China Glaze Metro Collection Sneak Peek Swatches

China Glaze Nail Lacquer: Brownstone, CG in the City, City Siren

China Glaze Metro Collection: Sneak Peek

I have 289374234 more photos to crop and then need to write-up reviews and go through possible dupes, so full reviews for both sets won’t be up until later this afternoon, but here are swatches until then! :) Please hold all questions until I’ve had a chance to review – thank you!

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Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection for Fall 2011

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection for Fall 2011

Founder, Maria Morisson, on the inspiration behind the collection, “I looked for no specific inspiration for this collection. Instead, I simply allowed the colors to pull me in… to hypnotize me. With each release, I try to introduce several unique color choices while offering shades that range from basic to fantastic. Each of the colors in this collection entranced me in their own way while I perfected what I wanted to bring you.”

  • In a Trance Reminiscent of an aged skeleton key, this color shifts from olive green to muted gold with an enchanting shimmer
  • Enigmatic Indoors, the purple base takes on a brown hue and lets the silver shimmer steal the show; in sunlight, it draws flashes of red, blue, pink and purple sparkle
  • Awakening Muted or dusty teal that has a rich crème finish
  • Hypnotize Me Sheer green jelly with vibrant blue and green glitter; can also be layered for a shade, finish, and effect that is quite hypnotic all on its own.

Cult Nails lacquers are available for sale online at Each 0.5 fl. oz. bottle sells for $10 USD. During the pre-sale event, the Hypnotic Collection will be sold only as a set for $30 USD, a savings of 25% off the regular price. Cult Nails™ lacquers are DBP, Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Camphor free and are not tested on animals.

MAC MAC Me Over Collection for Fall 2011 (Official)

MAC MAC Me Over Collection for Fall 2011

Launch Date: August 25th, 2011 (North America), September 2011 (International)

This season, our most epic casting call ever, an online contest with thousands of hopefuls submitting a photo or video, each asked to finish this statement: MAC Me Over! Because… James Gager, MAC’s Senior Vice President, Creative Director, picked six stars who best express the MAC Me Over! Motto – style, heart, and soul – to be the face of MAC Fall Colour around the world. A three-part collection each creating a different look: the first features our artists’ favourite nudes and pinks, including classics and new limited-life shades; the other two go bold, one with the season’s of-the-moment shades while the second plays it icy cool.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Secret Lover Pale pink with yellow pearlized pigments (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Neutral peach (Satin) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Offshoot Mid-tone neutral pink (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Oh, Oh, Oh Plum bronze with pearlized pigments (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Rebel Vivid pinkish purple (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Prince Noir Deep blue-purple (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Smoked Purple Deep eggplant purple (Matte) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Runaway Red Rich red-blue (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Illicit Creamy neutral pink (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Social Light Neutral pink with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
  • Curvaceous Light grey pink (Limited Edition)
  • Plum Fun Neutral plum with purple pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
  • The Wee Coquette Naked neutral pink (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Good Times Pale mauve (Limited Edition)
  • Spite Muted plum taupe brown (Permanent)

Lip Pencil ($13.00 U.S. / $15.00 CDN)

  • Spice Pink cinnamon stick (Permanent)
  • Chestnut Intense brown (Permanent)

Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad (Limited Edition) ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN)

  • Evil Eye Deep yellow grey (Matte)
  • Palace Pedigreed Deep berry with soft pink () (Repromote)
  • Spellcaster Blackened violet (Matte)
  • Moody Blackened green (Veluxe Pearl)

More eyeshadows, shadesticks, fluidlines, and even brushes ahead! Plus makeover & product photos!

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Best of Illamasqua

Best of Illamasqua

These are the best products I’ve tried from Illamasqua–I haven’t tried every single product type they have, but from what I have tried, I think these are standout products. When you click on the link, you’ll be taken to the tag for the product type, and any relevant reviews for actual shades will show up! :)

  • NAIL VARNISH ($14) is an excellent formula that applies evenly, smoothly, and is typically opaque in two coats (though one is often nearly opaque). They have an impressive shade range with a few scandalous names and lots of creams. Some of my favorite shades have been: Bacterium (for its oddness), Baptiste (for its depth), Phallic (for its depth), Radium (for its brightness), Scarab (for its depth), and Viridian (for its color).
  • INTENSE LIPGLOSS ($20) is a product I fell in love with soon after trying it! There is a large shade range outside of the U.S., while the shades selected for distribution at Sephora is more limited, they’re still lovely shades (just more wearable overall!). Some of my favorites are Frenzy (intense pink), Hermetic (holiday red gone vamp), Move (plummy-pink), and Succubus (rich red).
  • PURE PIGMENT ($24) are loose powders that are multi-purpose–they can be used on eyes, cheeks, and where-have-you.  It’s a very finely milled powder that works wet or dry, and I’ve found that Illamasqua makes some rather nuanced shades.  Some of my favorites are Alluvium, Chasm, and Ore.
  • BLUSH ($24) offers a good range of colors–from typical shades to more vibrant ones. They have buildable color, are blendable, and wear well. Some of my favorites have been Excite (orange-coral), Hussy (pinky-coral), and Lover (apricot).

I like their lipstick line-up, but they’re mostly matte (or matte base colors with shimmer), and they can be harder to apply than the average lipstick because of the drier texture. I know several readers have had some issues with the lipstick breaking at the base, too, which I have discovered in a few of my tubes recently. Their Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliners are lovely, but since the formula of those is now a common theme we have seen in five or more brands, I don’t think it’s a best of worthy product. I haven’t tried their cream blushes, but I will be testing them out soon!

What are your favorite Illamasqua products?

YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick

This product was a total miss for me–I was curious to see how it would work out, and the real point of these is something that’s moisturizing (and perhaps, lightly tinted), but it’s not moisturizing at all. I would apply this, and I would feel the need to reapply after an hour, because it would disappear in that time. I applied it before bed, and my lips felt chapped when I woke up. I don’t have high maintenance lips at all, but these made me feel like the queen of thirsty lips. I would actually describe this as drying, because after an hour of wearing this, all I wanted (and needed!) was more balm.  I tried using this and nothing but this for three days, and after those three days, my lips were on the verge of making a run for it.

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YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick

YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick


MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick

The amplified creme finish is designed to deliver opaque color coverage with a creamy texture and shiny finish. MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Amplified cremes typically last four hours when I wear them, as they are more opaque and have a tendency to cling to lips (but are not drying).

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MAC Lipstick Brick-o-la