Mar 312010

Via Vanity Fair, a variety of new products announced from NARS:

  • New  Multiple Tints ($38)  in three new shades: Beverly Hills (bright red), Turks & Caicos (bright orange), and Cadaques (bright fuschia)
  • A new cream blush in Enchanted (this was used at the Oscars on JLo and others)
  • Nars Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatments ($25 each)
  • Bains Douches Glitter Pencil ($24)

A bright fuschia Multiple?  This I must see!!!

EDIT:  I’m adding this information from this lovely site about Nars Summer 2010 Belle de Jour Collection (click to enlarge):

It appears from a rough translation of this site that the eye products are creams–Burn It Blue duo, a blue-green two-toned cream. The single is Cayenne, another cream.  The blush is a soft peach tone. The gloss is called Coup de couer, described as a brandy tone.  The multiple is apparently called Lamu, and is apricot with gold particles.  There is a shimmery gold-champaign nail polish.  I apologize in advance for any accuracies, as I’m not fluent in the native language of the original source.  If you have any corrections, kindly let me know so that I can edit this further.

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Mar 312010

Chanel’s Rouge Coco line includes a Neiman Marcus exclusive called Gardenia ($30), which I discovered from reading The Beauty Look Book . Because it looked like a refreshing pink, I called one of the Neiman Marcus stores to order one.  At the same time, I added a nail polish from the same collection, Rose Paradise ($23) as a coordinating nail shade.  They arrived very quickly with some generous samples.

Gardenia is a beautiful shimmering pink, with the same moisturizing formulas as the others in the Rouge Coco line.  Unlike some, Gardenia has a beautiful shimmering quality, which I far prefer to the older Aqualumiere formula.  Gardenia’s shimmer is much more refined, giving just a glow to the lips.  In some colors, the Aqualumiere shimmers seemed larger and the formula more dry.

As you can see in the swatch, Chanel Rouge Coco Gardenia is a pretty neutral shimmering pink.  Here, I compare it to Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, and a few of my favorite neutral Rouge Allures.  Troublant was originally released in an Asian-only collection, and Naive is one of my standbys that seems to look good when I can’t decide what else to wear.  Naive and Gardenia have a similar pleasant pink tone, although Gardenia’s pink is stronger and the formula is more shimmery.  Click to enlarge:

Here is a quick swatch of Rose Paradise nail polish.  I have a very difficult time describing this color –it’s a pink that seems to have some peach or gold undertones.  Really, it’s a complicated color for a pink-neutral.  It’s a very conservative color, I’m sure it would look appropriate for the most formal daytime occasions.  The formula applies very easily–this is two coats over CND Sticky basecoat and under a Poshe topcoat.

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Shu Uemura to Leave the U.S.

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Mar 302010

Today, Shu Uemura, a premium makeup line founded by the legendary makeup artist, has announced that it is pulling out of U.S. stores.  I’m greatly saddened by the news.  I realize that we’ll be able to purchase items from Shu’s online site, nonetheless I feel that it is our loss.  Few companies seem to be encompass the scientific perfection of many products and have such an extreme attention to detail.  Shu has offered a full line of every imaginable color. Unfortunately, their online site doesn’t reflect the full breadth that their boutiques do.  I know, I know….it’s only business.  I can’t help but be a little devastated that Shu’s packing up their business and leaving us behind.

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Mar 302010

Guerlain’s Terracotta 2010 collection includes two Eyeshadow and Liners (Fard Metal Fard & Paupieres Liner) ($35 each) in 01 Gold Rush and 02 Smoky Metal, designed to look beautiful on summer skin.  For the past few years, the Terracotta line has included eyeshadows in very creative formats–once an exotic looking shiny pot, another a loose powder pigment. I’ve used these unusually packaged products as staples all the way through winter.  In the past, the eyeshadows have been neutrals with a shimmery kick.

2010 continues that tradition.  These eyeshadow/ liners are a shimmery cream twist-up plastic-encased pencil and their texture is rich and beautiful.  There is a very warm yellow-gold Gold Rush, and a shimmery brown Smoky Metal.

