Saturday, June 11th, 2011


CoverGirl Summer 2011 Launches

In July, CoverGirl launches NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara and Intense ShadowBlast Eye Color. Though CoverGirl noted a July launch, both popped up on several retailers online (like drugstore.com and walgreens.com).

NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ($8.49)

It’s all about volume without the weight. NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara provides stunning volume that leaves lashes feeling luxuriously light and lifted. The mascara exchanges heavier synthetic waxes and polymers for natural beeswax, carnauba wax and tapioca polymers, which are lighter-feeling alternatives. COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara pairs perfectly with your other favorite NatureLuxe products: Silk Foundation and Gloss Balm, for an overall lightweight look, perfect for summer!

Intense ShadowBlast Eye Color ($7.99)

Try New COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast Eye Color, a liquid eye shadow with a built-in primer that transforms into a smooth powdery finish. Crease-resistant and fade-proof, your look will last no matter where your summer plans take you! The Pat McGrath-designed shade palette comes in 6 vibrant liquid-to-powder shades. Available in Beige Blaze, Platinum Pop, Brown Bling, Blue Bomb, Forever Pink, and Extreme Green.

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Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink
Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

There is something to be said about trying a multitude of products from a variety of brands, because it gives you a better appreciation for the qualities that make products great, good, just okay, and skippable. I originally reviewed Renee Rouleau’s Skin Drink ($33.50 for 0.50 oz.) back in 2008, but I’m reviewing it again here today after recently testing it. Skin Drink is a serum with hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to hydrate the skin. This is actually a product I keep in my carry-on for flying, because I find it so lightweight, refreshing, and effective in a short period that it works well for traveling. It also includes allantoin, which is a botanical extract with supposed calming properties.

It feels like a cross between water and a gel; it’s nowhere near as thick as a gel, but it’s not quite like water. I use two pumps for my face, and depending on how dry my skin is, I might use it in the morning or evening. I use it before and after traveling, and I find that my skin reacts much less to changes in climate since adding this to my travel routine. The serum smoothes across the skin easily and absorbs instantly–no greasiness, burning or stinging sensations. It’s gentle and soothing, and it helps my skin get through winter when a moisturizer I’m testing out isn’t cutting it.

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Friday, June 10th, 2011


Guerlain Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadow: Bahia, Havana, Maya

Guerlain Terra Inca Collection: Ombre Fusions

Guerlain Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadows ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) are new for summer and come in three varieties. Guerlain claims they are heat and water-resistant that “will last from dawn to dusk.” Each shadow is housed in a square glass tube with a metal cap–the packaging is very reminiscent of lipgloss, even down to the doe-footed applicator.  The packaging is a good mix of functionality and aesthetic appeal, but the glass makes these less portable.

  • Bahia is a soft pinked peach with very fine gold micro-shimmer. This is definitely wear-and-go kind of shade; perfect as a brightening wash of color on the lid.
  • Havana is a chocolatey khaki brown with olive green and gold micro-shimmer. Of the three, this is the most unique, as the color shifts from chocolate bronze to olive to khaki.
  • Maya is a medium-dark bronzy brown with red undertone and gold and copper micro-shimmer.

Depending on how much product you apply, you can get a sheerer layer of color or something richer and more opaque. Guerlain mentions an “illuminated effect” and “shimmering reflections.” I swatched both heavily and very lightly to show how sheer it could be blended out, if desired. It’s really all in the application of the user–a little goes a long way. Bahia was the one shade that I found took real layering to achieve a more opaque look, so I would describe Bahia as semi-sheer to semi-opaque, while the others are semi-opaque to opaque–all depending on how much product you choose to apply. They’ll go on more opaque generally, just because so little is required for a sheer effect that you have to be deliberate about how little you use.

The texture of these is a very thin cream; I would consider them more liquid than cream, because they have the feel and spread of a thicker liquid. It enables these to blend effortlessly onto the lid, whether you use a brush or fingertip, but they act far more like a cream eyeshadow from there on. These dry down at just the right pace; not so quick that you rush to get it in place or so slow that it builds into creases. Once it set, it stayed on for twelve hours with no creasing, fading, or smudging. I took a hot shower while wearing Havana on the lid to no noticeable decrease in wear–it didn’t crease, and it didn’t disappear. I just patted my face dry with a towel, and it looked the same pre- and post-shower.

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Guerlain Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

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Bahia is the easiest to wear, while Havana seemed to be the most unique. It reminded me of a richer Nordstrom. These lived up to all of the lofty claims made--all-day wear and resists both heat and water.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 10th, 2011


Tom Ford Beauty Collection

Tom Ford may have launched twelve lipsticks already, but his original intention was always to dive into a full color line. Today, WWD broke the news of Ford’s full expansion into color and skincare. Ford said, “I don’t like B.S. and a lot of promises, and there are a lot of products out there you don’t even need,” during an interview with WWD. The color collection will launch in September with a 132-stockkeping-unit collection with prices ranging from $30 to $250. The collection will be sold in Tom Ford Stores and Bergdorf Goodman, as well as select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenues. It will also be in Italy’s La Rinascente and U.K.’s Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. The aim is to compete against luxury brands like By Terry and Cle de Peau.

Ford’s original Priviate Blend lipstick line will be expanded repackaged to 18 shades and launched at 100 doors globally. We will also see two new PRivate Blend fragrances–Santal Blush and Jasmine Rouge–which will be at 225 doors globally. Violet Blonde will be a new Signature Collection fragrance slated for a September launch.

The line will include products such as Calligraphy Tip Brow Pens, Shade and Illuminate Cream Duet, Lipglosses, Traceless Foundation Stick, Illuminating Protective Primer, Purifying Creme Cleanser, and Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme. When we have more information to share, we will do so!

Source:  WWD

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Friday, June 10th, 2011

Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple-ish black with loads of depth and shine … like a silky raven’s feather at midnight by the Tower.”  After reading the official description, I can see what they mean.  It is a very blackened eggplant-y purple with flecks of plum and silver shimmer shot through.  It dries slightly shiny, but I would still say you need a top coat to really make it gleam.

I used two coats and there was some underlying streakiness in areas that were more visible in natural light than I expected–I photographed with two coats.  I would recommend three coats for opaque, solid coverage.  The formula seemed thin, too, which I imagine contributed to the lack of opacity in two coats as well as the streaky second coat.  It doesn’t seem consistent with the rest of Butter London’s range (that I have tried, of course), so it was disappointing.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Branwen's Feather

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The formula of Branwen's Feather is nowhere as nice as several other Butter London polishes that I have tried. It required three coats for opaque color coverage, and the formula was streaky and thin.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 9th, 2011

NARS Illuminators

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