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Indian Summer Duo Eyeshadow
NARS’ Fall 2009 Collection is a small launch of three eyeshadow duos, one eyeshadow single, one lipstick, and one nail polish. I was not alone in my excitement for this launch, but I’m afraid for me, the launch was incredibly disappointing. I was particularly excited for Indian Summer Eyeshadow Duo, but the promotional image and the actual product are are so drastically different, I wonder if there wasn’t some sort of mix-up. I even double and triple-checked the labels, because I really couldn’t believe the two were one and the same. The best part of the launch was Mekong single eyeshadow, followed by Tokaido Express nail polish. Nothing else was a winner for me, unfortunately.
You can purchase the Fall collection at NARSCosmetics.com!
Duo Eyeshadows ($32.00 each)
- Indian Summer is a duo of whitish-pink champagne with sparkling white-gold shimmer and yellowed brown with soft gold sheen. The champagne shdae has a bit of a frosty look, while the other color has more of a satin-y finish. The yellowed brown reminded me of MAC’s Soft Ochre eyeshadow, which was just one of those colors that did not work with my skin tone.
- Silk Road is a duo of peachy-pink with soft shimmer and a pinked-up brown with a frosty look. Of the three duos, this was theo ne I liked the most. The shadows were smooth, soft, and had decent pigmentation. They are both incredibly wearable, too. The pinked-up brown does have a bit of a glittery texture, but it didn’t give me too much trouble.
- Brumes is a duo of matte charcoal-gray and a satin-y dark blue-gray with green sheen. Both colors went on easily and had lots of color pay-off. The dark-nearly-navy-gray-blue has a bit of a green shimmer/sheen to it, which was nice.
Single Eyeshadow ($22.00)
- Mekong is a warmed-up deep, rich brown with golden shimmer and sheen. It almost looks like a burgundy-brown when swatched and in the light.
- Fast Ride looks like a dark, intimidating vampy red-wine, but it’s nothing like that on lips. It’s a sheer, glossy reddish-berry with minimal shimmer. On lips, it’s still sheer, and it does have a tendency to settle into lip lines, so I do recommend a base of some sort.
Nail Polish ($16.00)
- Tokaido Express is a dark, subdued plummy brown with golde and violet shimmer laced throughout the base color. It looks a lot more purple in the bottle than it does on actual nails, but when the light hits it, you’ll see more of a reddish-burgundy and the violet sparkles are more apparent.
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Laura Geller Fall 2009 Collection
Femme Fatale Baked Smoky Eyeshadow Trio ($38.00)
Each shimmery shade in this compact trio glides on effortlessly, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. Each shade was specifically chosen to complement the others in creating a smoldering eye look: Black Magic (black with silver micro glitter), Silver Screen (smoky silver shimmer), and White Hot (icy white shimmer). Housed in a chic and stylish compact, a double-ended applicator is also included—so you can create a striking sculpted eye on the go!
Eye Rimz ($26.00)
- Bewitching Bronze Swirled dark brown/bronze/gold
- Crystal Cobalt Swirled dark blue/light blue/white pearl
Sugar Free Blush-N-Brighten ($29.50)
The new Sugar Free baked products give your cheeks a natural glow—sans the shimmer. The smooth, silky color glides on, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. It’s all due to the unique baking process where creamy pigment is poured onto terracotta pans and baked slowly for 24 hours. The result is an extremely fine powder that is silky smooth to the touch; delivers a dewy, fresh complexion; and has the ability to adapt to any skintone.
Retractable Baked Kabuki Brush ($28.50)
This brush picks up just the right amount of powder for a smooth, flawless finish. Each bristle has a gentle wave that allows it to readily pick up powder and cleanly deposit it on the skin for a flawless finish. Also, the retractable slider allows you to narrow the bristles and focus on areas that need a little extra coverage. The synthetic taklon hair keeps your blush clean by not absorbing makeup or oils from your face.
Retractable Baked Powder Brush ($15.00)
Availability: Now available at Sephora.com.
