First Impressions

Etude House Spring Collection 2008: Peach Makeup Collection Review

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Etude House released a rather interesting Spring Collection this year and of course the Muse couldn’t resist picking up most of it for herself!

The Collection consisted of an array of “Peach” Themed items. One item in particular that caught my eye was the Pore Erasing Peach Base. This quite reminded me of Benefit Erase Paste which I didn’t have the best experience with. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment but I decided that I needed to try the Pore Erasing Base because I had convinced myself that it had to be better than Benefit’s version! It’s 11,000 Won for the entire jar that’s under $10 USD! It’s freaking huge at 0.88oz!

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I tested it this morning and it’s not anything like Erase Paste. It’s a pre-makeup primer through and through and sadly my hope that it would have some concealing benefits were quickly dashed as soon as I got it on my skin. I don’t have large pores however this is perfect for creating a smooth, matte finish on your face prior to foundation and makeup. This carries a beautiful scent of peaches as well. Understandably some girls prefer cosmetics without scent but I don’t mind in the least! Whether this allows my makeup to last longer throughout the day remains to be seen but right now I’m loving this as a pre-foundation prep! The texture is quite like Smashbox Photofinish Primer but I felt like it was a bit more moisturizing and blended easier plus I didn’t get a breakout after using it where as with Smashbox’s primer pimples crop up! I did notice although it wasn’t concealing it did lighten my face up a tad bit and almost made me appear ghost like but after applying the next stage of my makeup that effect was gone thankfully.

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For the price I think it’s well worth looking into and trying out if you can get your hands on it! The good news is I got a small sample of this with my purchase and I’m giving it away to the first person that comments and is willing to review it for Musings of a Muse. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this so if you’re willing to review it give a yell! The first person who comments I’ll ship it out to and I’ll expect a review back within a week or so explaining if you loved it, hated it, etc…!

Sample of Etude House Peach Pore Erasing Base for Review!
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I also got the Peach Skin Pact which is best used for setting the Pore Erasing Base. The formula is obviously very good for oily skin types and offers very nice matte coverage. Good for touch ups and setting your foundation plus the compact is so bloody cute it’s no great chore to tote this around with you! I’ll make proper use of this come Summer when my skin decides to take a field trip from dry and venture into oily!

My entire routine for makeup this morning consisted of using the Etude House Pore Peach Base and setting it with the Peach Skin Pact. I used no other foundation in my makeup process as I wanted to dupe the entire look from the video how to on the Etude House website. I don’t normally use powder as my sole foundation since I feel like I need better coverage plus powder wears off very quickly throughout the day! I’m curious if the base will keep the powder intact all day which is why I’m experimenting going without my normal foundation! If it works I’ll be doing this all Summer long as my makeup feels very light today which will be perfect for Summer! This, like the pore base, carries the sweet scent of peaches which I absolutely adore!

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I got two of the Peach Cheek Blushers as well which are basically an exact dupe of Lorac’s Cheek Stamp that was released last season. These appear to be very sheer but they are not. They hold a beautiful pigmentation for an item that’s so cheap! The formula is a bit chalky but that’s simply because it’s catering to an Asian skin type that may be oily. The concept and idea of a cheek stamp is of course awesome not only for ease of application but for the cute factor! I’ve personally never tried Lorac’s version so I couldn’t say how good it is but I’m glad I decided to give these a shot. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept I’ll briefly explain. Basically this is a circle sponge that has blusher in the lid of the product. The sponge is saturated with the powder and you can pop it out and “stamp” it onto your cheeks for a pinch of color!

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Lorac’s Cheek Stamp
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I ended up purchasing the eyeshadow quad that was used in the Etude video as well. It’s actually not LE and is part of the normal collection but I was so juiced over the look they created using everything that I wanted to try and dupe the entire look thus this palette got tucked into my shopping list! It’s basically a quad of four shimmering shades that are very sheer but can be built up. They have about the same pigmentation as a Majolica Majorca Majolook palette. The shades in this particular palette are white, baby pink, light blue, and yellow. The shadows do have the standard chalky texture most Asian brands sport but I don’t mind as I’m used to this from various Japanese brands. They hold a beautiful shimmer and blend very well!

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I also got the Peach Beam Blusher which reminds me of a MAC MSF. It has a metallic shimmer finish that’s applies as a highlight but is pigmented enough to act as a blush! The effect is a beautiful glow! If you enjoy tanned skin during the Summer I imagine this will be very fitting for not only highlighting your cheeks but giving you a beautiful peach kissed look!

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Color Me Nude Lip Concealer also ended up on my shopping list! MAC makes a similar lip concealer but in a pot form. Basically it concealers your lips and primes them for lipstick or gloss. Supposedly when your lips are primed with a concealer your glosses and lipsticks appear more vibrant and bright! As I said MAC’s version comes in a pot and this just seems easier and convenient in stick form! I haven’t yet tried this and will be doing a review of it shortly!

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Staying on track with dupes Etude House also released Tear Drop Lash which is identical to Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles and Dior’s Lash Pearls. This is basically a wand that distributes little tear drops onto your lashes for a bit of an interesting “teardrop” effect! The applicator appears to be thought out a bit better than both Dior and Givenchy’s version! It’s a flat square plastic applicator with a tiny hole. It works quite well at disturbing the product and applying it right on the tips of the lashes! Very nice effect! I wish I can get a really close up image of my eyes so you can see the effect!

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Finally I got the Peach Water Gloss which smells amazing and tastes just as good! I used it this morning and I love how well it applies. It’s a bit sheer but the formula is nice and watery which makes it feel very light on the lips and not tacky or sticky on the lips!

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I got some cool freebies as well which were a cellular phone charm that houses an Etude gloss and a mini toner/lotion set.

All and all I’m thrilled to bits with the collection and it cost me under $85 USD for the entire lot of goodies I got. Inexpensive cosmetics that actually work well totally make the Muse’s day!

This morning as I mentioned I used almost all the collection to create a beautiful peachy pink look that’s both fresh, fun, and girly! I love how the peach contrasts so beautifully with the pink in my FOTD! I’d normally never pair up peaches and pinks but this came out so well that I’ll be doing so from now on!

My attempt to dupe the Etude look as seen on the video!

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What I Used:

Eyes
Etude House Cute and Sexy Eye Quad
KATE Gel Mascara
Etude House Tear Drop Lash

Face
Etude House Pore Erasing Peach Base
Etude House Peach Skin Pact
Etude House Peach Beam Blusher
Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher

Lips
Etude House Peach Water Gloss

The Peach Makeup Collection from Etude House is most definately Muse Approved!

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Dior Summer Cosmetics Collection 2008: Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect

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Dior’s Summer Collection has been available at Nordies, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and a few other select locations for a month or more now (not officially). Sephora is finally updating it’s catalog with the Summer Collection as well. Dior’s Summer Collection is officially being launched in Japan as of April the 25th so I thought to coincide with that I’d post my review of the collection today!

The Dior Japan site has been updated to reflect the new collection for a few weeks now however, as always, the US site is still displaying the Spring Collection and being bloody slow about getting the update live (we probably won’t see an update until June or more).

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As you already know from reading my constant rantings and ravings I am not a sun seeker which means of course this collection holds little appeal for me. The Collection consists of two new colors of High Shine Lipstick, two new colors of the single eyeshadows, two new palettes, and various other bits and bobs.

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And of course the Pièce de Résistance of the Collection being the Golden Dior Pendant which houses a bronze gold highlighter cream to use on cheeks, face, and lips. Europe and Asia have two color selections for the pendant which are a gold and pink color while here within the US we are only getting the gold color.

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Unlike the Spring Collection which I over indulged in, the Summer Collection held little appeal and I only ended up getting the three Dior Addict Ultra Glosses from the entire lot of items released.

The colors released ended up being very Muse friendly and I am loving the corals, golds, and beiges found in each of the newest glosses. I think these will not only work great in the Summer but well into the Fall!

Three colors were released of the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect so I ended up with all three colors. I’ve always collected the Limited Editions of Addict Gloss but I haven’t done so in a while however with the Spring release I found myself using my LE glosses more and more thus that was part of the reason I picked these up!

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The gloss formula is very good. Not too sticky, not to tacky but just right. It’s long wearing, holds nice shimmer and shine, and the price isn’t too bad at $24.50 USD per a gloss.

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I took a few swatches for you so you can compare the various colors. Beige Moire is obviously very clear and sheer but it has a beautiful touch of gold shimmer which looks brilliant over peaches and corals. Beige Lurex is a beautiful bronze chocolate with hints of orange and gold shimmer. And finally Corail Lame is a gorgeous coral that borders an orange with touches of gold shimmer!

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All three glosses are gorgeous but Beige Lurex and Corail Lame are my two favorites and worth picking up if you want something to pair up with a bronzed look this Summer or in my case a fresh peachy look!

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Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect is Muse Approved for purchase! I’m enjoying these latest releases and look forward to using them this Summer!

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Click here to find out why I’m NOT a Sun Seeker!

Click here to catch up on my review and first impressions of Dior’s Spring Collection 2008!

Click here to enjoy my review on Dior’s newest lipstick!

Click here to find out why you should be purchasing your Dior abroad!

