Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NARS Laos Matte Multiple
NARS Laos Matte Multiple

NARS Laos Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “rose coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a satin-matte finish. theBalm Pie (P) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is also lighter, less pink, but sheered out, they’re very similar applied. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, slightly lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is less warm-toned, pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Laos is another really richly pigmented, intense shade of blush, so it’s absolutely a blush that will show up on all skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy with a silicone-heavy texture, which gives it a velvety feel when applied to the skin. It blends out really well, which is key when you’re working with such a bold shade, so you can adjust the intensity to the level you’re looking for. Of course, I recommend applying less rather than more initially, and then building up the color as needed to get the opacity you’re after, as a little goes a long way (which seems to be a recurring theme within the Matte Multiples!). It sets in a few minutes, and I had enough time to work with the color and blend and sheer out to get the right look without having to work furiously to do so. This shade wore well for nine hours, and it still looked pretty good at that point. I have very light staining after removal, but it was gone in a couple of hours. Again, as a lip color, it was less impressive, as the consistency ended up feeling clingy, and the formula was drying over the four and a half hours the color wore. I noticed some settling into lip lines as it faded. For more of an overview of the Matte Multiple formula, check out this post.

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft pink, violet-plum gray, golden beige, [and] luminous black.” These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, depending on the level of intensity you’re looking to achieve. A dry application will result in softer, sheerer color, while a wet (or damp) application results in more intense pigmentation. Overall, it’s a nice quad; all four shades performed fairly well with the gray-purple shade being slightly powdery but the others were better in texture.

Can we just take a second to look at how little product is actually contained in the palette? A mere 0.07 oz.! That’s a little more than the average full-sized single eyeshadow. Visually, they seem full and normal, so I imagine part of it is due to the formula being naturally very lightweight, even if it fills up a normal volume.  Chanel regularly releases one-off (well, as far as we officially know!) formulas, like last July had Ombres Fleuries which contained 0.14 oz. The formula on these seems very similar to Ombres Fleuries but is not like the formula used in Harmonie du Soir. Regular quads typically have 0.24 oz. (U.S. versions).

Jardin Zen #1 is a muted, medium-dark purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, and then mostly opaque color payoff when applied damp. The texture was soft but powdery, while the color itself wore well for almost eight hours before fading. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is more frosted, darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #2 (P) is more matte. Fyrinnae Agenda (P, $6.80) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #3 (LE) is lighter. NARS Charade #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. NARS 413 BLKR #1 (P, $24.00) is more frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Jardin Zen #2 is a peachy-beige with a golden shimmer-sheen that looks almost metallic in finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was nicely pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and it was not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours before beginning to fade. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is pinker. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Jardin Zen #3 is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, and when applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque. The powder was soft and finely-milled, and it applied smoothly. It wore well for almost eight hours on before it showed signs of fading. Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Jardin Zen #4 is a deep black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and then it was intensely pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to fade around the edges slightly. It’s a very basic color, though certainly a nice iteration, so there are a fair number of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Fleurie (139) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Fleurie (139) & Charmeuse (142) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Fleurie (139) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. There’s a subtle, very fine, shimmer that runs through it and gives it a higher sheen that’s not quite a frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the lipstick glided across the lips without tugging or dragging. When I tested it, the color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is also brighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Charmeuse (142) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light peachy-brown with soft, warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque pigmentation–you can tell by how much my lip freckle gets covered. The formula was lightly creamy and glided on easily without dragging. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is similar. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold sparkle strewn over a satin finish. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sakura is a new and limited edition shade that’s exclusive to Chanel.com (it may also be in Chanel boutiques, but the information I have says online only, so you might call to see if a physical location is near to you). It had more buildable color payoff, and it seemed to build up to semi-opaque color coverage at most, which is in line with how it’s described (“buildable coverage”). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a smidgen powdery when applying, but on the skin, it seems to melt and smooth out so it doesn’t look powdery or dry on the cheeks. It was very easy to blend and soften the edges as I applied it as a blush. The color wore well for almost eight hours before it began to fade around the edges.

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Friday, February 21st, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

Here are the next six shades from the forty-four new eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. .

They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap.

#7 is a golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft texture that was easy to blend and work with on the eye. It wore well for eight hours before gradually fading. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is warmer. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is lighter. MAC All That Glitters (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#8 is a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a sprinkling of gold sparkle. The texture was dry, so it didn’t bind or adhere well to the skin, which resulted in semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. It performs better with a base, as it will give it something to adhere to. On my eyes, it lasted for seven hours before looking faded. theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is more frosted. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches. I thought it might be a replacement for B4, but it seems like it lacks a little bit of that gold sparkle/shimmer.

#9 is a deep, dark black with a mostly matte finish. It was intensely pigmented but had a soft, blendable texture. A little will go a long way, so depending on the look, you might want to use a light hand! It wore well for eight hours before fading. It seems like it is Serious with an even softer texture. There are many deep, dark blacks, so it is easily duped — see comparison swatches.

#10 is a golden, medium-dark brown with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was really soft, buttery, and smooth. It wore well for just over eight hours. MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is less frosted. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is more golden. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is more metallic, lighter. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

#11 is a bright white with a metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it wasn’t as opaque as you’d expect, though it was buildable. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color lasted for eight hours before beginning to fade. As you might expect with a basic shade like this, there are tons of possible dupes — see comparison swatches. It seems very comparable to theBalm Sassy as well.

#12 is a slightly muted, light-medium yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, and it was somewhat powdery to work with. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm #29 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, more orange-tinged. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is a little brighter but surprisingly similar. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more frosted. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) seems to have a smoother sheen but color-wise, very similar. theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is a little lighter. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, February 21st, 2014

YSL Corail Jalouse (32) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Corail Jalouse (32) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

I ended up caving and buying the remaining two new shades of Rouge Voluptes from the spring collection (you can see my review for the other two here). Rouge Voluptes have a thicker, creamier consistency and feel, so they glide onto lips very easily and are–generally–intensely pigmented and have opaque coverage. Both shades were moderately hydrating, wore well, and were comfortable to wear. The formula has a sweet, mango scent but no discernible taste.

YSL Corail Jalouse (32) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink that leans slightly coral with how much warmth it has. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very creamy and glided on easily. As it is a lighter shade, it can sometimes show “lines” if you press your lips together–it is not too bad but still a little noticeable. This shade wore well for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is more muted. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is lighter. MAC Flamingo (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

YSL Rose Asarine (34) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had good pigmentation, though it seemed a little more emollient/wetter compared to Corail Jalouse, so it didn’t have the same creamy look when applied (lighter in appearance). This shade wore well for five hours and left a stain that lingered behind. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is less glossy. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Suspense (P, $34.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Girly (P, $49.50) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

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