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MAC Styleseeker Collection for Fall 2012


For August: MAC Styleseeker Collection

M·A·C interprets a vivid fall colour collection in tones influenced by the spirit and style of a global wanderer. Translucent, buildable, Powder Blush adds glow. Eye Shadow Duos create brilliant, sultry effects punctuated with Fluidline. Classic Mattene Lipstick is revived for dramatic, dense colour that lasts for hours. Lipglass gets fresh flair in new shades, and Nail Lacquer in jewel tones and metallics extend the opulence to the tips of the fingers.

Eyeshadow x2 ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Culturalized Brule Soft creamy-beige (Satin) / Retrospeck Mid-tone neutral gold (Lustre)
  • Marche Aux Puces Indie Spirit Chestnut brown (Matte) / Chessa Mid-tone golden orange (Veluxe Pearl)
  • On the Hunt Raving Mad Bronzed red (Frost) / Star Myth Bronzed violet (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Whims & Fancies Performance Art Platinum silver (Veluxe Pearl) / Shadowy Lady Blackened plum (Matte)

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dark Diversion Blackened plum (Pearl)
  • Rich Ground Reddened coco with frost (Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Local Wares Dirty olive with multi-dimensional pearl (Pearl)
  • Blacktrack Solid flat black (Matte) (Permanent)

Mattene Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fun Finds Light nude pink (Matte)
  • Eden Rouge Bright blue-red (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Delectable Orange-beige (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Fashion Nomad Bright red orange (Matte)
  • Camden Chic Rich brick red (Matte)

Lipglass ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • C-Thru Peachy beige with shimmer (Permanent)
  • Eclectic Edge Mid-tone clean true orange
  • Ready to Roam Mid-tone true blue red
  • Restless Dark burnt bronze

Powder Blush ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Supercontinental Bright cute coral (Satin)
  • Worldly Wealth Shimmering peachy bronze (Frost)
  • Hidden Treasure Rich burnt red (Satin)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Styleseeker Duochrome orange-red
  • Mean & Green Purple with teal multi-changing pearl (Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Gadabout Girl Blackened plum (Cream)

Availability: August 16th, 2012 (Online), August 23rd, 2012 (North America Locations), September 2012 (International Locations)

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Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “joyful color.” It’s a warm coral with a hint of pink and a satiny sheen. This is definitely a color we’ve seen pop up several times over the year. MAC Fleet Fast is similar, slightly darker and has a more golden sheen. Tom Ford Flush is brighter, more matte in finish. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Tarte Blissful is a touch pinker, brighter, and more matte.

This shade is a Nordstrom exclusive, and it’s a very pretty, summery coral with a lovely sheen that gives the face a warm, ethereal glow.  While it seems pigmented enough, it’s hard to build up color on the cheeks, so it’s not a blusher I’d recommend for medium-dark to dark skin tones. It delivers both subtle and more medium color, so for those with paler complexions, it is easy to use without fear of going overboard.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and not powdery.  It feels like silk against the skin and lies beautifully once applied.  Fleur de Lotus is also extremely blendable and wore for eight hours without fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Fleur de Lotus
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Beautiful Beginnings with LUSH

Beautiful Beginnings with LUSH

What was the first LUSH product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: Oddly enough, one of the first products I tried was a shower gel! Not all-time favorite but good. I’m a huge fan of Angels on Bare Skin, Coalface, and all of their fresh face masks. I’m not much of a bath person, so while I enjoy their bubble bars and bombs, I rarely use them.

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Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer

Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer
Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer

Well, That’s Just Lovely Jubbly!

Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue, and gold micro-particles.” It’s a glittery extravaganza that features magenta, blue, and gold particles. I don’t have an extensive stash of glitter polishes, but I did go through what I could. China Glaze CG in the City is more of a gray-ish purple with not much else going on. Rescue Beauty Lounge Frugalista has magenta glitter, but the other accompanying glitter is silver. Milani Hi-Res was the most similar that I had, but it has a purple base with holographic glitter/shimmer.

It’s a rather opaque glitter, which I was totally keen on, just because layering can be fun, but sometimes you just want one polish and to be done! Swatches show the impact of two coats, which is mostly opaque. Three coats would really cinch it, but I think you can get away with two.  The natural dry down is just a little shiny, but there is some texture due to the glitter content, so a thicker, shiny top coat is a must.  I loved that the texture of this wasn’t at all thick; it didn’t have that almost gel-like consistency of a lot of glitter-filled polishes–it was normal, really. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s polishes with very minor tip wear.

Butter London Nail Lacquer Lovely Jubbly
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

Color Club In True Fashion Collection for Fall 2012


This August: Color Club In True Fashion Collection

Color Club, the New York based nail color company announced today the debut of In True Fashion, the new fall 2012 nail polish collection from Color Club. Straight off the runway comes what is sure to be this season’s hottest collection of all-eyes-on-hue nail lacquers. The Collection features 12 seasonally inspired nail polishes – from Look Book and Personal Stylist to First Looks and Model Behavior – this new vegan, formaldehyde, toluene and DBP-free collection will ensure you are runway ready.  Introducing the In True Fashion Collection from Color Club:

  • Look Book Bright Red
  • Style Icon Burgundy
  • By Design Plum
  • In the Limelight Periwinkle
  • Muse-ical Gray
  • Fashion Moment Eggplant
  • Editorial Peridot Duochrome
  • Port-folio Purple Duochrome
  • Personal Stylist Blue Duochrome
  • First Looks Blue Green Metallic
  • Model Behavior Bronze Metallic
  • Show Time Charcoal Metallic

Availability: August of 2012 @ shopcolorclub.com, $8.00 each

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Guerlain Peach Boy Rose aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Peach Boy Blush Duo
Guerlain Peach Boy Rose aux Joues Blush Duo

Guerlain Goes Two-for-One with New Blushes

Guerlain Peach Boy Blush Duo ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a vibrant orange-coral with a mostly matte finish and a gold-shimmered peach-coral. Combined, the two work together to create a soft gold-shimmered, light-medium coral-orange. For the dominant shade, the color is more intense than NARS Gilda but less intense than NARS Exhibit A; MAC Modern Mandarin has a soft sheen that makes it appear just a hair lighter, while MAC Out for Fun is very similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is also simimilar in color.

The lighter shade is lighter and less coral compared to Make Up For Ever #153, more golden than Tarina Tarantino Feather, and softer than Tom Ford Lovelust. Together, it reminded me of a pinker MAC Ripe Peach, more shimmered MAC Marine Life, shimmered version of Chanel Tweed Brun Rose, or gold-shimmered Tom Ford Lovelust.

Each blush duo is designed to have a dominant shade that yields a pop of color, while the smaller shade can be used blended in or used to highlight or contour.  In Peach Boy, I think it’s safe to say that the bottom shade is a highlighter, given it’s shimmering content and finish.  It definitely works that way.  The darker shade was soft, had good color payoff, but was never powdery–it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like, though it was not too stubborn to work with. I’d recommend using a light hand with the color; it builds nicely and doesn’t go on true-to-pan with one touch, but it can look heavy quickly.

The lighter shade was soft, a little creamier in a way, and blended out beautiful on the cheeks. The shimmer seemed large when I swatched, but it came together nicely on the cheek; it didn’t emphasize pores and yielded a beautiful sheen.  I liked them best together, though, as the highlighting shade alone doesn’t have a lot of color, and when they’re used blended together, you get something with a lovely sheen and just enough color.

When I tested the wear of the darker shade, it wore for eight hours and had no fading that I could note.  The lighter shade wore for eight hours with minor fading.  Together, they wore for eight hours with very minor fading along the edges.  The textures of Guerlain’s new blush duos are very reminiscent of their eyeshadow palettes, which have a drier texture–just a bit firmer–but still finely-milled and soft.  The duo comes with a brush, which was soft enough to be usable, though I still preferred to use a full-sized brush. Also worth mentioning is that the powder is lightly perfumed (in line with other Guerlain powder products).

Guerlain Peach Boy Rose aux Joues Blush Duo

A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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