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Cle de Peau’s Concealer

Cle de Peau Concealer
Cle de Peau Concealer

Cle de Peau Concealer ($70.00 for 0.17 oz.) is available in four shades and comes in a twist-up stick. I’m reviewing the Ocher shade, which is the shade that I’ve been using for a long while now (seriously, the photos were originally taken last summer). It was my pick for best high-end concealer in the most recent Editor’s Choice Awards.

Cle de Peau’s Concealer is definitely a cult favorite, and for many, worth the splurge–but it is breathtakingly expensive for many. (And there are definitely readers who are not impressed by it.) I’m not dedicated to concealer, as I’m usually too lazy about it and find foundation covers enough for my needs on a day-to-day basis, but when I do reach for concealer, it is most often for this (even when I find others that I love). This has a creamy consistency that goes on evenly and smoothly, remains blendable long enough to smooth it over the skin but doesn’t settle into fine lines while you wait for it to dry down. It sets shortly after, and then it lasts eight to ten hours on me without settling into my fine lines or creasing. It has buildable coverage from medium to full, so you can apply as much (or as little) as needed for a particular spot or area. It works well for my under eye circles and darkness by softening the lines underneath my eye as well as brightening and concealing the darkness.

The one advantage this has is that it’s very portable, and the other is that it looks good on bare skin without foundation as a companion. Sometimes when I have a blemish or healing blemish but don’t plan on wearing foundation, I can dab this on quickly, blend with my fingertip, and I’m good to go. It’s also great for touching-up faded foundation on long days out and about (this was a go-to when we were in Vegas and would be out all day). I can get dry around my eyes, and this helps keep them looking less dry (overall) and never emphasizes their dryness.

I would say I use this about once or twice a week with two to three dabs for each application, and I’m not even half-way through my tube. I think that if one were to use this on a more regular basis, you would still see it last a few months. I hadn’t slept well (about two hours a night) for three nights in a row this past week, so I was like, “This would be an excellent moment to really test and photograph under-eye concealers!” which motivated to finally review this product. Few products live up to their hype, but Cle de Peau’s Concealer absolutely did. It is a product I would (re)purchase, but don’t tell Mellan I spent $70 bones on it or else he’ll have a fit!

Cle de Peau Concealer Ocher
Ocher
Ocher
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #524 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a muted, pink-plum with a glossy finish and subtle, warm undertones. Urban Decay Wallflower is more beige. NARS Oasis is more shimmery. MAC Curvaceous is lighter. MAC Deelight is darker. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani’s recently released Flash Lip Lacquer formula is supposed to provide “the highest reflection ever achieved, even after blotting lips” with a “pure pop of color.” It has a medium-weight, gel-like consistency with a light tackiness (I wouldn’t call it sticky), and no noticeable scent or taste. It almost feels like your lips but smoother, softer, plumper–like a second skin but not clingy. It’s incredibly comfortable to wear, because it really does hold and molds to your lips but in the best, most comfortable way (because all those things make me think of clingy, drying lipsticks). On me, this is probably not-so-exciting to see swatched, because it’s really just a better take on my natural lip color, so it gives my lips a more even appearance and coloring. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color but a fair amount of translucency, so the natural lip color will come through.  #524 lasted four and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer #524
#524
#524
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Provocation and Starlet Le Vernis

Chanel Provocation Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Provocation Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Provocation Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, purple burgundy with a cream finish. The polish applied flawlessly without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. It had a nicely balanced consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was fully opaque in two coats and spread evenly across the nail. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s lacquer formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. I believe this shade was previously released, as well, so you may have it in your stash. Urban Decay Wrecked is darker. MAC Purple Majesty is darker. MAC Blueblood is also darker. Chanel Accessoire is a bit darker, less purple. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter is nearly the same. China Glaze Velvet Bow is redder. Zoya Anja is very similar, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Starlet Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, coral with a hint of pink and a subtle pearl. I think this shade may be particularly flattering on cooler complexions, as it really pulls an odd red tone out of my warmer complexion. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after I applied two coats. It was easy to apply, and I didn’t have any trouble with the color streaking or bubbling. Butter London Trout Pout was the only shade that was really similar that I could think of, though it’s warmer. China Glaze Pink Plumeria is several shades darker and pinker. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Provocation
Provocation
Provocation
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Starlet
Starlet
Starlet
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer

Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer
Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer

Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with light silver and pink shimmer. There’s not a whole lot to say about a clear gloss, and it is unquestionably dupable by a variety of brands, formulas, and price points as most brands have some type of clear gloss available. If you’re a die-hard fan of Chanel’s formula and like clear gloss, it’s certainly worth considering. If you only splash out for more unique shades, more pigmented hues, or really sparkly shades, there’s nothing here for you. The consistency is lightweight, thin but not watery or too thin, and non-sticky. It’s hard to really determine when the gloss totally wears away, but it remained noticeably shiny for two hours. I reapplied it a few times, so I wore it for a total of six hours, and it was lightly hydrating over that time period.

Do you wear clear lipgloss? I’d love to hear you incorporate it into your routine!

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Ocean Shimmer
Ocean Shimmer
Ocean Shimmer
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Chanel Dialogue and Fiction Rouge Coco Shines

Chanel Dialogue Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Dialogue Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Dialogue Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, medium red. I think it’s almost neutral, so if you have a cooler complexion, it may read more neutral to neutral-cool. It had semi-opaque color payoff and yielded a good amount of color while having a slight translucency that gave it a lighter-weight look on the lips (true to the Rouge Coco Shine texture, feel, and look). It lasted four hours, which is good for a Shine in experience. Revlon Wild Watermelon is a bit lighter. Chanel Amant is slightly warmer. Guerlain Coque d’Or is more shimmery. Dior Lady is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fiction Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pinky-berry with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a light translucency, so the natural lip color will still influence the overall color that you see. It lasted around four hours on me. MAC Lush Life is darker. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain Lou-Ling is similar. Guerlain Pour Troubler is also similar. Guerlain Guet-Apens is darker. See comparison swatches.

These are two of eight new shades being added to the Rouge Coco Shine formula range, and the new shades are specifically designed to be more pigmented (“colour-rich”), as the Rouge Coco Shine formula normally has sheer color (by choice). The consistency is lightweight, creamy, and slick–it feels like a lip balm and lipstick hybrid, so it’s emollient and can slide around a bit. I didn’t have any issues with either of these deeper shades feathering or bleeding, though. They were lightly moisturizing, but Rouge Coco Shines are never quite as hydrating as touted for me.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Dialogue
Dialogue
Dialogue
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Fiction
Fiction
Fiction
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Flower Beauty Petal Kiss Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color

Flower Beauty Petal Kiss Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color
Flower Beauty Petal Kiss Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color

Flower Beauty Petal Kiss Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color ($6.98 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm-toned, rosy pink with a matte finish. Chanel Liaison is brighter. Giorgio Armani Blush is a smidgen darker, less matte. NARS Bolero is lighter. MAC Reel Sexy is warmer. MAC Haute Altitutde is shinier. MAC Coral Bliss is warmer. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is glossier. See comparison swatches.

It has opaque color, and the consistency was just barely creamy, so there was some tugging and dragging during application. The real downside is that this is one of the most drying formulas I’ve come across, and with full disclosure, this is the only shade I’ve tried. I believe I bought another shade or two, but my lips weren’t just dried out but partially cracked, and I had to take a couple days off to let them heal–and I’m just not sure I want to go through all of that again. It smelled lightly like vanilla and baby powder. Petal Kiss wore for four and a half hours when I tested it.

Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color Petal Kiss
Petal Kiss
Petal Kiss
D

Permanent

3
Product
10
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
64%
Total

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