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MAC Trend F/W ’09 Collection Review: Tone: Grey Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Trend F/W Collection launches in-store today across North America locations, and the collection includes four lipsticks, three lipglasses, an eyeshadow quad, and a fragrance. The Tone: Grey Eyeshadow Quad consists of four eyeshadows, all cool-toned with a mixture of finishes.
Tone: Grey Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)
- A Warmer White is a cool-toned satiny white that casts a bit green. The pigmentation is decent and doesn’t come off looking too stark or chalky.
- Tone: Grey is a soft, medium grey with a satin finish that has a cool blue-gray sheen. The pigmentation level is decent, though not intense; the shade itself is a bit muted.
- The Right Smoke is a bright medium-dark blue with a soft blue sheen and has a frost finish. This is like a bluer Deep Truth (or if you mixed Freshwater and Deep Truth together). I’m so tired of seeing this blue, I can’t even tell you how much! This shade is the most pigmented of the four.
- Waft is a dirty taupe grey–kind of pewter, but not quite–with a taupe sheen and a frost finish. Like the other shadows in this quad, it has decent color pay off, but it’s not intensely pigmented.
The eyeshadow quad actually reminds me of the Gentle Fume eyeshadow quad from Smoke Signals. It isn’t the same, but at first glance, it definitely was reminiscent of it (it doesn’t help that Waft was also in the Gentle Fume quad!). The quad is a nice pairing of shadows for smoky looks with a cool-toned theme. I don’t think this quad is particularly unique or a must-have, because you could easily create the same kind of quad with existing MAC shades that would just as easily suit you.
For those looking for dupes, A Warmer White is similar to Gesso (but without the barely-there-green tint); Tone: Grey is similar to Scene; The Right Smoke is similar to Deep Truth; and Waft is similar to Print (but without the frost or taupe — add a touch of Satin Taupe to fix that).
To get an idea on what kind of look you could create with this quad, check out this silver, gray, and blue look I did using the Gentle Fume eyeshadow quad.
- Product: 7/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 9/10
Recommendation: If you don’t have similar shades and are looking for a cool-toned, slightly blue-leaning smoky palette, you’d like this!
Availability: MAC Cosmetics
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Worst Type of Eyeliner…
What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?
MAC @ Baby Phat
“A summer trip to Moracco in 1972. Dark, sexy and glamorous.” — James Kaliardos
Get the Look
- EYE: Waveline Fluidline Eye Liner – applied to the eye lid in an elongated winged shape and under the eye as a base . Deep Truth Frost Eye Shadow and Fly-by-Blu Pearlglide Eye Liner layered over to add colour and sparkle. Blacktrack Fluidline – applied to darken the crease. Light Violet Crushed Metal Pigment – brushed into the inner corners of the eye. Light Beige Crushed Metal Pigment – to highlight the brow bone. Blackdazzle Dazzlelash – swept through eyelashes. 44 lash – applied to exaggerate the eye.
- FACE: Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation – to prep the skin. Florida and Joie de Vivre Cremeblushes – to contour and tan the skin. Crushed Metal Pigment in Dark Pink – to highlight the high planes of the cheek.
- LIP: Love Nectar Lustreglass – brushed onto lips for a sparkly, peach lip.
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Temptu @ Max Azria
For Spring 2010, Max Azria introduced a clean and sleek collection of elegance that incorporated neutral, solid colors with post-modern touches. Lisa Butler’s approach to the makeup was to create a soft, subdued, and fresh look to complement the collection’s uncomplicated sophistication, “We wanted the girls to look as fresh and natural as possible,” said Butler.
Get the Look
To achieve this level of minimalistic elegance, Butler used the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System, with the AIR Pod Highlighter in Champagne to add light and sheer accents underneath the brow bone, around the sides of the eyes, on top of the cheeks, and on the lips with a touch of clear mascara to lift the eyebrows. The simplicity of this look saw no other additional makeup. “Using airbrushing as an application technique really pulled the essence of natural beauty together,” said Butler. “It provides light, natural-looking coverage while adding dimension to the face.”
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Lacoste Challenge Eau de Toilette Spray ($40.00 for 1.6 oz.) is a cologne with a tennis theme. The top notes are “The Serve” and include tangerine, lemon, and a “burst of” lavender. The middle notes are “The Volley” and include spice and ginger. The base notes are “The Baseline” and include rosewood, teak, and ebony. The bottle itself is designed to resemble the handle of a tennis racket.
The cologne opens with a fresh, lightly citrus-y scent that’s a little synthetic, but not unpleasant. Once the middle notes take place, there’s a bit more spiciness, kind of a lemon on black pepper feel. Eventually, it dries down to a soft, smoky, woody scent. While the scent doesn’t strike my fancy initially (it’s just so-so) initially, I really like the dry down. I like catching a whiff of this on my boy when I cuddle close. It’s masculine without being overwhelming, and it has this just slight smokiness that smells really sexy! (This is not BBQ-pit smoky at all–this is very sensual.)
The packaging is fun, though don’t let it mislead you, there’s more bottle hiding behind the “handle.” It actually made an apt cologne to give my boyfriend to test, because my boyfriend loves tennis. I personally would have thought to use a tennis star as a promoter rather than Hayden Christensen, but it doesn’t affect the product itself. My only complaint about the fragrance is that it doesn’t last all day. It does have a tendency to fade quite a bit after five or six hours of wear.
- Product: 7/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 8/10
Recommendation: For a scent that isn’t musky, but still masculine with a woody, smoky scent, try this.
Wella @ Thakoon
Thakoon’s spring collection is described as “warrior-surf” and reflects a hard/soft, natural/artificial dichotomy with organic construction or armoring of the body, contrasting with patterns cut around the body as a canvas with soft draping. The palette can be described as muted watercolors with an array of nudes, blues, pinks and aquas.
To achieve this “sumo wrestler meets surfer” inspired look, Thakoon Panichgul, Eugene Souleiman, and Eva Scrivo collaborated for a finished style that demonstrates the contrast between tight and loose elements, which the collection encapsulates. A sleek, tight-to-the-head “seventh samurai” ponytail is sculpted on the top half, while leaving out loose, textured ends in a knot. Free-flowing, beachy waves left down in back, allows the look to exude a variety of contradictory elements that don’t blend, but balance. Colored extensions add dimension and life to help form the overall shape.
Hair Styling by: Eugene Souleiman, Global Creative Director, Wella Professionals
Hair Color by: Eva Scrivo and the Wella Professionals team
Hair products supplied by: Wella System Professional
Get the Look
- Blowdry the hair back and away from the face.
- Brush all the hair from ear to ear back and into a tight pony tail.
- Apply Wella System Professional Supermousse to the pony for a sleek, satin finish.
- Incorporate the hair from the center of the nape of the neck, in a 2 inch section up to the pony.
- Bind the hair in the pony with 1/2 inch thick black elastic or ribbon, folding it back on itself to create a knot of hair.
- Smooth a silicone gloss into hands and smooth over the hair that has been bound for a sleek finish.
- Add colored extensions to the hair that is left out of the bind, to add length and fullness, as well as color depth.
- Then spray this hair with Wella High Hair Ocean Spritz and diffuse for a beachy texture.
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