Click here to see my FOTD using Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Beige Lurex!

PS I failed to mention that I’ve added a secret little sale page to my blog! I’ll be updating this with tons of stuff soon as I am doing Spring Cleaning this weekend!

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Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Shadow Brilliance Palette First Impressions

I got my very first Cosme Decorte haul a few days ago! This isn’t really a review as of yet just my general impressions of the items. I’ll follow with a review and FOTD shortly.

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Mmmm……..Not sure what I think of this quite yet. I really love how beautiful the palette is for sure. It’s an array of five colors which includes a beautiful gold sparkling base that I’m loving. The four other colors are two accent colors one deep mustard and one cranberry, one nuance color which is a bubblegum pink color, and finally a shading color which is a dark chocolate brown.

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The palette is entitled Classy Sexy and if the colors are anything to go by that’s exactly the look you can pull off with this! A beautiful, classy, slightly sexy eye look!

I’ve never been tempted to order any of the palettes prior to this as they carry a high price tag of $55 USD or so which seems absurd to say the least, hell even Givenchy and Chanel is $5-$6 cheaper than this!

But I did come across a rather large stash of Magie Deco on one of the shops I was discussing in my prior Guide to Japanese Cosmetics Shopping post. I got this from Facial Shop and I ordered the palette for $44.99 USD which is a damn deep discount.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the palette as of yet. It’s very beautiful but I do feel a slight tinge of disappointment at the price tag.

The palette itself is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful shiny pink mirror compact with gold edging that’s very elegant. Inside are the five shadows and two brushes. And still after all this I’m wondering at the price tag! I guess I have to try it to see if it’s really worth it in the long run!

I also picked up a Fairy Eyes which is a shimmering cream shadow. This is pretty brilliant. Yes, I normally have a deep dislike for cream shadows but I couldn’t resist one that was so full of sparkle, shimmer, and shine. I got mine in a frosty white and after swatching it I’d say the sparkle and shimmer is just right and I’m looking forward to using this as an all over wash with a beautiful black liner for an understated, yet elegant look! This normally retails for $20 USD or so but I got it from Facial Shop for $17.99 USD! Mind you the prices also include shipping so obviously you can see it’s a super deal!

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I’ve been wandering around the Cosme Decorte website for ages and I literally drool at the model images and looks created using the products but I fail to have the same wow aspiring feeling I did when I finally got a palette for my own! Maybe the color selection is the problem? I’m unsure!

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The instruction booklet is available both in Japanese and English which I appreciate greatly. I wish they included an eye chart but I imagine I can get tons of inspiration off the website as they have many great eye charts available to look at!

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All in all I am liking the items but haven’t yet felt any love for the palette! I’m hoping once I try it out for myself I’ll feel quite differently!

Review and FOTD to follow very soon so keep your eyes open!

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MAC DressCamp First Impressions

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I got my MAC DressCamp over the weekend but was too busy to play with it or use any of it! However, I thought I’d post pictures and just a general first impressions of the items for you guys!

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The Collection is very, very nice! As you probably know from my past posts it sold out rather quickly but I was lucky enough to nab it all!

My favorite in the lot was of course the gorgeous palette and the lipglass in She-Gold. I wasn’t loving the lippie in Too Fab or the lipglass in Fashion but I got them anyway since I’m such an addict!

The palette is perfection in my personal opinion! The blush is a beautiful bright pink with just the faintest touch of gold shimmer. Strangely enough the blush is actually labeled by MAC as being a Beauty Powder. It appears pigmented enough to work as a blusher but I haven’t yet tried it on so I’m not entirely sure! From swatching I can tell it was nicely pigmented and had a nice bit of shimmer to it!

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The shadows compliment each other brilliantly as well and it should be easy enough to create a perfect look with all three! I think the gold in this palette quite reminds me of Golden Lemon Pigment. It’s a very true yellow gold and has a beautiful shimmer to it! The other two shades are pretty as well but I think the gold stands out from the rest!

Fashion Lipglass and Too Fab Lipstick are virtually the same color which is perfectly fine if you want to add a bit of a glossy top coat to your lipstick. I’m not completely sold on the color as it’s a very loud bubblegum pink that doesn’t particularly suit my skin tone.

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She-Gold Lipglass is brilliant! I don’t own any gold lipglosses and this will be a perfect addition to my collection as a topcoat for peaches, corals, or even pink lipsticks! It has quite a bit of shimmery gold to it and it compliments the colors of the palette brilliantly!

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I took a few swatches of the palette, lipglasses, and lipstick but they came out a bit crummy! Sorry I’m still learning good swatch technique!

