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NARS 413 BLKR Collection for Fall 2013

Highly pigmented with a semi-matte finish, the deep rose brown 413 BLKR Lipstick provides full-bodied, velvety color. The transfixing midnight blue 413 BLKR Nail Polish imparts incredible luster and a fresh, fashion-forward accent to any beauty look. Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighbourhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars drew inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection. Available exclusively at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com, the latest debuts are modern, bold and timeless – just like the city itself.

Lipstick ($26.00)

  • 413 BLKR Deep rose brown

Nail Polish ($19.00)

  • 413 BLKR Midnight blue

Availability: August 1st at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com

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Guerlain Voilette de Madame Collection for Fall 2013

Guerlain introduces its exclusive Fall 2013 Voilette de Madame collection, composed to make every woman irresistible, expressing her seduction and personality with style and femininity. Madame’s ultimate accessory, the veil, is the inspiration for this season’s collection. Like Madame herself, the veil gives only small glimpses into a woman’s mysterious world. And as Madame unveils herself, her secrets come to light.

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00)

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine glosses guarantee lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish. Lightweight and instantly eye-catching, Maxi Shine offers tailor-made effects for a devastatingly angelic smile.

  • Madame Batifole (860) Electric sparkling fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Flirte (861) Gourmand sparkling red (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Fascine (863) Sparkling deep purple (Limited Edition)

Rouge G ($49.50)

Rouge G de Guerlain captures the quintessence of luxury. With a simple click, the case reveals a mirror and a lipstick nestled within. An exceptional, fabulously chic accessory, Rouge G surpasses mere beauty. The ruby formula gives lips a vibrant luminosity with highly concentrated pigmentation for intense color. Perfectly paired with Guerlain’s matching Gloss d’Enfer counterpart, Rouge G’s new Fall shades are enclosed in a limited-edition case adorned in a screen-printed dotted Swiss veil.

  • Madame Batifole (860) Vibrant fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Flirte (861) Fruity red (Limited Edition)
  • Madame Reve (862) Voluptuous pink (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($23.00)

Guerlain’s nail lacquers are indispensable allies for accomplished femininity. These ultra-vibrant shades incorporate adhesive resins to offer a perfectly even sheen that lasts for days.

  • Madame Batifole (860) Deep and intense fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Madame Rougit ($67.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain’s newest blush encompasses 4 luminous colors: raspberry, pale pink, beige and coral, which work together to illuminate and highlight, leaving a velvety finish. Madame Rougit comes enclosed in a lacquered black box with a magnetic closure, and slips into an elegant suedette pouch with coral topstitching.

Ecrin 2 Couleurs ($44.00) (New and Permanent)

Guerlain’s new duo eye shadows are the perfect accessory for creating statement looks. Inside the slender gold case are 2 stunning colors—one a pure color and one a luminous veil. The pure color shadows are matte and intense, gliding on to create instant effect. The other serves as a veil, a sparkly or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.

  • Two Rock (01) Dazzling green and black
  • Two Stylish (02) Deep blue and metallic grey
  • Two Extravagant (03) Chocolate brown and zesty green
  • Two Gossip (04) Plum and baroque gold
  • Two Candy (05) Soft white and sparkling pink
  • Two Parisian (06) Intense black and powder pink
  • Two Lovely (07) Soft grey and aquamarine
  • Two Spicy (08) Ebony brown and spicy coral

Eye Pencil ($30.00) (New and Permanent)

Guerlain’s new retractable eye pencils transform eyes in an instant. The pencil’s clever combination of smooth waxes, luminous polymers and intense pigmentation allow it to create the perfect eye contour. Long-lasting, non-transferable and water-resistant, Guerlain’s eye pencil is amendable to every occasion.

