Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It looks like a deeper, plummy red in the pan, but applied, it takes on a pinky-plum coloring with a natural, not-quite-matte finish. It has cool, bluish undertones. If you worried that Chanel Affinite would be too similar, it is lighter and warmer. Tom Ford Narcissist is similar but shimmery (and a powder). Burberry Hydrangea Pink is slightly redder and a powder product. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff is fantastic (ha, ha) with rich, full color coverage that’s buildable and blendable. It’s easy to go overboard, so use a light hand and less than you think you’ll need. The consistency is lightly creamy and almost turns to a powdery feeling as soon as it hits the skin, but it’s not truly a powder. It remains lightly blendable and is very easy to sheer out and soften along the edges while maintaining even coloring. I could see this shade working well across all skin tones. When I wore this, the blush lasted a full nine hours without fading, and even after ten hours, there was only very slight signs of fading.

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Fantastic (66)

A+
I could see this shade working well across all skin tones. It had really lovely color payoff, a smooth, blendable consistency, and long-wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft rose-gold.” It’s a warm, champagne-shimmered copper–it doesn’t really look pink on me, like a rose gold, it’s a little warmer, more orange. On cooler skin tones, the rosiness may be more apparent. NARS Luster is more orange, more pigmented. MAC Poised is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Barefaced is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Year is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Spellbound is supposed to highlight the face with “buildable long-wearing color.” It has a soft, smooth texture that makes blending a breeze. The color just diffuses and softens with ease and doesn’t look on uneven on the skin. It does have buildable color, so if you have a medium or lighter complexion, you’ll see some warmth and color added as well as a reflective sheen. I have normal-to-dry skin, and it does emphasize pores slightly when I used it on my cheeks, which wasn’t surprising, given the finish has such a high-shine. If used very lightly (like with a fan brush) just over the high planes of the cheeks, then I didn’t see any emphasis, so it will depend on how much you apply, where, and so on. It lasted eight hours well on my cheeks, and after nine hours, it started to look a bit faded and patchy.

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Spellbound

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a peachy-brown with a satin finish and soft, warm undertones. MAC Honey Jasmine is more orange, brighter, powder. NARS Silvana is browner, more shimmery, powder. MAC Seasonawl Appeal is rosier, powder. MAC Eternal Sun is similar, powder. MAC Barefaced is more shimmery, powder. MAC Coppertone is similar, matte, powder. See comparison swatches.

It has buildable color where a little goes a long way, but the consistency allows you to blend it out to the sheerest layer, if desired. The texture is a lightweight, thin cream that almost immediately turns to powder when it touches the skin, but it doesn’t look like powder. It sets easily but stays blendable for a minute or so. It worked well over bare skin as well as over liquid foundation. I wore this shade yesterday over bare skin and over foundation, and the wear was really the same for me either way (I have normal-to-dry skin, but if you had oilier skin, you may see a difference in longevity compared to when patted over foundation), which was eight hours of nice wear, and then after nine hours, there was some noticeable fading but some color still apparent.

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Destiny (61)

A
It has buildable color where a little goes a long way, but the consistency allows you to blend it out to the sheerest layer, if desired. The texture is a lightweight, thin cream that almost immediately turns to powder when it touches the skin, but it doesn't look like powder.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “intense blue pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones, and a saitn finish. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is a touch lighter, powder. NARS Mata Hari is darker, powder. NARS Angelika is lighter, bluer-based, powder. MAC Whole Lotta Love is a powder. MAC Weekend Getaway is slightly less blue-based. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that launched for fall, and there are six shades in total–two are limited edition and four are permanent (this is one of the latter). (Although, Chanel’s website lists all six shades as limited edition, the press release only listed two.) I have the other five shades to test, which I’ll be doing throughout the week, so stay tuned for those reviews. Yesterday, I started my testing with Affinite.

Chanel describes it as a “powder-cream formula” with “sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity” and a “long-wear satin finish.” The texture is interesting; it feels like a cream blush with a thin, emollient texture that’s not at all tacky or gooey. The surface was hard, yet the cream itself was soft–but it was “hard” in a way where you only disturb the top-most layer with a brush or fingertip, rather than the whole pan. As soon as it makes contact with the skin, it starts to turn into a powder. It doesn’t quite look like a powder, but it feels more like a powder than a cream as you blend the product into the skin. It’s a very blendable, buildable formula, and a little goes a long way with Affinite. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me and started looking slightly faded after nine and a half hours.

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Affinite (65)

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

MAC Harmony Blush
MAC Harmony Blush

MAC Harmony Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted rose-beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It is slightly warm-toned, but it isn’t orange. NARS Madly is slightly darker and more shimmery. MAC Coppertone is warmer, brighter, more orange. Burberry Earthly is browner, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Harmony has long been used by MAC fans as blush, bronzer, and contour, so it can be a very multi-tasking product in your stash, depending on your skin tone and preferences.  I remember this was my go-to for contouring when I was in college, and I only put it down when MAC came out with Sculpt, which is grayer and more neutral.  It nice, buildable color payoff that went on true-to-pan but could be applied lightly for a softer application.  The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin.  Harmony wore well for almost eight hours and then started to fade.

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Harmony

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pink bronze.” It’s a rosy bronze with a champagne shimmer. , which looks almost plummy. Because it’s just a wash of color, all of the shades that are similar are much more pigmented and are also powder blushes. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (a powder) is very similar but matte. NARS Lovejoy is more plum. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is also more plum. See comparison swatches.

Based on the actual tint of this, it’s not going to be particularly useful on medium or deeper complexions–it gets completetely lost on my skin tone, which is just a smidgen lighter than true medium. Instead, what you see is mostly a dewy sheen but no visible color. On a fairer complexion, I think you’ll see a glorious tint of plummy bronze–should be quite lovely–but be wary of the wear time, especially if you have an oilier skin type (I’m normal-to-dry). The sheen (and I could see some of the shimmer bits upclose) lasted a mere four hours, and it’s best applied over bare skin. It didn’t play well with liquid foundation after a few hours and caused it to look a bit patchy.

All in all, I love the concept. The consistency is gel-like and glides on so well without skipping, and being sheer and just a tint, it’s impossible to overdo and effortless to blend. It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set–it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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Nude Beach

C
It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set--it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

5/5

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