Chanel Complice Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a soft, delicate peach with a subtle hint of pink. The finish is highly frosted, borderline metallic. MAC Fusion Gold is slightly darker. theBalm Stubborn is very similar but less shimmery. MAC Nubile is a little lighter. MAC Orb is similar but has a nearly matte finish. Urban Decay Scratch is barely pinker and has more of a sheen. theBalm Luscious Lani is more metallic and peachy.

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Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Complice
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “mix of pale gold and luminous silver.” Which would be pewter, really, except it’s more of a muted champagne gold chocked full of shimmer. The finish is metallic foil. Chanel Delight has a comparable finish but it’s very bronzy in comparison. OCC Cruising is very gold. Urban Decay Superfreak is similar but a little lighter–less golden. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter, so it has less gold and more silver in it. China Glaze Midnight Kiss is much more golden. Illamasqua recently came out with Swinger, which I do have to review but haven’t photographed or swatched it (still in its box so no fingerprints get on it!), that may be similar as well.

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Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Diwali
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
90%

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35


Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

The ultimate beauty balm, Bobbi’s new BB Cream SPF35 is a skin care/makeup hybrid that combines moisturizer, treatment, SPF and foundation all-in-one. Plus, this unique skin tone correct formula leaves skin looking flawless and perfectly natural. Consider it skin’s new best friend.

This multi-tasking correcting cream is also designed to give skin a natural glow. And when used over time, it provides long-term benefits – brighter, more even skin tone; diminished appearance of fine lines; reduced redness and minimized pores. SPF 35 boosts the formula with daily protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays and environmental hazards.

True to Bobbi’s philosophy, BB Cream SPF 35 is available in 5 skin tone correct shades for all complexions, from very fair to very deep. This lightweight formula is extremely buildable and blends seamlessly into skin for smooth, natural-looking coverage.

Ingredients & Benefits

  • Scutellaria Extract helps reduce the appearance of discolorations and dark spots for a brighter, more even skin tone.
  • Argireline®, a natural peptide, helps boost natural collagen production, minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and preventing future signs of aging.
  • Caffeine and Sucrose helps prevent redness associated with irritation and blemishes.
  • Vitamin E and Rice Bran Extract help protect skin from free radical damage.
  • SPF 35 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate attracts moisture to skin.
  • Emollients enhance skin’s luminosity and offer long-term moisture.
  • Light Reflective Pearls instantly brighten dull skin.

How to Use

Apply a thin, even layer using fingertips, sponge or brush. Can be used as a makeup base and/or lightweight foundation.

Shades

  • Extra Light
  • Light
  • Fair
  • Medium
  • Medium to Dark

Availability: $42, July 2012 @ Nordstrom

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Chanel Miroir Miroir Film

Chanel Miroir Miroir Film

Interview with Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup…

Q. After “Here comes the Beauty Pack” and “Shade Parade” what was your inspiration for this video? What message did you wish to express?

Various elements came into account in the realization of this film. I wanted to do a film, a teaser, to announce the coming lipstick event that CHANEL is doing around our Rouge Allure line. I also was very inspired by the Paris Bombay Show that we did last December.

Q. The usage of a mask often occurs in your work, why the use of the mirror effect? What is the hidden message?

There is no hidden message behind this makeup. I was mainly inspired by an editorial makeup I did a few years ago. It was a composition of pieces of crystals and mirrors that I applied on a girls face. We did some amazing pictures, but I always felt a bit frustrated that we never captured this makeup in movement. I loved the sparkling, hypnotizing effect, which, unfortunately, you partially loose in a still image. When the idea of doing a film around the lipsticks and Paris Bombay started growing in my head, I actually found a platform to recreate this mirror face. The concept complimented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fitted well with the Indian theme.

Q. How were these masks created?

The “mirror look” isn’t an actual mask. The pieces of crystals and mirrors are individually applied onto the face. The composition is created around the central mirror that’s applied on the forehead as a third eye, surrounded by a peacock-tail motive. The whole face is covered with pieces of crystals and mirrors to create a mesmerizing effect. The only touch of color is the changing lip shades. The application of the crystals and mirrors took a good 4 hours.

