[Review] Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday…today I’m back with a review of a sample I got from Sephora….this soy face cleanser by Fresh! It’s $20 for 50mL, which is a little pricey for me, especially considering how I usually pay less than $10 for my cleansers.

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So I was pretty excited to try this, because a lot of cleansers kind of dry out of my skin during the colder winter months, so I was hoping that this gel cleanser would be able to do a good job of cleaning my skin without drying out my skin as much as a lot of foam cleansers do.

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This is a clear gel, and doesn’t foam up or anything, so I had to use it a few times to get used to it. I also didn’t really notice much of a scent.

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To be honest, it doesn’t feel like it’s doing much, and while it does clean my face, it definitely did not do as good a job as my previous cleansers. When I use toner after this cleanser, I can still see traces of my concealer and whatnot on the cotton pad.

However, it is a lot more gentle. This didn’t dry out my skin at all, and I didn’t have ay sort of negative reaction to it, which is always a plus.

A little also goes a pretty long way with this. This little 20mL tube lasted me about a month and a half, which is definitely a lot longer than I expected.

Overall, while I liked how gentle this cleanser is it’s definitely not something I’d purchase.

Pros:

  • Gentle
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Doesn’t cleanse as well as I expected

Overall rating: 5/10

Would I purchase? No.

I’m honestly pretty neutral about this cleanser. I didn’t like it or dislike it. While it isn’t something I’d purchase, I was still glad I got this sample. I’m hoping I’ll have better luck with the rose face mask.

[Review] Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

So, if you guys have been following me on Instagram (@delicatedesire_), then you might have seen the pictures of the little beauty bag full of samples I got from Sephora a few days ago, one of which was the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, which I’ve heard so much about.

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I don’t use eyeshadow that much (I like to keep my daily makeup as simply as possible), so this is actually the perfect size for me. And can we take a moment to appreciate how adorable this packaging is?

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Anyways, moving on to the actual product…when you squeeze it out, it’s a nude colour and you only need a little bit for both your eyelids. It helps even out the colour of your eyelids, which is definitely something I look for in a primer.

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After applying, I let it set for about 30 seconds before applying eyeshadow and I definitely noticed a difference in pigmentation. I was using the NYX eyeshadows I bought recently, which are already quite pigmented, but this definitely intensified the colours.

However, what totally blew me away though was the lasting power. 8 hours after application, my eye makeup looked almost exactly like it did when I applied it. I feel like some of the colour on the outer edges that I had blended out more faded a tiny bit, but that was about it.

And, best of all, this totally controls oil. I have oily eyelids, and an oily t-zone in general, but what was amazing was that literally every part of my face that was usually oily had gotten oily by the end of the night…except my eyelids. There has never been a primer or powder that has been able to control the oil on my face to this extent.

Needless to say, I can definitely understand the hype surrounding this product. However, considering how little I actually use eyeshadow, I don’t think I could justify the $26 price tag for the full-size product…

Pros:

  • Nice packaging
  • Evens out colour of eyelids
  • Makes eyeshadows look more pigmented
  • Makes eyeshadow last longer
  • Amazing oil control

Cons:

  • Pricey

Overall Rating: 9/10

Would I Purchase? Unfortunately, probably not.

I would definitely recommend this to anybody looking for a really good eyeshadow primer and wouldn’t mind splurging a little. However, as for myself, this little tube will probably last me a good while. And, while I probably won’t ever purchase the full-size, when Sephora is giving out mini samples with purchases, I might just place an order to get another one.

[Review] NYX Cosmetics Full Throttle Eyeshadow Palette

Hi guys! So Halloween was almost 2 weeks ago, and I needed a reddish eyeshadow for my costume…which was actually harder to find than I thought it would be. Anyways, I picked up this little palette from NYX just for the red colour and I am so glad I did.

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First of all, this was only $12, which is a great price for 4 eyeshadows. The packaging is also really unique and it feels nice and sturdy. I got this in ‘Color Riot’ (FTSP08).

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I already own colours like the top two, but I did not yet have an orange and red…I am more a fan of the neutrals when it comes to eyeshadows but, like I mentioned earlier, I needed a red for costume purposes and just couldn’t find a single shadow in the right colour.

