Sunday, October 1, 2023

Romand Lips- Glasting Melting Gloss, Juicy Lasting Tint and Blur Fudge Tint

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Today I wanted to chat about the brand Romand (rom&nd). Romand is a South Korean-based brand founded in 2016 by Beauty Influencer Saerom Min known as Gaeko. I can't remember when I first heard about them but I started hearing more about their lip products earlier this year when the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Lip Oils launched. I saw a few people comparing the Rare Beauty Lip Oils to the Romand Juicy Lasting Tints. As far as I know, the only K-Beauty brands that I have tried so far are Missha, Too Cool for School, Erborian, Beauty of Joseon, COSRX and Laneige. I wanted to try some makeup from a K-Beauty brand and compare them to some products I already own. 

I decided to order a variety of lip products from Romand via Stylevana. I hadn't ordered from them before and they had actually contacted me last year looking to give me a voucher to order products but they were looking for specific reviews within a week of receiving the products and content without payment so I said no as I only accept PR without any obligation to post anything. I'd never be able to give a review just one week after receiving a product.

Romand is stocked on a few different websites that ship to Ireland but I decided to place an order with Stylevana just to experience shopping from their website myself. It was quite straightforward and I had no issues other than the package took a while to arrive but I was expecting that so as long as you're not in a hurry, it's probably the best value for money as they always have offers going on. I think I ended up spending just over €30 on these 4 lip products. I ordered a few other skincare items from other brands as there was free EU shipping if you spent €49 so I took the opportunity to try out some other products I have been wanting to try. I just thought I'd mention where I ordered from as well as the prices and the experience as I know it can be offputting to try out a new brand if it's not readily available from a retailer that you order from regularly. 

This post is quite photo-heavy as I wanted to provide as much detail as possible. When I was researching which products to buy and what shades to go for, I couldn't find many reviews or swatches that weren't heavily edited. I really wanted to try the Glasting Melting Balm, the Zero Velvet Tint and the Milk Tea Velvet Tint but they didn't have the shades I wanted in stock and I had to be selective as I didn't know whether I would like the formulas so I went with two shades of the Juicy Lasting Tint, a Glasting Water Gloss and a Blur Fudge Tint. I tried to play it safe with a selection of shades that I knew I would wear and could easily compare to others in my collection. 

Let's get started with the lightest shade of the four. It's so light, it's crystal clear. I'm a sucker for a juicy lip gloss even though I tend to only wear them when my hair is off my face. The Irish wind and lip gloss are not a winning combination, but I love how it looks. I have a few clear or shimmer lip glosses and oils- the Dior Lip Glow Oil in shade 000 Universal Clear,  the Glossier Lip Gloss in both Clear and Holographic, the Danessa Myricks Colorfix Glaze in Clear and the Lisa Eldridge Gloss Embrace Lip Gloss in Silent Sun. 

There are a few shades available, all translucent with glitter but I decided to go for 00 Meteor Track which is a transparent gloss with blue sparkles. I was mesmerised when I first opened this one. It definitely gives that Y2K nostalgia that will delight any fellow elder Millenials. The packaging is probably my favourite out of the four products I bought, mostly because it's so satisfying to be able to see the liquid inside and the tiny sparkling blue glitter. It glides onto your lips and feels smooth, not sticky in any way. It really lives up to its name as it's such a thin, almost watery feeling. The applicator is unlike any I've seen before. It's a thin silicone paddle rather than a doe foot which is great for if you want to clean it off or sanitise before putting it back into the tube. That's one thing I really appreciate as I hate when you have a clear gloss and you can see it getting cloudy from the tainted doe foot applicator going back into the tube. Maybe I'm just a bit weird or does anyone else feel the same way? In the photos below I am just wearing the Glasting Water Gloss, no lip liner. In the photos at the very end, you can see how it looks over the Blur Fudge Tint. I'm sure it would look amazing over a liner or a lip stain too. I quite like wearing it alone because it is so shiny, I like letting that be the look. 

