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Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of burgundy, beige, rose gold, and brown. It’s a really nice palette of wearable shades, and the quality is good overall. I think Chanel fans will be pleased, and any one who tends to find pigmentation lacking in them will find this a surprise. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and as a result, some shades can feel almost powdery as the powder loosens from the solid pan very easily. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and of course, that ultra soft texture means these blend like a dream. Luckily, that softness didn’t mean that the shades sheered out when applied/blended, and it didn’t result in shorter wear. I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted eight hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

Seduction #1 is a medium-dark, reddened burgundy with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Cranberry is very similar. MAC Brazenly is darker. is darker. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #2 is a pale, gray-tinged beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and silky, though a little powdery. MAC Winterscape is cooler-toned. MAC Star Crystal is pinker. MAC Creamy Bisque is less frosted. MAC Her Cocoa #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #3 is a medium-dark, pinky-brown with a hint of peach. It reminded me of rose gold but darker and not as metallic. The finish was more like a satin. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. MAC Pink Pepper is more sparkly. MAC Caribbean is darker, redder. MAC Expensive Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #4 is a deepened brown with subtle bronze and copper shimmer with a satin finish. It had subtle warm undertones, great pigmentation, and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. Urban Decay Bewitch is lighter. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. Milani Rich Java is similar. MAC Carbonized is darker. Guerlain Turandot #4 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

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5 Seductive Plum-Hued Beauty Products to Try

One color I definitely associate with autumn is plum, so building on some of the recent lists, I thought I’d do one featuring some pretty plums today!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a soft, muted plum with a luminous golden sheen for cheeks
  2. Zoya Mason — a warm, shimmery plum with a metallic finish for nails
  3. MAC Craving — a beautiful pinky-plum with a satiny finish for lips
  4. Chanel Merveille — a semi-opaque neutral plum with lots of shimmer for lips
  5. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a semi-sheer plum with cool undertones and pink and gold sparkle for lips

What are your top three favorite plum beauty products?

5 Shades of Autumn for Nails (2013 Edition)

Rebecca suggested a theme of polishes perfect for autumn, and here are my five picks! I wanted to vary the shades so there would (hopefully!) be something for everyone to consider. There were a lot of amazing limited edition shades that caught my eye, but I wanted to stick with shades permanently available.

  1. Butter London Thames — deep, shimmering teal
  2. Illamasqua Raindrops — cool, bluish gray with flecks of sparkle/glitter
  3. Zoya Evvie — muted, stormy green-gray
  4. Chanel Provocation — muted plum-purple cream
  5. Guerlain Nahema — orange cream

What’s your favorite nail color to wear during autumn?

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Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Apparition Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deepened, yet muted, navy blue with blue and purple shimmer for a slightly frosted sheen. NARS Ubangi is bluer. MAC Bleuluxe #4 is darker. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is similar, slightly lighter, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is purpler, powder. MAC Thru the Night is brighter, powder. MAC Naval Blue is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

This shade originally launched last fall in the Bleu Illusion de Chanel collection, and by the time I received mine and had tested it, the product was sold out. So it’s sat in my “to review” folder since, and I hoped it might make a reappearance–and sure enough, it finally has. Part of a very small release Jeux de Regard, it’s being repromoted (along with Convoitise), plus two new eyeshadow quads, Fascination and Seduction, and an eyeliner, Bleu Exquis (I don’t have any of the new products). The products are available now at Nordstrom.

Apparition has fairly good color payoff in a single layer, and when it is sheered out, it appears darker, almost sooty. It’s buildable to opaque color. The consistency is like a gel-mousse hybrid, and it feels sponge-like in the container. It’s soft, lightly creamy, and spreads and blends well on the lid. This shade lasted eight hours well on me but showed slight creasing and some noticeable fading around the edges by the ninth hour of wear.

Apparition
Apparition
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Top 5 Blushes for Autumn (2013 Edition)

With fall coming around the corner, reader Maribel’s suggestion for a top five on blush picks for fall was spot-on! In this list, I wanted a good variety in color, not just a bunch of plums. I thought about the colors we tend to see more often during fall, like berries, plums, and burgundies, but not just on cheeks but lips, too. When I wear a stronger lip, I like pairing it with cool pinks or neutral browns/beiges, so cheeks can still have color and definition but not too much color.

  1. NARS Dolce Vita — medium-dark, rosy plum with a satin finish
  2. Burberry Earthy — satin-finished medium brown-beige
  3. Chanel Inspiration — slightly cool-toned, light-medium pink
  4. MAC Ambering Rose — warm, rusty plum
  5. NARS Oasis — shimmering plum

What’s your favorite blush for fall?

Chanel Rendez-vous (87) & Secret (85) Rouge Coco Shines

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.