Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Dior Gris Gris Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Gris Gris Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Spring 2011: Gris Gris

Dior Gris-Gris (034) 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is new and is part of Dior’s spring collection. (I’m not sure about the permanence of this product–still waiting for confirmation.) It is aptly named, as it consists of five shades that are variations on white/black/gray.

There is a blue-tinged white with a frosted finish; medium-dark bluish-gray with a satin finish; pewter gray with a metallic-frost sheen; bright snow white with a high metallic-frost finish; and a dark, matte black with silver micro-sparkle. For the traditional, more monochromatic smoky eye, this is a perfect palette to create those kinds of looks. I like the gradual intensity of gray from white to black, which allows for a lot of different variations in how light or dark you want to go.

This quint has very smooth, buttery eyeshadows that are nicely pigmented, not powdery, and effortlessly blendable. I did not feel like there were any problem children in this palette, which is really nice to see, because often there is at least one imperfect shade in any palette.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s a high quality palette with rather classic shades of white, gray, and black; whether it’s a must-have depends on your stash. None of these shades are out-of-this-world unique, but they work well together and come in a convenient palette, too.

WHERE TO BUY: January 2011

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Spring 2011: Ombres Perlees

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition eyeshadow palette from Chanel’s spring collection that features five shades.  It contains: a pearled, metallic barely gold-tinged white; metallic pinked bronze withc hampagne sheen; dirty mauve gray; darkened, charcoal foreest green with metallic sheen; and dirty charcoal navy blue with sheen. All five were really pigmented except the purple shade, which was noticeably sheerer. The finishes on these is rather metallic, with some being true metallics and others being a cross between frost and metallic.

Initially, I likened the texture of these shades to Stila’s Jewel Eyeshadow Palette or Urban Decay’s Stardusts — but not quite. Those two have a wetter, glittery texture, while these as drier but smoother and are about shimmer, micro-shimmer, sheen, but not so much about glitter. They’re similar but different enough that I wouldn’t say they are the same.

These are creamy, buttery shadows; they feel almost like a cream-to-powder eyeshadow, but they’re powder. The texture is really lovely, and if you have the chance to, get a feel (though I have no idea how well these hold up as testers!). Again, all of the shades except the purple one were pigmented; the swatches are shown with just a single pass of color–there’s no layering required–and they’re incredibly easy to blend out, because they apply so smoothly. I liked using the 239 or the 242.

I am disappointed in the amount of product, though, because the average eyeshadow quad contains 0.24 oz. of product, which retails for $56, and while this one is $65, you’re getting only 0.17 oz. I don’t, however, think this will prevent it from being one of the more sought after items from the spring collection, and I can certainly see why it has been flying off the shelves before it’s even officially hit counters.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: The texture is phenomenal and something one has to try out in person to really understand, but I’m not sure this color scheme is as workable as I’d like to see in a palette. It runs cooler, with even the coppery shade seemingly cool, so it will work best on cooler skin tones. I think because the shades are darker but cool, warmer skin tones can still pair them with warmer shades for an easy look.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Chanel Peregrina Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Peregrina Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2011: Peregrina

Chanel Peregrina Rouge Coco Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is semi-sheer, lightened peach with a touch of pink to keep it muted and not orange. It has faint pale peach/white micro-shimmer and a soft, reflective shine. 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 is pinker and less frosty than Ruban Rose. It is brighter and packed with more color than Stunning. The closest Rouge Coco shade would be Chintz. which is a touch more muted. Smashbox Splendid is incredibly similar with no real discernible difference in color.

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.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: For spring, it’s a shade one would expect to see.  It should be flattering on a wide range of skin tones, because it’s not too warm of a peach, and the semi-sheer color makes it blend with the natural lip color, too.  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

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Chanel Regard Perle Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Regard Perle Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Spring 2011: Chanel Regard Perle Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Regard Perle Eyeshadow Quad ($56.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new and permanent (at least from what Chanel’s website says) quad from the the Spring collection, which is online now and seems to be coming out in stores rapidly, too.

It consists of a muted, dark forest green with almost pink-peach shimmer; pale pinked peach with a satin sheen; gilded warmed-up beige champagne with a frost sheen; and a pale white gold with soft yellow gold micro-shimmer. The shades match the nail polishes from this collection, actually, which is kind of fun. The quad doesn’t seem really warm, but it doesn’t quite seem cool-toned, either; I”m hesitant to weigh in and say it’s neutral, though. Perhaps, the green shade is rather cool, and the peach shade is nearly neutral, while the other two shades lean slightly warm.

The texture is fabulous–this is definitely one of the better Chanel quads (I don’t always love ‘em).  All four shades were nicely pigmented whether used wet or dry; in fact, you can barely tell the difference between them for a couple of them!  These are smooth, almost creamy, and very easy to blend.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I think if the shade variation appeals to your personal tastes, you won’t be disappointed.  It’s of superb quality, and the shades themselves are easy to work with and the greenish shade is gorgeous.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • 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

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • 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

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →