Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Palettes

The launch of the Pretty Powerful Palettes marks the first anniversary of Bobbi Brown’s iconic Pretty Powerful Campaign. Inspired by her favorite look—a fresh and healthy one—Bobbi’s palettes are designed to be universally flattering.

“I’ve always loved a natural look but that doesn’t have to mean nude color, and it certainly doesn’t mean washed out color. The Pretty Powerful Palettes are filled with pink tones that range from soft to warm and even a shot of bright to create a healthy look because nothing is more beautiful to me than a healthy complexion,” says Bobbi.

Offered in two shade ranges designed with all complexions in mind, each palette contains four neutral eye shadows and complementary pink shades for lips and cheeks.

“I really believe that when you feel good about yourself, there’s no limit to what you can do in your life—and that’s pretty powerful stuff.” — Bobbi Brown

Pretty Palette ($60.00)

  • Ivory Eyeshadow
  • Pink Flannel Eyeshadow (New)
  • Pink Chiffon Shimmer wash Eyeshadow (New)
  • Chocolate Caviar Eyeshadow (New)
  • Pretty Pink Blush (New)
  • Pink Lip Color
  • Bubble Bath Lip Gloss (New)
  • Soiree Pink Glitter Lip Gloss

Powerful Palette ($60.00)

  • Navajo Eyeshadow
  • Burnished Rose Eyeshadow (New)
  • Baby Pink Eyeshadow
  • Chocolate Caviar Eyeshadow (New)
  • Plum Blush
  • Powerful Pink Lip Color (New)
  • Pink Pudding Lip Gloss (New)
  • Pink Bouquet Glitter Lip Gloss

Availability: January 2011 at all Bobbi Brown counters and online at www.bobbibrown.com.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

NYX Crystal Gold Glitter Eyeliner
NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner ($4.50) are glitter eyeliners with a clear base and colored glitter. The one I’m reviewing is a true yellow gold glitter suspended in a clear base. While you can definitely wear the glitter on its own, it works best layered over your choice of eyeliner. These wear really well without getting glitter all over the place, even hours later, but sometimes, I find I need to a a second pass to get an even layer of glitter.

P.S. — It looks like with all of the holiday sales, these are currently sold out at NYX, but since they are permanent, they should pop back up soon enough.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you like glitter, yes, I think these can be really fun. They can really add some oomph to your eyeliner!

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($15.00)

What’s colourful, chubby and chock-full of moisture? Clinique’s new pleasantly plump and playful nourishing lip balm. Packed with ‘do-gooders’ to keep lips luscious and irresistibly soft, NEW Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm provides a sheer hint of colour that glides on effortlessly, leaving behind a natural blush of colour and sheen.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm’s highly moisturizing formula uses a special blend of decadent butters, oils and antioxidants to help protect and pamper lips with immediate and lasting moisturization. Infused with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, Chubby Stick delivers a surge of moisture in a sleek stick leaving lips soft, supple and soothed.

Packaged in a playful, shade-matched crayon-esque barrel, the balm-like formula provides stay-true colour and buildable coverage. To apply, simply twist the base to expose more balm and twist back down before replacing the cap. Available in eight mouthwatering shades, ranging from nudes to pretty pinks and deep purples, it’s the perfect accoutrement for any occasion.

Don’t leave home without one of these pout pleasers in: Chunky Cherry, Fuller Fig, Graped-up, Mega Melon, Richer Raisin, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey and Woppin’ Watermelon.

Availability: January 2011 at Clinique counters nationwide and Clinique.com for a suggested retail price of $15.00.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Spring 2011: Rouge Sensuel

Just in time for spring, Guerlain is giving us four new and limited edition shades of their luxurious Rouge G
lipstick in a black lacquered case (as opposed to the metal casing). (To see the other shaes, see details here.) Rouge Sensuel is a semi-opaque coral-red with subtle gold micro-shimmer. Surprisingly, I think this shade would work on both cooler and warmer skin tones, despite the orange base, because the red definitely dominates. It’s almost a mix of pink, red, and orange.

Long-time readers will know that Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks, so I always look forward to new and seasonal shade releases. Rouge G colors have certain nuances to them just seem to make them more flattering when worn. The formula is moisturizing, long-wearing (four to six hours), and comfortable to wear–never heavy but generally opaque in color. I’m still crossing my fingers for refills, because as elegant as the case is, so much of the price must be attributed to it, and it would be nice to be able to reuse it.

