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As a long time fan of CHANEL’s Glossimer glosses, I admit to feeling nervous upon learning that the brand was eliminating the range in order to make way for the new Rouge Coco Gloss, but I worried needlessly: this reformulated version is amazing. Available in 24 luscious shades along with 3 Top Coats, they’re everything I want & expect my glosses to be … sounds pretty extravagant, but it also happens to be true.
The move towards “green beauty” has been steadily growing over the last few years, but non-toxic beauty products have not always been all that … sexy. There’s no reason to trade quality over safety, and California-based brand BEAUTYCOUNTER is shrugging off the industry’s notion that clean = boring, and this latest Desert Sunrise Collection couldn’t be a better example of this line of thinking.
For Spring 2017, Guerlain is adding to the range of La Petite Robe Noire makeup with 3 new lip shades, a gel blush, a mascara, and one new limited edition nail polish hue. All feature the iconic ‘upside down heart’ on the packaging and I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t come across a more love-themed collection than this. Oh, did I mention that they’re not only all stellar performers, but smell so good?
Always drawing inspiration by his many travels, the NARS Wildfire Collection for Spring 2017 is filled with shades that may initially appear soft, but somehow manage to pack quite an impact just the same. Trust François Nars to create a collection that’s made up of utterly wearable colour, masquerading as neutrals.
From the brand that definitely knows all about high impact colour, comes Artist Acrylip Lip Paint (CAN $29.00/each), 10 pigment-drenched lip shades that were inspired by acrylic paints. To mark their official launch, MAKE UP FOR EVER put on a wild party held at Montréal’s Loft Hotel, where the drinks & hors d’oeuvres flowed freely and the entertainment consisted of insane beats, pole dancers (yup…pole dancers), and meeting up with old friends where plenty of shrieking ensued. It was THAT kind of party, done in true MUFE style.
Counterclockwise from top left: with PR wiz Aïda, statuesque Sephora beauty Shannon & a cameo of my sparkly boots
ommo was here …
making a grand … exit?
Artist Acrylip Lip Paint (CAN $29.00/each) | Available in 10 shades inspired by the intense colours of acrylic paints, they come in squeeze tubes that are colour-coded for quick recognition along with a slanted flocked applicator for ease of use. Don’t let the small size of the tube fool you; these have serious pigmentation and a little really & truly goes a long, long way. Key ingredients include:
- Synthetic Mica for shine
- ultra fine triple ground pigments for mega colour saturation
- Castor Seed Oil to boost pigment intensity & nourish lips
- Mineral Clay for a formula with a lightweight & non-greasy texture
- Silica Gel to help smooth lips & fill in fine lines
The formula on all is surprisingly lightweight, especially when factoring in how strong the saturation is. All are buildable colour-wise; one drop applied to the centre of the lips and then smoothed out with the applicator yields a soft wash of colour. Two or more drops take things to a whole new level of fierce. For even more staying power, try applying a matching lip liner first. Better still, you can layer several shades to create a customized and/or ombré look. The finish can go from gleaming to über-shiny, and all will fade to a light stain which is a nice look as well.
- 200 – Candy Pink
- 201 – Fuchsia Pink
- 202 – Coral Pink
- 300 – Orange
- 301 – Poppy Orange
- 400 – Iconic Red
- 401 – Raspberry Red
- 500 – Lilac
- 501 – Eggplant
- 600 – Dark Purple
Showing how an unconventional shade like 500 Lilac can be so totally wearable when applied as a light stain
As far as liquid lipsticks go, MAKE UP FOR EVER has managed to create one of the most well-rounded products in the genre. Eminently portable, easy to use, a long-lasting featherweight feel and so many wear/layering options, the new Artist Acrylip Lip Paints have brought back something that sometimes gets lost in the beauty world shuffle: FUN. And hella colour too, for that matter.
Available exclusively at Sephora
Media samples kindly provided, all opinions my own