Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection – Backstage at the Photoshoot

Remember a few weeks ago when we were all wondering just how on earth MAC came up with the makeup used in this look?

Time for an Update!

Last week, we came across some behind-the-scenes photos from the Colour Craft photoshoot, and one of the photos showed a Ben Nye palette.  After talking with MAC HQ, the Director of Makeup Artistry, Bianca Alexander, walked us through what was used for the photoshoot.

Here’s the breakdown she gave us:

  • Use Brush 222 to highlight under the left brow with Passionate Eye Shadow.
  • Blend Bitter Eye Shadow through the inner and center of eyelid with Brush 252.
  • Use Smolder Eye Kohl to intensify the waterline, and follow with Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner on both upper and lower lashline.
  • Use Brush 219 to blend Passionate Eye Shadow under lower lashline, diffusing the line outward for an airbrushed effect.
  • Begin design on the left eye by using Brush 242 to shade a circle of Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow at the browbone.
  • Switch to Brush 219 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow at the temple.
  • Switch to a clean Brush 242 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the eyelid.
  • Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes with a delicate black line.
  • Begin design on the right eye by using Brush 219 to shade a circle of Passionate Eye Shadow at the browbone.
  • Use Brush 242 to shade a circle at the temple with Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow.
  • Switch to the previous Brush 242 used to apply Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the left eye, and shade a circle at the crease to complete the right eye.
  • Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes on the right eye with a delicate black line.
  • Apply a generous coat of Zoomblack Zoom Lash Mascara on both upper and lower lashes.
  • Hydrate and refine lips with an application of Prep + Prime Lip with Brush 311.
  • Use Beet Lip Pencil to define lips before shading Lipstick in Trimming Talk along the outer edge with Brush 316.
  • Highlight the center of the lip with Lipglass in Miss Marble and Girlish Romp Mineralize Eye Shadow.

The ever-talented artist Linn recreated the Colour Craft face chart using the products suggested, and she achieved:

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Love That Look Collection

M·A·C Shadows are simply the best… sought after by Legends and Lolitas, Punks and Princesses, and all the pretty girls and boys who know what’s killer when they see it! Season after season they show the love – now it’s our turn with Love That Look!

An intensified take on everything incredible about M·A·C Starflash eyeshadow, with a formula so astro-silky, creamy, cushion-like, and pearl-finished, in a fantasia of 12 fabulously frosted shades. Four pearlglide liners to give the people what they want, essential Zoomblack Mascara and the 217 blending and 239 eyeshadow brushes that can make any first-time-tryer a true believer. Love That Look… Everybody interesting does!

Starflash Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Grand Entrance Frosty neutral peach beige
  • Dreammaker Frosty yellow gold
  • Smoke & Diamonds Frosty dirty taupe
  • Glamour Check! Frosty reddish brown
  • Strike a Pose Dirty/Deep blue green
  • Ego Light yellow pink
  • Fashion Groupie Light blue violet
  • Unbasic White Bright off white
  • One-Off Mid-tone green with silver pearl
  • Rated “R” Bright yellow green
  • Style Snob Dirty pink brown with gold pearl
  • Fashion Light grey green with gold pearl

Pearlglide Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Black Russian Black with navy blue glitter
  • Rave Deep purple with purple glitter
  • Molasses Dirty brown with mid-tone brown glitter
  • Fly-By-Blu Light blue with blue glitter

Zoom Lash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Zoomblack Rich black

Brush

  • 217 Blending Brush For shading or blending of colour or creamy products ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)
  • 239 Eye Shader Brush Soft and dense to shade or blend eyeshadow or emolient-based products. ($24.50 U.S. / $29.50 CDN)

Availability: July 23rd, 2009 and July 30th for North America locations. August 2009 for international.

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Friday, July 24th, 2009

IsaDora Smoky Eye Collection for Fall 2009

Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($19.00)

A sleek palette of chic, sultry grays; a shade range that’s universally flattering to all eye colors, this palette makes achieving a smoky eye simple. The palette features five matte eye shadow shades in a beige, platinum, slate, deep silver, charcoal and black, designed for blending and shading depending on the desired intensity. Includes a Duo Eye Shadow Applicator with brush and sponge for easy, flawless application.

