Saturday, January 10th, 2009


MUSE Artist Eye Palette Row 1

If there’s one spring collection that’s been a sleeper, it’s Smashbox’s Muse Collection. It was one of the first collections to be available online (at Nordstrom’s), but I didn’t seem to hear about it much. I haven’t even seen a real review on it yet! So imagine my surprise when I happen upon it at Nordstrom’s last week, and the lovely Smashbox artist tells me they’re sold out!

The MUSE Artist Eye Palette ($48.00) contains ten eyeshadows along with an eyeshadow brush, and every eyeshadow has a great finish, texture, and color pay off. The first row is almost a lighter, pastel version of the second row of colors. It’s a great idea, because then you know you can do a lot of easy 2-3 color looks with this palette. The texture is buttery and smooth–no chalkiness, no skipping. The colors are rich and very much how they appear in the palette, which I can appreciate, since I hate feeling duped! Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette still has my heart, but Smashbox did a great job and offers bargain buy of ten shadows for $48 (Stila’s contains six and costs $40).

The MUSE Lip Paints ($21.00) are semi-sheer glosses with a colored base and then gold shimmer. Artiste is a reddish coral shade, and it is the darkest of the three. Virtuoso is a peachy, creamy shade, while Luminary is a warm baby pink. They’re all pretty, but none of them stood out and made me feel like I had to get one. The MUSE Rush Blush ($24.00) is a nice peach-toned pink shade that’ll go great on warm toned skin, and I think would still work well on cooler toned skin. It’s matte in its finish, and the pigmentation reminded me a bit of NARS blushes. Smooth and rich without being powdery. I must say, for the price of the Lip Paints or Blush, I’d rather just put my money towards the Eye Palette.

Finally, the MUSE Cream Eyeliner Artist Pencil Set ($36.00) contains three richly pigmented liners in Antique Gold, Imperial, Lapis, and Slate. At my counter, I only saw three out, which I believe are Antique Gold, Lapis, and Slate. These liners are really smooth with no skipping, an the colors are vibrant and true to color. The set of four for $36 means you get each for $9, which is pretty good when it comes to more high-end eye liners. I was tempted to get these, but since they were sold out, I had no choice but not!

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Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Last week, we all found out about Urban Decay’s New Heavy Metal Glitter Liners to be launched for spring. They’re currently available at UrbanDecay.com, as well as Sephora (at least, in-store for me). The new colors are Catfight (bright pink), Groupie (light pink), Midnight Cowboy (beige-gold), and Stagedive (teal).

And yeah, they’re pretty much amazing! If you’re into glitter liners, then I urge you to check out these. I don’t wear glitter liners that often, but I really love Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Liners, just because they go on easily, the glitter is always the color it looks, and it lasts all day. The glitter is the colored part, while the base is clear (which is what helps the glitter adhere to wherever it’s applied). Catfight and Stagedive are my favorites; they’re both bright and fun! Midnight Cowboy is more wearable, because you can easily add it to any neutral look to kick it up a noth without going over the top.

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Friday, January 9th, 2009

A week or so ago, I posted about Urban Decay releasing four new shades of their coveted 24/7 Eye Liners. They are every bit as amazing as the shades before them! Graffiti is a brighter, grassy green.  Flipside is a fun, bright poolside blue with an aqua sheen.  Underground is a revved up medium-to-dark brown with subtle sheen.  Of the four, Ransom is absolutely worth getting.  Ransom is a stunning, decadent jewel-tone royal purple.

If you only get one, get Ransom for sure!  And if you’re only getting a few 24/7 liners, it should be in your top three.  It’s truly just that stunning; it’s rich in the color, but it’s so pretty.  The blue-purple sheen it gives off is so glam!

I stopped by the Urban Decay counter yesterday to chat up a lovely artist, and she let me know that these lovelies wouldn’t be hitting the market until early to mid February.  I know UrbanDecay.com has a preview of their spring products, so hopefully they won’t hold out on us too much longer!  I adore the 24/7 liners immensely–seriously, I’m in the process of collecting them all!

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Thursday, January 1st, 2009

POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes ($16.00) is an eye crayon that’s angled and shaped to help streamline the cat eye lining process.  It comes in three colors: Black Onyx, Black Dahlia, and Black Olive.  I tried out Black Onyx, because it’s a classic cat eye color, so how could I lose?  I really liked the intensity of the black–it wasn’t super, super black (which I do love when the mood strikes), but for my upper lash line, sometimes a black that’s pigmented and dark, but not ultra rich is much better.  I often want the shadows to stand out, not my liner, so it’s a nice option to have at your disposal.

When it came to actual application, I did find that it helped make the process easier, because of the way the liner was shaped.  It is angled just right, and because it is crayon, you don’t have to worry about dipping a brush into gel liner or going back for more liquid liner.  It’s right there!  I didn’t feel like it went on as smooth as I would like (I had a little skipping), but perhaps if I had warmed the pencil up a bit more, it would have worked better.

If you want a really thin line, this product is probably not for that.  The crayon is thick enough to generate a good cat eye, but you won’t be able to get a very thin and precise line with it, just because it is designed to be a certain thickness.  Otherwise, I think this is a nice way to introduce yourself to the motions of getting the cat eye down pat.  It’s a lot more forgiving than liquid liner, that’s for sure!

In comparison to MAC’s Penultimate Liner, which is supposed to help make lining easier as well, I find this easier to do than Penultimate.  Penultimate is much more like a liquid liner than a pencil liner, so the two have different finishes and will look different in the end.  Penultimate is not as forgiving, and I find it’s all too easy to make an “oops” with it.  But like I said, POP’s is a crayon, so it gives you the look of pencil liner, whereas Penultimate is similar to liquid liner.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Bobbi Brown’s Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette ($55.00) is offered as a holiday temptation! This palette includes Rockstar and Ocean long-wear cream shadow as well as Black Ink and Thunder Storm long-wear gel eyeliner. I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s long-wear gel eyeliner; I find it’s a bit creamier than most gel liners, but they’re still pigmented enough to give me the darkness I crave.

Rockstar is a silvery shade with a touch of blue undertones, while Ocean is a shimmery midnight blue. Black Ink is pretty much just that – a matte black. Thunder is a dark brownish-gray color. These colors go on just the way they appear, which is great, because I love it when products are true-to-color! I haven’t yet tried out the cream shadows to see how they wear, and I imagine I’ll more likely wear them as liner than as shadows ;)

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Urban Decay’s Holiday Collection has this delightful trio of Heavy Metal Glitter Eye Liners ($36.00), which includes Glam Rock (silver), Stage Dive (teal), and Metalhead (purple). You can expect this to hit stores pretty soon, as most of their holiday sets and gifts are already available at www.urbandecay.com and Sephora.com.

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