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Beautiful Beginnings with Estee Lauder

Beautiful Beginnings with Estee Lauder

What was the first Estee Lauder product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  My first Estee Lauder products were mascaras! That’s kind of a weird way to start using a brand, I think, particularly because Estee Lauder isn’t as known for their mascaras as other brands (like Dior and Diorshow).  After that, I tried some of their skin care, which I did like, though sometimes the scents of their skin care range can be too heavy for me.  I really like what Estee Lauder has been doing recently — the products are stellar with some fantastic colors and ranges.

Share your first time experiences with Estee Lauder in the comments! 🙂

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Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Fauves L'Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Fall 2012: Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is new (and permanent!) for fall and will debut at Guerlain counters and retailers in August (though I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it pop up in the next week or two). This is a very warm-toned palette with distinct orange/red undertones. The one thing I’ve noticed across fall palettes this season is that the colors within them are very similar to each other.

The shade on the left is a medium-dark copper-shimmered red-toned brown with a soft frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, almost buttery texture. Tom Ford Ilicit is redder. NARS Surabaya is a little darker and more red-toned. Make Up For Ever #14 is darker, browner. theBalm Tres Moi is very similar, slightly less warm-toned. MAC Antiqued is almost a dead-ringer except its finish is slightly more metallic.

Next, there is a medium brown with strong orange-red undertones with a mostly matte finish. It was soft to the touch and had great pigmentation. MAC Soft Brown is lighter, more subdued. MAC Brown Script is darker, less orange.

Below that shade is a warm orange with hints of red and coral and a mostly matte finish. This shade had nice color payoff, but it was a little powdery. MAC Neo Orange is brighter but similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is very comparable.

The final shade on the right-hand side of the palette is a warm-toned light-medium copper with a champagne sheen–very metallic in finish. It had a soft, smooth texture with good pigmentation. Bobbi Brown Champagne Truffle is browner. MAC Love Connection is also browner. MAC Rusty is similar but darker. Urban Decay Chopper is more copper. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is similar, slightly more orange-brown. Urban Decay Blaze is less coppery.

When I was on vacation last week, I took this palette along and wore the coral, medium brown, and light-medium copper shades together.  The colors wore without fading or creasing for a full ten hours, both over and without a primer–quite impressive.  Three of the four shades had beautiful textures and superb pigmentation; the only shade that was mildly disappointing was the coral shade, which was a little powdery.  The palette is housed in a gold-tinted metal compact (lovely and sturdy to hold, but it does show fingerprints) and contains a full-sized mirror and sponge-tipped applicator inside.  It has a good amount of product, too; a full-sized eyeshadow is typically around 0.05 oz., and each of these is just over 0.06 oz.

Guerlain Les Fauves L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

NARS Storm Bird Nail Lacquer

NARS Storm Bird Nail Lacquer
NARS Storm Bird Nail Lacquer

NARS Fall 2012: Storm Bird Nail Lacquer

NARS Storm Bird Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “moody gray.” It’s a medium-dark blue-toned gray with a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather is darker, less blue-tinted. Zoya Kelly is a smidgen darker, almost purple-tinged.  I think this shade is named perfectly; it’s such a stormy kind of color.  What makes it stand out is that it isn’t super dark, like a lot of grays can be.

It was completely opaque after applying two coats.  The consistency had a nice balance; it wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied fluidly without bubbling or pooling along the sides.  I think NARS has become one of the more consistent high-end producers of polishes–and I love that they still give you a full 0.50 fl oz. This is pretty much the typical nail polish size, but some high-end brands have cut the size down to 0.30 to 0.40 fl. oz.  The handle isn’t as comfortable or as natural to hold, because it’s rather wide and square.  I have larger hands/longer fingers, but it doesn’t feel right to hold.

