Just a VERY short post, as I’m going to try to review eyeshadows and the like after I’ve attempted a look with them. Why this new policy? After being utterly disappointed in Dior’s Earth Tones quint in practice, swatches are proving they aren’t enough sometimes. Same with MAC’s mineralize eyeshadows–I just can’t seem to come around to them.
Bobbi Brown’s Metallics launches soon, and with it, metallic lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows. I know people will squeal and lust after the new metallic eyeshadows, because they’re very in line with Bobbi Brown, yet exciting and different. Pictured above are Java, Burnt Sugar, and Iced Blue. They aren’t all over-the-top, super shimmery metallic finishes; Iced Blue turns out a very icy blue indeed – almost like a white with some blue in it. It is frosty, and it definitely grabs your eye. Burnt Sugar and Java are much more subdued, with a subtle metallic finish – almost a soft sheen of reflection. I’m eager to check out the full launch when it hits stores!
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Rohto Eye Drops ($6.99) come in three types, each designed to help with different eye problems. Cool helps to combat redness, while Arctic helps with eye strain, and ICE also helps to reduce redness. Now, you’re probably wondering what eye drops have to do with beauty, and for a lot of you, they probably don’t. But for myself and others unfortunate enough to suffer from sensitive eyes or year-round allergies… they just might be part of your beauty routine.
I keep bottles of eye drops around the house, stashed in my purse, by my computer–everywhere, you name it. I have incredibly sensitive eyes in the sense that my allergies will suddenly come on and my eyes will feel it first. Red eyes are not attractive, so I go for the Cool or ICE formula to help calm my eyes down so I can look less zombie-like. I also find that putting a few drops in my eyes helps to lubricate them and reduce their overall irritation. If I let my eyes go without drops, the urge to rub them gets pretty strong (and would totally ruin my makeup), while a quick drop or two saves my makeup!
Does anyone else suffer from this problem?
Global Goddess ‘Goddess Glow’ South Pacific Shimmer ($32.00) looked like a really pretty glowy blusher-highlighter. I was drawn to it because of the designs found on top of the powder, but unfortunately, the design really is just on top. The white line pattern disappears as soon as your brush hits the product. I found that this just gave me a subtle shimmer, which is nice, but it’s not something I haven’t seen before. I think I was disappointed, because I saw it having a lot of potential, and in reality, it doesn’t do anything different from products I already have. (The shimmer, also, seemed more whitish-silver, so it didn’t complement my warmer skin tone; but perhaps it would work better on cooler skin tones.) This product definitely gives you shimmer, and it really just lets me down because of the design fading away instantly–otherwise, it’s your average highlighter.
Global Goddess ‘Sizzling Serengeti’ Tribal Eyeshadow Quad in Arusha ($42.00) made me drool for months! The cool tribal pattern looks fun and lovely, and while the designs are imprinted, so they will stick around longer, the quality itself is lacking. The color pay off is decent, though the colors are somewhat subtle by nature, so I wasn’t expecting a neon purple or anything. My problem with this quad is the eyeshadows do not go on smoothly. I used a creamy neutral base before applying these, and I think I had more eyeshadow under my eye than on my eye. I’m not a makeup beginner — I know enough to be able to slap shadow on my eyes, y’know? The fact that I was using a quality brush (MAC 239, which I love and use all the time) and could barely get this to work is just not what I was expecting.For a product with this price tag, I was expecting quality closer to Chanel, Dior, etc. – not below average quality like I got.
BUT! despite these products not impressing me, the founder of Global Goddess, Shalini Vadhera, wrote Passport to Beauty, which I have been reading lately, and it is definitely worth checking out. It is filled with beauty tips from around the world, broken down by region/culture. There are a lot of home remedies/natural beauty tips, so it’s been a great read thus far. Now the book, I definitely recommend to you!
