Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch & Review!

Revlon_Cherries_In_The_Snow_rosesHi! This past weekend I assisted catering a function to help out a family member. One of the perks of this type of work is that I get to go home with some sort of goodies when it’s all over, and in this case I got to take home these gorgeous roses! It’s not often I have flowers or even much plant life in my home as I’m always worried the kitty will nibble them but she’s ignored these ones so far. They still look great actually even after 5 days, they are on my desk just starting to open! Funny how the vase dwarfs the lipstick in that header photo!

I was especially glad to have got to take these home as I spent the whole event looking at them, thinking the colour reminded me of something. A very particular lipstick, and old favourite, and I just had to know if I was imagining it, or if I was in fact thinking of the right thing. Take a look for yourself!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Roses

Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Roses

Revlon_Cherries_In_The_Snow_Closeuprose

Pretty spot on right? Revlon Cherries in the Snow Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick has been around at least since the 50’s, from what I can find, which tells you something about it’s popularity and lasting power as an iconic lip shade. The formula is even and smooth, and it lasts on my lips reasonably well providing I don’t eat anything. The shade brightens up my pale skin making everything looks more vibrant, but I can see this looking equally as striking on a darker skin tone as well. Cherries in the Snow is a clearly blue/cool based raspberry pink-red with no hint of shimmer. You can dab on a bit for a fuchsia stain, or apply full on for a look with the impact of a red but the flattering femininity of a pink! I’m often too scared to wear a full on red lipstick (although I can recommend several red lip butters also from Revlon here for a softer look) but this one seems more manageable. It somehow makes my eyes look bluer, and my skin look clearer. I must have a few dozen lipsticks but this is by far my favourite. Maybe not the most wearable, definitely not an every day thing, but still a clear favourite. No wonder it’s persisted since the 50’s! I’d imagine it would have had a resurgence of popularity in the 80’s as well. I hope they never discontinue this “vintage” shade!

Here are some swatches in sun and with flash.

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch in Sun

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch in Sun

Revlon Cherries in the Snow swatch with flash

Revlon Cherries in the Snow swatch with flash

It’s worth noting that this lip shade isn’t actually available in Canada. I had to order mine from what I though was a US eBay vendor, which then in turn shipped from Germany! I’m not sure why, but I don’t mind, the product was perfect. Glad I ordered 2 with all that trouble. I did try sending Revlon a letter to inquire as to why we don’t have it in Canada, and they sent me a form letter about how products get discontinued (which it isn’t, it’s been in constant production in the US, so I guess no one really read my question.)

Revlon Cherries in the Snow on lips NC20/25

Revlon Cherries in the Snow on lips NC20/25

Also worth noting is that the nail shade incarnation of Revlon Cherries in the Snow IS available in Canada. I’ve seen it, although not recently, and if I see it again I will snap it up as the colour does match the lip shade perfectly. I hope they didn’t discontinue that!

Incidentally, I couldn’t find out the name of the shade of the roses themselves. I was told it’s usually on the label that come with them, but we looked, and nothing. If anyone knows, please share as I would love to know!

I want to round this post out with a couple of old ads for this same lipstick!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Super Fast & Bright Summery NOTD with NYC Time Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

Today’s NOTD is with an old favourite! I’ve had NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish for a couple of years now and I would absolutely rebuy if I could find it anywhere locally. NYC polishes are never more than $2-3, (says $1.99 on their US website, by I’m in Canada), usually have great formulas and absolutely do dry very quickly. Thankfully according to NYC’s website this one isn’t discontinued yet.

NYC Times Square (224) is a not quite tomato red creme formula, with pinky coral undertones. It is bright, vibrant and gorgeous. This shade works equally as well as a pop of colour against pale porcelain skin, or tanned skin. This would look great on anyone! Two coats went on smoothly, dried quickly, and didn’t need a top coat. This one lasts a couple of days on me with no chips, and I chip nails very easily.

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

For an accent nail, I put on a quick layer of the super sparkly Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate I just reviewed here. There was a comment on that post regarding the awkward to store shape of the Nicole by OPI bottles, and I agree, they are a pain. I gave up on trying to force these bottles to play nice with the rest of mine in their storage box, and this was my “solution”..

Nicole by OPI Storage Solution

Nicole by OPI Storage Solution

This whole look barely even took 10 minutes. Love this, it’s quite a bright and summery pick me up! If you haven’t tried this line and have it available near you, try it! I’ve only ever been disappointed in one of their shades (East Village) because it was pretty sheer. All the others I’ve tried have been great, and I have well over a dozen!

Anyone else have a more creative Nicole by OPI storage solution? I’d be happy to hear it!

Enjoy your weekend!

The Reds of Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters – Comparison Swatch & Review!

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Monstrously picture heavy post! If you aren’t quite brave enough for a full on bold red lip but are curious because they look so great on everyone else (like I was) these Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters are a fantastic place to start due to the sheerer, moisturizing formulas. Consider them as training wheels for red lips! I didn’t get all of these at the same time so they are in varying states of use, but all are worth taking a look at. There are 4 Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters that are on the red side that I have selected for review today. Although some may look similar in their tubes, you will see the end result is quite different when swatched.

 

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

From left to right: Candy Apple, Cherry Tart, Wild Watermelon, Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

From top to bottom: Candy Apple, Cherry Tart, Wild Watermelon, Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

 

Starting with the “warmest” of the four is Candy Apple 035. Candy Apple is a glitter free ever so slightly orange leaning red which applies sheerly and smoothly but can build up to a very luminescent brighter red. This is the closest to a true red that I can find in Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters and is the most wearable true red shade that I own. Very flattering and still forgiving due to the sheerness.

