Saturday, February 20th, 2010


Lancome Chris & Tell Lipstick

Lancome Chris & Tell Lipstick

Have you managed to get your hands on this year’s coveted Lancome designer lipstick? First it was Proenza Pink, and this year, it’s Chris & Tell. Chris & Tell was designed by Chris Benz and comes on the luxuriating L’Absolu Rouge formula. It’s sold out on Lancome’s website, so those hoping to snag one should call their nearest Saks store to see if they can track one down!

Chris & Tell is an ultra creamy, brightened coral-pink. It’s bright and richly pigmented. The color is so vibrantly coral, it instantly reminded me of summer (not so much spring). The color grabs onto lips and wears well for a solid four hours. The creaminess of the lipstick is just enough to give lips a glossy sheen and comfortable feeling without being too creamy and causing slippage.

Did you snag a Chris & Tell Lipstick?

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Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick
Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick

The Spring Season: Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick

Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a beautiful shade of medium pink with golden shimmer. It reminded me of a seriously muted version of Guerlain Giulette Lipstick. It could also double as MAC Nympette Lipglass in lipstick form. It has a beautiful muted medium pink base with golden shimmer and a light sheen. Korres’ Guava Lipstick is incredibly moisturizing and glides onto lips easily. Guava Lipstick wears well (four hours for me) and looks soft and smooth without being creamy–so they don’t slip on the lips.

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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Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Beauty on a Budget:  Maybelline Irresistibly Ivy Eyeshadow Quad

Maybelline Eye Studio Irresistibly Ivy Eyeshadow Quad ($8.49) is a mix of four eyeshadows that can be used together or alone. They’re very soft, slightly powdery shades, so it’s better to use a tapping technique, rather than sweeping/brushing it on a lot. Think less windshield-wiper motions when applying these with a brush. I find that this is just something that holds true for all softer shadows (e.g. Stila and Urban Decay).

Irresistibly Ivy includes a softly shimmered champagne beige; rich, orange-copper with golden shimmer; matte teal with glitter sparkle; and reddened bronze-copper. I found that the orange-copper shade had the best texture and color pay off–very smooth and true-to-color. The teal had a little more of a dusty feel to it, since it’s more of a matte base with shimmer on top.

For drugstore beauty, the pay off is intense and over a good primer (e.g. UDPP), I had no problems with the color popping and staying true. I found minimal fading after eight hours, so they’re not quite as good as some of my favorite eyeshadows, but for the price, they’re an excellent alternative for those on a budget–or would like to try certain colors without shelling out $15+ for one.

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

Recommendation: If you like soft shadows and want something affordable, Maybelline Eye Studio Quads might be up your alley!

Availability: Local drugstores

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Friday, February 19th, 2010

Maybelline Warm Me Up Lipstick

The Spring Season: Maybelline Warm Me Up Lipstick

Maybelline Warm Me Up (#235) Lipstick ($7.49) is a beautiful shade of slightly milky-medium pink with a yellow undertone. It has just a smidgen of shimmer and a very creamy look. It’s smooth, easy to apply, and wears well for a solid three to four hours. I love that it’s a full color coverage shade, too–it gives me a quick and easy, everyday pink that I can wear alone or with smoked out eyes. Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lipstick line is really impressive–the shades I’ve tried so far have been wearable, creamy, and pack good color pigmentation to boot. If you’ve been hoping for a more affordable yellow-based pink, this might be it!

Is this the perfect pink 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 18th, 2010

MAC Riveting Collection

MAC Riveting Collection: Overall Review, Thoughts, & Round-up

Note: This hits stores today :)

OVERALL, Riveting is an interesting collection, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a must-have kind of collection. It’s definitely going to appeal to some, while others will skip it because it’s not as wearable as other collections have been in the past. I think with Spring Colour Forecast just launching, that might be where more are going to put their money, rather than Riveting. Luckily, Riveting is a small and easy-to-swallow collection, unlike Spring Colour Forecast, which would make even the most seasoned MAC addict’s head spin!

I think with the mix of shades in this collection, it’s hard to make recommendations. I found that the product with the highest quality (e.g. good pigmentation, nice feel, etc.) was Show Orchid Lipstick (but it’s PRO, though I think everyone needs to own it… and dance around at home, if you don’t want to rock it to the grocery store!). The blushes are both pigmented, but I think it really depends on if you prefer your blushes intensely pigmented or not (I don’t, actually–I like medium intensity!).

Bubbles and Metal Maven lipsticks are funky shades, good for layering, but it just depends if you’re willing to mix it or if you want something you can wear alone, too. Lipglasses are both cute but pretty dupe-able. The only product that didn’t thrill me, in terms of quality, was the matte nail lacquer. Just not on par with other brands’ matte releases. I’d go OPI or Zoya instead. Studded was the only one I’d consider!

P.S. – Remember, Riveting launches in-stores  next Thursday, the 18th.  It’ll probably pop online either Monday or Tuesday.  (Likely Tuesday, given the Monday holiday.)

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What are your must-haves? What are you skipping?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

MAC Fleshpot Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Fleshpot Lipstick

MAC Fleshpot Lipstick ($14.00) is an ultra fleshy nude satin-finish shade. It’s incredibly creamy and quite pigmented–but it’s a tough nude to pull off, just because it’s so pale, so fleshy. For some, Fleshpot just gives you “concealer lips” rather than the sexpot nude lip look they’re hunting for. This is a shade I’d recommend trying on before you buy, if at all possible. It is a really great shade to layer under an intense lipgloss for a more muted versio of it, and it can also work well to mute your natural lip color, too. The finish and pay off is excellent, though!

Is this the perfect nude 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →