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The Summer Season: Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick

Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick
Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick

The Summer Season: Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick

Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is glistening shade of vibrant raspberry pink. It’s creamy, moisturizing, and it has absolutely no shimmer. It does, however, have a slight, glossy sheen that brightens it. It’s glossy enough that you could easily skip gloss if you’re a lipstick with lipgloss kind of person. The color is phenomenal, and the pigmentation is amazing. I truly did not expect such a vibrant, pigmented shade from Laura Mercier!

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

See photos and swatches…

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The Summer Season: Oranges & Glosses (April)

The Summer Season: Oranges & Glosses (April)

We’ve now taken a look at six vibrant shades of orange, along with four different glossy pinks!

  1. Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer (13) Shine Lipstick
  3. Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick
  4. MAC Morange Lipstick
  5. MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick
  6. Milani Mandarina Lipstick

  1. Chanel Venus (124) Glossimer
  2. Illamasqua Frenzy Lipgloss
  3. Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss
  4. Lancome Electric Pink La Laque Fever

What are your favorite orange lipsticks? Summer glosses?

Hourglass Prism Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Prism

Why didn’t you tell me how amazing Hourglass’ Eyeshadows were?  I am now!

Hourglass Prism Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a stunning, smoky duo of steel blue with a silver sheen and an intense, deep dark black with flecks of teal and silver running through it. The pigmentation of the two shades is absolutely insane–so vibrant, so smooth. The texture is excellent; smooth, soft, buttery, and easy to blend.

The packaging is kind of a gunmetal silver-brown, very modern and sleek. It’s actually a swiveling compact, which is interesting. I like that the packaging is different and elegant, but I get the feeling that it obviously contributes a bit to the steeper cost of these.

Just to put things in perspective, MAC eyeshadows are $290/oz. and NARS eyeshadow duos at $228/oz. — with Hourglass at$190/oz.

The pricing may be off-putting for some, but if it’s within your budget, I’d urge you to at least give ’em a swatch at your nearest Sephora sometime. They just might impress you as they did me!

I’m quite pleased with the quality and feel of the duo–I really didn’t expect it–and I’d say these are some of the best eyeshadows I’ve tried, from the texture to the pigmentation to the colors themselves. I definitely have to look into some of the other duos and see how those stack up against Prism (totally crossing fingers that they are just as amazing!).

Other duos include: Dune (champagne shimmer/deep olive shimmer), Exhibition (mauve shimmer/eggplant shimmer), Gypsy (peach ivory shimmer/bronze shimmer), Lagoon (seafoam blue shimmer/teal shimmer), and Suede (ivory shimmer/light beige shimmer).

Have you tried Hourglass’ Eyeshadow Duos?

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: I can’t believe nobody told me how amazing the texture of Hourglass’ eyeshadows are! Pricey but excellent in every way, Prism is certainly worth a look! (Seriously, did you see that I rate it 30/30 in terms of *quality*?!)

Availability: Sephora

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The Summer Season: Corals (April)

The Summer Season: Corals (April)

With April behind us, what better time to do a recap of the shades featured thus far in the Summer Season?  Here are seven corals that are perfect for summer…  More to come, of course!

  1. Cle de Peau #26 Lipstick
  2. gloMinerals Passion Fruit Lipstick
  3. Guerlain Gaby Rouge G Lipstick
  4. Illamsqua Brink Lipstick
  5. Korres #18 Peach Lipstick
  6. Korres #45 Coral Lipstick
  7. Urban Decay 5150 Lipstick

What are your favorites?  Have you found any great corals lately?

The Summer Season: Guerlain Gaby Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gaby Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gaby Rouge G Lipstick

The Summer Season: Guerlain Gaby Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gaby (07) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a copper-toned rose brown with flecks of copper and dark gold with a soft shimmer finish. It’s a lovely, opaque shade that feels moisturizing and lasts a good four hours on my lips. This is one way to enjoy a summery shade that’s not flashy or vibrant–it has that bronzy shimmer that goes so well with warm, sandy beaches and cool summer breezes.

Is this the right bronze lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

See photos and swatches…

Sunday Link Love, Volume #028

I wish I didn’t have a final tomorrow morning. Wahh!

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