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Illamasqua Magenta Muse Collection for Summer/Fall 2011


Illamasqua Magenta Muse Collection for Summer/Fall 2011

Set to transform perceptions of beauty this summer, Magenta Muse is the daring new color collection from cult British beauty brand, Illamasqua.

Magenta Muse is a fearlessly eclectic blend of textures and finishes, spanning from gloss to matt, metallic to opalescent. Draw all attention to you, on those heady summer nights, with an urbane gathering of cool, alternative hues in grey, mauve, magenta and teal that mix effortlessly with flashes of coral and offset by matt black.

Magenta Muse is available exclusively at select Sephora USA locations and Sephora.com. Embrace the collection that makes you a Muse by midnight.

Cream Pigment ($24.00)

  • Dab Matt lilac
  • Mould Matt grape

Pure Pigment ($24.00)

  • Android Shimmering gunmetal

Liquid Metal ($26.00)

  • Enrapture Metallic copper

Powder Blusher ($24.00)

  • Excite Vibrant coral
  • Hussy Bright petal pink

Precision Ink ($27.50)

  • Abyss Gloss black
  • Glister Opalescent nude

Lipstick ($22.00)

  • Test Matt pinky beige
  • Underworld Iridescent violet

Sheer Lipgloss ($20.00)

  • Electrify Baby pink sheen
  • Tantrum Deep violet sheen

Nail Varnish ($14.00)

  • DWS Cement gray with a glossy finish
  • Jo Mina Electric lilac with a glossy finish
  • Lament Bright coral pink with a glossy finish
  • Muse Deept eal blue with a glossy finish
  • Poke Bright violet purple shimmer
  • Scorn Matt black

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Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux Eyeshadow


Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a burgundy brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s richly pigmented with a very soft, silky-smooth texture that applies beautifully on the skin. It just glides on and melts into the skin. The color payoff (which was excellent!) was the same whether I used it dry or wet.  Though pricey, each pan contains nearly double the amount that the average eyeshadow has.

It reminded me a bit of Chanel Ebloui, but this is a much smoother, refined finish in comparison. Initially, I thought it was going to be like MAC Cranberry, but it’s much, much browner. It is also browner and less red compared to Urban Decay Gash. It’s also redder and less brown compared to MAC Antiqued.

Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Bordeaux
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks


Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto, Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks

Released this past spring, Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks ($18.00 for 0.03 oz.) might seem familiar–MAC Greasepaint Sticks look awfully similar. They feel similar, too. Both formulas are creamy but yield slightly uneven, almost patchy application, because they set really quickly. Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks don’t budge, smudge, or crease when worn alone, but you have to work fast to soften the edges if you plan to wear it as a one-and-done shade.

There are eight shades available: Bow & Arrow (smoky moss), Silver Sword (smoky silver), Nunchucks (smoky royal blue), 5″ Stiletto (smoky plum), Two By Four (smoky black-brown), Brass Knuckles (smoky bronze), Ice Pick (smoky gray), and Smokin’ Pistol (smoky coal).

Like MAC Greasepaint Sticks, though, as pretty as they look, they tend to “eat” color, so you might find yourself packing on an eyeshadow if you plan to layer additional products on top. The tip of the pencil is pointed but still thicker than your average eyeliner pencil, which may be cumbersome to use for some (I do). On the bottom, there is an included sharpener (just like MAC Greasepaint Sticks). There is some overlap in the shade range, but a few shades do not. MAC’s Greasepaint Sticks were limited edition, so they are not longer available, and when they were available, retailed at $17.50 a pop.

  • Bow & Arrow is a dark, mossy green with subtle yellow undertones. It is not as cool-toned (it reads much yellower) than MAC Greengrease.
  • Silver Sword is a dark, silvery-gray with a brownish base. It seemed darker than MAC Zinc Zone, which I’d say is the most comparable.
  • Nunchucks is a medium-dark navy blue. It is very similar to MAC Uniformly Blue.
  • 5″ Stiletto is a blackened plum-purple. It’s red-based, while MAC Charred Mauve is blue-based.
  • Two By Four is a dark brown with a near-matte finish. It doesn’t have a comparable shade in MAC’s line-up.
  • Brass Knuckles is a reddened brown-burgundy. It is very similar to MAC Below Ground.
  • Ice Pick is a dark gray (which almost casts a bit green) with a near-matte finish. Like Two By Four, MAC does not have a comparable shade.
  • Smokin’ Pistol is a creamy black with a near-matte finish. It is very similar to MAC Slick Black.

You can usually tell within a couple of hours whether a product that extolls long-wearing properties is actually going to live up to the claims. I splashed my eyes with water, and I didn’t experience any bleeding or running color, so they seemed waterproof to me. I didn’t go swimming or anything with them, though. With summer in full swing, I thought this might be an appropriate time to review these, given they just don’t budge!

Have you tried Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks? How did you like them?

Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks

B
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer
Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft, blue-green stunner with just a tiny undercurrent of gold.” It’s a rich, luxurious green-teal with subtle shimmer. I didn’t get a lot of gold shimmer, as it seemed more white/silver to me (even in bright light). I was able to achieve opaque color in two coats. The formula was easy to work with, because it wasn’t too thick or thin, flowed evenly across the nail, and didn’t streak. There were a few brush strokes in the resulting look, but they were very subtle.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

The color reminded me of the shimmer in MAC Jade Dragon (which has a very inky green-tinged black base). Duri Paparazzi is the closest dupe I found from my past swatches, but it is much greener (not really a teal at all).

Butter London Nail Lacquer Thames
Thames
Thames
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total

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