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Friday, 14 February 2014

Enduring Loves and Current Obsessions

Happy galentine's day to all my frivolous readers :D

I had planned to do a 'drugstore favourites' post this year to match my posts on lip loves last year and favourite red lipsticks the year before, but I'm still working through a recent Visée haul* which is playing havoc with my drugstore rankings (spoiler: it's AWESOME), and still re-evaluating some earlier forays into Korean high-street brands, and people, sheets don't spread themselves! I NEED TO PROCESS.

So instead, please take a look at some enduring loves, YSL's Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliners! My absolute favourite potted liners ever, for their:
-- smooth creaminess (I know it sez it right thar in the name, but that's not always a guarantee)
-- impressive pigmentation and rich colours which stay true even as they dry and wear (no dulling)
-- workability (I get a good minute to place, blend, smudge and tweak, which means everyone else, with the capacity to produce sebum, will have even longer!)
--total bombproof indelibility once set (these are the first products I reach for when I do eye makeup on oily-lidded, crease-prone folk, and they inevitably come back to me raving and addicted; on dry lids like mine there is absolutely no flaking throughout the day) but still easily removed with cleansing oil, and non-staining.
-- longevity (in the pot as well as on the lids): these stay creamy for years longer than Bobbi Brown or MAC gel liners and mine don't clump / ball up at all even at three years old.

YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliners 3 Bronze Black, 4 Sea Black, 5 Cherry Black, 6 Jade Black

I own the four more vibrant shades: 3 Bronze Black, 4 Sea Black, 5 Cherry Black, 6 Jade Black; there's also a blackened gunmetal shimmer and glossy, inky black in the line.


Close-ups of my shades
3 Bronze Black: complex deep olive-patina-ed bronze with lighter topaz shimmer
YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Bronze Black

4 Sea Black: a deep but vibrant navy, with lighter sapphire blue microshimmer (less visibly shimmery than Bronze Black)
YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 4 Sea Black


5 Cherry Black: blackened plum with ultra-fine copper and ruby microshimmer (the least shimmery of my four shades)
YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 5 Cherry Black

6 Jade Black: the brightest of my four, and secondmost shimmery (behind only Bronze Black): a deepened emerald with tonal microshimmer.
YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 6 Jade Black

Heavy swatches, in the same (should be obvious :P) order:
swatches YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliners 3 Bronze Black, 4 Sea Black, 5 Cherry Black, 6 Jade Black

Light, one-stroke swatches: reveals how soft and un-blingy they can look worn more sheerly, without collapsing into that indeterminate murky grey as so many darker liners can:
swatches YSL Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliners 3 Bronze Black, 4 Sea Black, 5 Cherry Black, 6 Jade Black

These have been (positively) reviewed extensively throughout the blogosphere, and from my blogroll are beloved also of The Non-Blonde, The Unknown Beauty Blog and Mascara Magic!, so I highly recommend you have a play with these next time you're near a YSL counter, even if you've had poor experiences with potted liners in the past.


Want some liner inspiration? Watch this, the video for Spica's "You Don't Love Me," which is my totally over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek, silly-sexy, retro soul jam this Valentine's day! (link)

Because I have a penta-tentacled crush of epic proportions For your viewing convenience, I have screencapped each gal's makeup:

Jiwon: liner extended out then sharply flicked up, curves added by eyeshadow shading
probably my favourite, on Narae: the smoky, open wing, broken along the lower lashline
Juhyun: the fat, curvy, inset-flick retro cat-eye. Plays really nicely with the angle of her lashes.
Bonus Juhyun gif
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Bohyung rocks the sly, elongated version
Boa also has an elongated wing, but with a dropped topline and heavier outer corner (again, playing off her falsies really nicely)
Just in case you need another angle of Boa's liner... I have no other reason for posting this pic *giggles like a schoolgirl* For srs, watch this video. The visual metaphors! The deadpan butt padding! *dies*

Thanks to spending all day stalking these beautimous ladies coolly scientifik research, I've discovered that the artist behind these looks is none other than my best beloved Jung Saem Mool herself! Here are some backstage 'making of' peeks (source):


May your Fridays be likewise filled with the delicious, bouncy things of your dreams!
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...wait, what was this post about again? I have become confused. Be off with ye and let me enjoy my gif.


