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Dior Mystic Metallics Collection for Fall 2013


Discover an enchantingly elegant collection inspired by Dior’s ultimate lucky charm: the Star. Vibrant, brilliant shades capture the mystery and magic of the Dior Star, a Parisian street ornament that guided Dior to his destiny as worldwide fashion icon.

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bonne Etoile (384) Blue, green, khaki, bronze, taupe
  • Constellation (864) Purple, plum, taupe, gold, pink (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Addict Extreme Lipstick ($31.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bonne Ave (986) Plum
  • Gri-Gri (546) Beige

Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Ensorcelante (981) Plum
  • Charm (364) Mauve

Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Destin Taupe
  • Galaxie (992) Plum

Magnetic Vernis ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Dior’s transforming nail enamel reveals a metallic wave pattern on the nails through the use of a magnet.How to use: Simply apply a coat of the specially formulated enamel to each nail then hold a magnet over each finger to reveal a mystical design.

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, July 2013 at counters and stores

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MAC Nudes & Metallics Collection (PRO Only) for Spring/Summer 2013

MAC Nudes & Metallics Collection
MAC Nudes & Metallics Collection

UPDATED @ 7/11/13 at 9:41 AM PST: This collection is FINALLY! online. You can see it here. I’ve linked the name of each product below if I’ve reviewed it (I reviewed all about Love’s Lure and Restrained, as I did not receive them and this is the first shot I’ve had to buy them, which I did!).

This collection invites the pro artist to explore the lush potential of the monochromatic while offering chic contrasts. The Nude palette is defined by the cool, rich and warm tones of creamy Amplified Lipstick, while the Metallic palette satisfies the fashionable demand for decadently frosted plums. For lip, eye and cheek, both collections offer a selection of four Lipsticks with matching shades of Veluxe Pearl or Satin Eye Shadow and a Powder Blush.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. /$18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Angel’s Kiss Sheer soft pinky nude with pearl (Amplified)
  • Nearly Nude Sheer warm pink nude (Amplified)
  • Wholesome Sheer warm mid-tone nude (Amplified)
  • Restrained Sheer neutral mid-tone nude (Amplified)
  • Show-All Heavily metallic deep red (Frost)
  • Subverted Metallic brown (Frost)
  • Pre-Raphaelite Deep metallic dirty berry (Frost)
  • Dominate Deep metallic purple (Frost)

Eyeshadow ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Powder Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Availability: MAC PRO stores and PRO Online only. Online mid June 2013; in-stores on April 18th, 2013 (North America). May 2013 (International).

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CoverGirl Charcoal (335) & Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pots

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium gray with a frosted sheen. It had good decent to good color payoff applied dry, and then it was smoother and more even when applied damp. Disney Midnight Hour is a touch lighter. MAC Frozen Blue is similar. Bobbi Brown Sterling is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a pinky lavender with a pearly finish. It’s slightly iridescent. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, and this shade actually applies really smoothly and binds together well. I might say this is the best of the shades I’ve tried. L’Oreal With a Twist is purpler. Urban Decay Tainted is less shimmery. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Charcoal had a slightly grainy, powdery consistency, but applied wet, it did smooth out and apply better. I had minimal fall out with it as well, so that was a big plus since I’ve experienced much more noticeable fall out with several other shades. Blazing Purple, however, didn’t have that grainy texture, and it also didn’t have any fall out. Both shades lasted without fading or creasing for eight hours.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Charcoal (335)
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Blazing Purple (340)
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Essie Sunday Fun Day & Rock the Boat Nail Lacquers

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer
Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright, tangerine-crush coral with soft shimmer.” It is a warm-toned, coral-orange with flecks of white sparkle. It was mostly opaque afer two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. Chanel Lilis is more orange. MAC Vivid Effect is less warm-toned, cream. See comparison swatches.

Rock the Boat Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “French blue with a hint of periwinkle.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender-blue with a subtle silvery shimmer. I tried applying this three times, and it was uneven and streaky each time I tried, which was a real shame since this is a rather unique color from what I’m aware of. The consistency was on the thicker side, and it didn’t flow evenly across the nail. I thought it might self-level but no suck luck. Chanel Sky Line is metallic. Cult Nails Princess is bluer. Zoya Skylar is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Essie Nail Lacquer Sunday Fun Day
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer Rock the Boat
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pink bronze.” It’s a rosy bronze with a champagne shimmer. , which looks almost plummy. Because it’s just a wash of color, all of the shades that are similar are much more pigmented and are also powder blushes. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (a powder) is very similar but matte. NARS Lovejoy is more plum. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is also more plum. See comparison swatches.

Based on the actual tint of this, it’s not going to be particularly useful on medium or deeper complexions–it gets completetely lost on my skin tone, which is just a smidgen lighter than true medium. Instead, what you see is mostly a dewy sheen but no visible color. On a fairer complexion, I think you’ll see a glorious tint of plummy bronze–should be quite lovely–but be wary of the wear time, especially if you have an oilier skin type (I’m normal-to-dry). The sheen (and I could see some of the shimmer bits upclose) lasted a mere four hours, and it’s best applied over bare skin. It didn’t play well with liquid foundation after a few hours and caused it to look a bit patchy.

All in all, I love the concept. The consistency is gel-like and glides on so well without skipping, and being sheer and just a tint, it’s impossible to overdo and effortless to blend. It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set–it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint Nude Beach
Nude Beach

NARS Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusives (2013)


Baiser de Feu Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Damage Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Como Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Some Like It Hot Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pago Pago Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Voulez Vous Cheek & Eye Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Molokai (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Antananarivo (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Rangoun (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Lhasa (Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • Deep Throat (Blush) (Permanent)
  • Dolce Vita (Blush) (Permanent)

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom Cardholders now, July 19th, exclusively at Nordstrom

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