Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Video Review: Rock & Republic (Blushes) First Impressions & Swatches

I reviewed CALL ME on Monday, but here’s a video I shot when I first opened up the four blushes I purchased from HauteLook, close-ups, me talking far too much per usual, and swatches.  I will do written reviews for the rest as well — not to fear!

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Rock & Republic Call Me Blush
Rock & Republic Call Me Blush

Where are my coral blush fiends?

Rock & Republic Call Me Blush ($40.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a gorgeous shade of shimmering pinky-coral with peach shimmer-sheen.  It’s really a ringer for Lancome’s Mandarin Sky (which I also loved), but more-sheen-than-shimmer (and not quite as pink) NARS Orgasm.  I’m obsessed. OBSESSED. with coral blushes, whether they’re pink-coral, peach-coral, or orange-coral, I’m all over them. 

Call Me is beautiful on both cooler and warmer skin tones–it doesn’t have strong orange undertones, so it can work just as nicely on those with pink undertones as those with yellow or olive undertones.   It is, obviously, most complimentary on warmer complexions, though.  The shimmer is incredibly fine and appears as a soft glowy sheen on cheeks.

It’s a very pigmented, smooth textured powder blush; surprisingly impressive for a brand that’s been pulled from all the counters I know of.  Even more impressive given that this brand regularly shows up on discount sites at 50% off.  It’s well worth the $40 price tag, since it is a high-end/luxury line, but the compact itself is quite large–and not just the physical compact, but the product inside weighs in at an impressive 0.32 oz. (most blushes are between 0.15 and 0.21 oz.).  Obviously, an incredible deal at $20 (which is how I got mine).

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For my coral blush lovers, this one is not to be missed.

AVAILABILITY: Rock & Republic

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

MAC Fabulous Felines - Leopard Luxe
Lipglass: A Quiet Roar, Schemer

MAC Fabulous Felines: Leopard Luxe Review, Photos, Swatches (Lips & Cheek)

Here is part two! Be sure to read part one.

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • A Quiet Roar is a very pale white gold on lips. It looks a little off to me when I wear it alone, but it could be used to layer over other shades. It reminded me of Almondine (Spring Colour Forecast).
  • Schemer is a sheer orange base with flecks of copper and ambered gold shimmer. I found it applied pretty unevenly, and even though I tried to make it even, I couldn’t quite get there. I’d use it as a layering gloss rather than alone. This is very, very similar to Gold Dust (Spring Colour Forecast). This one seems a little more pigmented.
  • Wildly Refined is a pinky brown with multicolored shimmer–lots of pink and peach shimmer.  It’s semi-opaque and has a very frosty/shimmery finish.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Drive Me Wild is a reddened coral with gold sheen in a cremesheen finish. Like the other cremesheen finishes in this launch, it doesn’t feel like the typical cremesheen–creamier, smoother, more moisturizing. It reminded me of an orange version of Rose Maiden (Spring Colour Forecast).
  • Out Minxed is a sheer whitish shade with lots of multicolored glitter/shimmer with slight yellow undertones in a glaze finish. It’s similar to Liquid Lurex except less glittery and multicolored.
  • Powerful is an orange-y copper shade with lots of gold and copper glitter in a dazzle finish. As far as I can tell, it’s pretty much a dead ringer for Infused with Glam. Maybe a smidgen darker, but I don’t think so.
  • The Prowl is a semi-sheer red-tinged brown with a glossy, lustre finish. It has flecks of copper and amber shimmer in it. I did find that I had to be careful about pressing my lips together, because the color would look blotchy/streaky easily.

Mineralize Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Utterly Game is a peachy orange with very subtle sheen and no real shimmer (maybe a couple flecks here and there).  It can be built up for a more intense look quite easily, so I’d actually use a light hand if you’re on the fairer side.  I saw this on an artist at the store and thought she looked lovely, and she was very pale, but I didn’t love it on me – just made me look a little burnt, ha!

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

MAC Fabulous Felines - Palace Pedigreed
Lipglass: Docile, Lap of Luxury, Best of Breed

MAC Fabulous Felines: Palace Pedigreed Review, Photos, Swatches (Lips & Cheek)

Make sure you’ve read part one, which covers all of the eyeshadows, pigments, and eyeliners!

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Aristo-Cat is a semi-opaque played-down pink with mauve and a golden-peach sheen and high frost finish. It has a cooler tone to it, though not overly so (closer to neutral than really cool). This is a very frosty lipstick, so if that’s not your thing, I’d definitely skip this shade. I really like the color, and no immediately dupes are coming to mind — it’s kind of like the cool-toned version of Fresh Salmon (Spring Colour Forecast).
  • Cunning is a semi-sheer deep berry red with a supposedly frost finish. This doesn’t feel or look like a frost at all to me–it has more of a glaze or lustre feel and look. I find this shade rather streaky, and it seems to accentuate every single line in my lips. Might be nicer as a stain.
  • Of Royalty is a creamy, light-medium pink with subtle blue undertones, so it’s one of those candy pink lipsticks… that actually doesn’t take on an almost purple look (like Saint Germain, Snob, etc.).  However, it is rather similar to that family of shades (Saint Germain, Snob, VG Gaga, etc. etc.).  It has a cremesheen finish.
  • Superior is a sheer pink and silvered-white glittered lipstick with a dazzle finish.  It’s more of a layering shade than to be worn alone (and by layering, it helps keep the glitter from migrating elsewhere, too).

