Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme: Part 2

Here’s part two!  Next up, a preliminary overview of the texture/feel and recommendations.

  • Overtime is a pale light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones. It seems like a (just barely) lighter version of Creme Cup, paler version of Angel, and pinker version of Hue. I felt like this one didn’t flatter lips as much as others — it kind of looked drying, even though it didn’t feel that way.  This is a cream finish.
  • Perpetual Flame is a rich, fuchsia raspberry. The closest permanent shade would be Impassioned (without the iridescent fuchsia sheen), but it’s not too similar.  This is a cream finish.
  • Prolong is a bright, cherry-ish kind of red with slight blue undertones. It’s brighter and not as ruby red as Extended Play. Seems a bit lighter than Russian Red and has a slightly frost sheen, also similar to Ruby Woo but with weaker blue undertones. This is a cream finish.
  • Sweet Ever After is peach-brown with lighter peach micro-shimmer.  Darker, browner version of Honeyflower, less coral Jist. This is a frost finish.
  • Till Tomorrow is a muted, dark pinky-nude. Kind of like a darker, slightly muted Modesty.
  • Unlimited is a medium pink with subtly cool undertones, but it doesn’t lean too blue at all. It’s a darker version of Chatterbox. This is a cream finish.

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme: Part 1

Once I’ve been able to test out the wear of these a bit longer, I will post an overall/recap post to talk more about how these feel, wear, etc. (as well as give you a product rating).  So far, I’m on hour three!  I’m splitting these up into two posts, to help cut down on loading time and demand on the server.  Plus, it means you can read this post while I write up color descriptions and put together part 2! :)

  • Extended Play is a deepened red with a subtle blue base. It has a subtle ruby micro-shimmer, so it looks and reminds me of a holiday red. It does seem reminiscent of Queen’s Sin but glossier, not as frosty. This is a cream finish.
  • Faithfully Yours is a plummy wine with neutral-cool undertones. It seems a bit like Amorous but darker, a little cooler. This is a cream finish.
  • Goes and Goes is a brightened red-toned purple. This one reminded me of Up the Amp (I have no idea why I do not have a swatch of this lipstick up–must remedy that at some point), significantly less fuchsia/bright in comparison to Violetta. This is a cream finish.
  • Good to Go is a vibrant neon orange. It reminded me of Neon Orange–it’s hard to tell the difference between the two; Good to Go seems a little lighter but just as bright. Morange is also similar, but I would say it’s a touch lighter. All three are fairly similar, so unless you dig bright orange, you don’t need ‘em all. This is a cream finish.
  • Love Forever! is a cool-toned darkened fuchsia pink. It’s a little darker than Pink Nouveau, but they seem quite similar. This is a cream finish.
  • Made to Last is a plum-touched brown with subtle micro-shimmer. Though I don’t have them to compare directly, it seems similar to Retro (but darker) and Del Rio (but seems darker). This is a frost finish.

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains: Unveiling & Store Events

Please leave a comment if you know of a location holding an unveiling event–which is a preview event that takes place a week or so in advance of the collection’s launch where customers attend, check out the new collection, and are able to purchase on that night.  I’ve had several emails asking about events nearby, but I don’t have a list–so let’s compile one together.

Unveiling Events

  • ARIZONA:  MAC @ Biltmore Fashion Park, Phoenix, AZ on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (602) 553-4568, RSVP by 9/19
  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ Arden Fair Mall, Sacremento, CA on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (916) 921-2812, RSVP by 9/19
  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ The River, Palm Desert, CA on Septmeber 21st, 7-9PM; call (760) 779-0725, RSVP by 9/19
  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ Shops of Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (949) 364-3736, RSVP by 9/19
  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ Sun Valley Mall, Concord, CA on September 31st, 7-9PM; call (925) 680-0114, RSVP by 9/19
  • CALIFORNIA:   MAC @ Valley Fair, Santa Clara, CA on September 21st, 7-10PM; call (408) 244-6533, RSVP by 9/19 (tell them Temptalia sent you!)
  • CANADA:  MAC @ Eaton Centre, Toronto on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (416) 595-9576, RSVP by 9/19
  • CANADA:  MAC @ Metrotown, Burnaby, British Columbia on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (604) 451-5529, RSVP by 9/19
  • CANADA:  MAC @ Mayfair Mall, Victoria, BC on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (250) 381-7702
  • CANADA:  MAC @ Robson, Vancouver, BC, September 21st, 7-10PM, RSVP by 9/19
  • CANADA:  MAC @ Square One, Ontario on September 21st, 7-9PM, RSVP by 9/19
  • CANADA: MAC @ Masonville, London, Ontario, September 21st, 7-9PM, RSVP by 9/19
  • COLORADO:  MAC @ Park Meadows, Denver, CO on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (303) 649-1967, RSVP by 9/19
  • CONNECTICUT:  MAC @ Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT on September 21st 7-9PM; call (860) 561-8996, RSVP by 9/19
  • FLORIDA: MAC @ Aventura Mall, Miami, FL on September 21st, 7-9PM, RSVP by 9/19
  • GEORGIA: MAC @ Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, GA on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (678) 441-9083, RSVP by 9/19
  • MINNESOTA:  MAC @ Mall of America, Bloomington, MN on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (952) 814-9800, RSVP by 9/19
  • NEW JERSEY:  MAC @ Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, NJ on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (856) 317-0030, RSVP by 9/19
  • NEW JERSEY: MAC @ Short Hills Mall, Short Hills, NJ on September 21st, 7-10PM; call (973) 912-8500, RSVP by 9/19
  • NEW YORK:  MAC @ Westechester, Westechester, NY on September 21st, 7-9PM, RSVP by 9/19
  • NEW YORK:  MAC @ SoHo, NYC on September 21st,  7-9PM; call (212) 334-4641, RSVP by 9/19
  • NEW YORK:  MAC @ Queens Center Mall on NYC, September 21st, 7-9PM, RSVP by 9/19
  • PENNSYLVANIA: MAC @ King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (610) 337-2174, RSVP by 9/19
  • TEXAS:  MAC @ Galleria, Houston, TX on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (713) 629-5566, RSVP by 9/19
  • VIRGINIA:  MAC @ Pentagon City Mall, Arlington, VA on September 21st, 7-9PM; call (703) 415-2212, RSVP by 9/19

