Chanel Super Rouge Allure Lipstick (From Les Pop-Up de Chanel)

Chanel Super Lipstick

Just in time for summer, Chanel’s Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection (which is now starting to pop-up–pardon the pun–in stores) introduces two new and limited edition shades of Rouge Allure LipstickSuper (rose) and Genial (coral). When I visited my local Chanel counter, Darling was also listed. Rouge Allure Lipsticks retail for $30 a pop. I picked up both Genial and Darling last week but I’ll show you those later this week–not to worry! :)

Super is a brightened pink subtly splashed with fuchsia with just a subtle blue-base to it–normally blue-based pinks can make me look a little corpse-ish, but this one has just enough to give it a cool edge (which also helps make my teeth look a bit whiter!). It has a naturally glossy sheen and semi-opaque color coverage. It looks pretty solid on my lips when pictured from a distance, but you’ll notice in the close-up that you can still see my lil’ lip beauty mark!

When I first swatched this on my arm, it seemed really vibrant and almost neon, but on lips it’s a lot more wearable. I think on more pigmented lips, this might read a stronger red-pink than as light as it is on my lips, and for those with very un-pigmented lips, I imagine you will find this looks a little brighter (more true-to-skin-swatch).

It’s a cute, perfect-for-summer shade with the fabulous Rouge Allure formula–smooth, moisturizing, and wears for a nice four to five hours. It’s almost a must-have, but it’s not quite there for me; perhaps if it was more opaque, I’d be totally loving it. But hey, it almost matches Riviera, so matching lips and nails… could be cute!

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The Summer Season: MAC Violetta Lipstick

MAC Violetta Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a red-based violet purple with a glossy sheen. It has an amplified creme finish and a permanent PRO shade (which does, occasionally, make an appearance on as part of seasonal trend reports). It has a very reddish-purple base with more of a true violet iridescent/overlay, but it looks cohesive once applied. Personally, I don’t wear Violetta on its own, but I love pairing it with iridescent or milky pinks as well as fuchsias to brighten it.

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Essie Resort Collection

Essie Resort Collection

For summer, Essie created the Resort Collection, which features four cream-finish shades: Playa del Platinum (elegant and sheer sandy gray), Lapis of Luxury (dreamy ocean blue), Turquoise & Caicos (flirt and pretty tropical aqua), and Splash of Grenadine (playful magenta pink). The collection will launch in May, and each bottle retails for $8.

All four colors are absolutely lovely–very fun and summery without being bright or neon. They’re playful, and I think they’ll be particularly pretty on toes. My only problem with the collection came with the formula. While definitely workable and worth working with, it’s a little on the watery/runny side, which made it a little more difficult to apply than I’d like. Because of the runny consistency, the polish has a tendency to apply streaky, necessitating three coats in most instances.

It’s not impossible or even that difficult to get a smooth, even look, it’s just a definite issue from the formula. I found that laying down a thin, streaky-as-all-get-out coat, and then building up with a slightly thicker second and third coat, produced the best results. Oh! and don’t forget to let each coat dry a bit before layering the next on top, totally crucial step with these. I think for those who have more than fifty polishes to their name won’t find these all that troublesome to work with. The formula is okay but not great; you can get good results, but you have to be patient.

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Sephora 15% off Sale — Spring Makeup Madness!

Sephora 15% off Sale — Spring Makeup Madness!


V.I.B.s (Beauty Insiders who spend over $350 in a calendar year) can save 15% off their entire purchase from April 8th through the 19th with online code V48ML6. In order to save 15% in-store, you do need to have the coupon. I received mine via snail mail last weekend, and I don’t know if they’ll be sending one out via email as well.

Fine Print (for VIB): Select stores will have different event hours; check your local store for exact times. Online use promo code V48ML6. Valid April 8th through April 19th, 2010 at 11:59PM PST and may be used in Sephora stores and Sephora inside JCPenney stores during regular store hours and on (excluding Canadian checkout on Offer limited to Sephora V.I.B.’s only. Voucher must be presented at time of redemption when used in store. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other offers. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers. Sephora reserves the right to change or rescind this offer at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the V.I.B. program at any Sephora store or online at

B.I.s (Beauty Insiders–anyone is free to sign-up, it doesn’t cost anything!) save 15% off their entire purchase from April 12th through the 19th with online code BI15. As you can see, the image I have is quite small, so I can’t make out much of the fine print. Hopefully, I will have those details for you soon…

Are you shopping the sale? What’s on your list?