6.16.2012

MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

I can't say I'm in love with MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People Eyeshadow ($38).

MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People Eyeshadow
MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People Eyeshadow

Sure, the product is adorable. I love the polka dot pattern and the bright colors look so fun. But considering the very high price, MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People has too many flaws to be worth considering unless you are primarily out to collect limited-edition MAC products.

First of all, this color combination just does not appeal to me. Blue, yellow, pink, peach and reddish brown? I might wear 1-2 of these colors at a time, but figuring out a complete eye look using just MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People seems daunting to me. However, I know that there are some creative people who would love to play with this unconventional array of colors, so I can't knock MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People entirely on that.

Perhaps more importantly, the quality of the eyeshadows is not very impressive. I expected such bright-looking shades to POP with pigmentaion, but they are surprisingly sheer. I applied many layers to get them to show up for these swatches.

MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People Eyeshadow Swatches
MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People Eyeshadow Swatches

Further, although the dot pattern in the pan is cute, I think it makes it a little difficult to get the color you want on your brush. When I want pink, I don't want pink AND blue to end up on my brush. This is a pretty minor nitpick, but I think expensive palettes should be practical and easy to use.

Bottom Line: MAC Beth Ditto Powder to the People is not worth the money. The colors are unflattering and not particularly well-formulated. Finally, while the polka dot pattern is cute, I don't think it is a very practical way to package eyeshadow.

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MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation and Out for Fun Review and Swatches

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation and Out for Fun


MAC's new Casual Color collection is all about fuss-free weekend beauty, so it makes sense that the release would include a multitasking product. With MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color ($20), you can roll out of bed on Sunday morning and grab a single product to get your cheeks and lips done in a flash. 

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation and Out for Fun
MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color
Top: Relaxation,  Bottom: Out for Fun

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color is available in eight shades, all of them subtle and natural. No Beth Ditto brights here! I tried MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Out for Fun, a reddish coral, and Relaxation, a light lilac pink.

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation and Out for Fun Swatches
MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color Swatches
 Left: Out for Fun,  Right: Relaxation

Both MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color Out for Fun and Relaxation have good pigmentation, and I think both of the shades are lovely and flattering.

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color is easy to blend, too. I brought Out for Fun with me on a trip to the redwoods in Northern California, and I dabbed it on my cheeks before a hike and was ready to go in seconds. 

My biggest problem with MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color is that it sets to a satin finish. My personal preference is for creme blushes that set to a matte finish, like Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush. Granted, I need to do everything I can to keep oily skin at bay, so people with normal or dry skin might prefer the satin finish of MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color.  

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation
MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation is described as a warm pink, but it shows up as a cooler, lilac pink on me. This is not a color I normally wear, and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it looks on my cheeks. My lips are another story -- I think MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation is too light for me to wear as a lip color.

MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Out for Fun
MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Out for Fun

Now, MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Out for Fun is a much more typical shade for me. I love corals, and Out for Fun is no exception. I think this shade brings my complexion alive in a very flattering way, and I love how it looks on my lips, too.

Bottom Line: If you don't mind creme blushes with a satin finish, check out MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color in Relaxation or Out for Fun. Both are lovely, natural shades that make it easy to get your lips and cheeks done AND coordinated in seconds. I really appreciate this change of pace from MAC -- after looking at so many super bright colors from them lately, I am happy to be trying something easy, breezy, and naturally beautiful.
       

6.15.2012

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose Review and Swatches

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose

Something about British makeup brand Illamasqua just draws me in. I love their approach to makeup and the brand's dark, dramatic aesthetic. Even their tagline, "Make-up for your Alter Ego" is so evocative -- Illamasqua wants to fire you up so you can be the person you dream of being, whoever that may be. 

Maybe you're scared to incorporate bright lips in your everyday makeup look. With it's bright-yet-sheer color, Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose ($20) could help you be a woman who rocks bright lips like it's nothing.

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose
Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose is described as a "warm raspberry pink." On me, it showed up as a fuchsia-pink. The shade is bright, but the gloss has enough sheerness to tone the color down and make it more wearable.

Texture-wise, Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose feels more jelly-like than some other lip glosses I've tried. The gel texture feels smooth and pleasant on my lips and minimizes the appearance of lines.

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose Swatch
Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose Swatch

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose has a pretty strong fruity scent that reminds me Pez candy. The gloss also has a mildly sweet and fruity flavor.

Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose has a brush applicator, and I was prepared to dislike it after having trouble with lip glosses with brush applicators in the past. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the brush tip in Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose is large and fans out over your lips to coat them evenly. This applicator is much easier to use than I expected.

