Lancome “Matte Lip Shaker” – Review

A few months ago, I started a new job and blogging was kind of placed on the “back burner”. As much as I adore testing new beauty products, I simply found that I didn’t have as much time to play around with new releases and I’m never going to publish half-assed reviews, just for the sake of it. As any Irish parent would tell you, “money doesn’t grow on trees” and the beauty market is saturated with new releases to tempt the bank balance. However, now that I’ve settled in to the job, I’m back with some new review posts – and this time you can be sure that I’m choosing the “créme de la créme” of products to write about because I won’t find any time to write about the mediocre ones.

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Today, I want to talk to you about a product that I have been testing for months – the Lancome “Matte Shaker” lip colours. At first, when I received these in the post, I was worried that the design might be a gimmick but the novelty still hasn’t worn off. The packaging is sleek and quirky but more importantly, it’s handbag-proof. The lid of the “Matte Shaker” is sturdy and won’t open in your bag while you’re on the move. Anyone who has had the inside of their designer handbag smeared with bright lipstick will realise just how handy this is. The sponge applicator is difficult to get used to in the beginning and you will definitely need a mirror to apply this product but, the shape of the sponge eliminates the need to use a lip liner which is a pro that outweighs the con, in my opinion.

I’ve played around with all of the colours in this collection and there’s something to suit everyone. There are seven shades that range from peach to nude to bright orange. Although, I have to say that, for me, the reds steal the show. “Red-y In 5” is my favourite shade from the range and the one that I have chosen to use for imagery purposes in this post. It’s a beautiful, bold red that has gorgeous blue undertones. This type of red shade is perfect for pale complexions and the blue undertones help to create the illusion of whiter teeth.

 

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Now, let’s talk about the formula. What sets this matte lipstick apart in a market saturated with similar products? Well, I have to say that while there may be one hundred other matte lip products on the market at the moment, there are none quite like this one.

The formula is packed with pigment and although it’s build-able, it was designed to be applied as a super thin layer of colour. Any residue of the product seems to almost evaporate when it’s applied to the lips, so the formula wears like a second skin. The “Matte Lip Shakers” are exactly that – completely and totally matte so if you are looking for a moisturising lip product, this isn’t it. However, because the formula is so lightweight, it won’t drain any moisture from your lips and will leave them exactly as it found them.

I love the texture of this product and enjoy that it’s really comfortable to wear. Lots of matte lip products can feel heavy and balmy on the lips but you could forget that you were wearing any product at all, after applying the “Matte Shaker”.

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Taking all of the above into consideration, I have to say that I rate the “Matte Shaker” from Lancome as one of my favourite releases of 2017. I would even go as far as to say that it’s the most comfortable matte lipstick on the market at the moment, closely followed by TheBalm’s “Meet Matt(e) Hughes”.

Lancome “Matte Shakers” retail at €19.50 which is a pretty decent price point and they’re available from Lancome stockists nationwide. Have you tried the product? Or, do you already have favourite matte lipstick? Either way, we would love to hear about it so let us know in the comment section or over on Instagram under the corresponding post!

Rouge x

Too Faced “Melted Matte” Lipstick – Review.

“Sweetie, if you’re going to be two faced; at least make one of them pretty.” – Marilyn Monroe.

So by now, most of you will already know that I’m the Queen of matte liquid lipsticks. The love affair began when I was introduced to theBalm’s “Meet Matte Hughes” collection which you can read about here. But, although I adore that collection, the shade range is quite limited so I was bound to look elsewhere for more options. As always, Too Faced recognised my problem and presented me with a solution. Meet their “Melted Matte” liquid lipsticks.

 

 

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Love at first sight does exist, and I’m here to prove it. These babies come in 16 different shades so there’s definitely at least one to suit everyone. And, eeeek, aren’t they gorgeous? Too Faced always hit the nail on the head when it comes to packaging and these liquid lipsticks are no exception to the rule. The products are a good size so pretty decent value for money at €23 and the doe-foot applicator eliminates the need for lip liner.

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I’ve been using the shade “Cool Girl” which is advertised as a “true nude” colour. Now, I’m not going to lie, I was terrified of the brown tones in this shade when I first tried it on but now, I’m embracing the 90s vibe. The shade would probably be categorised as a “true nude” for darker skin tones, but on my ghostly pale self, I would categorise it as a soft brown. My friends really like this one and, I received lots of compliments when I posted a picture on Instagram so, I’m definitely a convert to the shade.

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Now, I hear you all sitting asking your screens if the formula is drying on the lips. Winter is fast approaching and our lips will be chapped enough without bearing the burden of matte lipstick. Well, the formula isn’t ultra moisturising but I would say that it’s probably the least drying matte formula that I’ve tried to date. The product is infused with non-sting lip plumping agents so, even if your lips are chapped underneath; it works to plump them up, making them appear healthier. There’s also avocado oil and Vitamin E in the formula to help rejuvenate lips while you wear it.

