Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Fashion Flower Collection
MAC Fashion Flower Collection

MAC Fashion Flower Collection for Summer 2011

U.S. Launch Date: April 28th, 2011
International Launch Date: July 2011

Bloom brightly with a stylish fusion of the floral and the fashionable in the summer color collection that evoke the cool side of the hottest season. Fashion Flower girls are free to be, each one with cultivated connection to the green house and the fashion house. Unfolding and flourishing these perennial prima donna embrace the growing tend of cheeks and eyes lightly dusted with daisy debossed beauty powder and shadows.

Their confidence steams from petal-light lashes that sprout dramatically with studio fix bold-black lashes dew lips that sparkle sweetly in Budding Beauty Lipgelee and Summer Shower, a softly sheer aqua blue lipstick. Ever him join these rare blossoms and succumb horticulturally to bouquet that’s equal parts of fleur and couture.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Summer Shower Light aqua (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Mlle Light white pink (Glaze) )(Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Ever Hip Bright creamy coral (Cremesheen) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Growing Trend Mid-tone taupe nude (Amplified Creme) (Limited Edition)

Lipgelee ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Now in Season Pale yellow with pearl pigment (Limited Edition)
  • Fashion Flower Pale pink with pearl pigment (Limited Edition)
  • Budding Beauty Pale coral with pearl pigment (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Lucky Green Frosted mid-tone lime (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Fresh Daisy Frosted mid-tone yellow white (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Bows & Curtseys Metallic hunter green (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Aqua Aqua blue (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Free to Be Bright true coral (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Groundcover Mid-tone warm grey (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Alpha Girl Soft peach pink with gold nuances (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Light Sunshine Pastel neutral pink with soft gold and pink sparkle (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Bold Black Deep intense black (Permanent)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($17.50 U.S. $21.00 CDN)

  • Black Pure black (Permanent)

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Fashion Flower: Light Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel neutral pink with soft gold and pink sparkles.” This shade has a lot more of a sheen in its finish compared to Alpha Girl, which looks nearly matte on skin. The color is a very pale, light pink. It’s more like a white-washed pink, because it is quite light. It is, however, rather pigmented, but also noticeably powdery because of the paleness of the base color.
It doesn’t work well on my medium skin tone, because it lightens my cheeks instead of brightening them. I think those with light and pale skin tones would like it as a subtle highlighter or finishing powder (if used with a light hand), but it may be ashy on deeper skin tones.

Light Sunshine definitely reminded me of Play It Proper (Stylishly Yours, ’10), though Play It Proper is a smidgen lighter and more cool-toned, but on, I think those differences are downplayed. It also seems comparable to Flower Mist Dew (Emanuel Ungaro, ’08) but more pigmented.

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Light Sunshine

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I could see those with lighter skin tones liking this best. I would recommend those with deeper skin tones check it out in person before buying, because it looks like it would turn ashy.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Fashion Flower: Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale pinky coral with a very subtle satin sheen. I found it was more pigmented when I applied it to cheeks (I used MAC’s 116 brush) than when I attempted to swatch it on my arm. My “heavy” swatch was rather dismal, but it was better on cheeks. Alpha Girl was a touch powdery, and I felt that it made my cheeks look a little dry.

The powder itself is very soft, so it blends out easily, and the softness of the color makes it difficult to overdo. Beauty Powders typically wear eight hours or so on me, but it is often hard to tell since the majority are so subtle!

I’ve always loved how much product you get in a beauty powder, though, because it’s nearly double the size of your average blush, but it’s not double the price!  These beauty powders are packaged in traditional all-black MAC packaging and include a mirror inside the compact.

This shade debuted in the Heatherette collection (back in ’08), so long-time MAC fans will want to peruse their stash of beauty powders to check if they already have this one.

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MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder Swatches, Photos, Review

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It's still rather subtle, though, and for that reason, it's not a color I'd recommend for medium-dark to dark skin tones.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

MAC Fashion Flower Collection – Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for full photos, swatches, and reviews for six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, two beauty powders, and one lipgelee! :)  I was up late last night photographing and swatching before crashing (1AM), and now I’m up early to roll out the reviews!  Will definitely have to grab some Starbucks ASAP, haha!

Initial thoughts:

  • Alpha Girl applies more pigmented than it swatches but still looks subtle
  • What’s up with all of the super glittery lipgelees?  Love me some glitter but the past six or so have all been glitter bonanzas!
  • Flower design is cute – kind of dig the imprint over special packaging, personally!
  • Aqua and Free to Be seem less pigmented than my pan variations
  • Bows & Curtseys looks way better on than swatched
  • Summer Shower is pretty much colorless with lots of aqua, teal, etc. shimmer/glitter

P.S. — I do also have some products from Flighty and the new Magically Cool Liquid Powder as well.  I’m still waiting for the official description of the Big Bounce Shadows, because I can’t review them properly without knowing what exactly they’re supposed to do.  Stay tuned!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


ORLY Summer 2011 Collection: Pinup

The summer season encourages creativity and femininity to run wild, from carefree and casual beach days to flashy summer nights in the city. Bring a sense of sexy summer fun to the everyday with Pinup, the Summer 2011 Collection from ORLY. Inspired by the unapologetic glitz and free-spirited attitude of the most iconic pinup girls, the collection exudes a vivacious, dolled-up femininity that laces any look with sheer confidence.

Pinup offers a shade for every glamour girl, from the sophisticated seductress to the fearless rock ‘n roll goddess. Bright, feminine crèmes mingle with eye catching jewel-tone glitters to offer a range of colors sure to turn heads.

  • Va Va Voom Pink neon creme
  • Here Comes Trouble Sparkle green
  • Coquette Cutie Coral creme
  • Bubbly Bombshell Purple glitter

availability: May 2011 for $7.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at orlybeauty.com, Sally Beauty, and Ulta.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

MAC Flighty Collection
MAC Flighty Collection

MAC Flighty Collection for Summer 2011

U.S. Launch Date: May 5th, 2011
International Launch Date: May 2011

Elevate your state of mind with a high-altitude collection of sensually spongy watercolour whipped mousse cream shadows in 16 hues that fly higher than gravity’s rainbow.  A new formula innovation in luminescent washes that build from sheer to medium easily.  Eye plumage is playful with four limited-edition shades of Zoom Lash Mascara certain to unleash a torrent of tweets.

Zoom Coloured Mascara ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • High Esteem Mid-tone grey with silver pearl
  • Blue Charge Deep navy blue
  • Plum Reserve Light violet purple
  • Green is Green Jade green

BIg Bounce Shadow ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • The Cool Elite White with silver pearl
  • Good Fortune Soft pink yellow with pink and silver pearl
  • Reward Yourself Bright peach coral with gold pearl
  • Impeccably Rich Light cream with gold pearl
  • Sizzlin’ Diva Copper with gold pearl
  • Trophy Soft peach with pearl
  • Free as Air Sky blue with silver pearl
  • Spread the Wealth Dirty olive with gold pearl
  • Extra Charged Bright green with multicolour pearl
  • Up the Ante! Rich copper with gold and silver pearl
  • Rich Thrills Dirty silver with multicolor pearl
  • Luxury Touch Violet with gold pearl
  • Count Your Assets Rich blue purple with multicolour pearl
  • My Next Indulgence Forest green with blue and gold pearl
  • Rich, Sweet Chocolate gold with gold pearl
  • Black Diamond Black with gold pearl

Brush

  • 242 Shader Brush ($24.50 U.S. / $29.50 CDN)

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