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Monday, August 17th, 2009

Korres Guava Lipsticks: Gorgeous, but are they worth it?

Korres Guava Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a slim-sized lipstick with carnauba wax, beeswax, and shea to keep your lips hydrated as you wear the lipstick color. It’s currently available in ten different shades ranging from nude to red. I tried #17 Pink and #55 Red.

  • #17 Pink is a shimmery shade of rosy pink with no real shimmer so much as just a silver frosty sheen. It went on fairly pigmented, though I’d describe it as semi-opaque. It was smooth and creamy, and it definitely felt moisturizing on the lips.
  • #55 Red is a semi-opaque shade of vibrant blue-based red with a subtle sheen. This one was a bit more pigmented and intense compared to #17 Pink, but it is also red, so I was expecting a little more pay off with this shade.

I actually really loved the feel of these–very soft and silky. I felt like these wore well, too, and they gave me about four hours of wear with minimal fading. Though they made my lips feel hydrated, they’re not ultra creamy or glossy–I don’t think they’d give chapped lips enough hydration to quench their thirst, but for normal lips, they do quite well.

My biggest complaint was the price of the lipstick, particularly relative to how much product you get. To put it in perspective, a MAC lipstick goes for $14.00 for 0.10 oz.; a Guerlain lipstick goes for $30.00 for 0.12 oz.; Cargo’s PlantLove lipstickgoes for $20.00 for 0.14 oz.; and a Urban Decay lipstick goes for $22.00 for 0.13 oz.

I’d be more comfortable paying $22.00 if I was getting a decent amount of product. Korres’ Mango Butter Lipsticks are $18.00 for 0.12 oz. product, so while the Guava Lipstick may have fancier ingredients, it still felt and looked like a lipstick on me, so the extra $6 for half the product is hard to swallow.  Next time, I’m going to look into their regular lipsticks instead.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: Love pigmented lipsticks? Korres give just the right amount of pigmentation for a nice lip color. The packaging is slim and compact, but the price is not nearly as palatable. At $22 a pop, it’s a bit more than a treat for some. From Korres, I’d expect a price a bit lower (probably around $18) or else double the product. One of the major reasons I love Korres is that they’re an affordable and consistent brand.  The Guava Lipsticks are a great product, but they’re certainly a bit of a splurge!

Availability: Sephora

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Monday, August 17th, 2009

Bright Silver Eyes: Korres Eyeshadow

Korres Eyeshadow in #51 Silver ($16.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright lightly warmed-up silver shade with a frosty, shimmery finish. Korres has sixteen different eyeshadow shades available, and they’re priced in line with MAC (which is $14.50 for 0.05 oz.). Each eyeshadow comes in a square compact that flips open to reveal the shadow itself.

The eyeshadow was incredibly silky and smooth, and it applied easily. It held a lot of pigment and color, and there was no chalkiness or drag. I liked that it wasn’t a cool-toned silver, because it worked better on my warmer skin tone than some other bright silvers do. When used on the eyes, Korres’ Silver eyeshadow blends easily and seamlessly with other shadows. (I sometimes find mixing brands isn’t always easy with some shadows!) I’m hoping my local Sephora carries a few more shades so I can try some more out in person.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you’re an eyeshadow fiend, be sure to peep Korres’ eyeshadows next time you’re at your local Sephora. The shade selection leaves something to be desired with only sixteen currently available (via Korres’ website), but hopefully they’ll continue to expand it in the future.

Availability: Sephora

Have you tried Korres’ eyeshadows? Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

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Monday, August 17th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you feel (or are you) restricted as to what kind of makeup you can wear? What is the restriction? Work, school, comfort-level?

Temptalia's Answer.

Although there are no rules at school, I do feel like bright and bold eye makeup puts me a bit too much in the spotlight, so I don’t do it often! I also feel like others don’t take me as seriously.

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009

5 Ways to Wear: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

Have you ever wondered what exactly MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes are for?

Here are five ways to use these multi-tasking cult favorites…

  • As a highlighter. Depending on the shade of the skinfinish and the shade of your skin, often they’ll act as great highlighters. Pinker ones can be used as cheek highlighters, while more peachy/rosy/bronze ones can be used all over the face (e.g. Soft & Gentle). I like using the 165, personally, but the 187 is nice, too.
  • Wet. Spritz your brush with water/Fix+ and then grab some of the product and apply it wet. It’ll give you a different look with a smoother, finer appearance. Because the products are baked, you don’t have to fear any wet spots appearing on the product either.
  • As a blush. More pigmented, deeper shades of the skinfinishes can be used to add healthy color to your cheeks. Paler folks will love shades like Porcelain Pink, Petticoat, and Stereo Rose for soft, pinky-raspberry shades. Deeper skin tones will enjoy Petticoat, Stereo Rose, So Ceylon, and the like. Your mileage will vary depending on just how pigmented the product is. You can use a regular blush brush like the 116 or 129 to apply.
  • On the brow. Whether you use it wet or dry, many of the mineralize skinfinishes work well to highlight the brow bone for an effortless, barely-there makeup look.
  • As a bronzer. More bronzy shades (like the recently released Sunny By Nature) make excellent bronzers. They can give you that just-kissed-by-the-sun look. I recommend using a fan brush like the 184 or an angled brush like the 168.

How do you wear your Mineralize Skinfinishes?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

If you were using MAC Fashion Patch Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Soothe Dry, Chapped Lips with Philosophy’s Latest

philosophy ‘kiss me tonight’ intense lip therapy ($20.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a sheer, lightly glossy lip balm that’s designed to combat dry, chapped lips. It does seem to brighten lips up a little bit, but I don’t feel like it adds much noticeable color. It does, however, work to keep lips soft and supple and extra kissable. It has a jelly texture and smells minty-fresh to me.

I like it because it does soften my lips and keeps them hydrated for several hours at a time. I find I don’t have to reapply lip balm quite as often when I’m using this. It sits well on the lips, as it doesn’t just absorb right away. It’s also non-sticky and doesn’t feel thick like Vaseline either.

Kiss Me Tonight is also very soothing when applied over worried lips–cracked or chapped–without irritating at all. I use this both day and night, but it does make a great overnight lip treatment product (particularly if you’re a bit wary of the price tag). I’ve been using my pot for two weeks now, and it hardly looks used at all, so I think it’s well worth the money.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you suffer from dry lips, I suggest looking into Kiss Me Tonight as a night time lip treatment product. It’ll keep your lips moisturized and hydrated while you sleep and give you softer, more kissable lips in the morning. If it came in a squeeze-tube or twist-up formulation, it would be tops–so just be sure to use an applicator or very clean fingers!

Availability: Nordstrom, Philosophy.com

Have you tried Philosophy’s new Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy?