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butter LONDON Holiday 2012 Launches


butter LONDON Holiday 2012 Launches

Sparkle, Sparkle! This holiday season, butter LONDON is all about making a glittering statement. We drew inspiration from the jeweled collars, sequins and metallic embellishments seen at Fashion Week. Our holiday colours are unique and edgy, while still completely wearable and elegant. This collection covers the glitter gamut with colours perfect for every holiday event, whether the party calls for a sophisticated glitter or one that sparkles like a disco ball!

Holiday Glitter Trio #1 ($36.00)

  • Rosie Lee Parade of pale pink glitter that will lift your spirits AND your outfit.
  • Fairy Cake Full coverage, silvery lacquer with multi-coloured iridescent glitter in a light grey base.
  • The Black Knight Dark dazzler from butter LONDON, this glitter fusion contains black, pink, blue, and silver suspended in a black base.

Holiday Glitter Trio #2 ($36.00)

  • Shambolic Sheer, pinky-purple glitter and large hexagonal lavender glitter suspended in a black base.
  • Jack the Lad Opaque, moss green shimmer with gold, turquoise and green micro glitter.
  • Scuppered Opaque, copper shimmer infused with pink, gold and green glitter.

Holiday Laquers ($14.00)

  • Fairy Cake Full coverage, silvery lacquer with multi-coloured iridescent glitter in a light grey base.
  • Jack the Lad Opaque, moss green shimmer with gold, turquoise and green micro glitter.
  • Scuppered Opaque, copper shimmer infused with pink, gold and green glitter.
  • Fiddlesticks Scallywag

Holiday Lippy Trios ($34.00)

  • #1 Fiddlesticks, Chancer, Fairy Cake
  • #2 Frilly Knickers, West End Wonderland, Rosie Lee

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China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer

Are You Red-y for This Adventure?

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid red.” It’s a medium-dark red cream with some depth and richness; if it had shimmer, it would read very holiday. MAC Stage Red is very comparable. China Glaze Winter Berry is a bit darker. MAC Get Noticed is a smidgen darker. Butter London Pillar Box Red is brighter. MAC Obey Me is comparable. Rescue Beauty Lounge Glamourpuss is a touch darker. Zoya Burke is similar.

It was opaque in two coats but nearly opaque in one. The consistency was amazing; fluid, not too thick or too thin, and flowed without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Adventure Red-y is a shining example of China Glaze at their best.  I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Adventure Red-y
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Holiday Pink That Sparkles

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “enchanting plum set off with a golden sparkle.” It’s a pop of raspberry pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen finish. There is noticeable fuchsia and gold sparkle within the color. Tarina Tarantino Floriculture is similar, slightly pinker. Revlon Raspberry Pie is less red, pinker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Girly is redder. MAC Quite the Thing is cooler-toned and more fuchsia. MAC Scandelicious is similar but doesn’t have the sparkle.

It looked rather sheer when swatched, but applied to lips, the color opacity is nearly opaque–it was a little surprising, actually!  Shine Automatique is a long-wearing and hydrating with “bold” coverage.  Lou-Ling wore for six hours and left behind a light stain, and while there’s noticeable sparkle, it didn’t travel during the time I wore it but there was an ever-so-noticeable grit after three hours of wear.  It was comfortable to wear and apply–creamy and slick enough to glide on without pulling or tugging but no feathering or bleeding–and my lips felt hydrated during and post-wear.  It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Lou-Ling
Lou-Ling
Lou-Ling
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pale-satin shade [that] adds a silver-blue accent to eyes.” It’s a subdued, silver-ish blue with a frosted, metallic finish. When sheered out, it’s almost more silver-white with just a hint of blue. MAC Bright Moon is darker, grayer. Buxom Husky is bluer and lighter–more sky blue. Urban Decay Strip is a bit darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is also similar, a bit bluer–richer. Inglot #429 is more periwinkle.

I’ve been wanting to review this for awhile, but it’s been sold out online (sold out before I even received mine!) and though it was supposed to be available at regular counters/retailers, I’ve yet to see it pop up online. Luckily, when I checked this weekend, it’s back in stock on Chanel.com. Sometimes I love Illusion d’Ombres, and sometimes, they’re a bit of a miss. Destination is more of a miss for me, unfortunately.

The downfall of Destination is that it doesn’t apply opaque, even if you make an attempt to build it, because it doesn’t apply very evenly. It’s a little splotchy and patchy. As a result, it works better as a base color or applied very sheerly as a wash of shimmer. I think other shades within the formula do a better job of merely illuminating eyes if that was your goal. Destination wore for six hours well, but by eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Destination
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “pale and pearlescent, nearly metallic… the beauty of blue.” It’s a pale sky blue with a hint of periwinkle and threads of metallic silver-white. I couldn’t think of anything that would dupe this. Cult Nails Princess is more of a powder blue. Zoya Skylar is much darker. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I can see that Essie Blue Rhapsody is bluer, darker.  If you have a closer dupe, I’d love to hear about it!

Sky Line is a bottle of problems, despite its beautiful, ethereal coloring. It’s riddled with brush strokes, and the formula is unforgiving; it’s thick and streaky, which contribute to a more difficult application. Because it’s harder to get even color applied to the nail, the brush strokes tend to become more emphasized and start wobbling. Metallic finishes like this one tend to show brush strokes, but they seemed especially visible in this shade.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chips.  I get the same wear with or without a base/top coat.

When it comes to Chanel lacquers, they’re often copied, and I’m curious to see if any brands attempt to dupe this and whether they’re able to improve on the formula itself.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Sky Line
Sky Line
Sky Line
6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
2.5
Application
74%
Total

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