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DEX Mineral Pressed Blush Review & Swatches

November 14, 2009
DEX Mineral Pressed Blush ($21)

DEX’s Mineral Pressed Blushes are these matte yet satiny smooth, intensely pigmented things of beauty that remind me quite a bit of Illamasqua’s blushes. The lightest tap of my brush across the surface of one of these is enough to give me a fresh-faced flush that lasts all day and night, while the vitamin and peptide complexes in the formula promise to provide anti-aging benefits to encourage skin radiance.

Swatches (left to right): Sutton Place, Herald Square, City Hall

Check out the full review and close-ups of the blushes after the jump!

These Dex Mineral Pressed Blushes are pretty much everything I look for in a great blush – nice blendability, intense pigmentation, silky texture and gorgeous vibrant colors. While I do usually prefer a touch of shimmer to my blushes, these really gives my cheeks such beautiful color that I hardly miss my glittery bits.

Sutton Place is currently my favorite for achieving a fresh-in-from-a-brisk-walk flush that’s natural yet definitely noticeable. Just the tiniest dab of product is enough for both cheeks. The Mineral Pressed Blushes are by far my favorite DEX products and are major love for me!

Availability: DEX Modern Minerals are available online at www.dexnewyork.com as well as at the Dex Beauty Atrium flagship location in NYC (224 West 30th Street). The line is also carried at select Maria Martin boutiques around the country and at PIR in Canada.

These blushes were press samples sent by the brand’s PR rep, and I must say I’m not a major DEX fan, their products are awesome! I had so much fun exploring this new cosmetics range.

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3 Easy Steps to a Plumper Pout

October 21, 2009

While this won’t literally give you a plumper pout, the following method will help you feign the appearance of fuller lips in 3 quick and easy steps.

  1. Apply your lipstick/lipgloss of choice all over your lips. In this photo I used my DEX Gloss in Fifth Avenue Merlot.
  2. Take a contrasting lighter-hued shimmery gloss (ie. an almost clear gloss with silver or gold shimmer, a pale pale pink with heavy shimmer) and dot a small amount at the center of your upper lips (right below your cupid’s bow) and blend a little.
  3. Do the same for the center of your lower lip (I used DEX Gloss in Columbus Avenue Copper).

And voila you’re done! I personally prefer to implement this method using two glosses, but you can fiddle around with the mechanics to suit your lippie inclinations.

DEX Modern Minerals Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

October 20, 2009
DEX Modern Minerals Lip Gloss ($16.00)

I know I raved about how wonderfully pigmented, long-wearing and crease-free the DEX Mineral Pressed Eyeshadows are, and while they truly are phenomenal, I’d have to say that my true loves from the Modern Minerals line are the glosses and blushes (more to come on those in a few!). These glosses are like nothing I have felt before ~ mainly because they feel like nothing at all once on! No sticky, tacky, gooey messiness to contend with, just gorgeous, glossy lips that wear fantastically.

Columbus Avenue Copper (top); Fifth Avenue Merlot (bottom)


See swatches and lip shots and read the rest of the review after the jump!

Swatches: Fifth Avenue Merlot; Columbus Avenue Copper

  • Fifth Avenue Merlot scared me a little in the tube (it’s this dark red, almost burgundy-looking shade that intimidates non-red wearers like myself) but oh my goodness is it gorgeous once on! On the lips it’s a bright clear cherry red that essentially looks like the perfect glossy lip stain. Love it so much!
  • Columbus Avenue Copper is a coppery bronze that lends lips some pretty golden shimmer when used alone, but where this particular gloss shines is in its pairings with others. Check it out layered over DEX’s Atlantic Ave. below.

Lip Swatch of Columbus Ave. Copper

Lip Swatch of Fifth Avenue Merlot

Lip Swatch of Atlantic Avenue with a coat of Columbus Avenue Copper

I’m perpetually on the hunt for smooth glosses that can achieve that happy medium between being too watery and being so tacky that the upper layer of skin on your lips is being dragged off, and these DEX glosses are it. Once on you seriously won’t even notice that you’ve got anything on your lips (other than the gorgeous pop of color of course) and you’ll be good to go for hours on end.

