Fall Collections 2008

Product Musings: MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish

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The Muse is super excited about MAC’s upcoming Summer Collections. All the colors are positively dreamy! Loving all that gold and bronze, so very Muse-like!

As I salivated over MAC Summer I couldn’t help but think what was already in my beauty arsenal that I could combo up with the collections when they released and the first thing to entire my mind was MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish!

Loves it!

Released with the special, limited edition Manish Arora for MAC this incredible lipstick shade won my heart over fairly quickly. It’s made it’s way onto my Year End Favorite List for 2008 and has been worn too many times to count, that’s saying something as the Muse isn’t loyal to any one lipstick.

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The shade quite reminds me of my other favorite shade from MAC, Pink Grapefruit Lipglass. It’s such an incredibly deep shade of coral with a loud orange base but just enough punch to give it a dark peach sheen on my lips. Absolutely stunning! Truly MAC broke the mold when they made this particularly lippie!

Have you tried it?

Hauled it for yourself?

Love it as much as the Muse?

Tell me all about it!

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Chanel Facettes D’or Highlighter Gold Fever Review

I reviewed Chanel Gold Highlighting Powder last week and maybe you were thinking to yourself “but I don’t like loose and shimmery…” That’s completely ok maybe you like pressed and sparkly instead! In that case you might want to check out Chanel Facettes D’or Highlighter Gold Fever which is pretty similar but in a press format!

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Chanel Facettes D’or Highlighter Gold Fever is the same texture and format as Chanel’s popular powder blush. The powder has the look and feel of a baked powder with a beautifully silky texture and a nice sparkle of gold. The gold doesn’t have much pigmentation as this is a highlighter not a blush and the results are simply a subtle shimmer to cheeks and face or if you so please, eyes! I noticed that the product applies beautifully on my eyes as a shimmer so you can multitask with this by using it on your face, cheeks, and eyes. For the most part the shimmer is very fine and you aren’t left with sparkle overload all over your face but just a simple sweep of gold across cheek bones. I really love the Chanel Gold Highlighting Powder but I have to say I really like the mess free application of the Chanel Facettes D’or Highlighter and I think it’s rather a nice item to have for more subtle looks considering the loose powder contains more sparkle and shimmer!

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The price is $50 USD which is about $8 USD more than the regular blushes in the line up. You’re probably wondering if you need both the loose and the pressed powder and honestly for me it unquestionable about wanting both but you may want to indulge in just one. I guess the best best is ask yourself what type of finish you want, which format you like best (loose or pressed), and what sort of look you’re going for. If you’re a collector of Chanel cosmetics I’m sure you’ve already made the choice to just get both.

All in all I really loved this one and I’m Muse Approving it for purchase as I like having the option of creating a simple look using the press powder or a more bolder shimmery look using my loose powder!

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For my look below I used the Chanel Facettes D’or Highlighter powder on top of my blush (cheeks) and on my eye as a shadow.

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How about you? Love the pressed powder or more of a loose powder fan?

Love all the gold?

Not so much?

Tell the Muse!

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Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette Review

It took the Muse a bit to realize the potential of the Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette! How horrifying that I almost missed out on owning this gorgeous palette.

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I originally declined to purchase the Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette for two main reasons one of which was the fact that the palette just looked a bit too matte for the Muse’s liking and secondly all the shades seem to be a round up of colors I already owned from the Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit.

However, after discussions with many of you urging and egging me on to purchase this I decided to take the dive and get one! And you’re all right! It is superb! If you haven’t already added this to your collection, I highly suggest getting one!

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I originally seen this when I picked up my Chanel Eyeliner Duo and it truly didn’t appeal. I didn’t swatch at the time and honestly the colors all seemed quite matte however upon getting my palette I quickly realized how wrong I was. Granted, the palette doesn’t contain the amount of shimmer of the shades in the BE Rocker Eye Kit but it does still contain a fair amount of flattering shimmer that doesn’t overdo a look! All the shades are NOT matte as I originally suspected. If you don’t own any blacks or smoky eye palettes this is an ideal palette to pick up as it contains virtually everything you’ll need to create an extremely chic, sophisticated smoky eye look!

The four shades in the palette are a soft white shimmering highlight, a softer shimmering gray, a deeper shimmering gray, and a matte true black. You can use the shades in any number of ways to create your smoked eye look. I choose to use the white as a highbrow highlighter and a prep for my entire eye area, following up by using the darker gray all over my create and lid, brushing a bit of the softer gray on my lid and blending with the darker gray, and finally using the matte black in the V and blending it in and up into the crease.

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The formula of the shadows is outstanding as the blend like butter and are extremely pigmented for excellent color pay off! Elegant packaging, gorgeous colors, beautiful smoked out look, amazing pigmentation, what more could a girl want from?

All in all I think that the Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette is a fantastic piece to add to your cosmetic wardrobe and I’m sticking a Muse Approved on it for purchase! I loved it and think it’s well worth indulging in and nabbing for yourself!

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I did two looks using my Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette one of which was all about Twilight! It’s today, it’s today! Who’s going to see Twilight tonight or maybe you already seen it!? For my Twilight look I was all about a smoky eye look with vampy red lips!

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I also finished my hoodie last night while watching this week’s episode of Chuck on the good old Tivo! Go Team Edward!

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For my second look I kept my lips much tamer and created a rather nice, chic smoky eye that really made my eyes pop!

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How about you?

Got this palette?

Love it?

Want it?

Tell the Muse!

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Visee Glam Hunt Palette Review

The Muse is a bit tired of all the holiday coverage! It’s the end of the week and she isn’t really up for doing more holiday collections and just feels like concentrating on the lovely Fall weather and maybe a Fall collection too!

How about you?

I’ve had the Visee Fall Collection for a while now but haven’t had a chance to take advantage of it but this week I decided to crack open both and give them a whirl. The new Glam Hunt Palettes are quite different from previous releases from Visee but have no fear they are just as good. I was playing at being a good Muse so I only ordered two of the five color combinations released.

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I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the Visee Glam Hunt Palettes as I do have a love affair with the Visee Jewel Crush Eyes Palettes and as I mentioned these are vastly different. Although the Glam Hunt Palettes contain some shimmer it’s not a whole lot when compared to previous palette releases from Visee.

The Glam Hunt Palettes have five strips of color that you’ll be using on various parts of your eye. I always find it interesting that the directions for application instruct you to use the lightest shade of shadow on the crease instead of the lid. I normally contrast my shades of shadow by applying a darker shade to the crease and a lighter shade to my lid however most Japanese brands recommend contrasting them in the opposite way!

The shades included in the palettes are two contrasting shades of eyeshadow, one liner shade, one base shade, and a sparkling powder which can be used in the inner corner of the eye to add a bit of sparkle and shine to your look! The palettes I got were G1 and G4. G1 consists of green shades which are comparable to my favorite KATE Glamtrick Eye Palette GN-1 and the G4 palette contains dusky rose shades. Out of the two palettes G1 was my favorite simply because I really adore how a smoked out green eyeshadow look makes my eyes sizzle! The G4 is very nice as well but I thought the liner shade made my eyes look slightly tired.

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The shadows are all quite pigmented and blend wonderfully well. I thought the formula and texture was comparable to KATE palettes. As I mentioned above these are considerably different from the palettes you’ve seen Visee release before and I’m hoping they’ll actually continue with the line as it’s quite good.

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All in all I thought the Visee Glam Hunt palettes were quite nice with a good selection of Fall friendly colors. I’m not Muse Approving for them purchase simply because they are quite similiar to many Japanese brand palettes you might already own! If you don’t have a considerable stash of Japanese palettes I do recommend trying these out as they are quite lovely!

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Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush Review

All the convenience of a powder blush in a cream formula? Hmmmm must try says the Muse!

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush was introduced as part of the brand new Clinique Fall Collection 2008 entitled Modern Matte.

Mattes are outside my range but considering I’ve been very open and adventurous lately when it comes to matte shadows I decided to test these out! I’ll be bringing you a review shortly but for now I did want to introduce you to the new Blushwear Cream Stick Blush in Shy Blush!

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Becoming friends with a blush in a stick form truly isn’t that hard! It’s convenient, easy to apply, and pigmented enough to make me blush all day long plus the color I have, Shy Blush, is the ideal warm color for Fall!

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The formula is moisturizing and long wearing plus leaves behind a rather nice sheen of color. As I mentioned the color I have is Shy Blush which is a brownish peach with hints of bronze. The color leaves behind a very natural finish that lends a nice warmth to cheeks for the Fall season!

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive, pigmented blush option that’s easy to apply and offers a flattering, natural finish this is worth checking out!

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush is available now from Clinique! Do check out the other shades available, the Muse has her eye on Very Blush!

Check it: The Muse sportin’ Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush in Shy Blush
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