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Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “sophisticated shade of deep chocolate, burnished by a heart of pearly red.” It’s a deep, dark reddened brown with a dusting of reddish-burgundy shimmer. The shimmer is not the star here, so while visible at certain angles, gives it more of a reddened depth than sparkle.  China Glaze Midtown Magic is browner and has larger and more present shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Au Chocolate is very similar in color but is a cream (no shimmer). Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is a redder cream with no shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is slightly more burgundy and has no shimmer. Chanel Strong has a lot more of the red pearl, so it looks a bit redder/purpler in some lighting.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Western Light was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied beautifully, evenly, and streak-free, just as Chanel describes.  I think more shimmer would have made this a more unique color, but as is, the shimmer tends to fade away and the color looks mostly like a cream finish–and there are a fair amount of creams available in shades near to this.  I usually get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Western Light
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Attirance Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a “coppery beige.” It’s a peach and copper-shimmered orange-brown. It’s orange without being loudmouth orange; it’s not neon or bold, as the orange is tempered by warm brown undertones. Bobbi Brown Canary is more golden, less color in its base. Chanel Calypso is redder, more opaque, and less shimmery. MAC Secret Identity is a bit more orange. NARS Hopi is browner.

Attirance has semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a lot of shimmer, while the base color adds warmth and gives lips a more orange appearance. I still saw some translucency to the color, so I wouldn’t call it opaque, though the formula is supposed to be “color-rich,” non-sticky, and have “high-shine.” Chanel nailed the glossiness; Attirance is incredibly high-shine and reflective. It has comfortable, long-wearing (five hours), and hydrating feel on the lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Attirance
Attirance
Attirance
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Rose Favorite Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “audacious pink.” It’s a brightened, medium rosy pink with mostly neutral undertones; it looks subtly cool-toned in the pan but against my skin tone, it looks neutral to slightly warm. It has a mostly matte finish. Dior Bow is a smidgen darker and cooler-toned–Rose Favorite appears softer, less fuchsia. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is cooler-toned. MAC More Amour is redder.

If you’ve always wanted a “bright pink” eyeshadow, Rose Favorite is a subtle introduction that may pain your wallet but will allow you to explore the possibilities without having full, in-your-face, kind of brightness.  It’s nicely pigmented, but there’s a soft, muted quality to the color that keeps it from being a truly bright pink (like you might expect from brands famous-for-their-brights, like Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay).  The texture is incredibly soft, almost buttery, and very, very finely-milled; there is a little excess powder that kicks up when used, but it seemed to settle quite nicely once applied to the eye.  That softness, however, lends itself to being easy blended on the eye, and it can be sheered out more readily if you don’t want opaque color.  Rose Favorite wore for eight hours well on me, and there was some very faint fading after nine hours.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Rose Favorite
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder
Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as an “elegant gold shade enhanced with pink highlights.” It’s a warm-toned, golden champagne with champagne sparkle; there’s a faint hint of pink that I spotted at a glance at the product in the pan, but against my warm complexion, I couldn’t see any effect from the coloring. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat is very similar in color and has a metallic sheen, too, just less sparkle. NARS Satellite of Love has a darker, tanner base color. bareMinerals Secret Radiance is a bit darker when swatched heavly, but on the skin, it really looks rather similar applied.

It had a much more sparkly finish than I expected based on the description and even from just looking at the texture of the product, which came off as very metallic but not that it would have larger sparkle in it. The texture is soft, almost cream-like, because it’s a very smooth, dense product.  Applied, it does yield a rather metallic sheen wherever it’s applied, even if it’s really worked into the skin.  The sparkles are somewhat there, but some get lost in the brush and blended away.  It somewhat emphasizes the skin’s natural texture along with pores; not the most emphasis I’ve come across but enough that’s noticeable.   I put this on straight away this morning, and it started to get a little patchy after seven hours of wear but there was still some left after eight hours.

