Monday, December 27th, 2010

Chanel Espiegle Blush
Chanel Espiegle Blush

Chanel Spring 2011: Espiegle

Chanel Espiegle Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a softened peach-orange with a faint champagne sheen. The texture is soft, silky smooth, and it is impossible to overdo; while the color be layered for a truer-to-pan look, it starts off subtle and sheer. Accordingly, if you do get more color than you’d like, it is easy to blend out. It is a new and permanent shade (according to Chanel’s website) from the the Spring collection, which is online now and seems to be coming out in stores rapidly, too.

Espiegle is a slightly muted version of MAC Utterly Game, but the two are definitely sisters. Even texturally, they are surprisingly similar, as they both have that finely milled, slightly powder (but not in a bad way!) feeling. I would say Utterly Game has more of a matte finish, though, and it can be built up to a more intense orange shade. When worn sheer, it also compares to NARS Sex Appeal–a touch more orange.

Joues Contraste is a silky smooth, very finely-milled powder blush that applies subtly and can be layered for a deeper look–but they are never really bold or bright. They are very easy to use, because they blend beautifully against the skin. While pricey, it is in line with designer brands like Chanel, and they don’t skimp on the amount of product.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a shade that will suit warmer skin tones best, but those with slightly cool undertones should be able to work this when paired with cooler shades on the lips or eyes.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

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Monday, December 27th, 2010

Chanel Jersey Rose Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Jersey Rose Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2011: Jersey Rose

Chanel Jersey Rose Rouge Coco Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium yellow-based rosy pink with a touch of peach that keeps it warm and light. It has very faint pink micro-shimmer. There is a distinct rosiness to it, but it’s not as pink as most rosy shades are, which is nice, and this is a lovely color for spring–light, airy, and feminine.  It is a new shade from the the Spring collection, which is online now and seems to be coming out in stores rapidly, too.

It actually seems like a warmer version of Chanel Magnolia, which was cooler pink and nearly lilac on me. Similarly, it’s a little warmer (almost peachier) than Rose Dentelle (from fall). It is a little lighter than Lancome Voile de Rose; touch darker than Shiseido PK224.

Rouge Coco is a slightly drier formula, because most of the shades are frost finishes, but I don’t find it drying–it’s just not moisturizing. It has a light vanilla-rose scent that’s rather faint but still detectable. It doesn’t seem to linger, though. On average, Rouge Cocos last four hours on me. I like the formula overall, and the shade range tends to be very wearable with a wide variety of colors from pinks to browns to reds.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s a very fitting shade for spring, because it’s light but still deposits plenty of color, and it’s not so light that it washes you out. The Rouge Coco formula is most suitable for those with relatively healthy lips; if your lips are dry and cracking, I would recommend opting for a more moisturizing formula (perhaps Rouge Allure, if you want to stay within Chanel).

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Cargo Lumieres du Monde Palette
Cargo Lumieres du Monde Palette

Quick Review: Cargo Lumieres du Monde Palette

Cargo Lights of the World Palette ($29.00 for 1.165 oz.) is a surprisingly well-made palette that is comprised of mostly eyeshadows (eight, in fact) along with a blush/bronzer in the center. If you love brighter, more colorful shades, I think this is a palette worth considering this holiday season. The pigmentation of nearly all the shades was really nice, as were the textures–soft, smooth, and not powdery. Even the matte shades were quite nice!

  • A is a teal blue with subtle green micro-shimmer and a frosted sheen. It is very nicely pigmented and smooth.
  • B is a paled yellow gold with a high frost shimmer and sheen. It’s frostier than both A and D, and it’s smooth and pigmented.
  • C is a medium blue with a frosted sheen. It’s decently pigmented, but it could use a little more oomph.
  • D is an olive green with a khaki gold shimmer-sheen. It has more of a frost finish, and it is nicely pigmented (could be a little more intense, though).
  • E is a warm, medium pink with yellow undertones and a satin finish.
  • F is a softened peach orange with a strong, yellowed gold sheen. When mixed with E, it becomes a lightened peach-orange.
  • G is a darkened lavender with a soft pearled, frost sheen. It has nice pigmentation and goes on smoothly.
  • H is a pure white with a matte finish. It’s very creamy, smooth, and pigmented.
  • I is a cool-toned peached brown with a matte finish. It has a lovely smooth texture and nice color pay off.
  • J is a slightly cool-toned medium-dark brown with a pearly finish. It’s decently pigmented though on the sheerer side.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: At $29 and with plenty of each shade, it’s an excellent buy for a multi-colored palette that actually holds quality eyeshadows.

