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Chanel Imperial Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Imperial Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is the second up in our seven days of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque feature.
Imperial is a slightly warmed-up, muted red-coral. It’s not quite the coral that comes to mind when I think “coral,” but it’s certainly not the “deep rose” that Chanel describes it as. I always find the descriptor “rose” to mean something pinky, but this has more red in it. It’s like a wearable version of a red with a touch of coral. I suppose if we think of red roses, maybe this is “deep rose.” I would say this is one of the harder shades to describe, because it’s beautiful, but I can’t find the words to aptly describe it! The shade has a dusting of slightly rosy-gold shimmer and the same glossy sheen as others in the line-up. It applies evenly without a fuss and goes on full-color right away.
Since I don’t want to just re-write what I say about the formula (since it is the same–if there are any variations, you can be sure I’ll call them out), here’s a quick bullet-point summary.
- Satiny, creamy lip color that hydrates
- Opaque color in one layer–very pigmented
- Lasts for hours and even through eating/drinking
- Glossy sheen
- Looks like a lipstick AND a gloss
- Easy to travel with
- Sleek packaging
- Product: 29/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 5/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: For a more muted, but still opaque lip look, consider Imperial. Not too warm or cool, it can easily be worked into your lip wardrobe.
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Stila Holiday 2009 Collection
Stila has some lovely value sets out for this holiday season…
Kitten Set ($18.00) (Sephora Exclusive)
Get a double dose of the award-winning shimmering pink champagne shade in this stunning set featuring Eye Shadow and Lip Glaze in Kitten. The best-selling Eye Shadow shade is now available in Stila’s legendary high-shine Lip Glaze formula—so now you can have a complete Kitten look that will have you smitten! The moisture-rich gloss contains ultra-fine pearl shimmer that provides amazing shine. It’s also enriched with Vitamins A, C and E for additional skincare benefits. And the Kitten Eye Shadow—Stila’s original, award-winning formula that can be worn wet or dry—stays on all day without creasing or smudging.
Mini Lip Glaze Collection ($25.00)
Back and bigger than ever, Stila’s ultra-popular mini Lip Glaze collection features EIGHT shades—four bestsellers and four brand new. Find the flavor to match your every look and mood in this must-have set that delivers lips with unprecedented high-wattage color and shine.
- Starfruit Neutral pink with subtle white pearl
- Kitten Caramel with golden pearl
- Cranberry Deep red
- Blackberry Deep warm red brown
- Marmalade Sheer peach with pink and white pearl
- Pinkle Twinkle Sheer pink with pink and multicolor sparkle
- Plum Fairy Sheer plum with pink pearl
- Candy Sheer pinky coral with subtle rainbow sparkle
24kt Luxe Lip Gloss Collection ($30.00) (Anthropologie Exclusive)
Give the gift of gold. This collection will make lips glisten with four shades of 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss: Radiant Sunset, Precious Coral, Golden Charm and Vintage Merlot infused with genuine 24kt gold leaf. This non-sticky formula is loaded with moisture-locking
ingredients including Vitamin E to nourish and condition and Vitamins A & C to provide anti-oxidant protection. You will be sure to make a statement with this luxurious gift of gold and gloss.
Smudge Pot Set ($32.00)
Introducing vibrant new twinkling shades of the classic long lasting, waterproof Smudge Pot formula that will outlast even the most packed social schedule or winter snowstorm. Featuring NEW Violet with shimmer, NEW Starry Night, Black and Kitten shades, and complete with a mini brush, these versatile multi-taskers are beloved by makeup artists and makeup mavens alike. Each can be used for lining the eyes for the perfect cat eye or smudging on the lids to create a smoldering smoky eye.
Availability: StilaCosmetics.com, Sephora.com, Anthropologie
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MAC Cosmetics Baroque Boudoir Collection
U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009
Availability: MAC Stores, Saks, Select Nordstroms
Baroque Boudoir Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)
- Baroque Boudoir Creamy dark plum
- Prive Creamy light blue pink
- Treasured Creamy warm nude beige
Baroque Boudoir Lipgloss ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)
- The Lap of Luxury Sheer baby pink with white and pink pearlized pigments
- Preciousness Sheer metallic pink with white pearlized pigments
- d’Nouveau Sheer dusty rose with light pink pearlized pigments
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MAC Holiday 2009 Kits/Sets
U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009
Love’s Divine Lash Kit ($48.00 U.S. / $57.50 CDN) (Nordstrom/The Bay only)
Barrel silhouette cosmetic bag in metallic gunmetal fabric with dark grey trim and a charm zipper pull. Nordstrom and the Bay only.
- #7 Lashes
- Rapidblack Penultimate Liner
- Reflects Transparent Teal (Glitter)
- Zoomblack Zoomlash (Promo Size)
Mineralize Kit ($59.50 U.S. / $71.50 CDN) (MAC Stores only)
- Light Flush Soft pastel pink with deep bronze veining (Mineralize Skinfinish) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- Dainty Yellow pink with gold pearl (Mineralize Blush) (Permanent)
- Love Connection Pale beige with gold and blue veining/Warm gold mono (Mineralize Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- 181SE Brush
Fun In the Sun
- Shimpagne Beige shimmer with golden/copper sparkle (Mineralize Skinfinish) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- Nuance Mid-tone peach with gold pearl (Mineralize Blush) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- Play on Plums Peachy gold with pink and bronze veining/Bronzed burgundy mono (Mineralize Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- 181SE Brush
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Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is the first up in our seven days of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque feature. After last week’s experience with Chanel’s Dragon Rouge Allure Laque, I knew I had to have them all. There are eight shades in total, and I’ll introduce to each shade over the next week.
Coromandel is a fiery orange-based red with just a flicker of orange shimmer that’s very, very subtle. It applies evenly with ease (which is a huge OMG-YES! factor from this product, period), and it feels like a satiny, lightly creamy lip color that hugs lips without drying them out (in fact, hydrating). It has a glossy sheen that lasts for hours, which does fade when you eat/drink through a whole meal, but the color itself hangs on like a trooper–see the evidence here. Coromandel goes on opaque in one layer; there’s no real need to layer here. I usually just slip out the applicator and apply with whatever is on it and I’m good to go.
The only downsides of Rouge Allure Laques are that they’re pricey at $32 a pop. The packaging is solid black with a slight glossy appearance–it’s subtle and sleek. To rationalize the price a bit (at least for myself), I consider this pretty much a wear-and-go lip color–that means it’s a gloss and a lipstick in one. There’s absolutely no need to layer on additional lip products with these, because the color is so intense and pigmented and the product itself has the look of a lipstick with a gloss over it… there’s literally no need. This makes it a two-for kind of deal, but it’s also superb for traveling or touch-ups. Get fancy lip color with no fuss!
I personally do prefer Dragon over Coromandel for a red, but I find myself drawn to more neutral reds–“true reds”–over orange-y reds. They’re both beautiful shades, and I’m sure there are some who prefer Coromandel over Dragon and vice versa!
- Product: 29/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 5/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you love orange-based reds with lots of sizzle and pop, check out Coromandel!
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