I’m not a snob. I love cosmetics and I am willing to try everything. If you read this blog you know that I love expensive stuff and cheap stuff. I don’t sit in my little Target desk chair and hate on Avon. They actually make some nice stuff. True, the Avon lady thing is odd but you don’t have to have one to buy their stuff. They’ve been stepping up their game. (They is Avon). I loved what they did with Cynthia Rowley. So, when I found out they were doing something with Marimekko, one of my favorite brands, I was so excited. I found this out in February and was so siked for fall. I knew I would buy every piece for like under $50 and it would be so damn cute that I would see all other makeup as boring garbage. Boy, was I wrong. I got on Avon’s mailing list and demanded to know exactly when this stuff launched. I researched it. I wanted to know how wonderful it would be. Everything brought up this print:

I thought to myself this would rock! Cases imprinted with this. I’ve seen this print done in red and we’d have a rocking red lipstick offered! No instead we have been offered ugly as hell face powder and eyeshadow. They couldn’t even make their model look good. Her makeup looks awful. She is a washed out dated blob. Great way to make a pretty gal look stupid.  This is the all over face powder palette. The colors seem drab and boring. I would of rather had a printed compact with a pretty color inside. This is ugly. One person said it was too shimmery. Well, at least it has shimmer going for it. Next we have the eyeshadow palette. This is a poppy print, why are the colors so drab? Poppy Bloom looks like when poppies need antidepressants and Poppy Bouquet looks like it would of worked, maybe. I do love teal. And still I am turned off by this. Where are the warm colors? Where are the golds, bronzes, reds? Where is a lipstick or a gloss? I can’t believed they signed a contract with Marimekko, a fun, retro company and made this garbage. I don’t want to waste my money on this. Rumor has it that there was supposed to be a gloss, lipstick, mascara, all in cute packaging. However, it isn’t available to Americans. I don’t know why. I would of bought a mascara with a Marimekko packaging. At least Avon couldn’t of messed up the color of that. I can’t believe they didn’t do red. Oh, well thank you Avon for letting me save my money and buy the Marimekko fabric instead.

Seems as if Dior and Givenchy accidentally got some wires crossed for their Fall 2008 Color Collections. Givenchy has released some of their items and they are a bit “dandy”. This new Givenchy Pocket Beauty Case plays along with the 1930’s, old Hollywood androgyny, and 1970’s Faye Dunaway vibe. This is a new adorable silver Givenchy logo-ed “pocket watch” styled beauty case. It houses a dewy shimmering sheer pink highlighter that can be used on lips, cheeks, chest, or shoulders. My vote is for lips. It looks really pretty on lips and plus it is fun to pop out for reapplication. It is limited edition and retails for $55.

Dandy enough for a lady.

Dandy enough for a lady.

MAC has launched this season’s Cult of Cherry which I dig. I love dark lips and this collection offers that. It is a pretty edgy look. MAC made a long ass video for the collection too that can be viewed on the website. It also has three eyeshadow quads but I’m going to review Tempting. Tempting is pretty nice and kind of boring except for the acidic pop of the green which I find so similar to the eye shadow Bitter. Bitter is one of my favorite eyeshadows. I miss it with Chrome Yellow and a black with a pearly white highlighter such as Carbon and Crystal Avalanche. I also were it with bright blues like Freshwater and Electric Eel. I have paired Bitter with bronzes and browns with a bit of Gorgeous Gold. Sometimes I just wash the lid with Bitter and line with lots of black liquid liner. So what I’m saying is that I like Bitter. This compact offers that shade without calling it Bitter. In fact I don’t remember what it is called. The other shades in the quad include a shimmery nude, golden shimmery medium brown, and a dark warm brown. The shadows are a collection of satin, frost, and lustre and I think they all blend well. These all look great together. I didn’t buy the compact because I have colors are identical to this. See I can be financially responsible. The compact is limited edition and retails for $36 and the compact can be refilled. It’s really nice if you have nothing like it.

