L’Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos ($9.99) are a more budget-friendly way of obtaining brighter, more pigmented eyeshadows. Each contains two shades of matte eyeshadows with a total weight of 0.08 oz. L’Oreal currently has five different matte eyeshadow duos available: Animated, Dashing, Perky, Poppy, and Striking.
- Animated contains a chalky grayish-white and a periwinkle blue.
- Perky contains a medium bright grassy green and a grayish-black.
I don’t love the matte eyeshadow duos. They’re okay–about average–but they’re not stellar. Since they’re matte, I do expect some chalkiness when I swatch, which is always minimized when you’re actually applying them with a brush. Nonetheless, the whitish side of Animated definitely looked and felt chalky and almost garish. I did love the shade of periwinkle blue in Animated, though–not a shade you see often, period. Perky has a lovely shade of green that doesn’t feel chalky or powdery, but the darker grayish-black shade has a lot of drag and just doesn’t have a great texture. So in the end, each duo only has one good shade–the other half is just so-so.
For comparison, a MAC eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz. of product and retails for $14.50 each. You get 0.03 oz. more and pay $9.99 a pop. A lot of mass retailer brands, like L’Oreal HIP, do go on sale on a frequent basis, so when they’re on sale, I’d be more willing to purchase these. At full price, I feel like it’s more than I want to pay for L’Oreal. I do consider the HIP line to be one of the better pigmented eyeshadow lines available at mass. I just wish you could swatch before you bought!
Bottom line: I wouldn’t pay full price ($9.99) for either of these duos, and I’d only really recommend Animated for the periwinkle blue, just because I don’t see that color in a lot of other lines. I love that L’Oreal is bringing matte color to the forefront, and I think the price point is affordable for many, particularly if they’re on sale.
- Product: 21/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 3/5
Recommendation: If you can catch L’Oreal’s H.I.P. line on sale, they’re worth trying. Paying full price on the other hand…
Availability: Drugstores/Mass Retailers
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Bobbi Brown Holiday 2009 Collection
Featuring palettes, kits, and sets…
Chrome Eyeshadow ($22.00) (Limited Edition)
Nothing says holiday glamour like eyes dressed up in new Chrome Eye Shadow. Developed with highly reflective pearls, this opulent formula looks like liquid metal on lids and reflects light beautifully. Featured in our signature eye shadow compact, customized for the season with a luxe chrome finish.
Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette ($40.00)
- Goldstone Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow
- Mineral Dust Long-Wear Cream Shadow
- Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette ($60.00)
- Autumn Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
- Earth Metal Metallic Eye Shadow
- Zinc Metallic Eye Shadow
- Black Spruce Metallic Eye Shadow
- Sunset Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
- Antique Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
- Paisley Rose Creamy Lip Color
- Rose Garden Creamy Lip Color
- Rose Bud Creamy Lip Color
- Barefoot Shimmer Creamy Lip Color
Velvet Plum Eye Palette ($40.00)
- Bone Eye Shadow
- Naked Eye Shadow
- Velvet Plum Eye Shadow
- Espresso Eye Shadow
Glitter Balm Lip Palette ($40.00)
- Crystal Rose
- Crystal Diamond
- Pink Crystal
- Crystal Gold
Lip Gloss Trio ($40.00)
- Marina Pink Sheer Lip Gloss
- Pink Blossom Lip Gloss
- Cocoa Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss
Tube Tint Trio ($28.00)
- Twilight Shimmer
- Blossom Tint
- Cherry Tint
Black Plum Deluxe Beauty Trunk ($500.00)
Sure to be a favorite among all Bobbi Brown devotees. This ultra luxurious Beauty Trunk is a refined and luxurious way to house and display your makeup. Interior features a mirror and several levels to organize beauty essentials, tools and skincare. Neiman Marcus exclusive.
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Chanel Mandarin Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Mandarin Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is the last shade in our seven days of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque feature.
Mandarin is a deep, reddish coral. It’s very, very deep — it’s not exactly the summer coral that comes to mind when I’m thinking about coral lip color. It’s an orange-red base with lighter, coppery orange shimmer. It’s incredibly opaque and goes on full coverage in one layer. It has the same glossy sheen as the other shades, and it has the amazing staying power of intense shades like Dragon. It lasts through hours of talking, eating, and drinking, with only the glossy sheen fading, but the color staying true. Even though these are long-wearing, they don’t dry out lips, but actually keep them fairly hydrated. Mandarin is a deeper, more intense and redder version of Dynastie.
Since I don’t want to just re-write what I say about the formula (since it is the same–if there are any variations, you can be sure I’ll call them out), here’s a quick bullet-point summary.
- Satiny, creamy lip color that hydrates
- Opaque color in one layer–very pigmented
- Lasts for hours and even through eating/drinking
- Glossy sheen
- Looks like a lipstick AND a gloss
- Easy to travel with
- Sleek packaging
- Product: 29/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 5/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you like a pop of bright pink on your lips, mandarin has you covered!
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Estee Lauder Ultimate Red Collection for Holiday 2009
Now available is Estee Lauder’s seasonal colour collection!
