Dolce & Gabbana Perfection (220) Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is a nearly neutral caramel nude with a cream finish. It’s new for fall and part of the brand’s Sicilian Lace Collection, which certainly is all about barely there and nude shades. This is a very subtle color, and it’s not a trend or shade for everyone. I found two coats was plenty to get an opaque look, as the formula was very pigmented and on the thicker side.
I found the applicator a bit bothersome, as the brush itself is larger and thicker than average; it allows quite a bit of the lacquer to absorb into the brush, so it’s easy to overdo it if you’re not especially careful. If you have very narrow nail beds, you may also find the brush too wide to use with ease. The lacquer wore just fine with Zoya’s Color Lock System with tip wear but no chips after a week.
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RECOMMENDATION: At $20 a pop, this might not be the shade to splurge on if you’re not quite sure how you feel about the nude on nude trend.
Chanel Ombres Contraste Duos (Eyeshadow Duos) ($42.00 for 0.09 oz.) each include a shimmering, light creamy powder shade that is designed to be worn alone or as a base, and then a darker shade with a matte finish to pack on the color. Each compact includes a mirror, sponge-tipped applicator, and a brush-tipped applicator.
Even though Chanel says one side is creamier than the other, I really didn’t find the texture to vary much between the two shades. They both felt smooth as silky, buttery, and incredibly finely-milled as Chanel eyeshadows are known to be. When I saw the duos, they reminded me of oversized quad eyeshadows–they have the same dome and shape, but they’re a bit larger than the quad eyeshadows.
I didn’t experience any fall out or fading with these shadows when used over a regular eyeshadow base (NARS, if you’re curious). These are classic colors–it’s clear by the shades chosen that this isn’t meant to be a daring, avant garde kind of collection or look; they’re suitable across the gamut of skin tones, easy to wear, and fit into most people’s lives. If you want something subtler, use more of the light shade; if you want a smokier look, go heavier with the darker shade. Each duo complements itself and can easily be worn on its own without having to look for other eyeshadows to pair it with (though that works, too!).
I had a bit of sticker-shock with these, because a full-sized quad is $59, and it’s been a long time since I’ve really taken a look at their Silky Eyeshadow Duos as well (which retail for $40/0.07 oz.). Whether for good or bad, the pricing isn’t much of a stretch after looking at the price/quantity of other high-end brands like Dior and YSL. It seems a little less than stellar, but ridiculously overpriced/undersized.
Don’t Forget: Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III @ Sephora Times Square
As a tribute to NYC, Urban Decay will be hosting a one-day, sneak peek event at Sephora Times Square (1500 Broadway, #304) on Saturday, August 28th from 1 to 9PM where 1,000 pieces of the limited edition Book of Shadows Vol. III will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis. The first 200 die-hard fans will also receive a limited edition Urban Decay t-shirt with their consultation. Urban Decay’s Eric Jimenez, Worldwide Retail Sales Director and International Makeup Artist, and his team of A-list artists will also be in attendance!
- Where: Sephora Times Square, 1500 Broadway #304, NYC, NY 10036
- When: Saturday, August 28th, 1-9PM
Note: There is a limit of three per person!
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
CHANEL reveals a new generation of lipgloss — with colour so rich and shine so intense, it could only be inspired by the iconic lipstick, ROUGE ALLURE. Bold colour combines with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious wear and deeply dramatic effect. Lips feel comfortable — never sticky or tacky — and look luminous, full and sensuous for hours on end. The double-sided, flocked applicator is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition.
Rouge Allure Satin Lip Colour ($30.00)
- Confidentielle Rose
- Insolente Candy pink
- Excessive Red
- Emotive Raspberry
Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss / Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss ($32.00)
- Imaginaire Fresh pink
- Insolence Candy pink
- Confidence Rose (Limited Edition)
- Genie Coral
- Insouciance Nude
- Exces Red
- Emoi Raspberry
- Fatale Brown red
- Impertinence Chocolate
Le Vernis ($23.00)
- Rose Insolent Candy pink
- Rose Confidentiel Rose
- Rose Fatal Brown Red
Availability: Now online at chanel.com, heading to counter September/October.