The formula has menthol in it in the form of menthyl lactate which gives it both the scent and cooling feel of a menthol lip product. I know some people like to avoid menthol as they find it irritating or drying or don't like the scent so I wanted to mention it as I know scent in lip products is an important factor for some people. It also has sweet almond oil extract for hydration. I love how this looks on my lips, I don't mind the cooling sensation and if given the choice, I'd rather it didn't have the scent as it's not my favourite but it doesn't bother me enough that I wouldn't use it. It definitely gives the appearance of smooth and plumped lips and because of the thinner texture it doesn't disturb any product underneath so it's ideal for layering. The glitter is small and dispersed enough that it doesn't look overtly glittery. It cost me €7.89, so it's ideal for anyone who wants a clear gloss but doesn't want to spend too much on it. If scent isn't an issue for you, I'd definitely recommend this one over the Glossier which is a thicker consistency and can be hard to layer on top of other products. 

The Juicy Lasting Tints were the ones I was most interested in trying. As I mentioned I had seen several people I follow on social media saying that the new Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Lip Oils were a very similar formula. I ordered one shade of the Rare Beauty ones when they launched as I hadn't tried the brand yet and I loved the sound of the formula. As lots of other people have said in their reviews, the Soft Pinch Lip Oils are not a traditional lip oil formula but rather a glossy lip stain. I can't review the Juicy Lasting Tints without comparing them to the Rare Beauty ones as they are so similar in my humble opinion but I'll cover that at the end. 

As I said I found it difficult to choose a shade because the swatches didn't seem true to life. That's probably why I ended up ordering two shades, a warmer shade, 23 Nucadamia and a cooler shade, 25 Bare Grape. I was hoping that Bare Grape would be the Romand equivalent of the Rare Beauty shade I bought called Hope. As you can see from the swatch comparisons below they are very similar, Bare Grape is just a bit deeper. The packaging is quite simple, the tube is colour-coded for the shade that's inside which is always helpful. There is a standard doe-foot applicator with enough product on it to apply a thin layer on the lips. The first thing that struck me about it when I opened the tube was the scent. It has a very strong fruity scent, almost like a kid's fruit yogurt if that makes any sense. It's something I wanted to mention just in case anyone is sensitive to particular scents. I prefer fragrance-free over a scented product because not everyone is going to like a scent whereas something that is fragrance-free is more inclusive. This scent does dissipate after a while and like I said above, it doesn't bother me enough to stop using these products. I find it easy to apply and the finish gives you smooth, juicy looking lips with the ideal level of translucency for a product like this. As you wear it, the shine fades and you are left with an even stain. You can reapply and you will get a deeper shade as the stain layers or you can apply a balm or a clear gloss like the Glasting Water Gloss on top. 

I know most people will want a comparison between these and the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Lip Oils. Firstly, as I always do, I checked where the RB ones are made and I wasn't surprised to see that are made in South Korea. The main differences are that the RB ones are fragrance-free but they do have menthol and that cooling sensation. The RB ones also have jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, glycerin and squalane, ingredients that are going to moisturise, soothe and protect your lips. The Romand ones have coconut, kiwi, mango, guava and papaya extracts in them to moisturise, soothe, condition and provide antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. I would say that the RB has a thinner consistency too. I included a photo below where you can see the stain left behind from the two Romand Juicy Lasting Tints and the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Lip Oil. The RB leaves a slightly deeper stain, it actually applies lighter in colour at first and as it settles on your lips it darkens to the actual shade. The wear time is quite similar in both products as is the evenness in wear as the shine fades. The major difference is that the Rare Beauty ones are more than double the price of the Romand depending on where you buy them. 

I still think the Rare Beauty Lip Oils are a great price at €22. However, if you like this kind of formula and you'd like a couple of shades, you will get more for your money with the Romand ones. It may also come down to shade preferences, overall I prefer the shades of the Romand ones, whereas I was happy with one of the Rare Beauty ones and I didn't find myself lusting after more shades. If you're unsure which to go for, I hope this review and the comparisons have been helpful.

Romand Juicy Lasting Tint (#25 Bare Grape)

Lastly is the Blur Fudge Tint in the shade 10 Fudge Red. This is the kind of product I think about when I think of K-Beauty. A silicone and wax-heavy, matte, blurring product that gives you dreamy, hazy, soft focus lips. It's more of a powdery cream than a liquid lipstick. I wanted to try this formula purely to see how it compared to the Fenty Beauty Icon Velvet Liquid Lipsticks that I tried earlier this year as well as a couple of other similar products that I own.

It was hard to choose a shade in this formula as they all looked so beautiful. However, I always prefer a matte red so I thought I should try a bolder colour in this formula. I had the idea of possibly layering this with the Glasting Water Gloss too which you can see below. First of all the colour is stunning, it's almost neon red. I've swatched it beside some of my other reds below for reference. 

