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· Eye makeup for green eyes: then and now
· And so, goodbye.
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· MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
· Ever bought a beauty product purely for its shade name?
· MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
· Search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick continues...
· Latest look-alike for MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
· The search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick look-alikes continues...
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Dr. Hauschka lipstick #09, Dolce (pics)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, September 02, 2007 10:53 PM (Eastern)
indoors + gratuitous earring shot :)
This is more muted and natural than Dr. Hauschka #01 Amoroso:
Where Amoroso is a coral red without shimmer, Dolce is a warm, somewhat shimmery, muted (yet not overly brown) rose color. In the outdoors shot, I applied a bit more than I'd normally wear. The indoors shot depicts it more accurately imo.
This is good for an all-around work color, like a warmer version of the berry-toned rosiness of MAC Sophisto:
Dr. Hauschka Dolce
The sort of lighter quality, slight shimmer, all-around rosiness...good for situations where you don't want people mentally saying, "LIPSTICK!" when they look at you. (Such as working in male-dominated fields, where you don't want to look too "fluffy.")
Plus it's nice and moisturizing.
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup: The Early Years
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:16 PM (Eastern)
Hm. Last night, after I published Mom Makeup, I realized that was "old Mom Makeup," and that the average new Mom would probably burst out laughing at the idea of having time to wear eyeshadow, so...
The top row is what I considered necessary (actually minus the blush, since I didn't own it back then): sunscreen (here it is tinted) and powder (because I have oily skin).
Eyepencil is the quickest way to look as if you bothered, so you will need at least one good eyepencil.
Lipstick is something you can put on in the car (not while driving obviously, I never really got that). In fact to this day, I keep the lipstick I'm using in my purse, in a mirrored case like these:
There are some years when you will need to get by on the items you consider bare necessities. These items have to work, since you won't have time to fuss with them. I never bought into the notion that a woman suddenly becomes a different creature when she gives birth. Don't give up your makeup, or the concept that you're still entitled to looking good, but do hone your routine to fit into the time you have.
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:08 AM (Eastern)
Along with Mom Clothes, there should be Mom Makeup.
I already had one of my kids, and was pregnant with the second, back when I discovered beauty messageboards. Part of my makeup quest has always involved time. Quick application, minimal touch-ups or fuss...minimal shopping. Something affordable, both in terms of money and of time.
Here is a quick collage of the makeup I wore today. Top row, left to right:
Bottom row, left to right:
Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:19 PM (Eastern)
I feel this picture captures the shade a bit more accurately than the official swatch:
In the swatch, Amoroso appears a sort of pinky peach. But it's actually a lovely, slightly bright coral red. On me it appears coral red, so it's definitely warm (I tend to pink-up, rather than orange-up, lipsticks).
As far as the formula, it's next to edible. Which makes sense, considering you end up eating some of it. From the Dr. Hauschka site:
Full Ingredient List for Lipstick
Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Wax, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Lecithin, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
This has already become my substitute for the defunct MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick. Not that it's the same shade; it isn't. For that you would check out Nars Niagara, Julie Hewett Gem Noir, etc.
Rather, Amoroso is the red version of Strawberry Blonde. Which suits me fine.
Dr Hauschka's formula...hmmm, it's not as solidly non-migrating as Chanel Hydrabase (another lipstick I was pondering), but it is decent. Not too much transfer (this was bugging me about Clinique Butter Shine, as pretty as their colors are). It doesn't wear as long as Hydrabase--conversely, it wears longer than Butter Shine.
The color is comparable to any high end lipstick. That surprised me some, since Dr. Hauschka is famous for skincare, not color cosmetics.
Packaging: nice solid tube, brushed gold-colored metal. It looks nice, with the brushed metal creating a warm golden glow.
I would say it's a bit of a trade-off, given the Hydrabase formula wears better, but the Dr. Hauschka formula may well be the wave of the future. After all, I switched to more natural, more basic products for most other applications.
I wear a mineral-based foundation (Zia) mixed with a sunscreen that's more mineral than chemical (TerraSport, although I will be trying out the Dr. Hauschka ones). I'm considering switching MAC Blot pressed powder with a non-talc powder (Physicians Formula Mineral Wear). Long ago I switched to health-food-store-style soaps, shower gels and shampoos, then conditioners, and I've never looked back. Once you try them, you're hooked.
Color cosmetics have always been trickier, since imo, the health food store style products were not as good as the higher end mainstream ones. Much less shade selection, typically more simplistic colors, et cetera.
This lipstick is rather encouraging.
It's moisturizing too. It feels an eensy bit slick on at first. When I swatched it before, I was concerned it would feel dry, but it isn't. Again it's a tad behind Hydrabase (to me that's the benchmark) in terms of leaving your lips incredibly soft. But it does soften.
It has a sort of health-food-store scent...sort of...edible smelling.
Lipstick swatches image courtesy www.drhauschka.com
The perfect blush: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 13, 2007 1:41 PM (Eastern)
Then: The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: The perfect blush
Now: Hm. I agree with Dain, that blush should be regarded as a foundation product, rather than as a color cosmetic. It's true you can create entirely different looks using different blushes, and if you employ a wide variety of lip colors, you might want a few blushes to coordinate with these (warm blush with warm lip, cool blush with cool lip, delicate blush with red lip), but the word is "might." You might not want to, or need to, if you have already found the perfect blush.
I love this blush! It's Nars The Multiple in Malibu. Note how it works with the different lipsticks (left to right): Chanel Moiré, MAC Strawberry Blonde, and MAC Sophisto. I could have gone through the bother of coordinating blush with lipstick, but there's really no need to.
I have never found a drugstore blush that could do what a spendier one does, although there are good drugstore blushes. L'Oreal tends to make good ones...they're not as complex as their Lancôme counterparts, with less, but still respectable, staying power. Jane used to make good blushes too but I haven't tried the "new new" Jane...the original brand produced some excellent blushes, then blushes with utter mediocrity, like half an hour's worth of lasting power; now I have no idea.
Milani was another shooting star of the drugstore blush world, with their beauty-board "lemmings" of Luminous and Mango Tango blushes. Now I understand they've tanked their blushes in favor of a bronzer-blush duo (with the bronzer outranking the blush). Luminous lives on--I believe it was the only one Milani kept, albeit in bronzer-blush form--as the famous look-alike to Nars Orgasm blush.
Imo there is no easy way to choose a blush. I went through a lot of beauty advice rigamarole, such as going for a peach blush (my coloring is on the warm side), or rose, or mauve, or...? You really have to try some on. Ultimately what worked for me was a complex blend of rose, the slight warmth of peach (the defunct Lancôme Rose Charmant) or bronze (the Malibu), slightly muted but not too brown. A definite base of rose, not red, peach, pink or brown.
How to choose a lipstick shade: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 06, 2007 8:26 PM (Eastern)
How to choose a lipstick shade
Since writing the original post, I used up MAC Sophisto and Strawberry Blonde, all the way down to their inner metal tubes. They're sitting in my Back to MAC empties bag. Even though I have six MAC empties, sufficient to qualify for a free lipstick, I want to try something different.
Spice It Up...really didn't get worn that much. It's not quite "it" for me, a tad too dark, too cool and too dry (it's the one MAC Lustre formula lipstick I've tried that struck me as being at all dry).
Clinique Apple Brandy is what I'm wearing now, until I can find a replacement for Strawberry Blonde. Said replacement doesn't have to be a similar shade, just one I find versatile. As it is, Apple Brandy is going fast, probably due to the softness of the Butter Shine formula, so I anticipate using it up as well. But I won't buy any more Butter Shines...I find the formula too soft.
So where does that leave me? When I started seeking look-alikes for Strawberry Blonde, before I decided to not go with the same shade...I suppose you could say it was eye-opening. For one thing, most of the look-alikes were in the $22 to $24 price range. It's more than I've paid for a lipstick, but then this is the first time in a long time (coughsince discovering beauty boardscough) I've used up lipsticks. I don't buy them that often anymore; what I do buy has to work.
* Dr. Hauschka lipsticks in Amoroso and Adagio. I've swatched these; the colors are actually quite good. It's the formula I can't be sure about, since I haven't worn them properly all day, but they don't seem prone to fading quickly.
