Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Philosophy Color of Grace Palette

Philosophy The Color of Grace Coloring Book ($37.50) is a springtime palette that works if you’re looking for something soft, elegant, and delightfully feminine. It contains two sheer lipglosses (Be Sweet and In Love), two neutral eyeshadows (Angel and Dream), cream highlighter (7th Heaven), powder blush (Pure Joy), and powder highlighter (Amazing Grace).

  • Be Sweet Lip Gloss is a sheer, pale pink with a little bit of milkiness and subtle white shimmer.
  • In Love Lip Gloss is a sheer, medium pink with lots of shimmer.
  • Angel Eyeshadow is a soft, whitish pink with just a little bit of shimmer and a very satin smooth feel.
  • Dream Eyeshadow is a darkened brown with reddish undertones that goes on rather sheerly.
  • 7th Heaven All-Over Illuminator is a pink-tinged champagne cream highlighter that can be applied heavily or sheered out for a subtle glow.
  • Pure Joy Powder Blush is a semi-sheer brightened blue-based pink with subtle gold shimmer.
  • Amazing Grace Shimmering Face Powder is a brightened soft white-pink with white shimmer.

I don’t think Philosophy is re-inventing anything here, but it’s a very girly palette that will appeal to those who want subtle color, whether it’s on their eyes or cheeks or lips. I wish Dream eyeshadow was more pigmented, because then I’d like the palette more. It’s a bit of a sheer wash when I tested it out, so it’s hard to get the amount of darkness out of it that I want.

The palette itself is packaged in a “leather-bound” book style, with white stitching on the edges. It’s cute and slim, and it’s also lightweight, so it’s great for traveling.  It’s nice but not quite Amazing (ha).

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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Availability: Nordstrom

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Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Dior #886 Ultra Gloss

Dior Addict Mauve Accent (886) Ultra Gloss ($26.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a plummy raspberry pink that applies sheerly but gives a little darkened pink pop to lips along with plenty o’ sparkle.

I bought this one on a whim on my second Sephora order, and of course, had to share photos and swatches with all of you! I reviewed Ultra Gloss earlier this week, so check that out for a full review of the formula and all that. :)

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If love sheer, non-sticky lipgloss, Dior Ultra Gloss is exactly that. And if you don’t mind reapplying every two hours or so, I think you’d really like these.

Availability: Sephora

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Friday, April 30th, 2010

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Collection

Now available in the UK, Tom Ford’s lipstick collection will debut June 1st in the U.S., with select distribution.

Tom Ford’s take on twelve classic lip colors, from bare nude to fire red to deep brown, re-imagined in a modern and authoritative way. Formulated with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, the luxurious formula has an ultra-creamy texture for an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.

Private Blend Lip Color ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.)

  • Vanilla Suede
  • Blush Nude
  • Warm Sable
  • Pink Dusk
  • Pure Pink
  • Ginger Fawn
  • True Coral
  • Cherry Lush
  • Smoke Red
  • Moroccan Rouge
  • Bruised Plum
  • Black Orchid

Will you indulge in Tom Ford’s latest creation?

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Friday, April 30th, 2010

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50 for 0.15 oz.) is a moisturizing lip balm in a tube. The Sugar Lip Treatment is definitely hydrating, and it’s thick enough that it leaves a thin, buttery layer on lips once applied. It has a slightly gloss look, but it isn’t too high-shine. I love how moisturizing it is when it’s on my lips, but the problem is it doesn’t last for more than a couple of hours. I find that constant reapplication is necessary to maintain that hydrated feel–once you stop, so does the moisturizing.

I love the sweet, lemony scent, though, but I am a sucker for citrus-y scents–though there’s no real taste to me! This is something I like to use during the day and at my desk. I tend to reapply lip balm several times throughout the day as I eat/drink and the like, so it’s perfect for that. It’s not so great for a slick of balm at night, because it just doesn’t last long enough for that. It does contain SPF 15 (octinoxate at 7.49% and oxybenzone at 2%), which is a nice touch.

The packaging is gorgeous–it’s an near matte but slightly metallic bronzed metal (well, that’s what it feels like!) tube. It’s sturdy and has a bit of heft to it, which makes it feel like a lipstick rather than a lip balm. All the fancy packaging probably contributes to the higher price tag–at least for a lip balm–but it’s much more emollient than many other stick-based balms I’ve tried.

I like it–between the scent and the buttery feel on my lips–I may purchase another tube once I finish this one. I like the convenience of a tube, the lemon-y scent, and the feel. I do think a product like this is easy to go through, though, because it’s so emollient that it’s easy to over-apply and finish up a tube rather quickly. I’ve been testing it out for a week or so now, and I expect one tube will last just over a month with daily use.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: It’s not a miracle treatment, but it’s a nice lip balm for everyday use. If you have only slightly chapped or dry lips, I think this may be sufficient for you. Those looking for more long-term results may find that the moisturization stops when you stop using the product.

Availability: BlueMercury

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Friday, April 30th, 2010

Smashbox Flirty Lipstick
Smashbox Flirty Lipstick

The Summer Season: Smashbox Flirty Lipstick

Smashbox Flirty Photo Finish Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a stunning shade of played down magenta pink. It’s a blue-based pink, but it’s not too cool toned, so both warmer and cooler skin tones can wear it. It has a slightly glossy finish with very minimal shimmer, but lips look fuller with the smooth, even coverage of the Photo Finish formula. It’s a creamy, nearly opaque color that’s moisturizing and wears for a solid four hours. Photo Finish is definitely a bit of an underrated lipstick formula!

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Cle de Peau #111 Eyeshadow

Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) in 111 (soft chocolate brown) and 114 (soft pink) are part of Cle de Peau’s Captivante Collection. It also features three other new shades — 112 (light blue), 113 (dark brown), and 115 (pale purple).

I originally reviewed Cle de Peau’s Satin Eye Color a few weeks ago.  These new-for-spring shades are exactly the same in terms of feel, quality, and texture.  They’re buttery, silky smooth, and so, so soft.  They’re not chalky or powdery, but they almost feel like a buttery cream when you apply them.  One thing I like about these is you can wear them with or without a base, because the formula is designed to adhere to the lid without a base.

  • 111 is a softened medium chocolate brown that comes off as mostly neutral in its undertones, so it’s a great, universal brown.
  • 114 is a pretty petal pink with a subtle sheen and shimmer.  Like 111, it isn’t too warm or cool–a pink that can be worn by many.

I wore both shades in this look I posted last week.  I liked how they looked soft and touchable, but they still delivered plenty of color.  If you love the brightness of Make Up For Ever and MAC eyeshadows, Cle de Peau is not a stand-in by any means.  If you love pigmented, but still soft and wearable, colors, like Chanel and Dior, Cle de Peau may be more your style.

These eyeshadows are undeniably expensive, and Cle de Peau is not a brand for everyone.  Keep in mind that it is a luxury brand, and part of luxury is that not everyone can afford it, so the price completely reflects that.  They are excellent eyeshadows, but they’re certainly more of a splurge item for many of us, including myself.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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Availability: Neiman Marcus

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