If you have ever been to Battuta mall in Dubai you will know that there is not a lot going on down there. Sure there's a supermarket that keeps me stocked in eyelashes and a Forever 21 that offers a consistently decent stock but there's no Zara and no Sephora. From a retail perspective, this makes it pretty much dead to me.
This weekend though something momentous happened. Sephora opened. If that's not a cause for celebration I don't know what is. I christened the store with a mini haul and secured three hard to find things.
I was elated with this when I got home and I duly uploaded a pretty Instagram before I got stuck in and starting playing with the items. One day later and my feelings have decidedly cooled, with 2 of the 3 items currently sitting on very shaky ground. Here then are some very mixed first impressions...
The Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay blush palette
Okay, I'll open with some happy talk and say that apart from OC which is a bizarrely non-compliant shade that refuses to blend into the skin, this palette is marvellous.
Everyone has already said it - most recently Stacey with her excellent review - but the texture and pigmentation is top notch. You barely have to swipe your blush to pick up product and although at times a bit dusty, they are easy to work with.
* Cherry - reminds me of NARS Angelika and could look very "dolly" cheeks if not careful.
* Easy - NARS Sin but with a brighter cherry tone.
* Angel - a crisp golden highlighter shade that despite it's shimmery appearance refrains from giving you disco ball.
* Lo-Fi - a Tom Ford Gold Dust dupe. Although it lacks the golden shimmer that runs through Tom Ford the impact on the skin is just as warming and lifting.
* Hush - possibly my favourite apart from Lo-Fi and a warm tone for highlighter purposes.
* OC - bollocks. Weird peach/pink duo chrome that looks better in the pan than anywhere else.
You know what I thought when I used this today...I really should just sod it and get the eyeshadow palette because if it is anything like this then it's going to be a good idea!
What do we think?
The Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks
These two newbies are numbers 8 and 9 respectively in my Everlasting liquid lipstick stash. I think the formula of this line is fantastic and although a touch (read VERY) drying they are a product to turn to if you need to guarantee a lip look to last through a long day/night.
Noble was a shade that I had been angling for but was one that was often out of stock. After trying it a couple of time I have no bloody idea why. I think it looks horrendous and the formula is weak with a thin and streaky consistency. The finished look is akin to a peach pepto bismol.
When I was faffing around trying to get a semi-decent photo (I failed) I realised that nearly all the lighter matte lip stains that I have bought rarely translate well. I really think these are products that come to life in deeper tones and in such shades they are far more forgiving on the lips, neatly disguising lines and appearing smoother in consistency. Noble just looks like cack.
I would return this but then I have wondered if I could make use of it as a liner. This is what I do with Anastasia Pure Hollywood and these nude stains work well for that purpose at least. Plop a lipstick or a gloss on top and you get a long lasting lip with an added dimension. If I'm looking on the bright side that is how I can utilise Noble.
Right so Bow 'n' Arrow. First of all I didn't think this was even sold here. There's no space for it in the display and it was only when I was nosing through drawers (I love doing that/helping myself) that I spied two. *Happy excited dance*.
Now that the excitement has dissipated I will tell you that this is such a confusing colour. On some it looks brown, on others it looks mauve. I was hoping for the latter but I ended up with poop.
Now that I examine the photo of it I don't know if I hate it but it felt very grey and draining to wear in reality. I'm just disappointed it turned so muddy on me and I couldn't wait to get home and oil up the mouth to remove. As a dark brown-beige shade I thought it might be similar to Whirl or even Velvet Teddy but they are both far warmer - this is very cool/dead.
I have heard that its a great one to combine with products - even working it together with Noble or, as someone said to me on Snapchat, with a pink lipstick. Doing so no doubt creates balance and amps up the wearability. I will do what I am told and give that a go before I throw a complete strop.
I'm sorry I cannot recount my love for everything that I bought but sometimes products need a bit of work before that can happen. I have learned that quite a bit recently. I used to just write something off if I didn't love it right away but quite often it's my crap technique that has caused it to fail. Too Faced Born This Way, MAC Vintage Selection paint pot and the Becca Ultimate Creme concealers are some recent examples of this.
Don't worry guys, I'll find a way with the Everlasting lipsticks. And if you want to help me by letting me know how you wear them then make sure you contribute below :)
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