Illamasqua Body Electrics for Summer 2010
Illamasqua, the UK-based make-up line for your alter ego, introduces its first collection of make-up for the whole body: Body Electrics. Inspired by the power of kinetic energy, the art of movement and the fluidity of the body in motion, this stunning collection is an anthology of creams, powders and dry body oils infused with light, shimmer and shine, designed to highlight and contour the whole body.
The first Illamasqua collection debuting in the U.S. to include exclusive, limited-edition products, Body Electrics has been formulated with hyper-pigmented light-reflecting particles that ignite the skin with intense colors and finishes. Each product in the range has been selected to accentuate the body’s every twist and turn to exquisite perfection, exuding a confidence that’s more than skin deep.
An expressive, avant-garde visual campaign featuring stunning make-up created by Alex Box and fashion styling by Dazed magazine’s Katie Shillingford support the campaign. Shot by leading fashion photographers Warren du Preez and Nick Thronton Jones, the images take on the duo’s “hypervisuality” style based on the manipulation of light. With Body Electrics, Illamasqua harnesses the power of movement and takes body make-up to a whole new level.
Gleam Cream ($36.00)
Light up your soul and release your inner you. Containing iridescent pearlescent pigments, this lightweight cream is suitable for face and body, lifting and highlighting wherever it’s applied. Use on its own or mix with foundation for an immediate skin brightening effect that will illuminate the night.
- Flex Soft pink iridescent
Liquid Metal Palette ($42.50) (Limited Edition)
Indulge in a myriad of metallic shades and gild your work of art. Each one is amazingly rich and highly pigmented, giving you the power to dazzle and delight at will. Use to adorn eyes, face and body, and apply with fingers or a brush. Now is your time to shine.
- Contains Solstice (gold), Enrapture (bronze), Surge (platinum) and Phenomena (silver) in one sleek compact
Liquid Metal ($26.00)
- Surge Platinum
- Phenomenon Silver
Powdered Metal ($36.00) (Limited Edition)
- Imagine Electric Blue
- Can Can Violet
Pure Pigment ($24.00)
- Furore Beige shimmer
- Static White with iridescent pink and violet flecks
Sheer Lipgloss ($20.00)
Bronzer Duo ($30.00)
- Glint/Burnish Soft luminous peach/golden bronze
Availability: May 2010 for Sephora.com; April 9th, 2010 at Illamasqua.com
The Summer Season: MAC Show Orchid Lipstick
MAC Show Orchid Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant shade of fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia-purple sheen. It’s a bold and bright shade that’s definitely eye-catching. It is a full-color coverage lipstick with a creamy feel and light sheen. It has an amplified creme finish, which means it has a creamy (but not too creamy–there’s no real slip here) and incredibly pigmented. It smells like vanilla, has no taste (at least, not to me), and wears for a good four hours before it needs a reapplication.
Is this the right bright pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?
The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.
Going Bronze with Style
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel ($50.00) is available in two different shades – Terre d’or and Terre Halee — and new for Chanel Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection. Every Summer, Chanel releases a limited edition bronzer (or two!), and this year is no exception. It has a soft raised wave pattern across the surface, the illusion of summer sand. Both shades are a finely-milled bronzing powder that apply naturally to skin.
If you take a swatch with a sponge-tip applicator (or finger), you’ll find it seems too much for a bronzing product, but when used with a brush, you’ll get a much softer, more natural look more appropriate to bronzing powders. What’s nice about the underlying pigmentation is it can be built up to your preference, plus it works well for a variety of skin tones, too.
- Terre d’or is a lighter, more golden, peachy bronze. It has a very soft, silky feel with a subtle shimmer-sheen. This shade is ideal for light to medium skin tones.
- Terre Halee is a deeper, dirtier bronze with a subtle golden sheen. It has the same feel an dfinish of Terre d’ore–a smooth, silken powder with a light shimmer and soft sheen. This shade is ideal for medium to deep skin tones.
