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Anastasia llumin8 Eye Shadow Palette No. 4 Swatches & Review

Anastasia Illumin8 Palette

Welcome to the future of wrinkle reduction: an eyeshadow palette claiming to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. Could the Illumin8 with Youthful Synergy Complex Eye Shadow Palette by Anastasia actually work?

From Anastasia’s website: “Straight from the beauty innovator Anastasia Soare’s Illumin8 Eye Shadow Palette features her Youthful Synergy™ Complex. This complex is created from vitamins A, B, C, E and F, as well as naturally rich Brown Algae, Sea Whip and Macadamia. Shadows also feature Anastasia’s exclusive antioxidant-rich Balkan Botanical® Infusion that soothes, softens and hydrates skin. Formulated to help keep the eye area looking youthful and maintain elasticity, this palette is perfect for women of all ages.”

There are some pretty lofty claims that are written right on the inside of the box it comes in. They claim that 29% of people had an increase in hydration within the first hour of using these shadows. They also say that after 4 weeks of use, the eye area will appear firmer, smoother, lighter and less puffy. But my question is, do you have to wear ONLY these eye shadows every single day for a full 4 weeks to have this happen? This is why I am skeptical. Also there is no way I could only wear these colors, I am too flighty for that.

The words “Clinical Results” and “Scientific Breakthrough” always leave me highly doubtful and skeptical. I have tried wrinkle cream upon wrinkle cream over the last 15+ years and I cannot say a single thing has ever really worked. People do say I look younger than I am, but I have been wearing sunscreen every day on my face since around age 21, and also my whole family looks younger than they are. Is it from Genes? Sunscreen? Immature personality? Who knows. 😉

The wrinkle reduction claims aren’t even what drew me into this palette initially though. The COLORS in here are in a word: insane.

I was hoping beyond hoping it would look as good and be as pigmented in real life as it turned out to be.

There are five of these palettes that number 1-5 and this one is number 4. They all contain five colors each, with one of the pans containing two colors. The only one that doesn’t fit this mold is the first one, which contains eight colors.

Anastasia Illumin8 Palette 2

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Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Truth Swatches & Review

Kat Von D Truth Palette

Kat Von D, as you may know, has a collection of True Romance Eyeshadow Palettes out exclusive to Sephora. Her latest one is called Truth and it’s surprisingly wearable and nice.

I have all but one of these palettes and have been pretty impressed overall. The last one however, (Adora) left a bad taste in my mouth so I was a bit hesitant to purchase another one. The colors won me over though, I couldn’t resist those greens :)

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Benefit Sephora Exclusive Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Tidal Rave and Purple Snap

Extra, extra read all about it! Sephora has four exclusive Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners out right now, and if you like options in a product, you may like these.

What are these complicated sounding items you say? Simply put, they are uber soft, pliable, colorful creams that come in a nice little glass pot. You can use them as either eyeshadow or eyeliner (like a gel).

What I love about these is that you can use just one thin layer on your lids for more of a subtle wash of color, but you can also add a layer or two to pump up the color for a deeper look. They are pretty versatile.

And true to the name (at least over an eyeshadow base) they are creaseless for a solid 12+ hours.

The new exclusive to Sephora colors are (FYI they call Tidal Rave Tidal Wave mistakenly on Sephora’s website)

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MAC Mickey Contractor Collection for Spring 2011 Swatches & Review

The MAC Mickey Contractor collection, scheduled for a January release, is a 28 piece collection (including brushes) heavy on the neutral (or wearable) side. But who is Mickey Contractor, you ask?

Mickey Contractor is MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India and has changed the face of Bollywood. He’s been mentoring many makeup artists all over the world for over 30 years and is also the first MAC Artist to have a collection created as a tribute to him.

The collection in its entirety includes:

Lipstick ($14.50)

  • Yash – Deep neutral (matte)
  • Mehr – Dirty blue pink (matte)
  • Gulabi – Bright fuchsia (amplified)
  • Mocha – Peachy yellow-brown (satin)

Lipglass ($14.50)

  • Flesh – Dirty nude brown
  • Lust – Soft muted pink

Eye Shadow ($14.50)

  • Saffron – Deep coral caramel (satin)
  • Rani – Bright Fuchsia with soft pink pearl (frost)
  • Marvel – Deep purple with soft pink pearl (frost)
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Estee Lauder Pure Color Wild Violet Collection for Spring 2011