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

LE
product

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.

The Glossover

LE
product

Fleurie (139)

A-

Product

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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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder
Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder ($70.00 for 0.54 oz.) is described as a “sheer ivory … with rosy highlights.” It’s a pale beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen that’s very, very subtle. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

According to Chanel, their newest limited edition Illuminating Powder is supposed to “delicately [illuminate] the face with an imperceptible halo.” The powder itself is embossed with a camellia flower. It’s a very subtle powder that can easily be dusted all over the face for a softening, lightly brightening and illuminating effect. If you’re someone who has felt like most highlighters are too shimmery, sparkly, or frosty, then this is one to consider, as it’s the very definition of subtle. On the other hand, if you want to use this to yield a more targeted glow on the high planes of the face, it’s so subtle that it might not be enough for your liking. “Delicate” is quite right, and “sheer” is correct to a degree. It’s somewhat buildable if you want to concentrate the illumination on a certain part, but it blends and sheers out as you blend the powder into the skin. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable, while the product itself lasted for eight hours on me.

The Glossover

LE
product

Jardin de Camelias

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold sparkle strewn over a satin finish. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sakura is a new and limited edition shade that’s exclusive to Chanel.com (it may also be in Chanel boutiques, but the information I have says online only, so you might call to see if a physical location is near to you). It had more buildable color payoff, and it seemed to build up to semi-opaque color coverage at most, which is in line with how it’s described (“buildable coverage”). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a smidgen powdery when applying, but on the skin, it seems to melt and smooth out so it doesn’t look powdery or dry on the cheeks. It was very easy to blend and soften the edges as I applied it as a blush. The color wore well for almost eight hours before it began to fade around the edges.

The Glossover

LE
product

Sakura (87)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection
Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection

Illuminating Powder ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition creation, this sheer highlighting powder is artfully embossed with the icons of Chanel. Bringing a fresh vitality to the face, the soft powder lightly dusts over cheekbones and high points to capture and reflect light with a delicate luminosity. Part of the exclusive JARDIN DE CAMÉLIAS Collection.

  • Jardin de Camelias (Limited Edition)

Joues Contraste ($43.00)

  • Sakura (87) Pink (Limited Edition)

Ombres Tracees ($65.00)

One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations that range from matte to satin to shimmer. Versatile smudge-proof formula can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results — in even extreme climates. Dermatologist tested. Part of the exclusive JARDIN DE CAMÉLIAS Collection.

  • Jardin Zen Matte to satin (Limited Edition)

Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00)

  • Noir Scintillant (14) (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre ($36.00)

  • Rose des Vents (94) Pink (Limited Edition)

Aqualumiere Gloss ($29.50)

  • Eau de Rose (86) (Limited Edition)
  • Rosace (87) (Limited Edition)
  • Baie Rose (89) (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Pivoine (88) (Limited Edition)

Rouge Allure ($34.00)

  • Charmeuse (142) (Limited Edition)
  • Fleurie (137) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Exclusively at Chanel

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014

If cool pinks weren’t your thing, how about the other end of the spectrum–warm pinks–as shades to consider this spring? Here are a few of my picks for the season! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Revlon Elusive — a medium, warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish
  2. Chanel Revelation (63) — a light-medium pink with warm undertones
  3. Zoya Brigitte — a muted, medium pink with warm undertones
  4. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — luminous, medium, warm-toned pink
  5. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) — creamy, medium pink with warm undertones