Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The colors are as follows:
All of the eyeshadows are sheer, but buildable, and are of the same excellent quality of Smashbox's regular singles. The shimmery shades have light shimmer, and are great for everyday
Fab: A shimmery white. An excellent highlighter
Mini: Shimmery Cream, makes a good base
Shag: Shimmery light brown, a bit on the warmer side.
Jet: Matte "off-black" This shade is black, but not a full on black, if you know what I mean
These are also sheer, but buildable and nondrying. One layer gives a tint with a soft shine. More layers=more color and shine
Smashing: Warm Peach color. It looks orangey on my arm, but on my mauvey-pink lips, it's perfectly fine
Smashing: Mid-toned Rose.
3. Start mixing. If you are using a toothpick, you will have to make sure to mash your liner well, breaking up any chunks.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is the 2nd time that I have heard of something like this happening. The first happened to another youtuber for giving their brushes a bad video review. Again, Coastal Scents responded by stooping low and publicly bashing the woman on their forums in an attempt to discredit her simply because she voiced her opinion on a product. her response video is also in that thread if you want to look through a couple pages. Additionally, it seems like they edit out bad reviews on their site. (I'm sorry, but THERE IS NO PRODUCT IN THE WORLD THAT AT LEAST ONE PERSON WILL NOT LIKE)
Luckily for us, Coastal Scents does not manufacture their products themselves. Their palettes, probably their most popular products, are generic palettes manufactured in China, all of which can be found here and off ebay from Hong Kong sellers (type in "neutral palette" for the 28 piece neutral eye palette and 26 piece eye and blush palette, "lip palette" for their new lip palette, "blush palette" for the blush palette, etc). These are also cheaper on ebay, especially if you buy more than 1 (combined shipping rocks) especially when you figure in how much Coastal Scents charges for shipping...the downside is that it does take longer though (I think I saved over $10 on both neutral palettes though and I refuse to buy from Coastal Scents for the aforementioned reasons..so I think it works for me). Their brushes can be found from their manufacturer, Crown Brushes. The other products I'm not sure where to get.
So now's the fun science stuff: Is silica powder dangerous?
The answer is yes and no. The woman in the youtube video was right about two things: Silica powder CAN cause silicosis, a respiratory disease, if breathed in in LARGE amounts, or through prolonged exposure in small doses over a long period of time (over 20 years) This is also the reason why the people who are producing this stuff have to wear full body suits with masks. However, as you are most likely not going to be snorting this stuff or creating large dust clouds of it to breathe in, you'll probably be fine. Edit: Silicosis has only been linked to crystalized silica particles (the stuff found in pottery, mining, etc) and there is no proof that spherical silica (cosmetic grade) causes or is connected to silicosis. (thanks samanthadread)
Secondly, cosmetic grade silica (silicone dioxide) IS a carcinogen...in lab animals. It's not listed as a carcinogen for humans on the MSDS. So as long as you aren't leaving your container of silica powder out for your pet to snort, you're probably also ok. Other forms of silica are a known carcinogen in humans, however, but they are not as finely milled and therefore cause more damage to the lungs.
Additionally, according to wikipedia, silica is the 2nd most common compound on the planet. (Makes it hard to avoid now, doesn't it?) It's basically quartz or sand, and is found in many, many products besides just our cosmetics. So for those of you who have bought MUFE HD powder or Coastal Scents silica spheres and currently love it, you don't have to toss your beloved powder...just try not to breathe it in :P
For those wondering what exactly silica is used for, a quick google search also turned up the following on uses for silica in cosmetics:
"These are the reasons why silica is used for cosmetics:
Silica contained in foundation adsorbs sweat and oils in skin, which prevents light reflection by sweat/oil and keeps makeup on the skin longer.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This palette has 5 e/s, 4 of which are new shades not sold separately from this palette (at least not yet) and are not quite as soft as the e/s from the favorite powders...and maybe thus not quite as pigmented, making them soft, subtle colors that gently enhance your features (though i'm not sure why you would want the lavendar shade to be pigmented as it's a pastel shade) All of the shades have a perfect, soft shimmer that is just enough to keep the shades from being flat and dull....and again, I experience absolutely no fallout with any of the shades..even without tapping or blowing off any excess on my brushes!
