Monday, December 31st, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Blushes & Highlighters

Asking me to choose my favorite highlighter, by the way, is akin to making me choose favorites between (fur) children (if I had more than one). There were some seriously ga-ga-glowing highlighters launched this year, too! On the blush front, there were some great shades and formulas I tried and tested, but it was easier to narrow those down.

What was your favorite blush/highlighter from 2012?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Makeup Palettes

There were actually a lot of fantastic palettes released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards).  So here are my picks–and I tried to include a variety of brands that were all excellent, but full disclosure: could have easily included more bareMinerals, Guerlain, and another Tom Ford (Enchanted).

What was your favorite makeup palette from 2012?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

5 Silver Eyeshadows for the Holidays

My favorite way to wear silver during the holidays is on the lash line, actually. It can add a lot of brightness to a look! I like the line the lower lash line with a rich black eyeliner, then pat on silver eyeshadow on top. I also love silvers with blues–very wintry!

  1. Giorgoi Armani #12 — bright, metallic silver
  2. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver — dark, metallic silver-gray
  3. Buxom Chihuahua — metallic, medium silver
  4. Guerlain Les Aquas — bright, light silver
  5. Inglot #448 — faded silver with a metallic finish

What’s your favorite holiday silver eyeshadow?

Saturday, September 15th, 2012


Video: Week in Review, Vol. 004

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Products Mentioned

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Urban Decay Echo Beach Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Nevermind Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Jagged Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Anonymous Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ammunition Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Guerlain Les Voilettes (03), Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush. On lips: Giorgio Armani #111 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

In Love with Sensuous Rose

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale pink-beige with a soft, satin finish. It has subtle warm undertones, but it’s just barely warm. I almost wanted to describe it as coral, but I think the muted quality of the color makes it something else–that’s where the beige tones come in. Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker. MAC Ladyblush is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Pure Color Blush is supposed to be “fresh, radiant color [that] lasts all day, won’t streak or fade” with an “ultra-silky powder [that] sweeps on sheer for a natural glow” or “builds for contoured and sculpted definition.” It’s a blush that you don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed with, but if you need more color, it’s buildable. It’s also supposed to wear all day without streaking or fading.

I’ve only tried this shade from this formula, but it was a stunner and more than impressive! It’s extremely soft and silky-smooth–absolutely finely-milled–and looks that way on the skin. The way it melts onto the skin gives such a great natural finish and sheen, so it never emphasizes pores or skin imperfections. Estee Lauder really nailed the pigmentation, too; it applies easily and evenly without going overboard, but it still shows up on my skin tone (I’m about medium in color) even with just one sweep of color. The color is buildable to more dramatic (true-to-pan) color without having to pile it on. It wore for a full ten hours, and it very slight, noticeable fading after twelve hours–incredible wear.

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Sensuous Rose

A+
An impressive shade: long-wearing, buildable color, silky texture, and looks good on the skin. This would be a nice everyday shade that adds a little color and warmth but not too much shimmer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette
Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette

Take Me to the Violet Underground

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.15 oz.) consists of five shades ranging from pink to black to brown. The formula is long-wearing and is not supposed to crease while still blending easily.

The first shade is a vibrant fuchsia pink with a subtle metallic sheen. When applied dry, it’s slightly sheer and looks like it has a soft frost finish. When applied damp, it is incredibly opaque and vibrant with a soft metallic finish. MAC Moon Rose is just a little less fuchsia. MAC Tease With Ease is softer. NARS Caravaggio is darker. Urban Decay Woodstock is very similar. MAC Bright Fuchsia is also close.

Next to the fuchsia shade is a chocolate bronze with a metallic sheen. When applied dry, it still retains a subtle metallic finish and has excellent color payoff. When applied damp, it becomes more intense but doesn’t change too much. NARS Surabaya is similar but has a less metallic finish. Make Up For Ever #14 has less red in its base. theBalm Tres Moi is less red-toned and a smidgen lighter. Le metier de Beaute Bordeaux has a stronger red undertone. Chanel Ebloui is grayer.

Moving on, we arrive at a light beige-peach with soft, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It’s nearly the same whether it is used damp or dry, though it becomes just slightly more metallic when it is used wet. The pigmentation is full and opaque both ways. Bare Escentuals Stealth is more matte in finish and a little lighter. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is a fraction lighter. MAC Say Yeah is frostier and has a subtle golden sheen. theBalm Luscious Lani is noticeably lighter and more metallic in finish.

In the middle is a dark black with subtle shimmer that’s just barely noticeable. It has good color payoff when used dry, though it is more intense when applied damp. When applied, it does intensify better with a brush than just in a swatch even when applied dry. It’s not quite as dark as MAC Dark Dare or Milani Pitch Black. It is darker than MAC Carbon.

The final shade is a rich violet with hints of blue and an underlying dark base. It had good pigmentation dry but had less depth, whereas when applied damp, it took on a much more intense, deeper look, though both dry and damp had similar metallic finishes. I felt that this was the least dupeable shade in the palette, because it is a darker purple with only a hint of blue. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl is lighter, less blackened. MAC Starless Night is darker, not really blue–more black in its base (so you lose some of the purple). MAC Imaginary has no blue. Givenchy Lune Mordoree is bluer. Urban Decay Frigid is the closest but it lacks the blackened base.

I think this is one of the most stunning eyeshadow palettes that has launched in the past few years. It’s utterly breathtaking–whether or not these are the kind of hues you’d feel comfortable wearing or not, it’s a showstopper. What I love is that it does deliver on the color, and all five shades work well together; not just in one color combination but multiple ones. If you prefer subtle pops of color, there are two more neutral shades (beige and bronze) that can be accented by the richer shades (pink and violet) or darkened (black).

These wore impeccably, too!  I had no problem achieving nine hours of wear with no fading or creasing with or without a primer, and I used four of the five shades in the look (no black).  They were easy to blend, didn’t have any fall out, and applied with full color without having to pack it on.  It comes in a purple metallic case with a mirror on the inside and two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The only criticism I could come up with was the pink shade could be better pigmented dry.

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Violet Underground

A+
I think this is one of the most stunning eyeshadow palettes that has launched in the past few years. It's utterly breathtaking--whether or not these are the kind of hues you'd feel comfortable wearing or not, it's a showstopper.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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