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20 September 2014

Sigma Steady Glow Lip Vex Collection

Sigma Lip Vexes Review and Swatches

Sigma's newest collection is their Steady Glow Collection which comprises of an eyeshadow palette, three inner rim brighteners, five loose shimmers, three shimmer creams and five lip vex's. The Lip Vex five strong collection was designed by Sigma to compliment any makeup look, and all five Lip Vex's are paraben free and are described as being opaque with a smooth and creamy finish. I already own six of the Sigma lipglosses from the Enlight and Born To Be collections so I was interested to see how the Lip Vex formula differed to their ordinary lip glosses. The whole Sigma Steady Glow Collection is available to purchase from Beauty Chamber.

Each of the Sigma Lip Vex glosses have the same sleek packaging as their glosses, with a clear tube to see the shade of the gloss inside with holographic writing which really catches the light. The lids are matte black, and the applicator is a small thick brush which I really like as it distributes the gloss evenly across the lips and offers more precision than a doe-foot applicator. The brush applicator also allows you to apply over a lipstick without smudging or effecting the lipstick underneath.

Sigma Steady Glow Lip Vex Collection
Sigma Steady Glow Lip Vex Collection

The five gorgeous Sigma Lip Vex shades are; Vivid, Dazzling, Skinny Dip, Steady Glow and Chill Out, and each gloss differs in shade and finish and retail for just £8.95* each which I think is really good value when you compare them to the price of the MAC glosses.

Vivid is described as a watermelon shade with a satin finish. Vivid is a bright corally red which has good pigmentation, but is ever so slightly sheerer than the other four shades. Vivid doesn't contain any shimmer or glitter, and has a lovely creamy finish. 

Dazzling is described as an ultra shimmer light bronze with a glitter finish. When I saw Dazzling in the tube, I didn't think it was a shade I'd be able to pull off, however when I swatched it, I really fell in love with it. It's a light bronze gloss base, that contains lots of silver and bronze glitter and shimmer particles. Even though Dazzling is packed with glitter, it doesn't feel gritty on the lips which is really surprising. I'd never wear Dazzling as opaque as this swatch, but it looks so pretty when worn sheerly alone or over another lipstick. I've never seen a gloss shade like this one before, it's truly unique.

Skinny Dip is described as being a papaya smoothie shade with an opaque finish. I'd describe Skinny Dip as being a bright tangerine cream, and it really is impressively opaque. This is my favourite shade from the five as I love corals and oranges, and Skinny Dip looks so pretty when teamed with a coral lipstick, however due to its opacity it resembles more of a liquid lipstick than a gloss. This is such a pretty shade for summer.. I love it so much.

Steady Glow is described as being a soft tangerine with a shimmer finish. I think Steady Glow is more of a copper shade and it contains a golden shimmer which is very pretty. This is such an autumn/fall appropriate shade and reminds me of the colour of the changing leaves. Steady Glow is particularly pretty layered over a nude lipstick. If you already own Sigma's Get Ready Lip Gloss, you might want to skip Steady Glow as they're almost identical.

Chill Out is described as being a cool bubblegum pink with an opaque finish. I agree with the description completely.. it's such a gorgeous pink gloss, I've never seen a pink gloss as opaque, vivid and pigmented as Chill Out. I'm not sure I can pull off wearing Chill Out alone as it's a little too Nicki Minaj for my liking, however it is the perfect gloss for any pink lipstick as it can be sheered out nicely and adds such an amazing mirror like gloss to the lips.

All five Sigma Lip Vex glosses have an amazing, non-sticky formula. They have the slightest amount of 'tack' to them which helps them adhere to the lips so they're considerably long lasting. They have a subtle vanilla scent to them which I really like, and I genuinely love all five shades. I'm not entirely convinced by the Lip Vex name for this singular collection, as the formula is identical to their ordinary lip glosses, but they're definitely gorgeous glosses. I think £8.95 is such good value for glosses of this quality and I'd really recommend trying them out if you favour non-sticky, long lasting, pretty glosses.

Which is your favourite shade?

19 September 2014

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

The Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara £18* is described as giving 'out-to-there length and fine tuned separation with a feathery look'. It has a waterproof, tearproof and smudgeproof formula that lasts upto 12 hours making it ideal for wearing on holiday or to the gym. The Feathering Mascara is designed to be a buildable mascara that doesn't clump which made me excited as I love to build my mascara up for dramatic lashes, however I despise spider leg clumpy lashes.
The Lash Power Feathering Mascara's brush is amazing, it's quite rounded with individual bristles in lots of directions which I've never seen on a mascara wand before. The bristles are tapered towards the ends too, making it easy to apply product to the smallest of lashes without smudging mascara all over my face. The first coat of this mascara is very minimal, and is barely visible on my lashes so I went ahead and applied a further coat, and that's where this mascara comes into its own.. it definitely needs at least two coats for the feathered effect to appear. I personally love my lashes to be quite dramatic as the rest of my makeup is typically quite natural on a day-to-day basis, so I prefer to opt for three coats of this mascara and it really doesn't clump. The more coats you apply, the more dramatic your lashes look.. the individual bristles on the wand help to comb your lashes so that your lashes are beautifully separated for the 'feather' effect.
The only downside with this mascara is that it only contains 5.5ml of product, which I imagine will last no more than two months with three coats needed with every use but the long wearing, heat resistant formula is definitely worth it, in my opinion.. plus it removes incredibly easily with micellar water and is super gentle on my sensitive eyes.