Nude Lips for Cool, Pale Rogues – Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure

Greetings from my secure lipstick vault once again, fellow rogues!

So, nude lipstick has always been something that has mystified me. As a vampirically pale rogue with almost-no-pigment lips, nude lipstick seems at best a little redundant, and at worst makes you look like someone warmed over Barbie’s corpse (if it’s a pink nude) or just warmed over a corpse (if it’s a beige nude). I suppose I always associated nude lips with the ‘concealer lip’ – you know, the super editorial kind of effect that looks amazing with a smokey eye if you are not me. (I will be chatting a bit more about my views on nude lips for cool-toned, pale rogues at the end of this post, for those that are intrigue, but for now, on with the story!)

Anyway, a nude lip is what you might call the perfect, classic stealth makeup tool, and as part of my seemingly neverending quest to find one that doesn’t look terrible, I spoke to Eleimos the Druid (a conoisseur of the ‘natural’ look), to see what advice was forthcoming. To my surprise, I was wordlessly handed a shimmering pink tube, that turned out to be Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure.

 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch and Review

Apologies for the lighting – I try to take all my photos in natural light, and the weather is a little dank and dingy at the moment…
Eleimos, a druid of few words but excellent taste in nude lipsticks.

 

I will confess, I was sceptical. Much as I adore these lipsticks, a little part of me was worried that I’d get the death lip again To my joy, this fear turned out to be unfounded! What I got instead was a beautiful shell pink/peach nude with very fine silvery microsparkle that enfolds my lips in a luminous, gossamer cloak. Since I am at risk of waxing too lyrical right now (and I’m not professionally a bard, you know), let’s have another photo of the actual product…

 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch and Review

A closeup of the product tip, in which you can see some of the shimmer and sparkle. Have you ever had a staring contest with a lipstick? Eleimos has (and won).

 

Demure is a very good name for this particular chubby lip pencil – it goes on smoothly, with a sheer-to-buildable coverage, and the sparkle (like a druid) is present but not ‘in your face’ – to quote Jaa’s recent (and excellent) review of a Tom Ford blush, this lipstick has ‘adult shimmer’. ;-)

I would quickly note here that if you have a darker skintone/more pigmented lips than I do (not difficult!), there’s a possibility that you might find this lipstick to be a harder nude (appearing to have a more white base to it). When I first saw the swatches over at Temptalia, that was what made me cautious about this particular shade, as (wonderful as everything looks on Christine, damn her!) it appeared to be more ‘pale’ than I ideally wanted. However, you can see from the lipswatches below that this isn’t the case on me. Christine was quite right, as usual, when she said she thought it was a shade that would look different on different people!

The packaging, wear time and delicate, minty scent are all the same as for the previous lacquer balm (Whimsical) I reviewed, so If you’d like more detail, please pop over here. In short, however, the mint scent is non-plumping/irritating, the packaging is totally functional (also pretty) and the wear time is decent for a sheerer, glossy lip product on me. This particular shade was non-drying on me – I wouldn’t say it was overtly hydrating, but I didn’t have any problems either.

Behold! Ye Olde Lip Swatches!

 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch

Left: no pigment natural lips with poorly defined edges. Right: effortlessly pretty, shimmering ‘nude’ lips, courtesy of Revlon Demure Lacquer Balm.

 

A little Rogue-to-Rogue Chat about Nude Lips for Cool-Toned, Vampires: Generally speaking (and this is my own personal preference, based on experience), true nudes are a bad idea for us. Almost everything ends up looking way too ‘editorial’ (or corpselike), and few nudes have just the right undertone (most are too orange/yellow or too purple). Obviously, if you are actively aiming for an ‘editorial’ look, then don’t let me stand in the way of your shuriken! I’m talking about things you can wear when you’ve got a smokey eye on, don’t want to go the whole hog with a red lip, and ALSO don’t want the cleric and paladin asking you if you’re feeling OK every 5 seconds. Or things you can wear to the tavern without your fellow adventurers starting to string garlic and crosses up around the place, and writing postings with rewards for your head on a stake. So here are my personal tips:

For us, the easiest ‘nude’ is actually ‘MLBB’ – it’s still nude (or maybe ‘natural’) in the sense that you’re not wearing an obvious colour, but you have a bit more flexibility in the finish and the undertone, to help inject some life back into your complexion. I want to be able to toss a nude lipstick or gloss on, and not have to go the full bard with blush etc to try and perk me up again afterwards. Some good examples of my usual favourite way to wear a nude are: sheer corals, soft but not too pale pinks, and our good friend Demure here, which is nearly the same as my non-lip-colour, but still gives me life, sparkle and prettiness.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?

 

The Verdict: These chubby pencils from Revlon have been really impressing me – they’re smooth to apply, non-drying, come in many fabulous shades and colours, and (with Demure here) have introduced me to a new wearable nudes that I never thought I’d find. A truly rogueworthy product!

The Practicalities: Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balms cost NZD 20.50 / USD ~9.00 each for 2.7g /0.095 oz, and are available from drugstores and pharmacies the world over, as well as Farmers in NZ and www.revlon.com. <3 I’d like to take a minute to note that this wonderful lipstick came to me courtesy of my lovely mum and sister, who knew how keen I was on this range, and got me one <3

 

Until next time, fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

 

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send goblin hordes after you. Plague-ridden ones.

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals!

Greetings from the depths of an as-yet uncleared catacomb, fellow rogues!

There are times when you suddenly realise that you’re going to need a little extra help on your adventures, whether it be escaping a mad sorceror’s tower, raiding a particularly large dragon’s hoard, or, like today, clearing a particularly epic catacomb full of the shambling undead.

Fortunately, in this wonderful adventuring world, there are plenty of stalwart fellow adventurers that you can call on to help! Today’s post is a full-party collaborative effort with Christina of The Makeup Train, as noble a treasure-seeker as you’ll ever find! Did you know that one of the best ways to clear a catacomb is with coral-toned makeup? Well, now you do, and to show you how we’re gonna clear things up here, we’re each bringing you our Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals. Please hop on over to Christina’s blog to see the coral tools she’ll be using too! I hope you enjoy this collaboration – if you’re as excited as I am about coral things (and blasting away the shambling undead), I know you’ll love it :-)

 

Syl’s Top 5 Catacomb-Clearing Corals

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Adventurers assemble! The party members are arguing over who gets to take which awesome Coral Weapon of Destory Undead. Don’t worry, they’ll get themselves together shortly.

 

Alright, so I combed through my stash, and it turns out that 90% of all the coral things I own are lip products :-D So I hope you came into this catacomb with a properly prepped pout, people! These are in no particular order of preference, but we’ll get an old favourite out of the way first, shall we? (Arm and lip swatches are at the bottom of the post!)

 

Blessed Bloom Sheer Lipstick of Tangerine Smiting +3

I’m guessing you’re all probably kind of sick of hearing about this little gem by now – you can find a review here and more swatches here if you’d like some more detail, but suffice it to say that I wouldn’t go dungeoneering without this, catacomb or no. As you can see from the photo, it also makes for an excellent stealth tool/hiding place.

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Bloom Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine, providing cover for Sneak Attacks since HA HA! YOU  CAN’T SEE ME!

 

Holy Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lipgloss of Blissful Destruction +2

Eleimos can’t deny his druidic attraction to the floral packaging on this coral-tinted weapon. He’s a bit of a sucker for packaging, actually (don’t tell him I said that). In any case, this is a sheer, coral tinted, minty lipgloss that comes in one of those mysterious clicky pen things. It’s probably supposed to be plumping, but it doesn’t do much on me – this is a *good* thing, by the way.  Fortunately, whatever it does to the undead is making it a clicky-pen pump action weapon of doom, so we’ll let Eleimos stand at the back and continue flinging glossballs from the brush-shaped tip of this Tarte lipgloss in Blissful.

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

So here’s the thing – in combination with my minimal photography skills, the camera would either focus on Eleimos, or the tube. This was the picture that had the most middle ground… **special thanks and hugs to Karen for this lovely gloss, as Tarte doesn’t normally exist in this country :-)**

 

Radiant Dior Addict Lipgloss of the Diablotine +643

I know what you’re going to say – ‘+643?!?! That is totally OP! How do you even need anyone else in the room? Why is the catacomb not just a smoking crater!?’ Calm down – it’s just the shade number ;-). This is a gloriously corally, gloriously glossy gloss with a generous (though still classy) helping of golden shimmer. Susie the Bard wields this like a pro (which she is, really, but still), blasting the hordes of the undead with arcs of hydrating, radiantly shimmery goodness. Just quietly, this is one of the wetter glosses I’ve ever tried, so I do sometimes feel like it travels outside my lipline, but then I look in the mirror and it hasn’t! Magic. Susie! Stop rolling your eyes and blast that skeleton that’s sneaking up on you already!

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

This was the best angle I found to capture all the beautiful golden sparkle that this coral Dior Addict Gloss in Diablotine has. Gorgeous! As usual, Susie can’t help but stare into the glitter. It’s a bard thing.