*Ze aforementioned Visée haul, reviews forth...coming....soon...*mumblemumble*


Disclosure: everything in this post was either purchased by me, or a personal gift from a friend.

61 comments:

  1. WAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Love that banana and butt padding. I'm sure you already know I appreciate that. ROFL!! I really really must get some of that YSL goody!! All the colours look absolutely beautiful. I'll be a creepy stalker and get all the 4 you have here. Muahahahaha!!

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    1. Lily, I think we may have found OUR SONG! I love it so much XD And they even included some of my favourite snacks as props!

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    2. YES! Spica's You Don't Love Me - such a catchy tune too :-P

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  2. LOL! really what was this post about? Love the makeup of the ladies and there is so much inspiration in there for a liner look, especially the one with the banane! ;-)
    I always wanted to try YSL liner cherry black, which is now discontinued here but I spotted a few stores which still have this. As of today I am putting it on my wishlist, thanks very much for the comparison swatches ;-*

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    1. bwahaha :D She's also got a killer voice!
      All of these shades would be beautiful on you, but especially the plummy notes :D

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    2. Oh Kate, can you believe they discontinued all of these in Germany? :-0
      I was at a counter yesterday, they had only a few left, not the ones I would go for though :-( do you know if they are still being sold in UK? Feelunique for example doesn't have them anymore.

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  3. ahahaha! Wait...what? Bouncy bouncy. Hahahahah!
    Happy Velentines Day to ewe.

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    1. Happy bellytimes! Valenbirth! Something! I haz been drinking in your honour.

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  4. HAPPY GALENTINES TO YOU, MY LOVE!

    Okay, so I don't even wear eyeliners on the regular but suddenly I am seized with the urge to gobble up all the YSL pots I can find. Such is the your power of drivellerating. :D

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    1. *smooches and throws cupcakes and random imagery at you*

      I skip liner / line with a powder most days too, tbh! XD But I'm inspired by these retro flicks to use my pots a bit more :D

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  5. Would you please be my Valentine? ;D Love your liner inspiration, I think I need to dig out my only pot of gel eyeliner and play some more. Also, one of the YSLs is going straight onto the wishlist. One... or two :)

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    1. <3 I aspire to no higher honour!
      Your icon is also inspiration of the eyeliner variety, missy! :D

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  6. Jung Saem Mool is awesome, her videos are of better reference value.

    May I ask how do you compare YSL, RMK and Suqqu eyeliner cream?

    I know your tight line eyeliner brush models, which is quite different from the pointed one usually attached with the pots. Do u feel the Suqqu Eyeliner brush C is good? I am struggling in choosing my 1st pot and wondering if the shape of C is good.

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    1. This is such a good showcase of her infinitessimal eyeshadow tweaks! :D

      Great question -- I really like the Suqqu formula, and it's the only other potted liner I own apart from these. However, I find the Suqqu has just a bit too much slip / not enough heft. I have to really be on my game to make sure it only goes where I want it to and not skate all over the place as I apply, if that makes sense. Too much of a good thing! Also the shades aren't as exciting -- mine is 05, an emeraldy-teal, but the others tend to just look 'dark' on me, rather than colours.

      RMK are duller still, and I don't think the formula excels over e.g. MAC or BB's which are more accessible and cheaper.

      I actually think the cheap KATE and Maybelline gel liner brushes work just as well as the Suqqu eyeliner brush C. If you buy a Suqqu liner, you'll get a mini brush that's a similar shape, for free. For me, it's not worth buying separately. Hope that helps! :)

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    2. I love her because she can handle Asian eye shape far better than any other youtubers/ MA youtubers, when most of us don't have those perfect crease line/ double-folded eye lids, not to mention those western hooded eyes...I miss the way she holds her brushes too.