Events

  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ Montclair, Inland Empire, CA is taking pre-sales
  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ South Coast, Costa Mesa, CA on October 1st-3rd; in the middle of the mall, large event, real Disney set
  • CALIFORNIA:  MAC @ Valley Plaza Mall, Bakersfield, CA is doing pre-orders on September 25th; call (661) 832-5550
  • DENMARK:  MAC @ Magasin, Aarhus, Denmark, Week 40 & 41, call +45 8731 6441
  • FLORIDA:  MAC PRO @ Licoln, Miami Beach, FL launches the collection on September 23rd
  • FLORIDA:  MAC @ International Plaza, Tampa, FL on September 30th; opens at 9AM for those who RSVP; call (813) 870-3830
  • FLORIDA:  MAC @ Mall at Mellenia, Orlando, FL; call (407) 345-9925
  • ITALY:  MAC @ La Rinascente Piazza Duomo, Milano, Italy from September 14-20th
  • MASSACHUSETTS:  MAC @ Natick, Natick, MA on October 15-16th industry event
  • NEW YORK:  MAC @ Smithhaven Mall, Lake Grove, NY, October 2nd-3rd “Live Action” Event, 10-5PM; call (631) 724-5960

You can check out all of our Venomous Villains coverage here, including full reviews, swatches, and photos.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Chanel SoHo de Chanel Highlighter & Blush
Chanel SoHo de Chanel Highlighter & Blush

Chanel SoHo Le Vernis: Should You?

Chanel SoHo de Chanel Highlighter & Blush ($65.00 for 0.45 oz.) is the star of the collection, is it not? It’s easily the prettiest, with the raised SoHo lettering and design of the powder. It has three distinct shades: rosy brown (it doesn’t read plum on me, though Chanel describes it as such), pale powder pink (but don’t expect to use that shade on its own–it’s such a thin strip!), and satiny pale white with subtle pink undertones (this is the highlighter). If you mix them altogether, the result is a lightly shimmered, glowy mix of muted rose.

Surprisingly, it swatches rather sheerly, but it applied much better with a blush brush on my cheeks–it was more pigmented than I anticipated (based on the subtler swatches). I actually loved the luminous sheen in the finish when they were swirled together–it’s glowy and rosy without being too pink. It is on the cooler side, but I think it still worked on my warmer skin tone, because it does have a touch of brown in it.

You could use the blush/highlighter shades separately if so desired, as both pieces are large enough to do so. The highlighter has such a fine sheen that I could see it being dusted all over as a finishing powder.  Overall, the powder applied really smoothly and evenly, and it was a cinch to blend out.

At $65, it’s not exactly a necessity item, but Chanel packed a surprising amount of product into this compact–a whopping 0.45 oz.–as compared to their blushes which weigh in at a mere 0.14 oz. By the ounce, it’s cheaper than NARS, can you believe it? This is one of those rare moments in beauty where I’m awarding Chanel 10/10 on value!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: Chanel collectors should be pleased with the way SoHo looks and feels but also how smoothly it applies. For those less motivated by the brand itself, if you pick it up, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed–but don’t sell a kidney for it or anything!

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Chanel Steel Le Vernis
Chanel Steel Le Vernis

Chanel SoHo Le Vernis: Should You?

From Chanel’s exclusive and limited edition SoHo Story, we have two new and limited edition shades of polish. I am a fan of Chanel’s polish–I have no issues with wear or the formula (typically), and I think they often create unique, inspiring shades. Each retails for $25, and last I checked, were still available online.

  • Steel is a charcoal gray-black with silvery gray micro-shimmer. When the flash fired, it also illuminated flashes of teal, violet, and green micro-shimmer, but I really didn’t see the effect of these in natural light. It reminded me of a subtler, more micro-shimmered version of Nubar Night Sky (which is also matte). This doesn’t seem like an overly unique shade, and though I can’t name any other specific dupes, my stash and archives aren’t as exhaustive as I’d like for dupe-finding purposes. Two coats.
  • Strong is a deep, dark burgundy-brown with brighter burgundy micro-shimmer. Like Steel, when the flash fired, flecks of copper, amber, and burgundy micro-shimmer were noticeable. I feel like I’ve seen this shade before, but after half an hour of going through my photos, I couldn’t find anything.

The formula on these was consistent with Chanel overall–on the thicker side but very pigmented. I included a photo of Strong with only one coat to show you just how intense the color is. I still find that I can never get away with just one coat and always go for a second. Though I like both shades, they don’t inspire me as much as other past shades have (like the recent Paradoxal).

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The formula was smooth and easy to apply with plenty of pigmentation. I’m not sold on these being over-the-top unique as many Chanel shades often are, though.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Video Review:  Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow, Eyeshadow, & Lipstick

This is a video review of a few of Urban Decay’s permanent products — their regular, circular eyeshadows, deluxe eyeshadows, and a few lipsticks.  I’ve reviewed these products before on the blog (though not these shades!), and I will be doing full write-ups of these products individually over the next couple of months, but if you can’t wait, this video should help you!  I hope you enjoy!