Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


Stila Summer 2011 Launches

Garden Bliss Palette ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

This Spring, achieve what will perhaps prove to be your most effortless, yet most gorgeous glow with Stila’s limited-edition, Garden Bliss palette. Inspired by fresh organic flowers, the Garden Bliss palette will instantly enhance your complexion, leaving your skin looking radiant and luminous. Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s.

Garden Bliss Collection ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Feel beautiful, both inside and out with stila’s limited-edition garden bliss collection. Inspired by springtime garden parties and wild flowers in bloom, this all-inclusive set contains everything you need to emanate your natural beauty. The garden bliss collection is an assortment of beautiful, natural-looking makeup, including an attractive makeup clutch for easy touch-ups on-the-go. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s.

Forever Your Curl Mascara ($22.00)

Stila has raised the bar yet again with new, revolutionary Forever Your Curl mascara. The curl goes on forever as inventive lash-curl memory acts like it “perms” your lashes immediately and over time, gently perfecting a defined curl. An astounding 90% of consumers saw an immediate curling effect within the first 30 minutes of use! Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s and Sephora stores, May 2011.

One Step Bronze ($36.00)

A radiant, sun-kissed complexion is only One Step away! Introducing One Step Bronze, a triple-swirled helix serum, which multi-tasks as a bronzer, primer, illuminator and moisturizer, leaving your skin with a healthy glow. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s, and Sephora in May 2011.

Perfect & Correct Foundation ($44.00)

Healthy, youthful and vibrant skin is just a pump away with NEW Perfect & Correct foundation. Combining an advanced emollient system to hydrate and moisturize the skin, a unique multi-mineral complex and an array of skin-soothing ingredients, Perfect and Correct delivers a high-performance, high-definition, truly next-generation foundation. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s, and Sephora.

Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22.00)

Just in time for summer, Stila introduces new, ground-breaking Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners! The first-ever pigmented and waterproof glitter eye liners on the market, these ultra, long-lasting liners stay put no matter where you go or whatever activities you do. Designed to hold up under any condition, you’ll still look stunning after a day of swimming or a fun summer night. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s, and Sephora in May 2011.

  • Sequins Black with silver sparkle
  • Bora Bora Teal with blue sparkle
  • Curacao Bright blue with blue sparkle
  • Flash Olive with gold sparkle
  • Rock Candy Brown with multi-pearl
  • Electric Bright green with sparkle
  • Royal Purple with multi-pearl
  • Starry Slate with silver sparkle

availability: Stila (several products are available now)

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a new and limited shade from the Iconic/Ironic Collection. It’s described as “a purplish dark brown.” I almost re-took the photos for this polish, because on my desk, it looked rather brownish when I peeked at it from the corner of my eye, but upon closer inspection, it does have this purpled murkiness.

It looks like muddied eggplant purple in the bottle, but on nails, it’s much more sophisticated than that. The subtle red undertones seemed to pull out quite a bit for me, despite my warmer skin tone, but it gave it a brightened quality that added interest. It’s a smoky, blackened eggplant with a little red, little brown.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I used two coats for opaque coverage.

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer

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I think this is a great dark shade for spring, because there is a little dustiness within the smoky purple that makes it less intimidating as your traditional vamp.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters ($23.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) are a new and permanent product that will release in-stores on April 7th. There are three shades: Bright Forecast (mid-tone peachy coral), Light Boost (soft yellow cream), and Radiant Rose (light shell pink). They come in a twist-up, pen-type applicator. These highlighters are designed to provide a “sheer wash of color to highlight, brighten, and perfect.”

  • Bright Forecast is a soft peach with subtle orange tones. The peachy tones of this shade are good for brightening and lightening dark under eye circles without creating a green cast (that yellow-based correctors can cause). I found this one did the best to minimize my dark under eye circles while still looking natural.
  • Light Boost is a pale beiged yellow. Yellow is good for lightening darkness. This would work well as a subtle cheek or brow highlighter on those with yellow undertones.
  • Radiant Rose is a soft, pale pastel pink. Pink helps to brighten the skin tone. It can also be used to brighten the under eye area, like Benefit’s Eye Bright. This shade felt more opaque than the other two, and when I used it underneath my eye (without concealer on top), it was a little pale on me. I loved it more as an eyeshadow base and brow highlighter.

The Prep + Prime Highlighters come in a click-type brush pen that takes several initial twists to release the product, but after that, you should only need a couple clicks to dispense the product. Over time, I’ve become less of a fan of brush-type products, just because I hate the way the brush feels and looks as you use it and the product seems to just sit in there. I’d much rather use a separate brush that you can wash without fear of getting water back into the product. I did find that while it can be easily applied onto the skin with the applicator, blending and application went better using a fluffy brush like the 217 for small areas (or fingers).

I applied each shade over my cheeks and under eye area, because I really wanted the effect to stand out. I felt like when I just did the under eye, it was difficult to really see what was going on. I wouldn’t normally use these as I did for the swatch photos, but I figured what good are photos if you can’t spot the difference? These have a subtle effect, and if you layer concealer over them, the effect is even harder to pick up–not necessarily in a bad way (like, ooh, so subtle it’s not worth it), but it’s a subtle, natural effect that works well and looks lovely. More like, “Oh, you look pretty today, did you cut your hair?” kind of way.

These wore really well for me, and I even used Radian Rose as an eyeshadow base.  It looked really beautiful as a brow highlighter and lid brightener by itself, but it also held up as an eyeshadow base, too.  I didn’t notice any fading and certainly no creasing or settling into fine lines over eight hours of wear.

