Even though I find the tv series Man Men a little too depressing for my taste (although OMG I love Joan's outfits!), I loved
the idea of a Mad Men makeup collection and was so excited when I first heard that Estee Lauder would come out with one in Spring 2012. Unfortunately, none of the products released in the 2012 collection were ones that I would wear (I don't usually wear lipstick or cream blush, don't like to shell out that kind of money on nail polish).BUT this
year's collection features a powder blush, and I was determined
to get my hands on it! Spendy, yes, but I decided it was time for a "treat yo self
" sort of purchase (if you haven't seen that episode of Parks and Rec, you need to).
Just soak in all of it's vintage-y glory...
Estee Lauder See-Thru Blush in Light Show
$50.00 for 0.26 oz
Turn on your cheeks to this limited edition powder blush inspired by the Award Winning AMC Drama MadMen.® Creates a daringly sheer, natural look.
• Light Show shade captures the cheeky, fresh-faced, Sixties look perfectly.
• Add extra to your forehead, temples and chin for more rosy lights.
Inspired by the rock concert light shows and see-through, cut-out fashions that made the Sixties swing. Compact case and carton are replicas of actual designs from Estée Lauder's Sixties-era collections.
Product description (color/dupes): Light Show is a moderately pigmented, medium pink with a pretty sheen to it. Just a bit more delicate than shimmer, but not matte. The promo photos for this were misleading in terms of the color, so I'm glad I saw it in person before buying. In person, I thought it might be too cool toned for my NC20/25 skin, but I think it's one of those shades that could work on most people. It's not too cool, and because it's kind of sheer, it melds well with my skintone.
Pigmentation: As the name implies, it's a little bit "see-thru." It's more like a wash of color than straight pigment. It is easy to build up the color though!
Texture: The texture is very rich and smooth.
Application: It comes with a little powder puff, but I like using my It Cosmetics blush brush. It applies beautifully.
Length of Wear: This wore all day long for me. Looked great even after a workout.
Packaging: This is really the highlight of the product. The packaging is beautiful and great quality. I love that it has a sturdy cardboard box, AND a leather pouch, and THEN the sturdy metal compact with the enclosed plastic protective sheet and powder puff. I especially LOVE that they replicated actual designs that Estee Lauder used in the sixties. The compact itself is quite heavy, with a push-button release. It is absolutely a work of art.
Value: This blush is a bit on the higher end in terms of price per ounce, even compared to other department store brands. While it is a fantastic blush, the extra expense is due to the packaging (the value of the packaging is personal preference).
Love it or leave it? I love it. I'm glad I bought it--it's a pretty product, and it looks great on. I'm especially glad I got one since it's limited edition! Fifty bucks is wayyyy more than I usually spend on a single blush, but this one is worth it. Pretty and practical! I'm definitely going to keep the compact after I've used up all of the product. Treat yo self :)
Vitality Cheek Flush is a cheek stain infused into a powder! Developed with plastic surgeons, this hydrating, brightening, and antiaging blush gives the perfect naturally pretty flush of color to the cheeks and lasts. This truly innovative formula contains It Cosmetics' Hydra-Luxe technology, including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate, seaweed extract, grape seed, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin. Plus, Vitality Cheek Flush is packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, acai, green tea, and white tea. This made-in-the-USA formula is also paraben-free.
Product description (color/dupes): This matte blush gives the prettiest, natural flush of color. I love how Matte Sweet Apple looks on my NC25 skin! It's kind of like the shade of warm reddish pink on a Pink Lady apple.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation of this blush is AMAZING! It's one of the most pigmented blushes I've used to date. There's a bit of trial and error figuring out how much blush to use. Lighter skintones may find this too pigmented and difficult to use.
Texture: It's finely milled and smooth. Really lovely.
Application: A little really goes a long way! Gently press the brush onto the pan of blush, then brush on to skin. I usually do this between 1-3 times per cheek, depending on how flushed I want my cheeks to look. And the French Boutique Blush Brush makes it so easy to apply blush! I have several blush brushes, but this brush is almost foolproof to use. The brush is very comfortable to hold. I'm obsessed with it. These two products are great individually, but together, they make applying blush a really neat experience.
Length of Wear: This wears all day! I only noticed a slight stain effect when swatched on my hand.
Packaging: The packaging is simple and compact, with a nice mirror inside. It's a rubberized compact, which can tend to get a bit dirty.
Value: The blush is pretty average in terms of price per ounce. It contains the same amount of products as your average NARS blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz), but less than your average MAC blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz). However, this blush by It Cosmetics is one of the most pigmented I've used--meaning that I'll get more applications per ounce of blush. I like that.
Love it or leave it? I adore these two products--the blush brush is the best blush brush I've ever used, hands down. And the blush is one of my favorite shades of blush. At $35 for the set, I'm encouraging you to go over to QVC immediately and snatch it up before it's gone. I kind of want to buy all four... and have four blush brushes. ;)
Hello Kitty Head of the Class makeup palette
$36.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz eyeshadow and 0.34 oz blush
I love Hello Kitty. I love houndstooth. I love nerdy glasses. So when I saw this on clearance for $17 at my local Sephora inside JC Penney, AND I had the Beauty Insider coupon, I decided that I had to have it.
None of the colors have names, but here are my descriptions:Blush:
- Warm coral with iridescent pink overspray. This is REALLY pigmented, so use a light hand. I just press my brush lightly onto the surface of the blush, then tap to remove the excess product before applying.
- Matte black with purple glitter. This color is very chalky.
