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making faces :: another voluptuous colour adventure

changing up your look: wrong
sometimes, you just want to play around with colour. you want to do something with your face that's out of the ordinary and memorable, but that falls short of a full facial tattoo, because that, my friends, is a serious commitment. that's when i start reaching for my pigments. loose shadows tend to be easier to build up to a fully saturated colour, especially through the use of a sticky base or spray. [i use mac's setting spray directly on my brushes.] this makes for a great way to add some spice to your appearance that would require lasers to remove. [at least it shouldn't. if it does, you're doing it wrong.]

the other day, i thought to try out the slightly odd colour combination of silver and chartreuse. i'm not sure why it came to me, i just thought it sounded like a fun idea. i think that part of the decision was that i had been wanting to use both mac's "true chartreuse" pigment and "platinum" pigment for a while. the former lives up to its name, being a satiny, acid yellow-green. the latter is a foil-like metallic silver with a bright undertone. i wasn't sure that they'd go together and, despite a little hesitation in the blending process [they really didn't want to merge], i find that they do. furthermore, a combination this dialled up doesn't require much in the way of accessorizing. just a thin line of urban decay "smoke" along the upper lash lines and a soft highlight colour. [i used the limited edition mac shade "next to nothing", but the permanent shade "vanilla" would work, as would nars "edie".] and mascara. never forget mascara.

with such a strong look up top, i wanted to make everything else softer. also, i find that combining cool colours with a cold metallic shade like "platinum" ages me instantly, so i wanted something to bring a little warmth. that comes in the form of nars blush in "torrid", a soft apricot shade that's not so warm that it can't work on neutral-cool complexions and that builds up nicely to the intensity you want. i also added hourglass "diffused light" for a bright, ray of morning sun effect on my cheeks. this absolutely solved the 'cold metal' problem, because it keeps things from looking heavy or overly chilly. the longer i play around with makeup and colours, the more i realise that too cold is as bad on me as too hot [which i always knew was bad].

 
 

i finished things off with another from yves st. laurent's new line of glosses, the "gloss volupte" formula. this one is a very soft pink-peach called "corail trapeze". this is one of the creamier shades, meaning that it has virtually no shimmer in it. it's a very 'sweetheart' kind of colour- soft and delicate and perfectly balanced between cool and warm. swatched thickly, it looks like an orange creamsicle kind of colour, not dissimilar to mac's "lychee luxe". however, it sheers out on the lips and looks much pinker than i first thought. i'm surprised at how much i like this colour, because it's not the sort of thing that i normally go for. used with a softer eye, i think it would be underwhelming on me [although those with more delicate colouring could wear it that way], but as it is, it's a wonderful balance for a bold eye.

the lasting power on "corail trapeze" was noticeably less than "rose orfevre". i'm not surprised, since lip colours with shimmer often outlast creamy ones. it lasted a decent amount of time, but certainly couldn't survive a meal or even a cup of coffee without losing nearly all its pigment. the formula feels very light and nicely moisturizing, though, which means i don't mind reapplying. i'd mind even less if it weren't for the rancid fig smell that ysl insists on adding to their volupte products. please yves, please stop.

although you might expect that this was another "night on the town" look, i actually didn't end up doing too much this day. sometimes, it's just fun to play around and plan for a time when such a look could be repeated. and it will be. you just never know when...

in case you're wondering, i am planning a "wrap up" post with swatches of the samples of gloss volupte that i received. in the meantime, i'm having fun sharing how i've used them, because sometimes just writing straight reviews isn't enough fun for me. and this blog is entirely about me. [also, i keep forgetting to do swatches, which is the real reason you haven't seen them yet.]

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