MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick Review

I can’t believe I am finally reviewing a MAC product! MAC is huge in Malaysia; ask someone who knows makeup to name a high end makeup brand and MAC is perhaps the first brand they suggest.

Today I review the first ever MAC Viva Glam lipstick launched in 1994!

So for you people not in the know, the first ever MAC Viva Glam line was endorsed by Rupaul Andre Charles!!! Look it up darlings! LOOK IT UP!!!!

The outer packaging.

Ingredients list on the side of the box.

The name of the shade.

The iconic bullet shaped lipstick tube.

Isn’t that a beauty???

YASSS!!!!!! I love that red!!!!

Shade name on the bottom of the tube.

Swatch.

Description: This particular line of lipsticks comes in several shades and are always celebrity endorsed. Part of proceeds from sales of these lipsticks go the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC lipsticks come in 3 grams/0.1 oz of product. This particular shade has a matte finish.

Where to buy: MAC counters; counters are available in Penang, Pahang, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak usually in shopping malls.

Price: MYR 78

 

Pros:

Smooth and easy to apply.

Very pigmented!

Very opaque!

VERY long wearing!

VERY comfortable (like you are wearing nothing on the lips).

Does NOT at ALL emphasize fine lines on the lips.

This shade in particular is very complimentary for a wide range of skin tones!

Re-application is perhaps just one swipe and done kind of deal. VERY easy!

Although not particularly moisturising, it doesn’t dry out the lips either.

 

Cons

Not smudge proof or transfer resistant.

Price (which isn’t that bad considering some drugstore lipsticks in Malaysia can cost up to MYR 59 and I have not met MAC’s worthy competitor although there are dupes in terms of shade and finish).

 

Rating:

9.6/10

STELLAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *applause*

Chu Lip, Lip Balm Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is going to be a short review because I have already written a first impression post on it (here). Here are some pictures! The one I have here is Apple Ginger and Tea Rose flavour.

So cute!

Easy to open tab! This packaging is one you will not complain about being difficult to open.

Love that lip shaped indent!

It used to be a perfect round dome!

Description: A egg-shaped lip balm enriched with olive oil, macademia nut oil, and rosehip oil. It doesn’t have any colour or tint to it. It has a lovely fruity flavour and tastes slightly sweet.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 15 to 25.90 depending on where you buy it and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Major drugstores like Watsons and Guardian.

 

Pros:

It glides on the lips smoothly.

It hydrates, soothes (because there is menthol added) and moisturises.

It smells and tastes pleasant.

It effectively remedies cracked lips.

Does not feel waxy or uncomfortable on the lips.

 

Cons:

The screw-cap has to be handled rather carefully because it can scrape the product and can be potentially over-tightened, spoiling the snap lock mechanism.

 

Ratings:

9/10

It is a fantastic lip balm! What else can I say?

Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick (12) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

I did a first impressions post on this particular lipstick (post here) and I got to test it out properly because I was involved in a stage play that required me to wear some makeup. Background information on the brand is on the first impressions entry.

The product.

The product.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Shade name underneath the tube.

Shade code underneath the tube.

Swatch. Pretty colour!!!

Swatch. Pretty colour!!!

Description:

It is, like its name suggests, a matte lipstick with a velvety finish unlike a completely matte lipstick. There’s 4.2 g of product in the tube and about 27 different shades available. The one featured in this review is a muted rose pink colour (VML12).

Price: MYR 27 not factoring in possible discounts and offers. Just to give you all the information, I got this lipstick as a prize for entering a competition by Colours Cosmetics Malaysia.

Where to buy: Online at Golden Rose Malaysia official website; they only ship to Malaysia but the products are available worldwide. Information is a little scattered on their Malaysian website but I do know of a store in Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur, one in Alamanda Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan and one in Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang.

 

Pros:

It is opaque.

The colour is absolutely lovely and would flatter deeper, tanned skin tones.

Lovely vanilla scent.

It is one of that swipe-once-for-colour-payoff kinda lipstick.

Goes on absolutely smooth without any tug and isn’t drying.

Comfortable on the lips.

Wide selection of shades including even deep vampy ones.

 

Cons:

The tube cover is not so secure.

The twist mechanism is such that it actually allows the tube to be twisted up even without opening the cover. A downside because your lipstick can accidentally twist up and smear the insides of the cover thus spoiling the lipstick.