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So…onto the colours. They are actually all so pretty. There’s a nice light beige sparkle (Which looks kind of white in the picture), a nice warm brown, an orange and a sort of brick red. The swatches were taken in sunlight, so all the colours look a little brighter than they do in real life. The picture of the palette on its own is a more accurate depiction of the colours.

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Anyways, these are really nice and pigmented and they go on really smoothly, even without primer. They are super easy to blend and the colours go really well together. There also was virtually no fallout for the mattes, which is always a good thing.

I wore this without primer and I was pleasantly surprised by the lasting power. I wore the brown and red out for about 7 or 8 hours and, despite my oily eyelids, these did not crease or smudge or anything. It also didn’t really fade. It basically looked almost the same as when I first put it on, which I thought was amazing.

To be honest, I picked this up on a whim and didn’t expect too much out of it because of the price but I was blown away by how good these were. I can see why my friends love NYX eyeshadows so much now.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Nice packaging
  • Pretty colours
  • Pigmented
  • Go on smoothly
  • Easy to blend
  • Virtually no fallout
  • Great lasting power

Cons:

  • None!

Overall rating: 10/10

Would I repurchase? Yes!

I am definitely going to get myself some more NYX eyeshadows…they are some of the best that I’ve ever tried. I would definitely recommend them to everyone, and they have a really nice range of colours too. Plus, they’re cheap…can’t get much better than that.

[Review] Beyond Alice in Blooming Two Tone Lipstick

Hey everyone! So I’m back today with another review…as some of you guys know, I am a huge sucker for packaging, so when I saw this super pretty Alice in Wonderland lipstick I just had to get it.

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So, as you guys can see, even the box is really pretty…I love ‘Alice in Wonderland’ so I simply couldn’t resist getting something from this collection. This was about $15, which isn’t too expensive.

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There are a bunch of really cute illustrations on the box, so I couldn’t help but take a few pictures.

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The expiry date is also printed at the side of the box, which is super helpful for people like me who can never remember how long I’ve had a lip product…

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Anyways, I got this in the colour 01, which is a nice red.

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The tube itself is really cute as well, and actually doesn’t feel cheap despite the plastic look. It feels quite sturdy, which I like.

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So here’s a picture of the ‘two tone’ part of this lipstick…isn’t it just so pretty? Though it’s called a lipstick, this looks more like a tinted balm to me so I was a little worried about pigmentation.

However, the pigmentation is actually pretty nice. It feels really nice and smooth on my lips, and one swipe is just enough to get a nice red colour onto my lips without it feeling like too much. This has a slightly glossy finish, and the colour is buildable as well. This is also decently moisturizing, which is definitely a bonus.

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Another thing I love about this is that it applies really evenly, and doesn’t highlight dry patches or settle into fine lines, which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to lipsticks.

As you can see from the swatch, that lighter part in the middle does leave a sort of streak…while it’s pretty to look at, it’s a little annoying in application because you have to kind of blend the streak out every time you apply it. After a couple uses, the red also blends into the centre so it doesn’t look quite as nice.

The lasting power of this lipstick is what really blew me away. Because it was moisturizing, I assumed it’d come off pretty easily but, to my surprise, it didn’t!

It does begin to fade after 3 hours, but it leaves a nice red stain behind. Once you re-apply, you’re pretty much good for the rest of the day as well. And when you re-apply, it goes on just as evenly as the initial application, which is great. However, the colour will get brighter with re-application, but I don’t mind that especially since it means I’ll have nice red lips for the whole day!

And I say ‘for the rest of the day’ because after the 2nd re-application, the colour doesn’t noticeably fade until about 8 hours later…which, like I said before, was definitely a pleasant surprise.

All in all, great packaging along with a great product, so there’s not much to complain about.

Pros:

  • Pretty and sturdy packaging
  • Expiration date printed on box
  • Nice pigmentation
  • Colour buildable
  • Applies evenly
  • Decently moisturizing
  • Good lasting power

Cons:

  • Lighter part in the middle leaves a streak when applied

Overall rating: 9.5/10

Would I repurchase? Definitely.