- Gunmetal grey shimmer. Smooth and pigmented, this color is the best in the palette, by far.
- Matte fuschia. Really chalky, and not very flattering.
- Iridescent white. Fairly sheer, not much pigmentation.
Please click over to QVC immediately and check out this kit. It's a STEAL, and it's only available TODAY, Monday, March 18th.
$54.96 ($155 value!)
Includes five full-sized products:
- 0.30-oz Celebration Foundation ($35 value)--available in five shades
- 0.33-fl-oz Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara in Black ($24 value)
- 0.118 fl oz Tightline Full Lash Length Primer in Black ($24 value)--exclusive to QVC until 9/18/2013
- 0.24-oz Vitality Flush Color Stain Stick in Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink ($24 value)--exclusive to QVC until 9/18/2013
- Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush ($48 value)
What is it: Hello Beautiful Anti-Aging 5-piece Color Collection gives you the power to achieve an airbrushed complexion, a gorgeous vitality-filled glow that lasts all day, plus beautiful lashes!
Who is it for: Anyone who wants the power to achieve their most beautiful skin ever!
Why is it different: Celebration Foundation, a creamy full-coverage antiaging powder foundation, helps to provide a more youthful radiance, conceal imperfections, and help blur away the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Tightline Full Lash Length Black Primer with skinny wand coats and primes your lashes. Clinically proven to quadruple the volume of your lashes, Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara infuses your lashes with a blend of lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients. Vitality Flush Stain Stick is a long-wear flush of naturally pretty color that doesn't dry out your lips or skin.
I love mid-and high-end makeup. I love the makeup counters, the testers, the packaging... and of course, the quality. But sometimes I need some makeup in a pinch (forgot something while traveling), or want to try a trend without breaking the bank.
I was shopping at Forever 21, buying some skinny jeans, and saw that their makeup collection has really expanded. I’d heard some good things and thought I’d see for myself.love & beauty blush in Pink
$1.80 for 0.16 oz
Made in Taiwan, cruelty free. The color is a classic, cool-toned medium pink. The texture is very smooth and fairly pigmented. The plastic compact is decent. There is a bit of fallout, and it does fade a little by the end of the workday.love & beauty gel eyeliner in Black
$1.50 for 0.07 oz/2.00 g
Made in China, cruelty free. I was all set to be disappointed by this, since cheap eyeliners of any formula tend to be craptastic. But this stuff really impressed me. It comes in a sturdy frosted glass container with a plastic lid. It's small, but per ounce it's still a good value. The texture of this gel liner was smooth and creamy and incredibly pigmented. Good length of wear, no smudging, no flaking, no irritation. The swatch did stain my arm a bit, even after I wiped it off with a makeup wipe.love & beauty eyeshadow in Dark Olive
$1.80 for 0.10 oz/2.83 g
Made in China, cruelty free. It's a cool toned dark olive shade that leans a bit brownish, with gold microglitter. Even with the glitter, the texture is smooth and fairly pigmented even without primer. There is a bit of fallout, both of the shadow and the glitter, but not enough to be a real issue. It had all day wear when used over primer. The plastic compact is cheap feeling, but it's still a decent product overall, and there's a pretty good amount of product. This has talc, petrolatum and mineral oil in it, which isn't a concern for me, but may be for some.
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Does it compare with a high end brand, like MAC? Not really. But are they still good products, and would I be willing to try more products? Heck yes! They’re less expensive than most drugstore products, and they have a decent product selection and range of colors. The fact that they're made in China is a drawback, but I haven't had any issues with them. I’m happy with what I bought, and don’t feel like I wasted money on any of them. If you’re on a tight budget, or are looking to try out a new trend without committing a lot of $$$, Forever 21's makeup is a good bet.
“Created to take the heat, like the women who wear it. Heat and perspiration-resistant cosmetics that help improve your skins natural, healthy appearance."
I was really excited about the opportunity to test out rae cosmetics
! They care about makeup and fitness too--it seems like so many people think those two interests are mutually exclusive, but it's nice to see that there are companies and consumers who love both.
rae cosmetics promises that their products won't smear, cake, or smudge, no matter what the weather, or what activity you're doing. Their ingredients are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and cruelty-free. They use minimal product packaging to reduce waste, and they donate all of the proceeds from their Smartie lipgloss
to Girlstart, a non-profit helping girls succeed in math, science, technology, and engineering. That's awesome.
rae cosmetics sent me their tinted moisturizer, blush, and mascara to test out.
The Balm "Hot Mama" shadow and blush
$19.00 for 0.25 oz
Description: "A true all-in-one essential: sexy shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, and light-reflecting lip finisher tucked inside a go-anywhere compact." Free of :
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
Review: "Hot Mama" is a warm coral hue, with a touch of pink, and golden shimmer inspired by multi-tasking moms everywhere. The color is very pretty on cheeks and lips, but looked terrible on my eyes. (Let's stop trying to make everything multi-purpose, please!) Hot Mama lasts all day long, and still looks great by bedtime. It's pigmented but not overly so, making it easy to apply and build. The blush is housed in an adorably decorated cardboard casing with a magnetic closure. The packaging doesn't seem as sturdy as some plastic compacts, but it's managed to hold up pretty well in my makeup bag! Which is actually quite impressive.
-Gorgeous color, flattering on many skintones
-Doesn't work as an eye shadow
If you're looking for a dupe for NARS Orgasm, this is honestly pretty close. I prefer Hot Mama because color is less sparkly than the NARS version, and therefore more wearable. It's also much cheaper.
to read the review of The Balm "Hot Mama" on We Heart This!