One of the perks of working in cosmetics is first access to new items. Last summer when we got in the summer LE Maybelline Colour Tattoos, we only got two of each colour – but because I put the product out when the order came in, I snagged one of each, no problem.
This summer I’ve noticed some gorgeous products that I’m dying to try, so I thought I’d share. Maybe one of these days I’ll get my hands on some of this stuff – the emplooyee discount helps up the odds!
Pür Minerals Secret Crush eyeshadow palette
The Secret Crush palette is described by Pür as “indulgent”, and with the saturation of the neutral eyeshadow market I would agree – although I don’t think that’s what they were going for. In my swatching I felt that the texture was reasonable; they’re pigmented and fairly smooth, although, predictably, the matte shades less so. The lighter two shades don’t show up very well on my fair skin, though they’d be good base shades. I fear they might look chalky on darker skin tones.
The sturdy tin packaging is a definite upside to this palette – I’m glad to see that cardboard packaging seems to slowly be on its way out. The included brush gets the job done; it’s not the most amazing quality, but it’d be perfectly adequate in a pinch.
Realistically, this particular range of shades isn’t anything special within the neutral niche, so I’ll undoubtedly pass it over even though I’m hardwired to automatically want pretty eyeshadow palettes. It’d be a good starter palette for someone with thirty bucks to blow on versatile, easy to wear shades.
The Pür Minerals Secret Crush eyeshadow palette retails for $32 CAD and is available at most Shoppers Drug Mart locations, as well as select American retailers.
Lancôme Blush Subtil Crème
The lipsticks in the Lancôme French Paradise collection do nothing for me – it’s the cream blushes that I’m interested in! The limited edition Blush Subtil Crème collection comprises three blushes with that trendy mousse texture. I haven’t managed to get my paws on any ColourPop products yet, but from what I’m hearing these blushes have that same texture – they’re not very solid, and a finger can go right through them, as some lovely customer demonstrated on one of our testers.
They do feel nice and go onto the skin evenly. They’re buildable and dry down to a powder-like texture. I’ve only swatched them on my arm, so no word from me on the staying power. The colour range is limited, in my opinion, and not just because there are only three shades – I find them to be quite similar, and blended onto the cheeks I wager they’d be pretty much indistinguishable. The bright plastic packaging does seem a bit cheap considering the price-point, but it’s not a dealbreaker for me – these blushes are so tempting to me, if only because I don’t have anything like them in my collection, strictly speaking from a textural standpoint.
The Lancôme Blush Subtil Crème retails for $36 CAD and is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada (well, and the Lancôme website). Those interested in other items in the LE French Paradise line can view the full collection online.
Lise Watier Baiser Velours liquid lipsticks
I always look out for new Lise Watier products, as this Canadian brand consistently delivers high-quality products. I’m also a bit of a liquid lipstick aficianada (oh, who are we kidding, if it goes in the lips I want it, period), so this launch is very exciting for me!
I think the colour selection here is great; there’s a nude, a coral, and various options in the pink and red families. This is an ideal range for a nine-item line, in my opinion. The packaging is a bit utilitarian, but then, so is all Lise Watier packaging. It’s not the most beautiful, but it’s solid and sturdy.
The lipsticks are beautifully opaque and pigmented and dry down to a true matte finish. I haven’t tested any on the lips so I can’t speak to comfort or staying power. I’m going back and forth on buying one: I really don’t need any more lip products, but, well, I want one. So, we’ll see. If I end up cracking, this blog will certainly hear about it!
After I swatched these on my forearm, a man came into the store and asked which one was my favourite. I told him I wasn’t sure, and he said he liked “the dark red” (Eternal Kiss) best. That was a few weeks ago now and I’m still not sure! I’m leaning towards Passion Kiss, Fashion Kiss, and Love Kiss, but I’ve been going back and forth on this ever since I first spotted them in the wild six weeks ago. Oh well – if I can’t make a decision that’s a good enough excuse not to buy one!
Lise Watier has also come out with a stunning neutral eyeshadow palette (… this seems like familiar territory). Rae at theNotice wrote an absolutely glowing review of this palette, which makes it VERY HARD TO RESIST. (The $54 price-point makes it a bit easier. Just a bit.)
The Lise Watier Baiser Velours liquid lipstick retails for $27 CAD and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and online. Sadly, Lise Watier only ships to Canadian addresses. This is, like, the only time it pays to be Canadian when it comes to makeup availability.
Avène High Protection Spray SPF 50+
We’ve got eyeshadow, we’ve got blush, we’ve got lipstick, and we’ve got… sunscreen. Womp, womp. Not exactly the most exciting product, but necessary nonetheless. I was lucky enough to be gifted Avène’s new launch by a rep (perks of being in the business!), and so far I’m loving it. A full review will follow, but let’s just say that if you prefer a spray because you’re lazy, prefer to avoid aerosol because it’s evil, and don’t like your sunscreen to make you feel like you just bathed in grease, this guy is a solid option. If I didn’t have AN ENORMOUS SUNSCREEN STOCKPILE to work my way through before it expires, I’d gladly put down my own cash for this product.
The Avène High Protection Spray SPF 50+ retails for $26 CAD and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs in Canada, Boots in the UK, and various online retailers.
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