Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Givenchy Poetique Blues Eyeshadow Palette

Givenchy Poetique Blues Prismissime Eyes

Givenchy Poetique Blues Prismissime Eyes ($53.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of two eyeshadow palettes released with Givenchy’s Les Poetiques Collection for fall. It features nine different marbled/splattered eyeshadows.

Here’s a quick rundown of the colors, row by row, left to right:

  • Top row: a pale, icy pink; a bluish-gray with a purple cast; an icy silvery white
  • Middle row: a pale bright silver-white; a light champagne-beige; an icy, light purple
  • Bottom row: a warm-toned pale peach-champagne; a dirty champagne taupe; a dark purple

This is one of the more pigmented Givenchy palettes I’ve played with, so I’m happy to see they increased the pigmentation level in the latest limited edition palettes. There’s also a good assortment of shades, though two of them are close to another two within the palette, so that’s a bit of a downer. If you’re not a fan of shimmers and frost finishes, you’re not going to like this palette (or most other Givenchy palettes for that matter).

Givenchy always excels at making packaging functional and sleek, and this fall is no exception. The eyeshadows themselves look funky (in a good way!) and the outside casing is pretty. They do include three different sized sponge-tipped brushes underneath the eyeshadows, though I’d never use them unless in a pinch (use real brushes if you can!).

Even though Givenchy is a high-end, closer-to-luxury brand of cosmetics, its eyeshadow palettes are extraordinarily priced. Normally, palettes are less expensive (by the ounce) than single eyeshadows, but with Givenchy, you’d be getting more for your money by buying single eyeshadows! (For reference, the palette is $441.67/oz. vs. single eyeshadow at $383.33/oz.)

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: One of the nicest Givenchy palettes this year with better color pay off and a good assortment of shades perfect for fall (and winter, too!)… it’s just on the pricey side and doesn’t come cheap.

AvailabilitySephora

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque for Winter 2009

Discover the new incarnation of iconic ROUGE ALLURE lipstick — a liquid lip colour inspired by the legendary lacquered Coromandel screens in Mademoiselle’s rue Cambon apartment. Intensely rich colour and patent-like shine last up to eight hours. Temptingly creamy texture and fuller coverage feel deeply indulgent from the very first touch. A unique applicator in an elegant case provides perfectly precise application. Available in eight stunning shades.

Rouge Allure Laque / Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer ($32.00)

  • Santal Nude
  • Ming Nude rose
  • Phoenix Candy pink
  • Mandarin Coral
  • Dynastie Pink
  • Coromandel Red
  • Dragon True red
  • Imperial Deep rose

Rouge Allure / Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Mythic Light beige
  • Orientale Rose beige
  • Fatale Deep plum

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Ming Pink
  • Coromandel Deep red
  • Dragon True red
  • Imperiale Brown

Availability: October 2009

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Waterproof Mascara

L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Waterproof Mascara

L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Waterproof Mascara ($7.95) hit shelves this summer and it had a lot to live up to, because L’Oreal Voluminous is an often recommended go-to mascara for beauty fans. Unfortunately, Collagen just doesn’t bring it home like Voluminous does.

L’Oreal’s latest mascara does add volume, thicken lashes, and it’s fairly black in pigment–but it just doesn’t do it with excellence. It’s okay; not bad, not fabulous. I liked the length it gave, but I found it clumped quickly, because it also dried very fast (by mascara standards). Thickness was so-so as was volume. Lashes definitely looked longer and fuller, but Voluminous does this job better and more effectively.

Not that I appreciate a particularly wet mascara, but this one dries a little faster than you can work, which results in clumping and unevenness in thickening. I found clumping wasn’t too bad if you got the excess off the brush first (my inner corner lashes were done where the brush had far too much product on it, and thus, Clump City). The brush itself has very stubby bristles, which is why it can easily lead to clumps if you don’t work quickly or wipe off the excess off your brush first. This mascara wand just isn’t designed to separate lashes, so you definitely need a lash comb/clean mascara wand to do that post-application.

Even though it was pretty average in a lot of areas, one area that it faired better in was holding up to its waterproof claim and not drying my lashes out. Often waterproof formulations lead to dry, crispy lashes, but my lashes still felt fairly soft and not at all stiff/hard. Like most waterproof mascaras, make sure you have a good oil-based makeup remover on hand to make for an easy removal process.

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  • Product: 6/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 6/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If your natural lashes are always fabulous, you can easily use this mascara with just one quick coat and have great looking lashes. For those of us who need a few more coats (and a little more help!), this one can be tricky to work with.

