Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres
Chanel Tissé Camelia Les 4 Ombres

LES 4 OMBRES debuts an expanded shade wardrobe of vibrant, versatile palettes for elegant eyes. Each easy-to-wear compact offers endless possibilities, with two medium tones to colour and contour, a deep shadow to intensify and a light shade to highlight.

Les 4 Ombres ($61.00)

  • Tissé Camelia Taupe, beige, pink, burgundy (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Vendome Bronze, peach, coral, brown (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Gabrielle Taupe, beige, purple, brown (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Mademoiselle Bronze, gold, peach, brown (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Riviera Blue, lavender, gray, navy (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Rivoli Taupe, beige, brown, dark brown (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Cambon Mauve, pink, medium pink, purple (New, Permanent)
  • Tissé Vénitien Green, peach, silver, black (New, Permanent)
  • Poésie Brown, beige, pink, burgundy (Limited Edition)

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

With so many neutral palettes available these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight! These are my current favorites that are permanent…

  1. Urban Decay Naked — the original is still a go-to for travel for me, though I love Naked2 and Naked3 as well
  2. LORAC Pro Palette — 16 shades of neutrals from matte to shimmer
  3. Chanel Raffinement — smokier, cooler neutrals
  4. bareMinerals The Truth — cooler-toned, darker neutrals
  5. LORAC Unzipped — warm, shimmery pinks, browns, and bronzes
Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Chanel Fall 2014 Collection
Chanel Fall 2014 Collection

Chanel kicked off fall collections with Etats Poetiques that featured a bold promo look with rich pink, purple, and gold. I found the collection to be disappointing as almost everything was lacking in quality, though certainly some products were decent to good, but nothing was excellent and a few products were very poor performing.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

One thing I really love about coral lipgloss is it’s a way to wear coral that is often more muted, softer, and less bright and in-your-face compared to a coral lipstick. Here are my current favorites…

  1. Dior Rieuse (373) — brightened, medium coral
  2. Hourglass Nectar — slightly muted, medium coral
  3. Bobbi Brown Citrus — sparkling mix of coral, pink, gold
  4. Burberry Cameo Pink — gold-shimmered, pink-coral
  5. Chanel Reflexion — brightened, coral-pink with gold shimmer

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Secret (625) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium, softened, peach-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats of polish, but some visible nail line is apparent. Application is trickier, as the formula is streaky; the first coat was quite streaky, and I used a second, slightly thicker, coat and very lightly dragged it across the surface of the nail to try to minimize streakiness, but there were still some troublesome areas. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Essie Brooch the Subject (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent pearl.” It’s a semi-sheer, pearly duochrome that shifts from a gold to pink to a murky green. It is much like Songe. It had a pearly, slightly metallic, finish that had minimal visible brush strokes, but it wasn’t brush stroke-free. I tried layering it over Secret as well as over Orage, but the thicker consistency of Atmosphere made it more difficult to apply as a top coat. The duochrome did become more pronounced when applied over Orage, though. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $19.00) is darker, larger shimmer, cooler-toned. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, more violet. Essie Kisses & Bisses (LE, $8.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Orage (631) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey blue.” It’s a deep, dark, smoky blue that’s so dark that it leans like a softened, bluish black in most lighting. Sometimes it appears bluer, but most of the time, it’s a softer variation on black. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was on the thinner side. It was slightly streaky on the first coat, but it evened out well after a second coat was applied. Drying time was average, and it dried down to a high shine finish. Cult Nails Blackout (DC, $12.00) is grayer. NARS Storm Bird (LE, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Galion (LE, $19.00) is similar. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (LE, $7.50) is greener. Zoya Cynthia (P, $9.00) is brighter. Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Chanel Intime (93) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick
Chanel Intime (93) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick

Chanel Intime (93) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had sheer color coverage–it primarily lightened my natural lip color. It doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like, and on me, it’s only lightly moisturizing. The color lasts two hours on me, which is below average for lipstick, though this is a more emollient, higher slip formula, so it’s not a surprise. Revlon Demure (105) (P, $8.99) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker, more pigmented. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is more opaque, lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is more pigmented, warmer. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is more beige. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter, less glossy. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is more pigmented, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Confident (94) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense rosewood.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. The color payoff was semi-sheer, so it did change the natural lip color but let a lot of it come through, so it may look different applied to you if you have more pigmented (or significantly different natural undertones) lips. The color lasted for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating but applied well. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is more opaque, lighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is slightly pinker, more opaque. MAC Shanghai Spice (LE, $16.00) is browner. Guerlain Jicky (P, $35.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Viva (95) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense fuchsia.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a very faint shimmer and moderate shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more than most shades in this formula–and lasted for three and a half hours. It was lightly moisturizing while worn. My guess is “intense” is used to describe greater-than-normal pigmentation. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is similar. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is slightly more plum. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Aura (96) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned plum with a luminous shine. It had sheer color coverage that applied fairly evenly. It seemed to pull into lip lines over time (noticed after an hour of wear) and lasted three hours on me. It was lightly hydrating. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is more matte, more opaque. MAC Sweet Succulence (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is warmer. Chanel Destinee (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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