For Autumn/Winter, Givenchy’s Dandy Collection is a nice mix of smokiness and ultra glossy lips. Givenchy continuously does an amazing job on packaging. The eyeshadow quartet is so portable and compact, and the polka-dot theme for both product packaging and the eyeshadow itself is adorable. However, don’t count on the cuteness of the black and white polka dotted eyeshadow, because the polka dots vanish upon first swipe. Givenchy shadows are well-pigmented, but what always amazes me is how utterly soft they are–like butter. The above quartet is #43 Smoky Shimmer ($49.50), and I like the polka dotted shadow the most, actually. It’s this grayish black, really sultry. A nice way to tone down a smoky eye if you don’t want to use black.
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I told you I made one purchase at Barneys, right? Well, that’s the gloss I purchased. You look at it and go, “Sure, that’s pretty, so what?”
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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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In April, Victoria’s Secret launched their Very Sexy Beauty Collection, which included Diamond Eye Duos ($14.00), Diamond Lip Glimmers ($12.00), and a Diamond Luster Face Powder ($22.00).
I really, really, really LOVED the Diamond Luster Face Powder! It has such a gorgeous design, but when you apply the color to your face, it goes on so smoothly and has just the right pop of pink and peach to add glow to your face. I feel like this is a great product for those who love blush or bronzer or even anyone who is looking for something that is a face pick-me-up. I’m all over anything that gives me a sexy summer glow, and the Luster Face Powder does it flawlessly. The Diamond Lip Glimmers come in three shades, and they’re all lightweight, semi-sheer, and non-sticky. They also have an incredible shimmer to them–not a chunky glitter, but a subtle sheen much like Chanel Glossimers (but way cheaper). I found that the wear-time for the lip glimmers alone was a respectable three hours or more of normal usage (which does not include eating/drinking).
Get yours at www.victoriassecret.com.
DuWop Lip Lingo Palette in Pink ($32.00) contains a base color (pink) lipstick with four lipglosses to mix and match with the matte lipstick color. The palette is also available in a nude version, but I find this pink palette is perfect for subtle pink lips this spring. The lip brush is handy for on-the-go touch ups, and I like that at least they encourage you to not use your fingers (bad! spreads and promotes bacteria!). The packaging is cute, very high-tech and sleek, which is something that appeals to my inner geek. It is also incredibly portable, making it an excellent choice to help reduce all of those lipsticks and glosses you have hanging around your purse.
Get yours at www.duwop.com!