Rose Flamingo, Mauritius, Zanzibar
CHANEL launched their summer collection this past month (it’s amazing, Chanel launches their lines so early, but hey, it is great when you’re jonesing for a touch of summer!), which featured understated and sophisticated colors of rich browns and greens, with less emphasis on pastels. I think one of my favorite items out of the launch was the green from the Oasis quad ($55.00)–I couldn’t justify the full price of the quad just for the green, though.
I find that while Chanel’s quads are indisputably classy, I prefer the quality and payoff of soft touch shadows ($27.50) (if only Khaki was more olive and less cool!). One of my favorites is Gold (which I bought a year or so ago, and come to think of it, should dig it out and use it for once!) because it was such a marvelous highlighter. I bring that color up because Tigre is somewhat similar (and the name tempts me alone), but with more white and higher frost level. Nomade is a soft, pastel pink with gold flecks that reminds me of a grown-up pink, and it does remind me more of spring than summer, but mixed with Safari (rich bronze) I can see working well during the hotter months. Khaki is a cool, pastel green with medium frost finish. Both Tigre and Nomade are limited edition, but you can wait on Khaki and Safari if your budget doesn’t allow. (By the by, my heart stops every time I think of the price tag, so you’re not alone when your jaw drops!)
The Oasis quad is a good mix of colors, but I really do feel like it would be more fitting for autumn, maybe even later summer. The green is divine, as I’ve already mentioned, and there is an intense orange-bronze that looks lovely. The peachy pink and ultra soft pink do less for me, but they do make this quad a little less fall and more spring/summer. I found the lightest pink didn’t give me enough color for my liking, but the other three went on smoothly.
If you’ll remember my previous Chanel reviews, you’ll know I’m not a devoted follower of glossimers ($26.00) It is not that I dislike them, it is just that I am hard-pressed to pay $26 for a single gloss. It’s just hard! Many extol glossimers for their long-wearing, even-fading, adult shimmer, and non-sticky texture–things that are all true from my experience. Pinup (shimmery baby pink) and Seashell (creamy pale sheer pink) are both existing shades of glossimers while Gazelle is limited (and my girl Karen adores it). I think I would have been better suited to try Gazelle over Seashell, after seeing it swatched, because Seashell hardly showed up on my lips whatsoever, just a dash of shimmer.
Rouge Hydrabase Cream Lipstick, Rouge Allure Satin Lip Color, and Aqualumiere Sheer Lipshine are sure to make your head spin.
Rouge Hydrabase ($26.00) is a creamy, long-lasting formula with Vitamin E that is meant to give you medium coverage. Summer shades include Leopard and Rose Flamingo (both limited edition), with my favorite being Rose Flamingo beacuse it is a mauvey-pink that’s bold and yet not over the top. Like if you ever wanted to rock a hot pink lipstick but didn’t have the courage, this might be your solution.
Rouge Allure ($30.00) is a frostier formula with soft to medium coverage and average wear time (but it does come in a nifty gadget-esque tube). Even though you may feel like you get less lipstick in this formula, according to the box, it is the same weight as other formulas (because I instantly assumed that I was getting less for more money!). The summer’s Both Naive (soft nude pink) and Curious (brown-beige) are permanent choices.
Aqualumiere ($26.00) is sheer, creamy color with SPF 15. For summer, Chanel launched Mauritius (brown beige with peach reflects) and Zanzibar (warm coral beige), which are both limited edition. I found that these two shades were a bit too similar to each other to see in the same launch. On my lips, Mauritius is less wearable (too dark, a bit brown), though Zanzibar I can wear as an everyday color.
Availability: Chanel’s Summer 2008 collection is available at department counters, as well as Nordstrom.com.
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EURISTOCRATS is now available on the UK website! All of you overseas readers, we fully expect you to come through for us and provide some drop dead gorgeous swatches (and photos!) of these lovely lippies. Submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org or post links/images in th comments! Thanks!
- Barcelona Red Frosty deep coral
- Bombshell Soft bright rosy-pink with golden shimmer
- Cockney Sheer yellow red with multi dimensional pearlized pigments
- Costa Chic Frosty light coral
- Fast Play Medium neutral pink with plum-brown undertones
- Full Fuchsia Bright clean warm pink
- Going Dutch Frosty mid tone pink
- London Life Sheer deep berry with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
- Milan Mode Sheer deep pink with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
- Naked Paris Sheer pink brown with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
- Neon Orange Bright clean orange
- Patisserie Sheer creamy neutral pink
- Rambla’s Red Blue red
- Rue D’ Bois Sheer mid tone pink with multi dimensional pearlized pigments
- Saint Germain Pastel pink
- Show Orchid Vivid hot pink
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This information is based on preliminary product images, which may or may not represent all or partial product offerings. In other words, there may be additional products (even a lipglass or lipstick that isn’t pictured may actually be in the story) such as blushes, eyeshadows, etc.
- Soft & Slow Pale beige with gold pearl
- Pink Grapefruit Pink-orange with gold pearl
- Naked Space Creamy natural peach
- Supreme Bronze brown with white pearl
- Sunsonic Gold with white pearl
- Electro Brilliant orange
- Astral Mid-tone brown with red pearl
- Pleasureseeker Creamy peach colour
- Sci-Fu-Delity Burned red with golden pearl
- Phosphor Buzzing yellow
- Neon 8 Brilliant orange with orange pearl
- Plasma Blu Turquoise with white pearl
- Metalist Copper with white pearl
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Burberry The Beat is the fresh, new fragrance from the iconic house of Burberry. This youthful scent merges the energy of music, fashion and dance with an irreverent twist to embody the hip, British It-Girl. Agyness Deyen, International Top Model personifies this girl from her punky hair to her personal style. “Young, Modern, Energetic, Dynamic, Expressive, Fun, Vigor, Verve, and Spiritedness… all words that describe the mood, inspiration and sense of ebullience that we wanted to evoke as we created The Beat,” says Burberry Creative Director – Christopher Bailey. A sparkling woody floral, with notes of Ceylon tea, bluebell and iris combine for a sexy and contradictory fragrance. Further celebrating the energy of music – UK music sensation, The Fratellis have partnered with Christopher Bailey to create a special track entitled, The Beat.
