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Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Review

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As per my original sneak peek on Bobbi Brown’s Mauve Collection today I thought I’d review the entire collection for you! Or at least what I ended up getting from what was released! I sadly didn’t nab the new liner which everyone was raving about but I feel the need to definately purchase it so expect a review sometime soon especially since I’ve been known to rave on, and on, and on about Bobbi Brown gel eye liner in the past!

The collection consists of several new glosses, a few new lip shades, eye liner, a brush set, and the most important piece of all, the Mauve Palette.

Since the Bobbi Brown Mauve Palette is actually the star of the collection I’ll begin my review with it. I actually don’t have any other Bobbi palettes aside from this one and the Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry palette. I absolutely adore the Pink Raspberry one so I was quite happy to get the chance to test out the Mauve palette.

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The price is $55 USD but you get a nice bit of product for the cost. The price could be considered high by some but you do have to keep in mind that Bobbi Brown is a higher end counter line made with a mature woman in mind. That being said I think that she creates some rather key pieces that fit in with a younger crowd but not so much so that the brand is considered “hip” by any means. For me it’s an elegant brand with some very sure proof items that simply work. Another words you get what you pay for.

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My first Bobbi Brown purchase was horrifying and it put me off Bobbi Brown completely however after purchasing the Metallic palettes sometime last Fall I fell in love with many of her items and haven’t looked back since!

The Mauve palette is pretty much the standard palette that Bobbi Brown releases. It’s a large black compact that houses a three eye shadows, three lip creams, and one blush. Basically, everything you need for a few great looks or one really fabulous look. Since I’m one for creating numerous looks with one palette I think it’s safe to say you can get anywhere from 4-5 or more looks from the one palette with a little creativity on your side.

These are my typical shades of choice. If you know the Muse well enough you’ll realize I don’t normally reach for naturals, nudes, or neutrals. This falls into the very neutral category. I’m always shocked at how many people prefer a more subdued style of makeup. I’m more the type to run after green eye shadow than reach for browns or creams. This makes my review shocking because I actually loved the Mauve palette. It just works. It is what it is and it. It doesn’t promise drama or fanfare just simplicity. Sometimes simplicity can obviously be a good thing. The looks I created using the palette were more a mature, grown up look that I’m not known for sporting. I was actually delighted at the outcome as I looked quite elegant and natural.

The shadows included are all matte with the very smallest amount of faint shimmer. Each can of course be used alone or combine all three to create a simple yet interesting look. The top most shadow is a cream which can be used as a highlighter, all over color wash, or to prep your eye for the darker shades. The second shade is a softer taupe brown color that can be used on your lid and contrasted in the crease with the third and final color which is a deeper chocolate brown.

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The blush is a dirty, mauve pink that I felt gave a bit of a contour to my cheeks and sort of hollowed them out if that makes any sense! It’s definately a very warm Fall color.

And finally the three lip shades are a chocolate brown, a deep mauve pink which contrasts brilliantly with the blush since it’s a deeper pink, and a pinkish brown. The top most color contains a very faint shimmer where as the other shades are soft and matte.

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The palette is exactly sometime I’d normally pick out for myself but I think it’s definately appealing to those that simply enjoy a very neutral look. I’m actually quite pleased that I got a chance to experiment with it. I enjoyed the warmer, Fall look I created using it and was pleased with my very “grown up”, “adult” look!

Here’s your Muse sporting all three eye shadows in the palette, the blush, and the 2nd lip shade.

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As you can see above the entire look is very simple yet elegant. Pretty much perfection for a corporate enviroment. I love how full my lips look sporting just that simple lip cream and nothing else. I also like how warm a look it is. It seems very fitting for Fall!

I also got two of the shimmer lip glosses and one of the regular glosses. Bobbi Brown lip glosses are pretty good stuff. Nice and pigmented, not overly sticky, and pretty decent staying power. I purchase my first ones back in Spring when the Pink Raspberry collection released.

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Although the colors inside the tube are a bit discouraging to look out they actually apply very nicely.

