27 April 2016

Makeup Review : Innisfree Glow Tint Stick in #6

Finally, my review for the other shade I got from innisfree's Glow Tint Stick line.

I'd planned to get this up just after the one for the Glow Tint Stick #7, but the month just flew by. At least I remembered to scan the accompanying little illustration this time around!

Shade #6, "Warm Coral-Shine Spring Sunset" - or something like that. Innisfree's shade names get harder and harder to translate - caught my interest as soon as the promotional images were released. A warm, slightly orange-ish and bright red.

Official swatches for the Glow Tint Stick
But there the confusion already began, because if you compare the official swatch pictures below with the promotional image featuring brand model Yoona, shade #6 looks a lot brighter and glaring in the above!

Official promotional images for shade #6
I was confused, but not too worried, as both color variations would be up my alley. I was hoping for something more on the warm-red front than the bright-orange-red front, though, because good, warm reds are a bit hard to come by.

The packaging is, of course, exactly the same as in my previous blog post. A long, slender stick with a twist-up system that doesn't allow the product to retract.

The description on the packaging stresses how important it is to not twist up too much product. Never more than 1mm, though I mostly get by with even less for a full coverage application.

The shade is indicated both on the colored caps and the bottom, where product number and name are printed in very, very small letters. *squints*

I went with the two brightest shades from this release. Both #6 and #7 are more summer than spring shades in my mind - I was craving summery temperatures, I guess!

Swatching revealed two things: That the shade was more on the orange side than the official swatches indicated, and that it would be impossible to get the same deep coverage as in the promotional picture. Layering the product does help, though, and the orange hues get redder and deeper instead of just brighter.

There's some shades that look nearly the same no matter the lighting, but this jumps from a true orange in sunlight to a warm coral in indirect light.

As I love orange/coral lip colors, that was no problem for me personally, but if you're looking for a color exactly identical to the one in the promotional material, be warned!

One layer in direct sunlight.
Leaning orange and a bit of piling into my lip lines.

The pigmentation for this product is great, but at the same time it gives a very transluscent finish - an interesting combination and very forgiving on dry, patchy lips! The original lip texture shines through, but is smoothed out and moisturized by the product.

While the application is simple and precise thanks to the small tube, you can see that the Glow Tint Stick doesn't apply perfectly evenly, piling up against some of my lip lines. It isn't noticeable if you don't point a camera with a macro lense at it, though. ;)

#7 did apply more evenly than #6, strangely! It's a tiny difference, and I only noticed after looking at the pictures.

One layer, no direct sunlight.
The color does look deeper, closer to the promotional images with the model, but less bright
than the official swatches.
The piling gets a bit worse with each layer, but can be smoothed out if tapped on with finger.
True to its name, the Glow Tint Stick gives a shiny finish. The slightly sticky texture warns of what is to be expected of nearly every glossy product: It transfers and does rub off when eating or drinking. It leaves an even stain in a coral-orange tone that lasts for several hours, though. And as the packaging allows for taking the Tint Stick with me in my bag without fear of it breaking or leaking, reapplication was very easy.

No lip brush is needed for a precise outline, which makes the Glow Tint Stick line perfect for traveling or quick application.

Here's another example of one layer versus two layers! Both taken in indirect sunlight.

One layer already gives a nice punch of color, moisture and shine, and I often use this for simple daily looks, as the orange in it isn't too neon-y glaring.

While even two layers don't give the deeper red I'd hoped for, I'm still really happy with the shade! Sometimes orange lips, especially saturated ones, are hard to pull off, but Glow Tint Stick #6 walks that fine line between an orange and a red that puts it into the easy to wear, fits-nearly-everything category. This would be perfect if you have neutral or warm undertones!

I can mostly tell if I suit a color if the pictures for reviews turn out well - this time I had so many to choose from where my face didn't look totally awkward, so this shade is a winner. :)

Overall I totally love this line, despite the slight inaccuracy in their promotional swatches (let's be honest, which brand does actually get those exactly right?) and the lipline-piling. Those get balanced out by how gorgeous the actual colors are and how moisturizing and shiny the product is!

I wish the shine would last through meals, but am happy with the stain it leaves behind.

The packaging is sleek and sturdy, easier to use than I'd hoped and perfect for someone who values precision.

Confession: I've picked up two more shades from this line during their recent 1+1 event, so I'm now the proud (and slightly guilty) owner of #2, #3, #6 and #7. Owning this many colors of one and the same product range is a first for me!

#2 and #3 are quite similar shades, so if you'd like to see swatches, I'd combine those into one post. Both work really well in combination with the two brighter shades, too!

Thank you for reading and see you soon with more reviews! May will be a lot calmer than April, so I hope to get a lot of blogging in~

9 April 2016

Makeup Review : Innisfree Glow Tint Stick in #7

Welcome to another review!

There should be a time when I get tired of lip products. Tints, lipsticks, lipbalms and whatever mix of those brands come up with should have a limit, but well, innisfree got me hook, line and sinker with their newest combination: A liptint in stick form that's shiny like a gloss and moisturizing like a balm. There you go, lip product world.

It's no secret here on this blog that I'm a devoted innisfree follower/fan/slave, but I've got my reasons! Especially their lip products have never disappointed me.

I loved their lipstick collections, from the matte Creamy Tint ones to the shiny Color Glow and super creamy and beautiful Creammellow. Their old Vivid Tint Rouge line were my very first step into the world of Korean Makeup, and their Eco Flower Tint is something I've been using every week for about a year. The Real Fluid Rouge is my fave for high-maintenance but gorgeous oil-tint like lips, and they always have very pretty shade selections that go beyond the usual red-orange-pink scheme.

So when the Glow Tint Sticks came out, I was sceptic: What could this bring to my quite full lip product table that wasn't there before?

The packaging principle is not completely new, but a very interesting take on some ideas we've seen before. It's a a very thin tube, with a twist-up mechanism similar to the ones seen on the Aritaum Water Sliding Tints, in that once twisted up, the product can't retract. The very small surface of the product makes for an easy, precise application, but I'm forever anxious about twisting up too much product! About 1mm is more than enough for a full layer.

The twist-up principle and solid form for a lip tint make it an easy product to just toss in a bag and take with me (these have found their place in my pencil pouch). It can't leak, it can't break - so while the twisting intimidates me a bit, I like the packaging in general. The small tip is also a good point in my book, because I hate nothing more than a wobbly full lip - this is one of the few lip products I don't need a lip brush to apply! Again, that makes it an ideal travel companion.

I prefer to first tap it lightly over my lips and then glide it on top of that thin layer for a smoother application. The final feeling on my lips isn't sticky - it's shiny without giving the feeling of a gloss.

Then, the color range! Inspired by a sunset, so the promotions for these looked super pretty!

While most Korean brands do feature one or two coral shades in their line-up, I just love that there's a strong focus on these here. It's a perfect selection for spring and the coming summer, and it does take me out of my color funk in giving me some shades that I don't own in any other form. While some of the colors look very similar in the official pictures, swatching in store showed them to be a lot more varied (which is maybe bad news for those of you who have to buy online) and especially the lighter shades come well-equipped to suit different skintones and undertones.

I own two shades from this line. The first I got was shade 6, a gorgeous warm red-orange. As I fell in love with the texture, I did plan to get either shade 2 or 3, but then, strangely, while swatching in store I decided to go with shade 7 instead.

I'm a bit strange when it comes to pinks, finding shades that I like but, in the end, rarely wear. For daily makeup, I prefer warm coral hues or reds, and pinks are a bit hard to pull off for me. But I really liked how this one was bright, a hot-pink that didn't lean too cold and with no hints of fuchsia. (I do own a fuchsia lip product, and while I adore the color, it's just so hard to find a look and time it actually suits...)

Shade 6 on the left, shade 7 on the right. The cap indicates the color accurately.

How do I even translate these names...? Shade 6 is something like 'Warm Coral Spring Sunset' and shade 7 'Pink Dyed Cloud' or 'Pink Colored Cloud'.

Now for the swatches:

I'll post the swatches for #6 in my next review (combined with eyeshadows), so here we go with the pink shade #7!

The color reminds me of a very ripe watermelon. That's the most accurate thing I can come up with!

As you can see, the product does smudge a bit around the tube - I pick that up with my finger to tap it on as a first layer on my next application.

Another thing that caught my interest for this line was the name. The 'Glow' made me immediately remember the Color Glow lipsticks which (sadface) have disappeared from the official website some months ago. So I was guessing that these are a bit of a replacement for that lipstick line.

The finish of the Glow Tint Stick is even more glowy, though! It's closer to the result you get just after applying the Vivid Tint Rouge lip tints and I really like how it combines high pigmentations with a transluscent finish. It feels very thin and light on the lips, but still packs a punch when it comes to color.

The translusceny makes it look natural despite the bright shade I chose.

The shine does transfer when drinking or eating, but (I guess because this is one of the darker colors) the stain it leaves behind is quite strong and lasts throughout the day.

The stain is exactly the same color as the initial application, and the product stains very evenly. Irregular fading or splotchy stains OR lip line settling are a pet-peeve of mine and I'm so happy that the Glow Tint Sticks don't do any of that.

It's moisturizing, too, perfect for hiding my dry, flaky lips.

Here's the final look. So happy with this color! I will absolutely get at least one more, probably #2 or #3.

This just combines I lot of things I look for in lip products:

- even, long-lasting stain
- precise application
- robust packaging
- shiny, but not sticky or heavy texture
- moisturizing

These retail for 10,000\, containing 1.8 g of product. I'm quite sure that innisfree will expand on this range - maybe after the whole 'Sunset Theme' there'll be a 'Sunrise' one as well? They do come out with new shades for their established lines often, so I'm crossing my fingers!

Here's the product round-up! I've been practicing when it comes to makeup, and am now more comfortable with the whole eyeshadow-eyeliner-eyebrow business. Blogging and taking pictures of my face really help. ;) Still not good, but hey, progress!

See you soon with my next post on the Glow Tint Stick #6 and another reddish eyeshadow that I love wearing in combination with that shade.