Battle of the Velvet Teddy Dupes #2: ft. the actual Velvet Teddy (LOL)

Over the last half a year, I have been really into nude lipstick shades. It used to be the bane of my life as I loved noticeable lipstick shades – I’d wear a red to Asda! But then I discovered shades that were just about noticeable but also really great choices for everyday wear. Namely, the medium-toned nudes.

Over the last few months, you might have seen me mention Velvet Teddy numerous times. For ages, I wondered whether it was the right shade for me and tried out a bunch of dupes and honestly, it works perfectly fine on my skintone. However, with my personal taste, I concluded that it’s just a tad too light. I always needed a darker liner to make them truly match my taste.

Then I remembered that Velvet Teddy came into the spotlight paired with the darker lip liner, Whirl. Not a mind-blowing realisation, sure, but it made me feel a bit better not loving the shade by itself as it was clearly not just me. Where possible, I’d rather use a lipstick by itself at the moment without all the primer, liner and topcoat stuff that is tacked on top these days. I do still love a good liner! But I love a lipstick that performs brilliantly by itself even more.

(I have totally been a lip brush convert, though, thanks to Lisa Eldridge. Who was I without one??)

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Anyway, I wanted to show you all some shades that I would put in that Velvet Teddy category of nudes for me – passable, but sort of boring. Nudes that always need that extra something to make me feel amazing.

I accumulated a few more nudes like this, and I wanted to do another comparison post, but I felt that it was a bit pointless without having the real Velvet Teddy on hand to swatch. Thankfully, Q let me borrow hers! *Sobs* I’m so grateful.

Wet N Wild Bare It All

Maybelline Clay Crush

Oh, you surely know about these already. I wrote a comparison post here comparing the two. The shades are almost identical with Clay Crush having a VERY SLIGHT peachier tone to it, but on the lips this difference is unnoticeable. I haven’t included full lip swatches for this post as I am already quite happy with the current ones on the previous post, so do check them out there.

Maybelline Unreal – this shade leans on the cool side, but lacks the very slight pink/mauve that Bare It All has, making it look almost greyish on my skintone. It’s a lovely lacquer that wears comfortably.

Collection Caramel – This is my least favourite of the bunch. It is only £2.99, but I also found it drying and generally not as nice as the others, which is a shame.

In this arm swatch, I included swatches of two nude shades I actually enjoy. They are there to demonstrate how deep I prefer my nudes to be, at a minimum. As I may have mentioned, Soft Spoken is literally perfect for my taste resulting in it getting a lot of wear before getting into lipstick rotations. I’d put NYX’s Intense Butter Gloss in Chocolate Crepe in as a ‘perfect’ nude as well although that’s not included here.

The takeaway from this post is hopefully, for me to stop lusting after lip shades that I know aren’t ones that I love, if that makes sense! While I love the nude trend now that ultimately hit the stage due to this lipstick, nude is a different thing for everyone. All too often, I fall for hype and community love although less so recently, and most persistently with Velvet Teddy.

Do you have a hype-induced lipstick that you just can’t love?

Until next time,

X

 

Review: Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Unreal

Hi everyone!

I’m back with a lip lacquer review. Yes, they’re still my jam. No, this doesn’t tick all my boxes, but it comes pretty close.

The Maybelline Vivid Hot Lip Lacquer retails for £6.99 in local beauty stores and is available in all sorts of shades from nudes to deep vamps. As I’ve been really into nudes as of late it was perfectly reasonable for me to pick Unreal.

The doe foot is fairly large and wide, with a dip in the middle to hold more product. It depends on how much you like the colour, and how much you want to apply. It picks up enough for a high gloss finish but for a swipe over lip liner which I do, it can be a little much as I like a bit of the liner colour to peep through underneath and so opt for a thinner layer.

This shade, Unreal, is slightly cool toned and when I first wore it, it was almost greyish.

