The flash makes the tint look lighter than it is, so believe me, the Medium to Dark shade works perfectly for brunettes.

I am loving the angle brush, so easy to glide along the browse. Its small size offer precise application, and any mistake is easy to wipe off the skin. 

The tube is perfume free, with 0.13oz/ 4ml of product, $12.95. Also available in Light to Medium, and Clear (with ProLash Growth complex, for both brows and lashes).

A little tip: Not that Perfect Brow cannot do it all, but the tube is small, so save the filling job to a chubby brow pencil to lengthen the life of the tint :)

Lastly, I finally tried Instant eye makeup remover pads - the waterproof version. This is a dual-phase oil-free formula, enriched with Aloe Vera, so it does leave a sheen on the skin afterward, but not an oily residue.

Knowing how well Marcelle does their makeup removers, I expect the pads do the job nicely, and they do. They wipe off all my eye makeup, mascara and brow products, do not tear nor feel scratchy in the process.

The brand does recommend a gentle rinse with warm water after, so I do that when I cleanse my face.

Note: for someone who loves using micellar water and fluffy cotton pads, the pads in this jar feels a lot thinner. I personally see myself saving the convenience of these pads for lazy nights and for traveling when I don't want to worry about a liquid makeup remover.

Ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-6 Caprylic/ Capric Glycerides, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Poloxamer 184, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.

There are 80 pads in the jar, which retails for $9.95, also on Buy more Save more promo. Paraben/ perfume free.

2/08/2016

MUFE Ultra HD concealer

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Yes, the next rave over at Make Up For Ever has been the Ultra HD concealer and I was lucky to receive one to test out.

Supposed to offer invisible finish under HD camera and naked eye thanks to the 4K complex, the Ultra HD concealer promises a long-wearing comfortable wear for all skin types.

I do like the sound of all that, but note that the concealer has a medium coverage, so opted for a lighter shade to use under my eyes and other imperfections (Y23 Ivory in the concealing group) and not on my blemishes.

Just to show you how light Y23 is, here it is (left) next to the (old) HD Invisible Cover foundation in 123, exactly how I want it - not too yellow toned. 

I do realize that 1 of the 5 shades from the corrective group of the line would do a better job at neutralizing dark circles, but think a concealing shade is more versatile. It is definitely not full coverage since my dark circles are still visible after, but look less intense and the area is brightened.

I also like how easy this concealer is to blend and, once blended, disappear. After a setting powder, it lasts through the day on me. I do recommend the product, as long as you expect a natural but not full coverage and have some change to spare :) The tube is 0.23oz/ 7ml, $32.

2/05/2016

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Product news:
- Christian Louboutin is opening its very first Canadian store in Yorkville, Toronto this summer.
- Absolute NY is entering Canada this week with the first display of their Stylists liners at Shoppers and more lines in stores by Fall.

Shoppers:

*** Saturday and Sunday: Free $20 iTunes gift card with $75 purchase.

*** All week:
- Aveeno, L'Oreal facial moisturizer: 25% off
- Aveeno lotion, Simple facial moisturizer: CAD9.99
- Neostrata anti-wrinkle, anti-aging skin care: 25% off
- Reversa, Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- Avene facial cleanser, Xeracalm cleansing oil/ balm/ cream, Hydrance Optimale skin care: 20% off
- TreSemme hair care: CAD3.99
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lip, Clean makeup: CAD6.99; Plumpify mascara: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid lip: CAD9.99; the Rock Nudes palette, Master Contour kit: CAD15.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Matte/ La Lacque lip: CAD9.99; Voluminous Superstar mascara: CAD12.99
- Revlon mascara, Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99
- Rimmel Natural bronzer, Brow This Way styling gel: CAD5.99; Match Perfection foundation: CAD8.99
- NYX (selected) makeup: 15% off
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Burt's Bees lip: CAD8.99- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel duo kit: CAD17.99
- Elizabeth Arden: GWP of $38 or more.

