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LUSH Emotional Brilliance Color Cosmetics Launching in July


LUSH Emotional Brilliance Color Cosmetics Launching in July

Spin the Emotional Brilliance Color Wheel to get a personalized color reading – choose the three colors that stand out the most and they will uncover certain words that reveal a little bit about your current state of mind. Then wear the color to feel the word, you word-up!

Introducing a brand new concept matching psychological needs to which color cosmetics one should wear.

This range – consisting of lip colors, eyeliners and eyeshadows – is less about wearing make-up that’s in-season or on-trend and more about wearing colors that shape your mood. Emotional Brilliance is a way to wear color that’s designed for you. Choose colors, each with a corresponding word such as Confident, Take Control or Glamorous, and they will be significant to your needs at that time – wear those colors and you truly wear the word. It’s the power of suggestion – if one believes enough in something, there will likely be a change in behavior.

Liquid Lips ($22.95)

This patent pending formula uses LUSH’s super softening Ultrabalm as a base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. All are intensely skin softening and soothing, they also carry pigment incredibly well. Lips will be brilliantly colored and left soft, smooth and deeply moisturised. Or, the effect can be softened by applying with a lip balm.

Liquid Eyeliner ($22.95)

Independent and Fantasy are the two eyeliners in the range that have a no-smudge, stay-put formula. As soon as you apply, the formula sets and is incredibly long-lasting. It’s made with a base of eyebright infusion, an herb with an ancient tradition of use for eye area.
The other eyeliners are made with the same base as the cream eyeshadows, which doesn’t set straight away so there is time to blend. These beautiful colors are easy to use to create a softer, more refined look.

Cream Eyeshadow ($22.95)

The eye creams can be bold and colorful or less dramatic as the base softens easily into the skin. The base is a soothing rose petal infusion and skin-softening almond and jojoba oils, so will really care for this most sensitive area. There’s also glycerine to help carry the color beautifully over the eye. The cupuacu butter helps to set the color pigment nicely, so these eyeshadows and eyeliners offer beautiful color that stay in place and last.

Availability: The Emotional Brilliance launches July 21, 2012 in all LUSH stores worldwide and online at www.LUSH.com

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Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color
Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bronze and burgundy shimmered medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it’s less red-toned. NARS Surabaya is similar but less metallic. Make Up For Ever #14 is slightly darker. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux is redder.

Tom Ford describes the formula as “highly reflective,” “ultra-pigmented”, “non-creasing”, and “long-wearing.”  This shade has a shimmery, sparkly finish that does reflect light, but not to the same degree as Platinum.  The pigmentation is so-so; it is buildable, but it was difficult to get really opaque color, because the color kept slipping around, so it looked more smeared on and opaque in some places but sheered out in others.  I had noticeable creasing after six hours (as compared to minor creasing after eight hours with Platinum), which was a major bummer.

The consistency is a lightweight cream, almost more like a mousse because of its airy quality, that spreads and smooths out easily and evenly.  To apply, I tried using a few different brushes but still went back to MAC’s 242, which is a firm, flat bristled brush, because it gave me the “best” results.  The product stays wet for hours, though for as wet as it feels and seems (if you pressed your fingertip against your lid, there would be transfer), it stays on longer than you’d expect. It’s not great, and it’s not worth the $40 price tag for something that’s supposed to be long-wearing and isn’t.

It’s packaged in a screw-top glass jar and holds a little more than the average cream eyeshadow does. I’m a little surprised to see that the TF logo is a sticker pressed on top. At first, I thought it was just a clear sticker over the actual TF, but I peeled it all the way off and the entire thing came off.

Illicit
Illicit
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
76%
Total

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Rant & Rave: Nail Files

This Week’s Topic: NAIL FILES!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about nail files. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I’m absolutely in LOVE with glass nail files! One of the better new-to-me tools I’ve come across in the past few years. I bought my first one maybe two or three years ago, and I love how it lasts and lasts.

