Isadora: Get The Glow Collection

IsaDora: isadora; make-up; smink; cosmetic; kosmetik

This collection was released shortly after the main summer collections from my favourite drugstore brand Isadora, this is a much more playful collection compared to earlier releases the last two years which is something I talked about in my review of Isadora Summer Collection 2017 – Blue Bliss.

Which brings me to something else about this collection, it is in my opinion a mini collection with adding products from existing lines and a few products that are “variations” of existing products, personally speaking I like it when brands do that since I believe that if you already have a formula that is well-loved and popular then why not extend the product line?

This collection contains five nail polishes, six lip glosses, a lip glitter and a highlighter palette.

I bought the items I found interesting.

 

Gloss Glace  3-D Mirror Shine

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This product line has been out for a while now but for this collection they came out with new shades.

I bought the shade 26# Iridescent Glow.

 

Description from Isadora:

Cover your lips with a glaced gloss effect and 3-D shine!

Gloss Glace  is a moisturizing lip gloss with a plumping effect that will visually make your lips look fuller.

  • 3-D Mirror shine.
  • Plumping.
  • Moizturising.
  • Long-lasting.
  • No transfering.
  • Easy and quick application.

Contains 16 ml e 0.54 oz of product. This is free from perfume and is clinically tested.

 

My opinion

I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss even though I like the look they can give.

Last year I bought the lip gloss set from H&Ms Global Fusion Collection and I really did enjoy those shimmer glosses as they were non-sticky and comfortable to wear which made me more curious about glosses.

This lip gloss is very intense on the lips. I enjoy this colour as it has a really intense blue iridescence and lilac shimmers, which is strangely flattering in my opinion and definitely makes this for me a very unique shade for me as I have nothing similar in my makeup collection.

It looks much more intense and iridescent in real life than in my pictures below.

When it comes to the claims Isadora has about this lip gloss, I’m not entirely sure if I can completely agree. It does slightly fulfill those claims but not in an extraordinary way

It does have a mirror like shine, I’ve never had a lip gloss this shiny before and yes, since it is a tube the application is neat and clean. But it is not completely transfer proof but it’s definitely long-lasting, more so than most lip glosses and not extremely sticky either.

It is a lip gloss that is very comfortable to wear and I really like the look. It has a very faint vanilla smell which derives from the aroma Isadora has listed in the ingredients list.

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Loose Lip Glitter

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This was one of the items I was the most excited about as it was among the standouts of this collection.

 

Description from Isadora:

Loose lip glitter which gives an iridescent and holographic effect. It has a weightless feeling that is comfortable and it can be used on top of any lipstick or lip gloss but also on other parts of the face and body. It is also easy to remove.

Contains 5 grams of product.

 

My opinion

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I’ve used cosmetics glitters in the past but what makes this one stand out in for me is that it features an intense iridescence but is still very comfortable to wear since it does not give the “sand grains” feeling on the lips.

The glitter particles are made of different colours such as lilac, green, blue and orange which combined with the iridescence, creates a very bright effect and contributes to the extreme sparkle this product has.

I’ve used a lip balm below in the swatch photos.

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Face Glow Prisma Wheel

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This is the star of the collection and probably the item I was most eager to get my hands on. I do have many “coloured” highlighters in my makeup collection but I just had to get my hands on this.

These are also eye safe.

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Description from Isadora:

Iridescent facial powder in five pearly shades. Can be used alone or be mixed together for a special effect.

Contains 18 grams of product. Fragrance free and clinically tested.

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My opinion:

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I have to be honest in that I feel the formula is not among the greatest that I’ve tried, it is a little bit chalky and the fall-out can be immense and truthfully I am a bit disappointed by that especially since the last “face wheel” I tried from Isadora had a silky and buttery formula.

But I have found myself using this quite often lately, because yes it has its cons but I still find this product incredibly enjoyable to use. It is also very practical when traveling.

These were extremely difficult to photograph btw and they look much more vibrant in real life than in the swatch photos below.

 

Since none of the shades is given a separate name, I’ll start with the purple shade in this palette and go clockwise.

