Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder

MAC To the Beach Collection — Marine Life High-Light Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC To the Beach is much anticipated, but I think the Marine Life High-Light Powder is easily the item most coveted.  With its raised seahorse pattern and metallic look, I’m not at all surprised that it sparked a lot of interest.  As many of you already know, the metallic finish is just an overspray.  There are two distinct colors that remain — an orange-coral and a light baby pink.  The overlay is a metallic bronze, but a few swipes or sweeps and it’s gone.

Oddly enough, I really don’t feel the overspray did very much to the color, which is really a good thing.  It made the color a little more orange-y and obviously imparted a more shimmery finish.  Without the overspray, it’s more of a coral-pink with a smidgen of shimmer.  It’s decently pigmented though not overwhelmingly so.  It’s surprisingly pigmented, however, for something called a highlight.

It’s not like Instant Chic.  It’s not like Hipness.  It’s really not.  Instant Chic is lighter, subtler, and has a peachiness to it that neither Hipness nor Marine Life have.  Hipness is noticeably pinker and less intense than Marine Life.

I like it.  If you even think you might like this, I would snatch it up right away–and I mean the day it goes online or in-store for sale.  It will sell out.  And I’m also not talking selling out in a matter of days but hours.

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection

MAC To the Beach Collection — Sneak Peek, Part II

I have a dental appointment in literally forty-five minutes, so I’m going to try and get as MUCH as I can manage out, but please excuse any mistakes in labeling, shoddy photography, and the like. I wanted to give you guys the inside scoop before I went off to the dentist, but these just arrived a half hour ago. Will be posting a few things individually, some things together… just kind of based on what I can get done! Ready, set, go!

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Duri Nail Polish
Duri: Paparazzi, Celebrity Scandal, Bombshell

Duri’s Paparazzi Collection includes twelve shades for spring/summer: Drama Queen (gold), Oscar Party (green), Fashion Police (blue), Addicted to Fame (orange), I Don’t Kiss and Tell (red), Limo Ride (deep red), Bombshell (bright red), Divas Only (brown), Paparazzi (deep green), Gossip Exclusive (brown), Tabloid Rumors (dark taupe), and Celebrity Scandal (silver). Each Duri shade retails for $5.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.

I found the formula to be on the thinner side, but it didn’t seem to impact application or the intensity of the colors.  Paparazzi and Bombshell applied smoothly, though Paparazzi had some brush strokes coming through.  Celebrity Scandal has a very different finish/texture compared to the other two I tried, so it had a rougher finish, but a thick layer of top coat solved that.

  • Paparazzi is a deep emerald green with lighter green shimmer. This shade only needs two coats, but I went with three to see if I could eliminate some of the brush strokes lingering in the application.
  • Celebrity Scandal is a shimmered tin-foil color–it definitely reminds me of foil, but it has a slight shimmer to it. It’s not entirely smooth on the nail, and I found that by itself, it dried to a semi-matte finish. The shimmer/glitter applied pretty evenly, and I found three coats was the most optimum level for total coverage.
  • Bombshell is a ruby shimmered cherry red. I found that I needed three coats for this, just to make totally rich and opaque, but two coats came close to complete coverage.

P.S. — I’m totally amused that the three I tried look more like a Christmas set than part of a summer collection!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  These have a nice, consistent formula with good color pay off that doesn’t break the bank!

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Milani Orange Gina Lipstick

The Summer Season: Milani Orange Gina Lipstick

Milani Orange Gina Lipstick ($3.49) is a beautiful shade of vibrant darkened orange with tangerine-gold shimmer. This is a bold, intense color to wear on lips, but it’s not a neon orange. It’s not loudmouth orange at all. The golden shimmer strewn through the color makes it perfect for summer! I find the scent of Milani lipsticks to be a little synthetic, but for the price, I’ll endure. The color payoff is fantastic–super smooth, rich color that applies evenly. I get about three hours of wear with this shade in particular.

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

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Clarins #06 Gloss Appeal
Clarins Orchid (06) Gloss Appeal

Clarins Orchid (#06) Gloss Appeal ($21.00) is a sheer, reddened coral with ultra fine iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Gloss Appeal is a nice, non-sticky, lightweight gloss that lasts about two hours on its own. The shimmer is super, super fine, which makes it ideal for those who are sensitive to texture and the grit of more glittery glosses. It has a subtle, fruity scent that doesn’t linger once its on the lips. It only delivers semi-sheer color on my lips, so if you have ultra pigmented lips, you may want to try it out in-store first!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love non-sticky, subtly shimmery glosses, you may like Clarins’ Gloss Appeal.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick

The Summer Season: MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick

MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright fuchsia pink with full-color coverage and a slight sheen. It has an amplified creme finish, so it’s creamy but not overly so. It does have a frostier finish than the majority of amplified cremes, though. I love how opaque it is, and I find it a barely-there cool-toned hot pink, so it’s wearable for both cool and warm skin tones.  This is a PRO shade that’s occasionally available through trend picks on the consumer website, but anyone can visit or call their nearest PRO store to purchase (no membership required!).

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

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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