Fall Collections 2008

Manish Arora for MAC Review and Swatches

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Well…you either loved Manish Arora for MAC or you hated it, there wasn’t any in between that I’ve seen around the Internet this week!

I happen to fall into the absolutely in love, thrilled to pieces, simply adore this collection category!

This is the type of collection that sits up and screams my name with it’s bold shades of shadow, outrageous colors of blush, and vibrant glosses and lipsticks! Love, love, love!

If you hate it, I truly can’t begin to understand why but I absolutely love it and slap a big Muse Approval on it!

The packaging is truly beautiful on this collection with it’s Indian inspired swirls, hearts, and sparkle. It has a certain Hindi feel to it that’s masked in the colors and design! MAC went with a subtle neon orange for the blush compacts, a gold and pink for the palette with jewel encrusted hearts on the top, a darker hue of orange for the lipstick tubes, and yellow for the lipglasses. The designs are all etched and printed on without any stickers to peel off a la Fafi! Thank god for that! I simply love the beautiful golden swirls topped with multi-colored hearts! I’m particularly partial to the compact with it’s little jeweled hearts. It’s difficult to pick what my favorite items are in this collection as everything is beyond beautiful.

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I highly recommend this collection for darker skin tones as the shades are so intense and vibrant they are sure to flatter a deeper tone!

The blushes in the collection are Pink Swoon and Devil. Out of the two Devil is absolutely, positively my favorite! Devil is a fiery, bold orange that gives me cheeks a nice pop of peachy color that can be worn sheer or built up for a deeper finish. Although some may be scared of such a vibrant orange shade, the Muse is no stranger to such a color. Devil is comparable to other pieces in my collection such as NARS Blush in Taos and Shu Uemura Blush in P Orange 58D (I’m working with Shu to get those crazy numbers and letters turned into names! Sheesh!).

NARS, MAC, and Shu Blushes
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Pink Swoon was surprisingly low key after the shock of Devil! I haven’t yet tried it but I’m preparing myself to be disappointed as it’s a very true pink that swatched quite sheer however after a few strokes I did manage to build the color up so I’m keeping hope alive that it’ll be equally easy to get the desired intensity on my cheeks!

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When presented with the lipsticks from Manish Arora of course the first one to catch my eye was Kiss Manish! Ahhhhhhhhh it’s perfection! The second I seen it I could only think one thing, Pink Grapefruit Lipglass! This was the ideal color to pair up with my very favorite lipglass color! Kiss Manish is a beautifully deep coral shade with touches of peach and orange. If you’re looking for an interesting alternative you might want to try Avon Lipstick in Rose Charm as I thought the finish was a good dupe although Kiss Manish is a bit deeper.

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Avon Rose Charm vs MAC Kiss Manish
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The second lipstick released, Girl About Town, is a deep fuchsia which is quite wearable when compared to other fuchsias I’ve run across from MAC. I actually like the way this looks on and when paired with Pink Manish Lipglass you get a rather nice look!

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It’s probably obvious that out of the two MAC Lipglasses released with Manish Arora, Shine Manish is my favorite. This is a marriage most wonderful when paired up with MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish! The color is slightly lighter than kiss Manish but manages to keep that intense fiery orange color that made Kiss Manish such a hit for me!

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MAC Lipglass in Pink Manish is a true pink that’s not quite fuchsia in my opinion. It has a small dose of sheer shimmer and pairs up beautiful well with Girl About Town!

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And finally the Pièce de Résistance, the MAC Manish Arora Palette! This shouldn’t be appealing to me as it contains quite a few matte shades however I forgive MAC for the matte since they also included some rather nice shimmery shades as well! I likely have almost all these shades already but I’m a sucker for beautiful compacts!

