Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MAC Holiday 2011 Plum Crush Metal Dazzlesphere Review & Swatches

The last of the MAC Holiday 2011 items that I purchased was the Plum Crush Metal Dazzlesphere.It includes Misty, Seasonally Cool, Light Violet and Grape. 

Misty is pale silver shimmer.  This one is quite like MAC Silver Fog Pigment. It has a slightly drier texture and applies sheerly.  I would use this as an inner third of the lid shade or very sparingly on the brow bone of my NC40 skin.

Seasonally Cool is a pale frosty taupe with a hint of lavender.  This one applies really nicely.  It isn't too dry and seems to come together on a sticky base really well.  I like using this as an all over lid shade.  I've used mine quite a bit in the last month I've had it ;)

Light Violet is exactly that, frosted light violet.  I like to think of it as the pretty yet hard to deal with sister of the bunch.  It has this chunkier texture that needs a good stiff brush with a light hand to whip it into working order, as well as a sticky base. Once you get it on the lid, it is still prone to fall out after the sticky base has dried. It also is nearly exactly the same as the MAC Spring Colour Forecast Stacked 1! light violet shade as well as MAC Kitschmas pigment. Besides being nearly the same as a few other MAC products and a bit of pain to work with, it does has this super shimmery fairy like finish with little flakes of pearly glitter.  Messy, yet dreamy, not quite perfect.

Grape is a shimmery deep violet grape shade.  It has a slight bluish cast to it when applied wet.  This one is great as a crease or outer crease shade.  It applies nicely over a sticky base and doesn't have issues for fall out.  It is very very similar to the grape shade of MAC Spring Colour Forecast Stacked 1! set. 

I do have to comment about the packaging of MAC Crush Metal Pigments.  I do have to be honest and say I don't really like it.  Yes it is simple and does the job, however there is a tendency for spillage when in a rush.  After unscrewing the lid, I wish it had a powder dispenser top so that only a wee bit of powder could come out when opened. A dispenser top much like the Lise Watier Loose Eye Shadow would be much better.  Regular pigments are less prone to spillage since they're a little bigger in size to hold and are narrower than the packaging of Crush Metal Pigments.

Overall, this set isn't overly unique.   If you have the MAC Spring Colour Forecast Stacked 1! Crush Metal Pigment set, you may wish to skip it.  Seasonally Cool didn't seem like a shade that I have in my stash, but I could be wrong.  I like this set, although I can't say I love it.  Much like the other Crush Metal Pigments of past, these do require a sticky base and some work to get a good amount of coverage from them.  Certain shades are more prone to fall out due to lots of glitteriness more than just shimmer or frost.  I also don't really like that 3 of the 4 shades in this set appear to be shades I've seen before.  Oh well, it is lovely as it is.  Until next time, enjoy the swatches!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MAC Holiday 2011 Berry Crush Metal Dazzlesphere Review & Swatches

The second of the three MAC Holiday 2011 Dazzlespheres I purchased is the Berry Crush Metal Ornament.  It includes Pearl, Rose Light, Roasted Chestnut and Spicy Smoke.  When I went in for a makeover during the MAC Holiday and Glitter and Ice promotion party, the makeup artist used this set on me.

Pearl is a pale pale frosted pink.  This one is surprisingly smooth compared to other lighter shades of Crushed Metal Pigments.  It works well as a highlighter or inner third eye shade.

Rose Light is medium shade of frosted yellow-pink. It works well as an all over lid color as well as outer crease shade.

Roasted Chestnut is a frosted deep chocoalte brown. I like this as a inner crease color or even as a liner.  Frosty dark browns are very versatile to work with.

Spicy Smoke is a frosted pinky red.  I don't love this color, but it does work well with the rest of these shades.  I guess it is mostly that I don't wear red on my lids.  To me, red should be a lip or blush shade.  However, I am trying!  I did a look where I used this on the middle third of my lid with Roasted Chestnut in the outer crease, outer third of lid and in the crease.  Then Rose Light on the inner third of the lid.  It worked, but it was a little odd to see red so close my eyes.  Oh well, I must keep trying ;)

Of all of the Crush Metal Pigments Dazzlesphere sets, I think this set would be the winner.  It has a good mix of really wearable shades that can be work and office safe.  The quality of this set was also good to great overall.  I didn't feel like there was one I had to work tremendously hard at making it apply nicely enough (hence little comment on each ones specific finish and potential finickiness).  I do find myself reaching for this particular set.  I've used Pearl and Roasted Chestnut pretty regularily.  According to the Canadian MAC Cosmetics site (at the moment), these are still in stock.  it is definitely one to check out!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

MAC Holiday 2011 Smoky Blue Crush Metal Dazzlesphere Review & Swatches

The MAC Holiday 2011 Collection includes a few beautiful glittery pots of love.  More specifically Crush Metal Pigment Dazzlespheres!  I got all three limited edition Crush Metal Pigment Dazzlesphere Ornament sets (Smoky Blue, Berry Crush and Plum) to satisfy my holiday makeup shopping urges ;)

First up of the Crush Metal Pigments Ornaments is Smoky Blue.  The Smoky Blue Dazzlesphere includes White as Snow, Silver Sleet, Dark Moon and Winter Sky.  While not the most practical for me, I thought this set would add some appropriate cool winteriness to my stash.

White as Snow is a chunky frosty white with a hint of silver to it.  It is particularily gritty and probably the least nicest eye shadow I've played with recently.  I would highly suggest using this wet and working it into the brush to achieve a better texture.

Silver Sleet is medium silver grey. This had a much better texture than White As Snow.  Less gritty and chunky, it seemed finer in texture.  I think it allowed it bind together more readily.  While this shade isn't overly unique, if you love silvers and platinums, this one is definitely one to  love.  It is quite similar to MAC Silver Fog Pigment, but not as warm as MAC Platinum Pigment. It is quite similar to Platinum pigment, but not as warm.  It is cool like Silver Fog, but not as light in shade.

Dark Moon is shimmery charcoal black.  It swatches with a hint of silver and blue in it, but I think those are more so remanants from Silver Sleet and Winter Sky.  This had a drier texture than Silver Sleet and White As Snow.  I think it works for this particular shade though, because you could use it as a crease shade or outer crease shade.

Winter Sky is frosty indigo blue.  This shade reminds me of my cousins wedding color.  The purpley blue is one of those happy colors that brightens up this set.  The texture of this one lies between that of Silver Sleet and Dark Moon.  I think it could have been smoother, but used wet and worked into the brush, it works alright.

Overall, there are some annoyances with Crush Metal Pigments. They do require a base to stick to, there is almost always glittery fall out unless applied wet, the texture can vary greatly within one crush metal pigment set, the packaging is a little troublesome if you have butterfingers and you only get frost and shimmer finishes within a set.  With that said, I still quite like this set.  I can grab it without much thought to finding coordinating shades and the shades work really well together.  I do love my frosts and shimmers, but these do result in a super shimmer eye look using all of the shades.  Oh well, getting creative with some mattes and satins will be fun to do! :)  Enjoy the swatches until next time ;)

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

NOTD: OPI Miss Universe Swimsuit ... Nailed It! Nail Lacquer

I was in the mood for something bright and sparkly a little while ago.  OPI Miss Universe Collection  Swimsuit ... Nailed It! suited the bill.  I picked mine up at Shifeon for $7.95 CAD. 

Nailed It is a bright electric cobalt blue frost.  It is packed with frosty blue micro glitter. If you don't like glitter, please stay away from this!

The texture is surprisingly not overly chunky as some glitters can be.  I would suggest using a top coat though as it dries to a slightly gritty finish.  It dries down quickly without much fuss as most OPI nail polish does.

Nail swatches are of 2 coats with Seche Vite Top Coat. The top photo is when I was outside in natural lighting.  Second nail swatch photo is indoors with some artificial light.  I do find that I do get tip wear in about 4-5 days even though I am pretty hard on my nails.

Now I do wonder about getting a bikini sparkly blue bikini in the same cobalt blue to match.  Yeah, I'm all about matching and coordinating my nails to my clothes ;)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

November Luxebox Goodie Box

I got my November Luxebox of goodness a little while ago. (Nearly two weeks actually.)  I've been soooo busy lately, since one of my dearest cousins had twin girls just over two weeks ago.  Hence, this post now ;)

The Luxebox is available from Loose Button.  It is a subscription service that you can purchase a set of samples 1 month at a time, 3 months at a time or a full year. I purchased the yearly since I thought it would be pretty fun to get new samples every month.  Each month includes 4-5 deluxe samples.

This months samples included: Paco Rabanne Black XS For Her and Black XS, Lise Watier Plumpissimo Le Gloss Nude, Lise Watier Couleur Folle Mineral Loose Eye Shadow in Folie Soleil,  Benefit B. Right! Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, and the bonus Teaopia Cactus Fig Tea.

The Lise Watier Folie Soleil Loose Eye Shadow appears to be a full size product, but it is actually 1 gram, not 2 grams as in the full size. It is very well pigmented but does need a sticky base to adhere to the skin.  Folie Soleil is a bright yellow gold.  It runs on the warm side of the spectrum.  I probably wouldn't use this on its own, as it kind of flattens out the depth of my eyelid.  It is definitely a color that works well with a lot of other shades since it gold is fairly neutral.

The Lise Watier Plumpissimo Le Gloss in Nude is a sparkly sheer golden pink.  I don't find it to have much plumping action.  I've only used it a few times, but with the claims that it will penetrate the lines and expand on contact with the skin.  I didn't find that was the case, it swelled my lips a wee bit. However it more so showed my lip lines.  Perhaps it is the color that makes it so, but I'll have to see with some other shades.  Below I've also included a full face swatch of both the lip gloss and eye shadow.  I'm using NARS Orgasm Blush so I don't look too washed out.

The Paco Rabanne Black XS For Her and Black XS samples were relatively large key chains that my honey and I are enjoying.  XS For Her is a floral scent with a bit of a spicy vanilla mix.  I really this one and am putting on my Christmas Wish List.  The mens version is a mix of woody and floral. 

I have yet to try the Benefit B. Right! Moisture Prep Toning Lotion.  I tend to find skin care products hard to judge without a longer testing period.  So perhaps in the near future when I get the full size version I'll be able to do a proper review on it.

The Teaopia Cactus Fig tea smells just amazing. A green tea with bits of fig and orange flower, it is so beautiful to drink. Morning perk without too much caffeine?  Yes, this one is definitely one to try out. All enclosed in a nice little orange tin that I think I will use for taking loose teas on the go. 

Overall, I do like this set of samples much more than October's Luxebox.   The only product I'm a bit iffy on is the Lise Watier Plumpissimo Nude Lip Gloss.  Now, time to wait for the December Luxebox :)

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