Review: Maybelline Color Whisper in 40 Orange Attitude

Friday, 19 July 2013

Another long awaited product has finally arrived in Australia! These are the new Maybelline Color Whispers which we've been hearing about for months from the Americans.

The Color Whispers are a light, sheer tinted lipbalm type of product. They appear to be Maybelline's response to the Revlon Color Burst Lip Butters. The difference, though, is the Color Whispers have a much thinner, sheerer consistency; closer to a balm than a butter.

I've really been loving this product over the last few weeks. It provides a lovely sweep of colour across the lips without feeling heavy or thick. It also doesn't begin to bead up on the lips with wear, like similar products are known to do. I'm a fan of this formula for something easy to wear and apply without having to think a whole lot about it. The lasting power isn't fantastic but that's not something I was expecting.

The colour selection available in Australia at the moment is pretty average, in my opinion. There are some nice pinks but some are so sheer there's really no point! There were also some notable absences of a few really popular colours from America which I was disappointed about.

I picked up the colour 40 Orange Attitude which is a bright truly orange colour. It might look a little intimidating in the tube, but swept across the lips it appears as a very nice orange-coral that I really like. In the summer time I can really see myself getting a lot of use out of this!

One thing I also really love about the Color Whispers in the packaging! It's very sleek, thinner than your average lip product, with a transparent casing in a colour matching that of the product. I think it hits the right note between fun and sophisticated. It's a big plus for me!

What do you think of all the new products coming to Australia now? Have you picked up any for yourself?

xx Julia

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 101 Celestial

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Since early this year, we in Australia haven't heard the end of the British, and then the American, beauty bloggers raving about Rimmel's latest lip product release. Now, they have arrived in our stores, as well!

The Apocalips Lip Laquers claim to be a liquid lipstick with the shine of a lipgloss and the lasting power of a lipstick. There are a total of 14 colours in the range with 8 currently available in Australia. These eight range from bright pink and red to neutrals and nudes. It's a pretty good range but most have noted the odd absence of Big Bang, a classic red that was very popular in Britain and America alike. I chose Celestial for my test run, a lovely neutral pink which is great for everyday wear.

The most notable characteristic of this product is the fantastic opaqueness. It's absolutely jam-packed with colour which means a little goes a long way. But the doe-foot applicator has a unique well shape in which to hold more product than the conventional shape. This makes it super easy to apply the right amount of lip lacquer without having to dip back into the tube multiple times.

I really like how this product looks on the lips. The combination of shine and colour is quite nice. The gloss does fade pretty quickly but the colour can last without eating or drinking. At that point, the product can get a bit drying but reapplication solves that for me.

Another thing of note is the smell of the Apocalips. It's very strong and not particularly nice. Some people have compared it to plastic or cucumber but for me it smells very much like fake pears. You can definitely smell it on application but, after that, it's unnoticeable. It doesn't bother me but if you're sensitive to scents then be wary.

I must say that I really am a fan of this product if for nothing more than the gloss and colour. I will definitely try to pick up some more colours, perhaps from the British selection, available from ASOS. I hope they do release the rest of the range in Australia eventually.

The fourteen shades are as listed with those available in Australia in bold:
100 Phenomenon
101 Celestial
102 Nova
200 Comet
201 Solstice
301 Galaxy
303 Apocaliptic
400 Big Bang
401 Aurora
500 Luna
501 Stellar
600 Nude Eclipse
601 Light Year
701 Stargazer

xx Julia

Nails of the Week: Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in 275 Wine Stain

Friday, 5 July 2013

Adding to their Outlast line, Covergirl released the Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses in a range of very wearable colours. This is the one that I picked up and hauled about a week ago.

Wine Stain is exactly the colour that the name suggests; a deep, purple-red, wine colour that you can work towards black with multiple coats. I adore this colour for the colder months. It's warm with a beautiful depth and it goes with absolutely everything. Seeing as this is already my second application of this polish since I purchased it, I feel like it's going to get a lot of wear from me in the coming season.

If this colour seems a bit too dark for you, the line also includes another red wine colour called Wine till Five. But, like all red polishes, these will stain your nails so be sure to use a good base coat when you apply it.

This is my first Covergirl nail polish and the formulation is alright. It's not too thick or thin but it is streaky on the first coat. In the photo I'm wearing two coats but more would turn the red into an almost black like it appears in the bottle. The formulation doesn't really bother me because it's the colour that I love.

I'd also like to express my admiration of this product's packaging. For a drugstore brand, the simple, squared glass bottle is very sleek and classy. It reminds me of Chanel or Illamasqua. The same elegance without the price tag!

xx Julia

Review: Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow Palette in 520 Watercolor

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A few months ago, Revlon released a new collection of eyeshadow palettes in their PhotoReady line of cosmetics. I was interested because they contained an entire eye look with coordinating colours in one palette. I chose the purple selection in 520 Watercolor because it looked like it would suite my brown eyes best out of all of the options and it just looked like fun!

Once I'd gotten it home, I began to play around with the colours and to see how they worked with each other in the manner that they were designed. I was pretty disappointed, to be completely honest. The primer shadow was a really cool iridescent pink shade but it added nothing underneath the other shadows. Pigmentation was mostly just glitter and the blue shade really didn't work.

But I persevered! With a bit more experimentation and a white colour base, I could come up with a pretty fun glittery purple eye look for a night on the town or a party.

The shadows in the palette include a very glittery mid-tone purple, a deep blue-purple and a light, almost pastel purple. There's also an iridescent pink primer shadow and some pink glitter to round out the palette.

For a drugstore eyeshadow product, it's pretty average. The colours are nice but they're mainly glitter. This makes it hard to blend the shadows together or to get an even sweep of colour. They definitely need a colour base which makes the included primer a bit redundant. Plus, the deep blue shade is very chalky and disappears as you try to blend it. To get any real colour, it might take a number of dips of the brush into the pan.

If you're looking for something fun, sparkly and compact, then this product will probably work for you. But I don't know if I'd be paying the AUD$25.95 to try any of the other colours in the collection.

All in all, I'm glad I bought the palette because I can get a decent eye look out of it and I don't have any similar shadows in my collection. But it's overpriced and doesn't stand out as a must-have drugstore product.

If you're interested to know how I created an eye look using just the Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow palette, I recently uploaded a video tutorial on my youtube channel.

xx Julia

New Bloglovin Account!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Hello everyone!

This is just a quick post to let you know that I've gotten myself a Bloglovin account! Now, if you have an account as well, you can follow me and easily keep up to date on my new posts!

Here's the link:
MissJulziez on Bloglovin

I hope this proves helpful for all of you!

xx Julia