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Guerlain Fall 2012 Collection – Femme d’Amour and Femme Fatale


Guerlain Fall 2012 Collection – Femme d’Amour and Femme Fatale

Women have the incredible talen to continuously re-invent their femininity. One day she can be an angelic flirt, the next a passionate seductress. Guerlain’s fall collection pays tribute to these two juxtaposing looks and celebrates a woman’s ability to decide who she wants to be today. The Femme Fatale is steeped in passion and seduction and boasts beautiful red shades. The Femme D’Amour shades perfectly define the angelic, romantic woman with a vast color collection ranging from beige to plum. The look is innocent and fresh, yet still seductive and sensual.

Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00)

  • Gilda (27) (New, Permanent)
  • Genna (28) (New, Permanent)
  • Gisela (47) (New, Permanent)
  • Gracy (76) (New, Permanent)
  • Bonnie (B04) (Rouge G de Brilliant) (New, Permanent)

Lip Liner ($30.00)

  • Bois des Indes (42) (New, Permanent)

L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs ($59.00)

  • Les Fauves (14) (New, Permanent)

Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00)

  • Sable Show (851) (Limited Edition)
  • Grenade (873) (Limited Edition)

Availability: August 2012 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.11 oz.) is a warmed over medium brown with a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. As gorgeous as this shade is, there are several shades that are similar to it (but you can’t beat the price point of Milani!). Urban Decay Chase is slightly more orange-toned. MAC Love Connection is less brown, more red. Buxom Golden Retriever is similar but darker, less golden/shimmered. Urban Decay Suspect is pretty close, though not as warm.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Milani, because they’ve been one of the more reliable budget-friendly brands for years, not just recently, though they’ve been churning out some impressive products in the past year.  Their new range of pressed powder eyeshadows is fantastic overall, and Caramel Brown is no exception.  The texture is soft, buttery, and dense and blends beautifully and melts against the skin like butter.  Milani says they’re crease-proof, “super pigmented,” and blendable; they’re everything and more–but when I test drove Caramel Brown, I did experience some fading along the edges after eight hours (which is still really good–the majority of formulas have some fading after eight hours without aid of a primer), but absolutely no creasing.

I’m drawn to this shade like you wouldn’t believe–I think it’s the balance of warmth, gold, brown, bronze, and shimmer. It’s lovely against warmer complexions, as it brightens without dominating. It can easily be worn on the lid or in the crease, but I really like it softly on the lid with not much else.  Naturally, the strong warm undertones in this hue will flatter warmer complexions overall.  I’m a believer that you can wear anything and everything–it’s all about confidence and how you wear it!

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss
Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss ($22.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a cool white shimmer. The only gloss that seemed remotely similar was MAC Preppy, which is much, much sheerer and less vibrant. NYX Rose has a similar finish, though it’s a lipstick, and is a much more muted of a pink.

This new (but limited edition) formula is supposed to have a high shine, long-lasting wear, and be non-sticky.  It’s kind of a ridiculous gloss–totally over-the-top, in the best way possible. Sure, it’s not going to be the finish for everyone, but it’s incredibly fun to play and wear.  The gloss is on the thicker side, which definitely accounts for its opaque color payoff.  Not totally non-sticky, as there is some tackiness to it, especially as the day goes on, but not enough that I would have described it as sticky.  It’s lightly hydrating over the five hours this wears.  Each gloss is scented with the traditional fig of Estee lauder’s line–kind of a sweet, fruity scent–but no taste.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sequin Finish Gloss Cosmic Pink

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China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering fuchsia grape.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia magenta with a very fine white shimmer that’s barely visible in natural light. SpaRitual Color Trip is slightly darker, more jelly-like. SpaRitual Imaginarium is also similar, perhaps a smidgen pinker. Illamasqua Obsess is a hint more on the magenta side and has a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is a little more fuchsia but has a similar fine shimmer.

