The Perfect Purple Treasure: HG Goodies with Laura Mercier Amethyst and African Violet!

Greetings from the site of another(?!) Holy Grail, fellow rogues!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a blogging rogue in possession of a large pile of loot must be in want of time to review it all.

As part of my continuing quest to make it through all the lovely things I collected in Dubai, I’m bringing you a rather special, shiny pair of treasures today! Laura Mercier was a brand I was *very* keen indeed to get my rogueish little mitts on, and I was fortunate to be able to amass a tidy collection of pretty, wearable pinky purple things from it. I have already reviewed the pinky lip things here, and today we’re tackling the purple eye loot! Yes, I know what you’re thinking: ‘Syl, you have so many purple eye-related things already! Now there are more?!’ to which I would gleefully reply: ‘DUH!’ (I’d try for something more eloquent and polite, but, come on – it’s purple we’re talking about here! ;-)).

Although I’d had my eye on probably half the Laura Mercier line before I went to Dubai, there were a couple of things in particular that sparked my interest. One was the famous African Violet eyeshadow that I’d seen in assorted LM palettes on the venerable Temptalia, and the other was the Amethyst Caviar Stick that I’d seen on Sunny’s beautiful blog. Accordingly, these were the first two items I hunted down.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Lura Mercier Loot! Eyeshadow single in African Violet, and the Caviar Stick in Amethyst…

First up, let’s take a look at the glittering, golden pinky lavender that is African violet:

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

The rogue rummaged around in the corner of the dungeon, finding a grate with a broken statue, many spiders, and a mysterious, shiny brown chest…

 

Although I considered several gorgeous palettes that contained this shadow, it was most economical for me to just buy the single I was interested in. I don’t have many shadow singles (I think the only others are a red KIKO one and the brown Lancome one I use to do my brows, off the top of my head), but I’m glad to add this one to the roster, as I see it getting a lot of use! The packaging is a sleek, slightly purpled dark brown colour, and is…well, a totally normal eyeshadow single compact. Sometimes, a treasure chest is just a treasure chest, fellow adventurers!

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Flipping her lockpicks deftly back into her jerkin pocket after opening the mysterious chest, the rogue marvelled at the wondrous shininess obscured by the mysterious, inscribed inner cover..

 

Inside the compact is the eyeshadow in a square pan, covered with the usual clear plastic slip. I removed this, and instantly lost it. I’m not too cut up about it, but there is a part of me that hates to lose pieces of things, no matter how useless… *twitch* ;-)

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Having removed the sheath, the rogue cautiously approached the shinies, alert for any trap…and admiring her stylish pants in the large, clear mirror that occupied the chest’s lid…

 

Let’s just take a look at this gorgeous little slice of purple shininess, shall we?

 

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Ooh… one kind of raking light. Here it looks more silvery/lavender…

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Ooh, another kind of raking light! Here it looks a little darker, more warm violet/gold…

 

African Violet is a shimmering, almost-glittery-but-not-quite eyshadow with a smooth texture and light to buildable pigmentation. I don’t want to say ‘sheer’, because it’s not. It doesn’t have that thick, buttery opacity that, say, UD Half Baked does, but then I don’t think that’s the idea.  The name of the product is ‘luster eye colour’ (in an odd mix of English and US spellings), and that’s exactly what it does – it provides a wash of shimmering colour that illuminates the lid, but doesn’t stray into heavy metallic territory. I’m probably explaining this quite badly, so let’s take a look at some swatches! There’s a quick eye look, too, at the bottom of the post.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Swatches of African Violet (left) and the Amethyst caviar stick (right). The three pictures are showing the two in varying angles of light, to give an idea of the range of shimmer. As you can see, African Violet isn’t dense, but it ain’t patchy-sheer either!

As you can see in the swatch, African Violet on my skin is more of an African Lavender – a delicate, warm toned lavender with a shimmering light golden overtone. *drools*. I’ve been lusting after this shadow for a long time, friends, and it doesn’t disappoint! :-D I think it would be perfect for anyone who wants a shadow they can just sweep over the lid for a casual, easy look, pop into the inner corner or the centre of the lid for a hint of lavender shimmer over another colour or layer onto the lower lash line for an ethereal touch to an eye makeup look. As you might guess, this describes 90% of my daily eye makeup. The other 10% is, of course, this.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

In another corner of the same dungeon: more broken statues in crates and a mysterious brown log! No, it’s not what you just thought… (fortunately)

The Caviar Stick somes in a sleek, swivel-up pen format, with a click on lid, in the same colour as the eyeshadow compact. Helpfully, the back end of the pen shows the colour of the shade inside.