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The first shade of the wheel is a medium purple with a cool undertone. In the pan it also looks to have a hint of both blue and grey, to be honest this one did not excite me as I already have two purple highlighters in my makeup collection and it looked too muted to look good on me.

But it is flattering on skin since this turns into a purple highlighter with an intense blue iridescence running through it depending on the light source. It is a gorgeous shade that I feel I will use a lot in the future specifically as a blush topper.

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I initially thought the second one would be a regular silvery highlighter, these shades are usually the ones who go best with a pale complexion but I already own highlighters like this so I really did think that this one would remain mostly unused.

Boy was I wrong!

This one is the least subtle of the highlighters, it’s the only metallic highlighter in the wheel and combined with the iridescence it is one intense highlighter. It is so intense that I rarely use it on my cheekbones since it often becomes too much for my taste.

It also lightens the area it is applied to.

But I do really enjoy this one more than I initially expected.

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The third one looked like a subtle beige highlighter in the pan, it even looks a little bit boring and not like it would pack much of a punch.

On skin however this is the highlighter that I didn’t knew I needed in my life, this is a stunning highlighter with the pink duochrome effect on a shimmery beige background and it does contain a small amount of micro-glitters.

It gives a “glow from within” effect on my skin.

Usually the only highlighters that looks “natural” on me is the pale white/silvery ones but I am happy to have come over a highlighter that falls outside that without looking muddy on me.

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This swatch came out as more cool-toned than it really is.

 

 

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The next one in the wheel is a darker version of the last one and I love using it as a blush topper.

It is too dark for me to use as a highlighte ron my nose or cupids bow but I really enjoy it as it gives a subtle warmth to any blush I’m sporting. It is really lovely as it’s not over bearing on even my skin tone.

It has the same pink duochrome as the last one but on a peachy background and I feel this one is going to be perfect for people with medium, tan or even deeper skin tones. It’s gorgeous!

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The last one is my least favourite to be honest.

It is a minty green that will look bomb on a lot of people but I don’t feel it suits my skin tone that well.

When I try this out I feel that it makes me look very sick, which I find sad since the shade itself is very beautiful and I’d wish I could have pulled it off.

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Nail Glow

These are welcome in my makeup collection.

I bought two of these, namely shades #843 Aqua Glow and #842 Lilac Glow.

 

Description from Isadora:

Get glowing and iridescent nails with these nail polishes! These come in five different shades and you apply these with two coats or more depending on the wished effect.

Contains 6 ml of product. Clinically tested.

 

My opinion:

If you are looking for something opaque then you need to look elsewhere, these polishes are more for effect or on top of other nail polishes.

They are lovely in their own right but frankly not super special in my opinion, I believe I have a Depend nail polish somewhere with a similar effect but it needs to be said that I enjoy these since they do have a lovely glowy effect but also dries quite fast.

These are an extension of Isadora’s wide brush line, which means that the brush are more of a rectangular and wide shape which makes it easier to avoid a streaky application.

I really enjoy these and I believe they will look gorgeous if you are out and about during night-time.

 

#843 Aqua Glow

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This one is a lovely shade with teal and light blue iridescent shimmers with some hint of lilac iridescence.

Depending on the light source it really does glows but it looks boring in broad daylight.

It also lasts sufficiently long.

I like it when I apply it in three coats.

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#842 Lilac Glow

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This was the one I was the most excited about but for some strange reason it never lasts longer than two days, which is weird since the other shade lasts almost a week before starting to crack.

I like the shade but since it takes three coats before I like the look, it just becomes a waste of time for me to apply this.

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Verdict

I love this collection as it is very playful and unique from a drugstore brand.

There were products with some cons but overall I am very impressed with this collection and I do hope that Isadora release more playful collections as they have done very well lately.

 

What do you think?

Is this something you’d personally wish more brands released?

 

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URBAN DOLLKISS: Urban City Real Liptone Tint

51rmouspsilThis is another offering from Urban Dolkiss’s Urban city line.

