Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

NYX Violet Ray Lipstick

The Sultry Season: NYX Violet Ray Lipstick

NYX Violet Ray Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep raspberry red with fuchsia sheen.  it’s semi-opaque and goes on a touch streaky, but it’s a great affordable option for a sultry lip this season.  It wears about three to four hours, but it’s not drying at all.  I like how there is some glossiness in the finish, which helps to make it look smoother.  This is a versatile shade that works for the vampier fall lip but also as more festive holiday lip color.

Is this the right berry for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Tom Ford Moroccan Rouge Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Tom Ford Moroccan Rouge Lipstick

Tom Ford Moroccan Rouge Lip Color ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a reddened plum with subtle fuchsia micro-shimmer.  It is nearly opaque, but you can see my lip freckle peeking through just slightly.  There’s a nice glossy shine while the lipstick itself is creamy and applies like a dream.  All of Tom Ford’s lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free, and I get about five or six hours of wear with darker shades like Moroccan Rouge.

You can see previous reviews of Tom Ford’s lipsticks here.

Is this the right berry for you? Would you wear it?

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Chanel Tentation Cuivree Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tentation Cuivree Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Holiday 2010: Tentation Cuivree

Chanel Tentation Cuivree Eyeshadow Quad ($56.00 for 0.24 oz.) is new for holiday, and just like everything else in the collection, it is also limited edition. It’s a rather neutral quad with a smoky brown edge. I actually mean neutral in overall color scheme while the undertone is slightly warm but not much so.

The quad consists of a medium-dark cocoa brown with flecks of silver and bronze shimmer-glitter; softened champagne with a frost finish; high-shine light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones; and a dark cocoa brown with flashes of molten bronze shimmer. Chanel’s eyeshadow quads can be used wet or dry (with no effect on the eyeshadows themselves), and the two lighter shades look about the same regardless, while both browns deepen. Funny enough, when used wet, the darkest brown seems to loses some of the copper flecks.

Overseas, the circular eyeshadow pans are the norm, while U.S. quads come in square pans typically. I’m not sure whether the change is just for holiday or going forward. I think I prefer the square pans; perhaps that pyramid shape lends it a bit of sophistication that the circular pans lack. It almost looks like a knockoff to me, but I imagine that’s also due to the fact that I’m not used to seeing it that way more than anything.

I don’t love this eyeshadow quad, and I don’t think it’s exactly the same in texture as other quads. It’s not quite as buttery or as smooth. I had some trouble with the medium brown swatching dry, though it sure came together when used wet. This quad is shimmer-heavy, with both of the brown shades having more of a micro-glitter effect than shimmer/sheen, so there is a touch of fall out, which I don’t usually associate with Chanel.

It’s nice but not knock-your-socks-off stunning. I like but don’t love, you know? The quality just isn’t quite there for me, and the abundance of shimmer and frost (and even a bit of glitter) came as a surprise. It’s worth taking a peek at, though!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I think warmer beauties will find it very easy to use and a good go-to for smoky brown looks. It will still be nice on cooler skin, but it may not feel quite as complimentary (if you find warmer browns go red on you, I’d skip this).

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Make Up For Ever Moulin Rouge
Make Up For Ever #43 Moulin Rouge Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Lips That’ll Sing for You!

Make Up For Ever #43 Moulin Rouge Rouge Artist Intense ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, bright orange-based creamy red with a satin smooth finish. There’s a slight sheen but no shimmer or glossiness. The color itself is opaque in one layer, and it holds on and on and on. As such a vibrant shade of red, I get six hours of really good wear and then a slight staining as it fades off for the next two or three hours. Some of the Rouge Artists can be on the drier side (especially the frosts), but this one was particularly creamy and easy to apply.

Mine had no scent whatsoever, but I have heard others say they’ve found them rose-scented. In fact, none of the ten or so Rouge Artist Intenses I’ve tried have any scent!

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

RECOMMENDATION: This is one of the best Rouge Artists I’ve tried; it’s very opaque and pigmented, but it is also creamy and applies smoothly.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer
Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer

Chanel Holiday 2010: Pink Pulsion

Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer ($27.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a brightened fuchsia pink with medium pink shimmer. It’s semi-sheer on my lips; it gives them a nice dose of pink and glossiness with subtle shimmer that sparkles like glinting water. It’s a new and limited shade from their holiday collection, which is complemented by two other shades (to be reviewed). Glossimers are not quite perfectly non-sticky, but they don’t have much tackiness to them. They’re lightweight, on the sheerer side, and wear three to four hours on me. In order to get the full effect of a Glossimer, though, you have to see it dance in the sunlight!

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

RECOMMENDATION: It’s not the most original or showstopping color, but I like it a lot.  I see this as a shade I’d really like best and use most often over lipsticks to give an extra dazzle and glossiness.  I think if you’re looking for only the most original shades, you could skip this, but if you like your glossimers with a little more color, Pink Pulsion might be worth looking into.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Chanel Magnolia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Magnolia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Holiday 2010: Magnolia

Chanel Magnolia Rouge Coco Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly milky medium pink with subtle blue undertones and a glossy finish. It seemed glossier and smoother than other Rouge Cocos I’ve tried–very creamy. It also had less of a shimmer/frost finish.  Rouge Coco is a little drier and less opaque, tending to have more shimmer/frost finishes in its line-up than the Rouge Allure family.  It’s a lightweight lipstick, and the line has a lot of universally appealing shades.  It has a slight vanilla-ish rose scent, but it’s quite subtle, and I never notice it when I use my Rouge Cocos.  This shade of pink is nice for both cooler and warmer skin tones, as it’s not too strong of a blue base.

Cle de Peau #106 Extra Silky Lipstick is a smidgen lighter but otherwise similar, including that slightly glossy finish; Maybelline Warm Me Up is warmer but close; Urban Decay Naked seems the closest in color but has less of a naturally glossy finish.

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

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a beautiful shade of pink that’s very wearable and perfect for everyday; which simultaneously makes it not necessarily the most original shade either.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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