Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.19) is a bright cherry red with a frosty sheen. It feels fairly creamy, goes on opaque in just a layer, and it is (obviously) quite pigmented. Rimmel describes this lipstick as giving the wearer up to eight hours of wear; I’d say I got about four or five, which is average for me — not the best, but certainly not bad. It did leave behind a soft stain, since it is a red shade. It has a sweet, kind of synthetic scent, but I can tolerate it. The packaging is decent, particularly for a $5 lipstick. This is Rimmel’s more orange-based red, while Temptation (to be reviewed) is more of a blue-based red.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection: The Roundup

OVERALL, I like, but I don’t *love* Les Impressions de Chanel. There are some great products, but there are also some good-but-not-worth-the-price-tag products as well. I think Chanel did a good job mixing a more neutral, softer color palette with edgy darkness (e.g. Imprevu and Kaska Beige).

My favorites out of the bunch were the lip products and the Kaska Beige eyeshadow quad (and hey, make sure you saw the look I did with it!). I think the lip products are prettily subtle; like they’re shades that work on a variety of skin tones and work with dramatic looks or for everyday wear. They also layer incredibly well; so far, I’ve fallen in love with every combination of glossimer + Rouge Allure I’ve tried thus far.

For those who aren’t Chanel fans, I don’t think too many of these products are “exciting” enough to induce you over to the double-C side of things, even though everything is incredibly wearable and looks lovely on. I just think if bold is what you’re after, this collection is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for easy-to-wear shades that can be worn for a special occasion or to work in the same palette, this is a collection you may enjoy.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Futile Glossimer, Delicieuse Rouge Allure Lipstick, Kaska Beige Eyeshadow Quad

Nice-to-Haves: Maline Glossimer, Incognito Rouge Allure Lipstick

Skip: Tendresse Le Vernis (easily duped; Chanel’s formula is not so beyond-compare that it warrants a $23 price tag!)

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P.S. – I ordered Particuliere from Saks, so hopefully that’ll arrive later this week, and I’ll review it then :)

Monday, December 21st, 2009

MAC Spring 2010 Collections

As always, MAC has a whole slew of collections collections up their sleeves this spring season, and here’s a round-up of everything from now until April (just FYI, spring is considered February through April!). I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I have photos available!

What collections are going to make you go broke?  Which ones will you have to see in person first?

Monday, December 21st, 2009

MAC Prep for Colour Collection

U.S. Launch Date: April 8th, 2010
International Launch Date: April 2010

Artists use watercolour, oil, chalk, pastel, pencil, ink. We use makeup. Both require a bold vision and a perfectly primed canvas to start. New innovations to ensure the Artist’s idyll is perfectly realized: Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum evens out any skin tone, Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 helps stop future damage with ultimate determination, and for M·A·C Asia, Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35/PA+++ blurs visible skin imperfections and helps block harmful rays. The state-of-the-art way to prepare skin for a flawless makeup application. Prep for Colour helps every skin type become a modern masterpiece.

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Just Add Colour Fuchsia pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00)

  • Hey Warm mid-tone beige (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Prepped for Glamour Ashy/dirty brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sorcery Reddish mid-tone brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN)

A serum formulated to ins tantly brighten, smooth, firm, and hydrate the skin while providing a plumper, more evenly toned finish to the complexion. Natural antioxidants help to strengthen the skin against UV-related damage, while M·A·C Charged Water ens ures deep, long-lasting hydration. Everywhere except Asia.

Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN)

Everywhere except Asia.

Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35/PA+++ ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN)

A tinted skin primer formulated with soft-focus powders to help even out skin tone and add radiance. Lightweight and invisible, it goes on under foundation or powder for a naturally perfect look and subtle glow. Helps protect against pollution and UV rays. Available in three tints: Illuminate adds radiance to a sallow complexion; Neutralize calms a red, blotchy complexion; and Adjust brightens dull skin. Fragrance free. Asia exclusive.

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Monday, December 21st, 2009

A Fresh Face of… Roses?

Dolce & Gabbana Rose the One Shimmer Powder ($50.00 for 0.91 oz.) is a scented, subtle loose highlighter. It is scented with the same-named scent, Rose the One, also by Dolce & Gabbana (no surprise, I’m sure, ha!).

I know that some cosmetics are fragranced, but I can’t remember coming across a powder so deliberately scented before, so I was eager to try this (well, more to sniff it, I suppose!). It really does smell like Rose the One, which is a very feminine rose. There’s no better descriptor than fresh, sweetened roses. It’s not too sweet at all, which is something I was a little worried about. Surprisingly, you can even catch a little whiff of the rosy scent when it’s applied to your cheeks.

The loose powder itself is a soft, golden peach shimmer. It’s very finely milled, and it lays down quite well and doesn’t migrate all over the place, as some loose highlighters sometimes do. At $50, it is a splurge, but at least you can rest easy knowing you’ll likely have enough to last you a lifetime, with nearly an entire ounce of product. The product reminds me a bit of MAC’s Loose Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.28 oz.).

I would caution those with more sensitive skin that a fragrance-filled product may not be your best bet, at least not your face.  It does work quite nicely as a decolletage highlighter as well!  Otherwise, it’s kind of a fun product that puts a twist on wearing your favorite scent.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re in the market for a loose highlighter and wouldn’t mind smelling like a rose, check out Dolce & Gabbana’s Rose the One!

AvailabilitySaks


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Monday, December 21st, 2009

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection
Rouge Allure Lipstick: Insouciante (81), Incognito (82), Impertinente (79), Delicieuse (80)

New Rouge Allures for Spring

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) has four new shades added to the bunch with Chanel’s Spring Collection.

  • Insouciante (81) is a pinky-beige nude shade with a bright sheen. It’s pigmented, but it’s not ultra pigmented as some of the deeper shades of Rouge Allures are.
  • Incognito (82) is a muted medium pink that goes on semi-opaque with a nice sheen. On lips, it looks like a slightly flushed rosy pink with a glossy sheen and just the tiniest bit of gold shimmer.
  • Impertinente (79) is a reddish-plum that goes on opaque and has a light sheen. On my lips, it seemed to lean a little more reddened plum than plum, as Chanel describes it, but it’s the darkest and deepest shade of the four.
  • Delicieuse (80) is a medium coral-orange that applies semi-opaque and has a soft sheen. I liked how it looked on my lips, which is a little more of a muted coral shade than when I swatched it on my skin. It’s very wearable, perfect for spring, and did I mention, it looks beautiful with Futile? Oh, yeah, it does.

I wouldn’t let the skin swatches fool you, though — even though they seem only semi-opaque, they look nearly opaque on my lips. It seems like your natural lip color ends up blending seamlessly with the lipstick shade, so the color looks very natural, effortless, and beautiful on. Rouge Allures are very smooth, soft, and feel utterly lightweight on lips.  Sometimes they’re insanely pigmented (a la Noirs Obscurs), but often, they’re just good pigmentation; not the ultra bold shades, but color that covers and you know you’re having on but the color looks effortless.

My favorite shade was Delicieuse, but I am a coral fiend, so obviously that makes me a bit biased. Like the new nail lacquers, I don’t think these shades are totally original, but they’re lovely in their own right.  They are incredibly fitting for spring, though.  The quality of the lipsticks is phenomenal but whether they’re worth $30?  That’s more for you to judge!

What do you think?  Worth the splurge?  Meet your expectations?

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For easy-to-wear shades combined with the silky formula of Rouge Allure, Chanel has you covered.

Availability: Nordstrom and Saks

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