Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

SEPHORA and Pantone proudly introduce the 2015 PANTONE® Color of the Year Collection in Marsala 18-1438, an extraordinary new assortment of cosmetics for eyes, lips, and cheeks in celebration of Pantone’s complex and robust nude shade. Now in its fourth year, this collaboration brings SEPHORA’s innovative textures, finishes, and product forms to the beauty category with a limited edition collection that reinvents and redefines neutrals with captivating dimension, shifting in intensity from boldly pigmented to modestly sheer.

“A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” noted Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The exclusive collection, designed by SEPHORA, evokes the sleek, modern lines of the iconic PANTONE Chip with a captivating ombre color variation for a stunning presentation. Each color product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas that offer rich color payoff and a luxurious feel during wear, with refined finishes like matte, pearl, metallic, and shimmer.

An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering for any skin tone. It pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering a range of lipstick and blush options. On the eyes, Marsala illuminates smoky-neutral color combinations, and adds a dramatic touch to bronze, for looks that can be worn from morning until night.

Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an infinite amount of looks with this eye shadow palette containing matte, glitter, pearl, and shimmer finishes, and 24 coordinating shades to accompany them.

Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Achieve a dramatic color effect with this moisturizing and volumizing mascara that can be used both on lashes and brows. The vitamin-enriched formula contains natural Jojoba oil and a blend of soft waxes to keep lashes healthy, improving flexibility and preventing breakage. On the brows, it helps to groom and hold unruly hairs while adding a rich Marsala tone.

Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This long-wearing liquid liner delivers a bold swipe of Marsala at the lash line with a striking metallic finish. The soft, flexible brush makes application effortless for high-impact eyes.

Marsala Layering Lip Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Mix and layer tones of Marsala with this set of five ombre nude pencils that provide sheer coverage and a dewy finish. The buttery formula contains hyaluronic filling spheres for plumping, and resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from red wine grapes, for hydrating color that shines.

Pure Marsala Matte Lip Crème ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Discover one of the most breathtaking ways to wear the Color of the Year with this gorgeous hue in an exclusive case. Formulated with extracts, oils and Resveratrol, an anti-aging ingredient derived from red grapes, it leaves behind a rich, long-lasting, natural satin finish.

Cooling Marsala Multi ($25) (Limited Edition)

This lightly-pigmented balm cools on contact while delivering a sheer wash of flattering Marsala that is ideal for cheeks, contouring, and highlighting. The caffeine and coconut oil-based stick adds moisture while de-puffing and cooling on contact for immediate skin relief.

Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

This chic compact contains two matte blushes in Marsala, paired with a cream highlighter. The triple jet milled process allows for intense color payoff and a luxurious, velvety texture, while the unique blend of naturally-derived oils and powders enhance the skin’s overall appearance. For flawless application, apply with the Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49.

Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

The slanted-bristle design of this brush easily hugs the contours of the face for even, precise application in a single sweep. Use with the Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio for a dazzling Color of the Year look.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at Sephora

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tom Ford Luca Lipstick
Tom Ford Luca Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “corals to oranges.”

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Luca Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, coral-orange with a frosted finish. It had a light shine to it but wasn’t really glossy or luminous. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied fairly easily, but some of the color pulled into lip lines early on. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for three and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Matthew Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. There’s a very subtle hint of silver/white pearl. The color was richly pigmented, comfortable to wear, and lasted for five hours while being hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adriano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It is very close to being orange, but there’s this tint of pink that is really visible (particularly against orange lipsticks)–which is actually what makes it a little more unique. It had fully opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully and lasted for five and a half hours on me. This was comfortable to wear and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tomas Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with lighter copper shimmer and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but there’s a definite translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. It had a thinner, more emollient texture compared to the less shimmery shades in the range (like Adriano), which made the color glide on easily. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rafael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had intense color payoff and covered lips fully. The consistency was creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to wear. This shade stayed on well for six hours. It is a very dupable shade, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint
Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint

Tarte Glitzy LipSurgence Lip Tint ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and gold sparkle and shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is darker. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Falbala (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Oh, Oh, Oh (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be hydrating, have sheer color, and is mint-scented. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a fair amount of shimmer. The consistency is lightly glossy and glides on easily without tugging on the lips, and it feels moist and comfortable to wear, though it does slide around a bit (it doesn’t feather or bleed, but I do find a few stray sparkles outside the lip line after a few hours!). The color wore well for four hours on me, and it was nicely hydrating over time. I could feel some of the texture of the sparkle after three hours of wear.

