Friday, December 11th, 2009

MAC In the Studio Collection

MAC In the Studio Collection

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

Dramatic, daring Lashes have been a chic and urbane part of the modern Artist’s persona since Edie and friends made it all happen Downtown, on block-print canvas or grainy 16-millimetre film. Multi-media, counter-culture, the ultimate cool. In The Studio is the epitome of the look updated, featuring new Studio Fix Lash in Bl ack Fix or Studio Brown, with the latest thermoplastic synth-rubber moulded brush, designed to kill clump as it separates lashes. The perfect complement? Studio Fix Powder, a powder and foundation-in-one, combining complete coverage with ease of application, goes on dry with a matte, velvety texture. Silica keeps the matte flat and absorbs oil, and talc smoothes it out. Go for the bold stroke, as they do In The Studio.

Studio Fix Lash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Black Fix Black
  • Studio Brown Brown

Studio Fix Powder ($26.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN)

  • NC35

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

MAC Love Lace Collection

MAC Cosmetics Love Lace Collection

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

Every couturier has forever had a fascination with the mysterious and alluring qualities of Lace. From Evita to Marlene Dietrich to some of the best-dressed of our red-carpet modern screen stars, it’s a long love affair. This salon-intimate collection is all about a dramatic, intense, smoky eye, with shadows that flash frosty grey to deep blue. Kohl Power is brought back for a limited time in favourite shades plus a new blackened marine blue. And naturally, 44 Lash adds the depth and desire. Lips stay pleasingly pale and Nail Lacquer in Light Affair adds a hint of danger. If ever there was a moment to do away with the winter doldrums and add some instant intrigue, this is it.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S.)

  • Pretty Please Pale pink pearl (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Intricate Frosted cool icy taupe (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S.)

  • Icescape Sheer pale pink with pink pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Utterly Discrete Sheer frosted cool icy mauve (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S.)

  • Pincurl Dusty white (Frost) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Hypnotizing Frosted grey mauve (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Love Lace Frosted mid-tone greyish blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Suave Intentions Light frosted silver blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Kohl Power ($14.50 U.S.)

  • Sense of Style Blackened deep marine blue (Limited Edition)
  • Raven Intense red with black pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Feline Rich black (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S.)

  • Light Affair Creamy pale grey taupe (Cream) (Limited Edition)

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

MAC MAC in Lillyland Collection

MAC in Lillyland (Lilly Pulitzer) Collection

U.S. Launch Date: January 7th, 2010

When M∙A∙C meets the lore and legend that is Lilly Pulitzer, you get a fabulous and funky fun new chapter: a bit of Mar-a-Lago, some well-to-do winky-wink, and a dash of retro-modern pop culture mayhem in prints and colours that make it hip to be in permanent happy land! A collaboration that feels like the best tongue-in-chic resort retort, with all the wonderful prints and Key West colour combinations Lilly has done so beautifully since, well, forever! Fly down to South Florida, with M∙A∙C in Lillyland!

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

  • Lush & Bright Bright pink yellow-coral with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Preppy Blue-pink with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Shift to Pink Light violet with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Resort Life Off-white with pink pearl (Limited Edition)

Pearlmatte Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S. / $25.50 CDN)

  • Three shades (white, green, pink) in a flower pattern (Limited Edition)

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($27.50 U.S. / $32.50 CDN)

  • Four shades in a flower pattern (Limited Edition)

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

  • Joie-de-Vivre Peachy coral (Limited Edition)
  • Florida Bright fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Optimistic Orange Bright coral (Limited Edition)
  • So Sweet, So Easy Light yellow pink (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Coconut Ice Light yellow peach pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Steamy Hot N Steamy pink (Cream) (Permanent)

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick
MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, deep shade of red with more of a brownish tone. It’s not really a blue-based red, nor an orange-based red–it’s truly one of those shades that works well on many skin tones. (Kind of like MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick!) It has a redder, richer look than VGI, plus it has the glossy sheen (though no shimmer). It applies opaque in just one layer, and it clings to lips without being drying. It holds up and wears for a good four or five hours and afterward, it does leave a slight stain behind. Definitely one of MAC’s must-haves!

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

Lancome Mercury Rising Color Fever Gloss
Lancome Mercury Rising Color Fever Gloss

The Scarlet Season: Lancome Mercury Rising Color Fever Gloss

Lancome Mercury Rising Color Fever Gloss ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a semi-sheer red with deep red shimmer. It’s a non-sticky gloss that feels moisturizing and lightweight on lips. On me, I found it gave me about three or four hours of wear without touch-ups, which is about average. This is beautiful on its own for a hint of red, but it can also be layered over a lipstick to give it a glossier, slightly shimmered look. It has Lancome’s signature lip applicator, which always reminds me of a bubble-blowing wand! I do like how it applies fairly evenly without having to work at it, too.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Fire Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Fire Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Fire Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Fire Lipstick ($30.00) is a truly fiery red — it’s got that ember glow of the fire and the brightness of a red. This is most definitely one of my favorite orange-reds I’ve come across while doing The Scarlet Season. It’s creamy, opaque, and moisturizing. It wears well and lasts awhile (about five or six hours, plus a stain). It has a slightly glossy sheen while the finish is matte. I don’t even feel like I should have to say anything about this shade — I think it really speaks for itself.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →