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NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Highlighting Blush
NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “matte dusty rose.” It’s a dark berry rose-red. It’s red, but it’s not red-red; it’s pink, but it’s not your average pink–there’s a muted quality, but there’s still depth. MAC Supernova is pinker, less red. MAC Mocha is a bit lighter, but it’s similar, especially when worn. NARS G-Spot is more orange/warm.  I kind of feel like Dolce Vita is a very underrated NARS blush; it’s one of my favorites, because it’s low-key but dramatic. It’s everyday with a twist.  It can be a barely-there rosy blush with a flick of the brush or kind of a plummy-berry-rosy-red shade when built up.

The color payoff is rich and you can true-to-pan color with little product, but it doesn’t feel like you have to be as careful as you have to be with some other blushers. It’s a bit more foolproof.  Dolce Vita has a supremely flattering finish, because it has a subtle sheen that’s not shimmery or frosty, but it doesn’t give a flat look because it’s too dusty or matte.  If you love your skin-but-better, this is that type of finish.  I think the color is suitable across skin tones and under tones, and the only comment I’d make about wearability is that those with a lot of natural redness in cheeks might find this accentuates it.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly against the skin, and it is beautifully blendable with a fluffy or stippling blush brush. I didn’t have any stiffness or difficulty diffusing and blending out the color once I applied the initial payoff.  When I tested out Dolce Vita for wear, it managed eight hours well with some minor fading along the edges after eight and a half hours.

 

NARS Dolce Vita Blush

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

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Chanel Complice Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a soft, delicate peach with a subtle hint of pink. The finish is highly frosted, borderline metallic. MAC Fusion Gold is slightly darker. theBalm Stubborn is very similar but less shimmery. MAC Nubile is a little lighter. MAC Orb is similar but has a nearly matte finish. Urban Decay Scratch is barely pinker and has more of a sheen. theBalm Luscious Lani is more metallic and peachy.

This kind of shade usually receives two types of responses:  “This is my holy grail everyday shade!” and “This is SO dupeable, who would ever pay that much for it?”  Complice is a dupeable shade to say the least! There were numerous dupes (mentioned above) that were very, very close.  I think what will set it apart for those who typically purchase high-end is the texture.  Chanel’s Soft Touch Eyeshadows are exactly that: soft to the touch; insanely finely-milled to the point that they almost feel like a cream, because they’re so soft and buttery. They tend to melt against the skin once applied.  It is a great everyday shade, because it brightens and wakes up the most tired eyes with its slightly warm, shimmery look.

When I wore Complice for wear, it wore for a full eight hours without creasing, whether over a primer or on bare lids. The color payoff was a little sheer when I swatched it initially, but it was mostly opaque on the lid when I applied it with a brush. It definitely looked best when applied over a primer, though.

P.S. — I hope to review the other shades from the fall collection, but my order from Nordstrom’s is still in transit so sit tight. 🙂

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Complice
Complice
Complice
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “mix of pale gold and luminous silver.” Which would be pewter, really, except it’s more of a muted champagne gold chocked full of shimmer. The finish is metallic foil. Chanel Delight has a comparable finish but it’s very bronzy in comparison. OCC Cruising is very gold. Urban Decay Superfreak is similar but a little lighter–less golden. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter, so it has less gold and more silver in it. China Glaze Midnight Kiss is much more golden. Illamasqua recently came out with Swinger, which I do have to review but haven’t photographed or swatched it (still in its box so no fingerprints get on it!), that may be similar as well.

It’s pretty much opaque in one coat, and I only used one coat in the swatches because it was so, so opaque, I wanted to be sure to capture and convey it to you.  There are visible brush strokes, but they’re more minimized than they usually are in this type of a finish. It’s impressive, only because it’s hard to achieve, but they’re still there–I did feel like they were easier to control and get to look straight.  It dries down to a semi-matte finish, though it still reflects because of how shimmer-loaded it is.  The consistency wasn’t thick, but it wasn’t thin; it could have been a smidgen thinner I think. I’d have preferred to have more control with a thinner formula and need two coats. I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula; no chipping but minimal tip wear.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Diwali
Diwali
Diwali
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35


Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

The ultimate beauty balm, Bobbi’s new BB Cream SPF35 is a skin care/makeup hybrid that combines moisturizer, treatment, SPF and foundation all-in-one. Plus, this unique skin tone correct formula leaves skin looking flawless and perfectly natural. Consider it skin’s new best friend.