      Great insight for the Suqqu formula too, if I have epicanthic fold problem (Asian hooded eye) on one eye, the eyeliner cream may move before I can add my eyelid tape!? But I will try this anyway, as soon as Suqqu and YSL beats all other brands. (I can go to my local YSL counter so it leaves no urgency for me).

      I can't thank you enough for giving up RMK and Suqqu eyelner brush C. This leads to another question, it seems you haven't mentioned about eyeliner brush D as well. I am looking at it hard also as Suqqu is giving less than satisfactory color intensity on my face even I use an eye primer (Konruri quad is still more than disappointing), the Itachi hair of the brush speaks for the price tag, but I am still hesitating about it.

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    3. Yes, I've learned more about makeup from watching her vids than I had in the decade before!

      I don't think an epicanthic fold is a problem! :P I have them on both eyes, after all :) As long as you don't use a thick amount and avoid opening your eyes really wide they should set nicely.

      The Eyeliner D is far too thick for me -- I like v precise brushes as you know, and at its tip its contact surface is larger and blunter than even the M or S brush. But I don't have problems with pigmentation, so can't comment on how effective it is at packing colour on :( Have you tried different primers / maybe cream shadows underneath? Some primers don't play well with certain formulas I believe.

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    4. Suqqu brushes are over-hyped for me regarding the price tag~ For the eyeliner brush D (no thickness photo on the Internet is available), I guess you understand most Suqqu models are thicker as compared to similar designs by various Japanese brush brands (very thin paddled shapes, less round designs as well), e.g. SUQQU L is a great example. I know there are other eyeliner-shadow/ smudge brush in the market (e.g. chikuhodo) that is made of Itachi, so that I can have a decent contact surface without feeling like slicing my eyelid (TAT), but it's just a clueless guess about packing power, I may end up giving up brush D and use the MAC 239 perpendicularly instead, if my curiosity in brush purchase doesn't surface again.

      The eyeliner cream is my more constructive move to make the liner color shows better, and I plan on getting the eyeliner cream in black to test its ability to work as a black eye base for MAC pigment~ let's see.

      Great tips for the primer problem, I do agree I can explore other primers, I am using Soft Ochre from MAC (not much colored primer easily accessible and reasonably priced, By Terry's texture is rather uncomfortable, TF's creaminess doesn't speak for the price difference), even my lids may be the pigmented kind, my next target would be the colorless primer by Albion Excia AL, if my brother make it to the right counter in his trip...(I seems to be hearing somebody shouting at me to use use too faced/ innisfree sticks instead~haha)

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  7. LMAO, Kate. So much awesome. I do not usually liked potted liners, but you have convinced me to find a YSL counter and make a fool of myself. Happy day of hearts and things ;)

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    1. Don't forget to wear your butt pads to the counter!

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  8. YOU. ARE. TOO. FUNNY! I got so distracted I don't even care about the cream liners anymore (just kidding. They look awesome, but maybe not as awesome as the screenshots and bums)!

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  9. So glad to see those YSL liners getting some love! I adore them too. The one I get the most use out of is Ashy Black - darker and not as cool-toned as Bobbi Brown's Graphite Shimmer Ink. It's perfect for when I want something dark but not brown or black. :)

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    1. You have le killer taste, it is known :) I use an off-black to line very often, too, but mine's a stick from Kiko :)

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  10. I am obsessed with that video. OBSESSED. I downloaded the song this morning and must have listened to it 30 times in two hours. And I'm totally unfamiliar with K-pop, too, so I suspect this is just the beginning of a Spica stalkathon for me. (Wasn't Boa in a Chanel ad last year, or maybe the year before?)

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    1. YES. YESSSSSS.
      I have started a pinboard dedicated to these ladies. THEY ARE SO UNDERRATED it gets my popcultural white knight hackles right up.

      Also, blog! *stalks*

      I think BoA may have been in a Chanel ad -- she's a much, much bigger (solo) artist. K-pop-culture capitalisation, apparently not so random!

