Monday, October 31, 2011

Elizabeth Arden Powder Perfection for Eyes Double-Tone Compact: Tendershadows



This is another of the Elizabeth Arden shadow duos from the 1980's that I was lucky enough to have unearthed last year.  The packaging is the same at the other one I reviewed, so I won't repeat that.


The packaging is still in pretty good shape - a bit scratched and no applicator, but otherwise it's in great condition.


The shadows are soft peach and dusty lavender.  They were a bit hard in the pan and difficult to swatch due to their age.  I ended up having to give up on brushes and use my fingers.  Once applied they were still quite pretty!  Swatches below are on bare skin.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Urban Decay Pocket Rocket: Jesse


Urban Decay's Pocket Rocket glosses are best known for their photos of attractive men who present themselves in various states of undress depending on the angle of view.  They also happen to be pretty nice glosses.


The case is a generous size, in a flattened oval shape.  The applicator is a soft, short brush.  The gloss itself is a somewhat sticky gloss with decent staying power and light to medium pigmentation.  The color is a a slightly browned dark purple.  I don't care for it alone, but I like using it to tone down too-bright lipsticks.


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Pocket Rocket retails for $19 on the Urban Decay site.  I got mine at a HauteLook flash sale. (Note: if you sign up for HauteLook through that link I get a $ credit at their store.  If you don't want to do that, just go to their main site.)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color: Pale Plum 63



Pale Plum is the third lipsticks from Bobbi Brown's Marrakesh collection that I'm going to present here, and it's my favorite.  It has the Creamy Lip Color formula, which means it's lightweight with medium pigmentation and a reasonably moisturizing formula.  Wear time is decent but not as good as the Rich Lip Color or Bobbi's standard semi-matte lipsticks.




The case is standard Bobbi Brown: black plastic with Bobbi's name on the side.  It's a slimmer case and bullet than the Rich Lip Color.  The color is a perfect natural and neutral dark dusty pink.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Merle Norman Silky Shadow: Taupe



This Merle Norman compact is one of the first eye shadows I ever bought, around 1980-81.  The case is marbled taupe with an engraved Egyptian-style eye and the initials MN on the front and a sticker with the product description and an approximation of the color on the back.




Inside is a generous .1 oz of pressed shadow.  It goes on a little thin and patchy, but that wasn't the case when it was less than 30 years old.  The swatch in full sun looks rather shiny, but that's just a trick of the light.  In reality, it's a lovely and versatile matte taupe.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color: Pink Blossom 64


Pink Blossom is another one of the lipsticks included in Bobbi Brown's Marrakesh collection.  It has the Creamy Lip Color formula, which means it's lightweight with medium pigmentation and a reasonably moisturizing formula.  Wear time is decent but not as good as the Rich Lip Color or Bobbi's standard semi-matte lipsticks.



The case is standard Bobbi Brown: black plastic with Bobbi's name on the side.  It's a slimmer case and bullet than the Rich Lip Color.




As you can see in the swatches below, this is a pretty, neutral-to-cool pink that looks nice on me but might be too light for a darker complexion.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color: Desert Rose 25



Desert Rose is one of the lipsticks included in Bobbi Brown's Marrakesh collection.  It has the Rich Lip Color formula, which means it's lightweight, highly pigmented, and while it isn't drying it isn't moisturizing either.  Wear time is decent.





The case is standard Bobbi Brown: black plastic with Bobbi's name on the side.






As you can see in the swatches below, it's a nice neutral pink that could be used in a variety of looks.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Estee Lauder Pressed Satin Eyeshadow: Misty Lilac / Violet Smoke 31




This lovely eye shadow duo comes in a heavy white plastic case with a raised Estee Lauder logo on the top and a foiled sticker on the bottom.  Inside are two .06 ounce eye shadows and a shallow well which once contained an applicator.


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The shadow on the left, which I'm guessing is Misty Lilac, isn't lilac at all.  Instead it's a lovely peach.  On the right is (probably) Violet Smoke, a pretty grayed lavender.

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The shadows are a bit dry but applied okay on bare skin.  They aren't perfect, but given their age I think they're doing pretty well.  I probably bought these in the late 1980's, but it could possibly have been as late as the early 1990's.  For the time they're pretty tame and are still quite wearable shades.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Laura Geller Bake Sale Collection

Warning: this is going to be a photo-heavy post.




Laura Geller's Bake Sale collection is a 6 piece set currently available on QVC for $65.76.  It includes Spackle primer in Etherial, Balance n Brighten foundation powder, Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Buttercream, Italian Marble Lipstick in Strawberry Toffee,baked eye shadow trio in Birthday Cake, and a dual-ended brush.  I purchased one with foundation in Fair, but if I were to do it over I would get Regular, since the powder is a bit light on me.




They arrived securely packed in a printed cardboard box with molded plastic insert.





Spackle primer has a great reputation, but I haven't worn this one out of the house because it's a bit too shiny for me without caking on the foundation over it.  QVC describes it as a "luminous pearl pink" but it looks almost opalescent on me.  Maybe I'll use it as a highlighter.






The foundation powder was a much better fit for me.  Although it's a bit light for my summer skin, it should be just about right once winter sets in and I lighten up.  It's a lovely, silky powder that goes on sheer but can be layered for more coverage if needed.  It didn't upset my sensitive skin either, so I'm calling it a WIN.






The blush is a gorgeous color, but you have to use a very light hand if you don't want to look like a caricature of a clown.  This sits nicely on the skin and blends out nicely.







I wasn't terribly excited about the baked shadows until I used them.  WOW.  The colors all have decent pigmentation, they blend well without going muddy, and they last all day with a decent primer.  They don't look like much in the pan, but they perform well and really come alive on skin.







The lipstick was the biggest surprise to me.  Laura Geller lipsticks don't get a lot of buzz, but if this one's representative of the rest, they should.  It applied opaque but creamy with a satin finish and it lasted pretty well without drying out my lips.


The brush is decent quality with a slanted liner brush on one end and a shadow brush on teh other.

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Swatches left to right: eyeshadow trio, blush, foundation over primer, primer, lipstick.