Make-up Reviews

Lorac Double Feature Concealer Highlighter Duo Review

I’m still rounding up concealers and today I’m bringing you a review of Lorac Double Feature Concealer and Highlighter. This concealer is brand new from Lorac. Tired of all these concealers yet?!

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As you can see above the packaging is an interesting pull out design. Unroll and you’ll end up with directions, alternate uses for the product, and detailed photos for use. It’s like a little cardboard newsletter that unrolls with the box.

Well done Lorac on creating a very interesting concealer duo! I should start my review by saying I don’t approve of lipstick style concealers in a tube. I’ve tried a few and all are really bad simply because the formula is so very difficult to blend and ALOT of tugging is involved.

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Lorac got a tiny bit inventive with this new concealer. I originally purchased this assuming that it consisted of three parts. I was thinking it was a concealer, a rollerball setting powder, and a highlighter. Turns out I was quite wrong! It’s a concealer, highlighter, and a rollerball applicator. This does not come with a powder, why I was thinking the rollerball was a powder is beyond me

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Turns out the rollerball is what makes this such a fine product. The concealer is somewhat your typical stick concealer which I’m not too fond of. The formula is creamy however it doesn’t glide as easily as I’d like it to under my eye but the rollerball ends up making the concealer into something special. If I had to use the concealer on it’s own without the rollerball I’d be highly disappointed as it does involve some tugging to get on and of course tugging to blend.

So how does it work? Simple. Swipe the concealer gently under each eye, proceed to roll over the concealer using the rollerball applicator, continue rolling until your concealer is completely blended in. The rollerball does such a good job of blending the concealer you won’t need to pat or rub with your fingertips. The effect is an airbrushed look that erases fine lines, dark circles, and bags. However, it does deserve to be mentioned that this involves a good deal of tugging. I tried doing this gently but it doesn’t completely blend as well with a lighter touch. It disturbs me that I have to roll so hard to get it blended. Less tugging on the eye are is always good and this involves a considerable amount of tugging.

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After you’ve blended your concealer you can take the opposite end of the applicator which houses the highlighter and dot under your eye. This gives a tiny bit of shimmer and light to the eye area. I mistakenly did three dots and I got a rather shiny, disco ball look going on under my eyes so use this sparely and you’ll achieve the desired effect of a hint of brightness and highlighting under the your eye. The highlighter doubles up as a cheek and brow bone highlighter as well. The color of the highlighter is a creamy light yellow gold with a hint of shimmer. This comes with a sponge tip applicator however I do not recommend using the applicator to blend as it’ll add WAY too much of the product and you will end up sporting some seriously shimmer under your eyes. The effect sometimes looks mannequin-like or sports almost a clay-like look which I really don’t like but if I use alot less I get the desired effect of a brighter eye area. I’m not sure if I’d recommend using this under the eye if you’re older I may stick to using this as a highlighter on my brow bone.

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The duo is available in three color selections and although the lightest version worked well for me I can’t help but be disappointed at the lack of variety in shades. The colors range from light, medium, to dark but even the darkest selection doesn’t appear to be suited to ever all deeper skin tones.

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Aside from that mild ranting I did I love this. Would I buy it if it wasn’t a duo? Absolutely not as the stick concealer isn’t that fabulous however since the rollerball actually aids in making the concealer rather wonderful plus the highlighter gives a rather lovely bright look to the eye area I definately liked it. It’s $24 USD and available from Sephora now if you’re lemming it. I did forget to mention that the wear on this is wonderfully good which is what made me like it even more.

Generally speaking I could probably just purchase a rollerball somewhere on E-bay and use it with a stick concealer however this comes all together and makes concealing your eyes an absolute breeze while offering great coverage and an airbrushed finish.

The Muse likes it with a few minor problems that could use improving! But it’s definately not bad and worth checking out for yourself!

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Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Review

Although it has it’s cult following Maquillage is not my favorite branch of Shiseido cosmetics. Maquillage has some seriously great releases just nothing that every caught my eye so much that I was panting after it!

However, after much debate I decided to indulge in a Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip after reading quite a few raves for this particular item.

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Neo Climax Lip is a combination lipstick and gloss that comes in a rather slick push up style packaging. I love the packaging and the applicator. Twist and the applicator saturates with color, swipe across lips and done! The applicator is a smooth plastic head which I normally don’t fancy but in this case it works very well and fits comfortably to the contour of your lips while delivering color and gloss.

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The formula is where the problems begin for me with this one. You may recall my review on L’Oreal Infalliable Lipgloss and one of my main rants with the product was the strange waxy feeling of the gloss Neo Climax Lip happens to sport a similar formula. Although I like both glosses it’s very difficult getting used to having a waxy film on your lips. In all fairness this particular formula allows the gloss to have super long lasting power however dealing with it all day is difficult. It just just feels like I have a mask around my lips which is rather weird.

Aside from my rant about the formula I have to say that the color I picked is so outstanding that I’ll definately be using this again even though the formula isn’t to my liking.

The color is a very light shimmering shade of peachy pink that matched so perfectly with my skin tone and just brightened up my entire face. It gave me both a look of health and innocence that was simply stunning or at least I thought so. I don’t have the number for this color at the moment but I’ll correct this post later today with the correct number. I believe it was PK 356 but don’t quote me on that.

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I’ve been looking for a color like this my entire life it seems. It’s just a combination of peachy, pink, and sports that natural look to your lips.

I simply love it.

I was so deeply impressed with the color I’ve decided to Muse Approve Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip for purchase. I think I will be indulging in a few more colors and if they are anything like the one I tried I’m sure to be VERY pleased.

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The Muse likes this one and is temporarily putting bad formulas aside and entertaining her joy for an amazing color!

Likey!

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Eyeko Touch Up & Go Concealer Review

Wow I’ve covered ALOT of concealers these past month haven’t on? And guess what? I’m still going strong and bringing you a brand new batch of concealer reviews this week!

If you missed my introduction please see my Good, Bad, and Great Concealer post to see what’s been reviewed so far!

Today I’ll be reviewing Eyeko’s Touch Up and Go Concealer which promises to wake up my eyes and put my blemishes to bed. I don’t use concealer to conceal blemishes so I guess under the eyes it will be!

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Does it deliver on it’s promise?

Not quite.

Although the packaging is super cute, and the price is just right, plus the fact it comes in a click pen makes the Muse happy doesn’t mean that it’s an awesome concealer. The bad begins when the product is only available in one shade…uh oh…not good. The worst begins when you figure out what an unflattering nude, beige, slightly peachy combination it is.

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Although it’s pigmented enough to conceal dark circles brilliantly well I felt like the color did nothing for my eyes. The color matches my skin perfectly however speaking for myself and I’m sure many others prefer concealer a shade or two lighter than your foundation. In this case the concealer matches the tone of my skin and does nothing for brightening or waking up my eye area. Although it does conceal my dark circles it fails to create a fresh, awake look and I blame that on the color. The formula is moisturizing and dense while blending very well however the wear is two hours if you’re lucky. It contains a blend of Jojoba for moisture and a soft touch.

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Sometimes the Muse gets suckered in by cute packaging and can convince herself the product is really good because she’s so in love with the uber sweet packaging however in this case it’s just bad.

As I said it is inexpensive at 5 and it’s probably good if you don’t mind the color or the lack of wear but personally I didn’t like it.

Thumbs down on this one.

It’s a trash and not a stash!

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Urban Decay Lipstick Review

You have to be excited about this post.

Urban Decay hasn’t had lipstick for a very long time and now relaunches with 22 shades for Fall 2008. They went right ahead and did it big time baby!

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I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it was getting four of these bad boys to test out and review for you. They are simply thee most gorgeous lippies around at the moment as far as the Muse is concerned!

Let’s focus on the awesome packaging first. Each shade of lipstick is housed in a large, heavy container with two-toned light and dark purple swirls decorating the outer lid with a goth mini dagger handle on top. The casing of the lipstick tube is a shiny metallic purple that contrasts beautifully with the swirly lid. If that wasn’t enough of a presentation Urban Decay went an extra mile and embedded each lipstick with Urban Decay and a tiny dagger. The entire packaging creates not only a posh feel to each lipstick but also holds an edge of dark and dangerous! Just how the Muse likes her lipstick! Dark, edgy, dangerous, and most importantly posh!

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Now I read a review recently that said the formula was horribly gritty due to the mass amount of glitter in the lipstick and that’s not completely true. Depending on the color you choose the amount of glitter may be more or less! It also deserves to be mentioned that even if the color is overdosing on heavy shimmer and glitter the texture was in no way gritty. I felt like each color I tried had a wonderfully moisturizing, melty formula that simply glided onto my lips leaving behind beautifully pigmented popping color!

I’m completely serious when I say I want every single color for my very own (After all I do own every single shadow Urban Decay has put out thus far)! Go ahead and try to stop me from buying all these for my collection! I’m completely in lust and love with these.