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Two domes: one rogueish, hooded head, one caviar stick in Amethyst…

 

As you can see in the picture above and the swatch photo, Amethyst is…well…brownwithlavendershimmerovertones. It’s really quite hard to describe, actually! :-D At first swatch you’re like ‘oh. It’s…kind of a mahogany brown?’ and the visions of glittering purple geodes vanish from your mind. On closer inspection, however, you notice the ethereal purple shimmer that accompanies the brown, and your interest is reawakened… (well, assuming you like ethereal purple shimmer, but, I mean, who doesn’t?).  The swatches are shown again below, for your convenience…

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Swatches of African Violet (left) and the Amethyst caviar stick (right). The three pictures are showing the two in varying angles of light, to give an idea of the range of shimmer.

Amethyst has two very important features: firstly, it’s is almost offensively wearable and easy to work with. You can use it as an all over shadow, You can use it as a liner. You can smoodge the edges out, or not as you like. It doesn’t smear, It doesn’t feel tight. The colour is never too much, but holds its own. If only all paladins were so versatile! Secondly, this thing wears like IRON on me. Seriously – even without primer (my lids aren’t especially oily), I wore this for FOURTEEN HOURS, two of which were intense, sweaty ballet, and when I looked in the mirror at the end of the day the caviar stick on my lash line was *perfect*. Not just ‘decent’, not just ‘respectable’, but *perfect*. I’m almost ready to start looking for sorcery here, people. Bring me a mage! I need an Arcana check! Melissa? Where are you?! ;-)

Essentially what I’m saying here is that Amethyst is phenomenal. It’s basically entered my daily routine, and competes even with the great and mighty UD Demolition. Obviously, they are two different kinds of product (Demolition is a matte dark brown pencil eyeliner), so one won’t replace the other, but I now have two things I reach for on a daily basis, and for me, that’s impressive! Yep, Amethyst is officially in my adventuring essentials kitbag, with newly minted HG status! 

Now, how about a look? This is a quick look I happened to take some photos of (does anyone other than a beauty blogger ‘happen’ to take photos of eye makeup?) – one that I tossed on on a Sunday to wear to ballet. I was in the mood for something a little ‘undone’, but still ethereal and pretty – kind of like a Bard who had a big gig on Saturday night, but still wants to look put together for her visit to Corellon’s temple the next morning. Accordingly, I have dubbed it ‘The Sunday Morning Rockbard’…

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow Amethyst Caviar Stick Review and Swatches

Why can’t I take pictures of both of my eyes together where I don’t look like I’m in a trance? Mysteries, mysteries…

I cropped my brows off because I’m just that little bit extra lazy, and don’t tidy them before ballet always. The eyebrow stubble isn’t noticeable until you take closeup photos… speaking of which, I should mention that these were taken on a mobile device, as the camera was out of commission, hence the lower quality. Hopefully, you can still see what I was going for! :-D

This makeup look took me literally two minutes. I cannot stress how effortless and versatile these two products are… I love both of them, and all in all I’m very, very pleased with my Laura Mercier goodies. I was very excited about the brand, and it has entirely lived up to my expectations – in the case of the longevity of Amethyst – far surpassed it! I can most definitely recommend these two products, if you’re in the market for some ethereal purple goodness! Honestly, I kind of want to collect ‘em all with those caviar sticks… *sigh*

 

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you tried any of Laura Mercier’s eyeshadows or caviar sticks? What’s your favourite effortless eye makeup? How much do you love ethereal, shimmering purple things NO IT’S NOT A LOADED QUESTION, NO, NOT AT ALL?

The practicalities: Laura Mercier eyeshadow singles cost US$24 each for 2.26 g / 0.09 oz, and the Caviar Sticks cost US$28 each for 1.4 g /0.05 oz. Both of these shades  are permanent, and may be acquired from Laura Mercier counters in the US, Europe and Dubai, as well as from www.lauramercier.com and www.sephora.com (the links aren’t affiliate, just here for your convenience!).

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., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your innear ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

Interrogueation! Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award + A Fun Questionnaire for All!

Greetings from the local tavern-based adventurer’s award ceremony, fellow rogues!