OK, so the look is really 80’s, for some reason Shiseido has really been into that lately. I think it is fun but I know this collection isn’t for everyone. Plus, I lived through the 80’s to idolize this type of makeup worn by my hero, Jem. I lived through it but not like my mother did who cringes everytime she sees purple frosty shadow. Not everyone wants to be a monochrome berry. I understand that. Regardless, Shiseido is a wonderful makeup line that offers a lot of amazing products.

EYES: Eye Shadow Quads are featured in Rose Tones which is what the model is wearing and Wood Tones. These are powder eyeshadows. I haven’t had the best luck with these. I find them a little to “powdery”. Some of the colors are chock full of pigment and the others are lacking. Just because these don’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for everyone. Rose Tones features shimmery nudes, plums and violets. Wood Tones features shimmery browns and golds. These retail for $35.

CHEEKS & LIPS: Accentuating Color Stick – I have wrote about these in a previous post about cream blush sticks. This is one of my favorite cream blush formulas. It dries to a powdery finish, feels lightweight and is so easy to blend. The color that is the star of this collection is Champagne Flush which is a lovely pale pink nude shimmer highlighter. It looks great on the face, eyes and lips. Sells for $32. I love it so much I bought one. The Accentuating Powder Blush is an OK formula in my book. I find it very sheer and great for those a little timid of cheek color. I’m not timid, so I haven’t went nuts for these. The color that is the “showstopper” is Playful Pink which is a medium pink shade.  This goes for $28. They’ve relaunched the Automatic Lip Crayon. I love this stuff. It is well, a crayon, but it never needs sharpened like other lip crayons because it is automatic. It is glossy, smooth and lasts a long time. It can be used as a liner and lip color. You’ll always have a lip color and lip liner that match! The colors are Chic Rose, Red Lady, Pale Violet, Ripe Deep Berry, and Terracotta. My favorites are Red Lady, a true classic red, and Ripe Deep Berry which is a deep, ripe berry just like its name states. These retail for $22. The Lip Gloss shades that are featured are Mellow Gold, a sheer pale gold shimmer,  and Polished Pearl, a pale pearly white shimmer,  to add dimension to the lips. I love Shiseido lip glosses because they are so true to color and wear a long time. This means that they are thick by some people’s standards. These go for $20.50.

FACE: Shiseido has introduced Perfect Smoothing Compact Foundation, personally, I have not tried this because it isn’t designed for my needs. I use Shiseido foundation daily and love their products. This foundation comes in a compact. It provides medium coverage for drier skin types. It has an SPF 15 and micro powders to smooth skin. It feels really great, but was too heavy for me to give a try. It retails for $30 and the case is sold separately.  The case is $9. They have relaunched the Multi-Shade Enhancer Powder. It sells for $25 and the case for $7.50. It provides  a soft shimmery bronze.

Overall, the color collection really smacks the color onto lips and eyes. The colors are very berry. The shimmer adds softness to the lips, cheeks, etc. I like it, I don’t love it. It’s a very “cool” tone collection and not for everyone. I love their Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow which they have left out of this collection. I’ll have to review those soon.

Fall 2008 Jem Color Collection

Fall 2008 Jem Color Collection

Everyone else is doing shimmer this fall but not Clinique. I like matte formulas because they can add more dimension than a shimmer, are great for all ages, and typically provide more pigment. Plus, matte styles fit in more with my choice of vintage styles. Clinique Modern Matte Autumn 2008 Color Collection launch really isn’t that exciting but it is very wearable. It is perfect for more reserved work environments but still carries a punch. The Clinique website says, “Velvety rich meets fine-powder finishes for a matte like nothing you remember.” Well, if you are over the age of 18 then you’ll remember that it was hard to find a matte sans the cakey, clumpy, hard to blend mess. This collection is different. It is smooth and easy to wear.

