Beauty and the Geek – The Rogue Look in a Makeup Collaboration

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

Right! The theme we chose for this collaboration was one very dear to my heart indeed – rogues! Yes, we’ll both be bringing you our sneakiest, stealthiest, stabbiest rogue-inspired looks, so sharpen your daggers and eyeliners, friends, here we go!

Mine is derived from the curious obsession with outrageous black eyeliner exhibited by pretty much every character (male or female) in the recently released videogame Thief (also known as Thief 4, Thief 2014, and The Thief Game That Everyone Was Hoping Would Be A Bit More Awesome, But Was ‘Okay’ Instead).

Here are some not insignificant characters from the game:

Characters from Thief 4

Madam Xiao Xiao, Orion, Erin (the inspiration for this look, and the gaily homicidal sometime protegee of…) Garrett! (the titular Thief). These images were taken from their respective pages on this Thief Wiki.

Something that you may notice about all of these individuals is their apparent shared love for the panda eye. So, while I could think of any number of ‘rogue’ themed looks, I chose to unleash my desire to go nuts with black eye makeup and replicate Erin’s look. The images below also illustrate an appreciable number of common rogue emotions, and the usual causes of these.

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A Rogue’s Tale…

 

This look is incredibly easy to achieve, and will have you ready for plundering vaults within minutes! :

Face: The ghostly whiteness of my skin in the photos above is actually what you get if you take a normal, pale rogue, coat her in a couple of good layers of Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel (a white highlighting base product that I borrowed), dust over some powder and stand her in direct sunlight. The camera was wigging out! Skip concealer under the eyes – you don’t care if there are shadows there to start with!

Eye: I started with a layer of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion followed by a slick of lip balm over the lid and in the inner corners to help create that slightly lived in, oily look. You could also use clear lipgloss, but I don’t own any. That was followed by copious quantities of the matte black shadow Blackout from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Everywhere. Lid, crease, under the eye. Everywhere. Lastly, I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero to draw around and around my eye with a small wing, and Perversion to tightline. Lashes were curled and coated in Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (review here), not that you can really see them!

Brows: Erin’s brows are kind of short and relatively thick, without a pronounced arch. I used Blackout to fill and thicken mine, getting rid of some of the arch and attempting to give the illusion that they’re shorter.

This look is fabulous! You literally cannot screw it up, no matter how much you’re getting jolted by the missiles from attacking guards as you make your escape across the rooftops. It’s disasterproof – if you spill or smudge or smear, it just makes it look all the more authentic, which is a delightfully rogueish deception. It’s your choice how much of the giant wing shadow is liner and how much is shadow. If I owned a black gel eyeliner, I probably would have gone a bit further, and darkened the whole thing more!

For additional (slightly more colourful) inspiration:

 

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

The Queen of Beggars, rocking some fabulous purple accents to her smudgy black eye look. (Source)

 

The above is concept art released for a character called the Queen of Beggars. To transform the look I did above into hers, simply blend a decent whack of your favourite shimmery purple shadow (UD Psychedelic Sister, perhaps?) onto the browbone, and cry heavily into your mascara (alternatively put on some non-waterproof liner and mascara and drop water over your eye). Her brows are quite thinly plucked and pale, and of course she’s rocking some wicked purple lipstick too.

Speaking of lips:

Erin’s vary in pictures from totally pale nude to a sort of brownish pink colour. Taking that, and the Queen of Beggars there as ispiration, might I suggest the following to complement whichever rogueishly smoky look you choose:

 

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A choice of lipsticks for your Thief: my current favourite ‘nude for pale people’, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure; Bloom Charleston for a more tawny pink, and an old favourite MUFE #49 for the purple Queen of Beggars!

 

Before you ask, no, I did not alter that picture of MUFE 49. It really just does go on that creamy and opaque. It is glorious, and if you’re a fan of purple/dark lipsticks who doesn’t own it yet, you need to remedy that as soon as you can, and raid a nearby MUFE hoard! With your new eye look, your stealth should be unparallelled….eheheh…

(Please don’t steal from a MUFE counter….)

