Monday, February 8th, 2010

Physician's Formula Bronze Brown Eyes Shimmerstrips

9 Eyeshadows for the Price of $11: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips

Physicians Formula Bronze Brown Eyes Shimmer Strips ($10.95 for 0.26 oz.) is a strip of nine different shades designed to complement brown eyes specifically. Bronze Brown Eyes includes: a neutral lilac, soft bronze brown, coppery bronze, golden champagne, soft copper, bronze, light copper, plummy brown, and burgundy brown. All nine shades apply smoothly, give good color pay off, and have a frosty finish. (If you’re into matte textures, Shimmer Strips are not the way to go.) Physicians Formula describes the shades as “three blendable trios perfectly paired to color, contour, and line your eyes.” Sort of handy if you’re not quite sure how to pair your shades yet.

Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips line-up always reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. They’re not-so-elegantly packaged in comparison, as they come in a clear, slightly glossy plastic packaging. Shimmer Strips come in a slim compact that skinny and long that snaps open and includes an angled sponge-tip applicator (which is as good as sponge applicators are, which is not very). Otherwise, they do have a very similar feel and look–soft, not ultra intense in pigmentation but not sheer, and frosty.

I found these worked just fine using regular makeup brushes, though less is more–piling too much on the brush can lead to excess fall out. Overall, I found fall out to be minimal and the color to stay on fairly well with just some fading after the eighth hour of wear. Physicians Formula also designed Shimmer Strips for Hazel, Blue, and Green eyes, if you’ve been looking for a how-to on how to make your [insert color here] eyes.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been looking for easy-to-use eyeshadows on a budget, Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips give you nine all in one!

Availability: Physicians Formula

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Sunday, February 7th, 2010

MAC Angel Lipstick
MAC Angel Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Angel Lipstick

MAC Angel Lipstick ($14.00) is a softened, pale rosy pink that’s not quite “milky pink,” but it comes close. It has a very creamy look with a light, glossy sheen but no shimmer or frostiness whatsoever. It gives lips a semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but those with more pigmented lips may find their lips still look quite red underneath this pink. On my lips, it’s a pretty pink that enhances my natural lip color and doesn’t look too pale.  The lipstick is vanilla scented and comes in classic black packaging and a fairly affordable price tag of just $14.

Is this the right pink lipstick 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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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Urban Decay Naked Lipstick

The Spring Season: Urban Decay Naked Lipstick

Urban Decay Naked Lipstick ($22.00) is a beautiful soft rosy pink with a very subtle golden shimmer and glossy sheen. I fell in love with Naked when it debuted last year–it’s such a pretty pink. It’s wearable by itself, with a smoky eye, or for an everyday look. It’s soft and natural without being boring. It has a creamy feel but doesn’t have a lot of slip.

Urban Decay lipsticks have a sweet caramel brulee kind of scent, but I don’t find it lingers (though I like it myself) once you’ve put it on. The packaging is interesting and fun, though not terribly functional–there’s a dagger that comes out on one end and then a flat top (but that’s the place with the label!) on the other end. It’s cute, but I just wish it was more functional. But for a color as pretty as Naked, I can make an exception!

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Friday, February 5th, 2010

MAC Riveting Collection

MAC Riveting Collection

U.S. Launch Date: February 18th, 2010

International Launch Date: March 2010

Glossy images of leggy, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall -of-Fame uber-models are as riveting, ravishing – and relevant – as ever. Hot shots of super-babes and rock chicks, edgy but never grungy, the lion’s mane of hair, the spectacular cheek bones, the luscious lashes, and a certain fearlessness when it comes to conquering with colour – Riveting is a rock-steady metal collection that pays homage to the Jerry Halls and Pat Clevelands of the world, their strength and their power! Part of a sexy ’80s fashion moment, these girls are modern versions of the real thing: Rock Goddesses never afraid to strut their stuff and step up to the spotlight. A fashion trend, true, but oh-so-much more is what makes these girls Riveting.

