Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Lacquer

I’m Gonna be a Supermodel, and My Hair Will Shine Like the Sea!

Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a sheer, jelly cherry red that leans a little orange-coral. It’s glossy, and it’s genuinely designed to be sheer–it’s not meant to be opaque, so keep that in mind. It has a very squishy, jelly look on nails. I do think this will complement warmer skin tones best, but it doesn’t pull extremely orange, so cooler skin tones may still enjoy it. Where Supermodel stands out is in the formula–streak-free, a dream to apply, and doesn’t take eons to dry. But really, the lack of streakiness makes it this sheer a pleasure to swatch.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This may not be the most unique shade, so it’s not a run-don’t-walk kind of purchase, but if it’s a color and look that you dig, it’s certainly worth a look. The formula is outstanding and true to Lippmann’s range.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss: Charm, Candy

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss: Charm & Candy

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly tacky, mostly glossy, lipgloss. These have a shine that’s glossier than your average lipgloss, so lips look very lush and juicy. I’ve tried a few different shades of Dolce & Gabbana’s lipglosses, and they seem to be on the sheerer side, with nothing being completely opaque. I like that they’re moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. I only get about two to three hours of wear, which is a little below average for me. These glosses are rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste.

  • Charm is a sheer medium pink with fuchsia and ruby sparkle.
  • Candy is a semi-sheer milky medium pink with no shimmer just a glossy shine.

With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey.  Overall, they’re nice glosses, but it’s not quite the holy grail.  For the price tag, I’d probably opt for Chanel or Guerlain glosses instead–or perhaps Dior’s Ultra Gloss.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: These are definitely a splurge item.  If you’re able to check out the line in person and you find a shade that really works for you, I think it’s worth getting.  But if you’re just shopping around for a new gloss, there are a few others I’d consider before these.

AVAILABILITY: Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss

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Friday, August 13th, 2010

Illamasqua Growl Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Illamasqua Growl Lipstick

Illamasqua Growl Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep reddened brown-wine with opaque color coverage and a low sheen.  This is a shade that will last six to eight hours without much work, because it has a drier formula, it really clings to lips.  I don’t find Illamasqua’s shades drying, but they do take a little more pressure to apply.  They’re creamy and yet not slippery.   This shade sits right between MAC Media and MAC Underworld.

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The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Friday, August 13th, 2010

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

In 2006, CHANEL launched INIMITABLE Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel, revolutionizing the market with the first multi-tasking mascara to deliver volume, length, curl and separation in a single stroke. It also redefined the conventional mascara brush with an innovative applicator comprised of elastomer ‘bristles’ that allowed for a remarkably precise application.

New INIMITABLE INTENSE Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistiqué builds on the success of the original mascara with a new, technologically advanced formula, delivered with the unique brush. The result is a more intense lash look, with the same easy application. Lashes appear longer, thicker and more curled, yet each lash, even the finest, is still precisely separated — without clumping, spiking or flaking.

Now there are two choices for INIMITABLE lashes: the original formula for a subtle 3D effect, with volume, length and curl — and the new formula for a more intense 3D effect, with greater volume, length and curl.

Inimitable Intense Mascara ($30.00)

  • Brun Brown
  • Rouge Noir Black red
  • Purple Deep violet
  • Noir Black

Availability: September 2010

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo / Eyeshadow Duo

New OMBRES CONTRASTE DUO Eyeshadow Duo takes the guesswork out of harmonizing and applying eyeshadow. This foolproof pairing of complementary shades — in two unique textures — is housed in one convenient compact. The softly shimmering light shade is a creamy powder, which can be worn alone for a luminous effect, or as a base to extend the wear of the accompanying deep-toned shadow. The dark shade has intense micronized pigments for true colour application, and a matte finish to create depth and contour. Two applicators are included: a foam tip to apply the shadows and a brush to blend. Available in six essential shade harmonies.

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo / Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00)

  • Khaki-Clair Hunter green / Ivory
  • Taupe-Delicat Brown taupe / Soft peach
  • Berry-Rose Plum rose / Soft pink
  • Misty-Soft Plum brown / Lavender grey
  • Bleu-Tendre Navy / Silver blue
  • Gris-Subtil Grey / Silver

Availability: September 2010

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Clarins Rouge Prodige

Clarins Rouge Prodige for Fall 2010

The first objective of a lipstick is to attract attention with its colour and shine. The second is to remain flawless throughout the day. Rouge Prodige is the new true-hold lipstick from Clarins, with a high performance formula that offers rich colour, stunning shine and long-lasting comfort. Gone are the dry, long wear lipsticks that made lips look feathered and chapped. Rouge Prodige stays put from your morning coffee cup to evening cocktail glass. With a wide range of shades and finishes, there is a colour for every woman to tout her pout all day long.

To introduce this new line to women across the country, Clarins is giving away 5000 sample cards with 4 flattering shades of Rouge Prodige. Be one of the first 5000 people to register at the Clarins Facebook page to win!

Benefits & Ingredients

  • Long-lasting, intense colour that doesn’t run
  • High Fidelity Pearl, a high tech polymer, captures colour pigments and enhances their radiance. Pigments remain on the lip surface for colour hold.
  • An enhanced shine top coat
  • A combination of vegetal oils helps enhance shine and colour hold. These oils leave a transparent film on lip surface to protect colour and enhance shine.
  • Brittany algae extract provides a high content of omega fatty acids to moisturize and soothe lips.
  • A combination of ceramides and waxes smooths lips and helps colour stay put. Helps smooth away lines and protect lips from dehydration.

Rouge Prodige True Colour Hold & Shine Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pinks to Plums: Lilac Pink, Rosewood, Litchi, Raspberry Sorbet, Pretty Plum, Mystic Plum, Blackberry
  • Corals to Reds: Coral Tulip, Sunset, Clementine, Fusion Red, Red Prodige
  • Beiges to Browns: Nude, Redwood, Copper Brown, Dark Chocolate

Palette Prodige: Face & Blush Powder ($35.00)

A soft, powder compact which adapts to all types of makeup and enhances all complexions. A universal harmony composed of 4 radiant shades: pale pink, sun kissed beige, sparkling coral and natural beige.

Instant Blush Magic Colour ($26.00)

A blush which instantly brings colour to the cheeks with a soft, glossy texture that melts in your fingers. It glows iridescent in the jar, but upon application becomes a translucent pink that instantly boosts one’s natural colour and radiance. One shade to suit all complexions!

Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Line ($23.00)

  • Intense Black (No. 1)

Availability: August 2010