May not work for lips with lots of lines (ok, I’ll say it, wrinkles!!! *cue horror music*). This is why it didn’t work for my wrinkled lips; upon application the lipstick looked like a dream. However, when I started moving my lips and talking, within the first half hour, the lipstick moved around and settled into every crevice and line. I was able to see vertical thin patches of lipstick across my lips every time I smiled or talked.

Not very long wearing.

 

Ratings:

7/10

It is a beautiful lipstick but I did wish it didn’t settle in the lines in my lips. I have suggested it to some friends and they absolutely love it! She chose a darker shade and the darker shades seem to be a lot better!

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is a review for the Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick and I have the shade Mat6 (Maroon Red) which is the darkest red colour in the line. There are 4 other shades in this range, Mat2 (Sugar Pink), Mat 4 (Vivid Coral), Mat5 (Bold Red), and Mat7 (Nude Beige). I would advice deep, warm, Indian skin toned people like myself to avoide Mat2 and Mat7; these two colours will wash you out! I chose this colour because a deep red colour on the lips is a common constitute of classical Indian dance makeup.

The product.

The product.

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Shade number.

Shade number.

Swatch

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

This is another picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. However, its tiny because this is a cropped picture from a group shot. You can still see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

This is a picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. I apologise for the tiny picture because this is actually a group shot that I cropped. You can see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

Description: It is a long lasting matte lipstick that is devoid of taste and scent. There’s 4.2g of product in it; similar to the other Color Sensational lipsticks. The shade Mat6 is a deep maroon red colour which will flatter many skin tones albeit difference in intensity. It also does not appear completely matte.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 17 to 32 depending on where you buy and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth set up; Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Tesco, Aeon…

 

Pros:

It glides on smoothly and does not tug on the lips AT ALL!

Highly HIGHLY pigmented!

VERY opaque; it is a swipe-one-layer-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick.

Long lasting and as you have already seen, it leaves a stain on the lips.

Comfortable on the lips.

Does not emphasize fine lines and dry patches on the lips.

 

Cons:

It is not smudge proof and hence will transfer.

When wearing dark lipsticks that transfer, lipstick stain on the teeth is a highly possible phenomenon, as is with this lipstick.

 

Rating:

8.6/10

I simply LOVE this lipstick! When using it I’ll usually do the suck-a-finger trick to remove excess product from my inner lips to avoid teeth stains!

Essence Lip Liner Review

(Initially I intended to just reblog but I see more use reverting it to draft, improving the post and then publishing it as a new one.)

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Essence is a company based in Germany that produces quality products at VERY affordable prices! And among their best products and definitely the most affordable ones are their lipliners (I am OBVIOUSLY giving it a high rating).

So pretty!!!

So pretty!!!

The shade names. Obviously I don't have all the available shades.

The shade names. Obviously I don’t have all the available shades.

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

And here come the swatches.

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Description; A standard lipliner pencil. Comes in 1 gram / 0.035 oz product.

Price; MYR 7.30 (I usually say wait for a discount but at MYR 7.30, come on!).

Where to buy; Watsons and Mydin

 

Pros;

Very nicely pigmented.

Very opaque so it will even out hyper-pigmentation on the lips. Both lips will turn out the same colour with this lipliner (if applied all over the lips)!

Glides on smoothly without tugging on the lips.

Does not feather.

Leaves a stain on the lips even after it wears out.

Does not dry out the lips.

Lightweight on the lips so you’d feel like you’re hardly wearing anything.

The price is a huge plus point!

No strong odour or taste.

 

Cons;

It is not very long lasting.

It isn’t smudge-proof or budge-proof (meaning; it will fade away with eating and licking your lips). 

Double con here is that it is a pencil so it needs to be sharpened  and sharpening is tricky since it is so creamy.

 

Note:

These are very very creamy and that may be something not everyone enjoys. I do know the preference for a drier formula that perhaps lasts longer.

It is a pain to sharpen; can be worked around by placing the pen in the freezer for about 10 minutes… 

 

Rating: 9/10

It’s a preference thing! I love that these are as creamy as they are. Love ’em!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (04, London) Review

I have been wanting to write this review for a while now because I keep mentioning this product all the time but never actually published a review.