NARS Nail Polish Storm Bird
Storm Bird

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Estee Lauder Violet Underground Collection for Fall 2012


Estee Lauder Violet Underground Collection for Fall 2012

Introducing a new multi-dimensional, limited edition trend collection for 2012, Estée Lauder Pure Color Violet Underground. Inspired by multiple cultures, styles and textures, this collection is the ultimate fusion of high style and street chic. The makeup in Pure Color Violet Underground takes glam rock to a new dimension with a fantastical aesthetic revolution of deep, vibrant violet and fuchsia tones.

Estée Lauder translates the drama of underground style fused with the luxury of couture onto eyes and lips saturated in a jewel-toned palette. Cognac and bordeaux combined with neon brights in scarlet and crimson create a mysterious palette rich in sensuality. Pure Color Violet Underground uses contrasting high lacquered intensified pigments and matte hues to create rich dramatic dimension. Together the strong pigments collide against a beautifully radiant satin complexion to give the overall look a modern yet dramatic high-fashion feel that any woman can try.

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Violet Underground Rich mix of deep violet, crimson, and fuchsia grounded with a sensual pale pink and powerful matte black (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner ($21.50) (Limited Edition)

Punker Black Dramatic black (Limited Edition)

  • Pure Color Velvet Lipstick ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
  • Black Cassis Matte deep wine (Limited Edition)
  • Violet Crush Matte violet (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Gloss ($22.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Chaotic Currant Deep plum wine (Limited Edition)
  • Rebellious Violet Dazzling violet (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Black Iris Black with an avant-garde violet twist (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; August 2012 at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey-black.” I’d like to describe it as one weird color that’s impossible to describe! In the bottle, it’s like a deep, dark smoky plummy brown with bits of shimmer in it. In natural light, it’s an inky brown with a hint of gray and touch of burgundy. In bright light, it’s a plum-tinged brown with bronze and red shimmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic is redder, lighter, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is purpler, more eggplant than brown. Illamasqua Baptiste is definitely purple. Chanel Paradoxal is purpler, less brown (but it’s kind of the closest in “feel”). China Glaze Bogie is duller, more purple.

Oh, Vertigo is a complex one, which is what you hope for when Chanel debuts a new shade.  I don’t know if it’s a pretty shade or one of those pretty-ugly kind of shades that people either love or hate.  I see myself closer to the love it crowd, but I don’t think it’s particularly flattering against my skin tone, so it’s not something I’d end up reaching for. I always appreciate it when a brand manages to come up with a color that’s more nuanced or harder to dupe.  I wish the shimmer was more noticeable, though, because it’s nearly invisible under most lighting conditions!

Chanel’s formula wears a full week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.  The consistency of Vertigo was just right–not too thick or too thin–and it applied easily and evenly.  The color was fully opaque after two coats.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Vertigo
Vertigo
Vertigo
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Caprice Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Caprice Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Caprice Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Caprice Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicate pink.” It’s a warm, yellow-toned light-medium peach-tinted pink with soft pink and gold micro-shimmer–surprisingly warm, actually. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet is pinker, darker. Chanel Confidence is much pinker and cooler-toned.

It’s new for fall but limited edition. It comes in a black lacquered square tube that has heft and feels luxurious when held. The applicator is a flocked sponge with an indentation on both sides. Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is supposed to be non-sticky, shiny, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear with “bold color.” The gloss has a faint floral scent but no detectable taste.  The texture is gel-like, so it’s not thin but it’s not thick or goopy; it slides and moves around easily but doesn’t bleed or feather (though the majority of the shades are fairly light!).

Caprice has full color coverage–entirely hiding my lip freckle–and despite its lightness in color, it doesn’t really settle noticeably into lip lines and applies evenly. The texture is more non-sticky than not, but there is just a hint of tackiness that develops over time. While it no doubt wears well and wears away evenly, it only lasts four and a half hours on me–above average but not by much (average for gloss is three to four hours).  The biggest area this product lost points on was its wear; it’s just not a long-wearing gloss. Good wear and incredibly comfortable on with opaque color, and it even has a little more gloss than a lot of glosses on the market–worth a look-see as long as the wear isn’t a deal-breaker for you.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Caprice
Caprice
Caprice
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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