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theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette

theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette
theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette

Rock Out with Your Shadows Out

theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette ($39.50 for 0.76 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (0.38 oz., which is just over 0.03 oz.), one highlighter (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.10 oz.), and two lip colors (0.14 oz.). It will launch today on theBalm’s website.

Metal-ica is a silvery-white with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was on the powdery side; very soft and dense. We’re definitely seeing a lot of these shades for the holidays; here are a few that compare favorably: MAC Crystal Avalanche, Buxom Sheepdog, NARS Flowers 1-3, and theBalm Sassy.

Adagio is a pale neutral beige with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and it was smooth and soft without being powdery. It works well layered over some of the more shimmery shades to tone down the finish if so desired. MAC Brule is very similar. theBalm Matt Smith is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is pinker. MAC Blanc Type is lighter. Inglot #390 is darker.

Blink 1982 is a muted burgundy with a hint of plum/mauve and a golden shimmer. The texture on this shade was a bit dry, so the color payoff was not quite opaque. Lancome Color du Jour is darker but similar. MAC Trax is more purple.

Iron Maid-in is a dirty gold with a metallic, frosted finish. It was not fully opaque, but it had good pigmentation overall. The texture wasn’t as buttery as other theBalm eyeshadows. Chanel Eclaire is more golden. MAC Sweet & Sour is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar, less metallic. theBalm Snobby is more matte and yellow.

Allegro is a medium brown with yellowed undertones and a matte finish. It’s soft enough to be easy to blend, but not so soft as to be powdery. It had good color payoff. Dior golden Savvanah is a bit darker, slightly grayer, but similar. Urban Decay Naked is less yellow. These were the only two shades that really fit the bill out of all. these. browns.

The Stroke is a dark navy blue with a satiny finish. It had so-so color payoff, because it was on the drier side. It performed better on the lid, and it blended out easily. Bare Escentuals Shaken Not Stirred is similar but a bit darker. MAC Lunar is bluer. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is similar. This is not an uncommon shade of blue.

Lead Zeppelin is an olive green with olive and green shimmer over a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and while very soft and smooth, it was a smidgen powdery. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is greener, lighter. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is darker, less olive. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more metallic but similar in color. Inglot #419 is a bit greener.

Moderato is a purple-burgundy with a matte finish. The texture was a little dry, and the resulting pigmentation was so-so. It performed a lot better on the eye, and I didn’t have any trouble with the pigmentation there–I hardly had to use any to get deep color. theBalm Sexy is browner. MAC Real Drama is similar. MAC Rich Core is similar but frosted.

rem is a smoky medium purple with gold-copper shimmer-sheen. It’s an interesting, complex color. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is similar when sheered out. Bare Escentuals Romp is less pink.

Alice Copper is a rich burgundy-red with orange-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had really rich pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. Chanel Eclosino is less shimmery. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is more burgundy. Make Up For Ever #17 is more metallic. Inglot #452 has a more metallic finish but is very similar.

Presto is a dark brown with burgundy-ish undertones and a hint of warmth. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good. It’s just soft enough to be blendable and pigmented, but it’s not at all powdery. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is similar. Bare Escentuals Foreshadow is a little darker. theBalm Mahna-Mahna has more of a sheen and less red in it.

Third Eye Blinded is a warm, light peach with a fairly frosted finish. The pigmentation was excellent, and the texture was so soft and easy to blend. This worked well as a highlighter. theBalm Swedish Pancakes is less frosted, more metallic, but fairly similar. MAC Naked Lunch has more beige in it. MAC Jest is less peach. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is darker. Chanel Complice is close.

Solid Gold is a slightly paled, warm gold with a shimmer-sheen finish and a hint of beige coloring. It has plenty o’ color, so it will show up on all skin tones. This shade wore for eight hours without fading or separating. MAC Chez Chez Lame is the closest I could think of, but it is a little lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer is a bit yellower.

Don’t You Want Me is a warm coral-pink with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and it is somewhat buildable. The texture was a little dry, but it seemed to blend out easily enough. It wore for eight hours with minor, but noticeable, fading at that point. MAC Supercontinental is more orange. MAC Fleet Fast has shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is more orange. MAC Immortal Flower is softer, just barely pinker.

Milly is a pale pink with a neutral-gray undertone. It had a matte finish and opaque color coverage. When I tested it, it lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Pure Zen is less pink. MAC Lazy Day is grayer.

Vanilly is bright red with a mostly matte finish and a barely blue undertone. It was richly pigmented and had opaque color coverage. This shade lasted six and a half hours and left behind a soft stain. MAC Eden Rouge is similar. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is bluer and darker. MAC Ruffian Red is similar. It’s a fairly common shade of red lipstick.

Overall, it’s a good palette, and at the price point, worth checking out and potentially snagging. There were a few shades on the powdery side in the palette, and a couple were less pigmented initially, but when applied to the eye, I found them to apply much, much better (upgraded to fairly pigmented/opaque in color). There’s a good mix of textures–matte, frosts, shimmers–and very fall-appropriate colors.

theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Video: Mid-Week in Review – NARS Andy Warhol Collection

Video: Mid-Week in Review, Vol. 003

This is a long one, so grab a snack! 🙂  The video is really dual-purpose — it’s really a recap of the past four days, but it also is a recap of the NARS and Andy Warhol collaboration (from what we’ve seen so far).  I hope you enjoy!

Products mentioned:

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (Nouvelle, Gamine, Icon), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner (lower lash line), and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lengthening Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (125), Milani Dolce Pink Blush, Guerlain Les Voilettes Mineral Powder. On lips: Guerlain Paresse Rouge G L’Extrait Lip Color.

