Sunday, October 14th, 2012


The Royal Treatment

bareMinerals & Buxom Holiday 2012 Gift Sets

Light Show ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Light things up with a palette radiating in shades sure to ignite the night, plus a sleek and chic bag. Exclusively available at bareMinerals boutiques and bareMinerals.com.

Simply Irresistible ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

An alluring 9-piece collection of rich, luxurious shades for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Deluxe Original SPF Foundation ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited edition, deluxe size of award-winning ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation for flawless coverage with a naturally luminous finish.

Fab in a Flash ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Get out the door looking gorgeous with this 3-piece collection of mini grab-and-go essentials, includes mini mascara, lipgloss, and eyeliner.

Shine On ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Let your beautiful self shine with this glowing palette for eyes, lips and face, plus a stunning makeup bag. Exclusive to Ulta.

Ready Luminizer ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Enhance your complexion with a radiant, lit-from-within glow in two stunning shades with skin-nourishing benefits. Available in The Love Affair and The Shining Moment.

White Hot ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

Spark a trend with this palette of sultry shades for a look that’s as beautifully cool as it is stunningly hot, plus a chic bag. Exclusively available at Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstom and fine spas and salons.

Flawless Definition Mascara ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

A trio of mascaras that will leave your lashes looking lush in the blink of an eye.

A Vision in Velvet ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Dress up in 10 velvet matte eyecolors & 10 velvet satin eyecolors for endless irresistible looks.

Night Vision ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

A collection of Round the Clock™ Waterproof Eyeliners for stunning eye looks guaranteed to dazzle after dark.

Fired Up ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Heat things up with this sizzling palette for eyes, lips and cheeks, plus a dazzling makeup bag. Exclusively at Sephora & Sephora.com.

The Finer Things Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary eyeshadow palette, featuring 8 provocative shades plus Prime Time Eyelid Primer.

Hot to Trot ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick (rosewood shimmer), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Crowd Surfer (cotton candy pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker (golden pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Firecracker (candied apple), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smarty Pants (shimmering shell), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dreamer (golden sand).

Buxom Gilt Trip ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This dazzling Buxom® collection includes a range of eyeliners from rich, deep black to a sparkling gold glitter. Mini Insider Eyeliner in Onyx imparts a rich, velvety color that glides on ultra smooth without tugging. Mini Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Machete multitasks as a three-in-one secret weapon that shadows, lines, and smokes in black with gold flecks. Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Gold Dust features a clear liquid formulation with glam gold sparkles. Line ‘em on, layer ‘em up and smoke ‘em out to create a gilded, golden, totally glitzed-out look.

Buxom Time to Shine ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This luscious 6-piece lip collection has multiple finishes and shades from shimmering and sparkling Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polishes so creamy, glass smooth Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Creams. Lacquer ’em on and layer ’em up to create the perfect pout. With the refreshing tingling sensation plus vitamins A and E, lips are soft, smooth and ready for the spotlight.

Balance Boost Kit ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

Bare Minerals infused their Mineral Veil finishing powder with a subtle apricot tint to wake up your complexion while balancing skin tone. This limited-edition Balance & Boost Mineral Veil finishing powder imparts a quiet boost of color to counteract dull skin for a fresh, flawless look all day.

Best & Most Brilliant Kit ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Dual-Sided Hint Blush, Bright Radiance All- Over Face Color, Prime Time Eyelid Primer, Well Rested SPF 20 Eye Brightener, Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in black, Best Friend Lip Balm, Double-Ended Seamless Blending Brush, Deluxe Sample of Deep Cleansing Foam.

Cool as Ice ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hot Ticket (electric pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Daredevil (sparkling blackberry), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Fashionably Late (sparkling opal), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Socialite (sparkling pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Gutsy (fuchsia berry), and Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel (pink mauve).

Glow Getters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Features blush, eyeshadow, and gloss.

Light Up the Room ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

All about the eyes and brightening!

Main Attraction ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, gloss, mini brush, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.

Mini Masters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Silver-hued brush set.

Star Treatment Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary palette, featuring 8 pure, intense, provocative shades by bareMinerals

Scene Stealer ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Eye Makeup Remover, Eyeliner, Pretty Amazing Lip Color, Prime-Time Shadow ink Pink Sugar.

Seize the Day ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 10 AM (golden sage), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Noon (deepest navy), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 1 PM, Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 PM (deep brown shimmer), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 5 PM (deep plum), Pencil Sharpener.

The Dream Team (Limited Edition)

Holiday brush set.

The Royal Treatment ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Large gift set featuring eyeshadows, blushes, glosses, and mascara.

Renew & Replenish ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Travel-sizes of Pure Transformation Night Treatment, Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, Purely Nourishing Moisturizer, and Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush
Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush

Fair Maidens Get Swept Away with Buxom

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a pale peach with a hint of pink and a subtle sheen. MAC Stay By Me is actually a bit similar. NARS Sex Appeal is a bit more peach, less pink.  It has a lot in common with Sex Appeal, as it’s the kind of shade that isn’t universal but works really well for some.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” It’s both sheer and very, very light in color, period, which means it’s not really an appropriate shade for my coloring (it’s just hard to see it!). From what I was able to see and gather from trying it out was that it’s mostly buildable, but it did seem to be just shy of true-to-pan color even when layered heavily. This was actually more likely due to the slightly dry texture, which made getting color more difficult than had it had a softer, creamier texture. Applied to my skin, it worked more as a highlighter; there was a soft, barely-there shimmer-sheen–nice and glowy–without much color. It looked nice, and the glowy sheen lasted a full eight hours on me. I would only recommend this shade for fairer complexions, though.

