Monday, February 1st, 2010

Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick

The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a neutral-toned peach nude that applies and feels like a dream. It’s creamy, soft, and well-pigmented. This is just one of those lipsticks that makes you sigh when you apply it.

I often swatch anywhere from ten to twenty lipsticks in a sitting, and by ten, my lips are feeling a little swollen and dried out, but put one of these on? Heaven. Absolute heaven and feels like a nice reprieve to my lips. (I swear, they sing!) The wear time is average for me (four hours), though surprisingly so, just because there is a lot of slip to these, since they are so creamy and glossy. Extra Silky Lipsticks feel like a lightweight, ultra-creamy lipstick meshed with a gloss. They’re very thin and hug lips without emphasizing lip lines.  The closest, in texture, that I’ve come across would be YSL’s Rouge Volupte, but Cle de Peau is scent-free (as far as I could smell!) and wears longer.

Cle de Peau lipstick is luxuriating on the lips, but that feeling of luxury does come at a luxury price tag, unfortunately! If you have the deep pockets to afford and enjoy this pretty little number, Cle de Peau makes one amazing lipstick formula. I wish, at the very least, you got more for your money — 0.07 oz. is well below the average lipstick size (which is 0.12 oz.). Since it has such a creamy feel to it, it’s also easy to “waste” product by layering too much on. But like I said, if you feel like an indulgence, you can’t go wrong with Extra Silky Lipsticks!

(Oh, and P.S. – don’t click the lipstick up too much, because you can’t retract it!)

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Cool, Pink Cheeks with Illamasqua Chased Blush

Illamasqua Chased Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a matte, blue-based medium pink. I know Sephora describes this as a lilac pink, but I don’t know if that’s very accurate. Its not so much lilac as it is just a very cool-toned pink. Personally, I found this shade a bit hard to pull off, but I liked it softly tapped onto the apples of cheeks with a smoky eye and a light pink or nude lip.

The texture is matte, so its great for those who find shimmery blushes too much for their skin. Illamasqua’s blushes, while matte, are not powdery or chalky. As with most matte textures, some trial and error is to be expected, but if you keep working with it, you’ll happen upon just the right technique and application method to give you very natural-looking color.

I also like that you can build up the color intensity by applying more, but you don’t have to worry about getting too much with just one swipe, either. I found just one tap of the brush on the powder was enough to give me the color intensity I wanted more often than not. Its always better to start off lighter rather than heavier–easier to add more than it is to diffuse it. But in the event that you feel like you’ve overdone it, use a buffer brush or take some loose powder and blend it out to lighten the color.

I’m not a huge fan of Illamasqua’s packaging, because its bulkier than Id like (or that it needs to be). You get a good amount of product for your money — Illamasqua’s blushes are just slightly more expensive than NARS in terms of price per ounce ($156 compared to $164). Illamasqua blushes come in a good range of shades, ranging from vibrant to soft.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Gloss

The Spring Season: Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Lip Gloss

Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Lip Gloss ($36.00) is a peachy-nude cream gloss with just a touch of golden shimmer laced through it. It is, primarily, a cream finish gloss, though, so it can settle into lip lines. I find that it’s not really noticeable from the average viewing difference. I love, love the feeling of Le Metier de Beaute glosses, though; it’s moisturizing, lush, and non-sticky. It just feels amazing on lips. Every time I use one of my Le Metier de Beaute glosses, I marvel at how lovely they feel applied. I don’t wear Apricot Creme alone very often, but I love it on top of pinks and nudes.

Is this the right nude gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Chanel Exquise Lipstick
Chanel Exquise Rouge Allure Lipstick

The Spring Season: Chanel Exquise Lipstick

Chanel Exquise Lipstick ($30.00) is a beautiful yellow-based, warmed-up pink with golden shimmer. It’s a semi-opaque lipstick that gives decent coverage, but more pigmented lips may find it isn’t full coverage enough to mask their natural pigmentation. (If you have naturally reder lips, this will only subdue the red to more of a raspberry-ish pink.) What I like about Exquise is how warm it is; it’s not easy to find neutral or warm-toned pink lipsticks, as most are blue-based. Since it is a Rouge Allure Lipstick, it also wears well, keeps lips hydrated, and has a slightly glossy sheen.

Is this the right pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Friday, January 29th, 2010

Chanel In Love Blush

The First Blush of Spring:  Chanel In Love Blush

Chanel In Love Blush ($42.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dirty coral-peach with soft, golden shimmer. It can be applied softly or built up in intensity for a bolder cheek.  I’ve found Chanel blushes to be extremely smooth and silky and have a tendency to blend very well into skin to look natural. In Love had this same texture and feel when I used it. (I wore In Love in this smoky look earlier this week.) It worked best when lightly patted onto skin with a blush brush (I like MAC’s 116) and then a gentle sweeping motion at the end to blend together.

I like pairing it with gold and copper eyeshadows as well as smokier looks. It’s versatile and definitely a shade I’m often drawn to. The shimmer in this is very fine and smooth, so it looks more like a shimmer-sheen than glittery shimmer. I just wish you got more for your buck; Chanel blushes are some of the smallest (by weight) blushes on the market, which then makes them one of the most expensive blushes by the ounce ($300/oz., whereas Dior blushes are $190/oz.).

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For silky soft blush, Chanel always makes for a good choice–when you’re feeling a little indulgent.

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Friday, January 29th, 2010

Benefit Jing-a-Ling Lipstick

The Spring Season: Benefit Jing-a-ling Lipstick

Benefit Jing-a-Ling Lipstick ($18.00) is a creamy, mostly neutral pink with golden shimmer. Depending on what I wear it with, I’ve found it can look more blue-pink or yellow-pink. It looks semi-opaque when applied to my lips, but it does noticeably pink and pale ‘em up with a very creamy look. It almost looks like a milky pink on me, but not quite so pale. I wore Jing-a-Ling with MAC Nymphette in this sunset-eye look. Benefit’s Silky Finish Lipsticks tend to have a little more slip, so I find they last about three or four hours, but the silkiness of the finish does make it a more moisturizing lipstick.

Is this the perfect pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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