Polishes -Chanel - Riva - cote d'azur collection 2010-2011
MissMed 12/11/2010 2:00:00 AM
I know many people have been critical about Riva's application and formula, but I can't help but love this polish. I agree that the application is not as good as some of the other Chanel polishes (I needed good three coats) but the colour makes up for it. It is a beautiful, wintery, moody sort of unusual baby blue and I can catch some of that fine shimmer in the light. I always get compliments when I wear this nail polish, and I certainly don't regret buying it. I would buy it again if I could.
I am a freak for all things green and I have just about all of MAC's green eyeshadows. This is undoubtedly one of my favs, being a beautiful limey, golden green with a veluxe pearl finish (note you will have to buy it from a MAC PRO stockist). I combine this color well with other greens and browns. It is also a very sophisticated green that won't make you look like you're wearing St. Pat Day eyeshadow. Definite 5 lippies for me.
I'm generally not into blue e/s, but I bought this one because it was an interesting color, unlike anything I had in my collection, and I love veluxe pearl finishes. I found that it really brought out the green in my eyes and created a lovely smokey look when I put this on the lid with Bough Grey in the outer v/crease (also from the Give me Liberty of London collection). Although a very beautiful color, you do have to pack it on the lid for the color to show up (however, it had good staying-power for the whole day for me). Since I love this color (and the fact that I have to pack it on for it to show nicely) I will probably use it up very quickly, so I am intending on buying a backup before it sells out.
I love this eyeshadow. It's a beautiful grey that doesn't have a futuristic/80s/cheap, tacky silvery metallic look to it. I also found the color payoff was really, really good (I didn't need much on the brush to achieve the effect I wanted). I put this in the outer v/crease with Birds and Berries on the lid (both from the Give me Liberty of London collection) and it looked very nice. This is my favourite grey from MAC and I am considering buying a back-up before it sells out.
I love greensmoke. It has become my staple everyday eyeshadow for me. I know some people find the colour difficult to work with, but for me, greensmoke is what I have been looking for. I am crazy about green eyeshadows but I am also really fussy, rarely finding a green that I like (they are usually too yellow or too greeny-brown dirty-looking or just too bright for work). Greensmoke is really an appropriate name for this eyeshadow - it is a real green-grey, creating a beautiful subdued smokey eye look appropriate for daytime wear. You can build up the colour, but keep in mind that greensmoke is meant to be subtle, rather than a bright, playful green like swimming. It is a lustre like swimming (and I usually stay away from lustres), but I found that it wasn't as glittery; the glitter is just appropriate. Also, the colour payoff is not too bad considering it is a lustre. I like to put greensmoke on my lid with sumptuous olive in my crease/outer v and a touch of humid to line my lower lid. Subtle yet beautiful!!!
Mac brushes are really good quality and last such a long time. It is definitely worth spending the money on expensive brushes that do the job well and last than wasting money, time and effort on cheap brushes (unless you are prepared to do some good research and hunting around for cheaper dupes that do the job, which I am sure exist). However, it is better to buy the brushes individually than in the set - brushes in the set tend to be of poorer quality. Also be careful of buying MAC brushes from eBay as there are many fakes out there, especially when people try to sell the brushes in large sets, as normally, I believe, MAC sets consist of 5 brushes (there was once a limited edition set of 8 brushes) whereas eBay sellers will even have sets of 32! Obviously there's something wrong when a set of 32 is being sold for around the same price as a single MAC brush. At the end of the day, it's better to just buy them individually from the counter or their online store to save yourself the grief. Lastly, I haven't had any complaints about how the brushes do their job, but I would be happier, like reviewer ceciliathegreat, if MAC would package the brushes better and have them sealed with caps rather than in plastic slips. Also, I find that over time the letters and brush number wears off (fairly quickly). I apply a thin coat of clear nailpolish or nailpolish base over the label to prevent this from happening.
I don't think I will ever find a cheap alternative to this brush. If you can only afford to buy one brush from MAC or are just starting out, I would buy this one. This is great for defining the outer v and crease, and the dome shape of the brush allows for precise application. Even if you're pretty inexperienced with applying eyeshadow, this brush will make application seem soooo easy and look great. The bristles are slightly stiff so they are able to pick up a lot of colour. I use this brush to define the outer v and crease and highlighting under the brow but use the 222 for blending colours. I find that the 222 is slightly better for blending because the bristles are softer and the brush is more tapered. If you're just starting out with MAC brushes I would seriously recommend this one as it is so versatile, multi-purpose and it is also difficult to find a cheaper alternative. Definitely worth the investment.