Today I Got Malled, and I Liked It: A Mini Monday Swatchfest

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

Mall much?

She’s alive! ALIVE!



What I anticipated would be a quick trip into the city today to renew my passport turned into an all-day affair. There I was, stuck in San Francisco without a laptop or a good camera (the horror!). That’s why I’ve been MIA, but I’m back now, holding my brand-spankin’ new passport above my head triumphantly.

Victory is mine!

While the gubment worked on my passport, I killed a couple hours at the mall.

Trish McEvoy The Power of Beauty Fall Collection

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Do you know Trish (McEvoy)? I’m pretty new to her line, but I hear the vibe’s a lot like Bobbi Brown.

I stopped by a counter that had the new Power of Beauty Collection fall collection out, a small five-piece release with products described as “universally flattering.”

I love that phrase, even though I’m not entirely sure what it means. The universe is a big place, after all. πŸ™‚ Are these shades the Borg could pull off? I mean seriously.

Check out the slim silhouette of the Beauty Emergency Card Eyeshadow Palette ($38). I could see myself throwing it in my makeup bag for last-minute weekend trips. The shadows look and feel soft (a powderpuff lens effect) and kinda remind me of pearls.

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Beauty Emergency Card Eyeshadow Palette ($38)

Another thing that caught my eye: Liquid Face Color ($32). I actually blurted out, “Ooh!” in the store when I saw the swatch on my hand. It’s a peachy golden cheek/lip tint, like a liquidy NARS Orgasm blush.

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Eye Base Essentials ($25), Instant Eye Lift ($38), Liquid Face Color ($32), Instant Pick-Me-Up ($29)

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Liquid Face Color

trish mcevoy the power of beauty fall 2010 collection swatches
Swatches from left: (first row) top row of eyeshadows from Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes; (second row) bottom row of eyeshadows from Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes; (third row) Eye Base Essentials, Instant Eye Lift, Liquid Face Color, Instant Pick-Me-Up Lips

Clarins Rouge Prodige

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After spending a few minutes with Trish, I swung by Clarins to get a look at their new line of long-wearing lipsticks, Rouge Prodige ($24 each), designed for long-lasting color, shine and hydration.

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And how cute is this palette (below)? It’s called Palette Prodige Face Blush & Tint ($35). I guess it would have been too easy to just call it “The Prodige Face Blush & Tint Palette.” Yeah, putting the word Palette at the front just makes it seem cooler. πŸ™‚

clarins palette prodige face blush tint

clarins rouge prodige lipstick swatches
Rouge Prodige Lipstick swatches from left: (first row) Nude, Fusion Red, Pretty Plum, Blackberry, Rosewood; (second row) Raspberry Sorbet, Coral Tulip, Dark Chocolate, Redwood, Lilac Pink, (third row) Copper Brown, Red Rouge, Litchi, Sunset, Mystic Plum; (fourth row) Clemintine; (fifth row) Palette Prodige Face & Blush Tint, Crayon Khol Eye Pencil in Extreme Black

See anything you like?

That short trip to the mall was the highlight of my very long day. What was yours? Any chills or thrills to report?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Heidi says:

    Isn’t it great, if not a little bit dangerous, to be close to a mall when you have to kill some time? That’s why I love having my auto repair shop across the parking lot from my closest mall!

    Sounds like you saw some interesting stuff.

    I’m still cracking up at the picture you posted of Tabs looking at the wild turkeys. When I worked in Marin, they used to hang out in our parking lot all the time. Sometimes I would drive into the driveway and have to wait, and wait, and wait, until they all crossed in front of my car.

    Had a mellow day hanging out at home, playing with my latest MAC haul. Loving the eyeliners from the feline collection.

    • Karen says:

      I had no idea Marin had wild turkeys until we moved to Novato (never saw then in Mill Valley).

      Ooh, are you loving Signature Blue? πŸ˜€

      I’m glad to hear you like Femme Metale liners. I hope they release full-sized liners in more colors!

      Give Missy a chin scratch for me!