Q. What makeup products were used for this shooting to enhance the eyes and the mouth?

I kept the eyes almost naked. I only curled the lashes, applied Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Ivory and our Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Clair on the eyes, and that’s it. On the lips I applied 5 different, new shades of Rouge Allure lipstick: Pimpante, Excentrique, Enjouée, Exaltée, Palpitante.

Q. Any interesting anecdotes on the shooting?

The brightest sparkle of this shooting, was our model, Inguna. She was truly amazing, her beauty and patience made it for the whole team an even better experience.

Q. Who is the model?

Inguna Butane.

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery red with an orange influence packed full of red and gold shimmer.” It’s a really rich, intensely ruby-shimmered orange-based red. Cult Nails Evil Queen is a little lighter, no shimmer. China Glaze Poinsettia is a cream and less intense. Chanel Rouge Carat has a finer shimmer and is blue-based. Essie Too Too Hot is a bit brighter. Zoya Lisa is bluer with larger shimmer. Nubar Rosso is darker with larger shimmer.

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Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Annalicious
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
Limited Edition

Urban Decay Fall 2012 Launches


Urban Decay Fall 2012 Launches

Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00)

Where there’s smoke…there’s fire! The most-sought after look across the globe is the illustrious, elusive smoky eye. Whether you’re an old pro, or a smoky novice, Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette makes sultry eyes not just possible, but easily doable for everyone! Look smokin’ hot, red carpet and paparazzi ready, using your own mad skillz’! Smoked is packed with everything needed to smoke out like a pro.

  • Asphalt Deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base
  • Backdoor True dark brown with matte finish
  • Barlust Dark golden brown with metallic finish
  • Blackout Blackest black with matte finish
  • Evidence Deep navy blue with shimmery finish
  • Freestyle Light pantyhose nude with matte finish
  • Kinky Soft ivory peach with matte finish
  • Loaded Deep emerald shimmer with metallic base
  • Mushroom Warm grey with shimmery finish
  • Rockstar Deep aubergine with shimmery finish
  • Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
  • Primer Potion (Original)

Naked Skin Liquid Foundation ($38.00)

It feels like wearing nothing at all, yet Naked Skin transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, paraben-free formula creates a flawless, demi-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition. With a broad, universal range of 18 meticulously calibrated shades, Naked Skin is a buildable liquid foundation that provides medium to full coverage with an unrivaled, weightless texture. It feels different as soon as you touch it.

Naked Skin’s revolutionary, oil-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free formula diffuses light, blurring fine lines and wrinkles. Ultra-forgiving, the weightless, never-before-seen texture allows you to apply more wherever you need extra complexion perfection. No matter how much or how little you build, your skin is left neither matte nor dewy, but with a totally natural, luminous finish.

For the ultimate in ease of color matching, Naked Skin shades are numbered. Shades ending in .5 are more neutral/cool in tone, while shades ending in .0 are more golden/warm in tone.

Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($24.00)

Longing to have perfect skin like celebs Michelle Williams, Thandie Newton, or Ziyi Zhang? You’d be surprised how far a little good karma can get you! Blur the lines of reality (and your foundation) like a pro, one stroke and circular buff at a time, with the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush by Urban Decay. Specially designed to use with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush smoothes away lines and imperfections with either liquid or powder foundations. Unlike sponges or a typical thin, flat foundation brush, the round, densely-packed strands of the Optical Blurring Brush distribute makeup evenly.

Buffing skin into a flawless, soft-focus finish, the Optical Blurring Brush creates the look of complexion perfection by diminishing fine lines, pores, and other areas makeup tends to settle in. Like the rest of the Good Karma Brush collection, the super-soft synthetic brush hair of the Optical Blurring Brush is made from recycled PET bottles, while its sleek gunmetal handle is fashioned from recycled aluminum.

Availability: July 9th, 2012 for Smoked Palette; July 24th, 2012 for brush and Naked foundation @ Urban Decay

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