Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Chanel Confidentielle Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Confidentielle Rouge Allure Lipstick

Pretty in Pink with Chanel

Chanel Confidentielle Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a petal pink with a frost finish.  It has very subtle micro-shimmer of gold and pink with a frost-gloss sheen.  It’s nearly opaque, and it wears well, being part of the Rouge Allure family.  It’s a new shade introduced alongside the new Extrait de Gloss line-up.  It has a nice yellow undertone, making it a warmer pink, and more suitable for warmer complexions.  It doesn’t lean too yellow, though, and will help brighten cooler complexions as well.

Rouge Allures have a slight rose scent, but I’ve found that the scent is usually subtle though occasionally a tube will have a more concentrated rose scent.  (I’m not personally bothered by the scent, but those with more sensitive noses may want to check it out in person.)  I wore this shade alone for five hours and a coffee, so it holds up with the rest of the Rouge Allure family in respect to wear.

I really thought I was going to find a plethora of dupes for this one, but warmer pinks are certainly a shade range that could use more options.  I figured to find at least a few in the Spring Season, but nothing matched quite right to me.  Between the medium-pink color and the yellow undertone, it was difficult to dupe.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a warmer pink, Confidentielle may be that perfect pink!

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Guerlain Holiday 2010

Guerlain Les Ors Holiday 2010 Collection

Or Imperial Sublime Radiant Powder Face & Body ($85.00)

A silky loose powder creating a light-reflecting veil with a subtle golden iridescent finish. This year, this irresistible face and body powder comes in an iridescent gold copper shade, beautifully packaged in a reinterpretation of the mythical Guerlain Bee Bottle (50 ml).

Midnight Star ($73.00)

The perfect ally for all evenings out! Midnight Star helps to dispel signs of fatigue and stress built up during the day. Use 1 mini capsule after a long day to revive the complexion and refresh your look — a skincare primer for the busy holiday season.

Meteorites Perles d’Or ($56.00)

A new enchanting color composition of the Meteorites Pearls that illuminates skin with an irresistible pure glow. Enriched with a golden shade to light up the complexion and a violet specially created for the season to catch the light and soften shadowy areas.

Meteorites Poudre d’Or ($170.00)

A stunning collector compact decorated with real black Swarovski crystals. A surprising new powder design featuring imperial bees: 6 pearly shades for a fresh & luminous finish.

Ombre Elcat 4 Shades in 410 Velours d’Or ($59.00)

A new harmony of Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eyeshadow Palette with new royal colors, embossed with a honeycomb pattern and a royal bee.

Le 2 Volume in 13 Or 2 Nuit ($36.00)

Le 2 Volume mascara with the baic brush 1 in black and a special brush 2 in a gold copper lacquer.

Rouge G Le Brilliant in B64 Bee ($46.00)

A new royal shade of Rouge G le Brilliant in an intense and subtly shiny, violet shade.

Kiss Kiss Strass ($31.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Imperial (323) Vibrant dark red
  • Rose de la Reine (363) Luminous rosy beige

Availability: October 2010

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Bobbi Brown Eye Couture

Bobbi Brown Eye Couture Collection

Exclusively available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, this limited edition collection includes a twelve-pan eyeshadow palette and four travel sized brushes (with case).

Eye Couture Collection ($220.00)

Like a jewelry box for your eyes. Bobbi’s ultraluxe, gemstone-inspired 12 pan eye shadow palette has everything you need to dress your eyes for the season—including four travel size brushes.

Eye Couture Palette:

  • Star Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Diamond Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Peacock Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Onyx Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Amethyst Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Emerald Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Bonfire Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Topaz Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Bash Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Volcano Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Lapis Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Garnet Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow

Also includes:

  • Travel Size Eye Sweep Brush
  • Travel Size Angle Eye Shadow Brush
  • Travel Size Eye Contour Brush
  • Travel Size Eye Liner Brush
  • Black Brush Carrying Case

Availability: October 2010

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Barielle Style in Argyle Collection
Barielle Nail Lacquer: Cashmere or Loose Me, Tight Knit, Cowl of the Wild

Barielle Goes Brown for Fall

For fall, Barielle’s Style in Argyle Collection is quite literally autumnal in tone. It’s a myriad of shades you’d see in fallen leaves. It includes six new shades: Cashmere or Loose Me (soft brown with copper pearl), Tight Knit (purple brown creme), Cowl of the Wild (mushroom taupe creme), Aura Angora (royal gold creme), Wool You Marry Me? (plum brown creme), and Unraveled Rust (burnt rust creme). All but Cashmere or Loose Me (soft brown with copper pearl) are creams. Each retails for $8.

  • Cashmere or Loose Me is a warmed-up red-toned medium brown with a soft sprinkle of pale gold shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle in the creamier base. Two coats.
  • Tight Knit is a rich, plum-tinged brown cream. You barely need two coats, because one coat is so rich, but I did two.
  • Cowl of the Wild is a medium-dark chocolate brown with a little taupe cream. Two coats.
  • Aura Angora is a yellow, mustard-y cream. Two coats. It’s darker and more orange-based than Butter London’s Bumster.
  • Wool You Marry Me? is a deep burgundied brown cream. This one was my favorite, because it looks very decadent in color. Two coats. This one reminded me a bit of Essie’s Sexy Divide.
  • Unraveled Rust is a rich, almost molten dark chocolate brown cream. Two coats.

