Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Cham-Pale: Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Caviar Dreams Eyeashadow Quad ($36.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a new and limited edition quad that contains these shades: Brule (soft creamy beige), Caviar Dreams (dirty frosted pewter), Et tu, Bouquet? (frosted pale pink), and Retrospeck (beached blonde).

  • Brule is a neutral light beige with a barely-there sheen.  It has a satin finish, and it is permanent.  It makes for a nice all-over color on the lid or as a highlighter.
  • Caviar Dreams is a cool-toned medium-dark brown with flecks of bronze shimmer and sheen.  It has a lustre finish, and it is new and limited edition.  It originally reminded me of Club eyeshadow but without the duochrome.  The pigmentation was decent, but it could have been a little more intense, given how dark it looks in the pan.  It’s less pewter than described–more taupe than pewter, I’d say.  I did have some fall out when I used it in the crease.  It seemed similar to Charcoal Brown or Corduroy.
  • Et tu, Bouquet? is a pale pink with a frosted, white sheen.  It has a frost finish, and it is limited edition but a repromote from A Rose Romance in 2009.  Pink Freeze, while a little pinker, would dupe it in a pinch.
  • Retrospeck is a softened gold with gold shimmer-glitter.  It has a lustre finish, and it is permanent.  It seemed less gritty than I remember it being, but I still had fall out concerns when I wore it.

It’s a nice neutral quad with a good mix of colors, but one of my concerns about the quad, but also the collection in general, is how shimmery, glittery, or otherwise reflective the products are.  When I wore this on my eyes, paired with one of the Special Reserve Highlighters, and a lipgelee, it felt like overkill.   Both lustre finish shades had noticeable fall out, and the gritty look of lustres underneath the eye makes one look a little haggard.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice quad color-wise, but it’s not the greatest neutral palette I’ve come across.   The fall out of two of the four shades makes this something I wouldn’t recommend, just because good eyeshadows shouldn’t have that problem.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC I Get No Kick Eye Kohl
MAC I Get No Kick Eye Kohl

MAC Cham-Pale: I Get No Kick Eye Kohl

MAC I Get No Kick Eye Kohl ($14.50 for 0.048 oz.) is described as a “metallic nude,” and it is a new and limited edition eyeliner from Cham-Pale.  MAC’s description is dead-on–it is a soft champagne nude with a metallic sheen.  It works really well on the lower lash line to wake up tired eyes by adding some light and reflective sheen.  Smooth and pigmented as MAC’s Eye Kohls, it also wears well (going on eight hours at the time of writing this review) without smudging or migrating.

I didn’t realize it, but the Eye Kohl is 0.048 oz., while most eye kohls are 0.04 oz., so this is a bit more of a value than I originally thought!  I will include a swatch comparison of this shade against a few other nude eyeliners, but it does seem quite similar to Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy and Make Up For Ever #23L.  I’m not sure if this is waterline safe, though.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice way to brighten up eyes!

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Feline Kohl Power
MAC Feline Kohl Power

MAC Cham-Pale: Feline Kohl Power

MAC Feline Kohl Power ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich black,” and though it is limited edition (yet again!), it has been out several times previously–so you may already have it (or perhaps you simply want a backup). I think the last time it came out, I purchased two or three backups myself!

Feline is such a rich, deep dark black with a smooth, slightly creamy consistency that glides on effortlessly and intensely, because the pigmentation is excellent, too. It’s smudge-able if you so desire, but it wears for three to four hours on my waterline (impressive for me) and all day on my lash line or lid.

I would compare it to Urban Decay’s Perversion (which is not yet available by itself) in terms of the richness in blackness.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For an ultra black eyeliner, I think Feline is one of the best I’ve come across (and one of the blackest, if not the blackest!).

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer
MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer

MAC Cham-Pale: Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer

MAC Very Important Platinum Nail Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a a metallic pewter with silver micro-shimmer strewn it. It has a frost finish, and MAC officially describes it as a “dirty platinum.”  Like Soiree, I found the finish to be much more metallic than that of a typical frost, and it has the brush strokes to prove it!  Shown here with two coats, I found it impossible not to have far too many brush strokes messing up the overall look of the polish.  I was disappointed in the consistency, too, which was thick and gloppy.  The color is gorgeous (I love pewter anything!), but the formula itself is one of MAC’s worst in the past couple years–and I like MAC’s lacquers in general.

MAC Cham-Pale is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Only if you have the patience of a saint!

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer
MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer

MAC Cham-Pale: Soiree Nail Lacquer

MAC Soiree Nail Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a is a bright, light bronze metallic-frost with flecks of copper shimmer-glitter. It has a frost finish, and MAC officially describes it as a “sparkly light bronze gold.”  While it’s a frost finish, it is also a bit metallic.  This is really pigmented–swatches are shown with just one coat–and really easy to work with.  It dries down quicker than most MAC polishes.  It initially reminded me of Dior’s Timeless Gold, but it’s nowhere near it–warmer, darker, bronzer.  Zoya’s Austine is the closest dupe I could come up with, but the finish is quite different, and Soiree is darker.

MAC Cham-Pale is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This was so easy to work with, and the pigmentation was incredible. Very festive, too!

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Friday, December 17th, 2010


Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire

Guerlain Spring 2011: Blush G Serie Noire

Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire ($65.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a pink and coral lover’s dream. There are four distinct shades in the palette, though it is expected to use either the two top shades or the two bottom shades together at the very least. It’s not really feasible to use just one of the shades individually, as the size of each strip doesn’t lend itself to that–perhaps the upper most shade which is also the largest stripe.

There is a coral-red strip with subtle gold shimmer, a softened fuchsia pink with gold sheen, a peachy-pink with gold sheen, and finally a soft rose pink with pale gold sheen. When swirled together, I managed to find a shade of medium peach-pink with gold sheen, which I found a bit like NARS Orgasm (and the many dupes for it). However, keep in mind that it easily gets darker, more coral, or lighter, pinker, depending on the concentration of each shade you use.

I swished my brush across the surface (once forward, one back), then tapped against my forearm to remove any excess product, and applied to cheeks (using MAC’s 116 brush). On me, it was a pinked coral with subtle gold sheen. As someone who loves corals, peaches, and variations on them, this moves me. The black lacquered palette is beautiful, and the design of the shades inside is beyond elegant.  The texture is smooth, soft, and easy to blend on the skin.

P.S. — On lips, I wore Guerlain Rouge Sensual Rouge G Serie Noire + Chanel Insouciance Extrait de Gloss.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: This will work for any shade of skin tone (light, medium, or dark), because it can be intensified or softened, depending on the look you’re going for. I do think it will be flattering on both cooler and warmer skin tones, but the golden sheen found in all four shades does make a more compelling case for warmer skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011

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