 

Sanctifying Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait of Annihilation +3

Sigryn and the Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait are old friends (or maybe foes?), and no-one argues with the axe-wielding dwarf warrior maiden when she chooses something as the coral augment to her arsenal. This peachy pink lipstick, with its glimmering golden sparkle, is one I wear almost every day (at least once), and I can highly recommend it if you’ve got the grit to wield it (review here). Fortunately, grit is not something that Sigryn lacks, so she’s clearing up her corner of the catacomb like a champ with this lipstick.

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, and its old frenemy, Sigryn. Today, they’re working together to clear out as many of the risen dead as they can

 

Luminous Nyx Round Lipstick in Margarita of Purging +597

OK, before you all freak out, the modifier is the shade number again. Also, as for Margarita of Purging, it’s not what you think. No bards were harmed in any drinking games. No indeed, the purging going on here is of the undead, who are struck back to the realm from whence they came by the luminous majesty of this shimmering, pinky coral lipstick. The only adventurer curious enough to choose this weapon after hearing the name was the venerable Khael the wizard, who (after some examination and lots of dark muttering about frostiness), realised that gentle application of this gloriously creamy lipstick yields a luminous shield over the lips, protecting them and transforming anything under it into another shade. Seriously, I am now addicted to stroking a light layer of this over other lipsticks (in stain form) to see what happens! The wear time is also surprisingly good for a lipstick this creamy, so Khael’s shield should hold for a good 3-4 hours!

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

Khael ponders the apparently frosty madness of Nyx Round Lipstick in Margarita, before aiming it at the hordes of undead, and releasing a luminous coral shield that purges those skeletal suckers right out of the catacomb. **special thanks to Karen again, without whom I would be a much less corally, and therefore much less happy, rogue**

 

Right! I expect, after all the action going on in this catacomb as these adventurers launch their coral-tinted attacks, that you’d like to take a break and see what they actually look like on a rogue (clearly the best model for, like, everything). Et voilà!

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks swatches and review

From left: Dior Diablotine, Nyx Margarita, Bloom Tangerine, Revlon Peach Parfait and Tarte Blissful.

 

And now for the lip swatches…

 

Top 5 Catacomb Clearing Corals - favourite coral lipsticks lip swatches and review

Coral lips! My favourite shade for every day, and (as it turns out) the very best shade for clearing catacombs. Who knew? Beautiful and functional. The sun was kind of going in and out of the clouds, so sometimes the light colour is a little different. I haven’t altered these at all, and I’m not wearing any makeup around my mouth either – I believe sheer coral lipsticks should look good no matter what your skin’s doing!

 

So – that’s all from our end of the catacomb – do head on over to Christina’s post and see how she and her bandolier of coral weaponry are doing in the other corner!

Are you a coral lipstick fan? What are your must-have catacomb-clearing weapons?

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send beholders after you. conjunctivally-irritated ones.

A Toxically Beautiful Kiss: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom

Greetings from the side of a rather hopeful wizard, fellow rogues!

You know these old wizards. They’re nice chaps, really, but don’t always get out much – so when they hear of a quest involving kisses, even if this is in conjunction with the word ‘venomous’, they can’t go and investgate fast enough! Such was the case recently for our good friend Khael, who saw just such a posting on the local adventure board. Nothing would do but that we all pick up our stuff and go hiking over hill and dale to find…

Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Venom! :-D

You can imagine Khael’s disappointment when it turned out to be a lipstick artefact – he’d spent the whole trip dosing himself up on various antidotes, confident that they would aid him in receiving a magical, if toxic, kiss from some siren or other.  We all had a bit of a laugh, getting ready to head back to town and out of the way of the surprising number of poisonous scarab swarms that were haging around this lipstick, until I discovered something…

 

 

Urban Decay Revolution LIpstick in Venom Review and Swatches

Khael, investigating the artefact’s stylish gunmetal casing. He hasn’t yet realised two things: there are poisonous scarabs on the other side, and there won’t be any siren-smooching…

 

I discovered that this artefact was more than just a wizard’s libido-based wild goose chase – it’s a truly fantastic, vampy, venomous berry purple lipstick that can hold its own with the very best in my not-inconsiderable collection of vampy purple lipsticks!