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    2. That's right, it was BoA wearing the lovely fuchsia Chanel Exaltée! My mistake. I assumed that it was the same singer and she'd dropped the capitalization at some point, but not so.

      And yes, blog! :D My tumblr of the same name has a few more posts, but I'm thinking of moving the whole shebang over to blogspot very soon...

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  11. What is that gif, HA.

    And okay, okay, I'm adding Cherry Black back to my Sephora wishlist. It's been on, and then off, as I remind myself I don't really need it, and then on, as you remind me that I do :)

    Adele

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    1. It all makes sense once you watch the... no no it really doesn't. lol

      Cherry Black pulls magic out of pinky-toned eyeshadows :D

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  12. omgs look at that navy liner!!!!! and the black is quite nice with the olive shimmer. thats totally my kind of color for liner. and those gifs are hilarious!

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    1. I use the navy one the most :) It's so hard to find a navy that's still BLUE.

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  13. Good to hear some other line has a great pot liner with colors more vibrant than BB's. And that group, it reminds me of an early days of Pussycat Dolls, so cheeky & sassy. Between this and Miss Korea (Dude, srsly, that serie is SO addictive, I even had a marathon watch a couple days ago), I'm more and more hooked into the whole K-culture. Love!

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    1. lol, ironically Spica are NOT as hyper-sexualised as most girl groups in k-pop :P They're very much having fun with it in this vid, which is why I love it so :D
      So glad you're enjoying Miss Korea! Although I've failed to get into several other shows since -- it's just so good at popping all the annoying kdrama balloons I'd gotten used to.

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    2. Popping all the other k-drama balloons? Oh no!! I'm hoping there will be a sequel to Oh Ji Young/comparable flick. I even taught my toddler to smile by saying "Waikiki!" while secretly hoping that maybe Madame Ma's salon really exist (complete w/ the music and gold scissors and all) so I can get an overdue haircut there. Lol Am I an official k-drama geek now?

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    3. ...Claire I may have spoken too soon :D I'm actually enjoying My Love From Another Star at the moment, but it's different enough (high-concept rather than fairly realistic) from Miss Korea not to be comparable.
      Totally squealed picturing your toddler Waikiki-ing! :D And yes, all haircuts should come with bombastic music and rounds of applause, lol

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  14. <3 Liners, omg blue... such a dangerous post to read :( Now lemming liners and that 52 lipstick but those lipsticks are smelly

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    1. I like the RPC scent! LOL YSL are dividing us into two camps with their equally strong rose and mango offerings.

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  15. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe


    i guess the makeup is nice too *nods absently*

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    1. yeah, man, I'm thinking of quitting this beauty blog thing and getting me a kpop tumblr! *_*

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  16. actually now that i focus that neutral visee palette looks very nice!

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  17. omg those looks amazing. I was swatching those the other week at sephora. Three years and theyre not even pulling from the sides, that's amazing!!!!

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    1. I knowwwww! :D I am bad and go for weeks without touching these but every time I unscrew the cap I find them perfect.

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  18. Oooh I've wanted Cherry Black for ages, but now I'll have to get ALL of them. :D

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  19. <3 ¡GIRLCRUSH! <3
    So good, I even had to make my manfellow watch the butt padding.

    I tend to get annoyed with potted liners, especially since they can seem so good at first and then end up turning awful so quickly. I have an older BB that still functions in about the same shade as Bronze Black (I think it was LE) but other pots have all been ousted.

    But I really like that Cherry Black shade, and might give shimmery colorful little liner pots another chance.

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    1. YESSSSS! <3
      And they have VOICES! What is this sorcery???

      I keep thinking I should purge Bronze Black since it's like the cream version of AbCat, but....can't. do. it.

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  20. This post couldn't have come at a better time, I've been looking for a new gel liner! And the fact that they still stay fresh after three years make them well worth the money! I think I might get Cherry Black, but all of them look beautiful!

