Legendary blush was released with the Marilyn Monroe collection (Fall, 2012). It's a very light, but not chalky, peachy beige. It has a satin finish, and it really is very nice on the skin. It's not shimmery, but not flat or chalky. The colour is very similar to Launch Away, but the finish is more satiny and sinks into the skin better. This is a perfect blush for a no-makeup look, or to go with a very strong lip or eye.
Love Goddess was released in the Marilyn Monroe collection (Fall 2012). It's a very opaque bright pink-red. I would call it more pink than red. It's satin finish, so it's not completely matte, but not glossy-looking. It goes on very bright and completely opaque. Don't make any mistakes applying this one! It wears very comfortably, it's so light and moisturizing considering how pigmented it is. It wears really long - I got a good 5 hours out of it, and that was with drinking and eating. It fades evenly to a lighter, bright pink. It's a great colour for a party.
I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or something (I did buy it on clearance), but this smells so bad to me. The consistency is nice, and it's gentle on my skin, but I'm not sure I can get over the smell.
I'm not impressed with Topless & Barefoot. It's an opaque nude, which is really not as flattering as a more sheer nude. And you really do need at least 2-3 coats because it's streaky and uneven.
Considering I usually love Essie pastels, this is a big disappointment. It tries to be an opaque, milky lavender-pink, but it's very very streaky and doesn't cover evenly even after two coats. I also don't like the opaque, milky finish.
Omnia Crystalline is like nothing to me. It's like a blank. I don't get floral, or fruity, or soapy, or anything at all. I never remember it, and it never grabs me when I sniff it. Very forgettable and unremarkable.
I have just a sample of Gold, and I don't seem to be able to find a full bottle easily. Not sure if it's discontinued, or if it was LE. Anyway, I do like the scent. It's soapy and floral at the same time, but very fresh. I'm only giving it 4 stars because it really doesn't last. It's a very very soft scent, something you can spritz on anytime without worrying about over-applying. Like something you can wear to a job interview, when you know you really shouldn't be wearing any perfume at all :)
This is such a great colour and formula from Essie. In the bottle it doesn't look very remarkable - it's sort of a muted coral with shimmer. However, on my nails it really comes alive. It's a vibrant coral tinged with rose, sort of like creamsicle. It's a very very unique colour. The formula is top notch. I can do with a single coat, but if you're picky then you will need two. It wears well, like a typical Essie. I'm really glad I picked this up, I love it a lot more on my nails than in the bottle.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe Eyeshadow - Scratch
starrysim 9/17/2012 11:19:00 PM
I can't believe I haven't reviewed Scratch. It's one of my favourite eyeshadows, and I've been using it for a few years. I have an enormous eyeshadow stash, so it's really a big deal for me to say it's one of my favourites. I'm so glad UD decided to keep this in the lineup for their new line of shadows. It's a peachy pinky light beige with shimmer. I'm NW20 and brunette, and it's perfect for just about anytime, whether I want to do a full look with a darker crease (love YDK, Twice Baked or Toasted with it), or just wear it on its own for a very low-key look. The texture is divine - it's buttery smooth, highly pigmented, and blends like a dream. Yes, it's very shimmery, so if that's not your thing, then you've been warned.
Bronzers -MAC - Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend/Pressed
starrysim 9/14/2012 10:14:00 PM
This is a great bronzer for me (NW20 for reference). It's a true bronzer, but not so dark that it's unnatural. I love that it's not orange at all, and not shimmery. I can apply without worrying about looking like a disco ball, I prefer to just add a highlighter where I need it. The formula is great - it's really soft and silky, and doesn't look powdery. I apply it with my 187. I love the cute Surf Baby packaging too.
I would never have bought Launch Away for myself, but ended up with it by chance. At first I shrugged it off, because it looked too pale and chalky in the pan. However, on my NW20 skin it's a nice soft neutral blush, the kind you would use for a no-makeup look. It's not at all chalky, and it actually applies darker than it looks in the pan. It's not shimmery at all, which is great if you're going for a no-makeup look. It's not a wow colour, but a useful product to have around. I'm hanging on to this because it's really unique in my stash of a million pink and coral shimmery blushes.
Wow, I really hate this foundation, and I'm not usually very picky with foundations. It must be the worse one I've ever tried - for me, anyway. It's very thin and runny, but it's not at all easy to blend. It dries up as soon as it touches my skin. It doesn't do anything to cover or even out or make my skin look any better, really. I've tried different methods of application, without any luck. I imagine I could make it work by mixing in some moisturizer or a slippery tinted moisturizer, but as it is, it's a complete fail for me.
This is a great addition to my brush collection. It's round, but with a flat top. It's super soft and doesn't shed. I've been using it for powder and bronzer, and I'm loving it. Unfortunately this brush is LE, but I think it would have a place in MAC's permanent line-up.
I was so excited when Jete was re-promoted in the By Request collection this summer. I couldn't wait to get my paws on it. The colour lived up to my expectations - it's a pinky champagne, close enough to UD Scratch, which I wanted to dupe so I could have it in my 15-pan palette. However, the texture is awful. There is almost no colour payoff. Knowing MAC, I wasn't expecting it to be as buttery and pigmented as UD, but I also wasn't expecting to need ten layers, either. I almost put a dip into it, that's how many times I swiped it, trying to get some colour onto my lids. It's still nice as a highlight shade, but doesn't cut it as a lid colour. I think this is my biggest disappointment ever from MAC, because I was so looking forward to it. I don't know, maybe the original release is better, but I would stay away from this new one.
Love Lace is a top quality eyeshadow, but the colour is not very unique. It's a slightly smoky, dusty blue. It reminds me of the NARS Underworld duo. If I'm looking for this type of colour, I usually reach for the NARS duo instead, because it has two coordinating shades.