This is honestly the perfect lipstick for those mornings when you’re in a rush because you can just apply this and go. I have found myself using this quite a lot in the past little while. Not only does this have good lasting power, but it is also somewhat moisturizing, and I feel like that’s the best I’m going to get. Plus, the colour’s really nice so what more could I ask for?

[Review] Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

Hello again everyone! So I realized that a lot of reviews lately have been of lip products, so I decided to switch it up and review something a little different…a face mask! I’ve been meaning to try a face mask from Lush for a pretty long time now, but for some reason, never got around to it until recently.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about their Cosmetic Warrior mask, so that’s what I decided to start with. The description, taken from their website, is that it will “smooth and tighten the pores” and make for “a fresh, clear, happy face”. This basically claims to “cleanse and soothe troubled skin”.

This is a little pricey…with tax and everything, it was almost $11. It also expires about 2-3 weeks after you buy it, but that’s to be expected considering what’s in the mask. I also really like how, if you save up 5 pots, you can return them and get a free face mask. That’s a pretty good incentive to recycle, if you ask me.

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Anyways, the mask itself, in all honesty, looks kind of gross, and has the consistency of wet clay with some little chunks in it…? That’s the best way I can describe it. I’m also not a big fan of the smell, which is fairly strong, but since it does have garlic and tea tree in it, that didn’t really come as a surprise to me.

I followed the directions and left this mask for about 10 minutes before washing it off. This never fully dried down, but was a little harder to remove than I expected…nothing too bad though.

I noticed that my skin did feel a little smoother and my pores a little smaller, but in terms of acne, I didn’t notice a difference in redness or anything.

I used this mask twice a week for about 2 weeks, plus once on the third week, and while I did notice a slight difference in my pores (Or perhaps that was just wishful thinking…it was hard to tell), I didn’t notice any change with my acne in redness, frequency of breakouts or size.

However, I wasn’t really breaking out that badly when I got this mask…I just got a few pimples and decided to try this mask out.

I also had to waste a little bit of product since it expired…it wasn’t too much, just about a single use, but it was pricey so I was a little sad about that. I guess I’m just not really the type of person to remember to use masks all that frequently.

All in all, this mask wasn’t bad, but also didn’t really do everything that it claimed it would. Maybe I’ll have better luck with a different mask.

Pros:

  • Good ingredients
  • Good incentive to recycle the containers
  • Skin felt a little smoother after
  • Pores looked a little smaller after

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Strong scent
  • Made no difference in terms of acne
  • Some wasted because of expiry

Overall rating: 6.5/10

Would I repurchase? Maybe.

I’ll probably try out some other masks and see how they work for me…perhaps I’ll find one that I’ll really like, who knows. This mask worked for quite a few of my friends, but I guess I’ve been using so much on my acne for so long that it didn’t really have as much of an effect…? If any of you guys get it, I hope that it works better for you!

[Review] Etude House Rosy Tint Lips

Hi everyone! So, if you follow me on Instagram (@delicatedesire_), you’ve probably seen a picture or two with this lip tint…it’s one that I’ve found myself reaching for quite a lot nowadays. I got this in shade #8 (After Blossom).

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I’ve been eyeing this lip tint for quite a while now, but was always a little hesitant to get it because of other reviews I’ve read which say the packaging is awkwardly stiff (i.e. it’s a little difficult to get the product out) and it’s quite drying. I finally decided to get it when I was browsing around an Etude House in Hong Kong and swatched it…the colour was so pretty I just had to get it.

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In the promotional pictures, this looks like a very pretty deep berry sort of colour. In real life, it’s a little more red than I expected, but still a very pretty colour. And one that I didn’t own yet, which I was very happy about.

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The packaging is quite simple…it’s just a tube (The colour of the tint, which makes it easy to identify) with a screw on cap and a sponge tip that you can use to create a gradient lip.

Like other reviews have pointed out, the packaging is a little stiff, which makes the tint a little hard to squeeze out. I imagine that it’ll be even more difficult to squeeze out once you’re nearing the end.

I also have a problem with the sponge tip sometimes screwing off. It’s pretty easy to screw back on, but it’s a little annoying.

