Sneak Peeks

Sneak Peek: MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall As Seen By Maria Kalman Review and Swatches


Maria Kalman obviously thinks of Fall as being a vibrant time of the year. Although a Fall Collection no one can say that Maria Kalman hasn’t created some bold, bright, beautiful shades for her MAC Collection this upcoming September.

As part of the MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Collection the Maria Kalman for MAC Collection is made up of six shades of shadow and five shades of MAC Technakohl. Unconventional for Fall? For sure. Beautiful? No doubt.

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I have a very small stash of goodies from this collection that I’ve swatched for you and will give you a very brief babble about. This collection cries the Muse’s name as it’s filled with beautiful, fun shades. It’s not typically Fall but it’ll be nice to stash away for when Spring arrives next year!

I have two of the six shadows to show you and I’ll be quite excited to see the rest upon their release. The shades I have are Crest the Wave and Maria’s Mood. Crest the Wave is a rich buttery yellow with a frost finish and Maria’s Mood is a blue pink with a satin finish. Out of the two Crest the Wave has the best pigmentation but I’m not fond of the frost finish, regardless the shade is truly lovely. Maria’s Mood is a vast disappointment as it has a very sheer color payoff plus it’s a good deal chalky and almost matte in finish.


The MAC Technakohl is even more exciting than the shadows as they are so fun and funky with greens, oranges, and teals as the dominate colors. The two I have are Full of Fuchsia and Artistic License. Both shades are very fun and a rare treat for kohl colors!


Maria Kalman is famous for her whimsical visual dairies. Her shades for MAC are cheeky, witty, amusing, and playful.

Her collection will be available in September from MAC with the other three in the MAC Make-Up Art series.

What do you think of fun shades for Fall?

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Sneak Peek: Richard Phillips for MAC MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall 2009 Review and Swatches


As Fall approaches MAC releases (September 2009) it’s brand new three part color series which is a collaboration with three artists who work in three separate mediums, photograph, paint, and illustration.

One of the three collections is the Richard Phillips for MAC Collection. Richard Phillips is an expert photo-retoucher and creates lush seven-foot tall oil paintings of men and women based on photographs he cuts out of magazines. His collection is the largest of the three color stories releasing and includes three shadow quads, various lipstick and lipglasses, and blushes covering lips, cheeks, and eyes.

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The Muse was treated to an early sneak peek of the Richard Phillips for MAC, MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall 2009 Collection and will give you a few pictures of the items she has available right now. Most of the items I received were very simple and would make for a stunning Fall nude look.

I’ll be indulging in all of the MAC quads but the one I have to show you today is the MAC Eye Shadow Quad in Notoriety. Notoriety contains Skintone 1 (light white pink), Skintone 2 (dirty gold), Notoriety (brown with golden pearl), and Rich & Earthy (coral bronze). The quad is surprisingly gorgeous in it’s simplicity and I’m looking forward to creating a warm, nude Fall look with it.


The two lipglasses I received were New Spirit (beige coral) and Young Thing (creamy gold). Out of the two New Spirit is the prettiest but isn’t unique for me as it reminds me of a few shades of lipglass I already own. Young Thing is a bit to nude for me so I’m doubtful it’ll be a love but we shall see!


MAC Lipstick in Lovin’ It neutral light brown which is fairly pretty and will pair up well with the Notoriety Quad. It’s a decent Fall shade but nothing to get too crazy over.


And finally MAC Blush in The Perfect Cheek is a pale matte off pink. This I’m really not loving and I’m unsure will even show up as it looks quite chalky and sheer. But I do admit it’ll also pair up with the other items and compliment the shades in this collection very well.


Overall, I’d say the quads are quite special in this particular release and I’m looking forward to seeing the other two, In the Gallery and Photo Realism. So far I’m not too impressed with the lipstick, glosses, and blush I have on hand but I’ll reserve further judgment until I see the rest in person!

Anyone hyped about this collection?

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This post will be updated with swatch photos shortly.

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Sephora Fall 2009 Catalog Sneak Peek

Although the Sephora Fall Catalog 2009 hasn’t yet winged it’s way into my mail box I was still quite excited to get a little sneak peek at some of the photo shoots and looks that will probably be making a guest starring appearance in the catalog. The official Sephora Beauty Blog posted up a series of videos for Fall looks that I’m positive you’ll see soon in the Fall Catalog.

