MAC Mineralize Eye Shadows for Summer 2010 & Pigments at Counters!
As part of MAC’s permanent Mineralize unit, they switch out the mineralize products from time to time. They will switch in different Mineralize Eyeshadows (all previously released) as of April 29th, 2010, while Pigments will become a permanent part of counters on June 10th.
Mineralize Eye Shadow ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)
Pink Split Rose with bronze and pale blue veining/Pink with gold pearlized pigments (Frost)
Fresh Green Mix Golden Olive with blue, gold, and aqua veining/Lime mono (Frost)
Play On Plums Peachy gold with pink and bronze veining/Bronzed burgundy (Frost)
Sea & Sky Silvery pale blue with deep blue and silver veining/Bright blue mono (Frost)
Odd Couple Warm gold with lavender and bronze veining/Purple mono (Frost)
Illusionary/Burning Ambition Pale gold with icy shimmer/Sinfully rich coco (Frost)
Pigments on Counter & Freestanding ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)
I admit, when I initially saw photos the new Gloss Fluo de Chanel ($27) from Chanel’s Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection, I was pretty excited. Bright fuchsia AND coral? That’s so me. Of course I’d be drawn to them! But I am sad to report that they’re incredibly sheer. (This is why one should not get excited purely by looking at photos!) I was curious as to why they appeared fluorescent in their tubes but ultra sheer on lips, so I figured I’d better take a harder look at what they are *supposed* to be.
Chanel describes Gloss Fluo de Chanel as,“Hot colour and high-wattage shine. The electric effect of bright, sheer, light GLOSS FLUO DE CHANEL Brilliant Lip Shine mixes and matches with equally vivid shades of ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Satin Lip Colour and LE VERNIS Nail Colour — perfect for going from the beach to a night out.”
So, they had me. They suckered me in! Gloss Fluo is *designed* to be “bright, sheer, light.” Is it just me or is that description kind of confusing? Bright and sheer? What? The way I review and rate a product is always based on what the product is supposed to do, not necessarily what I think it should do. I’m going to give Chanel the benefit of the doubt and just go with these are supposed to be sheer, lightweight “glosses” rather than over the top, electric color. Okay, now that that’s out of the way…
Gloss Fluo makes an excellent lip balm. It’s one of the weirdest “glosses” I’ve played with, because it doesn’t have the texture of the gloss. It’s like a squishy jelly in a glossimer tube. They’re sheer with no real shimmer but have a fairly glossy sheen/look to them.
Laser looks like a brightened fuchsia pink in the tube but applies more like a lightened baby pink with just a smidgen of fuchsia in it. On my lips, it just gives it that slicked pinked pucker look — a tiny bit of enhanced rosiness to my natural lip color with lots of pretty glossiness.
Pop looks like an electric coral-orange, but when swatched on skin, it takes on a much pinker hue. It’s more like a pink-coral than orange at all. On my lips, Pop looks like I put on a clear lipgloss–seriously. It does less for me than Laser, unfortunately.
So, they’re some of the sheerest lip products I’ve used that weren’t actually lip balm, but Gloss Fluos are ridiculously moisturizing without being heavy. I’d wear this to bed! For those who love glossier, thicker lip balms but hate that most of them are only available in pot-form, this might be something to consider. Since they apply straight out of a tube with a doe-foot wand, it makes it easy to apply, travel with, and use on the go. Not to mention, the sheerness makes it easy to apply without making mistakes. Gloss Fluos feel like a slippery jelly on lips–non-sticky, thick without being heavy or goopy. They did remind me a bit of MAC’s Tendertones, but in a gloss tube instead.
I want to reiterate that as far as I can tell, Chanel wanted these to be sheer. They will work well with the lipsticks from the launch, as those are more vibrant (I’ve tried only one, but the other two seem promising), and designed to be more pigmented. I think these work as a moisturizing lip balm with a glossy finish, but I’m not sure I’d put my $27 towards a Chanel lip balm. It’s heaven on the lips, but I’d probably opt for one of Chanel’s Glossimers or Rouge Allures for the price and opt for a cheaper lip balm.
Don’t get me wrong, though, because these made my lips sigh in relief after a round of lip swatching. They were instantly hydrating, smooth, and wore for hours and kept my lips moisturized all afternoon.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
Recommendation: If the idea of a clear but glossy, ultra moisturizing lip balm in a tube gets your engine running and you don’t mind paying a little extra to get Chanel, you may like these. Not a must-have if you’ve found a solid balm that doesn’t break the bank already!
The Summer Season: Illamasqua Frenzy Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Frenzy Intense Lipgloss ($19.00 of 0.20 oz.) is a fierce, ultra-pigmented hot pink lipgloss. Illamasqua is totally on the money when they named this lipgloss of theirs–INTENSE! is the word for sure. This is a completely opaque color with a high gloss finish. It feels and looks very much like a liquid lipstick. It’s non-sticky and hydrating enough that you won’t have any parched lips after you wear it. I find it lasts about average–three to four hours–before it starts to fade. It has a slightly fruity scent, but it was pretty subtle, because I didn’t even remember what it smelled like and had to revisit my notes.
Illamasqua (at least, at Sephora) also has eight other shades — Fierce (bright grape), Follow (reddish hot pink), Fume (dark rose), Indulge (neon pink), Mistress (bright coral orange), Move (muted thistle heather), Petulant (hot magenta), Temper (bright tangerine).
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Is this the right pink gloss 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.
A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!
Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!
First, I’ll share mine!
Haul: Seven MAC Pearlglides (six to giveaway, though!) and four MAC Lipstain Markers. I did pre-sale Chanel Mistral & Riviera Le Vernis, plus two lipsticks… but it shouldn’t count since I haven’t paid yet!
Excited for: seeing my parents this weekend, enjoying Easter Sunday, and maybe, just maybe, finding time to read a book.
My pic of the week… Mellan wishes you all a happy April!
The good news is I haven’t caved on any of the five things from last Friday. The bad news is that is only because I was in a hurry and kind of forgot all about what I meant to get at Nordstrom on Thursday. I’m definitely caving in on Guerlain’s Tinted Moisturizer and potentially Philosophy’s Raspberries & Cream set.
Philosophy Pure Grace Hand Wash ($18.00) showed up at Nordstrom.com today. I didn’t know Philosophy made hand soap… hmm. We go through quite a bit of soap here, so I might have to try this one since I love Philosophy’s Shower Gels so much.
Guerlain The 180 Year Collector’s Case($3,750.00) is only on this list because it was the most outlandish product I saw this week. Holy moly, that’s a lot of perfume and a lot of bucks you need to shell out for ’em. Just in case we have some high rollers reading this blog, it contains 1 oz. bottles of 1853 Eau de Cologne Impériale, 1889 Jicky, 1912 LHeure Bleue, 1919 Mitsouko, 1925 Shalima, 1959 Vetiver, 1965 Habit Rouge, 1979 Nahema, 1989 Samsara, 2003 L’Instant de Guerlain, 2004 L’Instant de Guerlain pour Homme, 2005 Rose Barbare, 2005 Angélique Noire, 2005 Cuir Belluga, 2006 Bois de Arménie, 2006 Insolence, 2007 Iris Ganache, 2008 Cruel Gardénia.
Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Palette Metallic ($32.00) has ten shades of Smashbox’s cream eyeliners in metallic finishes. I’ve never tried one of Smashbox’s cream eyeliner palettes — are they any good? Better than pots?
Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner ($35.00) is available in four shades (00 Metal D’or, 01 Noir Ebene, 02 Bleu, and 03 Encre Brun), and it is a little tempting. Anyone try this?
What five products are on YOUR lust list this week?