Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


Make Up For Ever #158 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Eyeshadows ($19.00 each) and Diamond Eyeshadows ($20.00) each are sold individually in single-sized compacts. What’s nifty about the compacts is that they’re already magnetized and there’s no depotting necessary. If you need to pop one out, just take a pair of tweezers to do so (I do this to prevent any “oops!”). You can also purchase the eyeshadows in pan-form only (I believe that those are $13.00 each) and then fit them into 10-pan palettes (I believe those are $13 as well).

  • #158 is a matte, medium red. It goes on smoothly, has good pigmentation, and it doesn’t have a chalky texture. Because of the intensity of the red pigment, this color may stain lids temporarily. Compared with 99, this is a much subtler red. I like that it doesn’t have any noticeable brown in it, so it doesn’t come out brick red.
  • #99 is a matte, bright apple red. It feels like velvet when swatched, and it packs a lot of color without much product. This one, like 158, may also stain lids temporarily.
  • #75 is a matte, bright hot pink. This is the shade I used in yesterday’s look, and it definitely gives you a nice pop of bright pink color. It, too, will stain your lids, though. I didn’t wear a base beyond my lid, and anywhere I had #75 above my lid, it stained. It is pretty easy to work with and feels like a buttery matte with no chalkiness to it.
  • #85 is a shimmery, soft pink. This is a pretty color, and it reminds me of MAC Pink Freeze, just not as gritty/glittery. This is smoother, and while it doesn’t pack a lot of color, it is a nice all-over-lid shade to brighten up eyes.
  • #303 is a shimmery, pale pastel pink. All Make Up For Ever shadows that start with a 3 (e.g. #3_ _) are Diamond Eyeshadows. According to the brand, Diamond Eyeshadows is a combinatoin of their Diamond Powders and their regular Eyeshadows. No matter what you call it, they’re shimmery and iridescent. This is almost like a pink-meets-lilac color, but it runs a bit pastel and cool-toned with subtle silvery-pink shimmer.

To avoid staining:  make sure to layer a base underneath wherever you’re going to put a shadow that has the potential to stain.  When I used #75 on my eyes, it only stained above my crease, where I laid it down directly onto skin.  The staining does fade after about a day or so, though.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection: Face

An Artist’s signature is the finishing touch, the decisive moment when colour, composition, and creativity come together in equal measure.

Colour Craft is all about making it your own…perfection as The Muse intended. This unprecedented assortment of Mineralize Skinfinish shades work it out beautifully, with three new mosaic combinations: Triple Fusion, Smooth Merge, Warm Blend; or simply singular one-shade Sunny By Nature, just Porcelain Pink, or rich Cheeky Bronze. 131 Duo Fibre Brush with built-in short natural fibres AND longer optic fibres all-in-one comes together as the ultimate Artist’s tool for sleek shading and haute highlighting.

Mineralize Skinfinish ($27.00 U.S./$32.50 CDN)

  • Sunny By Nature Rich Bronze with pink pearl
  • Cheeky Bronze Soft Golden Coral with bronze pearl
  • Porcelain Pink Soft pinky coral with gold veining
  • Triple Fusion Left : Soft Champagne Gold; Center: Soft Golden Pink; Right: Rose Pink with Golden Nuances
  • Smooth Merge Left: Soft Champagne Pink; Center: Deep Rose; Right: Pale Cool Pink
  • Warm Blend Left: Antique Gold; Center: Mahogany Bronze; Right: Copper

Brush

  • 131 Duo Fibre Powder/Blush Flat, tapered brush that contains a combination of short and long fibres. Ideally suited for Mineralize Skinfinish Powders ($40.00 U.S./$48.00 CDN)

Available: North America July 9, 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com, International July 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection: Colour

Every Artist must be daring if she wants to hone her Craft, and post-summer 2009 colour was conceived with that kind of creativity in mind.

A sensibility that surpasses expectations with inventive new Mineralize Eye Shadow pinwheel designs that combine new hues in modern, neo-geo ways; Lipglass gets a lift too, now with three shades swirled to create a one-of-a-kind marble finish delivered in a new, sleek vial. The small but seriously artful 109 and 226 Brushes are musts… add the newest colour sensations in complementary Lipstick, Mineralize Eye Shadow and Mineralize Blush, and any glamorous gallery will go gaga to give you your own one-woman show!

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN)

  • Madly Creative Pink neutral with white pearl
  • Ever Embellish Plum brown with red pearl
  • Made with Love Bright coral pink
  • Colour Crafted Milky pink
  • Trimming Talk Bright fuchsia
  • Most Popular Purple with yellow undertone

Lipglass ($17.50 U.S./$21.00 CDN)

Three shades swirled together to create a one-of-a-kind marble finish.

