Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Prescriptives’ Well Suited Collection is a nice launch easy, wearable shades in pre-made palettes (cool, neutral, and warm), along with the release of new longwearing liners. My favorite products from this launch are the new longwearing liners and the Well-Suited Finishing Powder. I also thought Posh Beige was a gorgeous shade from the LipColors.

Well-Suited Eye Color Compact ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN)

All three palettes had decent to good color pay off, but I did find shadows that had a more matte finish were a little less smooth and could skip a bit when swatched. These colors are designed to be wearable shades, and Prescriptives succeeded in this aspect. If you’re more of a bold color kind of person, these might not be up your alley. If you’re looking for something you can wear all week, you may find these are suitable for you!

  • Warm includes a soft, satin-y peach; a warm-toned medium brown with gold and green shimmer; a neutral-toned golden green-brown; a dark teal with aqua-blue shimmer; and a slightly warmed-up dark brown with a semi-matte/matte finish.
  • Neutral looks like a smoky eyes palette, actually. It includes a neutral-toned peach with light peach-gold shimmer; a neutral-tone reddish-brown with multicolored shimmer; a satiny, dark, chocolate brown; a medium silver with slight shimmer; and a matte black.
  • Cool consists of a peachy-pink with silvery shimmer; a cool-toned chocolate brown with slight shimmer; a grayish shade with brown undertones; a reddish-plum with golden shimmer; and a matte dark purple.

Face

  • Well-Suited Finishing Powder ($28.00) is a satiny, dusty pink with the collection’s theme as a raised pattern on the compact. It goes on as a pale, slightly warm pink (neutral or warm, but definitely not cool). It doesn’t have any shimmer, and it looks very natural and soft on skin.

Colorscope Lipcolor

  • Posh Honey is a semi-sheer warm-toned beige with golden sihmmer.
  • Posh Ginger is a brownish shade with a little bit of warm red with slight golden shimmer.
  • Posh Nude is a pinky-nue with a semi-sheer finish and low-level gold pearl.
  • Posh Pink is a semi-opaque raspberry pink with a glossy sheen.

Longwear Kohl Liner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Black Kohl is a medium flat black — not an ultra rich, ultra black-black, but a wearable, soft black.
  • Blush Kohl is a medium-dark blue with no shimmer or sheen.
  • Brown Kohl is a slightly war-toned chocolate brown.
  • Slate Kohl is a grayish-charcoal shade with a slight sheen.

Available: Nordstrom.com

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Friday, July 31st, 2009

Prescriptives Well-Suited Collection for Fall 2009

This fall, look tailored and refined with Prescriptives Fall 2009 Color Collection. Well-Suited is a menswear inspired collection with an edgy feminine influence and features a range of sophisticated shades from tweedy browns to silky purples. Eyes take the spotlight with warm browns and amethyst tones. Cheeks are soft with subtle luminosity. Lips are subdued in delicate tones of nude pink and nude honey. The look is Well-Suited for fall.

Well-Suited Eye Color Compact ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Warm Includes new and limited edition shades Silk, Bean, Olive, Moss; permanent shade Espresso
  • Neutral Includes new and limited edition shade Sultry; permanent shades Champagne, Clove, Storm, Jet
  • Cool Includes new and limited edition shades Velour, Pinstripe; permanent shades Shell, Cassis, Blackberry

Well-Suited Finishing Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $35.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

This translucent, silky-light pressed powder helps set makeup, gives skin subtle luminosity and a smooth finish. It’s the finishing touch for every well-dressed face.

Longwear Kohl Liner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (New)

This soft, creamy, color-rich, automatic kohl eye liner glides on, then sets for long, smudge-resistant, waterproof wear. Goes from inner rim to outer lashline for a look that lasts all day! Longwearing, transfer-resistant, smudge-resistant, non-settling, and water-proof.

  • Black Kohl
  • Slate Kohl
  • Brown Kohl
  • Blue Kohl

Colorscope Lipcolor ($17.50 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Posh Nude
  • Posh Pink
  • Posh Honey
  • Posh Ginger

Availability: Now available at Nordstrom.com. Also spotted at local Nordstrom counters!

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Prescriptives’ launched Exhilarating this summer, and I gotta tell you, that green packaging caught my eye. I’d say it’s one of my favorite packagings I’ve seen for the summer thus far. I know some of you find it tacky, but I love it. It’s so bright, vibrant, and SO summer. The Guava Exhilarating Lip Gloss ($14.50) smells like slightly sweet fruit and has this gold and springy green shimmer. It reminds me a bit of MAC’s Springbean lipglass, but this doesn’t feel nearly as sticky, though it is quite thick. I also tried Nectarine Exhilarating Lipcolor ($17.50), which is a semi-sheer coral shade. It doesn’t lean pink, nor too orange, so I actually found myself liking it quite a bit. If you know me, you KNOW I’m all over a good coral lipstick/lipgloss! Definitely a perfect color for summer.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Prescriptives Exhilarating Collection for Summer 2009

Calyx Sheer Exhilaration ($38.50)

Limited edition all-over fragrance is a light, refreshing form of the original Calyx. With notes of passion fruit, mango, guava, lily, jasmine, sandalwood, and vetiver, this formula is delicate and invigorating.

Calyx Exhilarating Lip Gloss ($14.50)

  • Mango (Warm)
  • Pink Grapefruit (Cool)
  • Guava (Neutral)

Exhilarating Lipcolor ($17.50)

  • Nectarine (Y/O)
  • Papaya (R/O)
  • Strawberry (R)
  • Raspberry (B/R)

U-Pick Eye Color ($14.00)

  • Lemondrop (Warm)
  • Calyx Green (Warm)
  • Caviar (Warm)
  • Teal (Cool)
  • Chiffon (Cool)
  • Cobalt (Cool)

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Friday, April 17th, 2009

Prescriptives’ Motor-Eyes Instant Action Mascara ($32.00) is designed to increase volume, blacken lashes, and lift and curl all with a vibrating mascara brush. The brush is supposed to keep the mascara moving and “work synergistically” with your lashes.

The mascara formula itself doesn’t smudge or flake, and I do like the richness in the black color. It does, surprisingly, lift my lashes a bit and make them look curled without me actually having to use an eyelash curler. I also felt like I got quite a bit of length added my stubby lashes. While Prescriptives does say this is a clump-free formula, I did find that some clumping occurred for me.

The vibrating brush is a little noisy, but it sounds more intimidating than it actually is. I hardly feel the vibration at all, which is a huge plus, because the little vibrations usually tickle my lashes, ha! One thing I dislike about the vibrating feature is there’s no way to turn it off. As soon as you unscrew the wand from the tube, it starts to vibrate. It doesn’t turn off until you screw it back in. This is the same problem I had with Estee Lauder’s Turbo Lash Mascara, too. I would say this formula beats out Estee Lauder’s though; but they do feel very similar (not surprising since they’re owned by the same company).

Lancome’s Oscillation formula still beats out Prescriptives’ for me, and I like that I can turn on/off the oscillating part of the mascara. To be honest, $32 for a vibrating mascara is steeper than I’d pay. I’d rather go with a tried and true formula (e.g. Chanel Exceptionnel) for that price.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2009


Rose Quartz, Amber

Prescriptives’ Mineral Color Collection features sets for the face (cool/warm) and eyes (cool/warm), a Mineral Bronzer, and four limited edition mineral color lip glosses. I really liked the Mineral Color Lip Glosses ($17.50 each), because they reminded me a lot of MAC’s Dazzleglasses with a few noteworthy differences. Prescriptives’ Mineral Color Lip Glosses are not sticky at all, which for some of you, might be a deciding factor of why you can’t seem to get on the Dazzleglass train. Secondly, Prescriptives’ version is thinner, and I would say perhaps more pigmented, too.

The two I tried were Amber and Rose Quartz. Amber is a rich, coppery sparkle shimmer gloss. I know in the still photo it looks a little off, because it seems flat and just like copper glitter. I will say, like dazzleglasses, you have to see it in real life to appreciate the glittering effects. It just doesn’t capture quite right in still photography!

Rose Quartz is a sheer, milky pastel pink with lots of glitter and sparkle. It reminded me a bit of Baby Sparks from MAC, though perhaps not quite as milky. I’m eager to check out the other two, Amethyst and Sunstone, to see how those compare–both look like they’ll be more along the lines of Amber (aka pigmented), so I can’t wait to swatch!

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