Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Chanel Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “golden beige.” It’s a semi-sheer warm, light beige with a pale golden shimmer-sheen. It has color payoff, but it’s more of a translucent color, so it allows more of the natural lip color to peek through while giving the illusion of more coverage. On my lips, it helps to even out my natural lip color and provide a subtle shimmer, but overall, it’s more my-lips-but-better in regards to color. MAC Mellow Mood has a more golden shimmer and a pinker base color. MAC Freckletone looks similar swatched but has more color payoff, so it gives a very peachy color instead. Similarly, MAC To the Future has a similar color as the swatch but opaque color coverage and a creamy finish, rather than a shimmery one.

It’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it’s translucent enough that it’s definitely not an opaque lipstick.  It seems to be one of the sheerer Rouge Cocos I’ve tried (more like a Rouge Coco Shine).  It’s just shy of being a heavier frost.  The wear time on Superstition was disappointing–only a mere hour and a half when I typically average four hours across a regular lipstick–and it wasn’t moisturizing (which is a selling feature of these lipsticks), unfortunately.  They’re non-drying, at least, so I didn’t find my lips were chapped after reapplying this two or three times (I thought perhaps the short wear was a fluke!).

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These are supposed to have medium to full color coverage, so the sheerer color payoff combined with the poor wear time really brought down the overall rating for this product.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Chanel Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink.” Sometimes brands get too creative with their color descriptions, but Chanel could afford to be less glib! It’s a soft, medium pink with very subtle blue undertones and a silver micro-shimmer that gives it a lightly frosted finish. The color payoff is semi-opaque–it gives decent color but there is some translucency in the color so your natural lip color will peek through. MAC Behave Yourself is similar but applies less evenly and perhaps a touch lighter. Dolce & Gabbana Fascination is similar in hue but several shades darker. MAC Speed Dial is a bit darker and has a golden sheen.

The Rouge Coco formula is supposed to be hydrating and have wearable shades with “full-coverage finishes.” Charme is not quite opaque, but it felt more moisturizing than many past Rouge Cocos have felt for me. When I tested this shade, it wore for around three and a half hours before it began to noticeably fade away, but my lips felt just shy of normal in terms of hydration.

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The color is extremely wearable while still having some brightness. It should work well for not only spring but for summer--you could even layer a subtle coral gloss on top to make a really summery lip.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


Chanel Candeur Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Spring 2012: Rouge Coco Shines

For spring, there are two new Chanel Rouge Coco Shines ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.); they include: Candeur (pastel pink) and Flirt (soft coral). Chanel lists both of these as joining the permanent range.

  • Candeur is a pale neutral pink with almost opaque color coverage. It’s a touch lighter compared to Guerlain Rose Innocent.
  • Flirt looks like a slightly pinked coral in the tube, but when I applied it to my lips, it took on a much pinker appearance. I suspect that this shade will lean more or less coral depending on how much pink is in your natural lip color. This shade had more semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency so it doesn’t read heavy or opaque at all. It’s like a much lighter version of theBalm Strawberry. MAC Flamingo is slightly warmer, less pink. MAC Blossom Culture is slightly more opaque. MAC Ever Hip is less pink and more opaque.

I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, and while it feels lovely on lips initially, I’ve found the formula to be just above average but not really worth the price tag. The wear time is under two hours (I normally average four), which is definitely a bummer. For me, what is most disappointing is the lack of hydration. The formula is supposed to be moisturizing, and indeed, it feels like it will be, because it glides on and feels lightweight and more like a lip balm than a lipstick.

The formula isn’t drying, but it doesn’t add moisture for the short period of time it’s on your lips. I feel the need to add some sort of balm after these are up or else reapply. Because of the really creamy, glide-on consistency, it is also easy to overapply these. The color is intended to be soft and translucent, though these seem more pigmented than other Rouge Coco Shines I’ve tried.   There are readers who definitely enjoy these, so they may be worth checking out if the color really grabs you. I haven’t had a great experience with them, though, and I think Chanel can and has done some really amazing lip products in the past–these just don’t hit the mark for me.

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Chanel Candeur and Flirt Rouge Coco Shine Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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If the wear was improved, these would be a better buy. They do apply exceptionally well, because the texture is very balm-like, so it glides on effortlessly and feels comfortable to wear while it lasts.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Chanel Tigerlily Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Tigerlily Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel Tigerlily Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Tigerlily Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden orange.” It’s a warm tangerine orange with a soft golden orange shimmer set in a low-sheen finish. It reminded me a lot of MAC Juiced, which is a little dirtier–not quite as clean of a color as Tigerlily.  MAC Straw Harvest is also similar but lighter.

The color payoff is good, delivering a healthy amount of color without having to pack it on, and the texture is soft, smooth, and even. Though I’m not always in love with Chanel’s eyeshadow quads, I’ve had really good luck with their individual eyeshadow formula. They tend to have that silky-smooth feel that just adheres to the lid without work; it’s like they just melt against the skin for a smooth appearance that’s about as natural as orange skin is ever going to look. The shimmer is faint but noticeable; it enhances but doesn’t overwhelm, so if you find frosty finishes tend to accentuate lid texture, this is a nice way to get some of the reflective qualities of a frostier finish without that problem.

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This type of orange is very on-trend for 2012, and the balance between softness and vibrancy is done well with Tigerlily. It has enough brightness not to look burnt, but it's not so bright that it reads neon.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Eyeshadows

And finally, to finish off eyes, my favorite eyeshadows from this year!

  1. MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadows
  2. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon Eyeshadow
  4. Bare Escentuals Urban Nature Prime Time Shadow
  5. Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
  6. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre
  7. Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow
  8. MAC Surf Baby Eyeshadow
  9. Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
  10. Sugarpill Stella Chromalust

What was your favorite eyeshadow this year?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Eyeshadow Palettes

The idea of picking a mere ten fantastic products for the entire eye category (which, as I’m sure you’re aware, I have a great love for) was borderline absurd. I could not resist breaking it out a bit more :)

  1. Bare Escentuals The Playlist Eyeshadow Palette (plus lots of love for the Ready formula in general!)
  2. Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes
  3. theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette
  4. theBalm Cast Your Shadow Palette
  5. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette
  6. Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Chanel Topkapi Eyeshadow Quad
  8. Inglot Eyeshadow Palettes
  9. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope
  10. theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3

What was your favorite eyeshadow palette this year?