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As this is a little bland of a colour for my taste, I like to layer with a deeper lip liner for a lovely full nude lip. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a deeper nude shade, so I hope they expand the range because otherwise, I do like this. It wears well, not bleeding after three hours although this is helped along even further with a lip liner. Of course, it transfers onto everything, and it’s a little sticky. I tend not to pick bright colours in lacquers for this reason.

Overall, I would totally buy this if they had a deeper nude, but this particular shade I won’t repurchase again.

Until next time,

X

Lipsticks in Rotation – March 2018

Hi everyone!

March has been a particularly strange month with plenty of challenges and too much snow for it being this late in the year. However, the clocks have changed and the evenings are much lighter already and it’s already quite refreshing. It’s the Easter Holidays for pretty much all students now – what have you all got planned?

Let’s get right to the Lipsticks in Rotation for this month.

Read more about my lipstick no-buy here:

Starting a Year-Long Lipstick No-Buy

Lipsticks in Rotation – January 2018

Lipsticks in Rotation – February 2018

Maybelline Hot Vivid Lacquer in Unreal

This is the pick from my Box of New Things for this month! Since layering Bare It All with glosses I have discovered the glossy nude lip does wonders for me and wanted to explore it a bit more. The nude shade here is a bit too cool for me and I would definitely categorise it in the ‘Velvet Teddy’ type of colours in that it’s a bit bland by itself and probably needs a lip liner to make it truly WOW. But otherwise, I like this a lot!

Lancome 368 Rose Lancome

A really vivid bright pink. I remember Lisa Eldridge wore this to an awards show, and it looked fantastic on her, too! It is in a creamy finish that wears really comfortably. It does stain a little and therefore takes a bit more of a rub to remove.

Also, correct me if I’m wrong but I think Suzy is wearing this shade in this Insta snap (for a Lancome event) as well.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist

A cool, pinkish nude shade that is super comfortable and long-wearing. It’s often overlooked in my stash in favour of Beau Brun, though. I’m keeping an eye out for consistency changes in the product at this point as I have had mine a while. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it either because I want more room for other products!

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Aurora (discontinued)|Review here

I really love this lacquer. It somehow manages to be bright whilst still being a little understated. It’s a real shame I can no longer find this in stores. I have been really feeling the two lacquers that I have, and glossy finishes seem to be right up my street as of late – they’re youthful and very appropriate for spring! Maybe not for kissing, though(!!)

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte in 111 Kiss of Life|Review/Swatches here

This is actually my only drugstore/budget red lipstick at the moment! It’s a pure red that is bright and because I always remember it as orange-leaning (although this isn’t noticeable) I seem to fall out of love with it a lot. Have I ever mentioned that I think the formula is very similar to MAC’s mattes?

Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in Caramel

This is yet another ‘Velvet Teddy’ category colour. This was quite a recent buy and I didn’t have time to wear it a lot before launching into a no-buy with pre-scheduled rotations. I’m not a fan of the formula either as it isn’t that long-wearing and can be drying on my lips. For £2.99, I can’t complain TOO much but I’ll imagine I’ll either finish or toss it fairly soon.


Overall, I wore lipsticks a lot less this month compared to the last two months. I wonder if it is partly due to the particular selection for this month all being the kinds of products I’d only wear once in a while. It’s definitely mostly due to me going out a little less, but also because I’ve cheated a little and, two times, gone back to some bare neutrals that I was really feeling for the day – like NARS Rikugien, which I used to hate!

I was a little tempted to have all of the selected shades for next month be bold shades but based on this month I am going to have to make sure I pick at least one fall-back shade that I won’t complain about picking on those “bare-bones” kinds of days. But hey, nothing to complain about with a good neutral, right?

