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Laura Mercier Fresco Beauty Collection for Fall 2009
Inspired by the nature-like colors found in Italian Fresco paintings, Laura Mercier introduces her Fresco Collection. Eyes are soft and diffused, layered in earth toned shades of Satinee Crème Eye Colour with a pop of teal for accent. Crème Cheek Colour Pots in Sienna Sunset and Soft Apricot enhance the cheeks with a hint of creamy colour and tinted, soft-focus loose powder. Lips complete the look in rich autumnal hues with Laura’s perfect artist palette, Lip Watercolours; containing a prepping lip balm and six pigment saturated stains. Welcome Fall looking ethereal, feminine, imperfectly beautiful.
Creme Cheek Colour ($34.00)
- Soft Apricot
- Sienna Sunset
Eye Basics ($24.00)
Satinee Creme Eye Colour ($22.00)
- Ecru Silk
- Teal Cashmere (New)
- Amber Velvet (New)
- Pink Chiffon
- Stone Suede
Cake Liner ($22.00)
Thickening & Building Mascara ($20.00)
Lip Watercolours Palette ($48.00)
Laura Mercier Limited Edition Lip Watercolours, inspired by a painter’s palette, are comprised of universally flattering lip colours that compliment all skin tones. The customizable palettes offer highly pigmented colours designed to be applied with the fingertips.
Available: On-counter August 2009. Now available online at www.lauramercier.com.
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shu uemura Tokyo Lash Bar 2009
as an expert in the art of false eyelashes, shu uemura’s tokyo lash bar has established itself to be a hot and trendy beauty staple internationally. inspired by mystic nature scenes, tokyo lash bar 09 extends its beauty boundary into fine art. dress up with the magnificent nature. create an exquisite, dramatic statement on eye expression.
Goldglam Leaf (Premium Edition) ($79.00)
Created by Kakuyasu Uchiide, International Artistic Director
Emotionally stirred by how the forest nurtures and provides shelter for its inhabitants, Kakuyasu Uchiide designed a pair of lashes that recreate the beauty and delicacy of leaves. These glimmering lashes made from real skeleton leaves are drenched in glimmering gold. Transparent crystals sit atop this hand-crafted piece of art for a glistening, captivating look. ($79)
Marine Tide (Premium Edition) ($79.00)
Created by Yuji Asano, International Chief Make-Up Artist
Spending much of his time at the beach, Yuji Asano looked to the sea for inspiration when creating his lashes. One of nature’s most profound marvels, the ocean with its vastness and crashing waves can calm and rejuvenate the spirit. The unique curl design of this lash echoes the undulating roll of the ocean’s tidal cycle. This striking lash also references Mr. Uemura’s iconic “umbrella” eyelash. It is weaved with multiple shades of blue, from sea and sky blue to deep turquoise, accented with a sprinkling of white foam.
Snow Twist (Premium Edition) ($79.00)
Created by Mina Matsumura, Artistic Director, Europe
Looking to the sky and the many ways light emanates from it, Mina Matsumura captured nature’s celestial miracles in her pair of lashes. Each lash is made from thin, milky white wires. Frosted pink teardrop crystals enhance the lower lash.
Fleur-Ever (Premium Edition) ($79.00)
Created by Gina Brooke, Artistic Director, United States
Inspired by a flower’s ability to lift spirits and engender energy, Gina Brooke created a pair of false eyelashes as a way to share her sensibilities with the world. This lash’s design emulates the tail of a bird whose exotic purple plumage is accented with white flecking. Petal-like forms hide inside the lashes, bringing to mind a bouquet of sweet peonies. Perfect for any extravagant or fanciful look.
Lavender Bloom False Eyelashes ($29.00)
Deep purple tone eyelash with soft, fur-like materials creating a gentle and subtle appearance. When eyes blink or head moves from left to right so does the gentle, fine fur for a feminine and delicate atmosphere.
Farfallina False Eyelashes ($29.00)
Triple layers of brown and black tones with different levels of curls and longer lashes toward outer edge enable a natural, delicate look and ideal volume on the lash.
Lucent Rainbow False Eyelashes ($27.00)
Multiple loops of translucent rainbow colored wires are lined next to each other, which looks like a rainbow in the sky.
Rainbow Flare False Eyelashes ($18.00)
Renovation of color flare eyelashes in warm and cool colors. Blue and green with more yellowish tones to match eye makeup and add accent on the lash.
Mini Star Glitz False Eyelashes ($22.00)
Small sized, night sky colored eyelash with star motifs to express a pretty twinkle on the edge of the eyes.
Availability: Now available at shuuemura.com.
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What do you look for in a good eyeshadow? Share!
For me, it’s pretty much all about pigmentation. I like it to go on like it looks–no surprises!
Glossy Full Couleur: #1, 2, 3, 4
Make Up For Ever is famous for their range of eye products, but they are a full service line and include everything from eyeshadow to lipgloss to lipstick to blush. Today, let’s look at their line-up of Glossy Full Couleur, which is a jelly, sheer lipgloss with a non-sticky feel and ultra-glossy finish. It has a minty scent, which may or may not be your cup of tea (it doesn’t sway me one way or another, though I am partial to sweeter scents like vanilla). They are numbered, not named, like the brand’s other products, and they are numbered one through ten. Each retails for $19.00 a pop and contains 0.33 oz. of product. I’ll cover five here, and then the other five tomorrow!
- #1 is a sheer, glossy red with an orange undertone. (If you’re a blue-based red kind of person, this isn’t it.)
- #2 is a sheer, sweetly glossed bright pop of orange. I’d say this is orange with just a touch of burnt red in it.
- #3 is an orange-based coral with a glossy look. I like layering this over pink-based lipsticks to get a more wearable shade of coral.
- #4 is a glossy, hot pink. It’s pretty intense, but on lips, it sheers out a fair amount so don’t let the pigmentation of the swatch scare you!
- #5 is a pretty shade of pinky-wine-berry. This was one of my favorite colors, because I felt like it was really wearable and perfect for fall.
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Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes
Considering investing in brushes for your face? Trying to figure out which brushes you need? Look no further — here’s our guide to MAC Face Brushes! Plus, seasoned MAC Artists weigh in with their must-haves!
MAC Face Brushes — Our Reviews
5 Basics to Begin With: 109, 129, 150, 188, 194
5 More to Add Down the Road: 116, 138, 182, 187, 189
5 Great Multi-Taskers: 109, 129, 150, 182, 188
Best for Highlighting: 116, 165, 184
Best for Liquid Foundation: 109, 182, 187
Best for Cream Foundation: 109, 187, 190
Best for Powder Foundation: 150, 189
Best for Cream Blush: 188, 192
Best for Powder Blush: 116, 129
Best for Contouring: 109, 168
Best for Powder: 134, 150
What the PROS Say
MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton says, “Cannot live without the 187. It’s a two speed brush. It has the density at the base needed to provide more coverage and the softness of the fibres at the tip to give sheer light coverage.”
On the other hand, Senior Artist Luc Bouchard thinks, “188 [is a must-have]; it’s the perfect foundation brush if you use it in circular motion you get even coverage instantly,” and Senior Artist Keri Blair agrees, “This two-toned beauty is great for blending out foundation to create an airbrushed quality to the finish of your foundation. The synthetic white bristle can also be misted with MAC Fix + to help sheer out products to create a lighter more modern finish.”
Share your favorites with fellow Temptalia readers, just copy and paste the form below and write-in your own answers…
5 Basics to Begin With:
5 More to Add Down the Road:
5 Great Multi-Taskers:
Best for Highlighting:
Best for Foundation:
Best for Blush:
Best for Contouring:
Best for Powder:
P.S. – Looking for reviews on MAC eye brushes? Check out our brush review round-up!