Sunday, July 11th, 2010

MAC Dare to Wear

MAC Dare to Wear

U.S. Launch Date: July 29th, 2010
International Launch Date:  August 2010

Our own Lady Gaga mobilized legions of you to DARE TO WER… and it’s created a wave of energy, excitement and outrageousness all around the world! Join the brigade of loud and proud who daily dare to declare their own individuality. High-powered pigment and holographic pearl create a crazy-intense, shine-saturated gloss, combined with Pop Eye Shadow shades, as over-the-top as Lady G Live!

Inter-dimensional one-coat colour on the first stroke means there’s always an encore! Creamy soft application grabs and sculpts, gel structure molds and has a bouncy feel — pure exhilaration, it’s a personal high! More and more of you, every minute, every hour, every day, not afraid to DARE TO WEAR. Bravo!

Dare to Wear Lipglass ($18.00)

Dare to Wear Lipglass provides intense, full-coverage colour with a holographic pearl finish.  Bright-coloured, high-intensity pigments coat the lips, while holographic pearls glisten and shine on the lips to create a show-stopping gloss.  It allows you to achieve the most intense colour and shine in one stroke.  The gel formula gives the product a creamy, soft texture that adheres comfortably to the lips.

  • Ban This! Deep purple with multi-pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Bold & Brash Bright red with multi-pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Dare to Dare Light blue pink with multi-pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gimme That! Bright fuchsia pink with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • So Bad Mid-tone coral orange with pink and gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Wind Me Up Dirty bronze with pink and gold pearl (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Aqua Subdued, pale greyed aqua (Matte) (Permanent, PRO)
  • Atlantic Blue Bright violet blue (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Crazy Cool Pale frosty lavender (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Free to Be Bright true coral (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Going Bananas Soft lemon yellow (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Lime Lime green (Matte) (Permanent, PRO)
  • Louder Please Bright fuchsia (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Sassy Grass Bright grass green (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Shock-a-holic Deep purple (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Sky Blue Robin’s egg blue (Frost) (Permanent, PRO)
  • Winkle Mid-tone cornflower blue (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Zingy Bright sky blue (Matte) (Limited Edition)

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Chantecaille Tiger in the Wild Collection for Fall 2010

To celebrate and raise awareness for the wild tiger, Chantecaille has created a limited edition palette with a selection of easy to wear cheek and eyeshades with an elegant Tiger embossing that is easy to wear and attractive on everyone.

While the world celebrates the Year of the Tiger, the plight of this majestic animal continues. In fact, this celebration of the tiger places it in a more perilous situation. Demand has increased for tiger parts including paws, teeth, bones, and skins while the last of the tigers are being poached, tiger farms are sprouting in Asia catering to the illegal trade in body parts. Tigers are poached, hunted and exterminated for small and big profit. The disappearance of wild tigers is of utmost urgency, as the loss of our top predators is the barometer of an ecosystem in trouble. Since 1998, the last Year of the Tiger, the population of tigers in the wild has diminished from 5,000 to 3,200. With this palette, Chantecaille supports TRAFFIC*, an international wildlife trade monitoring organization to help save the last tigers in the wild. It is a world-wide concern, which needs attention and focus.

“Poaching continues to erode wild Tiger numbers, but with sufficient support we can restore Tigers to all their glory in the forests of Asia.” – Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC

Visit www.chantecaille.com to learn how you can help.

Tiger in the Wild Palette ($78.00)

The Look for Fall is a strong woman who exudes confidence and power in a subtle yet distinctive manner. Her style is streamlined and modern. Her color palette is simple and well defined. Her clothes are chic and appropriate for any occasion and any destination. A few prominent looks are pantsuits, skirts, blouses, blazers, hats and the versatility of a sharp masculine style contrasted with a soft feminine look, exemplified in such materials as leather and tweed mixed with lace and sheer chiffon. Colors are blues from Prussian to Indigo, pewter, cream, and shades of persimmon. 5% of the proceeds benefit TRAFFIC

Lip Chic ($30.00)

  • Capucine Bold yet wearable orange
  • Anaïs Universal pink

Brilliant Gloss ($28.00)

  • Classic Everyday, natural

Le Stylo ($26.00)

  • Indigo Alluring deep blue shade

Availability: August 2010 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Frédéric Fekkai Salons, Neiman Marcus, select Saks Fifth Avenue locations, Nordstrom, and Space NK. Also available online at www.Chantecaille.com.

