Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Champagne (8) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Champagne (8) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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Giorgio Armani Champagne (8) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a darkened pink-tinged champagne with a bright, metallic sheen.  This is the first Eyes to Kill Intense shade that I felt worked better wet than dry, in terms of color pay off, but I can see many falling in love with the sheerer, dry version for a quick wash of brightness on the lid (especially since these wear all day even without a base).

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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It's an eyeshadow you can wear alone, as a base, or on a base, because it's budge-proof, crease-proof, and wears all day long. I felt like Champagne wasn't as pigmented dry as all the other shades I've tried have been, which was a little disappointing.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a vibrant grape purple with a matte finish. It’s officially described as a “bright purple.” Urban Decay’s matte eyeshadows are definitely underrated, and it’s a shame that the brand doesn’t include more of their matte formula in palettes and seasonal launches. It is similar to MAC Vibrant Grape but purpler and more vibrant.  Urban Decay’s matte formula is really smooth and richly pigmented without being chalky or difficult to blend.  Purple Haze is nice, with just a little excess powdery dust when applied, but it blends out nicely.

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Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow

A-
It's a gorgeous shade of matte purple--beautiful in the crease and should be flattering across skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Milani Blue My Mind Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Blue My Mind Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Blue My Mind

Milani Blue My Mind Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark navy blue with a shimmery, metallic finish. Milani’s Baked Metallic Eyeshadows can be used wet or dry–wet for more intensity, dry for more luminosity (which, given the context, must mean sheerer color).

Last time I reviewed Milani eyeshadows, I found them to be so lacking that they made me rather angry. In fact, Blue My Mind resembles Blue Lagoon in the pan color, but thankfully, it’s infinitely better. I was really hesitant to try these, because I feared for the worst, but I’m glad I moved past that fear.

The texture is fairly smooth and soft, but when applied, there is a touch of fall out. It’s not unforgivable, but I did notice it. Given the nature of baked eyeshadows, Blue My Mind does apply smoother and more evenly when applied wet than dry, but still, it is quite pigmented when used dry.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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It's a rather nice shimmery navy blue. I do like that it can be used wet or dry, just because it makes it a more versatile product.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011


Lancome Bronze Azure Collection for Summer 2011

Color Design Eyeshadow Quad ($42.00)

  • Heat Wave A warm palette with shades of soft gold, peach, copper and brown (Limited Edition)
  • Molten Shore A cool palette with shades of beige, teal, metallic plum and brown (Limited Edition)

Artliner Waterproof ($29.00)

  • Beach Gem Metallic teal (Limited Edition)
  • Scorched Brown with gold sparkle (Limited Edition)

Color Fever Gloss ($26.00)

  • Hibis-Kiss Bright sparkle pink (Limited Edition)
  • Heatstroke Spiced pink-y taupe with silver flecks (Limited Edition)
  • Paradise Peach Soft peach with golden shmmer (Limited Edition)

Color Design Lipstick ($22.00)

  • Femme-Fire Medium pink (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Nights Bright sparkle pink (Limited Edition)
  • Coral Goddess Sheen pale peach (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($19.00)

  • Sarong Bright sparkle pink (Limited Edition)

Desert Rose Blush ($40.00)

  • Island Horizon A mix of bronze, berry red, soft rose and light pink (Limited Edition)

availability: Now @ Lancome

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011


Jo Malone Dry Body Oils for Spring 2011

The World of Jo Malone™ introduces Dry Body Oils to the Lime Basil & Mandarin and English Pear & Freesia collections.

Dry Body Oil nourishes skin, leaving it feeling satin-soft yet dry to the touch. The natural conditioning qualities of olive, kukui and macadamia-seed oils together with the skin-softening properties of vitamin rich wheat germ extract, encourage a healthy-looking, luminous glow. Quickly absorbed, the lighter texture of a Dry Body Oil makes it an ideal product to use in the warmer months.

Every time you shower, apply the Dry Body Oil to wet skin then pat dry with a towel. Once dry, layer with body lotion for moisturising benefits.

The Scents

Lime Basil & Mandarin, the Jo Malone signature fragrance, is reminiscent of lies carried on a Caribbean ocean breeze. Fresh limes and zesty mandarins are undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white tyme in this modern classic.  English Pear & Freesia is an evocative fragrance that captures the scent of just ripe pears. The freshness of sweet pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of wild roses, amber, patchouli and woods.

  • availability: Limited edition. Available beginning April 2011 at Jo Malone Shops, jomalone.com, Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide. Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada. $65.00 each.
Friday, April 15th, 2011

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls ($13.95 for 0.28 oz.) is designed to give skin a luminous glow using multi-colored pearls that add glow and help to even out the skin tone. The “Real Mineral Pearl Extract” is supposed to blur imperfectoins and protect/condition skin with “antioxidant properties.”

At first glance, it looks a lot like Guerlain’s Meteorites that they launched in pressed form a year or so ago (which are no longer available). If you’ve never worn Guerlain’s Meteorites, you might think this is a perfect substitute. I don’t think it is–which isn’t to say Light Bronze Pearl isn’t a good product, but I don’t think it’s a substitute for Meteorites. The effect of the Mineral Glow Pearls is more pronounced, colored, and shimmery. Meteorites are soft, subtle, and more of a sheen than overt shimmer. I just knew the comparison would be made, and while it’s there in the design of the powder, I don’t think it extends to the way it looks on the face.

I think if you like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, you’ll like Physicians Formula’s Mineral Glow Pearls. They have enough shimmer and sheen to add lots glowiness to the skin. I did find that it seemed to accentuate my pores just a bit, but it was very slight. The texture itself was soft and smooth, and it didn’t have really chunky glitter in it at all. Light Bronze Pearl is a medium copper bronze with a champagne-bronze sheen. It did add both a bronzed color and sheen to my cheeks when applied. It wore well throughout the day (lasted until I removed, which was after twelve hours).

I like the design of the powder itself, but I’m not keen on the pearl they glued on top of the case. Mine was already a little loose, so I have a feeling it may disappear sooner rather than later. I also disliked it because it made storing it less efficient, because it added half an inch to the compact’s height. There is an included brush, but it was rather rough. The clear lid kept popping off; it’s not well-secured into place, so it seems to easily displace with very little effort (and sometimes even just a light knock on the back of the compact will loosen it).

There are three other variations available as well: Beige Pearl, Bronze Pearl, and Translucent Pearl.

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B+
I think this is a nice alternative to MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes and similar products. It has a noticeable sheen, deposits some color (though not too much in the case of Light Bronze Pearl), and it wears all day (12+ hours). This particular shade is best for warmer skin tones. It seems better than a B product to me, but the packaging is below average, dropping it to a B.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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