First Impression, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (SMLC04 London)

Although not exactly drugstore, NYX makeup brand prices are within drugstore range and NYX is the single most affordable makeup brand at Sephora.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (SMLC) has an almost cult following among the YouTube beauty community so I said hey, it’s about time I tried it out. So I picked up a nude colour that I can actually use.

The SMLC.

The SMLC.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

There are descriptions on the side of the tube and it comes with a doe foot applicator.

There are descriptions on the side of the tube and it comes with a doe foot applicator.

The doe foot applicator.

The doe foot applicator.

Initial application.

Initial application.

When it sets it becomes completely matte.

When it sets it becomes completely matte.

 

My thoughts:

It is a liquid to matte lip product that dries and sets on the skin. The shade I have here is a brownish nude colour perfect for tanned skin people. It smells like dessert and I absolutely love that! It has a mousse-y texture and it is pretty long lasting. Overall I really do think this lip cream is pretty amazing. The darker colours may be trickier to work with. LOVE!!!

Price; MYR 30 (also depends your source of purchase)

Where to buy; Sephora (nationwide), FS Boutique (on mainland Penang, Facebook page link here).

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First Impressions, Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick (Smokin’ Hot Pink)

Why Harivain??? Why??? Not another lipstick!!!

Yes, I hear your cries! Please bear with me though. I WILL be moving on to more of the eyes and face makeup after this! I promise!!!

So here we go.

Wet n Wild is an American brand that produces some of the most affordable makeup products, sought after by makeup enthusiasts around the world! They produce every kind of makeup product; from eyeshadows, lipsticks, mascaras to makeup brushes and nail polish. Wet n Wild isn’t very popular in Malaysia because they hit shelves just last year (2014) and were only available online prior to that. Their products are cruelty-free which is commendable and they are available in selected Sasa stores all over Malaysia. However, they do cost a lot more here than they do back in the USA.

Pictures!!!

Although not clear, the brand name is printed across the tube cover.

Although not clear, the brand name is printed across the tube cover.

 

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The product inside. It is a bright pink colour!

 

Description and name of the shade on the bottom of the tube.

Description and name of the shade on the bottom of the tube.

 

A swatch. It is a bright pink colour!

A swatch. It is a pink colour lipstick with a matte finish.

 

My thoughts;

It is a matte hot pink lipstick and I really like it! A friend of mine used it with another lipstick to bring down its intensity and it lasted her all 4 hours before she wiped it off (granted, she was not eating). The reason I wanted to share this product is because it is a pink colour that would flatter a wide range of skin tones! With Indian, deeper warmer skin tones, darling, you can rock this pink lipstick! There isn’t a distinctive smell or taste to it but it is one of those swipe-once-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick. Colour selection is also impressive. A larger Sasa outlet that carries the brand may have all 26 shades of the lisptick. YES! 26!!! There’s definitely a colour for everyone!

There are three issues with this lipstick that personally annoy me. First of all the formula is pretty thick so when applying, it does slightly tug on the lips. Second, the packaging flails after the tenth time the tube is opened and closed. The cover becomes loose, it cracks up with a lil’ rough play (no pun intended), and there isn’t a great element of design to it. Third and last is, when the lipstick is initially being used, a portion of it is not fully covered by the bottom part of the tube. This portion that protrudes out from the tube can be easily scraped by the cover when closing it.

However, all these issues aside, the lisptick itself is simply amazing! It wears well, it is opaque and colour selection is mind blowing!

It retails at MYR 21.90 at Sasa and about MYR 17 via the online store Colours Cosmetics Malaysia. However, I got it as a prize for entering a makeup competition and it is thus mine, even if I didn’t pay for it đŸ˜‰ .

First Impression, Covo Cosmetics Intensified Lipstick

Covo Cosmetics is a local brand founded by Julie Wong and Kerrie Hess. Both women have had a long list of affiliations with big brand names. They believe in ‘Luxe for Less’; the Covo Cosmetics message. The brand definitely has a luxury look to it and it definitely costs much less but if one was to pay retail for the products they offer, I would rate it mid-range/high end drugstore in price range. However, the really great thing about Covo is that they offer discounts periodically throughout the year and that’s when I’ll usually look out for anything that may strike my fancy. So when they announced their 50% to 70% discounts I rushed to their booth and stood there for a good half hour (or more) and picked out, among others, this lipstick. It is the Intensified Lipstick in the shade Mysterious.

Yes, my favourite part, pictures!!!

 

The product.

The product.

 

Ingredients on the side of the box.

Ingredients list on the side of the box.

 

Descriptions on the back.

Descriptions on the back.

 

They did think about aesthetics reflected in these logo prints on the inner surface of the box.

They did think about aesthetics which is reflected in these logo prints on the inner surface of the box.

 

The lipstick.

The lipstick.

 

SURPRISE! There's a mirror tucked perfectly on the tube cover.

SURPRISE! There’s a mirror tucked perfectly on the tube cover.

 

The lipstick shade printed on the bottom of the tube.

The lipstick shade printed on the bottom of the tube.

 

It is a lovely warm brick red colour. I did fall in love with the colour!

It is a lovely warm brick red colour. I did fall in love with the colour!

 

Although it seems matte here it has a silky shiny finish (not from any kind of glitter).

Although it seems semi matte here it actually has a glossy finish (not from any kind of glitter).

 

My thoughts:

I love the colour, the finish and the scent. It is a gorgeous lipstick. The lovely pop up mirror is a nice touch. It glides on smoothly, it is opaque, pigmented, and does not dry out the lips. It retails at MYR 49 but I bought it at 50% (MYR 24.50) which is drugstore price and definitely affordable. I have attached a .gif image of the mirror pop up mechanism.

 

COOL!!!

COOL!!!

First Impression, Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick

Golden Rose is a Turkish makeup brand, produced by Erkul Cosmetics, that hit Malaysian shores last year in December. Since they are a Turkish based company the products are Muslim-friendly. Erkul Cosmetics have been in the cosmetics business for over 30 years (founded in 1983). They have been available online for purchase at http://www.goldenrose.com.my/ since December 2014 and their products are very affordable. I got this lipstick (along with some others) as a prize for entering a contest by Colours Cosmetics Malaysia.

The product.

The product.

I used flash on this picture because the shiny text on the packaging was too reflective and could not be seen clearly without flash.

I used flash on this picture because the shiny text on the packaging was too reflective and could not be seen clearly without flash.

The product.

The product. It is a beautiful muted pink.

A swatch.

A swatch.

My thoughts:

It is a matte finish lipstick that has the distinctive vanilla scent. It is not completely matte as with the name, ‘velvet matte’. The shade I have is VML12 (it does not have a specific name) which is a lovely pink colour that will flatter many skin tones especially deep tanned Indian skin tone like mine. It is opaque, goes on smoothly and is creamy. The scent is not too overpowering. It doesn’t dry the lips out like a matte liquid lipstick does, however, it isn’t very long wearing and it is not smudge-proof.

I am loving this lipstick and it costs about MYR 23.30 (plus GST). It is dermatologically tested, paraben-free, Muslim-friendly and not tested on animals.