The holidays are a time to regroup, relax and reward your loved ones (and yourself!) with a gorgeous gift. This season Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics is offering an enchanting array of holiday-themed treats handpicked by the makeup maestro himself. Stylish, covetable and moderately priced (from $25), the limited edition “Gilty Pleasures” collection includes mini brushes, mega makeup palettes, lip glosses, eye shimmers and bronzing products. Everything is graced with the Midas touch. The palettes shine with glittering gold fabrics, the eye shimmers come in three divine metallic shades, and the lip glosses are embellished with a filigree of glistening metal. Customers who spend over $100 will also receive a gold tote bag destined to be dangling from the chicest wrists this winter. “Gilty Pleasures” is composed of affordable little luxuries—so much so that shoppers might be thinking “One for you. Two for me.”
I’ve become a huge fan of the Napoleon Perdis line in a very short period of time…everything I’ve tried has netted great results, and given the ravaged state of my wallet this holiday season, the price point is nice.
Golden Girl Palette – $45.00
All of the shadows in the Golden Girl Palette are very very pigmented and blend well…the only issue I have is that a couple of the darker ones have a bit of a tendency toward fallout, which is never fun. Then again, most darker shadows of any brand I’ve tried lean toward fallout, so I knew to expect it. The colors are pretty universally flattering, not too warm or too cool. There’s a lovely true gold in the palette that offers SO many options for blue and green eyes. The dark grey/blue shadows go well over a base like Stila’s Black Cat or MAC’s Delft paint pot for some seriously sexy smokey eyes.
As far as the blushes go, they’re really pigmented, I just have a problem using a blush that’s in a narrow strip. I like wider, round blushes because I like a fluffy brush for application. Excepting that little quibble, hooray for pretty colors and soft blush tones and three colors varied enough to give a really three dimensional cheekbone.
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Bronze Bonanza – $39.00
This bronzer has a gold shimmer overspray, which is a bit of a turn off as I’m not a fan of over sprays, but the color is really nice. It’s not too orange or cakey looking, and it’s a soft bronzer that delivers just a sheer wash of color. It’s also HUUUGE so it’ll last even the most devoted bronzed babe.
The signature shimmer of Kitten will dress both lids and lips in the best-selling universally ﬂattering pink champagne shade.
Featuring classic Kitten Eye Shadow, which can be applied wet or dry and stays put without creasing, and NEW Kitten Lip Glaze,
infused with vitamins A, C and E to moisturize and smooth, this is a double dose of sparkle for the season.
Price: $18 (a $40 value) Sephora Exclusive
Mini Lip Glaze Collection
When it comes to these best-selling glosses, you can never have too many. What better way to ensure that the perfect shine is just a
swipe away than with this 8-pack of mini must-haves. Introducing eight shades for every outﬁt in your winter wardrobe.
Featuring four NEW LIMITED EDITION shades (Marmalade, Pinkle Twinkle, Plum Fairy and Candy) and four top-selling shades
(Starfruit, Kitten, Cranberry and Blackberry) This is one stylish set to stuff in any stocking.
Price: $25 (an $80 value) available at stilacosmetics.com and Sephora
24kt Luxe Lip Gloss Collection
Give the gift of gold. This collection will make lips glisten with four shades of 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss (Radiant Sunset, Precious Coral,
Golden Charm and Vintage Merlot) infused with genuine 24kt gold leaf. This non-sticky formula is loaded with moisture-locking
ingredients including Vitamin E to nourish and condition and Vitamins A & C to provide anti-oxidant protection. You will be sure to
make a statement with this luxurious gift of gold and gloss.
Price: $30 (a $88 value) Anthropologie Exclusive
Smudge Pot Set
Introducing vibrant new twinkling shades of the classic long lasting, waterproof Smudge Pot formula that will outlast even the most
packed social schedule or winter snowstorm. Featuring NEW Violet with shimmer, NEW Starry Night, Black and Kitten shades,
and complete with a mini brush, these versatile multi-taskers are beloved by makeup artists and makeup mavens alike. Each can be
used for lining the eyes for the perfect cat eye or smudging on the lids to create a smoldering smoky eye.
Price: $32 (a $95 value) available at stilacosmetics.com and Sephora
Ohhhh! New Smudgepot shades! And new lippie shades! AND NEW LUXE GLOSS SHADES! I’m excited!
For you ladies who’ve not used the Kitten Smudgepot, just FYI, it’s the perfect eyebrightener. I’ve been working 70+ hour weeks for three weeks now, and on the days when I can’t do much more than slap something on and go, the Kitten Smudgepot is perfect. It wakes my eyes up without requiring too much effort, and keeps me from looking as sleep deprived as I really am.