Recently, the lovely Michelle over at Wonders Reviews nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I’m very honoured that she considers my little Bag of Holding A Rogue’s Nonsensical Ramblings (blog) worthy, and I’m happy to answer the cool questions she posed. I also think that, if you’re in need of a fix in terms of gorgeous high end makeup shinies, you should definitely check Michelle’s incredible stash out! The woman has an actual toolbox full of Tom Ford and Chanel – this is an adventurer that means business, people!

Bloggy, awardy goodness! <3 Thank you Michelle!

Bloggy, awardy goodness!

Right, so here’s how I’m going to do this, because I’m a rogue and I have no shame. :-D Below are my answers to Michelle’s questions, and then I’ve made up ten questions of my own that I’m putting out there for everyone who wants to to take them on! If you’d like to do it as an award on your blog, go right ahead! If you’re not blogging, but would like to answer some or all in the comments, please do! I just love hearing from all of you lovely makeup adventurers out there :-)

Beauty Spotlight Team Adventures

The Skeletal Necromancer and ‘friends’. With friends like these, adventures are guaranteed!

My Answers to Michelle’s Questions!

How did you choose the name of your blog?

Quite simple, really: as a fan of tabletop RPGS (and videogames, and miniature painting, etc) who always rolls a rogue if given the choice and has an unhealthy fondness for lipstick, ‘The Painted Rogue’ just kind of naturally followed. As a bonus, there is the rather weak pun on ‘rogue/rouge’ that I’m irrationally proud of, although I can’t be the first person who’s pointed that out ;-)

Munchy toes

My first pointe shoes *sniffle*. Broke the shank by foot-power alone before I even properly munched up the platform satin!

How long have you been blogging for?.

I can hardly believe it, but I only started blogging (on a whim, actually) in late December 2013, making my quest about 9 months old! I’ve met (blogmet?) so many lovely and wonderful and smart and funny people this way, that it feels as though I’ve been blogging forever. The people who support my inane ramblings and provide me with awesome comments and amazingly fantabulous blog posts of their own to read are my absolute favourite things about blogging. They are living proof that the Internet is actually full of superlative people, which is a feeling that can quickly get lost amidst the trolls and general noise. I <3 every single one of you, be you fellow blogger or adventurous reader! WARMFUZZIESINCOMIIIIING!

Skelemancer and the Lipstick

One of the first ever pictures in my first ever post. Aww. The Skelemancer is *really* amazed by that lipstick.

Anyway

What are your HG (holy grail) products? The ones that you purchase and repurchase?

Well, since my makeup quest really only started in earnest a year or two ago, I haven’t actually *finished* that much to repurchase! However, I can definitely give you a list of things that I would absolutely repurchase and consititute my ‘HGs’ in each category:

Foundation: YSL’s BB cream.

Concealer: Still looking, but the Collection one is impressing me at the moment, and it was only $11 :-D

Eyeshadow: Tie between Urban Decay and Sleek.

Eyeliner: Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners for sure! Especially Junkie and Demolition.

Lipstick: This is kind of a hard one, as I have MANY awesome lip products. My favourite formulae are Bloom, Guerlain Rouge Automatique, Revlon Balms and Butters, Chanel Rouge Coco, and Urban Decay Revolution though.

Blush: It’s a tie between Clinique Cheek Pops and Chanel cream blushes.

Mascara: I…haven’t really found an HG yet. YSL’s is good though, and this Clinique one is nice!

Nail polish: My favourite brands are OPI (especially Rose of Light) and Chanel (especially Rose Insolent).

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipsticks Review and Swatches Nahema, Roselip, Champs Elysees

Despite having been sealed in a catacomb for milennia, the lipsticks were all cobweb-free and ready to go…

What’s your latest beauty/makeup splurge?

I’m not sure that a $26 total including shipping really qualifies as a ‘splurge’, but my most recent makeup purchase was an eyeshadow, a blush and a brush from Makeup Geek! They’ll be coming soon to the blog :-D

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Review and Look

Palettes! Can anyone say ‘addiction to cool toned purply things?’

How does your DH/BF (or any male relative if you are single) react to your addiction to makeup?

