What’s the Best Makeup Brushes…?
What brand/products win this category? What makes them so great?
What’s the Best Makeup Brushes…?
What brand/products win this category? What makes them so great?
Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette
Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes shades of silver, teal, navy blue, and black. Three of the shades have shimmery finishes, while one shade has a matte finish and can be used also as an eyeliner. It’s a limited edition palette from Guerlain’s holiday collection.
The first shade (on the left) is a silvered pewter with a hint of gray. It has a shimmery finish and a sheerness to it that makes it seem partially like a layering shade. The only possible dupe I could think of was MAC Vex, which can look similar… or very, very different, given its duochrome finish. In the middle towards the top, there’s a bluish-teal with a frosted finish.
It has good color payoff, but the shade is rather muted by nature (even in the pan, it is not an in-your-face kind of teal!). Urban Decay’s Aquarius seemed similar but is less blue.
Underneath the teal shade is a navy blue with a blackened-blue base and a hint of purple. The color payoff is nice with a really soft, smooth application. It is reminiscent of Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here and Make Up For Ever #81.
The final shade is a dark black with brown tone (as compared to a blue tone) in a matte finish. I honestly was expecting this shade to swatch challky and unevenly, particularly because the texture wasn’t very buttery–it was very soft and silky, but not dense and buttery. It’s rich in color and very easy to blend. It is similar to Make Up For Ever #4.
I like it, but I’m not head-over-heels in love with it. The color combination works, and it’s a lovely cool-toned, almost midnight kind of mix. It’s smoky eyes with a touch of color but not a punch. The textures here are soft and silky-smooth and wear well all on their own. The look I posted yesterday was created and worn without an eyeshadow primer or base, and I had no issues over the twelve hours I wore it.
Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise also features ten new and limited edition hues of Mattene Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.08 oz. each). I have four of them to share with you today. They are: Delectable (orange-beige), Deliciously Forbidden (mid-tone berry), Eden Rouge (bright blue-red), and Legendary (mid-tone brick red).
This is only part of a larger selection of new shade varieties of the Mattene formula, but these felt creamier, with better slip and comfort, than previous iterations of Mattenes (I think the last time we saw them was with Style Black). I wore Delectable on half of my lips (half of the upper/half of the lower) with Eden Rouge on the other side, because I like to test shades from both the lighter and darker ends of the spectrum to get a handle on the length of wear. Delectable wore off within three hours, while Eden Rouge wore about five. I think the increased slip and creaminess of the formula has reduced the wear time by a bit–at least in these shades.
I didn’t see anything in the marketing/press release on these about them being long-wearing but did glean that they are supposed to be soft enough to glide-on with semi-matte finishes, intense color, and moisturizing. They’re far more moisturizing than the average matte lipstick. After wearing the two I tested for wear, I did want balm, but I didn’t feel like my lips were cracking or dry. These are packaged in slim tubes with matte black on the outside and a shiny rim around the middle. They only contain 0.08 oz., which is less than their regular lipsticks, which are 0.10 oz.
MAC Hyperviolet Paint Pot
Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise contains eight new and limited edition (but of course!) paint pots. Each paint pot retails for $17.50. I wish I had more to share with you, but these are the only two paint pots I received! I’m flying to NYC this AM and as soon as I have a free moment, I hope to stop by the PRO store to pick up all of the remaining products but please, please be patient – I would really appreciate it! The two I have to show you are: Hyperviolet (deep violet) and Imaginary (blackened navy).
I tested Imaginary on the lid for eight hours, and it worked quite well. It applied well, blended out with little difficulty, and it stayed on without creasing for those eight hours (and no signs that it would crease either). Unlike the paint pots from Cham-pale, the shimmer in Imaginary is subtle and more shimmer-sheen than pure shimmer. It is also much finer, so it doesn’t give it a rougher feel or result in fall out.
I usually get a week of wear, which as long as I wear a color typically. I don’t have issues with chipping (I can’t think of anything that’s chipped on me in some time, other than matte polishes without top coats). I like Illamasqua a lot – it seems to wear like iron.
Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.
