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Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “crimson with gold pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque, vibrant ruby red base with gold shimmer. Chanel Triomphal is more opaque and has pink shimmer. MAC Sonoran Rain is warmer. MAC Driven by Love is rdder, less sparkly. YSL Golden Red is warmer.  I can’t wait to wear this during the holidays–I can be very traditional sometimes, and in the case of the holidays, I love a red lip with gold shimmer).  I love how the red is a deeper kind of red–it’s not a bright, cherry red, and it’s not strongly blue-based, yet it isn’t orange-based, either. It’s just barely cool-toned, with a berry/wine kind of pull, and it can be harder to find gold-shimmered reds that aren’t orange-based.

For a gloss that’s not quite opaque and this dark, it applied rather evenly–you don’t notice any unevenness at a normal viewing distance, just in the up-close and personal lip photos (which are, of course, larger than life).  I really can’t say it enough: these are my favorite glosses.  At the moment, I have three or four of them in my purse (I just came back from traveling).  When I went down to Irvine, CA for my sister’s graduation last weekend, I didn’t even bother pulling lipsticks for the trip–I knew I’d just wear these.  More often than not, if I’m not testing something, I’m probably wearing this formula.

It’s comfortable to wear, moisturizing, has the loveliest sparkle, and they wear well on me.  With Black Ruby, it lasted for four and a half hours.  The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, non-sticky, and have a mint-scented.  They come in black-capped clear tubes with a doe-foot applicator.

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MAC Nail Lacquers – Preview Photos & Swatches

MAC Nail Lacquers
MAC Nail Lacquers

MAC Nail Lacquers — Preview Photos & Swatches

MAC Nail Lacquers ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) has thirty-one new (well, some newer than others) shades being added to the permanent range. I don’t have any of the brand spankin’ new ones to share with you, but I did receive a press kit that included a set of swatches on plastic nails. Since I didn’t do the swatching, I have no idea how many coats were used or anything like that. As soon as I’m able to purchase the polishes, I’ll do so and have swatches for you at that time. For official descriptions, please see this post. For now, here are my descriptions of them based on the included swatches:

  • Deep Sea is a deep, dark blue-teal with a hint of green. It has a cream finish. I reviewed it here when it first released.
  • Midnight Tryst is a bluish gunmetal gray with fine teal and silver micro-shimmer–there appears to be some brushstrokes in the swatch. This is a new shade.
  • Formidable is a dark purpled burgundy base with a duochrome of blue-teal to fuchsia-purple. It has a pearl finish. I reviewed it here when it first released.
  • Mean & Green is a dark olive green base with a duochrome of rosy plum to golden olive green. It has a pearl finish. I reviewed it here when it first released.
  • Vintage Vamp is a dark burgundy-red cream. It has a cream finish. I reviewed it here when it came out during the holidays.
  • Rougemarie is a medium-dark blue-based red. It has a cream finish. I believe this was always part of the permanent range, but I don’t think I have it.
  • Flaming Rose is a brightened medium red with a cream finish. This is a new shade.
  • Sparks on Screen is a red glitter polish with multi-sized particles of ruby red, crimson, and lighter red. It has a pearl finish. It is a new shade.
  • Shirelle is a brightened orange-red cream. I believe this was always part of the permanent range, but I don’t think I own it.
  • Impassioned is an orange-coral with a cream finish. I reviewed it here, though it seems slightly pinker on the plastic nail (my natural undertones could make a color appear more or less warm). I’ll have to pick up a new bottle to see how they compare.
  • Morange is a brightened medium orange with a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Fiestaware is a lightened tangerine orange with a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Soiree is a champagne and copper shimmered shade with a frost finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Skin is a light peach-orange with a cream finish. This is a new shade.
  • Faint of Heart is a soft ivory with a hint of warmth. It has a cream finish. This is a new shade.
  • Delicate is a pale white-pink with a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Snob is a slightly warm, mostly neutral light-medium pink with a jelly-like finish (but it is a cream finish). I reviewed it here.
  • Girl Trouble is a silvered, pale purple with a pearl finish. This is a new shade.
  • Screaming Bright is a muted metallic gold-champagne–possibly a little pewter. This is a new shade.
  • Saint Germain is a light-medium pink with blue undertones. I reviewed it here.
  • Steamy is a medium-dark blue-based pink with a cream finish. I believe this has been part of the permanent range for sometime, but I haven’t reviewed it previously.
  • Girl About Town is a rich, nearly-neon fuchsia pink with blue undertones. It has a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Quiet Time is a gray–tinted light-medium beige with a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Coffee Break is a medium-dark gray-tinted brown with a cream finish. This is a new shade.
  • Anti-Fashion is a subdued, smoky purple with subtle red-brown undertones. It has a frost finish. This is a new shade.
  • Dark Angel is a deep purple with red undertones and a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Spirit of Truth is a brightened navy blue with a cream finish. I reviewed it here.
  • Discotheque is a metallic light silver with silver shimmer. It has a pearl finish. This is a new shade.
  • Nightfall is a dark, gunmetal gray with silver shimmer. It has a frost finish. This was released previously, but I don’t think I have it.
  • Nocturnelle is a glossy black cream. I reviewed it here previously.

