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Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Rouge Allure Laques ($32.00) are one of my new favorite lip products. I loved the formula so much I had to own every single shade–luckily, there are only eight at the moment–because they’re that amazing. The formula is long-wearing without being drying, provides rich, opaque color in one easy swipe, and the shades are full of dimension and easy to wear.
Dragon is still my favorite. None of the other shades quite captured my heart like Dragon did, but all of the other shades are wearable and flattering on my skin tone. I’d say Coromandel was my least favorite, if only because I don’t like orange-based reds on me, so I don’t think it looks as good on me, but I think Coromandel is stunning on others–so it’s still a great pick if you’re a fan of orange-based reds.
If I had to rank them, I’d put them in an order like this: Dragon, Santal, Dynastie, Ming, Imperial, Phoenix, Mandarin, Coromandel. But in reality? Dragon is first, Coromandel is last (but only for me), and the rest are all great, wearable shades. I think the quality is consistent from each shade to the next, so it’s really a matter of what shade(s) you’re drawn to and feel are flattering on you.
Rouge Allure Laques
Which of the eight is your favorite? Top three? Will you (did you!) purchase any of these?
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Do you buy backups of beauty products? Why/why not? What have you bought?
I do on occasion, but very rarely. I have several backups of MAC Mari-Sheeno lipstick, one of MAC Gold Dusk pigment, and two MAC Rye eyeshadows.
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Guerlain Bal de Nuit Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00) is the latest limited edition palette to be launched with the Imperiale Holiday Collection this October.
This is a stunning, incredibly elegant combination of classic shades that are perfect for year-round, but the shimmer and sparkle make it particularly fitting for the holiday season. This is not necessarily the most original eyeshadow quad of all time–it’s, at the very least, four shades of neutral-toned eyeshadows.
It includes four shades: a soft, sparkling gold-tinged white; a peachy-pink champagne with a frosty finish; a neutral-cool dark taupe brown with brighter bronze shimmer; and a warm-toned chocolate bronze with gold shimmer. All four shades have good color pigmentation, and as is standard with Guerlain eyeshadows, they feel silky smooth and apply like butter. They’re very blendable, and all four shadows work extremely well together. (Sometimes you’ll get a beautiful quad, but it’s not so easy to work with on its own.)
For me, this is just an easy, no-brainer eyeshadow quad that looks good, works well, and great for travel. I can just use the lightest two shades for a quick swipe of lid color, or I can use the two darker colors to add depth to the crease or go for more of a smoky eye. The quality is exactly what I’ve come to expect from Guerlain, so overall, I’m pleased.
It’s pricey, but as far as value goes? These eyeshadows are the same price, by the ounce, as MAC eyeshadows are. This eyeshadow quad contains roughly 6.7 oz. of eyeshadow, which is pretty good for a palette. With Guerlain, you do get the velvety soft case and the luxe, slighty hefty gold-esque packaging. It just all requires more of an initial investment than smaller-sized MAC eyeshadows.
Bottom line: This is a great, easy-to-use eyeshadow quad that has soft, silky colors that are natural and suitable to many. It’s practical and looks elegant while the shimmer is sophisticated.
- Product: 28/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 5/5
Recommendation: If you’re in the market for a travel-worthy eyeshadow quad or a great set of neutrals, Guerlain’s latest just might work.
Availability: October 2009
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L’Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos ($9.99) are a more budget-friendly way of obtaining brighter, more pigmented eyeshadows. Each contains two shades of matte eyeshadows with a total weight of 0.08 oz. L’Oreal currently has five different matte eyeshadow duos available: Animated, Dashing, Perky, Poppy, and Striking.
- Animated contains a chalky grayish-white and a periwinkle blue.
- Perky contains a medium bright grassy green and a grayish-black.
I don’t love the matte eyeshadow duos. They’re okay–about average–but they’re not stellar. Since they’re matte, I do expect some chalkiness when I swatch, which is always minimized when you’re actually applying them with a brush. Nonetheless, the whitish side of Animated definitely looked and felt chalky and almost garish. I did love the shade of periwinkle blue in Animated, though–not a shade you see often, period. Perky has a lovely shade of green that doesn’t feel chalky or powdery, but the darker grayish-black shade has a lot of drag and just doesn’t have a great texture. So in the end, each duo only has one good shade–the other half is just so-so.
For comparison, a MAC eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz. of product and retails for $14.50 each. You get 0.03 oz. more and pay $9.99 a pop. A lot of mass retailer brands, like L’Oreal HIP, do go on sale on a frequent basis, so when they’re on sale, I’d be more willing to purchase these. At full price, I feel like it’s more than I want to pay for L’Oreal. I do consider the HIP line to be one of the better pigmented eyeshadow lines available at mass. I just wish you could swatch before you bought!
Bottom line: I wouldn’t pay full price ($9.99) for either of these duos, and I’d only really recommend Animated for the periwinkle blue, just because I don’t see that color in a lot of other lines. I love that L’Oreal is bringing matte color to the forefront, and I think the price point is affordable for many, particularly if they’re on sale.
- Product: 21/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 3/5
Recommendation: If you can catch L’Oreal’s H.I.P. line on sale, they’re worth trying. Paying full price on the other hand…
Availability: Drugstores/Mass Retailers
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Bobbi Brown Holiday 2009 Collection
Featuring palettes, kits, and sets…
Chrome Eyeshadow ($22.00) (Limited Edition)
Nothing says holiday glamour like eyes dressed up in new Chrome Eye Shadow. Developed with highly reflective pearls, this opulent formula looks like liquid metal on lids and reflects light beautifully. Featured in our signature eye shadow compact, customized for the season with a luxe chrome finish.
Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette ($40.00)
- Goldstone Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow
- Mineral Dust Long-Wear Cream Shadow
- Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette ($60.00)
- Autumn Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
- Earth Metal Metallic Eye Shadow
- Zinc Metallic Eye Shadow
- Black Spruce Metallic Eye Shadow
- Sunset Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
- Antique Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
- Paisley Rose Creamy Lip Color
- Rose Garden Creamy Lip Color
- Rose Bud Creamy Lip Color
- Barefoot Shimmer Creamy Lip Color
Velvet Plum Eye Palette ($40.00)
- Bone Eye Shadow
- Naked Eye Shadow
- Velvet Plum Eye Shadow
- Espresso Eye Shadow
Glitter Balm Lip Palette ($40.00)
- Crystal Rose
- Crystal Diamond
- Pink Crystal
- Crystal Gold
Lip Gloss Trio ($40.00)
- Marina Pink Sheer Lip Gloss
- Pink Blossom Lip Gloss
- Cocoa Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss
Tube Tint Trio ($28.00)
- Twilight Shimmer
- Blossom Tint
- Cherry Tint
Black Plum Deluxe Beauty Trunk ($500.00)
Sure to be a favorite among all Bobbi Brown devotees. This ultra luxurious Beauty Trunk is a refined and luxurious way to house and display your makeup. Interior features a mirror and several levels to organize beauty essentials, tools and skincare. Neiman Marcus exclusive.
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