Monday, July 27th, 2009


Star Powder #920

Make Up For Ever Star Powders ($19.00 for 0.09 oz.) are finely milled loose color. Think MAC pigments, but more of a powdery texture and more finely milled. They can be used wherever you want, however you want. I only used mine with mixing medium, personally, as I found without the adhesiveness of mixing medium, they didn’t stay put as well.

Pure Pigments ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) are extremely pigment-rich loose color that are matte in finish. They’re like Star Powders, but they’re more intense and contain no shimmer. Pretty much all of the Pure Pigments will stain the skin (and your brushes — so be sure to wash those ASAP! after using).

  • #920 is a shimmery muted golden yellow with frosty shimmer. This is a good base shade under golds, browns, pinks, and oranges.
  • #910 is a grayish-green with golden shimmer. It looks like an olive green at first, but it’s a bit more gray.
  • #958 is a pretty medium green–reminds me of a grassy green, actually. It has slightly more subtle shimmer than some of the other Star Powders, though it is still noticeably shimmery.
  • #960 is a mix of blue with aqua and green shimmer. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Parrot eyeshadow, but in a loose form. It also seemed a little bluer.
  • #929 is a warm, chocolate brown with golden shimmer. It goes on smoothly and has good color pigmentation.
  • #18 is a matte turquoise. If you ever lusted after MAC’s long-discontinued Turquoise pigment, check this out. It’s extremely similar, but it’s much better in finish/texture. If you’re into intense color, you’ll love Pure Pigments. I don’t like how much they stain skin/brushes, and I don’t have a need for shades quite this bright, so I don’t think I’ll pick up any additional shades going forward.

Which of these are your favorites?

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Sunday, July 26th, 2009


Eyeshadows: #50, 71, 137

These are the last three Make Up For Ever eyeshadows I’ll be reviewing :)

  • #50 is matte lightly pastel orange. It’s a bit more subdued than #5. It also comes out a little more like an orange than #5 does at times.
  • #71 is a matte, sunshine yellow. This is a shade that just doesn’t work on my skin tone–it’s a much, much more pigmented MAC Chrome Yellow.
  • #137 is a shimmery mauvey-plum shade. This is really pretty, and it’s has a soft sheen rather than a high frost finish making this very wearable.

Which of these are your favorites?

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Saturday, July 25th, 2009


Make Up For Ever #148 Eyeshadow

Here are a few more reviews on Make Up For Ever eyeshadows! :)

  • #148 is a shimmery taupe brown with warm golden shimmer. This isn’t a terribly unique shade, but it is pretty and has good color pay off.
  • #4 is a matte dark black. It’s smooth and richly pigmented.
  • #123 is a shimmery golden-olive green shade with slight golden iridescence. It reminded me of MAC’s Golden Olive pigment, actually, with less frost.
  • #57 is a muted lime green shade. It has a satiny finish to it, so it’s not quite matte.

Which of these are your favorites?

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


Dreammaker

MAC Cosmetics Love That Look Collection – Product Photos

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


Dreammaker, Ego, Fashion, Fashion Groupie, Glamour Check

MAC Cosmetics Love That Look Collection – Swatches

Lo and behold, MAC has launched Love That Look and Baby Blooms a week early. I didn’t check to see if my Nordstrom’s MAC counter had it out, but I know my freestanding MAC store had it. The artists there told me they received an e-mail this morning telling them to put both launches out today. I’d definitely call your local store/counter before heading out, just in case it’s not out in your area yet.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


Kitten Smudge Pot

Stila’s Fall Collection also included the launch of Kitten Smudge Pot, Black Cat Smudge Pot, and Kitten Lip Glaze. I have to tell you that I am absolutely in love with Black Cat. The swatches don’t even do it justice, just because the way the shimmer/glitter catches the light is stunning.  These new products will be available September 2009, but you might see them pop up on stilacosmetics.com earlier (perhaps late August).

  • Kitten Smudge Pot is a beige-y champagne shade. It’s definitely neutral, and it’s wearable alone or as a neutral base. It’s fairly frosty, though, so if you’re more of a matte finish person, this probably wouldn’t appeal to you. I like it as a one-swipe-and-you’re-done kind of color. It’s also nice on the lower water line.
  • Black Cat Smudge Pot is a fairly opaque black-base smudge pot with golden glitter/shimmer laced through the color. It’s really glitzy and reminds me of Hollywood glamour. This is awesome as a liner, but it also makes an awesome base for that totally dark, black smoky eye.
  • Kitten Lip Glaze is a sheer gloss with a peachy base and peachy-gold shimmer. It’s pretty, extremely wearable, and has a little stickiness to it. Compared to the Lip Enamel Luxe, it didn’t excite me so much. For those who love sheer, shimmering glosses with a neutral kick, this is definitely up your alley.

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