Barielle’s formula is on the thicker side, though it applies very evenly and never streaks. I found all shades except Cashmere or Loose Me to be nearly opaque in one coat. I ended up using two coats for all colors, but the creams are quite pigmented. These felt like they took longer to dry than the average polish, and I think that might be due to the thickness of the polish itself.

Honestly, I don’t own many brown polishes for whatever reason, so I don’t have a full range of shades to pull from for dupes. Given that Essie does a lot of creams, you may want to look there first (assuming you have a large Essie stash, of course).

These are colors you may love or hate, and they’re not your typical shades, regardless of the coordination with the season. I’m kind of digging Aura Angora and like Wool You Marry Me? the best, but none of these shades are must-haves based on my color preferences.

Any of these shades catch your eye?

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

RECOMMENDATION: The formula is a little thick and takes a bit longer to dry, but the creams are incredibly pigmented and apply beautifully.

AVAILABILITY: Barielle

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Chanel Holiday 2010

Chanel Les Tentations de Chanel Holiday 2010 Collection

LES TENTATIONS DE CHANEL offers a sumptuous collection of tempting chocolates and fuchsias for the holiday season. Warm, vibrant tones punctuated with pops of festive colour create effects that are at once charming and sensuous.

Les Tissages de Chanel / Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tweed Fuchsia Pink

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eye Shadow ($56.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tentation Cuivre Copper brown, light beige, shimmering pink, plum copper

Ombre d’Eau / Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Splash Smoky pewter

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pulsion Fuchsia

Rouge Coco / Hydrating Creme Lip Colour ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Magnolia Soft pink
  • Patchouli Copper

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Charming Iridescent pink
  • Pink Pulsion Sheer fuchsia
  • Pleasing Golden brown

Availability: October 2010

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Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Zoya Fire & Ice Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Tiffany, Gloria, Crystal

Zoya Fire & Ice: Hot or Cold, It Works

For winter, Zoya has six new metallic shades: Tiffany (soft champagne sparkling metallic), Gloria (pink champagne sparkling metallic), Crystal (frosty blue sparkling metallic), Lisa (celebration red sparkling metallic), Sarah (possibly the prettiest sparkling red metallic ever!), and Valerie (deep purple baby in a sparkling metallic). You can purchase all six together for $40 or individual shades for $7 a pop. Not sure about a shade? Consider Zoya spoons, which cost $0.50 each, but the cost will be refunded in the form of a coupon that you can use on your next order.

  • Tiffany is a peach-copper color base with flecks of gold glitter pieces and peachy-pink shimmer. Two coats.
  • Gloria is a pinky-red jelly color base with flecks of shiny gold glitter and pink shimmer. Two coats.
  • Crystal is a medium sky blue foil with flecks of green-tinged gold glitter and light blue shimmer.
  • Lisa is a ruby red with pink-red shimmer. The bottle looks like there is gold shimmer in it, but I couldn’t detect it once applied. In the third natural light photo, you can see a little gold edging around the nail. Two coats.
  • Sarah is a deepend brown-tinged red base with pink and copper shimmer. It almost has a duochrome feel to it, but it’s very subtle. Two coats.
  • Valerie is a deep blackened burgundy color base with fuchsia-purple and copper-gold flecks of shimmer. I thought this was the most unique shade out of the collection. Two coats.

First and foremost, there is NO DUPE of MAC’s Bad Fairy. I’ve included swatch comparisons just to be absolutely clear about it, but Bad Fairy has a strong duochrome, while Zoya’s collection is more about a sparkling, metallic finish. Tiffany is incredibly peach in comparison, as well as lighter. Gloria has a very similar composition, but because it lacks the duochrome finish of Bad Fairy, it looks different on the nail; it is also less pink, more orange-red. I think the shade should stand on its own, rather than as a comparison to Bad Fairy.

Crystal and Valerie are my personal favorites out of the six; I think both shades are standouts. The way Zoya did a foil base with foil glitter flecks is fun, but I love that it’s a blue base with green-gold layered on top. I love duochrome polishes, and I don’t have anything like Valerie, so that makes it a winner in my book.

The formula was even, smooth, and not too thick or thin. Everything applied with ease, and I didn’t have any trouble removing them. The glittery shades like Crystal may leave some glittery bits on your fingers, but it’s not at all like removing a large particle glitter polish. I used two coats on all six shades, but Lisa, Sarah, and Valerie were quite pigmented in just one. I found to get a smooth, even distribution of shimmer/glitter, two coats were optimal.

P.S. — I can’t believe that Zoya still has common names like Lisa and Sara available in their arsenal!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Great formula, fun shades, easy application–any of these are worth checking out if a shade catches your eye.

AVAILABILITY: Zoya

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