Browsing makeup swatches
We’ve all seen the exaggerations when it comes to the titles of beauty products – “12 Hour Wear…” here, “14 Hour,” there. So what’s in a name? It’s not illegal for them to do this but it is quite misleading. But one has come along from the LANCOME line that speaks the truth. It’s their Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner. Now what could that 24H stand for, hmmm? 24…hues? 24…hairs? 24…Hours perhaps? Well I got more than 24 hours of wear out of these … on my arm! That’s right. I was swatching the colors one eve and it didn’t fade or flake off well past the 24-hour mark. I even had two people ask me if the slashes were tattoos!
Every year I look forward to the offerings from the MAC COSMETICS line and they do seem to up themselves in areas. Those areas would be the accessories like the makeup palettes and cosmetic bags. More on those at a later date. What I did get my paws on now are 3 of the items from the Divine Night Collection.
What it is: What happens at night stays there. MAC captures the moment when flashing lights illuminate a flair for finery and limitless luxury that can only be described as divine. Gorgeous colours in rich finishes inspire an evening on the scene and to be seen. Enjoy yourself – past midnight, the darkness keeps the secrets.
So let’s look closer at these and some swatches!
I’m really feeling this pencil and eye shadow quad together. The colors are just so now!
VOTRE VU Palette Play Eye Shadow Quad Palette in Violette ($42 @ votrevu.com) – loving this quad with four very wearable colors: Chiffon (beige), Raw Silk (light mauve), Moiré (purple), Black Velvet (black). Wear them individually or all together or … with DOLCE & GABBANA The Kohl Pencil Intense Kohl Eye Crayon in Dahlia #5 ($30 @ sephora.com) – this medium purple has a nice metallic finish to it that nicely highlights any of the Votre Vu colors in the quad.
Click after the pic to see more pictures and swatches!
Inspired by Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page’s travels around the globe, SHISEIDO just came out with some new Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trios ($33 @ shiseido.com). Just gazing at these colors, I can only imagine where Mr. Page even went! The amazon with the deep, rich greens? Or the Orient with the golds and coppers? The world truly is his oyster.
I have to admit, it was hard to delve into these two eye shadow trios because they look nice just in the compact (yup, I’m filing this post under my on-going feature of Product As Art that are too pretty to touch) but I’m glad I did. They apply so smoothly and blend really well and so worth the price tag.
Each color has a satiny finish and includes Micromatic Color Pigments, which reflect light, giving a bolder look. And the shadows also contain their signature moisturizing agent, Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE, but as I’ve stated before on my site, I’m not sure an ingredient like this in such a low amount can make a difference in a product.
So let’s take a closer look at each trio!
Have you heard of this LAQA & Co. line yet? It started with a nail polish pen is now branching out into other categories of makeup like these lippies I tried here. Their based in New York and what sets them apart from the super saturated beauty world is that each product is a piece of art too. I mean, packaging and design is just almost as important as the actual product, right? To me it is a big part of the overall experience of a product.
This LAQA & Co. like feature up-and-coming artist's designs on their packaging with each artist getting a cut of the profits from every product purchased. Nice to profit share like that!
And they give a little background on each artist on their site, so you can learn more about each one.
How many makeup pencil sharpeners do you own? I knew I owned quite a few but not 12! That’s way too many but then again, pencils come is so many different sizes these days.
A new one you won’t have to worry about trying to find a sharpener for is SMASHBOX’s new Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner. Always sharp? How is that possible? Click after the jump to see!
Line lips before? Line lips after? There doesn’t seem to be one clear answer to this conundrum. I’ve always lined before applying lipstick and feel I get a better defined lip this way instead of using it afterward. How do you use your lip liner?
Anyway, I’ve been pretty drawn to fall colors this month and dark vampy colors are really making the scene or rather my lips these days. A duo that is dark enough but not too young for me is from the French Accents collection from VOTRE VU. It’s their French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick in Margaux ($23) and the Drawmatic Lip Liner in Sizzle ($21).
The lipstick is one of those looks-darker-in-the-tube-than-on-the-lips dark berry shade and feels so nicely on lips! Using plant waxes and vitamin E, this one goes on smooth and has a hint of vanilla mint to briefly dazzle the nose. To get the smoothest application, make sure your lips are exfoliated and that they are not peeling or chapped as a shade this dark won’t look as good.
Admiring my lips in the mirror wearing these both, I almost feel like they are not vampy enough but maybe at my age that’s a good thing; I get my fix by looking at it in the tube but then get the real world look when I apply it. Thanks for keeping in check, VV! Both @ votrevu.com.
PIXI BEAUTY just put out some new products for fall and right now I’m digging on their Crayon Combo in Softly Smoky ($18). One side is a deep matte chocolate brown for the liner and on the other thicker side of the pencil is a glowing medium bronze that is used to define. And the dark liner can also be used on the waterline as it’s waterproof. I didn’t find it performed as well as this one but the dark brown is a nice alternative to harsher black.
Both @ pixibeauty.com.
Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.
I kinda feel like lip liners have become the nylons of the makeup world. I mean, how often do you use one? Or rather, maybe I should ask myself that question? I have always had an issue with feathering and lip bleeding from most lippies but I do forget to use a lip liner unless I am trying out a super-rich red or a Lip Tar. Then I seem to know better.
So my fall resolution is this:
Ok!! Got it now.
So what better makeup brand to make this resolution with then URBAN DECAY and their 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils ($19 @ urbandecay.com).