Joe Fresh Beauty has arrived at Shoppers with a full wall display

- Blush, single eyeshadow, Fresh Glass gloss: CAD6
- Highlighter powder, eyeliner, brow pencil, long wear lip liner: CAD8
- Concealer stick, blush stick, highlighter stick, eye primer, Lash Plump volumizing mascara, cream/ matte/ sheer lipstick: CAD10
- Oil absorbing powder, liquid lip cream: CAD12
- Sheer tint: CAD16.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- 8,000 points with Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue EDT (100-125ml)
- 8,000 points with Nautica fragrances (50-100ml)
- 8,000 points with 2 Cover FX mattifying primer, blotting powder, pressed mineral foundation
- 8,000 points with $36 Lancome purchase
- 8,000 points with $58 Ariana Grande fragrance purchase
- 5,000 points with Calvin Klein Eternity Now fragrances (50-100ml)
- 5,000 points with Davidoff Coolwater fragrances (50-125ml)
- 5,000 points with $50 Lise Watier cosmetic products
- 5,000 points with La Roche-Posay Redermic C10 Fill-in Concentrate Intensive
- 5,000 points with Clinique lip products or fragrances
- 4,000 points with 2 Smashbox cosmetic products
- 4,000 points with Cliniderm smoothing cream (100-390ml)
- 2,000 points with Stila lipstick or lip brush
- 2,000 points with 2 L'Oreal Hydra Total-5 facial cleanser, toner
- x20 points with Strivectin Labs skin care
- x10 points with Quo cosmetic brushes
- x10 points with Pur Minerals lip products
- x10 points with L'Oreal Brow Stylist kit
- x5 points with Vichy Ideal Body aqua sorbet, Replumping lip balm
- x5 points with No7 Protect & Perfect advanced serum.

Lawtons:
- Vichy Idealia, Cliniderm: 20% off
- Marcelle cleanser, toner: 25% off
- Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick: CAD7.99
- Revlon lipstick, gloss, lip liner: 20% off
- Maybelline The Falsies Push Up mascara: CAD8.99; Brow Drama: CAD9.99; the Nudes palette, brow palette: CAD12.99 (bonus Airmiles)
- CoverGirl: 20% off
- L'Oreal True Match: 25% off; Voluminous Superstar mascara: CAD12.99 (bonus miles)
- Revlon eyeshadow (excluding Shadowlinks), eye/ brow liner, mascara: 20% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off
- Salon Perfect nail polish: CAD5.97.

Walmart: 5 cent charge each plastic bag starts Tuesday, February 9
- Garnier micellar water (new): CAD8.97
- Nivea skin care: CAD5.97 (rollback)
- Olay cleanser: CAD6.97
- Neutrogena cleanser: CAD8.54
- Biore Baking Soda scrub: CAD10.47
- got2b styling products: CAD5.98
- Schwarzkopf, OGX hair care: CAD8.97
- Pantene hair care: CAD3.96
- Herbal Essences hair care (700ml): CAD5.96
- TreSemme hair care: CAD4.47
- Garnier Whole Blends, Head & Shoulders hair care: CAD4.97
- John Frieda hair care: CAD8.97
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious mascara: CAD6.96; Dream Velvet foundation: CAD13.96
- L'Oreal Million Lashes mascara: CAD8.96
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.97; Oh Sugar! or Gloss balm: CAD7.97; Plumpify mascara: CAD8.47
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure with Keratin complex: CAD7.47.

Superstore:
- Maybelline Push Up Drama mascara, Expert Wear quad: CAD7.99; eyeshadow palette, Master Contour kit: CAD13.99
- L'Oreal Le Matte/ La Lacque: CAD9.99; Superstar/ Butterfly mascara, Infallible lip: CAD10.99; Infallible Pro-contour palette: CAD16.99
- CoverGirl Plumpify mascara, TruBlend Fix Stick concealer: CAD9.49
- Revlon HD Matte lip, ColorStay liner, Colour Burst lip butter, powder blush: CAD8.99.

Sephora: x3 points on fragrances until February 14.

The Bay:  15% off women's fashion/ lingerie/ sleepwear & hosiery, men's clothing/ underwear & accessories, watches, jewelry, luggage and confectionery with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard with code "LOVE" until Sunday. Exclusions apply.

Also, Clinique GWP of $31 or more, and extra gift with $75 purchase. For the first time, the lipstick option in the gift is the Pop Lip colour + primer which I like.

Sears: Lancome GWP of $36 or more until February 16.

The Body Shop: New Year, New Youth event today, 4-9pm with personalized skincare consultation and free samples featuring the new Drops of Youth collection, plus x2 points + free Smoky Poppy body butter (50ml) with any purchase for LYB members.

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon on FB, good until Sunday
- 3-wick candles: 2/$28.50, single wick candles: 2/$24
- Signature body care: B3G2F
- Select Specialty boy care: B2G1F
- Select Be Joyful Signature body care: $5
- Hand soaps: 5/$25.50 or 3/$18.50
- Wallflowers bulbs: 6/$27.50 or 4/$22.50.

Sally: One 'n Only Argan Oil hair care/ hair colour: BOGO until Sunday.
*** For the month of February:
- Fingerpaints nail colours: BOGO
- Select cosmetics (Femme Couture, Palladio, Face Secrets accessories, etc.): B2G1F
- Select hair care (Beyond The Zone, One 'n Only, Ion, etc.): $3 off when you buy 2
- Select hair colour (AGEbeautiful, Clairol, L'Oreal, Ion, etc.): free developer with purchase
- Ion hair care & colour: B2G1F
- Styling tools: $10 off.

2/04/2016

Elf HD Mattifying balm

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The last matte item to fit the theme of the week: Elf HD Mattifying balm.

