Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “sheer gold.” It’s a pale yellow gold with a soft, frosted metallic sheen. theBalm Snobby is similar but a smidgen yellower. Bare Escentuals Aspire is more orange. theBalm Wild Child is lighter. Urban Decay Eldorado is a hair yellower. Buxom Poodle is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is a bit more orange-toned. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar but a bit paler.

Gah! Chanel! Of all the shades you label as “sheer,” this one? It’s not sheer! What kind of madness are you trying to create? Furtif was sheer. This is pigmented! Opaque! Rich in color! It might be a soft shade, but there’s not much underlying sheerness. The texture is silky-smooth, ultra-finely milled, so you could certainly sheer it out, but it packs a a fair dosage of color without having to pack it on. On the lid, it’s pretty pigmented; not totally opaque, but it’s close. It blends out easily, because it’s so soft, resulting in a smidgen of powderiness.

When I wore it, there was very light fading after eight hours along the lash line and outer edge, but it was mostly intact and there was no creasing to be seen.  It has the same look, feel, and resulting shimmer/sparkle of Complice, which was a beautiful color for all over the lid.  If Chanel hadn’t used the word “sheer” to describe this, it’d be just as good. It’s a little too pigmented to be sheer–you shouldn’t have to barely touch the pan of color to get sheer color!

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Eclaire

B+
This is a puzzle of a shade! If you like opaque color, dazzling, shimmering finishes, consider it and consider it an A- product. If you were anticipating a gorgeous sheer gold, well, it's a little more pigmented than that.

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9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.63 oz.) is designed to be a beige-based highlighter with an iridescent finish. It’s a soft peachy beige with a very fine shimmer-sheen. It has a glitter overlay that doesn’t seem to go all the way through, so while you might see some sparkles on the initial swatch or application, they’re not there going forward. NARS Miss Liberty is more shimmery but still similar. MAC How Beautiful is more beige. MAC Rose Ole is slightly darker and less peach.

The texture of the powder is very finely-milled, but it does err on the side of powdery–a lot of excess powder is loosened the moment your brush makes contact with it. The powderiness translated on the cheeks, too, but can be taken down by spritzing water (true with most powdery finishes).  It does feel so soft and silky, though, so I was disappointed by how it did look powdery when applied.  If you like a really subtle highlighter, the way this reflects light is minimal but noticeable–it’s one of the subtler highlighters I’ve come across in the past few months.  When I tested the wear on my cheeks, it managed around seven hours before looking a little faded (it was hard to tell, since this is so skin-colored against my complexion).

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Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

B+
It does feel so soft and silky, though, so I was disappointed by how it did look powdery when applied.  If you like a really subtle highlighter, the way this reflects light is minimal but noticeable--it's one of the subtler highlighters I've come across in the past few months.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac grey.” It’s a light taupe with a cream finish. There’s a little brown, little gray in it. Looks like the inside of a mushroom to me (aka it’s sooo taupe!). Zoya Farah is a little darker, browner. Essie Sand Tropez is very similar but a smidgen lighter. MAC Inert is grayer, a little darker.  It’s the new nude; not beige, not mannequin hands–sophisticated and elevated. Why is taupe always so lovely? I could see this being a really nice go-to for office-appropriate nails.

It’s mostly opaque in two coats, but there is some visible nail line coming through. It does apply fairly well, though.  I was expecting major streaking, but it was mostly even and very easy to control.  The consistency was a nice balance of thick and thin, not going too far in either direction, so I didn’t have problems with bubbling or pooling, either.  I felt like it took a little long to dry but not too much longer than usual.  With Chanel’s formula, I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–but very few formulas chip on me (and none really come to mind, other than matte polishes without a top coat).

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Frenzy

B+
It's the new nude; not beige, not mannequin hands--sophisticated and elevated. Why is taupe always so lovely? I could see this being a really nice go-to for office-appropriate nails.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a smoky lilac with subtle pink undertones and a very fine iridescent fuchsia-purple shimmer. NARS Pokerface is pinker. Illamasqua Faux Pas is darker, but has a similar smoky/muted quality. Zoya Lotus has a lot of red in it.  I couldn’t think of a close dupe for this shade.

I had trouble with the application of this one. Even though the consistency doesn’t feel thick, it’s not super thin–it has a jelly-like consistency to me, it had a tendency to pull to the sides when I was applying it, which left the middle of the nail sheerer than the rest. With really bright light (like flash), you can see some brush strokes, though they weren’t apparent under regular lighting (like my office). It’s a sheer polish, which is what it is described as, so I was expecting that. It’s sheer but buildable – I did two coats of polish in the swatches, and there’s visible nail line but you could get away with three coats for mostly opaque color. The drying time was good, though, faster than the average formula.  I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

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Charming

B+
I think this is the first shade I've had application issues with from Cult Nails, so that was a bit disappointing--you can't win them all. I even tried reapplying while writing the review to see, but I still had the same results.

