FASHION & BEAUTY

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain Review + Swatches

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain 5 rosewood gang 8 black red code

 

Why Hello There! Want something exciting? Me, I’m excited for all the Fall makeup launches that’s been popping up lately. There’s definitely gonna be a lot of beautiful stuff to look forward to, and one of them is the latest lip launch from Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. While I know each of us has been all fired up with Rihanna’s Fenty makeup release (will be reviewed here soon), you may have overlooked that YSL also released their own version of matte liquid lip stains. They’re called the Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stains (0.20 oz for $36). They’re not exactly matte liquid lipsticks, but they’re pretty much what a matte liquid lipstick should be, and what I’ve always wanted and has been waiting for from YSL to release.

 

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain review

 

 

If you’re a YSL lipstick/beauty fan, myself included, then let us all rejoice. We all know that YSL makes such good quality lipsticks with high impact pigments and irresistible colors, so the¬†Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain is definitely great news. These have the same flavor/scent that comes with YSL lipsticks and the consistency is not creamy but more gel-like. The brush applicator is completely unique because it’s shaped like a spatula with a YSL insignia on both sides and it allows you to apply the lip stain precisely on your lip lines-similar to a lip liner. The packaging looks cute, sleek, and easy to keep in your purse or makeup pouch. I love the frosted glass tube and shiny top which is a bit similar to Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Color (reviewed HERE).

 

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain swatches

 

When it comes to their lasting power, these YSL Tatouage Matte Lip Stains will take about 4-5 minutes to set on your lips, and will also require 2-3 swipes to get a full coverage on the lips (at least on mine). Although, if you just want a light to moderate coverage or even an ombre effect, one swipe will just do. Once these lip stains set, they’re set for a long haul. In fact, after 4-5 minutes of application, these lip stains start to have a matte effect with almost zero transfer. Beyond that, I haven’t noticed any transfer at all, no feathering, and no smudging. These Tatouage Lip Stains are definitely kiss-proof like a lip tattoo.

 

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

 

These Lip Stains are kinda like Armani’s Lip Magnets (reviewed HERE), Lancome Matte Shakers (seen HERE), and Dior’s Lip Tattoos (HERE). They’re all intensely-pigmented comfortable lip stains that last for a long time while feeling weightless. Some may be a bit more drying than the others, like Dior’s Lip Tattoo which is a tad bit drying, while Armani has the perfect blend of high-impact colors+lightweight feel+no dryness on the lips while remaining smudge-proof. The YSL Tatouage is closer to Armani’s Lip Magnet in terms of formulation and property. Love the array of shades too.

 

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain swatches

 

5 Rosewood Gang –¬† Deep Mauve Pink. The perfect mauve rose shade that will work on any skin tone. The formula of this seems to set a bit quicker than the others and it’s intensely staining. One of my most favorite shade in this line of lip stains.

 

8 Black Red CodeDeep Burgundy. Another favorite shade of mine. This shade is so ready for Fall with its reddish-black tone. It’s a wonderful wine shade that commands attention and complements the lips wherever you go.

 

16 Nude EmblemTerra Cotta Pink. Something about this shade that makes it currently sold out in Sephora. It seems very popular among others, and some have compared it to the famous Armani Lip Magnet in #507 (seen HERE), but for me, I think this shade is a lot closer to #506 or a blend of #505 and #506. Oh well, I thought this shade would be some sort of a medium warm nude pink or something like that, but I find this shade to be a terra cotta coral. It’s unique and entirely different.

 

23 Singular TaupeDeep Nude. From the moment I saw this shade, I knew this was gonna be the perfect nude shade for my light-medium skin tone. Indeed it is, and I love that it gives a nice natural pout for an everyday lipstick look. The #7 Nu Interdit shade is a lighter version of this, which is great for fair to light skin tone.

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain swatch

Another nice shade I saw, though I think would look too light for me was #11 Rose Illicit, which a rosy nude shade. Oh my, the truth is, there’s a lot of beautiful shades from this release, it’s hard to choose just one, but the price can be a guilt factor. On the other hand, these are really long lasting lip stains that could last either from 4-6 hours for light or nude shades, or 6-8 hours and beyond for darker shades. Also, these are high-quality, transfer-proof, matte-effect liquid lip stains that will surely give Dior’s Lip Tattoo, the popular Armani Lip Magnet, and even Lancome Matte Shaker a run for their money.

 

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain 16 nude emblem 23 singular taupe

 

Have you had these yet? Gurl, You should. Run. Don’t Walk. It’s A Jungle Out There. LOL.

