Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Lancome Fuchsia Clutch Lipstick
Lancome Fuchsia Clutch Lipstick

The Summer Season: Lancome Fuchsia Clutch Lipstick

Lancome Fuchsia Clutch Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright pink with fuchsia shimmer.  It’s not pure fuchsia, but it’s still quite bold and intense.  The base color is a deep, rich pink, while the fuchsia shimmer creates a brilliant, duochromed sheen–particularly when the light hits it just right.  I love the amount of color it delivers–it’s a nice, semi-opaque shade.  Lancome’s Color Design shades tend to give me about four hours of wear, and this particular shade will wear a little longer, as it stains just a touch.

Is this the right pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Friday, July 30th, 2010

Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful
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Feels Like a Tinted Moisturizer, Looks Like Foundation

Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful SPF 20 ($30.00 for 1.25 oz.) is certainly the hybrid foundation it describes itself as. It delivers a nice, medium-coverage finish that’s just slightly dewy but not oily, but it feels more like a tinted moisturizer than a liquid foundation. It’s even on the moisturizing side (but I wouldn’t skip the moisturizer!).

The texture is very creamy and almost gel-like, though it is a water-based foundation with the first inactive ingredient being water. It’s easily applied with fingertips (again, like a tinted moisturizer) or with a foundation sponge/brush. I found it wore very well, without any fading, settling, or migration over an eight hour period. I have warm undertones and a light medium skin tone (NC25), and I found Beige to be a good color match for me. I think the semi-matte finish of the foundation helps it stay natural-looking, and the creaminess of the product (without being heavy or thick) also helps to keep it from accentuating dryness.

I so rarely think of Philosophy for anything but skincare and bodycare, but the foundation was a definite–pleasant–surprise.  I forgot to take photos of the packaging, and I’ve literally had that on my to-do list for three months along with a bajillion other things, so instead of waiting around for that to happen, I said on with the review!   The packaging is a flat, slim squeeze-tube that’s easy to control–it really looks exactly as it is pictured in retailer product photos.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you like the feel of tinted moisturizer but need more coverage than they often offer, Philosophy’s Superbeautiful might be the best of both worlds.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Friday, July 30th, 2010

Burberry Hibiscus Lipstick
Burberry Hibiscus Lipstick

Burberry Hibiscus (20) Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is an intense shade of ruby red–though more red than ruby, I’d say! When I was picking out three lipsticks to purchase, I thought Hibiscus might be a deep pink, rather than red, but it’s most certainly in the red family. There is a very subtle shimmer strewn through the color, but it’s not obvious nor is the end result shimmery in the least bit.

Burberry has created a solid lipstick formula–it’s creamy without being thick or slippery, and it’s moisturizing without sliding off in an hour. I picked only bold shades by chance, and Hibiscus was very rich and looked nearly opaque on my lips. It applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t bleed on my lips (but very few lipsticks do). Being such a deep shade, it wore well–four hours and then left a stain behind.

Each lipstick has an embellished check pattern on the lipstick itself, as well as the same gunmetal, check-covered packaging that the other Burberry Bauty products have. The lipstick has a magnetic closure, and I was rather amused by how the lipstick would spin into place, no matter how you slipped the lid back on–just drop the lid on and it will swivel into place!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you like your reds blue-based, a smidgen pinky and touch ruby, you may like Hibiscus.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains Reviews & Swatches

MAC Venomous Villains

MAC Venomous Villains Collection for Disney

U.S. Launch Date: September 30th, 2010 (online as early as 9/27)
International Launch Date: October 2010

A potion to poison, an apple to bite, a spell to cast… Bad never looked so good. A crystal ball of colour created from our favourite Disney Venomous Villains, inspired by the three most infamously frosty, fabulous and formidable of Disney’s dark ladies… and one dastardly Dr. Facilier. Don’t you love it?

A MAC and Disney collaboration to celebrate the dark side in every one of us, in a glamorous sort of way. Who’s the fairest one of all? Four separate mini-collections, in haute animated couture. The incomparable Cruella De Vil and Snow White’s Evil Queen are dazzlingly devilish; Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent and The Princess and the Frog’s DR. FACILIER, both up to no good on their own. Uniquely designed iconic packaging you will kill for, cunning characters and bedeviled beauties that are so alluring, you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be one!

Cruella de Vil

Eyeshadow ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Sweet Joy Frosted creamy pale gold (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Passions of Red)
  • De-Vil Rich copper (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent)

Lipstick ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Innocence, Beware! Light yellow pink (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Heartless Cherry red (Amplified) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Wicked Ways Deep fuchsia with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Devilishly Stylish Light nude with gold pearl (Limited Edition)

Powder Blush ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Darkly My Dear Dirty brown plum (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Her Own Devices Cool nude (Limited Edition)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Permanent)

Evil Queen

Eyeshadow ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Her Alter Image Light violet (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Vainglorious Bronze burgundy (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Vile Violet Deep dirty blue purple (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Toxic Tale Bright coral (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Sinister Soft brown plum (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Strange Potion Soft coral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Hot House Deep raspberry with pink pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Strange Hybrid)

Powder Blush ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Bite of an Apple Soft coral pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Oh So Fair Clean pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition)

