Monday, January 9th, 2012

Chanel Destinee Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Destinee Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Destinee Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Destinee Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “plum.” It’s an ever-so-slightly muted raspberry plum with a healthy shine and semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Craving is a bit darker. Maybelline Bit of Berry is slightly brighter. MAC Positively Dashing is similar in color but has a frostier finish. MAC Red Dwarf is more opaque and darker. Dior Ruby is redder.

The Rouge Coco formula is good but falls short of some of the brand’s claims, primarily hydration, which it doesn’t provide–it’s neither drying nor moisturizing. The color range is typically semi-opaque to opaque with a lightweight feel. Destinee wore for around four hours and was comfortable to wear.  I think this kind of color is supremely flattering across skin tones, both in terms of undertones and color.  It’s not too dark or vampy, so it won’t feel too bold against even the palest of skin, but it has enough color and oomph to complement darker skin tones, too.

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Destinee

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I think this kind of color is supremely flattering across skin tones, both in terms of undertones and color. It's not too dark or vampy, so it won't feel too bold against even the palest of skin, but it has enough color and oomph to complement darker skin tones, too.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse and Lovechild

This spring, Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) adds two new shades to the permanent range: Apocalypse (deep berry) and Lovechild (pale pink hue). I reviewed this formula here when it first debuted last year. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, provide opaque color, have a glossy shine, be moisturizing, and not feather.

  • Apocalypse is a deep, purple berry with a glossy shine and mostly opaque color. The color doesn’t apply evenly, so it can look a little patchy if you’re not careful and does settle into lip lines a bit. MAC Riveting Rose is similar but a touch redder. MAC Night Violet seems really close, too, but with less of a shine.
  • Lovechild is a light-medium pink with a subtle blue-base. It has opaque color coverage and applies evenly. MAC Dress It Up is a touch lighter and bluer-based. MAC Royal Azalea is much lighter. OCC Femme is several shades lighter. MAC Behave Yourself is slightly cooler-toned and doesn’t apply as evenly.

As you might expect, sharpening these can be an exercise in frustration, as you will waste product while sharpening and the creamy consistency means the product gets stuck in the sharpener and smears easily (so it doesn’t just cleanly lift from the sharpener).  This is the major downside to this formula (and it is a common problem with creamy pencil products).  Apocalypse wore for five hours with a subtle residual stain, while Lovechild wore for three hours.  I do find the formula to be moisturizing, opaque, and not have any bleeding/feathering issues.  Both of these have a healthy shine, though Lovechild has the highest shine–more like a gloss.

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Apocalypse

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It's long-wearing, moisturizing, and four of the five deliver mostly opaque color coverage. Depending on how often you expect to use the lip pencil, the amount you lose from sharpening may be concerning.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer
Chanel Chelsea Glossimer

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer ($28.50 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant pink lipgloss [that] delivers the ultimate pop of colour, along with subtle shimmer and a high-shine glow.” I have no idea what Chanel was seeing, because this gloss is nearly colorless when applied. At best, and I feel like I’m being generous, it emphasizes the natural pinkness of your lip color, but the reality is it looks like clear gloss with a shiny finish. The shimmer is not just subtle but barely there; there were maybe four or five flecks on my lips when I applied the gloss.

Chanel says that this “striking hue is named for a thriving artistic and cultural area of London.” It’s very, very striking in the tube, but that is where it ends. The whole concept reminded me of Gloss Fluo de Chanel from 2010, where the tubes were vibrant and neon, but the product itself was very sheer.  It feels like a Glossimer:  smooth, non-sticky, comfortable.  It’s thick without being heavy; glides on without slipping around.  The wear is about an hour and a half when I tested this shade.  If Chanel wanted to indicate this was sheer, perhaps “brilliant pink,” “ultimate pop of color,” and “striking hue” were not the best descriptions. I felt a bit duped myself after I purchased this and then swatched it.

