Illamasqua Belladonna Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss formula is one of my favorites, especially when you’re hunting for an opaque gloss. It delivers shine but full color coverage without feathering or bleeding. I typically get really good wear, too; when I sported Belladonna on its own, it wore for a full six hours and lasted until eight hours where I felt I needed to reapply. The glossiness fades quicker (mostly gone by the third hour), but the color lingers for much longer. It’s non-sticky, too, and I couldn’t detect any scent or taste.

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Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Belladonna
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
98%

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition duo from fall’s Modern Mercury collection (but it’s still available!). Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshadow formula is purported to be long-wearing, crease-resistant, and fade-proof (without a primer). In my experience, they manage to get to eight hours with minor fading but no creasing.

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Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo

B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
83%

Le Metier de Beaute Holiday 2011 Nail Kits


Le Metier de Beaute Holiday 2011 Nail Kits

‘Tis the season for decadent holiday feasts and fêtes – ones we look forward to with both anticipation and trepidation. Just thinking what-to-wear and what-to-gift is enough to lose some beauty sleep. Leave it to Neiman Marcus’ Fashion Director Ken Downing to put the glam and glimmer back in the holiday season. With his latest collaboration with Le Metier de Beaute, two irresistible sets of four mini nail lacquers will bring the glitz and glamour right to your fingertips.

Merry Metallics ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Plum Puddin’ Rich plum spun with sheer silver
  • Red-E and Waiting Sheer red with metallic gold undertones
  • Tarnished Silver Moonlit platinum
  • Lame Entertain You Shimmering copper with silver undertones

All That Glitters ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Spruce It Up Shimmering evergreen
  • Hot to Trot Juicy red cherry with silver undertones
  • Midnight Heron Deep sapphire flecked with subtle shimmer
  • All That Glitters Sheer gold with metallic shine

availability: November 2011 @ Neiman Marcus stores and neimanmarcus.com

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Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.33 oz.) consists of six eyeshadows: White (pure white), Iced Blue (pale icy blue), Rockstar (medium metallic grey), Sterling (medium silver blue), Gunmetal (dark charcoal blue), and Onyx (black sparkle). The palette has approximately $73 worth of eyeshadows inside, if you were able to purchase them individually (and with the exact same quantity; full-sized Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are typically larger when sold individually).

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Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
87%

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) consists of four Sparkle Shadow shades: Pink Rose (pink multi-colored pearl), Crushed Silver (light diamond pearl), Black Ruby (black plum with pearl), and Onyx (plum charcoal with pearl). Onyx is the only shade that isn’t new (and exclusive) to the palette, and the palette itself is limited edition. Sparkle eyeshadows is Bobbi Brown’s take on glitter; it uses shimmer and fine glitter in a creamy, translucent base that is supposed to apply smoothly and never crease or travel. From what I understand, these are not opaque in color but should provide some color punch.

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Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette

B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
87%

Dior Or Divin Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Or Divin (221) Nail Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is the brand’s take on your traditional holiday gold, which is part of its recently launched holiday collection. It’s new but limited edition. Or Divin is a pale yellow gold with a part metallic, part shimmer finish. It’s a bit warmer compared to NARS Versailles but much paler and less orange compared to Chanel Gold Lame.

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Dior Vernis Or Divin
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
3.5
Total
81%