Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches
Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches

Brown is definitely in this season in the lipstick world. Finding the right shade can be tricky to say the least. I found myself wondering around Selfridges (as per usual) a few weeks ago and came across the Christian Louboutin stand. I remember when there lipsticks were first launched and how stunning they looked. I desperately wanted one until I found out they were an incredibly steep £65 each.

One beautiful shade caught my attention immediately (not to say I didn't try or swatch the rest of them) which was Zoulou.

Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches
Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches

The Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick is phenomenal. The packaging is sensational. I have never seen such a pretty lipstick. It's beautiful gold packaging is iconic and I can only imagine what a necklace it would make (only kidding) but that is just how breath taking it looks.


Zoulou is Louboutin's most popular shade and it is easy to see why. It's a beautiful rosy brown which
 compliments a variety of skin tones. It is very versatile and wearable day and night. This beautiful shade definitely draws attention yet never looks over the top. 

I am totally in love with the texture - it glides on so easily and gives an amazing creamy matte finish. 

Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches
Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches


Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches
Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review Swatches
Still hung up on the heavy price tag I did another round of Selfridges determined to find a cheaper dupe but alas I could not find such a creamy or lustrous brown so it was then I decided I must have it. I have to say I have used it so much in the last few weeks and take any opportunity to show off the ornate packing to my friends. It definitely is a statement piece.

I am truly in love with this product but I have to say as it is a very creamy texture I find it doesn't last a meal which is slightly disappointing. I think I will persevere to find a dupe in the future as I'm not sure I could justify repurchasing this beauty! Having said that, I do use it a LOT currently and is definitely my go-to everyday lipstick.

Overall, I do definitely recommend this lipstick as a high end treat and definitely would make a great gift, if you could bear to part with it.

Have any of your lucky girls tried this lipstick in this shade or another? Would you repurchase?
Leave a comment below!

Shivanee
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29/09/2016

Christian Louboutin Zoulou Velvet Matte Lipstick Review

MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick Review, Swatches
MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick

I must admit, I am not a Trekkie, but when I saw the release deets of this collection on the internet, I felt that after years of staying true to creams and mattes, perhaps its time to try out shimmer on the lips again. I passed on the bold brave yellow, champagne and purple lipsticks and decided to go for the coral of the collection, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick.

MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick is a medium toned coral pink with a gold duochrome frost. If I were to compare it with existing lippies in the permanent line, it leans more coral than MAC Creme de la Femme Lipstick and it is lighter, more pink compared to MAC "O".

For a frost, I find this quite easy to wear. It's not too 'in your face', and with a clear gloss on top it just looks like a pretty shimmery lippy.

To be honest, this colour would work better if it were released in the heat of summer, but I will use it as my transitioning shade to when fall is properly here.

Digging through my pile of shimmery corals, I've swatched it next to those I felt might be quite similar.

MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick Swatches
MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick

MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick Swatches
MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick

It's been a while since I made proper comparison swatches and I was so pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this one, I should do them more often. I've dug up some old favourites - Cute-ster and Lollipop Loving - which were huge hits in the day I might add!

So compared to MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick, MAC Cute-ster Lipstick from the Hello Kitty collection is sheerer and lighter in colour. Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick is similar in shade but a bit sheerer with flecks of gold glitter. MAC Lollipop Loving Lipstick is lighter pink with a gold-green frost. MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick is warmer in tone with less of a frost.

MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick
MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick (R to L)

Overall I really like this lipstick. I think this shade is universally flattering. To make the pink stand out more, I would perhaps use a pink nude longwearing lip pencil, like Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Pencilunderneath to even out the base.

Have you picked up anything from the MAC Star Trek Collection? Do you wear frost finish lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog

17/09/2016

A Lippie from the MAC Star Trek Collection and a Few Comparisons


Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette, Pixi Box of Beauty, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vancouver Review Swatches
Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette, Pixi Box of Beauty, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vancouver

Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold
Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold


Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold

Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold

This look is a fusion of the glow of summer and the cool tones of fall, symbolic of the current transitioning season. As some of you may know through our instagram page (follow us: @theskinandbeautyblog), my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream collection is ever growing, with Vancouver being my latest addition. It's the same formula that we all love, but in a more daring and bold color. I am really excited that the SMLC line is getting more variety. I also used Pixi by Petra's Box of Beauty to highlight my face and give my cheeks a glowy blush, my beloved Benefit Hoola Bronzer for a little contour, and Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette to create a soft and dewy eye look.

We also recently collaborated with Mirina Collections, who was kind enough to invite us to their special Mirina Girl Ambassador program. The piece I picked out is called Viola Gold, from their best selling Statement Necklace line. If you're an accessory girl like I am, you'll love love love their stuff. We do have a discount code that our readers can use, should you choose to grab one of their stylish pieces. Just type mirinagirls in the coupon code box when you check out of your cart and you will receive 25% OFF of your purchase.

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Shannon
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14/09/2016

Fall Makeup featuring Mirina Collections Statement Necklace

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