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Chanel Graphite Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer


Chanel Graphite Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Fall 2011:  Graphite Le Vernis

Chanel Graphite Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic silver,” and I imagine the inspiration came from graphite itself. A quick Google image search will turn up several results and this certainly resembles graphite–even in the finish. It truly gleams in the sunlight.

Against my warmer skin tone (with yellower undertones), the gold flecks of glitter seem to stand out and the result is the polish looking warmer rather than cool, which is actually is. I can see this leaning more on the silver side against cooler complexions. It’s a silvery-pewter with multi-colored glitter and shimmer that gives it a really gritty appearance, even though it doesn’t feel gritty (it’s not perfectly smooth, like a cream polish either). It has a very foil-like finish with a metallic sheen.

I used two coats, but when I started cropping the photographs, I could tell I didn’t wait long enough for each coat to dry–there is a little pulling of the glitter, which resulted in slight unevenness. Graphite is mostly opaque in two coats, and the formula was easy to work with as it flowed evenly.  In the past, Chanel polishes have tended to last about a week on my nails with some minor tip wear (with a base/top coat).

This is a limited edition shade, and I couldn’t find a dupe from past reviews–there are pure silver foils but nothing as multi-faceted as Graphite.

Anyone find a dupe?

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Graphite
Graphite
Graphite
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Semi-Precious Brushes: 128, 179, 234, 235 Photos


MAC 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush

MAC Semi-Precious Brushes: 128, 179, 234, 235

This is not a review. I will do my best to test these out over the next few days and write more of a review, but since I haven’t had ample time to test these, I’m not prepared to review or really answer any questions about these! I prefer only to answer questions once I’ve had a chance to use a product, so please give me some time and I would really appreciate your patience 🙂 At that time, I will suggest uses, provide more detailed size measurements, etc. At this time, I did, at the very least, want to share photos of the new brushes.

  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush is an unusual sized brush. It’s compact and densely packed with a slight rounded edge. It contains both synthetic and natural fibers. It seems smaller than the 116, almost like a flattened 109. This brush is $32.00 and limited edition.
  • 179 Angled Split Fibre Buffer Brush contains both natural and synthetic fibers. It’s comparable to the size of the 182, and the handle is similar (I don’t have a real 182 with that handle to compare, so I’m going by memory for that distinction, as mine have a SE handle). Also worth noting, MAC originally launched a 179 Body Buffer Brush with Skinsheen back in 2008, which is completely different from this one. This brush is $47.00 and limited edition.
  • 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush is a slightly tapered, round-edged brush with a fluffy feel with the same split of synthetic and natural fibers.  This brush is $22.50 and limited edition.
  • 235 Split Fibre All Over Eye Brush is a flat, slightly stubby eye brush with a barely domed edge. It looks like a taller 214 in a way. It has a synthetic and natural mix of fibers. This brush is $30.00 and limited edition.

Generally, based on what I have heard from MAC artists in the past, synthetic brushes are often better for blending, as well as for applying cream and liquid products. Natural brushes are better for packing on color and initial application of powder products.

Do any of these catch your eye? Are you excited for new brushes?

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NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow
NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bitter chocolate infused with gold.” It’s a really rich, intense brown with a subtle yellow undertone that adds some warmth but doesn’t take away from the richness of the overall color. The larger gold sparkle doesn’t quite make it to the lid when applied (sometimes it shows up a bit but more often than not, it doesn’t), but there is a finer gold shimmer that is threaded through so it’s not an entirely matte shade.

Galapagos has a nice formula, too; it’s a well-pigmented eyeshadow that blends easily, despite its intensity. However, it is supposed to have this gold sparkle, which doesn’t translate onto the lids, so I had to take that into account. Galapagos reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s Black Cocoa, which had a redder base.  NARS lists these eyeshadows as long-wearing and crease-resistant, and they wear pretty well alone (no primer!), but I get about seven to eight hours before it shows slight creasing–it lasts all day with a primer.

NARS’ packaging is very slim, compact, and even the single eyeshadows include a mirror when you flip it open. Rubberized packaging ensures it won’t slip out of your hand, and it helps absorb any impact if you accidentally drop it. The downside to the rubberized packaging is that it can easily show powder debris if you keep it in your makeup bag. I keep my NARS in drawers, and everything is nice and clean.

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow

B
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Chanel Peridot Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer , Dupes


Chanel Peridot Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Fall 2011:  Peridot Le Vernis

Chanel Peridot Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is easily one of the most buzzed about items from Chanel’s fall collection. I just received mine last night (all polish has to be shipped ground when ordered via Chanel, aka takes ten days to get to me here on the west coast!), and it looked absolutely stunning in the bottle. Depending on the angle, the bottle read more of a murky greenish-gold flanked by edges of indigo and teal to an almost spring green with an edge of antique gold and indigo ribboning.

Peridot is opaque in two coats, and on my nails, it’s greenish-gold with a real murky quality to it. I keep using the word “murky,” but it’s the only one that keeps coming to mind. Along the edges of my nails, I can see a slight darkening of green and almost teal. As amazing as the bottle looks, I don’t think the duochrome ends up translating as strongly on the nail. It is there, and it’s subtle–and still more noticeable in person as you move your hands around in the light. As far as Chanel polishes go, it is certainly what one would expect from high-end polish–different, nuanced, and not-quite-dupeable.

I don’t have anything that’s exactly like Peridot. The subtle duochrome makes it difficult to dupe, but there are similar shades–they just tend to be the dominant shade of that murky green-gold. China Glaze Peace on Earth is deeper and greener. In a trio of duochromes, ORLY It’s Not Rocket Science, SpaRitual Optical Illusion, and China Glaze Zombie Zest all have a murky green quality mixed with gold along with a duochrome effect–but they are quite different from Peridot.  You can compare all of them by dragging them side-by-side in the Swatch Gallery.

This shade is limited edition. The nice thing about Chanel limited editions is they are often available for a couple weeks before they do eventually sell out–but at least you don’t have to stalk the website during the wee hours of the nights. It has been my experience that counters do often sell out much quicker, once they get their stock in.

The formula is nice on Peridot; it’s thin without being watery or sheer–two coats is enough for an opaque result–and even though there is a metallic finish, it was easy to control brush strokes.  Given that I’ve had this shade for less than twenty-four hours, I couldn’t tell you how this particular shade wears. In my experience with Chanel polishes, I get around a week’s worth of wear with minor tip wear, when used with a top and base coat (I usually use Zoya’s Armor and Anchor)–it’s around average for me, so it wears well but I do get a little more wear out of a few other brands.  To be fair, I can’t think of a brand that does chip on me, though.

Is Peridot worth it? Have you found a dupe?

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Peridot
Peridot
Peridot
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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