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Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick
Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

This Will Draw You in Like a Magnet

Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry pink.” It’s a raspberry pink-red with a natural glossy sheen. NARS Afghan Red is softer, more of a sheen than a glossy finish. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is pinker. Hourglass Nocturnal is less intense. Guerlain Pour Troubler is redder.

The finish on Magnetism is a first for me, because I remember previous Illamasqua lipsticks I’ve tried as having a matte finish (or even an iridescent but still mostly matte finish). Magnetism has quite the sheen, and as a result, actually feels very unlike the brand’s formula overall. It has a much creamier, more glide-on consistency and feel that doesn’t tug or pull at all, and it’s comfortable and hydrating to wear.  It was really easy to apply the color, but it had a tendency to create lines if you pressed your lips together.  This shade wore five and a half hours and left behind a faint stain. The color coverage was opaque.

Magnetism
Magnetism
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC & Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012


MAC & Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012

Carine Roitfeld elevated the smoky eye to an art form. For her M·A·C collaboration, Carine edits her look into a collection of chic colours and tools for recreating her aesthetic. Full Face Kit contain four Eye Shadows and Cremeblend Blush, Eye Brows in Brunette, Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Fluidline, 49 Lash and two Mascaras. Tropical Mist Lipstick, Face and Body Foundation, Mineralize Concealer, Nail Lacquer and Brushes create the perfect backdrop for dramatic eyes.

Jungle Camouflage Full Face Kit ($44.00 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dew Soft creamy beige (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Camo Muted grayish taupe (Satin)
  • Bad Lieutenant Blackened deep brown (Matte)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte)
  • Bootcamp Bronze Soft sheer chestnut

Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit ($44.00 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Sahara Dust Light neutral beige (Satin)
  • Cactus Thorn Mid-tone brown bronze (Frost)
  • Desert Shimmering warm taupe (Satin)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte)
  • Sand Storm Soft sheer warm caramel

Lipstick ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Tropical Mist Sheer translucent nude

Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feline Black

Eye Brows ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Brunette Grey brown

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Blacktrack Black

Brow Set ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Clear Clear

Mascara ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Studio Fix Boldblack Lash Black
  • Zoomfast Black Lash Black

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • NC30 Medium, warm

Mineralize Concealer ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • NC33 Medium, warm

Face & Body Foundation ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • C4 Medium

Accessories

  • Good Luck Star Stencil ($18.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • 49 Lash Lashes ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • Tweezer/Slant Slanted tweezers ($33.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • Full Lash Curler Eyelash curler ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Undercover Nude Sheer clear nude (Cream)
  • Underfire Red Deep blood red (Cream)

Brushes

  • 266 Small angle ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 275 Medium angled shading ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 191 Square/Foundation ($33.00 U.S. / $39.50 CDN) (Permanent)

Availability: Online – August 30th; North America – September 6, 2012 at all M·A·C locations; International – October 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com

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Beautiful Beginnings with Inglot

Beautiful Beginnings with Inglot

What was the first Inglot product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: I really like their eyeshadows overall, and the price point is really good (though, it was better). I haven’t tried much outside of their eyeshadows and nothing else extensively!

Share your first time experiences with Inglot in the comments! 🙂

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Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Dress Your Lips in Opulence

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “rainbow beige.” It’s a golden-beige with multi-colored shimmer (almost holographic but not quite) that reads mostly champagne, gold, copper, and pink once applied. NARS Albatross looks a bit lighter on the lips. MAC Bubble Lounge is lighter, less beige. MAC Luxure has a similar sparkle but is more silvered.

Now, the tube I have (which is a sample) indicates this is a Sheer Lipgloss, but online, Illamasqua has it listed as an Intense Lipgloss and again on their Facebook (when they posted promos)–so I’m going to go off of their websites. Intense Lipglosses are supposed to be rich in color, non-sticky, and have a high-shine finish.  The color coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s noticeable sheerness in the color, but there is enough sparkle that it still delivers a noticeable change in lip color. I didn’t initially feel the glitter/sparkle, but after a half hour, there was a definite grittiness and I could feel the edges of the sparkles.  Opulent wore for four hours, which was good and consistent with most glosses. The texture was non-sticky, and the finish had plenty of glossy shine.

With Generation Q, I noticed that Illamasqua has changed the packaging on their lipglosses. They used to be slanted, squeeze-tubes, but now they’re clear plastic with a black screw-top that twists and reveals a brush-type applicator. Both of the glosses I receive with this type of applicator had several splayed bristles, which made application more difficult. The bristles could be a little softer, as they seemed to be a touch scratchy against the lips as well as created some brush strokes. I’m not sure if I just happened to get two exceptionally messed-up brushes or if a lot of them are going to be that way. For now, we’ll assume that because these were samples, they were an early run, and perhaps not pristine, but I don’t think the applicator is ideal for this gloss formula–a regular doe-foot would be easier to maneuver around the lips and be less likely to cause visible brush strokes. I also detected a fruity scent.

