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Chanel Esquisse & Fiction Rouge Coco Stylos

01/06

Chanel Esquisse (227) Rouge Coco Stylo

Chanel Esquisse (227) Rouge Coco Stylo

Chanel Esquisse (227) Rouge Coco Stylo

Chanel Esquisse (227) Rouge Coco Stylo

Chanel Esquisse (227) Rouge Coco Stylo

Chanel Esquisse (227) Rouge Coco Stylo

Esquisse (227)

Chanel Rouge Esquisse (227) Coco Stylo ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a smattering of very fine pearl. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a very smooth, creamy, and slippery consistency that glided on easily and was extremly comfortable to wear. The more slippery consistency showed very slight “lines” when I pressed my lips together, and I noticed a bit of color in my deeper lip lines. The shinier finish distracted from the settling, though. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to offer the “intensity of a lipstick” with the “shine of a lipgloss” and “comfort of a lip balm.” The consistency of this formula was incredibly soft and melted against the lips, so it was easy to over-apply (and subsequently, easy to run through the product!) with an emollient quality found in lip balms. In general, color coverage was semi-opaque to opaque, with wear coming in at three to five hours, depending on the shade. The formula was comfortable to wear and very hydrating both during and after wear. The downside was that these types of twist-up lipsticks (in the slim casing) tend to contain noticeably less than a standard bullet lipstick (0.10 to 0.12 oz. usually!) and the more pliant formula made it easy to reapply and run it back and forth more than necessary (for the coverage). There was a light rose scent to the formula, subtler than the Rouge Allure lipsticks, though, with no discernible taste.

You can view the ingredients here along with swatches of all shades I’ve reviewed here

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Esquisse (227)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Bite Beauty #096, 090, 092 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil

#096

Bite Beauty #096 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, raspberry red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation–just shy of full coverage when I drew a single line but only semi-opaque when applied all-over my lips–that was blendable by pressing my lips together and rubbing gently, which evened out the color after initial application. The lip pencil felt lightly creamy but not emollient or too slick, so it adhered well to lips and lasted for over six hours. The formula seemed neither drying nor hydrating to me. I think it would work best with Amuse Bouche shades: Jam (darker), Radish (brighter), Beetroot (redder) see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. The formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping lipstick on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but a few applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as it was infinitely easier to even out the color by rubbing my lips together than applying more product. The formula has a lightweight feel on the lips, and the wear ranged from five to six hours for light to medium-hued shades with some of the deeper and richer shades lasting well over six hours. They will require sharpening, and as they are creamier, it was easiest to keep them in a cool place or in the freezer (for a few minutes) prior to sharpening to minimize any mess in the sharpener.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #096
#096
#096
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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#090

Permanent
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#092

Permanent
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Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

01/07

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Light

Chanel Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour ($58.00 for 0.42oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable color payoff that sat well on the skin. The consistency was incredibly soft, smooth, and a little dusty in the pan, but I felt like it did not apply well to drier skin (my arm is drier, my cheeks are more normal-to-dry) and had a tendency to sheer out quite a bit without building up. If I applied it over just-applied liquid foundation, the powder went on more smoothly and was more noticeable. This shade should work better on very fair complexions for either bronzing or highlighting as well as light skin tones for highlighting–in photos, it didn’t show up at all, but in person I could detect it just barely on my skin. The powder seemed to last about eight hours on me.

Chanel described the formula as a “powder bronze and highlighter enriched with illuminating pigments” with a “buildable, soft texture.” The brand noted to select a shade lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and darker than your skin tone for bronzing–so it was less of a multi-tasking product and more that one could use it either as a highlighting powder or as a bronzing powder. I think you can get a little illumination and subtle warmth if you choose a shade similar to your skin tone, though, which is the closest to having the best of both worlds.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour Light
Light
Light
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Since I’ve left the question deliberately vague on what I mean by “surprise,”
I’m going to say MAC. I’m surprised that they haven’t made more changes to their offerings/how they release products or capitalized on really popular formulas/shades by releasing them more often or putting them in their permanent line.
I feel like I’m starting to see subtle changes now and for the last few months but will be curious to see how they evolve in the next couple of years.

— Christine

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The Best & Worst of MAC Lipglasses (2017 Edition)

01/12

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Here’s a recap of how well the newly repackaged MAC Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) performed! There are shades that were carried over from the original permanent range as well as new ones, along with several limited edition options (several of which were in the Lustreglass range previously).

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness.

I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

Week in Review | May 6th through May 12th

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂  

What was your week in review like?

  • My skin tone/coloring:
  • Most loved product of the week:
  • Most used product of the week:
  • Any new beauty discoveries?:

Week in Review

01

MAC Coconut

LELimited Edition. $23.00

MAC Coconut Fix+ Spray ($23.00 for 3.40 fl. oz.) worked best for minimizing the look of powderiness on the skin after makeup has been applied or for adding a little slip and hydration to the skin prior to applying base makeup. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

03. Giorgio Armani Notorious (408)

Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

04. Giorgio Armani Spotlight (516)

Giorgio Armani Spotlight (516) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy finish. Read full review.

A

05. Anastasia Sienna

Anastasia Sienna Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.059 oz.) is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

06. Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS

Pretty Vulgar Glimmers of BS Shimmering Swan Highlighter ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Bite Beauty #070

Bite Beauty #070 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

A

08. MAC Girl About Town

MAC Girl About Town Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark fuchsia pink with fine violet and white pearl. Read full review.

A

09. Anastasia Morocco

Anastasia Morocco Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.059 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

10. Bite Beauty #072

Bite Beauty #072 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

Breakdown |
May 6, 2017 — May 12, 2017

88%

Average Score
A
38
B
26
C
11
D
0
F
0

Total Reviews (75) — Brands Reviewed (10)

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