  • Pretty Pattern Warm dirty beige
  • Crazy Haute Blue pink
  • Nice Mix Up Burnt ginger
  • Funky Fusion Pink coral
  • Eclectic Edge Cool violet
  • Miss Marble Muted pink

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S./$23.50 CDN)

Four shades create a pinwheel design in one compact

  • Assemblage White with silver pearl / Deep Grey / Black with silver glitter / Warm yellow gold
  • Odd Bits Mid-tone Silver Grey / Dusty Rose with gold pearl / Dark burgundy / Peachy bronze
  • Fashion Patch Ice Blue / Off white / Black with silver glitter / Light white pink
  • Eccentricity Rich gold / Light violet / Deep plum/Rich bronze
  • Natural Flare Copper / Yellow orange / Dirty brown / Rich gold
  • Girlish Romp Dirty violet / Yellow white with gold pearl / Light pastel coral / Mid-tone pink

Mineralize Blush ($21.00 U.S./$25.00 CDN)

  • Hand-finish Light pink with deep gold veining
  • Fad-dabulous Dirty Burnt coral with yellow gold veining
  • Daft Pink Deep blue pink with light white yellow veining
  • Improvise Mid-tone neutral coral with light white yellow gold veining
  • Cheek & Cheerful Mid-tone bronzy brown with yellow gold veining
  • Style Demon Dirty brick red with copp er veining

Brushes

  • 109 Small Contour For application, blending and contouring of powder products. ($32.00 U.S./$38.50 CDN)
  • 226 Tapered Blending Small tapered blending brush for application and blending of shadow. ($24.50 U.S./$29.00 CDN)

Available: North America July 9, 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com, International July 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

MAC Nail Trend F/W 09 — Jin Soon Choi for MAC

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009
International Launch Date: September 2009

Backstage and front row, nail trend has arrived! More than a colour statement, an of-the-moment approach that dazzles with innovation and style. How to do it? Enter Jin Soon, much-sought-after nail guru, who has worked the shows and with the best celebs, collaborating with us to create six nail colours exclusively for MAC.

“There are thousands of sheer and natural colors. It’s time tob e surprising, revolutionary, edgy. Inspired by architecture, these are colors you’ll now dare to wear.” — Jin Soon

Nail Lacquers ($12.00)

  • Cool Reserve Mid-tone grey lavender
  • For Fun Rich purple
  • Dance All Night Brick red
  • Rich Dark Delicious Rich blackened brown
  • Dry Martini Khaki olive green
  • Beyond Jealous Blackened blue green

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

NARS Cosmetics Lolita Collection for Fall 2009

Here’s what NARS has in store for us beauty addicts this fall!

Eyeshadow Duos ($32.00)

  • Brumes Gray-brown / Navy blue
  • Indian Summer Sparkling gold / Sunny yellow
  • Silk Road Light tangerine-peach / Dirty pink with gold sparkle

Single Eyeshadow ($22.00)

  • Mekong Rich, chocolate brown with gold pearl

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Fast Ride Dark, black-red

Nail Polish ($16.00)

  • Tokaido Express Purple wine with gold shimmer

New Eyeshadow Duos ($32.00)

  • Brousse Silken, deep purple / Rich, chocolate bronze
  • Eurydice Dark fuchsia-purple / Black gold
  • Taiga Pale yellow gold / Mossy green with gold pearl

Available: August 2009

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

What better way to kick of a month of Make Up For Ever than by sharing with you my first look using their products? I did my best to use as many Make Up For Ever products, so that you can see exactly how they perform! :)  All eyeshadows used will be reviewed at some point during the month (hint, I’ll be doing five per post in rainbow order, so you’ll see some tomorrow!).

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Make Up For Ever #920 Star Powder (yellow gold base), Make Up For Ever #10 Eyeshadow (shimmery yellow gold), Make Up For Ever #153 Eyeshadow (shimmery peachy-gold), Make Up For Ever #5 Eyeshadow (matte coral-orange), Make Up For Ever #75 Eyeshadow (matte bright fuchsia), Make Up For Ever #160 Eyeshadow (matte eggplant purple), Make Up For Ever #101 Eyeshadow (sheer, yellow-gold shimmer), Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow (black), Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Make Up For Ever #5 Blush (matte coral-orange), Make Up For Ever #153 Blush (shimmery peachy-gold)
  • Lips: Illamasqua Obey Lipstick (pinky-coral), MAC Dejarose lipglass (dark pink)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 116 (dense blush brush), 165 (highlighting brush)

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply #920 Star Powder all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, pack #10 eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply #153 eyeshadow to the middle portion of the lid. Alongside #153, apply #5 eyeshadow to the side towards the outer portion of the lid. On the outer lid and crease, apply #75 eyeshadow with the 226. Increase intensity by packing on more of #75 eyeshadow with the 239. Darken crease with #160 eyeshadow using the 219, and then blend out with the 226. Sweep #101 eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight with the 217.  Smudge lower lash line with #10 eyeshadow with the 214 brush, pressing into lower lashes.  Finish with Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow on on the upper lash line using the 208. Apply Aqua Smoky Lash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with #5 Blush using the 129, then highlight with #153 with the 165. Apply Illamasqua Obey lipstick to lips, and then top with MAC Dejarose lipglass for color and shine.

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