The "bronzing" powder in the palette is actually a highlighter called Posey and I have to say I like this quite a bit...Sephora lists this as a shimmering pink, but i feel that it's more of a light shimmering peach...and it makes a perfect base shade as an eyeshadow...and can also be used on the cheeks the give a very subtle glow.
These palettes are VERY small for something that cost a good $45...it has absolutely no trouble fitting into my back pocket and is roughly the same size as a pack of dentyne ice gum. While this makes for great portability...I'm not so impressed by the price to size ratio.The packaging, while sleek and chic, is also a disapointment to me for one reason: the pans are held in by what appears to be rubber cement...and are therefore quite loose... I could excuse the size for the superior product quality, but I really dislike that the pans in the palette are loose and feel like they would fall out easily. That said, I'd probably buy the full sized products of what is in these palettes as the full sized prodects seem a bit better made. It is definitely a great way to try out her products though, which I absolutely love (with the exception of the lip palettes...those were quite awful)
Friday, February 13, 2009
PEacock Blue- a purpley blue shade. This shade is not quite as smooth and buttery as the previously listed shades. It also appears to be more sheer.
Rose: not really a rose shade, this lipliner is more of a brown pink
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I have attempted to organize them by color group and I think I did a decent job of it. You will see that I have labeled a bunch of blushes either EU (for European) or US (for those make in the US..though I seem to have gotten lazy on a few or left it out if there was no counterpart) The reason for this is because the texture between European and US Joues Contraste blushes is different. The US versions are softer and easier to work with, while the European versions are baked and 'harder', usually with more pigmentation or color differences between versions.
Tempting Beige- is a rosy beige shade with silver shimmer in the pan. A lot of people have complained that this shade is orange on them, but on my cheeks, it gives a nice, rosey glow.
Fandango- is the new JC released for spring 2009. In the pan it is a shimmery orangey brown shade that I didn't find particularly appealing. However, after being pushed by a couple people to do so, I purchased it to try and I'm glad I did. On my cheeks it is a deep peachy bronze glow. This blush requires me to use a somewhat light hand to apply.
Mocha- shimmery brown with a bit of pink in it in the pan, this blush reminds me of a cooler version of Fandango. This description is about right on my skin as well. This is probably my least favorite of the 19 I currently own. This shade is exclusive to the US.
Crepitant- I think mskilicious on MUA described this one best to me as a "deep rosy-terracottay-bronzey shade", which is exactly what I think this shade is. It's very similar to NARS Cannes Multiple to me on my skin. I have the European version of this.
This next set is a bit of a mismatch but oh well..
Meteore- I have the European version of this blush. (I'm not sure if it has a different US version or not or a different name) This JC is a deep peachy nude in the pan. On my cheeks, it gives a great light nudish peachy bronze glow. It's not quite as warm or deep as Fandango, which to me makes it much more easily wearable.
Nude (US)- an excellent nude blush with shimmer. This blush is great for when you've played up your eyes and want just a hint of color to your cheeks. It is unfortunately, discontinued.
Rose Petale (US)- This is one of my favorite blushes and is my reccomendation for those who want to get their first Joues Contraste blush. This blush is peachy-pink with silver shimmer. The US version differs from the Euro version color wise in that it is peachier and a softer pink. In the pan, the European version
Rose Satin/Pink Satin- a long discontinued blush. This blush is a shimmery blue pink in the pan and is fairly cool toned. It fits perfectly with all the beautiful bright pinks that are being released with so many of the spring collections this year.
Candy- An asian exclusive, this blush is a beautiful milky peach shade that gives a natural peachy flush (well if people flushed peach naturally) This blush was my first JC and was what started my obsession with these blushes. You can purchase this blush at certain special Chanel counters that carry a small selection of international goodies. Nordstrom in Honolulu and Bloomingdales in South Coast Plaza (Costa MEsa, CA) are two such counters.
Reflex (US)- a warm peach blush with gold shimmer. This blush has also been discontinued for a while in the US, though I think it is still a regular JC in Europe (don't take my word for it though) Reflex is deeper and warmer than Candy, and has a gold sheen/glow.