Hah! :-D The wizard has his own unhealhy addiction to miniatures, so he’d definitely be in a glass house if he decided to start throwing stones, LOL! fortunately for me, he is entirely supportive. He even gives me pedicures, carefully choosing the base colour and the appropriate glitter topcoat, and is a fan of my lipsticks, the darker and vampier the better! He’s even volunteered to be made up (partially) for a project I have on that you may or may not eventually see here on the blog…:-D

Prime Speaker Zegana full makeup look

Full on Zegana! This was way to much fun to do, actually.

What’s your makeup advice?

Wear what you want to, how you want to, and don’t take sh*t from anyone. Obviously there are going to be occasional restrictions, but getting into the mindset that you have to keep it a certain way for other people is a terrible road to go down. Embrace your creativity and have fun!

Also, own at least one teal/turquoise eyeliner. They look awesome on everyone, IMHO. Glitter is optional, but you know…UD Junkie has your back ;-)

IMGButter London Come to Bed Red review swatch

Butter London Come to Bed Red on the nails of a rogue, with a ring finger accent courtesy of Etude House Play Nail Polish in #147.

Are you organised or messy? If organised, what’s your secret?

It kind of depends. When it comes to food, makeup and laboratory work, I try to be as organised and tidy as possible, because my health and safety depends on it. Obviously, a bit of clutter builds up sometimes, but nothing is ever *dirty*. I feel a lot better after tidying things away and organising them though!

When it comes to my work desk, books, papers, journal articles etc, I am hopelessly messy and badly organised. I won’t even use EndNote, preferring to do all my references manually. SHUT UP OK? I KNOW! ;-).

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Eyeliners! Trippy!

Which beauty products are you most disappointed by?

This is easy – mascaras and concealers! I’m always on the search for a mascara that actually impresses me, as opposed to being just ‘nice, functional etc’. When I say ‘always on the search’ I mean ‘always cadging samples to try’. When it comes to concealers, Ihave yet to find one that is really perfect for my undereye area, and pale enough for face blemishes. It’s an ongoing search, although as I mentioned the Collection one is pretty good.

Golden ANZAC biscuit eye makeup look

Does anyone ever manage to get the tops of their lashes mascara’d without clumping up the whole thing and flattening the curl?

What are your favourite colours to wear for Autumn/Fall?

PURPLE. ALL THE PURPLE. JUST PURPLE. DID I MENTION PURPLE? GOOD.

Inglot Freedon System two Pan Palette with Blue (#95) and Purple (#99) lipsticks

PURPLE LIPSTICKS OMGWTFBBQ ARRGHSQUEE! Uh, yes. Purple Lipstick. *cough*

 

What do you love most about makeup?

I love the colours and the artistry of it. Even if you’re beginning, and you don’t think you’re an artist with makeup, you are. You have your own style, your own preferences, ways of using things, tips tricks, the lot. Embrace your art! Also the fact that it gives me a reason to wear more glitter on my person at all times. Because sparkles, yo’. :-D

Lips

When I said I was a vampire

 

And now – My Questions for YOU! Muahahahaha!

Remember, this is for everyone, both my stalwart readers and valiant fellow bloggers – answer as many or as few as you like, in the coments below or on your own adventure board!

  1. What is your absolute dream job? Do you already have it? Is it: ‘Raiding dungeons with my best friends?’
  2. Is there one makeup product that doesn’t really work well for you, but you just can’t let it go because you love it too much for other reasons?
  3. What was the first makeup product you ever bought for yourself?
  4. What’s your number one undereye concealer? 
  5. Do you make a hilarious face while applying eye makeup (especially tightlining)?
  6. Can you speak or understand more than one language? How often do you use the second/third/fourth one(s)? If not, which one would you like to learn?
  7. If you could design a makeup collection, what would the items and theme be?
  8. How many paladins does it take to cook a proper steak?
  9. If you could dance any role in any ballet (or do any role in any musical) what would it be?
  10. Why do Mindflayers always try to extract your brain first, and ask questions later? Hunger? Vindictiveness? Lack of social skills? Neurokleptomania?

 

So there we are! Thanks again to Michelle for the nomination :-) I hope you enjoyed reading my typically rambly answers, and I hope you’ll take a stab at a few of the questions I’ve offered above!


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., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

Loot Alert! New Rouge Dior Baume Lipstick Swatches!

Greetings from the head of the party, fellow rogues!