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Best of Breed is an ultra sheer, pale, cloudy blue with multicolored shimmer, though predominantly white shimmer. It’s similar to Chillin’, but it has shimmer. It will give lips a slightly cooler tone, but overall.
  • Docile is a sheer, cool-toned, iridescent pale, milky pink with multicolored shimmer. It reminded me of Icescape, or a lighter, more muted version of Cultured lipglass.
  • Lap of Luxury is a reddened berry with multicolored shimmer, though predomindantly darkened pink. It’s semi-opaque, but it does settle a bit into lip lines and can look blotchy if you aren’t careful. I feel like I’ve seen this color but I’m blanking on possible dupes at the moment, but hopefully will have some for you next week when I update the post with missing items. Right now, it reminds me of the lipglass version of Odyssey lipstick.

Mineralize Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Pet Me is a soft, medium pink with yellow undertonse, which makes it a warmer pink. It doesn’t appear to have any shimmer, though perhaps a very subtle sheen. Overall, more of a semi-matte finish, though. If you liked Dainty, you’d probably like this shade.

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

MAC Fabulous Felines - Burmese Beauty
Lipglass: Spree, Fancy Cat

MAC Fabulous Felines:  Burmese Beauty Review, Photos, Swatches (Lips & Cheek)

Be sure to check out part one if you’re looking for the eyeshadow quad, eyeliners, and pigments that go along with this part of the collection.

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Fancy Cat is a darkened brown with a slight plum edge and multi-colored shimmer, though predominantly yellowed gold. It has a semi-opaque look on lips; may look splotchy when worn alone.  It’s a little similar to Chai lipglass, but I’d say the shimmer is what differentiates the two.
  • Spree is a darkened champagne-coral with lots of frosty shimmer. It’s nearly opaque on lips.
  • Jealous is a sheer green-tinged base with white, green-gold, and pale gold shimmer.  Better for layering than worn alone, since it tends to just look like clear gloss with shimmer by itself.  It’s much cooler and paler than Springbean lustreglass.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Kittenish is a darkened red with subtle ruby shimmer with a cremesheen finish. It’s opaque, and it’s rather slippery and glaze-like for a cremesheen. If you typically find cremesheens drying and often skip the formula, you may want to give Kittenish the once-over. It feels like a lighter version of Media (permanent).
  • Liquid Lurex is a multi-colored, slightly yellowed gray glittered dazzle finish lipstick–was also recently released with Digi-Pops. This is a shade better layered than worn alone.
  • Pet Me Please is a pale mauve with a high frost finish. If you are not a fan of shimmery or frosty lips, definitely skip this one. It is one of the frostier lipsticks I’ve seen released lately. It is opaque, though.   It’s a bit similar to Pervette, but it’s a lot frostier, more opaque, and pinker.
  • To Pamper is a semi-opaque taupe nude with a lustre finish. For a lustre, it’s surprisingly pigmented, but it has that glossy, slightly sheered out look, too. This is very nude, and on me, not so flattering as it blends in with my skin tone.  It reminded me of Call My Bluff (In the Groove) as well as Shitaki (permanent).

Mineralize Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • The Soft Meow is a muted medium tan brown. It’s not warm, it’s not cool–it’s very neutral. It’s more of a bronzing shade than a contouring color. Personally, it seemed a little dirty on my skin tone, though–perhaps because it lacks warmth, so on my warmer skin tone, it doesn’t look so hot.

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains - Dr. Facilier

MAC Disney Venomous Villains Collection: Dr. Facilier Review, Photos, Swatches

The last part of the collection is Dr. Facilier’s part. It includes one lipgelee, three pigments, two greasepaint sticks, and two magically cool liquid powders. It also has a silver mirror compact with Dr. Facilier on the outside (not shown or reviewed here).

All of the character images are stamped on the products; they are not stickers. You can find official promotional imagery and color descriptions here. The collection launches on September 30th, 2010 at all MAC locations, October 2010 internationally, and approximately September 28th for online. You may also want to check your local store to see if they are holding an unveiling/preview party for the collection.

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Melon is a peachy-gold with subtle pink undertones.  I love Melon as a base for corals, golds, reds, and bronzes.   It also works nicely to highlight cheeks or lips.  This is part of the permanent range.
  • Brash & Bold is a bright pop of dark pink with subtle satin sheen.  It’s smooth, pigmented, and not frosty at all.  It was released last year with Makeup Art Cosmetics.
  • Push the Edge is a lightly shimmered violet purple.  It has a nice richness in color, and it has a slightly metallic sheen.  It was released last year with Makeup Art Cosmetics.

Magically Cool Liquid Powder ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

  • Truth & Light is a soft peach nude sheen. Yes, it feels like liquid when you apply it to skin, and yes, it is a little wet, and then it dries to a powder finish. It is VERY cool to play with, I can assure you! This is something one might use all over or to highlight certain areas; it’s very subtle and not at all frosty. (It doesn’t photograph/show well on my cheeks by itself.)  It can be used under or over makeup.
  • Cajun is a medium tan with soft peach sheen. It gives my cheeks just a little bit of a tanned/bronzed look–again, very subtle, but more noticeable on its own than Truth & Light.

Lipgelee ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Resort Life is an over-the-top white champagne shimmered, silver glittered sheer gloss with subtle pink glitter. It was originally released in MAC in Lillyland.

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Slick Black is a deep dark black, very solid and opaque. It’s been released a few times now.
  • French Quarter is a smoldering golden taupe brown with a black-brown base and flecks of bronze glitter-shimmer. It’s stunning, and it would make a great base for darker, smokier looks.  Much, much warmer than Dirty Greasepaint Stick.

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