EYES: They have relaunched High Impact Mascara in Black. I have used this formula before and really wasn’t wowed. It does a great job of being a basic lengthening, darkening and thickening mascara. I still haven’t found my HG mascara but that is a story for a different day. Sells for $14. Next,  the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte. This is a true matte eyeshadow formula that is long-wearing and packs a pretty decent pigment. It retails for $14 and you get a pretty generous amount of shadow. The color range is very neutral which means it provides browns, nudes and a few violets. The colors I like are French Vanilla which is a pale nude and everyone needs one without shimmer. I like Night Plum which is a darker smoky plum that looks awesome in the crease. Slate is a smoky gray that adds depth and dimension when layered over mattes or shimmers. Midnight is a deep smoky black with a tinge of gray that is a must for everyone. You can use this as liner, with smoky eyes or for extra drama. It is a great brow powder too. The other shades are Dark Denim, Stone Violet, Martini, Chocolate Chip, and Sable.

LIPS & CHEEKS: There is the High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 which claims to wear for 8 hours. It wore for a longer than average time but not 8 hours for me. It isn’t as dry as most long-wearing lipsticks. It comes in 20 shades. There is a shade for everyone but of course I like the brighter ones. I like Sassy Spice (which Spice Girl was that?), it is a chili red with a hint of orange. The others that stand out are Peach Pop which is a bright coral, Go Fig which is a nude with a hint of pink perfect for smoky looks, Extreme Pink which is a bright Bubble Yum pink, and In A Nutshell which is a nude with a hint of peach. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a plum that I liked. These sell for $14. These lipsticks are to be paired with the new Defining Liner for Lips which is a creamy long-wearing lip liner pencil with a built in sharpener. I like Pomegranate which is a medium mauve, Nudey which is a pure nude, and Plush Pink which is a light nude pink. The other colors are Soft Plum, Sugared Fig, Red-y Or Not, Berry Nude and Cider. Price on these are $14. There is the new Blushwear Cream Stick which I have already reviewed in my cream blush stick entry. These are a cream-to-powder finish that looks natural and are very blendable. They are oil-free and are a keeper. They come in Glow Blush, Peachy Blush, Rosy Blush, Very Blush, and Shy Blush. These retail for $18.50.

Well, that’s the collection. It is kind of small but they release a ton of product formulas at once. My favorite thing is the Blushwear Cream Stick. (I’ve mentioned this before.) The collection doesn’t have a limited edition item that you should run out and get because it is a “collectible”. This collection offers the stuff to run out and get because you ran out of something like it or you want to update your everyday look wardrobe or you just need the basics. I like it because it is a Color Collection that doesn’t focus on a color but a texture. You’ll find a color that works for you. Not something that looks great on a few people and comes in a lovely package. I also want to add that the model’s look is horrible and I can’t believe it made it through the final cut. She looks too made up and really “dry” which this collection is not. Her skin looks thirsty and flaky. Sorry, I had to bring this up because the ad grosses me out so. This picture looks like it was savaged from a Spring 1992 McCall’s magazine. That isn’t a very “modern matte” image.

shu uemura’s Fall 2008 color collection is all about iridescents and their “layerable” properties. The company describes the collection as being innovative, modern, and elegant. It isn’t a bad collection at all, I just wouldn’t go as far as to say that iridescent colors are innovative or modern. They’ve been around forever and this is just another makeup collection featuring them.Regardless, shu uemura is an excellent line that I have never been disappointed by.

EYES: Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Duo Eyeshadow: These are eyeshadow duos that contain both a powder and cream eyeshadow to layer, wear alone, etc. I like these because I love to layer powder on top of cream shadows. It creates an interesting “texture” or depth plus it wears forever. You can also wear the powder alone and use the cream as liner, which I do frequently. Play around with it and see what works for you. It comes in three lovely shades. There is Mesmerizer which is my favorite. It is a smoky purple with a tinge of grey as the cream shadow and a smoky, dirty purple taupe shimmer powder. There is Mystifier which has a creamy black cream and a bronzey brown shimmer powder. Finally, there is Tantalizer which has a shimmery light mossy green cream and a super shimmery gold. This would look so amazing on natural redheads in my opinion. These little babies retail for $36.

