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Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Get Whisked Away to Tropical Paradise with Tom Ford

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette ($75.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette contains an eyeshadow formula that can be used both wet and dry. It contains four shades in a rather tropical combination.

The first shade is a white-silver with a high frost finish. There’s a residual warmth that makes it more like platinum than anything else. MAC Misty is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas is a bit cooler-toned. Chanel Infini is similar.

Next, there’s a subdued green with a hint of blue and a very strong frost-metallic finish. It’s more frosted when applied dry and more metallic when applied wet. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar but warmer. Dior Garden Pastels is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less frosted.

The bottom left shade is a medium-dark blue with the barest hint of green, just enough to make it less than true blue. The finish is fairly metallic both wet and dry. Urban Decay Unhinged is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is barely darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is less blue. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar.

The last shade is a dark navy blue with lighter blue shimmer. It looks more blackened navy blue when used dry. When applied damp, it is much bluer, less black. This shade had decent to good color payoff when used dry but was better applied wet/damp. Guerlain Les Gris is a smidgen teal. MAC Thru the Night is a bit bluer. theBalm Risque Renee is darker. Make Up For Ever #81 is similar.

The formula in this palette (as well as Enchanted) is very different from the brand’s core range of palettes. I haven’t been in love with previous palettes I’ve tried, but this I love. The pigmentation is good across the board, and the texture is soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Though you can use them wet as well as dry, all four shades had good color payoff even dry. Using them wet tended to bring out a metallic finish and made them apply even smoother.

These have a a high frost content, and when applied with a damp brush, they tend to be very metallic.  Using all four is a very bright, shimmered, and metallic look, so it may be overkill for some.  When I tried out these eyeshadows, I wore them for nine hours without creasing or fading on bare lids, as well as for ten hours without creasing or fading over a primer.  The texture was what made this palette sing, though–so soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, it was easy to blend and apply.

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eye Color Quad

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #408 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Giorgio Armani #408 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick
Giorgio Armani #408 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

A Beautiful Red for Autumn and Winter

Giorgio Armani #408 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is darkened, cool-toned red with micro-fine ruby red shimmer finished with a pearly sheen. NARS Amsterdam is warmer. MAC Rocker is very similar but matte. shu uemura has a similar texture but is warmer. Rimmel Metallic Seduction is a bit browner. Make Up For Ever #48 doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Digna is just slightly lighter.

There’s something to be said about trying a product on, and it’s definitely something that I caught onto a couple of years into blogging, but sometimes I’m still surprised. The way this swatched seemed like it was going to be a little sheer, perhaps look like a lip stain when applied, but it’s much more opaque. There is a subtle translucency that’s lingering in the background, but overall, my lip freckle is a mere shadow. The Rouge d’Armani formula is lovely, and with this shade, I did get seven hours of wear (of the eight the brand promises) and there was a light stain left behind. Aside from the length of wear, it’s such a comfortable, hydrating, and evenly-wearing lipstick that applies easily without tugging or dragging on the lips.

Giorgio Armani packages the lipstick quite well; glossy black that disguises fingerprints well with a magnetic closure that stays in place even if you let it rattle around your purse or makeup bag. The lipstick is both scent- and taste-free, for those sensitive to either. Oh — and 0.14 oz. makes it one of the more generously-sized lipsticks on the market.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick #408
#408
#408
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains four shades, which are described as “bronze gold, taupe, violet-plum, and pink.” The formula of this palette is different than Chanel’s usual quads, but the palette is much like Topkapi, which came out in July 2011.

The first shade is a golden bronze with a frosted finish. It had full color coverage, and it applied smoothly–almost melted against the skin. Dior Night Golds is similar but lighter. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Chanel Apparence is lighter, more golden, less warm-toned.

Next, there is a reddened taupe–little hints of brown and gray mix to create a warmed-up taupe with a soft frosted finish. It had lovely color payoff and a soft, smooth application. Urban Decay Rehab is darker, grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is similar–slightly more of a gray sheen. MAC Satni Taupe is darker.

On the bottom left, there is a reddened plum with a delicate pink shimmer-sheen. Like the previous shades, it also had excellent pigmentation and a very silky-smooth feel and application. L’Oreal Glistening Garnet is pinker. NARS Charade is more subdued. NARS Grand Palais is darker, browner. Urban Decay Last Call is slightly darker. MAC Cranberry is darker, less pink.

The final sahde is a pale, light pink with yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff and went on very smoothly. MAC Love Power is darker. theBalm Matt Chung is lighter, less yellow-toned. MAC Young Venus is cool-toned. Dior Garden Pastels is similar. MAC Taupeless is a bit darker. Inglot #356 is less shimmery.

Guerlain Turandot isn’t exactly the same, but they had some at-a-glance similarities. Turandot has a stronger yellowy gold shade, as well as a reddish-brown (instead of the pink in this palette). The plum in Turandot is much more red-toned, less pink. The taupe in Guerlain’s palette is darker, more of a metallic sheen, less gray.

The formula in this palette is excellent; soft, buttery textures combined with excellent color payoff and beautiful long-wear. If Chanel changed all of their quads to this formula, I’d be in serious danger–or at least my wallet would be! What’s great is that soft, smooth, dense consistency isn’t powdery at all–just fabulous color and smooth application.  I wore the palette without a base, and it wore for a full eight hours without any creasing or fading.  When I wore it over a primer, I achieved the same results.  The colors apply true-to-pan, don’t require any packing to get there, and they’re extremely blendable.

Now, I would like to point out that 0.14 oz. isn’t a lot of product, and it’s less than their regular eyeshadow quads ads well.

Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste

Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste
Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste

Chanel Star Dust Joues Contraste ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a pale, yellow-toned pink with golden shimmer and sparkle. NARS Undress Me is actually similar in color, but it has chunky glitter in it. MAC Launch Away is darker, brighter. MAC Crew is a little darker. MAC Flower Fantasy is more frosted. Chanel Brompton Road is very similar. Chanel Pink Cloud is similar–more frosted. Benefit Hervana is a little darker and matte.

It’s a really pale color even in the pan, so it’s only going to be a blusher on light complexions. On medium to dark complexions, it’ll be more of a highlighter. It’s true-to-pan color–it’s just so light in the pan that it’s not going to work as a blush for some–but it never looked chalky on.

The texture is so, so soft–like silk–and finely-milled! It applied smoothly and was a cinch to blend out.  I was extremely surprised with the way this looked on the skin, because the sparkle-content worried me.  It was almost like wearing a Glossimer but made for cheeks–it had a very refined, subtle quality.  A little dazzle, a little zing, but it wasn’t chunky or gritty or really glittery on.  It did not emphasize pores either.  I wore this twice last week, and both times, it lasted for eight hours without fading.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Star Dust
Star Dust
Star Dust
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Mystery Glossimer Lipgloss

Chanel Mystery Glossimer Lipgloss
Chanel Mystery Glossimer Lipgloss

Chanel Mystery Glossimer Lipgloss ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “fresh rosewood.” It’s a soft pink-peach with a creamy finish. MAC Persistent Peach is similar but a smidgen brighter. MAC So Vain is darker, pinker. Dior Pink Veil is pinker, shimmery. YSL Pure Watermelon is more orange. Benefit Spiked Punch is similar but shimmery. Chanel Caprice is a bit pinker and shimmery.

Mystery is non-sticky, lightweight, and very comfortable to wear.  The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and for a creamy gloss  it settles very little into the lip lines–certainly not noticeable from a regular viewing distance.  It also applied rather evenly.  When I tested it out, it lasted for four hours, which was good.  This gloss has a high-shine finish that gives lips a fuller look (just an illusion).  It’s a your-lips-but-better kind of shade with better coverage.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Mystery
Mystery
Mystery
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lip Pencils

MAC Beet Lip Pencil
MAC Beet Lip Pencil

Three Classic Lip Liners for Your Many Reds

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lip Pencils ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) sees the promotion of three permanent shades: Beet (vivid reddish-pink), Cherry (vivid bright bluish-red), and Redd (clearly red). They come in glossy black boxes and have a glossy black exterior on the actual pencil, as compared to the typical matte black packaging for both the box and pencil. MAC is charging more for this difference–these three shades can be purchased for $15.00 each normally, because of the glossy packaging, MAC is charging $16.50 each for these.

  • Beet is a pinky-red with a matte finish. It would pair well with Love Goddess.
  • Cherry is a barely blue-toned medium-dark red with a matte finish. It could work with Charmed, I’m Sure or Deeply Adored.
  • Redd is an orange-red with a matte finish. It would pair well with Scarlet Ibis.

The Lip Pencil formula is supposed to be used for “shaping, lining, or filling in the lip.” The texture is described as smooth and creamy, while the pencil itself is long-lasting.  I wouldn’t describe them as creamy, though they’re not totally stiff and rough or anything, but they’re just somewhat smooth and creamy. The drier my lips get, the harder I find these are to apply and to apply smoothly/evenly.  All three shades are plenty pigmented, and you can get even color coverage.  I like these as a standby lip liner, as they do wear long and well (six hours or longer) and work well underneath lipsticks to prolong the wear (one of these easily adds an extra hour or two).

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lip Pencils

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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