Availability: Drugstore.com

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Urban Decay Holiday 2009 Collection/Offerings

As per usual, Urban Decay doesn’t disappoint with an early release of some very delectable holiday offerings!

24/7 Super Stash ($36.00)

  • Five Existing Shades: Zero, Graffiti, Ransom, Rockstar, Stash
  • Four New Shades: Corrupt (chocolate-brown with sparkle), Binge (navy), Eldorado (golden), and Oil Slick (black with glitter)

Book of Shadows Vol. 2 ($48.00)

  • Seven New Shades: AC/DC (dark purple), Nylon (brown sparkle), Mushroom (gunmetal with taupe shift), Sphynx (pink w/glitter), Jinx (bright blue), Homegrown (bright green), Misdemeanor (dark teal)
  • Nine Existing Shades: Perversion, Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, YDK
  • Also included are must-have travel size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in best-sellers Zero and Bourbon, AND a travel size Eyeshadow Primer Potion in a new curvy bottle!

Apocalyptic Nail Kit ($26.00)

  • White Widow (white sparkle)
  • Gunmetal (gunmetal sparkle)
  • Apocalypse (black-purple)
  • Grunge (metallic peacock)
  • Meltdown (royal purple)
  • Big Bang (sparkling hot pink)
  • Fbomb (true red)

Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00)

  • Snatch (peachy-pink with glitter) (NEW)
  • Mildew (deep green)
  • Flash (electric purple)
  • Painkiller (turquoise shimmer) (NEW)
  • Smog (deep bronze)
  • Toasted (copper)
  • 24/7 Eye Pencil Zero (black)
  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Smoke Out Kit ($34.00)

  • Sweet Lucy Blacks/greys
    Ju-Ju Browns/neutrals
    Yerba Deep greens

Urban Decay Rocks ($18.00)

More sophisticated than “body bling”, these resplendent crystals come in a variety of 24 silver, gold, and iridescent stones. Use just one in the inner or outer corner of your eyes, try a smattering of different stones on one cheek, or ghetto-fabu-lize your nails. Get creative!

Availability: Secret Stash, Book of Shadows Vol. 2, Show Pony Shadow Box can be purchased at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s West locations. Or, online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com. Apocalyptic Nail Kit can be purchased at Sephora and select Macy’s. Or, online at sephora.com, macys.com and urbandecay.com. Urban Decay Rocks! Available for $18 at select Macy’s West locations. Or, online at macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Lather Up: Chanel Mousse Exfoliante Purete

Chanel Mousse Exfoliante Purete ($45.00 for 5 oz.) is a creamy cleanser/extremely mild exfoliant that cleanses, controls oil, and lightly exfoliates without ever missing a beat. If the name as you a little confused, the English version is Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution.

Don’t let the sticker price fool you, this product does its job amazingly well and one tube will last you at least six months, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it lasted longer. It took me several tries to figure out just how little I needed–no more than a pea-size amount for face and neck. It foams up with little water and goes on thickly (but doesn’t feel heavy). All I know is I didn’t expect to fall in love with a Chanel cleanser, but I definitely did! This has quickly become a Temptalia household staple.

There are small exfoliating beads in this product, and I really do mean small. They’re small and sparse enough to make it incredibly mild in exfoliation, so you can easily use this product once or twice a day (AM/PM). It smells clean, that’s the only way I can describe it, and really does an excellent job at leaving my face clean.

It’s not the best at removing more lasting makeup like eyeliner and mascara and will leave a few traces behind, but I find most cleansers to do this (particularly since I don’t want to exfoliate my eyelids or anything!). Whenever I wear heavy eye or lip makeup, I use a separate makeup remover to handle those before I get into the facial cleansing anyway, so for me, it’s not a make or break point.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: If you want a cleanser that feels luxurious AND delivers and still holds value… consider Chanel’s latest addition to the Precision skincare line-up.

Availability: Nordstrom

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

HauteLook is having a DDF Skincare sale!

The sale is going on now at HauteLook! :)  Looks like they have a good variety of products available to choose from, and after a cursory glance, looks like most products are 50% off.  I still haven’t gotten a chance to try the DDF products I bought last time they were on HauteLook so I’m gonna pass today.

(The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :) )

The Fairest has a Cosmedicine sale going on!

I’ve always heard a TON of good things about their Medi-Matte Lotion, so I think I’m gonna pick some up myself and see what the buzz is about…

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

Share your favorite DDF & Cosmedicine products in the comments! :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!