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

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 285 | Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Shade 105

The lippy I chose for today is a balm from Revlon, a brand I really haven’t worn much of throughout my challenge. For some reason, it’s not a brand that really comes to mind for me when I think of what to try out next so when I spotted it last week I decided to buy it and give it a go.


The shade I chose is from the Michelle Keegan collection for Revlon and is a lovely pink peach tone that has a shimmer finish to give an extra dimension to the lips when you apply.


The shade is very pale so it’s a barely there kind of shade, but one that would be a great choice for a relaxed or natural makeup day. In saying that, I did have to layer it up quite a bit to get a nice amount of colour so do keep that in mind if you decide to try it out.


I wasn’t sure how moisturising it would be with the shimmer particles, but the mixture of Shea, Mango and Coconut butter in the ingredients means that your lips are kept incredibly soft and moisturised while you wear this, as well as staying hydrated.


As it has a gloss finish, the staying power isn’t great and you do have to reapply this regularly throughout the day. Because the shade wasn’t full coverage to start with, I did find that a little annoying, but my lips felt so smooth by the end of the day which kind of made up for it.


I’m not sure whether I’d reach for this too often again after wearing it today, however, it would be a good option for when I’m having a particularly dry lip day.


Have any of you guys tried Revlon lippies? I’d love to hear your thoughts so as always, let me know by commenting below!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 284 | Clarins Joli Rouge Long Wearing Lipstick in Shade 756, Guava

If you follow me on social media, you may recall me talking about Clarins’ Autumn Winter 2017 Graphik collection which they released a few weeks back. Today’s lipstick is one of three new shades that were released, and also my favourite of the three.


Litchi and Deep Red are both lovely shades with the trademark Joli Rouge gloss finish, but today’s shade Guava, is a gorgeous salmon coral shade that is muted enough to be versatile in any season, and I really loved wearing it throughout the day. 


It’s no secret by now that I’m a big fan of this lipstick range from Clarins; the formula is very hydrating and moisturising, and leaves your lips feeling incredibly soft when you wear it.


The finish is a satin gloss that blends easily, and the lightweight consistency means it applies very smoothly too. As it has a slight gloss to it, the finish isn’t as good as a matte or cream, but is pretty good nonetheless. And to be honest, I actually didn’t mind when I had to reapply it during the day because of how moisturising it is.


The sign of a great lipstick for me is wanting to wear it again, and I can safely say I will be wearing this one over and over  again in the months to come once my challenge has finished.


Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 283 | Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Shade E921B, Nudist Peach

I first tried out one of these liquid catsuit matte lipsticks from Wet n Wild a few months back, and although it wasn’t my favourite Wet n Wild lippy, I did quite like it. The shade and pigment were both nice and the lasting power wasn’t bad either.


Today’s shade is a paler shade, a kind of nude peach with a pastel note to it, and the first thing I noticed was that the pigment wasn’t as good in this as it was in the previous shade I tried, Give Me Mocha.


When I first applied it, it didn’t have an opaque finish and was quite wet in texture, meaning it dragged the colour rather than allowing it to blend easily. To try combat this, I let it dry in, then reapplied a few layers to build up the colour but it didn’t quite have the finish I was hoping for.


I don’t remember the consistency being quite so wet the first time I tried this, but even though it was wet, it did still have a nice feel to it. It left my lips feeling smooth, and didn’t dry them out during the day as I wore it.


As I quite liked it the first time around, I was a little disappointed with this one today. Had the formula been a little creamier, I think I would have been happier with it and I also think the paler colour may have had an impact on how good the pigment was. It’s a shame because I had high hopes for it this morning.


Have you tried out one of these lippies yet or do you have a favourite liquid lipstick? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha 💋