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klutz-proof luxury

This is as good a brush as any for me to finally pay proper homage to Sonia G. for the ingenuity and thoughtfulness that go into the conception and design of all her makeup brushes. I have a very slight hand tremor which has always made precision work (eyes) somewhat elusive ... and therefore frustrating ... for me. With Sonia's brushes this has become a stressor of the past and now I'm just having fun, which is what makeup should be.

Smudger One does PRECISELY what Sonia G. intended it to do as she "was aiming for a flat pencil design that delivers definition, intensity, and precision without harsh edges.”

Smudger One travels so smoothly along the lashline that I can't really perceive any individual bristles; they move and feel as one. Very Zen. But all this silky softness does not prevent it from performing with the strength and precision of a power tool, so I am free to go as subtle or as intensely dramatic as I please ... hand tremor be damned.

I have all of Sonia G.'s brushes and I'm delighted with them all. They make life ... and makeup ... so much easier and fun. The brush designs are uniquely inventive and all the special tweaks result in foolproof makeup application. The handles are simply gorgeous. More importantly, they are always conceived in harmonious relation with the brush head and its intended brushwork. They strike the perfect balance between sturdy and lightweight for optimal grip. I'm one living proof that Sonia G.'s brushes can make artists of mere mortals.

klutz-proof luxury

I would classify myself as very picky but this is going to be a rave review. All of Sonia G.'s brushes are designed with ingenuity and thoughtfulness; combine that with the ideal-for-gripping handles and the most luxurious bristles, and you have the most klutz-proof luxury at your fingertips. I have a very slight hand tremor and these brushes have made make-up application easy and fun. She recently released a whole new batch of brushes which complement the original set beautifully. I've bought up all of these, too. Very smart woman. There's just nothing not to love!

almost humorous

high-quality powder, sure, but these shadows give a whole new meaning to the word DIMINUTIVE. they're sample-sized. I'll stick with my YSL and Dior mono shadows: same quality, same beautiful colors and finishes ... and ... amount of product differential: somewhere between 10 and 50-fold.

my hair is dancing!

If you have fine, limp hair this is an all thumbs-up product. A little goes a long way; I overdid it at first and I had to re-spritz my hair with water to dilute it. Once I got the hang of it, though, I was impressed indeed. I get lots of body, movement, and wave action with zero stickiness. The "gold flecks" really just melt, adding a lovely warmth and radiance to my ash blond hair. Shine is definitely noticeable.

Despite the price, I will definitely repurchase. For reference, I was underwhelmed by Oribe's Volumista and Maximista sprays, neither of which gave me much style control ... and they both left a definite sticky residue.

All my beautiful colors!

The new "Stylo Blackstars" are comparable in formula to the original "Ombre Blackstars": they have the same buttery texture that glides on dreamily and then blends and layers with incredible ease. They provide the same featherlight comfort and possess an equal capacity to outlive the wearer, leaving you with a super long-lasting, ever-uncreasing beautiful eye look which won't fade until you pick up your remover.

These are all new colors so you won't be getting anything repetitious. The biggest difference is, of course, the convenience of self-sharpening to assist you with precision work. I get that from the originals by running my eyeliner brush up and down the bullet, which works great ... but of course this will save a step.

The colors I have from this new batch are:

―#2 Purpulyn Gem: an intense blackened purple (a.k.a. aubergine), with an ultra subtle pearly cream finish. Gorgeous for eyelining, it pairs beautifully with Misty Rock &/or Frozen Quartz (from the originals).

―#3 Tasty Truffle: irresistibly deep chocolate brown, with an ultra subtle pearly cream finish. Gorgeous for eyelining, it pairs beautifully with my most beloved Bronze Moon &/or Ombre Mercure (from the originals).

―#4 Copper Crush: a warm shimmering bronze-dipped apricot. This is my favorite and I've never had anything quite like this color before, hard as that is to imagine. I think this would be a universal skin tone flatterer.

―#5 Marron Glace: a shimmering iced mocha. Pairs beautifully with #3 Tasty Truffle frome this lineup &/or the ever-bewitching Bronze Moon from the originals.

¡DUENDE! (magic)

The Tropical Sunset Collection Sun Designer Palette Duo is indeed a very sweet deal. That being said, I believe that one's individual skin tone is an inseparable element in determining which colour palettes are likely to impart the most beautiful effects, bringing maximum dimension and attention to any one particular face.

They're all gorgeous palettes so it's tough to ignore any of them, but I do have an "empirical formula" which derives from my experience with all four palettes:

―fair to light skin, all tones: If you've had a great love affair with #2 Light & Tan Vibes, you will want to pair it up with the beautiful new #4 Savannah Love.

―medium to dark skin, all tones: If you've had a great love affair with #1 Tan & Flash Cruise, you will want to pair it up with the beautiful new #3 Tropical Sunset.

My work takes me back and forth between California and Spain where I've become steeped in Andalusian Gypsy tradition. When I'm in Seville, I stay with a friend and we "play" with our make-up colors like kids with crayons. I have light skin, blond hair, blue eyes, etc., whereas she has a yummy deep caramel complexion, combined with the wild dark hair and eyes characteristic of Andalusian Gypsies.

I recently brought all four palettes with me and she immediately opted for the second pair (as noted above) whereas I had already pre-chosen the first pair. ¡DUENDE! (magic).

I'm copy/pasting from my rhapsody on #4 Savannah Love, which for some reason is embedded in the reviews for the first two palettes.

#4 - Savannah Love ― What you get: Finishes range from semi-matte to satin to pearly sheen. The more you blend out any of these powders, the more burnished and glowing the finishes become. *―a light-medium tender hint-of-peach pink with a very fine pearly sheen for a softly luminous finish.

*―a medium golden brown with a very fine golden shimmer. *―a lush medium-dark "roseberry" with a satin finish. Very high pigmentation.

*―a light, creamy peachy-beige with a satin finish. Strange to say with such a light color, but it has strong pigmentation and affords a lot of coverage.

*―a beautiful terra cotta shade ... a muted, medium-dark reddish brown with a semi-matte finish.

*―a rich, dark bronze-dipped brown with a soft shimmer. Gorgeous! For my light skin, this is going to be an eyeshadow.

Savannah, my love, Part 2

I'm more than a little OCD'd and my previous #4 Savannah Love review was written while still jet lagged. So here's a slightly revised description of the colors/finishes in this gorgeous new palette ... more gorgeous after a night's sleep:

*a light-medium tender hint-of-peach pink with a very fine pearly sheen for a softly luminous finish.

*a medium golden brown with a very fine golden shimmer. I got it right when I said that the more you blend these out, the more burnished and glowing the finishes become.

*I have a friend whose surname is "Roseberry." There is a shade here which has his name written all over it: it's a lush medium-dark "roseberry" with a satin finish. It's highly pigmented and, while it blends out easily, it retains that color intensity, so for those with lighter skin, use sparingly. This is one of those universal skin-tone flatterers. *a light, creamy peachy-beige with a satin finish. Strange to say with such a light color, but it has strong pigmentation and affords a lot of coverage. It's very beautiful; reminds me of the ELLIS FAAS "Glow Up" powders with less light-reflectivity. Have to go to Ellis Faas for that! No problem! He's right here!

*a beautiful terra cotta shade ... a muted, medium-dark reddish brown with a semi-matte finish.

*a rich, dark bronze-dipped brown with a soft shimmer. Gorgeous! For my light skin, this is going to be an eyeshadow. For deeper skin tones, I suspect there will be more options ... bronzer? Mmmm ...

Okay, more than enough said.

Savannah, my love ...

I snatched one of the ALL NEW By Terry Sun Designer Palettes yesterday, in Madrid, just before boarding a return flight to California. They were quite literally just beginning to stock the shelves there. I believe that the two latest and greatest Sun Designer Palettes are currently available in the old U.S. of A. exclusively @ Beautylish.

For clarification, there are now 4 palettes: the original #1 Tan & Flash Cruise and #2 Light & Tan Vibes ... and now #3 Tropical Sunset and #4 Savannah Love. For reference, I have already burned through two Light & Tan Vibes and I believe that if you're drawn to that palette, you will also be drawn to the beautiful new #4 Savannah Love.

It's a different palette, for sure, but if any of the following phrases resonate with you, Savannah love is destined to become one of your new loves. Think, soft warm pinks, rosy tans & golden peaches, and you have a feel for the lighter shades. Think, golden browns, reddish browns & lush warm roses and you have a feel for the deeper shades.

Finishes range from semi-matte to satin to pearly sheen ... no over the top frosties. Also, these powders have the same interesting property I noticed in the earlier palettes: the more you blend out a color, the more glowing the finish becomes. So you can just buff, buff, buff your way to a more burnished, more lustrous, you!

Now I have to order a couple of the new SELF-SHARPENING Stylo Blackstars. I'm an absolute Ombre Blackstar junkie.

gotta have these!

I decided to finally review these babies after feeling miffed at the roughly two-hour lifespan I experienced with TOM FORD's Cream Color for Eyes in "Platinum." Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about with this line. I don't like to write trashy reviews so I decided it was time to pay homage to a really phenomenal product from a genuinely phenomenal line. So here it goes.

For starters, I'll say that #15 Ombre Mercure is the beautiful light metallic taupe that "Platinum" would like to be. As with all the By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadows the formula is sublime: a creamy, buttery and blendable texture that glides on and blends like no other. And they layer like no other. And they last like no other. At the end of the day, even when I'm feeling spent, they're still filled with vitality and ready to carry on without me.

I have very sensitive eyes so I can also attest to how comfortable and featherlight they feel while they are providing such incredible pigmentation. They're the absolute simplest way I know to get a long lasting, beautiful eye look.

While the colors do differ somewhat in finish, I would ultimately refer to them all as pearlescent; they have the sophisticated iridescent luster of genuine pearls and you can't get more flattering than that!

The "problem" is that too many of the shades stand out as simply too stunning to ignore, making it very difficult to narrow down your choices. Also, it's not really possible to capture how pretty they are in photographs &/or words because they're constantly shifting and playing with light the way pearls do.

Here's my feeble attempt at describing some of my favorites:

#3 Blond Opal is a shimmery gold champagne, perfect for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes.

#4 Bronze Moon is a rich, warm shimmering taupe, which shifts to a shimmery classic bronze in a certain light.

#5 Misty Rock is a warm, dusky purple with a satin finish that somehow works as a "neutral."

#6 Frozen Quartz is a light shimmery rose gold with a subtle yet crystalline glow. (Sometimes I see a hint of lilac.)

#9 Velvet Orchid is a dark plummy purple with just a hint of shimmer.

I already mentioned Ombre Mercure vis-à-vis that waste-of-time product I won't mention again.

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