Just so you know I’ve always been a self proclaimed lover of shimmer and sparkle. I find absolutely nothing wrong with that either nor will I apologize for. Bring on the disco glitter baby!
I am trying to mend my ways. Shimmer is much like alcohol one needs a support group and a step program to help with the addiction.
Until I can get myself off the shimmer kick I’ve been on for the past 150 years of my life I’ll go ahead and indulge my need for intensely pigmented shimmery shades of shadow from my latest Beauty Discovery, Obsessed Minerals.
Check it after the jump.
Obsessed Minerals carries a large range of mineral powders, shadows, lip products, etc….one item I’m partial to are their pressed mineral eye shadows. First off they have a wide range of color variety in the pressed format for a mere $10 bucks…hello inexpensive makeup! If that isn’t enough they also take anything from there normal range of loose mineral eye shadow and will press it for you for an extra dollar, is that not the coolest thing ever? God, I wish more companies would do that as the chore of pressing piggies, as we established already, is not a job I relish!
The shadows are loosely packed presses which makes the formula into this creamy powdery texture. This formula in fact makes them very easy to blend and wear. The colors are all richly pigmented and about one swipe with get you extreme color pay off. They aren’t what I would call pretty packaging wise or formula wise but the quality is there that’s for sure. The shadows are quite easy to work with aside from a tiny bit of fall out but proper prepping and priming will ease the way. I tried three shades total and I must say for $10 bucks it’s a real steal. The shades all work well wet or dry.
The shades I tried were Gotcha, Wanderlust, and Pagan. These all have an intense shimmer finish. Gotcha is a pretty copper penny shade, Wanderlust is a dirty gold, and Pagan is a sparkling royal purple. My swatches below are one swipe, one single swipe. As you can see they are seriously pigmented shadows!
The inexpensive price tag and ability to request loose shades be pressed make Obsessed Minerals a unique beauty discovery. I love the idea of browsing loose shades of pigment and have the option of someone else slaving over a press for me. Overall, Obsessed Minerals is worthy of a check out.
Loving all over it!
Anyone try before?
Do share your experience.
Visit www.mineralobsessed.com to browse or purchase.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
After being shaken
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.
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.
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?
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
Muse Approved for purchase.