Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Addiction Ready to Wear Eye Palette in Departure

Addiction Ready to Wear Eye Palette in Departure

I have been hesitant about buying this palette because my impression of it was really dark.  When I opened it to see it for the first time I was like "huh this looks lighter in person...and f%#* it looks broken.  " The quality of the pressing is certainly bad on the one I have because everyone else has smooth pans.  It was quite difficult to photograph because the shades on the right have reflective properties and the bumpy texture caused certain shots to be useless as they were over exposed from the white sheen.

In full sun on white glass

Slightly different angle to see colour

Shiny case pic

The blue and plum is so lumpy :( this brand new too

I think this is the most true to colour pic and no adjustments were made.

With other plums that I have.
Three 09 Star Guitar, Addiction Departure, Burberry Mulberry, Three Duo 06 Winter Love

Indoors next to window.
The shadows are very smooth and pigmented.  I applied one swipe with a sponge tip applicator on lightly moisturised skin (Avène Trixéra+ Selectiose Emollient Cream).  Unfortunately my skin texture makes everything appear super sheer so please don't use this an indication of quality.  I can't build up the colour with powder products on my skin because no matter what it is, they just move around and slide off.

More pics and swatches over at:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SUQQU 2013 Christmas Set A and Set B

This purchase completes my SUQQU 2013 limited edition palette collection.

I fell for the colours after seeing a post on ericabeauty's blog. She makes things look impossibly pretty on her eyes and she has a video showing how she uses the EX-18 Aoboshi palette. The EX-18 Aoboshi palette also looks pretty herehere, here and here as well but they all look different from each other.  I saw the EX-19 palette featured on Drivel about Frivol and I was like "thank goodness I ordered that one too!". I think Kate's post about EX-19 Touryokuzora is one of the most colour accurate posts I've seen of it and her swatches are spot on. I also love the looks she created with the palette. Silverkis has some lovely pictures and swatches too.  Just found this one as well.

My package was a bit delayed because it also contained the THREE xmas kit so I can save on shipping.  I told Belly that I would post about these kits last month ...better late than never right?  SORRY BELLY!  I grew flowers for the pics and waited for storms to go away so I get the best photos possible :)

I took heaps of pictures.  To be honest I could not short list the pictures more than I have so this post is extremely picture HEAVY (open in new tab for full view of texture).  I used Canon 600D (borrowed for testing) and Nikon D90 to take pictures.  All pictures are taken in natural light.  I know I'm missing swatches but my skin sucks so none of those.  I'm extremely sorry if you are lemming these palettes since they have sold out ages ago and certain resellers have marked them up to $150+.  If you want to dupe these then you have lots of references here.

The palettes and mascara with light pink begonias.  (Orange and pink shades are over saturated here)

Kit A didn't have nice pics but the bags are different colours. A has a black one and B has a dark green charcoal colour.

I think the sparkles on the palettes are really pretty.  I was a bit disappointed at ex18 when I opened it because the case was prettier (anti climax packaging).  btw Rouge Deluxe has the pretties pics of the case.

Shot with canon.  Yes, I use cotton gloves to handle the pretties.

Shot with Nikon

EX-18 Aoboshi (Canon)

EX-18 Aoboshi (Canon) 

EX-18 Aoboshi (Nikon)

EX-18 Aoboshi (Nikon)
Canon is shaper but the main difference is the orange seems to be less red compared the the Nikon shots in general.
EX-19 Touryokuzora (Canon)

EX-19 Touryokuzora (shot with Canon.  Extra gold in this angle)

EX-19 Touryokuzora (Nikon)

EX-19 Touryokuzora (Nikon)

Side by side (Nikon)

De-potted on white to see them clearly (Nikon)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Addiction Jean-Michel Basquiat Ready to Wear Eye Palette Soda Lunch

Hmm dinosaur

direct sun light
direct sunlight angled

I didn't really notice this palette when it was released to be honest.
I really liked it on Kate and Liz and their swatches are lovely.

I picked it up while searching for my plan b source for those SUQQU xmas kits.  I'm not sure how much extra I paid and the shop marked up their "last one" after I purchased the one I have now.  

