Monday, October 18th, 2010

Illamasqua Disciple Lipstick
Illamasqua Disciple Lipstick

Illamasqua Art of Darkness: Disciple

Illamasqua Disciple Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep navy blue with a near matte finish.  It’s pretty opaque, but it is a little dry, so it’s best applied with a lip brush.  Between the opacity and the more clinging nature of the formula, though, it’s incredibly long-wearing–yielding about six hours of wear for me.  Illamasqua’s lipsticks are also scent- and taste-free.

Most of probably wouldn’t wear this shade on the regular, but it’s always nice to have options, which is one of the fun parts about the Illamasqua brand. Disciple is surprisingly flattering even when worn on its own.  Normally, I’m not a huge fan of really dark lip colors on myself, but I kind of dug the way the blue worked with my skin tone here.   I also appreciate that it’s not a black-blue but a true navy blue on lips.

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Monday, October 18th, 2010

Chanel Charming Glossimer
Chanel Charming Glossimer

Chanel Holiday 2010: Charming

Chanel Charming Glossimer ($27.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a sheer barely-there pink gloss with pink shimmer. It is new and limited edition from Chanel’s holiday collection. The gloss itself is nearly colorless, but the shimmer is colored enough that it’s noticeable when worn. It’s a very minimal, easy-to-wear kind of shade that will be a must for some and a, “So what?” kind of gloss for others. Charming can be worn alone for a little dazzle or layered on top of lipsticks to add shine and shimmer.

Glossimers are nearly non-sticky but still have a little tackiness to them, though they are lightweight, non-drying, and last three to four hours on me.   They’re scent- and taste-free as well.  Some of them are more pigmented but the majority have been on the sheerer side based on my experience.

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

RECOMMENDATION: It’s not the most unique or original shade, but it’s the kind of shade that one could wear all the time, too.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Monday, October 18th, 2010


Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal

Illamasqua Art of Darkness: Resolute

Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rusted, cranberry red with deep pink micro-shimmer. Liquid Metal is a cream product that is designed to highlight and create a “luminous glow.” It can be used anywhere–eyes, face, or body–so it could be used as a rather as a bit of a blusher, on the lips, or as an eyeshadow base. Those would be my top three uses, personally; some of the lighter shades in the Liquid Metal line would work well to highlight on the body, too, but I think this dark of a shade lends itself to the uses I listed.

I tried it on my eyes as a base with Illamasqua Ore on top, and it worked well. I didn’t have issues with creasing, but I think this product is emollient enough that those who are more prone to creasing may want to use an eyeshadow base underneath the cream, and then be sure to set with a powder eyeshadow, too. I just see potential creasing issues on those with oilier lids, because the product didn’t seem to dry very quickly and is rather creamy (which does make for easy blending!).

It was fun to wear on lips initially, but it has an odd texture–almost a little drying and powdery–so I don’t think it’s ideal for lip wear (especially if you have dry lips). I liked it best on the cheeks, because it was creamy enough to allow you to really blend it out and get the level of intensity you wanted but dried down and stayed for hours. No matter how you wear it, though, one swipe packs a lot of pigmentation.

I loved how metallic and shiny it looked, even when it seemed to dry in place, but it did take some work, and it may take a few practice runs to get it just right, too. I wouldn’t recommend using it as a cream eyeshadow for those with oily lids, because it will probably crease unless you really sheer it out. Given that they’re not exclusively for eyes but rather as a multitasking product, it definitely has multiple uses. I think it does best as a blusher, but so-so as an eyeshadow [base] and lip product.

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There aren't a ton of creamy red bases out there, so you may still want to consider Resolute, if red is what you're after. I think this product is interesting, and the lighter shades may be more versatile, as you can really highlight with them on all parts of the body.
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Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Chanel Patchouli Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Patchouli Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Holiday 2010: Patchouli

Chanel Patchouli Rouge Coco Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new and limited edition shade from the brand’s holiday collection.  Patchouli is a light semi-sheer coral with peach and gold shimmer–it’s also a little glossier than the average Rouge Coco and feels more moisturizing.  It seems to apply less evenly than some of the other shades in the range, but it makes for a really nice everyday color that pops on its own but still plays well with others.

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.

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

RECOMMENDATION: For those with warmer skin tones, I think this will be incredibly flattering.  It may be a bit orange-y on those with very cool toned skin, though.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Taking a Long, Windy Drive with Ocean Eyeshadow Duo

I really loved the coloring of Dolce & Gabbana’s Ocean Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00 for 0.17 oz.)  LOVED! ON SIGHT!  It’s a mix of lilac-periwinkle and dusty, navy blue.  And so I was greatly disappointed when my first attempt to use it proved as difficult as the Divine Eyeshadow Quad.   Instead, Ocean did this weird thing where it clumped up in spots and went really sheer in others.  I also packed on the color FIVE times before throwing up my makeup brushes in frustration.

AHH, AHH. I FOUND THE KEY. BURIED. LIKE TREASURE!

Oh, yes, I finally found the key to success with these more finicky eyeshadows, but I’m pretty frustrated at how I did find it–which was completely by accident.  I had the compact open by my bathroom sink, and I accidentally splashed water on it.  Since I was about ready to throw in the towel, and there was already a wet spot, I figured let’s try it–let’s dare to use it wet.  TA-DA! VOILA! LIGHTBULB FLASHFLASH!

I don’t typically use powder products wet unless I know it’s designed with that in mind, because some powder products will have a “wet spot” left behind, which just hardens and looks gross.  Mind you, I had previously called the Dolce & Gabbana counter at Saks NY and the artist on the phone said that these could not be used wet.

So I started to hunt around on the ol’ interweb to see if I could find more insight on using these eyeshadows wet, since it worked a treat.  Buried on the Dolce & Gabbana website–but only under the eyeshadow duos–within the “application” tab is a quote from Pat McGrath:  “Achieve multiple looks from a single colour: applied dry, the shadows appear softer and more transparent, but with a wet brush, they become opaque and intense.” This information doesn’t appear on Saks’ website nor under the eyeshadow quad area of Dolce & Gabbana’s website at all.

I’m sad to report that using the eyeshadows wet for the Divine eyeshadow quad I reviewed a few weeks ago didn’t do much for improving the color, but it did make the color apply more evenly and look smoother–so I did go back and amend the review briefly and raised the grade up two notches.

But I think what really killed me was that even though I called to ask, the artist (at least the one working that day) explicitly told me to NOT use these wet or else I would ruin the eyeshadow.  If I had paid for this, I don’t think I would have ever risked it.

The one problem I did encounter by using the duo wet was that it made it more difficult to blend out–you have to work really quickly, because once it dries, it sets and stays as vibrant as it went on initially, but it’s a pain to diffuse after that.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t mind using your eyeshadows wet, then I think this could be a really good duo–they’re two shades I feel like I don’t see that often.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Sunday, October 17th, 2010

NYX Very Berry Lipstick

The Sultry Season: NYX Very Berry Lipstick

NYX Very Berry Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a darkened red-brown with a glossy finish.  It’s opaque, and it has a very creamy texture, so it applies beautifully.  It does fade away within three to four hours, but it’s a lovely color while it lasts.  There’s a slightly synthetic sweet scent in the tube, but I don’t notice it lingering once I’ve applied it.

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