Monday, August 31, 2009

New Dior 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadows

Dior just released a collection of single eyeshadows in a new formula called "1-Couleur Ultra-Smooth High Impact Eyeshadow," retailing for $27.50. Dior released a few in the new formula in Argentic 056 & Trendy Taupe 066 with their fall 2009 Jazz Club collection in the US.

I bought these from Sephora.com because of the "ONLY AT SEPHORA" note beside each shade, but it seems like Sephora simply received the new eyeshadows first (similar to the release of the reformulated Addict Lip Color where they received the lipsticks first before other retailers like Nordstrom & Bloomingdales) since today, I now see the shades available at Nordstrom.com.

Nordstrom.com describes the product saying, "Dior takes shadow play to extremes with Color Extreme powder eyeshadow singles. Maximum color. Maximum wear. In a single sweep they're on to stay for hours. The new innovative eyeshadow uses a new Japanese slurry powder process to create a formula that delivers maximum color payoff and extreme hold in just one coat."

Sephora.com has decent product photos and color descriptions.

I ended up purchasing two of the shades Bronzy Night 486 and Beige Print 626. I had purchased Argentic 056 when the fall collection came out.



Additional product photos, swatches and scans/pictures from various magazines.

Close up of Argentic 056:



Close up of Bronzy Night 486:



Close up of Beige Print 626:



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Swatches compared to a few other singles from the original single eyeshadow line:

1. Argentic (new formula)
2. Bronzy Night (new formula)
3. Beige Print (new formula)
4. Beige Sunshine (original formula for single shadows)
5. Brown Sequins (original formula for single shadows)



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From Oggi October 2009:
* Item #2 is Nude Luminescence 516
* Item #3 is Infra-Rose 826



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From Biteki September 2009:
* Item #1 is Infra-Rose 826
* Item #2 is Beige Print 626



Actual product compared to magazine (Beige Print):



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From Biteki September 2009:
* Item #1 is Gold Touch 546
* Item #2 is Trendy Taupe 066



These come in the same size compact as the One-Colour Eyeshadow which retail for $25.00, I don't know what the difference is in formula that would justify the higher price tag of $27.50 (which I think is really steep). I will have to play around with the colors a bit more to see exactly what the difference is, but initially, it seems that the new formula is more shimmery and the texture is highly pigmented and slightly creamy versus powdery like traditional eyeshadows.

Overall I'm really pleased with the pigmentation and the shimmer is finely milled so it's not over the top or too subtle. I will definitely be on the lookout for the product instores to test out the other colors like
Nude Luminescence, Ultra Violet & Brown Fever.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stila Smudgepots: Black Cat, Kitten, and Little Black Dress

I finally got my hands on the new Stila Smudge Pots in Black Cat, Kitten, and Little Black Dress. I found these at my local Ulta - I've heard several sighting posts around various message boards. The store near me didn't have them on display but the manager on duty this morning was kind enough to allow his staff to pull them from the back since I told him I didn't need to test them out and knew what I wanted to get already.

Here are the new shades compared to Golden Noir from the Indian Summer Collection. Each retail for $20. Not all of them are online yet, but the release dates for each collection are September, so I expect these to be trickling in soon. FYI, from the Barbie Loves Stila collection, there are also two other smudge pot shades. Check stilacosmetics.com for more details.

Left to right: Golden Noir, Black Cat, Little Black Dress, Kitten



Descriptions + links to Stila's and Sephora's websites:

* Golden Noir - a black base with gold shimmer, according to stila, "This new twist on the cult favorite Smudge Pot sprinkles genuine 24kt gold flakes into the rich matte black base leaving eyes gilded and glam."

* Black Cat - a soft black with a cooler base than Golden Noir, but this might be due to the silver sparkles that are in the product (haven't seen this online yet)

* Little Black Dress - described online as a "black with pink shimmer" this really seems more like a deep purple infused with pink and violet shimmers which was surprising to me, especially since it swatched brighter than what it looked like in the pot

* Kitten - this is a shimmery nude champagne pink, similar to the powder eyeshadow version, seems like an odd shade to have as a liner, but I will probably use this more like a cream eyeshadow

Close up photos of the black smudge pots with flash:



Close up of smudge pots in natural sunlight:



Swatches of the shades with comparisons (with flash on bare skin):

1) Bobbi Brown Black Ink
2) Stila Golden Noir Smudgepot
3) Stila Black Cat Smudgepot
4) Stila Little Black Dress
5) Bobbi Brown Violet Ink
6) Stila Kitten Smudgepot
7) Bobbi Brown Beach Honey Cream Shadow
8) Benefit RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow



Swatches in natural sunlight without flash (same as above):

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bobbi Brown 'Pewter' Metallic Eye Set (Nordstrom Exclusive)

I first saw the new Bobbi Brown Pewter Metallic Eye Set on Nordstrom.com about a month ago and immediately inquired about it at several stores while I was in Seattle & Portland and also when I got back home. I was told that it wouldn't be released until October for the Nordstrom Trend Shows. I finally caved in and ordered it online and here it is (retails for $40):



