The fall makeup collections are out, and it’s been fun looking at all the palettes – lots of dramatic colors and burgundy and brown lippies out there, like the ones in the Lancome ad above, in keeping (it seems to me) with the retro runway looks. These aren’t necessarily the easiest makeup colors for me to wear, but I still enjoy playing with them in the stores. I did try on the wack Dior’s Mysterious Mauve, check out that color at left – yep, a deep, shimmery purple. Purple. Look at that thing, how could I resist? News flash: it was just awful on me, but it would be gorgeous on someone with dark skin.
Let’s talk about foundation. Carter was pimping the new(ish?) Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation, which has gotten a lot of love already on MakeupAlley, with a high 73% rebuy rating. It’s a drag you can’t try them on in the drugstores, but our local CVS lets you return opened makeup so I bought a couple so Diva and I could sample them. SPECIAL NOTE – this is not the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation, which has much lower MUA approval ratings of 47%, although I did buy some for Diva to try since she’s a teenager. She found the matte formula hard to work into a smooth finish, although the color was right. She kept the light neutral shade (Light 1) as a pancake makeup for her dance performances.
I bought what appeared to me to be the two lightest, most neutral tones in the Smooth Mousse – Porcelain Ivory and Classic Ivory. There are two other light colors that are much more obviously yellow and pink, for those of you who swing that way. The Classic is too dark for Diva and me, but the Porcelain was excellent. I wore it for a few days and Diva’s wearing it now. The formula’s packed in a wide pot with a built-in sponge in the lid storage area. The formula for these things is amaaaazing – they really are incredibly creamy and the coverage is buildable. They stayed just fine on me, they are dewy but not too shiny on my dry skin, and they didn’t break Diva out. In the end, I decided the color is just a hair off to be a perfect-perfect match – it’s one I’d wear if I really had to, but I’ve got better matches, and I hate being able to see my foundation. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced drugstore foundation and you can find a color match (they have 10 shades), this is well worth checking out, and thanks, Carter!
Bringing me to Make Up For Ever’s two obscure lightest colors in their Face & Body Makeup! Some of you may remember my ecstasy over this iconic product. It’s at Sephora, and I think the finish is gorgeous (and I’m not the only one, based on MUA ratings.) The main problem, as always, is finding a color match. For whatever reason, Sephora stores don’t usually stock the two lightest colors, 36 and 38, in the store – I didn’t know they existed. (And no, I have no idea what’s behind MUFE’s totally random numbering system.) I’ve been wearing 20, their palest in-stock neutral, but I’d admitted to myself earlier this spring that it wasn’t the perfect shade for me, it’s a hair too yellow and I have to powder it to tone that down a little. So I read all the comments on 38 and 36 from fair-skinned folks on MUA and based on that, I ordered 38. Then two days later I discovered that – ha, ha – those two shades are now stocked by our swank Sephora in the Wall o’ Bling. So I tried them both, one on each side of my face. The 36 is the paler and pinker of the two – it looks scary, like super-pale calamine lotion in the bottle. I could actually get away with it, but it was a little pasty on me. I envision it on those porcelain-doll beauties who are even lighter than I am, and they’re out there. But #38 was just right. It looks darker in the bottle and on the application sponge than it does on the skin, it’s closer to 36 than you’d think. It’s neutral, sheer (more sheer than the 20) and buildable. I like that I can just do the center of my face, where I’m the most red, and it still looks natural and blends away perfectly at the edges without full coverage down to my jawline, so it’s less “made up” looking. It doesn’t look like great foundation, it looks like no foundation. Unlike, say, the MAC girls with their supermatte, very hard-edge makeup, the less-is-more look is better for those of us who are no longer young women, in my opinion. Too much makeup is oddly aging.
PS: A change in the MUFE bottle – I put the stuff on with a sponge, so the bottle’s open-mouth design, which ooks people out, has never bothered me. (The weird jello-like consistency doesn’t bother me either.) But the new bottles, at least the one I got in the mail, have a pump-top on them like the Hi-Def.
Finally, a MAC lament and a score. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I knew Strada was being discontinued, those bastards, I should have stocked up. The perfect non-blushy blush for us pale girls who want a little “color” that isn’t orange or dirt. The d/c’d Strada is now selling on eBay for … $35 a pop. Anyone find another match? I’ll probably go to a MAC pro and ask. In the meantime, Louise forced me to try on lipstick, and I have to say – Viva Glam in Gaga is the pale-pink bomb. It’s the first one of their Viva Glam lippies I’ve bought. Their description: “named after celebrity spokesperson Lady Gaga. Features a high lustre finish and cool blue-pink shade.” It is a pale bubblegum pink unlike any other pink I have. It’s paler than my actual lips (it’s also paler than the color at left as it appears on my monitor). It is NOT any of the following: sheer, YLBB, pinky-nude, bright, neon, fuchsia, or (conversely) too pale and mod, speaking of looks that don’t work so great on those of us who wore that the first time around. It’s wow without being POW. It’s pale pink as a color rather than a bold statement, and it works great with a modern, pared-down natural look, which is humorous when you think about who it’s named after.
So, it’s your turn. Anyone out there working a new look, trying some new polish or a great new eye quad? How do you feel about this fall’s burgundy and brown lips, like at Lancome? Any other makeup comments or questions to throw out to your fellow commenters, some of whom are much bigger makeup fiends than I am? (Not naming names.) Has anyone busted out their red lips yet? I wore them a few times this summer, actually. Counter-intuitive and fun, but not when my face is sweaty.