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Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow
Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic, golden khaki-green.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

Designer is a murky, olive green with a subtle hint of khaki-gold sheen. It has a metallic finish, so it has a more reflective sheen than frosted appearance, despite the healthy dose of shimmer packed into the color. The color payoff is lovely–dense, opaque color–and the texture is soft to the touch, smooth, and blendable. Subtle shades of green that tend to lean a little brown work well for a softer smokier eye, because it’s not as stark as gray or black. It’s very earthy, so it tends to complement many skin tones. I like it paired with champagne-beiges for a softer look and grassy greens for something more vibrant.

It has less brown (and much more shimmer and sheen!) compared to Laura Mercier Pine Bronze. MAC Greensmoke is similar but cooler in tone. Inglot #419 looked similar initially, but it has a much browner base with less green overall.

Worn alone (with no primer), Designer wears well for eight hours. By the ninth hour, there is a subtle creasing and fading. It’s noticeable to someone who’s waiting and watching for it, but it’s not so noticeable that bystanders would point and giggle! Over a primer–unsurprisingly–it wears just fine for twelve hours with no fading or creasing.

The packaging feels a little bulky, given the size of the actual eyeshadow compared to what holds it, but I like the clear lid, and it’s still lightweight.  The clear lid slides open, which is easier on the nails, at least!

How do you feel about khaki-greens?

Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Designer
Designer

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Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Jo'mina Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric lilac.” It’s a bright lilac purple with a hint of pastel lilac but closer to a light-medium purple with subtle pink-red undertones. It’s opaque in two coats for me, and I didn’t have any issues with the formula–it was creamy without being thick, so it spread evenly across the nail. Despite some of the pastel-feel of this color, I didn’t encounter any streakiness during application.

With a warmer skin tone, I often find that lilacs and pastel-like purples do not work on my skin tone, but I like Jo’mina a lot, and I think it’s the underlying redness around the edges that makes it more complementary against my particular skin tone.  I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–NARS Pokerface is much, much lighter and pinker, while Nubar Treasure has such a different finish that they don’t end up looking very similar.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Jo'mina
Jo'mina
Jo'mina
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Neutrals (Part 2)


MAC Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Neutrals (Part 2)

More neutral MAC Eyeshadows! There will be one more set of neutrals, and then I only have the grays/blacks after that.

Grain is a soft, warm beige with a satin finish. It’s like a lighter version of MAC Arena.
Orb is a soft, pink-peach with a satin finish. It is pinker than Urban Decay Virgin. It is similar to Inglot #397, but it has a softer look and therefore looks darker/more pigmented.
Naked Lunch is a warm, peach-beige with a frost finish. Chanel Emerveille is similar in color.
Hush is a peach-pink with a subtle iridescence and frost finish.
Jest is a light-medium peach with a frost finish. theBalm Luscious Lani is a touch lighter.
Say Yeah is an apricot pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish, and it was a limited edition shade.
Ricepaper is a soft, warm yellow champagne with a frost finish. Inglot #393 is the closest but it has a more reflective finish.
Retrospeck is a paled gold with a lustre finish. It has a slightly gritty texture. Milani Beach Sand is slightly similar.
Femme-fi is a warm, yellow-toned white with a veluxe pearl finish. theBalm Devilish Danielle is similar, slightly more reflective.

Hush has sheerer color than one would expct, while Retrospeck has glitter in it, so it has a grittier texture and is prone to fall out. The other shades were true-to-color with good color payoff and smooth textures overall.

MAC Eyeshadow Hush
Hush
Hush
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

Le Metier de Beaute Fall/Winter 2011 Collection: Bordeaux


Le Metier de Beaute Fall/Winter 2011 Collection: Bordeaux

For his second season with Le Métier de Beauté, Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director Ken Downing took the essence of the fall runways and distilled it into a beauty collection that mixes and matches essential color combinations into feminine, elegant beauty duos.

“The fall runways were filled with a return to polished sophistication and elegance. The message: ‘Lady Chic,’ remarks Mr. Downing. “Ensemble dressing – elbow length gloves, a sexy pump and coordinating handbag look right for the fashion moment. Color is paramount! Bordeaux and deep magentas became my inspiration and palette for the matched sets I created for Le Métier de Beauté. Now, the fashion message for the season is on everyone’s lips and fingertips!”

Introducing “The Bordeaux Collection” for Fall 2011 – designed exclusively by Ken Downing for Le Métier de Beauté – three exclusive sets of coordinating lipsticks and nail lacquers that will make you want to carry your gloves. Each set will retail for $49.00.

  • Ken, Red My Lips (Lip) & Gypsy Rose Me (Nail) Subtle red with a blushing pinot undertone
  • Ken’s Wine on the Vine (Lip) & Ken’s Bodacious Bordeaux (Nail) Rich, crimson cabernet
  • I’m Worn this Way (Lip) & Vintage Ken (Nail) Bold berry with a deep grape undertone

availability: Available September 2011, exclusively at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com.

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