Close up of Black Ink & Pewter Metallic:



Swatch of Pewter Metallic & Black Ink on bare skin:



Product photo comparisons to other Bobbi Brown greyish eyeshadows:



Product photo comparisons to other brands:



Swatch comparisons:



1. Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow - Galaxy
2. Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow - Mushroom
3. Becca Loose Shimmer Powder - Mermaid
4. MAC Starflash Eyeshadow - Smoke & Diamonds
5. Stila Eyeshadow - Diamond Lil
6. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow - Pewter
7. Shu Uemura Metallic Eyeshadow - ME Brown 851
8. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow - Stone
9. Chantecaille Iridescent Eye Shadow - Sel
10. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow - Rock

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(Note that Pewter looks greenish only because it's compared to cool greys here)



1. MAC Pigment - Coco
2. MAC Pigment - Sweet Sienna
3. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow - Pewter
4. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow - Rock
5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow - Stone
6. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow - Heather Mauve
7. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow - Ash
8. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow - Brown Stone
9. Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow - Galaxy

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Swatched next to MAC Mink & Sable to show that it really isn't green:



At this time I am not quite sure if this Pewter Metallic Eyeshadow will be the same as the Pewter Chrome Eyeshadow that will be released with the Chrome Collection in October (details and photos at PinkMelon). All I know is that the packaging material is different - the metallic one from nordstrom is in the regular black compact while the chrome looks like it will be in the same size/shape of compact, but a different color to go along with the chrome theme.

Overall thoughts: the Pewter Metallic Shadow is absolutely gorgeous. It's an extremely complex taupey/silvery/pewter shimmer shade with a hint of gold tones. If you're a Bobbi Brown fan, I highly recommend checking this out at your local Nordstrom counter!

Chanel Fleurs Celestes de Chanel Natural Finish Face Highlighter

The second round of my Symphonie Blanche de Chanel haul finally came and I got the Fleurs Celestes de Chanel Powder in the mail today! I apologize for having posts about this collection all over the place. For the nail and eye products click down to this past Tuesday's post Chanel White Whisper Quadra Eyeshadow & Blanc Petale Nail Colour.

This is the product description according to Chanel.com:



Product & swatch photos, came in a cute Chanel Gift Box:





Close up of the palette:



Swatched on fingers (please note that the photograph doesn't do the shimmer justice! I usually don't do swatches b/c I can rarely get accurate photos of them, this should just give you an idea of the pigmentation):




Overall thoughts: I was a bit hesitant to order this since I've found Chanel Highlighters to be hit or miss. Sometimes they are gorgeous in the pan, but go on so sheer, you can barely see anything on. This palette did not disappoint at all - the shimmer is pigmented enough to give a beautiful glow but is subtle enough that I don't look like I have glitter.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Laura Mercier Exclusive Essential Eye Organizer (Neiman Marcus)

Directly from Neiman Marcus online. I already saw the tester of this in store a few weeks ago and did a presale for it for their September Beauty Event (starts September 10). They have a super cute gift with purchase that comes with a full sized lip stain, mini mineral powder in Candlelight, minis of skincare and mascara too! I have a feeling this will sell out fast so I recommend calling your associate at Neiman Marcus to do a pre-sell for this if you want to take advantage of the gift!



Retails for $125. Laura Mercier introduces her Limited-Edition Exclusive Essential Eye Organizer, a wardrobe of eye colors perfect for fall. Create endless looks with twelve expertly chosen eye colours. Contour, define and line eyes with three professional double-ended brushes.

The stylish eye palette contains the following eye colors: Celestial, African Violet and Bamboo Luster Eye Colours, Black Plum, Buttercream, Cashmere and Coffee Ground Matte Eye Colours, and Sandstone, Baroque, Haze, Stellar and Sable Sateen Eye Colours.

Each palette contains the following brushes: Double-ended Eye Color and All Over Eye Color Brush, double-ended Eye Crease and Ponytail Brush, and double-ended Smudge and Corner Eye Color Brush.

Paul & Joe Autumn 2009 Catalog

I received this cute pamphlet in the mail thanks to the lovely ladies from the Paul & Joe counter at Bergdorf Goodman. Thought I'd scan it and share it with you!









For more product photos, click on the "Paul and Joe" tag/label at the bottom of this post. Another awesome resource is the Rouge Deluxe Blog (one of my favorites and super helpful to me when I ordered items sight-unseen).

Definitely check out their website for clearer swatch views. They also have a Page and a Group on Facebook with a photos section. Both have lovely pictures and you can see updates on promotions and events too! Just type in "Paul & Joe Beaute" in the search field. These are the two that I've become a fan of.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today's Non-Beauty Haul Items

Picked up some good non-beauty items today. Stopped by J.Crew and found some really cute patent-leather belts that will go well with some of my shirt-dresses. Might go back for the black patent one.





This is the cute ruffle-front shirt-dress from Banana Republic I got a couple days ago which I plan to wear with my new belts.