The sponge itself also gets dirty pretty easily, and I can’t really think of a way to clean it. I’ve used it probably about a dozen times now, and I feel like it may be starting to get a little worn as well…however, it is pretty useful for creating a gradient. As expected, the sponge does absorb a little of the product though.

Onto the actual product…though I don’t have many good things to say about the packaging, besides that it’s simple and cute, I am in love with the tint itself.

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As you can see from the swatch above, the colour is really pretty, and it has pretty good pigmentation as well. I usually squeeze out some product onto the centre of my lips and spread it out using the sponge, which makes for a really pretty, wearable look. The colour’s also buildable, so you can definitely go full-on with the colour as well.

The colour dries to a matte finish and, while it is a little drying, it’s honestly nothing too bad. For a matte product especially.

There is a nice rose scent that’s not too artificial and not too strong, at least for me it wasn’t, but it may bother some people.

My favourite part about this tint is that once it’s on, it’s on pretty much for good. There isn’t that much transfer, and I’ve worn this tint out from morning until night, and it has only faded slightly. It also fades evenly, which is great.

This tint is also pretty easy to apply. Just squeeze out a little product and spread it with the sponge. Another bonus is that it doesn’t settle into lines or really highlight dry patches on your lips.

So, while I’m not a big fan of the packaging for various reasons, the product itself more than makes up for that.

Pros:

  • Sponge tip useful for creating gradient lips
  • Pretty colour
  • Good pigmentation
  • Buildable
  • Matte finish
  • Lasts basically all day
  • Not much transfer
  • Fades evenly
  • Doesn’t settle into lines or really highlight dry patches

Cons:

  • Packaging a little stiff
  • Sponge gets dirty easily
  • Sponge tip sometimes comes off with cap
  • Sponge absorbs some of product

Overall rating: 9/10

Would I repurchase? Definitely.

In fact, I’m already considering getting #7 (Tea Rose). This is a tint that I’d recommend to basically anyone who is into gradient lips and/or matte lips. All of the colours are really pretty and the only downside really is the packaging…I think that the product itself is great.

[Review] Make Up Beauty The Queen Lip Crayon

Hello everyone! So today I’ll be reviewing this dirt cheap lip crayon that I got in China…there are some spelling errors here and there, and I was a little suspicious of the quality, but for the price, I decided to give it a try.

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So I got this lip crayon for 10RMB at Miniso, which is super cheap. I swatched the colour and it felt smooth and the colour was quite pigmented and pretty, so I figured I’d give it a try. I got this in #05.

The packaging looks quite nice, except for the spelling error…nothing too major, though. It does feel a little cheap, but I didn’t expect much because of the low price. It is convenient to carry around, though. I do feel like the plastic cap would crack the moment you drop into onto any hard surface, but that seems to be the case with most kinds of clear plastic caps like this.

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The colour is a really pretty bright red with a hint of pink (It looks pinker in the picture than it actually is…sorry about that). As you can see from the swatch, it goes on really nice and pigmented, and has some shine.

Lip crayons are super easy to apply, which is why I really like using them. I do wonder what I’m going to do once the tip starts to get dull, though. But, for now, it’s quite precise. I also really like the twist mechanism.

The colour glides on nice and evenly and, again, is pigmented and has a glossy finish. It doesn’t highlight dry patches, but it does settle into fine lines somewhat. It feels nice and smooth on the lips, but isn’t actually moisturizing…it’s more like a layer on top of your lips. It doesn’t dry them out though, which is definitely a good thing. It looks really nice on the lips, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this lip crayon, considering the price.

It does have a bit of a scent, which is somewhat difficult to describe…it kind of smells like an actual wax crayon? It’s not very strong, but I definitely did smell it while I was applying it, and it wasn’t exactly pleasant. Just something that I thought I’d mention.

One bad thing about this, though, is that it never truly sets. It kind of slips and slides on your lips a bit, and when I press my lips together after applying this, a little does end up outside of my lip line. Nothing too bad though, I suppose.