Let’s all agree, although affordable, NYX is rather overpriced here in Malaysia which is why I feel like the dupe I found for it was worth while because the dupe is a third of the price (post here). I even wrote a first impressions post about this (post here). It is also noteworthy that Collection Cosmetics is being pulled from the drugstores in Malaysia (why can’t we never have nice things???)…

The product.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

Description on the side of the tube.

Comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Swatch.

Swatch.

Description: It is a liquid to matte type lipstick. The product isn’t entirely liquid, hence the name lip cream. It doesn’t dry down fast like a typical matte liquid lipstick. Comes in 8ml product.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide.

Price: MYR 30

I used it in one of my recent collaboration to create a summer look. I only use a light layer.

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Pros:

Comfortable on the lips.

Opaque (I have rather darker upper lips and it manages to cover it).

Affordable.

Long lasting (a good 4-5 hours before it fades; unless one eats).

These SMLCs comes in a wide range of colours; definitely worth a mention.

Doesn’t reapply too bad.

 

Cons:

Picks up on dry patches.

Settles into wrinkle on the lips (but doesn’t exaggerate them).

Dries out the lips a bit.

 

Note:

Something to note is that it doesn’t dry down fast like a liquid lipstick does. The thinner the layer the faster it dries. When it dries down, it does dry down completely matte.

 

Rating: 8.2/10

I kinda love this product!

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color Lipstick Review

I usually review lipsticks in single shades because consistencies may be different with each shade. However it is safe to say that these lipsticks are similar across all shades.

Today I am reviewing the Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color lipstick and I have three shades. I previously posted a first impressions post on this lisptick (link here). Apologies for the picture quality on that post; I was just starting out. 😛

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The three shades I have. I’ll insert the hand swatches right after each of the individual pictures so as to avoid confusion.

This is a bright vibrant pink colour!

This is a bright vibrant pink colour!

This is the lipstick featured in my first impressions post.

This was featured in my first impressions post.

This is a deep berry red colour.

This is a deep berry red colour.

Gorgeous deep colour without being unwearable.

Gorgeous wearable deep colour.

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones. I love it!

Description: Creamy matte lipsticks. Comes in a variety of shades.

Where to buy: Sasa

Price: MYR 22 (there are bound to be discounts so look out for them!).

Here are some pictures where the lipstick is used.

 

Smokin’ Hot Pink

Makeup favour for a friend of mine that time I was involved in a stage play. I did put on a sheer gloss over it.

Makeup favour for a friend of mine, that time I was involved in a stage play. There’s a pink sheer gloss over it.

 

Cinnamon Spice

I used it in my latest YouTube video.

 

Mocha-licious

Used it for a makeup look (post link here).

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Pros:

Very VERY pigmented!

Very VERY opaque; one swipe does it kind of lipstick.

Long lasting! VERY long lasting.

Does not emphasize fine lines on the lips.

The range of colours really deserve a mention because their deeper shades are very flattering on dark skin.

Re-application is a breeze.

 

Cons:

Although VERY affordable it is no where close to the 1.99 USD price tag in USA.

The lipstick tube almost immediately becomes loose and flimsy. Definitely zero points for packaging.

It does dry out the lips a tiny bit.

Not entirely comfortable on the lips (you’ll feel it on the lips).

 

Rating: 8/10

I love these lipsticks especially Mocha-licious. My perfect nude shade which is near impossible to find at the drugstore!

Lipice Lip Balm Review

My previous lip balm reviews include the Maybelline Baby Lips (here), Mentholatum (here), Chu Lip (here; this is my current fave!), and Nivea Essential Care (here). 

Lipice is a product that I’ve heard people rave about so I just had to try it out.

Outer packaging.

Outer packaging.

Description on the back.

Description on the back.

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The tube.

Product inside.

Product inside. It swatches clear.

Description:

Lip balm with SPF 15 and the one I have here is the Apple flavour.

Price: MYR 10.50 (you can actually get this for as cheap as 50% off)

Where to buy: Major drugstores and malls.

 

Pros:

Glides on smoothly.

Very moisturising and hydrating.

Effectively soothes chapped lips.

Nice flavours (comes in 3 more; strawberry, blackcurrant, and lemon).

Doesn’t feel very waxy or heavy on the lips.

Hasn’t caused me any problems or allergies.

 

Cons:

Only con is that it is susceptible to melting in hot conditions (like most lip balms).

 

9.1/10

Perhaps one of the highest rating for any product I have given. Go get one for yourself; it’s cheap and effective. Enough said!