To start from the outside: the packaging for Urban Decay’s revamped line of Revolution lipsticks is really quite lovely. It’s an undulating gunmetal grey on the outside, and bears the signature UD violet colour on the inside. Now, I won’t lie, I’m a pretty devoted fan of Urban Decay’s offerings (particularly their eye pencils), and putting purple in anything is a good way to get me to look twice, but the packaging here is also eminently sturdy, operates smoothly and has a pleasingly luxurious weight to it in the hand. It’s the sort of packaging that is perfect for adventuring – it looks good in an understated way (as befits a rogue),  it’ll hold up to being dropped to the bottom of a dungeon, and in the event of an emergency, you can probably knock out a guard or goblin with it.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to give Urban Decay a rogueish hug, for making their products available to non-US customers at the normal price. Sure, you have to get it shipped, and there’s the exchange rate to think about, but that’s just part of living in a different country to where the products originate. They haven’t just opened stores here and marked everything up by 3x (have they, MAC, hmm?). Anyway, back to the review…

 

Urban Decay Revolution LIpstick in Venom Review and Swatches

Having opened the artefact, Khael is starting to realise that the whole kissing thing may not be on the cards, unless he’s willing to put the listick on himself. More pressingly, the poisonous scarabs are making their way very purposefully to the edge of his robes…

 

The lipstick itself is in the flat-top chisel format, which I quite like – you can use the flat edge to fill in your lips, and the sharp edge to line them and even up the edges afterwards. I don’t find that this lipstick feathers at all throughout its very impressive 5-6 hour wear time on me, so I don’t use lipliner, but it’s nice to be able to do a precision job of applying it. And yes, you read that right. 5-6 hours. That’s truly epic by my standards, and Urban Decay gets a ‘You Rolled a 20! Award for Wear Time So Good It’s A Critical Hit’. This thing’ll have you vamping and venoming it up through a full temple-catacomb complex, no worries.

The colour is what I would call a berry violet (purple with strong berry red undertones), with very fine purple shimmer particles. The shimmer doesn’t translate to the lips as glitter or frost, but the finish is decidedly luminous and satin. I can’t detect any scent or flavour on this listick at all – I thought I could, but upon closer investigation, it turned out to be the scent of the violet lipstick barrel that I was catching, not the lipstick itself!

 

Urban Decay Revolution LIpstick in Venom Review and Swatches

As you can see, this lipstick is packing some pretty fair pigment, and leaves a respectable stain even after vigorous rubbing.

 

The pigmentation is excellent, the lipstick applies smoothly, and as you can see from the above swatch, it does leave behind a berryish stain when it wears off. The process of wearing off is pretty even on me (the stain helps), but I will tell you now that if you do decide to smooch a wizard (or anyone else) while wearing this lipstick, they will be sporting a very fetching purple lip-brand. Khael might have missed out, but I tried this on my own wizard, several hours after applying the lipstick, and he was suitably emblazoned with my mark…

 

Urban Decay Revolution LIpstick in Venom Review and Swatches

The variation in colour you can see in the swatch photo isn’t uneven application – the finish is so luminous and multidimensional, my camera had trouble dealing with it :-P Man, my lips have no pigment to them…

 

The smooth, satin finish does have…how would you describe it? A little ‘tack’ to it when it has dried down? It’s not ‘tacky’ like a lipgloss might get, but there is a feeling of things having set a little. It’s not at all unpleasant, and I can only assume that it has something to do with the epic wear time, and the fact that this lipstick is beautifully hydrating (or at least it keeps the moisture in, sometimes it’s hard to tell), for the entire wear time.

Have you joined Urban Decay’s little revolution yet? I first saw these lipsticks last year when they launched, on the paragon sites of Temptalia, Makeup And Beauty Blog and Vampy Varnish (Christine’s gorgeous swatches sold me on Venom!) but my good friend and adventurer Nikki over at Girl Behind the Glasses also has a fabulous review of two of the other colours in this line – pinky nude Streak and bright pink Catfight – so please do go and check out her post if you’re intrigued by these lipsticks!

 

The verdict: What can I say, really? It’s a gorgeous colour, keeps my lips hydrated for the SIX HOURS it wears unscathed, has a luminous finish, is easy to apply, pigmented, unscented and flvaoured, and comes in a tube stylish enough that Coco Chanel would have approved if she’d gone through a bit of a grunge phase. I can’t wait to try some more from ths line of lipsticks (I think there are 20?!), and I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a go yourself, if you haven’t already.

The practicalities: Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks cost USD 22.00 each for 0.09 oz /2.6 g, are permanent, and may be acquired from http://www.urbandecaycosmetics.com. If you’re not in the US, they have a parcel forwarding service that they recommend, and if you’re in NZ, you can use YouShop from NZ Post to get a US shipping address. Importantly, there’s NO requirement to have a US billing address or credit card, which is usually where things go wrong for non-US consumers. Yay! :-D

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send harpies after you. Smelly ones.

Answer Me These Questions Three! – A Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll

Greetings from behind a mythril clipboard, fellow rogues!

For quite some time, now, I’ve been drawn to the idea of making one of those posts like the ones I see over with Karen and Christine – you know, little (or not so little) questions that allow a rogue to ferret out all the intriguing secrets of the world! Or at least discover which kind of crease brush or chubby lip pencil is the crowd favourite ;-)

In the spirit of such inquiry, I have devised the Rogue Approved Version for the Extraction of Secrets. Also known as ‘Answer Me These Questions Three’. The questions are simple, and you are free to answer as fully, as tersely, as logically or as fantastically as you like. Please only use blue or black ink, and consult the orc-xaminer if you require an additional answer booklet.

You can copy and paste the questions into the comment box, or just list your answers if you prefer :-)

 

The Questions

 

  • Everyone has at least one lipstick/gloss in their kitbag that they don’t really like, but don’t want to throw out (note to self: more gold. Raid bigger dragon hoard). What’s your top tip for ‘making it work’?

  • The mage accidentally set fire to your kitbag, and only has the mana to conjure you one replacement item before you get back to the surface (it’s gonna be a long dungeon): what do you request?

  • Have you ever quickly checked your reflection in the paladin’s armour? (be honest!)

 

Makeup Poll

I asked these guys what their favourite coral lipstick was, and they argued for HOURS. Jeez…

 

 

I’m looking forward to reading your answers! :-)

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send Beholders after you. They’re angry, because they have conjunctivitis.

The Ultimate Arsenal: Bloom Lipsticks in Ragtime, Charleston, Tint, Petal and Tangerine – Reviews and Swatch Hoard

Greetings from the depths of an overstuffed kitbag, fellow rogues!

Once upon a time, there was a Rogue called Sylirael. She decided that the world needed to hear about beauty from the refreshingly fantastical perspective of a dungeon-raiding adventurer, and so one day, she started a blog. Her very first post showcased one of her kitbag’s most essential components – Bloom Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine. The rest, as they say, is history.

*nostalgic sniff*

Today, fellow rogues, I’m opening the kitbag again to reveal that Bloom isn’t just good for sheer coral lipsticks! Oh no, there’s a whole arsenal of great shades and finishes in their line, and I have a much-loved collection that I’m bringing you today, complete with rogueish reviews and hilarious lip swatches. I found (when buying my first Bloom lipsticks), that the swatches and reviews available online were kind of few and far between. Although this has undoubtedly changed, I’m hoping my little swatchfest here will help some adventurers out!

 

Bloom Lipstick Swatch and Review Tangerine, Tint, Petal, Charleston, Ragtime

The Rogue’s Bloomin’ Arsenal (from left): Ragtime, Charleston, Tangerine, Tint and Petal.

 

Alrighty then, let’s start with some practicalities (I’m going to divide this mega-review up into sections so that it doesn’t get too unwieldy and rambly):

Packaging: What I said in my very first post still holds true: ‘The packaging is simple and clean, and also robust – I dropped this down eight flights of stairs in a library and it emerged unscathed – it must be the perfect rogue lipstick! It closes with a satisfying click and the lipstick bullet isn’t ever loose or mis-set in the tube (and I’ve gone through a few tubes of this stuff in my time)’. Every single lipstick I’ve had from Bloom has fit this profile, so I’m very pleased with their packaging indeed (although I promise I don’t make a habit of tossing them off balconies – rooftop chases can be very hazardous for lipsticks).

Scent/Flavour: These lipsticks are all supposed to be scented with mandarin and vanilla essential oils, and although I don’t find them to smell notably like either vanilla or mandarin, they do have a very soft, pleasant scent in the vanilla line. There’s no taste, and the smell doesn’t hang around on your lips after application. Unless, you know, you make the funny kissy/orc face and sniff your own lips. Don’t look at me like that, you kow you’ve done it.

Colours/Finishes/Types: Bloom has a standard range of lipsticks (which included some shades specifically labelled as ‘Sheer’), a small line of Mineral Plus lipsticks, and a range of Matte finish lipsticks. As you can see from this review, I’ve extensively sampled the ‘sheer’ shades, and two of the three Mineral Plus ones. As of the moment, I haven’t tried their Matte line. The colour selection is pretty conventional, with a decent selection of shades, but it’s actually rather hard to tell as the swatches on their website are ABYSMAL. Seriously, I don’t know which goblin got into their system, but the swatch pictures bear (in many cases) NO resembalnce to the actual product – hence my desire to find reviews and swatches online when I started looking at these (NZ used to have Bloom stockists, but not any more, sadly).

