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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum
Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum

Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum ($98.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is a recently released scent that was supposed to mark the return to Oriental fragrances for Chanel. It has notes of grapefruit, bergamot, orange, rose, jasmine, geranium, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, and white musk.

Coco Noir spends most of the time smelling like sweet berries and patchouli. From beginning to end, a lot of the other notes are barely detectable; if I wasn’t specifically looking for them, I don’t think I’d have caught on that they were, in fact, supposed to be there. Initially, there’s a hint of grapefruit–a little zest–but it fades too quickly. In the first hour or so, the rose and jasmine notes peek through. They linger but disappear beneath a haze of sweetened berries, patchouli, and a hint of musk. On me, there’s some soapiness after four or five hours.

It wears close to the skin on me with two spritzes (one on each wrist), and the fragrance wears noticeably for around six hours and is mostly gone by eight hours. It’s a blend of sweetness and light, berries and patchouli, that never gets too sweet but never reads noir.  (It is a bit like how I felt about Tom Ford’s Jardin Noir collection.) The scent is incredibly well-blended, and on the whole, a wearable, easygoing fragrance that many will love, but if you were looking for something particularly interesting, innovative, or noir, you may not be so keen on this scent.  Coco Noir is soft, lightly warmed up–like a light jacket for the first days of autumn.

Have you tried Coco Noir?

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SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer

SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer

Would You Like a Little Rock with Your Polish?

SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “earthy red creme infused with rhyolite.” It’s a rusty orange-red with flecks of blackened brown. It looks so… earthy on; there’s no other way to describe it. The finish was really unique, and it should, since rhyolite is “igneous, volcanic rock, of felsic composition” (according to Google). I couldn’t think of anything in my stash that was similar. Even when I tried to find something similar to the base color, I could only come up with MAC Styleseeker, which is much more orange.

It was very nearly opaque after two coats with a shadowy outline of the nail line on my index finger, but the other two nails seemed just fine.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  SpaRitual has a nice ergonomic, rubberized handle, which makes applying and opening the bottle a cinch.  I typically get a full week of wear with SpaRitual’s formula with very minor tip wear.

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Quartz
Quartz
Quartz
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish plum-brown with a naturally glossy sheen. It’s darker than Bobbi Brown Uber Nude, but they have a similar tone. MAC Shitaki is a bit more subdued. CoverGirl Smolder is redder. Bobbi Brown Moonlight Rose is sheerer and shimmery.

The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it’s not a deep brown, it’s versatile and will wear well across complexions.  Uber Suede is opaque in color coverage, easy to apply because of the creamy, glide-on consistency, and wore for six hours when I test drove it.  The formula itself is lightly hydrating and didn’t leave my lips dry after wear. It’s also scent- and taste-free, which is great for those more sensitive to scents.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Uber Suede
Uber Suede

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