* Chanel Hydrabase lipstick in Moiré. This is surprisingly wearable, a blend of brick red, plum, twist o' fuchsia shimmer. I'll have to get hold of my sample of this and try it again. But even if I vote against Moiré, I'm already sold on the Hydrabase formula. It doesn't feel moist on, but it's way moisturizing, more so than lipsticks that feel moister on. Plus I like the medium coverage, it's hard to find...more color than a sheer, yet not as high maintenance as full coverage.
It's also quite scented (candied rose)--if you're looking for unscented, keep looking, or else try the faint vanilla of MAC.
* Something entirely different. Julie Hewett? Kevyn Aucoin? Sue Devitt? Ramy? YSL? Haven't decided yet.
And now, the incredible Patsy Cline; I included this so you would have something to listen to while reading this post! (The original video I had here, "Leavin' on Your Mind" by Patsy Cline, 1963, is no longer available.)
Patsy Cline - A Tribute
Eye makeup for green eyes: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 03, 2007 1:48 PM (Eastern)
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #1
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #2
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #3
I was going back on some older posts to index them (you can now pull up posts by clicking the Features, Categories and Tags labels to the right ->), and came across this series of posts I made two years ago.
Some of the images are missing--likely linked to images in the reviews section, which we've also recently overhauled--is it worth restoring the images, or even indexing the posts?
The short answer is no. I no longer have even the same philosophy regarding eye makeup as I had back then. Things have changed...I'm no longer willing to buy products I know will last less than a year, either quality- or interest-wise. To me it's not worth it; my time is worth something, and has to be figured into the cost of the item.
There is also the classical Cost Per Wear factor, which I first encountered in Caterine Milinaire's Cheap Chic (1975). I don't remember how that book got into my hands...it was a library book...but I found it fascinating. Ms. Milinaire went through an exercise calculating the cost per wear of a dress...I want to say it was an $80 dress, extravagant back then...and how, if the dress were of good quality, in a style that lasted some years, its cost per wear was less than that of a $20 dress that didn't wear as well.
I've come to have a similar philosophy regarding makeup, although I do believe it's important to draw a line. Higher cost in cosmetics does not necessarily translate to higher quality. Sometimes it does; sometimes it simply means you pay more. It's been well pointed out that women are new to the concept of having their own money, and like any other nouveau riche, we are surrounded by an infinite number of people with their hands out, trying to grab a chunk.
So! what has ended up in my green eyed makeup stash these days?
Nars Jezebel duo eyeshadow:
This is to die for. Although, to my eye, it is a teeny bit warm, and may not suit you if your overall coloring is cool. The darker shade is purple-tinged, coppery brown; the lighter shade is matte lilac with a hint of pink.
When I put this on, I don't get anything screaming "brown eyeshadow!", I think largely because of the shot of purple in the coppery shade. (I have not seen this exact color anywhere else, in nine years of avid makeup junkie-dom.) The lilac shade is the perfect foil for it.
Prior Nars duos, left to right: Babylon, Ireland and Island Fever:
These are still going strong. They haven't turned hard, the way most of my other shadows have (knock wood). Nars duos currently retail for $31, meaning I buy them very slowly; however it's well to mention the cost is comparable to that of two single shadows from any number of "less expensive" brands.
Eyepencils: Nars Mambo; MAC Bordeauxline and Grey Utility:
The Mambo is new to me. It's described on the Nars site as "chocolate brown," but when I swatched it, I detected a definite hint of red (perhaps plum as well) that I knew would look good with green eyes.
The MAC's I've had for two and a half, and two years, respectively. Quality is still good.
Um...that's it. I've tossed my cheaper shadows in the main, and put aside some others. I'm seldom in a hurry to throw out expensive shadows, but I do see the solution as simply buying less to begin with, or buying more slowly.
Cheap Chic image courtesy www.enokiworld.com
And so, goodbye.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:02 PM (Eastern)
My MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick has finally bitten the dust. I'm using Clinique Apple Brandy now:
It's a nice lipstick, but it's not the same. The MAC Lustre formula is superior, most of the time anyway (the texture varies some for the different shades), to that of Clinique Butter Shine. With Apple Brandy, the color is enchanting...soft, somewhat muted, sheer pinkish red. It's flattering, easy to wear, goes with everything...