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Overall, I love this lipstick and, I hope to add many more to my collection. Wear-time extends to practically the entire day, with occasional top-ups after eating. Next on my wishlist is the shade “Queen B”.

Too Faced’s “Melted Matte” lipsticks are available here, from Debenhams. Why not check out the link and let us know what your favourite shade is in the comment section?

Rouge x

Urban Decay “Vice” Lipstick Collection.

I have been Urban Decay’s biggest fan since the early 00s. From their “Lip Junk” to their “Sparkling Lickable Body Powder”, I had every Urban Decay product on the market by the time I reached the age of 18. The brand helped spur my transformation from gawky, awkward teenager to slightly less awkward, make up obsessed 20-something who collects lipsticks like they’re Pokemon – “gotta catch em all”..

Now, can you imagine my excitement when UD announced the launch of their new “Vice” lipstick range? The new range boasts 100 lipsticks, in different finishes including matte, shimmer, metallic and cream. Eeeeeeeeek… Obviously, I traipsed off to my local Debenhams for a 40 minute swatch session and narrowed it down to two, neutral favourites for my everyday collection: “Naked” and “Ex-Girlfriend”.

 

 

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“Naked”:

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Ok, so if you’ve been following me for awhile, you will know that my favourite lipstick of all time is Tom Ford’s “Lips and Boys” in the shade “Addison” (review here). However, you may also know that said lipstick comes with a C-R-A-Z-Y price tag. And so, here’s your solution! Urban Decay’s “Naked” lipstick, is an almost perfect dupe and for only €18.

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In its own right, the lipstick is absolutely gorgeous. It has a fabulous, moisturising cream finish and lasts for hours without fade. If you’re a fan of the Kardashians, this is definitely a “Kylie Jenner” nude shade and I LOVE it! Definitely my favourite of the collection.

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“Ex-Girlfriend”:

Now, this offering is a gorgeous sheer lipstick with a slight flicker of shimmer. Perfect for a natural lip look. Originally part of the UD x Gwen Stefani collection, it looks like this shade has been made permanent and I am delighted. As with all of the “Vice” lipsticks, it is infused with aloe vera, jojoba and avocado to soften and nourish lips while you wear it.

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You will see from the imagine below that this shade could be worn with or without any other make up to add a little life to your complexion. It’s definitely a keeper!

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Now, I have also tried the matte formulas in this range, as has my Urban Decay obsessed cousin who has also given them the thumbs up. So much so, that I took her to Debenhams to choose a few more. So, stay tuned for a review and some Instagram pictures!

If you want to try these lipsticks for yourself, or check out the other 98 shades in the range, you can pop over to the Debenhams website. Let us know what your favourite is in the comment section!

Rouge x

Read my Lips – Rescue Remedies.

Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you will already know that 2016 is the year of the matte lip. Thanks to Kylie Jenner and the launch of her “Kylie Lip Kit” collection, the world has gone mad – without regard for the consequences. And now? Well, we all have lips that are as dry as the Sahara desert!

At this stage, I have tried and tested almost every lip balm under the sun. So, here’s a list of my three favourite rescue remedies for dry lips. Don’t worry, you can thank me later.

Isa Dora “Nourishing Lip Oil” (€10.95):

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At €10.95, IsaDora’s “Nourishing Lip Oil” is my most expensive pick but is also the most luxurious. This formula feels fabulous on the lips. It’s soft and buttery rather than sticky and creates a clear, glossy finish. Enriched with omega oils, vitamins and coconut oil, this product will hydrate you lips in no time at all. The “Nourishing Lip Oil” also contains avocado oil which can penetrate skin to increase collagen product, adding plumpness to your pout. King Kylie, eat your heart out!

IsaDora “Nourishing Lip Oil” is available from pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

 

MooGoo “Cow Lick Lip Balm” (€3.95):

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This lip balm from MooGoo is a “no frills” formula and contains entirely edible ingredients. This is great because as we all know; what goes on the lips, will be eaten. This is the first product which I tried from MooGoo and I have to say, it has inspired a love of the brand. The balm contains allantoin, an ingredient which soothes small cuts on the lips. I definitely recommend this one for anyone who suffers from painfully chapped lips. It’s gentle, effective and completely free of chemicals – what more could you ask for?

“Cow Lick Lip Balm” is available here.

 

Blistex “Intensive Moisturiser” (€3.79):

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I’ve been using this offering from Blistex since my school days. So, it’s safe to say that it’s cured many a bruised lip after prolonged kissing at the teenage disco. Blistex “Intensive Moisturiser” may taste hideous, but it works a treat on chapped, flaky lips. I always apply this one before I been my make up routine, and wipe it off before applying a matte lip. The shea butter in the formula works really well as a hydration barrier to protect lips. This one also boasts a SPF so it is really handy for travel.

Blistex “Intensive Moisturiser” is available in pharmacies nationwide and here at Boots.ie.

 

And there you have it, my foolproof remedies for chapped lips. Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comment section!

Rouge x

 

Giorgio Armani Beauty “ECSTASY LACQUER”.

