I love these new shadows -- really wish they weren't limited edition. There's a trick to not getting them to crease on you. One -- ditch the primer. Two -- layer these puppies. If you try get the intensity of color that is in the pot with one swipe -- it's gonna crease. Instead, use a mac 242 brush (or any other taklon brush) and put it on in thin layers. The intensity builds nicely, but each layer has a chance to dry. I have 6th sin, pink ingot and goldspice. They look absolutely gorgeous together.
For those of you who mourned Razzpa's demise, Immodest is almost a dead ringer for it. The finish is nowhere near as matte as Razzpa, but the color is dead on --this is a bright, shocking, no-holds barred pink. Not for the shy or faint of heart. Probably better for cool toned gals.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Smoking Eyes 4 Palette (Smoke Signals)
db8diva 8/26/2007 1:32:00 PM
This is the brown palette from the Smoke Signals collection. It looks a little dull in the pan, but it is gorgeous when applied. There are four shades: Next to Nothing --frost (LE); Satin Taupe --frost; Showstopper --matte (LE) and Smoking --veluxe (LE). Next to Nothing is a very light pink-peach beige. Either a good wash shade or highlighter. It reminds me a less sparkly version of Goldbit. Satin Taupe, a MAC standard, there reviews for it elsewhere. Showstopper is a matte shade that is a cross between embark and any chocolate brown shadow. When applied there is a little bit (tiny, tiny) of charcoal grey that comes through. (I think it may depend on skin tone; I'm a PPP and the color reads that way on me, but on darker skinned women who were trying this yesterday the grey didn't read.) Smoking is black with very fine gold sparkle. The sparkle is subtle enough for day and it doesn't travel away from the eye area. The MU artist created a beautiful smoky eye that would have been office appropriate and then moved into evening very easily. She applied Bare Canvas paint as a base, used Satin Taupe on the eyelid, Showstopper in the crease, Smoking over Blacktrack as eyeliner and then used more Smoking on the outer "V". She highlighted with Next to Nothing. A very dramatic eye. This is a great neutral palette that will adapt to both subtle and dramatic looks. From what I was able to see at the event yesterday it looks like it would work with a variety of skintones from the very lightest to the very deepest. It made my green eyes pop, but looked equally beautiful on blue, brown or hazel eyes. MAC hit a home run with this one, I think.
I find this paint to be a bit too dramatic to use on its own as a shadow. I have had luck blending this and Canton Candy together for a really pretty candy apple red shade. But my absolutely new favorite look is to apply a fairly heavy line of MAC Fluidline in Black Track along my upper lash line and then place a really thin line of flammable just above the black. It's almost a club look that works for day. As for texture, I'm a paints addict. I've never had any problem with oozing (well once, but that was after opening a tube that had been shipped to me during the heat of summer), you barely squeeze the tube and everything is fine.
This is "Lady Danger" in lustre formula. It's that same great orange-y red, just a bit more sheer. For those of you who like the lustre formula because they are lip gloss in a lipstick form, you should know that this is a deeply saturaed color. The look is the stain you would get after lipstick has worn off at the end of the day.
A lovely deep burgundy-wine shade leaning more towards the pink range than the purple range. It is a near dead-ringer for the now discontinued rubine. The only difference is texture --Miss Dish is a satin and rubine was matte. However, in doing a back to back test with both --after blotting it is impossible to tell the difference. So, if you mourned the loss of rubine, Miss Dish is an excellent replacement.
This product is genius. It applies so smoothly and easily. It also stays right where you put it; no travelling with this gloss. It's not the glossiest gloss, but there is definate sheer shine. Also, it isn't sticky which means that your hair isn't going to get stuck in it with the slightest breeze. The color selection is limited --six colors. I have cerise which is a very pretty cherry popsicle red with a slight bit of shimmer. All of the colors seem wearable. Even when the glossiness is gone, your lips will be stained a very pretty color. Great product!!!
I love this liner. It goes on smoothly and lasts until you take it off. I'n not thrilled with the felt tip applicator, but I don'l think any applicator felt tip or brush that comes with liquid eyeliner is worth anything. I take the liner off the applicator with my own fine line brush and use that to apply. Other than that, it's a home run.
Would I buy this color again? Yes, oh, yes. It is an absolutely gorgeous shimmery deep pink-red. It's similar to OPI's I'm Not Really a Waitress, but not an exact match. INRAW has more brown to it. This is definately more pink, but still firmly in the red family. Wears like a dream. Probably would work on all skin tones. I'm a PPP and it is dramatic, but not over the top, on my hands. Suitable for day wear on short, groomed nails --would probably be a bit much on long nails.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Super Eye Shadow Brush
db8diva 6/19/2005 6:29:00 PM
Sonia Kashuk's brushes are the best deal out there. This brush is terrific. I use it for putting down my base wash color. It's quick and deposits color evenly. I have two that I use on a daily basis and wash weekly. It's been a year since I got them. They don't shed and they hold their shape.
I'm generally not a lip gloss fan, but I like this one a lot. The texture is glossy and slick, not sticky. It doesn't stray from the lips. This color is a beautiful sheer deep pink with lots of shine. Perfect for summer.
Gorgeous color! Almost a dead-on match for so chaud lipstick --vivid orange-red. Like all deep or vibrant colors, it's a little high maintenance. You need to wear topcoat and you need to re-apply the top coat every other day to keep your nails from chipping, but that's typical for me.
Lip Gloss -Guerlain - Kiss Kiss Gloss in Rose Peche
db8diva 5/1/2005 4:35:00 PM
First, I'm not a lipgloss fan. I like the idea and look of gloss. I dislike the goopiness and my hair sticking to my lips if a breeze kicks up. This product changed my mind. It's shiny, not goopy. The color is a beautiful rose-pink-peach color. If you know the blush color right at the pit of a white peach, this is that color. It's understated, but not innocent.
This is a truly unique shade. It's a grey-brown-plum-tarnished silver shade. I used it in the crease with pollen as a wash and BB violet liner. It was truly subtle but made my green eyes really pop.
These are an absolute staple in my make-up kit. I have every color (yep, these are an addiction for me) because they are an incredibly versatile product. Bare Canvas is a staple base. The other shades work as either bases or shadows. Graphito, existential, infamous, blueboy and dabble are great as liners. I've only had a problem with oozing once and that was after opening a tube that just arrived in the mail on a hot July afternoon. Keeping these in a cool, dry place (you don't really store your makeup in the bathroom where it's exposed to shower steam, do you?) stops the oozing issue. They are easy to work with once you get the hang of them. Don't brush back and forth, pat or stipple the paint onto your eyelid using mac 252 or 242 brush. Come on MAC, we need more colors.