A Rogue’s Preciousssss…Eyeliner Collection!

Greetings from my own personal treasure hoard, fellow rogues!

Despite being a beauty blogging rogue adventuress extraordinaire, my hoard of glittering makeup loot is actually pretty small. I’m not sure there’s any real yardstick for ‘how large is large?’ when it comes to makeup stashes, but let’s just say the entirety of mine fits in one of those Tupperware type boxes that you can put the average birthday cake in and not ding the icing. As such, finding a collection within my collection (as it were) that I hadn’t talked about before and didn’t muscle in on previous Beauty Spotlight Team entries proved a bit of a task…

That is, until it dawned on me that there’s one brand disproportionately represented in my stash, and within that brand, there’s one item that I can truly say I’ve collected! The brand is Urban Decay, and the item is (you guessed it) eyeliners!

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Eyeliners! Trippy!

A little background: I’ve only really been seriously wearing makeup for a little over a year, but when this rogue falls for a hobby, she falls hard (see: the 6.5 hours of ballet I do a week). At heart, I am and will always be a lipstick girl, but there was one previously unexplored area of the makeup jungle that I fell in love with almost immediately upon trying it, and that was eyeliner. While the eyeliner that started it all was a Lancome one (a tale for another campfire), almost every other liner I own comes from Urban Decay. ‘But Syl!’ I hear you cry, ‘Urban Decay isn’t even a thing in New Zealand! How do you get all your magical loot from them?’. The answer to that is YouShop, my friends, combined with the awesomeness that is a site that allows you to order with a non-US billing address. Urban Decay has my undying love for this – they make their stuff accessible, at the normal price point (+/- for exchange rate) outside of the US. I find it difficult to articulate how much I love the brand, and I’ve adored everything I have bought from them. Pretty much every makeup look on this blog features UD stuff (shadow or liner) somewhere in it!

Anyway, I’m rambling (what a surprise). :-P

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

All the liners, for global comparison on vampiric paleness. You may have spotted a colour trend :-P

My point is that there are very few ‘lines’ in makeup that I would consider collecting all of, but UD’s 24/7 liners are one of them. Someday, I will collect them all, Pokemon style (although throwing down an eyeliner pencil and screaming ‘Perversion! Use: ‘Waterline’!!’ just gets you funny looks from people). I may even spend time just stroking them and whispering ‘precious…’ – although, ironically, the one shade range I have yet to own is a gold one!

Note: please do click on any of these pictures to zoom in!

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Blue and purple! Also: silver and green!

Most of my UD eyeliner collecting was done via the medium of sets (such as Ocho Loco 2/Foxy Four-Way, hence my LE shades and double ended pencils), but I purchased four shades individually (Junkie, Psychedelic Sister, Chaos and Cuff). The first UD liner I ever owned was Junkie, which I bought to try the formula while making my first UD order, and immediately fell in love with. Appropriately, Junkie was my UD liner gateway drug, and I have never looked back (but also never looked more fabulous, or so I believe, anyway ;-)).

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Blues and purples and greens, oh my!

A general note: I find all of these shades to be long lasting on the lids, wearable in the waterlines whether they have glitter or not (although when it’s as chunky as in Delinquent I tend to leave it on the lash line) and to have such lovely colours, shimmers, duochromes and sparkles that I feel there’s one for every mood and occasion.

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

More blues and purples! Also: black!

In the interests of absolute honesty, I have had one negative experience with these. My first go at the famous Perversion pencil was an umitigated disaster: while the Demolition end of that Perversion/Demolition pencil is a daily staple and absolute favourite, the Perversion end was painfully stiff, dry, skippy, waxy and generally impossible to use unless you wanted pandas to start asking you why your eyelids were bleeding. Since trying the full size Perversion pencil that came with Ocho Loco 2 (and given what EVERY OTHER PERSON EVER has said about the Perversion pencil) I have to conclude that my early experience was the result of a random dud. Disappointing, but they do happen – I never got around to contacting UD or sending the faulty liner back, so I bear them  no ill will! Besides, I was too busy enjoying the Demolition end, and didn’t that just sound kinkier than ‘perversion’ itself?