  2. Hazel says:

    ooh i havent been to westfield for awhile! that emergency card palette is calling me! really good price too!

  3. Connie says:

    Hi Karen, nice Timex watch! =) May i ask is that one of the watch that calculates your heart rate and calories burned? Been trying to find a good one hehe =D Oh and nice pics swatches too, that mall seems really high up! How many floors is it? I’d be scared to look down lol!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Connie,

      I wish my watch did all those fancy things! It’s a basic Timex Ironman. It’s lightweight, waterproof and unobtrusive, and I rarely take it off. I like the electronic face and the fact that it has a timer.

      Oh, and as for the mall, I think it’s six or maybe seven stories? It’s pretty high up.

  4. Fieran says:

    Gosh, that mall is gorgeous. In November, I’m going to be 2 blocks away from it – can’t wait!
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  5. Scientific Housewife says:

    I own Trish McEvoy’s book and she is a beauty pioneer! She was one of the early creators of makeup brushes (that I think she designed from paint brushes) and created the makeup planner system that allows you to organize your makeup into a makeup “binder”. I owned a couple of her items and the quality is fantastic.

  6. Syeda says:

    Ahh for some reason I keep reading “Rouge Prodige” as “Rouge Poridge.” Nom!
    I feel sad for myself sometimes, since moving to New Zealand I find it is seriously lacking in good malls :(((

    • Karen says:

      Ha ha, I wouldn’t mind some porridge for lunch!

      How long have you lived in New Zealand? I’ve never been, but I’ve seen pictures and it looks beautiful!

    • Emma says:

      As a kiwi ex-pat I have to tell you, get yourself to the city centre and don’t waste time with malls! I’d go out on the town rather than battle the mall any day! Which part on NZ are you in? Epsom in Aucks is pretty good for shopping and anywhere in the Wellington CBD is fine (and you can walk end-to-end over a day).

  7. Kim says:

    Ah the French. So many beautiful words; such a backwards sentence construction! πŸ™‚

    The first thing I noticed about both palettes is what I’m calling Pumpkin Orange. It makes me think of Fall. πŸ™‚

    This is a bit off topic, and I’m sorry if you’ve answered it before and I spaced, but did you prefer YSL’s Faux Cils to Lancome’s Hypnose? Not so much for length, but for tranny-thick lashes.

    • Karen says:

      No worries! πŸ™‚ I like both, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Faux Cils for thick tranny lashes. It’s really fantastic for fattening up lashes at the base!

      • Kim says:

        I’m going to give it a whirl, then. πŸ™‚ I’m scraping the bottom (and sides) of my Hypnose tube and can’t put off my mascara purchase any longer!

      • Karen says:

        I really, REALLY love it. It’s my favorite mascara at the moment.

        Are you very sensitive to scents? It has a slight rose fragrance.

        • Kim says:

          No, I don’t think I’m scent-sensitive. I definitely notice when something is scented, but haven’t been turned off by it yet. I’m pretty excited about trying Faux Cils! I think I spent more on this Sephora order than I’ve spent on make-up in the last 10 years. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. πŸ™‚

    • Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

      Hey, you didn’t ask me, but for what it’s worth, I’ve found Faux Cils (both the tube I bought and the baby tube I got as a sample) to be noticeably clumpier than Hypnose Drama :/

      • Kim says:

        Thanks for replying too! I ordered it this AM and will let you guys know what I think. I’ve used Hypnose for a couple of years and I really do love it, but I thought I should try something new. I can always go back, right? πŸ™‚

  8. Nina says:

    Yesterday, I worked out, had curry for dinner and watched House. I read one chapter of Catching Fire and fell asleep by 830!!! I feel awesome today!

    Your swatchfest looked like loads of fun and that Beauty Emergency Case is sleek and hawt!

    • Karen says:

      So jealous! I didn’t get to bed until after midnight (damn insomnia). To top it all off I think I slept walked last night. This morning I woke up to find my watch off and on my desk (I *never* take it off), and my contacts case is MIA. Yikes!

