Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00) is a soft, cool-toned pink with a light frost and shimmer finish. It applies opaquely in just one or two layers, and it clings to lips without being drying. If you ignore the price for a moment, the lipstick is one of the best on the market — creamy, opaque color that applies evenly, easily, and really shimmers in a way that’s soft but noticeable. The price, obviously, can make it a little too pricey, but it’s always a nice shade to think about and, at least, give you some inspiration about what you’re looking for in a holy grail pink lip.

Is this soft pink the one 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, December 31st, 2009

This is an archival post, meant to help direct anyone looking for certain information or reviews regarding collections MAC released in 2009.

Previous 2009 Launches

Blonde, Brunette, Redhead

U.S. Launch Date: January 8th, 2009

Well-Defined

U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009

MAC & Hello Kitty

U.S. Launch Date: February 12th, 2009 (Unveiling Parties February 3rd, 2009)

Kitty Kouture

U.S. Launch Date: March 5th, 2009

Cream Team

U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009

Grand Duos

U.S. Launch Date: March 12th, 2009

Sugarsweet

U.S. Launch Date: March 19th, 2009

Viva Glam VI Special Edition

Colour Ready

U.S. Launch Date: April 2nd, 2009

Rose Romance

U.S. Launch Date: April 23rd, 2009

Double Dazzle

U.S. Launch Date: April 30th, 2009

Trip Phase II Collection

Launch Date: June-August 2009 at Duty Free Shops, requires international ticket

Style Warriors

U.S. Launch Date: May 28th, 2009

Naked Honey

U.S. Launch Date: June 11th, 2009

Euristocrats II

U.S. Launch Date: July 2nd, 2009

Colour Craft

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009

Graphic Garden

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009

Summer Trend Bags

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009 (MAC Store Exclusive)

Baby Bloom

U.S. Launch Date: July 23rd, 2009

Love That Look

U.S. Launch Date: July 23rd, 2009

Lightful

U.S. Launch Date: July 30th, 2009

Makeup Art Cosmetics

U.S. Launch Date: August 20th, 2009

Flirt With Fall

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009

Nail Trend F/W 2009 / Jin Soon Choi for MAC

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009

In High Def

U.S. Launch Date: September 10th, 2009

Fall Trend F/W ’09 Collection

U.S. Launch Date: September 17th, 2009

Dazzleglass Cremes

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

Style Black

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

Zoom Fast Black Lash

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

DSquared

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Mischief Makers

U.S. Launch Date: November 5th, 2009

Baroque Boudoir

U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009

Love Lace

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

Warm & Cozy

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

MAC In the Studio Collection

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara

Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara ($28.00) is the latest variation on the famous Dior DiorShow Mascara. It seems like it’s exclusively available at Sephora for the time being, and Sephora describes the new mascara as:

DiorShow Extase provides built-in treatment benefits and high-impact lashes in a single stroke! The spherical-shaped Black Pearl Pigments create a 3D volume effect and the exclusive Metamorphosis Powders expand in size by up to 50% after application. Also, SR38 Patented Ceramid brings additional care, reconstructing damaged lashes and promoting stronger and fuller lashes. The Extase mascara features a “Tiered Brush” that is inspired by the “tiered” couture dresses created by the House of Dior. The brush is designed for performance and contains an Exclusive Duo of Fibers: The Black Elastomer Fibers brush out and define the lashes for panoramic fringe and the Gold Nylon Fibers hold and deposit formula, generously coating each lash for outstanding volume.

Whenever I review a mascara, I look to see what exactly the mascara is claiming to do, because I find that like some anti-aging products, mascara is a product type that is often more marketing than results.   Extase is designed to volumize and thicken lashes while defining them.

Extase delivers length best – it’s exceptionally good at providing you with instantly longer lashes, even with just one light coat of the mascara. That’s really the part that I noticed first. It adds some volume, but I wouldn’t label this a volumizing mascara. My lashes really looked longer, but not so feathery (as my lashes tend to look with a more volumizing mascara). As far as thickening goes, it thickens well for a such a multi-tasking mascara. I think what stands out about this mascara is the lengthening aspect of it; everything else is decent, but it’s hard to separate the volume, thickness, etc. from the dramatic increase in length. The color of the mascara is definitely a deep black; I’d say Chanel Exceptionnel and MAC Plushlash are slightly richer, but they’re all in the same ballpark. I don’t have any issues with the pigmentation–it’s black enough for me.

It does a good job of defining lashes, but to a point, because the mascara will clump up on you if you’re not careful. The brush often has excess mascara on it, so removing excess certainly helps, and you can get a good two or three coats of mascara with very minimal clumping. I always recommend using a mascara comb regardless of the mascara you’re using, just because it helps separate and define lashes. I wouldn’t say this is perfectly clump-free, but I’d say it’s a relatively clump-free mascara. If you like to get multiple coats on, just follow my aforementioned tips for a better application.

I’ve been wearing Extase for over a week now, so you can see it used in a variety of looks here in addition to the comparison photos included in the review.  The original DiorShow gave me good length, some thickening and volumizing, and looked good overall, but it flaked and smudged on me within an hour, so it was a no-go. I am so pleased to report that Extase doesn’t flake, budge, or smudge at all, even with twelve hours of wear. It also holds a curl like nobody’s business!

The brush has a sort of “swirled” look to it, and even though they mentioned black and gold fibers, it all looked black to me, so it was difficult to assess that particular aspect of it. The brush didn’t seem too large, though it felt a little long. It takes an application or two to find the right method for application, but it didn’t require much thought or effort to get good results.