There are numerous brands with highlighter pens, including:

  • Dior (Sun Beam may be comparable to Bright Forecast; Roseglow to Radiant Rose)
  • Fresh (nothing seems comparable in color–these are skintone shades)
  • Fusion Beauty (nothing seems comparable in color–these are skintone shades)
  • Givenchy (Moon Light seems most comparable to Radiant Rose)
  • Guerlain (nothing seems comparable in color–these are skintone shades)
  • Sephora (#01 seems like Radiant Rose, #02 seems like Light Boost; #06 seems like Bright Forecast)
  • YSL (Light Peach seems comparable to Bright Forecast, Luminous Ivory to Light Boost, and Luminous Radiance to Radiant Rose)

These can help correct and brighten but they won’t necessarily conceal on their own. Bright Forecast can help a good deal with under eye circles, but it’s not opaque, so for some, it may be enough on its own. They’re definitely comparable to cult-favorite YSL Touche Eclat. Sephora also seems to offer a very comparable color range in their variation on the highlighter pen, and at $12 a pop, it might be worth trying (overall Sephora ratings show it to be good, though I have not tried it myself, so I cannot weigh in).

MAC is roughly half the price of the higher-end highlighter pens, and they seem to provide double the product (I saw many listed at 0.05 oz., a couple closer to 0.10 oz.), so the product seems to be priced in line with quantity and MAC’s price range.

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MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
These are easy to use, difficult to mess up or go overboard with, and work well to brighten, lighten, and add radiance for brows, eyes, or cheeks (depending on your skin tone!).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Burberry Beauty for Spring/Summer 2011

As seen on Burberry’s SS 2011 runway, an almost-naked face – hazy eyes, a smattering of nudes on the skin and lips, accented by a touch of soft rouge on the cheek – served as the perfect counterpoint to Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey’s glam biker girl.

As part of Burberry Beauty’s new spring/summer collection, the new lip and cheek shades work to create distinct signature nude looks – natural, effortless, or sun kissed – as iconic to Burberry’s DNA.

Light Glow ($42.00)

  • Tangerine (No. 6)
  • Earthy (No. 7)
  • Misty (No. 8)

Lip Cover ($30.00)

  • Delicate Rose (No. 22)
  • English Rose (No. 23)
  • Romantic Rose (No. 24)

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Monday, April 4th, 2011


MAC Quite Cute: Overall & Recommendations

OVERALL, Quite Cute is a cool-toned, pastel-themed collection that will prove tricky for those with warmer and/or darker complexions.  The lipsticks, nail lacquers, and plushglasses are the better products from the collection, based on quality, with Playing Koi being a total miss within the lipsticks launched (very dry, clingy texture).  Plushglasses are relatively sheer, as designed to be, and so they’re easier to wear and more suitable across skin tones than some of the other products from Quite Cute.  I found the mineralize blushes from this launch rather powdery, and combined with the pastel color palette, the blush can easily look more powdery and almost ashy on medium to dark complexions.

On the surface, Quite Cute is reminiscent of Sugarsweet, but this launch lacks balance.  Too many pastels, too many cool-toned colors without brighter, warmer, or contrasting colors to support the color palette of Quite Cute.  This collection will best suit those with paler skin tones, because pigmentation is lower overall, and then naturally, cooler undertones will find this more flattering than warmer skin tones.  Please understand that by no means am I saying warmer or medium/dark skin tones cannot wear this collection–but you may find it less flattering right out of the box and need to figure out how to pair it and with what–most likely products outside of the collection.  I’m a firm believer in anyone can wear any color–it’s about having confidence and how you wear it that matters.

If you love pastels, I think you may still like this collection–but the quality seems lower here and makes this a less-than-impressive collection.

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Monday, April 4th, 2011

Dior Electric Tropics Collection for Summer 2011

The House if Dior invites us on an exhilarating journey to the Tropics for his Spring/Summer 2011 collection: floral motifs, dresses with sun-steeped prints, feathers and exotic embroidery, ensembles that explore the borders between masculinity and femininity with fresh sensuality. Sailor uniforms get sassy with lace, shagreen prints and crowns of hibiscus, orchids and South Pacific palm trees.

Drawing inspiration from this collection, which plays up flamboyance and sunny retro refinement, Creative Director of Dior Makeup Tyen presents a collection inspired by paradise. This makeup look highlights the contrast between audacious neon colors and sun-kissed skin.

Ultra Gloss Crystal Nude ($27.00)

  • Luminescent Peach (037) (not at Sephora)
  • Sweet Peach (047)
  • Luminescent Rose (077) (not at Sephora)
  • Sweet Rose (037)

Nude Healthy Glow Powder ($46.00)

This couture-style summer powder is the must-own accessory that will be coveted by all Dior addicts. Woven like the Lady Dior Avenue clutch, the powder brings a new sparkle to the eyes and flatters the complexion. Each harmony mixes four shades that individually capture a facet of light to reproduce the “healthy glow” of sun-kissed skin.

  • Aurora (001)
  • Sunset (002)

Nude Healthy Glow Fluid ($46.00)

Diorskin Nude Glow Fluid recreates the dazzling illusion of sun-kissed skin. Amber prisms act like color filters that delicately warm up the complexion, creating a strikingly natural effect. Its sorbet texture is concentrated with Mineralized Water for instant and lasting skin-refreshing action. When applied, it transforms into a powder and offers a light, velvety finish for “bare skin” look.

  • Rosy Nude (001) (Specialty doors only)
  • Honey Nude (002) (Specialty doors only)

5-Colour Eyeshadow ($58.00)

  • Rosy Nude (054) (not at Sephora)
  • Rosy Tan (754)

Addict Lipstick ($28.00)

  • Fire (545)

Vernis ($26.00)

  • Paradise Pink (558) (Saks, Dior.com only)
  • Aloha (638) (not at Sephora)

availability: April 2011 at Dior counters nationwide, dior.com – except as noted.

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