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Indigo Charm Ink Artliner, Declaring Gold Color Fever Gloss, Indigo Charm Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome’s Declaring Indigo Collection is a large collection filled with a variety of products. In my eyes, it’s almost three distinct collections. Each collection features an eyeshadow palette and then colors and products that complement it.
Color Fever Glosses
- Declaring Gold is a sheer glossy base with golden shimmer.
- Raspberry Glimmer is a subdued raspberryish shade with multicolored shimmer.
- Golden Rouge is a warmed up red with golden shimmer.
- Berry Glamour is a deep, sultry burgundy-wine with golden-pink shimmer.
- Rouge Magnificence is a subdued reddish-pink.
- Rouge Liberty is a poppy red, seems a bit orange toned on me.
- Front Page is a brownish-burgundy with sheen.
- Paris Rouge is a subdued pink-mauve with multicolored shimmer.
- Berry Sensual is a slightly berried-red.
Golden Audacity Eyeshadow Palette contains four shades of color: a soft, wheat-gold, a dark, cool-toned smoky brown, a warmed-up antique gold, and a softer, more golden-toned antique gold. The Nude Elegance Eyeshadow Palette contains a matte, subdued taupe-beige, a lightly yellowed gold, an antique-gold, and a smoky brown.
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Guerlain Slavic Beauty/Russian Beauty Collection for Fall 2009
As Guerlain’s muse, Natalia Vodianova inspired Creative Director, Olivier Échaudemaison to conceive a warm, bohemian-inspired colour collection for the Fall. Olivier calls Natalia “an icon of colour that brings energy and cheer when the nights are long and the skies grey, and when the days are short and the sun away.” In effort to capture the radiance, warmth and richness that Natalia emanates, Guerlain offers a fall look defined by a fresh, smooth complexion, bright cheeks, eyes shimmering in a crimson glow and sparkling, rosy lips.
From Moscow with Love, Guerlain’s Russian Beauty Colour Collection includes the following permanent and limited edition products:
Eyes and Lips Palette “Volga Princess” ($69.00)
In sumptuous black-and-gold packaging, reminiscent of the emblematic ornaments of Slavic art, Guerlain has placed the perfect soft pink and delicate taupe shades for the eyes to accent two lip colours of rosewood and sparkling pink. This all-in-one palette is the perfect accessory for a quick, easy and elegant touch-up.
Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow 406 “Tsarina” ($56.00)
Faded orange, brick red, old rose and aubergine combine to create an intense, rich and enchanting palette inspired by the dresses worn by Russian princesses. Accented with a champagne motif, the shades are contained in an exquisitely designed black-and-gold compact and create eyes that are velvet-smooth with a crimson glow, highlighting their pure clarity.
Radiant Blush “Russian Doll” ($42.00)
Guerlain created Russian Doll, a liquid blush with a unique shade of luminous, sheer pink to generate natural radiance and give the cheeks a healthy glow. It captures the healthy, radiant look of a woman who has a returned from a brisk walk on a crisp afternoon. The kaolin-based formula gives the blush a creamy texture that is easy to apply and dries within seconds for a comfortable, lasting feel.
Rouge G de Guerlain in two Seasonal Shades ($42.00)
The symbol of the ultimate luxury in lipstick, Rouge G de Guerlain welcomes two new limited edition shades, in perfect harmony with this season’s trends.
- Graziella A pearly brick red
- Giovanna A pearly raspberry pink
Retractable Eye Pencil ($29.00)
This new pencil comes with a built-in sharpener so you can achieve impeccable results every time you use it. It’s a take anywhere tool with a soft, precise tip to facilitate perfect application, so you can easily define an intense almond-shaped eye. For the evening, apply with a darker eye shadow on the outer lid for a more dramatic effect.
- Bohemian (Limited Edition)
Le 2 de Guerlain ($35.00)
The now famous Le2 Mascara comes in a new limited edition plum shade, to illuminate the eyes and give your makeup the final touch that will make all the difference.