  • Black Jack (01) Black
  • Jackie Brown (02) Brown
  • Deep Purple (03) Purple
  • Katy Navy (04) Navy
  • Amber Silver (05) Silver

Availability: August 2013 at select locations of Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Bergdorf Goodman

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Moderncraft Collection for Fall 2013 (Lip Tars)

Photo Credit: David Phelps for OCC (Photographer), Courtney Tichman for OCC (Makeup), Valerie P. Garcia for OCC (Hair), Model: Calpernia Addams.

Moderncraft Lip Tar ($18.00)

  • Role Play Deep maroon with red pearl (Metallic)
  • Anita Browned burgundy (Matte)
  • Black Metal Dahlia Blackened burgundy with red pearl (Metallic)
  • Dekadent Translucent crushed blueberry (Stained Gloss)
  • Sebastian Plum-toned taupe (Matte)
  • Mein Herr Creme fraiche beige (Stained Gloss)

Availability: August 27th on sephora.com, select Sephora locations; September 6th online at occmakeup.com

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MAC x Antonio Lopez Collection for Fall 2013

The legendary fashion illustrator’s vibrant energy, brazen attitude and love of life inspire a striking colour collection featuring: Eyes x 6 Palettes, Lips x 3 Palettes and Face Palettes perfect for highlighting natural tones and contours. Each palette displays the fiercely individual face of one of his muses, “Antonio’s Girls,” while each product’s packaging features a drawing by the artist, making these objets d’art to be treasured.

MAC Antonio Lopez: 6 Eyes/Bronze ($43.50 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dear Cupcake Mid-tone coral pink (Satin) (Repromote)
  • Artistic License Mid-tone frosty pink gold (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Easy Gesture Pale warm beige (Frost)
  • Creative Copper Sparkling true gold (Lustre)
  • Golden Touch Tarnished taupe (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Carbonized Deep warm brown (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)

MAC Antonio Lopez: 6 Eyes/Violet ($43.50 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Violet Impact Vibrant violet (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Envisioning Pink Mid-tone blue pink (Satin)
  • Lithe Spirit Cool cream (Satin) (Repromote)
  • Showgirl Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Graphic Style Deep silver (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent)

MAC Antonio Lopez: 6 Eyes/Teal ($43.50 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Colourful Life Dark teal (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Fashion Legend Black with pink pearl (Lustre)
  • Nighttrain Charcoal grey with crystalline frost (Lustre)
  • Sex & Disco Sparkling cool silver (Lustre)
  • Freshwater Mid-tone sparkling blue with blue pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Sketchbook Glittery blackened olive (Lustre)

MAC Antonio Lopez: 3 Lips/Nude ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Art Directed Glossy sheer champagne (Glaze)
  • Antonio’s Girls Light peach (Satin)
  • Vivid Image Light white pink (Amplified)

MAC Antonio Lopez: 3 Lips/Fuchsia ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Candy Yum-Yum Matte neon pink (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Moxie Mid-tone blue pink (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Violetta Bright, clean violet purple (Amplified) (Permanent)

MAC Antonio Lopez: 3 Lips/Red ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Scarlet Ibis Bright orange red (Matte) (Repromote)
  • M·A·C Red Vivid bright bluish-red (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Deeply Adored Deep scarlet (Matte) (Repromote)

MAC Antonio Lopez: Face/Pink ($46.00 U.S. / $55.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Belightful Light bronze with golden shimmer (Iridescent Powder) (Repromote)
  • Pure Femininity Mid-tone blue pink (Blush, Satin)
  • Peaceful Mid-tone peach (Beauty Powder)

MAC Antonio Lopez: Face/Coral ($46.00 U.S. / $55.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Star! Peachy golden with pink and yellow pearl (Iridescent Powder) (Repromote)
  • Passion for Colour Mid-tone coral (Blush, Satin)
  • Smooth Harmony Medium golden bronze (Beauty Powder) (Repromote)

MAC Antonio Lopez: Accessories (Limited Edition)

  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($38.50 U.S. / $46.00 CDN)
  • Mirror ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)
  • Makeup Bag ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (MAC Stores Only)
  • Tote ($55.00 U.S. / $66.00 CDN) (maccosmetics.com only)

Availability: North America — September 12th, 2013; International — September 2013 at all MAC locations except as noted.

