MAC Digi-Pops Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive) for Summer 2010

MAC Digi-Pops

MAC Digi-Pops Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Digi-Pops is Nordstrom’s Anniversary Collection, which is also available at The Bay (in Canada), but will not launch elsewhere as far as I know. It has several portions, so check the launch date on each, because the dates are a little all over the place! Edit: It’s supposed to release internationally in August.

Digi-Pops: Lip Server

Launch Date: July 15th, 2010 at Nordstrom and The Bay

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

  • Liquid Lurex Tarnished golden (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Smash Hit White beige (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Infused with Glam Copper brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Wham Plum brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Glaringly Hip Light Peach (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Bits Light lavender pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Sass Bright orange (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Win-Win Light pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Naughty You Neon Pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Troublemaker Magenta (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Snazzy Deep plum (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Hellraiser Light lavender (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Baby’s On Fire Deep Red (Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Glamour OD Bright Coral Red (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Spanking Rich Raspberry Pink (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Boys Go Crazy Deep amthyst (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Fabulous Fun Rich magenta (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Hi-Falutin’ Light yellow pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • You Got the Look Yellow nectarine (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Utterly Posh Mid-tone orange (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Check out the Digi-Pops: iPalette, Digi-Pops: Brush Browser, and Look in a Box Collections! Continue reading “MAC Digi-Pops Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive) for Summer 2010″

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base Review, Photos, & Swatches

I picked up a sample tube of the primer with a recent Sephora order, and the sample tube allowed me about four or five uses. From the images I’ve seen online, the packaging is similar–just a longer tube for the full-size version. They both have a doe-foot applicator (like the kind you see in lipgloss). It has an incredibly thin, slightly creamy consistency. When applied, it looks white on the applicator, but it is virtually colorless. This colorlessness is actually my only–albeit marginal and nitpicky–complaint.

It’s so colorless, even from the get-go, that it is difficult to determine where you’ve applied the primer. This makes covering the entire lid a little more difficult than when one would use a colored, even subtly so, primer. I’ve noticed that if I’ve missed an area, that area will look duller and flake, since there is no primer there. The problem is just it’s really difficult to tell if you’ve missed an area!

Aside from that, if you’ve covered your entire lid, it works really well. It lives up to all the claims NARS makes about it: lightweight, extends the wear, smooths the surface, and maximizes color. I didn’t experience any budging, smudging, creasing, or migration when I used this as a primer underneath my eyeshadows. It is a clear, matte primer that merely smooths over the lid and acts to hold and bond all the eyeshadow together. Colors definitely didn’t look muted at all, and they held their intensity throughout the day.

NARS Smudgeproof is most comparable to Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The consistency is very similar–they are all very thin and a little creamy.  However, NARS definitely feels more velvety once it dries–which is very quickly.  They are all nearly colorless, though NARS is definitely truly colorless–UDPP has a slight nude tone to it and TFSI even less nude. I’ve always found that UDPP seemed to have a slight shimmer to it, and NARS is completely matte (which is a good thing, if you want to keep your matte eyeshadows matte!). Of course, the major difference between the two is the price — UDPP goes for $18 for 0.34 oz. while NARS is $24 for 0.26 oz and TFSI is $17 for 0.35 oz.

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Summer Makeup: Molten Lava Goes To the Beach, v. 2

Summer Makeup: Molten Lava Goes To the Beach, v. 2

I had a few tutorial requests for a coppery look I did last week, so I decided to modify it a bit so it used only permanent products on the eyes rather than limited edition ones.  This is the modified version, and the tutorial should be up on YouTube shortly :)  I layered Free to Be and Coppering to get pretty close to Firecracker–though you could certainly use one or the other and still get something quite pretty out of it!  I was also all out of the NARS base I had used in the original look, so I used UDPP instead.

By the by, theBalm will be featured on MTV’s Hired tomorrow at 6:30pm!  I’m kind of excited, because it would be fun to see the inner-workings of a beauty brand.  theBalm will be looking at three final applicants to fill the role of their office assistant.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Primer Potion as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Free Love eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid and blend upwards into the tearduct. Lightly blend Free to Be eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239, then layer Coppering eyeshadow on top to darken. With the 239, apply Amber Lights eyeshadow into the lower crease and then blended towards the outer corner and lid.Next, apply Bronze eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending outwards and upwards to fade to the brow bone.  Blend Nylon eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Lucky eyeliner on the lower lash line and Black Black pencil on the lower waterline. Line the upper lash line with Rich Ground fluidline applied with the 208; then pat Goldmine eyeshadow on top to lighten. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Get-Away Bronze blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Thrills lipstick first, and then layer Flurry of Fun lipglass for a complementing lip.

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Spring to Summer Makeup: Pretty in Purple

Spring to Summer Makeup: Pretty in Purple

I ended up layering two eyeshadows in this look, because I felt like Da Bling was really just too pink/dark for the look — I put Digit on top of it to lighten it, and I liked it, but I think you could omit Da Bling and just use Digit instead.  I also had to physically restrain myself from applying a bright fuchsia lipgloss on top of the lip combination, because that’s what I always do.  I’m not sold on the lip combo with this look, but I do like it alone at least.

P.S. — NARS Eyeshadow Base review coming tomorrow… I swear!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Da Bling eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease, then overlay with Digit eyeshadow. Lightly blend Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Psychedelic Sister eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Digit eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Ransom eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Pro Lash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Nymph blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Funbathing lipstick first, and then layer Splashing lipglass for a complementing lip.

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The Summer Season: Milani Magenta Madness Lipstick

Milani Magenta Madness Lipstick ($5.00) is a darkened magenta-purple with a violet sheen. It’s like a much more purple, almost downplayed version of MAC Show Orchid. It’s as if MAC Violetta and MAC Show Orchid had a baby, actually. Magenta Madness has good color pay off and applies evenly and smoothly. If you’re not sensitive to scents (synthetic ones, in particular), Milani is a great brand for highly pigmented lipsticks at a budget-friendly price.

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.

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