A quick report from the scouting front today, party members! No, I haven’t discovered a trap (unless you’re watching out for your wallet at the moment!), it’s something much better! Loot! The new Rouge Dior Baume line has arrived on New Zealand’s shores (and everywhere else I expect), and your best rogue friend Syl has all the swatches for you! Obviously, these apply best if you are a) a vampire and b) in New Zealand, as these are the particular shades we got here. The Dior International website lists something like 19 shades total, of which we got the selection swatched here.

The line is supposed to be a lightweight, hydrating balm-like lipstick with ‘couture colour’, whatever that means. They do have actual pigment though, so the colour part is definitely right!

 

New Rouge Dior Baume swatches

The New Rouge Dior Baume lipstick! Image sourced from Dior’s international website.

 

If you’d like a review of the formula, Sunny has you covered here (and the new Dior lipliner, too) :-D

Slight caveat to the photos – I took them in a department store, with the SA looking at me as though I was about to do something deviant with the testers >:-( . As a result, I had to flee without getting the exact names, but I have put together what I do know (I ordered them numerically in the display before swatching). There is one mystery swatch, right next to Star – I think I might have double swatched something though, so kindly ignore that one!

Thus, without further ado…the swatches! Please click on a picture to make it larger :-)

 

Rouge Dior Baume lipsticks all swatches NZ warm artificial light

Indoor, warm store lighting. This picture gives a good indication of the glossiness, and the amount/distribution of the pigment.

 

Rouge Dior Baume lipsticks all swatches NZ Cold Light

Swatches outside in cold, later Winter evening light. They look much more matte in this picture, interestingly, but be assured that they are of the sheer/glossy type.

 

My personal favourite of these would actually have to be Sweetheart – it’s just such a vibrant, glowing warm red that I had to smile when I swatched it! It reminds me a little of Wild Watermelon, though, so if you like the look of it too and are sparing your gold purse, maybe take a look at the Revlon Colorburst Lip butter line – I have a feeling there’ll be a few dupes there!

There are a surprisingly large number of pale, apricot colours in this Dior range, although I am informed that this is because apricot is going to be big this Spring/Summer  – perhaps this is where the ‘couture’ part comes in? ;-). Sadly, the pale apricots aren’t really for me, but there are plenty of other pretty shades in this line. If you’re a fan of apricot though, you’re going to want to take a look! :-D

A note on the texture/pigment (from my perspective). I actually got to swatch almost all-new testers (I think only one had even been touched!) so the initial pass was a bit stiff, but it warmed up and became more balmy and slick on the second pass. I have a feeling that some of the darker/brighter shades (including Sweetheart) might suffer from uneven pigment distribution if you aren’t careful when applying, or if you have flaky bits on your lips. This is only a supposition based on how the pigment applied/looked on my arm, though, so take it with a grain of salt.

I like the concept of this new line, as I am a fan of sheer-but-can-be-built, glossy lipsticks, and balm-y things in general. :-)

So! What do you think? Have you tried any of these lipsticks? Are you interested in picking any of them up the next time you’re on a makeup quest?

 

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 and original text on this blog are the property of Syl unless otherwise noted. They may not be reproduced without permission – if you do, I’ll send demons after you. You know, the ones that mush up the testers and open new lipsticks to try them out on their warty lips. Those ones. Yyyep.

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Colourful Beholder Eyes, Glittering Claws and Scale-Free Skin!

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

Lots of exciting things going on at Rogue HQ at the moment! Well, they’re exciting for me, anyway, LOL! I can’t say much about them yet, but keep your fingers crossed for me, OK? How’s your weekend going? Any exciting adventures on? Or are you chilling out in the village, stocking up on supplies and feasting with friends?

Speaking of which…

What does a group of adventurers do after a long fortnight of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!

 

Makeup Geek Goodies!

Yes, I caved when I got the message that their blushes were back in stock ;-) When everything’s so easy on the gold purse, how can a rogue say no? Any guesses as to the shades? ;-)

 

While Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves many luxury face oils there are four that she reached for more than anything else in the month of August! Can you guess which ones made the list?

15 Minute Beauty is a hoarder of eyeliners, but she’s always looking for more! She asked pro makeup artists for their favorite eye liners, and they really gave her a great list!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone goes all Amazonian snakeskin with a review and swatches of the new tartecosmetics Fall 2014 collection!

Prime Beauty’s latest Splurge vs Steal: WEN Cleansing Conditioner vs L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Color Care Shampoo. Who’s the winner? Find out!

You demanded it! Phyrra has the all new Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette to show you!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat still has lavender on the brain. This time, she wants to tell you about Heaven + Urth Beelieve Hydration Balm, which satisfies her grouchy skin AND her sensory greediness for the beauty of natural lavender.

Have you seen NYC New York Color’s Crystal Couture Topcoats? Find out why Jessika is going ga-ga over these $1.99 glitters over on polish insomniac!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny is a Dior girl at heart, but is she embracing the new Dior Rouge Dior Baume? Read about her experience here!

Christa from Perilously Pale reviews a few shades of the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liner. Does this new eyeliner offering from MUFE live up to her expectations from this high quality artistry brand?

Have you seen the gorgeous new assortment of MUA product at CVS? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out some lippies and brushes from this fabulous new-to-CVS line!

Wondering what to wear on your next dungeon raid? The Painted Rogue has you covered with eyeshadow looks from the Sleek Arabian Nights and Storm Palettes that vary from everyday adventuring chic to Magical Flamboyant Peacock Butterfly Thing!

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

Syl

A Quest in Fluoro Pink Armour Through the Heart of a Volcano! Polishes by Formula X and Nailstation

Greetings from the bowels of the demon king’s volcano death fortress, fellow rogues!

It’s not often that a rogue gets to adventure into a volcano, actually. Usually the quests take you (at best) to an island fortress shaped like a skull, *maybe* with lava coming out of the eye sockets (usually it’s just bats). Recently, however, I had the opportunity to seek treasure and glory in a genuine Mount Doom type situation, with a couple of rather spiffy nail polishes I picked up on my recent trip to Dubai! One is a warm, neon hot pink from Nailstation Paris, and one is a glittering, shimmering, burning orange gold from Formula X by Sephora!

Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

Nailstation Paris polish in Coeur de Paris, a warm neon pink crelly. Hehe. ‘Crelly’. *snicker*

 

First up, let me talk about Coeur de Paris by the (new to me) brand Nailstation Paris. I came across a display of these polishes while getting my Bassam Fattouh lipstick, and bought three as my first real ‘impulse buy’ in  a a very long time. Normally this rogue likes to do her research, but sometimes you see a sale going on for a range of gloriously diverse colours, and you cave (you can see one of the other ones I got on my nails here). Just like that time you bought the ‘fun’ hinge grease with glitter in it and the lockpicks that had little cartoony goblin heads on the handles. It’s amazing what they’ll put by the counter in adventurers’ supply stores…

Anyway

This is, simply put, an excellent polish. It applied smoothly and cleanly, with good, smooth colour on the first coat, and more opacity on the second coat. There’s still a little translucency to it, in that squishy, deep, jellyish way, so I’ve dubbed this a crelly (even though I know almost nothing about nail polish terminology). The neon is true, and it really glows – hence the camera having trouble! In the pictures here, taken on an overcast morning, the pink looks quite warm, whereas in the bottle it can pull much cooler in other lights. Bottom line is, however, that it’s neon pink, so that’s really the primary effect. The ‘neon’ ness doesn’t show up well in the photos, as always, but I can promise you that this is a good, 1980s, Jem style highlighter neon pink. I have been to Paris six times, and while I wouldn’t associate neon pink with its heart, per se, I haven’t lived all my life there. Perhaps there’s something I don’t know… ;-)

Dry time was quite quick, actually, and wear time for me with these polishes is about 2 days before chipping at the corners. This is totally normal for me though (my nails actually repel polish, I swear), so you should be able to get your normal wear out of it. The finish is actually kind of satiny, rather than lacquered – I used a Sally Hansen topcoat in these photos, which is excellent but getting to the end of the bottle and drying out a bit, which is why it does a little of the nail-tip-pullback you can see in the photo above.

Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

Formula X by Sephora polish in Magma, a glorious, glittering, shimmering, gilded orange.

Next up is the delightful Magma, part of the Liquid Crystals sub-range of the Formula X polishes exclusive to Sephora. I got this at the Dubai Mall Sephora, and had to kind of restrain myself from picking up more from this range. You know me and sparkles. We go together like… well, a rogue and sparkles! The range has several really pretty colours, but I chose this gilded tangerine colour because orange is a shade that I wanted to try – this is the first orange in my collection.

