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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Guerlain

Guerlain: Tsarina Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Tsarina Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00) from their fall collection is one of two palettes released (the other is Brun Mordore). Guerlain also released an Eye & Lip Palette called Volga Princess (which I haven’t seen yet).

Tsarina includes four shades: a coppery peach, an amber-copper, a raspberry burgundy, and a cool-toned purple-wine. The first three shades have great color pay off, but the darkest purple shade is on the sheerer side (but I wouldn’t call it sheer–it does give me decent color, just not great like the other three). All four have Guerlain’s amazing texture: soft, silky, and so, so easy to blend. The shimmer is subtle and not too frosty–very wearable. I found the mix of shades very appropriate for the fall season, too.

Some might not like that there’s not a real highlighter shade within the palette; the lightest shade is much bolder than most would choose for a highlighter. It’s not a big deal to me, because I very rarely use palettes by themselves unless I’m trying to show what you can do with *just* the palette.

Value wise? The eyeshadows are, by the ounce, the same price as MAC eyeshadows are. In a Guerlain eyeshadow palette, you get about 6.7 oz. of actual eyeshadow product for your money. Like their mega-giant single shadows, they’re a good value by weight, but they do require a larger up front investment. The packaging is luxe and solid; it doesn’t feel cheap, and there’s some heft to it. I love the design on the velvet pouch and on the case itself, which is special to this collection.

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

Recommendation: Guerlain fans will not be disappointed in the quality of this eyeshadow palette–if you enjoy these shades, I recommend it!

Availability: < Nordstrom

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Maybelline Colossal is Minimal

Maybelline Collosal Volum’ Express Mascara ($5.99) boasts that it creates 9x the volume in one coat without clumping. I tried it out in Glam Black, hoping for some volume-tastic lashes with a nice black color. Unfortunately, my experience wasn’t nearly as exciting as “9x the volume.” Not even with multiple coats!

What Colossal did for my lashes was add just a touch of length/thickness and blackness so they stood out jmore, but in terms of volume, there wasn’t much. When I look at my natural lashes compared to the lashes with the mascara on them, the biggest difference is that they’re blacker. On all other points (lengthening, volumizing, thickening, curling), I didn’t notice much, if anything. I was really disappointed in the results of this mascara, particularly since it was supposed to volumize and didn’t even see that. I could be more forgiving if it at least did what it said to do (I mean, 9x is a bit OTT for me, but noticeabe more volume is good enough for me).

The best thing I can say for this mascara is it doesn’t clump and the level of black pigmentation is decent–it definitely darkened my lashes and made them stand out more, but they just looked like natural lashes really. If you’re looking for a more natural mascara, perhaps this might be something to consider. I just wouldn’t have expected “natural” out of Colossal. I’ll also point out this mascara is very budget-friendly!

One of my all-time favorite mascaras is by Maybelline (Full ‘n Soft), so I was really looking forward to trying this one out and hoping for the best. What are your favorite Maybelline mascaras?

  • Product: 4/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: Pass on this one and opt for one of Maybelline’s more proven formulas like Full ‘n Soft!

Availability: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics DSquared Collection

MAC Cosmetics DSquared Collection

Every season the fashion crowd is up and on the run, crazy for the fierce and sexy fun we’ve come to expect from designers Dan and Dean Caten, the Canadian twins who know how to pack a punch – and throw a party!

With their haute hi-jinx and body-beautiful clothes for boys and girls, a collaboration with M·A·C simply could NOT be avoided! “DSquared² and M·A·C are on the same trip!” says Dan. It starts with a strong, sooty, blackest-ever wild-child eye… a new Greasepaint Stick also in blue and violet versions, and Pro Gloss to create it. Neutral and perfected skin will get more drama with highlighting and low lighting from Sculpt and Shape Powders and the 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Brush all the better to achieve it. And finally, the totally nude Pro Lip Erase does its stuff, followed by a light Lipstick and Lip Conditioner to put the lilt and lift back in….

