Make-up Reviews

MAC Colour Craft: MAC 131 and MAC 226 Review


Brush hauling ahead peeps. Three new brushes were released with the MAC Colour Craft Collection, two of which I hauled!

Jump ahead for a peep and a babble about the new brushes!

When I was plotting my haul for MAC Colour Craft I got so obsessed with snagging the 131 that I almost missed out on the 226. The 226 was originally released with MAC BBR and it was sold out by the time I made up my mind I must have. Thank gawd the MAC gods were shining down upon me as it’s been re-released with this latest color story.

The 226 is quite like the younger sister of the 224. It’s slimmer, far less bushy, and denser. I love my 224 and couldn’t live without it but the 226 has alot going for it. The brush fits beautifully into the crease of my eye and blends shadow a treat. The bristles are light and dense enough so my heavy hand doesn’t overdo my eye makeup. I’m absolutely in love with this brush at the moment. It’s worthy of a look at and a pick up if you adore the 224.


The second brush I knew I had to have was the 131. The 131 reminds me of a fiber optic brush that I reviewed for you a while back ago. Although the 131 isn’t as bushy it’s almost an exact dupe for this brush so if you’d like a cheaper alternative grab the Aromaleigh version. As for me I’m loving the 131 for picking up a light wash of MSF or it’s rather ideal for deeply pigmented blushes as it applies very gently. Really a great brush and also worthy of a look at. Of course it contours and highlights beautifully as well but for the most part I’ll be using it with MSF.


Overall, these are two not to be missed brushes in my opinion particularly the 226 if you’re looking for a good, dense blending brush!

Anyone haul these?

Wanting to?

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Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation Review


I’ve been flirting with Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation for over a month now, probably longer. No one has said it yet and it needs to be said. Why the hell do we need HD foundation anyway? It’s not like we are on TV or doing photo shoots all day. At least I’m not, lucky you if you are.

In a bid to be the latest to jump on board the HD makeup craze bandwagon Smashbox has introduced a brand new HD ready line of products including foundation and concealer.

What do I think about the foundation?

Check it after the jump!

Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation is an oil-free liquid foundation that promises flawless skin.

Here’s the deal it’s advertised as providing the perfect finish for use with high definition film, so I can look great on film, television, and in my photos. But the fact is…my life is obviously boring…because I’m not on TV nor am I in the movies.

Damn.

But…I do want flawless skin anyway, I’m shallow like that.

The formula is oil free but in fact feels like a hot oily mess on my skin. Ugh totally a gross feeling. It’s a bit of a silicon nightmare going on here. Smashbox HD Foundation has a similar texture to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer but with a runny formula. We’ve established how much I hate silicon by now. It feels very strange on my skin and dry down takes a good deal longer than with my regular foundation.


Hmmmm…

It’s difficult to explain but the foundation does feel like it sits on top of my skin rather than absorbing. I chalk this effect up to the silicons that are in the product. Although I absolutely abhor the feeling of the foundation I really can’t deny the fact that my face does look smoother when it’s finally applied and in place. The foundation is weightless but does leave a tad bit of an oily residue on my skin.

I don’t recommend it for anyone with oily skin as this has the potential to be uncomfortable for extremely oily skin types. If you have dry skin or combination skin this should work a treat. The product contains an SPF 15 which isn’t substantial enough for me but I do appreciate SPF is included.

Overall, I wanted to love this but I just found too many faults with the formula. I love how smooth it makes my skin and the illusion of perfection it hints at but the uncomfortable oily formula makes me second guess it.

No likey.

Anyone try?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil Wallflower and Paranoid Review and Swatches

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If you’re a fan of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils you’ll be happy to hear they introduced two new shades with their Fall Collection!

Check ‘em out after the jump!

A dupe design of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils but just for your lips! These lip pencils contain Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E for a smooth, moisture rich application onto lips. The formula is a creamy liner that applies easily without skips. Available in 6 shades with 2 new shades you’re sure to find the perfect match to compliment any of Urban Decay’s lipsticks or glosses.

For Fall the two newest shades are Wallflower and Paranoid. Wallflower is medium nude and Paranoid is a dark pink nude. You can easily fill lips as well since the pencil is pigmented enough to line and fill if you like.

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The two newest shades are available now from Urban Decay along with the other great goodies released for Fall!

Check ‘em out at www.urbandecay.com

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Stila Fall Collection 2009: Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss Review and Swatches

Dudes, I so feel retro 80′s after trying out Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle. Holy neon pink batman!

As part of the Stila Fall Collection 2009, six shades of Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss will be sliding onto shelves this September.


Click it for a peep, review, and swatches!

So you want intensely pigmented, full coverage, long wearing, super shiny, patent-leather like lips? Check it, Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss offers all over the above.

Can’t say I’ve run into a gloss as highly pigmented as these. If you’ve been wanting a richly pigmented gloss with that super shiny, patent-leather like shine here it is. These are some seriously incredible glosses. A simple application offers a stunning boldly lacquered finish. These are those glosses your mama told you about not wearing out in public, the ones that make your friends go, “dayummm girl!”


I tried out two shades Giggle and Ecstasy. Giggle is a glow in the dark neon pink and Ecstasy is a rich burgundy. Four other shades releasing are Joy (red), Happiness (coral), Nirvana (beige), and Euphoria (reddish brown).


I’m not sure how I’m going to pull off wearing either Giggle or Ecstasy as they are bold as all hells but I’m going to have a ton of fun trying! Expect some pictures of the Muse trying to pull off some serious 80′s pink lips shortly.

Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss will be at Sephora and Stila soonish, although release date is September I imagine you’ll see them pop up shortly.

Anyone tempted to haul?

Are you a bold lippie girl?

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Lipstick Fall Colors Confession, Oil Slick, and Naked Review and Swatches

We’ve established already that Urban Decay has been a busy little bee concocting a huge release of goodies for Fall (over 30 new items). Rounding out the Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009 are three new shades of Urban Decay Lipstick to add to the already huge selection of colors in the line.

Contrasting a single innocent shade with two outrageously goth shades, everyone should find at least one shade to love with this release.


Jump ahead for some swatches and a peep at the Urban Decay Fall Lipstick Colors!

I’ve waxed your ears off about how great Urban Decay Lipsticks are so I won’t go into great detail about these guys but if you missed it do see my original review on Urban Decay Lipstick over here.



The three new shades available are Naked, Oil Slick, and Confession. Let me just say please add Naked to your Fall wishy list. It’s so beautiful. I’ll tell you more about it in a brief second.

Just a brief note, the lipsticks have a different taste. There was some minor ranting about the taste of the last round up of lippies, personally I liked the taste but I did hear many a review saying the taste wasn’t so grand. You’ll be happy to know that the taste is barely there this time around.

So shades….


Back in black for Fall baby! Black lips anyone? No longer for club kids it seems to be a fine item for walking about the office with nowadays. The new red? Maybe. Oil Slick is indeed a glossy black with silver sparkle. Granted, not everyone can pull off black but you’ll be happy to know this is the most subtle black you’ll come across. It applies quite sheer and topped with a red gloss it makes a vampy lip look that’s very Fall friendly. Don’t think you can pull it off? Head to your nearest UD counter or Sephora and swipe some on, now find a vibrant red gloss to top with, don’t deny how gorgeous you look!


Renew your goth card with Urban Decay Lipstick in Confession the second bold shade in this release. If you liked last year’s MAC Cult of the Cherry Binge Slimline you’re sure to be pleased with Confession. Confession is a sheer burgundy that’s quite loud so best keep your eyes toned down with this one. A slick of Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in Zero and some of this should have you rockin’ out a killer Fall look.


And finally my favorite, Naked. Oooo how I love you. Naked is a nude pink, who’d think I’d fall for a nude lip shade? I can’t help myself it’s such a pretty nude baby pink that flatters my lips and makes them look all pouty and pretty. Loves it! Although Oil Slick and Confession could prove too strong for some, Naked somehow evens the score out for those who are scared of too much color.


Innocence versus Evil this Fall with Urban Decay Lipsticks in Oil Slick, Confession, and Naked. From beautiful and bold to shy and sophisticated, you’re sure to find at least one or two…or maybe all three shades to love!

Which do you love?

Tell the Muse!

All of ‘em are available now for your hauling please on the Urban Decay website!

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