Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink beige.” It’s a softened, medium-dark rosy brown with neutral-warm undertones and a soft shimmer finish. The finish seemed more shimmery than a satin, but it doesn’t look like a full-on frost. Kevyn Aucoin Natura is warmer, lighter. NARS Douceur is lighter. MAC Baby Don’t Go is much lighter. MAC Stylish Me is darker, warmer. MAC Superb is warmer, more frosted. Burberry Earthy is browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

When I opened the compact, it reminded me of a warmer Notorious–they aren’t dupes at all, just to make that crystal clear–as Accent came across as a complex, unusual color, but it is far browner than Notorious but something that might work for those who found Notorious to be too cool-toned or too gray. The texture was soft, silky-smooth, and finely-milled and yielded even, true-to-pan color with good color payoff. It could be applied heavily or softly, depending on application, but the color easily blended and diffused along the edges. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

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9/10

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10/10

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel Collection for Holiday 2013
Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel Collection for Holiday 2013

Setting a captivating tone for Holiday, a new makeup collection expresses the magic and mystery of an endless night. The refinement of beige is emboldened by a sweep of bronze on the eyes. Deep ruby red lingers alluringly on lips, for a seductive invitation to the season. Experience the pleasure of intense colour… and glamour that’s revealed from within.

Ombres Matelassees / Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited-edition eyeshadow unveils a seductive shade spectrum for the season’s most striking eye looks. From soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows create glamorous effects alone or offer endless opportunities for custom blending. The emblematic quilted motif of CHANEL embosses the silky shadows for an added touch of elegance.

  • Charming Soft beige, metallic beige, bronze khaki, bronze brown, dark matte purple

Mascara Gel Irise / Sparkling Mascara Top Coat ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

An exciting flourish for lashes makes the holidays even brighter. Designed to be worn either alone or over black mascara, a new shimmering top coat enchants with every brushstroke of sheer, bronze-platinum iridescence.

  • Bronze Platine Platinum bronze

Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($43.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Accent Luminous pink beige

Poudre Universelle Libre / Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Moon Light Luminous peach beige

Illusion d’Ombre / Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Fatal Silver purple
  • Initiation Platinum bronze

Ligne Graphique de Chanel / Liquid Eyeliner Intensity-Definition ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bronze Bronze khaki

Rouge Allure / Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Radieuse Blue pink
  • Indecise Shimmering pink beige (Repromote)
  • Farouche Shimmering chocolate brown (Repromote)

Rouge Allure Velvet / Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • La Precieuse Vivid red
  • La Desiree Burgundy red

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Rubis Vivid red
  • Accesoire Deep red brown (Repromote)

Availability: October 2013 at department and specialty stores and on chanel.com; Nordstrom has it online now! :)

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of burgundy, beige, rose gold, and brown. It’s a really nice palette of wearable shades, and the quality is good overall. I think Chanel fans will be pleased, and any one who tends to find pigmentation lacking in them will find this a surprise. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and as a result, some shades can feel almost powdery as the powder loosens from the solid pan very easily. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and of course, that ultra soft texture means these blend like a dream. Luckily, that softness didn’t mean that the shades sheered out when applied/blended, and it didn’t result in shorter wear. I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted eight hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

Seduction #1 is a medium-dark, reddened burgundy with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Cranberry is very similar. MAC Brazenly is darker. is darker. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #2 is a pale, gray-tinged beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and silky, though a little powdery. MAC Winterscape is cooler-toned. MAC Star Crystal is pinker. MAC Creamy Bisque is less frosted. MAC Her Cocoa #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #3 is a medium-dark, pinky-brown with a hint of peach. It reminded me of rose gold but darker and not as metallic. The finish was more like a satin. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. MAC Pink Pepper is more sparkly. MAC Caribbean is darker, redder. MAC Expensive Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #4 is a deepened brown with subtle bronze and copper shimmer with a satin finish. It had subtle warm undertones, great pigmentation, and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. Urban Decay Bewitch is lighter. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. Milani Rich Java is similar. MAC Carbonized is darker. Guerlain Turandot #4 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

One color I definitely associate with autumn is plum, so building on some of the recent lists, I thought I’d do one featuring some pretty plums today!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a soft, muted plum with a luminous golden sheen for cheeks
  2. Zoya Mason — a warm, shimmery plum with a metallic finish for nails
  3. MAC Craving — a beautiful pinky-plum with a satiny finish for lips
  4. Chanel Merveille — a semi-opaque neutral plum with lots of shimmer for lips
  5. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a semi-sheer plum with cool undertones and pink and gold sparkle for lips

What are your top three favorite plum beauty products?

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Rebecca suggested a theme of polishes perfect for autumn, and here are my five picks! I wanted to vary the shades so there would (hopefully!) be something for everyone to consider. There were a lot of amazing limited edition shades that caught my eye, but I wanted to stick with shades permanently available.

  1. Butter London Thames — deep, shimmering teal
  2. Illamasqua Raindrops — cool, bluish gray with flecks of sparkle/glitter
  3. Zoya Evvie — muted, stormy green-gray
  4. Chanel Provocation — muted plum-purple cream
  5. Guerlain Nahema — orange cream

What’s your favorite nail color to wear during autumn?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Chanel Apparition Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deepened, yet muted, navy blue with blue and purple shimmer for a slightly frosted sheen. NARS Ubangi is bluer. MAC Bleuluxe #4 is darker. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is similar, slightly lighter, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is purpler, powder. MAC Thru the Night is brighter, powder. MAC Naval Blue is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

This shade originally launched last fall in the Bleu Illusion de Chanel collection, and by the time I received mine and had tested it, the product was sold out. So it’s sat in my “to review” folder since, and I hoped it might make a reappearance–and sure enough, it finally has. Part of a very small release Jeux de Regard, it’s being repromoted (along with Convoitise), plus two new eyeshadow quads, Fascination and Seduction, and an eyeliner, Bleu Exquis (I don’t have any of the new products). The products are available now at Nordstrom.

Apparition has fairly good color payoff in a single layer, and when it is sheered out, it appears darker, almost sooty. It’s buildable to opaque color. The consistency is like a gel-mousse hybrid, and it feels sponge-like in the container. It’s soft, lightly creamy, and spreads and blends well on the lid. This shade lasted eight hours well on me but showed slight creasing and some noticeable fading around the edges by the ninth hour of wear.

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9/10

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9/10

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