I don't know why my camera has trouble getting the colour right for the teal shade but it is a true teal, the yellow is a slightly warm yellow (not a yellow orange at all. I'm only noting that because different monitors display yellows differently and it is the bane of my working life when that happens) and the purple-base with blue shimmer colour is the only colour that looks consistent with what it does in real life to me.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THREE Winter Stardust Coffret

THREE Winter Stardust Coffret

I'm a bit slow at posting, I've had these for a few weeks.

Purely posting for colour reference here for unseen purchase research.
I haven't used the duo.  The pencils apply true to colour.

All the makeup pieces in direct sun light

The bag

Looks warm here because burning hot summer sunlight but it shows the rainbow shimmer.

In shade, notice how it is cooler in colour now.  This is what it would look like under normal conditions.

09 Child of the Moon and 10 The Prettiest Star

Duo 06 Winter Love next to 4D Palette 09 Star Guitar
The pale shade looks very similar, I don't know if it will be any difference once applied to be honest.

Swatches as requested
Duo first 2 stripes
09 Star Guitar (pink, purple, golden brown and sparkles)
In direct sunlight

Indoors next to window

Monday, November 25, 2013

Guerlain Rouge Automatique

I'm always reading about how amazing Guerlain lipsticks are so it's about time I tried them.  I got them at the beginning of the month from ebay.

I really like the formula so far and I don't mind the scent because it is quite weak.  There is no bad taste when sipping water or tea.  I think my lips feel softer after using them :)  This is dangerous, next time I eh order from USA ...more of these will be mine when I figure out which shade is more subtle on me.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Liu (122) and Reflex (661)

Liu 122

Reflex 661

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre

I've always wondered about these in the past. Now I wonder why I didn't get them earlier.  I actually can't wear either shade alone but together they make a really pretty rose gold color on my skin.  I like them as a base for some of my powdered shadows.  They are better over nars primer but they can last quite a while without it too.  

I used a different camera, testing it.
White background indoor lighting.

I actually purchased them from  Discovered the shop because of Belly's blog.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

THREE Eyeshadow Duo

While waiting for xmas sets to be available and I was hoping these would diminish my lust for them. Will the blue in 04 Love Satisfaction be enough to make me feel nothing for SUQQU Kit A?

I got them after seeing them featured on Kate's blog.
No regrets!

THREE Eyeshadow Duo in 03, 04 and 05.
They are really tiny at 3.3g

The light shades look a bit washed out in my photos. In person they have more depth and they have a magical glow. The duos are a little bit blinding to look at when they are in direct sunlight.

03 Love Revolution

04 Love Satisfaction

05 Love Evolution (opps smeared)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pixi Endless Silky Pen Kit

The kit has Mini-sized Endless Silky Eye Pens in Black Noir, Deep Plum, Black Cocoa, Sage Gold, Oyster Glow and a sharpener.

The kit looked like a good deal, all very wearable colors and I have read that they are suppose to be THREE pencil dupes.

However, these Pixi are not dupes of THREE, at least on my skin and climate. Pixi pencils are smooth and pigmented but that is where any similar qualities with THREE pencils come to an end for me.  I sort of like Oyster Glow and Sage Gold but the other 3 didn't work out for me.  Deep Plum is drying.  Black Noir and Black Cocoa just melt and travel around.

direct sun light


Sunday, November 3, 2013

KATE Colorcious Diamond BK-1

Trying out Kate eyeshadows for the first time. Picked it up for $17 on while I was restocking my skincare.

I'm not going to swatch these. It doesn't look right on my arm skin but they apply perfectly fine on my eyes. They are not super pigmented but they are very smooth and easy to use.  I like the shine and soft definition from this palette which is great for a quick and easy day look.  I'm not sure if it can be used for a dramatic black smokey eye on it's own because of how soft it looks layered.  So far I like it.  Flattering colours and textures, doesn't require primer, non- irritating, minimum fall out and blends easily.  I might buy more shades in the future.

Update with swatches

middle shades in focus
white shade in focus
greyish taupe and blackish shade in focus
I hope they help anyone still on the fence with this palette.

The texture is very nice for the price. Remember how bad Shiseido color bar swatched on my skin? Well in general my skin is shit for swatches as you can see from this other post on SUQQU), I like this a lot more than Lunasol e/s that I have purchased in the past and they apply much better than most of the Addiction shadows that I have tried as well.