Take a peep:

Fall Look: Cat Eye

Fall Look: Extreme Smoky Eye

Fall Look: Gray Eyes

Fall Look: Candy Eyes

Fall Look: Dark Lips

Fall Look: Bold Brows

What are some of your favorite Fall looks this season?

Loving bolder brows? Favoring bolder, dark lips? Indulging in an extreme smoky eye?

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Sneak Peeks: Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection Review and Swatches

Oh. my. god. The Muse is so about the Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection! I told you a bit about the collection yesterday and popped a sneak peek of my FOTD today on Twitter.


For Fall the bold, green eye look is too entirely flattering for brown eyes in my humblest. Putting aside the preppy factor and just rejoicing over such a true, gorgeous shade of forest green is enough to make me dance around in circles of joy.

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So far I’ve only gotten my hands on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf but I want to haul the other emerald green shade that is being released. The texture of the shadow is super smooth, blends beautifully, and is deeply pigmented, delish! Although it’s a shimmer wash shadow it still manages to have a velvet-like finish with a subtle hint of golden sparkle. Too pretty.


To accompany the greens in the collection a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink was created. The color has a dominate brown note but also has the deeper aspects of a golden olive green. The shade is perfectly suited to the two shadows released and could possibly work as both a liner and a base.


I also told you about the new Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils. I got one in brown plum. Quite a nice, moisturizing pencil that glides on smoothly without skipping and smudges like a dream. For my look today I didn’t use the pencil but I have a future FOTD planned with it.


Honestly for me the stars of this show are the Forest Shimmer Ink Gel Liner and the two new shadows, particularly Golden Leaf. Although I favor a warm look in the Fall that’s made up of browns, golds, and occasionally oranges I can’t deny that such a deep, dark green is utterly flattering and fitting for the season.

Well done Bobbi. Another incredible line up.

For my look below I simply used Golden Leaf eye shadow all over my lid and crease followed up with Forest Shimmer Ink liner on my waterline. You can see how dramatic the look is, it obviously speaks for itself that a simple wash of shadow on my lids and a little lining created a bold, beautiful look! Also as promised a close up of my eye using Urban Decay Eye Lash Primer and Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara…I think you can see the results are quite nice when the two are combined.


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Sneak Peek: MAC Baby Bloom MAC Suntints Review and Swatches

By now the Muse considers herself an experienced MAC collector but I admit it never fails to amaze me when MAC throws something completely new at me. Do you think a bunch of the MAC creative team sits down in a mafia style meeting and brain storms about what the MAC junkies of the world need next? Do you think that one day they might run out of ideas? Today is not that day though but it is a day I’ll show you a little sneaky peek at the MAC Baby Bloom Collection and a few swatches of the new MAC Suntints Liquid Lip Balm releasing with the collection!


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Don’t be mad at me but I think it’s quite pointless to have SPF in my lip balm…..but maybe that’s me. No matter, I’m still in love with MAC Suntints which contain an SPF 20. MAC Suntints are a liquid lip balm which mimics that of a lipglass but in a squeeze tube packaging with a slightly milky, creamy formula. The tints are super sheer and have no color payoff however they are a pure joy for topping lipstick or stains with plus if you’re partial to SPF in your gloss these work a treat. The texture is perhaps a tad bit thiner than your average lipglass but not by much. If you’re not a fan of applying your lipglass with a sponge tip applicator these are rather great as they come in a squeeze tube which allows you to spread a generous layer onto lips.


I’ve been testing two today and both are very subtle and sheer but rather great regardless since they give lips plenty of shine plus wear long. The two colors I have are Lilt of Lily (Creamy Pale Pink) and Moist Plum (Light Lilac). These could prove disappointing for some if you expect a pigmented gloss but if you adore lipglass and always fancied it in a squeeze tube you’ll adore these. I can’t speak for the other shades but I look forward to seeing if the others are a bit more pigmented than these two.


Also releasing with the MAC Baby Bloom Collection is a Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 in five shades, excited to try this myself!

Overall, MAC Baby Bloom is one of those itty bitty collections that makes MAC junkies everywhere step back and grin.

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