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Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “luminous apricot.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with just a hint of pink to give it an “apricot” coloring. The finish is mostly matte, but there is a touch of barely-there sheen that translates as “natural” when applied–you can see the tiny golden sheen in the blended out swatch. Buxom Euphoria is lighter and more orange. MAC Modern Mandarin is redder, less orange, more shimmery. NARS Gilda is redder. Guerlain Peach Boy is redder, less orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch more orange (and it is a cream blush). Make Up For Ever is a touch darker and more red-toned.

It is as intense as you’d like it to be; it can be as rich and bright as it looks in the pan, or it can be blended and applied more sheerly for a softer color. Darker complexions should have no trouble getting enough color to show up on them, while paler complexions can rest easy knowing that it has an exquisite, finely-milled texture that makes blending a cinch. The powder is so, so soft but not powdery. It looks luminous and subtly glowy on the skin without emphasizing pores. Frivole wore for seven hours well, and after eight, there was very slight fading along the edges.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole
Frivole
Frivole
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer

Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer

Quick Review: Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer

Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich plum illuminating with bronzy, golden shimmer.” It’s a darkened, slightly muted, red with golden shimmer. The finish is almost foil-like, but it’s not quite as reflective as a true foil finish (nor as naturally matte but reflective). Dior Apparat was the closest dupe I could think of, but it is a richer red and has finer gold shimmer. Zoya Alegra is lighter, pinker.

The color coverage is fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  Le Metier de Beaute, generally, has a lovely formula and interesting shades.  Now, they have full-sized bottles, but in the past, they released small bottles.  These smaller bottles can make for a more challenging application if you have longer fingers or larger hands, since the caps are so small.  It contains just over a fourth of a full-sized polish (average size of full-sized polish is 0.50 fl. oz.) but is priced at $10, which is more palatable than say Dior or Chanel’s $20+ price tags (and you get around 0.34 to 0.40 fl. oz. with those).  I typically get a week of wear out of the brand’s formula with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

** A Note on Quick Reviews: In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer Anatolia
Anatolia
Anatolia
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Zoya Lovely Collection for Spring 2013

Zoya Lovely Collection for Spring 2013

Lovely, just LOVELY! Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other….

  • Piaf Fresh Forsythia yellow metallic (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • GeiGei Blushing cherry blossom pink metallic (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • Julie Soft Wisteria purple metallic (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • Blu Lucky Hyacinth blue cream (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
  • Neely Earliest spring green cream (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
  • Jacqueline Perfect Magnolia nude cream (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

Availability: Zoya.com on January 1st, 2013, $8 each

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bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit
bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

Quick Review: bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit ($18.00 for 0.05 fl. oz. x 5) includes five mini-sized shades of bareMinerals’ Primer Shadow: Sundance (sunlit peach), Bronzed Twig (iced chocolate), Gold Nugget (radiant gold), Gunmetal (midnight silver), and Sandalwood (golden taupe). Though this was a kit from last year’s holiday collection, it’s still available for purchase!

  • Bronzed Twig is a warm, chocolate bronze with a soft shimmer-sheen finish.
  • Gold Nugget is a coppery gold with a metallic sheen.
  • Gunmetal is a silvered gray with a hint of brown.
  • Sandalwood is a bronzy gold with a metallic finish.
  • Sundance is a golden-orange shimmered peachy-orange with a metallic finish.

I have reviewed three of the five shades in-depth here. The Prime Time Shadow formula is supposed to be crease-proof and water-proof while delivering “rich, vivid metallic color” with a “creamy, lightweight texture.” This formula dries down very quickly (fifteen seconds or so), and once they’re set, they don’t budge at all. I’ve worn some shades for as long as twelve hours without creasing, fading, or smudging. The only downside to these is the amount you get in the full-sized version at $18 a pop–I just checked both Beauty.com and bareMinerals.com, and the full-sized versions are discounted to $12, but this little kit is a good value, since you get five shades and twice the amount you would in a single full-sized tube at $18. (Here, you’re getting 0.25 fl. oz. for $18.00.)

** A Note on Quick Reviews:  In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total

bareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow Palette

Quick Review: bareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow Palette ($24.50 for 0.28. oz.) is a holiday palette from last year, but it’s actually still available through bareMinerals at a discounted price of $24.50–it originally retailed for $40.00–and it is a truly fantastic palette. I’m a huge fan of the Ready eyeshadow range, and this palette is and was excellent. This palette contains these shades: Black Tie Optional (black velvet), Icebreaker (pink pearl), Swanky (dazzling plum), Spiked (copper blush), Elixir (luxe lilac), Invite Only (taupe slate), Libation (sugared cinnamon), and Shaken Not Stirred (jeweled envy).

  • Black Tie Optional is a dark charcoal black–there’s a hint of gray there. It has cool undertones, excellent color payoff, and has a mostly matte finish.
  • Icebreaker is a pearly pale pink with subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. Super soft, smooth, and intensly pigmented.
  • Swanky is a red-toned medium-dark purple with a satiny finish. It had nice color payoff and was soft and smooth to the touch.
  • Spiked is a warm, medium orange with a hint of reddish-copper and a frosted sheen. Good pigmentation and smooth texture.
  • Elixir is a pink lavender with a frosted finish. It was very soft and had good pigmentation.
  • Invite Only is a soft, metallic finished taupe–a great balance of gray and brown. Nice color payoff, smooth finish.
  • Libation is a beige-copper with a champagne metallic sheen. It has a very, very reflective finish with good pigmentation.
  • Shaken Not Stirred is a darkened navy blue with fine navy blue shimmer over a matte base. This had good color payoff, especially when applied, but the shimmer isn’t very noticeable on.

This is a fantastic palette, and at $24.50? a total steal. The quality is excellent across the board; there are no duds in this palette. These wear well, apply beautifully, and blend out easily. If you love soft, buttery eyeshadows with rich color payoff, this palette has your number.

** A Note on Quick Reviews: In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

bareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow Palette

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour
Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a brightened, reddened pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of golden shimmer. The shimmer is incredibly fine, though, and even under flash, I could hardly see it. Dior Pasteque is a bit brighter, no shimmer. NARS Anardana is pinker and has no shimmer. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is redder. Illamasqua Collide is brighter and pinker, less red.

This shade was incredibly rich in pigment–it was very nearly opaque in a single coat, but I used two for swatches (I think two would still be best, unless you did a thicker single coat).  Fracas was interesting, because it doesn’t look as bright and neon in natural light as it does in fuller/brighter light, so it is a bit of a chameleon.  I wish the shimmer was more visible, because as is, it looks more like a cream than anything else.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color flowed beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  I usually see a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Chanel’s nail formula.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Fracas
Fracas
Fracas
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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