But the formula doesn't last nearly as long on, as Lustre. You need to touch up more. There's transfer, where there isn't much with Lustre. And so forth. A lipstick's formula is key, actually, easily as important as its color.
Apple Brandy will tide me over, but I'm now in the market for a new lipstick, as Strawberry Blonde was a limited edition shade. Here's what I have my eye on:
image courtesy www.drhauschka.com
Dr. Hauschka lipstick! I've actually swatched some of these (Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley carries them). #01 and #07, Amoroso and Adagio, respectively, looked fabulous on me. #09, Dolce, was kinda blah...not bad, but not enough color. #03, Giocoso, was too brown on me. It's quite brown.
Amoroso is a lovely reddish shade, I'd say it's a bit warm. Adagio is definitely pink, again a bit on the warm side (I can't wear cool lipstick shades, they look harsh on me).
But I haven't really tried them out, as in wearing them day by day, so I don't know how good the formula is. I didn't detect any perfume or flavor in them...I prefer the faint vanilla of MAC or the candied rose of Chanel, but hey, no scent/taste is better than scent/taste you don't like.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 02, 2007 1:23 PM (Eastern)
As my cosmetics stash gently ages (see previous Rambles...), I feel I should rethink what it means to have a stash to begin with.
I've never been much of a "collector" in the sense that owning a lot of makeup, for the sake of owning it, has never appealed to me. By this I do not mean that owning a lot of makeup is bad. It can be very good, as long as you find a purpose for it. If I had use for two hundred lipsticks, I would own two hundred lipsticks. And I would love each one.
But two hundred lipsticks is not "me." One or two lipsticks is becoming, more and more so, "me." That could be seen as next to insane in this era of thousands upon thousands of lipsticks, but, again, a stash is personal, and must be customized to the customer.
So far a close candidate for the One or Two Lippy Policy is Chanel Moiré.
It looks nothing like that little swatch btw. Moiré is a luscious blend of many colors, starting with a warm, brick red base, laced with plum, rose, a bit o' brown, a twist of fuchsia shimmer, altogether Your Lips But Better, but not as bland as some YLBB shades tend to be.
Why Moiré, well it's the only Hydrabase I've tried. I would probably investigate the other Hydrabases before plunking down anything.
Nars. Which Nars? I have no clue. Unlike MAC, Nars is a brand not incessantly photographed. The price of Nars is comparable to Chanel's, so again I would investigate before buying.
Those are my two candidates, when my MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick gets used up. I'm leaning more toward Nars than Chanel, if only because Nars lipstick is the "evil I never tried before."
Now, eyepencils...what I have: MAC Powerpoints in Permaplum, Grey Utility, Bordeauxline. MAC Eye Kohl in Heirloom. Prestige waterproof automatic pencil in Expresso.
Expresso is genuinely getting old, I've tried wiping a few layers off with a tissue; it's still difficult to get a good thin line out of it, or blend the line I do get. It's a good brand...easily the best drugstore eyepencil. But I'd like something more special in terms of color.
Enter Urban Decay 24/7 eyepencil in Bourbon.
Bourbon would appear to be a brown pencil swirled with gold, perhaps a bit of red; all that good stuff. I'd have to swatch it, but basically I'm looking for a brown eyepencil that would go with all the eyeshadows that brown eyepencils go with, but be special enough to be worn on its own.
I'm not in a hurry to replace my MAC eyepencils as the quality seems to be holding out, but if Bourbon works out, I might look at the purple 24/7's.
Blush...more than happy with Nars the Multiple in Malibu.
"Pinkish brown"...eh...does not do it justice. Malibu is a bit warm, a bit bronzy, essentially a deep rose color. It functions as part blush, with an element of a bronzer. You can use it as eyeshadow or lipstick...I don't, since I have better eyeshadows, and as a lipstick, it's too dry. As a blush, it transforms. Can't ask for more, there.
