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Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

More Red Than You Bargained For!

Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a gold-shimmered medium red with subtle blue undertones. MAC Totally Fab is less blue-toned. MAC Send Me Sailing is darker. Chanel Triomphal is darker, pinker, and has pink shimmer. YSL Golden Red is orange-toned.

The formula is described as “delivering a sheer wash of catwalk color” while being hydrating and highly reflective.  This is the other new and limited edition color for the holidays, and it’s much more pigmented than Lame Gold. This has semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a noticeable translucency to the overall color, but there is quite a bit of pigmentation packed into the tube.  It’s definitely more color than a “sheer wash of … color.”  So, that gain might be your gain, or it might be a deal-breaker depending on your preference in opacity for gloss!

The texture of Dior’s Ultra Glosses is really lovely and comfortable to apply and wear.  It’s not thin, but it’s not heavy either; it feels cushion-y and gel-like on the lips.  When I tested Ceremony Red, it wore for four hours, and it was nicely hydrating during that period.  It’s also non-sticky, and the brush applicator doesn’t leave streaks behind.

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Ceremony Red

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Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo
Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

Take a Getaway to Too Faced’s Fantasy Island

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “peacock” and “gilded lime.”  I picked up several of Too Faced’s duos when they were on sale at HauteLook, and while they’re not quite as deeply discounted, they are on sale on Too Faced right now.

The left side is a blue-based teal with a subtle golden iridescent shimmer-sheen. Too Faced Neptune is actually a bit similar, but the finish is different–more of a sheen than a traditional frost; it also read a bit greener against my skin tone. Urban Decay Minx is a bit greener and has glitter. MAC Shimmermoss is slightly greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is bluer. Inglot #413 is similar.

The right side is a pale gold with a dirty, green-ish tinge; it keeps it from being too yellow or too warm. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. bareMinerals Wicked is greener. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is just slightly more mint-like, less yellowy. Inglot #364 is matte and greener. MAC Valiant is similar, slightly less green.

Too Faced describes the formula as being “pigment-drenched [and] long-wearing.”  Both shades had excellent color payoff, and the textures were soft, dense, and buttery.  They were a dream to use–they applied true-to-pan on the lid without having to pack them on, and I didn’t experience any fall out, creasing, or fading while I wore the two shades for eight hours (without a primer).  The finely-milled powder made these a cinch to blend, too!

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

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NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

One Vibrant Fuchsia in Pencil Form

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia-red with the barest flecks of iridescent blue sparkle that just peek through the color. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac is less matte and has no sparkle. MAC Moxie is similar, but it is completely matte and less blue-based. Illamasqua Atomic is extremely comparable–it even has the iridescent shimmer; it appears to have more of it.

NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is supposed to combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick . The formula is meant to be rich in color, long-wearing, non-drying, and have a “velvety matte finish.” It can be used for lining, all-over lip color, or paired with another lip product.  It has opaque color coverage, and the finish is definitely matte–there’s a tiny sheen from the sparkle, but it really looks rather matte on.  I found this particular shade a wee bit drying.  It wore for six hours on and left behind a slight stain, but my lips were parched after wearing it.  The pencil itself did tug and pull at lips during application, so getting even color took more effort than your typical lipstick would have.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving 2012


Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving 2012

So many people on your list, so little time. Not to worry: Bobbi’s holiday lineup of beautiful gift sets and perfect palettes has everyone covered from your best friend to your boss… and while you’re at it, why not treat yourself?

Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Navajo Eye Shadow
  • Downtown Eye Shadow (New)
  • Espresso Eye Shadow
  • Uber Beige Lip Color
  • Blushed Heather Glitter Lip Gloss (New)
  • Nude Glitter Lip Gloss

Atomic Pink Lip & Eye Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • White Eye Shadow
  • Cement Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Eclipse Eye Shadow
  • Pale Mauve Lip Color
  • Atomic Pink Lip Gloss (New)
  • Pink Popsicle Lip Gloss

Tube Tint Trio ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Three is definitely a charm with this trio of cult favorite Lip Tints, designed to look gorgeous on all complexions. Adding to its irresistibility: it’s flavored with a hint of mint.