Like any healthy beauty addict, as the seasons change, so do my fragrances and what I reach for (and what I push back for another mood). This spring, I’ve been on the hunt for something that is fitting for my age, and yet sophisticated enough that it doesn’t make me feel like I’m in my teens (since even though you can ask me how old I am, and I want to respond 18, I’m really 21–closer to 22 now). My fall-back fragrance is and, likely, will always be Dior’s Addict (it’s really like the ponytail; it always works!), but I’m extremely satisfied with what I found in Burberry’s The Beat for Spring 2008.
A touch of sweetness, soft florals, and something innately fun marks the scent. It is entirely fitting for the spring season with its burst of fresh blooms, but the sweetness that accompanies it makes it utterly feminine and flirty. There is an afterhtought of woodiness in the background, especially when it dries down fully, and I like it because it tames some of the overt floral notes you may initially catch a whiff of. And for those who prefer more potent scents can find refuge in The Beat Intense Exlixir, which is more concentrated than eau de parfum.
The packaging is perfectly in line with the Burberry brand and image, which is exactly what I would expect (and I don’t usually love surprises–so this works for me!). I love their version of a flask, and the beigey-pink glass is upbeat and reminds me of spring. I have to admit that the Intense Exlixir packaging has me awfully tempted, just because it is so sleek and masculine, despite the fragrance being intensely feminine.
Could the hunt for the perfect spring scent before over? Perhaps! Sniffed this? Share your thoughts!
Burberry The Beat is available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
- Eau de Parfum Spray (2.5 fl. oz.) $80.00
- Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 fl. oz.) $62.00
- Eau de Parfum Spray (1.0 fl. oz.) $50.00
- Body Lotion (5.1 fl. oz.) $39.50
- Shower Gel (5.1 fl. oz.) $35.00
- Intense Elixir (1.3 fl. oz.) $130.00 (pictured below)
If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down. But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.
Estée Lauder ‘Bronze Goddess’ Soft Matte Bronzer ($29.50) is part of their summer Bronze Goddess launch. It’s a smooth, silky bronzing powder that minimizes oil to keep skin looking more matte throughout the day. The compact comes with a contoured brush, which I adore. I don’t love sponge applicators, and usually, that’s what you get in a compact. Instead, you can tote this easily transportable compact with a fabulous little brush inside for last minute touch-ups.
Dior Essential Bronzing Powder ($40.00) is very much like your typical bronzer, though I will say it goes on like velvet and feels like silk. It also blends incredibly well with my natural skin tone so that it really does create a subtle bronzed look without being too heavy or unnatural.
GlowFusion Micro-Tech Intuitive Active Bronzer GlowFusion ($39.00) is Fusion Beauty’s answer to giving you glowing skin. It is supposed to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles to help give the appearance of healthier skin that glows. There are “soft-focus luminzers” to help give you that bronze color by their InvisiSkin complex. With all their techy and patent-speak, it makes me skeptical. I actually happened to get this when I attended a Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show a season ago, and while it is deliciously smooth and feels like silk on skin… I can’t say that I would ever splurge $39 on it.
MAC Bronzing Powder ($20.00) come in three shades that have a touch of shimmer (very fine, very subtle!) to help highlight and color naturally. I only own one bronzer by MAC, and it will probably last me a lifetime. I think the shade I own is Golden Bronze or something like that. Each summer, MAC launches their summer skin/bronze line, and that’s usually a great place to pick up a bronzer.
Stay tuned for part three (did you miss part one?)!
Find these bronzers and more at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.
RESPONSIBILITY IS VIVA GLAMOROUS MAC COSMETICS’ NEWEST VIVA GLAM VI SPOKESPERSON, FERGIE, REMIXES HER HIT SONG ‘GLAMOROUS’ TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR HIV/AIDS
Check out www.maccosmetics.com/fergie for details, and the first 15,000 downloads of her “Glamorous” (Viva Glam Remix) song are free!
New York March 25, 2008 — Three-time Grammy Award winning artist and latest MAC VIVA GLAM spokesperson, Fergie, is using her voice to further raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS crisis in youth. Along with PoetNameLife, she has recorded ‘VIVA GLAMOROUS’, a remix of her hit song ‘Glamorous’, as an added contribution to her VIVA GLAM VI campaign. A limited number of free downloads of the remix and VIVA GLAM E-cards will be available March 25, 2008 on maccosmetics.com. The E-cards reinforce Fergie’s Responsibility is Glamorous message by pairing her sexy VIVA GLAM visual with alarming AIDS facts that concern youth. She also encourages people to buy a MAC VIVA GLAM VI Limited Edition Lipglass, the sales of which benefit the Global Youth Prevention Initiative. The MAC AIDS FUND directs the funds from this initiative to international organizations that address the AIDS crisis in young people. The remix will also be available in April on MAC websites in the U.K., France, Australia and Germany.
“Half of all new HIV/AIDS infections are in people under twenty five and it is important that we get the message out to all young people to be educated and understand the risks of HIV/AIDS. I want to bring more attention to this issue and my music allows me to reach the youth that are potentially at risk.”