Sneak Peek: MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall As Seen By Maria Kalman Review and Swatches


Maria Kalman obviously thinks of Fall as being a vibrant time of the year. Although a Fall Collection no one can say that Maria Kalman hasn’t created some bold, bright, beautiful shades for her MAC Collection this upcoming September.

As part of the MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Collection the Maria Kalman for MAC Collection is made up of six shades of shadow and five shades of MAC Technakohl. Unconventional for Fall? For sure. Beautiful? No doubt.

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I have a very small stash of goodies from this collection that I’ve swatched for you and will give you a very brief babble about. This collection cries the Muse’s name as it’s filled with beautiful, fun shades. It’s not typically Fall but it’ll be nice to stash away for when Spring arrives next year!

I have two of the six shadows to show you and I’ll be quite excited to see the rest upon their release. The shades I have are Crest the Wave and Maria’s Mood. Crest the Wave is a rich buttery yellow with a frost finish and Maria’s Mood is a blue pink with a satin finish. Out of the two Crest the Wave has the best pigmentation but I’m not fond of the frost finish, regardless the shade is truly lovely. Maria’s Mood is a vast disappointment as it has a very sheer color payoff plus it’s a good deal chalky and almost matte in finish.


The MAC Technakohl is even more exciting than the shadows as they are so fun and funky with greens, oranges, and teals as the dominate colors. The two I have are Full of Fuchsia and Artistic License. Both shades are very fun and a rare treat for kohl colors!


Maria Kalman is famous for her whimsical visual dairies. Her shades for MAC are cheeky, witty, amusing, and playful.

Her collection will be available in September from MAC with the other three in the MAC Make-Up Art series.

What do you think of fun shades for Fall?

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Sneak Peek: Richard Phillips for MAC MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall 2009 Review and Swatches


As Fall approaches MAC releases (September 2009) it’s brand new three part color series which is a collaboration with three artists who work in three separate mediums, photograph, paint, and illustration.

One of the three collections is the Richard Phillips for MAC Collection. Richard Phillips is an expert photo-retoucher and creates lush seven-foot tall oil paintings of men and women based on photographs he cuts out of magazines. His collection is the largest of the three color stories releasing and includes three shadow quads, various lipstick and lipglasses, and blushes covering lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Jump ahead for a small peek at a few pieces!

The Muse was treated to an early sneak peek of the Richard Phillips for MAC, MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall 2009 Collection and will give you a few pictures of the items she has available right now. Most of the items I received were very simple and would make for a stunning Fall nude look.

I’ll be indulging in all of the MAC quads but the one I have to show you today is the MAC Eye Shadow Quad in Notoriety. Notoriety contains Skintone 1 (light white pink), Skintone 2 (dirty gold), Notoriety (brown with golden pearl), and Rich & Earthy (coral bronze). The quad is surprisingly gorgeous in it’s simplicity and I’m looking forward to creating a warm, nude Fall look with it.


The two lipglasses I received were New Spirit (beige coral) and Young Thing (creamy gold). Out of the two New Spirit is the prettiest but isn’t unique for me as it reminds me of a few shades of lipglass I already own. Young Thing is a bit to nude for me so I’m doubtful it’ll be a love but we shall see!


MAC Lipstick in Lovin’ It neutral light brown which is fairly pretty and will pair up well with the Notoriety Quad. It’s a decent Fall shade but nothing to get too crazy over.


And finally MAC Blush in The Perfect Cheek is a pale matte off pink. This I’m really not loving and I’m unsure will even show up as it looks quite chalky and sheer. But I do admit it’ll also pair up with the other items and compliment the shades in this collection very well.


Overall, I’d say the quads are quite special in this particular release and I’m looking forward to seeing the other two, In the Gallery and Photo Realism. So far I’m not too impressed with the lipstick, glosses, and blush I have on hand but I’ll reserve further judgment until I see the rest in person!

Anyone hyped about this collection?

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This post will be updated with swatch photos shortly.

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Steal It: H20+ Skin Care Sale!

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The Muse choose the right time to fall in lust with H20+ Skin Care as they are currently having a buy 2, get 1 free sale! w00t!

The entire line of H20+ Skin Care is in on this offer. No coupon is needed simply add the items to your cart and the deduction is made at check out. You’ll get the lowest item free of charge. I ordered last week and got the night cream and two eye creams…but I’m thinking I want to go back for the cleanser and maybe the mist….oy…I’m going to be so broke!

Btw enter code 990527 for free shipping if you spend $40 bucks!

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Philosophy Fall Color Collection 2009

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I love that Philosophy is giving a little love to their color collection this Fall. As many of us are known to lust after both Philosophy Skin care and their bath and body line, I think a fair few of us forget that Philosophy has a color cosmetic line as well.

This Fall Philosophy has quite a few new skin care and bath and body products releasing but they are also showing the love for their color cosmetic collection with a few new pieces that have captured my eye.

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Philosophy The Supernatural Moonlight Natural Illuminating Powder ($28) is a translucent illuminating powder that instantly highlights your face and leaves behind a luminous finish.

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Philosophy The Supernatural Instant Sunshine Natural Mineral Bronzer ($28) is a sheer, natural looking sunny color that gives a sun kissed glow.

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Philosophy The Supernatural Superglossy Lip Gloss ($16.50) is a sheer lioquid lip gloss that moisturizes lips without a tacky, sticky feel! It’s also formulated with an SPF 15.

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Shades Available:
  • Bare Your Soul
  • Do What Comes Naturally
  • Follow Your Dreams
  • Live In The Moment
  • Open Your Heart
  • Posey-Reflect A Little
  • Share The Love
  • Smell The Roses

Philosophy The Supernatural Coloring Book Palette ($37.50) is a color palette for eyes, cheeks, and lips for a natural make up look.

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All in all I’d say Philosophy did a good job in updating their makeup line. I’m interested in the palette, gloss, and possibly the highlighting powder….that bronzer sounds great too but with Fall quickly approaching I’m not up for a bronzy look.

The entire collection is available now at Nordstrom.

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Laura Mercier Mineral Flawless Face Kit

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Oh Laura you’re you do so know how to make a Muse smile. A while back ago the Muse purchased the Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit and was absolutely delighted with the results. Now the Muse is craving the brand new Mineral Flawless Face Kit!

The kit is $65 and contains:

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Mineral Primer
  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
  • Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder
  • Laura Mercier Full-sized Blending Brush
  • Laura Mercier Full-sized Secret Camouflage Brush

I’m not a mineral foundation lover but I’m still wanting to try this out especially since the price is so user friendly. I think I’ll indulge with my Sephora V.I.B. 10% Off Coupon code.

What do you think?

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Available now Sephora.

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