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Bobbi Brown’s Lip & Eye Palette ($60.00) is a limited edition set of four lip colors and four eyeshadows for the holiday season. When you first open the palette, it reveals four lip colors (Berry Mauve, Pink Sequin, Dusty Mauve, and Ruby). The eyeshadows slide out from a drawer beneath them. You will find metallic eyeshadows in Champagne Quartz, Gold Dust, Golden Bronze, and Galaxy. Enclosed in the palette are a mini eyeshadow brush and a mini lip brush with a cap.
Being known for natural and subtle shades, this palette follows the same philosophy. The metallic shadows are soft with hints of color and lots of metallic sheen, which helps add some pop and sizzle to them. The lip colors are sheer, creamy, and inherently glossy. Berry mauve was my favorite shade, because I found it to be a light plum-mauve lip on me–just a shade or two deeper than my normal pout (and pinker).
Are you a Bobbi Brown palette fan? How this one strike you?
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What do you do when a product doesn’t work for you? Return it? Find a way to make it work? Give it away?
If you were using MAC’s Creme d’Nude Lipstick?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?
Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.
What holiday guides would you like to see? Gift guides organized by recipient? Ideas for your holiday wish list? Tell us!
(Holiday 2008 guides will start running in November, so get your ideas, requests, and suggestions in now!)
Should I get full size brushes or a brush set?
It isn’t actually a question of which one to get, but which one will better suit your needs. There is often debate between brush set quality vs. full-size brush quality. In the case of MAC brush sets, they are machine made, while full-size brushes are handmade. These brushes contained in sets aren’t terrible, and they get you good value for the price. They just aren’t identical to full-sized brushes, and it makes sense, because you’re getting the brush set for much less than if you bought the full-sized brushes together.
Value is the number one reason to purchase a brush set over individual brushes. The MAC face brush set contains the SE 187 and the set retails for $49.50 (as of Holiday 2008)–and the full size version retails for $42.00! Say you rarely use the 187, then you really don’t need the full-size version, right? You just get more brushes for your money than you would buying individual brushes. Budget beauty addicts may find brush sets a way to invest in good brushes without breaking the bank.
Finally, those who are new to makeup might find this an excellent opportunity to take advantage of trying out multiple brushes at once. This way they can figure out what brushes they actually will use and how often will they be used. If you love eyeshadow, you might find you just need to have MAC’s 239 brush–and perhaps even a few of them.
Jolie Poupee eyeshadow duo / [unknown] / All Night Long / [unknown] / Caneille
When I was visiting the MAC counter last Thursday, I noticed NARS’ holiday launch was out. I swatched everything on the displayer, but curiously enough… there were more products on the displayer than listed in the details I’ve read as well as NARS’ website. This is why two shades are listed as “unknown” in the above photo.
I’m going to have to wait until I receive my products to give this launch a full review, because some of the shadows (namely Silent Night) did not swatch well at all, but it may have been due to people’s oily fingers mucking up the tester. (Boo!) But I can say that Jolie Poupee duo is gorgeous and richly pigmented! Super Orgasm is quite lovely, and I hope it will work for me! The lipgloss and lipstick were pretty, but they didn’t really connect with me. The multiples always tempt me, but the price tag tends to keep me from taking them home. It’s just a product I know I’d use once or twice and never again! Anyone got some Multiples they want to sell me on the cheap?
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