Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Lancome Amethyst Glam Shadow & Liner Palette
Lancome Amethyst Glam Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette: Amethyst Glam

Lancome Amethyst Glam Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette ($48.00 for 0.141 oz.) is a purple-themed palette of five eyeshadows. It is one of ten new palettes from Lancome, just in time for spring. This one seems quite apt for the season, with the springy hues of lilac.

The all-over base shade is a pale white with a subtle pink-lilac iridescence; it seems more like a shimmer overlay. The lid shade is a brightened lilac purple with pinky undertones–such a pretty shade. The crease shade is a gray-cast purple with a blue-gray undretone and copper-gold shimmer. The highlighter shade is a soft pink-lilac with a shimmered finish. The liner shade is a deep blue-violet with soft blue micro-shimmer, which applies much better wet than dry.

my thoughts on the formula: The texture of these eyeshadows is very soft and silky, but all but the lid shade were sheerer than I’d like. The all-over base shade was the sheerest, while the highlighter shade seemed a touch sheer but worked out pigmentation-wise when worn on the lid–except it suffered from some fall out.

I’m disappointed in the quantity provided in the palette, though. Lancome’s Color Design Quads come in at 0.16 oz. and their Color Design Eyeshadow singles at 0.0458 oz., which works out to be $263/oz. and $371/oz. respectively. This palette is $340/oz., which makes it more expensive ($48 vs. $42) with less product (0.141 oz. vs. 0.16 oz) than the Color Design Quads.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: The palette is cooler in tone, but I think the brightness of the lid color along with the pink tones of the highlighter shade, make it appropriate for warmer skin tones, too.  I’d recommend this for light to medium skin tones, but darker skin tones may find some shades a little too sheer.

where to buy: Sephora

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


China Glaze Crackle Collection

Roughed up grunge meets gorgeous glam! China Glaze brings a whole new level to the game with “Crackle” polish! Create endless edgy looks and make a statement with fun, fearless, color. Everyone has asked for it, and now China Glaze is giving it to them!

  • Lightning Bolt White crackle
  • Black Mesh Black crackle
  • Broken Hearted Pink crackle
  • Cracked Concrete Grey crackle
  • Fault Line Purple crackle
  • Crushed Candy Teal crackle

An innovative technology allows you to play with a wide array of color combinations and achieve an edgy, new wave look. This unique formula was developed to give your nails a “crackled” design over traditional nail color. Contrasting colors are used one over another to achieve a deconstructed shatter look that takes place right before your eyes. Instant art for your nails!

How do you do it? It’s easy! Apply your favorite China Glaze glitter, shimmer or crème. Depending on the color you are using, apply either one or two coats for full coverage. When the colored enamel is dry, brush on a thin layer of the Crackle color. Allow the Crackle to work its magic during dry time. After approximately 5 minutes when the crackled design has completely formed, apply a top coat to seal the design for prolonged wear.

China Glaze Crackle will be available starting February 2011 at Sally’s Beauty Supply and BSG in 12 piece displays and 3 pack color kits which will include a base color, a crackle glaze (Black Mesh, Broken Hearted or Crushed Candy) and a China Glaze Top Coat. China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Lancome Luxury Products (Loreal USA)

Get 3 Free Lipsticks with $35+ Lancome Purchase!

Lancome.com is having a love affair with lipstick! Spend $35 on Lancome.com, enter code XOXO and get three full-size lipsticks free! Offer valid today (2/15) and tomorrow (2/16, until 11:59am EST.).

I heard it was for any three you wanted, but when you use the code, these are the ones that are added to your cart: Backstage Beauty, Fashion Icon, Natural Beauty.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


MAC Future Face Collection

MAC Future Face Collection for Spring 2011

M∙A∙C forges ahead with a three-in-one force: Powder, Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer altogether. First, Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder blurs the line between skincare and makeup, with a pressed texture that beautifies as it benefits. Gives a sheer to medium, smooth, even coverage for a flawlessly soft and even tone with caring, comforting properties. Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 shade extensions fill in all the gaps. A broad, all-inclusive shade range means M∙A∙C Artists can cover everybody, one beautiful conquest at a time. Call your clients most in need of convincing, and watch what happens!

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation ($26.50 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

  • New shades added to permanent range: N18, NW18, NW22, NW33, NW44, NW46, NW48, NW58

Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 ($29.50 U.S. / $38.00 CDN)

  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Dark Plus Neutral tan beige

Studio Careblend/Pressed ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Light Soft pale beige
  • Light Plus Pale golden beige
  • Medium Soft creamy beige
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Medium Dark Caramel beige
  • Medium Deep Rich golden tan
  • Dark Deep caramel
  • Dark Deep Rich golden bronze

Brushes

  • 190 Foundation Brush ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)
  • 150 Large Powder Brush ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN)

Availability: February 17th, 2011. All items will join the permanent range.

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

NARS Spring 2011: Tzigane

NARS Tzigane Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer, pink brandy” that gives “a whisper of subtle color to the lips.” The name was inspired by Maurice Ravel, a French composer, and it translates to “gypsy.” I can get down with the “pink brandy” descriptor, actually. I would describe it as a lightened, rosy brown with a subtle peachiness. It has a subtle shine but nothing glossy or over-the-top. While described as sheer, I found it surprisingly pigmented–I would say semi-opaque rather than semi-sheer.

my thoughts on the formula: NARS Lipstick typically wears four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting just under four. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing, and this particular shade is more opaque (some shades can be quite sheer). I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but the scent of the waxy base sometimes come through.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: I recommend this for both cool and warm undretones; I think it works well with both. Despite being described as sheer, I found it rather opaque, so while the color is more muted, it may be too dark for a really bold or dramatic eye. It should work nicely everyday to semi-dramatic looks, and it will pair best with neutrals, bronzes, and berries.

where to buy: NARS

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Lancome Teal Fury Color Design Palette
Lancome Teal Fury Color Design Palette

Lancome Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette: Teal Fury

Lancome Teal Fury Color Design Palette ($48.00 for 0.141 oz.) is a mix of blues and teals. This is the second palette I tested out of Lancome’s ten new palettes, where each includes five shades which are then labeled.

The all-over base shade is a pink-tinged white with a bright, frosted finish, and it is nicely pigmented. The lid color is a medium teal with a silvered-white sheen and shimmer; it has good color pay off but could stand for a touch more intensity in the base color. The crease color is a dusty, grayish teal with a near matte finish, but unfortunately, the color pay off leaves something to be desired. The highlighter shade is a brightened medium blue with a frost-metallic finish, and it has beautiful pigmentation. The liner shade is a charcoal blue-black with soft, silver shimmer, though it looks less blue when applied.

my thoughts on the formula: Both the all-over base and highlighter shades have smooth, silky textures with excellent pigmentation. The crease shade is a naturally muted color but that doesn’t mean I should need to pile it on to get a decent swatch of it! As before, I was able to use the shimmery shades both wet and dry, along with the liner shade.

I’m disappointed in the quantity provided in the palette, though. Lancome’s Color Design Quads come in at 0.16 oz. and their Color Design Eyeshadow singles at 0.0458 oz., which works out to be $263/oz. and $371/oz. respectively. This palette is $340/oz., which makes it more expensive ($48 vs. $42) with less product (0.141 oz. vs. 0.16 oz) than the Color Design Quads.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: I love the blue in this palette, and I think the dusty blue-teal is gorgeous in theory but could use a lot more intensity in real life.  I felt like I had to really layer and pile it on just to get it to show up for a swatch.  I think this palette has a nice mix of colors, though the pink-tinged all-over base seems a little out of place.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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