Until next time,

X


Days since I last bought a lipstick: 94

Lipstick added to wishlist: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in Telluride

[Chatter] Another lipstick I’ve fallen back in love with – Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte 111 Kiss of Life

Hi everyone!
A few weeks ago, I attempted some photos in the sporadic Golden Hour lighting to showcase the items but the weather was not playing nice! One moment it was sunny and I managed one photo before it vanished again and I would tweet a complaint and it would be sunny and so on…
But just yesterday, the sun was out, and it was out for like, an hour (?????) and I got SO many photos taken and oh my gawd, it felt so good and productive and it’s really upped my mood. I was running around so fast with a mental checklist of blog posts that needed photos and as a result, I’m almost set until next month, thank goodness. I didn’t completely finish my checklist and accidentally missed a few important ones, but that’s okay! I can do those next time! PHEW – I was almost about to cut my schedule to once a week!
THANK YOU SPRING, MY NAMESAKE. THANK YOU.
I’ve also switched out of my winter coat for my lighter jacket, and when I stepped out to do the bins in my shorts, I didn’t freeze! This winter felt so bloody long and I’ve never been happier to feel it finally ending.

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Anyway, I am enjoying the idea of writing about a lipstick that fell by the wayside of my stash, so to speak. Last month I featured Clinique’s Pop Lip in Cherry Pop after wearing it for almost half the month. I already loved that lipstick but hadn’t really been wearing it often. On the other hand, with today’s featured lipstick, it’s a little different. I only began to fully appreciate it recently.

I actually first received this as a Christmas present from Tray, years ago. Then months later I ended up with two because Q bought me one as well! I think I ended up giving one away as I no longer have two in my stash. But at the time, this must have been a very ‘me’ kind of shade because I was experimenting in sixth form with a limited selection of bright colours.

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This lipstick will only set you back £4.99. It’s from Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish range, but more specifically from the Kate Moss Mattes, which all come in red tubes. This is the same range that spawned the infamous shade 107, popularised by… Zoella, I think it was. I do have that shade, too, but we may not see it in rotation for a little while longer.

As you may know, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish range is full of really nice lipsticks at a great price. This one’s really nicely pigmented although not thick or fully opaque as you can see from the swatch below, and it’s very smooth and soft on the lips. It wears quite decently by itself and doesn’t bleed too much or ‘crack’ after many hours, and it’s pleasant enough to reapply. It’s not too drying, either. The only big gripe I have about these lipsticks is the smell which isn’t exactly appealing but easy enough to get used to – it’s not strong. It also tends to taste as it smells, if that makes sense.

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My favourite way to apply this at the moment is to apply to the centre of the lips straight from the bullet, then use a lip brush to work the colour outwards and outline the lips, then go back in the centre from the bullet again.

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The reason I wasn’t as into this shade before was that it always seemed a little orangey to me when I believed that orange tones didn’t suit me. It is definitely a true red without a noticeable blue tone. It contrasts a bit more with my cooler purple hair at this point in time but overall gives a confident, summery look.

I thought for a moment of changing my planned April rotation so that they were ALL bright shades instead of waiting until May to start doing it. However, I do have some nice spring pinks that I want to use as well, so I changed my mind again. The temptation to break out of rotation these days is very strong! Especially when there is a shade I never reach for or one that I tend to reach for too much. But that’s the whole point of this challenge – to figure out what I truly love and what should be tossed without fail.

Anyway. I’m not sure how scheduled posting will be for the time being because I have an assignment to be finishing for next week, but at least I have some photos to work with when I need a break from reading academic journals.

Until next time,

X


Days since I last bought lipstick: 80

Review: Sleek Metallic Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Roman Copper

Hi everyone!
When I decided to not buy any new lipsticks during 2018, I popped all of my fresh new lipsticks purchased in the sale into a box and stuffed it where it would be too much effort to take out. In fact, I popped every one of my new makeup purchases in there. Probably a good idea, because I’d otherwise end up with one too many open mascaras and other miscellaneous items.

