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Revlon @ Luca Luca 2012

Revlon @ Luca Luca 2012
Revlon @ Luca Luca 2012

Revlon @ Luca Luca 2012

Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, paired an angelic eye with a strong lip for the Luca Luca Spring 2012 collection, which was inspired by the sensuality and femininity of a strong woman. Westman used hues of purples and browns to highlight the designer’s fresh and edgy collection comprised of a sherbet palette of periwinkle, teal and shades of berry juxtaposed against graphic black and white.

I was inspired by the designer’s color palette and chose shades and textures that would bring out the essence of the entire collection,” says Westman. “It reminded me of the sophistication of an Italian Vogue story I’d seen with girls that looked very luxurious, young and polished.  The slightly transparent yet glossy purple eye works beautifully with the lip. It’s glamorous yet approachable.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Lips: Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion, Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute, Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Lilac Pastelle, Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Shine City
  • Face: Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes, Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator in Pink Light
  • Eye: Matte Eye Shadow in Rich Sable, NEW Diamond Lust Eye Shadow in Plum Galaxy, Luxurious Color Eye Liner in Black, Luxurious Color Eye Liner in Brown, Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara in Black, NEW Expressionists Limited-Edition Multi-Use Palette in Bordeaux in the Snow (using the clear gloss)
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Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “taupe brown shimmer.” It’s too bronzy to be a true taupe–there’s a darker, chocolately bronze as the base color with a lighter bronze sheen. The sheen is almost taupe-like but not grayed out enough. It’s subtly warm-toned but doesn’t read orange or red. #15 has good color payoff and texture–very soft and smooth. It has a more metallic finish, which translates into smooth application. Bare Escentuals A-Ha is similar to the sheererd out version though a little grayer, while Urban Decay Lost resembles the heavier swatch.

Aqua Creams have a quick dry down, and once they have dried, they stay on all day long for me–no budging, smudging, creasing, or fading. They can be worn alone, as a base, or as eyeliner (and some shades can be worn on cheeks/lips, too; a few aren’t meant for eyes but for cheeks/lips entirely).

Make Up For Ever #15 Aqua Cream

A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer
OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “brassy gold shimmer.” It is supposed to coordinate with Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate. It’s a warmed-up yellow-tinted gold glitter mixed with brassier gold glitter particles. In lower light conditions, it looks warmer, more gold against my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), but under brighter light, it has a brassier look (more like the loose eyeshadow). The color reminded me most of China Glaze Midnight Kiss, except Cruising is the glitter version of it.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). Cruising has a glitter finish, so it will dry down really quickly–which is lovely–but you’ll pay for it later with removal (just as you would with any glittery polish). I find that pressing a soaked piece of felt or cotton against the nail for 15-20 seconds and then repeating on the other shades works well. I press and hold for each finger, and when I’ve done that for all ten, I go back to the first and actually go to pull and remove the polish off the nail. The coverage is noteworthy for two coats of polish, too–nearly opaque.  The consistency of this polish stood out to me; it was a great balance in thickness that allowed for opaque color and even glitter distribution.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Cruising
Cruising
Cruising
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Color Club Foiled Collection for Fall 2011


Color Club Foiled Collection for Fall 2011

From New York-based Color Club, the new Foiled Collection—six luxurious liquid metallic nail polishes that are sure to dazzle. From metallic pink to blue, green and gold—each color perfectly combines chrome-like shine with strong as metal wear. This collection of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades features names including: Foil Me Once, Hot Like Lava, Cold Metal, Perfect Mol-Ten, Antiquated, and Lumin-icecent.

Nail Lacquer ($8.00)

  • Foil me Once
  • Not Like Lava
  • Cold Metal
  • Perfect Mol-Ten
  • Antiquated
  • Lumin-icecent

availability: September/October 2011, shopcolorclub.com

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