Jan 142011
 

Blink and you’ll miss them….the latest MAC Collections seem to come and go with extraordinary speed lately.  This is a very short post, to be honest, by the time I could do a thorough review of these products, they will be sold out.  For now, I’m going to post a few pictures just to preserve these very (fleeting) collections.

First, MAC + Mickey Contractor, celebrating the talents of this famous Bollywood makeup designer, seemed to disappear almost the moment were posted.  Fortunately, the eyeshadow quad (Athma $36) and the Fluidline eyeliner (Siahi $15) are back in stock for now.

The brick red Sur and sheer light Gana blushes ($18.50 each), sold out right away.  They look quite similar to the Chanel Soho highlighter and blush palette so I wouldn’t feel too badly if you missed them.  Generally, I liked the look of the Mickey Contractor Collection. I love a good collaboration.  Plus, it has a very “neutrals with a kick” vibe that I really enjoy.

Second, MAC released Mega Metal Eyeshadows in Peacocky, a dizzying collection of mostly bright, saturated colors. These have extra big pans, sell for $19.50 each, and to my mind seem as soft as a Dior eyeshadow quint.  Thanks to Karla Sugar’s comprehensive swatches, I was able to eliminate all but the three that I chose– The soft, light cream with a touch of peach Peek-at-You, the cream with a slight green cast Dalliance, and the deep taupe Unflappable.

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Jan 032011
 

Le Metier de Beaute’s Holiday Kaleidoscope palette, Splendid Frost ($95), started appearing on shelves during December.  Although a touch later than the larger lines, Splendid Frost was well worth the wait.  True to Le Metier’s high quality standards, this palette delivers some of the most beautifully pigmented and complex colors.

Yes, you heard me–it’s another winning Kaleidoscope from Le Metier de Beaute.

This palette appears in two different types of packaging–a pearl white color that is reviewed here by Charleston Girl at The Best Things in Beauty, here at The Nonblonde, and here by Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book.  I love the white packaging, which I believe comes from Neiman Marcus.  I ordered from Bergdorf Goodman, and my Splendid Frost arrived in the traditional black Le Metier packaging.  Otherwise, the palettes appear to be exactly the same.

Crystal Ball is a complex taupe to die for.  This color is soft as suede, incredibly pigmented and has a rich warm taupe shimmer.  There is a touch of metal, enough to give it a beautiful glow.  Like its namesake, Crystal Ball reacts beautifully in the light, and picks up on your brush or finger if you barely touch the surface.  Truly unique, amazing, and gorgeous.

Here are a few more pictures of Crystal Ball, which I flipped around a bit so you can see what the pan does in the light.  These pictures show an already-swatched pan, which I rarely use, but I thought the pan was pretty enough that you might not mind:

Empire is a near-matte gray, which is a necessary basic in almost any collection.  This shade will make the palette very versatile, as I’m sure that I’ll wear this color as a single wash for a simple, polished look.  If you don’t believe me, you’ll want to re-watch The Devil Wears Prada.  In the film, Miranda Priestly wears a simple gray wash in nearly every daytime scene.  This one is deeper than the one that Miranda/Meryl Streep wore (which I believe is Make Up For Ever #145).  Empire is a very winter-friendly color that fits well with the theme of this palette and is quite stunning.

Rockette is a warm gold-pink-peach that can be worn as either an eyeshadow or a blush–this is a glowing color that’s very fresh and pretty.  I actually love peach eyeshadows, ever since I went through two Chanel Abricot singles, I’ve found them to be a good brightening, everyday wash.

Sugar Plum is a magical deep blue with a touch of violet.  There are tiny micro-reflects if you get very close.  Like Crystal Ball, Sugar Plum is a breathtaking, pigmented and richly complex color.

Swatches (click to enlarge):

Overall, I’m extremely happy to own Splendid Frost.  I cannot wait to play with this palette more, and will update when I do.  I could not wait any longer to post this initial review, as I was afraid that this palette will sell out and I wanted you to see it.

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Jan 012011
 

Last October, I reviewed Le Metier de Beaute’s Le Cirque Kaleidoscope Palette ($95), which is a gorgeous fall palette released for the Fall season.  Since then, I’ve discovered that The NonBlonde has uncovered names for the eyeshadows in the palette.  Further, I wanted to respond to some of the comments that asked me to post a few pictures that show the palette using Le Metier’s layering effect (called “Couches de Coleur”), which can add incredible depth and beauty to an already amazing palette.

I’ve added Le Metier’s names to the pictures this time through–here are the swatches with no layering:

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Dec 232010
 

Liz and I played with Chanel Ombres Perlees and Rouge Coco Peregrina to show you a little more of Chanel’s most recent collection.  In particular, I’ve had several questions about how the new Chanel eyeshadow formulation in the Ombres Perlees palette looks applied.  Sometimes pictures really do say 1,000 words, so here are some photos.

First, here is the final overall look with the Ombres Perlees palette.  On the lid, Liz used a mix of the first (white) and second (peach) shades.  In the crease and outer lid, Liz used the darkest shade (no base). Liz is wearing Rouge Coco Peregrina (no base or liner) on lips.  For her blush, she is wearing Guerlain Orient Sun, a baked Terracotta blush that was limited edition two years ago, and a black pencil liner (Prestige Total Intensity in Deepest Black) lining her inner rim.  She’s also wearing Guerlain Le 2 Volume mascara, Chanel Lift Lumiere in Intensity 1.0 (Ivoire) and Caron translucent loose powder.

Here are some close-ups, wearing these colors from Chanel’s Ombres Perlees palette.  In the following picture, the darkest color is applied very lightly, and this picture shows the pearl texture of the eyeshadow:

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