Nivea Essential Care, Lip Balm Review

This is going to be another short review about another lip balm. I love lip balms! I have reviewed 3 lip balms thus far (here, here, and here). It is the one thing that I always end up finishing in my makeup stash. This lip balm is quite a popular one by Nivea and you may have seen it, well, everywhere!

Pictures! 🙂

I just started saving cardboard packaging because they tend to contain information. Clear plastic is a little more tricky to save or properly tear off in the first place.

Outer packaging. I just started saving cardboard packaging because they tend to contain information. Clear plastic is a little more tricky to save or properly tear off in the first place.

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Back portion.

Description.

Description.

The product.

The product.

Description on the tube.

Description on the tube.

Description up close...

Description up close…

The balm.

The balm.

Description:

It is a lip balm that contains shea butter that claims to protect lips from drying out. It appears white in the tube and swatches translucent.

Price: Retails for MYR 10.90 (prices could possible be lower with special discounts or offers and also depending on where you buy it).

Where to buy: It is available in most places that sell lip balm (almost every drugstore/pharmacy/hypermarket).

 

Pros:

It goes on very smoothly.

Has a nice vanilla scent.

Hasn’t caused me any problems or allergies.

Does prevent lips from drying out.

 

Cons:

It feels very waxy and so it can seem very heavy on the lips.

Melts with heat easily so caution needs to be exercised when traveling with it.

 

Note:

There are a few other things to note with this particular lip balm which I don’t really seem to have noticed with the three others I have reviewed. Some may appreciate it, others may not;

-It appear very glossy on the lips.

-The consistency almost feels like lip gloss on the lips once on.

-Application results in a thick layer of product on the lips.

 

Rating:

7.1/10

This is one of those products that if you like how it feels, you’ll like it. If you don’t then you’d hate it. So, it really depends. I have tried to give you as much information as I can so it is your prerogative!

Elianto Brilliant Riche Lip Colour (06, Wild) Review

I wrote a product regret post of this exact product in a different shade (here) but that’s the beauty of makeup, different shades from a line of makeup may either work brilliantly or not at all! This is the matte liquid lipstick range from Elianto called the Brilliant Riche Lip Colour. They do come in several other shades and evidently some more successful than others (for me). This is the more successful one (for me at least).

 

The product.

The product.

 

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

 

It comes with a regular doe-foot applicator. The product isn't very runny or very thick. It has a liquid concealer kind of consistency.

It comes with a regular doe-foot applicator. The product isn’t very runny or very thick. It has a liquid concealer kind of consistency.

 

I also did some hand swatches.

 

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It dries completely matte but it does have very fine gold iridescence that does not show up until you press your lips together.

 

I hope the difference can be seen. The glitter adds just a beautiful tinge of sparkle on a matte red colour.

I hope the difference can be seen; swatch on the left is completely matte. The glitter adds just a beautiful tinge of sparkle on a matte red colour.

 

Description: It is a liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. It is devoid of taste and scent, although, if sniffed closely, would smell a little chemically. The smell is neither overpowering nor does it linger. It is a gorgeous red colour with fine gold sparkles which adds iridescence.

Price: MYR 31.90 (not factoring in discounts and promotions).

Where to buy: Elianto stores nationwide and at http://www.elianto.biz/

 

Water and oil test.

 

Water does not have much of an effect on the product. It stays put.

Water does not have much of an effect on the product. It stays put.

 

With Vaseline, so anything that's oil based will cause the product to move.

With petroleum jelly (Vaseline); so anything that’s oil based will cause the product to move.

 

Below is a gif image of me rubbing the lipstick and it doesn’t move. Definitely kiss proof!

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Pros:

It is opaque and pigmented.

Long wearing.

It is budge proof and smudge proof, unless you’re eating oily food.

Comfortable on the lips.

The gold iridescence is absolutely gorgeous.

 

Cons:

Although comfortable on the lips, it does dry my lips out.

Liquid lipsticks are generally not easy to work with it so it has to be applied carefully because one could make a mess trying to correct a mistake i.e. not beginner friendly.

Lips need to be properly exfoliated because it tends to pick up on dry patches on the lips.

Will fade with eating especially oily food.

 

Rating:

7.9/10

It’s funny how one shade doesn’t work out and another does within the same line of products. In any case the colour is gorgeous. I did wear it for a recent stage play that required me to wear makeup and it was absolutely gorgeous!