Review and Swatches: Essence Cool Nude (I Love Nude TE)

In the trend edition collection I Love Nude Essence released five nude lipsticks. From all five I liked only two shades, but decided to get only one, Cool Nude, because it seemed the most wearable and it looked like it'll suit my skin tone well. 

The packaging of the lipstick is the same to their other lipstick’s packaging, just that’s in the colour of the shade. The formula itself actually surprised me, because I didn’t expect it’ll be so good. Cool Nude is very creamy, but moisturizing lipstick. It doesn’t emphasize any dry parts on the lips and it feels so light, like I wouldn’t wear anything at all. 

Cool Nude is a pinkish brown nude shade that looks shiny on the lips. Its pigmentation is great, it covers the lips with one layer. It doesn’t last really long on the lips, but that’s normal for nude lipsticks. It does transfer on the glass when drinking and it doesn’t survive a meal. I really love how it looks on me. It suits my skin tone perfectly. I actually find this shade pretty close to my natural lip color, so it doesn't look strange on me even if I'm not wearing any makeup. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo with full face makeup to show you, how it look on me, but don’t worry, I’ll definitely use in the future with different makeup looks.  
Lipstick contains 3,8 g and it costs around 2,5 €. I'm not sure about all lipstick shades of I Love Nude collection, because at least two seemed unwearable to me, but I'd definitely recommend Cool Nude if you're searching a nice nude lipstick that wouldn't dry out your lips. In February or March, it depends when new Essence products will arrive at drugstore, it'll become a part of regular assortment, so don't worry if you missed this collection, you'll still get a chance to check and purchase it. :) 

EDIT: Today I had some time for makeup, so here's a photo of me wearing Cool Nude. I have pretty basic makeup on my eyes, because I'm testing a new palette. :)

Have you try anything from I Love Nude collection? Thank you for reading!

Review and Swatches: Deborah Milano Smokey Eye Nude Rose Palette

Deborah released four different Secrets of the Smokey Eye palettes. They all looked pretty, but my favourite was Nude Rose, which is a bit surprisingly if I consider that the palette is more on a pink/rose note, which isn’t really my color. First I thought I won’t buy it, because it costs around 13 €, which I find a lot 6 eyeshadows (5 g), but then I got a DM coupon with which I got the palette for a half of price, so I decided to give it a try.

Let’s talk about the packaging first. The palette comes is a plastic black packaging with a writing of the collection in a color of the palette on the top (mine is rosy). The packaging is small and sturdy, so I find it perfect for traveling. Inside of a packaging is a mirror, which is very practical. Eyeshadows follow one another in a row and come in a long rectangle lids. What I like about this palette is that they didn’t include an applicator, which I wouldn’t use anyway. 

There are 6 eyeshadows in the packaging, three brighter/neutral and three darker/colorful. The finish of eyeshadows is matte or pearly.
First eyeshadow in a row is a vanilla pearly shade. Its pigmentation is okay, it’s not very pigmented, but also not very sheer. I like to use this one as a highlighter or all over my lid, when I’m doing natural eye look, because it makes my eyes look bigger.
Second shade in a row is a matte taupe shade. This one has similar pigmentation to the first eyeshadow. I find this one the best to use all over my lid to make a base for eye look or I use it as a transition color in crease.
Next one is a light brown matte eyeshadow with an okay pigmentation, but it could be better. I like to use this one in crease.

Fourth eyeshadow is a rosy pink eyeshadow that contains subtle shimmer which actually isn’t very noticeable on eyes. I like to use this one all over the lid and on lower lash line.
Next in the line is a dark plumy shade that contains tiny shimmer. I like to use this one in outer V or on lower lash line.
The darkest shade in the palette is a purple eyeshadow that also contains shimmer. This eyeshadow is great to use all over the lids if I want to do a smokey eye, to use it outer V and I also like to use it for eyeliner, when I’m doing very subtle eye look with first eyeshadow on the lid and third in crease. At the beginning all eyeshadows seemed matte, but after I removed first layer shimmer in last two because more obvious. I think I’d like both shades even better if they wouldn’t contains shimmer, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

All eyeshadows are powdery, so they dust and they do fall out. Regardless to that they last a whole working day on my lids without creasing and with minimal fading away. I also want to mention that I wear eyeshadow base underneath, because I’m not really use to wearing eyeshadow on my lids without any base. These eyeshadows are very bleandable, maybe even too bleandable, because both rosy eyeshadows can look very similar if I blend them too much. First three eyeshadows are not as nicely pigmented as darker ones, but they can be built up with dabbing. Swatches are made without eyeshadow base underneath. 

