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Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “pale and pearlescent, nearly metallic… the beauty of blue.” It’s a pale sky blue with a hint of periwinkle and threads of metallic silver-white. I couldn’t think of anything that would dupe this. Cult Nails Princess is more of a powder blue. Zoya Skylar is much darker. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I can see that Essie Blue Rhapsody is bluer, darker.  If you have a closer dupe, I’d love to hear about it!

Sky Line is a bottle of problems, despite its beautiful, ethereal coloring. It’s riddled with brush strokes, and the formula is unforgiving; it’s thick and streaky, which contribute to a more difficult application. Because it’s harder to get even color applied to the nail, the brush strokes tend to become more emphasized and start wobbling. Metallic finishes like this one tend to show brush strokes, but they seemed especially visible in this shade.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chips.  I get the same wear with or without a base/top coat.

When it comes to Chanel lacquers, they’re often copied, and I’m curious to see if any brands attempt to dupe this and whether they’re able to improve on the formula itself.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Sky Line
Sky Line
Sky Line
6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
2.5
Application
74%
Total

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Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Enjouee Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is pink-coral with a soft, almost frosted sheen. Laura Mercier Kissed Lips is lighter, not as vibrant. Make Up For Ever Folk is softer, sheerer. Guerlani Gracy is darker, deeper. MAC Watch Me Simmer is a bit lighter and brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. MAC Ultra Darling is less coral, more subdued. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is redder in tone.

I noticed that it looked darker and warmer in the tube, but when applied, it’s more muted (at least, compared to the color of the tube itself!).  Enjouee delivered full color coverage, which applied evenly, but I did notice that it had a more noticeable sheen–almost looking a bit frosty.  The texture seemed a little drier compared to Coromandel, which was the first shade I tested of the newly reformulated Rouge Allures.  I wore this shade for six hours, and my lips felt slightly dehydrated.  Not chapped or cracked but the lipstick could have been more hydrating with its longer-lasting formula.  So while it hits it out of the park for having rich color payoff and long-wear, as promised, it misses on the hydration.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Enjouee
Enjouee
Enjouee
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum
Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum

Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum ($98.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is a recently released scent that was supposed to mark the return to Oriental fragrances for Chanel. It has notes of grapefruit, bergamot, orange, rose, jasmine, geranium, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, and white musk.

Coco Noir spends most of the time smelling like sweet berries and patchouli. From beginning to end, a lot of the other notes are barely detectable; if I wasn’t specifically looking for them, I don’t think I’d have caught on that they were, in fact, supposed to be there. Initially, there’s a hint of grapefruit–a little zest–but it fades too quickly. In the first hour or so, the rose and jasmine notes peek through. They linger but disappear beneath a haze of sweetened berries, patchouli, and a hint of musk. On me, there’s some soapiness after four or five hours.

It wears close to the skin on me with two spritzes (one on each wrist), and the fragrance wears noticeably for around six hours and is mostly gone by eight hours. It’s a blend of sweetness and light, berries and patchouli, that never gets too sweet but never reads noir.  (It is a bit like how I felt about Tom Ford’s Jardin Noir collection.) The scent is incredibly well-blended, and on the whole, a wearable, easygoing fragrance that many will love, but if you were looking for something particularly interesting, innovative, or noir, you may not be so keen on this scent.  Coco Noir is soft, lightly warmed up–like a light jacket for the first days of autumn.

Have you tried Coco Noir?

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SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer

SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer

Would You Like a Little Rock with Your Polish?

SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “earthy red creme infused with rhyolite.” It’s a rusty orange-red with flecks of blackened brown. It looks so… earthy on; there’s no other way to describe it. The finish was really unique, and it should, since rhyolite is “igneous, volcanic rock, of felsic composition” (according to Google). I couldn’t think of anything in my stash that was similar. Even when I tried to find something similar to the base color, I could only come up with MAC Styleseeker, which is much more orange.

It was very nearly opaque after two coats with a shadowy outline of the nail line on my index finger, but the other two nails seemed just fine.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  SpaRitual has a nice ergonomic, rubberized handle, which makes applying and opening the bottle a cinch.  I typically get a full week of wear with SpaRitual’s formula with very minor tip wear.

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Quartz
Quartz
Quartz
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish plum-brown with a naturally glossy sheen. It’s darker than Bobbi Brown Uber Nude, but they have a similar tone. MAC Shitaki is a bit more subdued. CoverGirl Smolder is redder. Bobbi Brown Moonlight Rose is sheerer and shimmery.

The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it’s not a deep brown, it’s versatile and will wear well across complexions.  Uber Suede is opaque in color coverage, easy to apply because of the creamy, glide-on consistency, and wore for six hours when I test drove it.  The formula itself is lightly hydrating and didn’t leave my lips dry after wear. It’s also scent- and taste-free, which is great for those more sensitive to scents.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Uber Suede
Uber Suede

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fiery orange-red with enough depth and richness from the red tinge to keep it from looking neon. Clarins Red Prodige is glossier and lighter. MAC Strut Your Stuff is brighter. Estee Lauder Extravagant Red is similar. Chanel Excessive is similar, slightly redder and brighter–almost a poppy red. Cle de Peau Red Abundance is very comparable. Guerlain Genna is rather similar.

The new Rouge Allure formula is supposed to have “concentrated, ultra thin pigments” for full color coverage with a satin finish and “lasting comfort.” The latter from “special hydrating agents” that “leave lips supple and protected.”  Coromandel is richly pigmented with full color coverage that is finished with a natural, satiny sheen.  It applies evenly without effort, and the color slides on easily, though the formula isn’t so creamy that it feels or looks heavy applied.  The color sits comfortably on the lips.

Truthfully, I didn’t notice any difference between the new formula and the original.  I feel like saying, “It seemed a little creamier…” is pulling at straws; the effect of knowing that they’re different but not feeling that difference.  It’s not a bad thing, as the original formula was quite good.  This particular shade wore for six hours and was lightly hydrating during that time period.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure packaging is head-to-toe luxury; it has a black lacquered metal exterior case that closes with a satisfying click. Inside, it’s a gold metal tube with Chanel imprinted on the side of the lipstick itself.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Coromandel
Coromandel
Coromandel
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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