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

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Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher
Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher

A Blendable Blush is Key

Illamasqua Allure Powder Blusher ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “dusky rose pink shimmer.” It has a just barely softened appearance to the color–it’s still rather intense, because it’s on the darker end of the spectrum–but “dusky” is an apt description. The color itself is a rosy red with flecks of gold shimmer.  The shimmer doesn’t really transfer to the skin–it looks mostly matte when applied. MAC Hidden Treasure is darker, redder. MAC Ring of Saturn is warmer and has more golden shimmer/sheen. Tom Ford Savage is browner.

The texture of this felt soft, fairly finely-milled, and it returned excellent color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly when swatched. It had a drier overall texture, consistent with Illamasqua’s formula.  When I applied it to my cheeks (and I used MAC’s 116 blush brush), the results were less impressive.  It was difficult to blend, and with the intensity of this color, that made for a rather frustrating application. I’d apply the barest amount of product, and then the color would blend and disappear but blend unevenly.  This kind of hue needs to be blendable and apply evenly, otherwise it gives cheeks a ruddy or sunburned look–not at all attractive.  I tested the wear, and it lasted eight hours with only a smidgen of fading.

Allure
Allure
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
84%
Total

bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation Launches


bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation Launches

Launching this August, bareMinerals (www.bareMinerals.com) unveils a conversation-starting campaign to champion its award-winning foundation franchise and the highly-anticipated launch of its first-ever solid bareMinerals READY™ SPF 20 Foundation. Rooted in the brand’s heritage of speaking to their foundations as a closer relative to skincare than makeup—ever since revolutionizing the industry with the launch of bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation in 1995—this campaign introduces the idea that ‘foundation’ has become a dirty word thanks to the cakey, pore-clogging formulas widely available that have given the category a bad rap, instituting fear in women that are relentlessly seeking the solution to flawless skin.

The campaign is supported by the fact that bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation doesn’t look or feel like a foundation. With serious skincare benefi ts—a 108% increase in skin hydration after 12 hours of wear—and invisible long-wearing coverage that will have others complimenting your skin (not your makeup), the word ‘foundation’ does not do this latest innovation justice. ‘We Don’t Like Using the F-Word’ aligns with the brand’s innate desire to challenge the status quo while offering a unique perspective on what bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation can do for the skin. No visible trace of makeup, no parabens or harsh chemicals, no dreaded line of demarcation—simply smooth, fresh, younger-looking skin.

“From the moment I launched bareMinerals, I’ve always struggled using the word ‘foundation,’ it never felt right,” explains Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals. “Our formulas do so much more—actually improving the appearance of skin over time and giving women their most beautiful skin ever without looking like they’re wearing makeup at all. So, while it’s technically a foundation, we knew we had to speak to it in a different way…so we did it on our terms. This campaign really sums up our philosophy on this product category—there’s no mistaking what we stand for.”

The first iteration of the ‘We Don’t Like Using the F-Word’ campaign will kick off in North America in mid-August to support the nationwide launch of bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation on September 1, 2012. bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation joins bareMinerals award-winning ORIGINAL and MATTE foundations that each off er unique skin-nourishing benefits in addition to different finishes. While the campaign highlights the product attributes of READY foundation, the underlying message of the campaign is a natural extension and illustrative reinforcement of the bareMinerals brand philosophy of seeing beauty diff erently and believing that beauty can change the world.

bareMinerals READY™ SPF 20 Foundation

Made with good-for-you ingredients, bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation is an innovative concept in solid mineral technology. The first ever solid foundation for the brand, the formula incorporates a unique time-release hydration system that is clinically proven to increase skin hydration by 108% after 12 hours of wear. A complex of mineral-encapsulated glycerin and humic acid locks in existing moisture and breaks down upon application and over time to continuously condition and soften skin. The formula also utilizes a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex coupled with antioxidants and rose hip seed oil, a cold-pressed seed oil, to help accelerate cell turnover for firmer-looking skin and Vitamins C and E for a healthy-looking complexion. This foundation diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, delivers firmer-looking skin and protects skin from harsh environmental stressors with broad spectrum SPF 20 protection. Formulated without parabens, binders, fillers or harsh chemicals. Available in 20 skin-baring shades.

Availability: August 30th, 2012 @ bareMinerals.com