Eyeshadow. Now here I must echo Dain. You've got to replenish your Nars duo eyeshadows periodically. They do pay for themselves; the duos I acquired three years ago are still going strong, still look perfect, still...inspire.
Habanera is the "obvious" choice, if only because it's different. Not "different unwearable," from what I can glean (never seen it in person), but "I can create something amazing" different, "how did she do it?" different. But I'll probably end up getting something else. Forget it, Jake. It's Nars.
Okay so that's it for color cosmetics for me. I don't wear mascara, don't wear eyebrow products, don't do gloss or lipliner (shhhhh...). For that matter I don't do concealer, have no interest in full coverage foundation, have never actually worn liquid eyeliner. I need a few color cosmetics to keep me entertained/make me look good when I need to look good...the products have to perform, have to elevate, otherwise why bother?
MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, May 08, 2007 8:17 PM (Eastern)
Thanks Arabella :) for the heads-up on MAC Flowerplay lipstick. This is from the Strange Hybrid collection...
image courtesy www.maccosmetics.com
It's purported to be quite similar to Strawberry Blonde, perhaps a tad pinker and less coral, but quite similar.
Still, it's limited edition, same as Strawberry Blonde itself. Why rush out to buy, then be stuck in the same predicament next year? How many "back-ups" would I want to buy?
My top candidate for a replacement remains Julie Hewett Gem Noir lipstick:
image courtesy www.juliehewett.net
Nars Niagara has been named favorably also:
image courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
But I'm leaning toward the JH one largely because it's sheer. Part of the charm of Strawberry Blonde is its sheerness paired with the slight brightness and the ever so slight orange tone. Bleh. Imagine waxing lyrical over a lipstick. Still it is all that and a bag of chips.
Here it is when I was photographing some earrings I made (pretty pleased with them, they're triple nested hoops, hammered goldfilled wire). It hasn't even been touched up for the pic! Still it is that cheery pinky coral color, no shimmer, a bit sheer, moisturizing...again with the lyricism...
Ever bought a beauty product purely for its shade name?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, April 13, 2007 12:28 AM (Eastern)
This isn't even out yet; not even on the Sephora site. The name is just so eye-catching, otherwise...it would appear to be a frosted pink lipstick (even though the Nars site images seldom match the actual products). Not a shade I'd gravitate toward.
Still...who's to say? The MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick I've deemed a Grail was not a shade I'd be drawn toward, either, when I bought it. The Catherine Deneuve name was what caught my eye, made me try it out. For about a year I didn't wear it much at all, then I fell in love with it.
I almost bought Sexual Healing sight unseen then realized that would be ridiculous, given I can just drive less than half an hour, when it does hit the stores, and see it for myself.
I've already decided Nars is my next lipstick purchase, one way or another.
MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:26 AM (Eastern)
Actually I'm trying out our new "get email notification whenever this blog is updated" feature. So far I haven't gotten an update (just put it up a few hours ago though).
This pic doesn't quite do the lipstick justice...it's a bit warmer than it is in the pic, which is its charm: the coral tone. My skin certainly isn't as cool-toned as it looks in the pic. So imagine everything one notch warmer.
Search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 04, 2007 2:38 PM (Eastern)
Hm. Check it out: New from MAC: Slimshine
I know, I know...the Estee Lauder family of brands is doing something very similar to what L'Oreal has been doing for years. They're making almost duplicate products across their brands. The twist here is that these would appear to be identical to the Clinique Butter Shine lipsticks--and at the same price point. Where L'Oreal has a Maybelline, a L'Oreal, and a Lancome one--all at different price points.
But who needs the soliloquy? Is one of these lipsticks a look-alike to MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick?
Latest look-alike for MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, March 02, 2007 12:05 AM (Eastern)
Thank you nocturnalgoddess of makeupalley.com.
Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Perfect Lipstick in "Love Bite"
This is second-hand info, the same as Julie Hewett "Gem Noir" and Nars "Niagara."
The search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick look-alikes continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 18, 2007 12:02 AM (Eastern)
Glossy Lipstick ~ Bougainvillea Alchemy of Colour Nouriche Lipstick
Described on the site as "sheer coral pink." If it looks anything like the online swatch, it's close...and only a buck more than the original.
