Fyrinnae recently release its Burlesque Collection for spring 2014. It contains five new loose eye shadow shades, which includes three new Arcane Magic colors. It’s an interesting collection of shades that screams fall, but if you’re a fan of the blackened-base shades, then you’re in luck. I wish I could say I like this collection, but it is not my favorite. I find the blackened-base shades more difficult to use and typically requires a sticky base to get the true color. Since I’m typically (as in always) pressed for time in the morning, sticky bases are a distant afterthought.
1. Gaiety is a bright aqua with pale blue shimmer. This shade looks great as a flash of color under the eye.
2. Bawdy Librarian is a warm tone, medium dark coppery brown loaded with copper shimmer. This is my favorite of the five. It makes a great shade for a brown smoky eye or a quick wash of color for brown skin tones.
3. Devilish Debutant (Arcane) is a dark purple on a black base that is supposed to change to a golden/green. On my brown skin, it simply looks like a dark brown.
I’ve wanted to try out this brand for a while. While at the counter some time ago, their cheek colors caught my eye. The shades I picked are quite fall looking, but given spring has been quite cold and gloomy, the shades fit perfectly.
Fashion Fair Ginger Berry
Fashion Fair Pearly Paprika
Ginger Berry is a muted, warm medium berried pink. It has minute gold shimmer that adds a soft glow to the skin.
Pearly Paprika is a muted, medium orange that leans peach. It also has minute gold shimmer but it is more noticeable on the skin when applied than Ginger Berry.
Both blushes are very pigmented, so a light hand is needed. The texture isn’t buttery soft, but isn’t powdery either. Both shades lasted all day on me with no fading. Fashion Fair Beauty Blush comes in a twist off container; contains 3.6g of product and retails for $17.
I was on the hunt for a terracotta blush when I strolled by the Inglot counter a few months ago. Not only did I find the terracotta shade, but a few others as well. Inglot eye shadows are known for great pigmentation and soft matte finishes that can be powdery. The blushes are no different. The softness of the finish can catch you off guard if you’re used to hard, compact blushes where you can swirl your brush into the product. There is absolutely no swirling allowed for Inglot blushes. If you do, you’ll get crazy clown face. Tap the very tips of your brush into the blush. If you’re pale or want to build up the product slowly, diffuse the color onto the back of your hand. The blush lasts throughout the day with no fading on top of my powder foundation.
Inglot gives you a generous 6g of product for $10; however, that is the pan only. Unfortunately, they no longer sell blush in its own compact. Inglot offers various empty palette options (the four pan pictured retails for $16). To save money, use your own empty palette or DIY palette.
Shade #41 is a terracotta-brown with a matte finish.
Shade #70 is a bright coral-orange with a matte finish. (It’s more orange in person.)
Shade #63 is a deep berry with a matte finish that is perfect for dark skin tones.
Shade #25 is a warm pinky-brown with a satin finish.
Estee Lauder recently added a new lipstick formula to its permanent line. I’ve only tried a few of their lipstick formulas, but Pure Color Envy has to be the smoothest and most pigmented of the bunch. It would be pretty difficult to top these. I can get past lipsticks that tug as long as it has good pigmentation. When I try a lipstick that glides on effortlessly and has great pigmentation, angels sing.
There is some transfer with these, but not a lot. It doesn’t settle into fine lines and leaves behind a great stain. The case is a hard shiny plastic, with a magnetic closure similar to Giorgio Armani. The formula didn’t dry out my lips, but I always wear a balm underneath everything.
The base of the formula is castor seed and lanolin oil. For any gluten sensitive beauty addicts, the last few ingredients include wheat germ, bran and barley extracts. I don’t recall seeing these in lipstick ingredients before, but I primarily concentrate at the top of the list.
The online swatches appear as if there is a wide shade range, but not in person. Perhaps the lighting at my counter was poor, but there were some shades that looked too close to one another. The range is wide enough for most to find a shade that works. The lipsticks retail for $30 and contain 3.5g (0.12oz).
I picked Red Ego (#250), which is a brown-tinted red and Tumultuous Pink (#240), which is a reddened-pink.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Tumultouos Pink
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Red Ego
L – Tumultuous Pink
R – Red Ego
I knew I hadn’t blogged in a while, but two whole months! I didn’t realize so much time had gone by. I’ve had a tough go lately, but was recently gifted with wonderful news. Just like that, my blogging bug came back. So, let’s catch up.
Bite Beauty lipsticks are nice, but I’m really impressed by their Cashmere Lip Crème. The formula is thicker than your typical lip crème and it’s packed with pigment. I experienced very little transfer and the color and intensity lasted through breakfast and lunch. The best thing, it didn’t migrate past my lip line. One thing to look out for is that it’s easy to apply too much color. I made that mistake the first time and it looked like a I melted a crayon on my lips. Not attractive.
When it comes to intense colors, I tend to lean toward deep shades. Port is a dark red. Sancerre is a darkened fuschia pink.
Bite Beauty is exclusive to Sephora. For $28, you get a massive 7.48g of product. Happy shopping.
Bite Lip Creme Sancerre
Bite Lip Creme Sancerre
Bite Lip Creme Port
Bite Lip Creme Port
Left – Sancerre
Right – Port