This liptint comes in five different shades including pink, orange and red.

The claims about this liptint is that it is moisturizing and gentle to dry lips, has a refreshing texture and taste with no stickiness, it also is supposed to give the wearer a vivid lip colour with comfort.

Among the ingredients are pomegranate extract, rose hip fruit oil, macadamia seed oil and safflower oil.

These ingredients drew me in to buy this as I do suffer from notoriously dry lips and I do love the effect that liptints give but they can also be very drying in my experience.

I bought the shade NO.5 Rosewood which is a red with some slight hint of brown undertones. It is neither warm nor cold and I think it is going to suit a wide range of skin tones.

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Packaging

The packaging is adorable and it follows the same cues as the URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum packaging in that the contents are in a glass bottle shaped like an apple with a metallic plastic cap.

The applicator is not of the doe foot kind but more “paddle shaped” which combined with the short length of the handle might make it a bit difficult to apply but the trick is to start on the center of the lip and spreading the tint to the sides and to use the remaining product on the upper lip. The applicator has a tendency to collect a lot of the product.

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The bottle contains 7 grams of product.

I also like the card box the product comes with since it makes it easy to discern the shade from the others.

 

Formula

The first thing I notice is the fresh but mild scent this product has. It is a non-offensive fruity floral scent that I think a lot of people are going to like.

Compared to a lot of liptints I’ve tried in the past this has a very creamy consistency and it does feel very moisturizing on the lips. I’ve found myself reaching for this when I want some colour on my lips but they are dry and if I’d worn something else it would have aggravated my chapped lips.

This does not highlight chapped lips but it makes them look healthy and hydrated.

It is also extremely opaque and pigmented compared to a lot of liptints out there, not that it is always a trait that I want in a liptint but I’m just highlighting how this product differs from a lot liptints on the market.

It also leaves a very beautiful stain so you don’t have to reapply it often.

 

Shade

I really like this shade as it is different from the usual reds I wear.

It is more down toned than the true reds and the bluish red I often gravitate towards and I think that with the formula it makes this a very sophisticated colour on the lips.

I also think that it will work well on different skin tones.

 

Conclusion

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I can whole heartedly recommend this to anyone and especially towards people with dry lips.

The formula is one of the best ones out on the market and most importantly it makes lips look healthy and hydrated.

I will definitely rebuy this one day and I’m interested in buying some of the other shades.

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you loved this post!

 

 

Sugarpill: Kim Chi Liquid Lip Color

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This is the liquid lipstick released in collaberation with Kim Chi, participant on Rupaul’s drag race in season eight.

I have to say that I am a huge fan of Kim Chi, I absolutely adored her on the show and I admire her creativity.

 

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Official swatch from Sugarpill.

Official description:

Matte lavender mauve with a subtle, unique blend of transparent aqua and violet sparkles that twinkle brighter as the formula sets! Our creamy, mousse-like formula never feels dry on your lips. Donut scented!

Created by Kim Chi, Chicago-based drag queen and live-action anime character! http://www.kimchithedragqueen.com

Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz.

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Ingredients list.

My opinion:

I have been looking for something like this for a while, a lip product with a gorgeous lavender colour that still features something extra.

One thing I have to say about Sugarpill’s liquid lipsticks is that I see that the brand creates them within a formula based finish. This one does have a similar finish as Trinket, only difference is that the glitter in Kim Chi is a lot more subtle.

The doughnut scent is not horrible but I don’t love it either as I am sensitive to sweet scents. It is a lot more comfortable than the creamsicle scent that Trinket has though.

The shade is really lovely and far from the usual muted lavenders out on the market, don’t misunderstand me this is still a somewhat “soft” shade but it’s not as “watered” down as lavender coloured lip products usually are.

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I also get comments from people that my lips look fuller when I’m wearing this. I’m not sure if I agree but I do love how this looks on me.

But I have to say that compared to the other liquid lipsticks I own from Sugarpill, I found this one to be a lot more drying and it even sometimes crumble when I’m wearing it occasionally. It makes me not reach for Kim Chi as often as I’d want to even though it is a gorgeous shade.

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The packaging is the same as the others with the doe-foot applicator as well.

I love the packaging Sugarpill have for their liquid lipsticks and their formulas.

If you haven’t read me reviewing my other products from Sugarpill, here’s the link Sugarpill collection.

 

Have you tried this?

What do you think about Sugarpill as a brand?

 

June 2017 Anti-Haul

This is my very first anti-haul and I hope you will like this post.

I’ve been fond of anti-hauls for quite some time now and I thought it was about time I made one too.

Let’s start!

 

Urban Decay: Naked Heat Palette

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I love Urban Decay even though I have not tried many of their products. I like their ideas and I especially love their eyeshadow primer potion, that product changed my makeup game to a 100%.

I was never interested in any of the naked palettes, I never understood why those palettes became looked upon as revolutionary since the shades were all dupable and easy to find elsewhere+many were similar to each other.

So when I heard Urban Decay were going to release a new naked palette but that it was going to revolve around oranges, copper and amber shades. Which to me at the time sounded interesting and perhaps something I wanted to include in my makeup collection, I did think to myself that maybe this was something I would want to spend money on.

I like the packaging they choose for this palette, it is gorgeous and really compliments the name.

The shades in this palette are also lovely in their own right, there are a couple of them I’d love to own and use to create a lovely eye look. Especially shades like dirty talk, ashes and lumbre.

But after looking at it more and looking over my makeup collection, I found myself less excited and I’ve decided not to buy it.

I own similar shades but most importantly this palette follows the same “recipe” as the other naked palettes, which means there are few looks I can get out of this palette and most of them will be similar aswell.

In other words this palette, although beautiful, is not something I want to spend money on.

 

Too Faced: Melted Latex

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Initially I thought of buying one of these as the concept sounded interesting but also very different from a lot of the lipsticks on the market. But after looking at the promotion video I was less than impressed.

In the video these looked very sticky and streaky.

In order for me to even think about buying any of these, I will have to see swatches other than from Too Faced’s site.

At the moment these just seems to be tacky and bad looking, like some lip gloss from the 80s that wanted to get a comback. I can be wrong though so I won’t buy this as long as there are no swatches available from customers.

 

Just two products this time but I hope this was enjoyable.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Etude House: Cherry Jelly Lips Patch

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I finally managed to get my hands on this lip patch that I’ve wanted to try ever since I tried the honey jelly lips patch after new years eve.

Review here of the Honey Jelly Lips Patch.

Both packages are quite similar with differences being the colour scheme and text. The hydro gel lip patch has the same shape and look a the other one.

This cherry lip patch is supposed to plump, vitalize, moisturize and revitalize lips thanks to ingredients like collagen, cherry extract and sodium hyaluronate.

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The scent of this product is a very light but fresh cherry scent. It is a scent I believe could have been used as part of a summer fragrance since it is comfortable and light.

The instructions are the same as with the other lip patch from Etude House.

You have use it immediately after opening the packaging, put the jelly patch onto clean lips and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and after removing it you are to massage any remaining serum into your lips.

It feels very soothing and refreshing but I thought it was a bit weird that it had difficulties staying on my lips by itself. The last one had no problem with this but I noticed that the cherry jelly lips patch has a thinner consistency and I believe that might have something to do with it.

But it disappoints me to say that this did almost nothing for my lips.

It was lovely enough and I did enjoy it but when I remove this and I can still feel that my lips are quite dry still, then I feel that this was a waste of money and time. Yes these lip patches are not the most expensive products out there but I still expected this to be better.

I did not rave about the honey jelly lips patch either but I have used it after my initial review and I see it as something I can indulge in on my care days, but this one won’t be rebought.

 

 

Holika Holika: Golden Monkey Glamour Lip Kit

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If there is one thing that I’ve always struggled with it is my dry lips, despite drinking plenty of water and being a lip balm addict to the boot.

So I have been eyeing this lip-kit from Holika Holika for quite some time but I’ve also been a little bit sceptical for some reason. I believe it stems from the fact that I’ve had my experiences with lip products that made me break out around the lips, this is especially in regards to some of the lip scrubs out there.