Favorite "high end" beauty products
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 16, 2007 8:28 PM (Eastern)
Conversely, some products are worth their higher price tag. The colors, staying power, texture, versatility, sometimes even the shelf life--I've had cheaper lipsticks and eyeshadows turn on me relatively quickly--all of these factors can make a more expensive item into a cheaper item in the long run.
image courtesy sephora.com
So...are you gonna get something from the MAC Barbie collection?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, February 13, 2007 9:40 PM (Eastern)
There's been an enormous amount of hype over this one; in fact I can't think of any other recent MAC collection (or any other line's, for that matter) that has been so abundantly promoted as of late.
One of the lipsticks looks interesting: Modern Ms. Why Modern Ms.? It's a frost, which normally would not catch my eye (MAC "frost" formula lipsticks tend to be very frosty). What does stand out, in some preliminary pics, is that it looks similar to MAC "O" lipstick--without the plum. In short, it appears to be a sort of muted, frosty, dare I say warmish, red--rather than the muted red, plum and bronze of "O," if that makes any sense. Modern Ms. is probably a more wearable version of "O."
Modern Ms. is described on the MAC site as "mid-tone brick red with silver pearl (Frost)." Swatch is below:
image courtesy www.maccosmetics.com
Still, there is that annoying limited edition status of this lipstick. Any real point rushing out to buy it? What if it is that great? Why fall in love with the temporarily attainable?
I think my Strawberry Blonde lipstick is the last of my limited edition expenditures. It's already bugging me that it can't be replaced.
Labels: mac cosmetics
MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:26 PM (Eastern)
Reviewed here: MAC Lipstick (Lustre) Strawberry Blonde
Blogged here: Catherine Deneuve thoughts... Why I passed on the rest of the Deneuve collection
I got this from the Catherine Deneuve collection, a year ago. Up until now it hasn't been my "go to lipstick," since I was using up MAC Sophisto. Sophisto is used up now though, so Strawberry Blonde has assumed its place.
And, the thing is, I'm starting to really like it. And it is, or was, limited edition, so once I've used this one up, I can't replace it.
On a philosophical note, I've never been one to stock up on limited edition items. In some cases, it does make sense to do so...I just find it...annoying. If it's that good, why is it limited edition? I usually look around for a look-alike instead.
So far, from tooling around on makeupalley.com, I've gleaned two candidates:
Julie Hewett "Gem Noir" (this appears to be the discovery of cordysmum)
Nars "Niagara" (Satin formula)
Gem Noir looks more promising than Niagara; the latter seems pinker, a pretty shade in its own right rather than a true copycat.
There was a rumor that MAC Legendary Femme lipstick would prove to be a "re-promote" of Strawberry Blonde, but the pics and reviews I've seen indicate that it isn't. Even if it were though, Legendary Femme itself is limited edition.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 04, 2007 12:35 AM (Eastern)
About The MAC Cosmetics and Estee Lauder Co. Boycott
(link removed because the above page was hacked)
I'm a consumer, not a makeup artist...still I found it interesting and read it through.
As anyone who has been exposed to my complaints about MAC over the past two years would know...while going back on our "year in beauty" threads, I realized it has been two years...I've bought very little MAC lately. Not specifically because of the boycott, but for two reasons:
1.) MAC cheesed me off by cranking out so many "collections" of limited edition shades and products. It felt as if there were a new "collection" every two weeks, rather than creating a few, well-thought-out, mostly permanent collections every year.
The fact that the majority of the products were limited edition...what do you do with it? Buy a backup? How about three? What if the shade doesn't work out for you after you've used it more than two weeks? How much money and time do you want tied up in this?
2.) More subtly...I have to think there's something to what this guy is saying. I did notice that the original staff of my local MAC counter disappeared at one point. They were good; friendly, knowledgeable. The people that took over running the counter were not nearly as good, nor as friendly or knowledgeable. At one point, they were also out of basic products (I remember waiting weeks for a single item).
I felt at first it was just that counter, but have since read complaints about MAC counters across several other beauty boards.
I'm not sure about declining quality, because as I say, I haven't been buying much MAC. I'd hate to think if that were so.
