Monday, April 30, 2012

Off to date night!

I snapped this while riding in the car on the way to meet friends for tapas on Friday night. I wanted something sexy and dramatic, but that I could have some hope of keeping on my lips throughout dinner. I realized this was the perfect time to test the Yagolicious Smooches Lipstick Palette.

I'd learned about this product at the Pink Sith blog, which offered a very positive review and some superb swatches, which I suggest you check out. I'm happy to say that my experience with this product is positive too.

As you can see, the product presents a smartly edited collection of reds -- true red, blue-red, orange-red, hot pink, and a true red gloss. The texture of the lipsticks is quite firm, but very smooth. It took several passes of my lipstick brush to paint in my lips, which struck me as just right. What I didn't want was a very soft product that glopped on my brush because while that might be easier to spread around, it's also a sure bet that it will seep into fine lines. Happily here you get the best of both worlds -- a precise application but the product feels smooth and moisturizing on the lips, not drying like many matte lipsticks can feel.

For this look, I applied my Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Natural, then used the first color in the palette (pictured at top). And that was it! No layering, no additional gloss. At dinner, I noticed very little transfer to my wineglass, and by the end of dinner I could use a little bit of touch-up to make it look freshly applied, but that wasn't even necessary.

The rest of the products used allowed me to keep it simple -- with a touch of foundation and concealer I used Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow in Rock Sand all over the lid, MUFE Aqualiner in Black, NYX Les Amoureux mascara, and NYX blush in Pinched. Simple, classic.

Perfume of the Night: BPAL Black Lace (A delicate sugar-spun vanilla cream cotton, stained by tobacco and incense smoke, Indian musk, and drops of cognac)

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