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Up Close & Personal with Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact in Lovely Tulip

October 7, 2009

Jill Stuart’s Mix Blush Compacts ($48) are one of my favorite items from her entire cosmetics range, not because the blushes themselves are particularly awe-inspiring (they’re decent albeit a bit chalky but I’ve definitely tried better), but because the packaging is just so insanely appealing that even after having dropped $50+ on one after tax, I don’t feel the least bit guilty.

See my thoughts on the brush-softness and more reasons to love this product after the jump!

Reason #1 To Love the Mix Blushes: The beautifully crystal-adorned blush brush that comes attached to the compact by a delicate chain. It’s nice quality, beautifully soft, dense, gorgeous to look at and detachable ~ need I say more? I was so surprised by the quality of the brush.

Reason #2 To Love: The beauty of the compact itself. It’s elegant, girly, and brings out your inner princess. I know we’re not all girly girls here, but who doesn’t enjoy feeling like royalty?

Reason #3: The blushes are supremely wearable. They’re have a slight glowy sheen to them but they’re subtle – not too pigmented, not ridiculously sheer, not too sparkly but not completely matte. Plus they’re just plain pretty to look at!

Close-up of 07 Lovely Tulip in the pan.

Final Thoughts: If you’re looking to spend your $50 on a fabulous blush that you’ll love for the rest of your days, this probably isn’t going to be it. But if you’re like me and have a decent blush collection and would love to add something new and different to it that’s guaranteed to be an attention-getter, this is your product. The quality is solid, the packaging is fantastic and I promise you’ll love staring at it!

Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color Packaging: Old vs. New

October 7, 2009
New Packaging (left) vs. Old Packaging (right)

I’m a creature of habit and very very rarely do I do even remotely well with change. Case in point: when the Bloomies in SoHo decided to up and change their layout on me, moving things onto different floors and creating new departments and all that jazz, I stopped shopping there. I used to literally go there at least 2 – 3 times a week, but since the change I’ve been shopping elsewhere. I know it’s stupid and irrational, and the old layout probably wasn’t the most efficient, but what can I say, I don’t like change.

Which is why, while the shift in packaging on these Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Colors were initially disconcerting to me, I’m shocked to find that I actually quite adore the new, even girlier pot!

Older Jill Stuart Eye Jelly packaging (click for more photos).

I do miss the simplicity and sleekness of the old design, and how the top resembled a faceted jewel, but even an obstinate, change-hating person like me can recognize the beauty of the new design. Yes it’s a little frilly and a little more ornate than what I would have gone for, but it’s really pretty nonetheless.

Newer Jill Stuart packaging (click for more photos).

I love that they’ve kept the weighty glass bottoms to these little pots (they feel so great in your hands) but have added the scalloped edges for a little more aesthetic appeal. All in all, job well done packaging designers at Jill Stuart!

Up Close & Personal with Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color N in Platinum Satin

October 7, 2009
Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color N ($24)

While I love to babble about cosmetics with the best of them, the old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ really rings true when it comes to Jill Stuart cosmetics. These products are so unbelievably gorgeous that words really don’t do them justice, so for this morning I’ll be letting my photos do the talking for me. Hope you enjoy!

Interior view of JS Jelly Eye Color N in 03 Platinum Satin.

See more close-up shots and read just a few words after the jump!

Close-up of Platinum Satin in the pot.

03 Platinum Satin is a gorgeous, multi-dimensional champagne pink shade that can flash taupe in certain light that, per the usual Jelly Eye Color formula, has a delicious fruity scent and contains a multitude of shimmery bets. For a full review of the product see my initial Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color review. I love to layer these under shadows for more subtle shimmer, over them for some dramatic sparkle, and of course I also wear them on their own for a soft shimmery eye.

Photos of the other products I picked up during my Jill Stuart boutique visit coming shortly!

Availability: Currently only at the Jill Stuart boutique located at 100 Greene Street in NYC and via telephone by calling (212) 343-2300 (flat shipping rate of $15 ~ ouch!).

A Glimpse Inside the Jill Stuart Boutique & My Haul

October 3, 2009
The Jill Stuart ‘counter’ at the boutique in SoHo.

I know many of you have been dying to see and hear about the Jill Stuart Cosmetics currently available at the Soho Greene Street JS boutique, so here I am bringing you all the info!

Upon stepping into the boutique I seriously had the hardest time finding the cosmetics ‘counter.’ Took a brief glimpse upstairs and no luck, so I headed downstairs and again no luck. I ventured back upstairs, feeling a little silly, and saw this tiny little glass display case standing next to the register – and there stood the entirety of the US Jill Stuart release!

So what have they got? 2 types of glosses, lipsticks, eye jellies (you know from my review that I love these), mix blush compacts, eyeshadow palettes, a mascara and fragrance. I was so disappointed to see that they weren’t carrying any of the loose powder blushes or powders that come in the most gorgeous pots (check my Jill Stuart powder review to see more photos), nor were they carrying any skincare like the yummy smelling cleansing oil.

They did have a few testers, although everything was literally dumped into a small box behind the register that you had to dig through. That’s not to say I didn’t come home with a few goodies though ~ and I do plan to go back for more!

Check out close-up shots of my haul and hear about the prices after the jump!

I picked up a Mix Blush Compact not because I was particularly wowed by the colors, but more because it was just too gorgeous to resist! I loved the surprisingly soft little blush brush attached by a delicate chain to the compact, and of course the compact itself was pretty irresistible to begin with. The prices for all this beauty? $48. I cringed a little at the price but I can live with it!

I also picked up a Jelly Eye Color for $24. It seems that Jill Stuart has changed the packaging on these and they’re not cuter than ever! This was definitely one of the more reasonably priced items of the bunch.

And I almost missed this as they didn’t have it on display – a Jill Stuart mascara to call my very own! So this cost me a whopping $32 which really pained me, but I just couldn’t resist – it’s got the coolest looking applicator!

Reviews and close-up photos of the interiors of everything to come (you’ll just have to wait! =P) soon ~ everything is just as spectacular on the inside as they are on the outside. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil Review

September 21, 2009

Since the Jill Stuart Beauty line is at long last available in the US, I figured it was about time that I got around to reviewing her uber-girly sweetly scented Cleansing Oil for you.

Containing strawberry juice, apricot seed oil and raspberry essence, the Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil helps to massage away dead skin and the grime that the surface of your complexion may have accumulated during the day. To read more on why I can’t live without my cleansing oil, check out my SK-II Cleansing Oil review.

See more photos and check out my full review of Jill Stuart’s Cleansing Oil after the jump!

What I love about the Jill Stuart is basically the wonderful at-home experience you get out of this one little bottle ~ it’s quite literally a treat for the senses! The bottle is a treat for your eyes (I feel like a princess just looking at it), the cleansing oil itself smells just heavenly (it has Jill Stuart’s signature fruity scent to it that I LOVE), it feels fabulous as you massage it into the skin, and it rinses away nicely leaving your feeling cleansed and pampered.

My one little caveat is that when I get this particular cleansing oil in my eyes, it does sting a little, but I love all the other aspects of the Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil so much that I’ve managed to look past this one little flaw.

If you’ve been looking to try a cleansing oil, definitely give Jill Stuart’s a shot! Not only is it pretty affordable compared to other cleansing oils that I’ve tried, but it’s also finally available stateside through the Jill Stuart boutique meaning you’ll no longer have to fly the stuff in from Asia. Remember that while it seems counter-intuitive, cleansing oils are actually fabulous for keeping oily skin clear and happy, so do give them a chance, you just might be pleasantly surprised!

What You’ve Been Wainting For: Jill Stuart Cosmetics FINALLY Launch In the US!

September 15, 2009

It’s been almost precisely a year since I posted that Jill Stuart Cosmetics (previously exclusive to Japan) would be launching in the United States in March of 2009, but sadly the launch never happened and I began to think that Jill Stuart Cosmetics would never reach our sad little shores.

BUT it just so happens that select pieces from the Jill Stuart Cosmetics line are currently available at the Jill Stuart boutique located at 100 Greene Street in NY!! And for those of you who aren’t in NY, don’t despair ~ for a flat shipping rate of $15, you can place an order via telephone by calling the boutique at (212) 343-2300.

I’ve tried everything from their Sparkle loose powder to Jill Stuart’s Jelly Eye Color, and it’s all not only been beautifully packaged, but of phenomenal quality. I definitely plan to get my shop on at some point over the weekend! Do you think you’ll be placing an order?

Jill Stuart Loose Powder in 03 Sparkle Review & Swatches

May 13, 2009
Jill Stuart Loose Powder
($53.03 from Bobodave–which in case you’re wondering is only a few dollars more than I paid for this from Japan)

While I love all the products my friend Cathy hauled for me in Japan (check them all out HERE), I’d have to say that Jill Stuart’s Loose Powder in shade 03 Sparkle is amongst of my favorites. Although I’m still obsessed with my Fairy Drop Mascara (review HERE) so this powder definitely has some competition.

I’ll be the first to admit that I would’ve have given Jill Stuart cosmetics a second glance were it not for the packaging–the feminine, princessy packaging that just screams “BUY ME!!!” I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from the actual powder itself, but surprisingly it’s rather great and completely gorgeous.

All Jill Stuart products have this deliciously subtle fruity scent (including her Jelly Eye Color that I reviewed HERE), and the loose powder is no exception.

The powder itself is super finely milled, enough so that the texture reminds me of my much loved La Mer Loose Powder (review HERE), which is saying a lot. Since the shade I have is called Sparkle, it does contain a high dose of shimmer, but I can’t speak for the other three shades that this is available in. Sparkle is a soft pink shade with light shimmer interspersed throughout and with a few larger chunks of glitter here and there. The shade itself reminds me a bit of Caron’s Venitienne powder (review HERE), which I also love.

Swatch of Sparkle

What I absolutely love about the Jill Stuart Loose Powder in Sparkle is that it lightens and brightens my whole complexion, giving it the flawless, luminous, finished look that I’m always trying to achieve. I’d always heard that soft pink powders really help to brighten your complexion, but while I’ve tried many of them, none have ever been this successful. Truly a gorgeous powder! As for mattifying properties, this actually keeps me matter than many other powders I’ve tried, giving me a good four hours or so of matteness before the oilies start to appear (and this is saying a lot since my skin is super super oily).

All blended in!

Applied with a light hand this powder is gorgeous, giving your skin a luminosity without too much shimmer, but it’s definitel not for the shimmer haters out there as Sparkle, as its name indicates, does contain a healthy does of sparkle. And for those of you hesitating on the price, think of how pretty this powder will look sitting on your vanity. I definitely plan to refill mine with another powder once it’s empty!

RATING: 4.5/5

Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in 09 Moon Shadow Review & Swatches

April 23, 2009
Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in Moon Shadow

Yet another gorgeous item that Cathy picked up for me from Japan (check out the rest of my haul HERE). I probably never would’ve chosen these for myself as I tend to avoid cream/non-powder shadows, but having tried this one I find myself wanting to amass more shades.

Jill Stuart’s Jelly Eye Colors are just that–jelly. Unscrew the gorgeous, solidly weighted glass & metal jar (which by the way has the letter J etched on top–it’s like this was made for me! =P) to reveal some deliciously floral-scented, jiggly, shimmery, glittery goodness inside. The whole glob of shadow jiggles like jello!

I’ve found that the best way to apply the Jelly Eye Colors is with your finger. The colors are most definitely sheer, but you can definitely build up a few layers for more opaque coverage. And just be forewarned that if you’re not a fan of shimmer or glitter, you’re going to hate these as the sparkle is rather intense.

Moon Shadow is a really gorgeous, multi-dimensional shade that I’ve grown to love. At first glance it looks to be a shimmery pale silvery/gray that borders on almost being white, but turn it this way and that and you’ll see it reflect pink, blue, and a rainbow of other shades~it’s a true chameleon!

Close-Up of Moon Shadow in Pot

Moon Shadow Jelly Eye Color works well as a stand alone glittery pale silver shade, but I also love to layer it under other shadows for added shimmer and staying power. Once dry these are decently creaseless, although if your eyelids are as oily as mine, you may notice a little movement/migration after a few hours.

The above photo contains two swatches of Moon Shadow: the top is what the Jelly Eye Color looks like when applied very sheerly, the bottom swatch is after another layer and less blending. And the swatch below is of Moon Shadow in different lighting–see how it changes colors? So pretty!

I really love everything about Jill Stuart products, from the embossed pretty pink boxes to the weighty faceted metal/glass and the delicate floral scent that emits from the makeup. The Jelly Eye Colors are definitely very heavy on the shimmer/glitter-factor so they’re definitely not for everybody, but if you’re as big a fan of glitter as I am, you’re sure to love these.

What Jill Stuart’s Jelly Eye Color in Moon Drop looks like on (using one quick swipe):

I’m also wearing this eyeshadow in my Fairy Drops Mascara Review which you can find HERE (long story short it’s a fabulous mascara with a really cool applicator for a great price!) so click on over!

Unfortunately these are pretty hard to come by stateside, and if you do happen to find them, you’ll be paying a decent mark-up, but if you do happen upon them at a decent price, snatch them up they’re beautiful!

My Japan Haul Is Here At Last!

April 18, 2009

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, my friend Cathy was in Japan and was sweet enough to offer to pick up a few items for me. Check out what I got!

The boxes got a little crushed in transit, but the contents arrived safe and sound! In this group shot we have:

  • Fairy Drops Mascara (i’ve been wanting to try this for years now!)
  • Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara
  • Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil
  • Jill Stuart Loose Powder
  • Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color
  • a TON of great Jill Stuart samples!!

And here we have a Jill Stuart family photo! From left to right: Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color, Loose Powder (it’s a gorgeous shimmery pink), and Cleansing Oil. Pretty, no?

Every aspect of the Jill Stuart products is gorgeous, from the boxes to the packaging to the scents and shopping bags–even the sample bag is darling! I’ll be keeping mine long after the samples are gone.

Close up of the cute sample bag.

I got samples of the Cleansing Oil, Hydro-Filler, Softening Fluid, Cream Wash, Soap, Powder Foundation, Pure lasting Makeup Base, and some non-Jill Stuart BB Cream samples. I’m really looking forward to trying them all! And it doesn’t hurt that everything is pink 🙂

Close up of my Powder Foundation sample–isn’t it great?

Sample Open: I hope the shade works for me!

Cathy also included a Jill Stuart catalog that contained some drool-worthy promo shots, a few of which I photographed for you. Sorry for the not-so-great quality, it was kind of dark by the time I got around to taking photographs tonight!

Check out photos of the Jill Stuart counter in Takashimaya HERE!

Thanks so much Cathy for taking the time to choose/pick up these products for me!! ❤

Photos From The Jill Stuart Counter @ Takashimaya (Japan)

April 15, 2009

Photos courtesy of my gorgeous friend Cathy’s trip to Japan!