That said, here are the things I spotted today and at the end of this post I'll show you what I actually ended up buying!
First we have a new nail polish collection by Sally Hansen called Complete Salon Manicure. I had never even heard of this collection before I saw it today, and I was so flustered that I totally forgot to snap a pic of the entire display. So forgive me because all I've got is close-ups.
Here's a close-up of the top of the display, including the selling points of this new formula:
(click images to super-size)
Hum...so you get a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color AND top coat all in ONE bottle? We'll see about that (yes, I did buy some of these and you'll see them at the end of the post).
Here are some pics of the colors in this collection:
Compared to the Hi-Def and other recent Sally Hansen collections, the colors in Salon Manicure are definitely elegant and sophisticated. But there are just enough bold shades to keep the color-lovers interested. There are a lot of cremes in this collection (which I love) but the few shimmers offered are pretty darn gorgeous. No glitters, metallics, duochromes or jellies here, as far as I can tell. I think this collection might appeal to a more "mature" audience (myself included) and those that want some trendy yet still safe-for-work options. Also, what you can't see in this pics, and something I like very much, is HOW these bottles are sitting in the display. The bottles themselves rest at an angle, almost like they're laying down. It's very cool--you just have to see it for yourself. Oh, and the bottles are pretty subtantial, with thick glass at the bottom and the shape of the bottles is cool too. I like how there is a black rubber band around the bottom of each cap (I'm thinking that will help with grip when you're applying color to your nails).
Next we have a new limited edition eye product by Milani:
Milani Crystal Eyez Sparkling Eyeshadow
Am I the only one "oohing" and "aaahing" here? I totally freaked out when I saw these because, in person, the colors are just SO gorgeous and unlike anything I've ever seen before. High-end girls, please tell me if these are a dupe of something from MAC or another line? I can never keep up on high-end makeup so these might be a very obvious dupe that I just don't know about.
I wish my Blackberry camera took better pics, because there's just no way you can see here what's really going on with these little lovelies. So it's a good thing I actually bought one! I'll talk more about these a little later in this post.
Next, I was SO happy to finally see the new CoverGirl Blast stuff in person. I have been waiting for these products to hit store shelves ever since Amber from BeautyJunkiesUnite broke the news to us about them way back in October. That's a loooong time to try and be patient! I mean, these colors were designed by THE Pat McGrath, for crying out loud! How can you NOT be excited about them??
CoverGirl Shineblast Lip Gloss
They've got a special "ShineSculpt" applicator that hugs the lips!
CoverGirl Smoky Shadowblast
Next up, I spotted these new L'Oreal HiP eyeshadow duos:
HiP Studio Secrets Professional Crystal Shadow Duos
OK all you HiP fanatics, are these super new? Have you tried 'em yet? Are they a dupe from something by MAC? Give me the scoop! From what I could tell, the texture of these shadows is very unusual (of course I couldn't pick that up on my camera). It's unlike a standard shimmery shadow and it looks to me like these will be VERY shimmery on the lids. Or at least I hope they will be!
Whew! That's it for the new products I spotted today, but here are close-up pics of the ones I purchased. Reviews to come in another post!
Plum Luck (L), Commander in Chic (R)
I am IN LOVE with these two shades and I cannot wait to paint my toes in Plum Luck and my fingers in Commander in Chic!
FYI, the brush on these is exactly like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes (flat, firm and angled).
Here's a pic from the front:
And here's a pic from the side:
I just wanted to let you know about this in case that brush is a make-or-break deal for you.
And finally, here's a pic of the Milani Crystal Eyez Sparkling Eyeshadow I bought. The shade is "Gorgeous and Glowing" and I swear to you, it's unlike any other eye color I've ever seen:
Do you see that? There's gold shimmer in this AND multi-colored micro-glitter! It's like a nail polish, but for your eyes!
Here are the directions (the darn CVS sticker got in the way but from what I can tell, you can apply two coats of this for more intense color--or at least I think that's what it says at the bottom)
I think it probably says something like, "For extra drama, apply one coat, let it dry and apply another" but I'm not sure because when I rip the label off it will take the paper with it and I'll never be able to read it. :(
Whew! That's it for now...but I will review the eyeshadow and nail polishes soon! In the meantime, let me hear your thoughts! Are you excited about any of these new products? Do you already own any of these?