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New! MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm and Highlighter Extensions for Fall 2013


M•A•C’s Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm leads the next generation of BB creams, evening skin tone, blurring imperfections and enhancing skin’s natural luminosity while shielding it from harsh UV rays. Now in six new shades, the extended colour spectrum ranges from light to medium to beige, and on to caramel bronze. Semi-translucent and luxuriously light. Available in an SPF 35 cream and a go-anywhere SPF 30 solid cream compact.

Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN)

  • Extra Light Pale alabaster
  • Light Pale ivory
  • Light Plus Light beige
  • Medium Warm beige
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Medium Dark Caramel beige
  • Dark Deep caramel
  • Deep Plus Neutral tan beige
  • Dark Deep Rich golden bronze

Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN)

  • Extra Light Pale alabaster
  • Light Pale ivory
  • Light Plus Light beige
  • Medium Warm beige
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Medium Dark Caramel beige
  • Dark Deep caramel
  • Deep Plus Neutral tan beige
  • Dark Deep Rich golden bronze

Prep+Prime’s pen-style highlighter is now available in new Peach Lustre, which brings a soft, sheer wash of colour to the skin in a gleaming bronzy orange. Its precise application adds radiance just where you want it, going on smoothly for soft, comfortable wear. Use over makeup for highlights, touch-ups or under makeup to brighten and prime. Also available in Light Boost, Bright Forecast and Radiant Rose.

Prep + Prime Highlighter ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Peach Lustre Bronzy orange

Availability: August 15th (North America), October 2013 (international)

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MAC Indulge Collection for Fall 2013


You’re invited to a dinner of supreme decadence, where no taste is too extravagant and no behaviour beyond limits. On the menu: Cremeblend Blush flushes skin with a sensual glow while Eye Shadow smolders for the ultimate in seduction, intensified by Fluidline in Gilt Gourmet and Deliciously Rich. Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash darkens and lengthens lashes, while Lipstick and Lipglass further intoxicate the senses, as lacquered nails shimmer in jewel tones and molten metallics.

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

  • Smash Hit Sheer golden sparkle (Dazzle) (Repromote)
  • By Design Soft shimmery beige (Frost)
  • Feed the Senses Mid-tone mauvey nude (Lustre)
  • Just a Bite Mid-tone blue red (Satin)
  • Sweet Succulence Deep glossy plum (Lustre)

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

  • Ultimate Dish Light beige with pearl
  • Liqueur Shimmering taupe (Repromote)
  • Fashion Punch Mid-tone neutral pink
  • Lust for Life Dark berry
  • Utterly Tart Deep red

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Magnificent Feast Sparkling true gold (Frost)
  • Sinfully Sweet Sparkling champagne with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Discotheque Super glitter silver (Pearl)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Cream) (Repromote)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Cream) (Repromote)
  • Screening Room Bright mid-tone teal (Cream) (Repromote)

Fluidline ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Gilt Gourmet Sparkling burnished gold
  • Deliciously Rich Shimmering dirty taupe
  • Blacktrack Solid flat black (Permanent)

Cremeblend Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Tease Your Tastes Soft neutral pink
  • Glamour Feast Deep rose

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

  • Gilty Morsel Glittery light gold (Lustre)
  • Sex & the Oyster Mid-tone greyed blue green (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Three Ring Yellow Bright sulfur green yellow (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Divine Decadence Soft bronze (Veluxe)
  • Deep Cravings Dark shimmery grey (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Eat, Love Deep emerald (Satin)
  • Beluga Dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl (Veluxe)
  • Palace Pedigreed Dark plum (Satin) (Repromote)

Availability: August 15th (North America, online), August 22nd (North America), September 2013 (international)

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New! NARS Eye Paints for Fall 2013


