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Chanel Rendez-vous (87) & Secret (85) Rouge Coco Shines

Chanel Rendez-vous (87) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Rendez-vous (87) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Rendez-vous (87) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense blue-pink.” It’s a medium, subtle blue-based pink with a luminous sheen. This shade is part of the Colour range, so it is designed to be more pigmented–and it is at nearly opaque coverage–than the original range of Rouge Coco Shines. It wears for four hours, which average, and is lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Fiend is warmer. MAC Please Me is lighter. Chanel Belgravia is darker, cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fuji is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Secret (85) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering pink.” It’s a warm, peachy beige with a shiny finish. This is part of the sheer range, and as a result, it has semi-sheer color coverage. It doesn’t really alter my natural lip color, but you can see how it does even out my lip color–especially at making my lip freckle look quite faded. Secret lasted two hours on me, and when I wore it a few times back-to-back, it was lightly hydrating. Chanel Melba is lighter. Chanel Gourmandise is similar. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Rendez-vous (87)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Secret (85)
Secret (85)
Secret (85)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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5 Shades of Juicy Watermelon

For me, summer and juicy, sweet watermelon go hand-in-hand.  This post is inspired by that connection and my personal love for watermelon!  These are five lovely shades of pink and red-coral!

  1. Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer — a luminous watermelon pink for your cheeks
  2. Revlon Wild Watermelon — a gllosy coral-red for lips
  3. Givenchy Rose Dressing — a warm, luminous pink
  4. Chanel Elixir — glossy coral-red for nails
  5. Giorgio Armani #519 — ultra-glossy coral-pink

What’s your favorite pink-coral?

5 Splurge-Worthy Eyeshadows

These are five eyeshadows that I think are worth splurging on! They’ll all set you back $20 or more, but over time, these are shades that have stuck with me.

If you could recommend someone splurge on one eyeshadow, what shade would you recommend?

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Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-tinged gray with bronze, mauve, and gold shimmer. It has a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #1 is purpler. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product, browner, darker. MAC Fashion Fix is matte. MAC Hypnotizing is purpler. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige is grayer. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was decent but could have been more intense. The texture was powdery and a little grainy, so the color sheered out all-too-easily on the lid. If you like sheer washes of color, then it’s right up your alley, but if you’re looking for true-to-pan goodness, you may find this lacking. Applied on bare lids, it was somewhat sheer, faded after six hours, and had quite a bit of fall out when worn. I’d recommend a slightly tacky or creamy primer when wearing this to minimize both the fading and fall out. This was probably the one item from Chanel’s fall collection that I was, personally, quite interested in seeing, but it was a let-down.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Gri-Gri (101)
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

Chanel Esprit (88) & Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. This shade is supposed to be one of the more pigmented/opaque shades of the Rouge Coco Shine formula, which is reflected in its coverage, as it is nearly opaque applied.  Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.  Chanel Fiction is warmer. Revlon Raspberry Pie is cooler-toned, more raspberry. Guerlain Lou-Ling is darker. Guerlain Guet-Apens is slightly darker. Chanel Taffeta Rose is somewhat brighter. See comparison swatches.

Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium beige-pink with neutral-cool undertones. As part of the normal range of Rouge Coco Shines, it is supposed to be sheer, which it is. It really doesn’t look like it alters my natural lip color much, other than giving it a natural sheen and darkening it slightly.  It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.  Revlon Pink Lemonade is more opaque. NARS Mitzi is more shimmery. MAC Peach Blossom is similar. Guerlain Rose Desir is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Esprit (88)
Esprit (88)
Esprit (88)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Instinct (86)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny finish, though it looks like a healthy matte. MAC Royal Sunset is a powder and is lighter, warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is powder and not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the Chanel blushes that released this fall, and I’m so happy to find that it’s just as high quality as the other five shades I’ve tested. There’s not a dud within the range, and I think Chanel did an excellent job with this new formula. Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they’re versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy in the pan but quickly turns to powder once it touches the skin. It remains blendable, though, and it doesn’t turn powdery. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours but was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours, which is slightly shorter wear than other shades in the formula.

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel Revelation (63)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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