LIP SET WEEK | Clinique Chubby Colour & Shine

Friday, December 16, 2011

The product: Clinique Chubby Colour & Shine Set

It’s no secret that I’m in love with Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Colour Lip Balm (their full name. Isn’t it intimidating?) I’ve talked about them before – or, perhaps more accurately, I’ve talked about the them a lot already. We first reviewed Clinique’s Chubby Sticks last December (when they were revamped and relaunched), went on to add the ingredients, and featured them in this year’s Summery Summary.

It’s been almost an entire year (!!!), and I think it’s safe to say that I’m still in love with the Chubby Sticks. Which, for the record, is phenomenal – I fall in love with new products all the time, but it’s so rare that one product will stay in the rotation for any more than a season. But I’m still crazy for these adorable, crayon-y balms, and I don’t think it’s a love that’s going away anytime soon!

Thankfully, Clinique included my favourite shade in this set. I haven’t tried them all, but I loved Super Strawberry when I first got it – enough so that I didn’t feel the need to try the rest of them, I guess!

Even after swatching and wearing around the other three, Super Strawberry‘s still my fave. It’s the perfect pop of colour; bright enough to really pick up my complexion, but sheer enough to still look really natural and low-key. It transitioned really well from winter into summer (and then back again), which is always the mark of a good MLBB shade!

Swatched L-R: 02 Whole Lotta Honey, 04 Mega Melon, 06 Whoppin’ Watermelon, 07 Super Strawberry

Blended out: Whole Lotta Honey, Mega Melon, Whoppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry

The shades

Whoppin’ Watermelon is a pretty, pastel pink, and surprisingly, it has enough pigment to tone down my natural lip colour a bit. Super Strawberry is my go-to natural lip shade; it’s a really well-balanced medium berry-pink with just the right amounts of cool and warm. Mega Melon is a sheer melon-y shade with quite a bit more shimmer than the others. Whole Lotta Honey is a muted, medium brown with enough red undertones to keep from washing you out.

Clinique Super Strawberry Chubby Stick swatch

Swatches of the rest after the cut!

Is it giftable?

Absolutely! The Colour & Shine set retails for $38.50 CAD, and comes with four Chubby Sticks in a silver pouch. Because they’re so sheer, it means that they’re going to work on any (literally, any) skintone, which is always a nice thing to keep in mind when you’re gift-giving. I love that they’re paraben- and scent-free, too; I’m always in fear of being gifted a lovely lip product that I can’t use because of a scent!

Of course, the perfect person to get this set for? That would be you. I’m convinced that every beauty junkie ought to try the Chubby line at least once, and, well, isn’t this just the most perfect way to do it?

(The crayon-y pencils are even cuter in this gift set. Even cuter. They’re the same width, but are about a centimeter shorter. Adorable!)

Availability: Canadians, this set is exclusive to Shopper’s and Murale; Americans, I think you can get yours at Macy’s; UK girls, keep an eye out at Harrod’s, Selfidges, and Clinique – looks like they’re all sold out online, though (sorry I didn’t get to the set sooner!)

Lip swatches and product photos of each shade! »

COMING UP | Lip Set Week at theNotice

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

“But Rae!” you say, “It’s already Tuesday night!”

Well, yes. It is.

We’ll be covering three different (very different) lip sets for the Holiday season this year, so keep your eyes peeled! Reviews and swatches upcoming – the first one should be up by tomorrow night. These lovely kits by KorresBite, and Clinique are great last-minute gifts for anyone you’ve forgotten, from your lipgloss-only niece, to your classic-matte auntie, to your allergic-to-everything best friend.

And, of course, they’d be fabulous gifts for yourself :P

theNotice’s Holiday Gift Guide | get ornamental

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The products

Okay, confession: I like this one way more than yesterday’s natural skincare feature ;) (Not that I didn’t like that one! I just like this one rather a lot more.) This is the only other spread I have done right now, but I’d like to fit in one more before Christmas if I can!

No promises, but fingers crossed. I’ll try to make time :o) The holidays, you know? They’re crazy for us all.

(It’s a pity you can’t delegate to cookies. I would totally delegate to cookies. And then eat them once they’d finished their tasks. It would be gloriously efficient and so tasty.)

theNotice’s Holiday Gift Guide | for the natural beauty

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Look! It’s our first holiday spread! (Actually, it’s our first anything magazine spread.)