MAC, by the way, was my personal introduction to department store makeup. I always bought drugstore makeup before. When I discovered beauty boards back in 1998, I read so much about MAC, how great it was, how it cost only a little bit more than drugstore (and in fact could be cheaper, ounce for ounce)...how they had Back to MAC, how they raised money for AIDS, how they had shades for virtually every skintone, how they had miracle products. MAC was so loved. The brilliant range of colors, the lipsticks (mind you, this was back when most lipsticks were still heavily perfumed--MAC's tasted wonderfully of vanilla), the sheer staying power of the eyeshadows, oh, the whole MAC-ness of it all.
In a way, it's hard for me to admit that things have changed. There are MAC products (Blot pressed powder, Powerpoint eyepencils, Lustre lipsticks) that are still good. But I'll have to concur that MAC is not the same company...literally...that it was before. Whether it will ever return to its former incandescence is not for me to say, but it doesn't feel likely at this point.
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Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 17, 2006 1:08 AM (Eastern)
Once in a while, there comes along a beauty product that actually does change your life. Most of them don't, of course, but some of them do.
This has been on my mind for a while...because once such a product becomes part of your life, you tend to forget what your life was like before.
Here is my personal list of breakthrough products, starting with:
Oh I'm sure I'll think of something else right after I publish this.
Back to MAC expanded for MAC freestanding stores
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, November 02, 2006 3:29 PM (Eastern)
Transcript of your chat
MAC Cosmetics Online <MACartist@maccosmetics.com> to me
12:20 pm (2 minutes ago)
From: MAC Cosmetics Online <MACartist@maccosmetics.com>
To: Josephine <>
Date: Nov 2, 2006 12:20 PM
Subject: Transcript of your chat
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info: Hello. Thank you for your interest in MAC Cosmetics. My name is Jen. How may I assist you?
Jen: Hello Josephine!
Josephine: Hi there...I asked this question several days ago and couldn't get an answer here. Instead I got an email address and I wrote an email but still haven't gotten any answer. My question is, are there products other than lipstick that MAC offers for Back to MAC? The current rumor is that you can get other products at freestanding MAC stores, but not at MAC counters.
Jen: The expanded Back to MAC program is available at MAC free-standing retail store locations. When you provide your information to be entered into the CRM database, you will now have the option of choosing from 3 product categories (Lipsticks, Clear or Tinted Lipglass or a Small Eye Shadow, excluding all Viva Glam products). The standard Back to MAC program still applies to MAC counter locations, customers who do not provide their complete information or who send their empties to MAC Cosmetics Online.
Josephine: Thanks so much! That's exactly what I was wondering about.
Jen: You're welcome! Thank you for visiting MAC Live Chat!
Josephine: Thanks again...bye!
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Bored with MAC
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:15 AM (Eastern)
There, I said it.
I've been thinking that way for quite some time actually...to pinpoint it, this feeling of disinterest began when MAC started cranking out a new collection every--what feels like--two weeks. These "collections" consist largely of limited edition shades, mixed with a few old shades, oh I suppose there are a few new permanent shades now and again but nothing outstanding.
For a beauty junkie, this practice is anathema. Why so many limited edition shades? To this veteran of beauty on the Net, it appears to be nothing better than a device to generate endless buzz about MAC--not to develop brand loyalty by creating extraordinary products.
It wasn't always like that of course. MAC used to be a superlative brand. And still some of their older shades are good. It's just that the juice is gone, the notion of finding that perfect color...the Sophisto, the Permaplum, the Angel, the Tarnish, the Teddy...or formula...Blot pressed powder, Powerpoint eyepencils, Fluidline gel liners, Paints, Veluxe Pearls.
Another gripe is the price. MAC "made their bones" by making department store makeup affordable (or as close to affordable as makeup gets). Now I see MAC has matched prices with Clinique.
In short, whatever MAC used to be...a company that responded to consumer demand (I kid you not, whatever people were complaining about on the beauty boards used to be remedied by MAC within months), with reasonably-priced, long-wearing products in a wide range of colors (most notably, for women with warmer coloring coughs), this company that produced bona fide board lemmings for years, has become...boring. Meaningless. I have no interest in the "next" MAC collection; I cannot even tell you what the "current" collection really is.