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Iced Mauve is a shimmering, metallic taupe color. That’s the best way I can describe it! It’s a shimmer gloss so it does contain just the right amount of silver shimmer. The shimmer is not over kill and just a touch for a very nice look. Black Pearl is also a shimmer gloss. It’s a very complex color that contains a bit of purple, a bit of brown, and just the right amount of gold shimmer. Interesting shade to say the least. Finally mauve is a lip gloss that is a combination of rose, purple, and brown. I found that the shades compliment the lip creams in the palette very well and I liked how they looked on top of those shades rather than applying alone.

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Overall, this is a winner for the folks that adore nudes and neutrals! I know of at least one person that will simply adore all these colors! If you’re a lover of simplicity and natural this one is for you!

Do check out the collection! It’s worth some of your time to swatch and have a look at! Especially the palette! Check out more of the Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection releases by clicking here!

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Travel back to last Fall and check out my raves for the Metallics Eye Palette Collection!

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We might be discussing Fall Collections but hells it’s still Summer! Click here to enjoy my review on the Bobbi Brown Bronzed Pink Summer Collection!

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MAC Neo Sci-Fi FOTD

I reviewed MAC Neo Sci-Fi yesterday, finally! If you read my review you probably noticed I wasn’t too keen on X-Rocks.

I decided to crack it open and do an FOTD to see if it was me. Its not too bad but I don’t completely love the look I created using it. You definately need a really light hand when using it otherwise it looks like you have mud on your face especially for medium-fair skin like my own!

What I Used:

Cheeks
MAC Blush in X-Rocks

Eyes
MAC Eye Shadow in Femme-Fi
MAC Eye Shadow in Expensive Pink
Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

Lips
MAC Lipglass in Soft & Slow

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I personally think I look like I stayed out in the sun too long!

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MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

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I’m really late pumping out my review for MAC Neo Sci-Fi! I was on vacation when this popped into stores which ended up in a delay getting all the pieces I wanted and thus my very late review to you!

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Bad Muse!

Sadly, by now you’ve read the reviews, seen the swatches, and brought the T-Shirt on MAC’s Summer trio release however you haven’t heard my thoughts on the topic and those are by far the most important of course…maybe…sorta….kinda……….

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Upon Neo Sci-Fi’s original release I wasn’t doing cartwheels through the aisles as I’ve been known to do when a new MAC color story pops up! Last year’s Summer Collection wasn’t anything I was too excited about either so Neo Sci-Fi found it’s way to the bottom of my list of Must Have Summer Makeup.

However, upon getting my hands on some of the collection I quickly realized that many of the items released with it are truly gems and I’m happy that I grabbed a majority of the collection!

As you know the color story was released in three seperate parts. Neo Sci-Fi which includes all the blushes, eye shadows, and facial cosmetics, Solar Field which included the bronzers and a new pigment product called Solar Bits (review to follow on those shortly), and finally Future Earth which included some very interesting skin care items!

So I think I personally got the best of the best that was offered with this particular collection!

I ended up with four out of the five shadows released. Femme-Fi which is a frosty golden cream, Evening Aura which is golden peach, Magnetic Fields which is a black brown, and Expensive Pink which is a golden orangey shade.

Out of the four shadows Expensive Pink is most definately a must have in my humblest opinion. Although the title says pink and the MAC website says it’s pink I see it as more of a flattering golden, burnt orange. It’s sincerely a beautiful shade for Summer when you’re sporting some great golden bronzer or some beautiful peach or coral blush! Evening Aura is about three shades lighter but it compliments Expensive Pink beautifully and makes for a great lid color while using Expensive Pink in the crease of your eye! If you’re just looking to buy one shadow from this particular collection definately don’t miss out on Expensive Pink (even though it’s actually available all the time it’s still nice to have in the cool neon packaging!). Magnetic Field was a spur of the moment purchase. It’s a dark black brown and I thought it would go great with one of the Solar Bits I picked up plus it looks wonderful as an upcoming Fall Shade. Femme-Fi is a creamy golden beige that works great as a highlighter and in conjunction with Expensive Pink and Evening Aura you can do a nice eye look combining the three!

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Speaking of packaging….at first I was a little dismayed at the really gaudy neon orange packaging but turns out it’s rather funky once you get used too it! I’m actually liking the unique look of these particular compacts and not minding the glow in the dark effect at all!

