Wednesday, January 18th, 2012


Tarina Tarantion Jasper Agate Sparklicity Shadow Duo

Tarina Tarantino Spring 2012 Collection

TARINA TARANTINO introduces the Spring 2012 collection, shimmering, versatile shades infused with micronized platinum powders and highlighting ingredients that reflect the brilliance, luminosity and sophistication of a jewel. Inspired by the richness and radiance of her own handcrafted jewelry, this haute accessories designer and former makeup artist shares her passion for self-expression and playfulness with her latest cosmetics collection, available only at Sephora. It’s makeup that makes a statement—like any great accessory would.

Eye Dream Hyperlight ($22.00)

This liquid spotlight luminizes and brightens under eyes and along the cheek bones to instantly give you a lit-from-within glow. Consider this your “magic wand” and use this blendable, crease-free formulation under or over concealer to keep you looking refreshed at all times. Available in one universal shade.

Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00)

This superb eyeshadow duo is infused with luxurious platinum powders that create a glowing effect for your eyes. Tarina suggests applying to the inner corner of the eyes and on the browbone for a beautiful highlighted effect. Available in four color coordinated duos:

  • Mr. Gold and Mr. Silver Gold and silver
  • Amber and Elektron Bronze and vanilla
  • Jasper and Agate Buttermilk and taupe
  • Iris Plume and Moon Opal Lilac and soft pink

Dollskin Cheek Palette ($45.00)

Consists of four beautiful full-sized blushes in one gorgeous palette so you can play with color on your cheeks. The silky formula imparts a natural glow with true pigment payoff that wears all day long, applies evenly and is buildable for a customized look. Tarina has created the perfect range of shades to give cheeks a sweet romantic flush on any skin tone: Candy Cameo (shimmery pink), Feather (shimmery peach), Carved Rose (cool vivid pink) and Parasol (shimmery peach/pink). Tarina’s application tip: Concentrate color on the apple for a “dolly cheek,” or just along the cheekbone for a “disco cheek” effect.

Fleur de Lash Mascara ($19.00)

A superior formulation that thickens and lengthens for maximum volume lashes in new gunmetal faceted tube that reflects like a jewel.

Jewel Mirror ($25.00)

Inspired by Tarina’s iconic jewelry, the vintage oval design is made from glass crystals and inscribed with Tarina’s special message: Get Ready to Sparkle! The two-sided, compact mirror includes both 1x and 3x magnification, perfect to take with you everywhere! Available in four different vintage colors: Glitter Mist (iridescent opal), Emerald Pretty (green), Pink Pucker (pink), Lilac Crush (purple).

availability: February 2012 at Sephora stores, sephora.com

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane Dollskin Cheek Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “muted pink beige.” It’s a medium-dark fleshy beige; it’s very skin-like in its color, and it has a nearly matte finish. There is only a hint of rosiness; if you have pinker undertones, this might be more apparent on your skin than against my yellower undertones. It has more beige in it compared to MAC Brit Wit, which looks pinker compared to this. MAC Darkly My Dear is a few shades darker and browner. It is extremely similar to Tarte Exposed, though slightly less pink. Korres Natural is browner.

The powder is very finely-milled and soft to the touch. It applies smoothly and blends out effortlessly, and because of the naturalness of the color, it’s impossible to overdo. I love blushes in this color family, because they act as a my-cheeks-but-better kind of color. They merely accentuate and emphasize the natural tones of the skin. This lightness of this color means it works best on fair to medium skin tones, while medium-dark to dark may find it to disappear against their skin tone (blushes in this tone but several shades darker would work for the darker end of the spectrum). I was really pleased with the wear of this shade; eight hours without fading.

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Neopolitan Lane

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I highly recommend this for light to medium (possibly medium-dark) complexions as an easy, wearable, everyday kind of blush. It works well with dramatic looks as well as subtle, barely-there looks. Usually when I can't think of what blush to pair with the rest of my look, I reach for this kind of color.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Eyeshadow Palettes

The idea of picking a mere ten fantastic products for the entire eye category (which, as I’m sure you’re aware, I have a great love for) was borderline absurd. I could not resist breaking it out a bit more :)

  1. Bare Escentuals The Playlist Eyeshadow Palette (plus lots of love for the Ready formula in general!)
  2. Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes
  3. theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette
  4. theBalm Cast Your Shadow Palette
  5. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette
  6. Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Chanel Topkapi Eyeshadow Quad
  8. Inglot Eyeshadow Palettes
  9. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope
  10. theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3

What was your favorite eyeshadow palette this year?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Blushes & Highlighters

It’s so hard for me to pick favorites, but these are ten products that really caught my eye this year for adding color and/or glow to cheeks. Since these are products for 2011, I did exclude any spring 2012 products that may have been reviewed this year, as they’re technically for next – so these feature products new for 2011 and permanent products I discovered this year! :)

  1. Guerlain Parure de Nuit
  2. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous
  3. Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire
  4. Benefit Watt’s Up
  5. Tarte Exposed
  6. Guerlain Terra Inca
  7. Tarina Tarantino Feather
  8. NYX Menage a Trois
  9. NARS Oasis
  10. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees

What was your favorite blush/highlighter that you discovered this year?

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($20.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the other limited edition holiday palette that’s now sold out online but is still available in (some) Sephora stores. Again, as today and Monday are sure to be high traffic mall-going days, in case you’re there, look for this! $20 (these are normally $32!) gets you a full-sized palette featuring five stunning eyeshadows. The outer packaging of this is rather holographic and the metallic portion is a pink-lilac.

The top shade is a grayish lavender with a strong, white frosted finish. It’s super shimmery, but the texture is soft and smooth–vrey dense–and yields good color payoff. It reminded me of a more pigmented MAC Silverwear.

On the left, there is a soft pinky-white with an iridiescent pink-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s smooth and soft with good color payoff. It doesn’t have quite the duochrome that Make Up For Ever #940 has but slightly similar. MAC Defiance is similar, and I suspect MAC Vanilla is also fairly close.

The middle shade is a medium-dark gray with a silvered, metallic sheen. There are hints of brown in the undertones. It applies very smoothly and has great pigmentation. Bobbi Brown Silver is similar. Urban Decay S&M is a bit darker and browner.

On the right, there is a coral-pink with a satiny sheen. There’s a lightness and softness to the color, but it’s not sheer at all. Inglot #359 lacks the sheen, so it appears a bit different, but this was the most similar shade I could find. MAC Rose is a bit darker and pinker.

The bottom shade is a deep, dark black with teal and silver shimmer. This shade is so dense and buttery with excellent pigmentation–I was really impressed, because so often these types of black eyeshadows are dry and chalky with little payoff! It is similar to Lancome The New Black and Chanel Mirifique.

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Diamond Dusk

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This is an interesting selection of colors to put in a palette--in a good way--I think it works, but it's a little different. You could do some warmer smoky eyes here, or you could go more traditional and keep it cooler-toned with more gray/black.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($20.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a limited edition palette from the Aurora holiday collection, which, apparently, sold out between when I tested this and today, at least online. A few readers said it’s still in stores, though, so on the off chance that you’re braving the mall today or gearing up to spend any Sephora gift cards on Monday, maybe this will be of help. $20 (these are normally $32!) gets you a full-sized palette featuring five stunning eyeshadows. The outer packaging of this is rather holographic and the metallic portion is a pink-lilac.

The top shade is a dirty, almost mint-esque, green. The color payoff is good, and the texture is soft and smooth when applied. None of the many, many green eyeshadows I’ve come across seemed to compare. Make Up For Ever #302 came the closest, buit it’s much more of a teal, whereas this one is still fairly green.

On the left, there is a pale, metallic pink with subtle gold sheen; the pink has more of a yellow undertone, so it is a warmer pink. The color payoff is good, though the texture is just a smidgen dry compared to other Tarina Tarantino eyeshadows, but it’s still quite soft and there’s no difficult in applying it. It is similar to the pink in the Delightful palette. MAC Defiance is similar but lighter.

In the middle of the palette is a purple-tinted blue–it’s not quite indigo, not quite violet–wiath a satiny sheen. It has a really dense, soft texture and intense color payoff. NARS Rated R is quite a bit lighter. It’s not as purple as MAC Cobalt or as a blue (or as dark!) as MAC Atlantic Blue. It’s a bit like MAC Royale but bluer.

On the right, there is a pink-lilac with a very frosted finish. It’s incredibly soft to the touch, so it applies very smoothly and yields excellent pigmentation. Inglot #440 is a bit lighter. theBalm Curtain Call is a little pinker and lighter.

The final shade, on the bottom, is a jewel-toned purple with a soft, frosted finish. It has good pigmentation, and it applies very smoothly against the skin. MAC Shock-a-holic is similar in color but has a matte finish. MAC Violet has less red tones.

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It's a stunning palette, and at $20, it's really a steal. The color payoff is really good across the board, with a little variance between good and excellent, but everything is well above average here. I would recommend picking this up if you happen to find it in-stores!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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