This seems like it is the same product as Glitzy in the LipSurgence Lip Lustre range (which is listed at $16, marked down from $24, and the Lip Lustre range appears to be discontinued), but the packaging of the one I have for spring is in LipSurgence Lip Tint packaging.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a dusty pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Breathless (LE, $26.00) is browner. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is similar. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Blush All Day (P, $23.50) is more shimmery. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a blush best for fairer skin than mine, as it really doesn’t show up on my cheeks (my arm is lighter than my face); sometimes with shades like this, I can see the effect more in real life than in photos, but I could barely tell I had anything on. Even as I layered it on, all I could start to detect was a slight difference in texture (more mattified relative to the rest of my face). The blush had a fairly soft texture, but it was slightly powdery, though I think with one or two layers of the blush, it didn’t look powdery on the face. What I was able to see on my cheeks seemed to last well for almost eight and a half hours, and then it started to fade and let some shine through.

This is part of Tarte’s spring collection, which should be available soon.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014
MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014

Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the freeform movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender…Expressive colour for the modern spirit.

Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Be Fabulous Washed-out pastel pink
  • Luxe Natural Light beige cream (Repromote)
  • Dreaminess Soft cool pink cream (Repromote)
  • Style Surge Neutral coral cream (Repromote)
  • Touch the Earth Light wood brown

Mineralize Glass ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Poetic Pale champagne pink with pearl
  • Loose & Lively Peachy orange
  • On Cue Gold pearl
  • Boundless Energy Violet pink
  • Beautiful Moves Pale mint with pearl

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Spiritual Life Shimmery pale lemon
  • Natural Vigor Shimmery champagne peach
  • Just Breathe Shimmery light blue
  • Uninhibited Shimmery light grey
  • Leap Shimmery lavender
  • Force of Nature Shimmery brown

Eye Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Taupe Dark brown
  • Slate Dark grey

Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Perfect Topping Shimmery pale peach with lavender marble (Repromote)
  • Lightscapade Shimmery off-white with light pink, blue, yellow marble (Repromote)

Mineralize Blush ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Uplifting Peach with bright orange marble
  • Please Yourself Light pink with plum marble

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lightness of Being Pale beige
  • Modern Movement Pale lavender

Availability: December 26th at all MAC locations, online December 23rd at maccosmetics.com; January 2015 internationally

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

MAC Studio Conceal & Correct
MAC Studio Conceal & Correct

Conceal, correct and perfect just like the pros. New Studio Finish Concealer Duo features our iconic Studio Conceal and Correct formula in complementary pairs, delivering exceptional colour and coverage in customizable hues. Lasting up to eight hours, the lightweight, highly concentrated formula helps conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Pair with Studio Chromagraphic Pencils, which work as an eyeliner, or to sculpt and define the face and body, for a look that’s photo-ready in no time.

MAC Studio FInish Concealer Duo ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

  • NW10/NC20
  • NW20/NC25
  • NW25/NC30
  • NW30/NC35
  • NW40/NC45
  • NW45/NC50

MAC Studio Finish Conceal & Correct Duo ($30.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

  • Mid Peach/Mid Yellow
  • Pale Yellow/Pale Pink
  • Rich Yellow/Burnt Coral
  • Pure Orange/Ochre

MAC Studio Chromgraphic Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • NC15/NW20
  • NW25/NC30
  • NC42/NW35

Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

A gentle, new Prep+Prime formula promotes the healing of blemishes while also helping to prevent future breakouts. The lightweight, transparent gel goes on smoothly and wears comfortably, creating a seal over the blemish, reducing redness and protecting it from debris and further irritation. Suitable for all skin types, Prep+Prime Blemish Control Gel can be worn alone, under makeup or used for touch-ups, keeping your skin protected all day long.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at all MAC locations, December 23rd at maccosmetics.com; international excluding Asia February 2015 (January 2015 for Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel)

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