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It’s more 1970’s makeup trends. When I first saw this one I immediately thought of Guy Bourdin. Good, that was what Mr. Nars was going for. This is the 70’s “death under the eyes” look or a bit of the heroin chic. Not my favorite thing and in my opinion one of the ugliest periods of fashion ever. That being said, the collection isn’t too bad but I am not wild about the look. At least for a spring collection, it isn’t too soft.

FACE: There is a Multiple Bronzer in Cape Vert which is a warm dark bronze. It retails for $37. It is nice for contouring. There is a Highlighting/Blush Duo in Hungry Heart. This is a champagne pink with gold shimmer and a golden ivory. It retails for $37. There is a LE Multiple Duo in the best-selling Orgasm and South Beach shades. These retail for $45. I really want this compact. There are Duo Concealers in a few shades and they retail for $30.

EYES: There are two new Duo Eyeshadows. There is Egea which is a light sage shimmer and light icy lilac shimmer. There is Hula Hula which is a pink with gold shimmer and brown with gold shimmer. These retail for $32. There are  Single Eyeshadows. One is Baby Girl which is a baby pink with gold shimmer. There is Grenadines which is a matte reddish burgundy. Not that red and not that great.  There is Night Sun which is a yellow disco gold shimmer. These go for $22.

LIPS: There is a Lipstick in Shrinagar. This is a jammy shimmery raspberry. It retails for $24. There is a Lip Gloss in Sweet Revenge which is a sheer pink shimmer. It retails for $24.

Everybody is raving about how easy red is to wear because of this collection. I disagree. The model looks like crap. Her eyes look tired and a bit druggy. The burgundy is going to be pretty unflattering for most people. I just don’t like the look. I wear red eyeshadow, thank goodness I do not have an allergy to red pigment. I love the look. I pair it with gold and a black liquid liner and get tons of compliments. I wear it with confidence but I don’t go around recommending it for everyone. It isn’t for everyone. The colors in this collection aren’t for everybody. They shouldn’t be worn together in my opinion. I love each of them separately but together, it is too muddy in a healing a bruised trauma-ed face way. Not sexy and not fun.

Just in time with America’s newest obsession with India, thanks Slumdog Millionaire, there is Givenchy’s Maharani Spring 2009 collection. It is inspired by the “sensual and refined beauty of Indian women”. Wow, that isn’t generalizing. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that Indian women deserved to be in the spotlight, Indians do in general. Especially Indian Americans who make up a large population in the U.S. and who are rarely seen in the media. India is a very “exotic” place to most Americans. They mainly think of spicy food and hot Bollywood babes. But, generalizing groups is always a very dangerous practice. Creating looks on a “culture’s ornate clothing and makeup” is a bit generalizing. But, at least it is a bit positive. I mean what country doesn’t want to be known for its beautiful women? I’m sure most want to be known for their great values and minds, but hey this is a makeup/fashion company we are talking about here! We’re selling an image only. Lancome did the India thing this past fall. I liked Lancome’s ad because it had a lovely lady of color. Plus the bronzes and oranges together were lovely. I guess some almost positive press is better than none.

FACE: There are two Sari Glow Iridescent Blushes. There is Maharani Orange which is a golden peach glow and Maharani Pink which is a pink glow. Both retail for $42. There are two Prismissime Eye and Face Compacts. There is one in Maharani Apricots. It is filled with nine bronzy browns, warm tans, and perfect peaches. There is Maharani Pinks filled with nine summer tans, pinks, and taupes. Both retail for $53. I do like both of these because they are multi-functional and the possibilities are endless.

EYES: There is a Magic Kahal Eye Pencil in Black. This is a super dark and thick black pencil. It retails for $21.50. There are two Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow. These are gel/cream shadows that pair nicely with bold lips. There is Maharani Silver and Maharani Gold. These retail for $26.

LIPS: There are two Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks. There is Maharani Rose which is a deep but bright pink and Maharani Henna which is a deep brick red. These go for $27 and have lovely packaging.

