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Stuff I Love: Red Apple Lipstick

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Stuff I Love: Red Apple Lipstick

Yes, ladies, that swatching is back on. So sorry for the long holiday! I actually swatch things all the time, but consolidating the results is another story... At any rate, I heard a lot of hubbub about this company from the facebook groups and while I'm not all that jazzed personally over the whole gluten and paraben free thing (I get that some people need/want it, just not essential for me), I DO love a brand that sells me nicely sized samples for not much money. I hope you also have a zero tolerance policy for lipsticks you can't see and try before you buy one in full size. Overall, the lipstick lives up to hydration claims and wears well over time without feathering (I seem to find a lot of really moist lipsticks do this on me, I have dry skin). And compared to other lipsticks in this space, they actually do have some exciting colors.

So, on with the swatches. I tried to order shades I thought were interesting/useful. There are a number that looked like the kinds of colors I avoid, or that didn't offer anything new. There were also others that I'd like to try and more new ones since I ordered, so if you like these I may do more in the future.

  1. Coral Crush - I like this for TA, I had expected it to be a Spring one but it's sort of brownish orange which would be very wearable as a day shade for TA.
  2. Cranberry Magic - This is a pretty and interesting shade, not what I thought when I ordered it. (they've since added more images, very helpful) I felt it was nicest with TW's fan, but would be on the subtle end for many TWs. It could be a bold red for some TSu or a nice lighter shade for a cool leaning DW, especially if she has fair skin.
  3. Light My Fire - Amazing on DA. It looks like it's going to be super warm/brown, but it's not. 
  4. Mix & Mingle - I actually thought this shade was the prettiest with the LSu fan, but on most I think it would be too much, unless worn at 1/2 intensity as suggested on the site. Some TW or maybe BW could wear it, but it's not as intense as I wanted it to be.
  5. Petal Pusher - LSu or TSu. Quite cool, another one I hoped would be brighter - if they had the product images they have now I would not have bought this one. It goes a bit into the zone of too light for most TSu/ too cool for most LSu, a place I find many lipsticks live.
  6. Ravishing - DW, very pretty, nice for those in this season whose skin eats up a ton of darkness from lipstick. Cool DAs could do well with this also. Many women of both these seasons may still find it too dramatic.
  7. Red! 101 - BW, very easy to wear compared to some reds for this season. Try it if Mary Kay Firecracker looked a little much on you, or if it looked great but you're just not ready for that yet.
  8. Sunkissed - TSp or BSp. It's not as bright as many orange lipsticks that get put in TSp but would be too strong on many of them. That said, BSp women who lean cooler and generally go more for the pinker shades may find it looks funny.

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Stuff I Love: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

By now, you know that I am always looking for lip products that I don't have to reapply a million times during the day, but that also don't leave my lips painfully dry. I tried this product mostly out of curiosity about the stability of the colors after another analyst swatched a couple of them, including one for Bright Winter.

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I was somewhat skeptical, because the ever-popular Lip Butters are decidedly not my favorite product, partially because I feel they slide all over the place, and partially because I noticed while swatching them out of paper that the colors tended to shift after a few minutes, pulling either soft or purple, or oddly, both. Happily, I don't find that the Just Bitten line tends to shift nearly so much, which is great, because they're just as cheap, stay put better, and are much longer lasting. I've heard some people still find these drying, but for me, they feel very comfortable on. I bet you've already guessed where this is going... after wearing one quite a bit myself, I decided to pick up several to keep in my makeup kit for my clients, and to swatch for all of you. I seem to have missed a few, but most of them from the main line (not the glosses or the matte ones) should be here.

  •  Honey - Soft Summer, may be too brown for some, though on my skin it was less brown than on paper, and on the whole distinctly more purpley than what I like on Soft Autumn
  • Lovesick - True Winter
  • Smitten - This one swatches as True Winter on paper, but on both my lips and skin, it seemed way more desaturated than Lovesick. True Winters who are tentative about their lip colors can probably still wear it, but I think a number of True Summers could do even better in it.
  • Cherish - Light Summer, I guess. I wish I hadn't bought this one, as it's one of those colors that's meant to be lighter than your lips, which I don't find to be a very flattering category of colors, in general.
  • Sweetheart - Bright Winter, really good for lighter-looking people in this season, but most should wear it well
  • Adore - Dark Autumn, quite warm, but a little overpowering next to the True Autumn fan. Either could try it.
  • Rendezvous - True Spring
  • Crush - Dark Winter
  • Charm - Light Spring, pretty warm and not much of a color even for this season, but it could work for some

So, there you have it! Let me know if you've tried any of these, and how it went. :)

