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MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “deeply plum with pink shimmer.” It’s part of the permanent range. It s a dark purple with subtle burgundy-brown undertones. L’Oreal Violet Volt is less red, bluer, while Make Up For Ever #6L seems redder, less purple.

A problem that often occurs with purple eyeliners is less-than-stellar pigmentation, and it’s true in this instance as well. It doesn’t deliver much color in a single pass, and while it is buildable to an extent, the waxy base that makes these glide across the lash line with ease, makes it difficult to layer too much product on. If you go back and forth a few times, you’ll find that it’s not perfectly evenly applied.

The formula is touted as long-wearing, waterproof, transfer-proof, smudge-proof, and budge-proof. It wears around eight hours for me with very minor fading, but it definitely doesn’t budge/smudge while it’s worn, which is always a good thing.

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil

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Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich coral-brown with a natural sheen and hint of shimmer. It’s more of a muted coral that doesn’t have the level of warmth that many corals have. Dior Versailles has a similar coral-brown-like base, but it has a lot of golden shimmer, so it appears lighter. MAC Mellowarm is reminiscent of this shade but with more orange. Cle de Peau #114 is slightly more orange, but it’s somewhat similar. Burberry Blush is pinker.

The color coverage is opaque in a single pass–no building required–and the lipstick’s consistency is soft and creamy, so it glides on easily. What I’ve always loved about the Extra Rich formula is the hydration; these wear four to six hours (this one wears five) and my lips always feel better after wearing these. After ten to fifteen minutes of wear, this does seem to soften lip lines. I’m really sensitive to lip plumpers, but I never have issues with these. Cle de Peau says that there are “skincare benefits” included in the formula, but I’ve never worn one for six weeks straight to tell you if there are any long-term benefits.

Cle de Peau is a luxury beauty brand, so it’s not positioned to be affordable. The formula is excellent; the lipstick is comfortable to wear, yields full-color coverage, hydrates, and wears longer than average. Whether it’s worth the luxury price tag is up to you and your justification/rationalization process. For me, it’s a treat; this is the type of product you reward yourself with–maybe for that tough contract you negotiated, recent raise you received, graduating school–and something you’re absolutely in love with. You don’t buy this just to buy a color; you buy it because it’s one of those ultra flattering shades on you.

It took me years to learn the lesson: quality over quantity; buy one lipstick you’ll love wearing everyday rather than five that you wear once or twice a year. A good friend of mine always looks at “cost per use” when it comes to her makeup buying decisions. She won’t shell out big bucks for a shade she knows she’ll never feel comfortable wearing, but she will on something she knows she’ll use for weeks on end.

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

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Clarins Spring 2012 Collection: Colour Breeze


Clarins Spring 2012 Collection: Colour Breeze

It’s like the first signs of spring, a certain poetic grace and a hint of casualness. It’s the sheer lightness of a high-shine lip gloss, exquisitely smooth powders, fresh and truly unique textures; tender yet vibrant shades. It’s a bright, luminous complexion, beautifully enhanced cheek bones, ultra-shiny lips and naturally unsettling eyes.

Face Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Colour Breeze Illuminates the complexion with a matte finish

Eye Quartet Mineral Palette ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blue Sky Blues, white, teals

Instant Light Blush ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vitamin Pink Pink
  • Coral Tonic Coral
  • Brown Fizz Bronze

Gloss Prodige ($20.00) (Permanent)

  • Chocolate Brown
  • Rose Soft pink
  • Nude Nude
  • Grenadine Red
  • Candy Berry
  • Raspberry Raspberry
  • Blackberry Deep berry
  • Papaya Coral

Joli Rouge ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Poppy Red Red
  • Baby Pink Pink

Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Magnolia Pink
  • Pink Coral Pink-coral

availability: February 2012 at all Clarins counters, clarins.com

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If it’s heavier eye makeup, I typically use a cleansing oil (which one simply depends on what I have on hand or what I’m testing, but my default is shu uemura’s). If it’s a lot of long-wearing eye makeup, I will also use a separate eye makeup remover after I’ve done my face with a product like Lancome Bi-Facil. For lighter makeup, a lot of cleansers breakdown the majority of the product, and then I’ll use a toner afterward to ensure the rest is off (as well as around the edges of my face).

— Christine

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