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NARS Spring 2009 Review, Swatches, and Photos

NARS Spring Collection 2009 had my heart pounding in excitement and I was quite hyper to get my greedy hands all over it!

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I have a few pieces of the collection to share with you today and I can’t wait to hear what you think of this exciting Spring Collection!

Jump ahead to read my impressions, see photos, and swatches of NARS Spring ’09!

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I should mention that above anything else I’m really, really, really want to try out the new NARS Duo Concealer in a major way. Hopefully I’ll bring you a review of that soon.

Today I have NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Hula Hula to show you and two of the new NARS Single Shadows in Night Sun and Baby Girl. I haven’t yet had a chance to do FOTD’s with these and normally, you know the Muse, I like to include my FOTD’s with all my reviews but I was so excited to finally have pieces from NARS Spring 2009 in my hands that I just felt like sharing right away. I’ll work on FOTD’s soon so expect them to be posted sometime next week.

The new NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Hula Hula is, in my opinion, the best of the two new duos released. It has two shades of shimmering shadow that will make up a rather nice, natural bronzy pink look. I’ll use Sephora’s description for the two shades as they made it sound heavenly. The first shade in the duo is a frosty strawberry with fine gold shimmer (yum right?) and the second is a hazelnut with golden shimmer. The two shadows contrast wonderfully well and I think they’ll make a fine Spring look that’ll work well into Summer!

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Although it’s not pimped in the promo image NARS released a new single eyeshadow shade in Night Sun. It deserves to be mentioned that all of the NARS “night” series shadows are always something special and Night Sun is no different in that aspect. It’s a bright true yellow shade with plenty of gold sparkle which will be ideal for pairing up with red, orange, or other warmer shades. Of course, by itself it looks stunning as well. Think MAC Pigment in Golden Lemon and you’ll pretty much have a great dupe (in press format) with NARS Night Sun. Gorgeous and I’m sure a favorite soon.

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Finally I got NARS single shadow in Baby Girl. Baby Girl a nice, soft baby pink with soft golden shimmers. It’s quite a sheer shade but for lightening up the eye area it’s ideal.

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So far, NARS Spring Collection 2009 is shaping up quite nicely and I look forward to exploring it further (especially that concealer). NARS rarely disappoints and Spring ’09 is far from disappointing! Fab job NARS the Muse loves it so far!

How about you?

Loving NARS Spring Collection?

Which pieces have you through about hauling?

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The entire Spring Collection is up and available for purchase @ www.narscosmetics.com

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Smashbox Muse Lip Paint in Luminary Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

Anyone up for a little bit more of the Smashbox Muse Collection? The Muse is all about “her” collection and is loving it so far! Today I’m bringing you a review of the Smashbox Muse Lip Paint in Luminary.

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A new gloss line was introduced with the Smashbox Muse collection which are the limited edition Lip Paints. These glosses offer a tiny hint of color while delivering shine to the lips. The lack of color variety does somewhat disappoint but taking into consideration that these are limited edition I think it’s safe to say that three color selections are a plenty.

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The color I was busy testing out this week was Luminary which is a shimmering nude peach shade. Mmm slightly scared of those nudes shades but test I did and I came up with a few takes on the gloss.

First off I was slightly unhappy with the formula of the gloss as it wasn’t particularly glossy and had a tiny bit of a dryness to it. Hmmm, I know..dryness you say Muse? But I can’t think of another way to describe the formula, it’s simply very dry without the normal glossiness one assosicates with lipgloss. After all that’s why it’s called gloss right? Because it’s glossy. This isn’t so very glossy sadly however it is a rather nice shade which adds a touch of golden, peachy shimmer to lips. It’s not pigmented enough to work on it’s own so I do suggest prepping with a bit of stain or lipstick prior to use and topping with this for a nice sparkly finish.

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For the most part I do think the name is slightly misleading because I was thinking that these would be a pigmented gloss with a brush applicator however turns out it’s a sponge tip applicator and a very sheer gloss. I dunno, I just associate paint with pigment I suppose?

Overall I do think the gloss had a fab finish and I can’t deny it looks mighty nice on my lips when paired with a warmer makeup look but I was just slightly disappointed with the overall formula and lack of pigmentation. The Muse thinks she might try indulging in one more shade before deciding if it’s a hit with her or a miss!

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Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

The Muse was thinking about it and she decided that she might contact the great Glen Campbell to revise “Like a Rhinestone Cowboy” temporarily to “Like a Midnight Cowboy…”

Has a nice ring to it dontcha think?

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The Muse is celebrating the release of the newest color added to the Urban Decay Lipstick lineup by singing all about “Midnight Cowboys” today!

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Fun fact: Did you know the first shimmery shade of gold shadow that the Muse ever purchased was Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy?

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy remains a tried and true favorite for the Muse for over 10 years so you can imagine her excitement when she heard that Urban Decay was releasing a shade of it in lipstick form with it Spring Collection.

I had my worries about the leap of Midnight Cowboy from eye shadow formula to lipstick. The shade is a cross between champagne and gold with heavy duty shimmer so the idea of wearing such a shade on my lips had me slightly worried how it would work out. Now I do think that the lipstick color is actually a good deal more beige when compared to the shadow which again had me worried because I don’t do nudes too well at all. Normally nude shades of lipstick make my full face even fuller so I avoid them at all costs. But bless be! Urban Decay Lipstick in Midnight Cowboy works out beautifully on the Muse!

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I think part of the reason that the color works out so well for me is partially due to the fact that the lipstick formula has a moisturizing base and a beautiful glossy finish. Upon application it almost feels like I’m applying gloss as the lipstick simply glides on and has a wonderful buttery texture. The color isn’t as pigmented as other shades in the collection but it manages to give a nice champagne nude finish with a hint of golden shimmer.

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The awesome packaging of the product goes without saying I’m sure but if you’d like to hear the Muse rave on and on about it do check out her full review of Urban Decay Lipsticks.

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Although Urban Decay Lipstick Midnight Cowboy is probably more suitable for Summer due to it’s warm base the Muse still thinks it’s a rather nice shade to release in the Spring to pair with a golden eye look! It’s truly stunning on the lips, has a wonderful glossy formula, beautiful packaging, and of course bears the Urban Decay brand name (that along should make you want it).

All in all I really enjoyed Urban Decay Lipstick in Midnight Cowboy and I highly recommend snagging one as it’s Muse Approved for purchase! This Muse loves it.

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“Like a Midnight Cowboy…………….”

Is it on your Spring Collection wish list?

Already got it?

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Too Faced Smurfette Collection Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

The Muse is still musing over whether she loves Too Faced Smurfette Collection or if she isn’t quite feeling it.

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She’s had her stash of the Too Faced Smurfette Collection since it’s release a few weeks ago and has been busily playing around with it, testing it, swatching it, and musing over it for the better part of a week and a half. I didn’t want to post my first impressions before actually using the items so today I’m doing a full review of the entire collection.

Sit back, grab a cuppa tea, and read on…..

To begin I will say I simply adore the packaging. I’m a child of the 80’s so I can completely appreciate “smurf” themed makeup. Call it childish, immature, whatever you will but the fact of the matter is that I simply adore kawaii cosmetics and Too Faced Smurfette Collection brings cuteness to the table.

The collection consists of an eye quad, glitter liners, a highlighter powder, and a new lipgloss. I indulged in everything aside from the glitter liners as I have a ton already which I hardly make use of as is.

The Too Faced So Smurfy Eye Shadow Palette is probably my least favorite item in the collection because it was simply too difficult to work with in terms of formula, texture, and colors. I guess I shouldn’t expect too much from a “smurfy” eye palette right? This was a strange cocktail that the Muse had a hard time trying to figure out what goes where and what sort of look would come out of it. In the end I created a “smurfy” look and a more natural, shimmering look by using separate color combos (I actually liked the shimmering look the best!). I’m not sure what they were thinking exactly but it was seriously brain surgery for me to think up some way to use the shades in the palette. The colors included were a bright matte pink, a bold navy blue, a shimmering, glittery gold, and a glittery deeper pink almost brown shade. After much thought I decided to wear the pink on my lid and the navy blue as a liner for the bottom lash line…I honestly wasn’t sure how else to pair the two up? Was I supposed to wear the blue on my lid? Should I have applied the blue in my crease and the pink on my lid? I haven’t a clue but after much playing around the best possible look (which isn’t even that fab anyway) was applying the blue as a liner on my bottom lash line.

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A partial smurfy look using the gold glitter shadow and highlighter!
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The pink and blue shades were difficult to blend for me but this probably isn’t at any fault of the formula, the Muse just happens to be a retard when it comes to blending matte shades.

My second look was FAR from “smurfy”! I ended up simply applying the gold shade to my lid for a little bit of a sparkling, gold look. I loved the two shimmering shadows best however they are extremely gritty and fall out is of epic proportions which makes them an epic fail for application. After applying concealer on top, wiping with a tissue, using shadow shields, and just generally doing alot of clean up I still ended up having glitter just about everywhere on my face. Sad sigh.

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Now the packaging of the palette is super! It’s pink and black with a rather cute Smurfette image on it! It’s a flip top palette with a nice size mirror. I generally like this style of palette because it cleans up fairly well and stores quite nicely. However, packaging aside, I felt like the quad just wasn’t exactly what I expected.

A difficult time applying the shadows due to formula and problems with a mix match of strange colors left the Muse feeling a little less love for the Too Faced So Smurfy Eyeshadow Palette.

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After all the woe of the shadow palette at least I can happily say that the Too Faced So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder was quite lovely! This palette contains soft pastel blues, yellow, white, and pink which created a soft focused look when applied on the face. The palette is embedded with Smurfette’s smiling mug and is just too sweet! I’m positive the first thing you’ll be wondering about is Smurfette’s smiling little face….in answer to your concerns about whether or not the emblem wipes away with one brush stroke…no, it does not. You’ll be happy to know that I’ve used it a total of 7 times and Smurfette is still smiling happily away inside although please do take into consideration that I was quite careful when stroking my brush across it plus given time she will wipe away completely considering that the emblem is very lightly sketched into the palette and not fully embedded in so to speak.

The palette is a strange mix match of pastel shades and when swatched almost appears white…however don’t let that sway you. The finished result is quite lovely. I didn’t feel like it was shimmer overload and thought it gave more of a soft focused look that was metallic like and frosty. Quite pretty really. Again, the packaging is a flip top mimicking that of the quad which makes both a nice little set.

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Finally I picked up the Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lipgloss which I really liked alot. I’m not a huge fan of Smashbox O-Gloss so I was slightly wary of picking up another “color changing gloss”. The gloss is supposed to change to a suitable smurfy shade for your lips! Gotta love it. It starts out a shimmering blue shade but on my lips it ended up turning a super bright pink! Likey! The formula isn’t nearly as nice as my beloved Too Faced Mirror Mirror gloss but it has plenty of shine and lovely glossy finish! I simply adored the novelty of it starting out blue and later changing pink. So cutes! Works quite well at giving a deeper shade of pink when compared to Smashbox O-Gloss and also lasts a good deal longer with a glossier finish. The gloss has a nice, fresh berry flavor! Yummy!

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Overall, I think the collection is a great little collector’s item but I did find the palette lacking a tad bit although it is unquestionably pigmented, I just ended up having a hard time using it, blending with it, and having other general woes. Aside from that I absolutely loved the highlighter and the new gloss and think they are well worth picking up!

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MAC Dame Edna First Impressions, Product Photos, and Swatches

My deepest, sincerest apologies for being off the MAC bandwagon lately. Hate me much? Please don’t. Your Muse was one for collecting everything and anything MAC related but lately I haven’t really been thrilled with much of anything but I am slowly gaining ground and MAC Dame Edna appealed greatly.

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It was probably the lilac packaging that first caught my attention. All that light purple packaging just thrills me to bits and pieces which is why when I originally seen the MAC Dame Edna promo images I nearly fell off my chair. But I do ask myself…will MAC ever learn? Turns out the packaging is indeed gorgeous but again with the freaking stickers! Grrrrrrrr! Upon opening the glosses and lipsticks for the first time and simply sliding them out of their boxes, the stickers are already peeling off! MAC, have we learned nothing at all from Fafi’s release!?

Ok, rant over. I shall say no more.

Aside from my beef with the peeling stickers I do so believe that Dame Edna has alot of nice items and plenty that are must haves in my humble of humblest opinions although two items I think are avoidable are the eye palettes. I got my eye palette in Royal Tour and it’s nothing to get to hyper about. The colors in both palettes are quite the same o’, same o’ reruns. Royal Tour contains a soft pinkish purple shade, a lilac shade, and a deep almost periwinkle blue shade. I’m honestly at a lost how to use the palette as the shades are a mix match of colors. At this point I’m thinking of using the lightest shade as a base, the lilac as a contrasting shade for my crease and outer v, and the periwinkle as a liner. I’ll have to take a peek at the face charts for ideas on the best way to use this. I personally think, aside from the uber fabulous packaging, you can skip both palettes unless you’d just like one to add to your collection.

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Now the beauty powders I was quite excited about and disappointed all in the same breath. The powders are truly gorgeous at first glance and I’m quite pleased MAC went out of their way to include a matching lilac sponge to apply the powder, nice work guys! Likey! However, the powders are sprayed with a fine shimmer over top under which lays a chalkier formula powder. I guess I was somewhat disappointed that the shimmer wasn’t straight through the powder however I honestly don’t mind that the powder is the standard MAC beauty powder formula as I do enjoy these. I got both shades which are Spectacle! a soft pink and What a Dame! a pale orange. These are quite nice to carry around for a bit of a touch up and to add a nice glow to cheeks. I liked both and think they are well worth picking up.

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Finally the glosses and lippies in the collection are super and all are well worth snatching up as they are some sincerely unique shades. In particular I felt like the MAC lipglasses released with Dame Edna were particularly lovely shades. I ended up getting all three lipglasses released which were Possum Nose a bright coral (my favorite of the three), Splendid a lovely coral with hints of pink, and Hot Frost a light fuchsia shade.

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I stupidly hauled only two of the three lipsticks but never mind I guess that means I’ll have extra money for MAC Hello Kitty. The two shades I got were Kanga-Rouge a lovely blue based red (My fav!) and Coral Polyp a nice shade of coral that appears almost orange.

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All in all the MAC Dame Edna Collection is a nice selection of bolder, louder shades. Out of all the items I do think that the Lipglasses are the star of the show in this case and well worth picking up as I found them unique and quite nice shades for the Spring. Everything else is a bit of a hit and miss for me. I loved the Beauty Powders but again it’s nothing you absolutely have to have unless you want it for the packaging alone.

The collection doesn’t fully get me back on board the MAC train but I’m slowly gaining speed!

How about you?

What did you haul from MAC Dame Edna?

Any favs?

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