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Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Color & The Girls (Boys & Girls) Lip Color Review + Swatches

tom ford ultra-shine lip color nubile, luscious, exuberant

Hello Tom Ford Fanatics! Obviously, we have another Tom Ford products to review today, and it’s all about the latest Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2018 Ultra-Shine Lip Colors ($54) plus some shades of the Boys & Girls Lipsticks, specifically The Girls (36).

tom ford ultra shine lip color review

The Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors are new for this Summer. They’re meant to be a combination of a lipstick, a lip balm, and a lipgloss. Super ambitious eh? Yezz queen. These lipsticks aim to have the pigment and application of a lipstick, the comfort and creaminess of a lip balm, and the shine of a lip gloss. They’re housed in a beautiful white with gold-accent packaging, and they have a very subtle choco-milkshake scent (must be just me). They look very sleek and very luxurious, and the colors seem to be all beautiful and very wearable. Here are three of my favorite shades.


Exuberant – A slightly neon-ish pink coral that is great as a pop of color for this Summer.

Nubile – A warm nude brownish taupe. It’s a perfect everyday nude color for light to medium skin tone. Very dupeable though, it kinda reminds me of the MAC Matte lipstick in Taupe (swatched HERE)

Luscious – A rose mauve or light plum. It’s a beautiful lip color if you have pigmented lips that have a mauve-ish undertone. It suits well for me because it has this “my lips but better” look, which is a shade or two darker than my lips’ natural color. Overall, this is my most favorite shade from this TF lipstick line and a total holy grail-worthy.


tom ford boys and girls the girls isla, marisa, katherine, valentina, zoe


To sum it up, the Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors indeed have a high shine finish, but they’re not super-blinding or vinyl-like. They feel really light on the lips as if you have nothing on, like a very comforting ultra-lightweight lip balm. They have awesome pigments too that give the lip a good coverage after one or two swipes. They’re expensive, true, but they’re totally worth it. For me, they’ve got to be some of the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried formula-wise and color-wise. Wear time for me depends on what I do. There is color transfer on the cup or glass after drinking but it still stays on for 3 to 4 hours. If after eating, most of the color disappears but it leaves a nice stain on the lips. Without eating or drinking, it goes on for hours and hours.

tom ford boys and girls (the girls) lipsticks review

The Girls Lipsticks from the Boys & Girls Lip Colors are clutch-sized and are very similar to the Tom Ford Lips and Boys (reviewed HERE) released a few years ago. When these “Girls” lipsticks were released, I decided to skip on them since I already have “The Boys” shade and I assumed that the formula would still be pretty much the same. So yeah, I’m pretty much late to talk about these lipsticks and I wouldn’t have that is until a friend of mine wore one of Tom Ford’s The Girls lip color while we were on a dinner one time and I noticed her lip color was still on even after eating. I immediately asked her what kind of lipstick she wore, and she said: “Tom Ford” with something about a feminine name. So my interest in this particular lipstick grew and I decided to purchase a few shades that I like. There are two finishes for The Girls Lip Color: Sheer and Ultra-RIch. The ones I purchased have the Ultra-Rich finish.


Isla – Bright Peachy Coral.

Katherine – Nude Pinky Beige.

Marisa – Light Barbie-Pink.

Valentina – Shimmery Plum.

Zoe – Muted Peachy Coral-Pink. Similar to the Isla shade but a bit toned-down. Although on my lips, they both look very similar.


tom ford boys and girls (the girls) swatches


tom ford boys and girls, the girls lipsticks


I find The Girls lipsticks to be much better than The Boys in terms of color-longevity. After eating, the color tends to disappear at the center of my lips but I noticed that there are still some shades remaining on the outer part. With minimal eating or drinking, I get about 4-5 hours of wear and my lips never peel nor dried. I love the clutch-size because it’s very easy to toss inside my purse and it fits great for traveling. Overall, these lipsticks are pricey, but worth having a few.



Have you tried these lipsticks already?

tom ford ultra-shine lip color review

The Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Color and The Girls (Boys & Girls) Lipsticks are currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth AvenueHarrods, BloomingdalesNet-A-Porter, and Bergdorf Goodman



Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick & Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick Review + Swatches

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick 69 matte beauty, 74 matte darling, 77 matte tender, 80 matte dreamy swatch


Aloha guys! I’m dreaming of sun and warmth in this gloomy and chilly Fall. The leaves are in such beautiful transition now, but I got that summertime sadness. It’s so uninspiring out here, hmmm… let’s see what Sephora or Ulta have? lots of new stuff! (Drool) Anyways, as I do my wishful thinking here, let’s get distracted for a while and let’s talk about this another long overdue review. Yep, we have another lipsticks galore review today.  I’ve been hoarding these lippies for quite a while now, and OMG! they’re SO good! and OMFG they’re SO cheap and OMFFG! they’re drugstore lipsticks. SUREprise much? I know I am, but even before checking these lipsticks out in my local CVS, I already kinda knew that these are gonna be good. I’ve heard good things about these lipsticks from my friends and also from Insta’s party people about how good the Milani Color Statement Matte Lipsticks were, and that they’re pretty much neck-in-neck with Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks.

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick review swatchSure enough, those claims are true. These lipsticks are some of the most amazing lipstick shade and formulation I’ve ever tried, and with their affordable price plus the fact that they’re easy to find, you know you’re getting a good deal. In my experience, they’re like non-drugstore quality lipsticks, which I’ll tell you in a while, and guess what, they’re very moisturizing for being mattes.


Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick review swatches

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick ($6) – These have a mild vanilla scent and they have the perfect matte formula for a lipstick. They almost kinda remind me of MAC Matte Lipsticks. That’s because they’re not so creamy and they’re not so drying. Just something in between. Their pigments are amazingly long-lasting. I could go on for hours and hours with these lipsticks and I still have some shade on my lips. Not to mention the fact that almost all the shades in these line up are so beautiful and so wearable. It’s hard not to just get two or three. You really need to stock up.

Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick 69 matte beauty, 74 matte darling, 77 matte tender, 80 matte dreamy

69 Matte Beauty – Warm Midtone Brown

74 Matte Darling – Muted Barbie Pink

77 Matte Tender – Muted Coral Red

80 Matte Dreamy – Terra Cotta Berry Mauve


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick review

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick ($7.49) – These are very similar to Milani’s but they’re creamier. Which is nice for anybody who likes matte lipsticks but didn’t wanna suffer the dryness. It’s amazing how these can be creamy mattes and long lasting at the same time. Such very good pigments too. They glide so well on the lips and mine never felt dry throughout the hours of wearing it. I actually think that these can be ideal matte lipsticks in the coming winter. That is if, you still wanna wear mattes around those times. I prefer to wear creamy lipsticks or balms during the winter because my lips tend to get really dry. Anyway, I have one caveat with these, and it’s the scent. I think these have really strong buttery vanilla-ish cocoa scent, which kinda annoys me from time to time. But other than that, the shades of these lipsticks are also TDF.


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick swatch


657 Nude Nuance – Deep Brown, half a shade darker than Milani 69 Matte Beauty

660 Touch of Spice – Similar to Milani 80 Matte Dreamy, but slightly more mauve.


I love love love these drugstore matte lipsticks. From their formulation down to their shades and lasting power, I think they’re worth giving a try and worth hoarding for. Plus, they won’t break the bank, and I love the fact that you can find them almost anywhere. I think any of Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick or Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte Lipstick will really impress you, and it’s just a matter of finding the right shade for your skin tone. For me, I think I love all the shades that I just reviewed here. So I suggest giving these beauties a closer look the next time you pop into your local grocery or drugstore.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick reviewHere’s one more look.


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick


You can also find the Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick online at Amazon, Target, and Walgreens.


and the Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens


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MAC Matte Lipsticks Review & Swatches

mac matte lipsticks

Hi guys! It’s Friday again, how time flies…before you know it, it’ll be Monday soon, then the cycle goes on. But hey! let’s keep the reviews coming, right? Today is all about you MAC cosmetics addicts! and yes it’s about lipsticks, again?! Yeeeah… But before we continue, please checkout my review on MAC Satin lipsticks HERE

I adore MAC lipsticks. They’re affordable, the shades are plenty and very wearable, the textures are true to its description, the formulations are great, and they also have great customer service in general. In other words, they’re basically the “no fuss” kind of lipsticks or cosmetics. Though there might be a few miss, but MAC’s popularity is a no brainer at all.

So I did the MAC Satin lipsticks review previously, but now here’s my personal take on MAC Matte lipsticks;



mac matte lipsticks kinda sexy velvet teddy and taupe

Kinda SexyNeutral Pinky Rose. For someone with an NC30-35 skin tone, this shade appears like a nude-coral tone on me, which is what I actually like because it didn’t make me look too washed-out. Just a bit of a coral flush.

TaupeMuted ReddishTaupe Brown. One of my most favorite shade in MAC’s Matte lipstick line. It truly matches my skin tone with just enough hint of muted brown and a bit of red. The formula is also quite creamy and it’s a great shade for those who wants/likes a very wearable brown shade of lipstick.

Velvet TeddyDeep-Tone Beige. Probably my least favorite of all the mattes mentioned here. If you’ve read my previous lipstick reviews, you knew that I’m not really a fan of nude or too nude lipsticks that much, since my skin is quite on the middle or medium tone. Nude lipsticks tend to make me look like a zombie, haha! This particular shade is great for fair-skinned gals, but to me, it just blends on my skin, plush the formula is quite drying.

mac matte lipsticks in mehr so select persistence and whirl

MehrDirty Blue Pink. Pretty in deep muted pink. Ah, love this shade! I reach out this shade when I want a wearable berry-pink shade that’s not too ostentatious. It’s so pretty in matte texture and would work really well from light to dark skin tones.

WhirlDirty Rose. The popular Kylie Jenner lip shade that was once usually sold out together with its Satin sister, Twig. This is indeed a gorgeous rose-brown shade that changes its color intensity depending upon the application. To me, I find it to be the “most brown” of all the MAC matte lipsticks that I have. Sometimes, I find myself applying this lightly on my lips, so as not to look too ghastly.

PersistencePeachy Cinnamon. A gorgeous coral-brown shade that I tend to substitute for Whirl when I feel like it’s too dark mode for me. It’s a lighter version of Whirl, but darker than Taupe. For someone with naturally tan skin, I simply love this wearable shade.

So SelectAnother Dirty Rose. Not really sure about the name of this lipstick, but this is only available to those MAC Select Members. Its description says Dirty Rose, but it’s nothing like Whirl. It’s nothing like the satin Twig either, like some people describe. This shade is probably the most perfect blend of muted rose-mauve-brown I’ve ever seen. Quite similar to Kat Von D Lolita, actually. But to sum it all, this shade is darker than Twig, but lighter and rosier than Whirl, while Persistence is more in the coral range. Now do I love this shade? You kidding me? I’m crazy about it. 🙂


mac matte lipsticks swatches


To sum it all, MAC Matte Lipsticks are some of the best matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried. A few may not be wearable in terms of colors, some may be drying, but most are really amazing when it comes to shades, lasting power and are really worth the money.


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