Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil
Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s more like a silver-shimmered, brownish taupe color with a frosted, metallic finish. It was creamy and had semi-opaque color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color but not fully opaque. It’s the type of color that looks great on the lower lash line to brighten and open up eyes with something more defining than beige. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight, it looked slightly thinner but did not gather into the corners or smudge. Urban Decay Stray Dog is much darker, as is Urban Decay Mushroom. MAC Catch My Eye is more silver. See comparison swatches.

Black Jack (01) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a deep black with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. The consistency was creamy, so the pencil glided on easily without skipping or tugging at the lash line. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it even managed the water line for six and a half hours. It started to thin slightly but still looked quite nice after ten hours of wear–and no smudging or migration. It’s a basic black eyeliner, which is essential for each brand to have within their range, but it also means there are plenty of similar shades on the market.

It’s a new (but permanent) formula for fall. It looks like a pencil eyeliner, but it is retractable and comes with a plastic sharpener that pops off on the opposite end of the pencil tip. There is slightly less waste compared to your traditional pencil eyeliner, as you do not have to sharpen the full edge away, but you do get 0.01 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. of a regular pencil eyeliner).

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Chimere (821) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dirty peach with pink and gold shimmer and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, but two layers made it fully opaque. It could also be sheered out for a wash of shimmer. Too Faced Ringleader is lighter, warmer. Aveda Bare Bellis is more matte. theBalm Stubborn is less metallic. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less pink. Maybelline Inked in Pink is pinker, lighter. MAC Jete is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Meteore (661) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a warm, shimmering copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It is opaque when applied in a single layer, but the consistency is lightly creamy and blendable, so a sheerer wash of color can be achieved if desired. LORAC Garnet is less shimmery. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is slightly more orange. NARS Isolde #2 is browner. MAC Faux Gold has a redder tone. MAC Antiqued has a redder tone and is darker. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades was in line with other shades I’ve reviewed (see my original review). It had a spongy texture that was between gel and mousse, which applied and felt like a cream on the lid but set and wore like a powder eyeshadow. Both shades wore without fading or creasing for twelve hours, without a primer, but there was some fall out that was only slightly noticeable after nine hours of wear but somewhat noticeable after twelve hours of wear. With a primer, the fall out is lessened. The shimmer in this formula is very, very fine, so the fall out is less noticeable than it would be with a larger particle size (like glitter).

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Chanel Rendez-vous (87) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Rendez-vous (87) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Rendez-vous (87) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense blue-pink.” It’s a medium, subtle blue-based pink with a luminous sheen. This shade is part of the Colour range, so it is designed to be more pigmented–and it is at nearly opaque coverage–than the original range of Rouge Coco Shines. It wears for four hours, which average, and is lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Fiend is warmer. MAC Please Me is lighter. Chanel Belgravia is darker, cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fuji is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Secret (85) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering pink.” It’s a warm, peachy beige with a shiny finish. This is part of the sheer range, and as a result, it has semi-sheer color coverage. It doesn’t really alter my natural lip color, but you can see how it does even out my lip color–especially at making my lip freckle look quite faded. Secret lasted two hours on me, and when I wore it a few times back-to-back, it was lightly hydrating. Chanel Melba is lighter. Chanel Gourmandise is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy.” It’s a deep, dark reddish wine with a little plum and burgundy. It has a creamy, luminous finish. Guerlain Madame Batifole is brighter, redder. MAC Heaux is matte, brighter. NARS Afghan Red is less red. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Flirt is pinker. Giorgio Armani #408 is warmer. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, less red. See comparison swatches.

This vampy shade is featured in the fall collection, though it is permanent. The formula is supposed to deliver “rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours.” It is also supposed to hydrate lips and not feather or settle into lip lines while worn. Merlot was mostly opaque on lips, but there was a very slight translucency that kept it from being fully opaque–but it also gave it a lighter look. The consistency is creamy, emollient, and easy to apply without tugging onto the lips. I didn’t notice the color settling into lip lines, and I did not experience feathering when I wore it (but I don’t usually have issues with feathering). The color lasted well for six hours, and then it started to fade but there was a slight stain that lingered. The formula was moderately hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear.

