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Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Accent (84) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink beige.” It’s a softened, medium-dark rosy brown with neutral-warm undertones and a soft shimmer finish. The finish seemed more shimmery than a satin, but it doesn’t look like a full-on frost. Kevyn Aucoin Natura is warmer, lighter. NARS Douceur is lighter. MAC Baby Don’t Go is much lighter. MAC Stylish Me is darker, warmer. MAC Superb is warmer, more frosted. Burberry Earthy is browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

When I opened the compact, it reminded me of a warmer Notorious–they aren’t dupes at all, just to make that crystal clear–as Accent came across as a complex, unusual color, but it is far browner than Notorious but something that might work for those who found Notorious to be too cool-toned or too gray. The texture was soft, silky-smooth, and finely-milled and yielded even, true-to-pan color with good color payoff. It could be applied heavily or softly, depending on application, but the color easily blended and diffused along the edges. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Accent (84)
Accent (84)
Accent (84)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
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92%
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Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick
Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy red.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned, rosy red with a satin finish. MAC Candy Apple is lighter. Urban Decay Manic is richer, redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is lighter, redder. Chanel Fiction is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Long-time readers will know that I have been recently seduced by Givenchy’s Le Rouge range, so when the brand released two additional, limited edition shades as part of their holiday collection–there was no way I was resisting. The formula is really a treat to apply, because it feels silky, smooth, and almost buttery–but not too emollient; there really isn’t a lot of slip, just a creaminess, to the consistency. The color glides on with nearly full opacity in a single stroke, so it is quite pigmented. Rose Precieux wore well for six hours, and it left a moderate stain behind. It was lightly hydrating (but not as hydrating as the original Le Rouge formula) while worn. The formula has a light floral scent as well.

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rose Precieux (311)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
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99%
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Round-up: Make Up For Ever Artisan Eye Brushes

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes
Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes

Now that I’ve concluded my reviews for Make Up For Ever’s new Artisan Brush range, it’s time for a round-up (in case you missed any) and a few overall impressions/thoughts. I like the variety in brushes, as there are numerous shapes and sizes to choose from, though I was very disappointed in the crease brushes I tried as they weren’t practical for applying–very sharp, floppy, and narrow. Often, a brush can still be of high quality, even if it’s not a shape that makes sense for me (or someone else), but these were incredibly odd to use and just didn’t work. I also experienced a weird greasiness/oiliness that lingered in 4 of the 12 brushes I tested that would not rinse out with soap, despite washing all at least a dozen times. This is something I experienced with the face brushes, too, and it is the number one factor for why all the excitement about this range was deflated very quickly. I liked the #250 and #260 eyeliner brushes best, as they worked well and didn’t have any issues.  The #300 Lip Brush was also nice and did all that it was supposed to, but it’s not a style of brush I use every day personally–and it doesn’t feel any better (or worse) than a lot of other lip brushes on the market.

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Make Up For Ever #228, #250, #260, #300 Brushes Reviews & Photos

Make Up For Ever #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush
Make Up For Ever #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush

Make Up For Ever #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush ($25.00) is a flat, fairly firm, brush with a rounded edge. The brush head is 11mm in length, 10mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a pinched, metal ferrule, and a total brush length of just under 6.5 inches or 16.5 centimeters. This shape is good for applying cream products all over the lid, as it is not too big or too large, and it will apply a cream product with good opacity. This brush was incredibly greasy and oily, despite over a dozen washes. It is not as thick or as narrow as the MAC 242 ($25).

#250 Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush ($18.00) is a very thin, pointed eyeliner brush. The brush head is 7mm in length, 2mm in width, and 2mm in thickness (1mm in width/thickness at its narrowest point). It had a round, open metal ferrule, and a total brush length of 6.25 inches or 16.5 centimers. This one holds its shape well, so it can be useful for achieving really thin, precise lines. It also deposits product well and evenly, as it doesn’t trap the product in-between the fibers. MAC 209 ($20) is not quite as thin, and MAC 211 ($20) is a wider brush that is also shorter.

#260 Bent Eyeliner Brush ($24.00) is a narrow, triangle-shaped brush that comes to a point that has a bent ferrule, so eyeliner can be applied at an angle. The brush head is 5mm in length, 2mm in width, and 1mm in thickness. It has a bent metal ferrule that opens at the top, and it has a total brush length of just under 6.25 inches or 16.5 centimeters. It’s great for applying gel and cream eyeliner along the lash line with precision and control.  I can’t recall having a brush like this, though I know that there are several others available, and the most popular one that I can recall would be Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush ($5.99).

#300 Lip Brush ($21.00) is a small, flat, rectangle-shaped brush designed to fill in with lip color blend out lip products. The brush head is 7mm in length, 5mm in width, and 2mm in thickness. It had a pinched, metal ferrule, and it had a total brush length of just under 6.5 inches or 16.25 centimers. It worked well for applying lipstick more precisely, though I found it a good size for my lips, it seemed like it might be too large for those with thinner lips. MAC 316 ($20) is slightly rounded and a bit smaller overall.

Make Up For Ever   #228 Medium Precision Shader Brush
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Make Up For Ever   #250 Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush
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Make Up For Ever   #260 Bent Eyeliner Brush
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Make Up For Ever   #300 Lip Brush
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theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette (Part 2)

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

This is part two of our review of theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.), so if you missed the first part, check out this post.

A1 is a soft, pink-tinged mauve with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft and buttery to the touch, so it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Bordello is pinker. MAC Circa Plum is darker, purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker. See comparison swatches.

