LipsNspritz 7th February 2016 – Urban Decay Special

 LipsNspritz of the Week 7/2/2016 Urban Decay, Francis Kurkdijan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab,

  
So, there were two themes for LipsNspritz on Instagram this week, one is pretty easy to spot, but did anyone notice the fragrant link?  I spent the week trialling the Urban Decay #UDxGwen lipstick collection, and I wore Ex-Girlfriend, Phonecall, Firebird, Wonderland and Spiderweb.  You can see colour descriptions and swatches of the full collection here, but I have to say that I am mightily impressed with the range.  Both Ex-Girlfriend and Phonecall are sheers, but last very well over a liner, around 3-4 hours or so.  Firebird, Wonderland and Spiderweb are all cream formulas (I’ve yet to wear the “mega-matte” shade 714 properly) and the lasting time on this formula is phenomenal.  I literally didn’t have to touch any of them up for 10-12 hours, and, best of all, they didn’t dry my lips out in the slightest.  Even Spiderweb, which I didn’t wear with a liner underneath lasted as well as the others with a liner.  Amazing.

Get Lippie Urban Decay UDxGwen Lip Swatches Ex Girlfriend, Phonecall, Firebird, Spiderweb, Wonderland
Clockwise from top left, Ex Girlfriend, Wonderland, Firebird, Spiderweb and Phonecall

All of the shades are glossy satin finishes, but of course the cream finishes are more opaque than both Ex-Girlfriend and Phonecall, and last longer as a result.  Overall, I’m delighted with the collection, even though I now have to remove my lipstick with oil of a nighttime!

Fragrance-wise saw me in both Maison Francis Kurkdijan’s Aqua Vitae, and the brand new Baccarat Rouge 540.  Aqua Vitae was my fragrance of the year in 2013 (and you can read the review here) and I’m still getting to grips with Baccarat Rouge 540 (I was expecting something red and jammy, and got the scent of hot sand instead, which was confusing), but you can expect a full review in due course.  I also wore Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur de Male, and Classique Intense.  Fleur de Male is one of my favourite hot-soap, orange blossom and barbershop fragrances – now sadly discontinued – and Classique Intense, which I first smelled in the depths of my parosmic madness, but now reveals itself to be a huge talcum, and jasmine monster, which I’ve fallen rather heavily for.  And finally, I wore the gauzy and ethereal Elie Saab le Parfum, which is the smell of orange blossom glimpsed through chiffon, and is beautiful and wonderful.  And the link between all of these?  Francis Kurkdijan, of course.  I was lucky enough to spend an evening with him and Jo Fairley of the Perfume Society last week, which was lots of fun.  If you haven’t been to a Perfume Society event yet, you’re really missing a treat.  I’m off to Paris with them at the end of the month, and I can’t wait!

Francis Kurkdijan and Jo Fairley Perfume Society

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