Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Chanel Rêve d'Orient Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Rêve d’Orient Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Rêve d’Orient Eyeshadow Quad ($70.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition Quad that will be available on chanel.com on December 1st. As a bonus, any orders with the Quad will get complimentary overnight shipping (and therein is the Cyber Monday deal for ya!). The formula of the quad seemed similar to the recent Tisse series quads that Chanel released a few months ago, but these do have a raised star pattern on each shade (otherwise, it doesn’t seem different). All four shades performed well with nice pigmentation, soft, blendable textures, and long-wear (eight to nine hours). They can be used wet or dry, though I don’t think it’s necessary to use them damp to get good performance out of them, but applying the shades with a dampened brush gives a slightly more intense look and a smoother, less frosted (more metallic) finish. You may find that you can easily dupe this with shades you already own, though, as there was no shortage of dupe options for the shades in this quad.

Rêve d’Orient #1 is described as a “luminous brown.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly finish–a little more sheen than satin but not a frost. It had excellent pigmentation applied wet or dry, though the drier application was a touch richer with less product. It wore well for nine hours on me. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Too Haute to Handle (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, yellower. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is redder. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is similar. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is redder. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Intuition #4 (P) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #2 is described as a “glimmering beige.” It’s a brightened, white gold with warm, ivory undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a more frosted finish, whereas when I applied it to the skin with a dampened brush, it had a smoother, more metallic finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is less warm-toned. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is darker. LORAC Sand (LE) is darker. LORAC Opal (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Bright (LE) is similar. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is warmer. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #3 is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a brightened, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, but the wet application made it appear slightly darker and richer. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer, lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a rich, dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented both wet and dry, though it is a bit smoother and looks inkier in person when applied damp. Thankfully, it is incredibly blendable with a silky, finely-milled texture. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is softer. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is warmer. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is similar. MAC Bleuluxe #5 (P) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be pigmented like a lipstick with the glossiness you’d expect from gloss, while hydrating lips. I reviewed three shades yesterday, and I definitely think these shades performed better. They were more pigmented, applied more smoothly, and lasted a little longer. The formula is semi-opaque to mostly opaque, wears four to six hours, is lightly hydrating, and slightly tacky. It has a floral scent but no discernible taste to me.

Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and very fine, cooler-toned pink shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage and applied evenly with very slight settling, which wasn’t noticeable except very close-up and magnified. This shade wore well for five hours on me. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is brighter, pinker. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is more muted. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Extase (16) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and very subtle micro-shimmer (it’s quite sparse). It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the sheerer nature of this made it look less perfect applied compared to Affriolant. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Follow (DC, $22.00) is darker, brighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Supreme (17) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine white micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. This shade wore for almost six hours, which made it one of the longer-wearing shades that I have from the range. MAC Hopelessly Devoted (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to have the “color intensity of a lipstick with the lacquered shine of a lip gloss” while having a hydrating, long-wearing formula. The color goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, though I get a little settling with these lighter shades, and have semi-opaque to more opaque color coverage. There is a noticeable glossiness that’s more than the shine you might get with a more luminous lipstick. These have a floral scent, though I didn’t notice any taste, and they are lightly tacky. The texture is lightweight without being thick or goopy, so it is comfortable to wear. For me, they’re only slightly hydrating over time with slightly longer-than-average wear (for lighter shades like these).

Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy brown with a very fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly overall, but there was slight settling into lip lines. I don’t think it’s noticeable except magnified/up-close. This shade lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Join the Party (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC 2N (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Cameo (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Exotique (12) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, tangerine orange with faint golden orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied to the lips, and there was some light settling into lip lines. This one wore well for four hours on me. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sensible (15) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and very faint micro-shimmer. It looks more coral on the applicator than applied, where it seemed to look pinker. This color didn’t apply as evenly as the other two, and it did have very faint settling in places. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for four hours. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is brighter. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is similar. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic silver … [with] an iridescent glow.” On the nail, it’s a deepened gray with a green and blue cast–it gives off a greener, more pewter-ish hue along the center of each nail, while the edges are smokier with a bluish-purple hue. At an angle, it can turn almost bluish-silver. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $20.00) is less metallic, sheerer. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less silver, more violet with green edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had a very metallic finish, and while many of the visible brush strokes faded as the polish dried down, there were still quite a few noticeable ones in the end result. The coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish’s consistency was slightly thin but not difficult to use. I didn’t have any issues with the color dragging or going on unevenly. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, but a glossy top coat might give it extra oomph to make it look plusher. I get seven days of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear and no chipping, which is the average for me on most polish formulas.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Precision Eye Definer
Chanel Precision Eye Definer

Recently, three new, limited edition shades of Chanel Precision Eye Definer ($29.00 for 0.03 oz.) were released in some brighter pops of color. I’m usually disappointed by Chanel’s limited edition eyeliners, and unfortunately, these weren’t impressive. Chanel’s formula is quite waxy, so it does glide across the skin, the color payoff is often uneven and sheerer. Sometimes they layer decently, other times the waxiness seems to build-up while the color stays about the same. I get noticeable fading after six hours of wear, and by eight hours, they look smudged.

Berry Lucky is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, pearled sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and this was the more buildable shade of the three. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocorange is a brightened, medium-dark orange with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It never built up to more than semi-opaque color–there was a translucency to it so that parts of it appeared redder and other parts appeared more tangerine and yellowed. It’s a very unique color as far as I can tell, though. MAC Genuine Orange (P, $16.00) is matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Star is a muted, bluish teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. Again, it looked somewhat uneven when built up. Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $19.00) is greener. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is greener, more sparkly. NARS Khao San Road (P, $24.00) is lighter, bluer. Urban Decay Junkie (P, $19.00) is more sparkly. NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Undercurrent (P, $15.00) is more sparkly, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features a mix of bronze, beige, pink, and taupe. It sold out at most retailers quickly, but Macy’s continues to have it in stock. The colors work well to create a warm, smoky eye with hints if pink and plum in it. The palette performed well overall, and the formula was consistent with the other quads in the range.

Poesie #1 is a medium bronzy brown with warm undertones and a slightly metallic finish. It had nice color payoff that went on very smoothly and evenly. The texture was soft and finely-milled, which made blending effortless. On me, it wore well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poesie #2 is a light, yellowed beige with a soft, frosted finish. It has incredibly fine shimmer, but there’s enough of a sheen that it’s not a satin or pearl finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poesie #3 is a pale, pink-lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. The powder had a soft, finely-milled feel to it that seemed just a little drier compared to the other shades in the quad. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poesie #4 is a rich, deep taupewith subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The sheen is so prominent that it almost looks wet when applied. It had good pigmentation, and the powder felt soft, finely-milled, and silky on the skin. The color stayed on well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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