Simply Lippy Challenge Day 293 | Sleek Lip VIP Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shade 1004, Show Off

I really like Sleek as a brand and ever since I first tried one of their lipsticks, I’ve been pretty impressed. Some I have liked more than others, but today’s lipstick is from their semi-matte range and I just love it.


My regular readers will know that cream and matte formulas are my favourite, and this lippy has the perfect balance of both. It is rich and creamy, leaving the lips moisturised and smooth during the day, while the matte element means it stays on pretty well for such a creamy formula.


The pigment is lovely, it’s rich but not completely opaque, yet intense enough to give an almost full coverage to the lips. The colour pay off is equally as good, and the creaminess means it blends so well when you apply it.


To be quite honest, I don’t think there’s anything I don’t like about this. Sure, it could probably have an ever-so-slightly better lasting power, but that’s me really clutching at straws because I loved wearing it today.


I think it helped that the colour was the perfect brown-caramel shade for the very miserable, wintery day that we had, but even without that, the finish was just very nice.


What do you guys think of Sleek products, are you a fan of their lipsticks? I’d love to hear what you guys think so let me know!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 292 | Illamasqua Lipstick in Shade Atomic 

You may recall a few weeks back, I tried out my first Illamasqua lipstick and unfortunately, wasn’t that impressed with it. The formula was very dry, and the lipstick quality wasn’t good. I questioned whether I had bought a dudd, and I definitely think I did now as my second Illamasqua lipstick that I bought the same day is the same.


I don’t know if they overheated or dried weirdly after production, but this lipstick today has the same lumpy quality to it. Because of that, I really don’t think I can give a proper review but I did like this one more than the previous one.


The shade itself is a lovely raspberry pink and I liked the richness of the tone as well as the opaque coverage it gave my lips. And while it still was quite dry and hard to apply, it wasn’t as dry as the last one I tried.


The finish is matte and has a kind of pearlescent sheen to it that almost makes it look shimmery without any glitter element. I’m really not a fan of frosty looking lipsticks, and although this wasn’t completely frosty, I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it. 


The staying power wasn’t bad, but to be honest, I just wasn’t sure about wearing this when the lipstick bullet looked so strange so I ended up removing it after a few hours.


Overall, I didn’t love wearing it and the strange look of it really just put me off too. It’s a shame because the pigment is really nice and it could have been absolutely gorgeous in a cream or matte finish.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 291 | Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick in Shade 03, Hyppink Chic

If you’ve been following social media lately, I’m sure you’ve already come across this new lipstick collection from Bourjois which has just been released. Of course any new lipstick launch gets me excited, but all the great reviews accompanying this particular one, meant I just had to rush out, buy it and put it to the test.


I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Bourjois lip products over the years, even throughout the challenge I’ve had some mixed experiences, but after wearing this for just one day so far, I already know it’s my favourite Bourjois lippy that I’ve tried.


The most surprising, and best thing, about this lipstick is the almost duo element that it has. When you first apply it, it feels every inch a cream finish formula; it is hydrating, moisturising and feels very soft to wear.


However, give it a few minutes and it starts to dry in taking on a matte finish that feels quite velvety. Because the finish becomes matte, it means the staying power is much better than you inititially expect and I was very pleasantly surprised by how well this wore during the day.


I didn’t need to reapply it much at all, and it didn’t flake or crack after eating and drinking for example. More importantly, my lips felt very smooth all day and even the matte element didn’t dry them out.


The shade is what I would describe as a pink rose shade; it is soft with a neutral undertone making it a very versatile shade for any time of year.


I like it for so many reasons and will definitely be wearing it again once my challenge is over. Plus, the collection has a range of shades so I’m very excited to try those out too.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 290 | Kiko Jelly Stylo Gloss Lipstick in Shade 506, Cherry Red

Over the past few months I’ve tried and tested a few different Kiko lipsticks and overall, have quite liked them. As a budget brand, for me Kiko is one of the better ones out there and their lipsticks are pretty good considering their very reasonable price point.


Of the few that I’ve tried, I think today’s is maybe my least favourite. Now don’t get my wrong, it’s fine, but I just didn’t know if it was a balm, a lip gloss, or a lipstick really.


