Lovely, pigmented and a great mix of mattes and shimmers, warm and cool shades. This one can be used for a dramatic or more day look.
Product grade: A
Blush: MAC Blunt
Lips: MAC True Love's Kiss and Kiss Me Quick
Bare: pink-ivory matte
Unadorned: taupe shimmer with a little gold undertone
Shell: peach shimmer
Rustic: red-brown matte
Oxidize: coral shimmer
Topaz: champagne shimmer, a little brown
Dark cocoa: blackened brown matte
Ebony: black matte
Yes, these really are lovely. They're also all progressively darker gold shades (so warm toned) and a little metallic. I really like these…but don't think they're ideal for all (cool toned girls might be better off with Moonstone even if darker skinned…unless you want that gold shimmer).
Product grade: A to A- depending on your skin tone.
Zelda la Grange worked for Nelson Mandela for over 20 years and grew to not only adore him but also rely on him. This book is both history - a traditional Afrikaner who believed in Apartheid - grew to believe in Nelson Mandela's case of equality for all in South Africa - and a woman who respected someone with a very special character.
Mandela led by example but could be tough on his staff who didn't take the lesson. He learned to speak the language of his enemies - literally - and was courteous to all (including his jailers). Reading the book and seeing a great man behind the scenes I was overawed. I've known many successful people, including politicians, but none who lived as a better person the way Mandela did. So many play nice in public but behave badly in private. Not Mandela.
La Grange is a credible witness to this part of history. Sometimes I wish she'd added more depth to her insight. Too often she's driven more by logistics than insight. But I still very much enjoyed the book and recommend it.
Learning about this great man - really - changed me.
Mandela was a truly great man and la Grange was witness to that greatness.
These remind me a little of Melt or the Becca Matte lipsticks. Like you dotted on a matte color or patted it with a kleenex after. The ones I got are all bright! And a little drying (maybe a lot for some…and the finish is dry looking as such mattes are).
Product grade: A-. Pretty and the packaging is too adorable to describe…see below and in the video.