Overall the collection is a “hot” and “spicy” with magentas and corals. It is pretty enough. I like light, sheer metallic eyes with bold lips. That is a look I usually go for in the summer. However, I think the looks could of had a better ad campaign. There is something for both warm and cool skins. Everything is housed in ultra luxury Givenchy packaging. It’s pretty but expensive. And it kills me that the company is idolizing Indian women and I am sure that they don’t even offer a foundation, concealer, or powder in a shade that will suit most Indian ladies.

shu uemura’s Mirage spring 2009 collection is super soft and delicate with unexpected color combinations. The colors are supposed to be “whimsical and dreamy”. It plays with “light” and “shadow”.  It is very pretty and artistic like watercolors but I fear that it will truly wash me out. However, each separate color is very beautiful. I could wear all the colors, just not together.

FACE:There are two Defining Cheek Palettes. I really like these. Each contain a cream and a powder blush. Used together, the palettes create depth and highlight the complexion. I usually wear a cream blush with a powder blush over it. It wears for such a long time. There is Orange Phase which has a beautiful contouring taupe brown and a bright orange. I love an orange blusher. There is Misty Glow which is a peachy nude and a spring violet. These colors are also pretty but like the other, a bit hard to wear. These retail for $38.

EYES: There are two Eye Shadow Palettes. Each contains three eyeshadow shades. There is Utopia. It is a soft sage green, lighter neutral brown, and baby blue. The colors are very pretty, would look nice used in a room but I will have to play around with them more to see how they work on me. I find that the brown makes things look a bit mucky or too purpley. There is Fantasia. It has a baby pink, smoky plum, and light violet. The colors are very pretty and do work nicely together. I like the pink with the plum in the crease or the violet with the plum in the crease. This would be very pretty with hazel or green eyes. Both retail for $40. There are three Drawing Pencils for Eyes. The formula is nice and smooth. The colors are metallic and really do play with “light”. There is Light Blue, Lilac, and Pink. They retail for $19.

LIPS: There are three Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks. There is 347 which is a medium vivid pink, 768 which is a toned down berry, and 934 which is a warm nude. Each retail for $34. There is a Lip Duo & Tint. It contains a bright red lip tint with a sheer pink gloss. It is a very pretty springy duo. The pots are stackable. This duo retails for $32.

shu uemura cosmetics are usually very nice in quality. The colors are usually very interesting and still very wearable. I like a few of these shades but I didn’t purchase anything from this collection. I didn’t feel the colors really worked for me. I think the eyeshadows will look great on lighter complected blondes and brunettes. I think they will work nicely with blue, hazel and green eyes. The cheek colors are fun but really don’t work for everyone. The lipstick shades are pretty basic, but I do like the lip duo. It looks very “fresh” when paired with pale pink blush and a coat of mascara.

I’m really not in love with the Dior Parisian Nude spring 2009 makeup collection. I find it a bit boring and a little too average. It is a little too Clinique for my tastes. This isn’t a horrible look. It looks great on my people and it even looks much like my toned down work look. So, that is why it is boring. This isn’t a collection and it shouldn’t be limited edition; these are too much of the everyday colors that most ladies already own.

FACE: There is a limited edition Lady Dior Compact for $75. It is a purse looking metal compact that is made to resemble the Lady Dior bag. It contains a sheer and shimmery champagne cheek highlighter and a sheer pink lip gloss. I find this product extremely boring, especially for the price.

EYES: There is a 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow Compact in Parisian Lights. This compact features pretty and soft shades of white, copper, copper rose, pink, and stainless steel. It retails for $56. They have relaunched the 2-Colour Duo Eyeshadow in Nude Look which is a deep chocolate and shimmery rose. It is a pretty combo that retails for $35. My only beef is that there is more of the crease color than of the base, stupid guys, and Clinique has a duo identical to it for half the price. There is a Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Elegant Taupe which is a mushroomy medium brown. This shade is very pretty and I love the formula. It goes for $26 and comes with its own sharpener.

