Make Up For Ever #158 Eyeshadow
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadows ($19.00 each) and Diamond Eyeshadows ($20.00) each are sold individually in single-sized compacts. What’s nifty about the compacts is that they’re already magnetized and there’s no depotting necessary. If you need to pop one out, just take a pair of tweezers to do so (I do this to prevent any “oops!”). You can also purchase the eyeshadows in pan-form only (I believe that those are $13.00 each) and then fit them into 10-pan palettes (I believe those are $13 as well).
- #158 is a matte, medium red. It goes on smoothly, has good pigmentation, and it doesn’t have a chalky texture. Because of the intensity of the red pigment, this color may stain lids temporarily. Compared with 99, this is a much subtler red. I like that it doesn’t have any noticeable brown in it, so it doesn’t come out brick red.
- #99 is a matte, bright apple red. It feels like velvet when swatched, and it packs a lot of color without much product. This one, like 158, may also stain lids temporarily.
- #75 is a matte, bright hot pink. This is the shade I used in yesterday’s look, and it definitely gives you a nice pop of bright pink color. It, too, will stain your lids, though. I didn’t wear a base beyond my lid, and anywhere I had #75 above my lid, it stained. It is pretty easy to work with and feels like a buttery matte with no chalkiness to it.
- #85 is a shimmery, soft pink. This is a pretty color, and it reminds me of MAC Pink Freeze, just not as gritty/glittery. This is smoother, and while it doesn’t pack a lot of color, it is a nice all-over-lid shade to brighten up eyes.
- #303 is a shimmery, pale pastel pink. All Make Up For Ever shadows that start with a 3 (e.g. #3_ _) are Diamond Eyeshadows. According to the brand, Diamond Eyeshadows is a combinatoin of their Diamond Powders and their regular Eyeshadows. No matter what you call it, they’re shimmery and iridescent. This is almost like a pink-meets-lilac color, but it runs a bit pastel and cool-toned with subtle silvery-pink shimmer.
To avoid staining: make sure to layer a base underneath wherever you’re going to put a shadow that has the potential to stain. When I used #75 on my eyes, it only stained above my crease, where I laid it down directly onto skin. The staining does fade after about a day or so, though.
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YSL Fall 2009 Collection Sneak Peek – Part 2
YSL for Fall 2009 also features two new 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes Palettes in Bronze Gold and Midnight ($56.00 each). I was able to check out Midnight, which is a stunning selection of silver/gray matched with a bright pop of slightly cool-toned silver flecked pink and a smoky shade of plummy purple. There are a bright silver, a grayish silver, and a matte black eyeshadows also included in the palette. All of the eyeshadows are housed in a “gold” palette with traditional YSL branding. I love the packaging, because I feel like it seems more elegant than traditional plastic packaging, though it does attract fingerprints like crazy!
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Dior Jazz Club Collection for Fall 2009 Sneak Peek – Part 3
Dior’s Jazz Club will also include some single eyeshadows — Argentic and Trendy Taupe ($27.50 each). Argentic is pictured above, and it is a smoldering, gray-silver shade with flecks of black and just a touch of shimmer and lots of sheen. I also checked out Gold Touch, because I didn’t see Trendy Taupe around anywhere… and after seeing Gold Touch, it was like, “Trendy Taupe who?” Gold Touch is a rich, coppery gold with gold sheen and flecks of copper and bronze in it. It’s richly pigmented, as is Argentic, and both glide on smoothly.
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Dior Jazz Club Collection for Fall 2009 Sneak Peek – Part 2
Dior’s Jazz Club will see the release of two limited edition palettes — Smoky Jazz and Purple Jazz ($65.00 each). I managed to get my hands on the Smoky Jazz palette, and it has easily become one of my favorite smoky eyes palettes to-date. One of the major reasons I love it is that they’ve included a plastic slip that labels each of the eyeshadows in it. They help make it just a bit easier for you! Each palette includes a liner, eyebrow color, three eyeshadows, and a topcoat.
The packaging is sleek, with the patent-leather (I don’t know if it’s *real* leather) look on the outside. Inside reveals the products, along with two double-sided brushes. (As with most palettes, the included brushes are just so-so, and those who use full-sized brushes regularly won’t be apt to switch unless it’s an emergency.) I appreciate included brushes, but I rarely use them myself.
The shades are just right for a smoky eye, and I like that they include both a more subdued bronzy-gold shade as well as a bright silver. This lets you mix up your smoky eye as you desire, rather than just the default gray/silver smoky eye. The liner is quite intense, almost like a deep black-brown. It will work best when used with an angled brush for sure. Even though one shade is for brows, you could easily use that as a fourth shadow, too!
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Jouer Cosmetics’ Summer 2009 Collection
A small, but practical launch of shades great for most skin tones, making them easy to wear and perfect for everyday. Peach Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00) is a matte, peach — a good all-over-color on lids or as a soft highlighter. To complement, Chestnut Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00) is a matte, medium deep brown with a bit of warmth to it. Both can be worn together for a light, neutral eye that has more contouring than boldness to it. The eyes can be paired with Blush Moisturizing Lip Gloss ($20.00) is a sheer, milky pink with silver shimmer or Kiki Lipstick ($20.00) is a rosy berry with gold shimmer. Or pair the two together for a more opaque, glossy lip.
Available: Now at JouerCosmetics.com.
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TINte Cosmetics Match Book in Natural Beauty ($28.00) is an easy, everyday kind of makeup palette perfect for anyone in the market for a solid, everyday look. TINte offers three Match Books: Blushed Beauty, Natural Beauty, and Smoky Eyes. Each Match Book contains two eye shadow colors (a base and contour), a cream eyeliner, blush, two lip glosses, and two brushes. On the back of each Match Book is a “Match the Look” which is a stpe-by-step guide (with pictures!) on how to use the products.
The Natural Beauty palette contains a base color that’s a soft, whitish-beige shade and then a color shade that’s a soft, golden tan color. The cream eyeliner is an intense, deep black-brown with a bit of warmth to it. The blush is kind of a bronzy shade, but it isn’t shimmery or anything, so it gives a natural flush to cheeks. The two lipglosses include one in a coral-peach shimmer shade and then a bronzy-tan with gold shimmer shade.
I like that the brushes included aren’t miniature in size, because I find those tiny handles impossible to use. These are more like short handled brushes, which makes them a lot more manageable. Also, the brushes were a nice add-on, because you get a lip brush, shadow brush, and a liner brush (one brush is dual-sided). The palette itself is housed in cardboard/paper packaging, so it is more earth-friendly than plastic palettes, and you don’t have to worry about this cracking if you drop it. I was really impressed by the intensity of the cream eye liner, because it was ridiculously deep and creamy. I also preferred two glosses over a gloss and a lipstick, because I find lipstick pans tend to be kind of sheer and blah.
For $28, this palette is a great deal, too. This is something I’d give to friends/family who weren’t comfortable with makeup and wanted something that’s totally go-to when they had a special occasion or wanted to play around with makeup. It’s also nice to have in the stash for weekend getaways where natural is all you need.
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