I can tell you I've bought two MAC items this year. Correction: I've bought one MAC item this year. It was Strawberry Blonde lipstick from the Catherine Deneuve collection. It's limited edition, so, no matter how much I like it, I can't replace it.
The other item was a Back to MAC (again a remnant from MAC's days of gentility, the idea of exchanging six empty plastic MAC containers for a free lipstick): Spice It Up lipstick.
There are a few things left on my MAC wish list but they're older items I never got around to buying, like Teddy Eye Kohl, Prunella, Powersurge or Buried Treasure, et cetera.
MAC...please, stop with the limited edition collections every two weeks. Go back to doing what you used to do so well: making our every little dream come true.
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Why I passed on the rest of the Deneuve collection
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:29 PM (Eastern)
It's nothing personal, whatever. I adore Deneuve. The Bourbon lipstick would have been good on me...and the two shadow quads. I still jump for joy when it's "Strawberry Blonde" time.
I'm a makeup junkie, but I find this rather new MAC phenomenon, of cranking out a new, limited-edition, color collection seemingly every two weeks, to be profoundly annoying. It's worse than drugstore makeup (not the makeup one way or the other; the idea of cranking out/discontinuing makeup in one fell swoop). What's up with that?
The split second I bought my treasured Stawberry Blonde, took her home and wore her a few times...I revisited the MAC site and discovered already a brand new collection there, instead of that cool Deneuve visage. Crap! Good thing I saved out a couple pics.
I hope the other manufacturers do not follow suit on this. Nars, for example...I look forward to the new collection, whatever it turns out to be. Always a few, distinct, well-thought-out items. Not bang, bang, bang.
Catherine Deneuve thoughts...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:17 PM (Eastern)
I should preface this by saying that, in the main, my "lemming" days are past.
What is a lemming? It's a sort of small rat-like creature that, at least according to myth, follows all the other lemmings, even unto jumping off a cliff.
A beauty board lemming is something a bit similar. It's a beauty product that somehow, some way, suddenly everyone on the beauty board has to own.
It's not that simple to create a board lemming these days. Or, it shouldn't be. Internet beauty boards have been in existence circa 1995 - 1996 (when the original Lipstick Page beauty website was created). I started posting on The Lipstick Page in 1998, September or October. At the time it was a revelation. Prior to the non-commercial beauty forum, all information regarding beauty products originated from...the beauty product manufacturers themselves.
In short, before then, every product was a lemming. Everything was great. Everything was to die for. Everything you had to have. Everything would make you look like [fill in your favorite model/actress here]. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
The beauty board revelation period lasted until circa 2002 - 2003 and that is when the newness of Internet forums wore off. That is when, to the best of my observation, many of the beauty mavens left. I still see some of them around on various boards. A fairly recent trend has been for them to set up their own Blogger or LiveJournal communities. (The blog you're reading falls somewhat into such; we have kept up the forums though.)
Oh, where was I. Oh yeah, the lemmings...the lemmings are, or should be, pretty gone. As much as we on The Lipstick Page Forums keep the spam off, so should the buyer beware as to where the information she got from a "beauty forum" came from.
Catherine Deneuve, though.
Is it possible to resist this collection? I have a "dupe" (duplicate or copy) of Deneuve's perfume, titled aptly "Deneuve." The replica is by Ava Luxe. It is...a fantastic perfume. I'm fuddled as to why Deneuve does not re-release it.
So check out that picture. No doubt, it's the "Thunder Eyes" quad...or "Laze Eyes"...whatever...
Is she gorgeous? Yes, she is gorgeous. She is toe-curlingly, girl-crushingly gorgeous. sigh It gives one the feeling of something unique. Something that shall never exist again, something so stunning it can appear only once (oh yeah, and there's the makeup too).
Here is my current lemming. It's not that I need it. G*d knows I have enough eyeshadows. I could pass on the shadows, but then there are lipsticks. Four LE (limited edition) lipsticks, two of which are my favorite MAC formula, the Lustre lipstick. grumbles
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