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Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lustrous and vibrant rose.” It’s a limited edition shade from the Knightsbridge collection, which is an exclusive to chanel.com. Chanel says the color “pays tribute to a region of London, rich with history and classic architecture.” It’s a brightened strawberry pink with lighter pink shimmer. The color coverage is mostly opaque, though my lip freckle is still visible.  Chanel’s Rouge Allure formula is one of my favorites, and it’s my favorite lipstick formula by Chanel.  The formula is long-wearing (this shade wore for five hours), comfortable to wear, and moisturizing.  It’s a little less color coverage than I would expect from a Rouge Allure, but it’s not sheer.

I think these types of pinks can be so flattering across skin tones, because it’s warm without being orange or coral, bright without being neon, and the soft shimmer gives lips a lush look.  I couldn’t find an exact dupe of this shade, but there were a few shades that were similar.  Laura Mercier Evening Pink reminded me of a much more intense version of this shade. Bobbi Brown Mod Pink is similar but has no shimmer. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia is similar but a touch redder.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Belgravia
Belgravia
Belgravia
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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6 Red Lipsticks to Get Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Golden Globes Red Lip


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6 Red Lipsticks to Get Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Golden Globes Red Lip

Angelina Jolie’s red lips was one of the most talked about beauty looks from this year’s Golden Globes.  I don’t know what she wore, and while I’ve attempted to find out, I haven’t had any luck yet!  Her lip looked anywhere from pinky-red to red-coral to red, but it never looked too orange.  I saw it both with more of a matte/satin finish as well as a glossier look (perhaps recent reapplication?).

I know that Jolie has used Chantecaille in the past, and though I don’t own much from the range, possible shades within the brand would be Amaryllis Lip Chic, Azalea Lipstick, or Cassia Lipstick.

  • Giorgio Armani #406 — deep blue-based red; slightly darker than what was worn
  • Guerlain Liu — rich blue-based red with a glossy shine; bluer than what was worn
  • Chanel Cambon — slightly orange-toned red; needs a teeniest bit more blue to be similar
  • Guerlain Rouge Sensuel — almost red-coral with a subtle gold shimmer; lighter, has gold shimmer compared to what was worn
  • MAC Perpetual Flame — pinky-red with a creamy finish; slightly pinker than what was worn
  • NARS Flamenco — soft watermelon red; less opaque, less red

And as a bonus, contributor Damaris has a Brazilian option–O Boticario #330 Lipstick (R$ 12,90).

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NYX Violetta Eyeshadow

NYX Violetta Eyeshadow
NYX Violetta Eyeshadow

NYX Violetta Eyeshadow

NYX Violetta Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a gold shimmered pink-purple with a satiny sheen. The color payoff is good, so it turns out mostly opaque, but the shimmer is more sparkled on top than it is truly embedded with the color, so it does result in some fall out. It reminded me a little of MAC Half-Wild when really sheered out, though darker. Urban Decay Purple Haze is fairly similar with a matte finish and more purple in it.

Because it is a brighter purple, despite the red undertones, it should translate into a bruise on the lid, though you’ll want to be careful on what you pair it with.  The texture is a little powdery with the loose sparkle adding a slight grittiness to the overall feel.  I’m not keen on this type of finish, because it is prone to fall out.  If you like the effect, I recommend using a sticker (more like a cream) base, and then press the product on, rather than sweeping or tapping.  Like other NYX eyeshadows, it doesn’t hold up all day on its own (looks a bit faded, slightly creased after six hours) but is better over a primer (no fading or creasing but there was continued fall out).

 

NYX Eyeshadow Violetta
Violetta
Violetta
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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