I absolutely adore Tommy Bahama's Scented Candles in Pineapple Cilantro & Crackled Coconut. Looks like they redesigned the packaging on their Home Fragrance Collection and added a few more scents! These classic tins were $14 each. They also have larger tins, pillars, and glass poured candles.



And I've saved the best for last. I went crazy looking for these Limited Edition Coconut M&Ms after my friend posted a comment about these! Apparently they were released in select stores in early August. So . . . 5 large retail grocery chains, 6 gas stations/liquor stores, and one 7-Eleven later, I finally found these at Circle K and stocked up (yes, I know it's quite crazy that I would spend that much time and effort just for candy). The Strawberry Peanut Butter M&Ms I found at Walmart.

Dolce & Gabbana Naked Lipstick Comparisons

Some lipstick and gloss comparisons to Dolce & Gabbana's Shine Lipstick in Naked from Bobbi Brown, MAC and Shu Uemura.



1. Bobbi Brown Glitter Lipgloss Bronzed Pink
2. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Bronzed Pink
3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Twilight
4. Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine BG950s
5. Dolce & Gabbana Shine Lipstick Naked
6. MAC Frost Lipstick Sparks Can Fly
7. Nars Lipstick Mitzi
8. Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color Vintage Rose
9. Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color Pretty Pink

Check out the comparisons for D&G Perfection and Orange Lipsticks too!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chanel White Whisper Quadra Eyeshadow & Blanc Petale Nail Colour

I just received two of the items from the Symphonie Blanche de Chanel Collection, White Whisper Quadra Eyeshadow & Blanc Petale Nail Colour from Chanel.com. I have the Fleurs face highlighting powder coming in the mail at the end of this week, but couldn't wait to upload pics of these two items.

Check just a couple posts down for the promotional info about the collection or click Chanel Symphonie Blanche de Chanel Collection for more details. It looks like the palette is out of stock on the Chanel website, but check Neimanmarcus.com, select Chanel Boutiques like the ones in NY, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, and Chanel Beauty Studios like the ones at South Coast Plaza Bloomingdales.

Blanc Petale is described as a crisp white which I feel is accurate. It has a slight pearl finish but still shows up a pure white. I've swatched it next to White Satin which was limited edition Spring 2008. I'm a bit undecided about this since it's such a bright white - I'm not sure whether it will be more for a mani or pedi.

Two views, this one shows the difference better in the nail swatch:



This one shows the difference in color in the actual bottles:



White Whisper Quadra Eyeshadow is described as having silver pink, pearly white, light gold, dark silver shades. I agree with all the shade descriptions, except the "dark silver" is more like a satin charcoal shade. It's more on the matte side, but not fully matte.

I really like the pigmentation and the colors in this quad are stunning. Please pardon the blurry swatches, it was hard to photograph the swatches without all the shades looking exactly the same.








Shu Uemura Primal Mix Blush: Rhythm

I briefly checked out Shu Uemura's Fall Primitribe Fall Mode Collection at Neiman Marcus and the blushes were all definitely standouts. I was in a rush so I only picked up the pink one called Rhythm ($24 USD), there were two others a peach one and an amber colored one.



I found that the swatches on Shu Uemura's Website were extremely accurate.



If you're a fan of blush, I highly recommend checking out Shu Uemura's. They've recently been discontinuing many of my favorite shades (such as P Peach 40) but they still have a wide range to choose from. I definitely plan on picking up the other two shades in the next few weeks.

Also, it looks like they finally released their new brow gel which I am super excited to try out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sneak Peek: Chanel Noirs Obscurs Makeup Collection

I just picked up the October 2009 Issues of Voce, Maquia & Biteki yesterday from my local Mitsuwa Marketplace and saw some preview pictures and a couple ads for the new Chanel Noirs Obscurs collection. (Huge thanks to Haru at Rouge Deluxe for introducing me to these awesome beauty/fashion magazines. Luckily I don't need to be in Asia to get these since I have a Japanese bookstore near me.)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping these will be released in time for the Saks and Neimans Beauty Events (mid September), but since they just released a new skincare line and the rouge allure laques in the US, I have a feeling the release date might not be as soon as I hope.

From Biteki Magazine, scan of the Chanel ad (the scan just couldn't capture the true color or intensity/depth of the eyeshadow, the actual photo shows a bit of iridescence to the eyes but when scanned, just looks flat):





Article featuring Peter Philips from Voce:



Scan from Maquia:



I've found some more details on the product names on these two blogs:

British Beauty Beauty Blogger (Chanel: Noirs Obscurs Collection)
Ladies Beauty (Noirs Obscurs Dark Black Collection . . .)

If you have anymore details, please share!!!

For those unfamiliar with these Japanese magazines, they run about $8 to $12 USD each issue which is fairly pricey. However, they have beautiful layouts, pictures on real women, tons of how-to tutorials, and lots of great ideas (both fashion and beauty related) which make these well worth the price in my opinion and a better deal than most US beauty/fashion magazines. That being said, since these are Japanese publications, they do follow Asian Trends (which do not always coincide with other countries) and most of the models are fair-medium in skintone.

Check to see if your city has a Japanese supermarket or bookstore!
 

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