Marcelle Trend: Graphic Eye Shadow Quads

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Okay, so I’ve mentioned that these are gorgeous. I know. But I feel like I should say it again: these. are. gorgeous. Seriously; it’s a little bit ridiculous. I absolutely adore the aesthetic of the Trend collection, and the products themselves are just… [happy sigh]

What they are: Marcelle Graphic Eye Shadow Quads in Dimensional Blue and Dimensional Mauve

with the lovely blue shimmer overspray taken off

Dimensional Blue

Each quad is made up of four triangles of colour, but I was worried that this would only have three shades — the top and bottom triangles look remarkably similar. I am pleased to report that these are indeed different shades, but unfortunately, that neither strikes me as particularly wonderful. The lower grey pulls violet and its hard texture causes it to stubbornly remain very sheer, while the upper grey pulls more towards a neutral-warm taupe, and goes on with more pigment due to a softer texture. I forgot to take comparison shots of the two swatches while the sun was up, but here is one nonetheless: (more…)

A cute ‘n compact Strawberry Fudge

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What it is: Clinique Strawberry Fudge Holiday Compact

The blusher: This compact features a Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover, a subtle neutral-warm shade. The pigmentation is very versatile (it can be worn quite sheerly, or layered for a lot of intensity) and, while it is indeed “soft,” it’s not so soft that it’s crumbly and dusty.

(Yes, I know it’s ridiculous that I was worried about that. Shh!)

Sunlight. First two swatches on the left are both New Clover, first heavily and then lightly.

The shadows: I’ve raved about these already, but I’m more than happy to do it again! I’m a total sucker for a pink shadow with gold shimmer, so of course this hits the spot for me. Clinique actually did a great job coordinating these shades; they can definitely be worn day or night: more of the pink during the day; more of the dark brown at night. Plus, because they’re all neutral with a bit of a “lean” (the light brown to warm tones, the dark brown to cool tones) I think that most light and medium skintones should be able to pull this off without any worries at all.

Flash in indirect sunlight. First two swatches on the left are both New Clover, first heavily and then lightly.


Hide your wallets…

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

… because Marcelle’s Winter Trend collection just took me by surprise. I mean, yah, I thought it would be nice after reading Isabel’s post on it (here) — but not nearly this nice.

I promise to get on reviews and swatches ASAP; I was hoping to have them all done today but only had a few moments of sun left after bringing in the mail. You know, it’s a funny thing: yesterday I was daydreaming about thinking blissfully about stoically contemplating fall lipsticks, and how I’m sorely lacking them… and today, two perfect fall shades arrive. (The Rimmel I’ve been loving is gorgeous, but like a certain brand of chips, you can’t just have one.)

I guess it was meant to be!

Annabelle insomnia: EOTDs by request

To complete our insomnia coverage, I wanted to bring you ladies two more EOTDs. A few of our you asked for wearable looks using the Disturbia and Insomnia quads, and I felt obliged to comply!

I promise; this is the last insomnia post… I feel like we’ve been posting about it forever; the collection itself felt so large! Not, like, MAC VV large, but still: large for the drugstore. And I guess it was; Annabelle collections usually feature just four Mono eyeshadows, rather than three quads for a total of twelve domed shadows, two liners, a lipstick, and a new cheek product. But hey, I’m not complaining!

More photos, brief how-to paragraphs, and swatches >> (more…)

Annabelle’s new LE Rouge Velours is simply Hypnotic!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What it is: Annabelle Rouge Velours lipstick in Hypnotic, from the insomnia collection.

The shade: Hypnotic is a very sheer, pearly medium-nude. Now, before you freak out — it’s not “porn star nude,” nor is it “washed-out nude”. What I mean by the use of that word is just that it tones down the red in my lips, but as it’s sheer and not too pale, I never end up looking washed-out or, um, inappropriate (even when the rest of my face is bare). For those of you with un-pigmented lips this would obviously add colour, but it takes a bit of the red from my lips. I also wanted to point out that it’s very much a pearl, not a frost, even if you overapply!

The wear: I’ve found that Annabelle lipsticks all wear a little differently, even if they’re from the same line. While I’ve never run into a Rouge Velours that I actually disliked, this one feels particularly great — very moisturizing, like I’m wearing a really lovely lip balm. The colour never moves to the edges and dry patches of my lips (even though it feels exceptionally smooth), nor does the shimmer travel outside of my lip line.

The verdict? You know  how I keep saying “but if you buy only one item from the insomina collection, I wouldn’t recommend it be this one”? Well, this lipstick is the reason why — if you are only going to pick up one insomnia item, it totally needs to be this one.

More swatches and photos behind the cut! (more…)

Fall tones: Rimmel True Vintage

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What it is: Rimmel Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick in True Vintage

I had this entire post done and ready to go up this morning at 6:00, and I stayed up until a ridiculous hour (okay, 1AM) to get it done… but for some reason or another, WordPress deleted the entire !@)#* thing and left me with nothing but the first four words.

Excuse me, but (cover the children’s eyes!) what. the. hell.


The wear: This mishap was actually a great way to start off the post, though it wasn’t the best way to start off my morning. Why is this, you ask? Well, like the post, this “eight hour” lipstick mysteriously disappears when you turn your back — I can get 2-3 hours of wear out of it before I need to reapply, though the stain does last for about 4-5. And, like WordPress, it leaves you high and dry… less on the high and more on the dry, though.

Psst: this ends up opaque after a layer or two, but it can go on a little blotchy at first. Make sure to double-check your finished lip when you reapply!

The shade: I’ve always been a “have lemons? Make lemon lemon cupcakes with lemon icing!” kind of girl, so I guess that’s what I’ll be doing with this review. (You should taste my lemon lemon cupcakes with lemon icing; they’re amazing.) Anyhow, I wanted this to be the perfect fall lipstick shade, and it’s exactly that, in the tube — a muted berry with no shine, shimmer, or sparkle. It doesn’t read the same way on the lips, being more vivid than it is in the tube, but I think that makes it a bit more wearable for the average woman. I like a muted, mauvey lip, but it can be more ageing.

The packaging: Here’s the lemon icing on top! The Lasting Finish packaging won’t win any innovation prizes anytime soon, but I like it nonetheless. The slanted top lets the cap sit at a cute, jaunty angle, and it clicks back onto the lipstick firmly. I like the colour and finish of the material used, and while it’s light (like pretty much all drugstore packaging), that does make it great for throwing in your bag!

The verdict? I don’t like how this lip colour feels (ugh, drying!) or how long it lasts (seeing as it pretty much doesn’t), but the price is quite nice and both the packaging and colour are gorgeous. I refuse to reach a final verdict on this one, so make your own!

Availability: try online, any drugstore, or even some supermarkets!

P.S. This does have a light scent to it, if by “scent” we mean “cheaply fragranced odour.” However, it does fade within the first 15 minutes or so, making it a-okay with me.

P.P.S. Here’s what the stain looks like, if you BLOT it off (the colour’s much more even if it wears off on its own). Gorgeous, right?

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