You drooled over the promotional images and product shots of Dior’s Impression Cuir collection, slated for Fall 2008. How about some actual product photos? Swatches? Even a bit of a review? Thought you might be interested! I was fortunate enough to be able to try out the Impression Cuir Eye Palette, Earth Tones #673 Quint, Pink Drama #559 Rouge Dior Lip Color, and Delicious Plum #675 Creme de Gloss. But let me preface this review with: DO NOT MISS IMPRESSION CUIR! Make sure you give yourself a chance to at least go to your Dior counter and play and test and swatch some products for this fall line.
Impression Cuir Eye Palette (pictured above) is gorgeous. It is a palette that allures you in with the cool, animal-print texture and its shimmery hues. While it says it is an eye palette, all I want to do is use this on my cheeks (which I probably will do). The colors are gorgeous when swirled together, but you could feasibly use them as three separate colors. I love the way the shades fade subtly into each other. This is one star product that definitely grabbed my attention and kept it. The animal-print texture does go in pretty deep, so you’ll see some of it remain for awhile, though it doesn’t go all the way through (but the color does, which is, ultimately, what matters).
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In Bobbi Brown’s Fall Mauve palette, it contains three shadows, three lip colors, and one blush. I’m much more pleased with this palette than say Bobbi Brown’s Nude palette, because the colors show up on me a lot better. The eyeshadows include Navajo, which seems to make regular appearances in her palettes, and I find it can be a chalky color on my skintone if I don’t use it right (which generally means using it lightly and blending/fading it moreso than normal); Vintage, a gray with mauve undertones color; and Chocolate Mauve, which is like a subdued chocolate shade. The blush is simply called Mauve, and it is a pinky-mauve tone. I imagine this particular shade of pinky-mauve is fairly universal. As for the lip colors, Dusty Mauve is a creamy lip color that goes on incredibly sheer for me; Mauve lip sheer is a little more pigmented, but not too much; and Vintage Mauve is the most pigmented, though still quite creamy and sheer. If you go heavier with the shadows, these included lip colors will work out, since you can pair the heavy eyes with softer lips.
I much preferred the individual lip colors for this launch, though admittedly, I’ve only tried Heather Mauve (a truly pale, toned down mauve with gray-pink). I also tried Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss, which is a deep purplish-brown with icy pearl. Mauve Lip Gloss is a pale, low-sheen purple-mauve. It’s very opaque, which I like for this particular color. But the most stunning item from the launch was Bobbi’s Black Mauve Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner! It’s like a black-brown-purple. I suppose it reminds me of a deeper, darker MAC Nice Vice Paint Pot (which was LE, anyway), but this formula is great for when you need eyeliner that sticks around all day long!
Overall, in my limited experience with Bobbi Brown as a brand, I found this collection more impressive than some of the others (like the Nude Collection). I feel like these offer pops of color and fun, while still being subtle and appropriate. I hope that you, like me, will look at Bobbi Brown through a different lens than you would a MAC collection–because the brands are distinctly different and separate!
Anything from Bobbi’s Mauve Collection inspire you? Will you at least check it out or will you let it pass you by?
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Being TRUE Luminance Collection ($86.00) is an eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, band bronzer palette. All of the colors are the same size, which makes them versatile in terms of what you can use them for–they could all easily be used as eyeshadows. It comes with Matte Peach, Soft Pink Shimmer, Rich Golden Brown, Brownze Glaze, Gilded Pink, and Sheer Gold Metallic. What’s awesome is that they include a step-by-step instruction guide with the palette to help you apply certain looks and get ideas on how to use the multi-tasking palette. The colors included in this are nearly two inches in diameter, which makes them quite large, and I imagine it’ll take someone a very long time to ever finish one. The palette also comes with a Press Definer Brush for lining your eyes.
I loved the gold in this–it’s a very bright pop of sunny yellow gold, which makes it so perfect for summer wear. There is a melony-peach color that works nicely as a wash all over the lid, as well as a blusher on warm skin tones. The light pink color would look nice as both a shadow and a blush, depending on the look you were going for. The colors were all pigmented, and I felt they went on quite smoothly. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers, so you’re bound to find yourself with plenty of looks to try.
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