Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bobbi Brown Choose Your Glam Holiday 2010: Smoldering Eye Palette

I know this isn't anywhere near vintage, but it *is* limited edition and I'm in serious lust with it. For the holidays this year, Bobbi Brown has released three eye palettes designed to make a classic smoky eye. Each one contains a matte base color, a metallic shadow, a matte liner shade, and one of the new long-wear eye paints, designed to be used either wet or dry.

This one, called the Smoldering Eye Palette, comes in a heavy case with a logo on the top, and it contains a double-ended brush. The brush surprised me; most brushes that are included with palettes aren't very good quality - even from the higher-end brands. This one is nicely made and quite usable.

Swatches were done on clean, unprimered skin. Shadows are shown in the same order they sit in the palette: Ivory, Heather Lilac, Charcoal, and Port, with Port being swatched first dry then wet.

Full sun


I wasn't really crazy about any of the new palettes based on the photos I had seen online or even how they looked in-store, but that changed pretty quickly when a makeup artist used this palette on me at an event a couple of weeks ago. She used a lot more makeup than I usually do, but once I got used to it I really liked it. She had real talent - and took the time to show me what she was doing. I learned a lot from her that day.

The subtle plum tones of the Smoldering palette really bring out my baby blues! The makeup artist used Ivory all over, then Heather Lilac on the lid, a thin line of Port used wet as a liner, followed by a thicker line of Port dry over the top of that. She said I could darken things up with a light application of Charcoal if I wished, or use it as a liner. My waterlines were coated in Black Long-Wear Gel eyeliner, then she finished the look with two coats of Everything Mascara.  Photo was taken 5-6 hours later - you can see how well the colors held up.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast...

Sorry about the short break in the action, but I couldn't find my camera ANYWHERE. Guess it's time to clean up my desk. I located it this afternoon, so I'll get some more stuff swatched for you today.

Meanwhile, I have a non-vintage item to share. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shiseido Lipstick: Secret Rose #4

Shiseido has always had one of my favorite lipstick formulas.  It's moisturizing and creamy, has good coverage, and lasts fairly well without bleeding or fading in weird ways.  They may be known best for their outstanding skin care lines, but their color products are pretty fabulous too.

The color of this one is more dark neutral pink than rose, but given how pretty it is, I really don't care if it's a bit misnamed.  It's frosted but not overwhelmingly so, and the coverage is medium to opaque, depending on your application.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Princess Marcella Borghese Lumina Radiant Fresh Moisturizing Powder Blush: Rosa Brillante

Boy, that name is a mouthful.

This blush has some of the nicest packaging of all the ones I have from this era. The case is heavy and solid with undulating curves on both sides to give it character. Inside, the pan is wide enough that you don't have to go over it several times to cover your brush, certainly overkill if you use the tiny one Borghese includes with it.

The blush itself is a lovely dark rose with just enough shimmer to keep things interesting without leaving you looking like a disco ball. It has a creamy texture, though it has gotten more powdery as the decades have passed.

This is a VERY heavy swatch, shown in shade.

Here's the same swatch in full sun. It's more shimmery than sparkly, and it's certainly not overwhelmingly shiny.

Lightly applied & blended in shade.

Same thing in full sun. Pretty, no?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ultima II: Natural Mauve

This may have come in a gift with purchase or purchase with purchase set, since the packaging is different from the other Ultima II lipsticks I have from this era.   It does appear to be full size, but the case is a thinner plastic and very plain compared to its peers.  The "metal" band is painted on.

Fortunately, the lipstick inside is pretty and wearable.  I think this is more of a soft rose than a mauve, because it isn't nearly as cool-toned as mauve implies.  The finish is a glossy, full-coverage cream without any noticeable shimmer. It's a "my lips but better" shade for light to medium skin tones, but it might be too pale for darker skin tones.

Swatched in full sun.

Swatched in shade.