So that’s it, folks! A foolproof, heistproof, questproof makeup look for all the rogues and thieves out there, and anyone wanting to re-create some of the looks from Thief 4. Next time you want to try your hand at thieving, though, just make sure you leave my tea and biscuits alone…

;-)

Melissa’s Rogueish Look

Curious about what Melissa’s rogue is up to? If we know Melissa’s epic skills, I’m sure the first thing that she makes off with will be your breath! Click here to check out Melissa’s sultry rogue in red and black, complete with a fabulous description of what a rogue is for those who might be curious…

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 on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

Thief 4, and all its characters and associated trademarks etc and so forth are the property of Square Enix. If you’d like more information, please visit the very fancy official website, at: www.thiefgame.com (do note that the site requires an age declaration before entry).


The Rogueish Wedding Guest Makeup Look! (and some suitably scenic pictures)

Greetings from the aftermath of a happy feast, fellow rogues!

The wizard and I have been carrying out a little mini-quest over the last couple of days, journeying through storm and night to the frozen South, to see a couple of fellow adventurers leap over the branch. It was truly a marvellous celebration, and today I thought I would keep you entertained with some details about the makeup look I put together for the occasion, and a few photos I took along the journey.

A quick note: both the photos taken here and the post itself were done via the medium of a mobile device, so this is a bit of an additional adventure!

 

Wedding guest makeup look tools!

The tools required for this rogue’s effort at an evening wedding guest makeup look!

 

 

I had decided to shed my usual black adventuring ensemble for a coral coloured tunic dress, with a navy cardigan and tights (it really was the frozen south). This prompted me to bust out a few of my tried and tested favourites, as well as a few new products that are on probation…

 

The foundation of the look

The foundation of the look! Clinique primer, YSL BB Creme, Chanel Powder Compact. Lancôme Tres chocolat eyeshadow, Urban Decay Primer Potion and Chanel Affinite Blush.

 

I started with a layer of Clinique’s Superprimer, which I’m currently testing out. So far, things are going well, so I should be bringing you a full review soon! On top of that went a thin layer of the YSL BB Creme (review here) to even things out where I needed it, some YSL Touche Éclat to brighten up my undereye area (review here), all followed by a dusting of the Chanel powder (Compact Douceur) to finish.

Chanel’s cream blush in Affinite (review here) brightened up my cheeks, and Lancôme’s matte eyeshadow in Tres Chocolat filled in my brows (tutorial here).

 

Wedding Guest Eye Makeup

Tools for an eye look: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils in Uzi and Sabbath (these ones are double ended, so there’s Empire and Stash there too).

 

Onto the eyes… I laid down a base of the Urban Decay Primer Potion (previous photo) first. On top of that went a wash of Chopper over the eyelid, with a little Tease in the crease (sounds…dirty?), and some Verve in the inner corner (all from the UD Naked 2 palette). I then did the upper lash line with a smoky line of UD sabbath (matte navy liner), and covered that with a dusting of the YDK shadow to take the edge off (Sabbath is quite a statement!). I did my water lines in UD Uzi (softly shimmering gunmetal) to keep the look softly smoky.

After that, I curled my lashes and applied a couple of layers of the Clinique waterproof mascara (review here).

 

Final tools!

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure, Clinique High Impact waterproof mascara and YSL Touche Éclat.

 

For the lips, I went quite simple with the Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Demure from Revlon (review here). It makes a great ‘nude’ for my skintone and the moderately smoky eye I was sporting, it has some nice evening sparkle, and is easy to reapply.

So, by this point I imagine you might be wondering what the end result of all this powdering and lining and shimmering was. Well, I managed to get a couple of photos, despite the miserable lighting and the mobile camera I was using, so, I present:

 

 

Wedding guest eye look

This was about the best quality I could get for he eye look. The weather was so bad that even my eyebrow got a little blown off course!

 

 

Wedding guest lips and partial outfit?

The lip look and partial outfit, plus some jewels (a rogue can’t miss an opportunity to actually wear some sparkles, can she?

 

Right! So (with some apologies for the miserable eye/lip photos), that was the look! Perfect for an autumn wedding evening, where a storm has just cleared to allow a little of the sun to shine through before it got dark.

