Clarins Rouge Prodige for Fall 2010

Clarins Rouge Prodige

Clarins Rouge Prodige for Fall 2010

The first objective of a lipstick is to attract attention with its colour and shine. The second is to remain flawless throughout the day. Rouge Prodige is the new true-hold lipstick from Clarins, with a high performance formula that offers rich colour, stunning shine and long-lasting comfort. Gone are the dry, long wear lipsticks that made lips look feathered and chapped. Rouge Prodige stays put from your morning coffee cup to evening cocktail glass. With a wide range of shades and finishes, there is a colour for every woman to tout her pout all day long.

To introduce this new line to women across the country, Clarins is giving away 5000 sample cards with 4 flattering shades of Rouge Prodige. Be one of the first 5000 people to register at the Clarins Facebook page to win!

Benefits & Ingredients

  • Long-lasting, intense colour that doesn’t run
  • High Fidelity Pearl, a high tech polymer, captures colour pigments and enhances their radiance. Pigments remain on the lip surface for colour hold.
  • An enhanced shine top coat
  • A combination of vegetal oils helps enhance shine and colour hold. These oils leave a transparent film on lip surface to protect colour and enhance shine.
  • Brittany algae extract provides a high content of omega fatty acids to moisturize and soothe lips.
  • A combination of ceramides and waxes smooths lips and helps colour stay put. Helps smooth away lines and protect lips from dehydration.

Rouge Prodige True Colour Hold & Shine Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pinks to Plums: Lilac Pink, Rosewood, Litchi, Raspberry Sorbet, Pretty Plum, Mystic Plum, Blackberry
  • Corals to Reds: Coral Tulip, Sunset, Clementine, Fusion Red, Red Prodige
  • Beiges to Browns: Nude, Redwood, Copper Brown, Dark Chocolate

Palette Prodige: Face & Blush Powder ($35.00)

A soft, powder compact which adapts to all types of makeup and enhances all complexions. A universal harmony composed of 4 radiant shades: pale pink, sun kissed beige, sparkling coral and natural beige.

Instant Blush Magic Colour ($26.00)

A blush which instantly brings colour to the cheeks with a soft, glossy texture that melts in your fingers. It glows iridescent in the jar, but upon application becomes a translucent pink that instantly boosts one’s natural colour and radiance. One shade to suit all complexions!

Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Line ($23.00)

  • Intense Black (No. 1)

Availability: August 2010

MAC Underworld Lipstick

MAC Underworld Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.17 oz.) deepened red-based brown with a glossy, satin finish.  It is similar in look and feel to Media, but it is darker and browner–not quite as wine/burgundy.  It works well as a stain (just blot after applying and add a touch of gloss), if you don’t want to wear it at full power.  Since it’s such a dark shade, I like it paired with a very simple nude eye and eggplant eyeliner.

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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ORLY Cosmic FX Collection

ORLY Cosmic Collection

This September, ORLY’s Cosmic FX Collection will launch.  According to ORLY, these polishes have a textured finish that have multi-dimensional flashes of shine as a result of “MINERAL FX” technology.  This technology uses a mix of natural rock minerals, crystals, and glass that give these shades an optical effect.  All six shades will retail for $10 each and are limited edition.

The MINERALFX technology includes specialty mica, that allows for a clearer, vibrantly bright lustrous shimmer. Crystals allow for a multi-dimensional color transformation. Glass particles carefully controlled in shape and size create a luminous phenomenon. This combination infused with the Silica and specific colors selected create this exclusive technology that gives nails a unique optical effect that’s magnified as the lighting source intensifies or viewing angle changes.

ORLY completely hit a homerun here for me.  Not only was this the collection I was most anticipating personally, but it fulfilled all my expectations.  It did not disappoint at any point.  The formula was nicely pigmented and not too thick, easy to work with, and the shimmer and glass flecks distributed evenly. I didn’t have any issues with drying time when I used Zoya’s Color Lock System, including their quick drying drops–I was typing away just minutes after applying the Hurry Up drops.  I also love the rubber caps of ORLY’s polish, because it makes handling them foolproof.

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III

For the holidays, Urban Decay will be launching the third installation in their Book of Shadows palette series. The palette will retail for $54, and while I don’t have an exact date yet, based on past releases, mid to late September is a good bet. If you’re in the NYC area on August 28th, you can snag one of 1,000 pieces available for sale at the Times Square Sephora (details here).  It’s expected to launch online at urbandecay.com after Labor Day and at other retailers on October 1st.

The palette includes 16 eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each, total of 0.48 oz.), 2 miniature-sized eyeliners (0.03 oz. each, total of 0.06 oz.), and 1 minature-sized Primer Potion (0.13 fl. oz.). To break down the value for you, this represents $163.20 worth of eyeshadow ($340/oz.), $25.50 worth of eyeliner ($425/oz.), $6.88 of Primer Potion ($52.94/fl. oz.). In sum, it’s the equivalent of $195.58 worth of Urban Decay products. You will, of course, have to spend much more as individual products are all slightly bigger (e.g. each full-size eyeshadow retails for $17).

Anyway, the point is that no matter how you slice it, Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows palettes have a lot of value. The quality of the shadows is exactly what their full-size and permanent shades represent; there is no skimping here.

There are seven new and exclusive shades to the palette (Bordello, Kush, Loaded, Money, Radium, Rockstar, and Suspect). There are two Sephora exclusive shades (Haight and Psychedelic Sister) that were released a few months ago but have never been sold in any of the previous palettes. There are seven permanent shades (Snatch, Last Call, Maui Wowie, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Smog, Perversion, and Uzi), with Perversion, Snatch, and Uzi being in just one or two previous palettes and the others being in three or more. The worst case scenario? You’ll get seven brand new eyeshadows.

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