Some MAC nail lacquers are great, while others are less stellar (some being notorious for poor application).  The majority of these shades, from what I remember, were easy enough to apply. I know the lacquers from the recent Fashion Sets collection were fairly good overall.  Formidable and Mean & Green were two highly coveted shades from MAC’s Venomous Villains collection, even though both have several exact dupes on the market (Bad Fairy was the harder one to dupe).

I think the biggest issue I have with MAC’s nail lacquers is that they’re priced as if the brand were high-end, rather than mid-end. For example, NARS’ lacquers are $18 a pop, while their lipsticks are $24–MAC’s lacquers are $16 a pop, while their lipsticks are $14.50. Additionally, most high-end nail brands still give you 0.50 fl. oz., but MAC bottles contain only 0.34 fl. oz., so you’re really getting squeezed on both ends. For some reason, the price of MAC’s nail lacquers seems to have accelerated far faster than the rest of their product’s price tags. So without a stellar formula, they’re absolutely not worth it. If the formula is on point and the color up your alley, they’re certainly worth a look.

Too Faced The Art of Sexy Collection for Fall 2012


Too Faced The Art of Sexy Collection for Fall 2012

Better Than False Lashes ($35.00)

A revolutionary innovation in lashes: Brush on false lashes and lash extensions!

3*Way Lash Lining Tool ($22.00)

A triple-tip lash-emphasizing tool with three tiny tips to create triple the liner looks with precision and control.

Lash Injection ($21.00)

Cutting-edge, 3D polymers wrap around each lash to create tubes that build, stretch and curl for more extreme VOLUME, LENGTH and DRAMA!

La Creme ($21.00)

  • Naughty Nude Chestnut
  • Naked Dolly Satin pink
  • Nude Beach Nude peach
  • In the Buff Warm beige
  • Spice Spice Baby Pinky brown
  • Cinnamon Kiss Spiced brown
  • Honey Bear Toasted mauve
  • Sweet Maple Plum brown
  • Marshmallow Bunny Marshmallow pink
  • Razzle Dazzle Rose Pink rose
  • Juicy Melons Pink coral
  • Fuchsia Shock Fuchsia pink
  • I Want Candy Raspberry rose
  • Coral Fire Coral red
  • Stiletto Red Classic red
  • Divine Wine Bordeaux

Perfect Lips ($17.00)

  • Perfect Nude Neutral nude
  • Perfect Pink Neutral pink
  • Perfect Spice Neutral spice
  • Perfect Red Neutral red

Perfect Eyes Eyeliner ($18.00)

  • Perfect Moss Dark olive green
  • Perfect Espresso Dark black brown
  • Perfect Navy Dark navy

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Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “cool shimmer pink lilac.” The color is a cool-toned, lavender-tinted pink with lilac and gold shimmer. Make Up For Ever #151 is a little lighter, less pink. MAC Boy Crazy is less shimmery. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is a little softer.  This color is really lovely as a wash, because it brightens without drawing too much attention to the eyes.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. I like applying the initial color with a firm, flat brush and then blending with a fluffier eye brush or fingertips (particularly if you’re going for a wash of color).  I had a little trouble building up the color to be opaque and even–it was mostly opaque, but it looked a bit patchy up-close.  Cool Lilac is thin, lightly creamy, and dries down within fifteen seconds.  Once it sets, you’re good to go–it stays on the lid for a full eight hours without creasing. There is some noticeable fading along the edges when I wore it without a primer, but with a primer, the fading is almost imperceptible.