Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

Around the time the Maybelline Color Tattoo Shadows came out L’Oreal released their 24 Hour Infallible Eyeshadows. These are described by L’Oreal as:
“Infallible Eyeshadows contain ultra concentrated colour pigments, for an intense colour finish. Additional binders (oil) coat and magnify the colour pigments revealing beautiful shimmer and maximized colour. The colour adheres to the eyelid as durably and comfortably as a second skin and last for up to 24 hours. With a formulation that lies between the comfort of a cream and the ease of application of powder, infallible eyeshadow melt gently from the fingertips to the eyelid on application. The result is a luxurious, velvety texture.
There are 13 shades in the 24-hour Infallible Eyeshadow collection currently available.  I only picked up one, 892 Amber Rush. This is a peachy, copper color with a metallic finish. I absolutely love this color and is in my go to makeup look for a natural eye look.

Amber Rush
The product, as descried above, is a cream to powder product. The packaging is pot form, with the name of the shade on top with a matching colored label. The bottom is clear. When you remove the top there is a small grey plastic piece that says “do not discard”. I have applied this with my fingers and with my Sigma E55 Eye Shading brush. I do feel that you have to apply and build up the product to get the desired effect.

Amber Rush
The product claims 24-hour wear, which I have never tested any product for 24 hours. I typically wear my makeup for 10-12 hours and it lasted that long, still looking great. I have oily lids, so I have used both Too Faced Shadow Insurance and MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. With both bases I still had the same result, no creasing or fading.

Swatch - Amber Rush
The one I purchased was at Target and I paid around $7 for 3.5 grams/0.12 ounces of product and are sold anywhere L’Oreal products are sold.

I really like this product and I want to try more. To me this is a different product and a great find! Have you tried these Infallible Eyeshadows? What are your favorite colors?

Until next time – <3
XO Shannon

Review: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation

As I mentioned in my Mini Weekend Haul/Rant I have been on the hunt for a new foundation. I have used MAC Studio Fix Fluid for about a year now for day-to-day wear and while I still like it I wanted to try out some other foundations that I had heard great things about. I have oily/combination skin and need something that can withstand a full 10-12 hours of wear.

When I was at the mall I popped in to Sephora and decided to try the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation. I don’t need a full coverage foundation for day-to-day wear and the makeup artist said it would give me more coverage than my MAKE UP FOREVER Matte Velvet Plus, and that is a full coverage foundation to me.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation is described as:
“Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation is a rich and luminous foundation offering full coverage while hydrating and protecting the skin. The long-wearing foundation evens out skin tones and increases skin luminosity and clarity for a radiant glow. Its rich, creamy texture glides over the skin effortlessly giving you ample playtime for perfect application and bendability. Perfect for rosacea and hard to cover pigmentation. Oil-free and ideal for all skin types.”

The Silk Crème Foundation comes in only 10 shades, 6 shades of ivory and 4 shades of beige. The color she matched me with is Rose Ivory, which is described as: “For fair to light skin tones – warm ivory family with rose undertones.”

To me this foundation is not full coverage; I would say medium coverage with build ability. The sample she gave me was small and in the picture below is after 5 days of use, I still have plenty left! The texture is so creamy and soft! You need just a little amount and it covers so much. This foundation is the definition of a little bit goes a long way!

I applied this foundation with 2 of my Sigma Sigmax brushes, the F80 Flat Top Kabuki and the F82 Round Top Kabuki. The F80 gave me more of a full coverage than the F82. The F82 gave me a smoother, medium coverage. I think that has to do with my large pores and that the F82 blended and hid them better.

Sigma F80
Sigma F82
I definitely love this foundation! I received so many comments on my complexion than when I where my Studio Fix Fluid or Matte Velvet Plus. It held up through the day and felt so lightweight, which I love! I definitely don’t like a heavy, cakey foundation.

What I don’t like – the price. The price for this foundation is $42, which is to me pricey. MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid retails for $27 and MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Plus retails for $34. While I don’t where the MUFE foundation daily it is still pricey, it is my go to foundation for special occasions and it does not contain any SPF. Studio Fix Fluid contains SPF 15 and the Silk Crème Foundation doesn’t appear to contain any SPF. I checked online and I do not have the actual product, as I still have the sample, so I was unable to confirm this at this time.

I will definitely be purchasing the full-size product. Do you have it or tried it, what are your thoughts? Or, any recommendations for oily/combination skin?

Until next time –
XO Shannon

Monday, March 12, 2012

MAC In Extra Dimension Collection for April 2012

Launch: April 2012 (North America) May 2012 (International)

*More to come when available.

Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($28 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) Limited Edition
  • Whisper of Guilt - Light soft white gold with shimmery sheen (Metallic)
  • Superb - Soft peach nude with multi-dimensional shimmer (Metallic)
  • Glorify - Copper golden shimmer (Metallic)

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20 U.S. / $24 CDN) Limited Edition
  • Warm Thunder - Mid-tone silver grey (Metallic)
  • Blue Orbit - Light iridescent purple (Metallic)
  • Grand Galaxy - Mid-tone violet (Metallic)
  • Lunar - Royal blue (Metallic)
  • Havanna - Mid-tone copper brown (Metallic)
  • Sweet Heat - Bright peach champagne (Metallic)
  • Modern Pewter - Mid-tone olive gold (Metallic)
  • Rich Core - Mid-tone aubergine (Metallic)
  • Young Venus - Charcoal black (Metallic)
  • Dark Dare - Charcoal black (Glow)
  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush
  • 234 Split Fibre Blending Brush

I am anxious to see these products in person. I am a huge fan of MAC MSF’s, so these Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are hopefully going to be really great. I am excited about a few of these shadows, such as Modern Pewter, Grand Galaxy and Havanna. I am sure I will haul some stuff from this collection! Are you excited or looking forward to any of these products?

Until next time –
XO Shannon

MAC By Request Collection for Fall 2012

M•A•C fans are to vote for their favorite shades starting March 12 on Facebook. 18 popular lipsticks, lipglasses and eye shadows have been selected from past collections; the three shades with the most votes from each category will come back as an online exclusive, limited edition collection. Voting opens to all Facebook fans March 12 -30. The collection will be available online in North America in August and internationally Fall 2012.

  • Cool Heat as seen in Cool Heat (June 2008)
  • Guacamole as seen is Salsabelle (May 2005)
  • Heavenly Bliss as seen in Eden Rocks (May 2001)
  • Jeté as seen in Danse (January 2006)
  • Moth Brown as seen in Madame B. (March 2005)
  • Solar White as seen in Cool Heat (June 2008)
  • 3N as seen in N Collection (January 2008)
  • Candy Yum Yum as seen in Quite Cute (April 2011)
  • Eden Rocks as seen in Eden Rocks (May 2001)
  • Moxie as seen in Retro Matte Lipsticks (September 1999)
  • Rocker as seen in Time Rocker (Fall 1999)
  • Shitaki as seen in Cuisine (March 2001)

  • 2N as seen in N Collection (January 2008)
  • Bait as seen in Lure (June 2006)
  • Cult of Cherry as seen in Cult of Cherry (September 2008)
  • Emancipation as seen in Wonder Woman (February 2011)
  • Flash of Flesh as seen in M•A•C D’Bohemia (May 2005)
  • Icescape as seen in Love Lace (December 2009)

I know what I am voting for, any favorites of yours?

Until next time!

XO Shannon

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mini Weekend Haul/Rant

I ran to the mall last weekend to grab some foundation samples from Sephora and MAC, as well as grab a few things from MAC. I currently use MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW20 and wanted to try out the MAC Match Masters foundation and Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation.

My first stop was the MAC Store. I went there to get some more Oil Control Lotion (life saver for my oily skin) and check out the Chen Man Collection that launched on March 1, 2012.  From Chen Man I picked up the “Force of Love” lipglass, which is a vibrant pink. While there, I asked the makeup artist, who was someone I had never seen in there before, for a sample of the Match Masters foundation but first I needed to color matched.

Chen Man Force of Love Lipglass

I should have known something was off from the start, as she grabs the shade 1.0, which I believe is the lightest and a shade that my very pale friend wears, and proceeds to paint my face with it. When she was done, she was like, “OK, do you wanna get it?” I looked at her and said, “Well, I was wanting to get a sample to take home before I commit, to try it out and make sure it doesn’t break me out.” She goes, “Oh, you want something to take home with you?”  I kinda just stared at her, like are you for real?

She runs to the back, comes back and says, “We are out of the sample cups.” So, all I got was my Oil Control and the lipglass. There were two other MUA’s in there that I usually see and should have waited for, but they were both busy. The MUA that helped me also had the worst breath ever, I mean EVER. Two things I think anyone that does makeup, hair, etc. need to be conscious of is their body odor and breath.

As I made my way to check out, one of the regular MUA’s I see gave me this WTF look. I was like, “I know… she put the wrong color on me and I am about to go wash this off.” He was said, “That is completely the wrong shade for you. You need 2.0 or 2.5 for sure.” My friend grabbed two makeup wipes and we practically ran from the MAC store. My friend told me that while I was checking out she was talking to one of our regular MUA’s and that she said they had brought in a bunch of freelance artists to help them out on Saturday’s because they are so busy. Well, they need to be a little more careful about who they chose, just saying from the customer point of view.

I ran to Dillard’s, a department store in our mall, to the MAC counter there. first making a stop at the restroom to scrub off the ghost mask she put on my face. Anyway, I finally got my samples from the MAC there. I have never had an experience like that ever at MAC, the store or the counter. Anyone else have a horrifying experience at MAC or any makeup counter?

So after the craziness of MAC, I went to Sephora got matched for the Laura Mercier Silk Crème foundation. The color the MUA matched me with was Rose Ivory. While milling around Sephora, looking at stuff, not really in the mood to buy, I spotted a deluxe sample size of Benefit “They’re Real” mascara. I thought, “Score!” I have wanted to try this out, but didn’t want to fork out $22 for mascara. I usually wear drugstore mascara because they dry out quickly or they don’t do what they claim. This one was $10, so I thought why not try it out for $10 and if I don’t like it then oh well. I have tried Benefit “Bad Gal” and I hate it so much, it was so awful! I will definitely be purchasing this in the full size! Have you tried it, what did you think? Check out the pics below of with and without They're Real!

No Mascara 
With Benefit They're Real Mascara

Left - They're Real, Right - No Mascara

Have you hauled lately?

Until next time -
XO Shannon