But the cynosure of this season’s scintillating collaboration is the daring, dramatic, slightly demented DSquared² eye. Have fun with it! This collection brings us to the Ziegfeld Follies by way of Grey Gardens, a bit dishevelled, a litt le Girl Interrupted, both dramatically hip and dangerously sexy.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Nude Rose Sheer light neutral pink (Lustre)
  • Blood Red Clean deep berry (Lustre)

Tinted Lip Conditioner ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Fuchsia Fix Deep pink sheen

Gloss Texture ($18.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Clear

Sculpt and Shape Powder ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

Bone Beige/Emphasize Palest cream/Tan
Accentuate/Sculpt Pale blushed beige/Soft taupe brown

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • V Bright blue violet
  • B Bright yellow blue
  • Black Intense black

Kohl Power Pencil ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Feline Rich black

Lip Erase ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Dim Similar to N37

Brush ($34.00 U.S. / $41.00 CDN)

  • 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Provides perfect blending and application of all face products

Availability: September 28th, 2009 at all North American MAC locations. October 2009 for International MAC locations.

Just to confirm, YES, DSquared is releasing on September 28th, a Monday. DSquared will be showing in Milan on the same day, so MAC wants them to coincide with each other :)

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass Creme Collection

MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass Creme Collection

Flashing flecks of lustrous glimmer give lips a new kind of high-beam shine, while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and going. Ultra-luxurious, no sticky smack or drag, Aloe and Vitamin E enriched, keeps lips lightweight but strong-willed, for long-lustre, ultimate luminosity. Wear it alone for medium-sheer, dewy coverage…. For dazzle with absolute comfort, it’s better than brilliant. And the accompanying applicator brush is a dream.

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Sublime Shine Light coral brown with gold pearl
  • Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl
  • Perfectly Unordinary Bright yellow pink with gold pearl
  • My Favourite Pink Light blue pink with pearl
  • Do It Up Bright blue pink with pearl
  • Luscious Spark Light orange with gold pearl
  • Totally Fab Bright yellow red with pearl
  • Creme Allure Bright yellow plum with pearl
  • Amorous Deep brown red with pearl

Availability: September 24th, 2009 at all North American MAC locations. October 2009 for International MAC locations.

P.S. – Our review will be up around noon (PST). But for now, you can check out our sneak peek on three of the nine shades :)

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Fall Trend F/W '09 Collection

MAC Cosmetics Fall Trend F/W ’09 Collection

As designers deepen their fascination with all things architectural, from Raf Simon’s structural dresses for Jil Sander to the futuristic, constructed ‘pod’ shoes that we saw at Balenciaga, so too goes the modern face.

The shapes and steely colours in this collection are an expression of the trend, an ode to the strength of a woman, rendered with true architectural precision. The geometry of eyes in graphic, graphite tones of grey with the beguiling blue sheen of an elegant grid of sky-reflecting windows on a stunning concrete skyscraper, Trend F/W ’09 is a living tower of power! Lips are dark or seductively nude. The fragrance? Asphalt Flower, a limited-life scent as bold and urbane as the modern metropolis.

Fragrance ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • Asphalt Flower Glossy violet and iris petals cast an ebonized sheen over dark clouds of vanilla and patchouli like a shimmering lace veil this scent caresses and envelops of glamour and drama. Top note: violet, ylang; Mid: iris, heliotrope; Dry: olibanum, patchouli, vanilla.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Red Full Stop Bright neon coral (Lustre)
  • Hipster Burgundy with frost (Frost)
  • Faultlessly F/W Blackened blue violet (Amplified)
  • Our Pick Cement taupe grey (Satin)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Runway Fave Grey tone neutral with high pearl (Frost)
  • New Berry Deep plum (Cream)
  • So This Season Deep blue violet (Cream)

Eyeshadow x4: Tone: Grey ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Tone: Grey Dirty grey (Satin)
  • Waft Dark smoky blue grey (Frost)
  • A Warmer White Pale green grey (Satin)
  • The Right Smoke Rich blue with white pearl (Frost)

Availability: September 17th, 2009 at all North American MAC locations. October 2009 for International MAC locations.

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