From Left to Right: Fashion Lipglass, She-Gold Lipglass, and Too Fab Lipstick
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MAC DressCamp Palette Swatches
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From Left to Right: MAC DressCamp Palette Swatches and MAC DressCamp Lipglass and Lipstick Swatches With Flash
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The Collection is truly unique and very pretty! I’m eager to try them on! FOTD to follow shortly!

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MAC Heatherette First Impressions

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I got Heatherette tonight! Wahoooooo! My MA at Macy’s called me around 3:30 this afternoon and said, “It’s hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

So of course after the longest work day ever I headed over to pick me up some!

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The first thing I need to mention is the fact that Fafi is better. Sorry kids! I like Fafi’s color selection way better! Heatherette is definately a beautiful collection but Fafi still has my heart!

Ok! Anyway!

I got a majority of it of course because as you know the Muse is sick, diseased, obsessed, and generally addicted to MAC crack! The best news is I got my new digital camera in the mail today so you’re going to be treated to some high quality pics!

I’m just starting to learn the new cam so if pictures aren’t fab gimme time to firgure out all the bells and whistles on this thing and we’ll be good to go!

The palettes aren’t really much to write home about in all honesty. The compacts are gorgeous, pink, and glittery but aside from that the colors within aren’t so wow aspiring. The 1st contains Hoppin’ which is your best bet for a brow highlighter. It sort of reminds me of Shroom but not quite the same. It’s a creamy pale peach with a pearl finish. The next color is Mood Ring which is a sea foam green and the last color is Cloudburst which is a sparkling navy blue! Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t Cloudburst part of Blue Storm’s release? I’m too lazy to go look through my shadows at the moment but it seems vaguely familiar to me!

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The 2nd palette is my favorite of the two but yet again the colors aren’t exactly anything to get to hyper over! Baby Petals is a very pale pink, V.I.P. is a bubblegum pink, and Cassette is a dark shade of purple. Unlike the first palette these colors all work well together and little thought goes into what sort of look you can create!

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Beauty Powders are of course a fast favorite for me! I’m utterly addicted to Beauty Powders and I’m officially chuffed when they are released in the LE packaging! Smooth Harmony is a muddy beige color that I’m not thrilled with but of course like the sick person I am it ended up in my cart! Alpha Girl deserves some of your attention because it’s quite a delightful shade of fleshy peach that I’m absolutely loving! Both are worth having a look at but Alpha Girl is the best of the two!

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I got three of the four lipsticks released one of which I’m considering returning because it looks a bit too nude for my taste. My two favorites of the lipsticks are Lollipop Loving and Hollywood Nights. Lollipop Loving is a beautiful coral with bits of gold shimmer and Hollywood Nights is a bright fuschia! I also got Melrose Mood which is a nude pink but I think it’ll go back. It’s way to mod for me to pull off even though it looks so beautiful on the display!

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The lipglasses I ended up with were Sock Hop which will go well with Lollipop Loving. It’s a beautiful true coral peach that’s very flattering for the Summer! I also got Style Minx which is a hot fuschia and of course it compliments Hollywood Nights beautifully! And lastly I got Starlet Kiss which is a lovely true pink! I’m wondering if I try some Melrose Mood with some Starlet Kiss if it’ll look good..hmmmm….!

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The dual pencils are the stars of the collection! These are something to get excited about in my opinion! One side is a regular pencil while the other side sports a soft sparkle pencil! Cheers! I got all four because I was easily tempted by both the price and the awesome color selection! I always find MAC pencils easy to work with and these are no exception! The color combs are gorgeous as well ranging from purples, blues, golds, and silver! Very nice!

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Lastly I got one pigment which was Pink Pearl. This reminds me of the pink piggie released with the Sweetie Cake Collection, the name of which escapes me at the moment (I believe it was Pink Mauved). The color is nice but I’d have loved a truer pink! We don’t have nearly enough true pink pigments in the catalog! Jardin Aires I skipped as I have it already and it’s a repromote from a past collection!

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I didn’t get the glitters simply because I already have Reflects Gold and 3D Silver is lovely but I’ll never use up that much glitter! I did get a healthy sample from my MA which will last me years I’m sure!

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Overall, the collection is lovely and worth some of your time and money however I found Fafi was a much better release color wise however Heatherette does deserve the award for better packaging! No stickers here. All the packaging is printed on and you won’t be running into any peeling sticker drama a la Fafi!

Another fine collection from MAC and I’m excited to start creating some looks with it! Fafi is my truest love at the moment but Heatherette comes in a quick second!

How about you?

Got any of this yet?

Want it?

Love it?

Feeling love for Heatherette or Fafi?

How about the pic

Tell the Muse!

PS What do you think of the pictures taken with my new digital camera?

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