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Guest Swatcher: Deborah Lippmann Let’s Go Crazy

Tremendous thanks to the amazing AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for this jawdropping swatch. It's Deborah Lippmann's Nordstrom anniversary exclusive: Let's Go Crazy, a sheer grape jelly with Lippmann's signature glitter bonanza. I spy red, green, blue, silver, and gold hexagonal glitter in two sizes. I prefer glitter polishes with a sheer base. If the base color is opaque, it covers any glitter that's not right on the surface (making for a less blingy result). This polish is $18 (because it's ...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Trout Pout

Special thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for this terrific photo of Butter London's Trout Pout (a lovely, summery, coral creme). AlexandraRC says the peach-pink is intense, opaque in two coats, and super glossy (I love glossy). Definitely click over to AlexandraRC's post on this shade — she's paired it with a holographic topcoat, and daaaaaim. As you probably already know, Butter London recently released a handful of lipglosses in colors corresponding with their polishes. Trout Pout...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Knackered

Profound thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for sharing her gorgeous swatches of Butter London's Knackered (new for spring/summer 2012). This shade wasn't on my radar before I saw her photos, but it is now (especially for the layering possibilities). Knackered is a somewhat sheer dishwater blue-purple-grey shimmer with holographic sparkles (and a significant green flash at an angle). I don't know how this polish got a name that means "exhausted" — I feel like it could keep going all nigh...

Guest Swatcher: MAC Pro Eye and Lip Palettes

Tremendous thanks to blogger and makeup artist extraordinaire Lauren Clark for an advance look at MAC's new, limited edition, fall-focused, six-pan pro eye and lip palettes. Images from MACpro.com: Each palette is $38, available on the MACpro.com website (or, if you don't have a login, by calling 1-800-387-6707). The cream shadows can be worn alone, under powder eyeshadow, or as liner. I haven't played with them myself, but the consensus is that they're pigmented and blendable. A few ...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Lillibet’s Jubilee

Tremendous thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for her guest swatches of a very topical color: Lillibet's Jubilee from Butter London. "Lillibet" was Queen Elizabeth II's childhood nickname, and 2012 marks her sixtieth year on the throne. Who wouldn't want to celebrate the monarch's Diamond Jubilee?  (England's second such celebration! Elizabeth II's reign is exceeded only by Victoria's.) From the photos I've seen, I'd call Lillibet's Jubilee a metallic silver-lavender frost-foil (sligh...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Tart with a Heart

Tremendous thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for her latest Butter London swatches, Tart with a Heart. This shade launched for holiday 2011, a clear base packed with dense golden shimmer, super teeny black microshimmer, and silver-holographic glitter, making it an excellent topper — but dense enough to wear alone in ~3 coats, for more subtle pizzazz. Apparently it's pretty gritty, so don't forget your topcoat. Visit Sparkly Vernis for more photos of Tart with a Heart, including a sweet ...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London No More Waity Katie

If there are two things you can count on with Butter London, it’s pretty nail polish and a tip of the hat to British culture. No More Waity Katie (a nod to the newspaper/tabloid headline announcing Kate Middleton’s engagement to Prince William) accomplishes both in one fell swoop. A wisteria (dusty) purple crème base with a fair number of wisteria-colored sparkles, No More Waity Katie can be worn alone, or as a topcoat over something else (check out AlexandraRC’s spiffy combination with OPI M...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Henley Regatta

Tremendous thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for allowing me to share her amazing swatches. This is the rather sensational Henley Regatta by Butter London. (The polish is named for an annual rowing event on the river Thames.) The polish is a fine/small-grade turquoise-blue glitter (with a few green and gold sparkles) in a clear base. Click the photo for a better view of that sparkle. Alexandra painted four coats for maximum opacity. But wait! You want to see some real magic happen? T...

Guest Swatcher: Chanel Fire

Special thanks to Carine for her fabulous guest swatches of Chanel 159 Fire — it looks like the perfect, classic, cherry-red creme. I have to think that Fire was limited edition (or discontinued) in the U.S., since I can't find it for sale online anywhere. So is it warm or cool? Based on Carine's photos, I would have said cool — and I still think it is. But warmth or coolness is a spectrum, not an absolute. In certain light, under a flash, on certain skintones, and/or next to other, co...

Guest Contributor: Laura Mercier Spring Look

Lately I've been struck by one fantastic promo photo after another, and I've been asking you geniuses to recreate the looks. Your beauty skills never cease to amaze me. Today I'm very proud to present the lovely Xiao of Messy Wands, as she shows us her fantastic recreation of Laura Mercier's spring look. Earlier today this post was mislabeled. An email miscommunication led to my erroneous assumption that Xiao was creatively reinterpreting the Make Up For Ever winter look. Deepest apologies fo...

Guest Swatcher: Deborah Lippmann Edge of Glory

I have a VERY exciting guest swatch for you today: from Barney's exclusive collaboration with Lady Gaga (Gaga's Holiday Workshop), Deborah Lippmann's Edge of Glory set! AlexandraRC tipped me off to this snazzy duo. It contains two full-sized polishes: a black creme and a crazy-rainbow-flakie topcoat. The set originally retailed for $40, but is currently on sale for $29 (and shipping is freeeee). The only downside to the discounted price is that you've missed the window in which your purcha...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London HRH

Tremendous thanks (again) to AlexandraRC for today's guest swatches. Pretty soon she will have captured Butter London's entire catalog, and I so appreciate her perfect photos. This is Butter London's HRH (which stands for Her Royal Highness). Both Butter London and AlexandraRC refer to this shade as a "classic," and they're absolutely right. HRH is a shade you've probably seen before somewhere (a rich, royal, red-purple shimmer), but it's the kind of color that appeals to almost everyone. ...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Chimney Sweep

Tremendous thanks to AlexandraRC for today's beautiful guest swatch of Butter London Chimney Sweep. AlexandraRC says Chimney Sweep is "maybe her favorite charcoal foil, ever. Non-streaky and a perfect two-coater." She says it also makes a great base for layering. Check it out under pink-glitter-with-silver-stars pa A46 (plus a fab bonus photo of Chimney Sweep in indoor lighting). Butter London polishes are $14 each.

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Lady Muck

Tremendous thanks to AlexandraRC for allowing me to post her gorgeous guest swatches of Butter London's Lady Muck. Lady Muck is a soft, "dove" blued grey with a very subtle shimmer. The color is right on the line between periwinkle blue and wet-concrete grey, depending on the light and the angle. Lady Muck strikes me as an "edgy-conservative" shade that's unusual but still wedding-appropriate. Click here for even more of AlexandraRC's swatches, including a super-cute pairing with glitter poli...

Guest Swatcher: Color Club Hot Like Lava

Special thanks to Brittany of Brittany's Beauty Online for her guest swatches of Color Club Hot Like Lava. Hot Like Lava comes from the Foiled Collection, six fabulous looks-gritty-feels-smooth foil-finish shades. Brittany says she picked up the set at Ross for less than $10. Hot Like Lava is a fuchsia party-pink with silver shimmer — fun for fingers or toes.