If you haven’t already noticed Victoria’s Secret has revamped and updated it’s main makeup line. This is the 3rd time that VS has repackaged the line but it’s the least dramatic revamp of the three times. I’m honestly not sure what I expected but I didn’t think it would be quite so similar to the standard black cases of old.
Hear my initial thoughts and see some photos of the new line after the jump!
As I said I was a little surprised that the changes weren’t particularly dramatic. The main change would be an introduction of new products, a Victoria’s Pro Makeup Collection, and compacts now have viewing windows where as before they were closed.
First off the main line of shadows include singles and now quad strip style shadows. If you’re a sparkle girl you’ll absolutely adore the singles as they are heavily pigmented with a major shimmer finish (I’ll tell you a bit more about these in my review that’s scheduled for later today) and the strip eyeshadows have a very faint shimmer with four strips of graduating colors. The Victoria’s Secret Eye Shadow Quad is $15 where as the Victoria’s Secret Silky Eye Shadow Singles are $10 each. I’d say they are fairly reasonable priced.
Lip items are pretty much the same lot of items that VS always carried aside from a new slim line lipstick.
Face products seem to be pretty much the same as well with little minor differences. Concealer is pretty much the same wand style and foundation has a new revamped rounded bottle packaging. The mosaic blush powders I’ve come to associate with VS are now replaced with a Blush Trio. There isn’t anything dramatically different about the face products but the tiny updates could tempt you to stay and play a little with the products to get a feel for them.
The new Victoria’s Secret Pro Makeup Collection consists of a few items that are located on the top tier of the display. These items include the following:
Victoria’s Secret Airbrush FX Face Primer SPF 20 ($14)
Victoria’s Secret Radiant FX Face Illuminator ($14)
Victoria’s Secret Camouflage FX Concealer Palette ($14)
Victoria’s Secret Matte FX Blotting Gel ($16)
Victoria’s Secret Brow FX Grooming Gel ($8)
Victoria’s Secret Lastig FX Eye Shadow Primer ($8)
I found it interesting they are doing a shadow primer, face primer, and concealer palette. I love they took the initiative to make affordable pro products for perfecting the face. I haven’t indulged in anything as I’m a tiny bit worried about quality but count me curious.
Overall, the line looks promising. I had a little swatch and play a few days ago and was pretty excited to discover some new products as well as old favorites with tiny differences. At the moment my wish list is packed so I probably won’t purchase anything but I’m looking forward to reading a few reviews to see how users are feeling about the collection. It’s also quite inexpensive for many of the items which makes them worthy of a peep.
At the moment if you head in store they have a coupon booklet which entitles you to $10 off your $30 purchase. You can purchase any three products and get $10 off. I used this to purchase three shadows for $20 which was a great deal as it would come to $30 without the coupon.
What do you think?
Have you seen the new Victoria’s Secret Makeup Collection?
Think you’ll buy anything from it?
Tell the Muse!
Estee Lauder Signature Shimmer Powder ($36) is a multi-shimmer, multitone powder that creates a sweep of instant radiance to cheeks and face. The Muse is a self-proclaimed lover of shimmer so of course she’s on board with this little powder.
Jump ahead to learn more.
If you like a touch of shimmering highlight on cheeks and skin this is a sure fire way to get it. The powder is made up of several strips of pink that range in graduation from light to darker. If you’re feeling like multitasking you can swipe a bit of the shimmer on lids or the brow bone for a hint of shimmery pink. The powder is available in two shades of either bronze or pink.
All in all if you’re a lover of fine, pretty powders Estée Lauder Signature Shimmer Powder should please!
Available now from Estee Lauder and Nordstrom.
One wonders if DuWop was trying to capture the interest of Twilight or True Blood fans when they created Lip Venom V. Honestly, I get a more Lafayette Reynolds flamboyant self vibe from a bottle of V. Visions of Lafayette prancing himself around Bon Temps hooking bottles of DuWop V isn’t hard to imagine. Honestly, the image fits better than Edward Cullen or Twilight.
But I guess blood red is blood red and can be associated with vampires in general. DuWop Lip Venom V holds a little bit of the vampire world and the human world when combined creates a shocking red shade that looks like you’ve just been bitten or taken a bite out of someone….
Jump for it!
This special limited edition Lip Venom is a shimmering crimson lip stain suspended in a venom-laced liquid lip conditioner. Don’t expect a glossy finish from this as it’s simply a blood red stain for lips. The formula is much like mixing oil and water as the lip conditioner and stain don’t exactly jive together unless shaken hard before use. If you happen to be sensitive do stay clear away as it has a serious bite ouch! Unlike DuWop Lip Venom’s regular formula this appears to have a seriously harsh, uncomfortable stinging sensation if you aren’t prepared for it. I find that DuWop’s regular glosses just have a bit of a warm sting but this is more of a stinging bite that makes lips sensitive to even touch with the applicator if you want to build color up!
After being shaken
I’m still in debate whether I actually like the product or not. I did think it would be a glossy, red stain however I was disappointed to find out it’s simply a stain. No gloss here folks. I generally like stains for my lips however this is a tad too red so it’s best to apply very lightly to avoid looking like Bozo the Clown. Goth lovers rejoice as if it’s super pale skin and juicy, pigmented red lips is that you fancy, DuWop Lip Venom V will be sure to deliver.
Strangely enough on swatch you won’t see much of a color payoff but upon contact with your lips you’ll notice an intense, richly pigmented shade of red. Red can be a sophisticated, classy color but this could prove a little too much for some.
I found a light application was the safest and most flattering bet for me. It gives my lips a just bitten look that’s quite pretty. Heavier application leaves me looking like I just took a sip from someone’s neck.
Overall, I adore the idea and concept behind the product. Twilight is such great brain mush teen lit it’s hard not to love it so I’m always on board the marketing train for anything they put out. Although it could be seen as a cop out for some and a way to feed the Twilight cash cow as for me I kinda feel it’s a unique offering and a fun concept.
Honestly, I’m still thinking it’s got that True Blood feeling to it, a little blood red for the fang bangers out there!
Anyone try yet?
Skin79 is a Korean Brand responsible for creating some incredible BB Creams. I recently purchased one of the new Skin79 Diamond Collections which includes a slew of great goodies for one low price. Included with the set was the Skin79 Diamond All-Day Sun Powder.
Jump ahead to hear the review.
This retails for 24,000 (around $19) won but comes sold in a kit for a mere 53,900 won (around $43). The powder is ideal if you’re wanting extra sun protection and a transparent powder to set your foundation or BB Cream. This has an SPF30 and protects from UV rays A and B. It’s rather great as it offers sheer coverage, evens out skin tone ever so slightly, plus has the added benefit of an SPF 30.
The powder comes housed it the most convenient packaging. A sifter jar holds the powder and the top screws off to reveal a built in puff for smoothing the powder onto face. The puff does a great job of blending the powder onto skin and keeps the task mess free.
The powder itself is very silky and smooth, quite lightweight so once in place it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all. It doesn’t cake or flake on dry skin but provides nice even coverage. Although transparent for the most part it does give skin a very nice even finish. It sets BB Cream and foundation as well as mattifies skin ever so slightly.
Overall, I love the idea of a finishing powder that has a strong SPF and multitasks to set my foundation and even out my skin tone. Plus the packaging can’t be beat, loves it!
I purchased this directly from Korea but I have seen it on E-bay for close to regular retail of around $19.99. This isn’t too bad a deal especially if you’re as freaky as I am about sun protection.
If you’re wanting to forgo the nightmare of greasy, oily SPF (many are you know!) this is a great alternative.
At first glance Illamasqua Blush in Tremble is easy enough to pass up. Matte, a bit chalky, and unappealing on a whole one would easily skip it in favor of another shade.
Jump ahead to hear if Tremble makes the cut!
I’m a self proclaimed hater of matte finishes so of course when I got my hands on my first Illamasqua Blush I was heartbroken at the dull, matte finish. Le sigh. Illamasqua makes matte it’s game as a majority of it’s collection is made up of the finish. The Muse was determined to try this out even if it killed her.
Turns out matte isn’t so bad and Tremble isn’t as chalky as I though. This sheer, subtle baby pink has pretty decent color pay off and gives a kiss of cheeky innocent pink to my face. The formula is pretty silky smooth and richly pigmented, don’t let the product in the pan fool you as it does appear very chalky and unimpressive. The shade has a surprisingly rich pigmentation and works quite well on my medium fair skin. The shade is buidable so you can do a quick swipe of pink or layer it up for a bolder pop of color. Actually the shade Tremble quite reminds me of the Balm Down Boy Blush
but with a bit more pop!
Overall, if this is what the rest of Illamasqua Blushes are looking like count the Muse impressed and ready for some hauling!
Sportin’ Illamasqua Blush in Tremble
Muse Approved for purchase.