First off, the shade is a a cool toned red with a cherry undertone, which is nice and the pigment is very good for a high-shine gloss lipstick. But, as nice as the pigment is, the staying power isn’t good and I found myself having to reapply it over and over again throughout the day.


The formula itself is very light, so light that it feels like a balm, and it kind of just sits on your lips rather than blending or soaking in to them. That’s probably why each application doesn’t last very long either. Yet the finish being super high-shine, makes it feel slightly like a lip gloss too, especially as it’s oil based and doesn’t have the creaminess that a balm or lipstick would have.


As with all my lipstick posts, I only ever get to try each for one day so my posts are more first impressions really than reviews, and because of that, I hate to talk negatively about something without giving it a proper go. However, apart from the pigment, there’s not a whole lot else that would make me rush to try this again.


Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 289 | Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick Lip Shine in Shade, Pink Punch

Some of you may recall that I tried my first Soap & Glory lippy out a few weeks back and absolutely loved it. The shade, Ember Red, was one of their matte lipsticks from the Sexy Mother Pucker range, and because I liked it so much, today I decided to try out one of the gloss sticks from the same collection.


The first thing that strikes me with this is how balm-like it is. It was the same with the last shade I tried, and I mean it in the best possible way. It has all the moisturising and hydrating qualities of a really great lip balm, yet has the pigment of a lovely lipstick. It was only when I applied this earlier that I remembered how much I liked these, and I wasn’t disappointed today either.


The finish of this version is glossy like the title suggests, and if I’m being honest, I probably prefer the cream finish of the matte version. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the gloss finish at all, in fact it’s one of the nicer glosses I’ve tried; I just tend to prefer cream and mattes in general.


The pigment is so good; today’s shade is a deep raspberry pink that has a gorgeous rich tone with excellent colour pay off. The creaminess of the formula makes it very easy to blend and apply, and because of that, the pigment just pops when you wear it.


Staying power isn’t the best I’ve tried, but there is a slight stain element to it that makes the underlying colour last a bit longer than the gloss, and my lips felt very smooth all day.


Once again, I think I would describe this as more of a tinted balm because of the formula and consistency; but a really, really good tinted balm. It’s one of those products that I’d keep in the bottom of my handbag for a day when I want to just throw something on and go!


What’s your favourite tinted balm? I’d love to know what ones you’ve tried?

Soap & Glory is one of those brands that has some great products; I think I need to start trying out more of them!

Sorcha 💋

Review: Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

A few weeks back, I was invited along to a makeup masterclass with Urban Decay, where they unveiled their latest wonder mascara; Troublemaker. As much as I totally love Urban Decay as a brand, I had actually never tried any of their mascaras so I was very excited when they gave us one as a gift to take home and try out for ourselves.


I’ve been using the mascara every day for the past three weeks and I honestly couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you all. I am loving it, and there are just so many reasons why…


First off, the packaging is a-ma-zing! The coloured prismatic tube is so much fun and very hard to resist the second you lay your eyes on it. But, what is really striking about this mascara is the brush, and that’s what makes all the difference for me.


The brush head is silicone with very fine needles, but each needle is a different length going from short to long on one side, and long to short on the other. Because of that, every single lash gets covered with formula to give incredible length. The brush needles separate the lashes to give a very fine coverage, and exactly the kind of coverage that I love in a mascara.


Everyone likes different things when it comes to mascara, for me, I always like something that gives me length and a bit of thickness because I have very short lashes, and am not a big fan of wearing false eyelashes. I didn’t find the volume as great as some of my all-time favourites, but it was still very good and felt very lightweight too.

Before
One lash application
Two lash application

My pet peeve when it comes to any mascara is clumping and at the masterclass we were promised that one thing this mascara won’t do is clump, or leave little lumps of formula at the end of the eyelashes (I bloody hate when that happens). And hallelujah, they were right because I’ve had zero clumping with it and no smudging under the eye area either.

Before & After

The formula also contains a double black pigment giving a very dark intense colour to the lashes, and is infused with Vitamin E to keep your lashes nourished and in good condition too.

