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I read that Too Faced was thinking about making a Smurf makeup collection not too long ago. I was really hoping they wouldn’t go there. I’m not much of one for these cross-over product gimmicks. I mean the Smurfs have always kind of creeped me out. There’s like one girl in the entire village and she comes across as a slut. Plus, I didn’t really understand it watching it as a child and I felt bad for the kitty cat. I didn’t know why they were so mean to that ruff looking kitty. And there was that one mentally retarded smurf that everyone was mean too, and they had an odd language/idiolect. However, they live in mushrooms. Being a mushroom hunter I do think that is pretty cool. But, I know that they only lived in mushrooms because only drug heads and little hippie children watched the show.

This Smurfette Signature Collection contains the following products:

FACE: There is a So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder which is a blend of complexion enhancing color-correcting shades in a smurf paper compact. I have to admit that this is kind of cute. I am a sucker for powders as art. I mainly purchase them and look at them and well, never use them.

EYES: There are two new shades of Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Feel’n Smurfy which is a multi-colored glitter and Smurf You which is a bright blue which I love. The top has Miss Smurfette on top, looking bashful as always. There is a So Smurfy Eye Shadow Quad. It has two beautiful taupey brown shimmers, shimmery pink, and a shimmery blue. It is also in that smurf packaging.

LIPS: There is a Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss in a Smurf packaging. This is supposed to work with your “body” heat and swing from a blue shimmer to a pink. I never try these because I am scared that it will “swing” too much and if I was mad at somebody they would know because my lips would turn cobalt blue or something. Silly, I know. I am sure this stuff just turns pink on everybody.

I don’t think I am going to “go there” and purchase any of these items. There aren’t many cartoons I would endorse on cosmetics, just Jem, really. I am a fan of Smurf blue and if there was a liquid liner truly in that shade I would “go” for it.

I really like the “look” of MAC Holiday Red She Said Color Collection. I’m all about retro glamour. I love red lips and nude eyes. The model’s makeup is so lovely. However, I have many things this collection offers in my collection already. So, this look seemed boring and old since I do this anyways.

The collection offers six Mineralize Eye Shadow Trios. I found them horribly boring and a major disappointment. I sampled them dry and the pigments were very weak. The metallic shades were worthless and were very chunky and glittery. The other two shades were muted and a bit chalky. These trios retail for $17.50.

There are two Fluidline gel eyeliners in Blacktrack, a flat matte retro black, and Silverstroke, a metallic silver. I love this formula. It is easy to use and lasts all day. These retail for $15 and last forever.

There are 5 Lipsticks in this collection. They are OK and not bad but didn’t scream out “take me home” either. There is Red She Said a satin blue red, Crazeee a pearly coral shade, Pomposity a frosty blue pink, Soft Pause which is a brownish berry shade and Quiet, Please a frosty pale 60’s beige. These retail for $14 and are typically wonderful.

There are five shades of Dazzleglass Lip Gloss. These glosses are super shimmery and feel great on. I really like these. Talk about “festive”, these are so fun. The colors include: Date Night a plum with tons of glimmer, Baby Sparks a pale pink with tons of glimmer, Miss Dynamite a coppery penny shade with tons of pearly glimmer, Love Alert a blue-ish berry red super shimmer, and Sugarrimmed a pale pinkish white frost that looks great over other shades. These go for $17.50, a little more costly than their other glosses.

Two Beauty Powder Blushes were launched: Stark Naked which is a warm shimmery pink and Enough Said a light warm shimmery nude. These go for $18 and aren’t too bad.

Two Nail Laquers were launched: Rougemarie which is a creamy blue-ish red pink and Beiged Bliss a pale shimmery nude. These retail for $11.

Overall, despite the shadows, the collection is pretty enough. I didn’t find it exciting and the packaging is the same as always. I didn’t buy anything but I do love the Dazzleglass. It is a lot like Chanel’s gloss.

Clarins Gloss Appeal Lip Gloss was launched last year (2007) and I played with it for a little bit and then went on my merry way. Lately, I have revisited this formula and realized that I really like.

It is a pretty basic lip gloss that goes and smooth and feels like it is “nourishing”. The wand has a wider than normal doe foot applicator and a clear wand. The “amazing” thing about the wand is that none of the gloss goops on it and the wand  comes out clean. That’s not really a big perk for me but I’m sure it is for someone. The colors are shimmery and have both silver and gold shimmers. The motto is that it is all about reflecting light to plump the lips. Well, at least it doesn’t burn. It has some olive extract in it that makes it taste sweet and each claim to have a sweet almond-aniseed fragrance. I have Sorbet and it just smells like a sweet sorbet. I smelled some of the others on display and they could pass as sweet almond, but aniseed, I don’t know. I love aniseed and couldn’t pick that note out. But, maybe I was sniffing the wrong ones. There is a wide array of shades. Sorbet, one that I own, is a delicate warm light pink shimmer. It is a great neutral and I can wear it with both pink and peach blush.  The other colors range from clear to magenta to brown. The shades include Crystal, Ylang, Ginger, Paradise, Hibiscus, Orchid, Grape, Lilac, and Toffee (notice a tropical trend?). I would like to own Hibiscus which is a shimmery orange, Orchid which is a hot pink shimmer, and Ginger a pale barely there peachy pink shimmer. These come in really pretty shades. There is at least one for everyone with ten shades in all. It doesn’t have a thin or thick texture and wears for awhile compared to other glosses. They retail for $19. In conclusion, it feels good on my lips, maybe it’s that sweet tasting olive extract that makes me keep wearing it. Who knows?

TheBalm is a really cute company. I love any company that loves pugs. And everybody that knows me knows that I love puggy babies. Anyways, TheBalm has launched an eyeshadow palette that contains nine of their eyeshadows all tucked into a leopard print cardboard case. I love leopard print but I am not too wild about this print. Or maybe it is this print with that font? I don’t know, it just reminds me of like flame fuzzy dice or something. Something trying to look vintagey and edgy but comes out looking a bit silly. Anyways, regardless if you think the packaging is cute or not, I just think it won’t hold up well in a makeup bag with other goodies. It seems flimsy. It contains nine shimmery shadows that can be used wet or dry. The shadows are of pretty good quality and are versatile. They all have “scandalous” names. It contains neutral browns such as Caught In The Act Courtney which is a deep brownie brown with gold shimmers, Shameless Shana which is a shimmering bronze-ish gold, and Jet Setting Jennifer which is a pale white gold shimmer. There are cool pinks and plums such as Luscious Lani which is a shimmery pink champagne that makes a great highlighter and Curvy Cami which is a beautiful plum with gold shimmer. There are blues and greens such as Jealous Jordana which is a rich shimmery emerald green, Risque Renee which is a deep navy shimmer and All About Alex which is an army olive green shimmer. Left alone there is Eazy Wheezie which is a silver shimmer named after the owner’s lovely adopted pug.

This limited edition kit retails for $38 and is available at sephora.com.

Packaging that resembles trucker mud flaps.

Packaging that resembles trucker mud flaps.