      What kind of curry did you have? Yellow is my fave.

      • Nina says:

        Yellow is my fave too! Last night though it was Japanese curry: we get these curry blocks from the Asian store. Its really easy to make with either beef, chicken or veggies (leftover veggie trays are awesome for this): just sautee the meat or veggies w/ some onion & garlic, add broth and the crushed up curry cubes. Simmer till done.

        I got home and it was cooking already courtesy of the Hubs. πŸ˜› It was weird how I was so tired last night and had half open eyes while reading. πŸ˜€

        Uh oh @ sleeping late; and sleepwalkin! Take care … πŸ™‚

      • Karen says:

        Ya know, I don’t ever think I’ve ever had Japanese curry. Is the yellow curry very different from the Thai kind?

        I swear every time we chat I get hungry for something!

  9. Appu says:

    The Rouge Prodige Lipsticks seem cool…I hava Clarins’ kohl (the one with the smudger at the end, not sure if this is the same) and it’s awesome!! very long lasting on the waterline and does not budge πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      This one doesn’t have the smudger on the end; it’s shaped kinda funny, like a long chopstick with a pointy end.

      The smudger ones are the, though. I have a few of those and they stay on FOREVER!

  10. I love the look of the Clarins Palette Prodige. I may have to check that out. I am not that familiar with Trish, although I adore Bobbie. I was so excited when I heard that Sephora is going to start carrying Bobbie. Now if only they would carry MAC and Chanel – I could get all my makeup shopping done in one place!

    Is the Liquid face Color kind of like Benetint, or thicker? It looks thicker. I am intrigued.
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  11. Trisha says:

    I want everything. There just isn’t enough money in the world. πŸ™‚ Also, I miss malls. After moving to Montana with their tiny one-floor mall, from Minnesota (where I’d go to the Mall of America all the time), I’m going through mall withdrawal. And that rhymes, so you can see my predicament.
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  12. Nicole says:

    I am moderately obsessed with that mall. Amaze. I am also obsessed with Cafe Bistro inside of Nordstrom. The club sandwich is to die. Plus you get an amazing view.

  13. Daya says:

    I do love that palette! And its CHEAPER than Bobbi Brown which is a plus πŸ™‚ Did you like the pigmentation?

  14. hunny bunny says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t been to Westfield in so long. I would die if I ran into you! lol

  15. Jeni says:

    I love that mall! I miss it! Las Vegas has a mall with a curved escalator now, and I think there’s only a few of them in the world besides the Vegas and SF ones.
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  16. Denise says:

    Hi Karen, Nice to finally see you in the flesh (at passport office window #1). I knew I recognized you. I had a mini celeb sighting moment lol…Glad you got your passport and BTW, you looked fab in your wedges…didn’t look like you were in pain at all lol. Have a safe trip!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise!

      It was nice meeting you too… was a bright spot in my morning! I gotta say your passport office was very efficient. πŸ™‚

      And LOL regarding the wedges! I’ve learned how to hide shoe pain for the sake of fashion pretty well I guess.

      Keep on keepin’ on, and I’ll talk to you soon!

  17. Virginia says:

    I really like Trish’s planners. They’re a great way to keep your make-up compact for travel or every day. I used only her petite planner for months in Europe, and it held eye shadow, liner, blush, bronzer, lip palette, and brushes in the back. You can save alot of space when you skip the compacts!

    • Karen says:

      When I was at the counter I totally noticed the travel friendliness of her products. I might have to get that eyeshadow palette in my life, stat! πŸ˜€

      How long were you in Europe for? Were you there for vacay or work?

  18. Virginia says:

    For school for four months in Italy. I’ve now got a medium sized planner for makeup at home, but the petite is fantastic for travel, and if you get powder versions of all your makeup (eye liner, foundation, blush, highlighter, etc.) you don’t have to worry about the liquids rules for flying. I really want that eyeshadow palette too. I’ve got a lip palette like that form yrs. ago, and it can fit in my wallet for a night out- tiny, but nice.

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