Cle de Peau Le Natural Absolu Spring 2009 Collection
Eye Color Quad ($75.00)
Cheek Color Duo ($45.00)
Extra Silky Lipstick ($50.00)
Intensifying Cream Eyeliner ($60.00)
Volume Mascara ($45.00)
Smoothing Base ($72.00)
Brilliant Enhancer ($62.00)
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Chantecaille La Baleine Spring 2009 Collection
La Baleine Bleu Eyes ($98.00)
La Baleine Blanche Powder ($98.00)
Cheek Color Powder ($28.00)
Chantecaille Lipstick ($28.00)
- Angel Skin
Lip Definer Pencil ($22.00)
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Lancome’s Pink Attitude Color Fever Lipstick ($25.00) reminded me so much of my beloved $50 lipgloss, but in lipstick form, so you know I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Pink Attitude is from Lancome’s Pink Irreverance Collection this Spring. This shade is always hard for me to describe, because there’s gold, greenish-gold, peach, and even a little bit of pink in it. It’s just gorgeous, and if you swatch it in person, maybe you’ll understand why I must have every lip product in this shade in my possession!
Lancome’s Electric Pink La Laque Fever ($26.00) is just such a stunning shade of hot fuchsia pink with a ridiculous amount of shimmer and glitter. It looks like shimmering water on your lips–well, if water was pink! This was by far the most stunning product that came out of Lancome’s Pink Irreverance Collection this Spring. It’s hard to miss it, and it’s even harder to pass it up.
Next in Givenchy’s Maharani Collection are the Prismissimes, which are compacts filled with nine shades to be used on the face or the eyes. The Spring collection features #21 Maharani Pinks and #22 Maharani Apricots ($53.00 each). Both palettes feature eight subtly shimmered or matte shadows, plus one frosty shadow smack dab in the middle.
Maharani Pinks contains four shades of soft brown-based beige paired with four shades of soft, subtle pink. In the middle is a frosty, warm, copper bronze color. The way Givenchy does their Prismissimes, the four shades are actually a gradient–meaning there is the lighest brown-based beige, a medium colored, then a medium-dee, and then a darker shade–that are all similar to each other. The same story is repeated with the pink colors, too.
The texture of Prismissimes’ shadows is always velvety smooth. I tend to find that there is not enough variation in one Prismissimes to do a whole host of eye looks, but you can get some good standbys with this quad (what with the beiges) and subtly cheeks with the pinks. For me, each color squaer is too small for me to really love it as a face/blusher, unfortunately. I’d much rather get one of their Prisme Again! Blush Quartets ($40.00).
Maharani Apricots is formatted just like Maharani Pinks, except the colors are a little darker to begin with. Four shades go from light to dark in a neutral brown color family, while the other four are a peachy-brown shade going from apricot peach to peach-brown. In the center is a rich, frosty medium-to-dark brown shade. Again, the textures of this product is the same as Maharani Pinks — smooth and velvety.
Each Prismissime comes with a cute little brush that’s designed to be used as a face brush (since it’s quite wide). What I liked about the brush was that it was also appropriately designed with the same theme as the palettes themselves. It’s just a nice touch, you know? Overall, I’m not sure these are totally worth their value, and I’d probably rather get two of the Blush Quartets instead. Then again, I haven’t tried using either as a face product, and I am curious to see how pinks and browns end up together…
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Givenchy’s Maharani Collection for Spring was definitely captivating as soon as I saw the promotional images for the launch. It also sounded extremely warm-toned and flattering for my skin tone, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to check it all out!
The real standouts from the launch are the two blushes–Maharani Orange and Maharani Pink Sari Glow Iridescent Blush ($42.00 each). The packaging for the entire collection is really fabulous with the rich orange and pink-purple with the gold overlay. On the actual blush product, there is a black design overlay, which will sort of flake away as you use the product, but it’s a nice touch. Both shades are amazingly pigmented and perfect for spring and summer. Maharani Orange is a softly shimmered peachy-orange, while Maharani Pink is softer, almost neutral pink with subtle shimmer. I can’t wait to wear them!
Expect a few more reviews from this launch over today and tomorrow I’m off to meet my mom for a lil’ bit and meet my “friend” Charles Schwab to do boring, adult things (booooo!).
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