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Laura Mercier Arabesque Collection for Spring 2013


Laura Mercier Arabesque Collection for Spring 2013

Free Spirit Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

Whether blended or worn individually, a few strokes of the gentle shades in this palette create an effortless, fresh spring look. The palette consists of five semi-matte shades, with a gradation of colours from blue to blush (including: Blue Zen, Soft Cloud, Satin Ribbon, Bare Yoga, and Pink Tutu).

Creme Smooth Lip Colour ($26.00)

  • Arabesque (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

  • En Pointe (Limited Edition)

Eye Pencil ($20.00)

  • Stone Grey (Limited Edition)
  • Midnight Blue (Permanent)

Creme Cheek Colour ($24.00)

  • Oleander (Permanent)
  • Praline (Permanent)

Lip Glace ($24.00)

  • Bare Pink (Permanent)

Lip Stain ($20.00)

  • Mulberry (Permanent)
  • Shy Pink (Permanent)

Availability: January 2013 at Laura Mercier counters and retailers

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (2012)

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s a neon, blue-based pink with a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar–it’s a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

It’s definitely a show-stopping shade that is bound to get attention. I have reviewed it here previously, but here are some swatches I did of it today. It has a matte finish, so it applies more opaquely. It is creamy enough not to tug on lips or feel like a really dry matte (think Ruby Woo). This shade always stains my lips, and it usually wears for six to eight hours. While not hydrating, it wasn’t at all drying, and it was a very comfortable matte to wear. It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste.

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (2012)

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

MAC Candy Yum Yum is Permanent, Available Today


MAC Candy Yum Yum is Permanent, Available Today

“The Lipstick dreams were made of” is back so you can get your fix of the vibrant, matte pink of Candy Yum-Yum. The colour most coveted by Makeup Artists and enthusiasts alike in M∙A∙C By Request is now available to you permanently. Enjoy!

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

  • Candy Yum Yum Bright pink (Matte)

Availability: December 19th, 3PM PST online at maccosmetics.com; December 21st at all North America MAC locations; February 2013 for International locations

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China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

Deck the Halls with Winter Holly

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-flecked dazzling green glitter.” It’s a mix of fine gold and emerald green glitter suspended in a clear base. When applied, there appears to be a few flecks of other colors as well, but it is predominantly gold and green glitter particles. I couldn’t think of a dupe (but we’re definitely building up the glitter polish gallery!). Even when it’s layered over black, it’s quite different compared to last year’s Glittering Garland.  It seems simple at first, but depending on the breadth of your glitter polish stash, comes across as more complex when applied.

I applied two coats of it alone on my index and ring finger, and I layered one coat over one coat of black polish (Illamasqua Boosh).  It’s a shade best for layering, and I think it’s going to be a color that looks superb over dark creams.  The consistency was thin but not watery, so even layering three or four coats with this shade is possible without resulting in a thick sandwich of polish.  For layering, it packs a good amount of glitter in a single coat, and the glitter spreads evenly across the nail without any trickery.  If you’ve been hesitant about glitters because of thicker bases or having to maneuver bits and pieces around, this is a great glitter to start with.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Winter Holly
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Launches


theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Launches

You’ve met Matt(e), now it’s time to Meet Matt(e) Nude… nude eyeshadows that is. Because size matt(e)rs, there are nine larger Matt(e)s showing their true colors in nude hues. As a matt(e)r of fact, this palette is versatile enough to wear day and night, as liners and all-over colors… the whole nine yards! With so many Matt(e)s to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect shade, no matt(e)r what!

Shades include:

  • Matt Johnson
  • Matt Garcia
  • Matt Malloy
  • Matt Rosen
  • Matt Wood
  • Matt Singh
  • Matt Abdul
  • Matt Lombari
  • Matt Hung

Availability: www.thebalm.com in January 2013, $42

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer
Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer

A Ripe, Juicy Mango of a Polish

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deliciously fruity and radiant yellow.” It is a brightened tangerine orange with a cream finish. China Glaze Orange You Hot is darker, more orange. Zoya Arizona is more orange. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a darker orange. China Glaze Sun Worshipper is closest but brighter–almost neon.

The formula is a smidgen on the thicker side, so it takes a little longer to dry, and it’s best to let the first coat dry down before applying the second, as it has a tendency to pull/drag more so than other polishes.  The color coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and it didn’t pool along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Dior Vernis Mango
Mango

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