Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

Maybe Not Sultry, But Still Pretty

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted medium pink with a touch of plum, which gives it a slightly darker overall appearance. It has a lustre finish, but it delivers a surprising amount of color pay off (semi-opaque). I originally bought this to use in the Sultry Season, but it’s just not vampy and dark and sultry enough for that purpose! However, it is a gorgeous shade of pink without being milky, candy, or bright. I think it’s very wearable for both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it leans slightly cool. I don’t know how I went this long without Plumful in my stash!

Lustre finishes are supposed to be more moisturizing but can be somewhat drying (but Plumful wasn’t), but they’re often on the sheerer side; I’m happy that Plumful isn’t, just because some of the lustre shades barely show up at all. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. I typically get four hours of wear out of MAC lipsticks, with some of the darker shades going as long as five.

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Benefit Holiday 2010

Benefit for Holiday 2010

Some Beauty to Love ($29.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

This kit is the perfect gift for the beauty obsessed and includes an array of face-brightening products including: one full-size Coralista coral-pink cheek powder, one full-size Eye Bright instant eye brightener, and deluxe minis of “That Gal” brightening face primer and BADgal Lash mascara.

All You Need is Gloss ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

This glitzy gloss set includes three double-ended wands for a total of six shimmering shades. Glide them on with the soft cushion paddle for the ultimate luscious-lip look. Includes 0.1 oz. sizes of I’m with the Band (golden pink shimmer), Almost Famous (copper penny), Life on the A List (bubble gum pink), Who Are You Wearing (passion fruit pink), Back to the Fuchsia (sparkling fuchsia), 24k (sexy gold).

Her Name was Glowla ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

This complete kit will help you achieve an amazingly radiant glow. It features an ultra-flattering CORALista pink cheek powder, Benefit’s best-selling High Beam luminescent complexion enhancer, BADgal lash mascara, life on the A list lip gloss, and a step-by-step lesson on creating the hottest look for the holidays.

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Chanel Insolente Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Insolente Rouge Allure Lipstick

Bright Pink That’s Wearable

Chanel Insolente (65) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened medium pink with subtle blue undertones. It has next to in noticeable shimmer but has a soft sheen. Like other Rouge Allures, it has opaque color, feels comfortable on the lips, and wears well. I typically get five to six hours of wear with brighter/deeper shades like this one. I wouldn’t describe the formula as overly creamy or moisturizing, but they never dry out my lips and always apply evenly and smoothly.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Insolente is a happy medium of brightness in a pink. It’s not neon, and it’s not the most traffic-stopping pink ever made, but it’s also a whole lot more wearable, too.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

Bare Escentuals for Holiday 2010

Beyond Gorgeous ($54.00)

Take your mood, and your look, above and beyond with a makeup collection full of extraordinary beauty. Beyond Gorgeous, with all its playful touches, makes it easy to make an entrance, turn heads, bask in the frills and thrills of holiday. So go ahead, sweep on these glowing, gorgeous shades, enjoy these special moments, and live life to its fullest (and then some).

Buxom Samantha’s Smoky Eye ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

This set will have you feeling armed and gorgeous with Bare Escentuals’ smoking hot combination of: a Buxom Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol, a Buxom Smoky Eye Brush, a Lash Mascara in deep black, and a universally flattering nude Samantha Big & Healthy Lip Polish.

Brush with Genius Magnetic Brush Collection ($45.00)

Brilliant. Amazing. Super-Crazy-Fantastic. This innovative, patent-pending set has five interchangeable brush heads that fit securely onto one magnetic, double-ended brush handle. The full range of professional-quality face and eye brushes provides for all your beauty needs. And everything fits nice and snug in the Stow & Go Case, making it incredibly quick and easy to change brushes wherever you are.

Buxom Babes Rock Stars ($28.00)

Pump up the volume with Gabbi, Blanche, Julie and Tonya, four chart-topping sensations who will rock your pout to the max. By the opening act, your lips will be curvaceous, voluptuous and amped in sparkling color. You’ll feel a tingly, cooling sensation which means they’re getting fuller by the minute, while a deep infusion of antioxidant vitamins A and E will keep them soft, smooth and protected. With show-stopping shine and a sheer wash of color, these rock stars will leave you wishing for an encore. Congrats to Tonya P., the ultimate rock star who inspired us by sharing her story.