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

  • Bubbles Sheer pale white pink ice (Glaze) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Metal Maven Pale frosted silver (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Riveting Mid-tone dirty mauve taupe (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Show Orchid Vivid hot pink (Amplified) (PRO)

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

  • Rock Out Light icy silver with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • True Babe Creamy mid-tone bright blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Repromote)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Dirty Plum Deep Plum (PRO)
  • Full Fuchsia Very bright iridescent fuchsia (PRO)

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

  • Black Enough? Matte black (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Studded Matte true silver with pearl (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Wham, Bam, Glam Matte cool dark taupe (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Brush ($34.00 U.S. / $41.00 CDN)

  • 188 Small duo fibre face (Permanent)

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

  • #48 Lashes (Permanent at Freestanding)

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Friday, February 5th, 2010

Smashbox Liquid Pen Liner

Easy Liquid Lining with Liner Pens:  Version Smashbox

Smashbox Heartbreaker Jet Black Liquid Liner Pen ($24.00) is a felt-tipped pen that’s designed to look and feel like liquid liner, but with the control and precision that a pen can deliver. The pen is new and limited edition from Smashbox’s Heartbreaker Collection for the spring.

It’s actually kind of funny, because it seems like pen liners are the new thing to do, as several brands have put one out for the spring. I remember the first one I ever used was MAC’s Penultimate, which I still use on occasion. I like pen liners because they are easier to use than traditional liquid liners. I think I do personally prefer gel eyeliners for the upper lash line over liquid liners, but I do prefer pen liners over traditional liquid liners. You have a lot more control, and it is nice that the tip is always rich in color–you don’t have to worry about running out or product drying on you mid-lining.

Smashbox’s Liquid Liner Pen comes in just one shade, Jet Black, which is a rich black. It’s pretty intense and does go on as a slightly shiny black. I’ve noticed that a lot of black liquid liners seem to reflect more brown-black when swatched, but they really do appear quite black in real life–the same thing happened here. I urge you to check it out where I wore it in this look (on the right eye–your right, not mine–the left eye was done with Stila’s Pen Liner!)

If you like extremely tight/thin lines, I don’t think this is your best bet. It can give you a relatively thin line, but I had trouble getting and keeping it ultra thin. The tip is long enough to give you a nice, broad stroke, but it’s not so long that you lose control over the shape and direction of your line (nor does it kind of bend too much). This does have a very “liquid” feel when you use it, so don’t go over the line too much — once or twice should be plenty. This liquid liner does last a solid eight hours or longer on me (I avoid wearing my makeup for longer than eight hours a day!) and doesn’t fade, smudge, or migrate whatsoever while I’ve worn it.

It’s housed in a simple pen-shaped tube with a removeable cap that clicks back on. It’s very minimalist, but it’s slim and functional. The price tag seems a little higher than I’d have expected (Jet Set and Cream Eye Liner by Smashbox are both $22), but it’s not too out of the price range for Smashbox liners. The other downside is that this is a product that could become a staple in your routine, but it’s limited edition!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve always wanted to try black liquid liner but don’t have the steadiest hand, a pen liner might be a good option!

Availability: Beauty.com, Nordstrom, Sephora

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Friday, February 5th, 2010

Illamasqua Katie Blush

The First Blush of Spring:  Illamasqua Katie Blush

Illamasqua Katie Blush ($23.00) is an ultra pale pastel pink with a matte finish. It has good color pay off, but it is extremely light in color. I don’t think it’s quite as pigmented as several of the other shade variastions I’ve tried in their powder blush line, though. Personally, I found it didn’t work on my skin tone; the paleness washed me out and made me look sickly. I think this is a shade very well suited for those with more porcelain complexions–could see it looking very spring-y and natural (and not sickly!).

Illamasqua’s blushes are nice for matte, pigmented color. The packaging isn’t my cup of tea (too bulky), but I like that the top is clear, so you can see the color without having to open the compact. Illamasqua brushes are a slightly cheaper investment ($23 to $25) than NARS blushes, though you get a little less (0.02 oz. to be precise). So far, all of the blushes I’ve tried by Illamasqua have had matte finishes, so it’s easy to wear them and have them turn out natural-looking. You can always brush on a highlighter if you want a shimmery look–but you don’t have to, which is nice. Everyone needs a few matte blushes in their life!

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