Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

“The play of pearlescent light, the feeling of euphoria, the instant illumination that brightens and enlightens three ways: strobe cream, the richest, sheerest blend of soft-focus diffusers for the face and neck; strobe liquid, instant radiance in fluid, light-diffusion form with iridescent pigment; and tinted lip conditioner stick SPF15 with strobe pearl, broad spectrum protection, colour and moisture-soft allure. Use under or over colours and textures to glow on and on and on”

STROBE LIQUID | Blending soft focus diffusers with iridescent pigments, this ultra-fluid strobe formula produces a soft, radiant light on the skin, reducing the appearance of skin imperfections by providing a natural-looking glow. Refreshing. Spreads on smoothly and absorbs quickly. Leaves the skin looking healthier and more radiant. A lighter weight addition to the popular strobe cream. Suggested Retail Price $29.50 U.S./$38.00 CDN

STROBE CREAM | Suggested Retail Price $29.50 U.S./$38.00 CDN

TINT LIP CONDITIONER STICK SPF15 | Formulated with Strobe Pearl, this luxurious lip conditioner combines sheer soft light-quenched colour with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF15 protection and moisture.

  • Strobe Kiss Sheer coral with a golden strobe pearl
  • Strobe Rays Light caramel with golden red strobe pearl
  • Strobe Blossom Light blue/pink with red strobe pearl
  • Strobe Current Sheer plum with golden red strobe pearl
  • Strobe Beam Clear with strobe pearl

Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN

March 6th, 2008 at all MAC locations, 1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Shimmering fine particles impart soft colour in hard candy palette, to sweet and subtle effect. Eight shades of giddy deliciousness with pearl sheen and jet-milled perfection, to keep the glow going. New MAC innovation for limited time only! Silky-fine, shot with pearl, this blush inspires a subtle glow in tandem with pure, bright, colour vibe. Ultra-smooth, delivers a light and alluring shimmer together with a high-colour payoff. In every way luxurious. Limited Edition.

BEAUTY POWDER BLUSH

  • Shy Beauty Pastel apricot with gold pearl (satin)
  • Feeling Dirty plum with silver pearl (satin)
  • Sweetness Intense blue pink (satin)
  • Joyous Peach with gold pearl (satin)
  • True Romantic Mid-tone pink with silver pearl (satin)
  • Serenely Deep brownish red with gold pearl (satin)
  • Eversun Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl (satin)
  • Secret Blush Dirty neutral plum with gold pearl (satin)

Suggested Retail Price $17.50 U.S./$22.00 CDN

BRUSHES

  • 169 Angled Blush
  • 116 Blush

March 13th, 2008 at all MAC locations, 1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Friday, February 29th, 2008

WWD reports…

“Esteban gave me very great inspiration,” she said, naming words such as “organic” and “pebble.” “I went a bit further along that path and went to see Monet’s water lilies at the Orangerie.” The lilacs and pale blues she noted were then channeled into makeup. To fete Cortazar’s debut Ungaro collection, according to Dowsett, MAC will launch a limited edition, co-branded makeup line this October.

Interesting!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Thanks to Kiss and Makeup for this story update and photos:

You can choose to use the mousse or the leg oil, and there’s even a buffng brush to create a golden glow. You can choose from Medium Sheer which is a soft golden caramel with soft gold nuances or Medium Dark Sheer which is soft bronze with golden tan pearl.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Remember when we saw Dazzleglasses available on eBay? Well, I purchased several of them out of curiosity, and while they seem legitimate, there is no way for me to know for sure quite yet. The packaging is new, which was expected of Dazzleglass (launching in May), so it’s even more difficult to determine if these are the real deal. As a result, I’ve been sitting on these swatches for nearly a month now, and I figured I’d share them as long as I disclaim that these may NOT be real. Since there’s that chance, I also am not going to be doing a full review until much later, when they actually launch.

Kiss and Makeup revealed official color information…

Comet Blue Violet blue
Funtabulous Purple with violet pearl
Ms. Fizz Bright pink with blue pearl
Like Venus Clean light bubble gum pink with red pearl
Baby Sparks Pale pink with violet pearl
Money Honey Mid-tone rosy mauve with red pearl
Rags to Riches Plumy pink with teal and red pearl
Date Night Deep plum with blue and gold pearl
Spanking Rich Raspberry pink with red and gold pearl
Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown
Bare Necessity Caramel apricot with red and gold pearl
Steppin’ Out Clean yellow pink with red pearl
Glamour O.D. Bright coral red with red pearl
Suugarrimmed Milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
Pleasure Principle Clear white violet, teal and white pearl
Love Alert Raspberry red with red pearl

Looks like the eBay Dazzleglasses are dead on for the names AND color descriptions! This is good news and definitely adds to the PRO column for legitimacy!