Buxom Really Good Lines ($28.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

6 x 0.01 oz Eyeliners in: No. 1: “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” (bright turquoise), No. 2: “Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?” (violet purple), No. 3: “Are you a parking ticket? You’ve got fine written all over you.” (pearl white), No. 4: “If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put “U” and “I” together.” (black), No. 5: “Are those sexy legs tired? You’ve been running through my mind.” (espresso), No. 6: “You must be a thief because you stole my heart.” (gold with silver micro glitter)

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

NARS Vintage Nail Polish
King Kong, Mash, Zulu, Midnight Express, Full Metal Jacket

NARS Vintage Nail Polishes see the re-release of five coveted NARS shades. As of late last night, Zulu was back in stock, actually, though it was sold out for a time. These are all limited edition, and each shade retails for $16.

  • King Kong is a orange-toned molten copper bronze with copper shimmer threaded through the base color. This was the most pigmented shade out of the five; I used two coats. This applied evenly and smoothly, and it didn’t show brushstrokes too much for a metallic finish.
  • Mash is a darkened olive green base with green and gold shimmer that warm it up. This was my favorite color out of the bunch. You’ll definitely need three coats, and some brushstrokes ended up showing for me, so be patient.
  • Zulu is a deep, dark blackened green jelly. It’s very inky and solid and virtually black in low lighting. In the sunlight, the green of its base is more apparent. You’ll need at least three coats, if not four, to get full, opaque color. I’d also recommend slightly thicker coats, because those thinner coats seem to cause some streaking.
  • Midnight Express is a deep, dark blackened navy. Just like Zulu, this shade is mostly black in low light and brightens up to its bluer form in sunlight. I did three coats, but you may find four better. The application for this shade was exactly the same as Zulu for me.
  • Full Metal Jacket is a bluish silvered gray with silver shimmer. It is the most metallic of the five, and it is incredibly prone to showing brushstrokes. Patience is key with these kinds of metallics–you want to minimize the pressure and the number of times you brush the polish on the nails. Three coats.

The application issues make me wary of recommending these. Part of me wants to tell you to scoop up any shades that catch your eye before they’re sold out or gone for good, but the other part of me just wants to say, well, they don’t seem super-freaking-awesome as some shades have been hyped up to be. (Zulu, I’m looking at you!) It can be fun own a piece of history, as it were, though, and with some patience and a steady hand, all of these shades are workable. Mash and King Kong were good, while the rest were decent, so they kind of balance out. What also saves these polishes is that they’re not easy to dupe, which makes them even more covetable.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t normally purchase $16 nail polish, these might not be the best ones to go for first. They’re not as easy to apply as your average nail polish. Also, if you can’t be fussed to be careful and wait between coats, you’ll probably have a poor experience with these.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Estee Lauder Holiday 2010

Estee Lauder Pure Color Extravagant for Holiday 2010

“Fantasy, luxury and of course femininity were my inspirations for this Holiday collection. There are many lip and eye colors to play with and they all have a wonderful texture for an easy application.” — Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

This holiday season, Estée Lauder invites you to experience the intensely lavish, new luxury in cosmetics with Pure Color Extravagant by Tom Pecheux. Taking cue from the sophistication and contemporary glamour of the upcoming holiday season, Tom Pecheux created new looks for eyes, lips and nails that are layered with dramatic style and color. Luscious reds and opulent golds set the stage for a bold range of textures that wrap your features in alluring holiday elegance. Introducing Estée Lauder Pure Color Extravagant.

Eyes

  • Extravagant Gold Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00)

Lips

  • Extravagant Gold Pure Color Five Color Lip Palette ($42.00)
  • Extravagant Red Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($22.00)
  • Extravagant Berry Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($22.00)
  • Extravagant Plum Pure Color Gloss ($20.00)
  • Star Ruby Pure Color Gloss ($20.00)
  • Electric Ginger Color Gloss ($20.00)

Nails

  • Extravagant Pearl Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18.00)
  • Extravagant Night Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

Availability: October 2010

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