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?

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection
Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection

The Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection is new for spring, and here are reviews for all of the products I bought from Nordstrom earlier this week!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Melodieuse (136) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. It had full color coverage applied to lips, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the lipstick glided across lips without pulling or tugging during application. The color distributed evenly and left lips looking smoother. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating during that time. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker/darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter, redder. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter, warmer. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a faint gold shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Fougueuse (138) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very, very subtle cool undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage–though not quite full coverage–that applied evenly and smoothly across lips without dragging or skipping. The color wore well for four hours, about average, and was lightly hydrating when worn. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is similar. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is darker, purpler. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is deeper. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is shimmery. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is brighter, darker, more matte. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. Chanel Insolente (P, $34.00) is less luminous, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

The Rouge Allure formula is supposed to be long-wearing and hydrating with “intense color with full coverage and a satin finish.” Both shades wore more along the lines of average wear (four hours), so I wouldn’t call them particularly long-wearing. They have mostly opaque to nearly opaque color coverage, though.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer
Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted red.” It’s a warm-toned, muted coral-red with a glossy finish. It looks a lot redder in the tube, but swatched and then applied, it has such a muted appearance that it ended up looking more coral-red than red. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker but is close. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two shades for Spring (the other is Murmure, but I’ve only purchased Sonate at this time), and both are supposed to be added to the permanent range based on the press release I received. Chanel specifically listed the two spring shade as having “no shimmer,” so if you love the formula of Glossimers and not the sparkle-factor, then these might be just the right ones for you. On the other hand, if it’s that glimmering sparkle that does it for you, it lacks it. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; noticeable amount of color that it changed the coloring of the lips from afar, but it let the natural lip color come through quite a bit (and you can see how much of my lip freckle is visible). For reference, the formula basically ranges from sheer to rich, and there’s typically no indicator as to which shade is supposed to be what. For the most part, it applied evenly, and it only settled slightly into lip lines after an hour of wear. This shade wore just under three hours on me, which is a little short for me. The consistency was lightweight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of a plummy mauve, golden beige, pink-coral, and dark brown. It’s generally warm-toned with a range of light to dark shades, and it certainly brings to mind the theme of spring. Every single eyeshadow has an incredibly soft, finely-milled texture that feels like silk, but they were also a little powdery as a result–you’ll find excess is easily lifted as you tap and press your brush to each pan (and the palette gets quite messy). I’d recommend lightly tapping excess off your brush to minimize any initial fall out, as well as pressing/patting the brush against the lid. If you use a dampened brush, it minimizes some of that powderiness while amplifying the pigmentation. When textures get more powdery, they don’t wear as long or as well on me, so I did notice signs of fading after seven hours of wear, even with some shades applied with a dampened brush (doesn’t live up to the “smudge-proof long wear” claim).

This is how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: “dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color.” If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you’ll need to use the shades damp.  I don’t think the majority of the shades get to fully, opaque color–I certainly wouldn’t describe them as rich or intense–but they do get more opaque/pigmented with a damp brush for application and somewhat less powdery but doesn’t fully resolve the powderiness. I think you’ll still need some sort of base to apply them dry, as they really do sheer out considerably (with the dark brown shade being the exception)!

Quadrille #1 is described as a “lavender grey.” It’s a muted, warm-toned, plummy mauve with a satin finish. Apply dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque though not fully opaque in color (and still a little powdery). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, less pink. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) has a higher sheen but is close. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) has a stronger golden shimmer. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) also has a bit of a golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #2 is described as a “golden ivory.” It’s a warm-toned, ivory beige with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it’s fairly sheer and powdery enough that it will be more of a barely-there wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more semi-opaque with some noticeable sheerness (less powdery!). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more metallic. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is less warm-toned. MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #3 is described as a “rosy apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin to matte finish. Applied dry, it looks less pink, is semi-sheer, and more matte, and then applied with a dampened brush, it has a subtle satin sheen and appears pinker, as well as it is more pigmented. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is a bit warmer but close. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and was the least powdery shade of the four. Applied damp, it was more opaque and a bit darker/more intense. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) has a stronger sheen. LORAC Espresso (P) is a bit darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

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If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you'll need to use the shades damp. This is in line with how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: "dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color."

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8.5/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Diapason (92) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Diapason (92) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Diapason (92) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous deep purple.” It’s a dark, warm purple over a burgundy-brown base with a frosted, shimmering finish. It had fairly good color payoff, which could be sheered out for a warmer, browner color. The finish was fairly metallic and quite sparkling. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and blendable. I wore this on the outer half of my lid, and it lasted well for eight hours and had faint creasing and fading apparent after nine hours of wear. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is a powder, less purple. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is also powder but similar in color. Disney by Sephora Master (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Impulsion (93) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous pastel pink.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted, sparkling finish. This really glimmered and danced in the light–very pretty. It had good color payoff, and it could be sheered out for more of a wash of sparkle if desired.  The texture felt very soft, slightly spongy, but smooth and lightweight. It wore well for eight hours before showing slight creasing and fading after nine hours of wear. There was very slight fall out apparent after seven hours of wear.  I worried this was going to look “crepe-y” applied, but it smoothed out nicely. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Dust (P, $18.00) is warmer. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE) is a powder. MAC Rock Candy (P, $21.00) is pinker, powder. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is a powder. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is also a powder. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is a powder, less metallic. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is less sparkly. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is less warm-toned, powder. See comparison swatches.

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