This is likely the most effective set up for portable makeup that I’ve seen… likely ever. Street Saint Makeup combined a palette of essentials with a basic brush set… and put it in the slimmest packaging I’ve ever seen. It is truly something to behold.
What’s really special about this set is that it’s actually effective. The formulas are pigmented and blend beautifully, and the brushes are great quality. Both come in a wallet sized case that will fit in just about any purse, clutch or side pocket of a suitcase.
This lovely case is 7 inches across and 5 inches high. It’s only about an inch thick… really. It opens to reveal the palette and brush set…
The mirrored palette contains 5 eyeshadows, a blush, and a semi-opaque lip gloss.
I was blown away by the quality of these shadows and blush… and even the lip gloss. So I did a little research. Turns out these shadows and blush are chock full of goodies!
From the website:
- Vitamins A, C, and E – Providing excellent anti-oxidant and anti-aging factors
- Gulf Stream Sea Waters ® – Revitalizing and soothing effect on skin. Beneficial for hyper-sensitive skin as it acts as an immunomodulator.
- Kalparaiane ® -Anti Aging, firming, re-plumping, and nutrition
I swatched the shadows and blush using the fluffy shadow brush from the kit:
The shadows are on the bottom… and the blush is at the top.
The lip gloss is a universal shade of warm rose. I think it will work on a wide range of skin tones. The formula is non-sticky, and lasted through dinner with no problem.
I am really impressed by this set. It’s perfect for travel… sleepovers… and pulling double duty on a particulary grueling day. It’s slim enough to tuck in the corner of your purse, and has just about everything (just toss a travel mascara in there… there’s room) you need to put on a fresh face.
You can find out more about Street Saint Makeup HERE.
This is one of those staple colors that you have no idea how you lived so long without…
The Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Sel is so versatile, that I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t discover this color sooner. It’s a pale taupe/beige… that looks different on every skintone. On fair skin, it’s a lovely dark beige… almost brown shimmer. On medium tone skin it nearly imitates a ‘flesh’ color, and just lights up the eye area. On darker skin it’s a pale shimmer taupe that’s more gorgeous than garish.
Color me completely in love.
This color can be applied sheer or dense. If you apply it sheer, it adds a sheen to the skin, and makes the lid look ‘wet.’ If you apply it dense, it does something totally different.
You can find out more about Chantecaille Single Eyeshadow in Sel HERE.
This has to be one the best eyeshadows for the widest range of use….
I came across By Terry eye shadow in creme brulee during an extra long chat with my Miss Stephanie C. at Space NK. The golden orange color caught my eye… but when I swatched it, I found out that it wasn’t very golden or orange at all.
Looks like it might go golden or even a little pink, right? Not so much. On my warm skin tone it actually just adds a bit of light. It’s like my skin, on its absolute best day ever. On Stephanie (who is among the palest beauties), it’s adds peach light, like a healthy glow.
It’s both gorgeous in texture and performance… the formula is silky and easily holds on these oily eyelids. By Terry Creme Brulee has quickly become a staple in my regular makeup practice. There is every chance that I’ll hit pan on this lovely shadow sooner rather than later.
You can find out more about By Terry Eye Shadow in Creme Brulee HERE.
I braved the makeup (and the camera) to try one color (okay, two) from the Shiseido Tropicalia Palette:
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Notorious Contour
Iman Bronzer in Afterglow
Cargo Eyeshadow in Metallico (lids)
Shiseido Tropicalia Palette
Green Shadow blended into crease
Yellow Shadow blended above crease
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in Gold (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara (top lashes only)
Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Lipstick in Dolline
For Fashion’s Night Out, NARS released an Eyeshadow Duo and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil to celebrate their flagship store address in New York.
413 Bleecker Eyeshadow Duo
Without a doubt, the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is a must have. I absolutely LOVE it. In fact, I nearly feel it’s worth a backup. I will get lots of use out of this pencil. It’s easy to use, and the color is absolutely stunning. The duo needs a little work, because that dark color is a ‘black based’ shimmer plum, so it shows up much better with the help of a base.
Both of these items are pretty cool, but the Lip Pencil is the crown jewel without a doubt.
You can find out more about NARS 413 Bleecker items HERE
Blame the gloomy weather… but for some reason I was prompted to grab Amanda (Little Sister) and make a decision on the most ‘muted’ palette from the YSL Summer 2012 collection.
Not very ‘Summer’ like at all, but still very beautiful. They work well dry for a ‘soft’ smokey look, or wet for a much more intense look.
Using the provided sponge tipped applicators, I swatched them dry and wet. I found that the applicators really don’t impart much color when the shadow is dry. When I used it with an eyeshadow brush, I got a MUCH better color payoff.
But here are the swatches with just the applicator:
The shadows are incredibly intense when they’re wet. But even dry, the color payoff is noteworthy (as long as you don’t use those dreaded sponge tip applicators). I used the shadows dry for an FOTD, and was impressed by how intense the colors were (pictures are forthcoming).
I love this palette. It’s VERY practical, and can be used in countless color combinations. Each of the shadows is distinct, wearable, and highly blendable. If you’re not into bright colors and just want a palette where you can pop on some color and go, then this is definitely for you. I find that this will work on a wide range of skin tones… so that’s a definite plus.
You can find out more about YSL Pure Chromatics Wet/Dry Shadows HERE