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Smokey liner time! As usual, purples. Note: Crave was LE!

 

You may be wondering if I have any particular favourites or recommendations, or even wishlists for my little collection here! If you don’t own any of these liners yet, I would definitely recommend Delinquent and Junkie – Delinquent is great for everyday (substitute with Zero if you prefer black, or Perversion if you prefer VERY black), whereas Junkie has the dual advantages of being colourful and sparkly, but still deep enough to be wearable on an everyday basis if you’re not into the whole ‘electric’ deal. My wishlist consists of either ‘all of them’, or ‘a gold one’ if you force me to pick just one colour to acquire next. ;-)

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

The browns! No matter what you’re looking for in a brown liner, UD probably has one for you. This is only some of the ones they make! Note: Twice Baked wass LE!

I’ve included a few looks here using my UD liners (and some UD eyeshadows) that were ispired by some of the colourful characters that I saw recently at the Annual Adventuring Wizards Workshop (Awww!): a frost mage, a druid, a necromancer and an illusionist. Some of the photos were taken with a mobile device, so I apologise for the variable quality, but I hope you like the looks! I tend to wear eyeliner on its own, but you can easily toss these concepts over an eyeshadow look too.

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Frosty! But in all the best ways.

 

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Sleepy! Gotta watch which mushrooms you eat in the forest…

 

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

Green like the flesh of your minions! But, you know, not actually moldy.

 

Urban Decay Eyeliner Review Swatch Looks

PURPLE!! Also – why did I take the last photo before mascara? Your guess is as good as mine!

Thanks for sticking with me throughout this rambly tour through my UD eyeliner collection!

 

What do you think, party members? Are eyeliners your thing? What do you collect? Have you tried UD, or do you have another favourite brand? 

The practicalities: The 40 (!!) shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils cost US $20 each 0.04 oz / 1.2 g, are permanent, and may be acquired from www.urbandecaycosmetics.com (not an affiliate link! 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…

A Catacomb Filled With Guerlain Rouge Automatiques? Nahema, Champs Élysées and Roselip Await!

Greetings, slightly out of breath, from the time portal, fellow rogues!

A little wyvern told me that there has been a recent important event unknown to yours truly! It seems that there is a special day set aside in honour of lipsticks…and I missed it! OK, not by much, but how can I stand for missing the occasion commemorating my favourite beauty product? With this in mind, I’m bringing you a very exciting lipstick related post – the review and swatches of my first foray into Guerlain!

As usual, these lipsticks were a product of my recent Dubai Lootstravaganza. As it happens, I believe they were the last things I actuallly picked up, after seeing the little set in the Dubai airport Duty Free and realising that a) it contained some truly magical shades and b) the price for the 3 was about the same as the price of ONE in Middle Earth.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Travel Exclusive Set (Nahema, Roselip, Champs Elysees)

…Guerlain!

The three Guerlain Rouge Automatiques packaged together in this set are Nahema, Roselip and Champs Élysées. Basically, they cover your non-red lipstick basics: a coral/peach, a fuchsia and an inoffensive, MLBB pink. I believe that the latter shade (Roselip) is actually an Asia exclusive or something of the kind – it’s on the Guerlain Hong King site, for example, but not the US one.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Travel Exclusive Set (Nahema, Roselip, Champs Elysees)

Top Left: Nahema. Top Right: Champs Elysees. Lower: Roselip

This is, as mentioned, my first experience with Guerlain makeup of any kind – of course, I started with lipsticks, and of course, I started in Duty Free. Their makeup is fabulously expensive here ($88 Rouge Gs anyone?) and their foundation products tend to run a little on the ‘why did you wash your face with Cheetos?’ side when applied to this vampire. Lipsticks, however are my weakness, and I’ve been wanting to try Guerlain’s offerings for a long time. When you head into a catacomb expecting a hard fight before you can claim your prestige, luxury lipstick artefacts, you tend to want to get something pretty spiffy out the end of the process. Fortunately, Guerlain did not disappoint!

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

Guerlain Rouge Automatiques in their natural catacomb habitat…

First up, I think we have to say something about the packaging. The gold and embossing are great, and the package is sturdy though really quite lightweight (I think one of my Revlon lipsticks weighs more, to be honest), but the real star is the mechanism. With one smooth, pleasantly resistant slide of the little ‘G’ embossed button, the ‘Guerlain’ embossed hatch at the top glides open and the lipstick bullet emerges, deus ex machina style. Slide the button the other way, and the process reverses. This never gets old, seriously. The only downside is that the large square barrel around the slender bullet means that if you don’t push the lipstick out far enough, the edge of the barrel dings your bottom lip as you’re trying to do the top one. This isn’t a crisis, but this is not a lipstick I want to risk breaking the bullet of because I extended it out too far.

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

Shades! #174 = Roselip, #143 = Nahema and #165 = Champs-Elysees. Rather unhelpfully, Guerlain doesn’t put the shade name on the packaging…

One other quick note about the package: the name of the shade is on the box, but is lacking on the actual barrel of the lipstick. You get a number instead, presumably because Guerlain considers numerical recall to be paramount. Now if only I could remember the number I have to think to get in telepathic contact with the Druid’s owl familiar…

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…

So! Let’s start with some basics: these lipsticks don’t taste of anything (despite having lain in a catacomb for Gods know how long) and have that characteristic Guerlain scent, which I’m told is ‘violet’. It’s definite and floral during application, but doesn’t hang around under the nose too long. Application is irresisitibly smooth and the resulting pout lasts for about four hours (or a little longer if I’m not in feasting/quaffing mode). One really lovely thing I discovered was that these lipsticks were not only pleasantly moisturising while I wore them, but (particularly with Roselip) my lips actually felt distinctly softer and smoother after the lipstick was gone! Almost as thought I had used a nourishing balm. Colour me impressed, Guerlain!

 

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

Bullets!! No kevlar required, fortunately.

 

Roselip is a soft, subtly warm toned but funtionally neutral pink that fits perfectly into my roster of ‘MLBB’ or ‘inoffensive pink’ lipsticks. It’s a medium-pigmented, buildable cream lipstick with a satin finish that’s very forgiving on dry lips. It’s the kind of thing you can throw on when you’re not wearing any other makeup. It’s the kind of thing you can throw on when you’re having a bad skin day but can’t be bothered putting on concealer or whatever. Roselip has your back. If it were an adventuring party member, it’d be giving you constant buffs and healing you without you even having to ask.

Champs Élysées is a fabulous fuchsia. Susie the Rockbard, a conoisseur of fabulous fuchsias approved mightily of this one. The colour is deep and rich as well as being bright, and it has probably the glossiest finish of the three. If you hold it up to the light you can see that it’s infused with the most micro of gold microshimmer, but this doesn’t translate to a visible effect on the lips. Stealth shimmer! Pigmentation is sheer but rapidly buildable, making this lipstick quite versatile as you can choose your intensity. Having said that, the pigment never looks heavy, even when built up.

Nahema is, in many ways, the punchiest of the three, especially on my skintone. It’s a coral with red leanings on me, filled with visible gold sparkle. This doesn’t mean things get glittery, it just means that your lips get a subtle, elegant sparkle to go with the pop of colour. Like Champs Élysées, you can choose your intensity with Nahema – this is great for me, as it stands out bolder than an overzealous Paladin on my vampire complexion! As usual, Sunny gets the blame/credit for waving this shade under my nose and tempting me, resulting in all three of these beauties! ;-)

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

Lipswatches! Including different lighting schemes because I started taking photos and the sun was all ‘LOL NOPE!’ :-D

 

I absolutely love all three of these shades, and I’m so happy that these luxury lipsticks lived up to what you’d expect of an expensive line/brand. Roselip is in daily rotation, and Nahema has been brightening up some seriously icy, grim Winter quests recently. Champs Élysées is probably the least unique/daily essential shade of the three (based on my stash), but I mean, just look at it! An extra fabulous fuchsia never hurt any adventurer – some dungeons are so dank, you just need bold pink lipstick to make them bearable ;-)

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Have you tried any magical lipstick artefacts from Guerlain? What’s your favourite fabulous fuchsia or everyday pink?

