Friday, July 2nd, 2010


Dior Misty Mauve Eyeshadow Palette

More Plums for Fall — Dior-Style

Dior Misty Mauve Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of two new-for-fall eyeshadow quints (the other being Pink Design #808). It contains a soft, sparkling icy lilac; satin-matte gray purple; deep black-purple with silver shimmer; frosty white with just a hint of yellow; and muted pink-mauve with a shimmer sheen.

The pigmentation was decent overall, but the icy lilac was on the sheerer, powdery side while the gray purple definitely needs to be layered for a smooth, even look. The center shade–the blackened purple–is the most intense and will easily smoke out any look you desire. I see this quint working best on those with cooler skin tones, and I do see paler skin tones rocking this easier than darker ones, just because of the lighter, shimmery shades.

Are you plummed out or ready for more?  Does this quint make your heart pitter-patter?

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

RECOMMENDATION: For cooler, paler skin tones, I think this is a great way to wear darker, plummier shades. It’s not quite as pigmented as some of the other quints I’ve reviewed in the past few years, so I’m a little bummed by that.  I like, but I don’t love.

AVAILABILITY: August 2010

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Sneak Peek: NARS Fall 2010

It looks like we’ll be seeing heiress Daphne Guinness in NARS’ fall campaign. The full collection will debut on narscosmetics.com on July 15th before arriving at other retailers in August.

The eye shadow shade named for Guinness is a rich, royal purple. “When I started thinking about colors that meant Daphne to me, purple felt right — and when I tried it on her at the shoot, I immediately knew it needed to be named for her,” said Nars. Guinness wears it in the campaign along with Mangrove, a new eye shadow in an yellow-green hue; Douceur blush, a soft pink-brown, and Rouge Basque Lipstick, a “quintessential red” inspired by the French Basque region. The eye shadows will each retail for $23, the lipstick for $24 and the blush for $26. “Daphne’s like a painting in this image,” said Nars, who used a set of mirrors to reflect Guinness’ image from every angle. “Since Daphne was the inspiration for the campaign, I thought, ‘Why not have more of her?’” — WWD

WWD also noted that in November, Nars is planning to open up a freestanding store as well as working on two books–perhaps released next year, if we’re lucky.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

U.S. Launch Date: June 28th, 2010 @ Nordstrom & MAC (online), August 19th (Nordstrom Stores), September 16th (all locations)
International Launch Date: October 2010

Leading the kind of double life that doesn’t land you in the tabloids is easy with Haute & Naughty Lash.  So smart with its two-in-one dual wiper system, you choose if you want defined lashes for day, or instantly combed volume for evening.  Use the small orifice for a natural end look. the large orifice for major drama, all-in-one!

First at MAC, this innovative, unique, double-duty development is the clever new way to customize lashes… select and shimmy brush from root to tip for desired effect.

State-of-the-art conditiong and hydrating formula prevents parching, flake-outs.  A one-for-all winner!

Haute & Naughty Lash ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Haute & Naughty Black

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Korres #15 Natural Blush

Luminous Beauty in 3 Seconds

Korres #15 Natural Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is OH-MY-GOODNESS gorgeousness on skin.  Ahh!  I fell in love.

If you have warm skin, you have to try it on–not just a mere swatch, but try it on cheeks.  Though, I do think it would be lovely on cooler skin tones, too — it is rather natural and neutral; not orange at all, but having warm skin myself, I immediately fell in love with once I tried it on my cheeks.  It is gives that perfect glow of natural, inner warmth that radiates from inside out in just one swipe.

The blush has a soft, smooth texture–very buttery, almost creamy despite its powder finish–and applies evenly in just a single stroke.  Cheeks are lightly flushed and sunkissed with a beautiful luminous sheen.  It’s not heavy, shimmery, or glittery in the least.  My pores aren’t emphasized, but I felt like my face just lit up the minute I applied this.

AMAZING. Korres makes a very fine, impressive blush!

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: High-quality, pigmented, and ridiculously smooth textured, Korres blush is really a winner.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Burberry Makeup

Burberry Beauty Makeup Launches

Now available for purchase over at Burberry!  You can pre-order now, and the expected ship date is July 31st.  Nordstrom is supposed to launch it online for pre-order soon.