I love the packaging which is a slightly translucent, almost rubberised matte red to match the product inside. It has a slanted and tapered doe foot applicator. There is a faint vanilla scent when you smell the applicator but it's not noticeable at all on the lips. The formula contains macadamia seed oil which is going to moisturise your lips. 

The main difference between the Blur Fudge Tint and the Fenty Icon Velvets is the texture. The Icon Velvet is more of a mousse, it's not as waxy as the BFT. I would say the BFT is easier to apply as it is a stiffer formula which can be an advantage when it comes to liquid lipsticks. The other difference is the opacity. The Icon Velvet is much more opaque in one swipe which you can see from the swatches below. I did have to build up the Blur Fudge Tint to achieve the opacity that you see in the photos. I would argue that the BFT is not meant to be worn to full opacity, it has a slight translucency to it and the formula is stiffer because it is meant to be blurred and soft focus. Whereas the Icon Velvet has been marketed as a fully opaque liquid lipstick. Neither of these formulas fully set down like a traditional liquid lipstick, they both have silicones that give them a more forgiving, smooth and plush finish. This also means they won't be as long-lasting as some liquid lipstick formulas and you may need to reapply after eating or drinking. If you want impact and full-on colour I would go for the Fenty Beauty Icon Velvet whereas if you want something more low maintenance and probably easier to use, the Blur Fudge Tint is the better option. Both products leave behind a bit of a stain, but the Icon Velvet stain is more intense.  

The Fenty Beauty Icon Velvet is €27 whereas the Romand Blur Fudge Tint can be bought for less that €10. There are a couple of other products I have with a similar texture to the Blur Fudge Tint, the Half Magic Beauty Mouth Cloud and the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector. Both of these products are made in Korea too and are more of a matte lip cream than a liquid lipstick. It looks like the Clarins one might be discontinued but the Half Magic Mouth Cloud is a great option if you want to try a less pigmented blurring lip cream as they’re under €20 and available from Beauty Bay. I have a few shades and they’re beautiful. You can read my review here

Romand Blur Fudge Tint (10 Fudge Red)

*Hindash Color Fluid (Carve and Thorn)

Overall my experience of Romand has been excellent. I already have a list of their other products I want to try. My friend was in Japan last week and asked me if there was anything I'd like her to bring back for me. I sent her a list of Romand products and she said they were sold out everywhere. I would definitely like to try more from the brand in the future but for now, I'm going to enjoy these four products. Nucadamia in particular is a beautiful Autumnal shade. Please let me know if you've tried Romand or any other K-Beauty brands you think I might enjoy. I've also included a YouTube Short below where you can see me trying on all four products as I know videos can be helpful. 

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Emma x

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Clarins Lip Perfector Glow and Comfort Lip Oil

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I first tried the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in 2012, I know that because that's when they first featured on this blog. In fact, I've been wearing Clarins lip products for almost 20 years! My first Clarins lip product that I still think about was the Colour Quench Lip Balm and I still remember that I wore shade 11 Poppy. I have a distinct memory of wearing it for my secondary school graduation night out before social media as we know it was even dreamt about. I've been using and loving the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors for years and I've had 01 Rose Shimmer, 02 Apricot Shimmer and 05 Candy Shimmer in that time. If they’re good enough for Kate Middleton

A couple of months ago I attended a press event in the Clarins Boutique and Spa in Dublin and we were shown the Summer Collection as well as the new Lip Perfector Glow. This new addition to the Lip Perfector family comes in 6 shades 20 Translucent Glow, 21 Soft Pink Glow, 22 Peach Glow, 23 Pomegranate Glow, 24 Fuchsia Glow and 25 Mulberry Glow. They have been formulated for use on both lips and cheeks which seems to be a trend that isn't going anywhere any time soon. They contain shea butter, mango butter and a peptide volume booster. One of the main ingredients is mineral oil which is one of those ingredients that tends to get a bad rap, however, it is excellent for dry skin types as it acts as an occlusive layer to help with hydration. It also helps to give your lips a more smooth appearance. The difference between the new Lip Perfector Glow and the Instant Light Natural Perfector is that the former is more of a hybrid lip and cheek product, it's more glossy and comes in more saturated shades whereas the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is what I would describe as a tinted glossy balm. I would say they are quite similar in what they do so it's more down to which shades you prefer and whether you want something that you can also use on your cheeks. 

As you can see from the close-up photos below, both shades I received have some minuscule shimmer particles in them which I love as it helps to reflect the light. It's something worth noting if you plan on wearing them on your cheeks as you can see the shimmer up close but it's not something you'd notice much and I quite like how it looks. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to like them on my cheeks. I thought they would be too sticky and uncomfortable but I quite liked how they looked and I didn't find them any more sticky than any of my other liquid blushes or highlighters. You probably wouldn't apply enough of a shade like Pomegranate Glow to get the kind of opacity that you can achieve on your lips, but in the photos below you can see how it gives a subtle rosy sheen to my skin. If you have a deeper skin tone than me, they might act more as a dewy highlighter than a blush. 

It was great for me to be able to test a lighter shade as well as a brighter shade with more pigment in it. As you can see from the lip and arm swatches, the Pomegranate Glow shade can be built up to a more opaque finish depending on how much you apply. It's such an easy shade of red to wear. If you decide to build it up so it's more opaque, it will fade as you wear it which leaves a translucent red with an even finish. They have that Goldilocks level of slip that is just right, it's not sticky but it has enough grip to keep it on my lips and prevent it from feathering outside of my lip lines. 

You can see below how the Peach Glow shade looks with and without lip liner. I tend to wear them without liner because for me they are more of a low maintenance, apply it without a mirror as you're going out the door kind of product. As you can see Peach Glow is almost the same colour as my skin which is why I wanted to show it with lip liner as it does give my lips more definition and shape. They have the same (or at least very similar) soft vanilla scent as the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and the same practical packaging and soft applicator. 

The Lip Comfort Oil was originally launched in 2015 and I've gone through several tubes over the years. I love the shade Honey because it has the least amount of colour and I liked to wear it as an overnight lip treatment. I actually wrote a review of it in 2017 which you can read here. I've also bought it as a gift for numerous friends and family members as it's one of those beauty products that anyone can wear as the shades are so sheer. They were reformulated and repackaged last year and I was sent a few of the shades which you can see below along with the two new shades that were released recently, Fuchsia and Fig. I love everything about these, the packaging, the large applicator, the subtle shades and the scent. It contains rosehip seed oil, jojoba seed oil, hazel seed oil and castor oil. The texture is smooth and thinner than other lip oils I've tried but it still feels nourishing. They have a beautiful glossy finish, you can wear them with or without a lip liner or over a lip stain or lipstick. I also love that the applicator is so big and has enough oil on it from one dip in the tube to easily cover your lips. The scent is what I would describe as a gourmand fruity scent, there is something sweet about it too. If you're in any way sensitive to fragrance I would recommend testing this out first in person if you can. I love the scent, it's one of the things I've always loved about Clarins lip products, it's not necessary, but to me, it's an added bonus. 

There are 10 shades but as I mentioned they are all quite sheer so it's just a tint of colour. How it looks on you will depend on your natural lip colour as that will come through quite a bit. I like to wear these in a similar way to the Lip Perfectors, as a low-maintenance, lip-enhancing product for minimal makeup days. I can apply them without a mirror and I love to reapply them multiple times throughout the day mostly because of the scent but also because of how they feel on my lips. 

Lots of brands are now making lip oils, one of the most famous ones is the Dior Lip Glow Oil which is almost double the price of the Clarins one. I have one of the Dior ones but I much prefer the Lip Comfort Oil. If you're near a Clarins counter, I'd recommend trying these out. They also come in a Shimmer version which I haven't tried yet and an Intense version which is also beautiful but I tend to prefer lighter shades in that kind of formula as they aren't as high maintenance. 

Look 1 Products:

*Lisa Eldridge Enlivening Blush (Dante's Dream)

Look 2 Products:

After buying these products for years myself, it's great to receive them as press samples for review. I knew I would probably love the Lip Perfector Glow as it's such a similar formula to the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. Both of these products are ideal for anyone who wants a makeup and skincare hybrid and something low maintenance that requires little thought or precision. I love wearing them on minimal or no makeup days as they give me some colour on my lips and also contain skincare ingredients. Like with any lip product of this nature, it won't have the longest wear time but the great thing is that they are so easy to reapply, unlike an opaque lip colour. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I hope you found it to be informative. If there are any specific product reviews you would like to see from me please let me know. If you'd like to support my work as a Content Creator, you can do so through Buy Me A Coffee

Emma x

Sunday, August 13, 2023

It's Leo Season And I'm Feline Myself

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We are currently in the depths of Leo Season, it's my birthday in a couple of days and my daughter's next week. I wanted to create a makeup look inspired by this fiery, fierce and feline astrological sign. It also happened to be International Cat Day when I posted this look on Instagram which was a perfect coincidence. The video is at the end of this post if you'd like to see how I created the look. 