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Benefit Scene Queen Makeup Palette

Get Ready to Make a Scene

Benefit Scene Queen Makeup Palette ($38.00) contains something for each part of your face — 0.1 oz. CORALista, 0.09 oz. High Beam, 0.18 oz. Juicy Coral Lip Shine, 4 0.1 oz. eyeshadows, Smokin’ Liner, and 2 double-sided makeup brushes.

  • CORALista is a pink-cral with subtle sheen but not a lot of shimmer. It’s very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I actually didn’t even realize it was in the palette until I went to write the review! It’s a pretty small pan, so it may take some maneuvering to get your brush in it. The included brush is a bit stubby, so I find it cumbersome to use.
  • High Beam is a light, shimmering pink-toned highlighter. It’s a whitish-pink, and it works best on light to medium skin tones (Moon Beam better for deeper skin tones).
  • Juicy Coral Lip Shine is a semi-opaque coral-orange with golden shimmer. It’s a very pretty shade of coral, and it’s not too orange either.
  • Smokin’ Liner is a dark black-brown eyeliner that goes opaque without trouble. Very smooth and richly pigmented.
    Charcoal is a darkened gray-black with subtle silver shimmer.
  • Shimmering Beige is a pink-toned medim beige with a frost finish.
  • Misty Blue is a slightlyg rayed medium-dark blue with a silver sheen.
  • Navyis a rich navy blue with a purple edge and flecks of midnight sky blue shimmer.
  • Dual-Ended Brushes have an angled brush on one end and a fluffier brush on the other–and then two of them. They’re usable in a pinch, but they’re not the best brushes of all time. Better than the usual inclusions, though.

I like all of the products individually, and I feel Benefit gives you a good amount of each of them (in fact, the eyeshadows are surprisingly weighty–0.1 oz. compared to the average of 0.05 oz.–but I don’t feel that such a rich shade of coral on both cheeks and lips is actually all that suitable to pair with the eyeshadows. I think medium skin tones will be able to pull off that look, but paler skin tones may have to be a little cautious. I fear it may be too much all at once. I was expecting a pinker blush (maybe Sugarbomb) rather than CORALista here.

That’s my only gripe about the palette, though! There are only powder products exposed, while the lip and cream products are housed in their own containers, so there’s no worry about cross-pollination of shadow dust. The palette is cute and still functional, and it even includes a step-by-step guide on how to wear the palette.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you like yourself a blue smoky eye, this may make a great g-to palette.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Guerlain Gipsy Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gipsy Rouge G Lipstick

The Summer Season: Guerlain Gipsy Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gipsy (#41) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a beautiful shade of deep red-tinted orange with tangerine shimmer and sheen.  It’s one of my favorite orange-based lipsticks (and I’m surprisingly not a huge fan of orange lipstick on myself), but this is one I can definitely do.  I love the finish, the opaqueness, and the feel.  Rouge Gs are still one of my top lipstick formulas–they’re smooth, lightweight, wear well, and the colors are so flattering.

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Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Becca Lurex Eyeshadow

Becca Lurex Eyeshadow — One More Antique Gold to Love

Earlier this week, I reviewed Becca Shantung Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.), and today, I have Becca Lurex Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) for you! Lurex is a tarnished gold–it doesn’t cast very green, so it’s very wearable as neutral without being “boring.” The texture is smooth, soft, and nicely pigmented, just like Shantung.  Becca’s eyeshadows seem to have an excellent texture with good color pay off, but they’re just on the small side given their price tag.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t think you’ll ever hit pan on your eyeshadows, the downfall of Becca’s Lurex likely won’t be an issue for you! It is a high quality eyeshadow in a beautiful shade of antique gold.

AVAILABILITY: Becca

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Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick ($30.00) is an opaque, medium pink that’s bright enough to attract attention to your pout, but not so bright it’s obnoxious.  This is a nice in-between pink that’s good for wearability in particular.  I love that it’s such a nice medium pink but still opaque.  It also has a glossy sheen without being shimmery.  All Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks are rose-scented, for the scent-wary.  I like it, but I’ve yet to run into a fragranced lipstick I don’t like.  I get four to five hours of wear with this lipstick formula, too, which is a bit above average.

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

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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