For those interested, the bride was sporting an absolutely fabulous smoky eye and bright pink red lip for the evening. She looked phenomenal! I didn’t really get to quiz her on the exact products, though ;-) .

Before I leave you to continue on my quest back to the rainy north, I thought I’d post a couple of the photos I took along our journey. Scenic ones!

 

Maple?

A beautiful, feathery maple (?) in autumn colours.

 

A sheltered pool

A sheltered pool. I think I saw some kappa, but we got out of there pretty fast…

 

Bridge

A beautiful bridge. Fortunately, no trolls were underneath it.

 

 

The calm after the storm

The calm after the storm :-)

 

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 The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. These images may not be reproduced without permission, unless you want a fleet of gelatinous cubes after you.

Found the Magic Lamp of Frivolity? Then Here’s a Rogue’s April 2014 Wishlist!

Greetings from the rather misty shadow of the most frivolous genie you’ve ever seen, fellow rogues!

Yes, this wishful rogue is back once again, lusting after items her gold purse won’t quite stretch to cover! Fortunately, the items are generally in permanent collections, but you know rogues – if there’s loot to be had, they’ll be lusting after it. Sometimes, improved Treasure Sense is a real pain in the backside… ;-)

So: which brands have caught this rogue’s eye in April (thus far)? Well, this month, we’re kind of breaking it down by brand and roguepart. First up, we have the nails, courtesy of Chanel:

 

April Wishlist: Chanel Nail Polishes in Ballerina, Holiday and Coup de Coeur

Chanel’s polishes in Ballerina, Holiday and Coup de Coeur.

 

Chanel’s polishes have, unfortunately, one of the best formulae I’ve ever tried on my nails. I say sadly because they’re $40 a bottle here, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t worth every cent (US readers, please don’t explode ;-))

Ballerina is one of those shades that’s kind of a bit pointless to own – it’s super sheer, really just gives your nails a soft shine, but DAMN THEM FOR CALLING IT BALLERINA (because now I have to have it). Stupid drive to collect ballet themed things… (I have the OPI NYC Ballet Soft Shades colours, but, but…!!).

Holiday is a vibrant orange that I must have walked past the Chanel counter and swatched about a million times. Orange is such a hard colour, but I don’t have anything like it in my polish hoard (which, admittedly, is pretty modest. I don’t have a LOT of colours in it full stop!), and this one just looks really bright and fun on my nails. Plus, I am fond of the colour navy, and I think this polish would just be ridiculously perfect with that. Even Hilarion  the Paladin would probably approve, and he’s a real diva when it comes to polish, let me tell you…

Coup de Coeur is such a rogue shade … no, seriously. I mean look at it – it’s purple, a little smoky, very sophisticated, kind of stealthy… :-D Plus, what kind of a rogue would I be if I didn’t steal hearts as well?

 

Next up are the eyes, courtesy of NARS!

 

April Wishlist: NARS Eyeshadows in Lhasa, Kamchatka, Tropic, Outremer, Night Flight and Etrusque.

NARS Eyeshadows of Gloriousness +6, shades as labelled.

 

I have yet to own a single NARS eyeshadow, but I’ve been lusting after them forever – I think it’s time we took a look at exactly which shades I’d start with…

Lhasa and Kamchatka: These two shades I love for their gentle haziness. There’s somthing about adding grey or taupe to a shade that makes it really dreamy, and of course it speaks to me as a rogue! What could be more perfect than the colour of the stealthy haze generated by a well-timed smokebomb? Lhasa was recently bumped up on my radar by the excellent review of it over at Auxiliary Beauty, which I appreciate very much!

Night Flight: Do I even have to explain how appropriate this shade is in every respect for a rogue? Plus it has blue sparkles. That is all.

Étrusque: This is kind of in the same boat as Night Flight. Seriously, people, it’s a gold that shimmers almost as much as the hoard underneath a Red Dragon – and it doesn’t even smell faintly of barbecued adventurers! Bonus: the Etruscans were awesome, had faultless taste in Greek Vases (Exekias…drool…), and lived in an awesome area (Tuscany). It’s a win-win on this shade, really.

