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Barbie Loves Stila has officially launched on Stila’s website!
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CoverGirl LashBlast Length Goes Long
CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara ($7.49) is the newest mascara launch from CoverGirl. With the popularity of LashBlast solidified, CoverGirl’s LashBlast Length is a lengthening mascara. CoverGirl touts that it makes lashes “80% longer looking vs. your bare lashes” (on average).
LashBlast Length indeed delivers–and does it well–when it comes to lengthening lashes. I felt like my lashes were significantly lengthened with just three quick coats of mascara. I saw instant lengthening and darkening of my natural lashes. I wouldn’t say it added any thickness/volume to my lashes, though (which, sadly, I definitely need!), but this is one of the better mascaras I’ve tried in terms of lengthening prowess. The mascara also stays true to the advertising: it does not smudge or flake during the day.
In fact, it did such a great job at lengthening my natural lashes that when I tried a few other mascaras during the week, I felt like they gave me rather stumpy lashes! The length might be so much more dramatic than the average mascara that I just might not worry so much about a mascara that lengthens, thickens, and volumizes all at once. My only issue is you really should stick to two or three coats, and don’t try to make your lashes look thicker with this mascara — you’ll only end up in Clump City with nowhere to turn!
The packaging is much slimmer compared to the original LastBlast (huge plus!) and the brush is easy to use. It has a plastic (I do believe, it certainly looks so) applicator that grabs onto lashes well–I didn’t feel like it left too many lashes behind. The brush itself is fairly long and very thin/narrow. Those with smaller eyes may find it a bit unwieldy, though I didn’t personally experience any trouble using the wand (I’d say I have medium-sized to small-sized eyes).
LashBlast Length officially launches and debuts in mass retailers around the nation in September, but limited quantities are available for early purchasing at select retailers online (Amazon, CVS, Drugstore.com, and Walgreens).
- Product: 8/10
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 7/10
- Overall: 8/10
Recommendation: At just over $7 a pop, it’s a good, budget-friendly option for the mascara maven looking for long, wondrous lashes. Those on a hunt for a thickening/volumizing mascara might want to look elsewhere.
Availability: Drugstore.com, Amazon.com
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Bobbi Brown Chrome Patina, Goldstone, Starry Night Metallic Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows: Chrome Patina, Goldstone, Starry Night
Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wearing Cream Eyeshadow ($22.00 for .12 oz.) is a new product launched this September from Bobbi Brown. They’re inspired by and yet a bit of a departure from her classic Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadows. They seem to be the same on the surface, but when I played with three of them, I found them to be a bit different.
“With these shadows there’s no need to choose function over style. They’re longwearing and come in the most glamorous, eye-catching shades ever.” – Bobbi Brown
The Metallic Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow is available in eight shades:
- Antique Gold A deep gold sparkle
- Black Pearl A medium purple
- Brown Metal A warm brown sparkle
- Chrome Patina A golden pewter
- Goldstone A gold sparkle
- Mercury A silver sparkle
- Starry Night A navy blue sparkle
- Starry Purple A deep purple sparkle
I tried three: Chrome Patina, Goldstone, and Starry Purple. Chrome Patina is a sheer, glittery wash of pewter with gold sparkle. Goldstone is a semi-opaque toned-down gold with a brown cast and brighter gold sparkle. Starry Night is a sheer, glittery navy blue concotion with almost multicolored sparkle.
I’m actually surprised by Bobbi Brown’s introduction of these glittery shadows to her line-up, just because they’re a bit over the top with how glittery they are. I do, however, think they’re fun and will definitely wear them myself, but I can see some avoiding these because the glitter finish feels inappropriate or accentuates signs of aging on the eyes (as frosts and glitters often do).
Sheer or opaque?
It seems like your mileage will vary from shade to shade, because Goldstone had the best finish and pigmentation, going on nearly opaque, while both Chrome Patina and Starry Night were sheerer and therefore the look glitter was emphasized (instead of a more metalized look). I do wish they were more pigmented so they had a much smoother look and were more the metallic finish they’re touted to be than glitter. (I would personally call these Glitter Long-Wearing Eyeshadows from my experience so far.)
