Benefit’s CORALista ($28.00) is fast becoming a cult favorite amongst the beauty crowd. It’s 0.42 oz. of a lightly warmed up coral-pink powder blush that works well to give you a soft, summery flush. It’s housed in cute packaging (exactly what I’d expect from Benefit!) and includes a miniaturized brush that fits inside. The brush is so-so, as most included brushes are, and I much prefer to use a traditional blush brush with this product. But it is nice to have something that can be toted with it, too.
What’s really fantastic about this shade of blush is it goes on extremely natural–you get a soft, glowy sheen with just a touch of coral color. It’ll instantly brighten up your complexion, and it is such a great product for summer when less is definitely more. There is a bit of a flora fragrance that’ll sneak out of the box each time you open it, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, that might be a reason to check it ou before you purchase.
CORALista isn’t too warm, so it is great for a range of skintones–not just warmer toned faces. Since it can be built up in intensity, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it from the get go. There’s no chunky glitter or large shimmer particles, but there is a soft sheen/fine shimmer in it. (It’s what gives you the “glow.”)
If you’ve found NARS blushes to run too shimmery, you might find Benefit CORALista more up your alley. If you’re a bit hesitant because of the price tag, NARS’ blushes are $25 for only 0.16 oz. and MAC’s blushes are $18.00 for 0.21 oz., which makes Benefit cheaper by the ounce. CORALista is one of those easy-to-wear, everyday colors, so it is also a practical purchase you’ll use forever.
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MAC Cosmetics’ Graphic Garden Collection launches in July at Nordstrom’s. It is a fairly large collection featuring palettes, brush sets, and the like. Here are some images
MAC Summer Trend Bags for Summer 2009
Launch Date: North America July 9, 2009, MAC Store Exclusive
Style Warriors storm the gates of glamour with every brush, shade, kit and colour weapon stealthily contained and concealed in these wild-and-ready signature Rectangle MAC bags created in exotically printed nylon: choose Mini: Spot The Leopard, Medium: Run Tiger, and Small Go Zebra, all with solarized-silver metallic piping and high-gloss silver patent loop handles. The ultimate expression of the fashion-fierce, multi-culti, untamed urban Style Warrior.
Rectangle MAC/Mini/Spot the Leopard ($18.00USD / $21.50CAD)
A mini, leopard print Rectangle MAC with silver metallic piping and silver loop handle.
Rectangle MAC/Small/Go Zebra ($28.00USD / $33.50CAD)
A small, zebra print Rectangle MAC with silver metallic piping and silver loop handle.
Rectangle MAC/Medium/Run Tiger ($38.00USD / $45.50CAD)
A medium, tiger print Rectangle MAC with silver metallic piping and silver loop handle.
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Make Up For Ever Pure Pigments
Has anyone tried these yet? I know they recently released them on Sephora, and they definitely look interesting. For anyone who gets jazzed over bright pops of color, these are right up your alley. I’m hoping next time I’m at my local Sephora, they’ll have these in stock to play with.
- No. 2 Yellow
- No. 4 Orange
- No. 6 Bright red
- No. 12 Fuchsia
- No. 14 Violet
- No. 16 Blue
- No. 18 Emerald green
- No. 26 Black
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Clinique’s newly revamped Suncare line is definitely a product that’s going to make it into my beach bag this summer. The line includes a SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50), SPF 50 Face Cream ($17.50), SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick ($17.50), SPF 15 Face/Body Cream ($20.00), SPF 30 Body Cream ($20.00), SPF 50 Body Cream ($20.00), After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe ($20.00), and SPF 25 Body Spray ($20.00).
I absolutely love the new packaging Clinique went with for their suncare line, because it stands out, is definitely “sunny,” and it’s fun. All of the new Sun products use avobenzone, ethylhexylsalicylate, homosalate, oxybenzone, and octocrylene as ingredients for UVA/UVB protection and stabilization. For those curious, these are chemical sunscreens, not natural ones, so if you’re allergic, you’ll have to opt for another line.
The SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50) is fairly thick, comes out white, and it does have a bit of the sunscreen scent. The scent fades after application, as does the whitish cast once you’ve blended the product in. I find it dries down quite a bit leaving a non-greasy finish. I actually find myself still reaching for a moisturizer (a lightweight one) most of the time. I find the SPF 30 Body Cream is very similar to the Face Cream, perhaps it is a bit thicker, though. I love the SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick ($17.50) for quick touch-ups, additional coverage (like on nose, ears, etc.), and just having something that’s extremely portable and travel friendly.
I can’t say I’ve truly road-tested the After Sun Rescue Balm ($20.00) yet, because the face and body creams are keeping me so well protected, I’m not burning whatsoever. (Plus, I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never burned before.) However, I did slather it on my boyfriend’s neck, because he plays tennis regularly so the sun would beat down on the back of his neck. He said it felt soothing, a bit cooling, and just overall made it feel less burnt.
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Benefit Smokin’ Eyes ($36.00) is an all-in-one palette to give you sexy, smoky eyes in no time. It contains three eyeshadows, black eye liner, brightener, two brushes, mini tweezers, and then instructions. The palette is housed in traditional Benefit packaging (cardboard/paper), which I can appreciate for its earth-friendliness. What I like most about this palette is the inclusion of eye liner, brow wax, and the mini tweezers. Those mini tweezers can really come in handy, actually! The brightener can be essential for those of us who aren’t getting quite as much sleep as we’d like, too.
There is a light pink highlighter, a soft gray with shimmer, and a deeper, gray-brown base shade. The eye liner is pretty black, surprisingly, and the brushes are average. I’ve never found palette brushes to be particularly noteworthy; they usually get the job done in a pinch, but they’re not brushes I’d use by choice. The instructions are a nice touch for those who are not so makeup-savvy. So, this makes a great gift to give to the new beauty fan or to someone in need of an all-in-one palette for special occasions.
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