Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Maybelline Eye Studio Sapphire Siren Eyeshadow Quad

Beauty on a Budget:  Maybelline Eye Studio Sapphire Siren Eyeshadow Quad

Maybelline Eye Studio Sapphire Siren Eyeshadow Quad ($9.99) includes an icy silver with bright silver shimmer, a muted teal-blue with silver shimmer, a dark navy blue with a soft sheen, and a matte black with silver sparkle. The eyeshadows have a very soft texture, so they are best applied by patting the eyeshadow on rather than sweeping it on.

The silver, dark blue, and black were surprisingly pigmented and really didn’t have a powdery or chalky finish to them–the only one that I had any issues with was the teal shade, which tended to go on very soft and really had to be packed on in order to get decent color. I also found that it was easy to overblend the teal shade to a very faded teal shade, but the other three shades I didn’t have that problem with. I thought I might have had that issue with the black, but it stayed dark and black for the most part.

The silver reminded me of MAC Electra, while the blue was similar to a mix between MAC Freshwater and MAC Deep Truth, and the black was a less glittery version of MAC Black Tied. The teal was a bit too faded to really be comparable to a MAC eyeshadow, but it has a similar tone as MAC Surreal (which is now discontinued).

The packaging is the same as the other eyeshadow quads I’ve reviewed, so I still have the same gripe — it’s cheap and flimsy. It’s easy for the clear plastic lid to pop off the hinge, though I haven’t had it break, so I can still pop it back on. For the price tag (particularly if you catch these on sale), they’re worth checking out!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you’re on a budget and want to try out some new eyeshadows, Maybelline’s Eye Studio Eyeshadow Quads are worth a look!

Availability: Local drugstores

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick
Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick

The Spring Season: Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick

Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick ($22.00) is a creamy, opaque shade of pinky-beige that’s not quite nude, but not quite pink, either. Guava Lipsticks feel lovely on–very smooth, soft, and emollient–but they’re on the pricier side of high-end lipsticks, because you don’t get as much as you’d expect in each tube. The shade itself is gorgeous, though, and it’s one of the better lipstick formulas in the price range. If you’re like me and never expect to empty a tube of lipstick in the first place, then price per ounce isn’t as much of a concern. If you have a tendency to finish your lipsticks or like to reapply often, this one might be a little pricey.

More Korres Guava Lipsticks…

Is this the right pink-nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Friday, February 26th, 2010

Benefit Sugar Cookie Lipstick

The Spring Season: Benefit Sugar Cookie Lipstick

Benefit Sugar Cookie Lipstick ($18.00) is an ultra sheer golden shimmered nude shade with a very glossy finish. This lipstick glides on and looks incredibly smooth and soft while giving lips a healthy glow. It’s moisturizing and feels good on the lips. This isn’t a pigmented lipstick, but it’s an easy-to-wear shade when you want some glitz but not a lot of color.

Is this the right sheer lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Chanel Rouge Coco Swatches

Chanel Rouge Coco Debuts!

It’s official, Rouge Coco has launched. I did a sneak peek review last week with five of the shades, and I’m about to head out in a few to check out the rest of the line-up at my local Nordstrom just put up swatches of all thirty lipsticks now available.  Exciting!

Rouge Coco ($30.00)

  • Beige Felin (01)
  • Perle (02)
  • Secret (03)
  • Cashmere (04)
  • Mademoiselle (05)
  • Egerie (06)
  • La Pausa (08)
  • Organdi Rose (09)
  • Camelia (10)
  • Legende (11)
  • Muse (14)
  • Ruban Rose (15)
  • Taffetas Rose (16)
  • Orchidee (17)
  • Rouge Noir (18)
  • Gabrielle (19)
  • Rose Comete (20)
  • Rivoli (21)
  • Paris (22)
  • Rouge Orage (23)
  • Bel Respiro (24)
  • Vendome (25)
  • Venise (26)
  • Talisman (27)
  • Ballet Russe (29)
  • Cambon (31)
  • Sycomore (32)
  • Bois des Iles (33)
  • Satin (34)
  • Lune Rousse (36)

If you don’t want to shop in-store, you can shop online for Rouge Coco at…

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

MAC Tabloid Beauty Collection
MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour: Jazz-Y-Razz, Night Rose, Lishious,
Boss Brown, Betwixt, Sappho

MAC Tabloid Beauty: Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolours only vary from the regular PLWs in one way: they have a shimmery gloss on the end. However, you can actually purchase replacement gloss ends (just alone), and you can always opt to swap it for the regular clear gloss or replace it with the shimmery one. I’d recommend the same application technique with these as I did in the previous post. Oh, and while I’m remembering, last I checked, you can B2M for these as well… (Hopefully, someone who has done B2M more recently than I–it’s been many months for me–can confirm or deny!)

Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour ($21.00)

  • Jazz-Y-Razz is a shimmery, almost frost finish shade of muted pinky-beige. MAC describes this shade as “dirty plum with pearl,” but I really didn’t see much plum in it myself. Despite its frostiness, it applies well and looks even on.
  • Night Rose is a beautiful shade of rosy pink with a soft shimmer (which is emphasized by the shimmery gloss coat). This has always been one of my favorites, because it’s so wearable and looks good on a variety of skin tones.
  • Lishious is a peachy-brown with champagne shimmer. It looks a little creamy once applied, but it has that shimmer to it as well.
  • Boss Brown is a warmed-up brown with a copper/orange tone to it and gold shimmer. Nice, full color coverage.
  • Betwixt is a coppery red with copper-bronze shimmer. This is a nice mix of red without being overwhelmingly red. It applies smoothly and gives opaque color.
  • Sappho is a plummy berry that really doesn’t have much shimmer in its color coat, but the shimmery gloss coat adds it. This one blends really well with the lip, because it seems to meld with your natural lip color.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

MAC Tabloid Beauty Collection
Pro Longwear Lipcolour: Durashell, Clingpeach, Unchanging, For Keeps, Loyal;
Stuck on You, Passion Preserved, Lasting Lust, Perennial Rose, Commitment

MAC Tabloid Beauty: Pro Longwear Lipcolour Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

Tabloid Beauty is a “collection” of sorts, but all of the products included in the collection are permanent products. MAC is showcasing some of their products that have some stellar results that are scientifically proven (according to the website). I’m only reviewing and showcasing the Pro Longwears — also included in the launch is Penultimate Eye Liner ($16.50), Plushlash ($13.00), Prep + Prime Line Filler ($19.50), and Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone ($19.50) — all of which I’ve reviewed previously.  Tabloid Beauty launches in-store on February 25th!

Though the Pro Longwears are permanent, since I’ve never done lip swatches for the majority before, I thought this was a good excuse to do so. Pro Longwears are one of the longest wearing lip products I’ve ever put on my lips. No, seriously. I could only manage to swatch four or five at a time, because they cling onto lips, which makes removal more grueling than typical lipstick/lipgloss. You’ll need an oil-based makeup remover to get this guy off, and you’ll likely want to blot and smear the oil-based makeup remover around to let it “sink” in and break down the product.

Pro Longwears are really great… once you know how to apply them.

A half hour before you apply, slather on lip balm, then blot off prior to application. I like to apply from the tube using the included doe-foot applicator and start on the bottom lip, smoosh lips together gently, then round out the top lip color. You have to be patient and use a steady hand, because this stuff dries fast and doesn’t budge after it dries, so you need to make sure to stay inside your natural lip line.

Next, let your mouth hang open a bit to dry. I like to wait about a minute to a minute and a half for it dry. After all of that, top with gloss. You’ll need to reapply the gloss every few hours as that part will fade away–the lip color itself stays on pretty well. It will breakdown if you eat really greasy/oily food, but it holds up decently through that, in my experience.

Just for clarity, I purchased 10 of the 16 featured here (six were press samples). I’m actually going to bestow most of these on my Mom as a little surprise gift when I see her next! (She loves PLWs–her favorite is Night Rose!) Also, for reference, if you purchase during the Tabloid Beauty collection is up (and “while supplies last”), they come in specially printed sleeves (they slip around the normal black box packaging).

Pro Longwear Lipcolour ($21.00)

  • Durashell is a milky pink with a golden, frosty sheen. Application with Durashell wasn’t as smooth or even as the other shades–it has a tendency to emphasize every flaw on your lips and can look a little streaky since it’s not quite as opaque as the other shades as well.
  • Clingpeach is a peach shimmered coral. This is one of my favorites, because it applies evenly and is totally opaque.
  • Unchanging is a pinky-nude with icy pink shimmer that looks pretty creamy once applied.
  • For Keeps is a reddened berry with multicolored shimmer. It has full color coverage and doesn’t settle into lip lines as much as some of the other shades.
  • Loyal is a milky-looking browned nude with no real shimmer. It looks creamier once you apply the gloss on top.
  • Stuck on You is a beautiful shade of berry-red with a gilded gold sheen. This one is such a stunning shade–you have to check it out in person to really see how it glows.
  • Passion Preserved is a brownish red with a little plum thrown in. It has a very creamy, opaque look when applied.
  • Lasting Lust is a retina-burning creamy red. It’s almost a neutral red, but it seems to lean orange-red just a smidgen. Super bright, opaque, and lush. This is a show-stopping red for sure. (Though, to be honest, Perpetuate is/was my favorite red PLW.)
  • Perennial Rose is a subdued, rosy red with golden shimmer. This has a shimmer, frost feel in the finish, but it still goes on opaque.
  • Commitment is a reddened brown with gold shimmer. It’s a very intense, bold shade when worn. It’s dark, vampy, and dare I say it? sultry!

Love or hate Pro Longwears?  What are your favorites?

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