I’m on the lighter side of medium, but I’d definitely classify myself as medium in skin tone. I find I like Terre d’or just a little more than Terre Halee on me, but I like a softer, lighter application of bronzer. The sand pattern is cute without being too-beautiful-to-use or just a mist of overspray, too.
With a whopping 0.38 oz. of bronzer, this should last you all summer and then some. At least Chanel didn’t skimp on product, even if this is a pricier bronzer (but the same price as other permanent shades of Soleil Tan de Chanel).
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- Product: 28/30
- Value: 7/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: For a very silky smooth bronzer, Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel range is always a good choice. Terre d’or is suitable for light to medium skin tones, while Terre Halee is more suitable for those with deeper skin tones.
Availability: May 2010
When in doubt, use them all!
After reviewing Zoya’s Sparkle Collection, I couldn’t decide what color I wanted to wear. I was totally torn! So, instead, I decided to go for Skittles nails, which is pretty much what you’d expect–multi-colored nails resembling the colors of Skittles. I’m a little OCD on some things, though, so I couldn’t use six; instead, I used five, so I could have one of each color on each hand. Nice and even! I used all the shades except Alegra (pretty, but it was my least favorite). From thumb to pinky: Nidhi, Gilda, Ivanka, Charla, and Mimi. Just thought I’d share my fun for the week!
Too Faced Summer 2010 Collection
Aqua Bunny Crème to Powder Splash Proof Bronzer ($28.00)
A buildable, cream-to-powder, water-resistant bronzer that withstands heat, humidity, and life’s climate challenges. This water-resistant, weatherproof bronzer offers streak-resistance and extended wear on all skin types. The unique, cruelty-free fan brush swirls on the shade evenly and allows you to layer until you achieve your desired sunkissed tan. The cream-to-powder formula is sheer and lightweight and the powder consistency controls shine for the freshest finish. The combination of Actifirm Ultra and Vitamin E hydrates skin and promotes cell regeneration for a youthful glow and Chamomile and Aloe Vera Extract soothe the skin and offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
Glamour Gloss ($19.00)
Get a pain-free plump pout with this Glamour Gloss collection! The innovative formula provides the plumping results of Lip Injection with a sensual cooling sensation. The twelve richly pigmented shades offer a chic range of choices for today’s glam girl. The natural-plumping system utilizes rice lipids and dehydrated marine spheres that work directly with the body’s hydration system to collect moisture and plump lips. A combination of Omega 3, 6, and 9, Natural Vitamin E, Jojoba and Avocado oils hydrate and moisturize lips for a youthful appearance.
- Barely Legal Marshmallow pink
- Champagne Room Shimmering beige
- Erotic Cranberry fizz
- First Time Perfect nude
- Flirt Pink mocha
- Peek-a-Boo Gilded plum
- Plush Candied coral
- Sex Pot Sheer lilac
- Strip Tease Iced raspberry
- Tickle Me Pink Sugar
Lip Insurance Lip Primer ($19.00)
This unique, creamy formulation is like Shadow Insurance for your lips. It’s applied over the lips to promote suppleness and glides on smooth for maximum staying power. Your glosses and lip color will not feather, fade, or transfer even under the most lip-challenging conditions. The Vitamin-E-enriched formula pampers lips while unique pigment binders protect lip colors from any pout imperfections.
Perfect Lips ($18.50)
This singular liner sensation blends seamlessly into your lip line to create a shape and definition that works with all lip products and colors. The anti-feathering, waterproof formula won’t fade, budge, or smudge. Natural antioxidants and Vitamin E protect, moisturize, and prevent the lips from aging, while Jojoba Oil nourishes, smoothes, and soothes for a perfectly in-place pout.
Availability: Now @ Sephora
Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale for April 2010!
From April 6th through the 19th, with code 1SFNF, you can save 30% off at urbandecay.com. Happy hauling!