Flashy Curl Mascara ($15.00)

Dramatic curved wand mascara that curls and lifts lashes from root to tip, adding the perfect amount of drama to any smoky eye. Instantly “wakes up” eyes with just one stroke. This smudge-proof and tear-proof formula conditions, nourishes and protects lashes with Panthenol while natural waxes add volume and thickness to each and every lash.

Fine Liner Eye Stylo ($13.00)

  • Carbon Black

Pump ‘n Plump Lip Gloss ($18.00)

  • Pearly Vanilla

Wonder Nail ($7.00)

  • Smoky Grey

Availability: August 2009 at Cosmeticmall.com and Amazon.com.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Too Faced Naturally Naughty Collection for Fall 2009

Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection ($34.00)

  • Heaven (matte ivory), Velvet Revolver (matte taupe), Sexspresso (matte deep brown), Silk Teddy (peach champagne shimmer), Push-Up (light bronze shimmer), Erotica (soft charcoal shimmer), Nude Beach (champagne shimmer with gold glitter), Honey Pot (gold shimmer), Cocoa Puff (warm chocolate brown shimmer)

Lip of Luxury ($18.00)

  • Pink Velvet
  • Shimmering Bordeaux

Metal Eyed Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner ($17.50)

Metal Eyed Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner is formulated to deliver the dramatic definition of liquid metal with one easy swipe. This unique water-based formula has intense color payoff and light-reflective properties that create a maximum shimmer and make eyes pop. The precise micro-brush ensures the perfect amount of product is dispersed for a clean, professional-looking application.

  • Blackout Glimmering black
  • Brown Sugar Glimmering bronze
  • Dirt Bag Glimmering deep brown
  • Hand Cuffs Glimmering silver
  • Get Lucky Glimmering forest green
  • Plum Crazy Glimmering vibrant purple
  • Shotgun Glimmering gunmetal
  • Twilight Glimmering navy blue

Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder ($25.00)

Inspired by actual candlelight, this product is formulated to set makeup while imparting a soft-focused glow. For all its immediate, “glowing” results, it’s also packed with a powerful dose of skin-saving antioxidants that protect and soothe tired skin as the golden-peachy tone warms and illuminates any complexion—reducing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.

Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer ($30.00)

This one-of a-kind makeup primer was scientifically formulated to wear alone or under bronzers and foundation powders for a look of flawless skin without makeup. Vitamins A & C, Mulberry extract, and a powerful dose of Retinol virtually banish pores while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified. Primed & Poreless creates the perfect canvas to allow powders, bronzers, and foundations to slide seamlessly on the skin—delivering a flawless and perfectly blended look that stay in place all day. Skin appears brighter, fresher, and younger.

Availability: Now available at Sephora.com.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Laura Geller Fall 2009 Collection

Femme Fatale Baked Smoky Eyeshadow Trio ($38.00)

Each shimmery shade in this compact trio glides on effortlessly, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. Each shade was specifically chosen to complement the others in creating a smoldering eye look: Black Magic (black with silver micro glitter), Silver Screen (smoky silver shimmer), and White Hot (icy white shimmer). Housed in a chic and stylish compact, a double-ended applicator is also included—so you can create a striking sculpted eye on the go!

Eye Rimz ($26.00)

  • Bewitching Bronze Swirled dark brown/bronze/gold
  • Crystal Cobalt Swirled dark blue/light blue/white pearl

Sugar Free Blush-N-Brighten ($29.50)

The new Sugar Free baked products give your cheeks a natural glow—sans the shimmer. The smooth, silky color glides on, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. It’s all due to the unique baking process where creamy pigment is poured onto terracotta pans and baked slowly for 24 hours. The result is an extremely fine powder that is silky smooth to the touch; delivers a dewy, fresh complexion; and has the ability to adapt to any skintone.

