China Glaze Anchors Away Collection for Spring 2011
Sail away this spring in 12 nautically-inspired colors from China Glaze. These bold and confident brights are reminiscent of a carefree natural getaway, with soft ethereal hues that inspire leisurely thoughts of sand and sea. Colors in this collection include:
- Life Preserver Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème
- Hey Sailor Vibrant crème red
- Ahoy! Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck
- First Mate Sophisticated and rich navy crème
- Starboard Hip and playful green crème
- Lighthouse Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck
- White Cap Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white
- Pelican Gray High shine, cool toned grey crème
- Sea Spray Calming pale blue crème
- Below Deck A flirty mix of taupe and violet
- Sunset Sail Delightful peachy pink high shine crème
- Knotty Micro-particle beige shimmer
This spring, take a relaxing trip to the shore and sail away with China Glaze. Stop and smell the sea breeze! The China Glaze Anchors Away collection will be available in two 6 piece acetates, a 12 piece display, a 36 piece rack, and as open stock colors. China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter.
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Urban Decay Spring 2011 – Now Available Online!
Head on over to Urban Decay if you’ve been wanting to shop their new products, which I reviewed here: 15th Anniversary 24/7 Eyeliner Set, Greed Primer Potion, 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils, Afterglow Cheek Tints, and 24/7 Shadow Pencils (Part 2).
MAC Peacocky: Video Review & Swatches
First impressions/swatch video for MAC Peacocky! I say that everything is $18.50 but that was totally wrong — Kissable Lipcolours are $18.00 and the Mega Metal Eyeshadows are $19.50.
MAC Mickey Contractor: Overall Review & Recommendations
OVERALL, Mickey Contractor offers a good selection of neutrals along with a few pops of color, but it doesn’t do so with as much excellence as I expected. I found the quality to be lacking on the single eyeshadows, and there were a few too many repromotes of permanent shades or otherwise easily duped (by permanent products). The collection is more neutral in tone, rather than too warm or cool, so these are colors that can be worn with a fair amount of ease.
Both lipglasses were more opaque, which is always refreshing, but because of the creamier finishes and the thickness of lipglasses (which are also sticky), the colors both had a tendency to settle into lip lines and apply a bit unevenly. The lipsticks were easily my favorites, because they were lovely in texture and the colors themselves are infinitely flattering on a variety of skin tones. However, they were also very easy to dupe, so from a quality standpoint, they may be excellent, but you should definitely check your stash for possible dupes before buying.
I also liked the fluidlines, but I was disappointed when Ivy applied semi-opaque and needed a second layer to become opaque. Siahi was a lot better and went on beautifully, though. I found three of the four single eyeshadows to be on the sheer side, while Saffron was beautiful, nicely pigmented, and easy to work with. The Athma Eyeshadow Quad has a nice color scheme, but there is some fall out (but not terrible) with the two lustre shades, and it also includes two permanent shades (Carbon and Folie).
Both of the blushes were nice and had a smooth, soft texture without being powdery. Sur should flatter a good amount of skin tones (might not work on the darkest ones, though), while Gana will work if used more as a highlighter than a blusher. I like them together–Sur as a blusher, Gana as a highlighter.
Photos, Reviews, Swatches
- Athma Eyeshadow Quad
- Gana Blush
- Sur Blush
- Ivy Fluidline
- Siahi Fluidline
- Dupes & Comparisons (Cheeks/Lips)
- Dupes & Comparisons (Eyes)
- Video Review/Swatches
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MAC Peacocky: Overall Review & Recommendations
OVERALL, I was really impressed by the texture of the Mega Metal Eyeshadows, so much so that I gave them my highest grade. There is a reason why I don’t give out many A or A+ grades, and I think that it how it should be–these grades should be reserved for extraordinary products and ones that really knock it out of the park. The texture is smooth, buttery (almost creamy, but it is for sure a powder), and blends like a dream. Excellent color pay off, and these can be used wet or dry (without leaving any “wet” spots behind). I have several of these on my must-have list, but please understand that the formula is what makes them must-haves, and so when it comes to colors, it is really more about what colors you want.
I couldn’t think of anything wrong with these, and even though they are more expensive than the smaller MAC eyeshadows, these are over double the size–a tremendous value. But you must consider value vs. price; just because you get a lot of product doesn’t mean you’ll ever use it all, so then price should be more important than whether you get a truck load or a thimble full!
Of course, personally, I prefer uniformity, and love that I can depot my single eyeshadows and put them into palettes to save space. These are too big for the eyeshadow palettes but too small for the blush palettes. You can remove the insert on the MAC palettes, however, or use other brand’s empty palettes. They are similar in size to the Tartan Tale eyeshadows, mineralize eyeshadows, and Cream Colour Bases.
The Kissable Lipcolours are nice–the lighter shades, like Super, seem to fade faster (about three to four hours of wear, but quicker if you eat/drink), while the darker shades, like Scandelicious, last six to eight hours and can make it through eating/drinking. They’re lightweight, comfortable to wear, and don’t dry out lips at all. They have MAC’s signature vanilla scent, and nearly all of them are opaque with others being semi-opaque. I’m just not impressed with their $18 price tag.
Photos, Reviews, Swatches
- Mega Metal Eyeshadows (Part 1) (Centre Stage, Dalliance, Dandizette, Ego, Mating Call)
- Mega Metal Eyeshadows (Part 2) (Noir Plum, Odalisque, Paparazz-she, Peek-at-You, Prance)
- Mega Metal Eyeshadows (Part 3) (Sex-pectations, Spectacle of Yourself, Top of the Posh, Tweet Me, Unflappable)
- Mega Metal Eyeshadow Dupes & Comparisons (Part 2)
- Kissable Lipcolour (Part 1) (Enchantee, Exxxhibitionist, Flaunting It, Love Peck)
- Kissable Lipcolour (Part 2) (Peacocky, Scandelicious, So Vain, Strut Your Stuff)
- Kissable Lipcolour (Part 3) (Super, Temper Tantra, Vanity Fair, Woo Me)
- Kissable Lipcolour Dupes & Comparisons (Part 2)