I will give you a quick rundown of the texture/finish/overview of these, though!  They are less sticky than lipglasses, but a little more sticky than lustreglasses.  For those hoping for a non-tacky gloss, this is definitely not an answer to you.  They are all sheer colors, so don’t expect a lot of opacity or color, especially for those with pigmented lips.  There is a good deal of shimmer in each gloss, and the finish is a high, glossy sheen.

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Monday, February 25th, 2008

MAC Cosmetics: Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 10

This is the final installment of the guide, and I asked readers to share their questions about what I didn’t cover and should, and here are the answers.  Please feel free to suggest more topics in the comments!

Finish Descriptions — Tekoa

Eyeshadow Finishes

  • Frost | Most frost finishes have high amounts of shimmer, and the majority I have encountered are fairly smooth when a brush goes to pick up color and the pay off is decent most of the time.  MAC has a lot of shadows with this finish, including the coveted Parrot, as well as cult favorites Bronze, Goldmine, and Ricepaper.
  • Lustre | More of a chunky, glittery finish; lots of shimmer and tends to flake off when the brush bristles touch it. This is not the most popular finish, because a lot of people experience too much chunkiness/flaking.  However, several colors are nice (Aquadisiac, Greensmoke, Swimming, etc.).
  • Matte | Flat, no shimmer color with decent color pay off in some cases — they tend to be chalky in some specific shadows.  Some favorites are Chrome Yellow, Passionate, and Soft Brown.
  • Matte2 | An updated version take on matte finishes with a creamier, less chalky texture. Goes on smooth with much better color pay off.  Some favorites are Clarity, Newly Minted, and Prussian.
  • Satin | Similar to a matte, but it has just a slight touch of sheen to it.  Color pay off is good for most satins.  I do find some shades look like they have shimmer (e.g. Fade, Parfait Amour, Juxt) rather than just sheen, but it is a very seamless shimmer, which is why it is considered a sheen.
  • Veluxe | Again, a finish similar to mattes, but much creamier and smoother.  They tend to make think of going on like butter – the pay off tends to be intense.  Very few shadows have this finish–just four permanent colors–Brown Down, Kid, Samoa Silk, and Velvet Moss.
  • Veluxe Pearl | Good amounts of shimmer, but very smooth when applied.  This finish tends to give good color intensity and pay off, making them one of the favorite finishes.  Generally no flaking or chunkiness whatsoever.  Some of my personal favorites are Antiqued, Freshwater, Gorgeous Gold, Shimmermoss, Stars ‘N Rockets, and Woodwinked.  This is my favorite finish as well.
  • Velvet | A low-level shimmer finish that tends to be good in color and smooth when picked up.  Some great shades are Bitter, Contrast, Juiced, and Texture.

Lipstick Finishes

  • Amplified Creme | Very creamy, opaque, and has a high gloss finish.  This is my personal favorite finish, and it includes popular colors such as BLankety, Dubbonet, Girl About Town, and Vegas Volt.
  • Frost | High in shimmer with a glossy sheen, color pay off may vary, but tends to be on the opaque side. Popular favorites are Bombshell, Lame, New York Apple, and Sandy B; it is also a popular finish for many of MAC’s lipsticks.
  • Glaze | Sheerer colors that go on with a nice glossy finish, lipstick feels smooth. This finish is claimed by few permanent lipstick colors, but some to mention are Gleam, Hue, and Pervette.
  • Lustre | Less shimmer than a frost, but still some, and this formula tends to run sheerer than frosts, but with more pay off than galzes.  Usually color is fairly buildable.  Some favorites include Capricious, Hug Me, Plink!, and Sweetie.  This is a fairly popular finish for lipsticks.
  • Matte | Intense color pay off, drier textures (in some cases), no shimmer, no sheen/glossiness.  Popular favorites are Honeylove, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, and Russian Red.
  • Satin | Kind of like a matte and a glaze–very subtle glossy finish.  Color pay off seems to vary, but usually decent.  Colors to think about include Brave, Cherish, Myth, and Snob.

False Lashes — Tekoa

  • Specific lashes: 20 (half lashes meant to bulk up the outer half of lashes), 30 lash (kind of like individual lashes to fill in where you want), 38 (outer half of lashes)
  • Natural length lashes: 1, 7 (really), 31, 32, 33
  • Full lashes: 3, 4, 7, 36
  • Dramatic lashes: 2, 6, 34, 35, 37
  • Lower lashes: 39, 40
  • Personal favorites: 7s, 36s (also known as “Sultress” lashes)

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