Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) For fall, Dior’s “reinvented” their 5 Couleurs’ palettes with five new color combinations. I bought Pied de Poule (096) as it looked like an interesting mix of smoky, fall shades. The palette was decent but not a favorite for me due to inconsistent pigmentation in the shades. In general, the eyeshadow formula felt thin and drier, though the blue and green shades were less dry (the blue felt soft and buttery–it was a bit of a tease since that was the first I swatched!).

Pied de Poule #1 is a dark, smoky blue with gray and a frosted finish. It’s almost a blue-teal because of the muted quality of the color. It had excellent color payoff, and it was the best performing shade in the palette as the texture was soft, dense, and buttery. It wore well for nine hours before fading. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is lighter, bluer. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery but very similar in color. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is bluer. Giorgio Armani #20 (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #2 is a sparkling, light-medium gold with lighter gold sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the texture was thin and a little dry. The color wore well for almost eight hours, but there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less sparkly. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #3 is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was a bit dry, a little powdery–not really stiff, just thin and dry. On me, there was slight fading after seven and a half hours of wear. As it is a more basic shade, it is similar to a lot of other black eyeshadows with little difference (mostly pigmentation with respect to this particular shade) — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #4 is a blackened burgundy with multi-colored sparkle over a matte finish. This shade was very dry, so it yielded sheer color payoff and was harder to blend on the skin. The sparkle did apply to the lid, but a lot of it fell out within five hours of wear. It’s such a dark color that it ends up looking more like a black eyeshadow than one with purple tones–but if you have pink-toned skin, you may see the nuance better. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is black. Chanel Prelude #4 (P) has no shimmer/sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #5 is a rich, earthy green with warm, olive brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry but blendable and fairly easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is a smidgen warmer and lighter. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite warm-tauped taupe eyeshadows, so today I have five of my favorite cooler-toned taupes. I’d love to hear your favorites!

  1. Maybelline Tough as Taupe — a cool-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. Inglot #349 — a matte, grayish taupe
  3. Dior Aventure — a sparkling, cool-toned taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #4 — a cool-toned, purplish-brown-taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a cool-toned, gray taupe

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014

What I love about the color of pewter is the variety… it can lean cool, silvery or warmer, more like a dirty, antique gold. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Sephora Lunar Eclipse — a sparkling silver and gold mix
  2. MAC Antique Diamond — a medium-dark pewter with warm undertones
  3. Dior Etoile — a light, shimmering silver and gold
  4. Sugarpill Tiara — — a silver-leaning pewter
  5. L’Oreal Gilded Envy — a dark pewter with bronze and antique gold shimmer

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a glossy sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage and a high-shine finish. The consistency was like a watery gel that glided over the lips well without settling into lip lines. Sometimes the color gets on my teeth, which is something I have trouble with when it comes this formula in general. The color lasts for five hours on me, and it gets progressively tackier as it wears, but it is nicely hydrating. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is less opaque. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is more orange. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is more muted. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dio Mona Lisette (872) Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with a glossy finish and very subtle cool undertones. It had full color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly without settling into lip lines. The color lasted for five and a half hours well while being moisturizing. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is sheerer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is more muted. MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette — Trafalgar

Dior reinvents the 5 Couleurs legend with a harmonious collection of eyeshadow hues that give you a multi-faceted look. Its eyeshadows boast a wide variety of textures and shades with a host of different effects, including matte, satin, iridescent and ultra-shimmery to dress your eyes for any occasion. Create a look that’s unique to you or follow one of the two ready-to-wear looks Dior has created just for you.

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Bar (56)
  • Carre Bleu (276)
  • Pied de Poule (96)
  • Trafalgar (876)
  • Tutu (846)

Availability: Now at Nordstrom

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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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