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a berry-tinted pink with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a slightly more subdued, redder appearance–it’s not quite opaque. When applied damp, it takes on a pinker hue and the frosted finish is more pronounced, and the color itself is opaque. At a glance, you’d think it was similar to MAC Cranberry, but it’s not at all–Cranberry is much, much darker, more of a burgundy (so it has more brown in it than pink). MAC Moon Rose is pinker. Milani Pink Twice is pinker as well.

If you’re familiar with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, these are very similar. I found the biggest difference between the two was in the texture of the formula and the overall appearance of the colors–L’Oreal Infallibles are more one-dimensional, less nuanced, whereas you’ll see an interplay of colors with the Eyes to Kill Intense. L’Oreal owns both brands, so I imagine there was some trickle-down effect in the technology once Giorgio Armani rolled it out.  It’s not really a negative that these are more what-you-see-is-what-you-get in color.  The Eyes to Kill Intense shades can look really stunning in the pot and look a little less complex when swatched.

The texture of Glistening Garnet is soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  It’s a compacted loose powder–you could break it up if you really wanted to, but it arrives already pretty solid, and there’s a little topper inside that you can use to press and compact the powder should it loosen over time.  It can be used wet or dry, though the payoff was significantly better when used wet–but other shades in the line-up were better dry than this one, so it seemed like it fell a little short as far as pigmentation went for dry use.

I originally tested a few shades of the formula that the lovely ladies at Beaut.ie sent me from Ireland, because these weren’t available in the states at the time (and L’Oreal told me they weren’t going to be released here). A few months later, L’Oreal did end up releasing them state-side. I had some trouble with the original shades I tried, so I can’t say that all of the shades perform consistently or as well as this shade did.

Glistening Garnet, however, did perform well, and I didn’t have any trouble using it. Even after 16 hours (without primer!), I didn’t have any creasing, though there was some slight, but noticeable, fading along the outer corner. The only thing I have to note is that I needed to use it wet to make an impact; if you use it over a primer, you might be able to skip that step, but I still preferred applying with a damp brush. I used a small eyeshadow brush (like the MAC 239) to apply it to the lid.

L’Oreal does state that these are supposed to wear for up to 24-hours, which is the same claim Giorgio Armani made. I’m not really comfortable wearing makeup that long personally, so it will take me some time before I work up the courage to test it for that long! The longest I’ve tested these has been 16 hours.

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true Hollywood red.” It’s a blue-based, brightened medium red with a subtle glossy sheen to an otherwise creamy finish. Guerlain Vega is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #404 is slightly brighter and has ruby shimmer. Chanel Lover is similar.

Midnight Bloom is very, very rich in color–you hardly need any product to get nearly opaque color payof. The texture is incredibly creamy, not thin but it doesn’t feel heavy and thick–somewhere between there, though you’ll definitely know you’re wearing lipstick. My lips felt nicely hydrated both during and after I wore this shade, which was a good thing, because this red hue lasted eight hours! Red lipsticks do typically last longer on me than lighter shades (same is true with berries and really intense, vampy shades), but eight hours is still a long time. The texture is fairly slick, though, so you can feel the color move around, and if you over-apply (which is not difficult to do), it can get onto teeth quite easily.

Edward Bess’ lipsticks are packaged in glossy black tubes and contain more 0.13 oz. each, while the average lipstick has between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.  I didn’t notice any taste while I wore Midnight Bloom, but there was a soft fig scent I could smell in the tube.

I bought this a month or so ago as a shade to try out from Edward Bess’ lipstick range, and it’s already disappeared from Sephora. I am loathe to review discontinued products, but I was able to find it on Zuneta. If you do some poking around, you’ll also see it appears on discount retailers like StrawberryNet (for $22.50). Sephora does have several other shades, including Roulette Rouge, which is another red (I haven’t seen it, so I couldn’t tell you how it compares).

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total