  • Boysenberry
  • Raspberry

Retractable Baked Kabuki Brush ($28.50)

This brush picks up just the right amount of powder for a smooth, flawless finish. Each bristle has a gentle wave that allows it to readily pick up powder and cleanly deposit it on the skin for a flawless finish. Also, the retractable slider allows you to narrow the bristles and focus on areas that need a little extra coverage. The synthetic taklon hair keeps your blush clean by not absorbing makeup or oils from your face.

Retractable Baked Powder Brush ($15.00)

Availability: Now available at Sephora.com.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Guerlain Slavic Beauty/Russian Beauty Collection for Fall 2009

As Guerlain’s muse, Natalia Vodianova inspired Creative Director, Olivier Échaudemaison to conceive a warm, bohemian-inspired colour collection for the Fall. Olivier calls Natalia “an icon of colour that brings energy and cheer when the nights are long and the skies grey, and when the days are short and the sun away.” In effort to capture the radiance, warmth and richness that Natalia emanates, Guerlain offers a fall look defined by a fresh, smooth complexion, bright cheeks, eyes shimmering in a crimson glow and sparkling, rosy lips.

From Moscow with Love, Guerlain’s Russian Beauty Colour Collection includes the following permanent and limited edition products:

Eyes and Lips Palette “Volga Princess” ($69.00)

In sumptuous black-and-gold packaging, reminiscent of the emblematic ornaments of Slavic art, Guerlain has placed the perfect soft pink and delicate taupe shades for the eyes to accent two lip colours of rosewood and sparkling pink. This all-in-one palette is the perfect accessory for a quick, easy and elegant touch-up.

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow 406 “Tsarina” ($56.00)

Faded orange, brick red, old rose and aubergine combine to create an intense, rich and enchanting palette inspired by the dresses worn by Russian princesses. Accented with a champagne motif, the shades are contained in an exquisitely designed black-and-gold compact and create eyes that are velvet-smooth with a crimson glow, highlighting their pure clarity.

Radiant Blush “Russian Doll” ($42.00)

Guerlain created Russian Doll, a liquid blush with a unique shade of luminous, sheer pink to generate natural radiance and give the cheeks a healthy glow. It captures the healthy, radiant look of a woman who has a returned from a brisk walk on a crisp afternoon. The kaolin-based formula gives the blush a creamy texture that is easy to apply and dries within seconds for a comfortable, lasting feel.

Rouge G de Guerlain in two Seasonal Shades ($42.00)

The symbol of the ultimate luxury in lipstick, Rouge G de Guerlain welcomes two new limited edition shades, in perfect harmony with this season’s trends.

  • Graziella A pearly brick red
  • Giovanna A pearly raspberry pink

Retractable Eye Pencil ($29.00)

This new pencil comes with a built-in sharpener so you can achieve impeccable results every time you use it. It’s a take anywhere tool with a soft, precise tip to facilitate perfect application, so you can easily define an intense almond-shaped eye. For the evening, apply with a darker eye shadow on the outer lid for a more dramatic effect.

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bohemian (Limited Edition)

Le 2 de Guerlain ($35.00)

The now famous Le2 Mascara comes in a new limited edition plum shade, to illuminate the eyes and give your makeup the final touch that will make all the difference.

  • Nuit 2 Bohème

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($58.00)

In celebration of the leading harmonies of late summer, beige, chestnut brown, bronze gold, and absolute dark brown in this palette evoke the enchanting ballet of autumnal leaves dancing in the wind. Worn separately or together, this new, permanent, four-color palette is the perfect assortment as it allows you to create a natural effect for the day time, and a more smokey effect for the evening.

  • 441 “Brun Mordoré”

Parure Compact Foundation ($45.00)

The Parure compact foundation collection with crystal pearls, evens out, mattifies and helps mask minor skin imperfections while adding radiance. With this new shade, Rose Intense, the skin appears radiant and the complexion, flawless.

  • 14 “Rose Intense”

Availability: Beginning August 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

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