Jouer Cosmetics released a limited edition mermaid-inspired collection for summer 2016, and it was love at first sight. Everyone loves mermaids. They’re such beautiful, mystical creatures — they make me think of the misty ocean mornings, tails glistening with dark opalescent shifts, the mysterious deep sea, sunlight hitting aqua… and they bring to mind the last few lines of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock —
“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
I was kind of sold by the concept of the collection alone, and after looking at some swatches I placed an order on Cult Beauty for the eyeshadow palette and lip topper from the mermaid collection, as well as one of their long-wear lip creme liquid lipsticks in the shade dulce de leche.
The Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette (£30) and Skinny Dip lip topper (£12.50) are limited edition as part of the mermaid collection, while the long-wear lip creme in dulce de leche (£14) is part of the permanent collection. I was initially considering the cream highlight palette as well (I love cream products) but I was only really interested in the two limited edition shades and couldn’t justify the purchase. The collection also included 4 limited edition long-wear lip cremes, but I didn’t pick any up because I’m not into bright lipstick colours.
Swatches of the four shades. From L–R: coconut, pink pearl, splash, dreamer.
coconut: iridescent ice white
pink pearl: iridescent soft pink
splash: iridescent aquamarine
dreamer: iridescent duochrome peacock
All the shadows are very soft to the touch. I prefer to apply with fingers, as I got quite a lot of glittery fallout when I applied them dry with a brush. Coconut has a very slight icy-blue hue to its sparkle. Splash applies significantly lighter than it looks in the pan. Dreamer is slightly harder than the other shadows but applies just as smoothly. I love all the shades and think they’re beautiful, but this is not for you if you don’t like full-out glittery sparkle in your eyeshadows — all the shades are very iridescent as the name implies.
L: long-wear lip creme in dulce de leche, R: long-wear lip topper in skinny dip
dulce de leche: matte cool nude
skinny dip: metallic shimmering golden nude
Dulce de leche dries down darker than it initially applies and compared to how it looks in the tube.
Wearing long-wear lip creme in dulce de leche
Wearing long-wear lip topper in skinny dip over dulce de leche
I love the formula of these liquid lipsticks. They’re comfortable (feel almost like balms), lightweight, don’t feel drying or sticky, and stay on for ages. They do settle into my lip lines, but my lips are so perma-parched that just about every product does. I don’t think they make my lip lines look particularly prominent.
Dulce de leche is a perfect everyday shade. It’s a slightly muted, neutral rose pink nude. Skinny dip is a shimmering golden with a hint of copper, and it’s not subtle at all — it has a decidedly strong metallic sheen and obvious sparkles (though you can’t feel it). This would be a bold look even used on its own — despite being called a “lip topper” it’s nothing like a subtle gloss. It might not be suited for a low-key natural look, but somehow wearing this really does make me feel like a mermaid. I think this would look especially amazing on people with more tanned skin tones.