Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Burberry Cameo Lipgloss
Burberry Cameo Lipgloss

Burberry Cameo (08) Lipgloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a beautiful shade of peachy-melon with soft golden shimmer and a nice level of glossy sheen.  It’s semi-opaque, so it delivers a healthy dosage of color to lips, but it doesn’t cover or mask your natural lip color.  Those with redder lips may find that this turns their lips a rather pretty shade of coral, because that natural redness will peek through but be lightened up by the gloss’ coloring.

Burberry’s gloss is non-sticky, not too thin or thick, and feels rather comfortable on lips.  It’s not drying, and it lasts three to four hours on me (on the longer end of gloss for me).  It does have Burberry’s floral scent, though I did not notice it lingering while I wore it, but if you tend to be sensitive to scents, particularly rose or floral ones, this might not be something to pick up scent-un-sniffed.

The packaging is right in line with the brand’s makeup range; the gunmetal, checked cap with a clear tube (so you can see the gloss color).  Burberry didn’t skimp on the product with 0.20 fl. oz., which is about average for designer brands or above average for high-end brands.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a non-sticky gloss with medium color coverage, staying power, and a sophisticated shimmer, Burberry’s lipglosses nails all three.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Illamasqua Collide Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Collide Nail Varnish

Still Time for Neon Nails

Illamasqua Collide Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a wicked neon pink cream that’s opaque in just about two coats (which is what is pictured), but you could easily get away with three coats or do two thicker coats.  The formula is so smooth and the color applies evenly and richly; there is no streaking on the first coat, just a smooth, even layer of color.  Wear is fantastic with just minor tip wear after about a week!

This rounds up the last of Illamasqua’s varnish I have to review at the moment — what are your favorite varnishes from Illamasqua’s line up? So I can keep a running list of what I might want to try next! :)

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you love bright, nearly neon kind of shades, Collide is a great neon pink!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

MAC Explicit Lipglass
MAC Explicit Lipglass

The Sultry Season: MAC Explicit Lipglass

MAC Explicit Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a sheer taupe-brown kind of lipgloss.  It’s gray, it’s taupe, it’s the grayest mauve.    I think Explicit is such an interesting shade, and it works really well layered over darker, vampier shades for some shimmer and glossiness while not reducing the boldness of the lipstick itself.  Worn alone, it darkens my natural lip color just a touch while adding a ton of taupe and light brown shimmer on lips while the base color is rather sheer.  Like all MAC lipglasses, it is one of the stickier glosses on the market and has a vanilla scent.

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

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Marchesa for Le Metier de Beaute Collection for Fall 2010

Dedication to design, detail and to the experience; Marchesa and Le Métier de Beauté bring women back to a time when the “craft of the craft” was so important, while simultaneously bringing them forward with the best in luxury technology. With this like-minded approach, the collaboration between the two came naturally. Introducing Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté, the first collection to evolve from this joint collaboration, a true partnership in beauty, a new venture into irresistible luxury.

“Each season,” explains Georgina Chapman, co-founder and designer of Marchesa, “Keren Craig and I introduce a new collection, but with the classic and consistent signature that is Marchesa – we transport our customers back to a time when luxury fashion meant the best in tailoring, design, fabric, etc. When it came to launching a cosmetics collection, we wanted to do the same and we found immediately that Le Métier de Beauté shared these same core values.”

“The Collection takes the unparalleled textures and formulas Le Métier de Beauté is known for and transfixes them with the essence of Marchesa,” says Joanna Vorachek Austin, President of Le Métier de Beauté. “From the sleek packaging and the innovative formulas to the flawless application, the Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté collaboration brings the best of both brands to the forefront of luxury.”

La Lune Palette ($65.00)

Custom-crafted by Georgina Chapman, a quintet of dramatically bold colors brings Georgina’s signature smoky-eyed feminine look to your fingertips. This diminutive, credit card-sized palette contains everything you need to design an array of smoldering looks.

  • Translucent Pressed Powder
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss: La Cerise Noir
  • Crème Blush: La Peche
  • Eye Shadow: Le Minuit

Le Soleil Palette ($65.00)

Hand-crafted by Keren Craig, this collection of gorgeous, warm hues creates a beautiful bronzed look not to be ignored. This petite palette contains everything you need to make this sun-kissed look your own.

