Sunday, January 3rd, 2010


Lancome Voile de Rose Lipstick

The Spring Season: Lancome Voile de Rose Lipstick

Lancome Voile de Rose L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick ($29.00) is a creamy, medium pink with warmer undertones. I almost didn’t include it as part of the Spring Season, just because it’s the pink is a little more amped up than I was originally thinking, but I couldn’t resist — the color is really such a lovely shade of pink. L’Absolu Rouge Lipsticks apply like a dream; soft, creamy, and moisturizing. The color is opaque and clings to lips without being drying. Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge is definitely one of my favorite lipstick formulas to apply.

Is this medium pink the one 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette

Spring Makeup with Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette

Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette ($32.50) is a new, limited edition eyes, cheeks, and lip palette from Too Faced for the spring. It contains four eyeshadows (Pin-Up, Peep Show, Full Frontal, Lucky Charms), two lip products (Tropical Pink, Free Love), one blush (Papa Don’t Peach), and one bronzer (Sun Bunny).  When you flip open the top, there are small, circular lights that go along the border of the palette that light up, and according to Too Faced, the battery life is about thirty hours.

I really, really did not like the light-up mirror included in the palette.  In fact, I will just come right out and say it:  I hated it.  It was a blinding cool-toned white.  The light was neither flattering nor comfortable to look towards.  I disliked it so much, I left the palette open for two days to drain the battery of the lights, because it was just such a distraction.  But seriously, it hurt my eyes a bit when I first flipped the top of this palette open.  Don’t get me wrong, the lighting is a minor point, and like I did, you can always drain the battery for the lights, but it didn’t leave me the best first impression, you know?

The four eyeshadows are of the softer shadow variety, and they’re smooth and well-pigmented.  Pin-up is a neutral, maybe slightly cool, champagne beige with soft white shimmer.  Peep Show is a cool-toned medium pink with gold shimmer–this one was lovely; it reminded me of Urban Decay Naked Lipstick or MAC Stark Naked BlushFull Frontal is a rich chocolate brown with red undertones and a slightly frosty finish.  Lucky Charms is a frosty medium-dark forest green with gold shimmer and green sheen.

Papa Don’t Peach is a pinky-peachy blush, which leans a little more peach.  It has good pigmentation, and it’s similar to NARS Orgasm, but I’d say it’s a little darker and not nearly as shimmery.  If you like Orgasm, though, I imagine you’d like this shade as well.  Sun Bunny is a split-bronzer with a darker, more coppery bronze on one side and a lighter, less shimmery soft copper bronze on the other side.

Tropical Pink is an ultra sheer (aka clear) gloss with a hint of gold sparkle.  I found it pretty disappointing, just because there was no pigmentation to speak of and it felt quite gooey.  Free Love is a medium-pink lipstick with gold shimmer.  I liked Free Love a lot more, because you could get pigmentation out of it with enough layers.  I’m still no fan of lip palettes, particularly when they’re housed near powder-based products, though!

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a palette for easy travel, you might enjoy Fun in the Dark, because it has a little something for all of your face – the eyes, cheeks, and lips.  It’s not the most handy palette, just because the four eyeshadows don’t yield the most combinations, but it’s an interesting pairing of colors, nonetheless.  I like it overall, but I didn’t fall in love.

Edit: It does, indeed, look like they spelled Chronicles wrong on the palette.  I checked the image Sephora’s using, and it’s misspelled there, too.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation:  If you like Too Faced eyeshadows, or have always wanted to try them, this might be a good way to check them out!

AvailabilitySephora

See more photos and swatches! Continue reading →

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

MAC Freckletone Lipstick
MAC Freckletone Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Freckletone Lipstick

MAC Freckletone Lipstick ($14.00) is a semi-sheer luster-finish peachy nude. It’s definitely a nude kind of lip color, but it has a surprising amount of warmth, because of the peachy undertones. Even though it’s distinctly peach, it isn’t orange, which is something that can often be present in more peach-based nudes. Being of the lustre variety, Freckletone has a glossy finish and a very smooth, moisturizing feel, though not hydrating. Unlike a lot of lustres I’ve encountered over the years, Freckletone is surprisingly pigmented. Of course, one or two layers won’t get you opaque coverage, but you are able to build up to a fairly opaque result. (I have a freckle on my bottom lip, and it makes measuring a color’s pigmentation really easy — if I can’t see it, it’s full coverage.)

Is this peachy nude the one 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gentiane Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00) is a soft, cool-toned pink with a light frost and shimmer finish. It applies opaquely in just one or two layers, and it clings to lips without being drying. If you ignore the price for a moment, the lipstick is one of the best on the market — creamy, opaque color that applies evenly, easily, and really shimmers in a way that’s soft but noticeable. The price, obviously, can make it a little too pricey, but it’s always a nice shade to think about and, at least, give you some inspiration about what you’re looking for in a holy grail pink lip.

Is this soft pink the one 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

This is an archival post, meant to help direct anyone looking for certain information or reviews regarding collections MAC released in 2009.

Previous 2009 Launches

Blonde, Brunette, Redhead

U.S. Launch Date: January 8th, 2009

Well-Defined

U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009

MAC & Hello Kitty

U.S. Launch Date: February 12th, 2009 (Unveiling Parties February 3rd, 2009)

Kitty Kouture

U.S. Launch Date: March 5th, 2009

Cream Team

U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009

Grand Duos

U.S. Launch Date: March 12th, 2009

Sugarsweet

U.S. Launch Date: March 19th, 2009

Viva Glam VI Special Edition

Colour Ready

U.S. Launch Date: April 2nd, 2009

Rose Romance

U.S. Launch Date: April 23rd, 2009

Double Dazzle

U.S. Launch Date: April 30th, 2009

Trip Phase II Collection

Launch Date: June-August 2009 at Duty Free Shops, requires international ticket

Style Warriors

U.S. Launch Date: May 28th, 2009

Naked Honey

U.S. Launch Date: June 11th, 2009

Euristocrats II

U.S. Launch Date: July 2nd, 2009

Colour Craft

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009

Graphic Garden

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009

Summer Trend Bags

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009 (MAC Store Exclusive)

Baby Bloom

U.S. Launch Date: July 23rd, 2009

Love That Look

U.S. Launch Date: July 23rd, 2009

Lightful

U.S. Launch Date: July 30th, 2009

Makeup Art Cosmetics

U.S. Launch Date: August 20th, 2009

Flirt With Fall

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009

Nail Trend F/W 2009 / Jin Soon Choi for MAC

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009

In High Def

U.S. Launch Date: September 10th, 2009

Fall Trend F/W ’09 Collection

U.S. Launch Date: September 17th, 2009

Dazzleglass Cremes

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

Style Black

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

Zoom Fast Black Lash

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

DSquared

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Mischief Makers

U.S. Launch Date: November 5th, 2009

Baroque Boudoir

U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009

Love Lace

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

Warm & Cozy

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

MAC In the Studio Collection

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

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara

Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara ($28.00) is the latest variation on the famous Dior DiorShow Mascara. It seems like it’s exclusively available at Sephora for the time being, and Sephora describes the new mascara as:

DiorShow Extase provides built-in treatment benefits and high-impact lashes in a single stroke! The spherical-shaped Black Pearl Pigments create a 3D volume effect and the exclusive Metamorphosis Powders expand in size by up to 50% after application. Also, SR38 Patented Ceramid brings additional care, reconstructing damaged lashes and promoting stronger and fuller lashes. The Extase mascara features a “Tiered Brush” that is inspired by the “tiered” couture dresses created by the House of Dior. The brush is designed for performance and contains an Exclusive Duo of Fibers: The Black Elastomer Fibers brush out and define the lashes for panoramic fringe and the Gold Nylon Fibers hold and deposit formula, generously coating each lash for outstanding volume.

Whenever I review a mascara, I look to see what exactly the mascara is claiming to do, because I find that like some anti-aging products, mascara is a product type that is often more marketing than results.   Extase is designed to volumize and thicken lashes while defining them.

Extase delivers length best – it’s exceptionally good at providing you with instantly longer lashes, even with just one light coat of the mascara. That’s really the part that I noticed first. It adds some volume, but I wouldn’t label this a volumizing mascara. My lashes really looked longer, but not so feathery (as my lashes tend to look with a more volumizing mascara). As far as thickening goes, it thickens well for a such a multi-tasking mascara. I think what stands out about this mascara is the lengthening aspect of it; everything else is decent, but it’s hard to separate the volume, thickness, etc. from the dramatic increase in length. The color of the mascara is definitely a deep black; I’d say Chanel Exceptionnel and MAC Plushlash are slightly richer, but they’re all in the same ballpark. I don’t have any issues with the pigmentation–it’s black enough for me.

It does a good job of defining lashes, but to a point, because the mascara will clump up on you if you’re not careful. The brush often has excess mascara on it, so removing excess certainly helps, and you can get a good two or three coats of mascara with very minimal clumping. I always recommend using a mascara comb regardless of the mascara you’re using, just because it helps separate and define lashes. I wouldn’t say this is perfectly clump-free, but I’d say it’s a relatively clump-free mascara. If you like to get multiple coats on, just follow my aforementioned tips for a better application.

I’ve been wearing Extase for over a week now, so you can see it used in a variety of looks here in addition to the comparison photos included in the review.  The original DiorShow gave me good length, some thickening and volumizing, and looked good overall, but it flaked and smudged on me within an hour, so it was a no-go. I am so pleased to report that Extase doesn’t flake, budge, or smudge at all, even with twelve hours of wear. It also holds a curl like nobody’s business!

The brush has a sort of “swirled” look to it, and even though they mentioned black and gold fibers, it all looked black to me, so it was difficult to assess that particular aspect of it. The brush didn’t seem too large, though it felt a little long. It takes an application or two to find the right method for application, but it didn’t require much thought or effort to get good results.

OVERALL, I did enjoy the way Dior DiorShow Extase made my lashes look. It’s particularly lovely for lengthening lashes, even the stubbier ones I have on the outer lash line, and does a decent job everywhere else to make it one of the better multi-tasking mascaras I’ve tried. I’d say it’s very comparable to Chanel Exceptionnel but clumps less (but doesn’t thicken as well).  Extase is also priced higher than Dior’s other mascaras at $28, so it’s not the most affordable mascara you’ll come across.  Just for reference, DiorShow is $24 and DiorShow Iconic is $27.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

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

Recommendation: If you like DiorShow and want more length, you may enjoy Extase.

Availability: Sephora

See more photos and comparisons… Continue reading →