Monday, May 25, 2015

Ciaté Makeup Review

As part of my Sephora haul last week, I decided to buy a bunch of new makeup products by Ciaté London.  Traditionally a nail polish brand, Ciaté has now gone into the makeup market.  I've never tried their nail varnishes either, so decided to pick up one of the recently launched Liquid Chalk paint pots in the color Wanderlust.

After trying out all the products, I now know why they named some of the line "Chalk," which are all a bit matte in nature.  The finish of the nail polish was semi-matte.  It was a very pretty finish and something so unique that you really can't wear a shiny or matte top coat over it.  The shiny would destroy the semi-matte finish and the matte top coat would be too dull.  Wanderlust is also a gorgeous light lilac color that's great for spring!

Nail Chalk in "Wanderlust"

I bought the Lip Chalk in two colors (Berry-Go-Round and Instaglam).  These are matte lipsticks that are, surprisingly, not drying to the lips.  A lot of matte lipsticks out there feel really tight to wear, but these don't.  I also really enjoyed the "crayon" shape of the lip chalks, which made them easy to apply.  My only beef with these are the colors.  The Berry-Go-Round goes on much brighter than what it looks like in the tube.  I felt like it was a Barbie pink, but apparently, they have another shade "Fine and Candy," in which they describe is Barbie pink.  The Instaglam color was a bit too nude on me, so it was hard to see.  Instaglam is supposed to be a warm terracotta, but maybe on my tanned skin, it just blended too well!

The next thing I tried was the new blush pop.  I got the color "Darling," which is a peachy shimmer.  I just swiped this cream blush over my cheeks and blended it with my fingers.  The application was smooth and the product blended nicely.  The color did last all day, so this was a great buy.  One thing I don't like about the blush pop is the scent.  It smells a bit like "play makeup" for kids.  Might just be me, but it reminded me of stuff I used to try on as a kid.

The Skinny Shadow Stick was absolutely amazing.  I bought the "Underground" color, which is a dark aubergine and it has all the eyeshadow pigments packed in the lid.  There's a built in sponge applicator that you can use to either sweep along the lash line or brush over the entire lid.  The eye shadow stayed on all day and was still there after 12-hours of wear.  The box says that you can get over 100 applications with one tube, so I hope that's the case.

The last item I tried was a bit disappointing, but it's not completely the product's fault.  The Lip & Mix Pigment (in Covet) is supposed to work with the Lip & Mix Glitz Grip Sealer as a base "glue."  Unfortunately, I didn't read instructions and failed to purchase the grip sealer.  The lip pigment is definitely highly pigmented and stayed on for a good part of the day over my usual lipstick.  However, I'll need to actually purchase the grip sealer to see if this product does what it says, which is give you a textured shimmer look.

All in all, these products were good.  I probably wouldn't buy anything again except for the skinny shadow stick and the nail polish.  I think there are better cream blushers out there and I have so many other lip products that I prefer over the lip chalks.  Have you tried Ciaté's makeup products?  If so, let me know what you think and if there is anything else I should try!

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