Last week, I reviewed the majority of Chanel’s Spring collection, which includes three new nail lacquers, but I only reviewed Inattendu and Tendresse and was missing Particuliere ($23.00), which is easily the more interesting shade of the three (Inattendu is a beige-y nude while Tendresse is a soft, milky medium pink). Chanel describes it simply as grey, which I think is just a little inaccurate.
This is much more of a grayed taupe, because it has definite brown tones to it. It’s certainly not a rainy gray kind of color, though. The brown does warm-up the shade, though, and it’s something I could see myself wearing. It’s dark enough not to be pastel or light or traditionally spring, but it’s not so dark that it makes you feel like fall. This applied and looked better than the other two shades, though (count me surprised!) — it was very creamy, smooth, and went opaque in two coats.
I’d say that Chanel has made other colors more worthy of the $23 splurge, but I do like this one quite a bit. (Even for high-end, Chanel’s nail lacquers are quite pricey, particularly compared to brands like Dior.) I imagine OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques is somewhat similar (I don’t own it, so I’m just going off of swatches I’ve seen).
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Recommendation: If you’re feeling like a splurge, Chanel nail lacquer certainly qualifies as one!
Every year, Temptalia has been proud to hold an awards ceremony to honor and celebrate the best beauty brands and products, both new and old. (We also have to toss in a few “worst” categories!) Our first awards were held in 2007, followed by 2008. The full awards consist of both editor’s choices (aka my picks) and readers’ choices, which are based off of readers’ nominations and votes.
The nominations are in, and the top fifteen (or so!) for each category have been pulled and are ready for you to vote for your favorites! This is one of my favorite things we do here at Temptalia, and I can’t wait to see the votes come in! I’ll announce winners in January 2010.
Thank you SO much for participating in this year’s awards!
Lots of cool, more blue-based reds… Of course, it’ll come as no surprise, but Chanel’s Dragon is definitely one of my favorite reds. It’s almost neutral, but I’d still say it runs just a wee bit cool (and it’s definitely not orange-y–that’s Coromandel!). I also really enjoyed Dolce & Gabbana’s Ruby, Guerlain’s Greta, and MAC Russian Red.
I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of the reds featured throughout the Scarlet Season, just because none of them were bad. They’re all respectable shades of red. I think it’s really about what kind of red you’re looking for (the finish, the hue, the brightness, the undertone!). So…
The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a glossy, orange-based red. It’s smooth, feels moisturizing, and is richly pigmented. Even though the Shine formula is designed to deliver semi-sheer color, this particular shade definitely gives lips plenty of color. I’d personally consider it an opaque shade that gives full color coverage. It’s like a redder, slightly more tamed version of Fire. Since it’s a Shine lipstick, it doesn’t have the same richness or creamy feeling as The Classic Cream formula, but on the other hand, it has a glossier finish and feels more hydrating once on lips.
What about you? Would you wear this red?
The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!