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple Lip Swatch

 

Next we have the much more cool toned Cherry Tart 070. Cherry Tart is definitely more of a berry red, and more pigmented than it’s counterparts. Clearly blue in undertone and full of shimmery silver and red micro glitter, it has a nice depth and intensity while still being sheer. It will build to an almost fuchsia deeper berry tone. I don’t think many of these Lip Butters have glitter, the only other one that comes to mind is Peach Parfait (also pretty). I think this might be my favourite!

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart Lip Swatch

 

I think Wild Watermelon 063 is a more recent addition to the Lip Butter lineup. It is a sparkle free brightened warm pinkish red. I think they tweaked the formula with this one. It feels slightly drier (but by no means drying) and applies more smoothly and evenly than the others. This one is the most fun, perky and easy going of these 4.

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon Lip Swatch

 

And finally Red Velvet 040. I lied, I think this one might be my favourite! This was my first red Lip Butter purchase which sold me on the rest. Red Velvet is a somewhat plummy deeper, darker red, a bit mysterious, vampy and broody. No glitter. It reminds me of stains from black cherry juice. It looks great with pale skin and blue eyes but I’d imagine it would look just as nice on someone darker as well. Gorgeous shade.

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet Lip Swatch

 

And all 4 together for an at a glance comparison!

Revlon Lip Butter Reds Swatched

Revlon Lip Butter Reds Swatched

 

Overall these are worth a try if you still haven’t! Each Lip Butter has a weartime somewhat better than your standard lip gloss, but not quite the wear or intensity of a lipstick. All are pretty moisturizing. I need something on my lips at all times and never feel too dry with these. They retail for around $8-9 Canadian but I grab them when on for $3.99 or a BOGO sale.

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Love them! Have a favourite Revlon Lip Butter?
Have a great weekend!

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Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer & Grand Rouge Lipstick

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick & Nail Lacquer

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick & Nail Lacquer

It’s not often I’ll order from Yves Rocher. I’m turned off by the frequent discontinuation of products and junk mail. They used to have a foundation I loved (Teint Fluide Effet Seconde Peau/Second Skin Effect Foundation), and would buy it forever but of course – discontinued. Rarely I will get an email with free shipping on a $15-20 order, and if the “free gift” is good that week I will try a couple of things. Sometimes I get something amazing, and the items I’m reviewing and swatching today are one of those lucky finds!

These 2 lovelies came together as a bundled free gift with purchase: Yves Rocher Nail Lacquer in Rouge Grenadine 31 (a grenadine/pomegranate red also labeled in french as Vernis Brillance) and Yves Rocher Grand Rouge in Rouge Vif 31 (Bright Red).

Starting with the nail polish. The bottle is less than half the size of your average nail polish at 5.5 mls. I was initially disappointed by that, thinking I would get less uses out of it, however the first thing I noticed during application is that it was near perfect coverage at only one coat! The colour is an amazing brightening true red. I have all kinds of red polish and never has one popped so much against my skin tone. The formula is smooth, highly pigmented, spreads out beautifully over the nail and dries glossy without a topcoat. Drying time is about average. Overall I’m super impressed by the quality of this formula and would try it again gladly. This has quickly become my favourite red! Only downsides are that the bottle is smaller than average, is a tall, skinny shape making it more prone to tip over, and the brush holds a deceptively large amount of product even after brushing it off making application slightly sloppier. None of these are deal breakers for a formula this good. The product swatch on Yves Rocher’s website shows this shade to have a golden shimmer, but it does not. This is a creme. Their website claims the addition of “Elemi Gum” helps the product last longer, which I can’t substantiate one way or the other! It does wear well though.

Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer

Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer

Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer

Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer

On to the lipstick! It is full size at 3.7g or 0.13 oz and in a pretty golden shiny tube. The top is angled so I can’t store it upside down. I like to see the labels to find things faster. The formula of this lipstick is as good as it’s nail polish counter part! It is a rich cream formula with no shimmer, goes on smoothly, easily buildable with very intense pigment. The finish isn’t glossy, probably closer to satin. If blotted this could easily be matte. The red is a true red, leaning slightly blue based in natural light and orange based in indoor lighting (just like the polish). It feels luxurious on the lips and isn’t drying. As it wears off, it does so evenly with no patchiness. The pigment is so potent and smooth I’ve found I can dab on a small amount with some gloss for a more subtle yet still colourful look. This isn’t long wearing by any means, although their website claims it to be so. It wears as well as any regular lipstick, but I’d put the feel of the formula up with higher end ones. The formula boasts Camelia Oil, Vitamine E and Organic Sesame Oil for moisturization. It has a lightly sweet scent that reminds me a little of marshmallows, this fades quickly.

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (Bright Red)

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (Bright Red)

 

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (bright Red) Swatch in shade

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (Bright Red) Swatch in shade

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (bright Red) Swatch in Sun

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (Bright Red) Swatch in Sun

 

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (bright Red)

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (Bright Red)

 

 

Overall I love the formula and intense pigmentation of both these products. I would gladly try other shades in either line, especially if they’re on offer as a free gift with purchase again!

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (bright Red)

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge, Rouge Vif (bright Red)

Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer

Yves Rocher Rouge Grenadine Nail Lacquer

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