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Benefit Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Benefit has replaced many of it’s glosses with a single new line of gloss in eight shades.

The formula is supposedly a glossy finish with a great color payoff and most important a dazzling shine.

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What did I think of them?

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So long as you go into your purchase of Benefit Lip Gloss believing it to be more of a lip cream than a gloss you should be alright. It’s a very interesting formula that isn’t particularly glossy or shiny but more of a creamy lip color.

I tried three shades of the new gloss and I loved the fact that they had such great color payoff. Each one was quite pigmented and left behind a creamy, sparkling finish. It’s not really a typical gloss in my opinion as the texture and formula are quite creamy in nature. One shade did have a slightly gritty texture due to the amount of shimmer in the product but it still managed to apply nicely. The shades all wear pretty long and have a moisturizing formula so they won’t try out your lips.

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The shades I tried were Zone Out (Golden Nude), Almost Famous (Bronze Penny), and Fresh Squeezed (Shimmering Off Pink). I loved all three shades but I was particularly delighted with Almost Famous as it paired up so great with many of my Summer looks this season.

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So long as your purchasing these for the pigmentation you should be ok but don’t expect a super glossy finish. I thought that the formula of Benefit Her Glossiness was rather ideal for a glossy finish but these lacked the standard mirror shine you’ll get from many “glosses” which is why I’m seeing them more as a creamy lip color.

Overall, the shades are very nice and if you prefer a gloss that isn’t super sticky, tacky, or shiny these should appeal especially if you love a highly pigmented lip product!

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Lancome Declaring Indigo: Lancome Artliner Eye Liner Indigo Charm Review and Swatches

Some Fall Collections stick in the Muse’s head as being unique and interesting. Where as everyone in the makeup world is looking toward warmer browns and golds for Fall, Lancome took a step towards an interesting selection of golds and a dominate shade of blue to make up it’s Fall Collection.

Pairing up a deep shade of sapphire blue to reign over it’s Fall Collection is probably one of the most interesting ways to gain this Muse’s attention.

Jump ahead for a review on Lancome Artliner Eye Liner Indigo Charm from the brand new Lancome Declaring Indigo Fall Collection.

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Although I have yet to get my hands on the Lancome Fall Palettes I will say that the main model’s look inspired me to recreate it using other items from my collection. Pairing up sparkling gold with a deep set sapphire blue was indeed a rather unique and interesting Fall look to go with. Although I fail to associate blue with the Fall, I will say I’ll gladly take the Lancome Declaring Indigo Fall look and make it my own as it’s so strikingly gorgeous and different.

Lancome Artliner Eye Liner in Indigo Charm is a beautiful sapphire jewel blue shade. It’s a very true blue color that pairs up wonderfully with gold. It’s richness is fitting of royalty but also great for Muse’s like myself. The liner is incredibly easy to work with as it has a good formula that doesn’t skip or require relining. A simple stroke will get you an even, pigmented line of jewel blue to line with.

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In my case I took Lancome Artliner to the next level and used it to dupe the Lancome Declaring Indigo look as seen on the model below.

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For my look I gathered a rich warm shade of loose gold shadow and placed it all over my lids and lined my lower lash line with the same shade. Taking a small liner brush I painted Lancome Artliner Eye Liner in Indigo Charm in the outer v of my eye and blended it out and slightly upward into my lid. I lined half of my lower lash line with the liner and proceeded to smudge it into the gold already in place. The look is fairly easy to create and doesn’t require much blending or skill as the liner is incredibly creamy and easy to work with. Although I imagine Lancome didn’t create Artliner for this purpose it does work perfectly as a shadow as well as an eye liner.

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My completed look is much like the model’s with a shade of blue dominating my eyes but a nice twist of shimmering gold to contrast the smoldering blue.

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Overall, Lancome Declaring Indigo has some very promising pieces particularly the Artliner in Indigo Charm which is versatile enough to line eyes with and use as a cream shadow to lend a certain mystery to eyes. Lancome Fall promises a bolder, fresher, more unique look when compared with many of the same repetitive shades of brown that Fall is associated with. Something different and exciting is always in order the Muse thinks.