Bottom Line: Illamasqua is continuing to win me over with their fun, high-quality products. I like the lovely bright fuchsia pink of Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Lily-Rose, and I'm glad that they tempered the intensity with sheerness. Not all of our alter egos are bold enough for super shocking lips!


6.14.2012

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow Review and Swatches

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow
Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow

Get fresh, luminous cheeks with Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow ($17). This gorgeous blush duet includes a shimmering highlight color and deep, radiant matte shade that can be used together or separately for a variety of glowing makeup looks.

The highlight side of Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow is a shimmering golden peach. It's close to NARS Blush in Orgasm, but this blush has finer glitter. The matte side of Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow is an absolutely gorgeous coral watermelon color. The shade is fairly bright, but it also has depth that makes it a wonderful choice for contouring.

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow Swatches
Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow Swatches
Left: Highlight,  Right: Contour 

I am incredibly impressed with the pigmentation of Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow. Many blushes have to be applied heavily to show up when swatched, but both sides of this baked blush duo show up with dense, true color with a single swipe. Plus, the silky smooth formula ensures even, natural-looking application. 

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow
Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow

For this photo, I swirled both sides of the blush together and applied it to my cheeks. Then, I swept more of the highlight color on my cheekbones and dabbed the contouring shade into the hollows of my cheeks for additional definition. Unfortunately, the poor lighting of this picture means that the luminous sheen imparted by this blush is not visible, but I swear it's there in person!

If you like peachy coral blushes, Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow is a versatile, well-formulated choice for a lively flush. The shades look great when used together, but I love that each has enough color to be worn individually as well. Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow is the perfect product to get natural radiance just the way you like it.

6.13.2012

MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask Review and Swatches

Most of MAC's collaborations yield new shades of existing products - a Chen Man inspired Lipglass, for example.

MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask
MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask

For their collaboration with Beth Ditto, MAC has taken a different route by introducing an entirely new product: a dual-ended eyeliner and cream shadow. Currently available in four bold pairings, MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liners ($22) are intended to give you everything you need for an edgy, fashion-forward eye look in a single tube.

MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask (get it? Rhymes with 'death mask') features a maroon-bronze eyeliner and a golden peach cream eyeshadow.

MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask Swatches
MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask Swatches
Top: Eyeliner,  Bottom: Eyeshadow

Sadly, while I like the idea of this product, I had trouble making MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask work for me.

MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask
MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask

The eyeshadow has a pretty, shimmery peach color that reminds me of Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 26E. Unfortunately for MAC, I find the MUFE version to be creamier and easier to blend. I noticed MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow tugging along my eyelids as I put it on and I had trouble blending it up into the crease.
MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask
MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask

That said, the eyeliner end of MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask is fine. The maroon-bronze color is pretty and has a nice sheen. However, the eyeliner is awfully chubby, so it's difficult to apply a thin line. I prefer my eyeliner to have more precision.

Granted, I am far from having the skills of a makeup artist, but my efforts to apply MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow in Beth Mask ended up looking clumsy at best. I suppose I could use this product for a very basic eyeliner + lid color look, but why would I when there are better options out there? I just don't care for the formula and delivery system enough to keep trying with this one.

Has anyone else tried MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner? How did it work for you?

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Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 28 Just Married and No. 33 Get Rich Review and Swatches

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 28 Just Married and No. 33 Get Rich
Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick
Left: No. 28 Just Married,   Right: No. 33 Get Rich

This season is all about sheer, glossy lipstick. If you want to embrace the trend at an affordable price, try Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick ($12) for tons of pretty pigment, shine, and moisture.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick is available in a whopping 47 different shades, some with shimmer and some without. The colors range from light nudes and pinks to rich reds and berries with every color in between, so there's bound to be something for everyone. 

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipsticks contain moisturizing oils and Vitamin E to keep your lips nourished, soft, and protected. Some glossy lipsticks can leave your lips feeling dry, but I always notice how smooth my lips feel after wearing Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 28 Just Married and No. 33 Get Rich Swatches
Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick Swatches
 Left: No. 33 Get Rich,  Right: No. 28 Just Married

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 28 Just Married is a sheer, shimmer-free peach with lots of shine that's perfect for a natural and lovely makeup look. The sheer color and balmy texture make No. 28 Just Married simple to apply on the go, even without a mirror.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 28 Just Married
Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 28 Just Married

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 33 Get Rich is a deep, bold berry red. This shade includes shimmer for an extra dazzling finish. While No. 28 is perfect for everyday wear, I see No. 33 Get Rich as more of a vampy, evening shade.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 33 Get Rich
Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No. 33 Get Rich

Bottom Line: I am very impressed with Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipsticks. They come in a vast array of sheer, flattering colors with plenty of shine and moisture for a great summer look. Thanks, Sephora, for helping us get in on the glossy lipstick trend without spending a lot of money! 


       

6.11.2012

Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless Review and Swatches


Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless
Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless

When it comes to lip gloss, I don't tend to favor light, pale colors. Sure, those milky shades can look great layered over lipstick, but I prefer my lip gloss to amp up my lip color instead of tone it down.

That's why my favorite lip gloss of the moment is Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss SPF 15 in Boundless ($19 - $22).

Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless
Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless

This baby does everything for me. Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless is a sheer melon shade with just the right amount of color and dimension to look equally beautiful layered over lipstick or worn on its own. The ultra-flattering color also includes a subtle gold shimmer for just a hint of extra shine.

Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless
Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless

The final, absolutely delicious icing on the cake for me is that Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless CONTAINS SPF!  Lip wrinkles are serious business you guys, and I always fall a little bit in love with any lip product that includes sun protection. It's just so darn smart.

Bottom Line: Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Boundless is my constant companion lately. It's a beautiful color that strikes the perfect, ever-elusive balance between color intensity and sheerness. Plus, it includes SPF to keep your lips looking plumper in the long run. I definitely think you should give this one a try!


6.10.2012

MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me Review and Swatches

MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me
MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me

I haven't finished reviewing products from MAC's Beth Ditto collection yet, but I'm going to start introducing items from the brand's other recent launch, MAC Casual Color, as well. MAC Casual Color is all about breezy, laidback beauty. Instead of high fashion trends, this collection focuses on natural, wearable colors that are easy to throw on for a gorgeous weekend look.

MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me ($16) is a warm medium pink with a cream finish. It's not very bright but instead looks like a muted salmon in certain lighting. Although it's not the loudest, trendiest shade, I love MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me's subtle prettiness and find the color to be very flattering to my coloring.

MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me is pretty opaque, so you might be able to get away with using only a single coat. I opted for two coats to ensure full coverage, and I paired MAC Casual Color Nail Lacquer in Please Me with the Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel Base and Top Coats for optimal wear time.

I'm pretty happy with this subtle, lovely shade! Do you think MAC Please Me is a color that you would like to try?
       

Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Izak Zenou is a French illustrator known for his whimsical, breezy fashion sketches. Last month, Sephora launched a limited edition collaboration with Zenou featuring six items inspired by his playful and chic vision of the quintessential Sephora woman.

The Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($30) is a gorgeously coordinated set of 8 pearlescent baked eyeshadows housed in a compact, notebook-style palette. 

Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette

I must say, I am very enamored with this eyeshadow collection. The shadows in the Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette have impressive pigmentation, silky smooth application, and beautiful, luminous shine. The collection even includes complex and alluring duochrome shades.

This palette has a unique advantage because it includes an equal amount of warm and cool shades for optimal versatility. The left column features four warm, golden-based colors while the right column includes cool, taupe-based shades.  

Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette

Zenou's packaging for the Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette is absolutely adorable. I love the graphic, sleek black and white stripes adorned with a sketch of a fashionable young woman. The palette also includes an elastic strap closure that enhances the notebook aesthetic.

Plus, the Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette is incredibly portable. Measuring just 3.5 by 6 inches, the palette slips easily into purses, makeup bags, and luggage. I took it on a trip and had all the eyeshadow I needed in a perfectly compact package.

Now for the swatches:

Sephora Collection Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Chiffon and Vienna Swatches
Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Top: Chiffon,  Bottom: Vienna

Chiffon is a pearly vanilla with high shine that makes for a wonderful highlight shade. Vienna is a pale pearly bronze with hints of peach.

Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Rustique Bonsoir
Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Top: Rustique,  Bottom: Bonsoir 

Rustique is a dense, medium bronze with gold shimmer. Bonsoir is a deep, bronzey chocolate with shimmer that is perfect for contouring and lining your eyes.

Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Candy Bonbon Mystere
Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Top: Candy Bonbon,  Bottom: Mystere

Candy Bonbon is a bright, pearly light pink. Mystere is a dove grey with pink duochrome shimmer. This picture doesn't do Mystere justice -- the shade is so unique and absolutely stunning in person.

Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Vintage d'Epoque City of Lights Cite de Lumieres
Sephora by Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Top: Vintage d'Epoque,  Bottom: City of Lights

Vintage d'Epoque is extremely unique as well. This shade is a medium grey shimmer with a pink-bronze duochrome that makes for an amazing smoky eye. City of Lights is a deep, pearly brown with hints of purple and bronze. 


I think Sephora and Izak Zenou did a fabulous job with this product. The quality and variety of the shadows is impressive, and I adore the chic, whimsical packaging. I want to take it everywhere, and the compact size means that I can! 

Definitely check this one out before it's gone.