Guest Swatcher's tag archives

Guest Swatcher: Makeup Academy Glitter Ball

Tremendous thanks to Nicole of Beauty-Free (a blog that tracks Duty-Free beauty finds) for guest-swatching another Makeup Academy palette: Glitter Ball. Nicole says, "Despite the name, most eyeshadows are shimmery rather than glittery and very wearable. Their texture is great and the taupe shade (third from left on the bottom row) is so lovely I want to marry it." As I learned from Nicole, Makeup Academy is best known for their £1 product range. Nicole says those products are okay, but the ...

Guest Swatcher: Shu Uemura Glow-On Blush

Since Shu Uemura left the U.S., it's hard to keep up with changes to their permanent line. Earlier this year, they relaunched their modular paletting system under the banner of "Color Atelier" (the word means workshop) — and I believe they reformulated their blush offering. We've got three digit numbers now (though M still means Matte and P still means Pearl). Luckily, the magnificent Kate of Drivel About Frivol managed to swatch the new blushes in her travels through Asia. If you don't alrea...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Branwen’s Feather

Another fantastic guest swatch from AlexandraRC: Branwen's Feather. This shade is a deep, dark, blackened red-purple shimmer (but a deep shimmer; it goes on smooth). Quoth the raven: Nevermore. Butter London polishes are $14 each. Also check out AlexandraRC's post topping Branwen's Feather with Essie Kisses and Bises. It is an INSPIRED combination, and really takes on a life of its own. And speaking of posts from AlexandraRC, have you been checking out her holiday nail art? I'm obsessed...

Guest Swatcher: Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Polish

Illamasqua introduced a new "rubber finish" nail polish formula with their Theatre of the Nameless collection. I swatched them on tape, but (even better!) nail blogger AlexandraRC did a really fantastic job photographing them on nails (how does this woman have such perfect cuticles???). Faux Pas: Kink: Taint: Vice: AlexandraRC says used Butter London's ridge-filling basecoat, and painted two coats of each color with no topcoat (of course: it would ruin the finish). Her take ...

Guest Contributor: Make Up For Ever Winter Look

Readers, I am thrilled to share with you another take on the Make Up For Ever winter look, from Martha, of Planet Martha. I love reading her product reviews (she has a great way of explaining color and product performance), checking out her swatches, and admiring her always-beautiful FOTD photos. Her breakdown: FACE Make Up For Ever Face & Body 40 theBalm Sexy Mama Powder Tarte Dark Circle Defense in Fair/Light Benefit Powderflage Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Ash EYES – ...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London West End Wonderland

AlexandraRC observed that I was woefully short on Butter London swatches, and graciously volunteered some of her photos to help fill the gap. West End Wonderland is a fine golden glitter with a bit of red sprinkled in. This photo was taken without basecoat or topcoat, but as AlexandraRC demonstrates, it's better with topcoat (isn't everything better with topcoat?). Butter London polishes are $14 each, and for free shipping, I recommend Nordstrom.com.

Guest Contributor: Make Up For Ever Winter Look

A few days ago, I posted Make Up For Ever's gorgeous winter look, and I asked if anyone wanted to take a stab at recreating it. Victoria of The Colours rose to the challenge. Victoria is NC30-35, olive-toned Asian, with black hair and black eyes. I think her version is incredibly beautiful, and much more everyday-wearable than the original. Here's her breakdown: The model was very glowy, so I used MAC Strobe Cream, Neutrogena Healthy Skin (60, Natural Beige), and highlighted with the best...

Guest Contributor: Make Up For Ever Winter Look

A few days ago, I posted Make Up For Ever's gorgeous winter look, and I asked if anyone wanted to take a stab at recreating it. First to respond was clebirun of Beyond the Pale and Freckled, and she did a killer job — spot-on with that lower eyeliner. Here's her breakdown: I didn't have any of the products used in the look as described by MUFE so I went with my own. I used the shimmery peach in Too Faced Romantic Eye palette for the overall lid, MAC Sumptuous Olive and Wet 'n' Wild Com...

Sleek Sparkle, Good Girl, Bad Girl, Monaco, and Au Naturel

Huge thanks to total all-star Nicole (the blogger behind Beauty-Free, which tracks Duty-Free beauty finds). English brand Sleek continues to get a lot of love from the beauty community, and Nicole is helping me pick my favorites with her tireless swatches of their famous eyeshadow palettes. Sparkle was limited edition, part of Sleek's 2010 holiday collection. Nicole says, "as the name implies, all the shades are sparkly." Top row: Cranberry, Dream Maker, Galactic, Twinkle, Star Light, Noir...

Guest Swatcher: Rimmel’s Kate Collection

Special thanks to Nicole, the Britain-based jetsetting genius behind Beauty-Free (a blog that tracks beauty products exclusive to airports/Duty-Free). She generously swatched the new range of lipsticks by Rimmel London: The Kate Collection. That's Kate Moss, not Kate Middleton. Nicole says: There are seven shades total (despite their weird numbering system), and the lipsticks are matte with a slight sheen in direct light. I've only swatched them, so I can't vouch for wear-time, but they seem...

Guest Swatcher: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Tremendous thanks to today's guest swatcher, makeup artist Lauren Clark (check out her blog for more tips, swatches, tutorials, and a ton of fabulous "face of the day" photos). MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (or MSFN) are baked "skintone" powders which contain light-reflectors for a natural satin finish. You can use them as finishing powder — or by themselves, as light foundation. Lauren happens to have quite a range of shades (in her kit), and very kindly swatched them. Lauren is NC2...

Guest Swatcher: Makeup Academy

Tremendous thanks to Nicole, the jetsetting genius behind Beauty-Free (a blog that tracks beauty products exclusive to airports/Duty-Free). When she's not circling the globe, Nicole generally lives in England, and she very kindly sent these beautiful swatches of a (new to me!) brand called Makeup Academy. Here is her unedited review (so you, too, can enjoy her delightful Britishness): There is a drugstore brand here called MUA (Makeup Academy), known for selling all products at £1. The quali...

Guest Swatcher: Butter London Wallis

Tremendous thanks to polish connoisseur and blogger extraordinaire AlexandraRC, for sharing her amazing swatches of Butter London's Wallis. The shade was released "early" as a Nordstrom anniversary exclusive, but is part of the brand's Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Butter London is going "luxe-grunge" this season, with "dirty" jewel tones. I quite like Butter London's description of the shade: "tarnished, metallic olive gold." Like all Butter London polishes, Wallis is $14.

Guest Swatcher: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Profound thanks to Sheila of Maddy Loves, who managed to swatch Maybelline's new Fit Me foundation using those teeny tiny samples (which, in itself, deserves a tip of the hat). There are 18 shades in all. Sheila is approximately NC25, and wears Dior 020, Jill Stuart 103, and Chanel B20. She guessed that 120 or 125 would be her closest match. She also reports that shades ending in a 0 are more yellow; shades ending in 5 are more pink/peach. Sheila also says there wasn't really enough pr...

Guest Swatcher: Chanel Peridot

When I saw the polishes in Chanel fall, I was pretty sure that Graphite was the only one for me. But nail blogger AlexandraRC has me reconsidering, with her incredible swatches of amber-gold-green duochrome Peridot (limited edition, $25). If you haven't already, you should definitely check out her blog. She has perfect nails, amazing manicure skills, and always takes fantastic pictures. What's on her nails: Nailtek Foundation II 1 coat Chanel Peridot 1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoa...