Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette
Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette ($12.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows that are supposed to be intensely pigmented and long-wearing. All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours. There was some faint signs of fading with some shades (as noted) after nine hours of wear but very little. The texture of these is very soft, dense, and buttery, and at times, they’re almost so soft that they can crumble, but once you’re using a makeup brush and a light hand, you’re unlikely to encounter any issues. The only thing I’d have loved to see were actual shade names (that desire had no impact on rating, though).

Sunset #1 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish–not quite matte but nowhere near as shimmery or as metallic as the other shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery or too soft. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #2 is a vibrant red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, and this shade had excellent pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #3 is a warm, somewhat dulled, copper with brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just slightly powdery. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #4 is an intense and incredibly bright tangerine orange that leans yellow. It had intense color payoff and a buttery, dense consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #5 is a medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth but not quite as soft or as buttery as other shades. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #6 is a brightened, light-medium blue with cool undertones and a silvered shimmer and frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly overall. It wasn’t as intensely pigmented as other shades in the palette. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #7 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and a really smooth, buttery consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #8 is a muted, coppery-red with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This isn’t quite the same as the red in the palette–it is definitely browner/more orange and muted. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #9 is a rich, rusty orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texxture was soft, buttery, and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #10 is a lightened copper with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a frosted, metallic finish, and it was more sparkly compared to the other shades. I noticed some slight fall out over time with this shade. The pigmentation was good, though. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #11 is a rose gold with a frosted, metallic sheen; it is warmer, less rose-tinted than it is orange. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was great. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #12 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with it as it was soft, smooth, and blendable. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Technically, this palette is $9.99, but unfortunately, it can’t be purchased direct from Sleek Makeup due to U.S. shipping restrictions. However, there are a few reputable sellers on Amazon that have it available for $12.99 (plus $2.50 shipping). Some Sleek Makeup products are available for purchase directly from the brand but not all.

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All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2012


Sleek MakeUP Ultra Matte i-Divine Palettes in V1 Brights, V2 Darks

Makeup trends have gone mad for matte. From matte manis to matte lips, gloss and shimmers are taking a back seat.

Matte eyeshadows are notorious for their lack of pigment and chalky texture. But Sleek MakeUP’s ULTRA MATTE i-DIVINES are intensely creamy, highly pigmented colours that are super-blendable. These mineral-based eyeshadows are so smooth in texture they make colour blending and contouring effortless.

Every palette of Sleek MakeUP’s legendary i-Divines are 12 shades of high-quality, super-pigmented eyeshadows suited to every skin tone, giving you the freedom of choice according to your preference, mood or skin tone. Sleek MakeUP’s intense eyeshadow pigments mean shades can also be used as long lasting eye liners by applying with a small eyeshadow brush.

Sleek MakeUP’s ULTRA MATTE i-DIVINES are available in 2 palettes of fully pigmented matte shades: V1 Brights and V2 Darks. So whether you prefer bold brights or muted darks, we’ve got it covered. For perfect Spring Summer eyes mimic the muted mattes seen at Haider Ackerman at Paris FW and Salvatore Ferragamo at Milan FW. Or for a more daring pop of colour, seek inspiration from Moschino Cheap & Chic or Paul Costelloe at London FW.

Sleek MakeUP’s Ultra Matte i-Divines launch on 9th May 2012 in Superdrug stores nationwide and online at sleekmakeup.com and will retail for £6.49/€8.50/$10.00.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Glo Face & Body Highlighter
Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Glo Face & Body Highlighter

Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Glo Face & Body Highlighter

Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Glo Face & Body Highlighter ($10.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a multi-colored highlighter that features five strips of color that can be swirled together or used in parts to create an illuminated look. This is an online exclusive to sleekmakeup.com. Each strip is fairly narrow, so they’re not shades you would use singularly as a blush, though you could certainly try or go for a very precise look by using eye brushes instead. The five individual shades consist of a shimmering white gold with a strong yellow gold sheen, peachy beige with a softer shimmer, coppery orange with a shimmery finish, golden peach-pink with a frosted finish, and a dirty beige with a champagne frosted shimmer. Together, they create a warm bronze with a golden shimmer-sheen and slight red undertones. It’s a bit like a shimmery version of Urban Decay’s Toasted. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is similar but more orange-y.

The texture of the powder is very soft and feels finely-milled, and the payoff of each individual shade was lovely. I didn’t have any problems with pigmentation while swatching or during application. This is the kind of over-the-top highlighter than some will absolutely love but others will struggle to perfect. It has a strong frosted, borderline-metallic, finish, which emphasizes pores, skin imperfections, and any natural texture you may have to your skin. For those lucky enough to be owners of perfect complexions, this is beautiful on, but for the rest of us, it can be a little too much.  I did like how soft the powder was, because it made it very easy to blend and soften against the skin.  I was disappointed in the wear, though; it started to look patchy and faded after a mere six hours.

For the price point, the texture is amazing!  The wear and the way to does emphasize skin imperfections are downsides, though.  I’d recommend using a stippling brush to achieve more of a glow while minimizing some of the emphasis it naturally gives because of that strong frosted and metallic finish.  It’s a bit more of a bronzy glow on my skin tone than pure highlighter, so for lighter skin tones, you’ll find this more of a blush/bronzer, while deeper skin tones will find this to work well as a warm-toned highlighter. It does compare well with Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks, which also have a stronger, frostier finish.

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