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MAC for Beth Ditto Collection for Summer 2012

MAC for Beth Ditto Collection for Summer 2012

Availability: June 7th, 2012 (North America), June 2012 (International)

MAC Cosmetics has signed the singer to create a limited edition collaboration with products expected to hit counters in June. In celebration of the partnership, Ditto will attend this evening’s Gala Sidaction Dîner de la Mode as a guest of John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund, and Karen Buglisi, MAC global brand president. The MAC AIDS Fund will donate 190,000 euros, or $246,620, to Sidaction this year. — WWD

Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Booyah!!! Bright orange (Limited Edition)
  • Dear Diary Bright neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Heart Hangover Deep purple (Limited Edition)
  • Love Long Distance Light mauve (Limited Edition)
  • You’re Perfectly Already Neutral pale pink (Limited Edition)

Lip Pencil ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Embrace Me Vivid pinkish fuchsia (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Entertain Me Clearly orange (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • In Synch Bright yellow pink (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Nightmoth Blackened plum (Permanent)

Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Beth mask Reddish brown bronze liner / Golden peach pink shadow (Limited Edition)
  • Little Miss Moffet True black liner / True white shadow (Limited Edition)
  • Drag, Strip Smoky navy liner / Pale blue shadow (Limited Edition)
  • Beth or Glory Deep brown liner / Bright blue shadow (Limited Edition)

Cheek Powder ($38.00 U.S. / $45.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Powder to the People Deeply polka dotted powder (Limited Edition)

Liquidlast Liner ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Point Black Black (Permanent)

Zoom Lash Mascara ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Plum Reserve Light violet purple (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Blue Charge Deep navy blue (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • New Hue Blackened burgundy (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Vagabondage Mid-tone lavender (Limited Edition)
  • Near Beth Experience Light yellow (Limited Edition)
  • Life and Beth Milky peach (Limited Edition)
  • Nocturnelle Black (Permanent)

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.33 oz.) contains nine matte eyeshadows named after theBalm’s favorite Matts. It includes a small, dual-ended bristle brush, which is usable and better than sponge-tipped brushes that are often included in these kinds of palettes, but it wouldn’t replace full-sized brushes for me. The palette is small, square-ish, and made out of heavy-duty cardboard. It flips open and has a mirror under the lid.

Overall, the texture of these shades are soft, smooth, and buttery–they’re not as dense or as buttery as theBalm’s more shimmery eyeshadows (think the Shady Lady series or their singles). These are finely-milled and soft enough that there is some excess powder kicked up when you go to use them. The majority of the shades applied with good to excellent color payoff, though Matt Chung was a little chalky and sheer, Matt Schilling wasn’t chalky but it was a bit sheer and a little dry, and Matt Patel was slightly sheer in places and didn’t apply as smoothly. Also worth noting, Matt Batali was a bit drier and not as soft or as dense as the other shades in the palette, but the pigmentation didn’t suffer as a consequence.

Each eyeshadow is 0.037 oz., whereas the average full-sized eyeshadow is typically 0.05 oz. I actually like the size of each shade, because they’re about 75% the size of regular full-sized ones (though theBalm’s individuals shades are 0.10 oz.), you still get plenty of product, but the entire compact fits in your hand and is very travel-friendly. I will point out the obvious that theBalm’s Shady Lady palettes contain a whopping 0.60 oz. (almost double the size of this palette) and retail for $39.50, which is only a little bit more. Nude ‘tude is slightly larger at 0.38 oz. and retails for $36. The Shady Lady palettes are still a super-sized value palette in comparison, but I think the pricing is about right here, and you’re getting a good amount of product for your buck.

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette


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Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral.” It’s more along the lines of a light-medium peach-orange with a glistening sheen. On my lips, it looks softer, less like Creamiscle orange, because of the natural tones of my lip color (and the redder your natural lip color, the more coral this will look). This looks a lot like Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily but a bit darker. MAC Woo Me is also similar applied.

It looked a bit pale and pastel when swatched, but it should flatter a wider range of skin tones once it is applied, because it’s not fully opaque and lets the natural lip color shine through, which will, inevitably, alter the way the color looks based on your natural lip color. This formula is supposed to be extremely hydrating (purportedly “for eight hours after application”). The color applies with quite a bit of pigmentation, but there’s that soft, slightly transparent-nature of this type of finish that makes it less heavy. Although, the press release says the formula “provides translucent shine with sheer yet radiant color,” and this applies rather opaque.

I found #N40 to be more moisturizing than Folk, but this shade also had a creamier, more slippery consistency in comparison. It wears three and a half hours on me, which is pretty good for something that has this kind of texture.  I’d describe it has lightly moisturizing, but it’s not as hydrating as described–I definitely couldn’t get away with not applying something else over an eight hour period.  It was scent- and taste-free.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick #N40

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette Launches

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette Launches

On May 18th, Sugarpill will launch the final palette in their Heart series, which features four new matte eyeshadow shades, which include:

  • 2am Matte purple with a slightly pearl sheen
  • Acidberry Perfect vibrant green, matte with a slightly pearl sheen
  • Mochi Matte mint seafoam with a slightly pearl sheen
  • Velocity Vibrant matte royal blue

The palette will retail for $34.00.

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