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Lip Service: Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait (Luxure)

The new Guerlain Laquers follow the likes of Chanel (Rouge Allure Laque), and most recently Shiseido (Lacquers) with  a formula that combines a stain, lipstick, and lipgloss all in one.

I tested them at Sephora, and found two things: 1) The colors don’t even remotely reflect their suggested descriptions, and 2) They are surprisingly drying.

I ended up with Luxure, which is supposed to be brown. It’s not. It’s more of a rusted orange, which is a color that’s right up my alley.

See? Not Brown. Not red or orange either… but kind of a combination of the three. I initially wanted Envie, which is supposed to be orange. But it’s so not. It’s more of a pinky-coral on me, so I passed.  I  might actually go back for Orgueil, which is a delicious rich purple/berry (not plum, as described) color… but later. At $48 a pop, I’m taking my time.

I think this color is absolutely perfect for Autumn, and I love the idea of the formula. I have to tell you, after about 5 minutes of wear, my lips felt dry, so I put a little orange lip gloss over it, and that seemed to make it (and the resulting color) just perfect.

You can find out more about Rouge G L’Extrait lippies HERE.

Kit Essential: Z Palette

I don’t believe that I know a Makeup Artist who doesn’t have at least one of these babies… even if it’s a small one to throw random pro pots into so that they don’t bang around any given kit. I personally have about a dozen Z Palettes (including one full of Yaby eyeshadows that I keep promising to send to my little sister, but that I can’t seem to part with).

So imagine my delight when I found out that Z Palette continues to evolve, from the classic shapes and sizes, to bigger palettes that hold bigger pots, and smaller sizes specifically designed for cream products.

From the left: Large Dome Palette, Small Palette and Large Classic Palette
I depotted a few shadows, blushes, hightlighters and lipsticks, to illustrate the palette’s potential.
Large Dome Palette
Large Classic Palette
Small Palette
I was already a fan of these palettes. Now I’m an even bigger fan. The pots of the Small Palette are magnetic and removable (in case you want to put something else in there). Z Palette also offers little magnets that you  can pop in there (that are adhesive on one side) for pots that are not magnetic. 
Awesome. You can find out more about Z Palette HERE.

*pr sample

MAC Style Seeker

Calling all Bohemians, Nomads, Earth Children, and Style Seekers… this collection is for you. I fell head over heels in love with this MAC Collection. Most of it is wonderful… and breaks down this very (clever) promotional picture beautifully. There are a few repromotes, and some absolute passes (seriously… the shoddy pigmentation of most of those eyeshadows… no), but most of it is gorgeous.

From The Left: 
Mattene Lipsticks in Fashion Nomad and Camden Chic
Blushes in Worldly Wealth and Hidden Treasure
Nail Polish in StyleSeeker
Lipglasses in Ready to Roam and Eclectic Edge
Mattene Lipstick in Fashion Nomad
Mattene Lipstick in Camden Chic
Blushes in Worldly Wealth and Hidden Treasure
**A note about Worldly Wealth. It’s NOT a straight bronze color. I thought this until I swatched it, and realized that it’s more of a rose-bronze. Fair skin tones can wear it as a blush, and it’s a highlighter for warmer skin tones. I found it works best with layered with Hidden Treasure, which looks like a browner version of Chanel’s Rouge blush.
Lipglasses in Ready to Roam and Eclectic Edge
Lipglass in Ready to Roam
Lipglass in Eclectic Edge
Nail Polish in StyleSeeker
I MIGHT go back for the eyeshadow duo in Mache Aux Puces… because I really like the warmth of that brown, and I’m quite sure that I don’t have a shade like that. We’ll see. So far, these are my favorites. Without a doubt, Eclectic Edge Lipglass is the crown Jewel, followed by Fashion Nomad Lipstick. Eclectic Edge is definitely worth a backup. It’s amazing. And I’m very happy with the ‘layering’ aspect of this collection. A lot of the formulas and colors look best when layered… including the lipsticks and the lipglasses. I’m having a lot of fun mixing and matching the colors and textures. I love the nail polish as well. The fluidlines were a complete pass for me.
Overall, this collection totally speaks to me.  I love the idea behind it, the colors, the textures, and the feel of it as a whole. Nice job MAC. 
*some items in this post were given as promotional samples, for purposes of review on this blog.

FOTD: Rusted Over

I did this look quickly today… as a tribute to the new MAC Style Seeker Collection… which I really LOVE (more on that in a later post). I kept the skin sheer (it’s still triple digits out here), and did a color wash in rusts and browns…

NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Malaga
CARGO Blush in Laguna
MAC Eyeshadow in Saffron (lids/under waterline)
MAC Eyeshadow in Firestorm (crease)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Extreme False Lashes Mascara
MAC Camden Chic Lipstick
MAC Eclectic Edge Lipglass

Make Up For Ever BLACK TANGO Palette

This turned out to be about as good as I expected it would. When I first heard about the Black Tango Palette, I wondered how MUFE would keep the Aqua Creams from drying out. Their solution: to put them in their own little pots, within a palette.

The creams are a black based burgundy, green and blue, and an ivory cream. What I was impressed by, is the fact that the shimmer is IN the cream. It’s distinct and subtle all at once. With the exception of the ivory, all of the creams behave and move like traditional MUFE Aqua Creams. I found the ivory formula a bit lacking. It skipped on the swatch, and didn’t hold up well without major blending.

That’s one swipe, using just my fingers. Even though the first three are black based colors, the intended shade comes through effortlessly. Overall, I like the palette. Just not a fan of the ivory color. We’ll see how practical those snap top containers are, for preserving the cream formula as time goes on. You can find out more about Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette HERE.