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China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

Deck the Halls with Winter Holly

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-flecked dazzling green glitter.” It’s a mix of fine gold and emerald green glitter suspended in a clear base. When applied, there appears to be a few flecks of other colors as well, but it is predominantly gold and green glitter particles. I couldn’t think of a dupe (but we’re definitely building up the glitter polish gallery!). Even when it’s layered over black, it’s quite different compared to last year’s Glittering Garland.  It seems simple at first, but depending on the breadth of your glitter polish stash, comes across as more complex when applied.

I applied two coats of it alone on my index and ring finger, and I layered one coat over one coat of black polish (Illamasqua Boosh).  It’s a shade best for layering, and I think it’s going to be a color that looks superb over dark creams.  The consistency was thin but not watery, so even layering three or four coats with this shade is possible without resulting in a thick sandwich of polish.  For layering, it packs a good amount of glitter in a single coat, and the glitter spreads evenly across the nail without any trickery.  If you’ve been hesitant about glitters because of thicker bases or having to maneuver bits and pieces around, this is a great glitter to start with.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Winter Holly
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Launches


theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Launches

You’ve met Matt(e), now it’s time to Meet Matt(e) Nude… nude eyeshadows that is. Because size matt(e)rs, there are nine larger Matt(e)s showing their true colors in nude hues. As a matt(e)r of fact, this palette is versatile enough to wear day and night, as liners and all-over colors… the whole nine yards! With so many Matt(e)s to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect shade, no matt(e)r what!

Shades include:

  • Matt Johnson
  • Matt Garcia
  • Matt Malloy
  • Matt Rosen
  • Matt Wood
  • Matt Singh
  • Matt Abdul
  • Matt Lombari
  • Matt Hung

Availability: www.thebalm.com in January 2013, $42

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer
Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer

A Ripe, Juicy Mango of a Polish

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deliciously fruity and radiant yellow.” It is a brightened tangerine orange with a cream finish. China Glaze Orange You Hot is darker, more orange. Zoya Arizona is more orange. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a darker orange. China Glaze Sun Worshipper is closest but brighter–almost neon.

The formula is a smidgen on the thicker side, so it takes a little longer to dry, and it’s best to let the first coat dry down before applying the second, as it has a tendency to pull/drag more so than other polishes.  The color coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and it didn’t pool along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Dior Vernis Mango
Mango

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bareMinerals Seize the Day Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals Eyeliner
bareMinerals Seize the Day Eyeliner Set

It’s Time to Seize the Day!

bareMinerals Seize the Day Round the Clock Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes five shades: 10AM (golden sage), Noon (deep navy), 1PM (deep marine), 3PM (deep brown shimmer), and 5PM (deep plum). The formula is supposed to be smooth, bold, long-wearing, and waterproof.

  • 10AM is an olive green with soft khaki shimmer. It had great pigmentation in a single go.
  • Noon is a shimmered navy blue with cool undertones. It had decent pigmentation in one pass.
  • 1PM is a bluish-teal with a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented.
  • 3PM is a warm, copper-shimmered medium-dark brown with orange undertones. It had so-so color payoff in a snigle pass but was buildable.
  • 5PM is a blackened plum with subtle red-brown undertones. This shade was very pigmented.

5PM is full-sized at 0.04 oz., while the other four shades are half-sized at 0.02 oz. each.  Overall, the pigmentation across the pencils was very good–several shades were fully opaque in one pass along the lash line, which isn’t always the case.  Most eyeliners are buildable, but shades like 10AM, 1PM, and 5PM don’t need building at all.  These have a very creamy consistency that enables them to glide across the lash line or lid without pulling, tugging, or skipping.  I’d qualify this formula as one of the softest I’ve come across–which is great in many ways, except for sharpening, where they’re best sharpened after putting them in the freezer for a few minutes.

I did fret over the creaminess when I swatched them, because I feared smudgy, migrating wear, but I didn’t experience that at all.  In fact, these wore incredibly well.  I tested several shades across time periods as long as twelve hours, and since these are supposed to be waterproof, I did shower with them on, too.  They wear and wear without smudging, fading, or migrating.  Between this set and The Night Vision, I think this one is less dupable and is of better quality, due to the majority of the shades having great pigmentation.

bareMinerals Seize the Day Eyeliner Set

A
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Guerlain Spring 2013 Collection: Cils D’Enfer


Guerlain Spring 2013 Collection: Cils D’Enfer

Meteorites Perles du Paradis ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

To illuminate skin with an angelic halo, Guerlain’s legendary pearls are getting a boost and coming out in an XXL limited edition size. This devilishly beautifying compact features six skin-toned and pastel shades. The traditional correcting colors – blue and green – have been replaced by pink, to brighten dull areas, and silver, to reflect ambient light and ensure one-of-a-kind radiance. Dark zones disappear, grayness is erased and fatigue vanishes. The face lights up and shimmers subtly, revitalized and instantly awakened, as if by magic. This sheer, refreshing effect embellishes absolutely every type of complexion. The soft, caressing, pale pink powder puff is topped with an elegant black bow in tribute to women’s inherently feminine flair.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

Two exciting, colorful new harmonies dress up eyelids like never before. The four silky powders in each case can be freely mixed and matched, without worrying about applying them in any particular order. In a subtle play of light and shadow, of contrast and graduated intensity, each hue has just the right texture and nuance – velvety and delicate, slightly iridescent, or downright metallic – so they can be blended or layered to perfection, creating incomparable radiance under the unique springtime light.

  • 501 Attrape-Coeur Dazzling palette in which mauve, violet, and white illuminate the prima donna purple
  • 502 Coup de Foudre Exquisite shades of green, silvery patina and bronze-khaki team up with vibrant coral

Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 761 Flirt Purple
  • 762 Rendez-vous Purple

Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 600 Ballade Nude
  • 601 Romance Nude

KissKiss Gloss ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 870 Cherry Pink Fuchsia
  • 849 Frizzy Mango Orange

Cils D’Enfer Maxi Lash ($30.00)

Nothing compares to the power of full lashes to make a woman feel instantly made-up and beautiful. Finding that perfect formula to quickly create flawless lashes can be a challenge but not any longer. Guerlain introduces Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash, the mascara that makes every woman’s dreams come true. It’s simple to use, easy and flattering to wear, a guarantee for gorgeous eyes every time. Applied in the blink of an eye, it makes eyes instantly captivating so that once she’s tried – she can’t live without it. Available in 01 Noir and 02 Violet.

Availability: Guerlain’s Spring Color collection is available beginning January 2013 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.

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MAC Strength Collection for Spring 2013


MAC Strength Collection for Spring 2013

Colour is a vehicle for women to flex their femininity, and M•A•C’s new collection reflects this state of mind and style. It starts with dramatic eyes and lips pumped up with vivid colour to project power while cheeks are softly chiseled with natural tones. And, nailing it for overall presentation, M•A•C’s high-gloss Nail Lacquer.

All Woman Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Flawless Figure Pale warm shimmering white (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Brains & Brawn Mid-tone taupe (Matte)
  • All Woman Greenish dark grey (Satin)
  • Black Magique Deep, dark black with warm tones (Velvet)

Inner Strength Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lithe Spirit Palest white pink (Satin)
  • Inner Strength Light cool mauve taupe (Matte)
  • Fabulous Fit Mid-tone cool grey (Matte)
  • Heatherbelles Deep charcoal (Satin)

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Party Parrot Bright red pink (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Pink Pigeon Bright cleanest pink (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Strong Woman Bright violet (Matte)
  • Absolute Power Rich red (Matte)
  • Firm Form Gilded black with gold pearl (Matte)

Powder Blush ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN (Limited Edition)

  • Taupe Shape Satiny taupe (Satin)
  • Poised Muted pinkish brown (Satin)

Kohl Power ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feline Rich black

Technakohl Eye Liner ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Graphblack Rich graphic black (Permanent)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Permanent)

Lip Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Embrace Me Vivid pinkish fuchsia
  • Lasting Sensation Bright coral (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Muscle Tone Pale neutral nude
  • Triumphant Mid-tone cool brown

Tools

  • 168 Large Angled Contour ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN)
  • 275 Medium Angled Shading ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

Availability: North America December 26th, 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070, online December 24th at www.maccosmetics.com; International January 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

NOTE: MAC artists are reporting they received last-minute faxes that said this collection was NOT coming to partnered locations (e.g. counters).  With the holidays, MAC corporate is out of office but am trying to find out. I recommend CALLING your local store/counter to confirm.

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