Meet Victoria’s Secret’s imitation of Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touché Brillance’ Sparkling Touch Lipgloss:
From Top to Bottom: Possession, Randy, and Torrid
These shiny little glosses cost a nice cheap $12 however you might want to save your pennies and spend the $29 on the YSL version as they aren’t that great sadly.
Contrary to my rave reviews about Victoria’s Secret Cosmetics line lately I must give these guys a poor review.
Let me share some of the cons with you. The packaging on these is great. They come in the standard click pen style. Click for color and apply. The price tag is pretty sweet at $12 per pen and it’s quite a large amount of product in the pen from what I can see.
However, the cons stop with the actual formula of the gloss. The gloss is sparkling and comes in an array of gorgeous shades but the texture is tacky, sticky, and difficult to apply. It’s not so much about tacky and sticky as I wear lipglass and god knows lipglass is the height of stick and tack. This is much more on the waxy side. Weird right? But it’s true. It feels like I’m smearing a melted crayon on my lips when applying.
When finally have this arranged on my lips correct, which is a task to say the least, the actual gloss doesn’t last that long at all. It slips and slides right off my lips within 10 minutes. So chalk up the staying power as zero.
Don’t try layering this with lipstick either otherwise you’re liable to look like a clown. For some reason the texture, the formula or all of the above just smears in a way that you’ll end up looking like Bozo the Clown in a matter of seconds during application.
So…sadly…these get the Muse’s thumb down rating. Vicky has been doing so well in the beauty department lately and I’ve raved (See my raves here, here, and here) a ton but this time I must rant and say that these are an utter waste of $12!
Meet MAC Beauty Powder in Soft Flame and I’m here to say it’s gorgeous! I have two Beauty Powders already in Micro Pink and Natural Flare but I must say that Soft Flame blows both out of the water!
If you missed out on MAC’s Flashtronic Collection there happened to be a gorgeous little Mineralized Skinfinish in that color story that was entitled Northern Light and Soft Flame quite reminds me of it!
If you haven’t partaken of the Of Beauty Collection I’d say definately at the very least pick up Soft Flame.
Soft Flame is vibrant enough to use as a blush which can’t be said of the other colors in these powders. It’s a shimmering reddish copper with touches of gold that are beautiful on the skin. This can be used under your blush or over it but I prefer just using it on it’s own for a really perfect shimmer of color!
If you’re a medium to dark skintone this will really light your skin up! I’d say avoid it if your skin is a bit lighter as you may get a bit of a muddy look with it.
I’ve already done a review on MAC’s Beauty Powder so I’m not actually reviewing the powder here just the color so if you’d like the read a review about the powders click here.
I’m absolutely loving Soft Flame and I can’t believe I almost missed out on ordering this but when I fell in love with the 183 I ended up seeing this and promptly falling in love!
Get this before it’s gone it’s definately a keeper!
One of the Muse’s readers and mates, Rows, has a fantastic youTube video on her blog. Go visit Row by clicking here.
This is Row’s 7 year old cousin giving us a make-up tutorial. I wonder where her influence (and obsession) with cosmetics comes from hmmmmm!
How much are you loving the way she says “blusher” all proper and ladylike! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time! This little poppet is positively adorable and I’m positive I learned a tip or two about application! I wonder where she pops off to when she’s on the floor? Studying her notes mayhaps?
Let’s give her 10 years or less and I’m positive she’ll have her own blog!
Note: She didn’t say “Ummmmm” once I could definately learn something from her!
Mind you she’s putting the eyeliner on correctly and you’re probably the one doing it wrong!
I got my order from the Lush NA Party yesterday! Click here to read details about the party!
The temptation of Snowcake solid perfume was strong so I did in fact order it and some other goodies. I normally avoid ordering from Lush NA like the plague but I couldn’t resist Snowcake!
I stupidly ordered this solid perfume without first trying the lot I had already purchased from Lush UK that I got about a month ago. I finally got around to testing these out and I have to say they aren’t as great as I had hoped.
Lush Perfumes have fantastic throw, linger, and staying power however Lush solid perfumes do not.
I used Potion so far and Fever and both are very strong smelling but they don’t do much when they are on my skin. I think these are great if you happen to already own some of the perfumes in liquid form. That way you can use these as touch ups through out the day however to use these as your perfume is a bit difficult as someone has to literally stick their nose in your neck to actually get a whiff some of what you are wearing.
If you’re purchasing these from Lush NA they come in a far better tin than the Lush UK solids. Lush UK has little screw tops that I find very annoying to unscrew. If you by chance you drop the tin or get a dent in the container it’ll basically leave you struggling to unscrew the top. Lush NA tops just pop off and on and make life much easier however they do leave a bit of a mess sometimes as when you’re popping on and off it sometimes gets a bit of the solid on the lid which causes the tin to have a waxy feel.
Speaking of waxy. That’s basically the texture of these. They are a waxy balm that’s difficult to spread around so it’s best to warm it between your fingertips prior to applying.
I can’t give these a complete bad review because these actually work for one of my best mates. It seems they really like his body chemistry because when he used one it was pretty strong but when I used one it basically got soaked up into my skin and I really had to try and even get a tiny sniff of the scent I was wearing.
I love these for touch-ups when I’m using my Lush perfumes but to use on their own it’s a no go for me!
I got a 7 of the 9 scents offered and I find the strongest smelling of the lot are Fever, Potion, and Honey I Washed the Kids. Champagne Snow Showers, Snowcake, Silky Underwear, and American Cream are the lightest with the least throw!
I will say you have to layer these on quite a bit. Take some and place it behind your ears, between your breasts, on your neck, behind your knees, and on all your pulse points. So yes with a little hard work you can have yourself smelling sweet somewhat plus if you happen to heat up during the day you’ll definately see more of a throw from these! However, I still can’t give them a raving review because I just don’t think the throw is good enough to get that excited about, believe you me it’s difficult not to run around and recommend Lush as I adore and love all things Lush but these failed me somehow.
The moral of the story is at $11.95 a tin I’d say skip ‘em and buy something else! Or if your body chemistry just happens to accept and like them…lucky you…grab tons! But test, test, test, test in store and don’t be a silly sausage like the Muse and just buy without first testing!