Building on the success of their cult-fave lip gloss shade, BUXOM has released the limited edition White Russian Collection. The brand’s classic pinky nude shade has now been reinterpreted for the entire face … so I guess you can call this a true beauty cocktail (and yes, that’s definitely a cheesy reference to the original Tia Maria + milk alcoholic drink).
White Russian Eye and Cheek Palette, limited edition (CAN $51.00) | Housed in a sturdy cardboard case with a full sized mirror on the inner lid, the palette consists of 2 new shades or Wanderlust™ Blush along with 6 eyeshadows in a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer. Said to have “pigment-packed, primer-infused” colours, they all do indeed display great coverage from the first swipe and blend effortlessly into the skin. Dipping a brush into these gives up more powdery kickback than I’m used to, but nothing deal breaking. All shades (both for eyes and cheeks) are totally wearable and combine nicely together.
- Take a Dip – beige pink, matte
- Reveal – pink taupe, shimmer
- Indulge – rose gold sparkle
- Decadent – pink nude, matte
- Smoke Show – chocolate pink, shimmer
- After Dark – greyed brown with pink sparkle
- Moscow – rose pink
- New York – tawny rose
White Russian Wanderlust™ Glow Highlighter, limited edition (CAN $31.00) | This is a universally flattering pink champagne highlighter shade in the brand’s popular Wanderlust™ formula. The texture is quite buttery and glides smoothly along the skin, displaying an easy blendability. The glow it imparts is more of the subtle than blingy variety, making this a great option for daytime wear — or anyone not looking to have their highlighter visible from orbit. Bonus points scored for its absolutely yummy beachy scent!
White Russian Full-On™ Plumping Lip Cream, limited edition (CAN $27.00) | The shade inspiration behind the collection, this is a shimmer-free high-octane gloss in the brand’s cult-fave pink nude shade and comes with a flocked applicator. The formula is packed with “plumping peptides, conditioning vitamins, and hyaluronic spheres” that help give the appearance of smoother looking lips. Relatively non-sticky in nature, there’s a slight tingling sensation felt upon initial application, but which dissipates within minutes. In terms of coverage, application is semi-sheer and I find that this shade works equally well whether worn on its own, or layered over lipstick. For those with visibly lined lips (like mine), you’ll find that this gloss might take a minute or two to self-level.
White Russian Full Force™ Plumping Lipstick, limited edition (CAN $25.00) | With nude pink lettering on the outer case to distinguish it from the rest of the range, this is a full coverage lipstick with a creamy texture that glides so easily along lips. The formula contains the brand’s signature peptide complex to help “plump lips“, while the combination of avocado oil, jojoba esters, and antioxidant-rich olive oil provide continuous hydration. The light tingling sensation felt upon initial application dissipates very quickly, and while you can certainly wear this shade on its own, I personally love the look with a slick of the matching gloss on top.
While I may be all about luxury beauty, I’m always open to exploring other ranges as well so when this collection arrived, I was definitely ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the shades — all well within my neutral-loving wheelhouse, I might add. Out of the collection, the two pieces that I felt performed the best, are the highlighter and lip gloss. The palette shades are all lovely, albeit somewhat more powdery than I would have preferred, but the price point is appealing enough that I can overlook that. All in all, this is an eminently wearable capsule collection and if nude pinks (or White Russian cocktails) are your thing, it’s all worth a look!
Available at Sephora
Kindly provided by Buxom Cosmetics for my unbiased consideration