Before & After

Of the reviews I’ve read, some people are loving it and some are hating it, and it’s mainly coming down to how people feel about the brush head. So if you’re usually a fan of very bristly, thick brushes then this will definitely be a change from the norm and may not be to your preference. However, for me, it’s totally worth the spend at €23.50. 


Troublemaker is on counters in Debenhams stores and online now!

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 288 | Sleek True Colour Matte Lipstick in Shade, Papaya Punch 

I first tried one of these matte lipsticks from Sleek back in June in a gorgeous pink shade, Heartbreaker, which I absolutely loved. But, not only did I love the shade, I also really liked the pigment and the formula, so I was excited to try it out in another shade today.


Unfortunately I didn’t get to wear it anywhere exciting as we were housebound for the day due to Storm Ophelia hitting Ireland. But, not even hurricane storm winds can get in the way of my lipstick challenge!


As I wasn’t doing much, I opted for a very natural makeup look; some foundation, blush and a lick of mascara all topped off with a pop of colour from this gorgeous coral lipstick.


The shade is very much my kind of shade; many of you will know how much I love corals if you’ve been following my challenge from the beginning, and I loved the colour of this one today.


The matte formula is a little dry when you first apply, but once you start blending, the creaminess starts to come through and gives a lovely opaque coverage to the lips. The pigment is bold and strong, and the colour pay off is excellent too.


One of the best things about this formula though is the staying power which is very good. I hardly needed to reapply at all during the day, despite snacking a lot, and it lasted very well regardless.


I can definitely see myself wearing these lipsticks a lot in the future, and am just glad this one lived up to expectations today.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 287 | Topshop Nude Lip Lipstick in Shade Bevy

I’ve tried a few Topshop lipsticks over the ten months of my lipstick challenge, some I’ve liked, others not so much. But today’s lipstick, from the Nude Lip collection, is one that I’m happy to say I really like.


The shade is not one that I would call nude as it’s more of a dark brown, caramel shade with a rich tone that is perfect for this time of year. I’ve always liked rich tones like this, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that both the colour and coverage was really nice.


The consistency is quite light so it blends very easily, and the colour pay off is pretty good too so you don’t need to apply very much. The light texture also makes it very smooth, and it doesn’t dry out the lips either.


The finish is satin, with just a slight gloss to it, so it gives a nice shine to the lips without being very glossy. And even though it’s lightweight, the staying power isn’t bad; I had been expecting it to wear off quickly but the colour stayed in place pretty well. 


Overall I’m quite impressed with this and enjoyed wearing it today. There’s something about a shade like this that gets you in a very autumnal mood and I can definitely see myself wearing it again.


Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 286 | Illamasqua Lipstick in Shade Flare

Over the years, I’ve always heard such great things about Illamasqua as a brand, and so many of my blogger friends say it’s the one brand they wish was more readily available in Ireland. However, until today, I had never tried anything from the brand so naturally, was excited to try it out.


Unfortunately, the lipstick I chose didn’t live up to all the hype. I’m not sure if I got a dudd lipstick or not, but everything about this was just wrong for me and I’m so gutted.


The lipstick was very dry, so dry it was hard to apply or blend, and ended up going on in blotches as opposed to blending evenly. I had to layer this several times to get a full coverage and the bullet itself looks as though there are lumps in it which I’m sure shouldn’t be there. So maybe it was a bad batch that made it to the shelf.


I also had high hopes for the shade which I was thought would be a gorgeous bright orange, but instead what I got was something quite dull and a little non-descript. Certainly not the bright orange that I usually love to wear.


It didn’t dry out my lips but did nothing to make them feel smooth or soft, and I ended up taking it off early because I just didn’t like wearing it at all. 


The only real positives were the coverage and the staying power which was good, and it did take a bit of effort to actually get it off! Normally that would be a good complaint for me, but not today.


As first impressions go, I really haven’t had a good one, but I’ve a feeling that’s more down to a bad lippy rather than a reflection of the brand itself.

Sorcha 💋

Review: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour Foundation

When it comes to makeup, there are very few brands that do it better than MAC in my opinion. For years, my go-to foundation was Studio Fix Fluid foundation, very closely followed by Studio Fix powder. Both of these are full coverage finishes, and it’s only in the past few years that I have begun moving away from full coverage, to much lighter, dewy foundations.