Do you like it? Do you? Do you??? Tell me you like it! Tell me you love it! And just – well, let’s not mention the fact that it’s looking extremely washed-out in my Chrome, mmkay? (Google, why do you have to crush all of my hopes and dreams.)

The products

I’ve done just two spreads for the holidays this year (the other will go up tomorrow, hopefully), but let me know what you think! They’re rather a lot of work, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have fun ;) If there’s interest, perhaps you’ll see a few more next year! And… they’re bound to get better eventually. Right? (This one is rather slapdash compared to Arianne and Jessica‘s!)

LUSH Chilli Tingle review, photos, swatches

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

While getting ready to review Chilli Tingle, I learned three extremely important things, and one less important thing:
  1. When flashing a lip swatch, do not, under any circumstances, forget to close your eyes.
  2. In particular, do not accidentally look right at your camera’s flash when it happens.
  3. Because that fucker is bright and it will burn itself onto your retinas for the next five to ten minutes. Do not, under any circumstances, be fooled by the innocuous appearance of your built-in flash.

As for the less-important-but-more relevant thing, I also learned that:

  1. I hate the smell of chilli.

The product: LUSH Lip Tint in Chilli Tingle

In case you hadn’t already figured it out for yourself, I’m not exactly Chilli Tingle‘s biggest fan. But, of course, that’s just me being ridiculous – it’s simply not what I’d expected. The product itself, however, really isn’t actually half-bad!

My initial reaction to this lip tint was huh, cool – you don’t see chilli in lip products too often, you know? The market’s mainly just full of peppermint and cocoa butter and vanilla and shea. While Chilli Tingle certainly is interesting, though, I should probably have thought about the fact that I hate chilli (and orange lip products, actually) before giving it a go.

(Yes, alright, you can take a moment to laugh at me.)

(Okay, moment’s over, stop it!)

Chilli Tingle Lip Tint, swatched

With the dry texture of this Lip Tint, I find that I have to put quite a bit of it on when I wear it – too sheer of a layer and it goes rather patchy, clinging to dry patches and otherwise just sliding about. With the amount that I have to wear, the resulting colour is a lot more full-on than I had anticipated: instead of a sheer coral, it’s more of a medium-opaque orange-red.

For beauty junkie with normal (rather than, erm, extremely dry) lips, though, and for lovers of orange lip products? I would definitely recommend giving this a go. There’s way more pigment in this product than you’d think, and the colour wears for quite a long time (especially for a “tint”!)

Swatched L-R: LUSH Lip Tint Chilli Tingle, Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Delirium, Annabelle Volumelip gloss in So Sanguine.

The verdict?

Steer clear of Chilli Tingle if (duh) you’re not a fan of chilli or orange lip colours, and/or if you have dry, sensitive lips. (Sometimes I think I need to have my brain checked out. Are you sure all of this perfume-sniffing hasn’t damaged my frontal lobe?)

However, if you’re looking for a natural (and we mean this in terms of production and ingredients, not colour) orange lip colour, don’t miss it! Just – make sure to think of it like a lip colour, not a lip balm, which was one of the many, many mistakes I made while writing this review. Remember to layer it on (too little product and it’ll shift around) and you should be good to go.

Ingredients, a full-face swatch, and another photo »

Two midweek launch rambles

Thursday, November 24, 2011

(To keep you occupied while I try desperately to get my arse in gear and finish a post with actual!content in the meantime…)

Essie, at Nordstrom

No real reason for including this one. I just really, really like that they’ve sorted them into such easily-accessible colour families and wanted to share :P (Oh, hello there, OCD! I didn’t see you there. OCD, meet theNotice’s readers. Readers, please meet my OCD.)

Gareth Pugh x MAC

This year’s MAC Holiday collection features the dark, lacquered colours and slightly “off” vibe typical to fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s collections. To me, Pugh’s work feels rather like a very structural interpretation of the dominatrix look: clean, unapproachable lines and a sort of space-punk atmosphere.

The collection is (thankfully) more wearable than the runway looks, and sees the re-release of Strada, which was discontinued from the regular line a year or two back (though it is still available through PRO shops).

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