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Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

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.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Spellbound
Spellbound
Spellbound
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge

Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge
Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge

Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant lavender fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-magenta with a creamy finish and a soft sheen. It had strong, blue undertones. Urban Decay Anarchy is much brighter. Revlon Lollipop is darker, shimmery. NYX Pink Lyric is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum is brighter. MAC Zen Rose is more muted, purpler. MAC Dish It Up is more muted. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is less shiny. See comparison swatches.

It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was creamy with more slip than other shades in the Le Rouge range. Because it had more slip, when I pressed my lips together, I could see slight lines forming because of the lipstick bunching up on itself. The formula was still hydrating, though, and it lasted five and a half hours and left behind a soft, pinky stain.  Croisiere Fuchsia is part of the limited edition summer collection, so it is packaged with a thin layer of white leather around the tube rather than black leather (as the permanent range is).

Givenchy Le Rouge Croisiere Fuchsia (309)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette REview, Photos, Swatches

Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five eyeshadows with star patterns on four of the five shades. It’s part of the fall collection, Mystic Metallics, and is limited edition. Right now, Nordstrom still has it available, but it is on backorder (I bought mine at Nordstrom). It’s a very nice palette overall with good color payoff across all five shades, and those that seemed good (but not perfect) were buildable on the lid. I really had no trouble applying this, and over bare skin (no primer), they lasted a full eight hours. I saw minor fading after nine hours, and if you normally wear your eyeshadow with a primer, I think you’d be fine for truly all-day wear.

Bonne Etoile (384) #1 is a warm-toned, olive green with gold, copper, and emerald green micro-shimmer. It had a pearly finish–not quite frosted. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was and smooth. Urban Decay Zodiac is greener, more metallic. MAC Vintage Coin is similar but a cream product. MAC Humid is greener. MAC Greensmoke is slightly less warm-toned. L’oreal Golden Emerlad is much greener. Lancome Designer is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #2 is a silvered pewter with a metallic, sparkling finish. It had nice color payoff, and though it seemed almost glittery, the sparkles are finer and smoothed together well. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #1 is lighter. MAC Palladium is slightly darker and a cream product. Dior Garden Rosese #4 is darker. Sugarpill Tiara is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #3 is a warm-toned, olive brown with a satin finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. Disney Abu is darker. Urbn Decay Snakebite is less golden. NARS Paramaribo #2 is more golden. Giorgio Armani #6 is similar. Dior Golden Savannah #4 is darker. bareMinerals Elitist is lighter. Inglot #409 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #4 is a muted, darkened blue-teal with a metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was buildable–the texture is just slightly dry, but not dry in a stiff, difficult-to-work-with kind of way, just the type of dry that you might find with very metallic finishes. Urban Decay Shattered is much lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is very similar. MAC Emerald Dusk is bluer, more muted. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 is much darker and matte. Sugarpill Magpie is brighter, bluer. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #5 is a soft, meadowy green with a strong, golden metallic sheen. It had good color payoff and a smooth, even application. Disney Cinderelly is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Sweet & Sour is darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Dior Mystic Metallics Eyeshadow Bonne Etoile (384) #1
Dior Mystic Metallics Eyeshadow Bonne Etoile (384) #2
Dior Mystic Metallics Eyeshadow Bonne Etoile (384) #3
Dior Mystic Metallics Eyeshadow Bonne Etoile (384) #4
Dior Mystic Metallics Eyeshadow Bonne Etoile (384) #5
Dior 5 Couleurs Star Eyeshadow Palette Bonne Etoile (384)
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Chanel Icone (55) & Mystique (57) Rouge Coco Lipsticks

Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a peach-brown with a golden shimmer and a soft, pearly finish. It had mostly opaque color and lasted four and a half hours on me. NARS Peloponesse is more matte, darker. NARS Isola Bella is lighter, satin. MAC Posh Tone is lighter, less shimmery/ MAC Delectable is less shimmery. MAC Freckletone is less shimmery. MAC Cozy Up is lighter, satin.
See comparison swatches.

Mystique (57) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium coral with a hint of reddish-pink. The finish is a noticeable sheen and reflective quality. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and it wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Liar is darker, pinker. Chanel Interlude is slightly softer. MAC Style Surge is more opaque, brighter. MAC Razzledazzler is slightly pinker. Burberry Devon Sunset is more muted. See comparison swatches.

The Rouge Coco formula is lightly creamy, somewhat hydrating, and wears about average. They’re supposed to have “full-coverage” with finishes that vary from “matte to pearl to soft shimmer.” Both of these were mostly opaque, but there was a slight translucency that was apparent. It’s actually what gave them a lighter look once applied. These shades are new (and permanent!) for fall.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour Icone (55)
Icone (55)
Icone (55)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour Mystique (57)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

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.

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel Destiny (61)
Destiny (61)
Destiny (61)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 & Liberty Nail Lacquers

Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “the color of an oil base that floats on water with rainbow sparkles.” It’s a dirty, olive bronze with multi-colored shimmer and threads of khaki-bronze metallic shimmer. Though I held my nails every which way, in both natural light, artificial light, and direct sunlight, it didn’t shift much. The edges darkened and green tones came through at severe angles, rather than the dirty bronze/khaki coloring. The consistency was thinner than the average RBL, which means the consistency is not too thick or too thin. It had good color coverage with two coats. OCC Ripley is greener and doesn’t have the multi-colored shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic is darker, less shimmery. Dior Czarina Gold is much darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches. I wouldn’t consider any of those real dupes for this shade. This shade sold out before the pre-sale was even half-over, but it will be back later on this fall season, so if it’s up your alley, you’ll have another chance to snag it.

Liberty Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as the “image of the majestic Lady Liberty gleaming with reflective glass-flecks.” It’s a pale, pastel green with soft white flecks of shimmer. On me, it doesn’t read cool enough to be a true mint green, but on cooler complexions, it may turn more mint green. The formula was slightly thick, and I had good results overall, but one needs to be careful to apply medium coats, as thin tended to look streaky (I tried two thinner coats on my pinky nail, and it was slightly streaky). Illamasqua Mottle has a similar base color but has black glitter. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On is slightly lighter. Butter London Fiver is lighter, more mint green. See comparison swatches.

I typically get seven days of wear with very minor tip wear but no chipping with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula. They tend to have a thicker formula that takes a bit longer to dry than the average polish.  Liberty should be available to the public next week.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Scrangie 2.0
Scrangie 2.0
Scrangie 2.0
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Liberty
Liberty
Liberty
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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