As you get older your skin changes, and now I rarely wear a full coverage foundation unless I’m going on a big night out. I’ve grown to much prefer the feel and look of a lighter foundation, and that’s where Next To Nothing comes in.

I had read a little bit about this foundation in the Spring just after it was released, but it was only when I was in MAC back in June that I decided to swatch it and see what all the hype was about.


When talking to the makeup artist in store, she explained to me that this was MAC’s answer to Armani’s Luminous Silk and honestly, that was a very bold claim to make. As far as high-end foundations go, Luminous Silk has been my go-to since I discovered it around 18 months ago. It gives my face a perfect creamy coverage that smooths out my skin while also giving it an incredible glow (if you missed my review earlier this year you catch catch it here).

Given how much I love Luminous Silk, naturally I was intrigued to see if Next to Nothing lived up to its claims so I bought it, and have been putting it to the test over the past few months. Here’s how I’ve been getting on…


First off, Next to Nothing is extremely light weight, and MAC describe it as more of a tinted cream than foundation. The formula is quite wet, much wetter than you’d expect, and because of that, it blends very quickly into the skin. 

As far as consistency goes, I’m not sure how much I like it. I like that it is very easy to apply, and I like that a little goes a long way. However, the wetness means you have to be careful how you apply it. In general, I prefer stippling brushes to apply liquid foundation (MAC 191 is my favourite), but that doesn’t work well at all with this foundation. When I applied it with my stippling brush, it kind of dragged the formula rather than blended it, so a flat foundation brush or a beauty blender/sponge are your only real options for an even coverage.

Speaking of coverage, it is so light that it gives a ‘barely there’ look to the skin yet still manages to blur out skin imperfections. It gives a lovely smoothness to my skin which also softens it, so from that point of view, it is very nice. It is comfortable to wear, doesn’t feel heavy or thick in any way, and has a lovely hydrating element to it too which I wasn’t expecting.

I think maybe the thing I like about it most (and this is where it is similar to Luminous Silk), is the lovely sheer glow it gives to my skin. My skin is combination to dry, more dry than anything else, and because of that, has a tendency to look dull at times. I think that’s mainly why I’m so drawn to dewy foundations now, and this definitely brings a lovely soft glow to my face.


But, and there is a but with it; don’t be expecting a flawless finish. I have some red lines and broken capillaries around my nose area which it doesn’t cover very well, and due to pregnancy hormones my chin has been very dry and sandpaper-like over the past few months, which means I need a good amount of concealer when I use it. It doesn’t have the same creaminess that Luminous Silk has, and the coverage is maybe just a little too light, even for me.


One thing that struck me when I was researching the foundation was, that as well as using this as your stand alone base, MAC also suggest using it over your current foundation to give an extra glow to the skin – that just completely baffled me. I’m not sure why you should ever need to use a foundation, over your foundation?! That’s what primers and highlighters are for…

Also, when this was first released it was hailed as an ‘Instagram filter in a bottle’ because of its retouching quality and the sheer glow it gives the skin. While I’m sure that was just part of the marketing plan, I’m not sure I get that claim either.

Before
After
 

So how do I feel about it now? Well, I like it but I don’t love it. On a warm Summer’s day, or a day when you just want a light tint to the skin, it is the perfect option. It will give you a lovely glow and keep your skin soft and smooth. So, if you tend to prefer light foundations, then I would definitely recommend getting a sample in store to try it out.

But, if you want something a little creamier, longer lasting or have blemishes you want to cover, it’s not the best choice. And, although it has an oil-free formula, it probably isn’t going to work for you if you have oily skin either.

Before
After

I am wearing shade Light Plus, which is maybe a little too light for my skin tone, but the next shade up, Medium, was too dark. There isn’t a great shade range with there being only nine in total, but because it is so light and blendable, it is easy enough to work around that.

I think it will be great for when bump arrives and I don’t have the time to apply a full face of makeup every day, so I’m definitely going to keep wearing it for light coverage days. But overall I think this one is going to be a love or hate kind of product – the only question is, do you love it or hate it?!


If you’ve tried this foundation I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, so please comment below and let me know. Or similarly, if you have any lightweight foundations that you love, then share those too.

Sorcha x