B1 is a light beige with neutral-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff, but the texture was so soft that it turned a bit powdery. Urban Decay Bleach is yellower. LORAC Cream is pinker. theBalm Matt Smith is a touch cooler-toned. theBalm Adagio is also a bit cooler-toned. Urban Decay Anonymous is satiny. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. See comparison swatches.

C1 is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Illamasqua Precipice is a cream product. Disney Sand in the Glass is darker. Urban Decay Vanilla is lighter. MAC Nylon is more frosted. Chanel Pearl River #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

D1 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, though the texture felt soft, finely-milled, and smooth. NYX Hot Yellow is lighter. NARS Goldfinger is similar. MAC Gorgeous Gold is also similar. bareMinerals Standing O is lighter. Inglot #403 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Second Officer is a cool-toned, blue-based muted red with a satin finish. On cheeks, as it tends to be applied more lightly, it turns to a pinkish-red coloring, and then on lids, it is more opaque and bolder. It lasted for five and a half hours on lips but was quite drying, while it lasted for eight hours well as a blush. MAC Keep It Casual is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

First Officer is a medium-dark, peachy orange with a satin finish. It wore well for four and a half hours on lips but was drying, and then it wore well for almost eight hours on cheeks. Chanel Preesage is lighter. MAC Out for Fun is similar. Illamasqua Rude is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Captain is a plummy pink with a satin finish and cool undertones. It had full color coverage when applied to lips, but once again, it was drying when worn, though it lasted for five hours. As a blush, it wore well for eight hours. Illamasqua Peaked is lighter, more plum. Chanel Fantastic is brighter. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

theBalm Makeup Palette Balm Voyage
Balm Voyage
Balm Voyage
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette (Part 1)

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) includes sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek stains. The nice thing that theBalm does with their palettes is that there are two flaps, so you can keep the cream products protected from any excess dust and powder from the eyeshadows. The palette is slim with little wasted space, and it is housed in thick cardboard packaging. The eyeshadows wore between seven and nine hours on me, with the shades that were particularly powdery wearing shorter. To be fair, the majority of shades that felt somewhat powdery were also very soft, fairly pigmented, and the powderiness wasn’t a major issue, but it was something I noticed as a point of difference compared to past palettes that has more buttery, denser textures. Overall, all the products had good to great color payoffs with a couple slightly weaker, with some eyeshadows having drier, powdery textures and others had very soft, buttery finishes. The lip/cheek products can be drying on lips without a little balm beforehand, but they wear well on cheeks.

A4 is a teal and violet-shimmered gray-black with a satin finish. The shimmer isn’t noticeable once applied–there’s a soft sheen to the color, but it loses dimension when applied. The texture was slightly dry, though it wasn’t a stiff kind of dryness. Urban Decay Rdemption is lighter. Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is similar. MAC Jade’s Fortune has a stronger sheen. See comparison swatches.

B4 is a dark brown with neutral-warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but was a little powdery. Chanel Seduction #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust has a stronger sheen. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. MAC Carbonized is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 has a stronger sheen. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is darker. See comparison swatches.

C4 is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with silver sparkle. This shade had so-so color payoff and felt very dusty and a little dry–not stiff, just dry. Disney Bazaar is yellower. MAC One to Watch is lighter. MAC Exposed is similar. Guerlain Turandot #2 is rosier. See comparison swatches.

D4 is a medium-dark green with warm, brown undertones and a smattering of fine olive shimmer. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Dior Bonne Etoile #1 is more frosted. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is similar. Urban Decay Cobra is darker. See comparison swatches.

A3 is a bright, silver-shot white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Disney Midnight Hour is less cool-toned. Disney Your Voice is similar. theBalm Sassy is whiter. theBalm Metal-ica is similar. Maybelline Too Cool is a cream product. MAC Flawless Figure is similar. bareMinerals Cheers is similar. See comparison swatches.

B3 is a gray-ish mauve with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery, which made it sheerer. MAC Fashion Fix is browner. bareMinerals Rowdy is grayer. MAC Bruised Sky is more satiny. Inglot #358 is similar. See comparison swatches.

C3 is a light-medium, yellow-toned brown with neutral-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was nicely balanced between soft and blendable without being powdery. NARS Yamal is similar. theBalm Allegro is more orange. MAC Wedge is darker. MAC Soba is also darker. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. See comparison swatches.

D3 is a light-medium beige-gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker. Dior Night Gold #5 is warmer. Chanel Convoitise is yellower. MAC Greenluxe #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Kudos is more beige. See comparison swatches.

A2 is a medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was somewhat weak here, though the texture was good. Urban Decay Betrayal is lighter. Maybelline Potent Purple is less pink. Illamasqua Trance is similar. Dior Lilas Mitzah is brighter. Urban Decay Omen is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

B2 is a sea-foam green with cool, bluish undertones and a frosted finish. This shade had a soft, drier texture that also gave it sheerer color payoff. It almost felt more like a shade you would layer over other shades. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow is similar. MAC Sky Blue is bluer. Lancome Fashion Forward is lighter. See comparison swatches.

C2 is a medium-dark blue-based teal with a mostly matte finish–there are a few bits of bluish shimmer, but they are so minimal that they really aren’t visible. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery. Maybelline Never Fade Jade is shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 is a touch darker. Inglot #338 is a little brighter. See comparison swatches.

D2 is a light peach with subtle beige undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. LORAC Nude is lighter. theBalm Stubborn is a touch darker. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is also a bit darker. Urban Decay Sellout is similar. MAC A Natural FLirt is pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is lighter. bareMinerals Custom Made is similar. Inglot #397 is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

theBalm Makeup Palette Balm Voyage
Balm Voyage
Balm Voyage
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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