OVERALL, I did enjoy the way Dior DiorShow Extase made my lashes look. It’s particularly lovely for lengthening lashes, even the stubbier ones I have on the outer lash line, and does a decent job everywhere else to make it one of the better multi-tasking mascaras I’ve tried. I’d say it’s very comparable to Chanel Exceptionnel but clumps less (but doesn’t thicken as well).  Extase is also priced higher than Dior’s other mascaras at $28, so it’s not the most affordable mascara you’ll come across.  Just for reference, DiorShow is $24 and DiorShow Iconic is $27.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you like DiorShow and want more length, you may enjoy Extase.

Availability: Sephora

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Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Stila for Spring 2010

Stila’s bringing out several new products for the spring season…

Jewel Eye Shadow Palette ($32.00)

  • Rose Quartz Light pink with silver shimmer
  • Amethyst Dark eggplant with champagne shimmer
  • Black Diamond Black with silver shimmer
  • Golden Topaz Champagne shimmer with silver and gold sparkle

Eye Shadow Trio ($20.00)

A new collection of Eye Shadow Trios in Stila’s award-winning eye shadow formula! Stila’s six new Eye Shadow Trios will contain 3 shades pressed in one that can be filled in any Stila refillable compact.

  • Afterhours
  • Bella
  • Goddess
  • Going Green
  • Rocker
  • Venus

Jewel Lip Glaze Trio ($32.00)

  • Pink Diamond Pink with pink sparkle
  • Amethyst Warm plum with gold sparkle
  • Golden Topaz Amber bronze with pink sparkle

Black Diamond Mascara ($24.00)

This innovative new mascara formula lengthens and adheres perfectly to lashes because of a jelly system and filmogen complex. This formula is unusually soft and plush on the lashes, where the results are long and defined with a comfortable feel. Not only is this mascara paraben free, but it contains genuine Black Diamond Powder as well! With its Diamond powder, Stila’s new mascara creates brilliance, hardness and clarity.

  • Black Shimmer Black infused with silver shimmer
  • Blue Shimmer Black infused with blue shimmer

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20.00)

This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look (from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke!). It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day!

  • Black

Lip & Cheek Stain ($24.00)

Things that make you say yum! Stila’s newest crush creates a personalized pink shade your lips and cheeks will crave! This light midtone pink crush with sheer pink pearl contains a new superfruit, Yumberry. Yumberry fruits boast the highest amount of the most potent antioxidants (OPCs, Oligomeric proanthocyanidins). Yumberry is 50 times stronger than Vitamin E and 20 times stronger than Vitamin C! Yumberry can help slow the degeneration of collagen, thus supporting the natural structure of the skin and slowing premature aging. A must-have Lip & Cheek Stain for a beautiful, natural flush.

  • Yumberry Crush

One Step Makeup Foundation ($44.00)

Once exclusively available with the Makeup Player, One Step Makeup will now be available for purchase individually.

  • Fair, Light, Tone, Medium, Dar, Tan, Warm, and Deep

Availability: January/February 2010. Sephora is showing them on their website now, but everything is “temporarily out of stock” (which is more like it’s code for “coming soon”).

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Sunday, December 27th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Spring Forecast Collection

MAC Cosmetics Spring Forecast Collection

In February 11th, 2010, you’ll see this hit counter…  Debbie confirmed it’ll be in four separate displayers, but on a single day.  Which is worse, because now you can’t spread out the costs!

Edited:  Added more product photos! (12/27)

Spring Colour 1 Forecast

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Bubble Gum Light lavender pink (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Laugh-a-lot Mauve pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Phlox Sheer light pink (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Burst Clean bright pink with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Cultureclash Frosty clear baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Hush, Hush Rose Mid-tone blue with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Electric Fuchsia Bright violet with blue pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition_

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Da Bling Pink with gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • LaLa Mid-tone pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Rosy Outlook Frosted baby pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Very Violet Dark violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Crush Metal Pigment: Stacked 1! ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

Crush Metal Pigment in a shade wave of four stackable jars, specially selected for the Spring Colour Forecast collection. Provides intense colour payoff and medium coverage with highly reflective metallic sparkle. Creamy, crease-resistant. Long-wearing. Limited edition.

  • Pale pink, light lilac, mid-tone rose, dark purple (Limited Edition)

Plushlash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Plushblack Black

Blush Ombre ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Azalea Blossom Light cool pink (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Galore Pink Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Creations: Pinkaura ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Lingeringly floral, slightly foxy. Starts off green then bursts into a flowery bouquet of freesia, black violet and magnolia petals. Sashays into a rich warm amber and balmy vetiver. (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

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Sunday, December 27th, 2009


Laura Mercier Naked Rose Lip Velvet

Laura Mercier Naked Rose Lip Velvet ($22.00) is a brick-brown nude. Like Mocha Rouge, the color is difficult to describe, but it’s most certainly not what I’d think of when I read “Naked Rose.” (I would have expected a pink-y shade, maybe a beige-y pink!)

Lip Velvets are indeed long-wearing liquid lipsticks. They apply with a doe-foot wand applicator and go on extremely pigmented from the get-go. They are, however, more matte in finish (I’d consider it semi-matte, personally), so they do tend to feel dry on lips. What’s unique about the formula is that even though it feels dry, it’s not actually drying. The product just hugs and clings to lips, but it doesn’t actually dry them out as some matte products do.

As I mentioned in my review of Mocha Rouge, I don’t think the formula is that comparable to Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laques. Chanel is more moisturizing, don’t cling as much, and have a very glossy finish. The shade range is also completely different, so you can’t just pick one over the other so easily!

Again, I’d really love to see Laura Mercier expand the range to include more versatile and wearable shades in 2010.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a work-safe, long-wearing lip color, check out Laura Mercier’s Lip Velvets.

Availability: Blue Mercury

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