I kind of wish Chanel hadn’t ran a free two-day shipping promo (because it’s what made me cave and hold out hope I could receive and turnaround a review before it sold out), because for $80, it was disappointing to see emphasis of pores/skin texture.  Brands like Chanel are famous for beautiful powders that reflect light in spectacular ways without emphasizing pores, so Mouche de Beaute was most definitely a miss.

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

5 Shades of Spring for Nails

Do you break out the pastels come springtime?  I picked five of my favorite shades for spring, some punchier than others, and nothing too light/pale.  I’d love to hear yours!

What’s your favorite polish for spring?

Navy Blue Eyeliners: Swatches, Dupes, and Comparisons

Navy Blue Eyeliners
Navy Blue Eyeliners: BB Black Navy, MUFE #8K, bareMinerals Noon,
D&G 8, EL Blackened Sapphire, MAC Marine Ultra, MAC Prussian, MAC Blooz

Navy Blue Eyeliners: Your Guide

I think navy blue might be the color I have the most shades for!

  1. Bobbi Brown Black Navy is a deep, dark navy that almost looks purple.
  2. Make Up For Ever #8K is a deep navy blue. It is a touch darker than Dolce & Gabbana #8.
  3. bareMinerals Noon is a blackened navy blue. (LE)
  4. Dolce & Gabbana #8 is a deep navy blue with a sheen. It is a bit lighter than MUFE #8K.
  5. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire is a rich, blackened navy blue with a matte finish. (LE)
  6. MAC Marine Ultra is a lighter, but a darker blue with more brightness than other shades here.
  7. MAC Prussian is a navy blue with a purple tinge and a soft sheen.
  8. MAC Blooz is a blackened navy blue with a hint of purple. It is very similar to Givenchy #14.
  9. Givenchy #14 is a blackened navy blue with a hint of purple. It is very similar to MAC Blooz.
  10. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is a dark navy blue with a soft sheen. It is a touch more intense compared to Dolce & Gabbana #8 and MUFE #8K.
  11. YSL Oriental Blue #3 is a rich, navy blue with a matte finish. It is a touch lighter than La Prairie Midnight Blue.
  12. Korres #9 is a teal-ish blue (looked navy blue in the pencil!). (DC)
  13. La Prairie Midnight Blue is a rich, navy blue with a matte finish. It is a bit darker than YSL Oriental Blue.
  14. Chanel Marine is a shimmering navy blue.
  15. Make Up For Ever #3L is a blackened navy blue with soft sparkle.
  16. MAC Fly-By-Blu is a lightened blue over a blackened navy base. (LE)
  17. MAC Petrol Blue is a dark navy blue with sparkle over a blackened blue base. This shade is similar to MUFE #8K and D&G #8.
  18. MAC Blue Stripe is a blackened navy blue with a subtle sheen. It is darker and less sparkly compared to MAC Petrol Blue, and a touch darker than MUFE #3L.
  19. Urban Decay Binge is a lightened navy blue with a hint of purple; it is a bit lighter than the other navy blues here.
  20. Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot is a rich navy blue over a blackened navy base. It is comparable to NARS Rue Saint-Honore and MAC Petrol Blue.
  21. MAC Sense of Style is a darkened, teal-blue with a black base. (LE)
  22. MAC Navy Stain is a navy blue with subtle sheen.
  23. MAC Hyacinth is a medium-dark blue with a matte finish. (LE)
  24. MAC Industrial is a lightened, medium blue with a brownish-black base. It is similar to MAC Fly-By-Blu, but it has a lighter base.
  25. Urban Decay LSD is medium blue sparkle over a blackened navy base. It is a bit like MAC Fly-By-Blu. (LE)
  26. Make Up For Ever #15L is a darkened cornflower blue with a barely-there sheen.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #5 (pigmentation, texture), #17 (intensity), #20 (pigmentation, longevity), #26 (uniqueness, longevity)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

What’s your favorite navy blue Eyeliner? How do you like to use it?

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