Spring Collections 2009

Benefit Coralista Review, Swatches, and FOTD

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We have another winner from Benefit folks! Benefit Coralista is an absolute gem of a powder and I’m absolutely thrilled to bits with it. I’m quite chuffed with the steady outcome of great products from Benefit lately and truly the newest powder added to their collection is simply brilliant!

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It deserves to be said that I simply adore every single powder that Benefit has put out thus far however they have really stepped it up several notches with Benefit Coralista. I’m not even sure this can qualify to be part of the same category as previous releases since Benefit powders all have one trait in common which is how sheer each is where as Coralista is full of popping, pigmented color! Simply amazing!

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I’m duly impressed with the pigmentation of Benefit Coralista and I’m sure many people will be quite pleased at the intensity of the product and gorgeous finish it leaves on your cheeks. The powder is silky, has a very slight frost to it, and applies like an absolute dream. It can be built up for a soft flush of color or stroked full on for sizzzzzzzzzzling color pay off!

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Now I’ve heard, read, and seen a million people in a million different places such as MUA and makeup forums comparing Benefit Coralista to NARS Orgasm and NARS Super Orgasm. I’d like to clarify that Benefit Coralista, for this Muse, is a completely different product when compared to those two blushes. Although I absolutely love the Orgasm series from NARS I must admit that Benefit Coralista actually topped the color by creating a really popping shade that’s a cocktail of coral, peach, and orange. I think that both Orgasms apply softer where as Coralista applies with more of a pop of color. Gorgeous.

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I can’t begin to express my excitement over how good the product is and what an amazing job they did with it’s creation. The cocktail of colors added such gorgeous color to my cheeks and I couldn’t help but think how great it would look on it’s own or with a completely made up face and how wonderful it’ll work for Spring, Summer, and Fall. The color adds such warmth to my face and makes me glow. The powder is pigmented enough to work on any and all skin tones. It’ll be flattering if you’re pale, beautiful if you’re medium, and simply stunning if your darker!

I’ve collected many peach, coral, and orange blushes over the course of several years and I have to say that this is probably one of thee most unique and compares to nothing else in my stash.

One of the novel things about Benefit Coralista lays in the fact that it actually carries the sweet,tropical scent of peaches with a tiny hint of floral. Too cute right? I was surprised after opening it to have the scent linger up to my nose to greet me!

I have one minor rant about the product which is the fact that the “Coralista” emblem is a sticker. Eep! You know how much the Muse ranted and raved about the stickers on the Fafi for MAC packaging! The sticker is already peeling off a bit on the sides and it’s driving me a tiny tad bit crazy since I’m so obssessive compulsive about makeup this bugs me silly.

Aside from this minor problem everything about Benefit Coralista is absolute perfection. I love, love how pigmented the powder is and in all honesty it qualifies as a blush at this point. I’m hoping that Benefit will embrace all this pigmentation and take this into consideration when introducing more of it’s popular powders!

Who needs Benefit Coralista?

  • Those who LOVE a popping shade of gorgeous peach!
  • Anyone who wants a warm look that’s suitable for Spring, Summer, Fall, and of course tropical weather!
  • Girls who want to minimize there makeup look by applying a blush that’s so gorgeous no one will realize it’s the only item you’re wearing aside from some gloss and mascara!

If you’re only going to buy one item this season or you’re saving your cash at the moment and not wanting to splurge the Muse highly recommends, at the very least, indulge in this. All in all she’s VERY pleased with Benefit Coralista and absolutely adores it! Total Muse Approval for this one! Great job Benefit! I likey!

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Estee Lauder Spring Collection 2009 Fuchsia Now

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The Spring Collection for Estee Lauder entitled Fuchsia Now has the Muse in fits of excitement as it looks quite gorgeous!

Read on after the jump to find out why the Muse is hyper this morning!

Estee Lauder Fuchsia Now takes bolder shades and mixes them with neutrals to create a flirty, feminine, fun look. If you’re a tiny bit scared of bolder shades here’s a great excuse to try some while taking the edge off with safer, natural, neutral shades of color. You know how much your Muse loves bolder shades but she admits to being intrigued to the trend of cocktailing bold colors with neutrals.

Now the excitement….

You obviously know why I’m so hyper at this point don’t you? If you haven’t guessed already I’m quite excited about the release of the limited edition Estee Lauder Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder. Considering what a great relationship the Muse has with her Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder from the Holiday Collection she does so believe that she’s sure to love Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder by default! Fleur de Lys is a silky, shimmering powder with a hint of color to add a fresh glow to cheeks and face. The powder is flattering for all skin tones since it can be used as a highlighter for a glowing finish. The design on the powder is simply stunning! At $32 USD for a generous size compact the Muse is already approving it for purchase as she knows it’ll be gorgeous!

