Tarte Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set

While the first quarter of 2017 may be done, I am still sorting through my 2016 holiday haul. Naturally, beauty-loving friends went a little Black Friday gaga and pooled our US purchases for shipping to Manila. The first of my buys making a debut for review here is the Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set (USD 10). *Note that this is a limited edition set for Black Friday that is no longer being sold, but there are resellers still offering this set.

Tarte Intro to Tarte

Quick Specs: Mascara 4 ml / 0.13 fl oz manufactured in Italy and assembled in Taiwan ; lipstick 1 g / 0.035 oz made in Italy ; blush 1.5 g / 0.05 oz made in China

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Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip

Admission: Before seeing the promotional pics for the Alexis Ren X Colourpop collab, I had no idea who Alexis Ren was. This is just a testament to my lack of IG guru knowledge. (For that matter, it is a testament to my general lack of influencer “who’s who” knowledge. Sorry! 😦 ) But the teaser photos were enough to pique my interest, especially after seeing the lipstick swatches. A small group of beauty junkie buddies pooled our orders to have the collection shipped to Manila, and now I give you my review for the Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi (USD 5)

Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi

Quick Specs: 1 g / 0.035 oz ; made in USA

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Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer

This might sound blasphemous to some, but I don’t have the best of relationships with matte liquid lipstick. I neither like the dry feeling, nor do I appreciate how most of them will go crumbly and re-apply unevenly after meals. In short, comfort is a major factor in lip color, so I’ll only start using a liquid lipstick that feels right even if it isn’t necessarily a flat matte. A perfect example is Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Black Licorice Pop (PHP 1,100 ; USD 18.50).

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Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour and Primer

Quick Specs: 6 ml / 0.2 fl oz; made in Italy

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Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

I like to think that part of the appeal in playing with makeup is the addition of a “magic touch” to FOTDs. It doesn’t always have to be a major transformation. It could be a hint of sparkle here and there or a lit from within glow, subtle alterations that can brighten up the face. One such product that has a reputation for giving lips a flattering rosy boost is Lipstick Queen Frog Prince (USD 25).

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Quick Specs: 0.12 oz / 3.5 g ; made in Canada

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MAC Lipstick in Instigator

Do you get swept up by trends? I get swept up by the “season”. (In quotation marks, because the where I’m from isn’t exactly a seasonal place. But I digress…) If I see all those gorgeous seasonal shades, I start obsessing. And even before fall officially started, I was already into the idea of the ultimate vampy lip that I have always been a little self-conscious of. Its the color that will push me to my limits, short of going all-out black. My Pick for 2016: MAC Instigator (PHP 1,000; USD 17).

MAC Lipstick Instigator

MAC Lipstick Instigator

Quick Specs: 3 g / 0.1 US oz ; made in Canada

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