Friday, January 6, 2012

Laura Mercier Stickgloss: Courtesane

Laura Mercier Stickgloss is an interesting hybrid product.  It applies and wears like a lipstick, but it's semi-sheer and shiny like a gloss.  The formula is very comfortable - lightweight and hydrating.
Courtesane is a very wearable color, almost a sheer berry but with neutral-to-warm copper reflects.  Sephora describes it as mauve rose, but there's not a bit of mauve in it and rose is a stretch too.
shade
full sun
I've only tried a few of these Stickgloss beauties, but I'm going to find an excuse to get more.  Really nice!  They retail for $20 at various locations.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Korres Buttered Up lip butter duo: Jasmine


Sephora is offering some really lovely sets right now, including this one from Korres.  I got this one as a Christmas gift from my mother (hi mom!).  It contains one lip butter and one lip butter glaze in the same color, a pale tan pink.  It retails for $15, which is a nice value, given that the lip butter sells for $12 and the glaze for $14 when you get them separately.

Their lip butter is my favorite tinted lip balm EVAH, despite being in a pot instead of a more portable form.  It's soft, smooth, luxurious, and it sinks in to make your lips feel hydrated and pampered.  If my lips are feeling dry or irritated, I put on some of this and they feel instant relief.  The balm has a sheer tint to it, more than a gloss but not much.  It lasts a few hours before needing to be reapplied.


The lip butter glaze feels more like a gloss to me.  It's not at all sticky, and it's sheer and shiny on the lips.  I find it needs reapplication a little more frequently than the lip butter and isn't nearly as moisturizing or soothing, but if you consider it as gloss and not a treatment it's not bad at all.  It has a hard plastic slant-tip applicator with works really well and is easy to clean if needed.  The glaze can be hard to get out in cold weather, so keep it in a warm place if you're going to be using it.
Shade
Sun
Jasmine lip butter 
Jasmine lip butter glaze

Monday, January 2, 2012

Chanel Aqua Crayon Eye Colour Stick: Taupe


I bought this in the mid-1990's while looking for an eyeliner that would last past lunch and didn't look too "made up".  It fit the bill nicely.
This is a twist-up pencil in a sturdy hard plastic case.  The eyeliner inside is a hard waxy texture that packs a decent amount of pigment.  It tugs a little when applying to the eyes but once it's there it stays put pretty well.  Honestly, the texture reminds me more of a waxy eyebrow pencil than an eyeliner.  Age one of Benefit's Instant Brow pencils 15 years and it would probably feel like this. I'll have to try it on my brows!
The tip isn't too thin or thick, and it doesn't come with a sharpener so if you want a thin line you'll have to rub down the sides to get a nice point, wasting product as you go.  Still, the color's a nice neutral taupe and it works as advertised.