And here I have one look with this palette for you. It's a first look I made with this palette and it's pink. The funniest thing is that this look is so not me, haha. When I use this palette on a daily basis I rather use first eyeshadow all over the lid, third in crease and six in outer V or as eyeliner. I would tell you which eyeshadow I used where, but I don't remember anymore, unfortunately. 

The palette costs around 13 € (5 g) and I probably wouldn’t paid a whole price for it. I mean, I do like it, it’s a nice palette, but I think you can get better palettes for less money (if you want a neutral matte palette try Catrice or Sleek). I definitely surprised myself with a purchase of this palette, because pink totally isn’t me, and not just that, even on promo photos I liked this palette the most. I guess I have enough brown, purple and blue shades in my collection.:)

Did you get any of Deborah Milano Secrets of the Smokey Eye palettes? How do you like this one? Thank you for reading!

NOTD: Catrice L’Ombre A Sanssouci (Rock-o-co LE)

Catrice just released limited edition collection Rock-o-co. Although one blush and both lipsticks got my attention I decided rather not to buy them. I got only one polish from this collection, with a French sonorous name L’Ombre A Sanssouci

L’Ombre A Sanssouci is a dark grey cream nail polish with very nice formula. It’s thicker, but easy to apply. The brush is a standard round brush, but it’s not one of those that would make an application harder. One could probably get away with one thicker coat, but I always like to apply two. What surprised me after first layer is that this polish dries matte. It writes on the bottle, that this polish has a matte finish, obviously, but I didn’t read it before. Silly me. But anyway, it doesn’t matter, because none of the polishes can escape my glossy top coat.
The reason this polish got my attention isn’t as much in the shade itself as it is in the bottle. It has a cute vintage design in the front, but the most special thing on the bottle is a small white round cap. I actually expected that this cap will be hard to hold and that the application will be a bit harder, but the cap is easy to hold, so it doesn’t causes any problems by application. At least I didn’t notice any. For 10 ml I paid 2,59 €.

Did you got anything from Catrice Rock-o-co collection? Thank you for reading!

NOTD: Essence I Nude It

Essence is releasing new collection of nude products a part of their regular assortment in spring 2015. At the moment you can find a preview of this collection, called I Love Nude, in Müller store. They offer few lipsticks, lipglosses, eyeshadows, nail polishes and mascara. The collection looks very interesting, I especially loved eyeshadows, but didn’t get any in the end. What I did bought are mascara Lash Princess, which will be reviewed in a comparison post with older version of Lash Princess mascara, a lipstick Cool Nude, which will get a separate post during the weekend, and a nail polish I Nude It, which I’ll present today. 

I Nude It is a very bright beige nude that contains subtle shimmer, which is almost invisible on nails. I’m not the biggest of a formula, because polish applies streaky and you need to be careful to reach an even application. I’m not sure if it’s the shimmer of this shade or something, because nude polishes are usual easier to apply. What I love about this polish is the brush. It has a flat brush, which is amazing. It’s definitely better that the one from Colour&Go polishes.

I used two coats for this swatch. I like this shade, it’s not bad, but the reason I bought it is because I Nude It is going to be a great base for stamping and nail art manicures. The duration time isn’t its strongest characteristic, it chips in a day. Girl with strongest nails, on which polish lasts longer, definitely won’t be satisfied with it. I also wanted to mention that on nails it doesn’t look exactly as in the bottle, but more, idk, beige. In the bottle it looks paler, I guess. The polish contains 8 ml and I paid 1,99 € for it. 

And for the proof that’ll be great base I did one stamping manicure to include it in this post. I painted all of my nails with Essence I Nude It and then I applied golden leaf foil on my pinkie, index finger and thumb. On middle and ring finger I stamped a flower design using Models Own Copacabana nail polish and plate MoYou Pro 04.

Did you get anything from I Love Nudes collection? What do you think about this polish? Thank you for reading!

Review and Swatches: L'Oreal Laetitia and Blake Nail Polishes

At the moment DM is offering two L'Oreal polishes for the price of one (till 4. 2.), so I thought I'd share with you swatches of two L'Oreal polishes I bought in last few weeks. They are called Laetitia and Blake and are part of Exclusive Pure Reds collection. There also exist lipstick with the same name and are very praised, but I kind of decided not to get any (yet). I do like red lipsticks a lot, but I don’t wear them as often as they’d deserve, I more often reach for pink shades.  

L’Oreal polishes have amazing formula that goes on nails smoothly, but unfortunately I find them too expensive. 5 ml cost more than 5 €, which is a lot. So sales are always welcome. These polishes have very cute packaging with a matte black lid and a golden stripe with L’Oreal name in it, which I prefer over their usual golden lid. I also like L’Oreal’s wide round on top brush, which is my favourite type. Both shades have a bit thicker formula, but they do require two coats for an even application. The drying time is average and duration time nothing special. On me they chip as fast as Essence polishes and that’s one of the reason I find them a bit pricey. 

Laetitia is a vampy red shade with a subtle shimmer. It’s definitely not a typical shimmery shade, but a cream shade that contains tiny shimmer. It’s visible on nails, especially when you look closer, but not very noticeable from far.  

Blake is a dark plumy cream shade. On nails it dries darker than in the bottle, which doesn’t make me very happy, because I love the color in the bottle, but I like this polish anyway. I’d say it belongs to the same family as Essie Bahama Mama just that is darker.

I like both polishes, but prefer Blake a tiny bit more. These are definitely gorgeous shades with great formula and both are more fall/winter shades, since they are dark. I’d recommend both to you, if you're a fan of these kind of shades. But that of course if you don’t find them too expensive or if you’re going to take a chance and buy them on sale at DM. Otherwise these are also available at Müller.

Have you tried L'Oreal polishes from Exclusive Pure Red collection? What do you think about these two shades? Thank you for reading!

FOTD: Sweet Green

Hello, my lovelies! Today I thought I'd share another makeup look with you. It's green. It's not a secret that I love green and I guess everything in me and on me already screams Spring, if I judge by the colors and motives I'm using lately. 

I actually planned to use more different shades on upper lid, but in the end I ended with a turquoise- green combination on lids and yellow in inner corner. Under my eyes I wanted to use purple so it'll pop out more and be the star of the look, but I think it incorporated so well in this look that  in person when I wore glasses looked like I'm wearing a dark green under my eyes. I chose pink lips, because I  didn't want too bold or completely nude lips. 

Products I used
- Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation Beige 100
- Maybelline Instant Anti-age concealer Fair
- Essence Stay All Day long lasting concealer Natural Beige
- Artistry Exact Fit Cream powder

- Sleek Face Form Kit Fair (bronzer)
- Catrice Mandy-rine
- L'Oreal Lumi Magique

- Essence I Love Stage eyeshadow base
- Sleek Curacao
- Miyo 39, 27
- NYX Milk
- Essence Liquid Ink High Gloss eyeliner
- Essence Lash Princess mascara
- Essence How to Make Brows Wow (Love Brunettes for brows)

- Bourjois Nude-ist
- Isadora Tropical Pink

How do you like this look? Thank you for reading!

My Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Eyeshadow Collection

I rather won't mention, when I started to prepare this post. Khmm ... It's been almost a year since I uploaded photos for this post in Blogger, but then never wrote it. Some eyeshadows were discontinued meanwhile, but I decided to mention them anyway. This is more like a collection post than a proper review. Also, three of the shades I'm mentioning today (Talk Like an Egyptian, Vanilla&Charles, Shade of Grey) are leaving soon, so I thought I'd share swatches with you if you'd like to get some before they'll be completely gone.
I got them at Catrice and Essence event two years ago and before that I didn't try any, so I didn't know what to expect. Catrice mono eyeshadows are a hit or a miss - they have very different quality, some are better pigmented, some less, some eyeshadows fall out (metallic), but they do apply easy, are easy to blend, they don't crease on me and they last a whole day on my lids.

Vanilla&Charles is a vanilla shade with tiny shimmer. It's very silky, not very powdery, but it's pigmentation isn't the best. I mostly use this shade as a highlighter under my brow bone.

Ice White Open is a white matte eyeshadow, better pigmented than Vanilla&Charles, but again not enough for me to use it on the lid, when I want more exposed white. But it's a good highlighting color.

Next one is Ooops ... Nude Did It Again!, which is a beige nude shade. This is a great eyeshadow comparing to other two. Silky and soft, not powdery at all and very good pigmented. It's a perfect highlighting color for inner corner of the eye, because it's a satin shade and it really opens my eyes.

Shade of Grey is actually a taupe shade (more noticeable in person than on photos). It's has the same gorgeous formula as Ooops ... Nude Did It Again! and it's nicely pigmented.

Snoop Dovey Dove (discontinued) is a grey eyeshadow with a satin finish and good pigmentation. I actually have no idea why I took this eyeshadow, because I'm not really a fan of grey on my lids.

Jeans Dean (discontinued) is a dark blue shade with tiny shimmer. Its pigmentation is okay, but nothing amazing. 

Carrots of the Caribbean (discontinued) is an orange matte eyeshadow with tiny shimmer. Its pigmentation is also okay, but nothing special. Catrice can do it better.

