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Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick Review And Swatches

Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick review


Hello Everybody and Hello to all lipstick lovers! I finally got the Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick (0.14 oz: $26) during the Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale, which is still ongoing and the next round will be coming up this weekend (more details and my wishlist HERE, will be adding another wishlist soon). It’s always great to take advantage of these sales so we can finally get that lipstick or be it any makeup our hearts desire. For me, I’ve been wanting to try this Shiseido matte lipstick because as what I’ve said before, someone recommended this to me and the reviews in Sephora have been great so far, even though there’s not a lot, and also, I haven’t really found several beauty bloggers talking or raving about this lipstick which is kinda strange because this particular Shiseido lipstick is actually an Allure Best of Beauty Winner this year.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


To tell you a bit of story as to how I got so interested about this lipstick, let’s go back a couple of months ago to my trip to Minnesota, specifically Mall of America, lol. I was at Nordstrom’s Tom Ford beauty counter swatching some of their latest lipsticks when one of their SAs asked if I needed some help, which I gladly accepted and I asked her several questions regarding TF’s latest beauty launches. While I was talking to her, I couldn’t help but notice her beautiful lipstick color. She had this sort of semi-glossy brownish taupe lip color that simply looked glam and very Fall-ready. My first thought automatically was, it’s probably one of Tom Ford’s, but then I was like “no, it can’t be, I need to ask her” lol. So I did, and I was so shocked when she told me that she’s actually wearing two kinds of lip products and none of them are from Tom Ford, LOL! shockerz! I was like “Whaaaat?!”, I swear I felt my invisible wig falling, LOL. She did show me the two lip shades she used, one is a Chanel Jumbo Lip Crayon which she used as a topper, kinda like a gloss, then the base is the Shiseido Modern Matte Lipstick, and she loved it so much. I totally had no clue about this lipstick at all or how good it is, not to mention ever trying any Shiseido lipsticks before. So I then decided that my next mission will be to try and test this particular lipstick asap.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


The Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick is a super lightweight comfortable lipstick with a true matte finish. It is creamy and it glides effortlessly on the lips without feathering. There is no noticeable scent or any flavor at all, and the packaging has a magnetic case that feels thick, slightly heavy, and overall robust. I find the shades to be well-pigmented, wearable, and just beautiful. The formula does transfer but only a little bit and it lasts pretty much the whole day on me. I may have to retouch a tiny bit after eating but still, the color stays on my lips. Also, this lipstick might slightly emphasize the lips’ fine lines, but this never made my lips dry at all.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


Here are some of my favorite shades:


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in thigh high, disrobed, murmur, semi nude, velvet rope, nocturnal


Thigh High (504) – nude beige


Disrobed (506) – nude rose


Murmur (507) – rosewood


Semi Nude (508) – cinnamon, but more like a spiced cinnamon


Nocturnal (521) – brick red


Velvet Rope (522) – sangria


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick

This lipstick’s shape and form reminded me a bit of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks (reviewed HERE) but I find this Shiseido Modern Matte Lipstick to be a lot better in terms of texture, comfort and wear time, plus, this lipstick is way cheaper. With that, I do believe this lipstick deserves a 5-star rating since it’s very well done overall, and this is definitely one of the best matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried. I highly recommend this to you all.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick review


The Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick is currently available at Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue


*Crown Catchall is from West Elm

*All In Good Taste Book (Kate Spade) is available HERE

*Peonies Book is from HERE

*Veranda Entertaining Book is also from HERE

*Diptyque “Figuier” candle is available at Nordstrom


Charlotte Tilbury Favorites

charlotte tilbury makeup favoritesHi There. I must have jumped for joy when I found out that Charlotte Tilbury is now being carried by Sephora. That sure is very convenient for a lot of us who adore Charlotte Tilbury Makeup. So for today’s review, let’s talk about some of my favorites from this cosmetic brand. I don’t always use a lot of Charlotte Tilbury products but there are some that I really like in terms of formula and shades. Lately, there’s one Charlotte Tilbury product that I’m crazy about and I will tell you later in this review.

charlotte tilbury lipsticks

charlotte tilbury kissing lipstick in stoned rose

First up, I love the shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick (0.12 oz: $34) even though I’m not really a fan of the formula, which is kind of a comfortable matte, true, but it doesn’t really last on me. However, the shades are just stunning and are really wearable with regards to my skin tone. I love the shade Pillow Talk, which is a perfect nude pink for me and is also probably a perfect universal nude shade for everyone. I also repurchased Bond Girl, which is a beautiful muted red-berry brown, and Very Victoria, which is a nude taupe. See the swatches of these two HERE. Even though the Matte Revolution Lipsticks’ formulation is a miss for me, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick (0.12 oz: $34) is another story. I just love how easy this lipstick glides on my lips and it’s so comfortable and hydrating. On top of that, it stays long enough on me. I bought the Stoned Rose shade which appears as a light spice rose on my pigmented lips.

charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick in pillow talk swatch

charlotte tilbury lip cheat liner review

The Lip Cheat Liner (0.04 oz: $22) is one of my true favorites from Charlotte Tilbury. This lip liner feels rich, creamy and velvety upon application and it sets well on the lips without budging. The shade Pillowtalk works well with almost any lipsticks.

charlotte tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in dangerous liaison and show girl

My favorite matte lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury in terms of the formulation is their Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick (0.24 oz: $34). Swatches of Dangerous Liaison and Show Girl are HERE. This matte liquid lipstick is thick and creamy and it doesn’t dry the lips, though it may take a while to set. Also, it’s super pigmented so it lasts a long time.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 3 Light/Medium

The one that I’ve been loving lately is the newest Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 3 Light/Medium (1 oz: $44). Love this product so much. It’s described as a complexion booster that is slightly tinted and has some glow that can be used as a primer, a highlighter or can be mixed with your favorite foundation. I can definitely see this as a good primer but not as a highlighter for me since the glow is very subtle, but it’s enough to give you a nice lit-from-within look. I usually use this to mix with my favorite foundation so my face won’t look flat, and the effect just makes my face look youthful and subtly glowy. I highly recommend this.


charlotte tilbury hollywood flawless filter in 3 light/medium


Have you tried these beauties already?

charlotte tilbury review

These Charlotte Tilbury favorites are currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Bloomingdale’s,Β JCPenney,Β Selfridges, Harrods, and




Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Matte Finish Review + Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Review


Advance Happy Weekend Everybody! I must have been asleep or in a coma (LOL) when Urban Decay released the liquid version of their fan-favorite and ever-popular Vice Lipsticks, which are simply called The Vice Liquid Lipsticks (0.17 oz: $18). They come in two finishes, which are matte and metallic. Since I’m a huge fan of matte liquid lipsticks, this review is gonna be all about the mattes.



Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Matte Finish Review swatches


I reviewed the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks before, seen HERE, and I really like those lippies. They also come in different finishes and they have incredible pigments. I was such a fan of those that I’ve always wanted them in liquid versions and was hoping that Urban Decay might release them soon. Unbeknownst to me, they’ve already released the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, and here I was, always late in the news. Somehow, I don’t know why it occurred to me that the UD Vice Liquid Lipsticks were all in metallic finishes. But anyway, since finding out that they also have some matte ones, I thought of getting a few. Unfortunately, by the time I realized all this, I was a bit a little too late. Most of my preferred matte finish shades are now discontinued, so I was left with only a couple of shades to choose from. Anyways, I picked the ones that I really like and here they are.


Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Matte Finish Review

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick swatch



AmuletMatte Brick Rose. This is a shimmery brick rose shade that you’d think it belongs to the metallic finish group, but this dries matte. Somehow, it has a metallic effect since there’s a decent amount of glitter in it. It can be quite reflective but not necessarily shiny. I thought this was gonna be a flashy shade for me, obviously because of the glitters, but I actually like this because it adds dimension to the lips. This is a unique and gorgeous shade for sure.


BacktalkMatte Mauve Nude-Pink. This pretty shade can work for every skin tone because it’s a nice blend of muted nude mauvy pink. It’s a pretty shade that won’t’ make you look too pale, and it adds just a bit of rosy touch to the lips.


1993Matte Medium Brown. Love this SO ’90’s shade. It’s a sexy and edgy shade for light, medium, and dark skin tones. It’s so well-pigmented and it makes your pout truly gorg.


Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Matte Finish swatches

Urban Decay Vice LIQUID Lipsticks Arm Swatch


urban decay vice lipsticks swatches

Compared to the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks


I might have been late in reviewing these liquid lipsticks, but I’m glad I found them, it’s better late than never, right? As for the formulations and the shades, these Vice Liquid Lipsticks don’t have a lot of love from the reviews at Sephora, that’s because even though these are very well-pigmented, there’s something wrong with the formulation. I’m not sure if all the shades are like that, but I noticed that these liquid lipsticks tend to feel sticky while they’re settling on the lips, and if you close your lips together, you’d feel them sticking to each other. It’s weird and it’s kinda annoying. Also, it takes a while for these liquid lipsticks to set, which reminds of Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips, reviewed HERE. They both have beautiful and well-pigmented shades, but the formula is somewhat sticky.


Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Matte Finish


Other than that, these UD Vice Liquid Lipsticks have such good color payoff to them. They apply as creamy and not that streaky, and the scent is almost indiscernible. I like its sleek and shiny packaging with a pretty sturdy applicator. It does a good job at precisely lining and applying colors on the lips. Overall, these lipsticks last a long time for me, though some shades may feel kinda drying on the lips, and the sticky formula needs to be improved.


Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick


What do think about these liquid lipsticks?


The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks are available at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Selfridges, andΒ Macy’sΒ 


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