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Shades included are:

  • Nylon (Why is Nylon looking more beautiful in this palette?)
  • Going Bananas (Released with C-Shock)
  • Bitter
  • Playful
  • Electric Eel
  • Deep Truth

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The colors are much more vibrant than these swatches you see! I was just being overprotective with my palette and not pressing hard!
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Overall, the collection was a winner for me! I’m particularly pleased with MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish, MAC Blush in Devil, MAC Lipglass in Shine Manish, and the beautiful palette!

Call me a fan girl, call me a groupie, but I personally think MAC did a nice job with this collection and it’s Muse Approved for purchase!

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Please keep in mind this may be sold out online but as I mentioned in a prior post it officially sells at MAC North Robertson and MAC Soho tomorrow morning as of 11AM so call early to reserve! I got a bit busy today and didn’t get a chance to call about shipping so I’ll try to do so tomorrow and let you know!

I don’t yet have face of the day looks using any of this but will group some together shortly so you can see the collection at work!

The Muse is a happy camper now that she has Manish Arora in her possession!

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Becca Limited Edition Palettes: Sateen and Velveteen

Contrary to the fact that Becca disappeared off the shelves of Sephora far to quickly and got slashed down to 50% off towards it’s sad demise, it happens to still happily have a cult following within the US and Europe.

Becca is alive and kicking and still bringing out some rather fab palettes! I’ve never personally been a Becca follower but I was recently browsing the ASOS website and came across three new palettes from Becca for Fall and I must say they look rather nice and are appealing to the new, natural side of the Muse!

Um only problem…I can’t recall Becca being so expensive? These range from $55-$65 USD each but in their defense they are quite stunning! The palettes are available in three shade selections entitled Avalon, Sateen, and Velveteen.

Becca Velveteen Palette $55 USD (Respectively £44)
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Contains: Eyeshadows in Organza (White Shimmer), Lurex (Gold Shimmer), Chintz (Khaki Green Shimmer), and Shantung (Bronze Shimmer)

Eyeliner in Barbarella (Rich Black)

Becca Sateen Eye Palette $55 USD (Respectively £44)
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Contains: Eyeshadows in Chantilly (Lavender Demi Matte), Lame (Silver-Mauve Shimmer), Tweed (Warm Brown Demi-Matte), and Tussah (Antique Gold Shimmer)

Eyeliner in Bambi (Brown)

I’m actually feeling the love for the Becca Eye Palette in Velveteen in a major way! Hmmm may indulge in this and review soon!

Check out more Becca at their website and see Becca Avalon Palette which I also have my eye on!

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Vintage Sister Fall Lip Balm Collection

At least some of us are still on Fall mode! Vintage Sister updated it’s website today with the Fall Lip Balm Collection which includes new and old favorites!

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Six flavors have been introduced for $3.95 USD each and are available for a limited time from Vintage Sister!

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  • Candy Corn
  • Treat or Trick
  • Black Licorice
  • Caramel Apple
  • Pumpkin
  • Orange Clove

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mark Earth Face Glow

Look! Dontcha want ‘em?

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After all the insanity of Holiday Collection that I’ve been bombarding you with lately I’m sure you needed a break and wanted to hear more about Fall!

Check out mark’s new Earth Face Glow powders! Sweet right?

These quite remind me of many of the highlighting powders released by Banila Co and VOV and also somewhat like a MAC MSF too!

At $7 USD each you can afford to indulge in one or all three! I want to check these out because they really look quite pretty and I wouldn’t mind a bit of shimmer and sparkle on my cheeks!

They are available in three shades Pebbles (Soft Peach Shimmer), Quartz (Rose Shimmer), and Solar (Gold Shimmer).

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I bet if you check E-bay you could probably get ‘em for $4-$5!

Yes, the Muse must go and check now because she thinks she needs these on the double!

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Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Lame Noir Review

I recently got an email from a rather lovely email asking me, “Muse, will you be reviewing the Chanel Smokey Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette?”

Sadly, I had to say no, I love the palette, it’s stunning, it’s gorgeous…and it’s matte….eep! I believe two of the shades in the palette are matte and I honestly cannot, for my life, pull off a matte smokey eye.

So, no, I’m sorry you won’t see me reviewing the Chanel Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette anytime soon. However, to make up for the fact that I’m not reviewing the palette I’ll bring you a review of the rather awesome Chanel Noir Lame Eyeliner Duo.

Do you love me a little bit more now that I haven’t completely forsaken Chanel’s Fall Collection? Go on, kiss me why dontcha!

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Yes, there is a story behind the wrapping paper and no it’s not my birthday! The Chanel MA at Macy’s 34th gets rather excited when I bring my best friend Jai along for the ride so virtually everything I purchase gets wrapped up like a Christmas goose! I think maybe she hasn’t realized that Jai is actually gay and she’s hoping to impress him with her awesome wrapping skillz? I’m not really sure but she positively glows when he gushes about how cute a job she did wrapping! *shrugs* Stranger things have happened when I’m out with Jai, stranger things, truly…!

I’ll start my review by saying I’m rubbish with eyeliner! Indeed, I am! I admit it for all the world to know! I’m really not that fab lining my eyes and if I do line my eyes I prefer using a potted gel like Smashbox Cream Eye Liner, this is my liner of choice as it’s virtually goof proof when using a brush like the Smashbox #9 to apply.

Now taking things to the next level I find that powder liner is simply divine but lord knows no one makes it anymore!

I remember, back when the Muse was young and free, coming across my very first powder liner in some cheapy, cheesy clearance makeup catalog! God, for the very life of me I can’t recall the name of the catalog but I do recall ordering some of that powder liner and using it daily for many years after!

I haven’t had my hands on a proper powder liner in a long time until Stila introduced it’s talking Smoky Eye Palette which came with an ideally textured powder liner that was positively brilliant! It was like pay dirt when I hit that jackpot!

The moral of the story is that I find working with powder liner is simple, easy, mess free, and virtually goof proof. It glides on amazingly easy, smudges beautifully if you so desire, and you aren’t poking an eye out or creating a mess when using it!

In comes Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo and the Muse is in heaven! At $45 USD it’s not the cheapest option around however this is liable to last a few hundred years so you’re getting alot of bang for your buck!

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The palette is made up of two shades, Lame and Noir, well duh as per it’s name right? Contrary to images I’ve taken and images you’ll see on the Internets, Lame is not a full on black, it happens to be an off black that borders gray. The color creates a very nice smoked out look to eyes or if you prefer, with a heavier hand, you can get more definition to the eye area to create a more intense look.

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Noir is my favorite of the two shades as it contains a nice dose of shimmer (but not too much). This too is not a full on black either but leans more towards a deeper, darker off black shade with touches of gray and of course some beautiful silver shimmer.

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The palette comes with two applicators which, although small, make lining and defining the eye area simply and easy. The colors could probably be used wet if you like but I personally feel like that would ruin the palette and defeat the purpose of using a powder liner, hell if I wanted wet I’d have gone and gotten a liquid eye liner for $30 bucks less! You could also probably multitask the palette easily enough by using either shade as an eyeshadow but again the main point of the palette is to line eyes. The applicators included are a rounded sponge tip and a softer brush tip. The sponge tip makes for easy smudging while the brush applicator makes for a nice straight eye or curved cat eye. Whichever one you use you’re guaranteed a flawless lined eye!

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I highly recommend this for those that are liner retarded like myself or those who just like the simplicity and elegance of an easy eye lining experience. The palette is virtually goof proof and you don’t need to take brain surgery class prior to application…thank god for the Muse as she hates that damn class, way too long and boring!

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Like all Chanel products, the palette is beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated in it’s design and presentation.

I definately approve this one for purchase for it’s ease of use, the elegance factor, and just for the sake of saying “Hey, it’s Chanel!”

See more of the Chanel Exceptional Collection by clicking here!

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The Muse likey, alot.

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