The polish reminded me a little in appearance of OPI’s Jinx, a beautiful liquid sand polish from the Bond Girls collection. I am pleased, however, with the fact that this polish goes on smooth, without texture (I’m not really a fan of the grit). It’s essentially sheer orange, but there’s so much micro-flaky, glittery sparkle in here that  the overall effect is essentially opaque at normal examination distance after two coats. It’s a really, really beautiful polish, with shifting, shimmering colour and a properly magical sparkle to it. Application was perfect and smooth, and although dry time was longer than Coeur de Paris above, the wear was just as good. There’s not much more to say for this polish that isn’t basically “OMGWTFBBQPRETTYSPARKLE’, so here are some more pictures instead! :-D

Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

Who doesn’t love trying to get decent macro shots of glitter polish with no tripod? Balancing a camera on your cleavage is much easier, right? T_T

Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

Liquid Hot Mag-Ma…

Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

SHINEH!

 

As always, it’s not possible to really get a feel for the true nature of a polish until you’ve considered it in the context of a cuddly sweater or two. It’s pretty much the acid test for how a polish looks and feels, as any rogue knows ;-) To that end, I present: the cuddly sweater shot!

 

Nailstation Paris Coeur de Paris swatch and review Formula X Sephora Magma Review and swatch

DOUBLE CUDDLY SWEATER ATTACK! The fluffy one is more awesome, but the black one showed off the polish better… #rogueproblems

 

In summary, both of these polishes are well worth looking into if you’re in the market for a neon pink or a glittering tangerine orange (who isn’t really?). Sadly for me and my fellow local adventurers, neither of these brands is available directly in Middle Earth, but anyone with access to a Sephora can get Formula X, and those in London and select countries in Europe and the Middle East can get their treasure seeking mitts onto Nailstation goodies too! Clearly, Dubai is the perfect middle ground for getting both :-D. For those who might be particularly interested, Nailstation’s latest LE collection is ‘Nudes’. I’d also like to take this moment to mention how heartbroken I am that their shade ‘High Tech Laser’ is now discontinued! ;-)

In terms of the Demon King’s Volcano Death Fortress, It’s important to remember that the searing heat of liquid rock, especially eldritch liquid rock, is best kept far away from both skin and nails. However, capturing a little of the adventure and excitement of the quest is very much worth the trouble of a couple coats of Magma, and memories of the Demon King’s fluorescent pink armour (he claimed that the customary charred black is ‘so last Autumn’) are well-captured by Coeur de Paris ;-).

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you tried either of these brands? How well do you find your favourite polish stands up to the heat of eldritch liquid rock from the bowels of the Demon King’s Volcano Death Fortress?

The practicalities: Formula X by Sephora Liquid Crystal polishes cost US$12.50 each for 0..4 oz, are permanent, and may be acquired from Sephoras. Nailstation Paris polishes cost EUR 15 /AED 50 (I think) each for 15 mL and may be acquired from assorted stockists listed on the Nailstation website.

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., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

A Rogue Beholder! Eye Makeup Looks From the Sleek Storm & Arabian Nights Palettes

Greetings from the lair of a shimmer-loving beholder, fellow rogues!

As you may know, I’ve recently been adventuring my way through a couple of rather nice palettes from Sleek – the Storm palette (permanent) and the Arabian Nights Smoke and Shadows Palette (Limited Edition But By The Gods They Better Make It Permanaent Because Simbad’s Seas Argh!). I promised to do a few looks with these palettes, and here they are! I’ve included a couple of everyday wearable/minimalist options, one lovely can be day can be evening look, and one fabulously flamboyant celebration of the colour blue. I hope you enjoy them – if you do, let me know and more shall be forthcoming! One small disclaimer – I apologise of some of the ‘blending’ is a little zany – as usual, I only used my fingers for this exercise (I have a brush arriving soon, I promise!). :-).

Let’s get started, shall we? Remember, you can click on any of the images to expand them.

Everyday Options for the Minimalist or Office Rogue

 

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

You always need a couple of trusty go-to options for your day at school/the office/swashbuckling astral sea piracy, so here are some choices form the Arabian Nights Palette:

The Champagne and Chocolate Rogue: Scheherazade’s Tale (peachy champagne shimmer) all over the mobile lid and blended up into the crease. Urban Decay Demolition liner (matte chocolate brown) on the lash line and both waterlines. Sephora brand waterproof mascara. This is a very understated look for fair skinned rogues – if darker skinned adventurers fear a too-pale/shimmery effect, they need only substitute their favourite ‘MLBL’ (My Lids But Luminous) shimmer eyeshadow, and perhaps a black liner! :-)

The Stealth Sorceress a favourite trick of mine, in which you apply a tame eyeliner and the smoosh a bright eyeshadow into it! Here we have UD Demolition again (yes, I am obsessed) on the lash line and both waterlines, with Simbad’s Seas (<3 <3 <3) smooshed into the outer corners of both lash lines, and blended on the lower one. Yes, smooshed is a technical term.

