Category Archives: Cosmetics

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 – 12 Rose Clair

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 - 12 Rose ClairAfter being satisfied with the performance of Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation, I was curious as to what such a high class house as Guerlain can offer. The higher quality is noticeable from first application (and reflected in the price). The foundation seems to sink in and feels like a second skin: it’s smooth, long-lasting, and invisible, provided the right shade is chosen. The silky feel of it is reminiscent of indulging in a silicone cream.

I use foundation especially around my eye area to cover darkness because it turns out smoother than concealer. When blended well, it is absolutely invisible. Even though MUFF’s foundation was already pretty good, it did deposit somewhat in the tiny skin folds of the lower eyelid close to the lash line. This wasn’t a problem to begin with because it was easily smoothed out. Lingerie de Peau deposits even less. A fully dressed face lasted me 12 hours without any touch-ups, excluding the lower eyelid.

In terms of coverage, Guerlain’s foundation is less than MUFF’s, at about medium. Of course, it can be made sheer with the Beautyblender. There are also less colour options. My skin contains a pink hue, which 12 Rose Clair mimics perfectly. The colours currently offered by Guerlain in its Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion line do not capture redder shades, catering more towards the beige and yellow spectra. I hope Guerlain rectifies this eventually because the foundation is really very good.

May be available at:
Sephora.ca
TheBay.com
– Guerlain boutiques

Update: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes – 106 Beige Anarchist

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - Rebel Nudes - 106 Beige AnarchistUnlike what it looks like at first (bronze or brown with sparkles), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in 106 Beige Anarchist is a copper mixed with pink, resulting in a nude pink hue. It has a lighter, yet still raspberry scent that is present in 103 Pink Taboo. The colour is a lot more natural looking and wearable than the latter, I find. Where Taboo is bright, Anarchist is subdued. It is still a very flattering colour for both warm and cool skinned women. If I had to choose, I would definitely go with Anarchist.

Available at:
Sephora.ca
– FragranceX.com

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - Rebel NudesAfter the positive experience with Lancome Gloss in Love, I was excited to try another designer lip product. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes are said to have the shine of a gloss, the colour intensity of lipstick, and the hold of a stain. This promise was kept!

The Rouge a Levres feels natural on the lips. I prefer to deposit some product first with the wand, and then spread the gloss using my fingertip. This gives a natural, stained look. Using the wand on its own gives a garish burst of colour and it does not spread product as well and as easily as using fingers does. For a high wattage look, I suggest using the finger to cover lips evenly, and then applying more colour with the wand for shine and intensity. The Glossy Stain also provides some hydration, so lips feel comfortable. The colour and moisturized feel are both more resistant to removal by food and drink when compared to other lip products, such as TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir and Buxom Full-On Lip Stick.

In terms of colours, I tried 103 Pink Taboo, a bright, watermelon pink with a raspberry scent. It will likely be flattering on most skin tones, especially used as a stain. Used in greater quantities as a gloss, it is more suitable to warm-skinned ladies.

The texture, longevity, and colour of Rebel Nudes, as tested with 103 Pink Taboo, proved impressive. Non-sticky, moisturized, and natural feeling lips bring out a smile. Highly recommended.

Sephora.ca:
– 0.20oz (5.9g) for C$38.00

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 MascaraIt is very difficult to find a mascara that does everything. If a mascara volumizes and lengthens, it may smudge. If it doesn’t smudge, it may not do much for lash volume. If it volumizes, lengthens, and doesn’t smudge, it may not look natural, or, if it does, it may be too expensive.

Although their skincare is horrible, Tarte’s makeup proves again and again that their cosmetics are quality without being overly expensive. Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara applies without leaving clumps, separates, elongates, and doesn’t smudge throughout the day other than for a few flakes that are easy to clean up. Blinc Mascara Amplified is another mascara that doesn’t smudge and hardly flakes. It uses a tube technology to provide a quick-drying coat, but it doesn’t add any volume. Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes doesn’t provide va-va-voom volume, either, but it does add some while still retaining a natural look. I didn’t have any trouble washing it off with my favourite L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap.

I will definitely be switching from Blinc to Tarte for mascara. It does so much more without any drawbacks. For those looking for super-volume, Lights, Camera, Lashes may not provide. For those seeking a natural, but slightly better look, I highly recommend.

Sephora.ca:
– 0.24oz (7ml) for C$25.00
– 0.16oz (4.7ml) mini for C$12.00

Beautyblender Pro Beautyblender

Beautyblender Pro Beauty BlenderIn my opinion, cosmetics should be invisible unless specifically going for something unnatural, like shadow to accentuate the eyes or lipstick to bring attention to the pout. Foundation evens out skin tone and diminishes blemishes, creating a canvas for any look. Applying it so that it looks natural can be a challenge.

The Beautyblender is a sponge that was designed to allow for a flawless foundation application invisible to the naked eye and HD cameras. It works and it’s easy! By soaking the sponge in or under a stream of water while constantly squeezing, the sponge doubles in its size. It is then dipped in foundation (I tested liquid, but the product information states that it can be used with any kind) and applied to the face by bouncing it on the skin. The Beautyblender can sheer out areas that do not need a lot of coverage or blend heavier applications. The round end is used for larger areas such as the forehead, cheeks, and jaw, while the pointed end is used for smaller areas like around the eyes and nostrils. Foundation stays for longer and looks smoother when applied using this magic sponge. I used a makeup brush cleaner to cleanse my Beautyblender.

If you use foundation, especially on the entire face, or if your makeup ends up looking cake-y, do try the Beautyblender. (Don’t forget to contour to bring dimension back to the face.) If you use foundation only for small blemishes, then you don’t need it.

Beautyblender Pro: one Pro Beautyblender (black) for C$26.00, two pro Beautyblenders for C$29.00 @ Sephora.ca.