WHERE TO BUY: ULTA

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Chanel Baroque Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Baroque Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Baroque Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Baroque (30) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lightly berried brown with hints of red and ruby micro-shimmer.  The shimmer is incredibly light and almost invisible to the eye but the effect is lightly reflective.  It is a new and limited edition shade from the Cote d’Azur Collection, which is online-only at this time–but you never know if it’ll pop-up in-stores (as SoHo eventually did, at least at select locations).  This is a surprisingly wearable shade, despite its initial dark tone, but it’s not bold or so deep that you have to worry about what you can or cannot wear with it.

Rouge Coco is a slightly drier formula, because most of the shades are frost finishes, but I don’t find it drying–it’s just not moisturizing. It has a light vanilla-rose scent that’s rather faint but still detectable. It doesn’t seem to linger, though. On average, Rouge Cocos last four hours on me. I like the formula overall, and the shade range tends to be very wearable with a wide variety of colors from pinks to browns to reds.  Pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with a few shades being quite opaque and a couple on the sheerer side.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: There’s enough depth and color for this to be a great autumn/winter color without being too bold or vampy.  The Rouge Coco formula is most suitable for those with relatively healthy lips; if  your lips are dry and cracking, I would recommend opting for a more moisturizing formula (perhaps  Rouge Allure, if you want to stay within Chanel).

WHERE TO BUY: Chanel

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Sultry Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Quick Review: Bobbi Brown Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Sultry Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three eyeshadows and one long-wear eye paint. It features: Bone (off white), Antique Gold (deep gold sparkle), Caviar (black brown), and Brandy (rich golden bronze). The packaging is sleek and compact, and I love that they have an actual brush applicator included, rather than sponge-tipped ones!

The Long-Wear Eye Paints are new and featured in the three palettes from Bobbi Brown’s Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection. According to Bobbi Brown, they are “high-pigment metallic eyeshadow that can be worn wet or dry.” She recommends “[applying] them with a damp Cream Shadow Brush for a strong, luminous and long-lasting pop of shimmering color that won’t crease.”

  • Bone is a soft, paled whitish beige. It’s very light, but it is usable as a highlighter on light to medium skin tones. Very smooth and buttery for a matte. This is a matte eyeshadow.
  • Antique Gold is a coppered bronze with a gold shimmered sheen. This is nicely pigmented, though it could be a little more intense. This is a metallic eyeshadow.
  • Caviar is a medium-dark blue-based black. This is a matte eyeshadow.
  • Brandy is a warm bronze with subtle shimmer-glitter. This is a long-wear eye paint. This works decently even when used dry, but for full potential, use it wet.

Each of the eyeshadows is 0.04 oz. (full-sized are 0.08 oz. for $20.00; 0.10 oz. for $20.00 for metallic eyeshadow), while the Long-Wear Eye Paint is 0.03 oz. (not currently available on its lonesome; but for valuation purposes, we’ll assume 0.08 oz. for $20.00). In this palette, you receive $20.00 worth of regular Eyeshadow, $8 worth of Metallic Eyeshadow, and $7.50 worth of Long-Wear Eye Paint. This totals to $35.50 worth of product. You do also receive a double-ended brush in the palette, which is usable (and one of the better brushes included in palettes)– we’ll say it’s $7 worth–bringing us to $42.50. It’s not a value-packed palette, but I don’t think you’re losing out.

You can check out my full review of the Smoldering Palette, too! :)

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Quality wise, I’d say this is the best of the three palettes from this Bobbi Brown Collection–these shades are the most pigmented, smoothest, and easiest to work with.  It is interesting to see such a cool-toned black paired with the warmer metallic shades, though.  If you’re looking for a palette for a go-to brown smoky eye, this would definitely work.

WHERE TO BUY: Bobbi Brown

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Chanel Peche Nacree Le Vernis
Chanel Peche Nacree Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2011: Peche Nacree

Chanel Peche Nacree Le Vernis Nail Colour ($23.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark peach with pale white peach micro-shimmer strewn through it. It has a frost-metallic finish, so there are some visible brush strokes when under bright light.  It’s opaque in two coats, despite being a lighter shade.

CHANEL LE VERNIS is a pricey product that often comes out with more unique shades (that are later replicated by other brands). The originality or amount of depth in their shades is what often pulls me towards them. Overall, I’ve had good luck with the formula and wear. The formula tends to be on the thicker side but not so thick it’s gloppy, while I typically get a full week’s worth of wear (and just minor tip wear).

Peche Nacree is peachier and darker than Chanel Django. It is also rather similar to MAC’s Seasonal Peach, actually–just the finish is different and it is less pink.  I found two coats to be perfect for color opacity and general look and feel.  The brush strokes in this shade are less noticeable than in Black Pearl but more than Pearl Drop.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s warm without being yellow orange, so it should suit both warm and cooler skin tones. I imagine it will lean pinker against cooler, pinker toned skin, than the warmer peach it is against my warmer skin tone.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

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