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Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Guerlain’s Exotic Paradise Collection saw the release of four new shades of KissKiss Lipstick and four new shades of Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Lipstick. All of the lipsticks retail for $30 a pop, which makes them pretty pricey for most of us. To be honest, I liked all of the new shades, but I wouldn’t say any of them are absolute must-haves.

I think the Maxi Shines are the perfect answer to anyone hunting for a subtly pigmented, sheer lipstick that goes on smoothly and gives a nice sheen. Grenadine Shine was particularly lovely for me, just because it is a subtle coral, making it an easy, everyday shade for me to wear. I was thinking Forever Beige would be a nice way to do a more neutral lip that wasn’t nude, but I wasn’t lovin’ how it turned out in my lips, so I’ll probably have to take that one back. On the other hand, Flushy Beige is a really lovely shade of rosy beige, which is incredibly natural-looking when applied but it amps up my natural lip color quite a bit. It makes my lips look slightly puckered, flushed, and subtly pink.

Right now, I’m leaning towards giong back and picking up Corial Passion and Baby Shine. I have some cool pink lipsticks, but they tend to be too cool to wear easily, so Baby Shine might give me a less intense cool pink to wear more often. Corail Passion is coral, and well, I love coral lipsticks–do I need to justify it anymore? ;)

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Saturday, January 17th, 2009

I personally found this category to be really, really hard to decide on. I was trying to think about what brand impressed me the most, what brand I purchased the most from, etc. Even though MAC disappointed me quite a bit in 2008, there were a few collections I did like (mostly Neo Sci Fi). I still use so much more MAC makeup than any other brand in my day-to-day routine, so I just couldn’t feel good about awarding this to another brand quite yet. I have to tell MAC that they better bring it this year, because another disappointing year I just don’t want to do!

My choices for nine more categories (I’ll post the second half tomorrow)…  It’s nice to be an editor, LOL! Continue reading →

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The Hit List

Best Loose Powder? What product wins this category?

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

According to Malay Mail, Grand Duos is a collection of mineralized blushes DUOS. One side will be a solid shade, while the other will have tri-colored veining (sounds like mineralize skinfinishes…!). The article states that there will be one called Moon River Blue as well as Intenso.

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your favorite eyeshadow placement? Is there a certain way you do your colors or shades?

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Guerlain’s Exotic Paradise Collection featured three stunning shades of KissKiss Gloss ($28.00).  I was just so drawn to the glosses, because they looked stunning (and Guerlain packaging is tops)–most especially together. I have to admit that these colors do remind me more of summery months than they do spring, but whatever, I’ll take pretty colors any day of the year, seasonally appropriate or not!

Pomme du Desir is a springy golden-toned green gloss that goes on pretty sheer, but the green glitter flecks are noticeable.  I find the gloss kind of cools down my lip color when worn alone.  It is similar to MAC’s Springbean lipglass (or was it lustreglass?).

Orange Interdit is actually fairly stunning.  It just has so much multi-colored glitter in the sheer formula.  It reminds me of dazzleglass in that sense.  The photo of the gloss on my lips doesn’t do this gloss justice at all when it comes to just how dazzling the glitter looks.  It’s very fun and OTT in a way, because it is quite glittery.

Cerise Tentation was my least favorite of the three, because it’s a sheer wash of coral-red (which pretty much just adds a little more red tone to my natural lip color) and not quite as much sparkle as the other two.

KissKiss Gloss is scented with Guerlain’s strawberry-rose scent (I think it’s something like this…).  I don’t know, I just remember their Meteorites reminded me of Mr. Bubble (not in a bad way, but it was an interesting connection for me).  The glitter in the gloss does feel a bit gritty once all of the gloss fades (about three hours later for me), but MAC Dazzleglass does the same for me (but doesn’t last as long), so it’s probably not a deterrent for most of you.  I gotta say that pulling out a green gloss can be quite fun, especially when people’s eyes bug out and they go, “GREEN?!”

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