  • Grape Glitter Lip Gloss
  • Pink Violet Lip Gloss
  • Pink Mist Shimmer Lip Gloss

Shimmer Brick ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Sparkle this season with Bobbi’s newest Shimmer Brick shade, 24 Karat. Five different shades blend together to create a soft, warm holiday glow on the cheeks. Or, use each individually for a gorgeous sparkle on the eyes.

Powder Pearl Eye Trio ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Put on the glitz with fun accents for the eyes with Bobbi’s new Powder Pearl Eye Shadows. Packaged in a conveniently small vial this product houses loose powder eye shadow formulas with a sponge brush applicator for easy, on-the-go application.

  • Black Pearl
  • Moonlight
  • Pink Pearl

Rich Caviar Eye Shadow Palette ($47.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Bone Eye Shadow
  • Candlelight Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Wheat Eye Shadow
  • Olive Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Black Topaz Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Rich Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Includes a mini Dual Ended-Eye Shadow/Eyeliner Brush.

Black Pearl Eye Shadow Palette ($47.50) (Limited Edition)

  • White Eye Shadow
  • Tin Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Black Velvet Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Oyster Grey Eye Shadow (New)
  • Grey Denim Eye Shadow (New)
  • Charcoal Eye Shadow
  • Includes a mini Dual Ended-Eye Shadow/Eyeliner Brush.

Bellini Lip & Eye Palette ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Navajo Eye Shadow
  • Candlelight Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Petal Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Cement Eye Shadow
  • Prosecco Eye Shadow (New)
  • Truffle Eye Shadow
  • Bellini Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New)
  • Bronze Stone Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New)
  • Brown Sugar Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Bubble Bath Lip Gloss (New)
  • Chrome Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss (New)
  • Bellini Glitter Lip Gloss
  • Bare Glitter Lip Gloss
  • Includes mini Eye Shadow and Lip Brush.

Caviar & Oyster Collection Travel Brush Set ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

This essential brush set gives you all the tools you need to apply makeup like a pro. Includes eight of Bobbi’s “must have” brushes: Foundation Brush, Blush Brush, Eye Sweep Brush, Eye Smudge Brush, Eye Brow Brush, Angle Shadow Brush and a Dual Ended Eye Liner Brush / Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush. These high-quality brushes come in a gorgeous faux-leather zip-around case with a pink satin interior to protect the brushes for years of use.

Caviar & Oyster Collection Mini Brush Set ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

When space is premium, (but you’re not willing to compromise on quality), downsize with the Caviar & Oyster Mini Brush Set. It contains five of Bobbi’s must have” brushes: Mini Face Blender, Mini Eye Shadow/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, new Mini Smokey Eye Liner Brush and a Mini Lip Brush with cap.

Caviar & Oyster Collection Deluxe Travel Kit ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

Sure to be a favorite among all Bobbi Brown devotees. This ultra luxurious beauty kit is a refined and luxurious way to house and travel with your makeup. Interior features several compartments to organize beauty essentials, tools and skincare.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer

Wet 'n' Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer

This Cobalt Stopped Me in My Tracks!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer ($3.99 for 0.29 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark navy blue with a mega-sized dose of shimmer in light blue, blue, and silver. The only color that really came to mind was Zoya Twila, which is really quite different–it has horizontal bar glitter, so they don’t really look alike, but they had a similar depth of blue.

After applying the polish to just one nail, I was blown away.  The richness of the hue was incredible, and I only needed one coat for completely opaque color–the swatches show one coat.  It dries down quickly (faster than the average polish, probably because of the metallic finish), and it did dry to a shiny finish.  I wore this polish for wear, since I’ve never tried this particular formula, and it lasted a full week without chipping on me with average tip wear.  I will, of course, remind you that not much does chip on me.  The formula was a real beauty; not thick but not thin, and it applied like a dream with so much color and even color at that.

Also worth mentioning is that this is a rather small bottle of polish as far as compared to most–it’s only 0.29 fl. oz. compared to 0.50 fl. oz.  Though, high-end polishes tend to fall between 0.34 and 0.50, it is pricey compared to the rest of the brand’s range ($1.99 for 0.50 fl. oz. is usually what you expect and see).

Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer

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