Hey, baby, what’s your sign?
No, I’m not throwing you a cheesy pickup line. I’m just curious. I’m a Gemini, by the way, and while I probably wouldn’t make major life decisions based entirely on the stars, I like to imagine that they play a role in our lives.
I actually feel very connected to my sign; Geminis are supposed to be good communicators and are said to have dual personalities. I’m still working on the communication part as far as expressing things like frustration and anger in constructive ways (gotta stop slamming doors when I get fussy), but the dual personality thing describes me to a tee! — especially when it comes to makeup.
Some days I prefer bolder eye looks; others, like today, I prefer to take it easier with something mellow, perhaps something using products from the new Make Up For Ever Smoky Couleur collection, for example.
The new 11-piece release, available online and at Sephora stores now, lives for smokey (or smoky) eyes. It encompasses an eyeshadow palette, four mascaras and four pencil eyeliners in a mix of new and repromoted jewel-toned and neutral shades.
You know those convertible black dresses? — the ones you can wear, like, 10 different ways? These colors remind me of ‘em. They put everything I need for bold green, blue, purple and classic black smokey eyes, as well as colors for mellower looks like the one I’m wearing today, right at my fingertips.
I’ve been playing with five of the products for about a week…
- Smoky Palette ($45): So, $45 does sound like a lot for an eye palette, but it breaks down to just $5.63 per pan. That’s not bad considering these lush pigments and their velveteen texture. Even though I’ve met these colors before in other smokey palettes, I think MUFE did a great job picking and choosing which ones to put together. None of them lean too far toward cool or warm and should suit a wide range of beautiful skin tones.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
- Kohl Pencil in #9K and #10K ($17 each): I like that both the mocha brown Kohl Pencil in #9K and matte purple #10K contain very little red, as brown and purple liners with a lot of red in them can make me look live I’ve been crying, but it’s their creamy texture that takes both of these liners to the next level for me. Skipping — what’s that? These don’t skip when I run them along my lash line, and they’re so soft and spreadable that they also work great as bases beneath the powder shadows in the Smoky Palette (or for simple, smudgy liner looks). I do wish they lasted a little longer than the five hours I get from them along my lash lines and the two to three I get from them along my water lines, but we take the good with the bad, I guess.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
- Smoky Lash Couleur Mascaras in Deep Brown #3 and Plummy #6 ($22 each): These tinted mascaras are a twist on Make Up For Ever’s classic Smoky Lash, and I like how I can actually see the colors on my lashes when I wear ‘em. One layer yields thick, fatty-bo-batty lashes with lots of volume at the base, and they don’t flake or smudge (yay!). They do, however, tend to relax the curl from my Shu, just a bit, as the day wears on (boo!).
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Kohl Pencil #10K (left) and Kohl Pencil #9K (right)
Smoky Lash Couleur #6 (left) and Smoky Lash #3 (right)
Smoky Palette swatches
Swatches from the left: Kohl Pencil #10K, Kohl Pencil #9K, Smoky Lash Couleur #6 and Smoky Lash Couleur #3
I’d call Smoky Couleur’s a solid collection, even if the colors aren’t breaking new ground. Definitely extra snaps to MUFE for giving gals a flexible palette of products capable of working well in bold and casual looks.
Project Belated Runway
FINALLY! I managed to catch up on Project Runway last night.
What did you think of that birdseed dress? It actually made me crazy hungry… I kept thinking about trail mix!
I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. Who are you pulling for? At first I was 100% Team Bert, but then he flat-out refused to do the pet store challenge.
Dude, you could have at least tried…
In other news, how are YOU doing today? Chugging along nicely, I hope.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,