I based the liner on the eyes of a lion with dramatic black inner corners, black liner all around the waterline and then out into a sharp, exaggerated wing. I used some of the Bakeup Beauty dagger stickers on the lower outer corners to look like little golden claws. I did this whole look quite quickly as I didn't have a lot of time to film the makeup application but I still wanted something that would make an impact. This look is all about the intensity of the eyes so I thought muted but glossy lips would work well. I paired Lisa Eldridge's Velveteen Fawn with Gloss Embrace in Silent Sun. 

My base consisted of some products from the Armani Beauty Luminous Silk range that I was sent in a recent press drop. I bought the Luminous Silk Foundation in 2018, almost 5 years ago, after the Katie Janes Hughes event in Brown Thomas. It was a ticketed event and the price was redeemable against products in the Beauty Hall. I took this as my opportunity to finally try Luminous Silk and it did not disappoint. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful foundations I've ever used and the only reason I haven't repurchased it is because I have so many other foundations in rotation. I'm very happy to have it back in my collection along with the Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer and Concealer. I wear shade 2 and it's a great match for me. You can see me wearing it here, here and here

To softly sculpt my face and add colour to my cheeks I used the Hindash Cosmetics Color Fluid liquid pigments (see the swatches below). I like to mix Carve and Thorn with some foundation or concealer to add some dimension to my face as a bronzing/contouring hybrid. I then mixed Rising and Heartist with the Lisa Eldridge Elevated Glow Highlighter in Pink Moon to create a luminous, warm blush. You only need the tiniest amount of the Color Fluids as they are such saturated pigments. I love that they allow me to mix custom shades for my skin tone and they have been formulated to be worn anywhere on the face which is ideal for anyone who wants to make the most of their makeup products. 

Carve, Heartist, Rising, Thorn 

Products Used:

*Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer

*Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Foundation (2)

*Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer (2) 

Smashbox Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector (Light/ Medium) not available in EU, alternatives include Fenty Beauty Correcting Skinstick (Rose Quartz) and Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Multi-Use Concealer (05 Brightener) 

*Hindash Cosmetics Color Fluid (Carve, Thorn, Heartist and Rising)

Makeup By Mario Softsculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer (Light) 

Glossier Brow Flick (Brown) 

West Barn Co Prep Mist

West Barn Co Soap Brows Extra Strong Hold 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging

*Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Mono (Virgin)

*Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Waterproof 

Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense

*Bakeup Beauty Define Me Gel Liner

*Bakeup Beauty Playcard (Daggers and Dots)

*Surratt Auto-Graphique Liner (Chat Noir) 

*bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Pressed Powder (Translucent) 

Lisa Eldridge Elevated Glow Highlighter (Pink Moon)

*Lisa Eldridge Velveteen Liquid Lip Colour (Fawn)

Lisa Eldridge Gloss Embrace Lip Gloss (Silent Sun)

Lisa Eldridge Seamless Skin Skin and Makeup Enhancing Mist 

NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (Ash Brown) 


*IT Cosmetics Love is the Foundation Brush 

Spectrum X KJH 03, 08, 09, 15, 21

MYKITCO My Brushed Brow, My Blending Shadow Large, My Mini Smudge, My Tiny Liner 

Real Techniques 200 Oval Shadow Brush

Surratt Beauty Relevée Eyelash Curler

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I hope you found it helpful, interesting or entertaining in some way. I've been keeping a low profile this week as tomorrow is the anniversary of Milo's due date. I never expect it to affect me the way it does but it brings everything to the forefront of my mind and I can't help but think about how if he'd lived he would be turning 3 around now. It's a date that will always have such significance to me as I'll never know when he would have been born. Working on this blog post has given me a welcome distraction this week and has allowed me to concentrate on something I love to do. I've also been trying to focus my attention on organising my daughter's second birthday (I can't believe it). I hope you're all doing well, please let me know if there's anything you'd like to see me review in greater detail or if there is any makeup look you'd like to see in a video. 

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Emma x

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