Now blushes I might have made a tiny mistake on. I got both but I’m a bit scared of X-Rocks. X-Rocks is a very deep dirty mauve that appears almost brown. With a light hand I may be able to work this well but I am quite frightened I’ll just look dirty with it on so I need to practice with this before stepping outside the door! The star of the blushes is definately Spaced Out which is a shimmery summer peach shade that looks stunning on! If you’re sporting a tan you’ll look simply gorgeous wearing this!

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And finally I nabbed a few of the lip items. Pink Grapefruit lipglass was my number one product in this collection! It’s simply too yummie and it made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have List very quickly! I ended up purchasing a backup since it’s truly a unique shade. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend tracking this one down! It’s has shades of orange, gold, pink, and peach all combined into a unique and simply stunning shade! I originally only purchased one item from the lip stuff released but I later went back after a reader pointed out that Soft and Slow was a must have lipglass! Turns out she was right as it’s a rather beautiful shade of creamy plum that works well with all the shadows and blushes in the collection! Finally I couldn’t keep my hands off of Electro Lipstick. It’s a bright true orange that I’ll probably look ridiculously sporting but I don’t have any shades like it so I absolutely had to have it!

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All in all Neo Sci-Fi has some serious winners and I’m happy I did manage to score some of it. At first I wasn’t going to bother to head into store to swatch but I’m happy I did as the collection has some terrific finds!

Must have Hits from this Collection:
Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit
Eye shadow in Expensive Pink
Blush in Spaced Out

Face of the Day I created this morning using the following from MAC Neo Sci-Fi:

Eyes
MAC Eyeshadow in Femme-Fi
MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink
MAC Eyeshadow in Evening Aura

Cheeks
MAC Blush in Spaced Out

Lips
MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

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What did you haul from Neo Sci-Fi?

What was a hit for you? What was a miss?

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Read my mad ravings about MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit!

Click here to read about the trio of MAC Summer Color Stories released last month!

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to find out why I am loving MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator released with Future Earth!

Check back soon to see my review on MAC Solar Bits and MAC Cool Heat!

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Napoleon Perdis Steals and Deals: The French Riviera Gift Set Review

A few weeks ago I had blogged about Napoleon Perdis’s demise from Sephora. Although I’m not the biggest fan in the world of his makeup I couldn’t resist a sale so I decided to grab a few odd pieces from Sephora’s website as it was all marked down 50%! Seriously, even if I hate something I can’t miss out on a steal and a deal. Am I the only one that feels that way? Hells you can sell me snow in the Summer if you said it was 50% off!

I purchased quite a few things but I’ll only be featuring one in this review today. For some odd reason or another Urban Decay has changed my outlook on bronzers in a major way. Since my love affair with Urban Decay’s Baked Bronzer has escalated I find myself checking out bronzers here and there on occasion.

So when I ran across the Napoleon Perdis French Riviera for $15 USD I decided I’d give it a whirl! Can’t lose much for the price right?

The set came in a rather nicely made bright box and included French Riviera bronzer, Madam Curl Peep Show Mascara, and Satin Lips Lip Gloss in French Riviera.

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I’ll be honest and admit I purchased the kit because I loved the burnt orange glow of the lovely lip gloss! I couldn’t take my eyes off of it! It’s truly a fab shade! However, to my delight and shock I ended up loving the entire kit!

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Who could have known I actually like something from Napoleon Perdis Collection! For shame on me for calling him a umpa lumpa! I take back any bad thing I’ve ever said about Napoleon Perdis…temporarily anyway!

The bronzer in this kit was a particularly scary orange, brown, oh my god I can’t believe it’s not butter shade that the Muse normally avoids however turns out that it works pretty good on my skin and gives me a healthy peachy flush!

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The mascara it’s actually good too! This gets better and better doesn’t it? The mascara is a solid mascara that offers volume and nice curl with good staying power and no smudging!

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And of course the best piece of the collection the gorgeous gloss which is pigmented and gorgeous! The color is a cross between burnt orange and a deep coral!

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I simply love how three simple pieces of cosmetic created a gorgeous look on my face this morning! I used the bronzer on my face and eyes, curled my lashes and applied the mascara, swiped some of the gloss on, and I was looking fresh and Summer-like!

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The kit is worth the $15 USD I spent on it! A few months ago at the original price I’d have passed it up quickly enough since I hate bronzers and the price wasn’t quite right enough to make me spill the cash on something that I was only loving the gloss from! But since it was on sale I’m happy to say this was a nice splurge!