Availability: DEX Modern Minerals are available online at www.dexnewyork.com as well as at the Dex Beauty Atrium flagship location in NYC (224 West 30th Street). The line is also carried at select Maria Martin boutiques around the country and at PIR in Canada.

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

DEX Modern Minerals Lipstick Review & Swatches

October 20, 2009
DEX Modern Minerals Lipstick ($22)

Encapsulated in sleek gunmental tubes that just epitomize contemporary minimalism, the DEX Modern Minerals lipsticks possess the same gorgeous pigmentation as every other piece of the line and really pack quite a punch.


While these won’t really be giving my Sensai Deep Moist Shine Rouges and Lasting Treatment Rouges a run for their money, the DEX Modern Minerals really are good solid lipsticks, and from what I’ve read, are ideal to use post-dermatological procedures (ie. collagen injections) as they’re very protective and conditioning.

Swatches: Court Street (a fleshy apricot); Atlantic Ave. (rosy bronze); Fulton Street (deep currant)

The DEX Modern Minerals lipsticks are nicely moisturizing and beautifully pigmented, but I did notice that some tended to feel a tad dryer than others. Court Street and Fulton Street are both wonderfully creamy and slick on beautifully, whereas Atlantic Ave. has a bit of a stiffer, dryer feel to it. I’m wondering if the difference is because Court & Fulton seem to be straight on creams whereas Atlantic Ave definitely has some metallic shimmer to it.




Notwithstanding my terrible lip shot of Fulton Street, I’d say it’s by far my favorite shade of the ones that I tried. I’m usually scared off by dark burgundy shades, but once on this has such a clear, bright finish to it that I just can’t resist.

If you’re on the hunt for richly pigmented non-drying lipsticks, these are a nice option, but if you happen to love lipsticks that are heavy on the shimmer (like I do), you may need to look elsewhere.

Availability: DEX Modern Minerals are available online at www.dexnewyork.com as well as at the Dex Beauty Atrium flagship location in NYC (224 West 30th Street). The line is also carried at select Maria Martin boutiques around the country and at PIR in Canada.

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

DEX Harlem Nights Sapphire EOTD (Quick & Dirty)

October 19, 2009

I wanted to give you a quick look at what DEX’s Harlem Nights Sapphire looks like on, but didn’t really have the time to be neat or precise so I hope you’ll excuse the messiness going on here! I used the same two products on my eyelid and lower lash line: Harlem Nights Sapphire and my trusty L’Oreal HiP Color Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lightning.

The How To: I first applied my Silver Lightning pencil to both my waterline and upper lash area (up to the crease). I then lined the outer half of my waterline using Harlem Nights Sapphire and also tapped just the tiniest bit (this stuff is crazy pigmented so you need to use a light hand) onto my upper eyelid on top of the silver liner for a shimmery look. I topped everything off with my new Jill Stuart mascara and I’m detecting a little spideriness going on.

Hope you can look past the messiness to see the beauty of the products!

DEX Mineral Pressed Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

October 19, 2009
DEX Modern Minerals Mineral Pressed Eye Shadows ($18)

With insanely pigmented shadows ranging from pure shimmery whites to rich sparkling sapphires and available in both satins and mattes, DEX’s mineral pressed eyeshadows have risen amongst the ABS shadow ranks to become one of my favorites, and definitely the best mineral shadows that I’ve tried to date.

The shadows are fortified with the anti-aging DEX Peptide Complex which is supposed to diminish fine lines and wrinkles by promoting cellular turnover in your delicate eye area (and as an added bonus they’re both cruelty-free and paraben-free), and while I can’t say that I’ve noticed any anti-aging benefits from using these shadows (I don’t really have any upper-eye wrinkles so to speak), the shadows really are amazing in and of themselves.


The DEX Mineral Pressed Eyeshadows come in plastic clamshell form, and are meant to be popped into one of DEX’s many palettes (the one shown above will run you $10 and holds 4 shadows or 2 blushes or 1 blush and 2 shadows), making them eco-friendly as well.


Read on after the jump to find out why I love these so much and to check out the swatches!

