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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What would you pair with MAC Palace Pedigreed Eyeshadow Quad?

If you were using MAC Palace Pedigreed Eyeshadow Quad?, 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!

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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!

Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Sheer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Lipgloss

Last but not least, we have Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Sheer Lipgloss ($20.00 for .14 fl. oz.) from Bobbi’s Black Velvet Collection. It seems like it’s different from Bobbi Brown’s typical lipgloss, as it’s specifically designed to be sheer. It’s also limited edition. I saw some reviews from 2009 left by customers, so the formula seems reserved for seasonal color collections (but don’t quote me on that).

In all honesty, this is about as sheer as it gets without being absolutely, positively colorless. On my lips, it gives my lips a glossy look and darkens them just a tad. There’s no shimmer, so it’s really just adding that wet shine to your lips–which is fine–but I don’t know if I’d run out and buy a limited edition shade just for that purpose! It looks so sexy in the tube, but the color gets lost on my lips.

It’s a slightly tacky formula with some thickness, but it’s not gluey. I detected a slightly sweetened scent to it, but it was subtle and I couldn’t really place it specifically–other than it was sweet. Even though there’s not much color, the gloss wears well, as other Bobbi Brown glosses have for me in the past; I get around three hours of wear all by itself. So this just might be a review where I bring your attention to her other lip glosses, which don’t tend to be overly opaque, but do impart more color than this particular shade.

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butter LONDON All Hail McQueen, Bumster, Marrow, Victoriana

For fall, Butter London gives us four new shades of their 3-Free Lacquers ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.): All Hail McQueen,
Bumster, Marrow (mixed for Vena Cava), and Victoriana (reminiscent of the Victorian era). The first two were inspired by the late Alexander McQueen.

Butter London’s formula was on the thicker side, but it was very easy to apply and never felt goopy. It spread out easily to give nearly full-color coverage in a single stroke, though I found two coats were the perfect number for all four shades. I’d say that All Hail McQueen was the sheerer shade, but I still managed to do just two on it and get nice results. Bumster is a rather unique shade, and it’s one of those “ugly” shades that some will find pretty, and others, well… think it’s ugly.

I like the bottles, which have a removable black cap that reveals the actual cap with the brush attached to it (so it’s not as awkward in the hand as a rectangular handle!). They’re very space-saving for me, as they line up so well together!

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