Likey very much and Muse Approved for purchase. I must get my hands on the Lancome Fall Eye Quads as those look stunning!

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Givenchy Prismissime Eyes Poetique Blues and Poetique Browns Review and Swatches


Givenchy took a delightfully different road for their Fall Collection eye look. Where as the rest of the world is going bold, Givenchy’s look for Fall is a soft, romantic look with a range of delicious little shades to spark up your eyes with an ethereal glow.

Jump ahead for a peep and swatches of the new Givenchy Prismissime Eyes in Poetique Blues and Poetique Browns!


Packed inside each of the new Givenchy Prismissime Eyes Eyeshadow palettes are a range of nine gorgeous shades to create any number of softly focused eye looks.

Givenchy Prismissime Eyes Poetique Blues is packed with rich, sparkling jewel shades ranging from purple, to blue, and pink. Givenchy Prismissime Eyes Poetique Browns is a richer range of golds, browns, bronzes, and creams.


The friendliest palette for Fall would be Poetique Browns as it’s considerably warmer in color than Poetique Blues. If it’s a cooler look you fancy, Poetique Blues is an ideal selection.

As with most Givenchy Prismissime this aren’t heavily pigmented eye shadows. They give just a touch of shimmering shadow to eyes for a very soft look but can be built up in intensity depending on the shades used. I felt like the browns were considerably more pigmented than the blues. The browns definitely hold a special place in my heart for Fall and I imagine when the brisker weather sets in the blues will top my list.

Each palette has the typical stealthy little hidden compartment beneath which houses two sponge applicators and a brush. Some do find these a tad useless as they are so itty bitty in size however I think they are actually ideal for picking up just the right amount of color from each tiny square eye shadow and applying to the lid.

Overall, both are wonderful color combos and worthy of a pick up for true Givenchy fans. The browns are particularly a great collection. I’m quite pleased with both and ever so happy to have a new Prismissime to play with as it’s been too long inbetween eye Prismissimes for me!

A happy Muse Approval for purchase!

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Loving all over these.

I’ll be bringing you looks using each palette shortly.

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Givenchy Fall Collection 2009: Givenchy Gloss Poetique Review and Swatches

Everyone is trying their hand at color changing gloss this season right? But how many brands have perfected it? Color changing gloss is a difficult one as you’ll run across many that are just too bright to look flattering on your lips. Most turn a bright bubble gum pink that the Muse thinks is quite pretty when swatched but on my lips not so much.

Givenchy Gloss Poetique gets it just right and than some!


Jump ahead for the review.

Available for a limited time as part of it’s Fall Collection, Givenchy has released Gloss Poetique a natural color enhancing lip treatment.

In some cases a hard Fall eye look is reigning supreme. Something smoky, something dramatic, perhaps a swirled up cat eye….in these cases we don’t want to take away from such an incredible eye look by pairing it up with a bold shade of lipstick or gloss. These are the times we want just the right amount of color but nothing dramatic, nothing crazy. Smooth a little Givenchy Gloss Poetique on for a radiant burst of pink that’s sheer, subtle, and pretty.


Housed in floral motif Givenchy palette this gloss and cheek duo may very well deserve the back up treatment. I have one so far and I’m ordering another shortly as it’s one of those things you won’t want to be without when it’s gone for good.

The formula is a gel like consistency that’s incredibly glossy and shiny for a potted lip treatment. Anything that doesn’t come in a tube is always a bit of a chore to get working correctly on lips in my opinion but this simply smooths on leaving a high glossy finish with a tiny touch of pink.


You’ll be delighted to know it also acts as a stain for cheeks. It’s glossy gel formula makes it a long wearing flush of pink for cheeks and face. Although a tad strange feeling on your face it does leave behind a gorgeous shade of baby pink that’s natural and quite pretty. The formula is meant to be used on most any skin tone for that perfect shade of pink on both lips and face.

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Overall, it’s unique formula that multitasks on both face and lips makes this a great little find for Fall. Pairing up your dramatic eye look with gently flushed cheeks and subtle glossy lips makes for an ideal look for the upcoming season. I’m absolutely thrilled with Givenchy Gloss Poetique. Truly a fabulous little product and worthy of a pick up (and a backup purchase).

Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for Purchase.

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Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette Review and Swatches

Tarte is totally slaying me this Fall season with the introduction of not one but two palettes. Oh you do so know I can’t say nay to a Tarte Palette! Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette and Tarte Naturale Eye Palette should be winging their way into your Fall wish list for a dramatic or nude eye look!


Check out one of the two after the jump!

The two best parts about the Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette is the fact that’s it refillable (yup you heard me right) and it comes with quickie instructions for creating two looks. Interestingly enough the palette is made up of ten separate shades and gives instructions for using five shades of shadow per a look. Oh god, let me tell you, I made such a fantastical mess this morning attempting to pull off one of the two looks. I swear present me with five shadows and it’s like brain surgery…most I ever used was three…four is pressing it and five is living dangerously. Ahhh! Brain overload….BOOM! Sadly, I don’t have looks to share today but I’m attempting them again shortly and will post when I’ve gotten the knack of it.


The palette is a great piece as the refillable shades totally make it worthy of a pick up. Each shade is the standard Tarte size with a magnetic backing for slipping the colors in and out of the palette. The palette also includes a double ended eye liner pencil and a double ended brush. Something tickles me about the fact that it’s refillable. Not sure why I love that option so much but it’s just rather super don’t you think?


The Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette for more smoldering eye looks where as the other is for a more natural, softer look. This palette contains an array of deeper, richer shades. You can get away with pretty much using them all individually if you want but of course the fun is in mixing and matching ‘em up. The palette is the traditionally royal purple shade that Tarte is known for. It’s a sturdy plastic with a wrap around of faux leather and golden spikes topping it. Quite chic and slick looking. Pretty decent for traveling as well since the plastic keeps everything snug although I’d wrap a rubber band around it for extra precaution when toting it around so it doesn’t flip open by mistake. The brush it comes with is very good. One end holds a crease and the other a standard eye shadow brush. Both are soft without shedding and pretty much will do the job of applying and blending with ease. The liner pencil included has two shades, emerald green and sparkling jewel blue.


I love that Tarte included instructions for creating two separate looks. I’ve noticed more and more US brands have embraced the technique of explaining how to achieve a desired look from a palette. Nothing worst than getting a beautiful palette home and just being clueless how to use it. The step by step instructions are made up of six steps and are pretty easy to follow. I’d probably have done an ok job of recreating each look if I didn’t have such a problem with the darker, bolder shades in the palette. But I shall continue to try, try again until my shadow application and blending techniques are at the greatness status, one can hope.


On the instruction cards the eye looks are a bluish, purple look and a golden green look. I honestly had a hard time figuring out how they created such great looks with these shades as it seemed heaps difficult. But like I said I stink at blending so could be me.

The palette is made up of ten shades as mentioned above. You’ll get (top row) a sheer pink blush, light gold, violet, smoky blue, and a shimmering onyx. On the bottom row you’ll get a shimmering light apricot gold, copper, bronze gold, green, and a reddish brown. Aside from the base shadows of pink and apricot (used as a color wash on the eye and prepping the eye area for the deeper shades) all the colors are deeply pigmented and pretty much have a shimmery finish. The two last shadows on the bottom and top row are the ones that are tricky for me as they are almost matte in texture so I had a time of it trying to blend correctly plus they are generally dark and difficult to work with for me. I really need practice with these guys.


I’m kinda psyched to perfect the looks and get them right. As I said I don’t have looks with the palette as of yet as I’m just in practicing mode but I’ll post when I do have them as I’m excited to try to dupe them correctly.

Overall, Tarte has a nice Fall Collection to add to your wish list. The palettes are a prime piece for me as I’m all about eye shadow but they have also released a new concealer and an eyeshadow primer as well which could become quick favorites for many.

The two palettes are worthy of a check out especially if you love Tarte and just adore color in general. The shadows are all a good healthy size so it’s quite a bang for your buck as you should know if you’ve indulged in some of Tarte’s incredible Holiday offerings.

Tarte Fall 2009 is available for purchase at Sephora and www.tartecosmetics.com If you sign up for there newsletter here you can get 30% off your order plus free shipping on $60 or more. Kinda a good deal if you’re wanting to haul Fall 2009.

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