My DIY Lipstick Palette Adventure ~ Chanel, Armani, Dior, and More

A couple of weeks ago I FINALLY got around to making the custom lip palette for my pro kit. I have way too many many lipsticks. Yet this process made me realize just how many more I NEED! There were many shades I wished I could have added but needed to leave out and a lot of shades I just don’t own because either they don’t suit me or I haven’t ventured there yet. In other words, my kit is far from complete in the lipstick department. Hmm…another reason to go shopping? I decided to make a palette using my own lipstick collection because a) I have a lot of really beautiful, high quality lipsticks that I will likely never manage to finish a whole tube of. b) Using my more expensive collection is still more affordable for me than going out and buying all new lipsticks for my kit. c) I get to use the amazing formulas I love on my clients that I couldn’t afford to fill my kit with otherwise. 
There is a great video on MakeupGeek that was my inspiration for the process I used. It was really quite simple and while time consuming it went very smoothly. I was a lot more stingy with the amount of lipstick I cut off for the palette since I love my pretty babies and wanted to leave lots for myself. I figured I could always add more later if needed. ;-)
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If you are curious about any of the shades used please let me know. I have them all written down but it is a lot to type! They are mostly an assortment of Chanel Rouge Coco, Chanel Rouge Allure, and Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani lipsticks. There are a some Dior Addict, YSL, Edward Bess, Rouge Bunny Rouge, and Le Metier de Beaute thrown in there as well. You can see I am severely lacking in the brown  and red shade families. My collection consists mainly of pinks, peaches, and a lot of plums.
The drier formulas like the Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks do not get as runny upon melting as the sheerer or creamier formulas. That is why some shades spread out nicely in the pans while others sort of held their shape.
I am really happy with how this turned out. My only complaint is that now that I am using it the lipsticks are coming loose from the pans. I’m not sure how or if this could have been avoided? I almost wonder if I should have made the palette Lisa Eldridge style and just smooshed them in rather than melting? It would have saved loads of time and maybe not have come up from the pans as easily? I am very tempted to make something like this for my own use because it is amazing how little space this palette take up while offering such a dizzying array of my favourite shades!
Have you ever made your own lip palette? Would you give it a try?

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge #1 Nude, #2 Rosewood, #9 Burgundy, #8 Iconic Red, #10 Raspberry, #14 Light Rosewood, #15 Pink ~ Photos, Swatches, Review

After falling in love with #8 Iconic Red I ordered six more MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge Lip Colours. I couldn’t wait to share them with you. In addition to the previously reviewed #8 Iconic Red I have added #1 Nude, #2 Rosewood, #9 Burgundy, #10 Raspberry, #14 Light Rosewood, #15 Pink. In my haste to take pictures I mistook the 9 for a 6 so that is why the swatches are out of order. I will do full product reviews including lip swatches of all the shades once I’ve had time to test them all out but in the meantime here are some photos and swatches that you will hopefully find helpful.
You can check out my full review of Aqua Rouge #8 Iconic Red for more details on the product.
Available at Sephora and Make Up For Ever Boutiques. 

Stay tuned for lip swatches and more info…

Make Up For Ever 5 Lipstick Palette in No 3 Coral Harmony ~ Swatches, Photos, Review

I thought I would go out on a limb and try one of the Make Up For Ever Professional 5 Lipstick Palettes. There were almost no reviews or info out there whatsoever on the product so I felt like I was taking a bit of a chance. At the same time I know I can trust Make Up For Ever’s quality so I was not surprised that I was impressed with my purchase and will likely try ordering a few more shade combinations soon for my kit.

The packaging is sleek and space efficient and very nice quality.

The palette includes a very nice lip brush as well as a mirror.

The palette contains five 0.04oz/1.2g lipstick pots in the shades: 308, 305, 219, 215, and 423. Lipsticks in the 200′s are Lacquered finish, 300′s Pearly, and 400′s Transparent. The pots can be popped out and  refilled.

308, 305, 219, 215, 423

All of the shades apply creamily and feel comfortable on the lips. They weren’t dry nor overly creamy. I found them a really nice formula with average wear time.

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423

The Make Up For Ever lip palettes come in 13 shade combinations and I believe are available exclusively through Make Up For Ever. They retail for $45 CAD.