Turnaround Bright Eyes….Clinique Fall 2010

Clinique is mixing things up a bit this fall with its Bigger, Brighter Eyes in an Instant collection. This is less of a traditional color collection and more of a strategic approach to intensifying the peepers. The centerpiece is a new, limited edition product, High Impact Mascara in Brightening Black, that is clinically-proven to make the whites of the eyes look brighter. It’s a deep inky black with a blue hue, which is the key to the brightening effect, and the High Impact formula is known for giving lashes a full, voluminous look.

Clinique, you’ve sold me. Stay tuned folks. I’m on a mission.

Smashbox Masquerade Fall 2010 Color Collection

Are you getting excited for Fall yet? With all the Fall collections we are seeing being released right now, I definitely am. I can’t wait to see the leaves changing colors, break out some sweaters, drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes and of course wear some darker, richer colors. The Smashbox Masquerade collection has just the colors I am looking for and I’m dying to check it out in person.

Masquerade Eye Shadow Palette ($35)
This palette looks like it could just the palette I need for Fall. It is arranged horizontally in trios so you can wear the three coordinating shades together or however you like. Shades in this palette include soft matte peach, shimmering black plum, matte taupe, metallic khaki, shimmering gold, bronze, metallic cabernet, shimmering navy and a matte bone.

Masquerade Baked Fusion Soft Light Palette ($32)
I’ve always wanted to try a Fusion Soft Light palette but have never made the leap, I might have to do this time.  This baked bronzing palette features shades of champagne, soft gold and rose gold that can be used on their own or swirled together for gorgeous glowing skin.

Masquerade Creamy Cheek Color & Brush ($29)
This is the product I am most excited about from this collection. This product has creamy cheek color on one end and then a blending brush on the other end. Is it a creamy matte color or does it have some shimmer to it? I’m definitely going to find out.

Masquerade Lip Enhancing Gloss ($19)
This season’s shades are Reveal (golden nude) and Disguise (golden pink). These glosses are said to be nourishing and moisturizing, have you tried them?

Masquerade Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay ($19)
Finally, these new liquid liners serve more than one purpose. You can line your eyes with these Teal and Bronze shades but you can also give your lashes a bit of a kick. You can use the rod to also sweep color on top of your lashes. Mascara and liners usually are not in my go-to category but I’m curious to see how this works. How about you?

The Masquerade collection is available online now at smashbox.com. Anything here tempting you? Tell us about it in the comments.

New! Lancome French Coquettes Fall 2010 Collection

Lancome’s Fall 2010 Collection, French Coquettes, is all about French glamour and features a palette of deep plums, shimmering charcoals and sophisticated nudes. They’ve outdone themselves with the campaign images featuring Lancôme spokesmodels Daria Werbowy and Elettra Wiedemann. It actually makes me want to run out and buy everything just so I can create that look (Daria especially, on left.) French Coquettes features several star products, so Lancome fans are in for a treat.

First we have a gorgeous multi-color powder compact, La Rose Deco, that really tugs at my rose-obsessed heart strings. Isn’t it beautiful? The shimmer is overspray, but there is a visible rose pattern and the color beneath is a lovely mix of rose and pink.

Perhaps the most coveted item is the Ombre Magnétique, a gel-like shimmery eye shadow and the key to the looks seen on Daria and Elettra. Shown above is the shade Urban Silver, but we’ll also see two others: Cherry Chérie and Black Macadam. This won’t be available until August 15 and I’m dying to see what this looks like on my lids. I do believe counters are taking pre-orders and have the displays out. Go check it!

Lancome also released a new Color Design Quad in French Touch. I’m digging the special packaging, but I’m not sure if the colors are unique enough for $42. Honestly, I’m just a little hung up on the Ombre Magnétique!

You’ll also find a trio of mini polishes in Kissed by Paris. Pretty and chic!

You can see the collection in full online at Lancome. My advice? Get on the Obmre Magnétique. I think this is one of those products that you’ll kick yourself for missing out on. I know I’ve been burned many times in that game.

New! NARS Fall 2010 Collection

After much anticipation, the NARS Fall 2010 collection is available! It’s expected to be on NARS website today, and it’s already on Sephora.com and has also been spotted at Nordstrom counters. NARS always does amazing things with his fall collections, and this year we get a new powder blush — the first in two years! – and an assortment of bright, matte colors and cool shimmering eyeshadow duos. The campaign is centered around Daphne Guinness, and her namesake is all over the purple eye shadow you see in the promo image above. According to Francois himself, Daphne “is the ideal icon to capture Fall 2010’s old-Hollywood meets futuristic look.”

Douceur Blush – Yes, you are actually seeing a NARS logo etched onto this soft pink brown blush. That’s a first for NARS.

Daphne Eyeshadow – This is the stunning matte deep-violet we see on Daphne Guiness. I must own this!

Mangrove Eyeshadow – This soft mellow yellow laced with lime is inspired by the tropical Mangrove tree. This shade isn’t something I’m naturally drawn to for fear of looking sallow, but I trust NARS in a way I don’t other brands. I think it could actually be pretty cool.

Coconut Grove Eyeshadow –  Described as a dark chocolate-cum-taupe, this shade is named for Miami’s magical neighborhood on Biscayne Bay.

Rouge Basque Lipstick – Drawing inspriration from the inside cover of a book from the famed French countryside, François Nars envisioned the quintessential red from the Basque region. I’m interested to see this in person, it looks like it could be a very flattering, understated red.

Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss – So NARS is trying to make you hungry with this description: Imagine juicy, mouthwatering strawberries, just picked. Then delight in the serious, yet sexy shine of this bright pink confection.

Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – This was one of my favorite product launches last year! I’m glad to see another color released. Palladium is a sparkling turquoisethat rocks with all the vibrancy and sex appeal of its namesake NYC hotspot.

Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow – The duos looks stunning – very neutral, yet jazzed up a bit. Tzarine includes platinum gold infused with silver and is paired with a bold, steel grey.

Rajasthan Duo Eyeshadow – Named after India’s largest state, this duo plays glazed almond against cool charcoal. There’s a definite green tinge going on with the dark side, and I like it!

What’s grabbing your attention from this collection? I’m a little undecided – I want most of the eyeshadows and the Douceur blush. But until I see it in person, I’ll hold off. I’m pulling a Carla with this collection and not ordering online:)