Friday, October 30th, 2009

Build a Quad: “Soft Fire”

Dubbed Soft Fire, this eyeshadow quad features four permanent shades of MAC eyeshadow: Amber Lights (a coppery frost), Antiqued (a reddened brown frost), Bronze (a rich bronze frost), and Grain (a lightly shimmered beige highlighter). All of these shades have warmer tones, so I would consider this to be a warm quad. (I say this to caution you if you dislike warm shades, this is probably not the one for you!) All four shades are colors I’ve been using for years without fail, because they’re pigmented, smooth, and easy to work with. Grain is more of a neutral highlighter, and I like the way it accents the rest of the quad’s stronger warm tones–it helps to balance everything out.

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Amber Lights all over the lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
  • Amber Lights all over the lid, Antiqued on the outer lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
  • Grain all over the lid, Bronze in the crease
  • Grain on the inner lid, Amber Lights on the outer lid, Antiqued in the crease

Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow.  We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments!

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MAC’s Smoke & Mirrors Eyeshadow Palette is a very mixable set of shades. I think this is probably the best palette for no-brainer, no-thinking-required kind of makeup and, of course, this all makes it a great travel palette. Even though I think of lots of silver and gray for a smoky eye, this palette makes for a great neutral and brown-based smoky eye.

Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette

  • Inner Lid: Fire In Her Eyes Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Wide-Eyed Wonder Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Black Magique Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Fire In Her Eyes Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Conjure Up! Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Sweetie Lipstick, She-Zam Dazzleglass

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The Scarlet Season: MAC So Scarlet Lipstick

MAC So Scarlet Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) was a limited edition shade of a mostly opaque deep ruby red released with the Cult of Cherry Collection. I love the creamy texture of this shade, because it really helps make application a breeze. It can be applied as more of a semi-opaque color with just one layer, but two layers yields you a bold ruby red with a glossy finish–it’s almost so pretty it doesn’t need gloss (though it does need lip liner to prevent it from bleeding). I love it with Jampacked Lipglass for a deeper red.

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MAC’s Mystic Cool Eyeshadow Palette was not the easiest to mix and match. Both rows make great combinations, but when it comes to mixing them all… there just wasn’t as much variety as I’d like. I felt like I was really just swapping out one colour out of a trio and such.

What combinations have you tried?

Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette

  • Inner Lid: Shhh Don’t Tell Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Rose Potion Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Violet Vow Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Cool Incantation Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Conjure Up! Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Total Wow! Lipstick, Jingle Jangle Dazzleglass

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MAC’s Devil May Care Eyeshadow Palette is mostly warm-toned, and it has a good selection of shades to mix and match. I found this (along with the Smoke & Mirrors Palette) to be really easy to come with combinations for. I struggled a lot more with Sorceress and Mystic Cool! I feel like there are definitely a ton of combinations to be thought of with this palette, too!

What combinations have you tried?

Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette...

  • Inner Lid: Gold Tease Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Prankster Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Devilishly Dark Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Oh My Darling Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Superdupernatural Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Surprise Me Lipstick, Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009


Guerlain: Grace Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Grace Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of two new, limited edition shades of Rouge G from Guerlain’s Holiday Collection. (The other shade is Gems.)

If you’ve been following my coverage of various permanent shades of Rouge G, you’ll know the formula is smooth, luxurious, and often, shades are opaque. The lipstick contains a smoother, softer shimmer that’s not frosty or glittery. Wear time is about four or five hours, though it’s not a long-wearing lipstick, so it won’t last through dinner and drinks.

Grace is a soft, beige-y pink with a soft pink-peach shimmer. On my lips, it does look a lot like a subtle enhancement of my natural color and doesn’t really pack a punch as far as color goes. Depending on your tastes/needs, you may l ike the subtly and softness of this holiday shade, while others may find the muted color too bland for their liking.

Bottom Line: It’s a nice shade, and it’s something you can easily wear any time–not just the holidays–and for any occasion. The price will always be a sticking factor for some, and Rouge G isn’t for everyone (I’m pretty sure Guerlain was well aware of that fact when they priced these at $45 a pop), but they are very nice splurge items, particularly when you find just the right shade for you.

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

Recommendation: Grace is a fitting name for this shade, because it’s perfect for wearing everyday or with a smoky eye — it’s a versatile shade even though some may find it’s too bland to warrant the splurge.

Availability: Nordstrom

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