But I decided to give this a chance since it is budget friendly.

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The packaging is adorable.

What is it?

This is a three-step lip kit which is supposed to exfoliate, plump and nourish lips.

 

The steps

Step-1 Lip Peeling Patch

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The first step is a an exfoliating wipe shapes as lips which are going to remove dead skin of your lips.

The instructions state to take out the cotton sheet and carefully rub it on your lips and to stop when you feel a slight sting.

One thing I did not like about this step is that the cream that this cloth is saturated with smells like baby wipes and if you get it into your mouth, which you will, you’re left with a very perfumed and bitter taste.

But it works amazing and that’s the only thing that matters, this transformed my lips from being textured to be smooth.

 

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Step-2 Volume Lip Pack

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This is a lip patch made of hydrogel which contains hyaluronic acid and collagen, this is supposed to both moisturize and plump your lips.

You are supposed to leave this on for 15-16 minutes.

I have tried other hydrogel lip patches in the past and one thing to note is that this one is much thinner than what I’m used to. Usually these lip patches has a thicker consistency but this is really thin and I was happy to find out that this would help it stick better to my lips.

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Here’s the packaging containing the lip patch.

I really enjoyed this step since it was relaxing and after removing it my lips felt so soft and looked healthy.

But I’m not sure if it had a plumping effect.

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Step-3 Honey Lip Essence

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This is a product I’d wish was sold separately. It is a thick non-sticky balm with a lovely honey scent which I left on my lips for at least five minutes and I am left with insanely soft lips.

The packet contains a lot of product so I did repeat applying this and let it sit for five more minutes in order to use it all up.

This step was my favorite part of this kit and I can’t remember the last time my lips felt this good.

 

Verdict

This really helped my chapped lips and they both look and feel better. It is a product that really wowed me.

Another bonus is that this lip kit is very budget friendly and I will certainly buy this again.

 

Thanks for reading!

The Body Shop: Lip and Cheek Velvet Stick #Universal Poppy

This product to me is like a remnant of the chubby stick trend that was everywhere a couple of years ago. I don’t know about you but I was never a huge fan of the trend and I’m happy of its declination in popularity even though they sometimes pop up occasionally.

Which is why its strange that I like this product so much that I’ve gone through three of these in two years.

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Packaging

The packaging is made of black but sturdy plastic. It feels a little bit heavier than what you might initially expect.

I really like that they have used the Poppy flower in the logo, its elegant and also gives this product an identity.

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This contains 4 grams of product.

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Formula

This is where this product really stands out since I love anything with a velvety texture when it comes to makeup.

What i love about this product is that it has that lovely matte velvety finish that evens out the texture of my lips, making them look fuller and healthier with the added bonus of not drying my lips out as much as regular mattes do.

Thanks to this, it keeps this PH product from falling into the tacky and cheap connotation these products have garnered in people’s consciousness.

I also love the scent this has, which is honestly a little bit difficult for me to pin down but I would describe it as being smoky with a hint of spices.

 

Colour

In the tube it looks like a purplish black but when you first apply this it gives your lips a grayish cast, but after a few seconds the PH effect starts to work and it changes into a lovely dark pink with a strong undertone of purple.

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I have not tried this product on my cheeks as I feel this shade, no matter how much I blended it out, would not look good on me+since it has a staining effect it scares me from using this product on my cheeks.

I also don’t think it would work well combined with foundations or other base products.

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When first applied.

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After a minute.

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How it looks in daylight.

 

Wear

I love this products wear time. It lasts longer than most lip products and its partly because it also tint your lips the longer you have it on.

At most I can get a five-six hour wear with the actual product but the stain it leaves can last the day after.

 

Conclusion

This particular shade might not be to everyone’s taste but there are other shades in this range that might be more tempting.

If you like a nice velvet texture, non drying formula and lovely colour, easy on the go product then this might become a nice addition in your makeup collection.

I hope this shade never gets discontinued.