To be fair, this product fits the name better than the previous 3 product lines I showed you. It absorbs excess oil to give the skin a close- to-matte finish and somewhat disguises the appearance of pores.

The formula is said to be infused with vitamin E, jojoba, almond and grape to help nourish the skin. The balm texture is smooth, goes on clear and blends in easily on my T-zone.

There is a mirror under the lid and a thin sponge in the bottom compartment, meant for touchup on the go.

The middle pan does not stay up on its own so I could not show you the sponge underneath. It is thin and smells quite heavily of rubber, I am not that eager to use it.

Instruction: dab product onto oily areas of the skin to remove shine. Use under or over makeup as often as needed.

I am not sure how HD the finish is, but I like the disappearance of oil when I use the balm to touch up. It does take more work/ tool than blotting paper, but the silky feeling afterward is very pleasant.

I will try to air out the sponge to see if the smell dissipates or find a different one to put in the compact for touchups. Until then, I'll enjoy using the balm with a powder brush.

Ingredients: Isononyl Isononanoate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Ceresin, Ozokerite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygladus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil.

The compact has 0.32oz/ 9g of product, $6.

2/03/2016

Elf Mad for Matte lip colour set

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Third case of not-so-matte finish: Elf Studio Matte lip colours :)

My first experience with the line was Natural, then Tea Rose when I was looking for NARS El Agua dupes.

I like the formula (supposed to be enriched with Vitamin A, C and E for hydration), the twistup format (plus a sharpener at the end) and the colour range.

Because the finish was not truly matte, I did not get any more shades until this Mad for Matte holiday set with 4 best selling shades - Dash of Pink, Berry Sorbet, Cranberry and Rich Red.

A bold bunch on the red side, I would say, festively appropriate for the holidays.

The undertone of Dash of Pink and Cranberry is very similar, then add some red pigments and we have the fabulous Rich Red :)

Berry Sorbet, with that berry tone, is the darker sheep in the group but still not significantly different.

I enjoy the colours in this set but maybe need a neutral in there. They are easy to wear, wear pass lunch and a few drink of tea/ water. I am happy overall.

The set was $10 on Elf website (LE but the shades are still available individually, $3 each), CAD15 at Old Navy. I had a 50% off coupon before the holiday, great score!

2/02/2016

Sephora Luster Matte quad

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Second case of satin finish, not matte. To be fair, Sephora calls them Luster Matte :)

I was quick enough to order the Sephora Luster Matte long wear lip colour quad when it made a quick appearance online.

A set of four full-sized Luster Matte shades (reg. $20 each) for $40, like 50% off, why not right?

I tried Mulberry Luster before. The formula is said to be infused with rose hip seed oil which hydrates the lips and offers plush, pigmented colour. I do enjoy the good coverage with a lightweight feel and reasonable lasting power.

It does carry a sheen, a change from all the matte liquid lipsticks we see.

This set includes Lilac Luster, Electra Pink Luster, Magenta Luster and Scarlet Luster.

Sold as a quad, so they came in a plastic bag with a new bar code, while their individual bar codes were crossed off (see the pic).

Except for Lilac Luster (far left, very blue toned on me but is fine pairing with a strong lip liner), the other 3 are bold colours, as I told you, and festive :)

Electra Pink Luster also has a blue undertone but does not clash with my skin tone. And needless to say, I have no regrets toward Magenta Luster and Scarlet Luster other than I couldn't wear them to work lol.

The quad is no longer available online (check the store) but I hope the swatches are helpful if you want to decide on a shade or two.

2/01/2016

Revlon Ultra HD matte lip colours

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It happens that I have bought quite a few matte items in the last little while, thought I should do a matte themed week on the blog.

Starting it up are Revlon Ultra HD matte lip colours in Devotion and Flirtation, claim to have a wax-free gel formula, with a lightweight and velvety matte finish.

First to note: they appear semi matte with a thin coat and do not dry completely. Layering will add shine to the colours, which appears to be hard to avoid because they do not have good coverage.

Secondly, they do not perform well on their own. They on sit on my lips no matter how much or little product I use. If it is because of the lip balm I use, this would be the first case ever. I cannot get an even and opaque application with either shade unless I prep my lips with a lip liner beforehand.

The packaging is awesome though - rounded oval frosted matte tube, with a silver cap and a tapered sponge tip. The fruity vanilla scent is fun too, not overwhelming.

I get decent wear out of these, but since they do not dry completely (like a gloss), they do transfer.

The swatches are taken with natural light and flash to show you the lack of shimmers but the existence of shine also. Devotion (left) and Flirtation (right) are both easy to wear.

First case of satin finish being advertised as matte in the product name :)

The tubes are 0.2oz/ 5.9ml, $9.96 each. There are darker colours in the range of 8 shades available. If you can make these work without a lip liner, I would love to hear.