Essie Bridal 2017 Gel Couture Swatches & Review

Essie Gel Couture Bridal 2017 Berry in LoveThe first Essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection is a collaboration with bridal designer Monique Lhuillier, and it launches April 18, 2017.

Essie Gel Couture Bridal 2017My signature nail colour has been known to be white shellac for a number of years. Occasionally I’ll change it up and go for a bold shade every now and then, but truthfully I prefer muted soft tones on my nails. When I do my nails at home I reach for one of my large collection of soft pinks.

Essie Gel Couture Bridal 2017I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I tried Essie nail polish, and I’m not sure why! They have an excellent shade range, and now adding to that, these gorgeous six-shade Bridal 2017 polishes. Essie’s Gel Couture is a bit different than their regular line of polishes. The Gel Couture is a no light gel nail polish for your at home gel, and with that you’ll receive a gel-like manicure in an easy 2-step system when you apply their topcoat.

Swatches of the 6 Essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection:

Lace to the Altar · elegant ivory accented with iridescent pearls

Dress is More ·  creamy white that’s dusted with pink

Blush-worthy · feminine peony pink speckled with gold

Sage you love me · soft dusty gray with a kiss of green

To Have & to Gold · chic vintage rose gold

Berry in Love · deep, dazzling plum red

Shop Essie Bridal 2017 Gel Couture| $11.50 USD · $13.99 CDN.

And if you want to see them all in action, I filmed a live-swatch video of them applied.


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Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks (swatches + review!)

Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks, Spring 2017Omg I’m thrilled to say that I received a surprise parcel from Dior the other week. My excitement for this parcel was real – I don’t think I was in the front door the entire way when I ripped open the UPS cardboard box it came in. It’s been a while since I’ve featured some brand new Dior goodies on the ol’ blog!

Dior Lacquer in rosesDior launched a new line of lipsticks, and they’re called the Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks, with 18 shades available and 4 colour categories to choose from, with pastel, neon, classic, and wild shades. I received four colours in three of the categories.

Peter Philips is doing an impeccable job since coming on as Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup. I’ve been really pleased with the launches he’s come up with, not to mention following along his journey on his daily Snapchat posts. He was inspired by the city of Los Angeles to create this new line of Lacquer Sticks. The pastels will consist of corals, lavender shades and pinks to look like a California postcard from the 50’s. Neon shades to mimic the bright LA city lights. Classic shades will have beautiful red carpet reds, and finally the wild shades are going to lean more on the grunge-side of things with the trendy brown shades.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick 550 TeaseDior Addict Lacquer Stick| 550 Tease · pastel

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick 674 K-KissDior Addict Lacquer Stick| 674 K-Kiss · classic

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick 620 PoisonousDior Addict Lacquer Stick| 620 Poisonous · wild

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick 924 SauvageDior Addict Lacquer Stick| 924 Sauvage · wild

I will note that the darkest shade shown here above, Sauvage, will likely require a lip liner as I noticed a smidge bleeding of the colour on my lips.

Like any Dior launch there are four “it-shades’ that are must-haves from the collection, and I have two of ’em! 877 Turn Me Dior, 684 Diabolo, 924 Sauvage, 550 Tease. If you want to see the colours in action I filmed a video too, it’s short at just 3 minutes, so go ahead and watch! :)


Shop Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks | $43 CDN · $35 USD



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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks New Shades

MAC Retro Matte Liquid LipsticksMAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks launched new shades at the beginning part of 2017, and while they do look pretty bold in the tubes, some of the shades I got I might actually wear in public! Lol.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid LipsticksWhile the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks are in fact matte, they’re not uncomfortable. A little dry on the lips, but that’s the nature of the game with liquid lipsticks. I’m going to be honest — I don’t know if it’s only my lips but the colours don’t seem to last the intended time on me. I get a funny lip-liner look when I wear them for more than an hour. I haven’t tried wearing them with lipliner, but perhaps that’ll be my next experiment with these.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid LipsticksThe formula is easy to apply, and it blends smoothly and the pigmentation is substantial with intense colour payoff with one swipe giving you a completely matte finish.

Onto the swatches of the three unique nude-brown-grunge shades. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to see my short YouTube video of them, too!

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick Cafe Au ChicMAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick| Café Au Chic · Greyed beige

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick Ess-pressoMAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick| Ess-presso · Deepened chocolate brown

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick Uniformly FabulousMAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick| Uniformly Fabulous · Blackened grape

Thinking the middle shade (Ess-presso) would be the easiest colour to wear on my complexion, I was wrong. I much prefer the cement-grey called Café Au Chic, and the blackened grape shade took me by surprise too, sure it’s a bold lip but that’s all in right now!

A few questions for you: What are your thoughts on this formula from MAC? Do you own any? Would you wear any of the shades I have on my lips, above? If you were to select any of the three above which would you choose?

Watch the short video!

Shop MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks| $25 CDN · $21 USD

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