The lasting power of this is alright. You have to re-apply about once every three hours, and after eating or drinking, which is pretty typical. This also transfers like crazy…there were red lip prints all over my cups when I wore this. It does leave behind a slight stain, but it fades unevenly, so the stain ends up being uneven as well.

Overall, this lip crayon was actually really good quality for the price I paid. Sadly, I think you can only get these at Miniso.

Pros:

  • Extremely cheap
  • Pretty colour
  • Convenient
  • Precise and easy to apply
  • Glides on
  • Pigmented
  • Glossy finish
  • Not drying
  • Doesn’t highlight dry patches

Cons:

  • Packaging feels cheap
  • Settles into fine lines somewhat
  • Not moisturizing
  • Wax crayon-like scent
  • Slides around on lips
  • Transfers onto everything
  • Fades unevenly

Overall rating: 8/10

Would I repurchase? Yes.

This was definitely worth what I paid…I was pleasantly surprised with the pigmentation and overall quality. The colour is really pretty as well, so not much I can really complain about.

[Review] Innisfree Glossy Lip Lacquer

Hello everyone! So today I’m going to be reviewing a product that I recently started using…this Innisfree lip gloss!

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Though the name also has the words ‘lip lacquer’ in it, this product really does feel more like a gloss than anything to me. But more on that in a bit.

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I got this in the shade Plum Burgundy (05) which, in the promotional pictures, looks like a nice, plummy pink sort of colour.

The packaging is simple, but convenient to carry around. However, like their Creammellow lipstick, the white cap gets dirty really easily. When I peeled the label off, it left all kinds of sticky gunk on the cap, and you can still clearly see it.

Anyways, moving on. The colour is a very pretty plum shade in the bottle and, if you look closely, there are blue sparkles in it. I didn’t expect it, but it’s nothing too crazy.

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This has a typical doe foot applicator, which makes it pretty easy to apply.

Here’s a swatch…my camera refused to focus on the actual swatch, but I think you guys can get an idea of what it looks like.

Though it looks dark in the bottle and in the swatch, it’s actually fairly sheer when applied, which was kind of disappointing. When applied, the colour is a nice plummy pink, like in the promotional pictures, just not nearly as pigmented.  The blue shimmer isn’t really that noticeable on the lips, unless you look closely….however, even after removing all of the colour and gloss, you can still see some shimmer on your lips, which is a little annoying to me.

This also feels kind of sticky on the lips…nothing too bad, but sticky enough that your hair would definitely stick to it on a windy day. This definitely feels like a sheer gloss to me.

It also goes on kind of streaky and uneven, which isn’t the greatest. After applying it straight from the applicator, I usually have to go over it with my fingers a little to even it out. However, the colour (Even if it is sheer) doesn’t settle into lines or anything, and doesn’t get patchy with re-application. This is something you can just apply in the morning and then go…no need for exfoliating or anything.

The wear time of this gloss is about 3 hours, and there’s a slight stain for about an hour after that.

I don’t really like this gloss when worn alone, but I did discover that it is absolutely amazing for layering on top of, well…pretty much any of my lipsticks.

My favourite thing to do with this gloss is combine it with my lipsticks…it makes any colour a little darker and adds a hint of plum, which looks absolutely gorgeous when combined with my pink reds and plum lipsticks.

I also have a few lipsticks I’ve never worn because I thought the shade was too light and washed me out, and this lipgloss fixes that, which is great. Another good thing about it is that, when layered on top of lipsticks that settle into lines and what not, it does a decent job of camouflaging the unevenness of the lip colour underneath while adding a nice shine.

So, while I initially didn’t like this lipgloss, it has become a sort of must-have for me. It’s the perfect top coat for any lip colour.

Pros:

  • Simple and convenient packaging
  • Easy to apply
  • Doesn’t settle into lines
  • Perfect for mixing with lipsticks
  • Good top coat for lip colours

Cons:

  • Cap gets dirty easily
  • Sheerer than expected
  • Goes on streaky and uneven

Overall rating: 8.5/10

Would I repurchase? Yes.

This gloss has definitely become a necessary part of my lip colour collection…with this one gloss, I have a bunch of new colours, and it also saves lipsticks that I previously deemed unwearable. While I don’t think I’d get the other colours, this is one I would repurchase when I run out.

