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Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean, modern opalescent rose” with an opaque finish. It’s a neon, fuchsia-pink shot through with iridescent violet and white shimmer.

Essie’s Super Bossa Nova is similar in brightness but it’s much redder. Similarly, Urban Decay Woodstock lacks the fuchsia element of this shade, plus it has a cream finish. SpaRitual Imaginarium comes the closest–it is slightly lighter and, arguably, brighter.

It’s not quite opaque in two coats (which is what I swatched with, because you can just barely see the nail line), but the light has to hit the polish in a certain way for that to be apparent. The formula is on the thinner side (but not watery), so one could easily do a third coat or go for a thicker second coat. It has an interesting natural finish, which I wanted to capture, so I did not use a top coat with these swatches. The finish is a satiny matte–it reminded me of Orly’s Plastix collection but not as dense. I usually see a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann’s polish with minor tip wear by the end of seven days.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Makin' Whoopee

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bareMinerals Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Scenic Route

bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Breathtaking aned Spectacular. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Breathtaking is a pale, creamy white with a golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff is amazing with a really dense, buttery texture. It’s similar in color to Givenchy Lune and theBalm Envious Erin, but it has a more noticeable golden sheen. MAC Nylon is much yellower, so it is more comparable to MAC Manila Paper.

Spectacular is a green-tinted tarnished gold–it’s a little bronzy, but there is a hint of green there. It has a metallic-like finish, so it is more reflective than shimmery. The texture is very smooth and soft to the touch, while the pigmentation is solid. It is more metallic but similar in color to Make Up For Ever #148. It is greener compared to OCC Cruising, but it is not as green as MAC Sumptuous Olive. It is most similar to Inglot #433.

This is one of the best (quality-wise) duos I’ve reviewed so far from Bare Escentuals’ new pressed line of eyeshadows.  Both shades knock it out of the park.  Generally, the duos have been good and impressive, but this one really stands out.

bareMinerals Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo


Bobbi Brown Marrakesh Chic Collection for Fall 2011

Bobbi Brown Marrakesh Chic Collection for Fall 2011

Rich Color Eyeshadow ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

This creamy powder delivers intense, pigmented color. It blends onto lids like a cream and builds easily to a super rich shadow with smooth, long-wearing finish that doesn’t crease or smudge for up to 12 hours. An innovative soft press technology allows the natural waxes in the formula to melt into the powder, giving the shadow its unique creamy feel. Apply it on bare lids using your fingers, an eye smudge brush or angled eye shadow brush. Don’t worry about being too precise—this shadow looks most modern when it’s swiped on. For added impact, define your eyes with a gel liner.

  • Sand Dune Beige
  • Pink Silk Pink
  • Rich Kashmir Brown
  • Desert Lily Lavender
  • Rich Slate Gray
  • Wine Burgundy
  • Coffee Bean Brown
  • Royale Purple

Lip Color ($23.00)

  • Desert Plum Plum

Metallic Lip Color (Limited Edition)

  • Violet Glaze Plum

Rich Lip Color ($30.00)

  • Desert Rose Pink

Creamy Lip Color ($23.00)

  • Pale Plum Plum
  • Pink Blossom Pink

availability: September 2011; some items available for pre-order @ Neiman Marcus; still awaiting more details

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MAC Posh Paradise Collection for Fall 2011 – Official Information & Photos

MAC Posh Paradise Collection for Fall 2011

Launch Date: September 15th, 2011 for U.S./Canada, October 2011 for International

Succumb to temptation in a Paradise that invites taboo encounters. Rare and exotic, these delights are divine; fig leaves meet fashion beneath a jungle canopy where Seeds of Desire sprout. Discover Unknown Pleasures with lavishly lush Nail Lacquers and Mattene Lipsticks. Semi-matte lips get ultra-pure colour in a slinky, slither-smooth formula that feels as light on the lips as lust. Trespass tantalizingly with pearlized Paint Pots in shades that create seamless coverage while blending smoothly over lids. Indulge yourself with a plush, posh and provocative collection of hypnotic hues.

Mattene Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Naked Bliss Neutral light pink
  • Rare Exotic Bright mid-tone blue pink
  • Legendary Mid-tone brick red
  • Unknown Pleasures Deep red blue
  • Seeds of Desire Deep brown plum
  • Eden Rouge Bright blue-red
  • Delectable Orange-beige
  • Potent Fig Deep blue grape
  • Deliciously Foribbden Mid-tone berry
  • Fresh Amour Light lavender

Plus Paint Pots & Nail Lacquers! 

MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 for Fall 2011

MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 for Fall 2011

Launch Date: September 22nd, 2011 for U.S./Canada, September 2011 for International (Except Asia), September 2012 (Asia)

With our all races credo, we’re redefined what a perfect match should be with new Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 technoloigy, using translucent pigments to create a formula that enables a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin tone. Adding to Matchmaster’s true-to-life appeal is its moisturizing demi-matte finish, medium buildable coverage, and line-reducing soft focus powders. Add the fact that this formula reduces excess shine-creating oil, and who could resist?

Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 ($32.50 U.S. / $39.00 CDN) (Permanent)

Available in 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 10.0

193 Brush ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Permanent)

Angled foundation brush.

  • I’m still waiting to hear back from MAC about a comparison chart for foundation matching!

Matchmaster Number | Approximate Shade Matches

  • 1.0 | NC15
  • 1.5 | NW15
  • 2.0 | NC20, NC25, NW20
  • 3.0 | NC30
  • 4.0 | NC 35, NC37, NW30
  • 5.0 | NC40, NC41, NC42
  • 6.0 | NW33, NW35, NC44
  • 7.0 | NW40, NW43, NC45
  • 7.5 | NC50, NC55
  • 8.0 | NW44, NW45
  • 8.5 | NW46, NW47
  • 9.0 | NW48
  • 9.5 | NW50, NW55
  • 10.0 | NW58, NW60

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