Ombre Éclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($58.00)
In celebration of the leading harmonies of late summer, beige, chestnut brown, bronze gold, and absolute dark brown in this palette evoke the enchanting ballet of autumnal leaves dancing in the wind. Worn separately or together, this new, permanent, four-color palette is the perfect assortment as it allows you to create a natural effect for the day time, and a more smokey effect for the evening.
Parure Compact Foundation ($45.00)
The Parure compact foundation collection with crystal pearls, evens out, mattifies and helps mask minor skin imperfections while adding radiance. With this new shade, Rose Intense, the skin appears radiant and the complexion, flawless.
Availability: Beginning August 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.
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Indigo Paris Le Vernis
Lancome’s Declaring Indigo Collection continues to impress with two more items that deserve their own post.
Indigo Paris Le Vernis ($18.00) is just one of those shades of lacquer that instantly captures your attention, and there’s really no denying how stunning the color is. It’s a rich, deep-dark blue with lighter blue and silver shimmer laced throughout the base color. In low-light conditions, it appears like a semi-glossy dark, navy blue. When the light hits it, all of the shimmer sparkles and glimmers. Beyond being gorgeous, it is also incredibly well-suited for the fall season. When I swatched Indigo Paris, I was too excited to bother with a base, and I forgot to take it off–four days and no chipping and only minor tip wear. Without a base! Lancome’s formula is thick, opaque, and easy to use. Two medium-thick coats of polish will give you shimmering, deep water-blue tips in no time flat.
Another standout product amongst the line-up was La Rose Liberte ($40.00), which is an exclusive, limited-edition highlighting bronzer with an embossed rose design. The rose itself begins as white, but it quickly fades upon first swatch. Luckily, it really is ornamental, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the highlighter itself–who likes colors that don’t go all the way through when they’re actually vital to the compact’s color? Not me! Since that’s not the case here, La Rose Liberte is a soft, shimmery shade of gold with bronzy bits. I personally thought it was gorgeous, though since I’m warm-toned, the color suits me extremely well. I don’t think it is so warm as to be impossible to use for cooler skin-tones, but I’d advise checking it out in person if you are particularly cool.
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Indigo Charm Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome’s Declaring Indigo Collection is an inspired collection amongst the fall launches, but it is (clearly, my opinion only!) the best Lancome collection to-date. It is stunning. It’s wearable, but there are pops of bold, indigo-blue weaved throughout the launch to make it intense. The collection itself is fairly large, encompassing well over twenty different items to please your makeup tastes. I have a few pieces to show you, and also some swatches I did while at Nordstrom last week for the ones I didn’t end up with, but since it’s such a large launch, you can expect a few posts over the course of the day showcasing my favorite pieces!
For my favorite item from the launch, it’s a tie between Indigo Charm Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00) and Indigo Paris Le Vernis ($18.00). (It seems I might have a thing for blues, yeah?) The eyeshadow palette is a stunning mix of deep blues and softer antique golds. Long-time readers know I am a big fan of antique golds and that hasn’t changed, so this quad is completely after my heart. I really didn’t stand a chance, I swear! There is a bold, satiny velvet blue, a deep, rich antique-gold, a softer, more golden-toned antique gold, and finally a shimmery dark blue with silver sparkle. Each is extremely pigmented, feels smooth and velvety to the touch, and leaves no room for questions. High quality and not a single mediocre shade in the bunch.
Paired with the rich indigo-blues of the launch is Indigo Charm Ink Artliner ($23.50). There are also two other shades available: Brun Elegance and Noir Magnificence. Lancome’s Ink Artliers are a new gel-based eyeliner formula that feels creamy, without being too creamy. They dry down fairly matte–they don’t have a wet look–and look much like they do in their pots. Indigo Charm is a rich, navy blue with slight blue shimmer and a little sheen. This is a color that really makes peepers pop (especially brown eyes), and it’s bold enough without being overly bright that it is great to wear alone for just a hint of color.
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