I love all things celestial, so when I heard about MAC's Heavenly Creatures collection I became very excited. I was automatically drawn to their Mineralized eyeshadow in Sky, partly because of its vibrancy ( a swirling mix of electric blue, indigo blue and golden green), partly because I love blue eyeshadow, and partly because, as someone who wears glasses, I needed a colour to make my eyes 'pop' instead of just disappearing behind the lenses. I wasn't disappointed. After applying loose powder to my lids (I don't use primer, and never have - can't be bothered, lol), I applied Sky and was amazed at how the colour really made my eyes stand out, even whilst wearing my glasses. Application was smooth and easy, and the colour stayed put all day. There was no signs of fading at all - in fact, when it came to removing it at bedtime, I found that there were still traces of blue in the folds of my lids despite the liberal use of Vaseline several times over. I know that MES have generally received a bad press, owing to their alleged fallout, lack of staying power etc., but I highly recommend Sky. Expensive it may be, but it will pay dividends. Trust me.
I love the intricate designs of Guerlain's eyeshadow quads, and Tsarina is no exception. This was an autumn 2009 Limited Edition, inspired by the rich, colourful dresses worn by Russian princesses. The colours in this quad are faded orange, brick red, old rose and aubergine, just perfect for autumn, and quite unusual to boot. The shadows are easy to apply and have good staying power, although a light touch is always a good idea to prevent the colours looking too heavy. I don't think you could create a look just by using the colours in this palette alone, you need to mix-and-match with whatever's to hand to avoid looking OTT. Although I'm blonde, I personally think this palette would look stunning on brunettes and those with black hair. Would definitely buy again, in spite of the hefty price.
I bought this 'blind', and my initial reaction when I received it was 'Uh-oh!' It appeared WAY too dark and orangey for my PPP complexion. However, having applied it judiciously and with a very light touch, I found to my surprise that it gave me a healthy, outdoorsy glow that complemented the rest of my make up. Caution is definitely the watchword when applying this blush. Believe me, a little goes a long, long way. I won't be buying another as this one will last me for ever.
This palette gives you the best of both worlds; the top row has some beautiful, natural looking colours which are perfect for an understated look, whilst the bottom row has a rich swirl of colours to create a gorgeous smokey eye this autumn. I've read reviews which have compared this with Urban Decay's highly popular Naked palette, and I can honestly say this is NOT a dupe. For a start, not all the colours are highly pigmented - Nougat, Nubuck Cappuccino and Honeycomb (top row, left to right) are subtle enough to use as highlighters, and unlike Naked which had those pointless, out-of-place greys sticking out like a sore thumb, Au Naturel's shades all blend beautifully together. Here's the full line up of shades: Top row left to right: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappuccino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe Bottom row left to right: Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir Although I paid more than the retail price, I'm so glad I got this palette. I highly recommend it for all ages and colourings, so do youselves a favour and invest in this versatile product. You won't regret it.
I was pleased to find a nail polish where the glittery chunks weren't so huge and 'bulky' as to chip almost straightaway (as in OPI's Burlesque glitters), and where the underlying colour was just right for my personal preference; not too pale, and not too dark. Bad Kitty is a medium pink jelly polish which holds out well - my manicure lasted a week before any noticeable chips appeared, so IMO it's worth buying.
Who Does Indeed? Actually, I don't have this np, I just wanted to say that I love the puns OPI use in naming their colours. They deserve top marks within themselves. Very clever :)
I wear this in the summer a lot. The pretty, iridescent effect looks great against tanned hands, and because of its 'natural' look, chips and dinks don't show up as much as with darker colours. Plus, you don't need to apply lots of coats for uniform evenness, either. A good all-rounder, methinks :)
Another favourite. Although this leans towards the cooler end of the colour spectrum (and with my pale skin, warmer colours probably look best) I still like wearing this shade. I need to apply several coats to get an even result, otherwise it tends to look 'patchy' and that spoils the overall effect. Very glamorous and grown-up looking; reminds me of a good claret on a chilly autumn night ....
This is a really cute, 'girlie' colour with sparkles. Although I'm in my late 40s I love wearing this, especially in Spring and Summer when I like to show off a pedicure in my flip-flops. Even my pre-teen daughter (who usually finds pale pink nauseating and pulls a face at the very mention of the colour) likes this one. Hooray!!
This is one of my favourite OPI polishes, and looks great against my pale hands. It's a warm, 'foil effect' orange; just think of a roaring log fire, and you'll know what I mean. When I say 'orange', think autumnal rather than garish. It's a really pretty, glowing kind of colour. I'd definitely buy it again.
Nice colour, shame it chips so easily .... Enough said.
Not impressed; this product did nothing for me, and it certainly DIDN'T prolong my manicure :(
This is paler than I expected. Still, it makes a good 'under brow' colour, and I team it up with Sun Blonde, another eyeshadow in the Surf, Baby LE collection. Nice packaging, too.
This is a pretty, summery colour. Applied sparingly, it adds a gentle colour to the lid without looking gaudy or sickly, unlike some golden/yellow tones out there. The packaging is nice, too.
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StilaKat 6/13/2011 10:18:00 AM
When I first received this (in a swap) I wasn't at all sure the colours would work for me, as they all looked a bit grey (including the browns!!) and monotonous. However, I'm delighted to say I was proved wrong, and now I use this palette a lot. Rock is my favourite lid shadow; in the palette it doesn't look particularly exciting, but once applied it really makes my eyes 'pop', very important if, like me, you wear glasses. I wear Hot Stone in the crease, with Espresso as an eyeliner and Navajo on the browbone. Although this has been (sadly) discontinued, I hope BB will either repromote it or make the shades available individually.