Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

It’s funny, despite five eyeshadows being launched in this collection, none of them really spoke to me. I also got more of a fall collection vibe off of them, even though we’re heading right into summer. To be honest, I don’t think any of these are really must-haves.

Gazette Gray had a lot of potential, but it’s just so sheer–would have been great if it had been a veluxe pearl finish! Cut to Fit is something that’s close enough to other shades I’ve seen before. Tissue Weight is pretty on its own, but you may already own something similar.

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Cut to Fit is a reddish copper-bronze with a frost finish. It reminds me of French Cuff from early last year, but it’s not as frosty and perhaps a little more darkness to this one. It also seems close to Twinks from the permanent line.
  • Bamboo is a matte fleshy nude with a subtle orange undertone. It’s a permanent shade, but it’s nice to help diffuse color. On my NC25 skin tone, I find Bamboo is a bit orange/dark as a highlighter.
  • Tissue Weight is a pink-toned fleshy beige with a frost finish. This is a pretty color, and it layers well over Coral Crepe paint pot. I think pinker skin tones may even like this as a highlighter, albeit it is a bit on the frostier side.
  • Gazette Grey is a brownish-gray with gold and green-gold flecks of sparkle. It applies quite sheerly, so despite looking quite beautiful in the pan, it doesn’t translate on its own. You could try layering this over a darker base (like one of the Greasepaint Sticks from earlier in April) to bring out the flecks of shimmer in this.
  • Memorabilia is a matte, red-toned purple with an almost gray cast to it. It’s an interesting shade, though I believe this is its second appearance. It’s not totally opaque, but it’s not sheer either, and it’s a very blendable matte.

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Garb Blush

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Blush & Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

For whatever reason, I must have spaced, because I did not realize that Pret-a-Papier was such a large collection.  I kept thinking it was a dinky little collection, but it’s a full collection.  It includes two sheertone blushes and one mineralize blush duo.

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Garb is a darkened nude with an orange undertone. It has a near matte finish, though there is a subtle shimmer in it that’s really not very noticeable.  Though it’s only a bit on the warmer side, the obvious orange tone may not work well with the fairest of the fair.
  • Instant Chic is a slightly coraled pink with a powdery look. It’s sheerer than Garb, and I found it more difficult to build up the intensity, though. I like the shade, because it’s not quite like anything in MAC’s permanent line, and I don’t know if I’ve seen something like this in recent collections either. I do wish it was a bit more pigmented–I fear it may be a wash on those with deeper skin tones (think NC/NW45 or darker).

Mineralize Blush ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Light Over Dark is a duo of golden copper and a darkened, reddish copper-bronze. Both shades have a very frosty finish to them. The size of the compact is large enough to be able to use the shades separately or together, I’d imagine. I’m personally not a fan of this, because it does have a rather frosty finish, which turns out pretty gnarly in photographs!

Instant Chic is the most unique of the three blushes, despite not having the best color pay off (it is a sheertone, though).  It’s coral enough to be perfect for summer and add some brightness to cheeks, but it’s not so warm that only warmer skin tones will like it.  I do think it’s a better shade for light to medium skin tones, and if you’re of a deeper skin tone, you may want to swatch it in person first.

Any of these catch your eye?

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret-a-Papier review is coming…

I’m working on it, I promise! My order from MAC literally just arrived at noon (PST) and am working feverishly to get everything up :)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Superglass Collection

U.S. Launch Date: May 6th, 2010
International Launch Date: July 2010

Shattered, decimated, blinded by a fantastic, intergalactic lip light! Just when you thought Dazzleglass was the best-of bright, along comes Superglass, with secret, snowflake-shaped helicone pearls sparkling in three different facets for triple the dazzle! Lips have gone big bang, explosively dimensional, a rare eclipse! Gloss feels slick and sleek on application with no draggy speed bumps, not a hint of grit. A light aroma of vanilla enhances kissability. Extreme innovation that’s a good reflection on MAC and the seductress lucky enough to strike upon it.

Superglass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Tunnel of Love Deep blue brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Sugar Overload White beige (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Disco Blendd Light tan (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Tart Baby pale pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Gift Wrap Light pinky peach (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Totally Bang! Fuchsia (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Cherry Electric Bright cherry pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Superflash! Mid-tone yellow pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Fab Frenzy Deep blue purple (Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

YSL Summer 2010

YSL Solaris Collection for Summer 2010

Free, passionate, the Yves Saint Laurent woman plunges into a new adventure filled with sun, sensuality and exotic makeup colors.

