Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Chanel Monte Carlo Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Monte Carlo Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Monte Carlo Rouge Coco Shine ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a semi-sheer, pinked red with subtle pink shimmer. The Rouge Coco formula is designed to be a lightweight lipstick with high shine and a moisturizing base. Based on the description of the color range, it is expected to be sheerer rather than opaque.  (If you’re looking for something more opaque, Rouge Allures will be more up your alley.)

It’s a lightweight, nearly scent-free (I couldn’t distinguish what it was, but it was very faint), and has an emollient base. It applies evenly and smoothly, because it has that balm-like quality. Unfortunately, it only lasts two to three hours on me, but I would say it is on the moisturizing side, though not as moisturizing as my favorite lip balms.

I do wish these were the same size as other lipsticks in Chanel’s line (like 0.12 oz.), because of the emollient base, it’s easy to over-apply the product–and the need for reapplication being every couple of hours means you’ll go through a tube much faster than other lipsticks in Chanel’s range.

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Monte Carlo

B+
Monte Carlo is much more in line with what I expected based on Chanel's description - soft but noticeable color with translucence and shine. The color is soft and natural but still visible enough that it enhances the natural lip color across skin tones.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Green is Green, Blue Charge, Plum Reserve, High Esteem

MAC Colored Zoom Lash Mascara

I reviewed Green is Green initially, and here are swatches of the other three shades, as well as the mascaras worn on lashes. I actually found that Green is Green did the best at coating lashes, with Blue Charge close behind. Plum Reserve and High Esteem didn’t coat my lashes as effectively and didn’t give them much color.

Blue Charge is darker than Themyscira, while Plum Reserve is darker and purpler than Victorious. I think you’ll notice less color difference when they are worn, though, but swatched, their differences are easily seen.

my thoughts on the mascara formula: Zoom Lash is supposed to “build density,” while the “ultra-sculpted brush has three-sided fibres to embrace and separate each lash.” My favorite MAC mascara is Plushlash, but I used to use Zoom Lash for quite a bit (because Plushlash didn’t exist). I like how it’s a really thick formula–thick as in it really coats each lash really well in the formula but without clumping. Zoom Lash, being a thicker consistency, will clump if you start going beyond two coats, though. (In my experience, you shouldn’t need more than two.) Zoom Lash separates and defines lashes while thickening them for me. I didn’t have any issues with the mascara flaking or smudging on me.

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MAC Colored Zoom Lash Mascara Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B-
If you don't mind some prep work, layer a white primer on lashes first, then coat with a colored mascara to see more zing if you have naturally darker lashes.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner – 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Sneak Peek – Photos & Swatches

I’m not quite done with all of the photos/swatches I need for the review, but I’ve tested these, and they’re amazing! Definitely long-wearing and waterproof. They look a lot like some of the other felt/foam-tipped liquid liners we’ve seen come out in the past few months (MAC Superslick, Illamasqua Precision Ink, just to name a few), but the applicator on these is actually a little different–all of which I’ll go into greater detail in the actual review.

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Becca Halcyon Days Collection for Spring 2011

Beach Tint ($25.00)

  • Guava Bright coral pink

Mineral Blush ($32.00)

  • Damselfly Peach with golden highlights
  • Flowerchild True coral

Halcyon Days Palette ($65.00) (Henri Bendel Exclusive)

  • Mai Tai Lipgloss Sheer peachy nude
  • Bougainvillea Lip & Cheek Creme Coral
  • Faille Eyeshadow Golden peach
  • Muslin Eyeshadow Creamy opal
  • Chamois Eyeshadow Light bronze

Bronzing-Highlighter Duo ($43.00)

  • Serrana Soft pink shimmer / matte bronze

Automatic Eye Pencils ($23.00)

  • Goa Bronze chocolate
  • Majorca Intense black

Nail Colour ($15.00)

  • Tangerine Dream Bright sunset coral
  • Dancing Barefoot Apricot nude
  • Summerdaze Retro pastel pink

availability: May 2011, beccacosmetics.com, hendribendel.com

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011


theBalm Launches Betty Lou-Manizer & Frat Boy

Betty Lou-Manizer ($24.00)

This all-in-one bronzer, shadow, and shimmer uses mica to diffuse light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding subtle warmth. The oil-free formula can be layered on your lids for a luxe look, swept on your cheeks for a radiant glow, or used as an all-over finish before heading out for the night.

Frat Boy ($21.00)

This velvety smooth, peachy-apricot shadow/blush adds the perfect amount of color for a foxy flush so you look stellar around the clock. Frat Boy™ leaves you with a face that’s pretty and polished. When you can’t keep the boys away, blame it on the blush.

availability: Available at Sephora

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Launches Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

Inspired by her award-winning SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer, Bobbi introduces a modern gel-based formula for normal to oily skin types. New SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free hydrates and protects skin while offering sheer, natural looking coverage. Light and refreshing, it glides on smoothly and blends easily. Vitamins C and E protect skin from free radicals, while SPF 15 helps prevent sun damage.

SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Sodium Hyaluronate, a moisture magnet, instantly hydrates skin.
  • Emollients and humectants soften skin and strengthen its natural moisture barrier, improving its ability to lock in moisture.
  • Collagen boosting peptides help strengthen and firm skin. Antioxidant Vitamins C & E help protect skin against free radical damage.
  • Aloe, Sucrose and Caffeine help calm and soothe skin.
  • SPF 15 offers broad spectrum UV protection.

Available in nine shades:

  • Alabaster Tint
  • Extra Light Tint
  • Light Tint
  • Light to Medium Tint
  • Medium Tint
  • Medium to Dark Tint
  • Dark Tint
  • Deep Tint
  • Rich Tint

availability: Available at all Bobbi Brown Counters and on www.bobbibrown.com for $40.