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Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2011 Collection: Precious Stones

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2011 Collection: Precious Stones

Capturing the essence of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion collection and translating it into a compelling make-up story is the role of make-up creatrice Pat McGrath who this season raided the designers’ jewel box unearthing a haul of sumptuous shades and textures inspired by the precious stones and gem colours seen on the catwalk.

Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Purple Pearl (330)
  • Plum Sapphire (76)

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Mauve Diamond (117)

Ultra-Shine Lipgloss Lipstick ($29.00)

  • Pink Sapphire (139)
  • Pink Diamond (138)

Precision Lipliner ($30.00)

  • Rose Pearl (12)

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Gems (107)

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Jewels (142)

Crayon Intense ($29.00)

  • Topaz (19)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Mauve Diamond (38)

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Amethyst (168)
  • Grey Pearl (230)

availability: November 2011, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com

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NARS Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Holiday 2011: Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio

Likely one of the most eye-catching pieces from the holiday collection, NARS Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) looks more complex in the pan than it is on the lid. It consists of three shades: black with red pearls, black with purple pearls, and black with gunmetal shimmer. After reading the color description, the colors pretty much live up to the expectations, but they look more interesting in the pan because the colored pearls are more dominant, while applied, they’re all mostly black.

The first shade is a deep, dark burgundy black-brown with wine red shimmer. It’s a better textured MAC Beauty Marked. It’s soft and smooth with good color payoff; it’s the best shade in the palette.

In the middle, there is a deep, dark blue-based black with violet purple flecks of sparkle. The sparkle seemed to stick better than expected in the swatch, but once applied, the sparkle didn’t translate–it ended up just looking like a deep, dark black. This shade is extremely soft, which makes it blendable, though it is prone to sheering out more than desired as well. I recommend patting it on and then softly blending the edges away. I couldn’t think of a decent dupe for this, because it’s not really purple but none of the blacks I’ve swatched that I can remember seem similar.

The last shade in the trio is a chalky, dry, sheer black with silver sparkle. Compared to the pigmentation levels of the other two shades, it’s beyond disappointing! It just doesn’t belong. It’s an inferior NARS Night Breed. Lancome The New Black is one of the better silver-sparkled-black shades I’ve come across to-date.

I didn’t encounter fall out from the first two shades, though the last shade had some issues with fall out, particularly because there was little base color for the sparkle to cling to. I tested out the wear of the middle shade on the lower half of the lid with the first shade on the upper half of the lid and slightly in the crease. They both applied well with opaque, even color and a smooth texture, and I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing over eight hours (no primer).

With as much of a dud as the last shade is, I couldn’t recommend this palette–when you shell out this much for a trio, you should be able to expect three high quality shades. This is also a palette you’d mix and match with other products you own, since they’re all very, very dark. Even though there is certainly a difference in color between the first and second shades, it’s even subtler when applied to the lid.

NARS Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio


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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #104

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  No beauty items this week!  I feel like I’m still just trying to catch-up from being away for four days.
  • Weekend plans:  Mellan time 🙂  Happy Halloween!! Have fun and stay safe!
  • Craziest lip color you’ve worn?:   Pistachio green!

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This week’s Mellan photo…

My favorite — Mellan as a bumble bee!

Bat Dog!

His least ridiculous Halloween ensemble–Halloween collar by SillyBuddy

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MAC Sultry Iced Delights Lip Bag

MAC Sultry Iced Delights Lip Bag

MAC Ice Parade: Sultry Iced Delights Lip Bag

MAC Sultry Iced Delights Lip Bag ($38.00) includes three full-sized lip products: Deelight (mid-tone neutral), I Love Winter (passion fruit), and Boldly Bare (dirty red brown). I’m not sure how they managed it, but the lip pencil is listed as 0.05 oz., which is full-sized!

  • Deelight is a fleshy pink with semi-sheer color; it mostly gives my lips a pinker, lusher look overall without a lot of color. This is part of the permanent range.
  • I Love Winter is a medium-dark pink with a hint of coral (just the barest amount!) with opaque color coverage. It has a cremesheen finish, which I do find to be a little drying and less creamy. Chanel Empire is brighter and more vibrant. Giorgio Armani #507 is a touch lighter. MAC Mehr is less glossy and a bit lighter.
  • Boldly Bare is a orange-toned neutral brown.

The value of the the smaller kits is good–you get three full-sized lip products (~$42), so you’re getting more than what you’d receive if you purchased them individually (assuming you could). The Cremesheen Glass formula is not very long-wearing (two hours or so with a shade like Deelight), while the Cremesheen lipstick formula is a bit drying and doesn’t have as much glide as is ideal.

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