Fantasia (US)- gorgeous peachy pink blush with gold shimmer, This blush is also sadly discontinued. ON the cheeks, it is more peach than pink with the same gold sheen/glow that Reflex carries.
Trace/Cedar Rose (EU)- matte deep peachy pink. I have the European version of this blush, which is named Trace. The US version is named Cedar Rose.
This set carries a perfect example of two versions of the same 'color' that differ in color.
Narcisse (Euro)- light pink blush. On the cheeks it gives a great light glowy flush. The European version is 'glowier' than the US version, and contains no peach tones
Narcisse(US)- light pink blush with slight peachy undertones. This blush also gives a great healthy glow, but is a bit more neutral than it's European counterpart. However, I tend to feel that the European version blends a bit better into the skin.
Poesie- This blush was a Limited Edition Asia Exclusive. It is a great light pink blush that is a bit peachier than Narcisse. It gives one of the most beautiful glowy pink flushes I know, and I tend to be afraid to use this blush as it is near impossible to get ahold of now without paying a small fortune.
Lumieres Magiques de Chanel (EU)- this is not really labeled as a Joues contraste blush, but it looks the same as one and comes in the same packaging so I have grouped it in with the rest of my Joues Contrastes. This is a tricolored blush. It comes with 3 shades, a very light shimmery pink, a bright pink, and a red-pink shade. I have chosen to swirl the colors together, as it is near impossible to swipe each color indidually on the european version of this blush. This was also Limited Edition, and is discontinued.
This Set contains my three mauvey pink Joues Contraste blushes.
Rose Dust (US)- this blush is a light glowy pink with mauvey undertones. This is my favorite pink blush in the winter. It is a bit cool toned, so if you are warm toned, I'd ignore this one.
Blush/Rose Cache (US)- This blush is a medium toned pink in the pan. On the cheeks it has stronger mauve tones in it than Rose Dust.
Angel Rose/Sphere (US)- this blush is shimmery pink-mauve in the pan. On the cheeks, it's pinky-mauve. This is my favorite mauve blush and is also long discontinued (good thing I have a backup)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Originally planned to launch Thursday, Feb. 12, the MAC and Hello Kitty collaboration launched today, a couple days earlier than originally planned. I of course, went nuts over the stuff, with a purchase totaling over $260 in product. I bought both Beauty Powder blushes ($18 each), the Lucky Tom eyeshadow quad ($38), a Beauty Powder in Pretty Baby ($22), lipsticks in Strayin', Big Bow, Most Popular, and Cute-ster ($14 each), and my first lipglasses in Mimmy, She loves Candy, and Sweet Strawberry ($14 each), Tinted Lip Conditioners in Pink Fish and Popster ($14.50), and my first MAC nailpolish in On the Prowl ($11). I did the vast majority of my haul at Nordstroms, but a few things were bought at a MAC freestanding store (and the reason is at the end of this post!) Everything came in black packaging with Hello Kitty Written on it, kinda cute, and a welcome change from MAC's regular boring black packaging in this blogger's opinion.
A few items opened up..
Next up are the lipglasses. The lipglasses released in this collection are all really sheer, and somewhat sticky. They don't carry the light vanilla scent that I've heard that all MAC lipglasses have. I picked up 3 out of the 6 that were released with this collection:
Mimmy- Super sheer light peachy-pink/coral shade, this lipglass is fairly unexciting and imparts only the slightest hint of color and shimmer to your lips.
Sweet Strawberry- my favorite lipglass in this collection. Sweet Strawberry is berry toned in the tube, but once on my lips, is a mid-deep pink with a hint of berry. It's also sheer, but the color is quite pretty. It is definitely worth looking at.
Congratulations! you've reached the bottom of my long, badly written post! Here's the reason why part of my haul ended up being done at a MAC freestanding store versus a complete haul from Nordstrom's, which I prefer more for their great service and return policy: I recieved this tote for making a Hello Kitty collection purchase over $50. Yay! It's not the best made tote in the world, as it's made of this strange plastic-like material, but it's super cute and it was FREE.
Hope you enjoyed this post!