Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream for amfAR

Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is pleased to announce a continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

Kiehl’s will introduce Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, a Limited Edition version of its customer favorite to benefit amfAR. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of this product, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR.

The Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream will launch during the second annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a seven-day charity motorcycle ride up the Eastern coast, to benefit and raise awareness for amfAR. The Limited Edition product features a specially-designed motorcycle and flame motif inspired by the ride.

Civic responsibility and a commitment to helping others has been an intrinsic part of the Kiehl’s heritage since the company’s inception in 1851. In fact, The Mission of Kiehl’s states that “a worthwhile firm must have a purpose for its existence. Not only the everyday work-a-day purpose to earn a just profit, but beyond that, to improve in some way the quality of the community to which it is committed.”

HIV/AIDS awareness has long been at the forefront of Kiehl’s philanthropic efforts, and through partnerships with organizations like amfAR, as well as the Magic Johnson AIDS Foundation, and YouthAIDS, Kiehl’s has proudly raised more than $1,000,000 for the cause.

Also:  LifeRide takes place July 31st through August 6th, and in honor of LifeRide, for every customer that visits Kiehl’s free-standing stores on these dates, Kiehl’s will donate $5 to amfAR, up to the $75,000 total donation.   King of Prussia Mall (July 31st, 12:30-1:30pm), Walnut Street, Philadelphia (August 1st, 11:00-1:00PM), Burlington Mall, MA (August 4th, 10:00-11:00am), Newbury Street, MA (August 4th, 12:00-2:00pm), NYC Flagstrip Store (August 6th, 12:00-4:00pm). 

availability: It will retail for $46 and will be available at Kiehl’s freestanding stores, www.kiehls.com as well as through select specialty retailers worldwide beginning in August.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) is an earth-toned palette that features eight eyeshadows.

Column One

  • The Browbone is a warm beige with a soft, frosted finish. It is a little less beige compared to MAC Ricepaper.
  • The Eyelid is a rosy copper with a frost finish. It is similar in color but darker than MAC Jest.
  • The Crease is a warm, medium-dark golden brown with a pearly sheen. It is a touch lighter than MAC Soba.
  • The Definer is a dark, burgundy and copper shimmered brown with subtle red undertones. It is very similar to MAC Smut.

Column Two

  • The Browbone is a pale, dirty gray-pewter with a white, frosted sheen. Urban Decay Ruthless is a touch warmer but similar. Inglot #350 is a little grayer and has more of matte finish.
  • The Eyelid is a subdued, springy green with a golden sheen. It is more subdued with less yellow tones than MAC Juxt.
  • The Crease is a charcoal brown with a pearly sheen. Milani Melange is similar but has a more shimmered appearance.
  • The Definer is a red-brown with a teal duochrome and frosted finish. It is similar to MAC Club and Urban Decay Lounge.

The color payoff was excellent across the board with the exception of two shades–the green shade in column two was still good but a little sheer, while the smoky brown in column two was a little sheer as well. The latter shade also felt dry and stiff, so it wasn’t as easy to blend out as many of the other shades.  Texture on these was also nice, other than the exception mentioned–soft, smooth, and blendable.

Sometimes I have issues with the wear of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadows (typically, nothing too concerning, though), but this palette wore really well without fading or having residual fall out at the end of the day.

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Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
I can see why this palette has been sold out at all the local retailers near me since it came out (I was only able to snag one because they're now available online). It has good color payoff across the board, nice textures to work with, and good wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Fall 2011: Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune ($58.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a two-in-one product that includes an illuminating powder (for cheeks and eyes) and “intense eyeshadow.” Mysterieuse is described as a “black moon in a creamy white sky.”

The moon-shaped shade is a smoky, gray-black with multicolored shimmer and a pearled sheen. It has good color payoff, but the color itself is more muted than it appears in the pan–there is a very soft, dusted quality to it and the way the shimmer plays with the color makes it almost seem tinged with purple. The color reminded me of theBalm Feisty Felicia.

The “sky” is a creamy white–it’s warm but still white, with a shimmer-sheen. It has a lovely buttery texture that’s dense and luxurious–very blendable and soft. It’s similar to theBalm’s Envious Erin. As a cheek highlighter, it reminded me of MAC Too Chic, which has more of a peach color.

Givenchy did an outstanding job on the packaging–the outer packaging reflects what you should expect to see inside, while the product itself is practical in size so that both sections can be used as intended. There is a pull-out drawer with three sponge-tipped applicators, and while they’re softer than super cheap sponge-tipped applicators, they aren’t noteworthy. I’d rather them omit those and make the compact even slimmer. Inside the compact is also a mirror.

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Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's well-done and seems thoughtful, but I expect that, for many, the two shades will wind up too dupeable to merit plunking down the $58.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 30th, 2011


NARS Fall 2011 Collection

Launch Date: July 15th @ narscosmetics.com, August at all other locations

The Fall 2011 campaign was designed and photographed by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Under his supervision, makeup artist Diane Kendal created the season’s look on model Mariacarla Boscono. The Italian beauty was chosen for her sophistication and chameleon-like ability to become the character she is made up to portray.

Diane began by creating an immaculate complexion, applying Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation to the center of the face with her fingertips, blending outward, and setting with Snow Loose Powder. To add contour to the cheeks, she brushed Oasis Blush just below the cheekbone and blended the color toward the temple. Mariacarla’s eyelids were prepped with PRO-PRIME Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, blending with a fingertip for a fresh finish. Diane then applied Outremer Single Eyeshadow to the lid, layering the color to build intensity.

To create a winged effect, she extended the color to the inner corner of the eye and up along the outer corner toward the brow bone. Next, she swept the sheer white side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow on the brow bone, blending it softly into the bold blue hue. She lined the upper lash line with Rue Saint-Honoré Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Pencil and the lower lash line with Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Pencil to open the eyes. The silvery taupe shade of Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow was blended along the lower lash line, extending the color into the inner corner of the eye.

Brows were defined with Bali Single Eyeshadow, and lashes were curled and finished with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. Lastly, Diane lined and filled the lips with Fantasia Lipliner Pencil—blending with a finger to soften the color—followed by Striptease Lip Gloss topped with Pago Pago Lipstick.

The Fall 2011 collection is resolutely avant-garde. Daring shots of color are tempered with softer, subtler tones. Eyes range from bright true blue to silvery taupe, dazzling peach and matte dove gray. Lips run the gamut from statementmaking matte red to sophisticated plum and sparkling champagne pink. A stormy gray nail color adds a mysterious finishing touch. The effect is confident, edgy and intense.

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Mascate True red
  • Montego Bay Rose pink

Eyeshadow ($23.00)

  • Outremer Bold blue

Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00)

  • Grand Palais Silvery taupe and dusty rose (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00)

  • Delphes Sparkling sheer peach, matte dove gray, frosted sage (Limited Edition)

Lipgloss ($24.00)

  • Oasis Sparkling pink champagne (Limited Edition)

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Train Bleu Deep aubergine

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pago Pago Petal pink

Nail Polish ($17.00)

  • Galion Deep gray (Limited Edition)

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Friday, July 29th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne with pearl.” High Shimmer Lip Glosses are supposed to have “light-catching shimmer with lasting, non-sticky shine” that will “moisturize, condition, and protect lips.” All of Bobbi Brown’s lipglosses now feature a doe-footed applicator (and they’re all a whopping 0.24 fl. oz. now).

Bare Sparkle is silver and champagne glittered gloss with flecks of copper thrown in, and all three hues of micro-glitter are suspended in a–virtually–colorless base. The way these sparkle reminds me of Chanel Glossimers–less color but lots of shine and glitz. As far as I can infer from the description, these are expected to run sheer in color.  It is easily duped, because ultimately it’s shimmer and no distinguishable color (just look in the Sheer Lipgloss gallery, and there are dozens of similar shades).

The formula is medium-thickness, and it applies evenly without trouble (probably helped by the fact there isn’t any real color!). It’s non-sticky, but it wears around four hours for me.  It smells like mint, but it’s not overwhelming or sweet, though there is no noticeable taste.  It wears well, and it doesn’t dry out lips–a little moisturizing, not ultra hydrating or a replacement for a real lip balm.

The most surprising element about this gloss is how noticeable, yet fine, the glitter particles are. Often, glosses chocked full of glitter are fun to wear initially, but the aftermath of traveling and/or gritty leftover glitter makes them a nuisance as they wear away. These are so much better! I didn’t experience any wayward glitter as it faded away (aka, I didn’t find glitter that was once in my gloss on my nose!), and it never felt gritty or rough, even as the gloss itself waned.

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Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
Bare Sparkle is about as sheer in color as one can get with a gloss, but it packed with a ton of sparkle and shine--but not in a way that's overdone or gaudy. If you like Chanel Glossimers, I think you'd like these--or at least they'd be worth a look-see!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, July 29th, 2011


NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo

NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo

NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering blue turquoise” and “dark aquamarine.”

On the left, there is a twinkling sky blue with a hint of teal and white frost finish. Inglot #415 is similar but it leans a touch greener and has a subtle golden sheen. The color payoff of this shade was excellent–so densely packed with color with a rich, smooth texture that made it easy to blend and apply.

On the right, there is a muted, silvered blue with a silver-white shimmer-sheen. It’s paler and bluer compared to MAC Moon’s Reflection, while Urban Decay Mary Jane is much darker. It has good color payoff, but it is a touch sheerer compared to the left shade. It’s very soft, though, and it applies well onto the skin.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
Both shades are distinctly blue but not over-the-top blue. I liked how one shade is a brighter blue, while the other is subtler, more muted.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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