Make-up Reviews

Givency Spring Collection 2009: Givenchy Sari Glow Blush Maharani Pink and Maharani Orange Photos, Swatches, and Review

To say I’m pleased with Givenchy Sari Glow Blush is an understatement! Sari Glow Blush manages to keep all the fine features I know and love about Givenchy Blush and add something a little bit different and extra to make the blush even better.

Givenchy released two colors of Sari Glow Blush both of which reflect the beautiful colors incorporated into an Indian woman’s traditional dress. Much like the MAC Manish Aurora release, Givenchy choose bolder shades of pinks and oranges to dominate their new Spring Collection for 2009 and the Muse can’t deny she’s absolutely thrilled with the colors and the products released.

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Givenchy Sari Glow Blush is a tiny bit different when compared with other blushes released from the line as the formula is baked and a good deal more pigmented then many colors already available. I got both colors as they are quite unique, exotic, and beautiful. Givenchy managed to keep the texture and formula of the blush even though it’s a baked version so you’ll still get that iridescent “glow” finish when you use the blushes. Do see my FOTD from Givenchy’s Holiday Collection and I think you’ll understand the glow I mean! Pigmentation is excellent on both shades of blush so you can have a bold stroke of color on cheeks or a lighter sheer wash, it’s entirely up to you.

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The colors available in the blush are Maharani Orange and Maharani Pink. Maharani Orange is a true orange blush and applies as such. Don’t expect to get a peachy glow from this, it’s orange, really orange. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s not easy to pull off for everyone and I have to say even I’m struggling with it slightly. The collection does have the vibe that it would work best on bronzed, sunkissed, or darker tones than my own medium fair skin. I’m thinking I need to try the orange on my sister and see how it looks on her! After a fair bit of blending I was kinda feeling the love for all that orange and felt quite dolled up! It’s a really nice glowing shade and I think it’ll look even better if I allow myself to get a little sun this coming Summer (highly doubtful I’ll get anywhere near the Sun but it’s the thought that counts!). Maharani Pink is a true pink shade that gives a nice stroke of shimmering iridescent pinched pink on my cheeks! I like this one alot as it’s a straight pink with a nice finish…not too bold but bold enough to be noticed.

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Each blush is a dual compact which has the blush on top and a brush tucked away underneath in a separate compact. Givenchy obviously understands what addicts want, which would be not having our brush lay on top of our blusher! Of course, Givenchy has designed and themed it’s compacts with an Indian like flare around the border of the compact and a pink background for the Maharani Pink Blush and an orange one for the Maharani Orange Blush. The blush bears the Givenchy emblem smack in the middle and a black border all around the powder. Interestingly enough after a few swipes it still remains there…we shall see for how long!

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I took note that these are $42 USD and correct me if you must but weren’t Givenchy blushes $50 USD last year? So again we see Givenchy making steps to lower the cost of it’s cosmetics, likey!

Overall, I think if you’re a collector and fan of Givenchy you’ll want to pick up both blushes. If you’re a darker skin tone I think you’ll want these as well as they’ll look stunning on darker tones especially those who are of Indian descent. I do Muse Approve them for purchase because I think they are unique and interesting items to add to your higher end collection. The Muse loves ‘em!

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Learn more about Givenchy Cosmetics at www.parfumsgivenchy.com

See a few FOTD’s using these items by clicking below:

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Flipside and Graffiti Swatches, Review, and First Impressions

Allow me, if I may, to introduce you to two of the four new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

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Ohhhh greens and aquas just make me shiver in excitement! Urban Decay Spring 2009 is really shaping up to be something special as I’m testing it out this week and of course I was quite happy about new shades of the 24/7 liner! We all know how I feel about them don’t we?

I think there was some general confusion afoot about the release of two of the shades that this Muse happened to fall in love with instantly. The two shades I’m speaking about are Flipside and Graffiti but before I get into details allow me to give a brief rave about Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

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Variety people, tis the spice of life. I really haven’t come across a better variety of awesome colors in an eye pencil like these particular eyeliners! They have a dreamy, creamy, formula that wears so amazingly well and literally melts onto your eye! I’m particularly thrilled about the selection of bolder, brighter colors to pair up with my vibrant eye shadows for a stunning look! I can go on all day about the incredible formula but if you’re wanting more deets do check out my review on Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils by clicking here!