The Mystical Woodland Nymph (Could be Spring, Could be Autumn!)

 

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

 

This is basically the look I was dying to do with the Storm Palette as soon as I opened it up! Here’s how it works:

Inner Corner: Thunderstorm (pale true gold)

Centre Lid: Perfect Storm (gorgeous rose pink)

Outer Corner and Crease: Firestorm (pink copper shimmer)

Lower Lash Line: Outer corner = Dust Storm (rust shimmer); Centre = Perfect Storm; Inner = Thunder Storm (true pale gold)

Brownbone and Edge Blending: Snow storm: (pale champagne shimmer)

Liner: Urban Decay Stash (golden shimmered moss/khaki green) on upper and lower lash line, and lower waterline. Upper waterline = UD Demolition (matte chocolate brown)

Mascara: Sephora Waterproof (as above). 

I love how this look is evocative of both Spring and Autumn, with the pink and green being simultaneously fresh, but a little muted. The colour scheme really makes me think of a woodland nymph-y, druid-y, dryad-y vibe; like tree trunks overgrown with moss, and shimmering rosy flowers with golden centres. Stop looking at me like that ;-).

The Magical Flamboyant Egyptian-y Peacock Butterfly Thing!

 

Eye Makeup Looks with Sleek Storm and Sleek Arabian NIghts

As soon as I swatched Simbad’s Seas, I knew I had to use it, preferably with gold, preferably in a dramatic, vaguely Egyptian themed way. This (for better or worse) is the result! Not an everyday look, perhaps, but it is a lot of fun!

Inner Corner: Gold Souk (scattered glittering gold)

Centre Lid: Simbad’s Seas (stunning, perfect sapphire blue shimmer! Augh!)

Outer Corner: Hocus Pocus (deep green/grey iridescent shimmer)

Crease: Sorcerer (hazy dark grey with multicoloured sparkle)

Lower Lash Line: Simbad’s Seas, Gold Souk

Brownbone and Edge Blending: Scheherazade’s Tale (champagne shimmer)

Liner: Urban Decay Ultraviolet (basically Simbad’s Seas in liner form!) on upper and lower lash line, lower waterline and mystical dot. Upper waterline = UD Zero (matte black). 

Mascara: Sephora Waterproof (as above). 

I had a lot of fun with this look (as is probably evident). I have many more plans for Simbad’s Seas, which include more wearable applications like the one at the top of this post.  In the meantime, who doesn’t want to look like a magical Flamboyant Egyptian-y Peacock Butterfly Thing? :-D.

 

 

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Would you wear any of these looks? What would you like to see next? Have you ever wanted to be a Magical Flamboyant Egyptian-y Peacock Butterfly Thing?

FYI: Sleek Palettes cost US$11.99 for 12 x 1.1 g (i.e. 12.12g, i.e. 0.43 oz) of total stuff,  and may be acquired from www.sleekmakeup.com. Urban Decay 24/7 liners cost $20 each for 1.2g /0.04 oz, and may be acquired from www.urbandecay.com (These links aren’t affiliate, just here for your convenience!). If you are a Rogue of Middle Earth, Sleek’s shipping is insanely reasonable direct from the website, and Urban Decay is readily accessible via YouShop!

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., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your innear ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

Love Purple? Smell Purple! Carrie from Eyeliner On A Cat Shares Her Top 5 Lavender Scents

Carrie from Eyeliner On A Cat Top 5 Lavender Fragrances

Mmm…purple :-D  Background pic source here!

 

Greetings from the alchemist’s laboratory, fellow rogues!

Do you need to defend against those giant spiders and scorpions? Do you feel that your life needs less of the scent of sweaty paladin, and more of the soft glow of Provence? Look no further! :-D

 

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat loves her lavender. See her special post this week with a list of her Top 5 Lavender Fragrances and see if she can’t tempt you into trying one or two (or five!) of them.

 

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

 

Syl