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Max Factor Ruby Fruit – a Chanel Rouge Noir Dupe? – Review and Swatches

Max Factor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit. The bottles were sealed with sellotape – hate it when they do that!

Chanel’s Rouge Noir nail polish is often considered to be the jewel in the crown of its fabulous polish collection – a vampishly sexy black-red with echoes of velvet, blood and Elvira in a dark alley. Which of course means I had to have it. Imagine, then, how delighted I was to discover using my good friend Google that there exists an uncanny dupe for Rouge Noir in the form of Max Factor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit!

Both the Chanel original and the Max Factor version apply smoothly without streaks, but I noticed that the Max Factor dried quicker and was more chip resistant. I’ve heard that Chanel polishes don’t wear very well, but as someone who can rarely make nail polish last longer than two days without serious chipping, that’s something I’m used to. So far, though, I’ve applied makeup and been typing away and the Max Factor nail polish has held fast. It’s a snip of the price at £5.99 – that’s more like it!

Max Factor Ruby Fruit

Ruby Fruit, complete with sellotape residue




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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – review and swatches

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
Balm stains are all the rage at the moment, and Revlon has jumped on the bandwagon after the Clinique Chubby Sticks (seriously, WHO thought up that name??). I’m always excited to try a drugstore dupe of a high end product and I was really impressed by this one. RRP £7.99, but currently £5.99 in Boots and Superdrug.

It’s certainly moisturising – stains can be very drying but the balm component prevents that from happening. This does mean, however, that the glossiness doesn’t last long. Swatched on the hand there isn’t a whole lot of cover but they’re surprisingly pigmented, and you can really build up the colour on the lips. I tried out Romantic (bright red) and Honey (muted pink). The stain’s quite subtle (in a good way) and seems to last quite well, but I prefer the glossiness! They’re both great shades, and very easy to wear (Romantic is especially good if you’re looking to wear red but find it intimidating).

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Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Barracuda – Review and swatches:

The bigger, fatter version of Urban Decay’s famed 24/7 Eyeliner pencils, the 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencils aren’t just your average cream shadow. No creasing or greasiness here – these pencils pack a pigmented punch and are also really long-wearing. I finally had the chance to pick one up and I chose Barracudaa pearlescent black with silver glitter that looks a lot like the eyeliner Oil Slick. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Barracuda

I first tried this when I popped into an Urban Decay counter before going to see Ingrid Michaelson at Bush Hall. Now, if you’ve ever been to Bush Hall you’ll know it’s the sweatiest you’ve ever been in your life. I hadn’t anticipated this, so piled on the eye makeup at the counter – Barracuda pencil all over the lids, followed by Oil Slick eyeshadow on top and Perversion 24/7 eyeliner pencil to finish. When it started getting really sweaty I was worried my makeup would be running down my face… but no! It stayed put all night, and was still perfect after the gig even though it looked as though someone had turned the sprinklers on! I was totally sold.

As well as working well as an eyeshadow base, these pencils can be used alone all over the lid or as eyeliners. They smudge well for a short time after application before setting – after that, nothing will budge them apart from makeup remover!

24/7 Eyeshadow Pencils come in a variety of lovely bright colours and the glitter isn’t as prone to fallout as the shadows are (notoriously) – my only problem is that they’re erring on the pricey side at £14 each. I know that in the USA, drugstore brand Milani do a similar product (in fact I asked my friend to pick some up for me!) but as far as I know you can’t get any cheaper versions over here in the UK.

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Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette – Review and swatches

This beauty came through my letterbox this morning, much to my excitement! Sugarpill is one of my favourite makeup brands because you can be sure you’re getting brilliant quality, highly pigmented products. I have four of the pressed shadows (Dollipop – pink; Buttercupcake – yellow; Flamepoint – orange; Poison Plum – purple) and one of the loose ones (Goldilux – it’s legendary!!) so this palette was at the top of my wishlist.

Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette open

Look at the size of those pans – they’re full size, a whopping 37mm diameter with 4g of product! Compare that to MAC’s 25mm eyeshadows with 1.5g of product – such good value for money, and the colour payoff is just great. As they’re matte based you might expect some chalkiness, but they are super smooth to apply. They’re also vegan and cruelty free.

In the pan we have Acidberry (lime green),  Velocity (deep blue), 2am (violet) and Mochi (light turquoise). Some of these colours are comparable to the Sleek Curaçao palette (namely Mochi) but a lot less chalky and with more pigmentation. Acidberry is so stunning, probably my favourite in the palette, followed by Mochi.

The Heartbreaker Palette is available from Sugarpill for $34 – I got mine from the UK-based Cocktail Cosmetics for £24.95. You can get 10% off there with the code SHOPPER!

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Lipstick Queen ‘Wine Sinner’ lipstick – review and swatches

Lipstick Queen Wine Sinner lipstickI’ve been after a dark red lipstick ever since I saw Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and picked this up at Space.NK after it was recommended by a sales assistant. It is SO pigmented and as a result long-wearing. It doesn’t feel at all drying as is often the case with matte lipsticks – another big pro. Coming in quite pricey at £18, it’s a splurge, but if you’re after a real luxury lipstick, this might be one to check out. Lipstick Queen is the creation of Poppy King, a stalwart of the makeup industry and someone who really knows her stuff.

The tube itself is matte and sophisticated, with a gold logo on the inside. Understated and chic. Upon first opening there seems to be some moisture gathering but we’re assured on the packaging that that’s normal.

I just love this. The colour makes me feel like a million dollars. Wearing it out in the daytime might be quite challenging… but I’m willing to have a go. ;)

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Today’s nails: Topshop Hidden Treasure – Peridot dupe? Swatches and photos

I was in John Lewis Oxford Street recently just browsing their lovely new beauty section when I came across the Topshop makeup stand. I’ve never bought anything from the Topshop makeup range but I’ve heard it’s pretty good – so when I saw this nail polish Hidden Treasure I HAD to buy it. It’s a dupe for Chanel’s famous Peridot that I’ve been salivating over since I first saw it.

Topshop Hidden Treasure nail polish

Hidden Treasure (photo from

I… may have even gone over to the Chanel counter to swatch it and compare the two. I couldn’t find much of a difference (maybe the Chanel went on slightly more even, but you can’t tell).

It’s £6 for 8ml, compared to Chanel’s £18 for 13ml. Sold yet?

As for the wear, well, I’m used to nail polish chipping after a day as my nails are super weak – but so far, it seems to be mostly intact. Well done everyone.

See it on my (stubby) nails after the jump.

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Review: GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner

A recent convert to GOSH makeup (originally from Denmark, available at Superdrug stores), I was recommended this eyeliner by someone I work with after I asked her how she managed to keep her eyeliner perfect throughout a shift. Whenever I use black eyeliner it seems to smudge everywhere and make me look like I haven’t slept for three days. I love Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeliners but the black shade Zero has, well, zero staying power. Which is why this one is such a blessing!

Much used and abused… and much loved.

It’s not as smooth to apply as UD’s 24/7 liners – I have yet to find another eyeliner that even comes close to that – but the staying power is amazing. It’s waterproof, but comes off easily with makeup remover; and most importantly, it barely smudges. I popped into Superdrug yesterday to have a look at the other colours in the range, swatched them on my hand and this morning (after copious handwashing) you can still see them. Very impressive for a drugstore brand. It’s just a shame they don’t have as amazing a colour range as Urban Decay do – although there are some nice colours such as a bright lime green.

This is comparable to UD 24/7 liner in Perversion – and less than half the price!

GOSH Velvet Touch waterproof eyeliner is available from Superdrug for £4.99.