Say hello to my second MAC lipstick purchase ever in my entire lifetime, yes, I currently only own two, the other is a Pro Longwear shade which I’ll review if I get it back from my friend (Hello, Krista). Two others I have owned in the past were gifts, a Viva Glam from my godmother and “Amorous” an earthy berry hand-me-down from mom. It doesn’t matter that cranberry and ox-blood shades come off as stereotypical during the ‘Ber months…, no matter how stereotypical dark lipstick may be towards the end of the year women will still get those Tom Ford “Black Orchid” inspired shades. This is nowhere as dark as “Black Orchid” but it swims in the same hue pool. Megablogger Christine of Temptalia.com gave this one an A-, she likes that though like any other matte lipstick it can tend to get patchy at the end of the day it’s still a creamier, silkier texture than the other permanent retro mattes in MAC’s lippie dynasty.
Now, I didn’t look up the meaning of “Heaux” before I bought it, I naively thought it meant Hue (since it’s from a summer collection) and when I looked up the meaning now (just now, give me a gold medal), I cringed. Lord, protect me, it means a number of things like hex (ugh…in JESUS’ name!), or someone else online said “heaux” (prostitute) but I’m not entirely sure if that’s accurate, it probably is. I didn’t stop to think that the name might mean anything remotely dark because MAC Riri Hearts is a limited edition SUMMER collection for crying out loud. I’d rather think about the third less harmful translation of Heaux which is “of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base”. There…whew, seriously not kidding, had I known most likely I may not have gotten it. To those who are thinking I’m overreacting, I’m not, things like that really matter to me. I just really went for it after seeing via instagram what a lovely crimson berry it is.
I purchased this lipstick from the Instagram seller @maquillajeonlinestore for Php1100 (free shipping). It would have arrived within a day or two if it weren’t for the Maring Monsoon, it got to me within about 5 days and that’s forgivable. The lipstick looks a little more vampy when the sky is overcast or beneath white light. During warm daylight it wears a bit more crimson, but you’ll notice when you apply the first layer that it has a strong magenta undertone, a plummy cranberry sort of fusion but I like that it still contains a lot of red so you can still consider it a rouge. The texture is a true retro matte. Matte lipsticks in humid countries can also tend to sometimes ball up in bits around the lip or get a bit more patchy. Compared to Ruby Woo this one does it less, full wear after one meal shows little damage, just remember not to rub your napkin across your mouth and blot over the lips instead, then touch up a bit direct from the bullet. Primary application of matte lipsticks is best with a lip brush, laying down an even stain first before adding the thicker 2nd layer to complete opaqueness. Then seal the deal by a good strong blot with tissue. Watch how Lisa Eldridge does a proper matte lip with MAC Ruby Woo here.
Since my last favorite L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara is on its way out past the 6 month mark (you should see how horrid the tube looks, peeling to bits) I picked up the locally available NEW Revlon Lash Potion Mascara in the waterproof variant (often, non-waterproof mascaras don’t hold lash curl). I’m quite the sucker for cute packaging and I think Revlon went really smart and magical with the colorway of this tube, I like having it in my pouch. The performance catch most great mascaras have in exchange for photogenic lashes is the stiff brittle texture on lashes. Last year I raved about Maybelline Full N’ Soft waterproof mascara which isn’t available here. That was a good all-around daily mascara that wasn’t clumpy for me, held curl well, and didn’t make my lashes completely feel like they’d passed through a deep fryer. This one by Revlon is a comparably similar conditioning, intensifying formula that still leaves behind detectably attractive wisp and flutter on those lashes without the clumps. Someone commented on my recent Benefit Gimme Brow review asking what mascara I was using because my lashes were more natural looking and I suppose they were also still noticeably bold and out there. This was what I had on. It’s my very first Revlon mascara purchase and I’ve never tried the original Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in the green tube which the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube use quite a lot so I won’t be making a comparison between this and that. Basically, Revlon’s Grow Luscious mascara range combines a nourishing lash treatment formula with mascara. The treatment does not cause lashes to grow but discourages breakage with strengthening proteins as lashes repopulate.
“Magically transform lashes to lush, long and lustrous. A potion with strengthening proteins drenches lashes for volume. Triple-groove wand combs through for clump-free length.”
Volume and length provided by this mascara is moderate but noticeable. So if you don’t want to go over the top this is great. Note that you can build thickness with this beautifully so if you want to “Go bold or go home” this can do that for you if layered twice or thrice properly. If you’ve been wondering about Maybelline Full N’ Soft in the U.S. Revlon Lash Potion is extremely similar, it just comes with a bigger more traditional brush instead of plastic wand that separates lashes nicely for me, but I do wish the brush was tapered smaller at the tip like the original Revlon Grow Luscious wand. My only peeve about this brush is for small to medium eyes (especially Oriental lids) application can be a bit messy against the edge of the eyelid because of the size of the brush, but for more than medium to large eyes you will love this. My eye size is right smack in the middle so I’m fine working with it. The way this mascara makes my lashes appear and feel more wispy instead of crispy is totally worth the once in awhile small smudges I get upon application. The waterproof variant, which is what I have, lasts well throughout the day without smudging along the top lashline, on the bottom lashline it’s not as effective, it smudges just a wee bit but doesn’t make a huge mess. Ergo it may not be the best bottom lash mascara so use it sparingly along there. For the waterproof varian there is some strong resistance to makeup remover but not a whole lot to cause a headache.
At the moment I’ll throw in a “better together” mention with the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler. Compared to the Shu lash curler the KA curler (red silicon pad), which Lisa Eldridge uses alternately sometimes, gives a different effect. It doesn’t give a tight “C” showbiz sort of curl across all lashes, it gives a more gentle forwardly flared out curl that looks more natural as you’ll see in the photos I’ve just posted.