  • Harlem Nights Sapphire: A seriously intense matte midnight blue that will knock your socks off. Amazing as a liner or as a smoked-out blue eye for evening.
  • Boat House Sky Blue: A matte baby blue with gray undertones. A little sheerer than the others but stunning layered over my Jill Stuart Eye Jellies.

  • Ms. Liberty Green: By far my favorite shade of the bunch, this olive green with golden pearl offers intense pigmentation and is just insanely flattering. I can wear it to work, for an evening out, and it plays so well with other shades. Plus I just love the name!
  • Off Broadway Copper: A pearled copper that’s reminiscent of a shiny new penny.

  • The Dakota Spice: A matte taupey milk chocolate that’s another one of my favorites. It makes for a fabulous understated smoky work eye.
  • Tudor City Plum: A plum with brown undertones and soft sheen to it. Honestly wasn’t too crazy about this particular shade on its own as the purple/brown mix just doesn’t work too well on me, but with a light dusting of Rockefeller Gold over it (see swatch below) it’s really pretty.

The Review: So I’m sure by now you’re wondering what it is about these shadows that makes them such a must-have for me. Well to me, a shadow is only as good as its texture and pigmentation, and these happen to be absolutely top notch. DEX’s mineral shadows are seriously outrageously pigmented (just a light tap is enough color for your whole eye and then some) and blend beautifully. I do wish that there were a few more fun shades available, but in terms of the quality of shades that they do carry, well I’d say I’m pretty wowed.

Swatches (L to R):
Tudor City Plum, Ms. Liberty Green, Boat House Sky Blue, Harlem Nights Sapphire

Swatches (L to R):
Penn Station Chocolate, The Dakota Spice, Rockefeller Gold, Off Broadway Copper

I’ve been wearing these almost exclusively since I received them, as not only as they intensely pigmented, but they’re also seriously crease- and fade-free shadows, meaning I can get away with not wearing any eyeshadow primer on a good day (which is unheard of as I have terribly oily eyelids). Plus I like knowing that I’m doing something good for my lids while prettifying them as well.

Availability: DEX Modern Minerals are available online at www.dexnewyork.com as well as at the Dex Beauty Atrium flagship location in NYC (224 West 30th Street). The line is also carried at select Maria Martin boutiques around the country and at PIR in Canada.

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

Introducing DEX Modern Minerals

October 19, 2009


Inspired by NYC’s fashion industry and music-filled nightlife, DEX Modern Minerals introduces a runway-and-street inspired line of modern mineral makeup that is natural but never neutral. This edgy, runway-inspired line combines the benefits of long-term anti-aging results with cruelty-free, hypo-allergenic and eco-friendly products that are just exploding with color.


Creator Dexter Phillip (who happens to have studied journalism at my alma mater) says that he created DEX Modern Minerals in response “to the fact that the beauty industry was lacking a professional line of ‘camera-ready’ mineral makeup that was also fun and colorful while not damaging the skin.” And judging by his celebrity following (which includes Carrie Underwood, Vivica Fox, Kelly Ripa, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys), he’s been pretty successful in his endeavors.

The entire DEX range of products contains a restorative peptide complex meant to maximize skin’s regenerative properties while acting as a wrinkle reducing agent.


Named after iconic NYC streets (such as Wall Street Onyx, High Line Metallic Blue and Schubert Alley Cantaloupe), historic musical neighborhoods (Harlem Nights Sapphire, The Met Star White, Rockefeller Gold), idyllic NY getaway spots (Sag Harbor, Montauk) and even a few notorious nightclubs (Limelight, Studio 54) that Dex himself lived through and loved, this mineral makeup line really seems to capture the vibrant energy that is so NY.

I have a major soft spot for NY-themed brands (hence my love for Bond No. 9, which of course also stems from the fact that their fragrances are deliciously complex) and I can honestly say that the DEX eyeshadows are truly the best mineral shadows I’ve tried to date. Stay tuned for the reviews and swatches!

Availability: DEX Modern Minerals are available online at www.dexnewyork.com as well as at the Dex Beauty Atrium flagship location in NYC (224 West 30th Street). The line is also carried at select Maria Martin boutiques around the country and at PIR in Canada.