International Lipstick Day – Part Two

I bought the shade Salt from ColourPop during the Final Call sale awhile back. This is the first time I’m wearing it, so it’s not the most ideal look. I could use more eyeliner, and maybe add Salt to my eyelids (it’s a trend  – just be careful of reds and don’t use the same applicator for your lips and eyes; it’s just asking for a red eye) to bring a more cohesive whole.

I also woke with really good skin today, so my base is very light. My definition of good skin is even colour, no new breakouts/breakouts that are less red, plumpness to the skin (it should almost bounce when you poke) and taut undereye (like many women, I can and do develop water retention under my eyes – some days it makes it seem as though I have no dark circles, other days I look like a card carrying member of the living dead).

What I’m wearing:

  • L.A Girl HD Pro Conceal in Pure Beige + Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
    • I mix it because Pure Beige is a quarter of a shade darker than my skin, and the Garnier concealer is very lightweight.
  • Australis Banana Powder
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe
  • MAC Painterly
    • In the inner lid
  • Catrice Nude Purism Highlighter
    • It’s limited edition, but Benefit High Beam is a good dupe, as well as any High Beam’s dupe
  • Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara
    • It’s not waterproof, so be careful! I find that it’s suitable for day to day as long as you don’t have watery eyes, but I rarely if ever apply it to my lower lashes.
    • Tip: If you have a ‘heavy’ mascara (the formula makes your lashes wilt and flatten after being curled), scrape off one side of the brush and apply. You still get the benefits of the mascara, but the product doesn’t weigh down your lashes.
  • Palladio Blush in Velvetine/Bayberry
    • It looks scary when you first look at the shade, but you can lighten it by applying lighter layers. In this photo, I only applied one light layer.
    • Clearly, it’s the wrong colour for this look (you can tell whether the colour is wrong when it takes more of your attention than the eyeshadow and/or lipstick, which is the whole point of this).
  • Catrice Absolute Eye Color Mono in Game of Stones
    • A creamy, highly pigmented mid to deep tone grey depending on how dark or light your skin is. As I did yesterday, I applied it to my brows using Essence Precise Eyeliner Brush.

And of course the highlight of the post….

  • ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip in Salt
    • described as a warm brown (taupe) with a metallic finish [Temptalia]
    • Personally, it looks like a chrome golden-rose-peach lip with brown and taupe tones, maybe even a slight peachiness. It needs a stronger eye and brown-toned cheeks to balance, because it washes my skin out, making the blush look stark and the eyeshadow lose its depth.
    • ColourPop was not playing when they said it was metallic – it’s straight up chrome.

The more I stare at my lip, the more riveted I become with the colour. Definitely trying again with the colour. Although Salt is discontinued and unavailable on the ColourPop website, it can still be found on other cosmetics sites like Carousell and Shopee.

140817 UPDATE:

This is definitely a pass for me. In the lighting you see above, it looked like a metallized nude lip on me. In real life, under natural lighting, the colour darkened my face by several shades, and I looked…odd. I don’t have any pictures, but suffice to say my mother was not for it.


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