Chanel Reflets d’Ete de Chanel Glossimers

For summer, Chanel introduces four new shades of their Chanel Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.). All four have a “jelly” finish, and they’re very, very sheer and have a tendency to look the same applied to lips. Chanel described them as “translucent.” They’re as described, though shorter-wearing than the average Glossimer, but otherwise rather consistent. If you have more pigmented lips than mine, you may even find that they do not alter your natural lip color at all. The four feel the same: light-to-medium in weight, non-tacky, comfortable to wear, and are lightly hydrating. They last two hours on me (judging by the shine and feel of it on). If you’re a big fan of the Glossimer formula and are in the market for a mostly sheer-to-clear option, any of these will work. I’ve said it before, but a translucent gloss is one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare.

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Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Hello (184)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
87%
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Tarte Fearless Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Fearless Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a medium, subtly warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. On my warmer skin tone, it almost looks cool-toned, but in the pan, it’s definitely warmer in tone. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is much darker but when worn lightly, it is similar. MAC Formal (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is similar. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tarte Fearless Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Fearless
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a barely-there sheen that becomes more noticeable when the blush is really buffed into the skin. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00)is lighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is slightly lighter, more muted, and has sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Vivacite (88)
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains copper and olive green eyeshadows with an olive eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” This is one of the easier shades to use, because the two eyeshadow shades aren’t too powdery and yield the appropriate pigmentation for dry/wet applications, so they don’t feel overly fussy to use. The eyeliner shade is still a troublemaker, but it was easier to use than some of the others have been. Once on, they lasted for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Olive Blend
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a peach and copper eyeshadow with a brown eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” When you work with Apricot Blend dry, it can be powdery and the two eyeshadow shades had a tendency to sheer out during application very easily, so I felt like you really had to layer and pack on the eyeshadows to get them to stay. Working with them damp made the color truer-to-pan and created less fall out/excess powder. The eyeliner shade was stiff and much more difficult to use, regardless of application method. Apricot Blend wore well for eight hours before fading.

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MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Apricot Blend
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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NARS Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan Lipglosses

Scandal is described as a “sheer crushed cherry.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, while the color applied evenly for the most part, it did settle into lip lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is very similar in color, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is redder, brighter, more opaque. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more opaque, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan
NARS Lip Gloss Scandal
B
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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