This multi-tasking correcting cream is also designed to give skin a natural glow. And when used over time, it provides long-term benefits – brighter, more even skin tone; diminished appearance of fine lines; reduced redness and minimized pores. SPF 35 boosts the formula with daily protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays and environmental hazards.

True to Bobbi’s philosophy, BB Cream SPF 35 is available in 5 skin tone correct shades for all complexions, from very fair to very deep. This lightweight formula is extremely buildable and blends seamlessly into skin for smooth, natural-looking coverage.

Ingredients & Benefits

  • Scutellaria Extract helps reduce the appearance of discolorations and dark spots for a brighter, more even skin tone.
  • Argireline®, a natural peptide, helps boost natural collagen production, minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and preventing future signs of aging.
  • Caffeine and Sucrose helps prevent redness associated with irritation and blemishes.
  • Vitamin E and Rice Bran Extract help protect skin from free radical damage.
  • SPF 35 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate attracts moisture to skin.
  • Emollients enhance skin’s luminosity and offer long-term moisture.
  • Light Reflective Pearls instantly brighten dull skin.

How to Use

Apply a thin, even layer using fingertips, sponge or brush. Can be used as a makeup base and/or lightweight foundation.

Shades

  • Extra Light
  • Light
  • Fair
  • Medium
  • Medium to Dark

Availability: $42, July 2012 @ Nordstrom

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Chanel Miroir Miroir Film

Chanel Miroir Miroir Film

Interview with Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup…

Q. After “Here comes the Beauty Pack” and “Shade Parade” what was your inspiration for this video? What message did you wish to express?

Various elements came into account in the realization of this film. I wanted to do a film, a teaser, to announce the coming lipstick event that CHANEL is doing around our Rouge Allure line. I also was very inspired by the Paris Bombay Show that we did last December.

Q. The usage of a mask often occurs in your work, why the use of the mirror effect? What is the hidden message?

There is no hidden message behind this makeup. I was mainly inspired by an editorial makeup I did a few years ago. It was a composition of pieces of crystals and mirrors that I applied on a girls face. We did some amazing pictures, but I always felt a bit frustrated that we never captured this makeup in movement. I loved the sparkling, hypnotizing effect, which, unfortunately, you partially loose in a still image. When the idea of doing a film around the lipsticks and Paris Bombay started growing in my head, I actually found a platform to recreate this mirror face. The concept complimented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fitted well with the Indian theme.

Q. How were these masks created?

The “mirror look” isn’t an actual mask. The pieces of crystals and mirrors are individually applied onto the face. The composition is created around the central mirror that’s applied on the forehead as a third eye, surrounded by a peacock-tail motive. The whole face is covered with pieces of crystals and mirrors to create a mesmerizing effect. The only touch of color is the changing lip shades. The application of the crystals and mirrors took a good 4 hours.

Q. What makeup products were used for this shooting to enhance the eyes and the mouth?

I kept the eyes almost naked. I only curled the lashes, applied Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Ivory and our Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Clair on the eyes, and that’s it. On the lips I applied 5 different, new shades of Rouge Allure lipstick: Pimpante, Excentrique, Enjouée, Exaltée, Palpitante.

Q. Any interesting anecdotes on the shooting?

The brightest sparkle of this shooting, was our model, Inguna. She was truly amazing, her beauty and patience made it for the whole team an even better experience.

Q. Who is the model?

Inguna Butane.

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery red with an orange influence packed full of red and gold shimmer.” It’s a really rich, intensely ruby-shimmered orange-based red. Cult Nails Evil Queen is a little lighter, no shimmer. China Glaze Poinsettia is a cream and less intense. Chanel Rouge Carat has a finer shimmer and is blue-based. Essie Too Too Hot is a bit brighter. Zoya Lisa is bluer with larger shimmer. Nubar Rosso is darker with larger shimmer.

It’s very nearly opaque in one coat–you really could get away with one. I used this as my pedicure color this week, and I only did one coat. The formula is absolutely flawless; it’s not too thick, not too thin–the polish applies beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It just covers and dries to a shiny finish–and the drying time is actually pretty good. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

P.S. — How incredible is it that Maria’s daughter created this (and the rest of the collection)? And more incredible that she got her own little launch.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Annalicious
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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