Beach Cruise-r is fully opaque after two medium-thick (not too thick, not too thin) coats of polish.  The formula on this one was better than Splish Splash, as it wasn’t as thick.  It flowed easily across the nail during application, which resulted in a bubble/pooling-free experience.  It dries to a semi-matte finish, so you’ll want a good top coat if you prefer a shiny finish.  The drying time was about average, though I’d say considerably shorter than a lot of neon polishes (which always seem to dry quickly).

It’s a really fun pop of pink for summer that’s very cool-toned but so bright that the undertone doesn’t matter, because it’ll contrast nicely against all skin tones, light to dark, cool to warm. Beach Cruise-r has a color that’s perfect for summer with its near-neon vibrancy and subtle shimmer.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Beach Cruise-r
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Chanel Fall 2012 Collection – Les Essentiels de Chanel


Chanel Fall 2012 Collection – Les Essentiels de Chanel

The little black dress, the quilted handbag, the two-toned shoe — the iconic essentials created by Coco Chanel inspire Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, to create the elegant Fall 2012 Collection, LES ESSENTIELS DE CHANEL. Classic pinks and natural beiges soften the face and lips while fuschia and modern black dress the nails.

Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges / Illuminating Powder with Shimmer ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

This highlighting face powder epitomizes the modern-classic look of Fall beauty and the artistry of Chanel. Enchantingly rendered to resemble sequins, the duo of lighter and darker beige shades blends together harmoniously for a subtly iridescent complexion, extending a summer glow.

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eyeshadow ($58.00)

  • Premier Regard Taupe brown, tender pink, beige and intense black

Stylo Yeux Waterproof / Long-Lasting Eyeliner ($30.00)

  • Noir Intense Intense black
  • Silver Light Silver (Limited Edition)

Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50)

  • Complice Soft peach
  • Eclaire Sheer gold
  • Furtif Silver-grey
  • Infini Silver

Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($43.00)

  • Rose Initiale Peach pink

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00)

  • Vertigo Grey-black
  • Suspicious Fuchsia
  • Frenzy Lilac grey

Rouge Coco / Hydrating Creme Lip Colour ($32.50)

  • Caractere Rose brown

Rouge Coco Shine / Hydrating Sheer Lipshine ($32.50)

  • Chic Beige
  • Parfait Tender pink

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($29.50)

  • Sweet Beige Beige shimmer

Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss / Pure Shine Intense Colour Long-wear Lipgloss ($32.00)

  • Troublant Rose brown (Limited Edition)
  • Caprice Delicate pink (Limited Edition)

Rouge Double Intensite / Ultra Wear Lip Colour ($34.00)

  • Almandine Red plum

Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer ($29.00)

  • Amarante Violet plum

Availability: July 2012

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L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a darkened violet purple with subtle red undertones and a multi-colored shimmer.  When applied dry, it’s sheer, slightly browner, less violet.  When it’s applied damp/wet, it’s much more intense with a strong violet purple coloring and opaque color payoff. MAC Young Punk is blacker and less violet. Dior Garden Roses is lighter and pinker. MAC Plush is lighter, more red-toned. Urban Decay Delinquent is a little brighter. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is very similar, slightly brighter.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder.

I believe this shade is known as Purple Obsession internationally. I have it, and it was actually one of the first shades I tested (many months ago), and I set it aside because it did not work well for me–it did not want to apply evenly at all on the lid, and it was creasing and fading like you wouldn’t believe. When I recently tried Perpetual Purple (and I didn’t know they were the same), I had a similar experience. It fades surprisingly quickly, and when I wore it alone (just by itself), I did have significant creasing after a mere six hours. When I used it in the crease with other Infallible Eyeshadows, it didn’t crease.  The texture of Perpetual Purple was also on the dry side, so it wasn’t as easy to blend or apply.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!

Edited:  The picture that showed the wear was MISSING! Now it’s there in all of its disappointing glory.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Perpetual Purple
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
4
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total

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