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 Impression, Essence Long Lasting Lip Liners

First of all, I have written a review on the Essence Lip Liners HERE and they are simply amazing!!!

Don’t take my word for it, I’ll link videos of YouTubers that like this product. The first one is a video by Tati, a.k.a GlamLifeGuru, and if you don’t know who she is I suggest you check her out on YouTube because she is amazing!!! The link is below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGvmI3VRb00

(if you wanna skip to the part she talks about the lip liners, it starts at 5.42 minutes). She is an American makeup guru and she loves the Essence Lip Liners.

Now, Essence recently released a new set of lip liners and they come in a twistable pen mechanism! They are called the Longlasting Lipliners and these are just as amazing as the pencil ones. I couldn’t resist after I saw and swatched them in Watsons. I was supposed to post a review of a set of brushes but decided to post this instead!

 

Nothing to shout out about the packaging. A very standard twist-up pen.

Nothing to shout out about the packaging. A very standard twist-up pen.

 

Plum Cake. Nice name ain't it? It is a gorgeous mauve colour.

Plum Cake. Nice name ain’t it? It is a gorgeous mauve colour.

 

The product.

The product.

 

Gorgeous colour!

Gorgeous colour!

 

My thoughts:

If you read my review, you already know how I feel about the original ones and these are no different. It is nicely pigmented, very opaque (I have very dark lips), glides on like a dream and appears matte.

I also have a video of a YouTube makeup tutorial by Evangeline Hawa. She is a local YouTuber and she is pretty amazing too! Her talk-through makeup tutorials are very narrative and she tells you why she uses each technique she does! She apparently loves these lip liners too! The video link is as below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jba3W_6RizA

(if you wanna skip to the part she talks about the lip liners, it starts at 10.06 minutes).

 

Look out for a proper review in the future. Meanwhile, if you drop by Watsons do swatch them. The original lip liners cost MYR 7.30 and these new ones are MYR 8.90 (including GST; sorry, we Malaysians are still getting used to GST). MYR 8.90!!! What have you got to loose besides the MYR 8.90??!!!

First Impression, Maybelline The Nudes Palette

I caved in! I finally gave in to temptation and bought the palette; Maybelline The Nudes. In Malaysia, eyeshadow palettes are available at the drugstores but they’re mostly trios and quads. A full on palette with 12 different shades may just be the first of its kind in the drugstore makeup range in Malaysia. I have a reason (maybe not a good reason, but hey, I don’t call myself a makeup enthusiast for nothing) for buying this palette which I’ll get to later.

Well, here we go, pictures!

The palette.

The palette.

The shadows. If you see a red dot on the shadow, it means that they are the matte shades.

The shadows. If you see a red dot on the shadow, it means that they are matte shades.

Close up.

Close up.

Close up.

Close up.

The description on the back is really informative. It gives you instruction on how to fully utilise the palette. Here, it shows the palette being used as quads.

The description on the back is really informative. It gives you instruction on how to fully utilise the palette. Here, it shows the palette being used as quads.

As trios.

Guide to use it as trios.

And as duos.

And another guide to use it as duos.

The applicator is a sponge-tip applicator.

The applicator is a sponge-tip applicator. Don’t throw this out! Use it to smudge eyeliner for a smokey look!!!

I also have pictures of some swatches.

Without flash

The top row, in order from left to right.

The top row, in order from left to right.

Bottom row, in order from left to right.

Bottom row, in order, from left to right.

With flash

Top row.

Top row.

Bottom row.

Bottom row.

My thoughts:

Eyeshadow palettes, especially one with 12 shades, is a very new concept in the drugstore in Malaysia. So I just had to have it. It actually hit shelves earlier this month but I only just picked it out for a good reason. I am person who is crazy about sales and discounts! At least 90% of drugstore makeup in my collection was purchased with a discount or with a special offer. The palette was on sale for 30% off (purchase with purchase) with a minimum of MYR 20 spent or purchase of any Watsons brand item. Original price is MYR 69.90, it costs MYR 48.95 with the 30% off. The palette is exclusive to Watsons and only selected Watsons carry them so I’d suggest looking for it in the biggest and most crowded shopping complex (in your area/state) with a Watsons; that’s the Watsons store that would most probably have it.

The packaging is sleek and simple; a no nonsense simple black plastic palette with the name in silver. It doesn’t have a mirror attached and it comes with a sponge tip applicator.

As for the shadows itself, just from the hand swatches, I would say it is either a fabulous hit or somewhat a miss. Some shades are very pigmented and buttery smooth while some are not as pigmented and a little patchy and streaky. I am especially loving the fourth colour on the top row (from the left) and the third and fourth colours on the bottom row (from the left). Some colours swatch completely different than they look in the palette. I have yet to fully utilise the palette and will definitely put it to use whenever I can. I would need to test it out with a primer and see how it applies and blends on the eyelids in addition to monitoring its staying power.

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, Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Metal Eyeshadow

Catrice Cosmetics is a fairly new makeup brand and one of those up and coming names in the beauty industry. Their prices are VERY affordable and their products are pretty good in quality. They even have makeup brushes! The brand was founded by the company Cosnova Beauty, based in Germany; they are the same company that founded Essence Cosmetics, another favourite makeup brand of mine. Essence is exclusive to Watsons and Catrice is exclusive to Guardian. What I have today is two eyeshadows from their Liquid Metal Eyeshadow collection. The interesting thing about this collection is the eyeshadows are named after rock songs! How cool is that???!!!

 

The product. Yes, I got two of them.

The product. Yes, I got two of them.

Two lovely colours aren't they!

Two lovely colours aren’t they!

The first colour is a greyish mauve colour. And it's called Mauves Like Jagger.

The first colour is a greyish mauve colour. And it’s called “Mauves Like Jagger”.

The second colour is a dark emerald green and it is such a unique and gorgeous colour! It's called "What Do You Sea?"

The second colour is a dark emerald green and it is such a unique and gorgeous colour! It’s called “What Do You Sea?”

Description on the bottom of the packaging.

Description on the bottom of the packaging.

 

I also took some shots of hand swatches.

 

Without flash

Mauves Like Jagger

Mauves Like Jagger

What Do You Sea? (yes the name is written with the question mark)

What Do You Sea? (yes the name is printed with the question mark)

 

With flash.

Mauves Like Jagger

Mauves Like Jagger

What Do You Sea?

What Do You Sea?

 

My thoughts:

They are single eyeshadows that comes in 9 different shades. It is metallic, shiny and has lots of micro glitter! It is also buttery and soft. They are highly pigmented! The swatches that you see are done with merely ONE swipe with little pressure on the product AND swiped with just ONE stroke on the back of my hand. They are available at Guardian and be sure to look out for promotions (I bought them at 30% off and it cost me MYR 15.30 per eyeshadow). That is all I can say for the product at the moment. I’ll test it out and definitely write a whole review on them! Meanwhile, go try some Catrice makeup, they even have eyeshadow palettes!!!