1. New Becca Beach Tints
2. Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencils
3. YSL Christmas 2012 Northern Lights Collection
More UK PSAs:
- Suqqu is offering a base makeup kit with every purchase of foundation until October 28th, which includes a 10g tube of Face Protector SPF50, a 5g pot of Nuancing Loose Powder in Glow and a nice leather/satin pouch.
- Burberry Lip Velvets (which I'd been anticipating ever since Diabolus in Cosmetica's excellent posts) will be released nationwide on October 14th.
- Selfridges has testers for the Guerlain Holiday 2012 Liu collection right now; but the Dragon meteorites (both loose and pressed) won't be available for purchase from next week.
- Chanel Holiday 2012 will be launched on November 4th.
- On November 7th, we'll be getting seven new shades of Glossy Stain as part of YSL's New Vintage winter collection.
- Finally, on 3-for-2 in Boots and seriously awesome: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shines (swatches).
On to the swatches!
1. Becca Beach Tints (£20) are some of my favourite multipurpose products. Reliably waterproof yet easily removed, matte without being drying, each tube contains a ridiculously blendable siliconey gel-cream which works beautifully on lips and cheeks. Only caveat: revolting synthetic 'fruity' scents that thankfully do fade soon after application.
The new shades are Lychee (light, bright cool pink), Dragonfruit (vivid pink-red, the best and most pigmented texture of the line) and Papaya (warm mid-tone orange).
Some comparisons with pre-existing Beach Tint shades: Payapa is brighter and more definitely orange than Peach, but warmer and less red than Strawberry. And Lychee is peeeeenk. Sorry, cropping fail.
Lychee is much cooler and brighter than the coral-pink Guava, and less pastel (has less white pigment). Raspberry is cooler still, but in a more muted way. Watermelon is a much softer pink-red to Dragonfruit's brighter red-pink. See how warm Papaya looks grouped with this batch?
My counter did not have testers for Fig (browned nude) or Grapefruit (muted light warm peach).
2. Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencils (£24) are twist-up lipsticks in chubby pencil form. They are high-pigment but aren't particularly matte, more of a satin-cream finish, and are very comfortable to wear, even on my dry lips. The darker and brighter colours last for hours and fade evenly into a good stain after a heavy meal.
Their display in Selfridges' new beauty workshop doesn't have all the shades currently listed on Sephora (for $24 I might add) but here are the ones I caught (one swipe each):
|natural light, shade (they retain a bit of sheeniness even so)|
Tannin, Bramble, Pomegranate, Amarone, Grapevine, Zinfandel, Velvet, Madeira and Rhubarb
PS here's a picture from April I took for a friend and never meant to blog, but then I realised it's the only picture of Pomegranate I have to hand. A rare example of me doing the bare-face-red-lips thing (so unbalanced, so American-Francophile cliché, so myfaceissopinkack! >.< Please to scroll past like the wind.)
|yeah, I still curled my lashes :P |
3. YSL Northern Lights Collection is one of the first Christmas releases to hit our shores and if this is a harbinger of things to come, my finances are in serious trouble... I admit to having a bit of a thing for Aurora-themed makeup-themed makeup but GUYS. These pigments. They are so complex I don't even.
Swatches made with fingertips, patted on dry.
|natural light + sun|
|ditto, deliberate fuzziness|
#07 Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Etoile Dorée (limited edition) is a smooth metallic ochre. As with all these liners, flawless pigmentation and texture. This swatch wouldn't smear or flake even after a good scrubbing with a makeup remover wipe, but came off easily with cleansing oil.
#12 Pure Chromatics quad (permanent) is a stunning neutral/smokey palette with a kick. In particular, I love the red duochrome running through the charcoal satin (leftmost shade) and the complex sparkly champagne taupe (third from left).
Nuit Artique is a limited edition Pure Chromatics quad (these are designed to be used wet and dry) and the standout for me is the leftmost metallic burgundy scattered with blue glitter, nestled among three gradational blue sparkles. I LOVE red-blue combinations and was sorely tempted by this. The dud in the palette is the cornflower (far right) which had a tendency to shed its gritty silver dandruff.
Barely visible on the bottom left is the limited edition Boréal highlighter compact, Lumière Polaire, which reads as a hint of pink iridescence on my skin, without visible shimmer.
I womanfully braved the melon stench of the two limited edition Golden Glosses, #55 Bleu Artique (palest yellow base with larger blue and smaller green sparkles) and #56 Rose Polaire (milky pink base with larger purple and smaller gold and green sparkles).
There is one more limited edition standout of this collection, and that's the delicate nail polish topcoat in 33 Première Neige. Of which more later, as (ahem) it seems to be twinkling at me from my desk right now.