Showing posts with label Swatches Reviews. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mac Surf Baby Lipsticks Swatches and Reviews featuring Hibiscus and Bust Out

Mac Surf Baby collection has just been released and this post will cover the lipsticks. Naturally Eccentric was released previously eons ago in another collection and Mocha is a standard Mac color, available anytime. I LOVE Mocha. I wear it often. But today, I am covering the two newest colors Hibiscus and Bust Out!

I was excited to see these two colors because lately, I'm all about the purple and coral lips. I seem to be collecting. I've had a nude lip comfort zone for a long time because it's so easy as far as maintenance thruout the day or when you're out to lunch with the girls...another way to read that would be lazy, I guess. :)

The lipsticks come in a special packaging designed to cue the closet surfer in you. With special packaging comes a slightly higher price of $15.50 in the US. The bullet shaped white packaging has the same surfboard inspired oval that is on the nail polish packages and sporting the same fabulous hibiscus flower pointing to the word Mac.

On the left is Hibiscus, a cremesheen formula coral, and on the right is Bust Out!, a violet lustre formula. Here's a bit more of a close-up and some swatches on the skin:

I have been loving all the purples and violets Mac has come out with for lips lately, mainly because I didn't know I could wear them! I thought they'd make me look dead and I find that they look really natural on me and kind of even brighten up my face.

My only complaint with this lipstick is that it's so sheer. I'm not fond of lustres in general, although I have many that I adore. This one just seems to fade quickly. It's a shame because I really love the color but it doesn't seem to last on me. So I shall be trying it with a liner or gloss for more ooomph and longer wear.

Hibiscus is a longer lasting color. You won't have to touch up often and the color remains true as it wears. Delightful for summer. I have pictures in a couple different lightings.

I love the mix of colors that Mac used in the lipsticks in this collection. They are vastly different from each other which makes it seem like there is truely at least one of the four for everyone.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lancome Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow And Liner Palette 501 Emerald Boudoir Swatches and Review

Lancome's latest edition to their fabulous All-In-One 5 Shadow and Liner palettes is one called Emerald Boudoir. I spied this in Dillard's while on vacation and have yet to see it in my hometown at Nordstrom. The second picture shows most of the colors more accurately but the first picture shows the liner in the most accurate light.  However, the green was difficult to photograph accurately in conjunction with the others.  It is more green and less blue than either photo shows and is the color of the hand swatch.

These palettes are fabulous because they have all you need in one slim compact. They come with a fold-out insert that shows you placement for a day look and on the flip side is an explanation for a night look. The fold out is pictured in  this review.  Additionally, if you lose the fold-out paper, there is a plastic overlay inside the quint itself that labels the colors for easy placement. Of course, you can lay down any of the colors in any fashion that you feel inspired to.

I applied the colors in the suggested pattern to display them for your viewing. I found with this quint, it might be the way I would have done it anyway, so kudos to Lancome for reading my mind. :) I used Mac Prep and Prime Vibrancy Eye followed by Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast as my coverup and eye base, both above and below the eyes. This provides for all day color with no creasing.

Would you like to see how it turned out? Please bear in mind, I took these photos while my son was nagging me about taking them, so they came out a bit blurry. Take off ten blogger points for being able to be so easily stressed by my kid. In the photos, I am wearing Dior Aurora, (hello!!), on the cheeks as I have ever since I got it because it's like cheek magic. I've forgone blush, which is a first for me. I just love the look of the Aurora.

More Aurora, (looooove!), plus Mac Surf Baby Krazy Kahuna Lipglass, (review coming soon).

The colors include a shimmering wheat labeled as the all-over base, the shimmering emerald green which is called the Lid color, a satin taupey brown for the crease color, a light sparkling peach for highlight and the liner is a brown with subtle golden sparkle. These palettes come with two applicators; the first a typical sponge applicator and the second is a sponge liner applicator. to unveil what you end up with using these products....and if you forget foundation on your nose, lol!!!

I don't wear green often on the eyes. Sometimes the colors can make my eyes look more yellow, but this palette works for me and I'm pretty happy I bought all the products used in this face-o-the-day. Definite winners for me.

These palettes retail for $48 in the US. This is a fabulous value for five shades of coordinating color with not a dud in the bunch.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dior Diorskin Nude Summer Glow Powder Swatches and Review Featuring Aurora and Sunset Bronzers

Let's face it, these are Bronzers. But Dior has this super long name making my title eternal. Nevertheless, today I went to the Dior counter to check out the much talked about new Bronzers in Aurora and Sunset. Dior suggests that Aurora is for blondes and fair to medium skin while Sunset is suggested for brunettes and medium to dark complexions.

The Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Summer Powders are silky on application. They are a delight to look at, having a ribboned effect of multiple colors passing thru each other as if they are weaving together. Kind of brings out the Girl Scout in you, doesn't it? Here they are on the counter display:

Aurora, 001, is on top. It is a weave of pinks and nudes with mild shimmer that mixes together in a lighter combination than the accompanying Sunset, 002, on the bottom. Sunset is more tans and ochres to come off with a bit more of an orange look.

I swatched them on my arm, which is pretty tan at the moment. It makes the true colors harder to see, in my opinion. Although many people are this color by nature, so maybe that will help them. To me, I know I am naturally lighter, so I like to swatch at the inner part of my palm, base of the thumb because it gives me a more accurate accessment of how the colors will look when I'm not tan, so I give you these two swatch pictures, and in both, Sunset is on the left and Aurora on the right:

Even though I had already purchased Aurora, I wanted to see how the Sunset would look on my skintone, which is about NW35 right now, although in the different lightings that I took pictures, it looks anywhere from there to my normal coloring of about NW20-25. And in the different lightings, it looks like a good bronzer, or it can look a little orange.

I should note that I went to Nordstrom barefaced with just mascara, (scary, I know), and the MA put some Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Fluid on me in spots here and there. She then swept the Sunset bronzer down the tip of my nose and across my cheeks. My poor chin looks so bare. I have pictures in the car under a cloudy rainy day and pictures at home. You can see it in different lightings and I hope it helps to you to decide because as I live and breathe, I don't enjoy posting all these face pictures on the internet, you lucky people.

Tomorrow I am going to try out the Aurora, which my instinct says will be like a highlighter for me right now, but I think will be better for a glow when I'm more of my natural color.

Here's the picture at home where it's not really too bad:

Buying the lipstick next week when I have a makeover, by the way. Some celeb artist. Woot!

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