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But anyway, I was very tempted to open Sleek’s Metallic Matte Me Lip Cream in Roman Copper a bit earlier than planned, because from the online swatches I could see it was an unusual shade and wanted some time to experiment with it. I’d bought it in the Boxing Day Sale in a set with the infamous Solstice palette for half price! Normally the Metallic Matte Me Lip Creams cost £4.99 each.
The shade itself is a very pale… well, copper shade. I don’t know about you, but copper to me was always something like a reddish tone so, for anyone who thinks the same way, it’s a pale gold. It’s very shimmery so the yellow in this shade is not overpowering which I admit I may have been a little worried about.
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It’s certainly not a shade I would ever wear alone. It’s a bit too pale for that. It can also apply a little patchy and in order to fully cover the lips, you would need to dip the brush back in the tube quite a few more times.
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So some matte lipsticks, like Colourpop’s,  are also able to be wiped off at the end of the day even if they’re supposedly steadfast. This, however, won’t transfer at all or wipe off easily. It feels very light and stays on better than a super-sticky post-it note, and requires your special makeup remover for the most stubborn of your makeup.
Overall, this really isn’t for me. I’m surprised that they decided to include this in a Christmas gift set but it looks like it was included in the hopes people would buy it for the Solstice palette…
Would you ever wear this particular shade of lip?

Until next time,

X


Days since I last bought lipstick: 77

 

Battle of the Supposed Velvet Teddy Dupes: Wet n’ Wild Bare It All vs Maybelline Clay Crush

Do you remember when MAC’s Velvet Teddy was the craze? It sort of still is, but nowhere near as much as it was a few years ago. Since then, a number of dupes have emerged for it. I wasn’t sure whether the shade would suit me so it made more sense for me to find a dupe before I went for it. As you might be able to tell, I didn’t buy Velvet Teddy in the end. Today, I’ll be comparing two of its dupes for you to have a look.

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Maybelline’s Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush is £6.99 for 3.3g, and comes in the standard bullet shape. Wet N Wild’s Megalast Lipstick in Bare it All costs £2.99 as an add-on item from Amazon and comes with a similar amount of product in a rounded flat shape. I prefer the pointed bullet of Clay Crush for applying lipstick, but Bare it All wins in terms of price.

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However, I’ve mentioned this before but the packaging of Wet N Wild’s lipstick comes with quite a few flaws. The product sticks up out of the tube from new and can’t be wound down, which is mildly annoying as the lid sometimes catches the product if you don’t remove it properly. On top of the that, the lid is prone to cracking and once it does that, the lid easily falls off when travelling. Luckily, it’s cheap to replace and the formula is stiff enough not to make too much of a mess. I haven’t experienced the same problems with Clay Crush thus far although I haven’t had it as long.

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Now, these two products have very similar shades. So similar, in fact, that when I had to go back over the swatches, I had trouble remembering which photos I had taken first and which swatches were which!!

Bare It All has a stiff finish and drags across the lips. However, I don’t mind this personally. It’s just what I noticed when using these two products side by side. I do tend to get a stronger pigmentation on first swipe compared to Clay Crush although again, that doesn’t matter too much because I always layer up with many swipes anyway.

On the other hand, Clay Crush is very soft and lightweight. However, I noticed that it doesn’t cling to the lips as well, instantly showing lip lines, and needs topping up after a few hours to retain the smooth finish and not make those lip lines too obvious. Neither lipstick bleeds very much, if at all.

Lastly, here are a couple of photos to demonstrate how similar they are to each other. If I really had to differentiate them, Bare It All has a slighter mauve tone while Clay Crush is slightly peachier, but this barely translates on the lips unless you have a very trained or familiar eye.

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Overall, I wouldn’t repurchase either because by using these two I have concluded that this particular category of nude is not for me. They both layer well under a deeper lip liner for a slightly darker nude and that’s how I’ll be wearing them until they are used up.

Of course, I also concluded that Velvet Teddy was not my kind of shade and didn’t buy that either. The cost of both these lipsticks together still add up to less than that of the original Velvet Teddy.