 

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain swatches

 

The YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain is available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barney NY, & Bloomingdales 

 

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Dolly Wink Eyelashes Review

dolly wink eyelashes gyaru

 

Konnichiwa my friends! It’s me Sailor Moon, or more like Doraemon, LOL. How are you all doing today? During last week’s review, we talked about the Japanese-style eye makeup application that lengthens, widens, and emphasizes the eyes. Now, this review is all about a brand of “Gyaru style” false eyelashes that could help you achieve just that. These are called Dolly Wink eyelashes. They are a little bit longer than most falsies and they come several different styles.

 

dolly wink lashes

 

 

They’re not necessarily made in Japan. Mine is made in Vietnam, but I’m quite sure that you’ll find them everywhere in Japan and in most Asian countries. One thing I like about these false lashes is their durability. I have used and reused some of this for 3-4 times and they still look good as new. I used to be a fan of Ardell lashes, but after one usage, they just become weak and fragile. With this one, each strand is robust and it can withstand re-gluing and cleaning without a problem. Another thing that I like about them is the length. Because it’s a bit longer than most falsies, you can customize its length according to the style that you want. If you’re into full-on, wide, dramatic, and large Gyaru eyes, then you can keep the length as it is, and it’ll adhere closer to your other crease. If you’re not feeling the whole Gyaru vibe, you can cut them and they’ll have a more natural effect.

 

dollywink lashes

 

 

These lashes come in different styles which are identified by numbers. Each pack has 2 pairs of lashes and it comes with a free eyelash glue. While I haven’t really used the free glue much, I find that my good ol’ Duo lash glue seems to work better than the ones that come free with these Dolly Wink pack.

 

dolly wink eye lashes #2 sweet girly #9 natural dolly

 

#2 Sweet Girly: This particular style wants to emphasize a very dramatic cat eye. It’s a bit short on the inner side, then it becomes longer and flares towards the end or the outer crease side. I like this because it adds drama but it also seems a bit too long for a day to day look. Also, these lashes are made to be straight all the way down.

 

#9 Natural Dolly: Probably the most natural of all the Dolly Wink lashes (at least the ones I own). It’s not too dense and it’s not too sparse either. Each strand crisscrossed each other which emphasizes the eyes in a very natural way. This is probably my most used Dolly Wink falsies as well.

 

dolly wink eyelashes #11 pure sweet, #10 sweet cat

 

#10 Sweet Cat: My second most used Dolly Winks, especially when I need a good natural cat-eye style. Each strand is a bit short and dense which is something that looks better on my eyes. It makes the eyes dramatic but not over the top and fake. This does a foolproof cat-eye look that’s cute and pretty.

 

#11 Pure Sweet: These lashes are straight all the way down, a bit sparse, and quite long, even if it’s tapered towards the inner corner. It’s a little too long for me that it looks a bit unnatural to wear everyday. The length is similar to #2, but this is less dense. I wish this was crisscrossed for a more natural effect, so I only use this on special occasions that call for “big lashes don’t care” moment. Haha!

 

dollywink lashes #17 diamond dolly

 

#17 Diamond Dolly: Another dramatic style with some sort of triangular/diamond-shaped strands towards the middle which really emphasizes the eyes. This works really great for a dramatic cat eye because they’re a bit short, very dense, and well-tapered. Also, the strands are crisscrossed.

 

dollywink eyelashes review

 

The prices of these lashes vary a lot by style. Some may start at $10, while some may reach up to $30. The brand also makes lashes for the lower lids (seen HERE), which are a lot shorter. Having both the upper and lower lashes really makes for a true Gyaru look, so that’ something to consider.

 

My top favorites here are #9, #10, & #17 because they’re a bit shorter and since I love to do a cat-eye style of eye makeup, these three styles of lashes really help to create that look, aside from being lightweight, durable, and easy to clean.

 

dolly wink eyelashes review

 

The Dolly Wink lashes are available at Amazon.com

 

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Eye Makeup Brushes Roundup, Part 1

Oh hi! Today’s post is the first part of a roundup of my favorite eye makeup brushes. The other half will be posted soon, so stay tuned on my Insta. Some of these brushes are old, while some are kind of new. They’re pretty much what I use up to this day and I usually take some of them during my travels.

 

sephora brushes

 

Eye makeup brushes for me are somewhat a challenge to choose and probably the most type of brushes I own and usually purchase. That’s because it’s hard for me to find the right size and shape of eye brushes for my small downturned hooded eyes. Every brush needs to be somewhat small and precise enough to contour my lids and further emphasize my crease. So I ended up with some trial and error before I found the ones that sort of worked for me.

