MAC, holiday 2011, Glitter and Ice, Johnny Weir, swatches, Fabulously Festive Face Kit, Wintercool, Phloof!, Brun, Quarry, Dance in the Dark, Mocha, Hot Gossip, Emancipation, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Not to be outdone by Nordstrom, MAC freestanding stores have TWO exclusive Face Kits. These are also $59.50    >>

MAC, Glitter and Ice, holiday 2011, Johnny Weir, swatches, Festive Frost face kit, Nordstrom, Once Upon a Time, Below Zero, Expensive Pink, Embark, Buff, Imagine This, Tra-La-La, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Of all the MAC holiday giftsets, I thought I'd better swatch the face kits first. They're such a    >>

Illamasqua, Theatre of the Nameless, swatches, Resist, Kontrol, Facade, Belladonna, Havoc, Abyss, Beguile, Zeitgeist, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Illamasqua's autumn/winter 2011 collection is Theatre of the Nameless, and most of it is available stateside in Sephora    >>

MAC, Art of Powder, swatches, In the Abstract, highlighter, Optical Bronzer, Street Art Eyeshadow, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Congratulations, MAC, you've made a product so beautiful I don't want to use it — I just want    >>

Guerlain, holiday 2011, Belle de Nuit, Vol de Nuit, swatches, Les Ombres de Nuit, Gardner, Bianca, Flirt d'Un Jour, Nuit d'Amour, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Guerlain's holiday collection is here, and it is glorious — what a beautiful and romantic way to imagine    >>

Armani, fall, 2011, jacquard, eye palettes, swatches, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Armani's fall collection has arrived at my counter (at last!). It's also online at, and they're offering    >>

MAC Me Over, MAC Basics, swatches, Creamy Bisque, Moleskin, Outre, Satin Taupe, Mythical, Carbonized, Teddy, Smolder, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Some months ago, MAC held a massive casting call, asking makeup lovers to complete the sentence "MAC Me    >>

Chantecaille, fall 2011, swatches, New Classic Palette, Valerian, Thistle, Lavender, Rose, Jet, Gel Liner Pencil, Lip Chic, Calla Lily, Violetta, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

I have a Pavlovian response to the release of a new Chantecaille palette. They've just trained me, with    >>

Dior, Blue Tie, fall 2011, swatches, Smoking Blue, 219 Safari Beige, 908 Tuxedo, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Dior's fall collection should be arriving on counters any day now (Nordstrom might have set it out a    >>

Laura Mercier, Nordstrom Anniversary, Classic Chic, swatches, Buff, Guava, Sable, Black Smoke, Plum Radiance, Raspberry, Lip Glace, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

From the moment I swatched Laura Mercier's set for Nordstrom Anniversary, I thought, "this is the sleeper hit    >>

Laura Mercier, fall 2011, Canyon, swatches, Chocolate, Stellar, Canyon Clay, Pine Bronze, Gold Dust, Cedar, Antique Jade, Brown Copper, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

I spotted Laura Mercier's fall collection on the counter this past weekend, and the first thing I noticed    >>

NARS, Multiples, swatches, Copacabana, Luxor, Maldives, South Beach, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Just in case anyone would like to see them all together, I thought I'd put the NARS Multiples    >>

Chanel, Le Blanc, Nordstrom anniversary, 2011, swatches, Rose Envolee, Desinvolte, Joyeuse, Liaison, Blossom, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Nordstrom Anniversary is right around the corner (July 15-31) — which means special items and sets at almost    >>

MAC, Semi Precious, Mineralize Skinfinish, MSF, swatches, Semi Precious Pearl, Semi Precious Crystal Pink, Karla Sugar, KarlaSugar

Welcome to part two of MAC's Semi Precious (mostly mineral) collection. Yesterday we looked at the eyeshadows, lips,    >>

Chanel, fall 2011, swatches, Prelude, Khaki Platine, Rose Ecrin, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

This has been an amazing year for Chanel cosmetics. Collection after collection, they've just taken my breath away...    >>