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Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brown shimmer berry.” It’s a burgundy-shimmered plum with red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it has a redder, browner look, and the plummy tones disappear. If you apply more color or build up the intensity, you’ll see it turns more purple. There were a surprising number of cream-based products like this that were very similar in color! NARS Calabria is comparable to the more opaque swatch. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is slightly redder. Make Up For Ever #17 is a smidgen lighter. MAC Rich Core is similar but a powder formula. Chanel Eclosion is more intense. Make Up For Ever #311 is a bit darker.

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. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.  I prefer blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush, but initial application works well with her Cream Shadow Brush, which is just a flat, firm brush.  It takes 15-20 seconds to set in place, and once it dries down, it doesn’t budge. I don’t have any creasing and only very, very minor fading issues after eight hours when I’ve worn it over bare lids (and over a primer works the same!).

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Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pastel-hued palette that contains four shades described as, “pearl violet,” “jade green,” “sheer gold,” and “greige.” The palette is designed to add luminosity to the eye.

The first shade is a light-medium lilac purple with a white frosted finish. It has good color payoff, and the texture is fairly soft, though a wee bit powdery. OCC Datura is lighter and more iridescent. theBalm Curtain Call is very similar. MAC Light Violet is also similar, but it has a very different finish.

Below, there is a very, very pale mint green with subtle golden shimmer-sheen–this shade looks more white than it does green on me. This shade was a little sheer and powdery. Lancome Fashion Forward is very, very similar, but it is a little more green and has a smoother, finer texture.

The third shade is a medium-dark gold with strong orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly smoothly. MAC Barefoot is less metallic and a smidgen darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter, yellower. Dior Couture Gold is less orange. Inglot #404 is darker, more molten gold. Milani Drenched in Gold is a touch lighter.

The very last shade is a soft, taupe brown with a subtle golden sheen. It’s almost pewter-like, but I think it lacks some of the gold/warmth of pewter. MAC Modern Pewter is darker and more golden. Dior Garden Roses is darker. MAC Palladium is similar but more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker, more golden.

On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost.  I think nearly all the shades could stand to be a little softer, finer–Giorgio Armani typically has some incredibly soft eyeshadows, but these were a bit dry and powdery.  I’m always taken aback by how little each palette contains (only 0.06 oz.–and most full-sized single eyeshadows are 0.05 oz.!), even though the wells seem large. One of these days, I’m going to have to go digging so I can see how deep each pan goes.

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

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Laura Mercier Fall 2012 Collection — Cinema Noir


Laura Mercier Fall 2012 Collection — Cinema Noir

Laura’s inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For the fall season, Laura was inspired by Hollywood stars in the late 1940’s—the era when black and white film transitioned into colour. This classic period featured intellectual beauties like Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth, and their signature looks in films had a sensual quality—slightly colourized, sexy yet subdued. The overall cinematic feeling is one of vintage charm, strong romanticism and an ultra-feminine appeal.

Makeup is modern and dramatic. Eyes wear muted shades in smoky mixes of teals and chocolates, blended together to create a true sultry appeal. Lashes are long and voluminous tipped in burgundy, defining and enhancing the eyes. Lips have a creamy soft finish in shades of roses and mauves, while cheeks are luminous and glowing. Nails are painted in soft shades of nude and cocoa.

Eye Colour Duet ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Mystere Taupe/Blue
  • Suspense Beige/brown

Tightline Cake Eye Liner ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Deep Teal Teal
  • Ground Espresso Dark brown

Long Lash Mascara ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Burgundy Burgundy

Shimmer Bloc ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Starlet Mosaic Multi-colored highlighter

Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cocoa Suede Brown
  • Organza Beige
  • Nude Silk Medium brown

Creme/Shimmer Lip Colour ($24.00) (Repromote)

  • Passion Fruit Pink
  • Tea Rose Rose
  • Raspberry Sorbet Berry
  • Fresh Brown Brown

Availability: July 2012

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