Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder
Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder ($70.00 for 0.54 oz.) is described as a “sheer ivory … with rosy highlights.” It’s a pale beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen that’s very, very subtle. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

According to Chanel, their newest limited edition Illuminating Powder is supposed to “delicately [illuminate] the face with an imperceptible halo.” The powder itself is embossed with a camellia flower. It’s a very subtle powder that can easily be dusted all over the face for a softening, lightly brightening and illuminating effect. If you’re someone who has felt like most highlighters are too shimmery, sparkly, or frosty, then this is one to consider, as it’s the very definition of subtle. On the other hand, if you want to use this to yield a more targeted glow on the high planes of the face, it’s so subtle that it might not be enough for your liking. “Delicate” is quite right, and “sheer” is correct to a degree. It’s somewhat buildable if you want to concentrate the illumination on a certain part, but it blends and sheers out as you blend the powder into the skin. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable, while the product itself lasted for eight hours on me.

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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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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Revlon Demure (105) Colorburst Lacquer Balm
Revlon Demure (105) Colorburst Lacquer Balm

I have three more shades of Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) to share with you! (Then I’m all out, but I’m hoping to pick up the remaining shades when there’s a good sale!) You can see other shades I’ve reviewed here. To recap, the formula has a balm-like consistency–lightweight, slightly slick–and usually applies fairly easily. The color payoff varies from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, and it seems like lighter shades are sheerer, whereas the darker shades (reds, fuchsias, etc.) are more opaque. Oddly enough, the deeper shades also seem to be more hydrating (and unsurprisingly, longer-wearing). These have a mint-scent and slight mint flavor.

Demure (105) Colorburst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a soft, warm-toned peach with hints of pink and subtle white sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage; what it did was make my lips look more even, pinker, and lighter. I think this is a shade that can look very different from person to person as the natural lip color drastically alters the way it looks. I found this one a little drying, actually, and it only lasted for two and a half hours–so it’s my least favorite from the shades I’ve tried. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is darker, pinker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Flamingo (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Beatrix (LE, $48.00) is glossier. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Flirtatious (125) Colorburst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a cool-toned, pinky-red with subtle ruby red shimmer. Applied, it’s a luscious, deeper pinky-red with a glossy, luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage where the natural lip color peeked through only slightly. The color wore well for four and a half hours, and it did leave a slight stain as it wore away, and it was moderately hydrating. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is pinker. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is less glossy. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is redder. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is a bit brighter/pinker. See comparison swatches.

Ingenue (145) Colorburst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a peachy-brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to lips. It was a smidgen hydrating, and it lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is warmer, lighter. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is more pigmented. Guerlain Gracieuse (P, $49.50) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Laura Mercier Myth Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour
Laura Mercier Myth Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Myth Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “plum rose.” It’s a reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $45.00) is more muted, less red. MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $16.00) is slightly more plum. MAC Craving (P, $16.00) is more muted, less red. See comparison swatches.

The texture is lightly creamy, smooth, and glides right onto the lips without dragging or pulling. There are three types of finishes in this formula, and Myth is matte (Laura Mercier made it easy to remember–the first letter of the name corresponds with the finish, e.g. M for Matte). It’s comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasts, though I would say it is only lightly hydrating. It had excellent full color coverage, but the selling feature of this formula is really how lightweight it feels when worn. You still get the coverage of a traditional matte lipstick, but it doesn’t cling or feel heavy at all. It has no discernible scent or taste. The one knock I have against this product is the size–it’s a mere 0.06 oz., and the average lipstick hovers between 0.10 and 0.12 oz. Even for formulas I’ve seen in the slimmer, twist-up bullets, product size is around 0.08 oz.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. 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. 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 of all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. .

#1 is a warm-toned, dark brown with gold micro-glitter and copper sparkle over a satin-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth, but you could feel some of the sparkle separate from the base color, so there was fall out during application. I noticed some minor fall out during wear, but only some of the sparkle translates onto the lid so there’s less that falls out over time. The color lasted for eight hours before gradually fading. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is grayer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is less sparkly, more frosted. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. NARS Surabaya #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Pumped (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches. This seemed really close to Silly, but #1 had a better texture and more pigmentation.

#2 is a silver-sparkled, cool-toned pinky-purple. The texture was dry, powdery, and almost gritty–I could really feel the powder and sparkle in it. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was difficult to apply. It’s a shade that really has to have a sticky, almost white-tinged base to work in any usable capacity. What color I managed to get onto the lid lasted for six hours before I saw noticeable fading. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned with a golden sheen. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is a cream product. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, frosted. See comparison swatches.

#3 is a muted, dark green with cool undertones and a fine, emerald green micro-shimmer and satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is more frosted. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#4 is a softened, pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. This shade lasted for eight hours before it started to fade. This seemed really similar to theBalm Stubborn, though it appeared slightly lighter in the pan but the swatches were nearly identical. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is similar. LORAC Champagne (P) is lighter. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is warmer.Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

#5 is a deep, dark, muted cool-toned purple with a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is very similar, if not identical, but the color payoff was weaker. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#6 is a muted, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. The color lasted for just over eight hours when I wore it. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is slightly more frosted. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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