Maleficent

Minearlize Eyeshadow Duo ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • My Dark Magic Deep pink with pink pearl / Deep plum with purple pearl (Limited Edition)
  • She Who Dares Deep navy with blue pearl / Deep forest green with lime green pearl (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Violetta Bright clean violet purple (Amplified) (PRO)
  • Dark Deed Burgundy plum (Amplified) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Revenge is Sweet Light yellow purple (Limited Edition)
  • Wrong Spell Deep plum with pink purple (Limited Edition)

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Briar Rose Soft violet pink with pearl (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Bad Fairy Red with red multi-changing pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Formidable! Teal green with pink multi-changing pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Mean & Green Purple with teal multi-changing pearl (Limited Edition)

Dr. Facilier

MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder

  • Truth & Light Sheer shimmer that reflects silver and pink (Limited Edition)
  • Cajun Sheer bronze shimmer that reflects gold (Limited Edition)

Lipgelee ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Resort Life Off white with pink pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Lillyland)

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Slick Black True carbon black (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • French Quarter Dirty black green with multi-colour pearl (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Melon Soft bright golden peach (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Brash & Bold Bright magenta (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Makeup Art Cosmetics)
  • Push the Edge Deep bright purple with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Makeup Art Cosmetics)

MAC I’m So Vain Mirror ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

Compact inspired by collaboration; interior contains standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on alternate side. (Limited Edition)

Zoom Fast Black Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • One Shade Deepest black (Permanent)

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Nubar Venetian Glass Collection
Nail Lacquer: Caramello, Oro, Verde, Vaso

Nubar: Venetian Glass Collection, Part 2

Don’t forget to read Part 1!

All Nubar shades are free of formaldehyde, DBP, and tuluene–as well as the collection is vegan and cruelty-free. Nubar describes Caramello as a rich bronze, Oro as a deep gold, Verde as a unique dark green, and Vaso as a striking light purple.

  • Caramello is a rich, burning bronze with flecks of gold and copper shimmer. Two coats.
  • Oro is a bright marigold with gold flecks of shimmer. Just two coats, but there were some noticeable brush strokes.
  • Verde is a deep, dark forest green with flecks of green-gold and emerald green shimmer. I used two coats, but this is one shade that just one might have done just fine.
  • Vaso is a nearly metallic lilac with silver and lilac flecks of shimmer. This also seemed to show some brush strokes.

Verde is absolutely stunning. It is hands down my favorite shade of the eight! Amid such rich shades, Vaso seems out of place to me. My dear Italian readers, can anyone tell me why Vaso would be lilac? I Google translated, and I just got jar/vase as suggestions.  I kind of missed having a really lush fuchsia-purple or even a rich violet here.  It doesn’t make or break the collection, but just an observation.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Nubar really hits it out of the park with this collection, just in time for fall. Lovely formula, easy application, and gorgeous shades.

AVAILABILITY: Nubar

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010

MAC to Donate its Global Profits from the MAC Rodarte Makeup Collection to Benefit Newly Created Women and Girls of Juarez Initiative

MAC and Rodarte apologize to the victims and their families in Juarez, the people of Mexico, the Mexican Government and concerned global citizens

Please see our original thread from June 23rd here and follow-up post from July 19th here.

MEXICO CITY, México, July 29, 2010 – In response to public concern over the limited edition MAC Rodarte makeup collection, set to launch in fall 2010, MAC will donate all of its global profits from this collection to a newly created initiative to raise awareness and provide on-the-ground support to the women and girls in Juarez. MAC and Rodarte are deeply sorry that this makeup collection was so offensive to the people of Mexico and concerned global citizens.

This announcement follows a meeting last evening in Mexico City with MAC executives and Mexican government officials, including CONAVIM (Comisión Nacional Para Prevenir y Erradicar la Violencia Contra las Mujeres/National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women.)

During the meeting, held at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this collective group committed to working together on the overall direction of the new initiative to help the women and girls of Juarez and to raise global awareness of their plight. MAC executives reiterated their deep regret and reinforced that it was never MAC’s or Rodarte’s intent to minimize the suffering of the women and girls of Ciudad Juarez.

In the coming weeks, MAC and Rodarte will be consulting with members of CONAVIM´s advisory board, as well as other local and global experts, to develop a comprehensive framework that provides grants to local and international organizations with a track record of improving the lives of the women and girls in Juarez.

“We are deeply sorry and apologize to everyone we offended, especially the victims, the women and girls of Juarez and their families. We have heard the response of concerned global citizens loud and clear and are doing our very best to right our wrong. The essence of MAC is to give back and care for the community and our initial handling of this makeup collection was not reflective of MAC’s values. MAC and Rodarte are committed to using these learnings to raise awareness on this important issue and to leverage our unique platform to help the women and girls of Juarez,” said MAC President John Demsey.

“Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. As designers, we strongly feel it is our responsibility to use ideas and actions for the good of our global community and are truly sorry for the offense we have caused. We are raising our voices in support of the strong women and girls of Juarez and joining others who are working internationally to improve their lives,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designers of Rodarte.

Last week, MAC and Rodarte announced they would also be renaming the products and redesigning the marketing materials associated with the collection.

MAC has a longstanding tradition of service in Mexico, supporting important social causes in the country such as HIV prevention and treatment. Since 2002, the MAC AIDS Fund has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local entities, including Fundación Eudes, La Casa de la Sal, A.C., Ser Humano, A.C., Mesón de la Misericordia Divina A.C., Pirana Studio, and Fundación Unidos por un México Vivo.

MAC has had operations in Mexico since 1999. The brand currently employs more than 150 local professionals.