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Fall 2008

Get blushy with Clinique’s creamy sticks

by Bionic Beauty on 04.Dec.2008 · 1 comment

If you’ve been hanging around Bionic Beauty through this fall, you’ve seen my articles on all the makeup releases with matte coloring.

Continuing in line with this trend, Clinique’s new Blushwear Cream Stick in Very Blush is a rosy brown hue, with a slight violet undertone, perfect for highlighting the cheek apples or sculpting your hollows.

This color is much deeper and more pigmented than many cream blushes. While the stick is a familiar format (think of NARS’ the Multiple), this color is deep, deep, deep and true to the color the stick looks. I recommend going very lightly with your first application. Blend well, then add a bit more if necessary. Pale skinned women will need only a teensy amount of this blush. Yes, it’s that potent. I only used one “dot” (just pushed the circle of the stick to my cheek) on each side of my face.
Clinique blushwear cream sticks - makeup color for the face

The formula is a bit “thicker” than I usually prefer; this reminds me of a lipstick type consistency. However, the wonderful color payoff and incredible amount of packaged product totally make up for that.

As always, the Blushwear sticks are wrapped in Clinique’s classic bright silver packaging. If you’re into blush colors, this is certainly worth checking out!

Swatch them at your local Clinique counters or purchase them online at Clinique.comClinique Blushwear Cream blush sticks for $18.50 per stick (available in 5 shades).

It’s good to be a Wallflower. Really!

by Bionic Beauty on 02.Dec.2008 · 2 comments

This season’s answer to a slight wash of matte color across the cheekbones…Three Custom Color Watercolours for cheeks in Wallflower.
Three Custom Color Watercolours for cheeks in Wallflower

Wallflower is a nude brown in a creamy formula. Lightly pull your fingers across the compact to load them with color. Blend across your cheek bones or hollows to define. I’ve also used Wallflower on my eyelids after priming them with concealer. And then on my lips for a monochromatic look. Simple and chic.

I have to make a note about Three Custom Color’s packaging… all their products have such sturdy yet classy packaging. I’ve dropped my lip gloss from them- no damage. I (accidentally, I swear!) chucked my Wallflower blush off the table onto the tile flower (Gasp!)– all fine. And to boot, the Watercolours compacts have round mirrors in the flip-up lid. So great for touchups on the go!

The only con I found in this particular color of Watercolours is it will probably work better for pale to medium skin tones. Since this color is pretty light and sheer, darker skin tones should pick a deeper shade from Three Custom’s selection.

Wallflower and the other Watercolours for cheeks (choose from 5 shades) are available at for $20.50.

For tips on using Wallflower to get this season’s latest makeup trends, don’t miss Bionic Beauty’s interview with famous makeup artist Chad (co-founder of Three Custom Color).

Photograph is the copyright of Three Custom Color.

Clinique’s New Stay Matte eyeshadows

by Bionic Beauty on 25.Nov.2008 · 3 comments

Clinique’s latest launch involved a whole slew of super gorgeous, and on-trend, matte shadows.

Bionic Beauty swatches Clinique's new matte eye shadows

Bionic Beauty swatches Clinique's new matte eye shadows

Their official name is “Color Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte”. In my opinion, they do live up to the Color Surge… packing a punch of color! And I love the matte look. It’s so fresh after years of shimmer and glitter.

Here’s a breakdown of the shadow colors I’m loving…

  • French Vanilla- while it doesn’t show up well in my swatch photo, it makes an excellent inner eye corner or brow bone highlighter. It’s a gorgeous cream color. I worked French Vanilla into my old-hollywood glamour look.
  • Martini- This is a khaki brown with a green base. It’s warm and prefect for fall. It’s a great color for a one-shadow look. I used Martini and French Vanilla in my autumn “dark lip look”.
  • Stone Violet- I adore this color for a smoky purple eye. Just a bit on the upper lid and blend it outward from the lashline. Then use a small smudge brush to line your lower lashline. Done!
  • Dark Denim- Another super, amazing color! This is a very wearable blue. Think you can’t pull off blue eyeshadow? *This* is the one to try. Goes great with jeans and T-shirt. This is another color I use regularly to create a smokey eye.
  • Midnight- The classic black, but finally without glimmer. I wore this on a date recently and it got some nice compliments. You can tone it down by blending out, while keeping the impact and density of color focused around your lash lines for a high-impact look. I got a ton of compliments on this eyeshadow!

All these colors are worth a look-see. I love their color payoff, blendability and of course, the matte effect (did I mention I like the matte?) They don’t wander, flake or crease. Ask for some for the holidays, they’re the perfect size for stocking stuffers (hint, hint)!

Each shadow comes in a beautious classic silver Clinique case complete with mirror. They run $14 each and are available at Clinique counters or Clinique.comBuy matte eyeshadows at, you can pick from 9 colors.

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.

Indelible EyeShadows from Loose Lips NY

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Nov.2008 · 1 comment

Long wearing eyeshadows can sometimes be a joke. I’ve found that those who claim “water-proof” and “sweat resistant” are cakey and clumpy, or the color is just blah. And most cream-based shadows melt in the Florida humidity.
Not so with Loose Lips NY’s Indelible Cream eyeshadows. I may sound like a commercial here, but hey… this eyeshadow even successfully made it through a day of gardening and a dunk in the pool!
Loose Lips NY Purple Indelible Cream Eyeshadow

I’m wearing the new Fall 2008 shade, Plumkin in the photo above. Plumkin is a deep purple with very slight silver shimmer. It’s easy to apply and blend and it sets quickly. Plus it washes off easily with makeup remover or a little face wash and water. I LOVE the high pigmentation of this shadow- that’s just one small dip of my brush in the picture above.

I recommend applying any cream shadow with a Taklon brush- those are typically the ones that have the smooth “blonde” bristles. They seem to work best for any cream type product (including concealer, foundation, etc).

Available in 5 shades from Loose Lips NY. One pot of shadow runs $16 but it will last you over a year with daily application. Just be sure to keep your brushes clean!

Lumi-shine Lip Gloss by Loose Lips NY

by Bionic Beauty on 06.Nov.2008 · 0 comments

Loose Lips NY LumiShine Lipgloss in Fate

Fate. “That which is inevitably predetermined; destiny.”

Well, I’m not sure if destiny had a role in me trying the newest lip gloss from Loose Lips NY’s fall 2008 line up, but I am certainly glad I did. The Lumi-Shine gloss in Fate is simply fabulous!

Fate is a bronzed peach shade with fine gold mica shimmers. Packed in a petrolatum base, it’s super glossy, super smooth and incredibly sparkly. This is THE perfect gloss for night’s on the town, dancing, and evening holiday parties. The shimmer really plays up your lips. And the formula, in my opinion, is just as nice and very comparable to my fave Bobbi Brown lip glosses, but for less money.

The Lumi-Shine glosses are available at Loose Lips NY for $15 for a 6gram tube. They come in 9 colors, and I highly recommend Fate!