The one thing I noticed about these is though the weight feels the same (we actually whipped out the scale, it was a 0.06 oz. lighter), the magnet enclosure seemed slightly weaker.  If you throw ‘em around, the black lacquered case’s lid will fall off easier than the metal one (which also slips off if you put it through the tests we did, haha).  I carried one in my purse all day, though, and it was fine.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It seems a little sheerer than the average Rouge G, but the formula itself is every bit as true to the range otherwise.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


YSL Spring 2011 Makeup Collection

Do not be fooled by appearances. Look for the fire beneath the ice. She hides her wild bohemian side behind a mask of innocence. Delicateness of a bare shoulder. Seduction embodied by her every move. Pink worn next to the skin: carnal pink, passion pink, excitement pink. A touch of powder. Fluttering eyelashes. Stolen kisses. Artist of her own beauty, she is an Yves Saint Laurent woman. The color caresses her bare skin and illuminates her porcelain complexion: her cheekbones intensely flushed. Her lips kissed with in a vibrant pink petal. The intensity of her piercing eyes, heightened with graphic inky blues. Exquisite shades of shadow and light.

“After a rock and baroque themed winter, spring is back with a burst of fresh roses to flush the cheeks while enhancing the complexion with a seemingly innocent purity. Sensual full lips in bright pink or coral light up the face. A bold touch of eyeliner completes the look.” — Lloyd Simmonds

Palette Celebration ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

A versatile complexion highlighter and the ultimate beauty enhancer, Palette Celebration imparts a new radiance to the face for flawless skin. The powder peach shade diffuses light, producing a delicately satin-smooth glow that is 100% Couture. Suitable for all complexions, apply it to the face, eyes, on the neckline and shoulders, any time.

Creme de Blush ($38.00) (New)

An irresistible product, easy to apply with an instinctive and sensual motion: just smile to bring out the contours of the cheekbones, then apply Crème de Blush gently with your fingertips. On contact with the skin, the creamy texture turns into a light powdery film. Velvety soft, light and airy, its exceptionally smooth texture blends perfectly and the color adapts like a “second skin”.

  • N° 1 – Velvety Peach
  • N° 2 – Powdery Rose
  • N° 3 – Silky Praline
  • N° 5 – Temptation Fuchsia
  • N° 6 – Passion Red

Mascara Singulier ($30.00) (New)

  • N° 6 – Deep Plum

Ombre Solo ($30.00) (New)

  • N° 15 – Gold Leaf
  • N° 16 – Topaz Blue

Golden Gloss ($30.00) (New)

  • N° 40 – Golden Impertinence
  • N° 41 – Golden Insolence
  • N° 42 – Golden Obsession
  • N° 43 – Golden Irreverence

Availability: February 2011

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Monday, December 20th, 2010


NARS Manon, UD Ransom, MAC Rich Purple, L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt, MUFE #11L, Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android, UD Lust

Purple and Violet Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes

Here is our last eyeliner comparison — blue-based purples!

  • NARS Manon Eyeliner is a blue-based violet purple. There’s no shimmer, just pure purple. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Ransom 24/7 Liner is an iridescent violet purple with a pinky undertone. (Review)
  • MAC Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil is a dark, cool-toned purple (Review)
  • L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner is a grayed purple with a metallic sheen. (Review
  • Make Up For Ever #11L Aqua Eyes is a violet purple with a satin sheen. (Review)
  • Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android Hyperliner is a violet purple with a satin sheen. It is slightly bluer than Make Up For Ever #11L. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner is a medium-dark, blue-based violet. It is bluer and darker than Make Up For Ever #11L. (Review)

Thoughts

DUPE ALERT! NARS Manon Eyeliner is a lighter version of MAC Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil.

DUPE ALERT! Makeup For Ever #11L Aqua Eyes is a slightly more purple (less blue) than Urban Decay’s Ransom 24/7 Liner–they are the closest in terms of color here, though.

Formula/Wear: NARS Eyeliner is the only one that I have any issues with based on my experience–it just smudges, migrates, and generally is a mess on me but many readers had positive experiences (and others who had similar experiences to mine), so I recommend reading the review for a fuller perspective.  MAC’s Chromagraphic Pencil is one of the longest wearing pencils I’ve come across and incredibly pigmented, too.

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