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LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette
LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) consists of sixteen eyeshadows (half are shimmery, half are matte), plus a travel-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which comes in a squeeze-tube. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and can be applied wet or dry. What I like is that they’ve included the primer so you can get “stay-true color that lasts,” rather than tout the eyeshadows as forever-wearing on their own. Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors–though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it’s not merely a mix of beige and brown. When I wore the eyeshadows over LORAC’s primer, they lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. When I wore them alone (and this is for reference and did not impact the rating, since it wasn’t a claim LORAC does make the claim that their eyeshadow formula, generally, is “long-lasting”), they lasted eight hours well and showed some light fading after nine hours of wear.

White is a crisp, slightly cool-toned white with a matte finish. The texture is soft, a bit powdery, and does look a little chalky against my skin tone (but blended out, with other shades–I used it mixed with Cream–or on paler skin tones, it should be fine). Sugarpill Tako is similar. bareMinerals Cumulus is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #00 is similar. Inglot #373 is also similar. Inglot #318 is a touch cooler. Bobbi Brown White is similar as well. See comparison swatches.

Cream is a pale beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was the least pigmented shadow of the sixteen; the texture was a little stiff and dry, so it was a bit hard to get good color payoff. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous is comparable. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Biarritz is warmer. MAC Sahara Dust is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ivory is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Taupe is a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is more shimmery. MAC Caramel Sundae is more shimmery. MAC Aurora is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 is darker. Inglot #360 is slightly darker. Inglot #337 is a touch lighter and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Light Pink is a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery. theBalm Matt Chung is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 is warmer. MAC Young Venus is more shimmery. Chanel Variation #1 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mauve is a muted, pink-plum with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a touch powdery. NARS Charade #1 is warmer, more shimmery. Illamasqua Forgiveness is darker. Inglot #344 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Icon is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sable is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 is more shimmery. MAC Take Root is more shimmery, cream product. Guerlain Turandot #4 is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is more shimmery. Inglot #327 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Espresso is a deep, dark taupe–a cool-toned, gray cast overwhelms the very dark brown base. It has a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff. MAC Diamond Dove is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black is medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and it is best applied by patting on, then blending, to maximize the intensity. theBalm Serious,  MAC Carbon, and Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 are all similar.  See comparison swatches.

Nude is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Shroom is more beige. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is similar. Chanel Raffinement is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Champagne is slightly rose-tinted and champagne-colored. Between this and Nude, there isn’t much of a noticeable difference–at least on my skin tone. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Call Me Bubbles is less shimmery. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Chanel Raffinement is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gold is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #4 is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 is similar. MAC Campfire is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is less frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Light Bronze is a warm-toned peach with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was very soft but a smidgen powdery. Disney Splendid is lighter. MAC Summer Haze is darker. MAC All That Glitters is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is a medium-dark brown with mostly neutral undertones–the top layer seems almost cool-toned, but the undertone seems slightly golden. It had good color payoff, and the texture felt soft and buttery, though a tiny bit powdery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is very similar. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery. MAC Havana is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is darker, yellower. MAC Friendly is warmer, redder. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Garnet is a medium-dark, muted copper with reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar. NARS California is also similar–slightly redder. MAC In the Sun is redder. MAC Rusty is a cream product. MAC Deep Fixation is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Ever Elegant is darker. Burberry Dark Spice #3 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Deep Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a dusting of plum micro-shimmer. It had a very pearly sheen–not quite a frost but more than a satin. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly. Disney Wonder by Wonder is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. MAC Spellcaster is more matte. Giorgio Armani #3 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Slate is a deepened, cool-toned charcoal gray with flecks of teal micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and had a smooth, buttery texture. Disney Flotsam is lighter. Urban Decay Ace isn’t as cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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