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Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft lavender purple.” It’s a light-medium lavender purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. There are several lavender eyeshadows that I’ve come across, but I haven’t seen anything this cool-toned. The closest shade I could think of was MAC Water & Ice #2 which is more silvered and very frosted.

Creep had decent to good color payoff, but it didn’t yield full, opaque color.  The texture was very soft and finely-milled, but it was noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out during application and tended to fade while worn.  Because the powderiness, it would work better over a slightly creamy or tacky base, because it would give the powder something to adhere to, so it would appear more pigmented and wear better.  It lasted six hours well but looked significantly faded after eight hours of wear.

Creep
Creep
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Round-up: MAC Baking Beauties Collection –


MAC’s Baking Beauties collection will launch online on the 11th (that’s the official date, at least) and in-stores and counters on the 18th. When it’s available for sale, I will buy the products I didn’t have (two lipsticks, two lip balms, brushes, two paint pots, and nail lacquers).

Pearlmatte Face Powders

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms

Pro Longwear Paint Pots

Lipstick

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Round-up: NARS Summer 2013 Collection –


NARS’ summer collection will be available for sale on April 15th on NARScosmetics.com, and then will make its way to other retailers thereafter.

Summer 2013

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Round-up: MAC In Extra Dimension (2013)


The only product that is missing is Shape the Future, which I’ll be buying at Nordstrom as soon as I get a couple of posts up 🙂  I probably won’t have it until late this week–just a heads up. On that note, if you’ve been looking for the Extra Dimension SkinfinishesNordstrom has part of the collection (Skinfinishes and Blushes but not eyeshadows) and free shipping on all [U.S.] orders, and Macy’s has everything available now and as free shipping on [U.S.] orders over $50.  This collection will be available in-stores and at counters on April 11th.

Extra Dimension Blushes

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

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MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “silvery pink/soft rose with shimmer.” Swirled together, it is a soft peach with a hint of pink and a frosted, golden champagne sheen. MAC Light Year is warmer, darker. MAC By Candlelight is lighter. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer, more peach. MAC Superb is browner. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is more beige. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is browner. The lighter shade is a pale champagne with a frosted, metallic finish. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige, less golden. The darker shade is a peachy-orange with a frosted finish. MAC Utterly Game is somewhat similar in color but is mostly matte.

The lighter shade has a very, very metallic finish, so as a highlighter is incredibly reflective and emphasizes pores and any imperfections in the skin noticeably. The darker shade has a rather frosted finish (rather than a metallic one), but it does somewhat emphasize pores. On lighter complexions, this will show up as more of a highlighter/blush combination, while on medium to dark complexions, it will be subtler and better as a highlighter (generally). It has a soft, slightly dry, consistency and feel, but it applies with good color payoff and builds up well. It does blend out easily, and it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tested Definitely Defined, it lasted for seven and a half hours well, but after eight and a half, there was some patchiness (MAC says this formula will last ten hours).