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Lancome’s Pink Attitude Color Fever Lipstick ($25.00) reminded me so much of my beloved $50 lipgloss, but in lipstick form, so you know I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Pink Attitude is from Lancome’s Pink Irreverance Collection this Spring. This shade is always hard for me to describe, because there’s gold, greenish-gold, peach, and even a little bit of pink in it. It’s just gorgeous, and if you swatch it in person, maybe you’ll understand why I must have every lip product in this shade in my possession!
Do you regularly change your nail polish? Don’t wear it at all? Only on rare occasions? Every day?
LUSH Hello Sailor Gift ($12.95) is an inexpensive way to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day (or post-Valentine’s Day!). It contains Rub Rub Rub (3.3 fl. oz.), which is a salt-based scrub for in-shower usage, as well as Too Drunk emotibomb as a “hangover cure.” Both products are basically invigorating kind of products, so I see this as being a good way to wake yourself up after a long night out or perk yourself up for your honey after your long work day (’cause you know we all have ‘em). You can read my full review on Rub Rub Rub here.
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Lancome’s Electric Pink La Laque Fever ($26.00) is just such a stunning shade of hot fuchsia pink with a ridiculous amount of shimmer and glitter. It looks like shimmering water on your lips–well, if water was pink! This was by far the most stunning product that came out of Lancome’s Pink Irreverance Collection this Spring. It’s hard to miss it, and it’s even harder to pass it up.
Finally, the last products to cover from Givenchy’s Maharani Collection are the two new Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks ($27.00 each) in Maharani Rose and Maharani Henna, as well as their Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow ($26.00 each) in Maharani Silver and Maharani Gold.
Maharani Henna is a brickish red that goes on smoothly with lots of richness in color. It’s a toned down red for those who find colors like MAC Russian Red just too bold for them to pull off. This is also more of an orange-based red, which may suit some better than blue-based reds. I think if it was more of a jewel-toned red, I might be all over it, but I’m not so excited over this brick-red shade.
Maharani Rose is an opaque medium pink with fairly neutral undretones (doesn’t read too cool or too warm for me). There’s a nice sheen and glossiness to it when swatched, and I love that it’s truly pink. It’s not sheer at all, so you know what you’re getting into. I would say it leans towards being a strawberry-pink over a pastel pink as well. While the shade itself isn’t necessary original, it’s a good color and the Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick formula is fabulous, so it’s an excellent choice for those who don’t have something similar.
The Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadows are liquid, metallic shadows. The formula is gel-based and not oily, so it should hold up for at least a few hours on your lids (I haven’t tried it on my lids, I can’t verify wear time). Maharani Silver is exactly that–bold, shimmery metallic silver! Similarly, Maharani Gold is a metallic gold with a little more depth and deepness in color than say gold jewelry, but I think it actually makes it more wearable as it is not as bright.
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Next in Givenchy’s Maharani Collection are the Prismissimes, which are compacts filled with nine shades to be used on the face or the eyes. The Spring collection features #21 Maharani Pinks and #22 Maharani Apricots ($53.00 each). Both palettes feature eight subtly shimmered or matte shadows, plus one frosty shadow smack dab in the middle.
Maharani Pinks contains four shades of soft brown-based beige paired with four shades of soft, subtle pink. In the middle is a frosty, warm, copper bronze color. The way Givenchy does their Prismissimes, the four shades are actually a gradient–meaning there is the lighest brown-based beige, a medium colored, then a medium-dee, and then a darker shade–that are all similar to each other. The same story is repeated with the pink colors, too.
The texture of Prismissimes’ shadows is always velvety smooth. I tend to find that there is not enough variation in one Prismissimes to do a whole host of eye looks, but you can get some good standbys with this quad (what with the beiges) and subtly cheeks with the pinks. For me, each color squaer is too small for me to really love it as a face/blusher, unfortunately. I’d much rather get one of their Prisme Again! Blush Quartets ($40.00).
Maharani Apricots is formatted just like Maharani Pinks, except the colors are a little darker to begin with. Four shades go from light to dark in a neutral brown color family, while the other four are a peachy-brown shade going from apricot peach to peach-brown. In the center is a rich, frosty medium-to-dark brown shade. Again, the textures of this product is the same as Maharani Pinks — smooth and velvety.
Each Prismissime comes with a cute little brush that’s designed to be used as a face brush (since it’s quite wide). What I liked about the brush was that it was also appropriately designed with the same theme as the palettes themselves. It’s just a nice touch, you know? Overall, I’m not sure these are totally worth their value, and I’d probably rather get two of the Blush Quartets instead. Then again, I haven’t tried using either as a face product, and I am curious to see how pinks and browns end up together…
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