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Stuff I Love: YSL Glossy Stains

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Stuff I Love: YSL Glossy Stains

A while back, someone from one of the color Facebook groups linked to this post about YSL Glossy Stains on Karla Sugar, and I have to say, from the moment I read Karla's review, it sounded like the lip product I'd been waiting for without knowing it. glossystain

I love lipgloss but:

  1. It doesn't last, especially if you drink a lot of water throughout the day
  2. It sticks to your hair when you're outside in the slightest breeze
  3. It's generally a mess that slides all over your face and likes to get on stuff you own
  4. You kind of feel like you're always eating it... probably you are

I love stains and long wear products but:

  1. They're really dry, I need gloss for comfort and to keep it from flaking
  2. They're usually quite matte, I need gloss to make the texture flattering
  3. All that glossing kind of defeats the purpose of a product with staying power
  4. Sometimes you have to scrub incredibly hard to get them completely off at the end of the day

Let me tell you, the Glossy Stains solve all these problems. You can eat and drink and still have them on, once they dry (in about 30 seconds) they aren't sticky and don't slide around. They're totally non-drying, magically stay glossy and translucent for several hours, and they're not SO stuck on there that you have to scrub your lips off to remove them. There's only one truly major drawback in my book - the price. Not that they're not worth it, but I'll still keep hunting for a replica of this formula at a lower price point. So far, no dice.

In case you decide (as I have) that one or two of these babies are worth it, wallet be damned, I've swatched most of the line and have done my best to put them in seasons. Lipgloss is a real pain to swatch, it soaks into the page by the time you get it home and smears all over your book, so please PLEASE try before you buy, especially at this price point. I would go put it on, live with it for the rest of the day and see how you like it, and then order it online. I'm probably going to get hate mail from brick and mortar stores for that one, but they don't have to wear it, and you do.

The glosses as I see them by number:

#1 -  True Winter, quite dark and very purple, and it loses brightness next to the BW fan. I think I'd like it best on a TW medium to dark skin.

#3 - This is one of those shades that is distinctly too dark and purple for Soft Summer (in my swatch more so than in Karla's picture), but still muted enough to lose energy next to the Dark and True Winter swatch books. Try it if you're one of those two, but IMO there are prettier shades in the line for both.

#6 - True Spring, should be a nice nude on her.

#7 - My swatch seems to like to be with the True Autumn swatch book, however it looks way off from the images of the color online. I've seen this one suggested for Light Spring, but it looks softer than that in my swatch.

#8 - True Spring

#9 - Bright Winter (it's cooler and redder than Karla's picture looks)

#11 - Bright Winter

#12 - Bright Spring, could try it on a Light Spring who wants a bolder lip, perhaps for evening

#13 - A Bright Winter who tolerates a dark lip well or a Dark Winter that's comfortable with lips in the upper brightness range for that season.

#14 - True Winter (I know, I know, but so many of these are profoundly purple)

#15 - I had this swatched as Dark Winter, but the pictures online look much lighter and pinker. I think this may be best as an intense lip for True Summer.

#16 - True Winter

#17 - I'm not sure who wears lips like this. It's very light and very cool. Far too cool against Light Summer, too bright against True Summer. As a color, it's prettiest with the True Winter swatch book,but it seems just far too light for a lip for her.  It's not bad with Bright Winter, and I think the relative lightness of a Bright Winter person would make this feel more comfortable.

#18 - I suppose for the fairest of Light Summers. Mind that it's not lighter than your lips, which always looks odd.

#19 - Light Summer, go for this before #18

#20 - Dark Autumn (beautiful chocolatey red velvet with some glitter in it!)

#26 - Bright Winter

#27 - True Spring certainly, Light Springs who wear warm shades well can try it, too

#29 - True Autumn

#101 - I did swatch this, but I guess I'll just say this isn't my idea of a lip color for anyone.

#102 - Soft Autumn

#103 - True Summer

#104 - Bright Winter, darker than online pictures, really pretty

#105 - Soft Autumn - has pinky glitter in it that cools the base color that you see online, might be even though many of these in the 100s are "nude" shades that look best on Autumns, the glitter and gloss will put them off it

#106 - Soft Autumn

#107 -Probably best for Dark Winter, be advised it's another one with a warm base an very purple glitter that cools it off a lot.

#108 - This would probably just go on like clear gloss with purple glitter in it.

#109 - Bright Winter - this one is a cool shade with gold glitter in it

 

So there you have it, those are the ones I was able to get my hands on. Have you tried a glossy stain? I'd love to hear if people of other seasons have tried these and how it went! :)

 

 

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