Burberry is now up & available on Nordstrom — it says “usually arrives in 3 to 6 days”!  Check everything out HERE.

Sheer Eye Shadow ($29.00)

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow comes in twenty beautiful shades from iconic trench to smokey metal. The shadows can be blended to create an infinity of eye enhancing colours. The innovative formula uses silicones for smooth and flawless application and contains micronised satin smooth pigments to ensure long-lasting colour fidelity. The cooler shades catch the light enhancing the natural radiance of the eyes and the dark shades hollow, to give depth.

  • Available in: White, Porcelain, Golden Ochre, Chestnut, Almond, Taupe Brown, Khaki, Rosewood, Antique Rose, Tea Rose, Rose, Lavender Blue, Lavender, Slate Blue, Pearl Blue, Grey, Black, Plum, Midnight Blue

Effortless Mascara ($28.00)

This versatile mascara provides effortless volume and beautiful coverage for all looks from the most natural to the most sophisticated. Burberry Volumising Lash Enhancer contains marine plant glycogen that accelerates fibre growth and strengthens the lashes, whilst providing effortless definition. A protective film forms on the surface of the lash and shields against humidity, rain and heat.

  • Black

Eye Definer ($27.00)

Burberry have created five Eye Shaping Pencils that work with your natural eye colour to enhance and intensify. Formulated using natural conditioning waxes and emollient oils, Burberry Eye Definer glides on effortlessly to highlight the eye colour and shape. Water resistant and long-wearing.

  • Available in: Black, Brown, Ash Brown, Midnight Blue, Plum

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Kat Von D Memento Mori Palette

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette: Memento Mori

Kat Von D Memento Mori Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 8 x 0.05 oz. eyeshadows) has been on my radar for awhile, but I’ve only now been able to really try it out! It contains eight eyeshadows, each pretty much the equivalent of a full-size eyeshadow (MAC eyeshadows are 0.05 oz., for reference), so it’s a great affordable palette. It’s also a rather colorful selection, so it’s very fun to play around with and apropos for summer.

  • True is a violet-blue cream shadow that goes on glossy but seems to dry down to a nearly matte finish. I found the surface of mine a bit dry, but once I got deeper, it was fine. I thought it was an eyeliner at first, actually!
  • Solitude is an iridescent lilac purple with a soft sheen. It’s the least shimmery shade of the bunch.
  • Meditation is a light bronze with a little copper in it. It has a frosty finish.
  • Agatha Pink is a pale peach with a shimmery/frosty finish.
  • Sugar Skull is a shimmery white-gold.
  • Peggy is a true teal base with flecks of white-gold sheen/shimmer. Almost strikes me as a duochrome. It’s so pretty, but I found that this shade seemed to fade a little when worn.
  • Hard Luck is a deep forest green mixed with gray.
  • Tijuana is a darkened black-brown base with flecks of gold and copper glitter-shimmer. This shade at ridiculous fall out, even when used sparingly. It’s a beautiful shade, but clean-up seems to be a must. Use less rather than more, too, and tap brush against your wrist to avoid excess fall out.

I thought the box the palette comes in was beautiful, and I was a bit let down by the cheap, white plastic palette inside. It just looked and felt like something I’d buy for $10 at the drugstore–not something that’s $34 and from Sephora. The included dual-ended brushes are actually bristled brushes, but they’re rather flimsy.  They just kind of flop and make it a pain to really pack on color–plus they’re so tiny, I don’t have the patience to use ‘em myself!

All of the shades have a very smooth texture, and they go on evenly and are richly pigmented. I do find that they’re a little on the powdery side, and may even work best with sponge applicators–at least with some of the shades (like Peggy and Tijuana). Tijuana was the troublemaker of the group, which frustrated me as it was also the prettiest (to me), so I really wanted it to be as beautiful on as it was swatched!

Overall, though, I think these are solid eyeshadows worth taking a look at if a particular palette color scheme grabs you. It took some getting used to using these before I was able to minimize the fall out with these. They also blend very easily, which is nice, but it means use softer strokes and feather rather than sweep for most of the work!  I have heard that the Beethoven palette is one of her best palettes, so I might check that out next.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the palette overall, and I’m impressed at the level of pigmentation of the shadows. I think it’s a great option for a palette of colorful eyeshadows, especially if you’re on a budget.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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