Until next time,

X


Days since I last bought a lipstick: 66

Lipsticks in Rotation February 2018

Hi everyone!
Now that I’m in the second month of this no-buy challenge it feels much more exciting and doable. The idea was for these rotation posts to go out at the beginning of the month but in the end, they’re going out at the end of the month. It might be better that way as I get to add my new thoughts about my options as I go along. All my rotations for the year are already planned out although subject to change – it’s a lot of fun deciding on what to use for a certain month!
Starting this month I will also slowly make my way through the Box of Withheld Lipsticks, one a month. This box is full of the new lipsticks I bought on Boxing Day or received as presents that I decided not to open until an allotted time this year to keep me from feeling too deprived of new and shiny lip products. That too is already scheduled!
Sleek Metallic Matte Me Lip Cream in Roman Copper
This is a metallic lip cream in a light, super shimmery pale gold shade. This is a new item that was in my box of withheld treats. As expected, this is a really difficult colour to wear alone. It’s fun to experiment with but I can’t imagine myself repurchasing it or even using it at all so I also imagine I will destash it relatively quickly. A full review will be going up relatively soon so keep an eye out for that.
Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Cherry Pop (mini)| Review here
I got this free in a magazine a few years ago and wore it once or twice… and although I still love it, it needs use. I have two of these minis now, as well! It’s a luscious bright reddish pink with a fabulous shine that is not glossy and lasts really well.
I actually had to remove it from the rotation halfway into the month to prevent it becoming a month of wearing only this lipstick…

There were plenty of these sets of minis on sale throughout Boxing Day so I did buy one at the time and including the second Cherry Pop, I now have three new colours in my Box waiting to be opened later this year. Needless to say, I’m quite excited for those as I love the formula.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush|Review here
Like Bare It All last month, this was an off shade I wasn’t sure about as well as an apparent dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. This is a pale nude shade which pulls ever so slightly peachy on me. It’s a little light to my liking but just enough for most people’s everyday nude and just shy of washing me out. Again, I like to layer this with a darker liner to adjust the colour, but otherwise, this is a comfortable everyday option.
Colour Ultra Matte Lip in Speed Dial
I’m not sure the peachy nude tone in this lipstick suits me sometimes but at one point I was wearing this daily, so I was hoping I would fall in love with this lipstick again. For me, the formula isn’t an issue as I love the Ultra Matte Lips and can withstand them although many have found them to be drying.
This month I just haven’t been reaching for it, so it was going to go in the Potential Destash box. However I discovered that it looks great on top of a dark berry lip liner like Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses in Black Tulip, resulting in an interesting shade that I’ll be happy to wear another time. Speed Dial is safe… for now.

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Revlon Balm Stain in Crush
This hits the spot between being bright, yet a wintery berry, yet not being too bold for everyday wear. It’s pretty much the perfect purple. It’s not completely opaque, and I did experiment it with lip liners but this balm stain is a bit too stiff for layering and ends up moving the liner pigment around. This alone is for gloss and springtime. It lasts really well, and yes, it stains.
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge 06 Rose Nu (mini)
I had this in last month’s rotation, too. It’s here again because I am very eager to finish it up in the first third of the year. I have no qualms about wearing it a lot, in fact I probably wore it for at least a third of January. When I am stuck for a casual colour, I reach for this.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Beau Brun| Review here
This is yet another colour that I use a lot and have a duplicate of, and I’m sure you all know how much I love this, seeing as the review is one of my most viewed. I have had my first bottle for a while now but it doesn’t show signs of running out so I am hoping to use this bottle up this year.

This month’s picks are a better spread of nudes and bright colours compared to last month. I have definitely been naturally reaching for more neutral tones recently
and wanted to enjoy more of my brighter options. Next month there are three lined up so I think the plan is to gradually bring back brights for the summer!

Until next time,

X