Don't Touch My Mosserati is a metallic green shade with an amazing pigmentation. It does fall out, but I don't mind, it's really an amazing shade. It's my second favourite of the bunch.

My First Copperware Party is my favourite of them all. Not because it should be a dupe for Mac Satin Taupe, but because it's really an amazing eyeshadow. It has an amazing pigmentation and I specially like to use it in crease, when I'm wearing quick everyday makeup. It's silky, soft, easy to blend and it doesn't fall out.

Plum Up the Jam is nicely pigmented plummy shade with golden glitter, which isn't as noticeable when is applied as it is in the packaging (especially when you remove first layer).

I Like to Mauve It is a metallic mauve shade with an amazing pigmentation. It's silky, soft, but it does fall out. It's such a nice everyday shade, I don't know why I don't use it more.

Talk Like an Egyptian, a golden metallic shade, is the worse Catrice eyeshadow I tried because of its strange formula. It's badly pigmented and hard to apply on lids, because I can't achieve an even look if I don't have any base underneath. I have no idea what's the point of doing one bad metallic shade when you do amazing job with others.

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour eyeshadows contain 2 g and they costs 2,89 €. I definitely recommend you to swatch them in the store, before you're going to buy them, because the quality isn't the same by all shades, some are great and some are a total miss. I'd definitely recommend My First Copperware Party and Don't Touch My Mosserati. I also find I Like to Mauve It and Ooops ... Nude Did It Again! very nice.

Do you own any Absolute Eye Colour eyeshadow? Whic one is your favourite? Thank you for reading!

Review and Swatches: Essence Nail Polishes

Essence polishes are one of my favourite and if you’re going to sneak peek into my collection you’ll see that around a half of my collection are Essence polishes. I like Essence polishes, because they are cheap and they have amazing selection of colours. Okay, they are not very long lasting, but I personally don’t have a problem with that, because even OPI or Essie polishes, which cost 3 or 4 times more, don’t last much longer on my nails, so I rather buy a cheaper polish than one more expensive one.  Today I’m going to talk about four different polishes. I could probably do separate posts for each but I decided to post them all together.

Essence Colour&Go

Essence Juicy Red is a classic red nail polish. It has a bit runny formula, so a bit careful application is required if you don’t want to get nail polish all over your cuticles. This polish is opaque in two coats. Not the most unique colour, but very nice for people, who love reds. 

Essence I Love My Blue Jeans is a dark blue nail polish. It has a label “suede” on the bottle, which marks its finish. It has a semi-matte finish, because it’s not glossy and not completely matt. Its pigmentation is amazing and because it has a thicker formula, it can be opaque in one coat, but I always prefer to use two. Because it’s thicker it’s also great for stamping (the proof you can find here). Otherwise it applies nicely; I didn’t have any problems despite its thicker formula and strange Essence brush. Right after application it looks glossy, but in few seconds it dries semi-matte. I really like its finish, but I usually never wear it alone, I always do some kind of a nail art or stamp something over. 

Essence Effect Nail Polish

Essence Never Stop Dreaming is one very interesting polish. It has an orange-red shimmery base and it contains red, purple, orange hexagonal glitter. It’s very sheer, I wore three coats of it without a base and my nail line was still visible (you can see how it looks on its own here). For this swatch I applied two coats of it over Juicy Red, but I don’t really like this base for this polish. I think I should use something orangey to make it look prettier. Since this is a glittery polish, removal is not the easiest, I definitely recommend foil technique.

Essence Icy Fairy is probably the star of Essence nail polishes. Lately you could see it all around Slovenian beauty blogosphere and I decided not to share it on my blog, too, because many bloggers made great swatches. Well, since in this post I’m sharing few Essence polishes and I have two from the same collection (Effect Nail Polish) I decided to include it. Icy Fairy doesn’t have a transparent base, but a purple and blue shimmery one. It also contains a silver hexagonal glitter of different sizes. It looks nice over every single polish, but it looks the best over very dark or a black shade. I applied it over I Love My Blue Jeans here. One coat is enough to achieve this gorgeous sparkly look.  

Essence Colour&Go polishes are 1,79 € (10 ml) and Effect Nail Polishes are 1,49 € (8 ml). As much as I know all of these polishes are being discontinued.  Shade Juicy Fair will be released again, but with new gel formula. I’m really excited to try new polishes (and I’m hoping on nicer brush). I definitely recommend you to get Icy Fairy and I Love My Blue Jeans, I adore both (they’d probably end in my 2014 favourites, but I didn’t swatch any on my blog, so I didn’t mentioned them). 

What do you think about these polishes? Thank you for reading!