Friday, December 21st, 2007

Let me preface this review saying that I have not seen or played with the actual Sculpt & Shape collection due out the 26th. All of the sculpting and shaping powders have been available at PRO stores for a few months now, but they come separately either in pot or pan form, and they are the size of blushes.

OVERALL, the duos are a great opportunity to try out the sculpt and shape line without paying the price of individual pots. I feel confident in saying that I highly doubt I will ever hit pan on any of the full-size pans, except perhaps Sculpt, which is what I personally use to contour (which I do regularly). Nonetheless, you can also pick up a few of these, rather than trying to find one that matches your complexion. When going to check these out or order them, realize that they aren’t all about contouring or shaping the face. It is about highlighting the face, body, eyes, nose… these are multi-purpose tools to give the skin a sense of glow, sophistication, and enhance natural features. These are perfect for the upcoming spring season, which is embracing nudes, neutrals, and the natural look.

Check out product photos, and detailed reviews of the different shades included in this launch. Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

These photos were leaked earlier today at TheCarmineVault, which has a ton of Fafi news and updates, so if you love Fafi… bookmark it!  I have to tell you, I adore Google Alerts for keeping me in the Fafi loop!

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

MAC ANNOUNCES “ARE YOU A MAC ORIGINAL?” CONTEST
In celebration of its new Originals Collection.

New York, December 18, 2007 — MAC Cosmetics announced the “Are You A MAC Original?” contest to launch their new limited edition collection The Originals. The contest is a celebration of one’s individuality and originality — qualities intrinsic to the MAC brand. Launching nationally through the MAC website (www.maccosmetics.com), the contest will also run regionally in 6 key cities across the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Houston.

The MAC Originals Collection will launch in stores December 19, 2007. The Originals pays tribute to popular product shades both discontinued or existing that consumers covet and can’t live without. The Originals, a collaboration of the new and the old, introduces new textures and modified formulations of must-have Lipsticks, Lipglass, Eye Shadows and Pigments.

National Contest — How to Enter?
To enter the “Are You A MAC Original?” contest on a national level, consumers can visit www.maccosmetics.com beginning December 26th to submit a picture of themselves wearing their favorite MAC products, along with 50words on what makes them a MAC Original. The winner will be determined by votes online. The winner will receive a $1,000 MAC gift card and the complete Originals collection.

Regional Contest — How to Enter?
On a regional level, MAC will hold the “Are You A MAC Original” Contest in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Houston on the weekend of January 4th-6th. MAC customers can visit designated MAC locations for a complimentary makeup application and get a professional photograph taken. Customers can then enter to be the MAC Original winner of the city and will also be automatically entered into the national contest. The regional winner will receive a $250 MAC gift card, the complete Originals collection and a story in a local publication.

For contest rules and regulations, please visit www.maccosmetics.com.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Originals have a lust for life that can never be squelched! Some classics can’t be improved upon — from Carol Channing to Björk to Blondie, Bowie, and every glam rocker and tightrope walker in-between. This season MAC pays tribute to all the high flyers, in the shades, shadows and styles that have stayed with us for all these years, and some of the late-greats we discontinued all too soon. It’s a throwback to the future. Originals are now and forever.

LIPSTICK
Rozz Revival Watermelon reddish pink (lustre)
Chintz on Chintz Sheer mid-tone yellow brown (lustre)
Utter Pervette Soft pastel pink (lustre)
Back to Del Rio Deep brown red (lustre)
Nouveau-Frou Beigey grey pink with white pearl (lustre)
Retrofluid Sheer dirty deep plum with gold and red pearl
Supersequin Plummy pink with silver pearl (lustre)
Twig-Twig Neutral brown plum (lustre)
Sandy B Light shell pink
Russian Red Intense bluish-red
Suggested Retail Price $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

LIPGLASS
Full on Lust Neutral brown pink (cream)
Avarice Mid-tone yellow red with soft red pearl (cream)
Real Desire Deep plum with red plum
Nico Now Mid-tone grey purple with multicoloured pearl (cream)
C-Thru Soft peached-beige with shimmer (cream)
Suggested Retail Price $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

SMALL EYE SHADOW
Daisychain Soft yellow beige with soft white pearl (satin)
Ochre Style Mid-tone yellow brown with gold (frost)
A Little Folie Mid-tone red brown (matte)
Memorabilia Dirty purple (matte)
Clue Mid-tone dirty grey with silver (matte)
Alum Mid-tone blue grey with soft blue pearl (frost)
Charred Deep steelgrey with silver pearl (frost)
Frisco Soft pastel pink (matte)
Parrot Deep aqua blue with bright green and blue pearl (frost)
Suggested Retail Price $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

PIGMENT
Kitschmas Light airy shimmering pink/mauve pearl (frost)
Violet Vivid bright violet-purple (frost)
Melon Soft bright golden peach (frost)
Golden Olive High frosted green gold (frost)
Steel Blue Rich deep turquoise green-blue shone with
small pearl particle (pearl)
Suggested Retail Price $19.50 U.S./$23.50 CDN

GLITTER
Reflects Blackened Red Sparkling burgundy
Reflects Very Pink Sparkling fuchsia pink
Reflects Transparent Teal Sparkling white with turquoise
Reflects Antique Gold Sparkling taupe
Suggested Retail Price $16.50 U.S./$20.00 CDN

EYE PENCIL
Ebony Soft black
Coffee Muted brown
Indigo Muted greenish-blue
Suggested Retail Price $12.50 U.S./$15.00 CDN

MASCARA X
Black Black
Suggested Retail Price $12.50 U.S./$15.00 CDN

Available December 19, 2007 at all MAC locations, 1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Monday, December 17th, 2007

Hey readers!  In case you didn’t know, The Originals has been moved up to launch December 19th (instead of the 26th). It’s already online here, though most of it is “coming soon” but we can drool at the swatches, right?  Expect things to be available for purchase later tonight or tomorrow.

What does everyone have on their lists to must buy, maybe buy, and definitely won’t buy?

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

I ran across this helpful article that interviews several leading cosmetic individuals, including Gordon Espinet from MAC Cosmetics, about how to get ready for holiday parties and the inevitable photos that follow. I’ve included an excerpt, but be sure to head over and read what other artists like Rick DeCecca from Estee Lauder, April Jacob from Pink Beauty, Marie-Johanne Martineau from Yves Rocher, Lori Taylor from Smashbox, and Paul Venoit from Cover Girl had to say.

Gordon Espinet senior makeup artist and VP of makeup artistry, M.A.C Cosmetics:

“The holidays are a great time to experiment with makeup, things like shimmer that we can really be playful with.”

1. Start with hydrated skin. Look for spray-style humectant-fortified waters to help “plump up” your skin. But watch out for moisturizers: Too much can cause your makeup to slip. Use under-makeup products such as depuffing eye creams and lip conditioners, too.

2. For holiday, matte skin is in, but not matte foundation. Look for hydrating foundation and get the matte look from finishing with a powder. If you use a matte foundation and a matte powder, you risk the “crypt-keeper” look. To make eyes seem wider-set, take a dab of highlighter and place on the inner corners of the eyelid.

3. We’re seeing a return to lipstick and a retro red mouth. Anyone can wear red lips — just look for the shade that works for you. And don’t draw it on. Use your fingers and smudge it for a stained look.

Ready for your close-up: Photos with a flash will make you fade away. Try upping the intensity of your makeup by about 20%.