Opulent Shimmer Lip Gloss ($18.00)
Opulent Shimmer Powder ($32.00)
Radiant shimmer powder illuminates skin with a hint of golden opulence. Sweep it across cheekbones, décolletage—anywhere you want a holiday glow.
Gel Eyeliner ($19.50)
Ultimate Red Turbolash ($32.00)
Ultimate Red Signature Eyeshadow Quad ($35.00)
- Gold Opulence
- Lavish Plum
Holiday Eyeshadow Palette ($32.50)
Catch her eye with six sensational shades for holidays and all year long. A sophisticated palette in a sleek crocodile-embossed case complete with mirror and dual-ended applicator. The colors complement each other for great looks in endless possibilities: Pure Color Eyeshadow in Sugar Cube, Mocha Cup, Cinnamon and Mink; Estée Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Roseberry Duo.
Signature Lipstick ($19.50)
- Cranberry Ltd
- Simply Red
Pure Colour Nail Lacquer ($18.00)
Holiday Mascara Set ($25.00)
Give her long, long-wear lashes and a flawless finish—an eye look to love. A perfect stocking stuffer, this gift collection includes four great formulas for amazing eyes, all in a golden, crocodile-embossed pouch: Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in Black, Dual-Ended Lash Primer Plus and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer SPF 10, and Artist’s Eye Pencil in SoftSmudge Black.
Holiday Lipstick Colleciton ($37.50)
Lavish her lips with five full-size lipsticks. This gift collection brings together favorite shades from some of Estée Lauder’s best-selling formulas, tucked in a red satin keepsake box: Pure Color Lipstick in Sugar Honey, Rubellite, Hot Kiss and Autumn; Estée Lauder Signature Lipstick in Soft Amethyst.
Holiday Lip Gloss Collection ($32.50)
Make her holidays shimmer, glimmer and shine with six Pure Color Glosses. A great stocking stuffer—the perfect touch to dress up holiday lips or add shimmer atop her favorite Estée Lauder lipsticks. Elegant crocodile-embossed pouch holds Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry, Nude Rose and Clear, and Pure Color Crystal Gloss in Sugarcane, Honey Glaze and Plum.
Holiday Brush Set ($45.00)
Give her the pro style tools she needs to create great looks anywhere she goes. The perfect gift for any makeup fan, this exclusive collection includes four brushes she’ll use every day, all in a red satin travel case: Foundation Brush, Blush Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Angled Eyeshadow Brush.
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Swatch Challenge: MAC Cosmetics
I would love to round-up as many MAC swatches as we can all muster! Together, I am sure we can get a pretty comprehensive swatch gallery going — so I invite you to share yours! You can link to your swatches, or you can e-mail them to me and I’ll put them up. All credit will go to the swatcher as well So let’s go!
Insert your image by linking to your image: http://whereveryourimageis.com
Or e-mail your image to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Benefit Georgia Face Powder ($28.00 for 0.4 oz.) is a pale, warm-toned peachy pressed powder. Benefit describes it as, “Our “just peachy” face powder leaves your complexion warm and vibrant. Georgia is a dream…it’s peaches and cream!”
Georgia is best used as a sheer, all-over powder on light to medium skin-tones. I think darker skin tones will find this can go on ashy or so sheer they’re not sure they’ve put anything on. It’s really good for brightening and warming up lighter skin tones, so it’s actually a very product for barely-there makeup days. When I’m in a rush, this is something I can easily dust on to make my face look a little more alive and less likely I only slept four hours the night before.
I think only the lightest of skin tones will find this useful as a blusher, just because the color is both sheer and pale. In my swatch, there’s only a hint of product that shows up, so you can see that my NC25/30 skin tone starts to get close to the end of the spectrum for this product’s usefulness. I also think that some people go into purchasing this product expecting to use it as a blusher, and then find themselves disappointed by its sheerness. I do like it as an all-over face powder, but it does have shimmer in it, so if you don’t want shimmer all over your face, this isn’t the best choice in all-over powders for you.
Additionally, this can be used as a highlighter on cheeks alone, too. It’s a more versatile product than you’d think, but I think a lot of us just get trapped into expecting a blush and not getting it. Georgia also feels a bit powdery/chalky, which is yet another reason I think it’s not a workable product on darker skin tones. I find this best applies with a stippling brush (like MAC’s 187) all over the face for a light, warmed up look without too much shimmer or product.
By the ounce, Benefit Face Powders/Blush colors are actually cheaper than MAC! Benefit comes in at $70.00/oz. while MAC is $88.10/oz. Benefit Face Powders/Blushes are actually some of the most bang-for-your-buck in the high-end department. The packaging is cute and exactly what I’d expect out of Benefit. Georgia actually does have a light peach scent to it, though it’s not something I notice while wearing the product–only when I sniff the product itself.
Bottom line: It’s not replacing any products I’m already using, and I’d probably be more apt to use it if it provided more of a peachy blush color than an all-over color. I prefer other highlighters and all-over powders with setting qualities, as well. It’s a quality product, but it doesn’t work for everyone, and it’s best used as an easy all-over powder. I think if that’s what you’re looking for, you’d enjoy this product. For others, this is nice, but it isn’t a must-have.
- Product: 25/30
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 3/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you’re looking for a sheer, warm-toned all-over powder and you’re light to medium in skintone, this might work for you.
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