For Fall 2013, NARS introduces Eye Paint, a must-have for beauty lovers who want to elevate their eye look. Housed in a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment, this versatile product can be used as both an eyeshadow and eyeliner. The innovative weightless gel formula delivers long-lasting color that glides on smooth and dries down quickly. When used as eyeliner, pair with the new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 for a perfectly defined eye. Comes in 10 shades for a full range of artistry. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Eye Paint ($25.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Black Valley Black
  • Interstellar Silver
  • Iskandar Gold
  • Mesopotamia Brown
  • Mozambique Olive
  • Snake Eyes Black with green shimmer
  • Solomon Islands Turquoise blue
  • Tatar Black with purple shimmer
  • Transvaal Grey
  • Ubangi Black with blue shimmer

Brush

  • #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush Angled brush ($26.00)

Availability: September 1st at Nordstrom, NARS

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Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (31) Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. NARS Soulshine #1 is pinker. Edward Bess Secret Affair is warmer. Tom Ford Flush is brighter, more orange. NARS Deep Throat is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental is lighter, more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Not to be confused with Pink Coral from the Shimmer Blush range (which is numbered 8, and this is 31, for total clarity) that has been out for sometime, this is new for fall. The new shade for fall is also limited edition, and it’s very un-fall like (relative to what we typically see), which is always nice. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and slightly powdery. Though powdery, it does blend out easily and applies evenly; it also doesn’t look powdery on the skin (which is most important). It had fairly good color payoff, but the powderiness made it readily sheer out on drier skin. Pink Coral wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was noticeably faded around the edges after eight hours of wear.

Bobbi Brown Blush Pink Coral
Pink Coral

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a trio of eyeshadows with a smoky, monochromatic vibe. The formula in these is supposed to “allow true, instant color payoff and long-lasting, plush performance.” The three eyeshadows vary in size, with the lightest being the largest and the darkest being the smallest. The white eyeshadow is the best performer, as it is pigmented and had a good texture, while the other two were less impressive and required some extra work/patience to get to work just right. I think the palette is a rather basic set of shades, so it’s a real shame this didn’t knock it out of the park–because a good smoky eye palette is always a nice color combination for a permanent range.

The Mod #1 is described as an “eggshell white.” It’s a neutral-toned white with a satin finish; it’s not a stark, bright white, but it’s not so warm that it looks more ivory than white. It had really nice color payoff, though the texture was just slightly powdery (but it was easy to blend). MAC This or That #1 is warmer. theBalm Metal-ica is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venus is more ivory-colored. Giorgio Armani Open is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #2 is described as a “black with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark matte black with silver and teal iridescent shimmer. The color payoff was good, but the texture was slightly dry and stiffer to work with than many of the other Marc Jacobs’ eyeshadows I’ve played with, so it does take extra work to blend it out on the lid. theBalm Guilty Gwen is more frosted. NARS Night Breed is more matte. Lancome The New Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is also similar. Chanel Mirifique is more sparkly, cream. Sugarpill Stella is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #3 is described as a “light grayish taupe.” It’s a pale, cool-toned gray with hints of purple and a satiny sheen. It had decent color payoff, but this shade was somewhat powdery and slightly dry, so it was difficult to achieve opaque, lasting color. This one was prone to fading after six hours of wear. NARS Namibia is matte. Disney What’s It is lighter. MAC Silver Gull is sparkly. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 3 The Mod (112)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy.” It’s a deep, dark reddish wine with a little plum and burgundy. It has a creamy, luminous finish. Guerlain Madame Batifole is brighter, redder. MAC Heaux is matte, brighter. NARS Afghan Red is less red. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Flirt is pinker. Giorgio Armani #408 is warmer. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, less red. See comparison swatches.

This vampy shade is featured in the fall collection, though it is permanent. The formula is supposed to deliver “rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours.” It is also supposed to hydrate lips and not feather or settle into lip lines while worn. Merlot was mostly opaque on lips, but there was a very slight translucency that kept it from being fully opaque–but it also gave it a lighter look. The consistency is creamy, emollient, and easy to apply without tugging onto the lips. I didn’t notice the color settling into lip lines, and I did not experience feathering when I wore it (but I don’t usually have issues with feathering). The color lasted well for six hours, and then it started to fade but there was a slight stain that lingered. The formula was moderately hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color Merlot
Merlot

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