As I mentioned earlier on in the post I did hear some general confusion about the new color selections as people felt they were comparable to two colors previously released and available in the general catalog at the moment. Covet and Electric are the colors I am speaking about. I thought I’d clear up that Flipside and Graffiti are nothing like either Covet or Electric. Indeed the shades are somewhat similar but not an exact dupe of each other and in saying as such I do believe that picking up the newer shades, Flipside and Graffiti, is well worth your time.

Comparing Flipside to Electric you’ll notice that Flipside is a deeper teal blue shade heavy on the aqua base where as Electric is a more true aqua that’s brighter and lighter. Comparing Covet to Graffiti it’s easy enough to see that Covet is a deeper, smokier forest green where as Graffiti is bright true green.

As you can see from my swatches below the shades each have distinct personality and are quite individually unique.

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If you’re want the best eye pencil around, look no further. Waterproof, creamy, dreamy, and simply gorgeous! The Muse Approves in a major way!

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I’m absolutely loving Graffiti and Flipside at the moment and looking forward to creating some stunningly loud Spring looks with both!

Visit Urban Decay to check out the entire 24/7 line up and don’t forget to check out Ransom and Underground, the other two shades released for Spring ’09!

Are these on your Spring wishy list?

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New Year, New You Contest; EcoTools Brush Set Giveaway

It’s a little over a month now since New Year’s has rung in but the Muse is all about a New Year, a New Me or in this case a New Year, a New You!

To celebrate the New Year the Muse wants to help you along your path to creating a brand new you and what better way to do it than creating some makeup resolutions!

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You may have made a resolution to downsize this year, or you might have said you’ll organize better, or perhaps you promised yourself that you’d rid yourself of the old and get yourself some new items that needed replacing!

Whatever the case may be I’d love to be of service!

How about I help with replacing some of those old makeup brushes that you’ve been meaning to toss out? The Muse has a 5 piece set of Eco-Tool Brushes to give away and a full size, retractable Kabuki Brush. Want ‘em?

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It’s easy! Simply submit your name in the widget below (not in the comment field as you won’t be entered to win if you put your information in the comment box) and you’ll be entered to win one of the two prizes I just listed!

Sweet right? What better way to start on your resolution then with a new set of brushes!

EcoTools are 100% Cruelty Free makeup brushes made from synthetic bristles (so soft and lovely on the face!). The handles of the brushes are made of quality bamboo plant which has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant. EcoTools is a pretty nice way to improve your stash of makeup brushes and help your planet.

You can learn more about EcoTools by visiting my EcoTools5 Piece Brush Set Review or visit www.parispresents.com for furhter information about the EcoTools brush collection and where to buy EcoTools.

As always this contest is open to both US and International readers.

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FaceFront Cosmetics Review, First Impressions, and Swatches

Last week I was wandering around Pursebuzz when I noticed she had posted a Free Shipping coupon code for FaceFront Cosmetics. After visiting the site I kinda got all hyped up from the really nice promo images and decided to order.

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Hey, free shipping plus cool makeup pictures gets me excited what can I say?

Upon visiting Face Front’s site I kinda got hyped over the lack of variety. I know, weird right? The Muse excited about a small amount of product…what’s the world coming too?

Read on to hear more about my haul and impressions!

The lack of variety at FaceFront did relieve me somehow. Whenever I log onto some of these mineral sites I’m presented with an obscene amount of product which causes me to quickly close my browser. The Muse knows her compulsive nature and she’ll end up adding one of each color available when presented with THAT much variety.

Hold me, I’m scared.

Seriously, all that selection is sincerely awesome but it’s just a little bit too much sometimes. So relief was definitely one emotion I was feeling when I seen that FaceFront had a nice selection of product but not every single shade known to man (and some unknown). Phew! After exploring a bit I was impressed with the bolder shades of blushes and shadows and felt like they were quite unique from other e-tailers so I decided I might as well order.

I got my order within a few days all wrapped up tight. I selected two blushes and three shadows to start my journey and was pleased when they arrived in generous size jars. The blushes were $16 USD each and the shadows were $10 USD. The blushes are 0.03 gram jars and have a healthy amount of product inside so I didn’t think $16 was too bad a deal. I was disappointed though upon seeing my order that the swatches were terribly inaccurate on the site but I was happy how vibrant the shades were. I suppose this line isn’t for everyone as the shades are bright and quite bold but I do think quite workable with a lighter hand. I was quite pleased with both blushes, although they are easily duped from the Aromaleigh Rocks Collection that I indulged in a few months ago. But regardless I still liked them and I think I’ll consider ordering a few other shades. The colors I choose were Buenos Aires and Full of Ferocity. Buenos Aires is a bright orange that appears peach on my cheeks and Full of Ferocity is a coral red, dominant on the red please which gives my cheeks a just pinched look.