CHEEKS &FACE: Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Glow On Blush Lust. These are soft shimmery blush powders that have a nice touch of shimmery design on them. There is Lust, a vivid shimmery apricot. There is Pulse which is a peachy pink shimmer and Steam a pale pinky champagne highlighter. The blushes retail for $21. The most stunning item in the collection is Instinct Fall Mode Makeup LE Luring Powder. It is a nude pink face “brightener”. It comes in a lovely  black compact with a metal design. This lovely doll sells for $38.

LIPS & NAILS: Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Lipstick in Crimson Dazzle which is a super shimmery and shiny wearable red and Brown Dazzle which is a super shimmery and shiny natural bronzey brown. There is the Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral in Dark Wine which is a dark wine with lots of gold and silver glitters.The lipsticks are $23 and the nail stuff goes for $16.

The collection has a lot of items that I would find myself wanting to wear everyday. I love the shadow duos and the face powder. I find that this collection is very wearable for redheads, natural ones and those of us that use the bottle and turn out a little plummy sometimes. You can’t say that every collection launched has something for redheads too.

Le Smoking 1975

After Yves Saint Laurent’s death, I only find it great timing that the fall makeup collection for 2008 is “Tuxedo”, the look that is his legacy. I’m sure this was planned before the company had any idea of Yves’s health status. These collections are made years in advance, but this is a great collection to come out when it has. Yes, it is more smoky eye, very strong and very “seductive”. Which it has to be, to compete with the sleek androgyny of a ladies’ tux. Menswear on ladies was pretty hip before YSL but he mainstreamed it. Yes, dykes in clubs sported the look before it hit Vogue, vamps and violets,  and Dietrich was signature in this look. Chanel wore men’s clothing but these ladies weren’t the typical public. YSL brought this to the public in the 60’s, just when gender roles were being openly bended.

YSL offers for the fall/winter season Tuxedo which contains some nice collector’s palettes and of course it is all about luxury and glamour.And that ain’t cheap.

EYES: Palette Collection Collector Palette for the Eyes – This contains three shimmery shadows to create a smoky eye. There is an intense black, charcoal grey and glimmering champagne. It comes in a gold compact and the powders are stamped with a YSL logo. It retails for $60. There’s the Eyeliner Moire Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald Reflections which is a metallic jade green. This retails for $30. There’s the Everlong Lengthening Mascara in Ever Green which is a metallic jade green that retails for $27.50.They’ve also launched the new Ombres 5 Lumieres Colour Harmony for Eyes. These are eyeshadow compacts that contain 5 corresponding shades. They are available in 6 compacts: Sahara (warm sands and browns), Indian Pink (plums and pinks), Tawny (browns and neutrals), Lilac Sky (lilacs and purples), Riviera (blues and smoky blue shades), and Garden of Eden (khakis and greens). These sell for $56.

LIPS & NAILS: Rouge Pur Lipstick in Purple Velvet, a deep vampy berry, and Pink Satin, a soft baby doll mauve. There’s Rouge Pur Shine Sheer Lipstick in Shimmering Pink, a shimmering candy pink,  and Tuxedo Pink, an electric hot pink. All the lipsticks retail for $29. Also, available is the Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Purple, a gold flaked blackberry,  and Golden Berry, a gold flaked Barbie pink. This formula contains real 24K gold and retails for $28.The Nail Lacquer is available in Tuxedo Gray, a shimmery gun metal gray,  and Rich Coffee, almost black but deep coffee shade. These retail for $19. I love the shades used for these lacquers.

FACE: There is a Palette Collection Collector Palette for the Complexion that looks like the eye compact and contains a sheer beige face powder, warm peach blush, and a pearly pink highlighter. This also has the YSL logo on the powder and is in a gold compact. Retails for $60. There is the Flash Radiance Skincare Brush which is a brightening cream highlighting skincare item that smooths fine lines with a silcon elastomer and erases fatigue with caffeine. It has a brush tip applicator and retails for $52. The company calls this their secret weapon. There is the Variation Blush in Silky Nude which contains both matte and shimmery powders of a perfect nude with a hint of pink. Retails for $42.

Overall, the collection is very “strong”. The lips are bold, the eyes are dark. It is very chic and very YSL. I like it that bold pinks for lips are being used for the fall/winter. It is a great mix of masculin and femme styles.