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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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Lancome Bronze Riviera Collection

Lancome Bronze Riviera Collection for Summer 2010

Be lavished in shades of gold and bronze that jet you away to the beautiful places and faces of the Riviera. The most luxurious elements of nature all come together now to create this summer’s hottest color collection—with pops of pink to add a happy play of color to any look

Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Party Pretty

Tropiques Mineral Bamboo Bronzer ($45.00)

  • Temptingly Bronze

Dual Ended Eyeliner ($28.00)

  • Sassy in Surise
  • Sultry in Sunset

Color Design Lipcolor ($22.00)

  • Summer Nude
  • Sweetly Pink
  • Pink Splash

Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin ($18.00)

  • Pink Precious
  • Blushing Beauty
  • Rose Pretty
  • Sheerfully Sweet

LipColouring Stick with Brush ($23.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Sultry Nude

Le Vernis ($18.00)

  • Ms. Perfectly Pink

All Over Magic Bronzing Brush ($33.00)

Ageless Minerale Blush ($29.50)

  • Sparkling Sand
  • Brilliant Berry
  • Luminous Rose

Ageless Minerale Blush Brush ($34.00)

Availability: Now @ Lancome

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

NYX Chandelier Lipgloss

The Spring Season: NYX Chandelier Lipgloss

NYX Chandelier Lipgloss ($5.50) is a sheer jelly base with just the slightest pink tinge with pale silver and pink shimmer. On lips, it’s a very soft color that delivers mostly a highly shimmered look with a glossy finish. It’s a fun gloss to wear everyday without having to work too hard, but it’s also a nice way to add more shimmer to any of your favorite pink or nude glosses.

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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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Milani Infinite Liquid Liner

Long-wearing Liquid Liner with Milani Infinite

Milani Infinite Liquid Liner ($5.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing liquid liner that is available in five shades (and new for spring): Infinite (blue), Endless (purple), Eternal (green), Forever (brown), and Everlast (black). I test drove three of the five shades (but I’ll be reviewing the other two later down the line, not to worry!) over the past few weeks, and I gotta say, these hold up to their name!

  • Eternal is a medium grassy-green with yellow undertones, gold sheen, and a metallic finish. It reminded me of MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow, but in a liquid liner format. It’s just a smidgen greener than MAC Greenplay Liquidlast.
  • Infinite is a bright medium blue with a slightly metallic finish/sheen. It’s a dead ringer for MAC Blue Herizon Liquidlast–total dupe.
  • Everlast is a matte, flat black. It’ll apply quite glossy initially, but once it dries down, it will be a flat, but intense, black. I don’t own MAC Point Black Liquidlast, but from the swatches I’ve done of it in the past, the two should be incredibly interchangeable.

The good: These will wear and wear and wear. They won’t budge or smudge until you’re ready to take them off. They’re also water-resistant and crease-proof, so they’re perfect for summer days spent at the beach, ocean, or pool. The shade range has two more everyday/wearable shades (Forever and Everlast) and three “fun” shades (Endless, Eternal, and Infinite), so it’s a nice mix. I, of course, would love to see Milani expand the color range–I want to see some teals, pinks, duochrome kind of colors.

The bad: They can take awhile to dry if you apply too heavily. If you apply a thin layer, drying time is around twenty to thirty seconds, but if you go thicker, you’re looking at over a minute. I found they stayed wet a little long for my personal preference, but once I was aware of it, it wasn’t an actual issue when I used them. The brush itself is a little on the large side, which made it difficult to apply straight from the tube, so I did opt to use a thin, angled brush to apply it instead.

Taking them off can be a challenge if you’re not used to incredibly long-wearing makeup, but I found that a good oil-based remover like Lancome’s Bi-Facil or shu uemura’s cleansing oil did the trick. I like Bi-Facil on a cotton swab, because it allows me to get everything off in just one swipe.

These are very, very similar to MAC’s Liquidlast Liners–from the shades themselves to how well they wear. Liquidlast Liners run a bit thicker (but not actually thick) than Milani’s Infinite, which feels kind of thin, but the pigmentation is the same on both. Liquidlast Liners retail for $17.50 a pop for 0.085 fl. oz. while Infinites retail for $5.99 a pop for 0.17 fl. oz. (That’s a third of the cost for twice the product!)

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you love liquid liner and want one that keeps on going long after the sun goes down, Milani offers a truly long-wearing product. Oh, and if you love MAC Liquidlast Liners, then I think you’d love these, too!

Availability: Milani

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

EcoTools Bronzer Brush

Cruelty-Free Brushes:  EcoTools Bronzer Brush

EcoTools Bronzer Brush ($9.99) is a large, dome-shaped bronzer brush that’s really more of a multi-tasking face brush than specifically a bronzer brush.

It’s great for pressed or loose powder, buffing, bronzer, and even liquid foundation if you don’t mind washing it often! The brush is so dense that it feels more like a kabuki brush, actually. I personally liked to use it for buffing and application of loose powder to set my makeup. It’s easy to clean and wash (and no funky smell or bleeding dye!), though expect a longer drying time with such a densely-packed brush (much like any kabuki!). Your best bet is to wash it after you use it, so it’s ready for the next day.

I appreciate the earth-friendly packaging, but I do feel like the handle is a little too thick. I could go for a slightly thinned out handle so it doesn’t feel chunky in my hand. Otherwise, I can’t think of any complaints about the brush itself! The softness and density of the brush itself make it nearly fool-proof to use to apply your favorite powder products.

EcoTools makes their brushes with sustainably grown bamboo for the handles, recycled aluminum for the ferrules, and Taklon bristles, which makes them 100% cruelty-free.

Celebrity makeup artist Meredith Baraf uses the bronzer brush in this video…

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been wanting a kabuki/buffer brush but haven’t wanted to shell out $40+ for one, EcoTools makes an excellent, affordable alternative.

Availability: Drugstore.com

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