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Chelsea

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If Chanel wanted to indicate this was sheer, perhaps "brilliant pink," "ultimate pop of color," and "striking hue" were not the best descriptions. If you love the Glossimer formula and want something that really has little to no color and little to no shimmer, you'll like this.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

1/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color
Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color

Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color

Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, neon strawberry pink with opaque color coverage and a lush, natural shine. It’s a strong, bold color that brightens up the face, and it doesn’t lean too blue. VS Be Mine is less pink, more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia is less pink and not quite as bright. MAC Party Parrot is darker, redder, and brighter. MAC Catharina is bluer and darker. Chanel Insolente is slightly darker.

Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Lip Color formula is rich in color and has a creamy consistency that’s lightweight and doesn’t slip around. Evening Pink wore five and half hours, and while I don’t always find the formula very hydrating (but definitely not drying), this one was moisturizing while I wore it. There is a noticeable floral scent but no distinct taste.

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Evening Pink is bright and opaque, and it's definitely an unexpected shade for the season. What I really liked about it was the only slightly cool undertones, so it should wear well across skin tones and complexions!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 6th, 2012

Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “pink coral.” It’s mostly pink with a hint of coral; more pink than it is coral, but if you called it pink-coral, I wouldn’t argue. Chanel Flirt is softer, less pink. MAC Blossom Culture is more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Pink is a bit darker.

The color coverage is semi-opaque–it yields a healthy amount of color, but it doesn’t completely cover my lip freckle. The finish is a soft frost; there is noticeable shimmer and sheen, but it’s not metallic or heavy. Paradis applied well enough, but it could have been a little creamier. Rouge Cocos are supposed to be moisturizing, and while I did find Charme to be more hydrating, this one was consistent with the past ones I’ve tried, which is not really moisturizing but not drying. It wore for three and a half hours.

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Paradis

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Paradis applied well enough, but it could have been a little creamier. Rouge Cocos are supposed to be moisturizing, and while I did find Charme to be more hydrating, this one was consistent with the past ones I've tried, which is not really moisturizing but not drying. It wore for three and a half hours.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers
Bonbon (73), Petillant (159), Bagatelle (161)

Chanel Spring 2012: Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers ($29.50 for 0.19 oz.) include three new and permanent (according to the press release) shades: Bonbon (soft pink), Petillant (golden beige), and Bagatelle (pink).

  • Bonbon is a sheer gold-shimmered pale pink. There’s no real color to it; on my lips, it provides a semi-opaque covering of shimmer. It’s similar to NARS Super Orgasm (a touch darker), Chanel Aurore (slightly more of a beige base), and Benefit I’m With the Band (more golden sheen).
  • Petillant is sheer and virtually colorless with white and pale pink shimmer. This is really, really subtle; unless you’re a Glossimer devotee, this one is easily skipped, because it doesn’t have as much shimmer as most Glossimers do either. It may sound harsh, but these kinds of glosses are numerous, and while having a couple in your back pocket is great for layering, it’s difficult to see nuances between them, so most of us don’t need too many of them.
  • Bagatelle is a light-medium, blue-based pink with gold flecks of sparkle. This one was the most pigmented with semi-opaque color coverage. The gold shimmer in this is larger than the others, so it actually felt a little gritty on the lips, compared to the smooth feel of most Glossimers. It reminded me a bit of MAC Splashing, which isn’t blue-based, and Givenchy Glamorous Fuchsia, which doesn’t have the gold sparkle.

Chanel Glossimers have certainly earned their accolades because of their comfortable, non-sticky texture and ultra-shimmering appearance.  In the sunlight, these really sparkle and look like shimmering water with the amount of dazzle and shine they give off.  I didn’t fully appreciate them until I saw how they looked outdoors.  Indoors, they’re a little less spectacular, but they’re generally a really pretty gloss that tends to have sheer to semi-sheer color coverage but lots of shimmer.  I usually find these to have a really smooth shimmer, but Bagatelle felt gritty from the get-go.  I could just feel the shimmer on my lips.  Bonbon wore for about two and a half hours, while Petillant disappeared within an hour and a half.  Bagatelle wore the best, as it wore for four hours.

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Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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The grittier feel of the shimmer in Bagatelle definitely makes it underwhelming, while the lack of shimmer and color of Petillant seems to take sheer almost too far. Bonbon was my favorite of the three, because it looked and applied the best. I still really like the Glossimer formula, but these three may not be the best examples of them!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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