These apply with a sort of effortless buttery-ness–the texture is really lovely.  The shimmer factor is high for a creme textured shadow and there are no obvious sparkly bits.

They are similar to MAC Shadesticks, but they work much better in my opinion.  They are softer and provide a nice even color tone effortlessly.

The brown color goes on very softly–those with medium to dark skin tones may find that the color disappears into the lid, leaving just the sheen.  If you are looking for a drama, look elsewhere or be ready to add the drama with your liner color (a liquid gold and deep chocolate brown–such as the Mystic Kohl– might be amazing).  Smoky Metal is far less striking than the gorgeous Deep Metal powder eyeshadow sold two years ago.  Likewise, it does not have the complexity of the Holy Smoke eyeshadow powder pigment released last  year.  Rather, it’s a softer shimmery, glowy brown that you can wear to a casual outing or put on easily without worrying about precision.

Gold Rush is a shimmer yellow, which will look nice on warmer medium to darker skin tones.  Gold Rush is a medium-toned color, so my guess is that it will be too dark to use as a brow bone highlighter on many.  I expect that lighter, cooler skin tones will find that Gold Rush clashes with your natural coloring so swatching before spending $35 is worth the trouble.  I found that the colors worked well together by using Gold Rush as my inner corner color and Smoky Metal as my all-over lid shade.  An ivory brownbone color finished off the look.

I wore these without a primer for a very long day, and did get some very minor creasing.  I’ll have to update this later today, after I try this with a primer.

Here are some swatches:

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Mar 292010

The Guerlain Terracotta 2010 collection includes the Mirage Kohl (Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl/ Khol Poudre Libre #6)($35) is another in Guerlain’s loose powder eyeliners.  I find that although I love the look of most of Guerlain’s collections, their annual Terracotta offerings are the ones that I find the most impossible to resist.  Their bronzers and summer products are so beautiful, and they work quite well.

Guerlain’s loose powder kohls continue to surprise with their ease of application and durability. Essentially, the little container includes a highly pigmented powder that is applied with a straight metal rod, depositing the very fine powder at the lashline.  When I am really in a hurry, this is always the eyeliner that I reach for.  I find them much faster than pencils.  It’s a quick swipe, swipe and done. Guerlain includes a handy little product insert sheet which teaches the two most popular application techniques.

Mirage comes in the same familiar packaging with the clear container that looks like it is holding an exotic and very precious substance.  I’ve never experienced any spilling with these containers.  The color is a very deep chocolate brown:

Here is a very quick swipe.  As you can see, the color applies as a matte chocolate brown to give a very defined look.

I played with this on the back of my hand, and as I smeared it around in direct sunlight I did notice some extremely tiny microsparkle as I sheered the powder out completely.  This must be so fine that it doesn’t show when applied in a more typical swatch, but must help give some dimension to the powder.

I know that Guerlain makes another brown kohl called “Brun,” (or sometimes “Golden Brown”).  I don’t own Brun, but my sense from looking at pictures and reading reviews it that Brun is likely lighter, more shimmery and more golden than Mirage.

I know that I’ll get a lot of use out of Mirage, it’s a nice basic color for a quick and beautiful eye.  If you like this format for eyeliner, this is a very useful color to have.

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Mar 272010

From Lushious Beauty is the word that Chanel will be releasing a very limited collection in its boutiques in May 2010.  This collection, called the Chanel Orient Extreme Exclusive collection, was developed by Chanel’s artistic director Peter Philips based on  the famous Terracotta Army that was found in the Chinese city of Xi’an.

First, an eyeliner in Jet-Gold looks very intriguing:

Three polishes look made for the black and gold manicure that the model is wearing. Here is Black Velvet, described as deep, intense, velvety black (not glossy, not matte):

Here is Gold Lame, described as a painted gold:

Illusion d’Or a white lacquer with gold and purple / blue glitters, which looks more gold in the picture.  I’ll be curious to see how it looks when it arrives:

Here’s another promotion picture:

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Mar 262010

Here are some upcoming collections which caught my eye:

Estee Lauder “Blue Dahlia” from this source.  The palette of black, brown and deep blues looks both interesting and wearable–a little edgy for Estee Lauder which is nice to see.

These items from the otherwise enormous Lancome Summer 2010 Collection from Chic Profile.  I hope that bronzer tone in Temptingly Bronze is more than overspray:

These dual-ended eye pencils look really nice (Sassy in Sunrise and Sultry in Sunset):A few of the Yves Saint Laurent eye singles featured here, currently up for sale on Nordstrom’s online site (click to enlarge and read color names):

A newly reformulated Chanel Vitalumiere foundation:

A Guerlain tinted moisturizer which appears to add a bronzy glow, which I’m curious about but not entirely sure will work for me:

So, what do we think?  Also, is there something I’m missing–what do you think is going to be promising?

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Mar 262010

Fyrinnae sells a most amazing selection of loose pigments–I imagine the people there as geniuses with endless imaginations.  Their colors are not duplicative of anything that I’ve seen.  The color combinations seem completely original.  Unlike some, Fyrinnae is a small operation.  Their website gets a little backlogged sometimes, so read about their ship times on the homepage before ordering.  Occasionally, the site goes off-line completely.  However, you’ll soon realize that these  are modest inconveniences. Their quality more than makes up for it.

Their magical powders come either full or sample-sized.  I’ve only ordered their samples so far–they are pretty generous and come in tiny plastic screw-top containers.   The prices are low, comparatively speaking in the makeup world–a few dollars per sample.  Their price list is here.

Unlike larger makeup companies, with Fyrinnae I buy with the philosophy that “you pays your money and you takes your chances.” Read their disclaimers carefully–you’ll find wonderful delights on their website but there is no sales associate to guide you and no product inserts.  I am sometimes a little surprised by what I find (in a good way), and keep going back because every order brings me something totally unique.

Recently, I noticed Fyrinnae segregated a portion of their website for taupes.  Sign me up!  I mixed these swatches with MAC’s Mixing Medium and applied them on bare skin.  I’m thinking of trying Fyrinnae’s own eyeshadow base, Pixie Epoxy, next time.

Before we go on, here are my disclaimers:

  • There are twelve (12) pigments swatched here, which was Fyrinnae’s entire taupe list.When I run the word “taupe” through Fyrinnae’s search, I get fifteen (15) results.  So, there are some additional shades that have taupish tones that aren’t included
  • These are applied quite densely.  I did some lighter duplicate swatches in the last picture, so you can see these sheered down a bit too.
  • I’m not a Fyrinnae makeup expert, so I may not be able to answer your questions if you have them.  I just love a good taupe, and here are twelve.
  • I haven’t played with these extensively on any eye looks.  These swatches are mid-experiment, just a fun look at some different colored taupes.  As always, the pictures can be clicked for an enlarged view.

Shall we begin?

For comparison, I did repeat swatches of three so that you can see these applied much more lightly:

As an aside, I understand that this last one–Species 8472–was created in collaboration with JoeyBunny of The Pink Sith.  I have to admit, Species 8472 is one of my favorites of this bunch, as well as Snow Leopard, Selkie Skin and Damn Paladins (did you see the blue tones in that one? lovely!).

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Mar 252010

Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight ($38 for 0.08 oz/2.2 grams) adds a beautiful, gentle yet natural warm glow to the skin.  This is an emollient product that appears to be a light yellow-gold in the pot.  When applied, it adds a very sheer layer of glow to the skin that looks natural but somehow more alive.  The look is rich, sophisticated and genuine.  The product seems to meld with the skin, which looks lovely.

Sometimes building up a powder highlighter to give enough sheen gives a frosty, unnatural look.  When using one of these products, one begins to look like the skin is blocked up with powder just as one is trying to look glowy.  Others give an unnatural metallic look.  By comparison, Sunlight is far more natural and luminous, allowing the skin to show through.

Sunlight gives a slightly warm, clear sheen without adding any frost to the skin beneath.  Here are some swatches  that are applied heavily enough to show the color and tone.  Of course, you can apply Sunlight very sheerly for a more subtle effect:

You can see that Sunlight leaves a warm glow on the skin.  Here it is swatched heavily in the foreground, next to the cooler toned RMS Beauty Living Luminizer in the background which looks more white (click to enlarge):

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