Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Dior Crush Glow Palette

Summer Preview: Dior Crush Glow (659) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior’s Addicted to Dior Collection is a short and sweet collection of a mere eight pieces (that’s only $365 to own it all–the fact that I say “that’s only” indicates how deeply addicted I am to beauty!).  It includes two “luggage” tags that slide open and reveal lipgloss inside, available in Coral and Pink for $60, two Eyeshadow Quints in Ready-to-Glow (649) and Crush Glow (659) for $58, Golden Spotlight Extreme Eyeshadow for $28, Rose Trendsetter (574) High Shine Lipgloss for $28, Crystal Gloss (001) for $26.50, and Nude Glow, a Bergdorf Goodman’s exclusive, for $46.

While Ready-to-Glow looks like a slightly cooler variation of Crush Glow, Crush Glow is fabulously warm. This is excellent news for those warm-toned beauties, but cooler skin tones may want to swatch in person before deciding. I personally think that cooler skin tones can still wear this palette, and I’d recommend pairing the eyeshadows with a cooler cheek and/or lip to bring everything together.

There are five shades in the Crush Glow palette: a peachy-gold with a frosty finish; lightly iced pink with champagne shimmer; muted mostly pink coral with a low frost finish; plummy-mauve with brown with a light frost finish; and ambered bronze with more of a pearly sheen than frost finish. All five shades were well-pigmented, smooth to the touch, and easy to use.

I don’t always have good luck with Dior’s Quints, but Crush Glow is definitely a palette that appeals to me, on a personal level (I am a fiend for golds and coppers!). It’s a fitting color palette for summer, because it’s warm and shimmering.  I love that all five shades coordinate really well with each other.  Sometimes you find palettes that look lovely and swatch beautifully, but you’re not always sure how you’ll make them work together. It’s a very travel-friendly palette, because you can create easy daytime looks or smoke it up with the plummy or bronzy shades in the palette for a more sultry evening look.

I think this is one of Dior’s better palettes in the past few years that I’ve followed the brand.  The eyeshadows are high-quality with good color pay off, a smooth, buttery texture, and they work exceptionally well together.  This is a palette you can take with you on your summer travels or enjoy at home.

Though the official details indicated April 2010 as a release date, I already saw the “luggage tags” available on Nordstrom.com — so I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Dior’s summer collection launch in full quite soon!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: All five shades do have a shimmery appearance, so those who prefer a mix of shimmers and mattes may find themselves wanting with this palette. If you say “No thanks!” to shimmer typically, I don’t see this palette changing your mind. On the other hand, if you say “Yes, please!” to shimmer and are looking to add some warmer toned eyeshadows to your collection, this is a nice palette to own.

Availability: April 2010

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Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lipgloss
Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lipgloss

Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Color Sensational Lipgloss ($5.99) is a sheer, lightly peach-tinged champagne-shimmered gloss. Applied on my lips, it mutes the natural rosiness a bit, giving it a milkier, nude-pink look with a glossy sheen and noticeable shimmer. It has a sweetened berry scent and no real taste to me (nothing bad, maybe a touch sweet) as well. This would be nice layered over matte or semi-matte nudes for extra sparkle!

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss

The Spring Season: NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss

NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss ($15.00) is a stunning, fiery-orange shimmered peachy-orange gloss. This is truly stunning! It looks gorgeous when swatched, but on lips, the shimmer and shine of the gloss really becomes apparent. I would love this gloss even more if it was just a smidgen more pigmented/vibrant, but the way it shimmers is divine! It’s a fairly creamy gloss so it’s a little on the thicker side (fine with me) and wears a solid three hours on me.

Is this the right gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

MAC Trip, Part 3

MAC Trip Collection — New Compacts

For 2010, MAC has released new palettes and kits exclusively for their Travel Retail stores. Like Trip from last year, these are exclusive to Duty Free Stores.

MAC Trip Compact Kits Collection

Jet Boy, Jet Girl! Gonna take you ’round the world with trip compact kits! First, Trip: Warm Eye Shadows, with six hot, haute warm hues. Next Trip: Cool Eye Shadow with six cool, chic shades. And finally, Trip: Total Face Kit, complete with Shell and Secret Ceremony Cream Colour Base, Stripped and Rosehips Lip Gloss and Belightful Iridescent Pressed Powder. They’re addictive little goodies, a secret stash to put out a fashion fire… or start one. Try one, you’ll come back for more. They’re the very essence of needful things!

Warm Eyeshadow

New square compact silhouette with a basic black matte finish featuring the MAC logo.

  • Shroom Soft muted golden beige with opalescent shimmer (Satin) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Bagatelle Neutral beige with yellow frost (Frost) (From D’Bohemia, Photo)
  • Expensive Pink Pink with gold duochrome (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Trax Vivid-hued violet glazed with bronze (Velvet) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Humid Intense green with shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Embark Deep rich brown-black (Matte) (Permanent) (Swatch)

Cool Eyeshadow

  • Filament Platinum silver (Lustre) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Mink Pink Neutral soft pink (Veluxe) (Discontinued) (Swatch)
  • Flirty Number Brown plum (Frost) (From Lingerie) (Photo)
  • Little Minx Plum with pink duochrome (Frost) (From Rebel Rock) (Photo)
  • Flashtrack Bright midnight blue with silver reflective pearlized particles (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent) (Swatch)

Total Face Kit

New double-decker compact featuring a quad pan payout on top and a large powder pan on bottom.

  • Shell Cream Colour Base Soft muted pinkish-beige with icy shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Secret Ceremony Cream Colour Base Dark nude (Exclusive to Palette)
  • Rose Hips Lipglass Pink (Exclusive to Palette)
  • Stripped Lipglass Coral (Exclusive to Palette)
  • Belightful Iridescent Pressed Powder Gilded peach bronze (From Fafi for MAC) (Swatch)

Availability: March 2010 at DFS and Travel Retail Locations Exclusively

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

MAC Trip, Part 3

MAC Trip Collection — Look in a Box

For 2010, MAC has released new palettes and kits exclusively for their Travel Retail stores. Like Trip from last year, these are exclusive to Duty Free Stores.

Look in a Box Collection

Gothette, Indie Girl, Goldie Rocks…choose your Look In a Box and try on a new personality, blaze a fast trail, or go with what you glow- Look In a Box has the A to Z! Greensmock, Retrospeck, and Showstopper Eye Shadows, Blacktrack Fluidline, Myth Lipstick and Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash makes a Gothette go! Bare Study Pot, Rapidblack Penultimate Liner, Softdew Beauty Powder, Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash and Headliner Lip Gloss ignite and Indie Girls night. And with Bronze and Naked Lunch Eye Shadows, Golden Bronzer, Fulfilled Plushglass, and Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash, Goldie Rocks is off to anywhere but Grandmothers house. Have some fun-sized fashion, with the start-me-up style of Look In a Box!

Goldie Rocks

  • Naked Lunch Eyeshadow Minimal pink with shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch
  • Bronze Eyeshadow Golden brown with golden bronze shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Golden Bronzer Healthy tan with subtle golden shimmer (Permanent)
  • Fulfilled Plushglass Full-blush creamy pink (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash Mascara Rich black (Permanent)

Indie Girl

  • Bare Study Paint Pot Champagne with gold and white pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Rapidblack Penultimate Liner Black (Swatch)
  • Softdew Beauty Powder Dust rose (From Novel Twist) (Swatch)
  • Headliner Lipglass Light white/pink with gold pearl (Frost) (From Diana Ross)
  • Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash Mascara Rich black (Permanent)

Gothette

  • Showstopper Eyeshadow Smoked black (Matte) (From All Ages, All Races, All Sexes) (Swatch)
  • Retrospeck Eyeshadow Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Greensmoke Eyeshadow Tarnished olive (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Blacktrack Fluidline Solid, flat black (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Myth Lipstick Fleshy beige (Satin) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash Mascara Rich black (Permanent)
    209SE Brush

Availability: Now at Duty Free Stores/Travel Retail Locations

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Chanel Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection for Summer 2010

Chanel Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection for Summer 2010

Bold and audacious, Gabrielle Chanel pushed the boundaries of style. Now Peter Philips continues the tradition by creating a free-spirited makeup collection inspired by an idyllic seaside vista: LES POP-UP DE CHANEL, fresh new cult-worthy hues for lips and nails. Vibrant pops of colour, including neon pink, sunny coral and brilliant turquoise are beautifully complemented by bronzed, glowing skin. . . and sure to be the standout shades of summer.

Le Vernis ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Mistral Soft pink
  • Nouvelle Vague Turquoise
  • Riviera Intense pink

Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Super Rose
  • Genial Coral

Levres Scintillantes (Glossimer) (Limited Edition)

  • Bikini Peach Soft Pink

Aqualumiere ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bondi Light copper

Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bondi Beach Rose gold

Gloss Fluo de Chanel ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Laser Pink
  • Pop Coral

Soleil Tan de Chanel ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Terre d’ore
  • Terre Halee

Availability: May 2010

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