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Being quite pleased with the blushes I was excited about trying the shadows out but sadly they aren’t as up to par with other minerals I’ve tried. You may like these if you like a sheer shadow wash otherwise I don’t suggest them as they aren’t too pigmented and color rubs off quite easily. The formula is a very fine powder which could be why the powder fails to adhere to the eyelid well. I got three total colors and all of these were quite sheer when applied and not as pigmented as I was hoping for. The colors I tried were Ice Melt, Razzle, and Blushing. All three are stunning in the packaging just not so great formula wise. Ice Melt is a golden shimmer which morphs into an icy iridescent pearl, Razzle is a shimmering cranberry shade, and Blushing is pink with touches of peach shimmer.

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All in all the company does have some nice items, in particular the blushes, I’m pretty interested in returning for a second order to see if the other shadows are of better formulation than the ones I ended up selecting. I am considering more blushes as well since these were a nice item. It wasn’t the best mineral e-tailer I’ve tried but it had a few items worth looking at.

I’ll be doing some FOTD’s shortly with these items so you can see what they look like on.

How about you?

Ever tried FaceFront Cosmetics?

What mineral e-tailers do you love?

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Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eye Shadow Primer Review

If you’re feeling tired of Urban Decay Primer Potion or you just don’t like MAC Paint Pots (like me!) you might want to check out the new Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer for your priming needs.

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It’s a bit expensive but well worth your time.

As far as I know this is the first time that Guerlain has ventured into the primer waters. Not many brands jumped on board the eye shadow primer hype prior to Urban Decay’s release of Primer Potion so most people were left using MAC Fluidline or MAC Shadesticks as a prep and prime prior to shadow. Hey, this worked well for years and still does but I won’t say I don’t have some sincerely major love for my Urban Decay Primer Potion.

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Upon Guerlain releasing a primer though I did have to try it for myself as I simply adore Guerlain and I suppose with the release of a shadow primer I was expecting the gates of heaven to flood open…most of the time that happens with every Guerlain release that the Muse is privy to so it’s no great surprise that indeed she was touched by an angel after trying out Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer.

First of all it’s not comparable to paint pots, nor is it anything like Urban Decay Primer Potion. The formulas are vastly different in my opinion and I will do the comparison babbling for you. Obviously Guerlain Eye Shadow Primer is a nice creamy base which could be compared to MAC Paint Pots however it blends easier, isn’t as thick as a paint pot’s formula, allows better blending for pigments and shadow in my opinion, and intensifies color, all while holding my shadow in place. It’s un-comparable to Urban Decay Primer Potion as well considering it’s a cream base and not as runny a formula as Primer Potion.

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Guerlain Eye Shadow Primer is a nice creamy base that blends easily onto the lid. It comes with it’s own mini brush which honestly I find somewhat useless as I’d rather spread it around with my finger however if you’re a germ-a-phobe (hey the Muse is! No shame in that!) you’ll think the little brush is a life saver. A little bit of product goes a long way at freshening the eye area up a la Benefit Lemon Aid plus prepping for shadow or pigment. It has a hard beige edge which intensifies the color of shadow while it adheres. I don’t think any of my primers successfully intensify a color quite like this does. Greens look brighter, purples look deeper, and it just generally makes my shadow pop a fair bit. I think this has to do with the deeper beige of the product as it darkens shadows a fair bit which I find interesting.

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I suppose it’s debatable that this could perform the same function as a MAC Paint Pot which is much cheaper but honestly I have no real love for MAC Paint Pots so this is ideal for someone like me who wanted something that was easier to blend and helped my shadow remain creaseless for hours at a time. I like the formula much better when compared to a paint pot.

Overall, I will definitely repurchase when I’m finished with this as it’s superior in terms of keeping my shadow fresh and long wearing plus offering some concealing benefits as well, allowing my lids to look fresher and less dull. It also blends beautifully well which makes application a snap. Well worth trying out if you’re anything like the Muse and not a lover of MAC Paint Pots.

All in all well done on this one Guerlain. The Muse likey!

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