Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eyeshadow Quads

Napoleon Perdis Air Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad

I actually thought these were a lot more affordable than they were; I had classified them as drugstore–but to the contrary! The packaging feels a little cheap to me–it’s clear acrylic with visible, gold hinges. Each palette also includes two sponge-tipped applicators that look as cheap as they feel. For $35, the packaging really leaves a lot to be desired. The eyeshadows are textured with a “wave” shape (see the photos–it’s visible!).

Even though at first glance, these palettes seemed really pretty, I wasn’t fond of their textures nor color payoff.  They’re incredibly soft, but they veer on powdery, which makes them difficult to work with.  You really have to pack on the color, and inevitably, you’ll need to clean up the noticeable fall out that lands on your under eye area.   A few shades were nicely pigmented but many fell short–a little sheer, which may also be a result of the powdery formula.

For $35, I wouldn’t put it towards these palettes.  You just can’t make the justification of affordability for the reduction in quality here, because this is under the Napoleon Perdis label (rather than NP Set, which is sold at Target), which is “high-end.”  There is a decent amount of eyeshadow in each palette, so it’s a shame that the formula doesn’t have that wow factor.

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Make Up For Ever #10 Fascinating Lip Gloss

The consistency of this gloss is incredibly thin, which is great for those on the hunt for non-sticky glosses (as this one is), but it takes several applications to get enough gloss to cover my lips. It’s not as moisturizing as lip balm, but it doesn’t dry out lips and keeps them decently hydrated during the hour or two the gloss wears. The wear-time is on the shorter end for me, as I typically get two to three hours out of a gloss, and I’m lucky if I get two. There’s a fruity kind of scent, but I didn’t detect any taste, and the scent is on the subtler side.

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RECOMMENDATION: If you like thin, non-sticky glosses, you may like Make Up For Ever’s Fascinating Lip Gloss–as long as you don’t mind frequent applications.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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MAC Dark Side Lipstick

MAC Dark Side Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep cool-toned burgundy-tinged red with an amplified creme finish.  It’s completely opaque with a very creamy texture.  I love the way it applies–even, smooth–and it wears so well.  I usually get three to four hours with a lot of MAC lipsticks, but with such an intense, opaque shade, I can easily get four to five, and a subtle stain will remain for another hour as it fades away.

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Laura Mercier Asks: What is Flawless?


Laura Mercier Asks: What is Flawless?

For every answer submitted to www.lauramercier.com, Laura Mercier will make a donation to the Gulf Relief Foundation. Each submission will work to help restore the wetland preservation in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana and return the Gulf and New Orleans to their previously flawless state.

The What Is Flawless? campaign is inspired by Laura Mercier’s authority in the “Flawless Face”. The Laura Mercier Flawless Face Collection includes primers, foundations, camouflaging concealers and powders. Through this initiative, women will share their feelings and beliefs and join a larger conversation with others who all have vastly different opinions, as the meaning of “flawless” is personal and unique to every woman.

LAURA MERCIER Cosmetics believes one answer to what is flawless is being charitable and giving back. And to that end, from September 1, 2010 to December 1, 2010 every time a response is submitted on the LAURA MERCIER website, $1.00 will be donated to the Gulf Relief Foundation (gulfaid.org) to help restore the Gulf to its previously flawless state (up to $50,000).

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Win a $50 e-Gift Certificate to LauraMercier.com!

Submit what flawless means to you at lauramercier.com and share your answer here in the comments.  One lucky winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via email with their prize.  The giveaway is open to U.S. readers only, and it ends September 10, 2010.  Even if you don’t win, you’ve still helped contribute $1 to the cause! 🙂

My answer: Being able to let it go and just be yourself!