Sunday, September 5th, 2010

MAC Dark Side Lipstick
MAC Dark Side Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Dark Side Lipstick

MAC Dark Side Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep cool-toned burgundy-tinged red with an amplified creme finish.  It’s completely opaque with a very creamy texture.  I love the way it applies–even, smooth–and it wears so well.  I usually get three to four hours with a lot of MAC lipsticks, but with such an intense, opaque shade, I can easily get four to five, and a subtle stain will remain for another hour as it fades away.

Is this the right red for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Lipgloss

I’ll Show You Sheer!

Last but not least, we have Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Sheer Lipgloss ($20.00 for .14 fl. oz.) from Bobbi’s Black Velvet Collection. It seems like it’s different from Bobbi Brown’s typical lipgloss, as it’s specifically designed to be sheer. It’s also limited edition. I saw some reviews from 2009 left by customers, so the formula seems reserved for seasonal color collections (but don’t quote me on that).

In all honesty, this is about as sheer as it gets without being absolutely, positively colorless. On my lips, it gives my lips a glossy look and darkens them just a tad. There’s no shimmer, so it’s really just adding that wet shine to your lips–which is fine–but I don’t know if I’d run out and buy a limited edition shade just for that purpose! It looks so sexy in the tube, but the color gets lost on my lips.

It’s a slightly tacky formula with some thickness, but it’s not gluey. I detected a slightly sweetened scent to it, but it was subtle and I couldn’t really place it specifically–other than it was sweet. Even though there’s not much color, the gloss wears well, as other Bobbi Brown glosses have for me in the past; I get around three hours of wear all by itself. So this just might be a review where I bring your attention to her other lip glosses, which don’t tend to be overly opaque, but do impart more color than this particular shade.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The formula is comfortable on lips without drying them out and seems to last longer than your average gloss. If colorless is your thing, you might consider this shade.

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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Saturday, September 4th, 2010

For fall, Butter London gives us four new shades of their 3-Free Lacquers ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.): All Hail McQueen,
Bumster, Marrow (mixed for Vena Cava), and Victoriana (reminiscent of the Victorian era). The first two were inspired by the late Alexander McQueen.

  • All Hail McQueen is a medium beige brown with pale nude shimmer. I needed two coats for a really opaque, even finish.
  • Bumster is a creamy mustard yellow. One coat was almost enough, but two coats made it perfect.
  • Marrow is a muted grape purple that’s been grayed out–it’s not the vibrant shade you’d think of with the term “grape purple” but it’s so fitting. It has very subtle icy silver-white shimmer. Just two coats, though one was rather pigmented.
  • Victoriana is a toned down aqua-teal with soft silver and aqua shimmer. Two coats for even, opaque color.

Butter London’s formula was on the thicker side, but it was very easy to apply and never felt goopy. It spread out easily to give nearly full-color coverage in a single stroke, though I found two coats were the perfect number for all four shades. I’d say that All Hail McQueen was the sheerer shade, but I still managed to do just two on it and get nice results. Bumster is a rather unique shade, and it’s one of those “ugly” shades that some will find pretty, and others, well… think it’s ugly.

I like the bottles, which have a removable black cap that reveals the actual cap with the brush attached to it (so it’s not as awkward in the hand as a rectangular handle!). They’re very space-saving for me, as they line up so well together!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: These are a nice way to wear more muted, darker shades without being incredibly vampy.  Bumster seems the most unique to me, even if it may not work well on all skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Beauty.com

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Chanel SoHo Collection

Chanel SoHo Collection

To celebrate the reopening of the CHANEL Boutique in SoHo, CHANEL Global Creative Director of Makeup Peter Philips has created a limited edition collection that echoes the spirit of SoHo. “For me, SoHo is a place where Bohemian ideals meet the toughness of the city… I love the tension and energy this creates.” says Peter Philips.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE AT CHANEL.COM.  BUY NOW OR FACE EBAY PRICES!

The SOHO STORY Collection is a study in extreme contrasts, partnering feminine pinks and roses with strong, industrial metallics. From pretty cheekbones to anthracite nails, tender creams and flashes of metal simultaneously reflect and contradict each other. “I had a specific girl in mind who is both hard and soft. A girl who discovers a new city, a new life.” adds Peter Philips. “This is a very special kind of New York woman. She is innocent, but she has a steely determination that fuels the city.”

The collection’s SOHO DE CHANEL Exclusive Creation reflects a Pop Art influence. Stamped with the four letters of SoHo, this silky powder comes in a delicate palette of shades and, when dusted across the face, creates a subtle, natural glow.

Stupendous, Steel, Strong, Stunning, Stunt, Star: strong names that reflect the candance, the musical rhythm, the heartbeat of SoHo.

Includes:

  • SoHo de Chanel ($65.00)
  • Stupendous Quadra Eye Shadow ($56.00)
  • Stunning Rouge Coco ($30.00)
  • Stunt Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00)
  • Star Glossimer ($27.00)
  • Steel and Strong Le Vernis ($23.00)

Availability: September 7th on chanel.com, September 10th at the SoHo Boutique

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Now @ Nordstrom

Yep! That’s right — Le Metier de Beaute is now available at Nordstrom (online only, as far as I know).  If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, your wallet may be happy, but it is a top-notch luxury brand that’s been hard-to-find–especially in-store–and usually purchased online.  I love myself some Nordstrom, because I do love their customer service and return policy.  When it comes to buying makeup sight unseen, a generous return policy is always a must for me!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows: Black Velvet, Black Berry, Black Charcoal, Black Chocolate

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection: Eyeshadows

Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet Collection includes three new Metallic Eyeshadows ($20 for 0.10 oz.), two new Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.), and two new (and limited edition!) shades of Sparkle Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.). I have four of the seven to review for you!

  • Black Velvet is a blackened purple base with darkened lavender glitte and multi-colored shimmer. It has an almost wet, slightly tacky/sticky texture and feel, but it’s surprisingly blendable. It’s something you’d pat on rather than sweep on. There was some fall out when I used it, but it wasn’t much at all–definitely a lot less than you’d think for a glitter shadow.
  • Black Berry is a deep brown-burgundy with flecks of red-burgundy shimmer. It doesn’t quite feel or read like a real metallic finish to me, but it’s a pretty shade nonetheless. It reminded me of a shimmery version of MAC Sketch.
  • Black Charcoal is a dark black with soft gray tones and a matte finish. It’s opaque, smooth, and doesn’t look chalky.
  • Black Chocolate is a blackened brown with cool undertones. It’s also smooth with a soft texture that doesn’t look chalky.

P.S. — I also realized something I hadn’t before, which was that Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows are not all the same weight! They just look the same size, so it never occurred to me that they may not actually be that way.

RECOMMENDATION: Black Velvet is my favorite out of the bunch–it’s the one that feels the most original to me as well. If you love the way glitter looks but hate the mess it often makes, Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Eyeshadows do a good job of giving you that fun, sparkly effect with minimal fall out.

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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