How well do they wear?
They wear very well, just like the original Cream Eyeshadows. They are long-wearing and hold up throughout day without smudging, fading, or creasing. I actually wasn’t sure if they would work out, because they feel very wet when you initially apply them, but they do dry down completely and aren’t subject to creasing (even when worn alone). I found it a bit difficult to blend cream shadows on top of this color or with it once it was dry, so you do have to work quickly if you are trying to use cream shadows together. If you just want to layer on powder shadows over the glittery base, there’s no need to be concerned over timing.
Wait — you can wear these as liner, too!
If you aren’t so much a fan of glitter eyeshadow, there is one alternative usage that I actually may find myself using these more for than as shadows — eyeliner! I think these are excellent to layer over (or for some, worn alone — again, depends on how sheer the shade is) say a fiercely intense black liner for an extra kick. Ohh! I’m getting excited just thinking about experimenting now…
Are they worth the price tag?
As far as value goes, Bobbi Brown provides enough product in each pot to make it about as much and priced as I’d expect for the Bobbi Brown product range. Benefit cream eyeshadows are slightly cheaper ($19.00 for .16 oz.), while these are more affordable than NARS cream eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.1 oz.) and less of an investment as shu uemura’s ($30.00 for .17 oz.). Despite the pot feeling and looking small (reminded me of gel liner sizes), it does hold more product than it seems. The packaging is classic Bobbi Brown: clear, glass with a black screw-on lid. It’s hefty, but I don’t mind — I like seeing non-plastic packaging.
- Product: 7/10
- Value: 7/10
- Ease of Use: 7/10
- Packaging: 8/10
Recommendation: If you love shimmering glitter, you might love these to layer underneath your eyeshadows or as a quick wash of color (at least, some of the more neutral shades). I definitely recommend checking them out in person and seeing how the shade you’re most interested in swatches, because it may or may not be pigmented enough for your liking.
Availability: Nordstrom, Bobbi Brown
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What was your favorite summer makeup collection? What was your least?
I’d have to say Dior’s Cristal Collection, even though that didn’t totally sweep me off my feet! I think my least favorite would be Colour Craft. Mineralize is so not for me!
Pucker Up: Warmed-Up Fall Lips
One of my favorite things to do, beauty-wise, is to create lip combinations. I love playing with lip colors, and I love mixing and matching to find different ways to achieve traditional shades, but also discovering fun shades I haven’t tried before! You’d be amazed at just how much you can create with only a few products. You really don’t need a lip army arsenal a la Temptalia! But since I am a fervent lip product fanatic, every Tuesday, I’m going to show you different ways of layering and mixing lip products to create custom shades for every occasion.
Today, I wanted to do a twist on the dark, vampy lip that we’re seeing pop up for the fall and winter seasons. I, myself, don’t always feel comfortable in something as dark as the more traditional vampy lip (often very deep burgundy/wine). I’ve often found vampy lips to run a bit cool, which complicates things for me as a warm-toned gal. I also wanted to play with MAC Reflects Glitter to show how to incorporate it into a lip look as well.
First, apply Benefit No Competition Lipstick with a flat lip brush to create a defined pout. Whenever I use darker lipsticks, I use a lip brush (and sometimes a lip liner — definitely use one if lip products bleed on you!) to make sure I stay “inside the lines.” Brush on Givenchy Velvet Plum Gloss Interdit over the lipstick layer. With your finger (best method, to be honest!), dab on MAC Reflects Bronze Glitter onto the center of the top and bottom lips. Use your lip brush to blend the glitter into your lip color. Voila!
Change It Up
You can see how much each product can really change up the look, yeah? Using a dark, plummy gloss intensified our lipstick base color and made it much in-your-face. The addition of the Reflects Bronze Glitter added a lot of warmth and made it more of a reddish-toned color. You can always stop at just a gloss (which turned out to be a very gorgeous color–no Reflects needed!), or you could use a different shade of glitter, which would still give you the shimmering-water effect with a different tone/shade.
Oh, and p.s.? It only takes a few minutes from start to finish–really!
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