 

For starters, I love Sephora, Sigma, and especially Make Up For Ever brushes because they have versatile small enough brushes for my needs. MUFE’s brushes are soft, well-tapered, and they pick up the eyeshadows well. Sigma also has reliable brushes that you can’t beat the price. If I need a spur-of-the-moment brush, I know Sigma’s quality won’t disappoint. Sephora has interesting and uniquely-shaped brushes that also affordable and they sometimes go on sale.

 

 

Sephora Brushes (1-2 years):

 

Sigma Firm Blender #E44 reviewSigma Small Tapered Blending Brush #E45 review

Sephora Collection PRO Shader Brush #18 ($18): A versatile small brush eye shader brush that not only packs colors on the lids, but it’s great to line the upper and lower lash line or apply highlighters on the inner crease, especially if you have smaller eyes. It can even highlight the browbones. I love that it’s soft and pretty much easy to use.

 

Sephora Collection PRO Domed Crease #16 (Discontinued): I bought this brush with the intention of creating or enhancing that outer V on the crease, though it serves its purpose well, it can be too thick if you have very small eyes, and you can’t get too heavy-handed on this because it can pack a punch of colors on the lids.

 

 

Sigma Brushes (2-3 years):

 

Sigma Firm Blender #E44 review

Sigma Small Tapered Blending Brush #E45 review

Sigma Small Tapered Blending Brush #E45 ($16): If you wanna do a perfectly contoured crease or a nice cut-crease, then this brush is for you. This delivers a very precise effect of achieving that long-desired crease, while the bristles are soft and pliable. Ideal for monolids, smaller eyes, and hooded eyes.

 

Sigma Firm Blender #E44 ($17): One of my latest Sigma purchases, I bought it because I wanted a good blending brush that can truly soften and blend any dense pigments I may have packed on my lids. This is a bit firm which is nice and each side is tapered, so I also use this for creating that outer V on the crease.

 

 

Make Up For Ever Brushes (1 year or less):

 

MUFE Medium Precision Eye Blender #216 review

MUFE Medium Blender Brush #218 review

MUFE Medium Blender Brush #218 ($25): A soft blender brush that’s not only ideal for blending any cream or powder eyeshadows, it can also be used in the crease and also to highlight the browbone and inner corners of the eye. I also think that this is a great blending brush for smaller eyes, and I like that the brush is pliable enough to layer different eyeshadows on the lids.

 

MUFE Double-ended Shader & Smudger Brush #204 ($25): This is a longer-than-usual MUFE eye brush because it has different brushes on both ends. One is a tiny eye shader that’s great for lining the lash lines accurately, while the other end is a smudger to create a nice and seamless smokey-eye look. I bought this brush with my desperation to create a perfect Gyaru-style (or Ulzzang in Korean) eye makeup. Gyaru is a Japanese eye makeup technique that’s practiced to lengthen or enlarge the eyes. Because when you have smaller eyes, you get desperate. When you get desperate, you try to do the Gyaru eyes. When you wanna try the Gyaru eyes, you’ll need precise eye makeup brushes. When you need precise eye makeup brushes, you buy the MUFE brushes, especially in #204. Period. End of Story. Hehehe. (P.S. This is not a TV Commercial).

MUFE Double-ended Shader & Smudger Brush #204 review

MUFE Medium Precision Eye Blender #216 ($25): This is kinda like a more precise version of the MUFE #218, but I think this is pretty much made to emphasize the crease of the lid and also to create a nice smokey eye look because the brush itself is quite dense yet very soft that it’s ideal for applying it along the upper and lower lash line. This is another great brush if you have smaller eyes and you’d want that smoldering look.

 

Final words, these brushes are nice to have and they’ve stood the test of time, at least for me. My Sephora brushes pretty much have held up to regular washes and wipes, a few bristles may have been stretched out here and there, but overall, they still work ok. The Sigma brushes are durable, reliable, and well-made as always. The MUFE brushes are more ergonomic, aesthetically-unique because the handles are made of sturdy wood, and the bristles are really soft. They also make high-quality brushes for smaller eyes.

 

Do you own any of these brushes? What do you like about them the most?

 

That’s it for now guys, stay tuned for the second part of this review.

 

The Sephora brushes are available at Sephora.com

 

Sigma Brushes are available at Amazon.com, Bloomingdale’s, Dermstore, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters & Sigma Beauty

 

The MUFE Brushes are also available at Sephora

 

Ciao!

 

Happy Friday,

 

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