Tropic: This one is probably the peak of frivolity in this post, because I literally want to own it because it looks stunning in the pan. Every time I’ve swatched this, I am disappointed by how it actually works, but in the pan…that is something else. Merfolk had a hand in this, I’m sure…

Outremer: Okay, we have to pause here for a moment, and have some reverent silence …. … … Alright, you can blink again now.  This shade has been on my most wanted list for as long as it has existed. It has never left the list. It will never leave the list, until I finally scrape together the funds to ransom it from Mecca Cosmetica. This shade, from its glorious colour to its fabulously evocative name (implied adventure is irresistible to a rogue!), is perfection for me. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go over there and take a moment…

 

Alright, while Syl’s getting control of herself again, let’s take a look at the lip offerings from Urban Decay!

 

April Wishlist: UD Lipsticks in Lovelight, Gash and Jilted

Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks, as labelled. These are a Pokemon item, if ever there was one!

 

As you know, I recently reviewed another shade from this line, the toxically gorgeous Venom. The formula on these is perfect for me, so I’m keen to explore a few more!

Lovelight: from what I’ve seen, this shade fits into my favourite bracket for MLBB lipsticks: a bit pink, a bit peach/coral, and a bit golden/sparkly! Since MLBB lipsticks are a bit of an addiction of mine (next to the violently violet ones), I think Lovelight here would make the perfect addition to that arsenal. One day, I may even get myself a bandolier for them…

Gash: The colour and name of this lipstick appeal to the ghoulish rogue in me! It helps that the colour is a darkly, rogueishly sexy one, too. Just sayin’…

Jilted: As you may have realised from my previous review of a fabulous fuchsia, I have a bit of a thing for eye-wateringly fuchsia lipsticks with a hint of blue. This one exactly fits that bill in UD’s Revolution line, and the only thing stopping me from picking it up on the first round was the fact that I would have received it just before I got married. The name seemed a little inopportune (although on reflection, I’m not sure what getting a venomous kiss before the wedding says either… ;-)).

 

Last but not least, we’ll move onto the skin, where I thought I’d bring you a little rogueish geekery via the medium of Think Geek:

RPG Scented Oils! Now you too can smell like a rogue ;-)

RPG Scented Oils! Now you too can smell like a rogue ;-)

 

These are such an awesome idea! DO WANT. Although only 3 are pictured, you can choose from Ranger, Paladin, Fighter, Rogue, Mage and Cleric! You can also choose based on your alignment, which adds an extra element of fantastical awesome. The descriptions, taken from the website:

  • CLERIC: Rose amber, frankincense, myrrh, champaca flower, Peru balsam, cistus, palisander, cananga, hyssop, and narcissus absolute
  • FIGHTER: Leather, musk, blood, and steel
  • MAGE: All mystique and thrumming power: gurjum balsam, Sumatran dragon’s blood resin, olibanum, galangal, oleo gum resin, and frankincense
  • PALADIN: Immaculate white musk, sweet frankincense, bourbon vanilla, white leather, and shining armor
  • RANGER: Untamed wilderness: buckskin accord with Terebinth pine, Russian birch, black ironwood, elder bark, hay, armoise, juniper, patchouli, galangal root, Spanish moss, and cabreuva
  • ROGUE: Soft, well-worn black leather, hemp, and rosin
  • Neutral: A flawless skin musk.
  • Lawful: Rigid oak, blue chamomile, rhubarb, and fig leaf.
  • Chaotic: A whirling mélange of multicolored musks with wasabi, rooibos, heliotrope, and mastic.
  • Good: Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia, and sugar cane.
  • Evil: Smouldering opium tar, tobacco absolute, green tea, black plum, kush, ambergris accord, ambrette seed, and costus root.

Sadly, these cannot be shipped outside the US, but if they could, I’d have them in a heartbeat. They’re even on sale at the moment, so if I’ve piqued your interest, hop on over and check them out ;-)

Well, that’s it for April, folks. I’ve started the genie working, and hopefully he’ll be able to rustle up a few of these goodies for me someday soon.

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 The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. These images may not be reproduced without permission, unless you want a fleet of gelatinous cubes after you.

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.