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Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush

Reflex (82)

Chanel Reflex (82) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). The texture of Reflex was silky, thin, but finely-milled and, surprisingly, blendable on the skin as the color diffused easily across the skin and had a soft, luminous sheen after buffing and working the powder into the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage (two layers for true-to-pan color). On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Reflex (82)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Rose Glacier (170)

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and gold shimmer.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). Rose Glacier had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency and a higher level of shimmer than most shades within this formula (that I’ve tried, at least). The blush applied well to the skin, as it spread and blended on the skin easily, and while I wasn’t sure about the shimmer level (it made me wary of whether would accentuate the look of the skin’s natural texture), it ended up translating rather nicely–soft, luminous, and glowy. I noticed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Rose Glacier (170)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.18 oz.) contains five eyeshadows with a smoky feel to them. It’s an interesting concept for the holiday season, as I think smoky eyes are certainly a go-to, but it’s less your typical red/gold themed launch, so I liked it from that perspective. I was less impressed by the application of the formula, which was dustier and prone to sheering out and had less staying power on the lids.

Architectonic #1 is a dark navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a thin, lightly dusty consistency that was prone to sheering out. It lasted for six hours on me before fading. Viseart Dark Matte #10 (P) is brighter (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #10 (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Prussian (DC, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Navy (01V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Prank (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (P, $21.00)(85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Architectonic #2 is a deep gray with a bluish tone and a soft pearl shimmer. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, with a drier, thin texture that had quite a bit of kickup in the pan. This shade applied decently to bare skin but turned noticeably patchy when I started to blend it out in the crease. I saw signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Burberry Antique Blue (305) (P, $29.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #20 (LE, $33.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Deep Fog (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P) is lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Architectonic #3 is a light-medium silver with cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier and looser in the pan, so some of the powder came away in larger chunks. I highly recommend tapping excess off your brush and applying in thinner, sheerer layers, as it was hard to work with otherwise. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours. Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Sugar Bells (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Tin Soldier (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Deja Vu (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Parallax (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Benefit Blingo (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Vivacious Maguari (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Viseart Chloe (P) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Architectonic #4 is a deep taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was a bit firmer in the pan, so while it adhered well to bare skin and lasted a bit longer (seven and a half hours), it was a struggle to really get an even diffusion of color on the skin. MAC Showstopper (DC, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Smokeshow (P) is cooler (95% similar). Lancome Purple Pageantry (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #348 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Architectonic #5 is a very light, silvery white with a frosted finish. The eyeshadow felt looser in the pan, somewhat dry and dusty, which led to it being prone to sheering out on the lid, despite having good pigmentation initially. I felt like my eyelids just ate the formula up, but it was particularly apparent with this shade–a mere five hours! Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rondelle (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #447 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Cheers (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Collection Libre Eyeshadow Palette Architectonic
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

01/07

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush

Rose Tourbillon (67)

Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a soft pearl finish.

The Joues Contraste Blush formula is supposed to have a “silky, delicate texture” with “buildable coverage” that gives a “radiant glow.” This is one of four exclusives to Chanel’s website, though it has been released before (but I don’t remember having it). It had medium, buildable coverage with a soft, silky consistency that seemed thin in then pan but worked well in practice. The shimmer in the finish became more pronounced as I buffed and blended the color onto cheeks, but it looked like a smooth, pearly sheen rather than a more textured, metallic finish. The color lasted well for eight hours on me before fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Rose Tourbillon (67)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow palettes helpful!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. The eyeshadows adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

Availability

BH Cosmetics

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing blush formulas useful 🙂

Tom Ford Cheek Color

Tom Ford Cheek Color

Tom Ford Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) has been a go-to blush formula for me since I first tried it many years ago. As time has passed, I have tried many more blush formulas from brands, but I still go back to this one frequently. I keep a few of my favorite shades (Love Lust, Ravish, Wicked) in my go-to drawer, where I keep products I want to wear again and again (when I’m not testing something!). The formula is soft, moderately dense, and smooth, which results in good pigmentation, a satin to pearly sheen, and easy application–plus, they wear long on me (over eight hours).

Availability

Bergdorf GoodmanNeiman MarcusNordstromSaks

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a powder blush with medium, buildable coverage and a more satin-to-luminous finish. I like how the range includes a mix of more “wearable” neutrals along with brighter pops of color, so it’s a versatile range that can work for many skin tones. Some of my favorite shades are Rapture, TMI, Fetish, and Crush.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom

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