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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

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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

Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is pink-coral with a soft, almost frosted sheen. Laura Mercier Kissed Lips is lighter, not as vibrant. Make Up For Ever Folk is softer, sheerer. Guerlani Gracy is darker, deeper. MAC Watch Me Simmer is a bit lighter and brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. MAC Ultra Darling is less coral, more subdued. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is redder in tone.

I noticed that it looked darker and warmer in the tube, but when applied, it’s more muted (at least, compared to the color of the tube itself!).  Enjouee delivered full color coverage, which applied evenly, but I did notice that it had a more noticeable sheen–almost looking a bit frosty.  The texture seemed a little drier compared to Coromandel, which was the first shade I tested of the newly reformulated Rouge Allures.  I wore this shade for six hours, and my lips felt slightly dehydrated.  Not chapped or cracked but the lipstick could have been more hydrating with its longer-lasting formula.  So while it hits it out of the park for having rich color payoff and long-wear, as promised, it misses on the hydration.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Enjouee
Enjouee
Enjouee
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

bareMinerals & Buxom Holiday 2012 Gift Sets


The Royal Treatment

bareMinerals & Buxom Holiday 2012 Gift Sets

Light Show ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Light things up with a palette radiating in shades sure to ignite the night, plus a sleek and chic bag. Exclusively available at bareMinerals boutiques and bareMinerals.com.

Simply Irresistible ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

An alluring 9-piece collection of rich, luxurious shades for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Deluxe Original SPF Foundation ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited edition, deluxe size of award-winning ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation for flawless coverage with a naturally luminous finish.

Fab in a Flash ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Get out the door looking gorgeous with this 3-piece collection of mini grab-and-go essentials, includes mini mascara, lipgloss, and eyeliner.

Shine On ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Let your beautiful self shine with this glowing palette for eyes, lips and face, plus a stunning makeup bag. Exclusive to Ulta.

Ready Luminizer ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Enhance your complexion with a radiant, lit-from-within glow in two stunning shades with skin-nourishing benefits. Available in The Love Affair and The Shining Moment.

White Hot ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

Spark a trend with this palette of sultry shades for a look that’s as beautifully cool as it is stunningly hot, plus a chic bag. Exclusively available at Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstom and fine spas and salons.

Flawless Definition Mascara ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

A trio of mascaras that will leave your lashes looking lush in the blink of an eye.

A Vision in Velvet ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Dress up in 10 velvet matte eyecolors & 10 velvet satin eyecolors for endless irresistible looks.

Night Vision ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

A collection of Round the Clock™ Waterproof Eyeliners for stunning eye looks guaranteed to dazzle after dark.

Fired Up ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Heat things up with this sizzling palette for eyes, lips and cheeks, plus a dazzling makeup bag. Exclusively at Sephora & Sephora.com.

The Finer Things Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary eyeshadow palette, featuring 8 provocative shades plus Prime Time Eyelid Primer.

Hot to Trot ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick (rosewood shimmer), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Crowd Surfer (cotton candy pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker (golden pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Firecracker (candied apple), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smarty Pants (shimmering shell), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dreamer (golden sand).

Buxom Gilt Trip ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This dazzling Buxom® collection includes a range of eyeliners from rich, deep black to a sparkling gold glitter. Mini Insider Eyeliner in Onyx imparts a rich, velvety color that glides on ultra smooth without tugging. Mini Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Machete multitasks as a three-in-one secret weapon that shadows, lines, and smokes in black with gold flecks. Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Gold Dust features a clear liquid formulation with glam gold sparkles. Line ‘em on, layer ‘em up and smoke ‘em out to create a gilded, golden, totally glitzed-out look.

Buxom Time to Shine ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This luscious 6-piece lip collection has multiple finishes and shades from shimmering and sparkling Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polishes so creamy, glass smooth Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Creams. Lacquer ’em on and layer ’em up to create the perfect pout. With the refreshing tingling sensation plus vitamins A and E, lips are soft, smooth and ready for the spotlight.

Balance Boost Kit ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

Bare Minerals infused their Mineral Veil finishing powder with a subtle apricot tint to wake up your complexion while balancing skin tone. This limited-edition Balance & Boost Mineral Veil finishing powder imparts a quiet boost of color to counteract dull skin for a fresh, flawless look all day.

Best & Most Brilliant Kit ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Dual-Sided Hint Blush, Bright Radiance All- Over Face Color, Prime Time Eyelid Primer, Well Rested SPF 20 Eye Brightener, Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in black, Best Friend Lip Balm, Double-Ended Seamless Blending Brush, Deluxe Sample of Deep Cleansing Foam.

Cool as Ice ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hot Ticket (electric pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Daredevil (sparkling blackberry), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Fashionably Late (sparkling opal), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Socialite (sparkling pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Gutsy (fuchsia berry), and Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel (pink mauve).

Glow Getters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Features blush, eyeshadow, and gloss.

Light Up the Room ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

All about the eyes and brightening!

Main Attraction ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, gloss, mini brush, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.

Mini Masters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Silver-hued brush set.

Star Treatment Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary palette, featuring 8 pure, intense, provocative shades by bareMinerals

Scene Stealer ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Eye Makeup Remover, Eyeliner, Pretty Amazing Lip Color, Prime-Time Shadow ink Pink Sugar.

Seize the Day ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 10 AM (golden sage), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Noon (deepest navy), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 1 PM, Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 PM (deep brown shimmer), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 5 PM (deep plum), Pencil Sharpener.

The Dream Team (Limited Edition)

Holiday brush set.

The Royal Treatment ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Large gift set featuring eyeshadows, blushes, glosses, and mascara.

Renew & Replenish ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Travel-sizes of Pure Transformation Night Treatment, Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, Purely Nourishing Moisturizer, and Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.

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