Tuesday, March 1st, 2011


Guerlain Terracotta Collection for Summer 2011

Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($49.00)

In 2011, the Terracotta Bronzing Powder continues to stake its claim in history with a new contemporary case and an expanded range of 8 shades. Guerlain drew upon 25 years of expertise and innovation to recreate shades to match each woman’s natural tan – the same legendary texture, but with a new gradation of shades. For Blondes – 3 pink-toned shades: 00, 02 and 04. For Brunettes – 4 golden-toned Shades: 01, 03, 05, 07. For Dark Skin – a touch of copper: 08

Terracotta Skin ($49.00)

The sheer bronzing coverage of Terracotta powder with the perfecting action of a foundation. It contains perfectly spherical soft-focus elastic powders that reflect light in all directions, blurring imperfections. The skin looks matt and velvety. There are volatile oils that evaporate on application and leave only a “second-skin” on the face. The elastomere gel creates a creamy and comfortable veil. Available in Blondes, Brunettes.

Terracotta Jambes de Gazelles ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

A fresh tinted mist that gives the legs a natural mistake-proof bronzing look that lasts all day long and washes off. Available in Blondes, Brunettes.

Terracotta Serum ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

A serum, highly concentrated in Tan Booster active, and enriched with a soothing complex, to add to any moisturizer.

availability: March 15th, 2011

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick for Spring 2011

“These lipsticks are so easy to fall in love with – it’s about so much more than just looking pretty, it’s about making a statement with your lips.” – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce new Pure Color Lipstick, uniting fashion and technology with two new luxurious formulas that set the stage for modern lip looks. Decorate and define your lips with the new formulas of Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick and Pure Color Crystal Lipstick to create a fresh, bold statement that reignites your passion for lipstick. The high-performance formulas are fused with an expansive palette of hues that promise a lip look for any desired occasion from a subtle whisper of color to a vivacious, siren red. These lipsticks are expertly crafted and specially formulated to maintain the highest quality of color performance, shine and wear… the new Pure Color Lipstick.

Pure Color Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Nude-Brown: Urban Auburn, Barely Nude, Autumn, Cafe Chic, Sugar Honey, TIger Eye
  • Pink-Berry: Candy, Bois de Rose, Wildly Pink, Blushing, Pink Parfait, Sunstone, Rubellite
  • Coral-Red: Melon, Nectarine, Coral Sun, Scarlet Siren, Cherry Passion
  • Mauve-Plum: Beige, Rose Tea, Hot Kiss, Exotic Orchid, Mystic Mauve, Plum Couture, Pinkberry

Pure Color Crystal Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pink-Berry: Crystal Baby, Crystal Pink, Rose Petal, Rose Envy, Tiramisu, Passion Fruit
  • Coral-Red: Twinkling Ruby, Ripe Papaya
  • Mauve-Plum: Plum Fizz, Berry Truffle

Pure Color Lipstick Custom Collection by Tom Pecheux

Taking cues from his work on the runway, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduces his first lipstick collection for Estée Lauder, mimicking his ideal lipstick palette for everything from a night out to a high-fashion editorial shoot. Six high-performing shades create the Pure Color Lipstick Custom Collection by Tom Pecheux that includes hues from a creamy vanilla to a ravished raspberry to a deep, bitten plum. The universal color palette includes creme and shimmer finishes with color that is buildable.

  • Nude-Brown: Vanilla Truffle (Limited Edition)
  • Pink-Berry: Raspberry (Limited Edition, Pink Lolita (Limited Edition)
  • Coral-Red: Cherry Passion
  • Mauve-Plum: Plum Couture, Deep Violet (Limited Edition)

Availability: Pure Color Lipstick will be available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com starting in March 2011.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Silent Treatment Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: Silent Treatment

Wet ‘n’ Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a neutral-themed eyeshadow trio that performs nicely and lasts all day (I included some photos of the look I used to test this trio about six hours after application).  It’s a little cool-toned, but the soft peach highlighter adds a touch of warmth. The crease shade is a dark, neutral-cool brown with gold shimmer–I was surprised at how it didn’t come off as a warmer brown from all of the gold shimmer.  I did feel that the gold flecks did not really come across when applied, but they didn’t land all over my under eye, either.    The eyelid shade is a mauve-tinted silvered brown; it’s a surprisingly complex shade.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is well-pigmented, smooth to the touch, and the colors themselves performed well in a wear test–easy to apply and blend while lasting the eight hours I wore it for (without any fading that I could see).  However, these seem to work best directly over a base, rather than layered on top of each other–like I layered the eyelid shade over the crease shade, and I felt like I had to pack more of it on to get it to really show.

P.S. – I used this trio to do a drop test – I dropped it from 4 feet above tile floor, and it survived completely intact. The packaging did not break or crack, and the eyeshadow themselves were unharmed.

The Glossover

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Wet 'n' Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
The Silent Treatment trio worked out really well, and I think these are some nice neutrals, not just because of color pay off, but the shades themselves--interesting and not too warm or cool.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Monday, February 28th, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer for Spring 2011

“Nail Lacquer has really become a fashion statement like a must have accessory. This collection compliments the runway trends we saw for Spring 2011 and comes in a range of soft and bold shades to capture your favorite look. ‘‘ ‘‘ – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Avant-garde glamour coats the nails in chic, shiny splendor with the new Pure Color Nail Lacquer by Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux. The new, instantly gratifying collection of eight in-line nail lacquers in painted shades of sophistication has a decadently full-coverage formula with a long lasting finish. A luxurious range of hues from perfect neutrals to smoky charcoals to romantic purples and riveting reds, delight the senses and turn nails into mini accessories to match any look. An additional, limited edition collection of eight high-fashion shades explode at your fingertips in vibrantly rich hues. Relish in the new look for luxe nails… introducing Pure Color Nail Lacquer.

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00)

  • Chocolate Crave (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Enchanted Garnet (Permanent)
  • Fuchsia Flame (Permanent)
  • Frozen Fantasy (Permanent)
  • Hot Coral (Permanent)
  • Mega Fuchsia (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Oyster Cult (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Perfect Storm (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Pure Red (Permanent)
  • Purple Passion (Permanent)
  • Rosa Rosa (Permanent)
  • Sizzling Taupe (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Ultra Violet (Permanent)
  • Violet Diva (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Wicked Green (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Wild Blue (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Availability: The in-line shades of Pure Color Nail Lacquer will be available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com starting in March 2011. The limited collection shades will be exclusive to Nordstrom stores starting in March 2011 for a limited time.

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Video Review: MAC Cremeblend Blush

This pretty much rounds off our MAC posts–for a few weeks at least–I hope, ha!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011


MAC Sheen Supreme: Overall & Recommendations

OVERALL, it’s a good formula, and I think it adds some nice shades to MAC’s permanent range.  I feel like there’s easily at least one shade that catches the eye.  There is a good balance of cool, more neutral, and warm shades here, as well as brights and darks and everyday kind of shades.  The majority of shades have some past shade compares closely, but for the most part, each shade doesn’t have five shades that are exactly the same either.  (One must always keep in mind that not everyone has every past or present shade, and so what is easily duped for one person is a new holy grail shade for another!)  It’s a solid release, and even better because they are permanent.

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