Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Shiseido GD824 Eyeshadow
Shiseido Ocean Sunset (GD824) Satin Eye Color

Shiseido Ocean Sunset (GD824) Satin Eye Color

Shiseido Ocean Sunset (GD824) Satin Eye Color ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a shimmering, paled yellow gold. Shiseido’s new line of Luminizing eyeshadows, trios, and blushes really impressed me–this is a soft gold (and it’s not meant to be brighter or darker) that’s great as an all-over lid shade or on the lower lash line. This eyeshadow has such a smooth, silky texture that’s nearly creamy with how buttery it is. It is nicely pigmented and applies evenly with no fall out.  The only downside is that these singles are a little pricey.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Such a smooth, silky textured eyeshadow, if yellow isn’t your cup of tea, they have several other shades that might be worth checking out at the counter.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Aveda Brushes
Aveda Flax Sticks Daily Effects Brush Set

Quick Review: Aveda Flax Sticks Daily Effects Brush Set

Aveda Flax Sticks Daily Effects Brush Set ($65.00) includes a Medium Eye Color Brush (#2), Brow & Lash Brush (#7), and Blush Brush (#9). The handles are made of 30% natural flax fiber and 70% polypropylene (90% is post-consumer recycled resin). The bristles are 100% taklon, which means they are synthetic and not made out of animal hair.

The bristles on all three are incredibly soft; no scratchiness whatsoever, and the blush brush was extremely dense. I liked the Eye Color Brush the most, because it picked up a good amount of color without puffing it everywhere. The blush brush could have been a touch firmer, but otherwise worked well for me. I have not tested these brushes for longevity or put them through extensive washing/using tests, though, so I cannot comment on long-term conditions.

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

RECOMMENDATION: As set, it’s a nice value, because you’re getting three high-end brushes for about $20 a pop (while the face brush would certainly be more valuable).  They’re soft, seem sturdy, and didn’t shed.

AVAILABILITY: Aveda

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Maybelline Silver Starlet Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow
Maybelline Silver Starlet Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow

Quick Review: Maybelline Silver Starlet Baked Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Starlet Baked Eyeshadow Duo ($7.29 for 0.09 oz.) is a baked eyeshadow (similar to MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows), and one side is solid while the other is marbled. When swatched, the product works amazing whether wet or dry–the solid side is a steely blue with frosty, silver sheen; the marbled side a neutral champagne pink with a frosted sheen.  The blue shade is actually similar to the blue from MAC’s Sea & Sky Duo.

It has a smooth texture, high frost finish, and both shades were incredibly pigmented.  In the past, I’ve found that baked eyeshadows often must be used wet in order to achieve good color pay off, but these worked well dry, too.  I did have the ever slightly noticeable fading after eight hours of wear with Maybelline’s Baked Eyeshadow Duos, but it was very slight.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Maybelline has several other variations on their duos, and based on this one, these might be a great alternative to higher-end baked eyeshadows like MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows–perhaps not necessarily exact dupes in terms of colors but the product type is quite similar.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

L'Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner
L’Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner

Quick Reviews: L’Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner

L’Oreal Brown (797) Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner ($8.49 for 0.03 oz.) is a dark neutral brown with a creamy, semi-matte finish. It’s easy to work with, and it glides on smoothly on the lid and lash line. It doesn’t drag, pull, or tug, and it deposits color evenly and doesn’t need layers to go opaque.

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

RECOMMENDATION: This is one of the better eyeliners I’ve discovered at drugstores — at the price tag, I’d recommend waiting for them to go on sale!

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Wet 'n' Wild Eyeliner
Cobalt Blue, Antique Amethyst, Gold Pewter; Denim Chrome

Quick Reviews: Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaChrome & H2o Proof Eyeliners

Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaChrome Eyeliners ($2.99 for 0.04 oz.) and Wet ‘n’ Wild H2O Proof Eye Pencil ($2.99 for 0.03 oz.) were both products that did not work for me. Both formulas smudged terribly on me after less than an hour of wear–since they gave me raccoon eyes so quickly, I went through all four in a day, but nothing lasted for more than an hour. All four pencils were also a bit hard; I would definitely recommend wearing down the tip on the back of your hand before using them, but they’re still not overly soft, so they can tug a bit.

Pigmentation was also problematic; it was decent in the MegaChrome Eyeliners but dismal in the H2O Proof Eye Pencil. They tend to apply patchy and need another pass or two (or three…) to get the right color intensity and evenness. For a waterproof formula, Denim Chrome couldn’t even last long enough to make it to a water test!

  • Cobalt Blue is a blackened navy blue.
  • Antique Amethyst is a blackened plum purple.
  • Gold Pewter is a true yellow gold with a soft metallic finish.
  • Denim Chrome is a medium-dark blue with silver glitter.

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  • Product: 13/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: There are better eyeliners on the market, both high-end and budget-friendly, so there is no need to settle on these.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstores

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010


MAC and Mickey Contractor Collection

U.S. & International Launch Date: January 6th, 2011 at limited MAC locations (waiting for a list as of 12/29), 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.  International January 2011 – locations unknown at this time.

Who is Mickey Contractor, and why can’t about a billion people live without him? The answer involves breaking out into song and dance, because long before Glee, Mickey made the dashing heroes and exotic enchantresses of Bollywood Cinema into the famous faces throngs of fans want to look like. As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, he’s more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience – he has mentored in-the-know Artists around the world for over three decades. These exclusive collections of Mickey’s musts are all about natural skin tonality and total performance, in addition to colour with a touch of exotic cine-magic. Foundation, Concealer, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, goddess-gorgeous Eye shades, Lipstick, Lipglass and Blush, with his favourite brushes to star in your own big Bollywood hit.

Edited @ 12/29 at 10:24AM: JUST heard back from MAC HQ – they are confirming in-store launch in top 22 MAC Stores only, and they are working on a list.  Due to the holidays, they can’t give me an exact date as to when they will have the list for me.  LiveChat is reporting it will be online for everyone nearer to the official launch date.

Help me help you and readers like you — if you know your store has confirmed they will have Mickey Contractor in their store, let me know!

Confirmed Stores:

  • MAC PRO @ San Francisco, CA; launches 12/30; call 415-771-6113, will do pre-orders/holds
  • MAC PRO @ Costa Mesa, CA
  • MAC PRO @ Los Angeles, CA

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

  • Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

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

  • Flesh Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma Eyeshadow Quad($36.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN)

  • Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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