Just as I hate corkscrew curls that aren’t brushed out after a curling iron I cannot stand over-curled lashes that bend back on themselves. For majorly stubborn lashes though that uncurl on their own I still recommend the Shu Uemura curler for a super tight perm because the “C” will uncurl slightly to give that natural effect if your lashes are stubborn. I like how the KA curler works for me in the sense that it flares the lashes at the outer eye corner enhancing the wispy effect of Revlon Lash Potion mascara even more. I purchased the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler for Php1,000 via Pure Beauty at Serendra (2nd floor above Mamou then walk right) Note to buyers, for the Revlon Lash Potion mascara it’s not one of the cheaper mascaras locally, it’s about Php750…which is practically double the U.S. price ($7.99/Php360+) but it’s nonetheless here, within reach in leading department stores and PCX plus Watsons boutiques.
This, ho boy…THIS is exactly what I wished a glossy lipstick should be, and don’t turn away (I know Pinay girls prefer matte textures) it isn’t sheer at all. What can I say, I like it so much I want more colors, that’s when you know a lip product is fab. I had actually imagined and wished that the lip butters that everyone was raving about last year had this sort of chic plump finish with great staying power. If you’re looking to optically “plump” up those lips (great for petite pouts) without the common discomfort that glossy products usually give Za’s Plumper Lips Lipstick ought to be your weapon of choice. I’m also smitten by the lipstick packaging which is a rosy chrome laced with a Za monogram pattern on the cap. I was given the shade Rose Vintage by the Za team which is a warm creamy pink (Php425 via SM Department store beauty sections).
The texture is unique when you first swatch it, because it’s a super smooth high shine lipstick with some “drag” to the swipe instead of complete “slip”…which is indicative of added staying power. The longevity isn’t as formidable as something like Max Factor Lipfinity (which shrinks over the lip when it sets) but it’s just enough long wear given the sort of product that it is. I’d say it could last 3 hours through 1 meal. After eating or drinking twice of course you’d have to top up. But you have to agree, isn’t topping up those lips a fun part of being a girl?
See how it significantly lays on color? Please note, I actually had dry lips and some flaky bits but the lip product helped in partly concealing that. I’m not usually fond of high shine lipsticks but I haven’t stopped using this since I first tried it ( I short of frantically begin to upend furniture when it’s out of sight). We all know high shine lip products will fade throughout the day, but this fades gracefully not messily and since it’s in lipstick form it’s so easy to top up without straying beyond the lip edge. I totally love that the color is OBVIOUS but not over the top. I always look for it when my lips are bare and feel every bit more “Angelina Jolie”-esque when I have it on :). Za Plumper Lips Lipstick costs Php425 via Watsons’ beauty sections at SM Department Stores.
The partial reason why I accumulate backlog is not primarily because I’m lazy, but more because I want to give the products sent to me a good test run first in my day to day life. Wouldn’t it be strange if you just up front blogged about something you’ve just opened up? Not that I’ve never done that, there are some products that are what they are when you first try them, but others have more to prove over time. You cannot imagine how often I’ve been reaching for this since the day Benefit gave it to me. This brow pick is a win, primarily because of the natural look it gives and how simple it is to use, I only wish it came in more than just 2 shades, the one I have is light/medium, there’s another shade perfect for Filipinas who don’t color their hair which is Medium/deep.
“Bring on the brows! This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair…creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending & precision tip for shaping. Available in two shades. Using short pressing motions, stroke brush tip along brow to define shape. Comb through to blend & build brows. For the most natural look, start at the inner edge of your brow and move outward. Repeat to add more volume.”
INNOVATIVE BRUSH-ON FIBER GEL 3.0g Net wt. 0.1oz.
• Water resistant
The itty-bitty wand brings the bottom lash wand of another brand to mind, but there’s no relevant connection between this and that, they serve two completely separate functions. All I know is that for sparse or small brows (lacking thickness) this itty-bitty wand is a dream to work with, it applies just the right amount of product so you can build with it and you can add proper details to brows without a fuss. It does give medium strength hold for stubborn hairs that refuse to stay in place. I’ve already tried it on someone with curly thick hair, it didn’t completely straighten the hairs out but overall it gave the brow proper direction and shape. The shades available aren’t very warm, they’re quite neutral which is a better match for my ashy dark blonde haircolor. If you’ve got warmer, blonder hair, none of these shades will match you. I do appreciate that light/medium is extremely similar or close match for MAC’s Lingering brow pencil, Medium/Deep is more of a match for MAC Spiked or Stud.
There’s an effect that can be more natural when brushing tint through brows rather than drawing them on, for medium sparseness it totally works. I’m kind of allergic to calligraphic looking drawn on brows that look too graphically perfect or sharp at the tail because that doesn’t look natural anymore to me, for cosplay or theatrical looks those are fine but for everyday they’re a no-no. Some of them even look like stickers or worse obviously stenciled on. You won’t get that effect with this product.
I’ve tried one or two popular brow tints but I didn’t like how much product came out on the wand and the wet gloopy feeling on my brows because of too much product. There is of course the common sense tip to wipe off the excess against the mouth of the tubes, but in a rush I get frustrated to make a mental note to actually do it. With this I don’t have to wipe the excess off, there’s just enough! I don’t hesitate to allow the tint to touch the skin beneath the brows since that helps in providing an illusion of thickness in my case. If the brow hair population you’ve got is more even you can brush the tint just on the hairs. I turn the wand on its tip to do slimmer strokes where the brow tapers and I turn it flat on its side if I want a thicker spread of product. The key is brushing from root to tip and following the direction of hair growth which is usually up and out towards the side of the face. Benefit Gimme Brow costs Php900 at local Benefit Cosmetics boutiques :). Use the testers to find your correct shade in stores.