See how pretty it looks without taking center stage? Perfect for use with stronger eye looks if you don't like a nude lip, or if you want to look polished without looking made up.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Estee Lauder lipstick: Re-Nutriv All-Day Frosted Apricot

This is the second of the two All-Day Frosted Apricots.  The packaging is the same shape and size, but instead of a heavy metal case it's a lighter weight cream colored plastic.

The Re-Nutriv lipstick inside appears to be ever-so-slightly lighter than its #39 semi-twin.

Swatched side by side in shade, this one looks a touch more orange.

In full sun it might be a bit more brown, too.

Either way, it still looks lovely on.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Estee Lauder lipstick: All-Day Frosted Apricot #39

This is the first of two lipsticks that may or may not be identical. They are both by Estee Lauder and both have the same shade name, but the packaging is different and once has a shade number where the other is also called "Re-Nutriv".

This one is the non-Re-Nutriv #39.  Its case is heavy and solid, and feels like it might have been made with real metal rather than metal-colored plastic.

The lipstick is a frosted cream with medium pigmentation.  It really looks gorgeous on, and would suit both warm and cool skin tones.  I've worn it with and without a tan & it looks lovely either way.

Here it is swatched next to its possible twin in shade.

Same thing in full sun.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ultima II: Peach on Ice

This is another lipstick that survived from the 1980's. They must have put a lot of preservatives in cosmetics then,. because more are still here and usable than really ought to be.

The case is in good condition and is a bit heavier than it looks. It's a solid cream plastic with an engraved pattern that keeps it from being boring.

Inside is a very pretty pinkish peach cream lipstick with a semi-sheer, glossy texture. I think it would suit both warm and cool skin tones.

Swatched in shade.

Swatched in full sun.

On my very pink, cool-toned self.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ultima II Creamy Powder Blush: Bronze Bordeaux

This blush is aptly named because it's a bronze-red wine color.  Who knew those two things could be combined and still look nice?

This is another of my unearthed treasures of the 80's. It can be used by a wide range of skin tones, though the fair-skinned need to use a very light hand.

Very lightly swatched in full shade. See how nice it looks on my pale skin? Not scary at all!

In full sun it has a very slight sheen.

Heavily swatched.  The wine color really comes out in full shade.

In direct sun the bronze is more evident.  I think this would look really good on someone with darken skin, but pale people like me don't have to skip it - we just have to be delicate in our application method.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Princess Marcella Borghese La Moda Concentrated Lipcolor: 03 Melone

Do you like bright colors?  Ever feel like you could play Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard"?  Then I have the lipstick for you!

It practically glows in the dark.

This is another in the 1980's series, featuring a brand you never see outside of Costco these days, but which used to be found exclusively in department stores. I often wondered if there was an actual princess behind the line, like Helena Rubenstein or Elizabeth Arden. If there was, she has been eliminated from the brand marketing these days.

Swatched in shade.

Swatched in sun.

This is super-opaque, bright, and long lasting.  I really prefer to use it as a stain, patting on just a little bit, blotting, then topping with a sheer gloss.  It's way too much work getting it to go on straight, then having to worry if it's on your teeth, coffee cup, or clothes!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ralph Lauren Delicate Lipcolor: 09 Twilight Pink

This was purchased in the second half of the 1980's, and the color is as popular this season as it was 25 years ago. It's really funny how the colors and styles that were ridiculed 10 years ago are in fashion again today, isn't it?

This is a densely pigmented, smooth lipstick that must be 80% preservatives to feel and smell normal after all this time. I threw out 90% of the lipsticks from this era because they had gone rancid, but this one hasn't changed at all.

This is the swatch on the far right, shown in shade.

Top swatch in full sun.

This is a mauve-tinged medium pink.  In the tube it's a creme finish, but in full sun it almost looks like a frost.  I would not recommend it for warm-toned skin, but it looks lovely on cool-toned folks like me.