Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick review, swatches, photos, comparisons | #24Days of TwistUp

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick review

The product: Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick… in all 24 shades!

   ↳ See all 24 shades swatched here.

The formula: Your average TwistUp is creamy, comfortable, and very well pigmented — so much so, in fact, that they’ve quickly become not only one of my favourite drugstore lipsticks, but one of my favourite lipstick formulas overall. They apply with a nice sheen, settling into a lovely cream finish, and fading down nicely into a stain. I get 3-4 hours of wear out of the average TwistUp before I need to reapply (less if I eat or drink anything).

The TwistUp Retractable Lipstick formula is also scent-free, which gets it big points in my books, and applies without any catching or tugging. I didn’t notice any settling into dry bits or lip lines, despite how creamy the formula is upon application.

Annabelle Vamp swatch TwistUp Retractable Lipstick

Day 24′s (that’s today!) #24Days TwistUp: Vamp. See the other shades here!

Compared to other lip crayons: Okay, so hopefully someone has wondered how these compare to the Clinique Chubby Sticks by now. (Someone? Anyone?? Helloooo?)

Annabelle’s TwistUps are most similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms ($17 USD/$19 CAD), and I would definitely recommend both ranges. I find that the Chubby Stick Intense formula is more slippery at first, but wears for a smidgen longer once it sets (an extra hour or so). I also find that the Clinique lipsticks are a hair less comfortable; however, the two products weren’t wear-tested during the same season.

It may be helpful to note, for some, that the Clinique formula is quite a bit more simple and far more natural — these two lipsticks feel and perform very similarly, but the formulas couldn’t look less alike. (Full ingredients for the TwistUps at the bottom of this post.)

Best lipstick pencil review Annabelle TwistUp Canadian

The variation: Quite a few brands nowadays are doing split ranges (e.g. MAC Amplified/Lustre/Matte, YSL Rouge Pur/Rouge Pur Couture/Rouge Pur Couture The Mats/Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre), but the TwistUps are all sorted into one category. It not a bad thing by far, but it does mean that you can’t know what to expect from a stock photo! 

This will be discussed further in tomorrow’s post, but in general, most of the line is similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense range: high coverage, creamy, and comfortable. However, a few of the TwistUps are more like NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils (Fizz) or the original Chubby Sticks (Tease, Absolute), and a couple are more dry than the rest (Havana, Naked, Cherry).

Annabelle TwistUp review Fizz

The verdict?

Honestly, I cannot recommend these enough. Not only are the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipsticks impressively pigmented (in general) and wonderfully scent-free, but they’re also very portable, well-priced, and comfortable to wear. Annabelle has done a wonderful job with both the finish and (lack of a) scent with these, and the shade range is fantastic.

My personal favourites from this range are Cherry and Naked. For individual shade descriptions, swatches (arm and full-face photos), and overall recommendations, check back tomorrow!

Availability: $9.95 CAD online and in Canadian drugstores across the country. (On sale for $7.25 CAD each at the Annabelle.ca site as I write this!)

Don’t miss seeing seeing all 24 of these TwistUps swatched, together and individually!

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24 Days of TwistUp with Annabelle Cosmetics | Swatches, reviews, & more!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Annabelle TwistUp in Naked - swatched on lips

Today’s TwistUp: Naked

This October, Annabelle Cosmetics is running one heck of a swatch fest: with 24 Days of TwistUp, a bunch of Canadian fashion and beauty bloggers (myself included) will be photographing, reviewing, and swatching the entire Annabelle Cosmetics TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon range.

The posts will go up on our blogs and social media accounts (look for the #24Days or #24Jours hashtag), featuring one shade a day from the 1st until the 24th of October. I’ll be starting a little late, as my package didn’t get here until late on the 30th, but I promise to start swatching ASAP!

24 Days of TwistUp calendar

The day-by-day (shade-by-day?) calendar

Want to join in (or win your own set of 24 TwistUps)? 

I wasn’t going to do 24 Days, but there are two things about it that I couldn’t pass up on. Firstly, I’m really excited to see these lipsticks on such a wide range of skintones. Everyone wears colour differently (remember when all of the Lipstick Bandits wore MAC Viva Glam V together?), and I think it’s going to be such a treat to see everything from nudes to reds on all of the participants.

And secondly? Annabelle has offered to send a full set of 24 TwistUps to one of theNotice’s Canadian or American readers (sorry, international lovelies), and I just couldn’t pass it up. I’ll hammer out the details over the next couple of days, then let you know how the giveaway will work — I’m thinking I might start it on the last day of the collaboration.

If you can’t wait, all shades of the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon range are on sale for $7.25 CAD each (that’s 25% off) on the Annabelle site, from now until the 24th. Shipping is free over $25 in Canada or $50 to the States, so it’s a good time to indulge!

Annabelle 24Days of TwistUp

Don’t miss a single day… 

Make sure you’re subscribed to theNotice to make sure you see each shade! To see the posts going up on theNotice (a review + photos of a few of my favourite shades), make sure to follow it through FeedBurner/RSSemail, or Bloglovin’.

Then, for all of the other photos and swatches, be sure to subscribe to our social media channels (TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest) to see the rest of the TwistUp coverage.

100 Pumps of Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk | A question asked, answered.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

100 pumps of Marcelle Cleansing Milk

Have you ever wondered what a hundred pumps of your favourite product would look like?