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Hypnotique (881) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a smoky, plummy brown with multi-colored micro-shimmer and subtle saprkle. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. In a single pass, it was mostly opaque, and from there, it can be layered once more for full opacity or sheered out for a wash of color.
Disney Rococo is warmer, lighter. NARS Calabria is brighter, purpler. MAC Black Slip is less sparkly. MAC Frozen Violet is similar. MAC Round Midnight is purpler. L’Oreal Smoldering Purple is purp,er cooler-toned. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. Chanel Variation #4 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Millenium (381) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened brown with bronze and pewter shimmer and sparkle with light warm undertones. It almost looks like taupe to me, but it is slightly warmer–not quite gray enough. It had 95% opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and it could be sheered out for semi-sheer color if desired. I thought it was like Aventure at a glance, but this is warmer. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is lighter. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Hazy Day is also a bit lighter. MAC Antique Diamond is much lighter. MAC Silver Birch is more golden. MAC Modern Pewter is grayer, more golden. See comparison swatches.

The texture is a hybrid between gel and mousse, so it has a squishy, pliable texture that’s lighter than a cream but functions much like one. It glides onto the lid easily, spreads and blends well, and can be softened or intensified as desired. It remains blendable for about thirty seconds, and then it sets and stays set without creasing for awhile. With both of these shades, I had no issues with creasing for fourteen hours; there was very slight fading and slight (but noticeable if I was looking for it) fall out after ten hours of wear–without a primer. With a primer, the fading was kept at bay, and the fall out was further minimized but there were still a few stray sparkles towards the end of wear. (For a more in-depth review of the formula overall, please see this post.)

If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows, these are very similar, but there were two major differences: the first was that the sparkle in Dior’s seemed even finer, so it had more of a dazzling, sparkling effect; and the second was that Dior’s contain 0.22 oz. (and cost $30), as compared to Chanel’s, which contained 0.14 oz. (and cost $36). They are similar in texture to MAC Electric Cool and Buxom Stay-There.

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Aventure (081) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) were recently released, and they come in a total of eight shades. The new Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have a mousse-gel texture “that easily glides onto lids and sets with a mirror-shine effect.” It is supposed to have “vivid, multidiemsnional color and luminous finish.” The formula also provides for a “three-in-one makeup look,” which means it can be applied softly when used with a finger, more intensely when applied with a brush, and then used with a liner brush as an eyeliner (so says the press release). I bought four initially and have been working with them over the past week, and on Friday, I received the remaining four, so I hope to have reviews for all of them available soon.

The texture is squishy, pressable, and definitely a cross between a mousse and gel. It applies and feels like a cream eyeshadow when you skim your brush across the product. It remains movable and blendable for about thirty seconds or so, but it is not too emollient, so it doesn’t settle into creases or lines while you wait for it to set. I’ve worn the formula for as long as fourteen hours, and I haven’t experienced any creasing. I have seen slight fading along the outer edge after nine hours or so, and then there is some noticeable fall out after eight to ten hours of wear. Because the shimmer is very fine, it is not as obvious as larger glitter fall out, but there are some that catch the light. I experienced the most fall out when worn without any primer, which I’d describe as slight–less than moderate, enough for me to notice (probably not anyone else – I asked my husband, and he didn’t see it). I tried layering them over NARS Smudge Proof as well as NYX Milk, and both minimized the fall out but did not completely eliminate it–not too noticeable unless you’re really looking for it.  For application, I like firm, flat brushes (think concealer brushes).

If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows, these are very similar, but there were two major differences: the first was that the sparkle in Dior’s seemed even finer, so it had more of a dazzling, sparkling effect; and the second was that Dior’s contain 0.22 oz. (and cost $30), as compared to Chanel’s, which contained 0.14 oz. (and cost $36). They are similar in texture to MAC Electric Cool and Buxom Stay-There.

Aventure (081) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a darkened gray and bronze-shimmered black-brown. It’s almost like a dark, smoldering taupe, but it’s almost so dark that it reads more black-brown. It was mostly opaque when applied–swatches show a single pass, and then a single pass that’s been sheered out as more of a wash of color. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is lighter. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is less shimmery. theBalm Selfish is lighter. Urban Decay Armor is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is slightly lighter. MAC Satin Taupe is warmer. Giorgio Armani #4 is very similar. bareMinerals Wanderlust is less sparklt. See comparison swatches.

Cosmos (281) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a blackened navy blue with light blue, aqua, and green shimmer. It was mostly opaque when applied, but buildable to full opacity. When sheered out as more of a wash, it had a darker coloring. Disney Midnight is similar. Urban Decay Occupy is more silvered. Illamasqua Android is less blue. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. Make Up For Ever #147 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

I actually fell completely in love with the finish of these. They’re so sparkling–they look almost wet on the lids and have a very pretty glimmering effect like the way sunlight dances on moving water. If you tend to love sparkling finishes, I would most definitely give these a try.

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