Stila’s new collection, Barbie Loves Stila. I absolutely am in love with this collection like nobodys business!!! LOL…..I got almost the entire collection with the exception of the lip glazes and the black smudgepot.
Palette : $28
Lip enamel: $32
Liquid Liner : $20 (in the video I think I said it was $22 by mistake)
Smudge pots: $20 each
The palette in my opinion is a must have! The colors are beautiful, soft but vibrant wearable colors. If you like the textures of MAC’s starflash eyeshadows you will love these!!!
P.S. To all my darker skin honeys- please please try the Joy lip enamel on….it is so beautiful against our skin without being too bright like clown lips. Great color when you want to put your lady face on
I had been considering NARS’ Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls for some time and during my last trip to Sephora, its gravitational pull finally landed it in my shopping basket. I am so glad it did.
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NARS describes the colour as a nude beige. I would also add that there is a kiss of pink in there. I think that really makes this wearable as a nude without looking too muddy. On its own, it pulls more tan than pink, but I like to wear it with a tan to med-brown liner to up the beige quotient. My fave liner is Bobbi Brown’s Coco Lip Liner, but good MAC substitutes would be Oak, Stripdown, Cork, or BBQ depending on your lip pigmentation.
Makeup artists, this is a great item for your kit as it skillfully tones down and nudes up any colour you add it too. Additionally, it would be super for a client who, surprise, has the worst chapped lips ever.
NARS Lip Lacquers are extremely comfortable and very moisturizing. The formula feels more like one of MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners than a lipglass. Chelsea Girls provides a sheer to surprisingly opaque texture. The fact that it builds so gradually makes it perfect a wide range of lip pigmentations.
There are a few downsides to this lip gloss. One is that there is a lot of lanolin in it (to give it moisturizing properties) and you can kind of smell it. It doesn’t bother me, but I know scent preferences are highly personal and can be a big influencing factor when purchasing. Additonally, I wore this with primer and it held up pretty well, but it’s not one that will hold up through dinner and cocktails. Oh, and these do lack any SPF.
Overall: Great texture, fantastic buildability, amazing colour, very moisturizing and a super multi-tasker.
Who likes the NARS Lip Lacquers? Any Chelsea Girls wearers out there? How do you wear it?
Hurry and get your order in online at Stilacosmetics.com!! Any online order gets a free lippie in Natalie.
Just enter code FREELIP at checkout!
Being the ever-curious cosmetic fiend that I am, I set my sights on trying out the new Illamasqua items as soon as I could. I have a HUGE crush on any type of lavender, lilac, purple or magenta lip products, so I decided to pop my Illamasqua cherry with their Intense Lipgloss in Petulant.
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My first surprise was that Petulant, which is described as a hot magenta, is not really magenta at all, imo. It is a bright,cherry red-kissed, hot pink. So, whilst it wasn’t the colour I was expecting, it was smashing nonetheless. By the way, when I say this gloss is bright, I mean bright. Petulant, along with all of the Intense Gloss colours offered are really vibrant and amazingly pigmented.
The Illamasqua Intense Gloss is $19.00/.2 fl oz, whereas MAC’s Lipglass is $14/.17 fl oz. The Intense Gloss comes in a long tube with a plastic applicator. You just squeeze to push the product out of the applicator at the top. The applicator system worked fine and I don’t have any complaints there.
The formula is a bit slicker than lipglass and is definitely not as sticky as lipglass when applied to the lips. The Illamasqua Intense Gloss maintains fantastic colour, comfort and wearability. The glossiness is beautiful. The intense shine really highlights in the vivid colours. The scent is so subtle you hardly notice it. I can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe a slight fruit scent?
Bottom Line: I absolutely adore these and plan on trying more. I highly recommend them.
Who has tried these and who plans on giving them a shot?
Purple lips with Mac Violet undeground eyeliner used and a lip pencil and Illamasqua intense lipgloss in Move
The things you do to my wallet in the name of filling my traincase with amazingly gorgeous makeup like these glosses and the rest of your line are probably illegal in 42 of the 50 states, but man. It’s oh so gooood.
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I am in love with Mac lipglosses and Russian red lipgloss is gorgeous its my fave red x
So, this is me! I love make-up, and especially MAC. I am asian (as you can see). I feel embarrassed that I do not know which colors to choose. It is so confusing with all of the numbers. Any suggestions from you experts? I have a very special occasion tomorrow, and would love to look my very best. Thanks for all you do to help women feel their best!