The practicalities: Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipsticks cost US$36 / NZ $65 for 0.12 oz / 3.4 g, are permanent, and may be acquired from Guerlain counters the world over, as well as Sephoras. This particular set is exclusive to Duty Free Guerlain counters. For more info, check out www.guerlain.com or www.sephora.com. (These 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…

The Painted Rogue Now on Facebook!

Greetings from the edge of the social media precipice, fellow rogues!

 

The Painted Rogue Now On Facebook!

The Rogue opened the ancient, blue bound Book of Faces, unsure of what to expect…

 

Yes, despite not actually showing her whole face much, your favourite Painted Rogue is now on Facebook! I’ve only just launched things, so I’ll be trying to get better established over the next little while. If you’d like to stop by, say hello,  and be generally amused by my lack of coordination when it comes to social media, then just enter ‘The Painted Rogue into your ‘find friends’ searchy bar thing and there I’ll be in all my purple cloaked glory! Alternatively, you can click on the rather awkward looking  button in the sidebar here at the right (hoping to sort something nicer out soon!) :-)

Alternatively alternatively, click here!

I’ve added a few of my recent posts so it doesn’t look too barren, and from now on all my shiny and delicious new posts will pop up on the Facebook page too. Am I doing this right? You kids and your newfangled Intertubes! *shakes zimmer frame*

Are you on Facebook? :-D

 

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

 

Syl

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Epic Polishes, Epic Potions and Epic Giveaways!

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

How are you doing, chaps and chapesses of the adventuring sort? I’m sorry if things are a little sporadic of late – we’re hainvg ISP issues here at rogue HQ, so I’m only posting or commenting here and there when I can mooch some wifi or use a lab computer T_T. I think the giant spiders might have made another nest somewhere….

Anyway!

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!

 

swatchfest!

Oooh, mystery swatches! Any guesses, adventurers?

 

Channing Tatum anyone? Perilously Pale shares a preview of the Pur Mineral Jupiter Ascending Collection. Maybe there will be a bit of Channing around too.

Phyrra is giving away the Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection. Now that you’ve seen it, you’ll want to enter.

Prime Beauty is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway! Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger’s favorite shade!!

Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves delectable rose-infused skincare products, and here are her top picks!

It’s the perfect time for neon polish and polish insomniac has some beauties from Salon Perfect.

Mostly Sunny leaves her comfort zone with Dior Rosy Glow. See why this was a great move.

Don’t forget to give your hands a little loving like Pammy Blogs Beauty does with Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream.

Summer hair getting you down? Or rather up with all that frizz? Find out what 15 Minute Beauty can teach you about Frizz Fighters.

Shower or bath? Whichever it is Beauty Info Zone says follow up with A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. The fragrance is divine.

Pink Sith wants to know what it would take for you to buy a $50 nail polish.

Next to cosmetic shopping what do you like best? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat thinks shoes make a great choice.

The Painted Rogue has some favorite You Tube Channels. Are any of these on your list?

 

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

Syl

A Rogue on the InterTubes! What are Some of this Rogue’s Favourite YouTube Channels?

Greetings from the intertubes, fellow cyber-adventurers!

OK, yes, technically I’m *always* greeting you from the intertubes, this is a blog after all, but today we’re going to delve into a different area of the vast Web that the Internet Gods cast over the Earth. Yes, today we’re going to look at a few of this rogue’s favourite YouTube channels! Some of them are specifically beauty-based, and some aren’t. In all cases I love the channel itself, and the video I’ve chosen to link in this post is just a personal favourite (so it might be a little older…or it might not!). I’ve been meaning to do this for a while actually, and while you may be familiar with some of the channels I’m listing here, I hope you find something new to love!

First up! A favourite of many , we have the incomparable Lisa Eldridge. She’s just so impossibly nice and beautiful and talented, it’s enough to make you sick. But in a good way! Her advice and philosophy on makeup and beauty has shaped much of my own, and although she hasn’t lived here for a long time, I’m totally claiming her for New Zealand! She also has a lovely blog that you can visit here, and you can find the links to her tweety and instagrammy goodness there too. This video is just a personal favourite, but I love basically everything this woman touches, so all her other videos come highly recommended!

Next up we have the stupendous Anna Akana. This girl has it all, really – she’s gorgeous, she’s smart, she’s funny, and she seems to have enough energy to fuel three suns, which I find both impressive and enviable! There’s much to love on Anna’s channel, and I think the video I’m linking here might be the only specifically beauty related one – I strongly suggest you check out her awesome web series, Riley Rewind. Because seriously, there’s nothing this girl can’t do.

No video roundup would be complete without mentioning the girl who first got me into both Urban Decay and creative eyeshadow in general! Shannon Harris (channel: shaaanxo) is gorgeous, adorably goofy and sweetly down to earth. She blends eyeshadow and applies eyeliner in ways that I still envy wildly, and she’s a good Kiwi girl to boot! I have much love for Shannon, and this video (although quite old) remains a favourite that I turn to if I need a giggle!

Speaking of eyeshadow skills and envy, I need to make some serious space here for the glory that is Klaire de Lys. I’m not sure I can actually really articulate in words how awesome her makeup artistry (for artistry it be!) actually is. The easiest way is to watch this video, which I selected almost at random from the pool of awesomeness that is her channel, and then watch all her other videos. The woman paints her own backgrounds and makes her own accessories for the videos. Seriously. Gah! Her blog is here.

For those who are waiting for a dose of geekery amongst all this makeup: I have a list of channels whose regular gaming and Let’s Play series I watch in my ‘Adventure Board’ page above, but I’ll pull out a favourite here and add a new channel to the mix!

If there happen to be any German speakers amongst my usual readership, and you’re into games at all, you probably already know this name. I’m talking, of course, about Gronkh (his real name is Erik, I think). Gronkh is (as far as I know) the pre-eminent German Youtube Let’s Player, and is singlehandedly responsible for almost all of my thesis writing. His content is great anyway, but somehow, some series make a really excellent background to writing for me. Why? Who knows (die Wissenschaftler streiten noch). Anyway, the video I’ve put in here is the first in a series that ended recently, and one that I particularly enjoyed. This particular game is entirely in English, by the way, and well worth looking into! If you can stand a bit of strong language, anyway ;-)

 

Anybody out there play MTG? If you do, you probably already know this channel. If not, going and watching one of Evan Erwin‘s videos on the mrorangeguy channel will be an eye opening experience, a window into another world! I’ve recently been watching the set review for Magic 2015, but there’s plenty more awesome content here besides, for Magic: the Gathering fans and anyone who’s always wondered what that whole card game thing was about anyway. Geek out! ;-)

What do you think, fellow cyber-adventurers? What are your favourite YouTube channels? Do you have any non-beauty related chnnels you’re keen on? Did you get into makeup because of magical things you saw on the intertubes?

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…

The Rogue at the Social – Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Have We Met?

Greetings from the darkest corner of the Annual Adventurers’ Social, fellow rogues!

So, when I say ‘darkest corner’, I should probably clarify that it’s because that’s the natural place for all the rogues to hang out and swap lockpicks. I don’t retreat there out of any particular feeling of social pressure, although (to be honest) the alternatives are more ‘extroverted’ but not really more social. I mean, you’ve got the warriors brawling, the paladins and clerics trying to out-zeal and out-aura each other, the bards jamming up near the stage and the druids communing out in the backyard. As for the rangers, well, they’re into the whole camo thing anyway so it’s OK if you can’t find them. Me, I prefer the darkness.

This is all a very roundabout way of relating to the name of the latest piece of treasure from my recent Dubai Lootstravaganza – the lipstick called ‘Have We Met?’ from Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel line, something I’d never tried before (by reason of it being Sephora exclusive). The lipstick reminded me of those Adventurers’ Socials – lots of introductions, unfamiliar faces, excitement and the sort of ‘eyeing each other up’ you do when you’re trying to work out if you’re going to have to fight them off to be first to the good loot in your next catacomb. Fortunately,  Have We Met? passed with flying colours!

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in 108 Have We Met?

From the original Loot post: Marc Jacobs Have We Met? and YSL Rose in Tension (reviewed here)

Have We Met? is, I should say from the first, exactly the sort of lipstick that gels (ha. ha.) with me perfectly. It’s in the peach/pink spectrum, has gentle pale gold shimmer, is sheer enough to be put on without a mirror but gives the perfect MLBB look to my zombie mouth, and lasts a comfortable, hydrating 3 hours – not so long that you can really get through a full dungeon without reapplying, but not so short that you start to get more irritated by it than by the goblins gnawing at your shins. I might collect outrageous purples, and LOVE the super-longevity of other lipsticks, semi-sheer, inoffensive, hydrating pinks are my go to for every day. If they have sparkle in them, this is a definite bonus. So: if you like super opaque, super long-wearing lipsticks, this may not be the one for you.  I’d still advise you to swatch it anyway, just because it’s super pretty.

Marc Jacobs Livemarc Lip Gel Have We Met? review and swatches

Susie the Rockbard gaining the upper ground over the guy who spilled her drink. Skeletal Necromancers can be total dicks.

The Marc Jacobs line was one that I was particularly keen to try upon gaining access to a Sephora, actually – I’d read decent reviews of the lipsticks and eyeliners and new brands are always exciting. When I reached the counter, the eyeliners were mostly either destroyed or absent (out of stock I assume), and there only seemed to be about 4 colours on offer in total (which I think is slightly less than you can get in the US?) so I swiftly moved on to the lipsticks. Not that I need much encouragement to do that anyway *cough*.

Marc Jacobs Livemarc Lip Gel Have We Met? review and swatches

This guy just won’t quit! There’s always that *one* skelemancer at the Social who never knows his limits. Fortunately, the sleek black wall of MJ’s lipstick tube is on hand as a fortification.

There were several shades that caught my eye, but as soon as I saw Have We Met?, I knew that was the one for me. The classic red (Neo-Noir) appealed, but I was sort of unofficially on the lookout for things that I would be likely to wear on an everyday basis. Have We Met? fit the bill perfectly, and a couple of token swatches later it was resting happily in my basket. I can’t believe I had overlooked this shade when Christine was doing all her lovely swatches of the line over at Temptalia, but it may have been covered by that ‘well, I have no real way of getting this’ haze that overcomes you sometimes, living in Middle Earth.

Marc Jacobs Livemarc Lip Gel Have We Met? review and swatches

While Susie and the Skelemancer (pluralise that last word and that could totally be a band name) argue, take a look at that superfine golden shimmer!

Anyway, to come back to the point, this lipstick is a medium, light (but not pale!) pink with superfine golden shimmer in it that gives sheer-buildable, even coverage. As soon as I put it on, I was even more strongly reminded of a favourite lipstick of mine – Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait. The two lipsticks differ in many respects: Peach Parfait is warmer/peachier, its glitter is larger/grittier and it’s meltier in the tube. In terms of wear, coverage, application and feel (aside from PP’s ‘grit’) however, they have a lot in common. I should probably mention at this point that you should not be deterred by ‘shimmer’ – Have We Met?’s shimmer is so fine that what you get is a luminous, almost glossy effect that incorporates a bit of a plumping illusion. This is not a frost, kids!

Marc Jacobs Livemarc Lip Gel Have We Met? review and swatches

Swatchy goodness. I’ve added a little swatch of Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, as Have We Met? reminded me of it in several ways.

The packaging is totally functional, and also quite stylish in that ‘shiny black case with metallic detail way’. It has a magnetic closure too, so it’s quite secure. The scent is that faint, pleasant vanilla-type one, and I couldn’t taste anything during or after application.

Marc Jacobs Livemarc Lip Gel Have We Met? review and swatches

Lipswatchy goodness! Peach Parfait once again makes an appearance. The sun has an indecisive relationship with the clouds.

 

I feel like I should qualify my ‘sheer’ statement from earlier by really emphasising that this lipstick is *wearable* sheer, but easily buildable to ‘normal’ coverage. The application is smooth and easy (Look Ma, no mirror!) and as you can see from the lip swatches above, it makes even horribly dry winter lips with natural zombie colour look plump and smooth and ‘MLBB pink’. The pictures will also hopefully confirm my promise that this shimmery treasure isn’t a frost (if you’re averse to those – frost mages may be disappointed!), and go some way towards convincing you that this lipstick is definitely worth your time if you’re looking for a nice everyday pink with a bit of added sparkly interest. I must say, I’m very pleased with this example of the Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel line, and will definitely be investigating other colours when I’m next in a position to do so. So, uh…how about some conferences in the States, Academia? *nudge* ;-)

What do you think, fellow social-adventurers? Have you already met your perfect MLBB lipstick? Have you tried the Marc Jacobs line? Do you also rogueishly hug the shadows at large social gatherings or are you cutting up the dancefloor with the wizards?

The practicalities: Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel lipsticks cost US$24 for 0.12 oz / 3.4 g, are permanent, and may be acquired from Sephoras in the US and the Sephora in the Dubai Mall (at least), as well as http://www.sephora.com.

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…

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Ballet Clothes, Ballet Gloss and Dancing Colours!

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

How’s it questing, adventurers? Conquered any good dungeons lately? I’ve had a particularly busy week, actually, but it has resulted in some promising leads for a future quest, so that’s always nice. Today’s random photo is actually one I tweeted a couple of days ago after the random desire to document my ballet outfit siezed me. This doesn’t usually happen, but what can I say – the colour scheme pleased me too much, all the more so because it was my husband that picked it out!

Anyway!

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!

 

 

LEOTAAAAARD!

Leotard? Check! Convertible tights? Check! Stretchy cotton harem pants hung upside down for effect? CHECK!

 

Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven’t heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They’ve developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can’t help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.

OPI has been doing awesome collaboration lately, and this one doesn’t disappoint! Check out polish insomniac’s swatches of the shades inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang!

Do you have hooded eyes? Phyrra shows you the perfect way to flatter them with her Saucebox Etude Palette Tutorial!

15 Minute Beauty is on the hunt for a new facial cleanser, so she asked around for recommendations. Here are the favorite facial cleansers of dermatologists.

Prime Beauty is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA’s Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Fun fact: Mostly Sunny needs all the corals in the world! When Hourglass launched a lip liner and gloss in their popular coral shade, Muse, she had to grab them! Did they live happily ever after?

The Pink Sith Blog is giving away a full size BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT to one lucky US reader. There is still time to enter so do it today!

The new Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Empress is such a stunning Deep Aubergine that it truly is fit for royalty, but it is also perfect with their vibrant pink Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet! Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog thinks that together they constitute the perfect pink pout!

Perilously Pale reviews the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection. Does it live up to its iconic movie inspiration? Check out her review to find out!

In need of a multi-tasking Antioxidant serum? Look no further than Radical Skincare’s Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum. Pammy Blogs Beauty tests it out and shares her love for this amazing serum!

The Painted Rogue has been exploring magical desert lands in search of new and interesting brands…and Five beautiful lip treasures from Ana Hilwa are the fruits of her quest! Also: spreadsheets, anyone?

 

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

Syl