MAC Warm Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Warm Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition holiday compact that features six eyeshadows: Winterscape (bright taupe pearl), Magical Mist (sparkle concrete), Patina (taupe brown with golden pearl), Buckwheat (bark brown), Gaelic Gold (gold), and Midnight Flurry (dark warm black).  The MAC Ice Parade Collection launches October 27th, 2011 in-stores.

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MAC Warm Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
86%

MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition holiday compact that features six eyeshadows: Snowball (frost white), Illegal Cargo (pale lavender), Idol Eyes (silvered violet with gold), Warm & Smoky (medium purple), Howzat (slate), and Set to Dance (dark royal blue). The MAC Ice Parade Collection launches October 27th, 2011 in-stores.

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MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

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Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
3.5
Total
67%

Chanel Rouge Carat Le Vernis

Chanel Rouge Carat Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is an intense, luxuriously ruby-shimmered red with blue undertones. The formula is lovely; the consistency is thin without being watery, so the polish flows evenly across the nail surface but still packs a lot of pigment in each coat. I only needed two coats for opaque color with Rouge Carat. I’ve had good luck with Chanel’s formula myself, as I don’t find it chips or bubbles and generally wears a week with minor tip wear.  Though the shade is surely gorgeous, red is such a common polish shade that most brands have half a dozen or more variations on it. You might consider these alternatives: Zoya Lisa, Zoya Carrie Ann, Milani Melt Down, or Duri Bombshell.

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Chanel Rouge Carat Le Vernis
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Rouge Carat
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
94%

MAC & Gareth Pugh Collection for Holiday/Winter 2011


MAC & Gareth Pugh Collection for Winter 2011

availability: November 23rd (North America), December 2011 (International)

Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)

  • Restrict Creamy grayed nude (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Fervent Glossy blackened berry (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($22.00 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)

  • Vacant Sheer light lavender gray with violet pearl(Limited Edition)
  • Outrage Sheer berry with blue pearl (Limited Edition)

Metal-X Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

  • Obscura Frosted gunmetal grey (Limited Edition)
  • Ardent Frosty blackened burgundy (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

  • Guise Frosty grey (Limited Edition)
  • Deceit Blacked plum with pink pearl (Limited Edition)

Mascara ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Studio Fix Boldblack Lash Blackest Black

Technakohl Liner ($19.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN)

  • Greyprint Rich pewter grey with frost
  • Graphblack Rich graphic black

Powder Blush ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN)

  • Strada Mid-tone nude (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Beauty Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN)

  • Elude Translucent neutral beige (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Inert Creamy mid-tone greyed nude (Creme) (Limited Edition)
  • Ascension Grey with blue violet reflective pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Hyper Deep blue with violet pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lashes ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Flight Lash Dense, geometric triangle-shaped lash (Limited Edition)

Brush ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN)

  • Buffer Square handled buffer brush (Limited Edition)

Accessories ($75.00 U.S. / $90.00 CDN)

  • Square bag with geometric, high gloss and matte geometric design on front and back. Interior pockets and elastic loops. (Limited Edition)

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Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard Eye Palette

The highlighter shade is a soft, lightened khaki beige with cool undertones and a frosted finish. I wasn’t able to think of a similar shade, just because there is a dirty quality to the color that isn’t present in most beiges. It’s a bit sheer, but as a highlighter, it works well because the frosted finish looks pearly rather than over-the-top. The emphasis shade is a medium-dark grape purple with subtle red undertones. It is sheer and almost chalky with a satin finish. It’s a less pigmented version of Urban Decay Rockstar (which is also redder in tone) and theBalm Kissy Kissy.

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Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard Eye Palette

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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
74%

Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pop of bright, summery watermelon pink with yellow undertones and gold shimmer. I don’t think of this shade at all when I think about holiday; it reads summery to me, though I wouldn’t let that stop me from wearing it in December. It’s mostly opaque, though there is a slight translucence that allows some of the natural lip color peek through. Initially, I was worried it might compare to Chanel Phoenix, but it’s not even in the same realm; Phoenix is a vibrant, deep pink with a hint of coral. MAC Speed Dial is lighter and a little cool-toned. Guerlain Gemma is fairly similar but a touch lighter and has more of a golden sheen than shimmer.

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Chanel Empire Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Empire
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%