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    1. <3 Hello, gorgeous!
      I don't use these as often as I should, so am v glad they're so long-lived :)

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  21. You know, those YSL cream liners aren't available in Mexico!!! I've checked several counters -and Sephora- and nothing! I guess I will have to stay with Bobbi Brown and Nars in the meantime lol
    The banana image was really fun ;)

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    1. Oh no! :( I know a while back they seemed to have supply issues and MUA was buzzing with rumours they were dc'd, but they seem to be back now. Glad you have liners that work for you, though!

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  22. I'm actually kind of surprised that you like Spica! I adore them, they're beautiful and so talented but so underrated. The YSL liners are beautiful, I need to pick up more :D

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    1. Why surprised? :)
      Preach! Love love love them and it's such a shame that the combo of blazing talent and unpretentious self-deprecation isn't a winning on in k-pop!

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    2. Haha, I don't know, I never pegged you for an idol group kind of person. Not that it's a bad thing at all!

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  23. So that's how you write the number '4'! :D That inset flick in the winged liner is really interesting. JSM looks so cute in those pictures. <3 I wonder what lashes she used on SPICA...

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    1. Ha, do tell, miss esoteric knower of such things, what does that say about me?
      I was watching a backstage Spica vid before a live show, and it was interesting to see they still do their own mu and nails (in between nomming and just being silly)! The liner was pretty on-point, too :) Though not as refined as JSM's own version.

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    2. Well the other day some girls told me that the way you write 'x' tells a lot about their personality. Like, the algebraic 'x' would denote some sort of geekery, overly curvy in each corner denotes retardation. I said I just write it like 'x' and that apparently means I try hard but am just stupid! Lol.

      Zomg, these k-pop stars do their own mu too?! Is there nothing they can't do?

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  24. I totally rushed to the stores to ask about YSL pot eyeliners to find out Holland doesn't have them: grrr&*%^%. I hope to encounter these at the international beauty-counters I frequently stalk (even at +30 °C-> there's no temperature that can withold me from the beauty loots).

    Gah, so HQhair actually has had a bad rep and even with you chasing them down literary they were not able to make up for their mistakes??? That's just horrible :|

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    1. Oh no! :( They're definitely still available Asia-wide with no plans to discontinue, so hopefully will make a nice souvenir for your next trip :)

      I eventually got a refund from HQHair but it was still utterly ridiculous and took almost a year! Not to mention the knocking at their door >:C

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  25. Me and gel liners have always had an extremely disappointing relationship (next to lipgloss). They are so lovely and pigmented, are nice to apply and smudge....... but then dissolve to hell on my fleshy fleshy eyes! DX

    First to go is always any line drawn on my under eye (especially at the outer corner) that smudges into drunken-morningafter-walk-of-shame racoon bags rather than sexy grunge rocker. And the top lid liner will either transfer onto my eyelid crease, or smudge onto my lower lid (thus enhancing the drunken racoon look).

    I've tried primers, setting with eyeshadow, priming + powder shadow. Bobbi brown, MAC, Suqqu, Wet & Wild.... each one with fanatical followers swearing is more smudgeproof than the last, except on me. ; __ ;

    WAH WAH What can I say, I'm "special". These look so intensely lovely.... it's very hard to resist the urge to run out and buy them! In this scenario it would be appropriate for me to express jellydom over your dry eyelids!

    www.thislipsticklife.com

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  26. Thanks for the mention! I have to admit the Sea Black is my favorite! Bronze Black comes in second for its chameleon nature. In the warm months it looks bronze and in the winter it looks olive. These are so much better than MAC, but don't tell anyone! ;-)

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  27. I'm salivating over these swatches!

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  28. This is very inspiring! :D makeup for this weekend will put heavy emphasis on colour eyeliners
    sea black is very beautiful - in my country we have YSL counters but they're not too updated in stocking the latest releases (usually after 6-12 months of the items being released then it will arrive here. can be more)
    Thanks for the Spica link lol. never really follow the Korean music videos but now I am seriously in love with the makeups (awesome JSM, always thought JSM specializes in no makeup makeup look only, evidently i was wrong)

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