Monday, December 7th, 2009

Purple Lab NYC Expands Product Range for Spring 2010

In Spring 2010, Purple Lab NYC will be expanding their product range from beyond lipgloss (their famous Huge Lips, Skinny Hips Lipgloss) to include a full line of makeup. All products are available for pre-order at Purple Lab NYC.

Cheek Implants ($26.00)

Cheek Implants is a creamy blush that glides across the skin while plumping, lifting, and enhancing cheek bones. Key ingredients: Nylon, Elastin, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid

  • Backstage Pass Chic. Flirty. Feminine. A peachy, nude-ish stain that’s ultra-flattering on all skin shades
  • Six Inch Heels Glam! Haute! Hot! Attention-grabbing! A rosy blush with shimmering golden highlights

Lashionista/Modelista ($32.50)

Lashionista/Modelista is a double sided mascara/liquid liner beauty product, available in two shades, that mixes glamour and science-forward technology. Key ingredients: Diamond Powder, Glycerin, Vitamin B3, Myristoyl Petapeptide 17, Keratin

  • After Dark Silk black with diamond dust, perfectly colored and clear diamonds, ground down to powder to add a new dimension to color – one that twinkles to the max. Its high drama, yet soft, rich and shiny, almost like mink
  • Modern Classic A rich black with undertones of midnight blue, bringing out the whites of your eyes, creating a healthy, fresh look that is simply divine, impossibly royal, and well – modern and classic

Luvah ($24.00)

Luvah is a double plumping lip color infused with aphrodisiacs, aromatherapy for sensuality and moisturizing agents. Key ingredients: Maxi Lip, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Ylang Ylang, Dong Quai, Jasmine, Chocolate, Vanilla Mint

  • Rich Jerk Eye popping berry that doesn’t overwhelm. Striking on everyone, there’s a slight pink to the shade that brightens the face and makes lips pop
  • Mama’s Boy Nude and glamorous, subtle yet bright enough to make you stand out. With the softest of brown undertones, it looks natural and is tailor made for day or night

Luxury Squared ($26.50)

Luxury Squared is two must-haves in one – skin-evening, color-correcting, anti-inflammatory concealer and glimmering highlighter with skin firmers and antioxidants. Key ingredients: Silk, Silica, Vitamin E, Algae, Beta Glucan, Tea Leaf

  • Concealer A neutral shade that color corrects under the eyes, made for all skin tones
  • Highlighter Soft golden glow to highlight facial features with a lovely hint of metallic pop

Silk Sheets Luxe Foundation ($34.50)

Silk Sheets is a luxe cream foundation infused with silk, juniper, and almond seeds. Key ingredients: Silk, Juniper, Almond Seed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Lead Extract, Algae Extract and Seaweed, Ascorbic Acid, Nettle, Green Tea Extract

  • Light Made for fair, delicate skin and it works for slightly pinkish or yellow complexion undertones
  • Medium If your skin is gorgeously olive, slightly darker than fair, this is your shade
  • Tan You’re naturally dark and exotic? Get this one!
  • Dark Beautiful and sultry, it’s best for dark complexions

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Heli-Yum

China Glaze Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer is a vibrant, deeply pigmented pinky-red.; It’s not the scarlet red we’ve seen over and over again for the holiday season — it’s marked by a lot of raspberry pink. It’s one of the deeper shades of the collection as well, but it is a beautiful shade of not-quite-red but more-than-pink.

Intensely pigmented, smooth to the touch, and pretty easy to apply all describe this formula and shade. I needed just one medium-thick coat to get a smooth, non-streaky application with an opaque finish. I still went for two, but that’s a personal preference; you could easily get away with just a single coat with this particular shade and formula.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Though a little summery, this is one beautiful pink-coral shade for nails!

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Sugar High Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Sugar High

China Glaze Sugar High Nail Lacquer is a vibrant medium pink with a coral kick creme. When I swatched it, I saw a fair amount of coral in it, so I wouldn’t classify it as a hot pink at all. It does have the brightness one would expect in a hot pink, though, but there is definitely some coral in it. I actually think the smidgen of coral makes it a more interesting than it otherwise would have been.

Like other deeper shades in the collection, Sugar High applied like a dream–even, smooth, and opaque–in just one or two coats. I didn’t find myself worrying much over streakiness with this, like I did with some of the lighter shades, which was nice. The formula is similar to the other shades; thick, richly pigmented, and has a beautiful slightly glossy creme finish.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Though a little summery, this is one beautiful pink-coral shade for nails!

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: High Hopes

China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer is a bright orange-red creme. It’s almost like a really, really intense orange-coral with kind of a red flare to it. It’s definitely not “construction orange” nor is it a summery coral! It’s somewhere in the middle, and I’d say it is considerably bright for the spring season. I could just as easily see this shade being part of a summer launch as I do for a spring launch (I’d probably lean towards the summer side, though).

This was a very intensely pigmented creme formula — it went on evenly, smoothly, and opaque in one medium-thick coat. I still ended up opting for a thinner first coat followed by a thicker second coat for the swatches; I just felt like it gave it a more finished look and feel overall. The formula itself wasn’t too thick or gooey, and this one applied particularly well out of the bunch, so I was quite pleased!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a brighter color on your nails this spring, High Hopes might make you hopeful (harhar!)!

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Peachykeen Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Peachykeen

China Glaze Peachykeen Nail Lacquer is a brightened up peachy-orange creme. It’s distinctly orange, but it has enough lightness to give it a peachier feel. It’s really like an apricot to me, actually. You could call it Apri-peach, and I’d dig it. It’s completely and utterly unlike MAC’s Seasonal Peach Nail Lacquer, which is more of a pinky-peach and far lighter. (The good news is China Glaze’s creme formula applies more evenly and less streakingly–at least the final results–than MAC’s Seasonal Peach did.) It’s not a neon orange either, in case anyone was worried (or wanting!) about that.

This is sort of a middle-of-the-road shade; Peachykeen didn’t give me much trouble in application, but it wasn’t as smooth or even from the get-go as the deeper shades like Four Leaf Clover. It’s a thick, richly pigmented creme formula that doesn’t apply like goo or run all over the place, so it’s a pretty good formula. It just may take you one or two attempts to get the application down for this formula.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re wanting a little peachiness in your day, consider Peachykeen.

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Lemon Fizz Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Lemon Fizz

China Glaze Lemon Fizz Nail Lacquer is a spring-y daffodil yellow. It’s pale and pastel, but there’s a little warmth there to keep it from being too cool or dull. There’s even a brightness–maybe the optimism of spring captured in color–to the yellow without making it a traffic-stopping yellow (which is more Happy Go Lucky’s style). I’m not a fan of yellow on my nails, but this is a yellow I could feel comfortable wearing.

Like some of the paler shades from this launch, application proved trickier than usual, but I found one thin coat (which may or may not have been streaky) followed by a thicker second coat worked well to given an even, creamy finish. I had the mentality of, “Fine, be streaky on the first coat… but I’m covering all that up later.” I would really suggest just playing around with different applications, coat amounts, thickness, etc. (you may even have to test out different base/top coat combinations), but the results are certainly worth a few botched attempts!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a perfect-for-spring yellow that’s not too sunny, try Lemon Fizz.

Availability: January 2010

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