The radiance of desert golds refreshed by Mediterranean blues. The intensity of reds vibrating with light. Born of the elements, her essential and solar beauty is a force of nature.

Her make-up? A complexion of “Copper Sand”. A look traced in Riviera Blue, total immersion. Lips and nails of passion, burned in orange and fuchsia…

Dazzling, the Yves Saint Laurent woman is a myth.

Terre Saharienne ($50.00) (New & Permanent)

A deep brown case infused with translucence capturing the infinity of the desert, three letters of elegance – YSL – leading the way… A tribute to the iconic laced jacket of Yves Saint Laurent, Terre Saharienne brings a sunkissed glow to the skin. A passport to sunlight all year long. In a few brushstrokes, this bronzing powder caresses the skin with sheer summer brilliance. Sand, copper sand, golden sand… Three ardent shades illuminate the complexion with a natural and radiant glow. An instant “radiant look”, thanks to new “Sun Radiance” pigments that capture the light and diffuse their golden reflections 360°. The voluptuous, soft and silky formula has comfortable and long-lasting wear that ‘dresses’ the skin for all-day adventure with total protection (SPF12).

  • N° 1 Sand
  • N° 2 Copper Sand
  • N° 3 Golden Sand

Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant ($30.00)

  • N° 5 Golden Sands (New & Permanent)
  • N° 19 Riviera Blue (Limited Edition)

Rouge Pure Shine ($30.00)

  • N° 93 Pink Lychee (Limited Edition)
  • N° 94 Blood Orange (Limited Edition)

La Laque ($20.00)

  • N° 142 Ultra Orange (Limited Edition)
  • N° 42 Ultra Violet (Limited Edition)
  • N° 34 Black Tulip (Repromote)

Gloss Pur ($30.00) (New & Permanent)

  • N° 7 Pure Sorbet
  • N° 8 Pure Watermelon
  • N° 9 Pure Hibiscus
  • N° 10 Pure Redcurrant

Touche Brilliance ($30.00) (New & Permanent)

  • N° 18 Coral Sunset
  • N° 19 Fuchsia Sunrise

Mascara Aquaresistant ($30.00)

  • N° 7 Blue Lagoon (New & Permanent)

Touche Eclat ($40.00) (Repromote)

  • N° 3 Light Peach

Ombre Solo ($30.00) (Repromote)

  • N° 6 Pink Nude

Dessin du Regard ($28.00) (Repromote)

  • N° 3 Oriental Blue
  • N° 6 Hazelnut Brown

Availability: June 2010

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Givenchy Summer 2010

Givenchy’s Summer Collection also featured Fleur de Frangipanier, which is available in two shades:  Island Sun (No. 2) and Island Tan (No. 3).  Each shade retails for $45 and contains 0.35 oz. of product.

I haven’t spotted Island Sun yet, but I know it is the lighter of the two shades available and also has a significant chunk of pink color to part of its flower, so I’d also presume it runs on the pinker/redder side while Island Tan is more on the warmer/orange side.  Givenchy’s Summer Collection is slated to hits stores in May 2010, so you may see it creep onto counters any day now.

Island Tan is a warmed-up, but muted, orange bronze with very, very subtle shimmer. I swatched both heavily and sheerly (and blended out), so you can see the potential intensity along with under more normal usage.   It’s a very soft shade of bronze that will certainly be flattering on warmer skin tones, but I definitely think it’ll have a tendency to turn orange on those with pink or red undertones.  (I would recommend checking out Island Sun instead!)

The texture of the powder is incredibly silky–it’s fine-milled and smooth to the touch.  It blends beautifully and wears well.  The shimmer in it is sophisticated and just barely-there, so it’s great for many skin types.  Not surprising for Givenchy is the palette itself is beautiful with the raised flower and color splotch pattern.  The color splotches range from a bronzed nude to chocolate bronze to peach.

The compact also has a pull-out drawer under the powder that reveals a small face brush, which is usable and certainly a step-up from the majority of included brushes in palettes, but it’s not my favorite!  I’m also pleased (and pleasantly surprised!) that Givenchy didn’t skimp on quantity either–you get plenty of bronzer for your buck.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  For those with warmer complexions and yellower undertones, I think Island Tan is a workable bronzer.

Availability:  May 2010

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