OVERALL, the Mineralize Blush Duos are very similar to the mineralize blushes in terms of texture/smoothness, but these are definitely a little more on the shimmery side. The marbelized half of the duo is similar to mineralize skinfinishes, and some of them run chunkier in the glitter particles than others. I’d almost say that, in some aspects, the marbelized side is more of a highlighter while the mono side is where the color is packed. However, some of the duos do have fairly pigmented marbelized sides, so don’t think I’m telling you to only use it one way! These are very multi-tasking products, use them as you please One thing to note is with baked products, you can use them wet or dry without worrying about destroying the product itself (like you might with a regular powder eyeshadow).
I was not particularly impressed or wowed by any of the duos, though they sure look pretty. I think if you liked the first mineralize blushes and you’re into mineralize skinfinishes, you should definitely check them out. For me, none of the shades grabbed me as “OMG FREAKOUT!!$!@#”, you know? The closest color that did that for me was Light Over Dark, though! Is anyone else a little sad about how mineralize blushes are domed? No way I can depot these babies (aside from the fact that they’re ultra fragile!)–I just know they’re going to end up in a bin after a few weeks. I guess this urges me to depot a bunch of blushes so maybe they’ll fit in my blush container, ha!
Must-Haves: Grand Duo, Light Over Dark
Nice-to-Haves: Love Rock, Moon River
Skip: Intenso (if I had to pick one…)
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Earth to Earth, Grand Duo, Hot Planet
Swatches for the new Grand Duos Mineralize Blush Duos! All swatches are of marbelized side first, then the solid side next to it on the right. If you want to see photos, please refer to this post.
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Earth to Earth
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Earth to Earth
MAC Grand Duos Collection debuts tomorrow in-store, but it was launched online just yesterday. Looks like lots of you are heading to stores tomorrow to check the collection out, while a few will be passing in lieu of Sugarsweet on March 19th. Here are some product photos to get you thinkin’ Next up will be product close-ups and swatches. Review tonight or tomorrow!
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China Glaze Summer Days Are Here!
You know the first taste of summer you get, how it’s just so sweet? California’s been having a few of those days lately–sun’s shining, skies are blue, and there’s just enough warmth to make you forget about spring. (Though technically, spring has only just begun… but shh!) China Glaze’s Summer Days polish collection is very much like a bright, sunny day to bring you warmth during your winter-spillover-into-spring.
The colors are all glittering, shimmering specimens of colors that represent lazy days by the pool, flip flops, and having some fun in the sun. All of them apply well and have good color pigmentation–none requiring more than two coats for even, opaque color. With all that shimmer, you won’t even feel it; nails are left smooth to the touch but they just sparkle, especially in the sun.
Watermelon Rind is a green-based teal, with softer teal glittering shimmer. Though the name is fitting for the season, it’s really not the color that comes to mind when I think of watermelon rinds (which is a brighter pop of green).
Grape Juice is a light purple-lilac kind of color. It has almost silvery-shimmer, which makes the color a little more spunky than if it was more similarly colored.
Strawberry Fields is a gorgeous shade of medium-to-dark pink base with gold shimmer. This is THE color to get out of the six (in my opinion!). It’s SO summer, and the way the gold shimmer reflects and dances in the light is phenomenal.
Cherry Pie is an orangey-red color with shimmer. This color didn’t strike me like the others; it’s pretty, but it didn’t do anything for me, you know?
Orange Marmalade is very much like its name: an orangey base with orangey-gold shimmer sparkles. Very pigmented and bold.
Raspberry Festival is a deeper red, seems blue-based to me. It’s not quite as berry as a true raspberry color, but I do like this more than Cherry Pie. (I actually would have thought this one would be named Cherry Pie.)
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Chanel Summer 2009 Makeup Collection
From elegant monte carlo to the seaside of Deauville, Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite resort destinations are re-imagined in the Chanel Summer 2009 Makeup Collection. Cool corals, sun-soaked reds, sandy-pink beiges, lush peaches and shimmering coppers with a touch of rose define this summer’s vibrant beauty.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Powder (Limited Edition)
A quartet of complementary shades – bronze, copper, pink and pale beige — delivers a subtle, natural glow.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Precious Bronzing Loose Powder (Limited Edition)
Lightweight powder formula gives skin a naturally beautiful, sun-kissed look.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base
Light cream-gel bronzing formula allows you to smooth on the perfect shade of tan, while the velvety finish leaves your skin glowing.
Accent warm bronzed skin with juicy berry tones and gleaming sheer shades using AQUALUMIÈRE Sheer Colour Lipshine SPF 15 in Ischia (rose violet), Lipari (strawberry), Porto Rotondo (red), Salina (beige), Panarea (brown) and Monte-Carlo (red coral) — or AQUALUMIÈRE GLOSS in Cherry Blossom (cerise), Tangerine Dream (coral) and Ginger Shimmer (copper gold). Saturate lips in long-lasting colour with ROUGE DOUBLE INTENSITÉ Ultra Wear Lip Colour in Rose Agate (pink-brown).
Discreetly highlighting summer’s best-dressed eyes: four pyramids of shimmering colour with eye-catching, three-dimensional effects. Each shade in LUMIÈRE FACETTES Iridescent Effects Eyes In Plein Soleil can be worn individually, in complementary pairs, or in striking contrast. Or, for a long-lasting iridescent finish, adorn lids with OMBRE D’EAU Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Seashore (copper rose).
Add a flush of warmth to cheeks with JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in In Love (coral).
Drench nails in exuberant accents of the summer season with LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Orange Fizz (coral) and Golden Sand (copper).
Availability: April 2009 on-counter. Currently available on Chanel’s website — just go to individual product categories and you’ll find the new shades!