BARBIE | Barbie has partnered with four fabulous designers for a scavenger hunt worthy of FNO. Ride the free Gray Line double-decker buses and stop at Alice + Olivia, Alexis Bittar, Tracy Reese and Rogan. Find the Barbie-size version of the fashions each designer has created specially for Barbie, enter the QR code, and be entered to win the full-sized outfit for yourself. 6-8PM. Catch the bus at corner of 59th Street & 8th Avenue.
BITE BEAUTY | Sephora @ 711 Lexington from 6-11PM to try out the new Bite Beauty line. Sneak peek two new exclusive sets for fall.
CHANTECAILLE | Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue , “Works of Art” — world renowned artist Elliott Puckette will join the Creative Director of Chantecaille, Olivia Chantecaille, at Bergdorfs, where she will customize Fall 2011’s New Classic Palette into hand painted works of art (until 8pm). Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue, will be giving Hollywood makeovers. Barneys, 660 Madison, will have the spring 2012 Lucky Brilliant Gloss available for one night only.
CK ONE SHOCK | Campaign star and super model Lara Stone will be at the Calvin Klein Collection store all evening, and a limited number of signed bottles of ck one shock will be sold in store. 6PM onward at 654 Madison Avenue.
COLOR CLUB | MPD, NYC @ 13th + 9th Street, 6-11PM. Look for the Color Club’s Mobile Color Bar on Fashion’s Night Out and you’ll see why Nail Polish is the new ice cream!
DIOR | Enjoy complimentary makeovers by Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist Ricky Wilson (www.rickywilsonbeauty.com), as DJ Alexandra Richards spins music at the 57th Street boutique and DJ Harley Viera-Newton sports the new Velvet Eyes eyeliner patches out on the town. These couture-inspired, reusable eyeliner patches will be sold exclusively for Fashion’s Night Out at the Velvet Eyes artistry station in the boutique. Dior Makeup artists will be on hand to help clients try on the four different styles of liners. (Please see attached release.) 6-10PM, 19 East 57th Street.
DOLCE & GABBANA | Celebrate the new Passion Duo lipstick at 825 Madison Avenue 6-10PM with suprise hosts Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosh, Thierry Henry, Tyson Beckford, L.A. and Erica Reid, and Lauren and Tatiana Santo Domingo.
ELLIS FAAS | Get a modern, edgy makeover with the über- chic makeup line from Dutch artist, Ellis Faas. Ellis Faas makeup artists will be on-hand with Ellis’s signature bullet-inspired makeup pens to get you ready for New York’s most fashionable week! Space NK – 99 Greene Street between Spring and Prince. Space NK at Bloomingdale’s – 1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street.
FREDERIC FEKKAI | Fekkai stylists will be on hand at Christian Louboutin boutiques to create glamorous evening coiffures. Guests are invited to add a touch of glamour to their hairstyle with Fekkai stylists on hand to pin, tuck, brush and adorn to their heart’s desires. Stylists will polish off sophisticated tresses with a beautiful, signature flower, chosen especially for the celebratory spirit of the evening. 6-11PM at 59 Horatio Street (NY), 650 North Robertso (West Hollywood), 27 Highland Park Village (Dallas). 6-8PM; a special personal appearance by Frederic Fekkai unveiling the Hair by Fekkai – Life by You cinematic campaign @ Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship (5th Avenue at 50th Street), 8th floor.
HOURGLASS | Join Hourglass founder Carisa James and the Hourglass artistry team, plus giveaway for a year’s supply of Hourglass makeup @ Sephora Flatiron (119 Fifth Avenue), 6-10PM.
KATE SOMERVILLE | Sephora 5th Avenue, 6PM, Kate Somerville will be there for the Ask an Expert panel.
LA MER | Luxury meets technology on Fashion’s Night Out when La Mer previews a new iPad app at participating New York City counters. La Mer Experts will have iPads on-hand allowing visitors to experience the app that features digital essentials like an emailable wish list, new brand video and diagnostic tool.
LANCOME | Lancôme is offering triple the beauty-loving fun at three iconic New York City retailers: Sephora Times Square, Macy’s Herald Square and Saks Fifth Avenue. Michelle Phan 7-9PM @ Sephora Times square. Lancome spokesmodels Arlenis Sosa (Macy’s) and Eettra Wiedemann (Saks).
MAC COSMETICS | celebrating Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 8 with a killer performance from Beth Ditto in our Soho store. For M•A•C fans outside of New York – or those looking to avoid the crowds – we’ll be livestreaming her set at www.facebook.com/maccosmetics at 8pm.
MAKE UP FOR EVER | @ Louboutin’s Fabulous Pieces (NYC, West Hollywood, Dallas): For those in search of an extra dash of glamour, Louboutin’s Fabulous Pieces will host an eyelash bar stocked with our very own custom Christian Louboutin lash creations from the incredible MAKE UP FOR EVER. Artist will be on-hand to apply the exclusive faux lashes for a most fashionable night out. @ Sephora Soho 6-11PM: Bold lashes are the ultimate beauty accessory, and now Make Up For Ever is giving New York fashionistas the chance to create their own custom lashes at their first-ever Fashion’s Night Out “Lash Lounge”.
MARC JACOBS | Marc Jacobs and campaign face Dakota Fanning will be signing bottles of Oh, Lola! 8-9PM. Soho, 163 Mercer Street.
NYX | NYX will be providing touch-ups at select GUESS stores (GUESS Rodeo, GUESS 5th Avenue, GUESS Soho, and GUESS by Marciano Soho). 6-11PM.
RICKY’S NYC | Hosted by Ricky himself with amazing contributions from Too Faced, Skyn Iceland, Dashing Divas, Nest Fragrances, Sally Hershberger Hair Care and much more. 6-10PM, 2387 Broadway, between 87th & 88th
SEPHORA FIFTH AVENUE | 597 5th Avenue. “Meet the Pros” with Vogue Beauty Director Sarah Brown: Sephora’s Beauty Expert Panel (7pm-8pm). Got beauty questions? Well we’ve got answers. Stop by Sephora’s Fifth Avenue/Times Square location to receive beauty advice from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and esteemed experts. Vogue Beauty Director Sarah Brown, celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi, Founder and Creative Director of Urban Decay Cosmetics Wende Zomnir, and skincare guru Kate Somerville make up this expert panel, and will be answering any and all of your personal beauty questions – from what shades make up the perfect smoky eye to finding the best haircut for your personal style and face shape.
SEPHORA SOHO | 555 Broadway. Stila’s iconic “Stila Girl” illustrations have served as the “face” of the brand for many years – but for the first time ever, Stila is bringing them to life and giving fans the chance to have their very own “Stila Girl” illustration created while receiving a makeover from a Stila Pro Artist. The first 50 people to stop by Stila’s touch-up booth at Sephora’s SoHo location will leave with a gorgeous glow and their personalized sketch. 6-11PM.
SEPHORA TIMES SQUARE | 5 Times Square. Dr. Neil Sadick will be appearing at the 42nd Street Times Square Sephora store on Fashion’s Night Out, offering one-on-one consultations with Sephora customers (6-9PM). Check out Wende Zomnir and her team of artists teaching customers how to apply the EXCLUSIVE for Fashion’s Night Out ‘Starlight Glitter Body Art’. Available for the first time in the US, these striking glitter tattoos offer long-lasting, commitment-free rebellious fun (9-11PM).
SEPHORA COLUMBUS CIRCLE | 10 Columbus Circle. Meet skincare expert Peter Thomas Roth and get the lowdown on his most buzzed about launch, Lashes To Die For Liner. 6-8PM.
SEPHORA NYC STORES | At all NYC Sephora stores. Cult British nail polish brand, Nails Inc., has finally arrived stateside, having just launched in Sephora August 1st. In celebration of Fashion’s Night Out, they have created a special limited edition shimmering blue shade simply called ‘FNO’ that will be sold exclusively at Sephora.
VERA WANG | Vera will do a ‘tour’ of the city in a branded ice cream truck named the ‘Lovestruck Truck’ in honor of the fragrance. At her stops, Vera will be dispensing ice cream treats, samples and special offers that can be redeemed at her stores. 6pm onwards. Starts at 158 Mercer Street and makes it way uptown.