  • Bronzer
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss: Le Caramel
  • Crème Blush: La Rougeur
  • Eye Shadow: Le Fauve

Double Entendre Lip Gloss ($38.00)

Four dual-ended lip glosses, eight total shades, infinite bespoke color combinations. Pairing the signature creamy coverage of Le Métier de Beauté’s Lip Crème Lip Gloss with the incomparable, silky slip of Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss, Double Entendre Lip Gloss brings new meaning to the perfect partnership. Enriched with emollients and antioxidants for beautiful, supple lips, wear alone or custom-blend your perfect pout.

  • La Figue/La Raisin A creamy combination of plum and shimmering neutral
  • La Feu/La Glace Radiant red balanced with a lush mauve
  • L’embrasse/Le Passion A unity between a bittersweet chocolate and blushing bronze
  • La Rouge/La Nue A shimmering nude matched by a golden raspberry hue

THE PENS

Precision application, multi-tasking formulas, long-lasting results, Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté’s Sheer Illumination Pens highlight, contour and conceal depending upon your beauty needs. Formulated to give a lift to the eye area, our special pens include ingredients that will nourish and calm the eye area:

  • Cucumber extract cools and alleviates puffiness
  • Mango extract is used as an astringent and tightening agent
  • Papaya extract softens the skin and has been called “a natural face lift”
  • Goldenseal and Juniper are used for their toning qualities
  • Echinacea and aloe are used for their healing properties
  • Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, keeps the tender eye area moist and refreshed
  • Convenient brush-on formula is ideal for touch-ups

Sheer Illumination Highlighter ($48.00)

The ingenious Sheer Illumination Highlighter works instantly to highlight and contour in an ever- flattering sheer golden shade. Ideal anytime of day or evening, on bare skin, with powder, under or over foundation, this beauty essential brings instant luminosity wherever you want it.

Sheer Illumination Brightener ($48.00)

Look refreshed and revived in an instant. Sheer Illumination Brightener’s liquid to powder formula lightly conceals while brightening. Redness is reduced, dark circles diminished and your total look revived and refreshed.

Availability: The Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté Collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus nationwide beginning September 2010.

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

MAC Viva Glam Lipglass - Gaga and Cyndi
MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Lipglass — Cyndi & Gaga

Coming at you on September 2nd, MAC will launch corresponding lipglasses to February’s roll out of Viva Glam Cyndi and Gaga Lipsticks. Like the lipsticks, the lipglasses are only around for a limited time (six months) — both the lipsticks and lipglasses will be available until February 2011.

Just like the same-named lipsticks, Cyndi is a coral with very subtle white micro-shimmer, while Gaga is a light pink with blue undertones and nearly imperceptible white micro-shimmer. Surprisingly, Gaga [lipglass] seems more wearable than its lipstick counterpart–it’s not as cool or blue toned, so its more flattering across skin tones.   Cyndi feels like there’s just a little less red to it–maybe a touch more coral, more orange, but certainly feels at least a smidgen brighter.  Both glosses are incredibly opaque for a gloss, which is nice–but they can, of course, be worn sheerly by simply using less.  It doesn’t take more than two or three swipes (depending on how big your lips are!) for a nice, opaque look.

When you’re looking for a lipstick/lipglass, Viva Glam is always a good way to go!

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick for Fall 2010

It’s described as a luxurious and hydrating cream formula that indulges lips in silky, rich color. Each shade retails for $30 and will be available at Barneys New York, Sephora, and sephora.com in August.

  • Immediately hydrates and softens lips for a plush, cushiony feel and shine
  • Unique blend provides excellent skin-smoothing, moisture-enhancing, and reparative properties
  • Custom-designed bullet features an embossed Hourglass icon
  • Light, airy formula glides on without feeling waxy and heavy
  • Vitamin E conditions and treat with protective super antioxidants
  • Water-resistant, long-lasting, and paraben-free
  • Refillable

Shades

  • Icon
  • Nocturnal
  • Fresco
  • Fever
  • Ballet
  • Edition
  • Fable
  • Whisper
  • Grace
  • Embrace
  • Muse
  • Raven

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