 

Bloom Lipstick Swatch and Review Tangerine, Tint, Petal, Charleston, Ragtime

Sample ingredient lists: top is the Sheer Lipstick in Tangerine bottom is the Mineral Plus Lipstick in Charleston.

Bloom Lipstick Swatch and Review Tangerine, Tint, Petal, Charleston, Ragtime

Some example product boxes from Tangerine and Charleston, complete with the amusingly coiffed Bloom Lady and some sparkles.

 

Now for some reviews! Let’s start with the Mineral Plus Lipsticks, which I have in Ragtime and Charleston (there’s also Foxtrot, and there was another, musically named one, but that appears to have disappeared off their website).

Ragtime: This is one of their lipsticks for which I was able to find the most reviews – it’s a very popular, vibrant berry red shade. The pigmentation is good, the lipstick is opaque, and it has a smooth satin finish. It’s hydrating on me, and lasts for a good four hours  – more than enough time for clearing out a moderate harpy den. It’s the kind of shade that is bright without being IN YOUR FACE, and makes a good alternative to a bolder red lipstick if you’re not in the mood for the latter.

Charleston: This one I bought sight unseen, and was somewhat nonplussed upon opening it to discover that it was, well, brown. Generally, when you have my colouring, brown is not a good look. However, let no-one say this rogue isn’t daring and bold! I tried it, and although it’s actually quite ‘dark’ on my complexion, it has enough rosiness to keep it from looking out of place. This was a shade outside my usual comfort zone (I know, I’m happy with Shameless, but I’m afraid of a brownish nude :-P), but I’m pleased with the effect.  The finish is quite a muted satin – it’s not matte, but it doesn’t have much sheen to it. The wear is quite excellent, coming in at about 5 hours if I’m not feasting/quaffing much.

 

Bloom Lipstick Swatch and Review Tangerine, Tint, Petal, Charleston, Ragtime

Sigryn has an unfortunate habit of being surrounded by lipsticks. Fortunately, she can take care of herself, as Tangerine is about to find out. Clockwise from top: Charleston, Tint, Petal, Tangerine, Ragtime.

 

Swatches, both on the arm and the lips, are below!

Onto the Sheer Lipsticks!

Tangerine: I have a whole post about this, so I won’t harp on too much here, but it’s a sheer-buildable glossy coral lipstick with pink undertones, and is one of my ultimate, everyday, MLBB lipsticks. Get it, you won’t be disappointed! (Well, unless you hate sheer, glossy lipsticks, but you know what I mean) :-D

Petal: This is one of the more interesting shades, I think. It’s a muted pinkish violet colour, with a not-inconsiderable grey tone to it. It’s a purple lipstick, so of course I’m happy, but I think it would probably have wildly varying effects on different skintones and lip-pigmentations. Sometimes, even I find that it’s a little sickly for me, but you can’t keep a good lipstick down – there are still ways I like to use Petal. It’s sheer and hydrating, to it makes an excellent ‘topcoat’ lipstick for a more vibrant stain. You can get interesting effects, but a good standby is to use a red stain, like Benetint or a thin layer of Revlon Fire and Ice rubbed into the lips, then put Petal over the top for moisture and a purple overtone. The wear is similar to Tangerine, really, a little longer if you’re using it as a topcoat, so you’ll probably make it through a decently sized frozen catacomb before needing to touch up (3-4 hours).

Tint: This is pretty much exactly what its name implies – it’s a sheer, cool-tined red lipstick that tints the lips a deeper, almost berry colour, but isn’t an actual *stain*. Like its friends above, you can use it as a hydrating top layer for something else, or by itself as a simple, effortless tint. The wear time is perhaps a little shorter than its fellows, not longer than three hours on me, but it’s hydrating and easy to apply, so I’m usually not too fussed if I have to pull it out mid-dungeon for touch ups.

 

Bloom Lipstick Swatch and Review Tangerine, Tint, Petal, Charleston, Ragtime

Arm swatches! From left: Ragtime, Charleston, Tint, Petal, Tangerine. You’ll see below how differnt some of them can look when they’re actually on the lips (Tint looks redder, less purple, for example).

 

Aaaand…the lip swatches!

 

Bloom Lipstick Swatch and Review Tangerine, Tint, Petal, Charleston, Ragtime

Creepy lip swatches! :-D I can’t get over how weird it is to see your own disembodied lips…but the lipsticks look just as great as they are :-)

 

Right! So that is an overview of my Bloom Lipstick Arsenal – a range of shades I think pretty much every rogue would be able to find something agreeable in. Are these colours dupeable? Probably. Are they so lovely and hydrating and well-packaged that I haven’t bothered to try? Most definitely! If you get the chance, I highly recommend you give some of Bloom’s lipstick offerings a go – I’m still in the process of collecting new colours to try, knowing how reliable the formula is for me.

I hope this swatchfest has been helpful!

 

Allow me to paraphrase my Tangerine verdict: ‘I expect it’s probably clear by now, but in short: they’re versatile, comfortable, beautiful and affordable (by NZ standards). A must for any rogue on the lookout for rouge.’

The practicalities: Bloom Lipsticks cost AUD 28.00 for 4g/0.14 oz, are (apparently) permanent, and may be acquired from  http://www.bloomcosmetics.com/ , the stockists listed therein (mostly in Australia), and occasionally on NZsale (at a varying discount).

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send harpies after you. Smelly ones.

Raiding the Dream Hoard: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Greetings from my secure lipstick vault, fellow rogues!

Right, first up:  as you’ve seen from the title, it’s time to announce the winners of my little contest from the last Loot Alert post! Thank you to every one who chipped in and had a guess :-) The two shades I chose were the matte violet Shameless (which I think everyone guessed, heh) and the sparkly berry/purple lacquer Whimsical (don’t say it, Ooly! I’ll explain later). If you followed the comments, you know that this means the supreme winner iiiis…

Gwen! Congratulations, Gwen, you get the Golden Dagger +2 Award for Deadly Accuracy!

However, the prizes don’t stop there! For guessing Unapologetic and Elusive (complete with excellent justifications), which are shades that are next on my list…

Sonya and Ash receive the Assassin’s Eye Award for Sizing Up a Rogue’s Weaknesses!

Last but certainly not least, we have a mind-reading guess of Flirtatious, which was the lacquer shade competing hotly with Whimsical while I was standing in the store. For this…

Karen receives the Happy Mindflayer Award for Being Inside a Rogue’s Head!

You’ll be receiving your badges shortly!

 

Second Up - The Review!

 

As I mentioned in my Loot Alert post, I’ve been waiting quite a long time to get my hands on these products. I’d read lots of reviews and seen lots of swatches, but I was still concerned that I’d get them, and not like the result after all the hype and hyperventilation. However, I’m very pleased to report that both shades I chose get the ‘Rogueworthy’ Stamp of Approval!

 

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless swatch and review

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Matte Balm in Shameless. Susie the Bard was thrilled to disover that the packaging matched her outfit perfectly.

 

 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical is a pigmented glossy berry coloured lip product (Balm? Lipstick?) with a hefty dose of silver microglitter. The glitter isn’t actually overwhelming on the lips or anything, but little bits of it do hang around after the colour has worn away. Since I love glitter, I’m not complaining – it and the colour of the swatch were what led me to get this one after all - but it’s noticeable enough to be worth mentioning. This shade was very lightweight and comfortable to wear, and lasted about three and a half hours on me, enough for a modest dungeon raid.  On the lips, it’s much more vibrant and pink than I expected, but I like it all the same! The perfect colour for brightening up your day/catacomb explorations, with enough glitter to look particularly lovely in the flickering light of a torch or eldritch flame. Lip swatches are below, and arm swatches are in the previous post!

 

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless swatch and review

A rather blurry photo taken in direct sunlight to try and capture the glitter density in this thing…

 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless is a glorious opaque matte violet lip crayon – the kind of purple thing that you normally don’t really expect a brand like Revlon to come out with! I have to say, actually, these two new lines, and the matte balms in particular, are really impressively bold. There are nice softer shades for those who prefer (can’t go past a good MLBB shade, myself), but then there are firecrackers like this one, and Unapologetic, and many others that get up in your face and go I’M AWESOME, WHAT AM I? :-D Love it.

Where was I? Ah, yes. Extolling the virtues of Shameless. Now this was a colour that I was in love with from the start, due to both its saturation and the fact that I have a deep-seated love for purple things in general, but particularly lipsticks. I’d also never tried a matte lip product before, so I was curious to see how one would work for me. Shameless applies smoothly, with excellent colour payoff in a single pass, and is so much more soft and weightless than I expected it to be! It was totally comfortable to wear, non-drying (which I was worried about), and had a lovely soft velvety finish, but one that didn’t feel dry between my lips. It lasted for nearly 5 hours, which I consider to be astoundingly good wear – enough for a full dragon lair if you’re being efficient about your looting and didn’t get incinerated.

