Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection
Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection

In case you missed any of our coverage of Chanel’s online exclusive Jardin de Camelias Collection, here’s a little round-up for you!

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss
Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss

The Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection (an online exclusive) includes four shades of Aqualumiere Glosses ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.). My information listed all of these as limited edition, but Chanel’s website is only listing Pink Pivoine (88) as being limited edition. If you’re not familiar with Aqualumiere Glosses, the formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear, give a “sheer wash of colour,” and have mirror-like shine. It has a brush-type applicator, while the consistency of the gloss is fairly thick but non-sticky. They’re very comfortable to wear, but I’ve never found them to last too long, so they need frequent reapplication. The formula is lightly hydrating and aren’t heavy, but they’re not lightweight (you can tell you’re wearing gloss). I didn’t notice any scent or taste when trying these.

Eau de Rose (86) has a sheer, pink-tinged base with cool-toned, icy, iridescent pink shimmer. It wore for two hours on me. MAC Asian Butterfly (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Butterfly Dream (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Charming (LE, $29.50) is not quite as iridescent. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Rosace (87) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with soft white shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. This shade lasted two and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is more opaque. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Pivoine (88) is a medium, lightly warm-toned pink with no shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it wore well for two hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, more pigmented. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is lighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is pinker. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches.

Baie Rose (89) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a creamy, no-shimmer finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it applied unevenly and looked splotchy. The color wore well for two and a half hours on me. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is more pigmented. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is more pigmented, less glossy. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is more pigmented. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Eau de Rose (86)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Rosace (87)

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9/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Pink Pivoine (88)

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

It seems like cream blush is the thing for spring, so here are ten of my favorites! What are your favorite cream blushes to pull out during spring?

  1. Make Up For Ever #330 — a medium pink with subtle cool undertones
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — muted, raspberry pink with a satin finish
  3. Chanel Affinite (65) — brightened, cool-toned pink
  4. MAC Posey — brightened, pinky-coral
  5. Illamasqua Seduce –a muted, pinky-plum
  6. Chanel Inspiration (64) — a light, cool pink
  7. Make Up For Ever #410 — a medium, coral-orange
  8. Illamasqua Sleek — medium-dark, coral-brown
  9. Chanel Chamade (67) — rich, reddish-pink
  10. MAC Ladyblush — a neutral, peachy-pink
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft pink, violet-plum gray, golden beige, [and] luminous black.” These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, depending on the level of intensity you’re looking to achieve. A dry application will result in softer, sheerer color, while a wet (or damp) application results in more intense pigmentation. Overall, it’s a nice quad; all four shades performed fairly well with the gray-purple shade being slightly powdery but the others were better in texture.

Can we just take a second to look at how little product is actually contained in the palette? A mere 0.07 oz.! That’s a little more than the average full-sized single eyeshadow. Visually, they seem full and normal, so I imagine part of it is due to the formula being naturally very lightweight, even if it fills up a normal volume.  Chanel regularly releases one-off (well, as far as we officially know!) formulas, like last July had Ombres Fleuries which contained 0.14 oz. The formula on these seems very similar to Ombres Fleuries but is not like the formula used in Harmonie du Soir. Regular quads typically have 0.24 oz. (U.S. versions).

Jardin Zen #1 is a muted, medium-dark purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, and then mostly opaque color payoff when applied damp. The texture was soft but powdery, while the color itself wore well for almost eight hours before fading. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is more frosted, darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #2 (P) is more matte. Fyrinnae Agenda (P, $6.80) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #3 (LE) is lighter. NARS Charade #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. NARS 413 BLKR #1 (P, $24.00) is more frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Jardin Zen #2 is a peachy-beige with a golden shimmer-sheen that looks almost metallic in finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was nicely pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and it was not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is pinker. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Jardin Zen #3 is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, and when applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque. The powder was soft and finely-milled, and it applied smoothly. It wore well for almost eight hours on before it showed signs of fading. Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Jardin Zen #4 is a deep black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and then it was intensely pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to fade around the edges slightly. It’s a very basic color, though certainly a nice iteration, so there are a fair number of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

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Jardin Zen

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Jardin Zen #1

B

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Jardin Zen #2

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Chanel Rose des Vents (94) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rose des Vents (94) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rose des Vents (94) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling, shimmering medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Sephora Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is less glittery. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is warmer, less glittery. See comparison swatches. I wouldn’t consider Chanel Impulsion a dupe, as it is much lighter.

It’s a new and limited edition shade released online in the Jardin de Camelias collection. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it’s a product that seemed to do best as a light wash of sparkle/shimmer than a solid, opaque eyeshadow. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, but there was noticeable fall out after six and a half hours that worsened over a ten-hour period. The consistency was soft, velvety, and smooth, despite the abundance of sparkle.

The Glossover

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Rose des Vents (94)

B

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Fleurie (139) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Fleurie (139) & Charmeuse (142) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Fleurie (139) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. There’s a subtle, very fine, shimmer that runs through it and gives it a higher sheen that’s not quite a frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the lipstick glided across the lips without tugging or dragging. When I tested it, the color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is also brighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Charmeuse (142) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light peachy-brown with soft, warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque pigmentation–you can tell by how much my lip freckle gets covered. The formula was lightly creamy and glided on easily without dragging. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is similar. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Fleurie (139)

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Charmeuse (142)

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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