[Review] Ameli Platlips

Hello again everyone! So today I’ll be reviewing a lip tint that I’ve been really loving lately, and that’s quite different from the other colours I own….Ameli’s Platlips in the shade Vampire (914).

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I knew I had to have this shade from the moment I saw it…it’s a deep, bloody red shade that I fell in love with almost instantly. Most of the other lip colours I own are all pinks or bright reds, so I really wanted to try out a darker colour like this.

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I got this for about $12 (Shipping not included), which isn’t too bad. A little pricey compared to other Korean lip tints I have, though.

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The packaging is simple, but still adorable. I especially liked the bright pink inside the box…it was like a little surprise when I opened it.

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This fits in the palm of my hand and is very sturdy, so I can just throw it in my purse for reapplications. However, I’m not a big fan of applying things with my fingers (Especially tints) and I don’t want to carry a lip brush around, either, so I’m on the fence about the practicality of the packaging. It’s not the most hygienic, but it looks nice and is easy to carry around.

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In the promotional pictures, it shows the tint as having almost a liquid lipstick sort of consistency, which is definitely not the case, as you can see here. It’s more like a solid lip balm…you have to rub your finger on it a bit to warm it up before you really get colour. The best way to describe it would be that it has a bit of a waxy texture, I suppose…?

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This colour as described as being “not red, but reddish!” and “the colour of a hurt petal”. If it weren’t for the pictures, I think I would’ve had a hard time imagining what shade this was.

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The colour is a little darker in real life than in the picture…it literally looks like blood when swatched on my arm.

On my lips, it’s a deep, bloody red, which is pretty much exactly what I’m looking for. It’s such a pretty colour. The name “Vampire” really does suit this shade. It does have a little shine when applied, but not much.

However, this does goes on a little patchy…it’s not as creamy as I expected it to be, so that might be why. It’s a little difficult to spread, but it does have pretty good pigmentation. You do need to exfoliate beforehand, though…while it doesn’t settle into lines, it does highlight dry patches.

It’s not drying, but it’s not moisturizing either. It feels very comfortable on the lips. I find that I don’t need to apply lip balm or anything until about an hour or two after I’ve applied this tint.

My biggest issue about applying this with my fingers, though, is that it does stain my fingers. And, again, it’s not the most hygienic method of application.

This has pretty good lasting power…unfortunately, it doesn’t last all day, but I can usually go about 6 hours (With eating and drinking) before I need to reapply. And this also fades evenly, which is good. This does transfer a little, but definitely not as much as a lot of my lipsticks do.

Overall, I am really liking this tint. Gorgeous colour, feels nice on the lips and lasts a good amount of time…there’s not much else I could ask for, really.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and simple packaging
  • Gorgeous colour
  • Good pigmentation
  • Doesn’t settle into lip lines
  • Feels comfortable on lips
  • Good lasting power
  • Fades evenly
  • Doesn’t transfer that much

Cons:

  • Has to be applied with fingers or a lip brush
  • Goes on a little patchy
  • A little difficult to spread
  • Highlights dry patches

Overall rating: 8.5/10

Would I repurchase? Yes.

This is a tint that I’ve found myself reaching for again and again…and I already have my eye on a few other colours from this line. They have quite a few unusual colours (Like yellow), but also lots of pretty pink and red shades, as well. I can definitely see myself purchasing more of these in the future.

After 3 Years, I’m Finally On Instagram!

Find me at @delicatedesire_

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It seems like everybody’s on Instagram nowadays, so I’m probably a little late joining…but better late than never, right?

I tried Twitter a little while ago and it didn’t really work out…I always seemed to have problems of some kind so I eventually just gave up. I guess we weren’t meant to be.

However, Instagram has proved to be more cooperative (At least, so far it has). On it, I’ll be posting blog updates as well as updates on future reviews, my favourite products and more!

My page is pretty empty right now, but I promise it’ll fill up soon enough…I actually uploaded a picture of my most recent haul today, so if you guys are curious make sure to check it out.

As always, thanks for stopping by…updates both on this blog and on my new Instagram account will be coming very soon, so I hope to see you there!