Jan 26 2015

My Spring Makeup 2015 Picks: Eyes, Lips, Face (Part One: Face)


Some of you may recall that in my First Quarter Low Buy post, I talked a little about the anxiety I suffered trying to determine what I would purchase from the early Spring Makeup 2015 collections.  In the end, I decided to limit my haulage to those items that truly peaked my interest as well as to limit my budget to a certain dollar amount. Given these restrictions, rather than choosing items from a single brand collection – or even from two collections, I decided to go with a theme: Eyes, Lips, and Face. Basically, the one item from each “category” that I wanted the most that would constitute my “perfect Spring look”. Here’s are my picks:

My Picks Spring Makeup 2015 - Eyes, Lips, Face

A snap of the packaging:

Spring Makeup 2015 Pinks - Eyes, Lips, Face Packaging

While browsing the Spring Makeup collections, I definitely noticed a theme – neutrals, greens and barely there pinks.  Some of those elements are reflected in the items I chose.

Originally, my first impressions of these products were contained in a single post. But as I was drafting, I realised that it was becoming much too long….approaching 2000+ words. So I’ve decided to split it into two posts. Part One is Lips and Face, while Part Two will be Eyes.


Spring Makeup 2015 Picks: Lips


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy ShineSurreal Sun

Confession: I’m not sure I like the original Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks. Here’s the thing. I’d only tested the original in store. At my local, a few months ago the new display was out. The testers were also new (no one had used them yet), so I felt safe trying out the formula on my lips (she also sterilized it for good measure). Anyway, the formula piled and separated on my lips. It was the strangest thing. That experience made me weary about purchasing so I never went back. However, the fact that so many people love the Pure Envy line is making me reconsider. It is also the reason why I gave the Shines a go. Although new to the U.S. market, I believe the Pure Envy Shines (of which there are 15 shades listed on Sephora’s website) were first released in Asia sometime in mid-2014.

Spring Makeup 2015  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun


From what I gather, the Shines are meant to be a more hydrating version of the original. They promise saturated colour in a creamy formula which provides even coverage and keeps lips “continuously moisturized throughout the day”. The packaging is divine. The shiny, sleek and slim navy bullet with magnetic closure exudes luxury. (Note: The actual lipstick sticks out a little past the barrel opening, so the first couple of times you use the lipstick, be careful when closing).


Spring Makeup 2015  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun


Despite all of the neutral lips we’ve been seeing, I had to go with a more traditional shade choice for the Spring season. Surreal Sun is warm pink-peach with a hint of orange that’s amazing.  I absolutely love it!


Spring Makeup 2015 Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun Swatch

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun


Spring Makeup 2015  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun Lip Swatch

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Surreal Sun


Some formula notes. The finish, to me is more satin than glossy as the name might imply (using a term like “shine” and all). No stickiness. It is also quite pigmented, which may also be “unexpected” given the name (but not if you actually read the product description, I suppose). In terms of hydration, I found it to be moderately hydrating for the first two hours after which it begins to feel like a standard non-drying lipstick. It lasted for 3-4 hours, leaving a nice stain after initial dry-down (30 minutes). Unlike the original formula, this didn’t separate on me.  Retail price: $30.00 USD.


Spring Makeup 2015 Picks: Face


Guerlain Meteorites Compact – 02 Clair

Another new product to my makeup life…the Guerlain Meteorites. At $62.00 USD, the compact version released for Spring 2015, is a more affordable alternative to the Voyage compact powders which retail for the astronomical price tag of $170.00 USD (although, you can buy the pan separately for $55.00 USD if you wish). In terms of price per gram, I believe you get a better deal with Guerlain Meteorites pearls. However, for a klutz like me, a pressed compact is far more convenient and user-friendly.

Spring Makeup 2015 - Guerlain Meteorites Compact

Unlike the Voyage, the packaging on the newer compact is plastic. Despite this, it is well made and the beautiful finish doesn’t feel cheap at all. The product itself, from what I’ve heard, essentially gives the same effect as its more expensive counter-part.


Spring Makeup 2015  Guerlain Meteorites Compact Closeup

Guerlain Meteorites Compact

Spring Makeup 2015 - Guerlain Meteorites Compact Packaging

While I cannot speak on how it compares to the original pearl format, I can say that this is a lovely finishing powder.  With it’s color correcting kaleidoscope (green, white, mauve, champagne), it reminds me of my Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder but with less shimmer and, somehow, giving more illumination to the face. While the Bobbi Brown powder imparts a definite glow, the Meteorites give the illusion that you are “lit from within”. It stunning in subtle way. Me like. As it’s translucent, the swatches probably won’t help but here there are anyway. I used flash in the second and third shots to try to capture the product’s luminescence.

Spring Makeup 2015 - Guerlain Meteorites Compact Swatch
Spring Makeup 2015 - Guerlain Meteorites Compact Swatch Flash
Spring Makeup 2015 - Guerlain Meteorites Compact Brush Swatch

Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo – Carrie & Big


The *Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo in Carrie & Big is a Blush/Bronzer which “combines a shimmering, sun-kissed bronze and a brightening pop of blush that can be used separately or blended together for a healthy, beautiful glow”. I admit, it was the “theme” behind this product that initially drew me. Described as “the power couple of beauty”, the product draws inspiration from iconic pop culture couples: Carrie & Big and Rachael & Ross.  A little corny, I know. I chose Carrie & Big (not only because of my affinity for the couple) but because it is the lighter of the two. The pop of soft coral was also more appealing than the bright pink featured in Rachel & Ross. The packaging is also adorable. It is slim and sleek (and much flatter that I thought).


Spring Makeup 2015 Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo

Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo Carrie & Big


Spring Makeup 2015 - Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo


Too Faced SoulMates Blush Bronzer Duo Carrie and Big swatches

(From Left to Right): Bronzer, Blush, Combined


Although the swatches would suggest that this product lacks pigment, both the bronzer and blush do show up on the skin (I’m light to medium). The bronzer, due to its golden hues and moderate shimmer, is better for adding warmth than contouring. And it does a good job of that. The coral blush, though subtle, adds a modest pop of color to the cheek that I think is complimentary to the other spring colors I’ve chosen. Retails for $34.00 USD.



Did you pick up anything from the Spring collections? What are “Spring” colours to you and what are you excited to wear this season? Don’t forget to check out Part Two tomorrow which will feature the Clarins Garden Escape Palette and Bare Minerals Modern Pop Eyeliner!





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    • kirstydowling88 on January 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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    That lip colour looks gorgeous on you. Love it! xxx

    Kirsty – http://www.effortlesslyexcessive.com

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:41 am
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      Thank you, Kirsty! I’m so excited to sport this more regularly come Spring.

  1. Hey Kimmy, eee you already got the Shine! So jealous! I think we’ll have to wait for a while for those here. Glad to hear you’re loving the Meteorites compact! I probably won’t pick any up for now, because I still own (and love) the Crazy 68 compact from a couple of years ago. I’m glad they made these permanent tho! They are much more practical than the loose version.

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:43 am
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      Yes! I did! I thought I’d give it go – and its making rethink trying the regular line. I feel you on having to wait for collections. I actually purchased all of the items from the U.S. Some brands we don’t carry here and the ones we do, the new collections haven’t release yet…story of my life. Hehe. And I’m so jealous you own a compact called “Crazy 68” – Love it!

  2. OMG I want these all. The lipstick sounds great! Can’t wait to read part 2, as the palette looks stunning! 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:47 am
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      If you want them, it means I made some great choices, hehe. I agree – the lipstick is great. Although I did pick up my fair share of neutrals in late December, I’m really feeling the fresh shades of spring now! BTW – Part Two is up!

    • elleseesyou on January 27, 2015 at 7:12 am
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    LOVING the packaging. i’m a sucker for packaging!!!

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:47 am
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      Hehe. Me too, sometimes. The Too Faced is my favorite, I think, in terms of packaging. 🙂

  3. oHHHH The lipstick is stunning on you, I love the pinky / Peach shade & that Guerlain palette is everything! Great 2015 picks Kimmy!

    Serene xoxox


      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:48 am
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      Thank you my dear, Serene. I’m so happy that Guerlain came out with a compact version that is also more affordable – enabling me to finally try their coveted powders! xo

  4. So far I haven’t picked up anything from any collection 😀 I’m trying not to buy new makeup at least 2 months. We will see what happens after February lol! Anyway everything looks stunning! x

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on January 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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      Thank you, sweetie. As you know, I’m also on a “low-buy” of sorts. But I definitely budgeted for a limited selection from the Spring collections. 🙂 xo

  5. Love that blusher/bronzer combination! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

      • Kimmy on January 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm
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      She’s a beauty, huh? 🙂 x

    • kpsays on February 1, 2015 at 12:10 am
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    I can’t believe I’ve not purchased anything from Spring collections yet. Paul & Joe have an adorable animal themed shadow palette and lipstick that I think I am going to get. I do not own anything Meteorites, because I fear they are too light 🙁

      • Kimmy on February 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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      Ooh, I’d love to see your feature on the Paul & Joe products if you get them. 🙂 Just FYI, there are two more shades in the Meteorites Compacts – 03 Medium and 04 “Deep”.

  6. The bronzer is so pretty!! And I love how the lipstick looks on you. 🙂 x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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