ALL EYES ON | North American BB creams

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

For those of you that can’t wait until the 16th (online exclusively at shop.marcelle.com) for the new Marcelle BB Cream ($22.50 CAD, in stores Feb 6th), here are a few others…

What makes up a BB cream?

The blemish balms that have been sweeping through Asia over the past few years are finally making waves in North American brands, too. These all-in-one bases are lightly tinted to even out the skin, creating a smooth, even base under foundation (or, depending on the brand and shade, replace foundation altogether.)

I’ve also seen “BB” cited as “beauty base,” “beauty balm,” and “blemish base,” but they’ve always been blemish balms in my head. You may recognize them from brands like Skin Food, Dr. Jart, Etude House, Missha, and The Face Shop – and those are just the big ones. BB creams are, more or less, the tinted moisturizers of the other side of the world; sheer foundation with an extra marketing punch. (And, hopefully, an extra-punchy formula, too.)

There are a number of multinationals that do Asia-exclusive BB creams, so perhaps they’ll show up here sometime, too. I know Maybelline, L’Oreal, and Garnier do them, as well as department/boutique brands like La Roche Posay, Dior, Estee Lauder, and Bobbi Brown, so perhaps it’s not too much to hope for! (Note, the Estee one sold here is different from the one sold in Asia; theirs launched earlier and is part of the Cyber White line, not the DayWear range.)

The not-quite-Chanel FOTD | Gold and black smokey eyes

Monday, August 1, 2011

When I set about to do a look this past Saturday, I had intended to re-create the recent Chanel Fall 2011 couture look - a sexy, glossy, all-black eye.

Needless to say, I was waylaid by a pigment stack I (inadvisably) had sitting out on my desk, and we didn’t really make it to our originally planned destination.

In the end, I put together a basic, black smokey eye with a gold highlight in the center, a look I’ve been quite fond of recently. (Er, having the main highlight being in the center of the lid rather than the inner corner, that is. But to be honest, I don’t wear a lot of black in terms of eyeshadow!)

Even more importantly, though, I’m super excited to get reviewing some of the products I tried out in this look. A few of them were in this bowl, and a few of them weren’t, but there were a couple of new textures that I’ve really been enjoying. We should have a review of the Clinique Lid Smoothie line within the next forty-eight hours, but consider this your “sneak preview” into some of our upcoming reviews!

Keep reading; you know you want to »

My current go-to brow-and-contour product | Smashbox Single Eye Shadow (Matte) in Smoke

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I’ve mentioned this a ton of times, but (while responding to comments in last week’s All About Brows post), I realized that I’ve never actually posted a photo of this little gem!

Smashbox Smoke, a discontinued matte grey eyeshadow, has been my brow product of choice for ages. The shadow itself is really lovely (smooth, soft without being crumbly, and very blendable), and the shade works well as a brow filler in combination with almost-black hair and cool undertones. I tried it for the first time out of frustration more than anything else – everything I had tested prior to this one just looked so burnt-red in EOTD shots – and haven’t looked back since!

swatched dry on unprimed skin (light/heavy)

As far as finding a dupe goes, I haven’t really looked for one yet. I can’t imagine it would be difficult to find one, though; it really is just a basic grey! Something like NYX Dark Grey or Bobbi Brown Steel should do the trick, or (if you’d rather use a product specifically designed for brows), NYX’s Black/Grey brow duo or Clinique’s Charcoaled brow powder would work, too.

Spring collections round-up: part three

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It’s already February; can you believe it?! (Hint: I cannot.) Anyhow, with this realization, it hit me that I should probably get crackin’ on our Spring series, so today we have Smashbox, Lancome, and Laura Mercier (whose collection I am completely enamoured with, albeit only through photos). Enjoy!

How the widgets work: just click – it’s that simple. These should be set up so that when you click on a specific product, it’ll take you to that product’s page. (If it doesn’t seem to be working, well, let me know!)


Smashbox, Smashbox, Smashbox, Smashbox


Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme


Laura Mercier, Laura Mercier, Laura Mercier



The rest of the round-up…

  • Part one: Dior, Estee Lauder, and Guerlain
  • Part two: Urban Decay, Benefit, and LORAC

Dupe alert: Smashbox In Bloom Soft Focus Eye Liners

Friday, December 17, 2010

While writing up a post on Annabelle’s new Mineral Powder Eyeliners, I ran into a sense of deja vu — about Smashbox’s In Bloom Eye Liners, that is. First it was just the packaging, which happens to be the same shape…

And then it was the shades…

And now? I’ve noticed the formulas! Check this out:

Smashbox In Bloom: Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Pumice, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carnauba Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Annabelle Mineral Powder: Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Pumice, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Carnauba Wax.

Yep — the ingredients lists are the exact same! The last few ingredients are in a slightly different order, but (as I’m sure you all know), ingredients lists are written up in order of concentration. That is to say: these formulas are probably 80% the first three ingredients, and contain just minuscule amounts of the last ones. So, switching them up? Not going to make a huge difference in your product.

The big difference:

I’m not sure who thought up these liners first, but enjoy your dupes, Canucks ;) And make sure to grab ‘em fast; they’re limited edition!

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