Dior Pop Diamond Skin Shimmer ($43.00) is the latest limited edition DiorSkin Shimmer Powder. Amber Diamond and Rose Diamond are permanent Skin Shimmers, and last year saw limited edition Copper Diamond. If you’ve been reading for a few months, you probably know my obsession with both Amber Diamond and Rose Diamond. As soon as I heard Pop Diamond was coming out with Dior’s Cristal Collection, I swooned.
For anyone who felt like Rose Diamond ran too cool for them, I definitely suggest sneaking a peek at Pop Diamond. Pop Diamond is pinky-peach, which makes it a much warmer color to wear. I don’t feel it is overly warm, though, so I still think it is a universally flattering shade, like the other Skin Shimmers. I also think it is different enough from Rose Diamond to merit owning both–Rose Diamond is a cooler, paler pink, whereas Pop Diamond is a brighter, warmer pink with more gold/peach sheen.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase. I saw it on the displayer, and I was like, “One please!” I actually just caved and bought Copper Diamond off StrawberryNet this morning, so I can own them all.
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Doug Lipgloss, James Lipgloss
Urban Decay’s Pocket Rocket Collection recently launched as a spring/summer product naughtily creating some sexy thoughts. Each lipgloss is housed in a flat lipgloss container, and at the top, there are photos of holographic men. If you tilt the lipgloss, the men will show up undressed and just in their boxers/briefs/skivvies.
- David Milky mauve
- Doug Sheer medium pink with iridescent sparkle
- Eric Sheer true red
- James Sheer hot pink with ultraviolet glow
- Jesse Sheer blackberry with warm sparkle
- Julio Sheer white with iridescent sparkle
- Kirk Sheer creamy nude
- Timothy Creamy coral with pink glow
I tried two shades–Doug and James–and both are extremely shimmery/sparkly. It definitely looks like shimmer is in for this summer season, yeah? Doug is a sheer, shimmery raspberry pink with silvery-pink shimmer. James is a sheer, strawberry pink with fuchsia-purple shimmer. Both go on quite sheerly when applied to lips, so don’t expect a lot of color out of these bad boys. The product is pretty gimmicky, but the gloss is non-sticky and sparkly, so the product itself works as a lipgloss should!
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NARS’ Tropic Collection for Summer 2009 may not have been my favorite I’ve been able to sneak a peek at this summer, but Belize lip gloss was prettier than I anticipated. I couldn’t tell you that I’d really recommend it, given it’s $24, but it’s worth considering if you like milky glosses.
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Barielle’s Sugar Rush is a vibrant collection for the upcoming summer season. There are six shades (each retailing for $8.00) in the collection:
- Cotton Candy Vibrant pink sparkle
- Lemondrops Electric yellow
- Sweet Addiction Minty green
- Swizzle Stix Robin’s egg blue
- Decadence Metallic turquoise
- Grape Escape Plush purple hue
This is my first time trying out Barielle’s nail polish, and I was impressed by the pigmentation and creaminess of the polishes. I found most of the polishes applied nearly flawlessly (despite my rushed application), which is a huge plus!
Cotton Candy is a soft medium pink with lots of pretty pink sparkle. It is a little sheerer than some of the other shades in the collection.
Lemondrops is a creamy, bright primary yellow. Great texture, finish, and extremely opaque.
Sweet Addiction is a deep green-teal cream. Again, the finish and feel of this polish is fantastic, and there is lots of color in each coat (no more than two required).
Swizzle Stix is a creamy, sky blue. I didn’t have such great application with this, but I think it is because I applied too-thin of a coat on the first go round, which ended up in a streaky finish. I think if I wasn’t so quick on the draw, this would look dreamy.
Decadence is a rich, jewel-toned turquoise. It’s incredibly stunning, and even though it’s quite deep, I think the shimmer in it makes it perfect for summer.
Grape Escape is a really intense royal purple cream. It’s so opaque and creamy–it’s stunning in person.
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Essie’s North Fork Collection features three summery colors in Sag Harbor, a cool silver blue; Shelter Island, a sky blue radiance; and Greenport, a dreamy aquamarine paradise. Each bottle retails for $9.00, and you can find ’em at Essie.com (or click the link in the beginning). I’ve always been a fan of Essie’s polish formula, because it’s long-wearing and reliable. I’m more of a color fan, so I don’t always align with their collections, but I’m so happy to see these three hues join me for the season!
Sag Harbor is a cool, pale blue-gray with silver shimmer. Two coats was just right with this baby, but you need to make sure you have nice, even coats that aren’t too thin to ensure a streak-free finish.
Shelter Island is a creamy sky blue that’s not overly bright, but it isn’t pastel or pale either. It reminds me of an inviting swimming pool.
Greenport is a pale aquamarine color with a creamy finish. It has a lot of glossiness to it, and it’s really opaque.
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Candy Glow Aqualumiere Gloss
Swatches from Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Collection for Summer! These are just lip swatches of the glosses and lipsticks that came out with the launch. You can see swatches of the summer quad here.
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