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Product Musings: MAC Push the Edge Pigment Swatches MAC Make-Up Art Fall As Seen By Marilyn Minter


Long gone are the days of old when the Muse had to have every single MAC Pigment ever known to men, ahhh the life of a cosmetic junkie.

The last of the trio in the MAC Make-Up Art is the Fall As Seen By Marilyn Minter. This collection includes MAC Pigments, MAC Reflects Glitter, and MAC Glitter. As much as I adore pigment I’m not particularly excited about this release as I do believe I’ve overdosed on plenty of piggies and glitter to last me a full life time.

Click ahead to muse about the brand new MAC Push the Edge Pigment!

The Muse’s initial impression of MAC Pigment in Push the Edge was, “whoa that’s a dupe of Entremauve”. Turns out that’s a nay. Although quite similar (so much so you can skip Push the Edge if you already own Entremauve) they are have a subtle little difference. Push the Edge is a deep set royal purple as is Entremauve but the difference is Entremauve is a tiny bit deeper in color and has a subtle bit of golden shimmer. Aside from this they pretty much swatch almost identical.


I’ve never made fair use of Entramauve as it’s either too deep a purple for me to appreciate or I just don’t have the talent to create a dramatic eye look using it. When I originally purchased it my MA suggested using it as a liner but it seemed a whole lot of piggie just to use as a liner. Since that day it’s sat happily away on my shelf without getting any love from me.

This leads me to believe that Push the Edge may very well suffer the same faith. I do so wish I could create some incredibly purple smoky eye look but I fear I don’t have the talent to take on such a bold look.


I liked Mariyln’s collection least of the three MAC Make-Up Art Trios sadly. I’m always one for getting excited about pigments but this time around I may safely skip.

Are you lemming Push the Edge?

What sort of look would you create using it?

Do share!

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Estée Lauder Signature Shimmer Powder Pink Shimmer Review and Swatches

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Estee Lauder Signature Shimmer Powder ($36) is a multi-shimmer, multitone powder that creates a sweep of instant radiance to cheeks and face. The Muse is a self-proclaimed lover of shimmer so of course she’s on board with this little powder.

Jump ahead to learn more.

If you like a touch of shimmering highlight on cheeks and skin this is a sure fire way to get it. The powder is made up of several strips of pink that range in graduation from light to darker. If you’re feeling like multitasking you can swipe a bit of the shimmer on lids or the brow bone for a hint of shimmery pink. The powder is available in two shades of either bronze or pink.

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All in all if you’re a lover of fine, pretty powders Estée Lauder Signature Shimmer Powder should please!

Available now from Estee Lauder and Nordstrom.

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DuWop Lip Venom V Review and Swatches

One wonders if DuWop was trying to capture the interest of Twilight or True Blood fans when they created Lip Venom V. Honestly, I get a more Lafayette Reynolds flamboyant self vibe from a bottle of V. Visions of Lafayette prancing himself around Bon Temps hooking bottles of DuWop V isn’t hard to imagine. Honestly, the image fits better than Edward Cullen or Twilight.

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But I guess blood red is blood red and can be associated with vampires in general. DuWop Lip Venom V holds a little bit of the vampire world and the human world when combined creates a shocking red shade that looks like you’ve just been bitten or taken a bite out of someone….

Jump for it!

This special limited edition Lip Venom is a shimmering crimson lip stain suspended in a venom-laced liquid lip conditioner. Don’t expect a glossy finish from this as it’s simply a blood red stain for lips. The formula is much like mixing oil and water as the lip conditioner and stain don’t exactly jive together unless shaken hard before use. If you happen to be sensitive do stay clear away as it has a serious bite ouch! Unlike DuWop Lip Venom’s regular formula this appears to have a seriously harsh, uncomfortable stinging sensation if you aren’t prepared for it. I find that DuWop’s regular glosses just have a bit of a warm sting but this is more of a stinging bite that makes lips sensitive to even touch with the applicator if you want to build color up!

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I’m still in debate whether I actually like the product or not. I did think it would be a glossy, red stain however I was disappointed to find out it’s simply a stain. No gloss here folks. I generally like stains for my lips however this is a tad too red so it’s best to apply very lightly to avoid looking like Bozo the Clown. Goth lovers rejoice as if it’s super pale skin and juicy, pigmented red lips is that you fancy, DuWop Lip Venom V will be sure to deliver.

Strangely enough on swatch you won’t see much of a color payoff but upon contact with your lips you’ll notice an intense, richly pigmented shade of red. Red can be a sophisticated, classy color but this could prove a little too much for some.

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I found a light application was the safest and most flattering bet for me. It gives my lips a just bitten look that’s quite pretty. Heavier application leaves me looking like I just took a sip from someone’s neck.

Overall, I adore the idea and concept behind the product. Twilight is such great brain mush teen lit it’s hard not to love it so I’m always on board the marketing train for anything they put out. Although it could be seen as a cop out for some and a way to feed the Twilight cash cow as for me I kinda feel it’s a unique offering and a fun concept.

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Honestly, I’m still thinking it’s got that True Blood feeling to it, a little blood red for the fang bangers out there!

Anyone try yet?

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Product Musings: Illamasqua Tremble Blush Review and Swatches


At first glance Illamasqua Blush in Tremble is easy enough to pass up. Matte, a bit chalky, and unappealing on a whole one would easily skip it in favor of another shade.

Jump ahead to hear if Tremble makes the cut!

I’m a self proclaimed hater of matte finishes so of course when I got my hands on my first Illamasqua Blush I was heartbroken at the dull, matte finish. Le sigh. Illamasqua makes matte it’s game as a majority of it’s collection is made up of the finish. The Muse was determined to try this out even if it killed her.


Turns out matte isn’t so bad and Tremble isn’t as chalky as I though. This sheer, subtle baby pink has pretty decent color pay off and gives a kiss of cheeky innocent pink to my face. The formula is pretty silky smooth and richly pigmented, don’t let the product in the pan fool you as it does appear very chalky and unimpressive. The shade has a surprisingly rich pigmentation and works quite well on my medium fair skin. The shade is buidable so you can do a quick swipe of pink or layer it up for a bolder pop of color. Actually the shade Tremble quite reminds me of the Balm Down Boy Blush but with a bit more pop!


Overall, if this is what the rest of Illamasqua Blushes are looking like count the Muse impressed and ready for some hauling!

Sportin’ Illamasqua Blush in Tremble


Likey!

Muse Approved for purchase.

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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.

Check it after the jump!

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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