Thursday, July 30th, 2009

30 Days of Make Up For Ever: The Final Wrap-Up

We did it! Today concludes our feature on Make Up For Ever, and I’ve finally shared with you the entirety of my IMATS haul (where did you think most of this stuff came from?! thank goodness for discounts!).  I hope you’ve enjoyed the coverage and learned a little bit about the brand!

Looks

Ideas

Reviews

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Make Up For Ever: Brand Overview & Thoughts

We’re just about finished with 30 Days of Make Up For Ever, and it sure has been a ride, yeah? Lots of products covered, albeit skewed towards the eyes for sure. (But really, did you expect anything less from me?!) I thought I’d give some of my thoughts on the overall brand based on my experience thus far, as well as tell you about some of my must-haves from what I’ve tried.

A lot of people have asked me throughout the past month whether Make Up For Ever eyeshadows are better than MAC’s. The short answer? No. The long answer? At times, but other times, no. What Make Up For Ever excels at is matte eyeshadows. Their shimmer eyeshadows just don’t do it for me — they tend to feel a little flat. It’ll be a green shadow with green or silver shimmer. There’s just not enough contrast, change in tone, subtleties or what-have-you. Their matte eyeshadows, on the other hand, are extremely pigmented, smooth, and fairly easy to use.

I think MAC makes a mean frost/shimmery shade. A good MAC shadow is just as good as a good Make Up For Ever eyeshadow. MAC’s biggest issue is that it just isn’t consistent, particularly with limited edition eyeshadows. Some of MAC’s matte eyeshadows are amazing, but their variety is a lot more limited compared to Make Up For Ever’s. MAC’s permanent line of eyeshadows is also pretty good and fairly consistent as well — I just find a lot less consistency and overall quality in some of the limited edition launches.

Make Up For Ever also offers a lot of bright, intensely pigmented shades that MAC doesn’t offer. One really great thing about Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows is that even if you buy them off of Sephora, so they’re in individual compacts, they’re all magnetic and can be popped out like it’s no big deal. No depotting necessary! Make Up For Ever eyeshadows are larger with 0.08 oz. of product for $19.00, compared to MAC, which are 0.05 oz. for $14.50, which does make Make Up For Ever cheaper by the ounce.

Bottom line? You can’t really go wrong with either brand on the whole. If MAC doesn’t make the shade you’re looking for, definitely consider Make Up For Ever. If you want intense pigmentation or love matte finishes, try Make Up For Ever.

Their lipglosses were less impressive, though I only tried the Glossy Full Couleur. Their Smoky Aqua Lash mascara was so-so, but it didn’t make me want to switch from MAC Plushlash or Chanel Exceptionnel. I did, however, love their Aqua Eyes Liners, which are pigmented, have a nice sheen, and are long-wearing–all good things in my book! The Star Powders and Pure Pigments are nice, and I definitely prefer the Star Powders for their versatility and wearability. Pure Pigments are just a little too intense for me–just not something I’ll wear often, if ever!

  • Must-Have Eyeshadows: #5, 52, 72, 75, 83, 91, 92, 93, 99, 118, 159
    Skip These Eyeshadows: #101, 147
    Must-Try Products: Star Powders, Aqua Eye Liners

P.S. – Don’t forget, all Make Up For Ever eyeshadows can be used as blushes, too. They are meant to be used interchangeably.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

NARS Cosmetics – Lipsticks – Swatches

NARS’ range of lipsticks ($24.00 each) include three finishes: satin, which is a soft, semi-opaque texture with slight sheen; semi-matte, which is an opaque, creamy near-matte finish; and sheer, which is a sheer formula with more noticeable shimmer. Based on their current line-up, NARS features 11 shades of satin lipsticks, 18 shades of semi-matte lipsticks, and 28 shades of sheer lipsticks.

Some of my favorites were Catfight, Christina (drat! if only it was “Christine”, I’d so get it just for the name), Flair, Funny Face, Roman Holiday (reminds me of Real Doll by MAC, which was LE and often coveted), Shanghai Express, Niagara, Venice, and Scarlett Empress.

What are your favorites? Do you have any?

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection – Backstage at the Photoshoot

Remember a few weeks ago when we were all wondering just how on earth MAC came up with the makeup used in this look?

Time for an Update!

Last week, we came across some behind-the-scenes photos from the Colour Craft photoshoot, and one of the photos showed a Ben Nye palette.  After talking with MAC HQ, the Director of Makeup Artistry, Bianca Alexander, walked us through what was used for the photoshoot.