 

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless swatch and review

Shameless (left) and Whimsical (right). As you can see, Susie is still captivated, probably by the glitter in Whimsical.

 

The packaging is fine so far – it’s a chubby pencil, what can you say, really? If you’ve seen any of my reviews on Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, or own some of these yourself, then you pretty much know the score. Revlon’s packaging is perhaps not *quite* as sturdy-feeling as Clinique’s, but I have to say that I’m totally in love with the matte surface on Shameless – its not a sticky rubber matte, just a lovely smooth matte that’s nice to hold. The shiny lacquer balm packaging is of course alright by me, because it’s shiny and colour-coded. The colour match between the packaging and the actual product in all of these 20 balms is actually pretty decent!

These balms are mint scented, but it’s very subtle compared to what you normally get as mint scented. Those who are averse to mint probably won’t be thrilled still, because you can smell it, but I was more worried that they would have some kind of misguided ‘plumping’ (i.e. ‘irritating’) effect. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case at all – I got a tiny bit of coolness, no tingling at all, no irritation, and the scent was basically unnoticeable on the lips. Win!

 

Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless lip swatch and review

Lip swatches as labelled! I’d like to make a special note here that the slight patchiness of Shameless is NOT Shameless’s fault. My lips were in really bad shape – you can even see one of the lip flakes in the ”Natural’ photo…

 

The Verdict: I’m very pleased to report that both of these were a win for me – a very nice introduction to matte lip products too! They’re pigmented, smooth, non-drying and last well. There are two finishes and 20 colours to choose from, so hopefully everyone would be able to find a shade that they liked, and a couple of new vibrant, more unusual shades to try! I’m so pleased these are finally here, and I’m looking forward to trying some more soon. The chubby stick type packaging is always welcome, as it’s very convenient to carry around and apply (also, crayons are awesome).

The Practicalities: Revlon Colourburst Lacquer and Matte Balms cost NZD 20.50 / USD ~9.00 each for 2.7g /0.095 oz, and are available from drugstores and pharmacies the world over, as well as Farmers in NZ and http://www.revlon.com.

 

Until next time, fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

 

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send goblin hordes after you. Plague-ridden ones.

Loot Alert! Revlon Lacquer and Matte Balms FINALLY in NZ – Photos and Swatches Inside…

Greetings from the head of the party, fellow rogues!

No, I haven’t discovered a trap (unless you’re watching out for your wallet at the moment!), it’s something much better! Loot! After an epic wait and much faffing about by Revlon, their Lacquer and Matte Balms have landed in Middle Earth (NZ)! They’ve actually been out for a few days already at Farmers, but I’ve only been able to get to the Revlon stands at the Unichem pharmacies on Queen St. As a bonus – said Unichem pharmacies are currently having a deal – two Revlon lip products for $30. These chubby pencils usually retail for $20.50 each, so if you’ve been waiting for them, now is a good time to be nabbing a few!

 

But enough of all that – you want to see the pretty pictures, yes? The loot? Well, here you are!

 

Revlon Lacquer and Matte Balm Swatches

The display in the Unichem pharmacy on Queen St – for a laugh, can you see how the liquid lipsticks above the balms are $29.95 each :-D *cries*

 

When I had finished hyperventilating over this hoard I discovered, I noted that the testers were all still pretty pristine – so I had a mega swatch fest, both for myself and for all you people out there whose day  isn’t complete without seeing coloured stripes on a rogue’s vampiric inner forearm. You’re welcome.

 

First up, the Lacquer Balms:

 

Revlon Lacquer and Matte Balm Swatches

Left to right: Demure, Ingenue, Tease, Coquette, Flirtatious, Vivacious, Enticing, Provocateur, Coy and Whimsical.

 

Next: the Matte Balms:

 

Revlon Lacquer and Matte Balm Swatches

Left to right: Complex, Mischievous, Audacious, Showy, Unapologetic, Elusive, Sultry, Standout, Striking and Shameless.

 

 

Right! Now I have a little contest for you: I purchased two of these 20 shades on that deal I mentioned above! If you’re feeling in a betting mood, you can guess which ones they were! The prize for the first three people to correctly comment identifying the two shades will receive a custom prize badge (image) that they can display proudly on their blog, computer desktop, adventuring board etc. I haven’t thought exacty what I’ll name the prize yet, but I’ll try and be amusing – this is a bit of a silly competition, after all. Remember to justify why you think I would choose the two shades you’re guessing – prizes for originality/rogueish appropriateness are also available!

 

Happy Looting!

Until next time, fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for loot as well as traps!

Syl

 

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send goblin hordes after you. Plague-ridden ones.