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Estee Lauder Demure Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Demure Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Demure Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Demure Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark fuchsia pink with a soft iridescent frost sheen. It has a frosted matte finish. NARS 413 BLKR is actually very similar–a smidgen darker but otherwise close both in color and finish. Illamasqua Atomic is also close in color and finish, as it has that frosted matte look and fuchsia hue.

Estee Lauder’s most recent lipstick formula is a far cry from where mattes have come; this feels like an old school matte: the kind that’s clingy, drying, and so hard to endure wearing. The color just gets sucked onto the lips leaving them looking dry and chapped, rather than healthy, and it really does feel like it’s sucking all of the moisture of your lips while it wears.  Demure wears for six hours, though, and leaves behind a noticeable stain, too.  The consistency is stiff, so it pulls and tugs at the lips when you apply the color.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick Demure
Demure

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Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pretty pewter.” It’s a dirty taupe brown with a sprinkling of champagne shimmer and a metallic sheen. It runs slightly cool-toned on the skin and in the pot; it may look even cooler-toned on those with naturally cool complexions. MAC Silver Birch is lighter, grayer. MAC Modern Pewter is much lighter.

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush (2013)

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush
NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft, shimmering peach.” It’s a soft, subtly warm-toned peach with hints of beige (that keep it from being too warm) with sparkle and very luminous finish. bareMinerals The Love Afair is more golden and has a soft sheen for a finish, rather than sparkles. MAC Superb has a similar color on, but it is a bit darker and browner. MAC How Beautiful! is slightly more beige and has no sparkle.

This is a shade I’ve reviewed in the past (here), but I have a horrible compulsion to redo things after about a year. Miss Liberty is going to appeal to those who love shimmer and sparkle; it’s by no means a subtle highlighter or sheen. It’s sparkle-city, but it has a really cool, almost wet-like sheen on the skin beyond the sparkle (and if you aren’t keen on sparkle, you can buff them mostly away).  There is some emphasis of the skin texture and pores–that very slick, radiant sheen might be worth the cost to some, and to others, unforgivable.

Unlike NARS’ regular blush range, the Highlighting Blushes are “made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness on the skin,” and are, generally, rather sheer/subtle. It’s no Taj Mahal!  There’s no chalkiness or powderiness to the peachy color, so it should work, as NARS states, across skin tones.  If you have any redness, the peach coloring of Miss Liberty should help reduce the appearance of it.  I re-tested the wear of this shade, and I still only experienced seven hours of good wear but much had faded away after eight hours.

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush (2013)

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow

Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow
Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow

Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “emerald green with silver glitter.” It’s a darkened, aqua green with silver and aqua glitter and metallic finish. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is darker, less green. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl is bluer. Becca Luella is a touch darker.

This shade applied better with a dampened brush, because the color was weak dry, and there was a ton of glitter fall out if the eyeshadow was patted on dry. Unfortunately, while applying it damp helped to improve color payoff and minimize fall out, it did not apply evenly or smoothly; it looked patchy and faded from the get-go. With this particular shade, I think the only way to really get the color to come through is by layering it over a green/teal (or white) colored base.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Break the Bank (11)
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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Disney Jasmine Collection by Sephora for Spring 2013

 

Disney Jasmine Collection by Sephora
Disney Jasmine Collection by Sephora

Make your own magic with Disney’s Jasmine Collection by Sephora. Each product has been created with the modern Princess in mind. Discover eyeshadow palettes with exotic shades, an intoxicating fragrant elixir, and an eyeliner set that will give you the sultry gaze of a Princess. With rich colors and dramatic detailing, each piece is as collectible and covetable as a palace gem.

Storylook Eyeshadow Palette Vol 2. ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Adorn yourself with this fantastical collection of fairy tale-inspired formulas for eyes and cheeks. From Jasmine’s tiara and Rajah’s fur, to sunsets, desert sands, and a vibrant magic carpet, each shade has been matched to the film’s original animation. The storybook encasing is decorated with shimmering details and inside a satin tray holds the silky formulas glamorously fit for a Princess.

  • Eyeshadows Blue Oasis, Trust Me, Abu, Ali Ababwa, Sultana, Friend Like Me, Master, Cosmic, Cave of Wonders, Sand in the Glass, Lapis, Mystical Wonder, Rajah, Arabian Sunset, Bazaar
  • Blush Thrilling Chase
  • Bronzer Golden Sands

Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

Allow yourself to fall in love with this palette of luminous shadows that capture the enchantment of the film’s iconic magic carpet ride. Inspired by the starry glow, lavender sky, gleaming moon, and Jasmine’s classic turquoise outfit, each shadow promises to illuminate you and your mood.

  • Carpet Glittery violet
  • Wonder by Wonder Glitter lavender
  • Splendid Glittery peachy pink
  • Diamond Sky Deep turquoise

Three Wishes Eyeliner Set ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Flash stunning, seductive eyes with these eyeliners inspired by Jasmine’s always-alluring look. Experiment with the versatile formulas, using the liquid liner for increased drama, the gel-cream liner for ultimate precision, and the chunky, black pencil for an intense, smoky eye.

A Whole New World Fragrance ($58.00/$19.00) (Limited Edition)

Enchanting as magic itself, this alluring blend of exotic flowers and rich, warm woods is fit for a diamond in the rough. Empowering and seductive, this tempting fragrance will allow you to be the master of your own destiny. So go ahead, make your own magic. Notes: Carnation, Orange Blossom, Mandarin, Gardenia, Mimosa, Musky Accord, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber, Benzoin.

The Palace Jewel Compact Mirror ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Take a peek inside and love what you see with this gorgeous compact mirror, reminiscent of a palace treasure. Embellished with rich jewel tones and luxurious details, this purse essential speaks to Jasmine’s view of the world beyond the palace gates. Let this treasure be a reminder that only you are truly in control of your fate.

One is Never Enough Nail Set ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

Explore your options with this set of radiant, classically elegant nail polishes inspired by the beautiful Princess Jasmine. From ripe, rich berry to soft lilac and glittery orange, paint your tips however you wish again and again.

  • Berry Tale Romance Dark berry
  • Your Wish Is My Command Lilac
  • Fit for Royalty Pearlized purple
  • Dream Princess Clear with light sparkles
  • All That Jasmine Light turquoise
  • Aladdin’s Girl Pearlized, glittery dark orange

A Whole New World Perfumed Body Shimmer ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Dazzle and sparkle with this perfectly indulgent body shimmer fragrant with mystique. The rich, twinkling shimmers are infused with an exotic bouquet of orange blossom, mandarin, mimosa, warm woods, and a hint of vanilla.

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