Sunday, March 16, 2014

My MAC Blush Collection




Here is a photo overview of my MAC blush collection - about half are permanent and the others are limited edition.  SWATCHES AFTER THE JUMP!


Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a warm rosy plum with a natural satiny finish.  Hourglass describes the Ambient Lighting Blush line as "a groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color."  

These blushes are infused with "Photoluminescent Technology" which creates depth and dimension.  There are six blushes in the line and each one is fused with a different Ambient Lighting Powder in order to enhance the appearance of the skin.  Mood Exposure is infused with Mood Light Ambient Lighting Powder and is meant to give the skin a brighter, more radiant appearance.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Clinique Peach Pop Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Clinique Peach Pop Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Clinique Peach Pop Blush ($21.00 for .12 oz.) is one of four permanent blush shades released with the Clinique Cheek Pop Collection for spring 2014.  Each shade is embossed with a daisy and comes packaged in a sleek, clear compact.  Not only am I a sucker for packaging, but what girl can resist a blush that's imprinted with a flower?  Needless to say, was love at first sight.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

During the Sephora VIB sale last month, I purchased a couple NARS eyeshadows.  I kept telling myself that I didn't need more eyeshadow, but at the time I didn't own any NARS products, plus I had 20% off, so why not right?  

NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo ($34 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a "muted mauve" and a "smokey plum".  I chose this duo because it's one of the more unique eyeshadow combinations and I love mauve shades.

The left side of the duo is more of a pinky beige rather than a muted mauve.  I couldn't find any comparable shades in my collection so I don't have any dupe suggestions for this one.  The texture was not quite as soft as I would have liked, but the pigmentation was good and it had nice color payoff.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

L'Oreal La Laque & Le Matte Color Riche Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

L'Oreal La Laque & Le Matte Color Riche Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Since their release this fall, I've been on the hunt for the ever allusive L'Oreal La Laque and Le Matte Lipsticks ($7.99 each depending on location).  The (rumored) limited edition line features shiny and matte finishes which are meant to be lipsticks and liners in one which provide full coverage in one swipe.  After searching high and low, I stumbled upon a nearly empty display at my local Target.  I snagged the two remaining shades - La Laque in Lacquer-ized and Le Matte in No Matte-r What.  

They come in slim retractable tubes which are similar to lip liners.  The tip of the lipstick comes to a rounded point which allows for precise application.  After continued use, the tip will most likely become rounded, so apply these strategically.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MAC Saigon Summer Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Saigon Summer Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

I'm a big fan of lipstick that's quick and easy to apply.  Don't get me wrong, I love love love a red pout, but when I'm on the go, I want a no-fuss shade that doesn't require any prep work.  I usually go with neutrals and pink shades, but when I want some oomph, I reach for corals or oranges.  

I had quite a few empty MAC containers after I depotted several limited edition products, so on my recent trip to MAC, I picked up Saigon Summer ($15) which is described as a "frosted bright orange".  It's a mid-toned orange with a subtle frosty shimmer.  Saigon Summer is a cremesheen finish, which is one of my favorite formulas from MAC.  Cremesheen finish lipsticks are easy to apply and they don't feel heavy or drying on my lips.  Saigon Summer lasts about 3 hours before it needs reapplying.  This shade is great when you want to wear something other than your usual pink or nude lipstick.  Plus it has an added bonus of making your teeth look incredibly white! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lorac Dazzling Dozen Eyeshadow Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Lorac Dazzling Dozen Eyeshadow Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

LORAC Dazzling Dozen Eyeshadow Collection ($35.00, exclusively at Ulta.com) is a limited edition collection featuring 12 individual eyeshadows, each weighing in at 0.06 ounces.  The collection features a variety of shades and finishes including matte, shimmer, and sparkle.  The matte and shimmer finishes were the best performers while the sparkle shades tended to yield some fallout during application.  After application, however, I didn't experience any more fallout with the sparkle shades.  Overall, this collection is an excellent value and the majority of the eyeshadows are highly pigmented, smooth, and long-lasting.

Read on for shade descriptions and dupes! 


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