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012

MAC Astral Cremesheen Glass
MAC Astral Cremesheen Glass

MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasss ($19.50 for 0.09 fl. oz.) features five shades: Astral (bright yellow pink), Celestial Kiss (pale cool peach), Galaxy Rose (mid-tone violet pink), Meteoric (mid-tone vibrant coral), and Strictly Plutonic (mid-tone pink brown).

  • Astral is a bright strawberry pink with yellow and red undertones and a fine smattering of micro-shimmer. MAC Dare to Dare is a bit lighter. NARS Mexican Rose is pinker, darker. MAC Radiant Jewels is more fuchsia. Lancome Electric Pink is darker and more fuchsia.
  • Celestial Kiss is a pale peach with white micro-shimmer. Despite the lightness of the shade, it doesn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines (especially from a normal viewing distance) and applies evenly without bunching up in places or looking really milky on lips. MAC Rich & Witty is very similar but has more shimmer. MAC Passing Fancy is a little more peach. MAC Poetic License is paler.
  • Galaxy Rose is a deepened raspberry pink with the barest hint of plum. It has a creamy consistency and finish. MAC Just Add Color is similar in color but has fuchsia shimmer. MAC Radiant Jewels is bluer-based and has shimmer. NARS Mexican Rose is bluer-based.
  • Meteoric is a coral-pink with golden orange shimmer. It’s semi-opaque in color coverage and applies evenly and smoothly. MAC Star Qaulity is much more vibrant–almost neon in comparison–without any shimmer; warmer in tone. Revlon Strawberry is much, much darker and redder. Chanel Nakkar is slightly sheerer and lighter.
  • Strictly Plutonic is a rosy brown with no shimmer. It’s semi-sheer but definitely changes my lip color. Korres Natural Purple is more orange. YSL Pure Watermelon is warmer, lighter. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is brighter and more opaque. MAC So Vain is slightly more coral, lighter. MAC Over Indulgence is browner, darker.

Cremesheen Glasses are vanilla-scented (but no discernible taste), not too thick or too thin (almost gel-like in consistency to me), and non-sticky. They come in large, clear plastic tubes with a doe-foot applicator. The tube is a bit misleading, because it seems rather hefty, but inside is a mere 0.09 fl. oz. (Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz.)–and it’s always been a sore point with me.

I spent most of today testing out the wear of these five:  Astral wore for three hours, Celestial Kiss for two hours, Galaxy Rose for three and a half hours, Meteoric for three hours, and Strictly Plutonic for two and a half hours. The wear time is a little off-putting, especially when coupled with the lesser amount in the tube, since frequent application is required.  I usually get around four hours of wear with gloss, and I will say this batch of Cremesheen Glasses performed better (on the whole) than a lot of other shades I’ve tried.

I think they feel really nice on the lips, and though I wouldn’t say super moisturizing, my lips weren’t cracked by the end of the day.  While many shades released in this formula have been pale and milky or else so sheer there is difficulty distinguishing one from the other, these sit and lie well on the lips–they have a really juicy, natural look. They enhance and play well with one’s natural lip color. There wasn’t a lot of settling into lip lines, except some minor settling with Celestial Kiss (which is also the lightest shade in the launch).

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MAC Heavenly Creatures Cremesheen Glasses Review, Photos, Swatches

B+

I will say this batch of Cremesheen Glasses performed better (on the whole) than a lot of other shades I've tried. These sit and lie well on the lips--they have a really juicy, natural look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush
MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush

MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush

MAC Supernova Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “magenta and burnished gold melange.” It’s a brightened raspberry pink with subtle blue undertones and a subtle sheen. It contains swirls of golden peach-orange and neon magenta pink. MAC Weekend Getaway is similar in color when used softly. Tom Ford Wicked is cooler-toned, frostier, and lighter. Tarte Amused is much brighter and bluer-based. Illamasqua Seduce is similar, slightly more plum. MAC Feeling Flush is a bit lighter and cooler-toned. MAC Amazonian Princess is comparable, slightly redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is a bit more fuchsia.

This shade applied smoothly without emphasizing pores or any imperfections of my skin’s texture, but it wasn’t quite as blendable as I’d expect. It’s not stubborn, but I wouldn’t say it’s easily blended and diffused–just so-so there. It’s very pigmented, so a light hand is a must, and if you want something soft and sheer, I’d recommend using a stippling brush like MAC’s 188. Because it’s not super blue-based, it should work well across under tones, and the intense color payoff means it will be viable on the lightest and deepest complexions. Supernova wore seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade noticeably.

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Supernova

B+
Because it's not super blue-based, it should work well across under tones, and the intense color payoff means it will be viable on the lightest and deepest complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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