I fell hard for YSL Glossy Stains that came out a few years ago. So, when the new Vinyl Creams came out, I found them hard to resist. I was initially hesitant to try these as I was picturing a finish similar to Mrs. Potato Head lips (no offense to Mrs. Potato Head and those who like that look). I didn’t find anything extraordinary about the finish it is similar to a YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, just without the slick feeling on the lips. I was disappointed to find these transfer a lot more than the YSL Glossy Stains. For me, it lasted through my morning tea and breakfast, but was gone after lunch. It a left behind a slight stain, but I definitely needed to reapply. One thing I liked about the Vinyl Creams over the Glossy Stains is that it layers nicely without becoming gloopy. So it can be worn sheared out. I also like that I could press my lips together without them feeling sticky or tacky, unlike the Glossy Stains. I don’t notice any streaking, but I rarely do as my natural lip color is dark. For those with a lighter natural lip color, you may need a second layer to get a fully opaque finish. Like the Glossy Stains, these take on a redder tone after it sets.
These are available at Sephora and YSL counters for $36.
#401 Rouge Vinyle (left) is a dark red. On my lips, this color sets darker than than the swatch color.
#409 Burgundy Vibes (right) is a burgundy.
Chanel’s fall 2016 collection includes two new limited edition Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows. I grabbed one of them, Rouge Brule. In the pot, it is a gorgeous, deep burnt red-orange that is perfect for fall. It applies lighter than it looks in the pot as it comes across as more red-copper. Unfortunately, the swatch photo makes the shade appear pinker. The shade performs well, but can be tricky to use like the typical lllusion D’Ombre shadows. Since the product is a cream/powder hybrid, it moves around when getting the product on the brush. It is easier to get the product on my lid using my finger, but I prefer the control of the brush. I found the shade easy to blend out before it sets and I didn’t experience any fading. You get 4g of product for $36.
L to R: C506, M500, M501
Make Up Forever just revamped its lipstick line. The new formula is said to be saturated with 25 percent more pigment than the original Rouge Artist, Artist Rouge Lipstick. The new formula is supposed to provide an intense, opaque color with a creamy, non-drying formula that will not bleed or feather. The line comes in a matte and satin finish. These lipsticks wear like iron. The matte finish lasted over six hours and left a nice stain behind after eating a meal. I didn’t have any issues with feathering.
I really like the new casing. It is a light weight, brush metal that is finger print resistant. It has nice heft with a secure sounding click. You get 3.5g (0.12oz) for $22.
1 – C506 (Dark Purple) – My natural lip color is quite dark, so on me this shade is a dark magenta purple. It has great pigmentation in a single pass, but tugged a bit when applying to dry lips. The satin finish provides a slight sheen. Compared to the matte formula, I can feel these on my lips.
2 – M500 (Wine Violet) – This is the perfect brick red for autumn. The matte formula is my favorite of the two, which is a nice surprise because it isn’t a finish I typically gravitate toward. This shade glides on effortlessly and it had lovely pigmentation.
3 – M501 (Plum Violet) – This shade is a medium dark red purple in a matte finish. Obviously, this shade is very close in color to C506. I purchased these online and wouldn’t have bought both if I had a chance to swatch them first. This shade is lighter and brighter than C506, but not by much on my skin coloring. On someone with a lighter natural lip color, it could look completely different. Like M500, it glides on smoothly and was very pigmented in a single pass.