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OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter


OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Fall 2011: Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “disco-era silver with rainbow reflections,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. OCC’s Cosmetic Glitters are not for use in an airbrush machine and not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. They are micronized metallic glitter for face and body art, and they recommend applying over OCC Ink (before it dries) for long-lasting wear.

Mirrorball is a silvery-blue base of color with a multitude of iridescence. It really is a rainbow of reflections, because there are so many visible colors reflecting, but it is dominated by green, blue, and violet–though there are red, orange, yellow shimmers as well. Swatched dry, it tends to look more like colored sand, but when applied wet (I used water, though for real application, I would use a mixing medium–something with a more adhesive base), it comes together better.

The glitter feels very fine, though it certainly has more of a gritty texture than OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates–which is as expected. Again, these are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. Some ways to use glitter: mixed in nail polish, strewn over wet polish, in hair, mixed with lipstick/gloss, mixed with a body oil–just to name a few ways.

I decided not to use the Glossover rating system to grade this product (which does not work for all beauty products–e.g. hair, skincare, etc.), because ultimately, it’s going to depend on how you use it. It’s not a product that really stands on its own–it is designed to be mixed with something.  The very nature of the product doesn’t enable it to stay on without some type of base (like a sticky cream) or adhesive element (like a mixing medium).  It’s a nice glitter–it’s not chunky or gritty, and it comes together well when used with other mixtures.  There are lots of pretty reflections and iridescence, just as one would want in a glitter.

On an overall basis, I rate the product an A.  The packaging is just like the Loose Colour Concentrates, and again, I really had to tap and bang around the pot to get as much glitter to show as I did for photography purposes.  The three-holed sifter gives you enough product to work with but not too much.

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Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick


Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” Rose is a vibrant pink with a hint of coral, but it’s like a nearly-neon watermelon pink. The color coverage is opaque, and the finish is cream, so there is a slight shine to the end result.

It is pinker than MAC Full Speed, which looks more coral, and it has a little more oomph compared to Dolce & Gabbana Splendid. It’s remarkably similar to VS Be Mine, both in color and in texture. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and more coral, as is Make Up For Ever #37.

Bite Beauty is all about better ingredients, so their Luminous Creme Lipstick touts resveratrol and food-grade ingredients (supposedly “healthy enough to eat”). The lipstick is also supposed to be long-lasting and moisturizing. The texture is creamy but on the thicker side, which helps yield better color payoff, but it is not as weightless as some other formulas (even when they have opaque color). With a bright shade like Rose, I had good wear for around four hours, but by the sixth hour, I was in desperate need of reapplication. I didn’t find the formula to be long-lasting on me–four hours is the average I get from the hundreds of lipsticks I’ve tried.

It was moisturizing while I wore it, and I didn’t feel an immediate need to slather my lips in lip balm post-wear, which is always a sign of a lipstick that actually imparts moisture while it is worn. The lipstick has a lot of slip, as the creaminess of the texture allows it to slide around for the first hour or so before it seems to settle into place. I could see this making some of the darker shades more prone to bleeding. There is a faint scent of lemons but no taste.

Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow


NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with silver glitter” and that is an apt description. It has a matte, black base with silver micro-glitter strewn through the color. The way it’s placed makes it noticeable but not shimmery or over-the-top. It’s a dark black, though not quite the most intense black, but it certainly does not venture near soft blacks. Lancome The New Black is more intense, but it also has more silver flecks, and even the base has more of a satiny look in comparison.

NARS Eyeshadows are described as “ultra pigmented, long-wearing, [and] crease-resistant” that can be applied wet or dry. I get around eight hours of wear before I notice subtle creasing, so I would still wear an eyeshadow primer if I wanted all-day wear. The packaging is slim and compact with matte black rubberized packaging that absorbs impact better than a harder plastic. There is a mirror inside the compact as well.

The formula of Night Breed is nice, but the flecks of micro-glitter don’t always show up on the lid.  If you want the glitter to appear, make sure to pat on the product and use a stiffer brush, because fluffy brushes tend to catch the glitter between bristles rather than depositing them on the lid.  Night Breed has a soft, smooth texture that’s silky and easy to blend.  There is very little chalkiness and drag with this shade, which can be issues for matte textures.

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

Charlotte Ronson Beauty @ Sephora


Charlotte Ronson Beauty @ Sephora

Inspired by the concept of effortless beauty, under any spotlight, The Charlotte Ronson Beauty collection products are created with Light Filter Technology™ to diffuse and filter light. Like your own personal “lighting guy,” these formulas automatically adjust to changing light, giving your skin radiance and flawlessness under any spotlight. Charlotte Ronson also collaborated with her celebrity friends and muses, like Nicole Richie, and sister, Samantha Ronson, to ensure products met the needs of a fast-paced lifestyle. They asked for it and she created it: portable packaging, buildable formulas and universal colors that are flirty and feminine with a decidedly downtown feel. Experience Charlotte Ronson Beauty, presented exclusively at Sephora.

3x a Charm Luminizer, Blush, Bronzer ($28.00)

It’s a whole new wardrobe for your cheeks: mix and match this trio of colors to create a range of looks. Each features LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) to automatically adjust its pigments based on your lighting. The result is the perfect glow under any light, day or night. Made with long-lasting, jet-milled talc, these three silky powders glide on evenly to create a natural, healthy-looking glow. Moisturizers and vitamins calm and soothe thirsty skin.

All Eye Need Eyeshadow Palette ($22.00)

  • Dani Pink, plum, lavender, purple
  • Henrietta Beige, peach, brown, dark brown
  • Nicole Gold, brown, pink, dark brown
  • Drea Beige, peach, blue, gray

A Perfect Kiss Lipgloss ($14.00)

  • Annabelle Sheer red
  • Eleanor Pearlized pink brown
  • Hilary Shimmering plum
  • Samantha Pale shimmery pink
  • Sophia Creamy coral
  • Tessa Shimmering blue-pink

A Perfect Mess Beach Hair ($20.00)

This styling spray helps you achieve Charlotte’s signature beach-chic tousled hairstyle. To develop waves and texture, spray it throughout wet or moist hair. Marine botanicals give hair bounce, flexibility, and long-lasting hold. Infused with LFT™ (Light Filter Technology), it delivers an unbeatable beach shine that automatically adjusts based on your lighting. Plus, its light scent is reminiscent of a perfect beach day—taking you back to summer, all year long.

Camo Clutch Makeup Bag ($28.00)

Designed for versatility, this camo clutch is small enough to fit in a handbag yet large enough to use as a purse for a night on the town.

Closer Finishing Powder ($20.00)

Get ready for your close-up with a finishing powder that neutralizes skin imperfections for a flawless complexion. Like your own personal lighting guy, this powder’s LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) has pigments that self-adjust based on your lighting. Available in just one shade, its translucent coverage adjusts to you and your complexion. The convenient brush dispenser is perfect for touch-ups when on the go.

A Summer’s Kiss Face & Body Glow ($18.00)

This weightless bronzer gives skin a shimmery, sun-kissed glow while evening and brightening the complexion. Like having your own personal lighting guy, its LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) adjusts to absorb and reflect light, creating exceptional glowing effects under any light. Enhanced with vitamins C and E, these ingredients help skin look luminous—never flat or dull. Its soothing and moisturizing formulation is oil-free.

availability: September 2011 at Sephora

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