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.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Estee Lauder Tender Blusher: Sunlit Pink

This is another beauty from the mid-1980's.

Estee Lauder has the reputation of being your grandmother's makeup, and while that may have been true for the past couple of decades, it wasn't quite so in the 1980's.  (For that matter, it isn't so any more - not since Tom Pecheux was hired as artistic director.  The new pure color line is HOT!)

This is a soft petal pink with a powdery texture and sheer color.  It feels smooth on, but if you have any color beyond a Twilight extra, it might not show up on you.  I used it mid-winter in west Philadelphia, when the only color my skin might have had was wind burn.

The compact is solid and a bit heavy, with a usable brush included.

Lightly swatched, shade.  Can you see anything?  I can't.

In sun I can see that I should have been more diligent with sunscreen in my youth, but still no blush.

Swatched VERY heavily you start to see something, shown here in shade.

It blends so well with my skin you can hardly tell it's there, even in full sun.  I should try swatching this again in February & see if it will show up on SoCal winter skin or if it only works with Philly winter skin.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chanel Rouge a Levre creme lipstick: Escapade Desert Rose

This might be from the 1990's or the 2000's - either way, it has gone rancid!  This appears to be the only lipstick to escape the great purge of 2009, probably because the case is in such excellent condition - I thought it was a lot newer than it is.  It's a gorgeous color, so much so that I tried to wear it despite its age, but the smell and taste were too much even for me.  All photos were taken indoors next to a window for natural light.


No flash


No flash

Can you see why it breaks my heart to have to throw it out?  Beautiful, creamy texture, good wear time, and a gorgeous color.  Sigh.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Elizabeth Arden Powder Perfection for Eyes Triple Tone Compact: Provocative Eyes

This is another stunning three-shadow palette from Elizabeth Arden.  I purchased it some time in the  mid- to late- 1980's, when more vibrant colors were more popular. I think that explains why it hasn't been used nearly as much as it deserves, given the gorgeous, wearable shades it contains.

The three shadowsgo on sheer but can be built up as desired.  They blend nicely and work well alone or combined.  They have a small but not overwhelming amount of shine to them; I would classify them more as satins than shimmers, with the lightest shade being the most matte of the bunch.

Swatched in shade.

Swatched in full sun.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chanel Ombre Contraste: Turquoise/Arctic

This is another great duo unearthed from the trove of 1980's makeup.  As you can probably tell by the condition of the case and its contents, I used this a LOT in college, both as a shadows and as liner.  The case holds a single pan of shadow split into two shades on two sides.  The shadows have a baked texture, which means that they go on sheer when dry but more intense wet.  They also build well.

The tiny brush and sponge-tip applicators are the original ones that came with the compact.  The sponge tip is very delicate and started to fall apart when I attempted to clean it, but the brush is still in good shape.  The large divot in the right side of the pan is from where I used the brush wet to pick up the blue shadow to use as a liner.  This is really a striking combination when worn in the '80's style, but I don't know how well it would do today.  Maybe combined with a charcoal gray?

Swatched above on umprimered skin in full sun.

Swatched in shade.