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Laura Mercier Courtisane Stick Gloss

Laura Mercier Courtisane Lipstick

Part Lipstick, Part Gloss — Laura Mercier Stick Gloss

Laura Mercier Courtisane Stick Gloss ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of four shades of Stick Gloss, which is described as “part lip balm, part lip color, and part lip glace.” Courtisane is a deepened rose color base with gold and copper shimmer. On me, it’s semi-sheer but delivers enough shimmer that it almost looks like it’s opaque from afar. It actually reminded me of a sheerer, bronzier version of La Prairie’s Rose Bronze Lipstick (oh, and you know, half the price!).

Stick Gloss is an incredibly moisturizing lipstick that feels lightweight, balm-like, and doesn’t emphasize lip lines. It’s very comfortable to wear, and despite its moisturizing properties, it lasts a solid three to four hours on me. It has a pleasant berry-ish scent that’s not too sweet nor synthetic, and it’s not a scent that lingers after you’ve applied. I really enjoyed this shade, and Sephora carries three others–I would love to see more shades added in the future.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you find most lipsticks too drying, I’d encourage you to test out Laura Mercier’s Stick Gloss!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?

How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?

These days, it seems like certain products are getting enough buzz that when they launch, they sell out within minutes–not hours–and what do we do?  (Like MAC Stereo Rose, Urban Book of Shadows Vol. III, most recently!)  How many scour eBay trying to scoop up one for ourselves, even if we have to be 30-70% more? How many of us stalk other retailers (either in-store or online) hoping to get to that store in time?

I don’t like to support the beauty scalpers, but when companies make stock so limited that it sells out in a half hour or less, what do these companies honestly expect you to do?  It really makes you wonder just how many they made available and whether they really thought they were making enough and just happened to underestimate demand — or how much they’re trying to capitalize off the limited edition nature of their products (and future products, in particular) by deliberately under-supplying?  We’ll never know!

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the hunt for a coveted beauty product can be thrilling, but only to a point.  At some point, it just because a frustrating endeavor that makes you feel a little silly in retrospect.  Did I really need to waste 10 hours of my life searching high and low for this one makeup palette?

I really, really want Chanel’s Jade Nail Lacquer, but there’s just no way I could lay down $250 for it and live with myself.  No way!   Have you ever spent a ton on a limited edition product and lived to regret it?  Or was it worth every penny?

Is the idea of limited edition, limited availability, limited stock getting out of hand?  Or is it still a thrill?

P.S. — For those who missed out on Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Vol. III, other retailers such as Beauty.com, Sephora, and Ulta will have them on October 1st.  Of course, I’m skeptical about the hard-and-fast nature of that date and would encourage those who really want this palette to keep an eye out at least a few days, if not a week, prior to that date.  You may also want to follow @urbandecay411 on Twitter, as they’ll likely have the most up-to-date information and are rather active in the space.

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Win MAC Fancy Cat Lipglass!

Win MAC Fancy Cat Lipglass!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the limited edition Fancy Cat Lipglass from MAC’s Fabulous Felines Collection! (Retail value $14.50!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 13th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Congratulations to Kelsey!

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara (One coat!)

Multi-Tasking Mascara… That Actually Works!

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara ($30.00) is designed to be a more intense version of the multi-tasking Inimitable (which I have not tried), which lengthens, thickens, curls, and separates without clumping, spiking, or flaking.

This is one of those mascaras where you can really see the difference between the before and after photos; not all mascaras represent themselves well, but this is one that definitely does. My bare lashes look like a big ol’ tangled mess of short, sparse lashes. With a single coat of Inimitable Intense, my lashes look fuller, much, much longer, and a little thicker. This mascara does lengthening best, but it does thicken and add an illusion of more voluminous lashes, too. Often, I find multi-tasking mascaras rarely deliver on all the claims they make, but Chanel does a particularly noteworthy job of meeting their claims.

The mascara is not overly wet, though the black is so intense it can look wet when on, but it’s not dry either, so it doesn’t flake when you apply it nor does it take too long to dry. I’ve been wearing it on and off for the past two weeks or so, and I haven’t had any issues with smudging, flaking, or the like even with all day wear (twelve or more hours). I found it held a curl quite nicely, though I think my lashes are on the “lighter” side so they take to curling better than the average set of lashes (because holding a curl has never been a major issue for me with mascara).

It does a nice job of keeping lashes separated and clump-free with the first two coats, but if you start getting greedy and going for a third or fourth coat, you may get some clumping. I’ve also noticed that on occasion there is too much product on the wand, and then I will have a touch of clumping from the get-go. Inimitable Intense actually adds quite a bit with just one coat that I don’t find myself going for a full second coat.

What does “one coat” of mascara mean to you?

I actually sent out a tweet asking about it on Monday, because I’m curious if we’re on the same page.  So much of the terminology used in makeup can be ambiguous!  Based on the responses I received on Twitter, the majority (like 90%) consider one coat to be using whatever is on the wand on your lashes; if you go back and re-insert the wand into the tube to get more mascara, that’s the second coat.

I would also say that the second coat occurs when you give the first layer/coat of mascara time to dry.  My general mascara routine is to pull the wand out, apply to my right lashes using short strokes from inside to out (I can’t get all my lashes at once!), and then I apply to my left lashes–and I haven’t gone back for more–and I’d say one out of three times I’ll re-insert the wand for another helping of mascara to finish up both sets of lashes (more for touch-ups than a full coat!).

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If your lashes are like mine–aka need all the help they can get–a multi-tasking mascara that actually delivers is definitely worth a try.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow: Beach Sand

Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a sheer, barely-there patina gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen.  It really is rather sheer when applied dry, but it does intensify when used wet.  However, this is a shade that can easily be used for that quick, two-minute eye look that adds a little dazzle to the lids without having to spend much time on it.  Just a quick swipe and you’re out the door–it’s one of those kinds of shades.  By itself, it doesn’t stay on for more than a couple of hours, but over a base, it worked just fine.

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  • Product: 22/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re just looking for an affordable option for a one-and-done kind of eyeshadow, Beach Sand might work for you.

AVAILABILITY: Cherry Culture

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