LIPS & NAILS: There are 2 Rouge Dior Lipsticks in Actress Chestnut, a warm rosey brown,  and Rita Beige, a rosey copper. These retail for $28. I’m not impressed with these shades at all and I do find the formula long wearing but a bit dry. Four Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect Lip Glosses have been relaunched/launched: Clutch Pink (a warm pink/rose shimmer), Ribbon Beige (warm brown shimmer), Satin Pink (cool pink shimmer), and Trenchcoat Beige (pinky nude shimmer). These go for $25.50 and I must admit that I like the formula but I am not wild about these boring shades. For the nails, there is a Vernis Nail Enamel in Porcelain which is a super sheer everyday pink shimmer.

But, yep, all I have to say is that this collection is a bit tame and boring. If the colors sell out, so be it, they offer these shades all the time. You can find these shades anywhere.

I kind of like this collection because at least Lancome is trying to be edgy with their new Spring 2009 Color Story. It is bold but it is pink which every makeup collection has offered this spring. But, at least this is trying to have some “attitude”. It is inspired by the Piha Volcanic beaches of New Zealand, doesn’t look very Xena to me. Pink Irreverence is supposed to “push the boundaries of beauty”. I don’t know about that since this look as been done a million times before. It is very Deborah Harry and it is very every fashion magazine in the early 80’s. Pushing boundaries,  I think not. Pretty while being bold, yes.

EYES: There are two new Color Design Eyeshadow Quads in Irreverent Madame and Mademoiselle Sass. Irreverent Madame looks so much like the singles that Lancome already produces. It has a pale white shimmer, pale pink shimmer, bold magenta, and a sparkling glittery black. All of these are already offered by Lancome. In fact I have a GWP mini eyeshadow quad that looks identical to this. Mademoiselle Sass is the nice warm tone look with a honey shimmer, champagne shimmer, bronze shimmer, and a chocolate brown. These retail for $42. Will the prices ever stop going up! I remember when these were $30. There are two Color Design Pro Cooling Gel Illuminator for Eyes and Face that retail for $20. Think a more expensive and less expansive version of Maybelline Cool Effects. There is High Expectations and Hard To Get. Both are shimmery and pretty neutral gold/bronzes. There are two Laque Liner Long-Lasting Eyeliners that retail for $25. I like Artliner better but these are OK. There is Pure Black and Pure Sparkle, a glittery liner. There are 5 Le Crayon Khol Waterproof Eyeliner that go for $23.50. The quality is pretty nice and wears for a long time. There is Irreverent Brown (dark brown), Rebellious Berry (a medium cranberry that a dyed redhead like myself could rock), Blanc Audacity (eye opening white), and Confidence Noir (a pitch black).

FACE: Two sheer Blush Subtil blushes have been featured. There is High Maintenance for cool skintones and looks and Extravagance for warm skintones and looks. Both retail for $29.50.

LIPS & NAILS: There are three Color Fever Lipsticks in Mademoiselle, Forget Me Not, and Pink Attitude that retail for $25. All are shimmery and sheer to be worn with bold eyes. There are four La Laque Fever Lipcolors that are really nice. They are shiny and shimmery and long wearing.  They go for $26. I love Electric Pink which is a bright Barbie pink shimmer. There are Optical Rose (pale pink shimmer), Lucent Nude (light warm bronze) and Iridescent (pinkish brown shimmer). There are four Color Fever Plumper Lip Gloss that retail for $29. There is Fuschia Flaunt (shimmery berry), City Mauve (shimmery neutral), Downtown Pink (rosey shimmer), and Rose Punk (pale pink shimmer). There is the awesome Color Fever Lip Gloss in Piha Black which is a sheer volcanic ash black shimmer that looks great alone or worn over other colors to deepen them. Retails for $25. There are two cool Le Vernis Nail Colors in Sassiness which is a super pale posh pink and Piha Black which is a silvery shimmering black. Both retail for $18.

Overall the collection is fun and contains a few nice things. I can’t get over how much Lancome’s prices have went up. I like this look but I am kind of sick of it at the same time. I did wear this look out a few years ago so it just doesn’t feel “new”. I also feel it only would look good on blondes and really dark hair. No mousey browns or redheads allowed.