Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010


MAC and Mickey Contractor Collection

U.S. & International Launch Date: January 6th, 2011 at limited MAC locations (waiting for a list as of 12/29), 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.  International January 2011 – locations unknown at this time.

Who is Mickey Contractor, and why can’t about a billion people live without him? The answer involves breaking out into song and dance, because long before Glee, Mickey made the dashing heroes and exotic enchantresses of Bollywood Cinema into the famous faces throngs of fans want to look like. As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, he’s more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience – he has mentored in-the-know Artists around the world for over three decades. These exclusive collections of Mickey’s musts are all about natural skin tonality and total performance, in addition to colour with a touch of exotic cine-magic. Foundation, Concealer, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, goddess-gorgeous Eye shades, Lipstick, Lipglass and Blush, with his favourite brushes to star in your own big Bollywood hit.

Edited @ 12/29 at 10:24AM: JUST heard back from MAC HQ – they are confirming in-store launch in top 22 MAC Stores only, and they are working on a list.  Due to the holidays, they can’t give me an exact date as to when they will have the list for me.  LiveChat is reporting it will be online for everyone nearer to the official launch date.

Help me help you and readers like you — if you know your store has confirmed they will have Mickey Contractor in their store, let me know!

Confirmed Stores:

  • MAC PRO @ San Francisco, CA; launches 12/30; call 415-771-6113, will do pre-orders/holds
  • MAC PRO @ Costa Mesa, CA
  • MAC PRO @ Los Angeles, CA

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

  • Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

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

  • Flesh Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma Eyeshadow Quad($36.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN)

  • Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Guerlain Brun Satin Kiss Kiss Strass
Guerlain Brun Satin Kiss Kiss Strass

Quick Reviews: Guerlain Brun Satin Kiss Kiss Strass

Guerlain Brun Satin (343) Kiss Kiss Strass ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a semi-sheer rose-tinged brown with multi-colored shimmer-glitter. Kiss Kiss Strass comes in typical Guerlain packaging, except it comes in silver casing rather than the gold casing of Kiss Kiss Strass. The lipstick still has the traditional sweetened rosy scent of Guerlain lip products, and it’s not quite as subtle as the Rouge G line, though not as heavy as the Kiss Kiss range either. Kiss Kiss Strass has this really shimmery, glittering-water type of effect on lips and doesn’t feel chunky despite all that shimmer. It is smooth, soft, and doesn’t suck the moisture from your lips.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Fans of Guerlain that love a little extra dosage of shimmer will likely enjoy Kiss Kiss Strass!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010


Guerlain Spring 2011: Rue de Rivoli

Guerlain Rue de Rivoli Eyeshadow Palette ($84.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a palette that so perfectly embodies the feeling of spring from the textures to the colors themselves. The palette includes six eyeshadows (one which can double as an eyeliner): a soft, cool-toned, taupe brown with a matte finish; bright, frosted gold-tinged white; fuchsia pink with a pearly finish; soft, semi-sheer gray lilac; iridescent white pink and gold; and dark, grayish taupe with plum.

The gray lilac was the only shade that went on a bit sheer for me–it’s a little barely there and could use a boost in pigmentation (just because I couldn’t layer it on any more than what’s shown), but the other four shades had excellent pigmentation. The last shade, which is the grayish taupe with plum, is a difficult color to describe, because it is multi-faceted. It’s a charcoal gray, but then wait, there is some tuape, but is it taupe or is it mauve or maybe plum? This is the shade that can also be used as an eyeliner, too. These were silky smooth, applied beautifully and evenly, and there is a nice mix of matte, satin, and frost finishes.

I’m a fan of Guerlain overall, but when they released six of these palettes during fall, I was skeptical, and after trying two variations (Rue de Francs Bourgeois and 2 Place Vendome), I wasn’t sold. Price aside, the texture didn’t seem as fine or as soft as the brand’s other eyeshadows (singles, duos, and quads). Don’t get me wrong–they are nice eyeshadows, but I thought their other variations were better. I’m extremely pleased with this one; it really redeemed these palettes in my eyes!

The price tag is hefty, though the product is surely stunning from packaging to the composition of the colors–it’s all impeccably laid out. They even include a bristle-based dual-ended brush inside of it, which is an upgrade from the sponge-tipped applicators that dominate eyeshadow palettes (from low- to high-end). The filigree patterning on the cover of the palette is elegant and well-done, while the full-sized mirror is convenient but also covers the eyeshadows and keeps them protected. It’s a very sturdy palette, though the downside is the metal casing will show some fingerprints.

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

RECOMMENDATION: I think Guerlain fans will enjoy this, especially if they liked fall’s palettes (I think this is even better than the two I tried, so!). The palette leans on the cooler side, but these kind of shades work well on warmer skin, too.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Palettes

The launch of the Pretty Powerful Palettes marks the first anniversary of Bobbi Brown’s iconic Pretty Powerful Campaign. Inspired by her favorite look—a fresh and healthy one—Bobbi’s palettes are designed to be universally flattering.

“I’ve always loved a natural look but that doesn’t have to mean nude color, and it certainly doesn’t mean washed out color. The Pretty Powerful Palettes are filled with pink tones that range from soft to warm and even a shot of bright to create a healthy look because nothing is more beautiful to me than a healthy complexion,” says Bobbi.

Offered in two shade ranges designed with all complexions in mind, each palette contains four neutral eye shadows and complementary pink shades for lips and cheeks.

“I really believe that when you feel good about yourself, there’s no limit to what you can do in your life—and that’s pretty powerful stuff.” — Bobbi Brown

Pretty Palette ($60.00)

  • Ivory Eyeshadow
  • Pink Flannel Eyeshadow (New)
  • Pink Chiffon Shimmer wash Eyeshadow (New)
  • Chocolate Caviar Eyeshadow (New)
  • Pretty Pink Blush (New)
  • Pink Lip Color
  • Bubble Bath Lip Gloss (New)
  • Soiree Pink Glitter Lip Gloss

Powerful Palette ($60.00)

  • Navajo Eyeshadow
  • Burnished Rose Eyeshadow (New)
  • Baby Pink Eyeshadow
  • Chocolate Caviar Eyeshadow (New)
  • Plum Blush
  • Powerful Pink Lip Color (New)
  • Pink Pudding Lip Gloss (New)
  • Pink Bouquet Glitter Lip Gloss

Availability: January 2011 at all Bobbi Brown counters and online at www.bobbibrown.com.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

NYX Crystal Gold Glitter Eyeliner
NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner ($4.50) are glitter eyeliners with a clear base and colored glitter. The one I’m reviewing is a true yellow gold glitter suspended in a clear base. While you can definitely wear the glitter on its own, it works best layered over your choice of eyeliner. These wear really well without getting glitter all over the place, even hours later, but sometimes, I find I need to a a second pass to get an even layer of glitter.

P.S. — It looks like with all of the holiday sales, these are currently sold out at NYX, but since they are permanent, they should pop back up soon enough.

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you like glitter, yes, I think these can be really fun. They can really add some oomph to your eyeliner!

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($15.00)

What’s colourful, chubby and chock-full of moisture? Clinique’s new pleasantly plump and playful nourishing lip balm. Packed with ‘do-gooders’ to keep lips luscious and irresistibly soft, NEW Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm provides a sheer hint of colour that glides on effortlessly, leaving behind a natural blush of colour and sheen.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm’s highly moisturizing formula uses a special blend of decadent butters, oils and antioxidants to help protect and pamper lips with immediate and lasting moisturization. Infused with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, Chubby Stick delivers a surge of moisture in a sleek stick leaving lips soft, supple and soothed.

Packaged in a playful, shade-matched crayon-esque barrel, the balm-like formula provides stay-true colour and buildable coverage. To apply, simply twist the base to expose more balm and twist back down before replacing the cap. Available in eight mouthwatering shades, ranging from nudes to pretty pinks and deep purples, it’s the perfect accoutrement for any occasion.

Don’t leave home without one of these pout pleasers in: Chunky Cherry, Fuller Fig, Graped-up, Mega Melon, Richer Raisin, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey and Woppin’ Watermelon.

Availability: January 2011 at Clinique counters nationwide and Clinique.com for a suggested retail price of $15.00.

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