Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Both shades reviewed in this post are from Chanel’s spring collection, and they’ll be added to the permanent range, so there’s no need to rush. Charivari was more unique relative to polishes I’ve come across over the years, whereas Tapage, while high quality and incredibly pigmented, was easier to find dupes for. I had no issues with application or pigmentation with either hue, though, and they’re just what you’d like to see from a high-end polish formula. The consistencies weren’t too thick or too thin, so they flowed evenly across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula, but take that with a grain of salt as next to nothing chips on me.

Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft purple/mauve.” It’s a smoky, plummy-purple with a cream finish and subtle warm undertones. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully. NARS Manosque (LE, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dark Angel (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Shadow (LE, $24.00) is much darker, has slight shimmer. China Glaze Urban Night (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Jungle Queen (LE, $7.50) is darker, less plum. See comparison swatches.

Tapage (605) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, coral-red with a cream finish. It’s nearly opaque in a single coat, but for a really high-shine, plush look, I’d recommend still going with two. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) has slight shimmer. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is less warm-toned. Guerlain A La Parisienne (P, $23.00) is similar. Dior Merveille (LE, $24.00) is slightly shimmery. China Glaze Poinsettia (LE, $7.50) is similar. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $7.50) is redder. Essie Too Too Hot (LE, $8.00) is redder. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer
Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer

Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and no shimmer. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) has shimmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Applied, it looks pinker than it does in the tube or swatched, as it is semi-sheer and the natural pigmentation of my lips is influencing the end result to look pinker. It applied somewhat evenly, but the milkier consistency did result is some unevenness. It didn’t settle into lip lines as heavily as other milky glosses have, so I was pleasantly surprised. It lasted for three hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. The consistency is light-to-medium in weight, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to lipgloss, I personally fall in love with two types:  insanely pigmented, nearly opaque colors or glimmering, dazzling, sparkling, and shimmering ones–but they have to be loaded with sparkle (and yet, they can’t feel gritty!).  Over the years, while stickiness isn’t a deal-breaker, I don’t like heavy, thick, goopy kind of glosses.  Reflecting on glosses I’ve tested out this past year, here were the ones I picked for my top ten!

What were your must-have lipglosses from 2013?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I went through all of the blushes I’ve reviewed in 2013, which was around 200 in total, and these were some of my very, very favorites. I could have given you a much longer list, so when there was just a really amazing formula, I limited myself to picking just one shade, but I’ve included a link to the formula itself where you can also check out other shades available! Naturally, as these are my personal favorites, you’ll likely notice a warmer tone to most, plus an inclination towards coral… I cannot tell a lie: I love coral blushes!

What were your favorite blushes this year? What makes your top ten? (Or top five!)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?