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Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Collection for Fall 2012


Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Collection for Fall 2012

Powder Bronzer & Blush Duo ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Peony/Bahama Brown Pink / tan

Eye Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

The essence of late summer in eight sultry shades for that tawny, glowing skin that happens just before dusk. It’s a mix-and-play palette of neutral shadows to transition you effortlessly through the seasons, including a light base shade, six medium lid shades and a dark liner shade. It also includes a dual-ended eyeshadow and eyeliner brush, all in a sleek mirrored compact so you can apply everything like a pro.

High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bronzed Heather Dirty pink
  • Firefly Champagne

Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Sunset Pink
  • Twilight Plum

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Twilight Night Plum (Shimmer Ink)

Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blue Moon Blue

Lipgloss ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Evening Rose Plum
  • Honeysuckle Peach

Cream Cheek & Lip Color ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Buildable color that blends with ease, the dual-purpose formula provides medium coverage for both lips and cheeks in a convenient, fuss-free tube. Wear it alone for a muted flush of color or layer it with your favorite blush for richer depth, the intensity is all up to you. Feels creamy yet sheer on skin and makes transitioning season to season a breeze thanks to two ultra-versatile shades.

  • Honeyed Tea Pink plum
  • Pink Truffle Rose brown

Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Turquoise Blue
  • Twilight Night Plum

Mini Brush Set ($55.00)

Perfectly packable in a metallic, faux-leather fold-over case, whether you’re headed out of town or just a night on the town. The Mini Brush Set features full-sized brush heads atop shortened handles in a new slim-line design for a flawless finish wherever you go. Set includes four brushes: Blush, Eye Sweep, Angle Eyeshadow and Ultrafine Eyeliner all in a compact case. A handy compartment designed to hold the Desert Twilight Eye Palette completes the set.

Availability: Spotted on Nordstrom already — July 2012 for all locations/retailers (but some seem to have it out already)

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Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez

Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez
Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez

Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez

Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm champagne beige with a highly reflective, metallic finish. MAC Summer Haze is darker and more of a frosted than metallic finish. Make Up For Ever #13 is darker, less champagne. Urban Decay Sin is a touch darker and less metallic. Cle de Peau #207 is lighter. Inglot #397 is very similar but slightly less warm-toned.

Milani’s Shadow Eyez formula is touted to last for twelve hours and be water-resistant and crease-proof. Champagne Toast was the second shade I tested wear on, and it was phenomenal–it looked as good after ten and twelve hours as it did when I initially applied it.  The pigmentation was also top notch, because it was totally opaque in one pass.  It has a creamy texture that glides across the lid without a single tug or pull, and it deposits smooth, even color.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Champagne Toast
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Rant & Rave: Non-Sticky Lipgloss

This Week’s Topic: NON-STICKY LIPGLOSS!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about non-sticky lipgloss. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I love the texture and feel of a non-sticky lipgloss, but they tend to wear off so quickly, so you have to reapply. I’m not too keen on that–I’m kind of lazy when it comes to reapplying a gloss.

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Azure Iris (prismatic lavender) and Golden Iris (illuminating amber). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Azure Iris is a subdued lavender with a very, very faint golden sheen. I wouldn’t describe it as prismatic. While it’s not as interesting on the surface, I don’t really have anything like it. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is brighter and frostier. MAC Beautiful Iris is a little more vibrant and cooler in tone. The texture is soft to the touch, and it applies smoothly against the skin.

Golden Iris is a light-medium tangerine orange with a golden orange shimmer-sheen. It has good color payoff and applies very smoothly. Chanel Tigerlily is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, almost pink-tinted. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is more copper. Milani Bronze Doll is darker.

The texture of both shades is a little thinner, drier compared to most of the other duos in the range. As a result, they are slightly on the powder side–so be gentle with your brush when you go to use these so you don’t kick up a lot of excess powder.  Both shades are nicely pigmented and extremely easy to blend.  When I tested the wear of the duo, these lasted for eight hours with minor fading along the edges without a primer, and then a full eight hours with no noticeable fading with a primer.

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

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Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silvery blue starlight” with a glitter finish. It has a blue-tinted gray color base with silver hexagonal and smaller glitter particles. The closest dupe I could think of was China Glaze Tinsel Town, which is finer and has a lot more color coverage (plus, the base color is black). The base color reminded me of Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather, which is far more opaque. Based on how Deborah Lippmann’s has described her glitter polishes, I would expect some sheerness, but this is a lot.

This kind of polish is really best used as a layering shade, which is why I layered it over a black cream. I don’t like the way it looks on its own–I applied two coats in the swatches–because it has a very uneven, sheer gray base that just doesn’t seem to work. The glitter looks a little lost within the murky background, actually. It has a thicker consistency, more akin to a jelly finish, so I didn’t want to do more than two coats to see how opaque it was on its own. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Today was a Fairytale
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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