Lips -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain (All Shades)
sweetcandy11204 8/10/2012 3:09:00 AM
At $34 Canadian this was definitely a splurge item. I have #12 which is a coral color. Positives are: I love the applicator which makes it easy to apply on my lips, one coat on the lips gives it a "my lips but better color" and two coats can give my lips a very dramatic look. The lipstain lasts for a decent amount of time. The packaging is surprisingly light. Negatives are: Smells like rancid wine. It goes on thick and sticky. This is a product you want to apply in front of a mirror to get clean lines around the lips and for 6ml this product runs out quickly. Also a lot of the colors in this collection are very bold, vibrant, bright colors. The only other color I may consider buying is #7 which is another coral color. Let's face it, I bought it for the "luxuriousness" attached to the name YSL.
I have both 178 Cardinal Plume and 173 Velvet Fuchsia. I purchased the brighter colors wanting more pigmentation. They are non-sticky, they are more moisturizing than the Revlon Lipbutters. On my Asian lips it looks more like a really pigmented glossy lip gloss rather than a lipstick. Both lipsticks are build-able, leave a nice stain after it wears off. It does require reapplication as the "glossiness" wears off quickly. The lipsticks have a nice faint sweet smell and the packaging is cute ( I don't like seeing my fingerprints all over the packaging though). For $11 Canadian I wouldn't mind trying the other colors.
Lip Gloss -BeneFit Cosmetics - Ultra Plush Lip Gloss
sweetcandy11204 8/10/2012 1:38:00 AM
I have both Coralista and Sugarbomb which I purchased as part of a set. The smell is very "peachy" and its non-sticky. Swatched on my hand the colors were very pigmented and gorgeous. However, on my pigmented Asian lips the color for both is very sheer and has little to no pigmentation. It does look nice layered over a lip stain or lipstick. For the price of the product I found the packaging cheap and would have preferred a do-foot applicator. The lip gloss requires constant reapplication because it wears off quick. I don't find it moisturizing. Don't get suckered into the hype of having a matching ($18 Canadian) lip gloss to go with their blushes. There are far better and cheaper lip glosses.
I purchased this product as part of the Benefit "go Tropicoral" set ($32 Canadian). For reference I am a tanned asian woman (NC45 in MAC, #153 in Makeup Forever HD Foundation). It looks very subtle on my cheeks and gives it a nice flush look. Its better with a cream base underneath. It is build-able but can get very glittery. However, I have many other colors which are comparable such as Nars Orgasm, Cargo's Rome, and the blush color in the Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (all of these colors look the same on my tanned skin). My advice, save your $36 CND from this blush and purchase the Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder for $3 instead.
I bought this blush as part of the Benefit "Sugar-licious" set. As a tan-skinned (#153 in Makeup Forever HD Foundation,, NC45 in Mac) Asian woman this color did not show up on me. The more I reapplied the product the more chalky and glittery it looked. I am glad I was able to try it out as part of a set ($32 CND) rather than pay $36 CND for this product alone. I would suggest this product for fair to medium skinned women.