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Open Letters, Vol. 002: Write Yours!


Open Letters

We’ve done this before (see volume one), and I loved how it went last year so let’s try it again! 🙂  An open letter is something that is written to a specific person/brand but is posted for the public to see, hence why it’s open.  Sometimes they’re uplifting, thank you-esque notes, other times they’re more critical.  Feel free to write as many as you want — I have always found writing cathartic, and you never know, you might find a reader or two who understands your perspective.

I’ve written a few myself…

Dear Guerlain,

Thank you for creating beautiful and creative powder products with design and quality in mind.  I love that most of your designs go all the way through, and they’re functional and pretty look at.  I’d also like to put in a request for more Rouge Gs but even more important than that is refills, please!  Those cases shouldn’t be tossed.  [Editor’s Note:  I actually requested the same thing last year…]

Dear Illamasqua,

How is your Nail Varnish formula so spectacular?  I absolutely love the formula and wear–like iron!  I hope you’re able to bring more of your color range to the states, because there are so many more colors and shades that we’d love to try without having to order overseas.

Dear MAC,

My mom used to tell me, “Quality over quantity.”  It’s not always a statement I follow well, though I do try to slow it down and remember to put quality first when I remember!  I’m not opposed to regular launches and more than just the expected seasonal collections.  I just think that with 40-50 collections per year, you might be stretching yourself thin.  Between the quick sell outs/low product stock, last minute launch changes, and some product flops this year, I’d love to see more edited collections that really bring us the best in trends and classics.

Dear Urban Decay,

You can do a really amazing palette, but sometimes it feels like too many repeats or more recently, too  many palettes one after another.   I loved the idea behind the 15th Anniversary Palette, where we saw new and exclusive shades–except that many of them were repeated in subsequent palettes released just a a month or two later.  I’d also like to say I am in the camp of the Book of Shadows palettes are just too big!  They feel bulky, heavy, and I’d rather have a slimmer palette like the Naked palette, which is more travel friendly.

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Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Collection


Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Collection

Baked Eye Color Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sienna Rich, chocolate brown
  • Terracotta Warm bronze, copper
  • Ballet Pink Soft peachy pink
  • Pink Petal Pale baby pink
  • Lilac Smoky lavender violet

Eye Portfolio ($98.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes 12 eye colors (0.05 oz. each): Rich Sienna, Morning Dew, Black Coffee, Pink Crystal, Sable, Royal Gold, African Violet, Mica, Golden Cream, Fig, and Sparkling Night. Three travel brushes: Ponytail, Crease, and Smudge.

Color Portfolio ($98.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes six eye colors (0.05 oz. each): Primrose, African Violet, Merlot, Truffle, Topaz, Stellar. Three Tightline Cake Eye Liners (0.04 oz. each): Ground Espresso, Black Ebony, and Burgundy Wine. Two Second Skin Cheek Colors (0.12 oz. each): Rose Petal and City Pink. Three travel brushes: Ponytail, Crease, and Flat Eyeliner.

Travel Brush Set ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes: Double-Ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush, Double-Ended Allover Eye Color Ponytail Brush, Double-Ended Flat Eyeliner/Smudge Brush, Double-Ended Brow Definer/Brow Grooming Brush, Finishing Brush.

Mini Kohl Eye Pencil Set ($32.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

5 x 0.04 oz mini Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper (coppery brown), Antique Jade (metallic deep green), Black Turquoise (black with turquoise pearl), Black Violet (black purple charcoal), Purple Sapphire (bright eggplant)

The Nudes Mini Lip Glace Set ($38.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

4 x 0.1 oz Lip Glacé in Bare Blush (deep champagne taupe), Bare Naked (beige champagne), Bare Pink (light pink), Bare Beige (light neutral brown)

availability: Now @ Nordstrom; Sephora exclusives at Sephora

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio


Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is such a visually striking palette! It’s a very classic color combination (generally speaking), but it looks stunning. It’s silver, black, and red. And I really do mean red–it’s not a red masquerading as fuchsia or pinky-red or coppery-red. It looks candy apple red in the pan.

The first shade in the palette is a medium-dark silver with a metallic finish. It’s definitely similar in color to Inglot #448. The color payoff is decent to good, but the texture makes it so it doesn’t come together as well so the appearance is less than smooth (which gives it slightly uneven color payoff).

In the middle, there’s a mostly matte black with brown undertones. It’s not the worst I’ve tried (and Wet ‘n’ Wild has had worse mattes in their palettes), but it’s not stellar. It has a drier texture so the pigmentation suffers; it’s not as opaque or as dense as I’d like. It performs better on the eye when it comes to pigmentation but did find there was slight fading after six hours (even over a primer). Not quite as bad as Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly me to the Moon but not as lovely as Make Up For Ever #4.

The final shade is is an orange-based red with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It has decent color payoff, though not as vibrant swatched as it appears in the pan. Sugarpill Love+ is more intense (though matte). Make Up For Ever #99 is matte, and more intense, while Make Up For Ever #158 is matte and more intense but also darker. Inglot #366 is similar but seems more orange. For $3, it’s a rather impressive red from a drugstore brand when many higher end brands do not have reds in their lines.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

B-
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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