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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: October 2005

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Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:25 PM (Eastern)

Oh, stop enabling. I've been eyeing that MAC Teddy since forever. It doesn't swatch violet on me...just kind of a weird, deep cool red brown, like a dark rich copper. The perfect thing for green eyes. But, so what? I need another eye pencil? ;)

Anyhow here is the order in which I put on makeup. There are reasons for whit:

  1. Perfume--first. Why? I keep my perfumes on my socks-and-underwear shelf. If I did not do this, I would never wear perfume. But since it's there, I put it on when I'm getting dressed, pretty much without fail.

  2. Usual base face. This is tinted sunscreen and MAC Blot pressed powder. Even though it is fairly obvious why this layer must come first, it is also oftentimes the only layer I manage to put on--and it's important, since a.) it is sunscreen and b.) it's powder (my skin would otherwise get oily).

  3. Concealer--never. I prefer that "king" of eye creams, Aramis Lab Series for Men Undereye Rescue cream, used only at night. I swear by this stuff. I don't sleep and I have two kids, I'm 40 years's a miracle product, a miracle.

  4. Eye makeup. Lately that has been a wash of shadow, time permitting, and/or MAC Permaplum or Bordeauxline.

  5. Lipstick--always last. I suppose I still think in terms of a.) accidently swiping my lipstick while trying to do my eyes or b.) putting on lipstick in the car, which is, more often than not, where it gets applied.

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October 15, 2005 1:58 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Oh, you must get it. Swatching it on your hand means nothing--it's like the difference between a blind man and a man who sees. Yes, Teddy is simply that brilliant. You know I got Tarnish and Prunella at the same time? Haven't even touched them--returned Prunella, in fact, out of disinterest. And I haven't laid a finger on Powersurge.

October 18, 2005 8:50 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...


I may try it out later on. I'm about 1/2 through my Permaplum, and I'd like to use it up first.

The Powerpoints seem to need a fair amount of sharpening...I mean they last well...this one hasn't hardened at all. The color and texture are exactly the same as when I bought it. It holds a point well, no crumbling, yadda yadda... But you do need to sharpen, which is probably a good thing. Otherwise I'm too lazy to get around to doing it and fresh pencil lead, no doubt, is better for your eyes.

Mm. You'd have to keep in mind that green eyes are much harder to pop than brown eyes, or hazel for that matter. I'd say green or blue eyes have very limited color choices. In that regard, something like a deep purple would be indispensable to me. I could not live without it.

In my eyepencil drawer, I brown matte, opalescent silver (MAC Heirloom, it's silver on me), MAC Bordeauxline, which is deep neutral purple (a tad red at most), deep matte neutral grey with an odd blue tone (Grey Utility), and Permaplum.

By far, it is Permaplum that I reach for. Only when I bother wearing eyeshadow, and the shadows don't match purple at all, do I wear a different pencil color.

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My Holy Grails volume 2: Eyeshadow
Posted by Raphaelle, Sunday, October 02, 2005 7:26 PM (Eastern)

I can't say there's a brand or even specific colours that have the perfect eyeshadow formula for me. I really only notice what doesn't work. Further, in my experience, no company has consistently excellent shadows. There's always at least one colour that goes on choppy, too sheer, too intense... Because of this, I'll focus on my 10 (in no particular order) favourite shadows.

1. Benefit Me, Myself & I: This colour is what the child of MAC Shroom and Brule would look like. It has shimmer but it's not obvious. It's a light beige that completely evens out my skintone. The colour is actually a lot like Bare Canvas but less peach. This colour would be a perfect base if it wasn't for its horrible staying power. In fact, the staying power is so horrible I should probably remove this from the list but I can't. The colour is too perfect.

2. Nars Himalayas: This one would probably deserve the number one spot if this list were ordered. White with cool pink opalescence, it's sheer enough to not be glaring (I had a Dior duo with an absolutely unwearable white: matte and so pigmented it looked off). It's a great highlight with almost any eye look and makes for a subtle wash. This one also holds the honour of being my most used shadow.

3. MAC Melton Mauve: I wasn't going to include this one at first. It has that lovely velvet texture that all the Veluxe shadows have but it can go on a little choppy. It's a bright matte mauve-pink, almost fuchsia, almost unwearable. If not used carefully, it could give me that "cried all night" look. Then how come I use it so much? It's because it's such a great accent colour for so many other shadows. It gives a kick to almost any neutral to cool eye look. Just a touch is enough to liven the face up.

4/5. MAC Juxt/MAC Bitter: I have to pair these two even though they're very different. Juxt is like a cool shimmery green apple. Bitter is like a bright yellow lime. The first is soft, the other glaring. They're really not alike other than I turn to these two more than any other green I've had and they both bring out hazel eyes wonderfully.

6. MAC Sable: This one isn't exactly unique. Mine broke and I've been using UD Roach instead and I suspect many other brands have this colour. A shimmery reddened medium brown, it just works. It has a richness that cooler, mauvier and greyer browns don't have. Still, it's not too warm. A perfect brown.

7. MAC Pink Papillon: Sadly a limited edition shade. This cool light shimmery pink is like candy and looks surprisingly natural and flattering on. It blends with other colours like a dream and, in the short time I've had it, has become one of my most used shadows.

8. MAC Aquadisiac: Aqua with tiny silver sparkles, it doesn't sound wearable but it is. The sparkles show up more in the pan than on the lid. The colour can be a very soft shimmery light aqua or it can be worn more with more intensity. It's one of the only Lustres that are easy to apply, not too sheer, and not too glittery. The water hue makes it good for Summer while the coolness of the colour makes it work in Winter.

9. MAC Parfait Amour: Of all my shadows, this is my favourite one to look at. It's purple with blue and indigo undertones and pink overtones. Pretty, pretty, pretty. And purple is great for hazel eyes, especially this one. It brings out the golden tones of hazel more than other colours.

10. Nars Notorious : The perfect grey. Nice medium shade, satin texture, violet undertones, it reminds me of a pigeon. It looks soft and sophisticated and just plain works.

Hey, these make a surprisingly good ensemble : a neutral base shade, versatile highlighter, two more than just basic neutrals, a kicky accent colour, and five glorious colours that mix and match with each other to perfection. I actually think I could survive with just these colours with minimal pain (I'd end up missing yellow, dark purple, blues, and medium green).
Next up: Eyeliners

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October 2, 2005 11:22 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Ooo... brilliant choices. I've decided I've too much of the magpie in me to ever have a "grails" list of eyeshadows, so I commend you.

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