I’ve seen a few Sephora’s with at least ten or more of these in stock so definately head on out and check it out for yourself!

The Muse says it’s worth some of your time!

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Summer Collections 2008: Vincent Longo Liquid Shadow Review

Lately I’ve been daring enough to try out various cream eyeshadows. I’m normally not a big fan of cream shadows but I’ve run across some really good ones and this has turned my Nay into a Yay when it comes to them.

I recently blogged about Vincent Longo’s Beautiful Dreamer Summer Collection and one of the main items released with it were some new liquid shadows. Of course, I had to go out and buy them for myself so I could review them here!

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I was pretty excited about these as they appeared to be a shimmering liquid shadow plus the colors looked very Summer friendly. I do so admit that product gets sold to me very quickly when the promo images of the model sporting the makeup looks posh, put together, and simply gorgeous. This may stem from some unconscious need to look that flawless, that gorgeous, or it could be I’m hoping to attempt the same eye, lip, or cheek look. Who knows really but I do automatically hunt out a product if I’m liking the way it appears on a model pimping the collection out. The model was looking simply stunning in this particular advert.

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The collection, aside from the liquid shadow, wasn’t anything to get too excited about so I ended up purchasing just two colors of the shadow and leaving the rest. The liquid shadow only comes in four shades which is both good news and bad. Bad, if I ended up loving the product and not being able to get my hands on more colors of a great product. Good, because I actually didn’t end up loving Vincent Longo Liquid Shadow as much as I had hoped I would.

I was expecting a shimmering cream shadow but sadly that’s not the case. The lack of shimmer in these lead to the downward spiral that will slowly become my poor review on the product.

Did I miss the trendy boat that said metallics are so in this season? I never got the memo. This goes to show you how much of a non-trendy person I am. I tend to march to a different drum then the rest of the cosmetic society because I had no idea that metallics were so huge this Summer. I guess I should have gotten a hint when Bobbi Brown released it’s Metallic Single Eyeshadows or when Bourjois Paris came out with it’s Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow.

Which brings me to the fact that these do in fact dry down to a high metallic sheen. Although I don’t mind metallics, I just don’t find I reach for them first thing. These have some good key factors so it’s not all bad. They dry down very slowly giving you plenty of time to build up color and blend as much or as little as you like. I think this is key with liquid shadows and I really appreciate this type of formula when I buy a cream shadow! One of the main reasons I avoid cream shadow is the incredibly quick dry down time which makes blending such a bitch. The fact that these dry down so slowly and give plenty of time for both blending and adding additional product to build up the color is a big plus. They are also very long wearing and have pretty good pigmentation but you do have to slather color on to see a good pop of color. One brush stroke will definately not create a dramatic eye so be prepared to saturate your eye area with cream shadow.

The colors I got were Supple Rose which is a warm pink and Liquid Desire which is a golden peach. Guess what? They look exactly the same on my eye. I couldn’t really tell too much of a difference between the colors once they were on. Swatches appeared really gorgeous and shimmering and you can distinctively tell a difference in color. However, once applied the color melded on and both looked identical. I was particularly taken with the look of Liquid Desire when I swatched it but it ended up just being blah when it was on my eye!

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As you can see from my FOTD’s it looks like I’m wearing the same exact shade of shadow in both photos.

Aside from the drama of color I just didn’t get the wow factor at all. The payoff in the end is very natural, neutral, and dare I say boring? Although you can’t see it in my pictures the effect is that of a high sheen of metallic. The shadow dries down but it still appears somewhat shiny and wet. You’d think this alone would give some sort of dramatic effect. Nope. Not really. Yawn.

I really can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I’m disliking about these. I’m not thrilled about the price either. $24 USD per shadow isn’t exactly cheap chips and it seems even more expensive when I am not loving the product! Have no fear I imagine I’d be a real sport about the $24 bucks if I was loving these!

When it’s all is said and done I think you can safely skip these. Nice to play with, nice to try, but don’t be fooled by the swatches you might do while in Sephora. As pretty and shimmering as they look on your hand you just won’t get the same effect once the product is on your eyes.

Although the formula is excellent in regards to blending and pigmentation in the end it fails at creating any wow or excitement.

The Muse no likey.

Skip it and buy something else.

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