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Further info about the Estee Lauder Spring Collection 2009 release (all prices in USD):

Base Look for Face:
Estee Lauder Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder $32
Estee Lauder Signature Satin Creme Blush in Berry Light and Nude Light $26
Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in Black $19.50

For a Cool Pink Look:
Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Indigo $25
Estee Lauder Automatic Eye Pencil Duo in Jet Black $23.50
Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Mayfair Mauve $19.50
Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Berry $19.50
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry $18
Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Fuchsia $18

For a Warm Nude Look:
Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Aubergine $25
Estee Lauder Automatic Eye Pencil Duo in Walnut Brown $23.50
Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Perfect Nude $19.50
Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Earthen Nude $19.50
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Honey Flower $18
Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Honey Flower $18

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All in all the collection has the Muse excited especially the gorgeous shimmering powder which I hope to bring you a review of soon!

Estee Lauder Spring Collection 2009 Fuchsia Now is available this January from www.esteelauder.com

What do you think of Fuchsia Now?

Loving the powder?

Like the idea of combining bold and neutrals?

Tell the Muse!

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Urban Decay Spring Collection 2009

The Muse hearts Urban Decay in a major way and boy is she excited about the Spring release….well hello have you heard they are releasing a Primer Potion in Sin? So Yummie!

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Check out the deets on the complete line up for Urban Decay Spring 2009 after the jump!

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Man, can I tell you that Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy is my absolute staple shadow? And now a new lipstick in freaking Midnight Cowboy?

My heart just dropped into the bottom of my shoes.

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For the lovers of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliners you can snatch up four new shades to add to your stash! The Muse has her eye on Graffiti and Flipside!
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Get your glitter on with Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liners in four new shades! Loves those!
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Back…by popular demand maybe? Urban Decay is revisiting cream shadows with 12 new shades! These were introduced a while ago and axed from the line up! If you loved ‘em, here they are again and if you missed ‘em, time to snatch them up!
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And finally, the cherry on this Muse’s cake, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin! I so love to sin…don’t you? A shimmering potion that acts as a cream shadow or a base! This be true love for the Muse! Gots to have it!
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So what do think of Urban Decay’s Spring line up?

What are you hauling?

What are you skipping?

What do you absolutely have to have?

Name it below! The Muse is all ears…and eyes….

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Bourjois Paris Sweet Kiss Lipstick

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The Bourjois Paris Nederlands portal has been updated with a brand new lipstick entitled Bourjois Paris Sweet Kiss Lipstick.

Now this is something to get excited about. I generally love Bourjois Paris lipsticks and I was quite excited to see them release a moisturizing lipstick. From the photo it looks rather interesting!

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The site claims it contains all sorts of oils to leave lips with a moisturized, pigmented pout and also has a new click, slide up packaging design. Bourjois Paris Sweet Kiss Lipstick is available now in the Netherlands and should follow along with updates to the other portals. Whether we’ll see it in the US remains to be seen however a majority of the newest releases from Bourjois can purchased from Ulta since Sephora no longer carries the line.

As soon as I can get my hands on these I’ll definately be reviewing for you!

What do you think?

Fan of a lightweight, pigmented, moisturizing lipstick?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

Tell the Muse!

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Spring 2009: Guerlain Exotic Paradise Collection

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Elegance is always the order of business with Guerlain which in turn has me quite excited about the release of the Guerlain Spring Collection 2009 Exotic Paradise.

I think the main focus of the collection is the new Guerlain Exotic Paradise Eyeshadow Palette. I’m liking the candy green tint to the compact the quad colors look quite friendly as well if not a bit on the Summery side a la Givenchy’s Spring Collection. But that’s ok I can always stash away until June if it fails to work in the Spring!

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I find my purchases from Guerlain are mostly limited to Holiday Collections however this compact may change my mind!

Also being released are new Guerlain Single Eyeshadows available in 10 shades and two new Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipsticks formulas (one with a matte finish the other with a shimmer.

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And finally a brand new product which is the Guerlain Eyeshadow Primer. I see quite a few brands releasing primers lately so it’s nice to see Guerlain releasing it’s own version. I’m quite curious about this and may purchase it.

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All in all the collection looks rather nice and the temptation of the shadow compact and primer being on my hit list.

What do you think?

Like this collection?

Holding our for something else?

Tell the Muse!

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