Strangely enough I have also read that the lipsticks had an overpowering smell and taste but I didn’t notice either. I did notice a tiny faint perfumed cherry taste to some of the colors where as others had no taste at all.

The shades I tried out were 5150, Voodoo, Gravity, and Hotpants. Out of those four I wasn’t loving Hotpants. Hotpants is a heavy duty frost and I just couldn’t love it since it made my face look full and very round (as if it isn’t all those things already right? yak!).

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The other three shades fit me perfectly and were very deep and perfect for fall! 5150 was my favorite. It’s advertised as a coral but I felt like it was a cherry shade! It looks beautiful paired up with pink shadow!

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The other two shades that completely captured my heart were Voodoo and Gravity both of which were really deep shades that are completely flattering for the Fall. Voodoo is a deep, dark pink that almost looks maroon where as Gravity is a rich red.

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Oops forgot to label this little guy!
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Here are some swatches of each shade! As you can see 5150 does look kinda Coral like in my swatch however it comes out very cherry red on my lips!

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Here are some pictures of a MAC lipstick side by side with the new Urban Decay lipstick! You can’t tell all that much but the Urban Decay dwarfs the MAC lipstick! It’s alot heavier as well due to the posh packaging of the Urban Decay lipsticks!

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I’m slapping the coveted Muse Approval on these new lipsticks from Urban Decay! They sport beautiful packaging, a gorgeous pigmented, moisturizing formula, and just that little goth dagger alone makes it worth a purchase!

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The Muse likes ‘em! You need these. Go now get some! Urban Decay Lipsticks are on sale at both Urban Decay and Sephora! Have a lookiee at the 22 shades and tell me which you are loving, liking, lemming!

The Muse wants to try:

Gash
Wanted
Pistol
Buzzkill

Ugh choices, choices, choices!

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Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer Review

Oh yea baby daily concealer post time!

I know, I know you’ve been waiting ALL day for this little entry haven’t you? I fear I’m boring you with my spotlight on concealers lately but hopefully you’ve found at least one out of the batch I’ve reviewed so far that works for you!

Today I’m reviewing Lancome’s Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer. That rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it? Is it bad to admit I have no idea how to properly pronounce Maquicomplet?

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I noticed that I never really review concealer in the proper light. I don’t use concealer to cover pimples or problem skin. I’m too bloody old for acne and I don’t have anything that needs covering that my foundation doesn’t already do. I’m kinda disappointed in myself because I should really review it from all angles. But I only use concealer for under eye coverage plus even if I have a pimple pop up I think layering concealer or foundation on top of it is rather gross and causes me to break out further! Yak!

Anyway!

Apologies for never properly giving you the deets on covering up pimples or problem skin with concealer!

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However, Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer does a mighty nice job of concealing my dark circles and extra baggage! Maquitcomplet comes in nine shades that pretty much suit all skin tones and while carrying the correct tints to neutralize problems like dark circles. For instance I have the most lightest shade available which has a perfect yellow base to conceal my dark circles.

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The packaging is a wand style applicator which for me is just as great as a click pen. Smoothing and blending this on is simple and mess free with the provided sponge tip applicator. Stroke on, pat into place, and your dark circles are gone. The product is pigmented enough to conceal dark circles perfectly however my baggy eyes weren’t as fresh looking as I’d have liked after use but I still find the product offers excellent coverage for dark circles. The formula is a thin liquid however it is creamy and quite moisturizing. I had no problems with creasing under my eyes after blending and wear lasted for at least six hours before I needed to touch up.

The price might scare you at $27.50 USD however if you’re lemming this after my review you can head on over to Bergdorf Goodman and indulge in a gift with purchase!

Spend $35 USD and with any Lancome purchase you’ll recieve a chic grey and burgundy tote filled with gorgeous samples of Color Fever Gloss and Lipstick, an eyeshadow quad, blush, mascara, Bi-Facil, Absolute Premium BX Face and Night Cream, and a Three Piece Brush Set!

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Plus Lancome is always giving away something so purchasing a concealer at $27.50 USD plus nabbing a great GWP is well worth it dontcha think?

I’m actually going to head to my Lancome counter to nab that bag of goodies! I’ll be purchasing the Maharani Jewels Quad…perfect excuse to splurge $40 on a palette when I’m getting such an awesome gift! Review to follow!

The Muse likes Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer and thinks it’s worth looking at to cover up your dark circle woes!

Check it out at Lancome or your nearest Lancome counter!

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