I have. This is it, emblazoned by the sun — one hundred evenings’ worth of Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk ($14.50 CAD), the one cleanser I just can’t quit. It’s perfect for balancing out my dry, dehydrated skin, and cleanses away the day’s detritus without stripping out an ounce of moisture.

I’m borderline fanatical about Marcelle, and I think this cleanser has a lot to do with it. I can’t find anything else (at any price point) that ticks all the boxes I’m looking for: scent-free, non-stripping, gentle, balancing, comforting.

Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk review holy grail

Marcelle Cleansing Milk on steroids. Available in-stores now (and at a great price)!

Cleansing milks take a little getting used to, sure, but I think they’re worthwhile for anyone with dry or combination-dehydrated skin. Even my [very dry] complexion will overproduce oil if it’s being overcleansed, and this cleansing milk absolutely helps keep my skin from getting oily throughout the day – with the help of a heavy moisturizer and my Marcelle Face Powder ($14.50 CAD), of course.

You could almost say that it’s… Essential. (I’m sorry! I couldn’t pass on such a terrible pun.)

Best cleansing milk - Marcelle Essentials old packaging

My first bottle of this stuff (long since repackaged). We’ve been through a lot!

The ingredients:

Water, Carbomer, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Cucumber Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aroma, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Peach Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Triethanolamine.

P.S. I love the Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Water ($14.50 CAD), too!

P.P.S. It’s kind of weird that all of my Marcelle favourites are the exact same price. Clearly, what we can learn from this is that all $14.50 Marcelle products are cosmetic gold!

Marcelle Essentials 400ml

Lise Watier Sweet Lips “Pistachio” Yummy Lip Balm: Review, Photos | & something sweet for your lips, too

Friday, June 7, 2013

Lise Watier Something Sweet Summer 2013 collection

The product: Lise Watier Sweet Lips Yummy Lip Balm in Pistachio

Launching alongside the new Lise Watier Something Sweet perfumePistachio is one of three limited-edition Sweet Lips Yummy Lip Balms made to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths. (I would love to say “sweet teeth,” but I think that would just be weird. And, yes, the “yummy” is right there in the sugary-sweet name!)

Lise Watier Sweet Lips yummy lip balm

Enriched with Vitamin E & shea butter, the macaron-inspired Sweet Lips balms apply as slightly-shimmery, surprisingly lightweight clear lip balms. I haven’t tried Sweet Berry or Chocolate, but I think Pistachio would be my favourite of the bunch even if I had: there’s something very novel about applying such a tasty-smelling blue lip balm, even if it’s practically clear!

Lise Watier Pistachio Macaron lip balm

The verdict?

While Something Sweet was, well, too sweet for me, Lise Watier’s Pistachio Sweet Lips Yummy Lip Balm hits the nail right on the head. The light, delicious fragrance dissipates quickly, but smells mouthwatering and edible in the super-cute tin. It may be more sugar than substance, but I’d take a wonderful gourmand lip balm over a pot of opaque blue any day!

Availability: $12.50 CAD for 9 g, exclusively at Shopper’s Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). Limited edition, but available in Sweet Berry, Pistachio, and Chocolate until they sell out.

PS: This little macaron closes very securely, and once you finish the balm (which, if you have a sweet tooth like me, you totally will), I bet this purse-friendly pot would make for awesome, macaron-inspired storage, too.

Lise Watier Something Sweet Review, Photos | A little something… sweet

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gourmand perfume - Lise Watier Something Sweet

The product: Lise Watier Something Sweet Eau de Toilette

Like the name suggests, Lise Watier’s latest fragrance offering is a bright, lively gourmand with plenty of sugary notes to satisfy any sweet tooth. As someone who prefers (by a long shot) dry, masculine scents, the company’s description of this one had me on the edge of my seat in terror — but, unlike last week’s bright pink confection, I’m not quite running away in fear.

Lise Watier Something Sweet fragrance spray

Something Sweet is, to me, the angel food cake of this season’s perfume launches. With top notes of champagne bubbles & rainbow sorbet (no, I’m not pulling your leg), middle notes of melon fizz & red fruit, and base notes of juicy raspberry and chocolate mousse, it sounds like something that could give you a cavity in two seconds flat… and it is.

Beneath that too-sweet exterior, though, lies a surprisingly palette-cleansing heart. It presents in a surprisingly layered manner – almost as if you’ve just rinsed off a tropical body wash, and followed up right afterwards with a spritz of metaphorical cotton candy.

Lise Watier Something Sweet EdT packaging

The Lise Watier camp refers to the bright heart of this fragrance as “zest,” and it really is — instead of a single-note, nauseatingly overdone saccharine disaster, Something Sweet is the perfect perfume for someone who loves gourmands but doesn’t want to smell like a late-90′s Disney teenybopper. It’s still super-sweet, but it has a little something else going on, too;  something bright and playful and vibrant.

Lise Watier Something Sweet detail

The verdict?

While I could never see myself wearing Something Sweet, I think Lise Watier has brought something worthwhile to the already-overflowing table of gourmands on the market today. I wish the fresh notes of this Eau de Toilette stuck around a little longer, but this lively, fresh gourmand might be just what you’re looking for if you love gourmands (but you’re tired of smelling the same thing over and over again).

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