Chanel Bleu Illusion de Chanel Collection for Fall 2012


This September: Chanel Bleu Illusion de Chanel Collection

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, borrows the intangible hues of summer blue. Like a cloud-strewn sky, eyes take up shimmering reflections that change with the light. The juvenile grace of an almost nude face showcases eyes with marine depths, mellowed by the radiance of blue tones.

On eyelids, ILLUSION D’OMBRE takes on a scintillating and satiny effect that makes eye makeup glow with each bat of the lashes. Two airy shades of grey blue, one pale, DESTINATION, and the other more intense, APPARITION, adapt to all faces. Eyeshadows are applied according to inspiration: in sheer washes or deep colour blocks, in monochrome or gradations. Mascara-laden lashes accentuate the graphic tracing of the eye contour with a sophisticated note. LE CRAYON YEUX BLEU AÉRIEN borders the eyelids with an intense stroke, like a horizon line over the ocean.
For the final step of this chromatic journey, LE VERNIS SKY LINE sweeps nails with a delicate shade of pearly blue that captures and softens the light in its pearly reflections.

Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00)

  • Apparition Intense grey-blue
  • Destination Silver-blue

Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer ($29.00)

  • Bleu Aerien Intense, luminous blue

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00)

  • Sky Line Pale, pearlescent, nearly metallic blue

Availability: Now @ Chanel; September 2012 for Chanel department stores and boutiques

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Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Relaunches


Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Relaunches

An alluring statement of elegance, the iconic lipstick ROUGE ALLURE dresses lips with unmistakable attitude. A true symbol of authentic luxury, its sleek signature black column opens with a click…now to reveal a dramatic new formulation for colour that’s radically intense.

New ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lip Colour represents the next generation of this classic lipstick. Its stunning colour is the result of a concentration of ultra-thin pigments, specially designed to magnify shade intensity. Lighter hues have a unique presence, revealing nuances and depth. Darker tones heighten the drama, with audacity and pure elegance for an ultra-feminine effect. Colour brilliance is only part of the story of new ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lip Colour. Special hydrating agents and antioxidants, rich in green tea and sappan wood, leave lips supple and protected for lasting comfort, while tea butter ensures colour endures for the ultimate wear.

A range of sixteen seductively intense shades, from a delicate beige to a black-red. $34.00.

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($32.50)

  • Seduisante Soft pink
  • Secrete Blue soft pink
  • Exaltee Intense fuchsia
  • Extatique Blue intense pink
  • Incandescente Fire red
  • Coromandel Orange-red
  • Pirate Blue-red
  • Palpitante Raspberry red
  • Passion Blue intense red
  • Inimitable Intense pearly red
  • Enjouee Pink coral
  • Excentrique Intense apricot
  • Gracile Pink-beige
  • Pimpante Soft peach
  • Determinee Violine brown
  • Rouge Noir Black Red

Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer ($29.00)

  • Fuchsia Intense pink
  • Rouge Profond Red
  • Orange Intense Intense coral

Aqua Crayon Lip Colour Stick ($26.00)

  • Brown Copper Brown copper (Limited Edition)
  • Rosewood Pink brown (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($26.00)

  • Coromandel Orange-red
  • Beige Beige

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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MAC Middle Eastern Lipsticks – Shade Extensions


MAC Middle Eastern Lipsticks – Shade Extensions

MAC Middle Eastern Lipsticks – Shade Extensions

Lipsticks go lush in full-bodied shades inspired by the sultry tones of the Middle East. Be marvelous in Mehr’s rosy mauve, or for a more dramatic look, try Tabla for a rich chocolate brown. Yash is luxurious and chic in a soft sandy neutral and Double Shot promises to keep you savvy in chestnut.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Double Shot Full bodied mocha cream (Amplified)
  • Tabla Chocolate brown (Amplified)

Availability: Online at maccosmetics.com September 6th, in-stores September 13th (North America), September 2012 (International)

MAC Face & Body Collection for Fall 2012


MAC Face & Body Collection

MAC Face & Body Collection for Fall 2012

Three formulas: Face and Body Foundation’s water-based, anti-oxidant-rich liquid goes on smoothly for up to 8 hours of natural-looking wear. Pro Sculpting Cream, in two original and four new limited-edition shades, creates dimension and definition using natural tones. Lightweight, soothing and vitamin-rich. New Pressed Pigment in six, limited-edition, pearlescent shades are creamy and highly concentrated. Apply dry for a subtle and sophisticated translucent finish or wet for high-shine, dramatic dimension.

Pressed Pigment ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Light Touch High pearl powder in W10 (Limited Edition)
  • Warming Heart High pearl powder in NW20 (Limited Edition)
  • Day Gleam High pearl powder in NC30 (Limited Edition)
  • Spot Lit High pearl powder in NW35 (Limited Edition)
  • Beaming High pearl powder in NC50 (Limited Edition)
  • Deeply Dashing High pearl powder in NW55 (Limited Edition)

Pro Sculpting Cream ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • Accentuate Peachy beige (Limited Edition)
  • Naturally Defined Warm beige (Limited Edition)
  • Pure Sculpture Neutral pink beige (Limited Edition)
  • Copper Beech Warm golden brown (Limited Edition)
  • Coffee Walnut Deep, dirty cool brown (Limited Edition)
  • Richly Honed Warm deep brown (Limited Edition)

Face & Body Foundation ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
  • N1, N2, N3, N5, N7, N9

Brushes

  • 215 Medium shader ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)
  • 163 Flat contour ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN)

Availability: Online at maccosmetics.com September 6th, in-stores September 13th (North America), September 2012 (International), September 2013 (Asia)

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