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2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations Open!


2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Starting today, you can nominate your favorite brands and products for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards here.  Each year, we take some time to recognize the best products we’ve come across, even if sometimes we stray and try other products, these are products that have earned their rightful place in your stash.  I cannot emphasize how important it is to be part of the nomination process, because sometimes it only takes a handful of nominations to make the short list (and sometimes it takes hundreds).  Please consider participating by nominating brands/products for the categories you can–you do not need to nominate something for each category; do the ones you want, whether that’s just a few or all. 🙂

Last chance – nominations close December 31st!!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

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Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as an “intense golden-copper” with a metallic finish. It’s a brilliant copper with a golden metallic sheen. The hue is a little lighter compared to theBalm Maribel, but it is very similar to NARS Isolde, theBalm Meep Meep, and MAC Amber Lights.

This is one of the best performing Lancome eyeshadows I’ve come across, even though it is more dupeable than some other shades. The color payoff is fantastic, and the texture is so soft and smooth; it glides on like butter and blends like a dream. Lancome says that their eyeshadows can be worn without a base, but I do find some subtle creasing after eight hours. Not unsurprisingly, but I didn’t have any wear issues when I wear them over an eyeshadow base.

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

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Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Spring 2012: Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is new (and permanent!) for spring. Guerlain describes the palette as having “an iridescent pink with pearl particles, matte pink, metallic violet, and raspberry shade with a velvety finish.” At first glance, it’s a very pretty spring palette that’s pretty much pink, pink, and more pink–totally reminiscent of Valentine’s Day. When I first saw it, I was really surprised to see such bold shades, and the pinks are not shy, barely-there shades; they’re really quite pink, and sometimes, pink can be a difficult shade to wear. On the flip side, you could double these as blushers quite easily.

The first shade in the palette is a purple-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It has excellent color payoff and a really smooth, soft texture that glides on easily and blends well. It’s much redder compared to MAC Deceit, darker and purpler compared to Make Up For Ever #17, purpler and less burgundy compared to Make Up For Ever #311, bit redder compared to MAC Hyperviolet, and touch purpler compared to Le Metier de Beaute Fig.

Next, in the middle and on the top, there is a soft pink; this is the closest you’ll get to pastel in this palette, but with the high frost finish, it reads bolder than a pastel would. It’s an airy pink with lots of shimmer and frost. It has good pigmentation, and the texture is pretty smooth and finely-milled overall. Inglot #319 is a matte version of this shade, while Inglot #431 has a slightly more metallif finish and yellow undertones. Make Up For Ever #303 is very close in finish but has yellower undertones.

Below the light pink, there is a bright medium-dark pink with a nearly matte finish (I detected a very faint shimmer but once applied, it looks matte). The color payoff is good, but the texture is a bit drier (being that it is matte, it’s not unexpected), so while it’s soft, there’s a hint of powderiness. It’s a couple of steps lighter compared to MAC Tease with Ease and more significantly lighter (or at least, more muted) compared to Inglot #362. Make Up For Ever #85 is a bit closer in color but not as blue-based and with the heavy frost finish, it looks a bit different.

The final shade, on the right, is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a satiny sheen. It’s not vastly different from the other bright pink in this palette–it has a hint of fuchsia in it, so it’s less rosy pink, and it has a subtle sheen. The color payoff is good, and the texture is very soft and smooth, so it applies well and blends out nicely. It’s also similar to Make Up For Ever #85 but a bit darker and more fuchsia. Inglot #362 is still more vibrant and MAC Tease with Ease is still darker.

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

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