“Loose lips sink ships”.

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During office hours, I am forced to abandon my signature red lip in favour of something a little more subtle. And although this breaks my heart, I am happy to report that recently I have managed to discover some delightful alternatives. May I introduce Giorgio Armani’s “Ecstasy Lacquer”.

Now, usually I am not a huge fan of lip gloss because while I appreciate the appeal of shiny, seductive lips; I’m not so fond of the sticky, messy texture. So what differentiates Armani’s formula from the rest? Well, “Ecstasy Lacquer” is a water based formula making it possible for Armani to use water-soluble colourants that fuse with the lips to create vivid but translucent colour and a lip stain that holds. Furthermore, the water-based formula meant that glycerine, a highly effective moisturising agent, could also be introduced into the gloss. Therefore, “Ecstasy Lacquer” eliminates gooey lips and instead feels light, fresh and soft on the lips.

I have been using this gloss in the shade “501 Uptown” for weeks now and have been really impressed by the results. The gloss is really easy to apply, so there’s no need for a lip liner. The packaging is sturdy so it’s a perfect handbag essential. And, the best part is that it only needs to be topped up after eating or drinking. Otherwise, the colour stain stays intact for hours.

Armani’s “Ecstacy Lacquer” is available in 10 “Intense Lacquered” shades and 8 “Pearlescent Metallic” shades from Brown Thomas.

What do you think? Would you try this new formula lip gloss? Let me know in the comments.

Rouge x

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil – Review.

According to follower feedback on Instagram and Twitter, a great many of you are big fans of Urban Decay cosmetics. So, it is safe to assume that lots of you have tried their “Matte Revolution Lipstick”. This lipstick boasts a long-lasting, budge-proof formula, loved by beauty junkies all over since release. However, time and time again, we have faced the same dilemma – we needed new lip liners to match the impressive colour range!

Thankfully, Urban Decay take customer feedback seriously and have launched FIVE new shades of their fabulous “24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils” to match the bold and neutral colours of the “Matte Revolution Lipsticks”. I was lucky enough to get my hands on two of the lip pencils, in the shades “Blackmail” (deep berry wine) and “Bad Blood” (deep red).

  

Firstly, let us take a second to appreciate the names placed upon these products – talk about “beauty with an edge” – they had me at hello. The pencils feature shade matched barrels which make it easy to find your desired colour, even when your make-up bag is jam-packed.

The formula is comprised of vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil so even though the liners provide a matte finish, they don’t feel dry or “cakey” on the lips. As with all Urban Decay products, the pigmentation and lasting power of the liners are amazing.

So, how do they apply? Well, you can wear them alone with a slick of gloss on top or, you can use the pencils to define lip shape before applying your matching “Matte Revolution Lipstick”. Personally, I think the decision is based on each individual shade. I loved wearing “Bad Blood” alone, without lipstick. But, because “Blackmail” is such a vibrant, dark shade; I preferred to layer it with the matching lipstick. That said, “Blackmail” is my favourite shade from the new range – it screams sophisticated, vintage vamp!

  

Urban Decay are killing it lately – did you read my piece on their newly launched Vice 4 Palette? They’re quickly becoming my favourite brand of the moment.

You can purchase the “24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils” online from Debenhams for €18.50 (10% off at time of publishing).

Let me know what you think in the comments. Would you dare to wear these bold shades?

MeMeMe ‘Boho Balm’ – Cheek and Lip Tint.

The weather outside is pretty frightful but, we’re actually still in the depths of festival season. Ugh, rainy days out? That can only mean one thing – make up meltdown! We’re going to need some pretty durable products to get us through these rainforest-esque showers.

MeMeMe have come to the saviour of all girls on-the-go by releasing their ‘Boho Balm’ (€7.95) which is a multi-tasking lip and cheek tint. The product is available in two shades: ‘Coral Taupe’ and ‘Pink Rouge’. I got my hands on the ‘Pink Rouge’ version of the balm to sample and review for you all.


The compact and enduring packaging of this product makes it the perfect handbag accessory. Unlike powdered blush, it won’t be crushed or damaged in transit. This is great news for those of us who are always on the run.


‘Pink Rouge’ is a dolly pink shade reminiscent of Benefit’s ‘Posietint’ for a much lesser cost. The formula is enriched with jojoba oil which means that it creates an illuminated look. Therefore, it may not be loved by those concious of oily skin. However, I adore it and have been using it for touch ups throughout the day at work.

I’ve been using the cream formula by applying it sparingly to my cheekbones with my fingertips. A little of this product will go a really long way because it’s highly pigmented. It takes a little blending to look perfect but that’s easily done.

As you can see in the above picture, the balm can also be used on the lips so it is the perfect holiday/festival product for those who wish to pack lightly.

I’ve heard that MeMeMe cosmetics are available in pharmacies nationwide so I can’t wait to purchase some newbies to review.

Have you tried the brand? I’d love to hear your favourites.

Rouge x