Here’s the breakdown she gave us:

  • Use Brush 222 to highlight under the left brow with Passionate Eye Shadow.
  • Blend Bitter Eye Shadow through the inner and center of eyelid with Brush 252.
  • Use Smolder Eye Kohl to intensify the waterline, and follow with Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner on both upper and lower lashline.
  • Use Brush 219 to blend Passionate Eye Shadow under lower lashline, diffusing the line outward for an airbrushed effect.
  • Begin design on the left eye by using Brush 242 to shade a circle of Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow at the browbone.
  • Switch to Brush 219 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow at the temple.
  • Switch to a clean Brush 242 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the eyelid.
  • Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes with a delicate black line.
  • Begin design on the right eye by using Brush 219 to shade a circle of Passionate Eye Shadow at the browbone.
  • Use Brush 242 to shade a circle at the temple with Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow.
  • Switch to the previous Brush 242 used to apply Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the left eye, and shade a circle at the crease to complete the right eye.
  • Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes on the right eye with a delicate black line.
  • Apply a generous coat of Zoomblack Zoom Lash Mascara on both upper and lower lashes.
  • Hydrate and refine lips with an application of Prep + Prime Lip with Brush 311.
  • Use Beet Lip Pencil to define lips before shading Lipstick in Trimming Talk along the outer edge with Brush 316.
  • Highlight the center of the lip with Lipglass in Miss Marble and Girlish Romp Mineralize Eye Shadow.

The ever-talented artist Linn recreated the Colour Craft face chart using the products suggested, and she achieved:

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Love That Look Collection

M·A·C Shadows are simply the best… sought after by Legends and Lolitas, Punks and Princesses, and all the pretty girls and boys who know what’s killer when they see it! Season after season they show the love – now it’s our turn with Love That Look!

An intensified take on everything incredible about M·A·C Starflash eyeshadow, with a formula so astro-silky, creamy, cushion-like, and pearl-finished, in a fantasia of 12 fabulously frosted shades. Four pearlglide liners to give the people what they want, essential Zoomblack Mascara and the 217 blending and 239 eyeshadow brushes that can make any first-time-tryer a true believer. Love That Look… Everybody interesting does!

Starflash Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Grand Entrance Frosty neutral peach beige
  • Dreammaker Frosty yellow gold
  • Smoke & Diamonds Frosty dirty taupe
  • Glamour Check! Frosty reddish brown
  • Strike a Pose Dirty/Deep blue green
  • Ego Light yellow pink
  • Fashion Groupie Light blue violet
  • Unbasic White Bright off white
  • One-Off Mid-tone green with silver pearl
  • Rated “R” Bright yellow green
  • Style Snob Dirty pink brown with gold pearl
  • Fashion Light grey green with gold pearl

Pearlglide Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Black Russian Black with navy blue glitter
  • Rave Deep purple with purple glitter
  • Molasses Dirty brown with mid-tone brown glitter
  • Fly-By-Blu Light blue with blue glitter

Zoom Lash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Zoomblack Rich black

Brush

  • 217 Blending Brush For shading or blending of colour or creamy products ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)
  • 239 Eye Shader Brush Soft and dense to shade or blend eyeshadow or emolient-based products. ($24.50 U.S. / $29.50 CDN)

Availability: July 23rd, 2009 and July 30th for North America locations. August 2009 for international.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


5L, 17L, 20L, 12L, 7L, 15L, 10L

Aqua Eyes Eye Liner

Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes line is probably one of the top eyeliner formulas on the market to-date.  It’s extremely budge-proof, smudge-proof, and water-resistant.  It actually holds up quite well to all three claims.  Add to that a diverse range of color choices (Sephora sells 25), and you have a winning combination.   They’re smooth, well-pigmented, and deliver long-lasting color.

  • #5L is a khaki-bronze with a hint of green in it. It’s like a deep, slightly green-toned antique gold. I love wearing this with golds, browns, and greens.
  • #17L is a soft, yellowed spring green with soft shimmer sheen. I was hoping for a little more chartreuse in it, but it’s still a nice, subtle liner color.
  • #20L is a forest-green with teal in it. I adore this one — a definite must-have. I pair it with blues, teals, and greens.
  • #12L is a dark blue with a subtle shimmer-sheen. It’s not super unique, but it’s a nice blue shade.
  • #7L is a nice pop of blue-based turquoise. It’s the brightest color that I own.
  • #15L is an violet-blue shade. I liked this one, because I felt like it was fairly unique. I don’t have anything like this in my collection of eye liners.
  • #10L is a bronzy-copper. It’s very “me” in a sense, because I love these kinds of warm-toned bronzes. It’s great with warm-toned looks, particularly neutral looks, for an extra kick.

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