The Glossover

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Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
If the texture was a little softer, it would be more buildable, and then it'd be really as marketed. This is a particular shade that will be best on those with very fair skin who like soft color, because the pan color is fairly light!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush
Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush

Buxom Adds a Little Euphoria to Your Day

Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “lively coral.” In the pan, it looks like an orange-coral, but when I swatched it, the color was much more medium orange with a more tangerine-like hue when blended out. Illamasqua Expose is darker, less bright. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch darker. NARS Gina is browner, more subdued.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” While I was less impressed with Luvitate, Euphoria was much better! The texture was softer, more finely-milled without being dry nor powdery, while the payoff was sheer as advertised–but buildable, also as advertised–so you can use it without fear of overdoing it while medium and deep complexions can still use it, too.  The soft texture made it easy to apply, layer, and blend out Euphoria on the skin.  It wore for a full eight hours with no noticeable fading.

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Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

A
I'm so pleased that Euphoria turned out to be a much better performer than Luvitate! Now, I'm eager to see how other shades in the range perform.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, August 24th, 2012

NARS Lovejoy Highlighting Blush
Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush

Come Back to Earth After Trying Luvitate

Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “shimmering nude.” It’s a beige-apricot with a golden shimmer-sheen. It reminds me of shades like NARS Orgasm but with a more neutral base. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is matte in finish and a bit browner. The shimmering shade in Guerlain Peach Boy is noticeably pinker. Chanel In Love is darker with a subtler gold shimmer. Overall, when applied, it still reads a little coral-ish, but with some beige thrown in.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” Surprisingly, I found the texture to be stiffer and on the drier side. It wasn’t silky or soft or all that smooth.  The color payoff is as described–sheer–and it is buildable, though it will take some layering if you have a medium to dark complexion. It’s do-able, and it’s not too many layers, but the blendability of this is lacking.  I suspect the drier texture is playing a role in making this harder to blend and appear rather patchy on the cheeks.  This has a fair amount of shimmer and sheen in the finish, too, which does make pores more noticeable.  The wear of Luvitate was decent–seven hours with light but some fading after eight hours.

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Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

C+
I was bummed about the texture! For something that claims to have silkiness, I wasn't seeing (or rather, feeling!) it at all. With a color like this that seems to common enough across brands, I wouldn't waste time on something less than stellar.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

5 Uplifting Light Blue Eyeshadows

I love a good sky blue/pastel blue eyeshadow, especially for spring, but it also can work really with more summery colors as a way to tone down some of the vibrancy of those brighter hues.

  1. Buxom Husky — light ethereal blue with a soft frosted finish
  2. MAC Styledriven — light-medium blue with a soft frosted finish
  3. Make Up For Ever #150 — pale sky blue
  4. Urban Decay Clash — vibrant sky blue with sparkle
  5. Bare Escentuals Illusion — pale pastel blue

What’s your favorite light blue eyeshadow?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow
Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows (Part 3)

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cream-gel-mousse formula that’s designed to have a lightweight texture, yield “vivbrant, lively, buildable” color, be waterproof, and long-wearing. Just for fun, Bare Escentuals made a charitable contribution to Canine Companions for Independence when this product launched. They are also exclusive to Sephora. The last four shades I’m reviewing are: Saint Bernard (deep sea green), Schnauzer (vivid violet plum), Sheepdog (frosty white), and Shih Tzu (gilded lime green).

According to the brand, these are supposed to have sheer color coverage, but they are buildable to an extent. The five featured in this post are very true to that creed–they can easily be used as a sheer wash of color, but they can also be used opaque by either initially applying more color or by applying a second layer of color on top of the first. Stay-There Eyeshadows have a spongy quality that reminds me of memory foam; you can press it, and it will slowly spring back to form. You can jab at it with a pencil, and you’ll end up shifting it around more than anything! These actually launched well before Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, which have a similar texture.

I like using a really stiff, firm, and flat brush with these, but I’ve had the best luck applying these with fingertips. Once applied, they dry down to a powder finish in just the right time–not instantly but not so long that it’s creased before you’ve finished applying product to the other eye. I’ve tested several shades without primer as washes, including Black Lab, Bulldog, Chihuahua, Collie, Mutt, Pug, Saint Bernard, and Shih Tzu, and I haven’t had any issues with the shades creasing, fading, or smudging. I’ve even worn a few of them during showers to test waterproof claims, and they haven’t budged.

  • Saint Bernard is a pop of green-based teal that’s semi-sheer. This shade did not build up color as well as some of the other shades–it was more like Black Lab in that respect. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is similar but a little less green. NYX Seafoam Green is slightly darker. NARS Misfit is darker and more opaque. MAC Aquadisiac is slightly less green.
  • Schnauzer is a brightened eggplant purple with red undertones and a fine violet shimmer. Like Saint Bernard, it’s not as buildable in color as other shades, so semi-opaque is the highest opacity I was able to achieve. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar but a touch darker. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is deeper and browner. MAC Fig. 1 is a bit darker and has a matte finish. Inglot #445 is lighter and has a frosted finish.
  • Sheepdog is a frosted white with semi-opaque color coverage. It’s similar to a lot of other white eyeshadows.
  • Shih Tzu is a springy green with a chartreuse shimmer-sheen. MAC Lucky Green is brighter, more intense. Inglot #412 is lighter, more olive. Make Up For Ever #304 is brighter and greener.

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Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 3)

A-
They're not quite as buildable as they seem like they should be, because for some, you really can't get much more color than what one layer of product yields (like Saint Bernard). The wear is really great, though, and if you like using sheer color as a base or as a wash for quick looks, you'll enjoy these.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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