Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rock and Republic Cosmetics

I just had the chance to sneak peek at the new Rock and Republic makeup line. I do mean sneak too. The samples I looked at , I had to to return, but it was very worth it. I am not anywhere near a store that sells it so I was thrilled to get my hands on these for even a little while.

This line has been getting a lot of pre release hype, and it's really good. I am wowed by how much I like it and how luxe it is. The cases with the silver R&R are edgy-elegant and they come in a neat hat box presentation.

The lipgloss I tried was Luxe and it'a beautiful sheer light coral shade. Barely there on but enough. Very long lasting for a gloss .

The eyeshadow shade is Snakeskin, a very deep army green. The shadow is really smooth and pigmented. Blended well and lasted long. After more than half a day it was still there looking fresh and I don't get that often. I am definitely buying a shadow when I am near a store that sells the line. There is a wide range of shades but am emerald green one has caught my eye online.

I look forward to seeing also the Swarovski encrusted Bronzer/highlighter. Won't be buying that but ogling it.

One doesn't expect a jeans line to do makeup this good. At their fashion week show they had makup artist and founder of Stila, Janine Lobell doing the makeup.
Here's the info on what Lobell used for the show:

In conceptualizing the collection’s makeup look, Rock & Republic President Andrea Bernholtz parlayed this nonconformity into a striking take on the conventional spring aesthetic. "While most brands present spring fashion with light, bright, pastel makeup, that look just doesn’t reflect the audacious, rock-inspired edge of the brand," Bernholtz explains. "Instead, we used a rock style spring smoky eye, with pale grays to lighten the eye and luminous skin to create that enviable dewiness we look for in spring."

Celebrity makeup artist Jeanine Lobell collaborated with Bernholtz to realize her vision for the show using the brand’s indulgent new cosmetics. "The focus of the dramatic yet feminine look we created is a smoky eye with gradated grays, bringing an airy lightness to a sultry look," Lobell reveals. "I was really inspired by working with the new line. The range of colors and the textures made it easy to bring the look together."

Lobell began with Saturate Eye Colour in Ciggy for a light dove gray shadow base, melting into Saturate Eye Colour in Asphalt (matte lead shadow) on the lid and Saturate Eye Colour in Fatalistic (smoky black shadow) at the lash line, smudging the shadow under the eye and blending with Saturate Eye Colour in Asphalt.

Lobell added intrigue to the look by rimming eyes with Bound Gel Eyeliner in Black and accentuating lashes with Extremist Mascara in Black.

Lobell tempered the dark, smoky eye with a luminescent complexion using Trickery Tinted Illuminizer on the face. "Trickery was my secret weapon in creating this look, providing medium coverage with a dewy, natural, radiant finish," Lobell explains. "The sheer, luminous formula perfectly offset the bold eye while evoking the freshness of spring." To add a natural flush of color, Lobell applied Rock & Republic’s Imitate Mousse Blush in Rumor or Scandal, depending on the model’s complexion. The rosy, lush hues lent a feminine sweetness to the edgy aesthetic as the whipped soufflĂ© texture contributed to the glowing look.

Lobell finished the look with a nude, glossy lip, using Luxe Lip Gloss in Imposter or Vacant. The understated, pale lip balanced the strong eye, making the look cohesive and bringing it into spring.

Available at Nordstrom, Neimans and Saks.

Eyeshadow $28.00
Luxe Lipgloss $ 26.00
Mousse Blush 28.00
Refillable Swarovski Bronzer/Highlighter $ 225.00

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