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Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection for Spring 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection
Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection

Illuminating Powder ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition creation, this sheer highlighting powder is artfully embossed with the icons of Chanel. Bringing a fresh vitality to the face, the soft powder lightly dusts over cheekbones and high points to capture and reflect light with a delicate luminosity. Part of the exclusive JARDIN DE CAM√ČLIAS Collection.

  • Jardin de Camelias (Limited Edition)

Joues Contraste ($43.00)

  • Sakura (87) Pink (Limited Edition)

Ombres Tracees ($65.00)

One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations that range from matte to satin to shimmer. Versatile smudge-proof formula can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results — in even extreme climates. Dermatologist tested. Part of the exclusive JARDIN DE CAM√ČLIAS Collection.

  • Jardin Zen Matte to satin (Limited Edition)

Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00)

  • Noir Scintillant (14) (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre ($36.00)

  • Rose des Vents (94) Pink (Limited Edition)

Aqualumiere Gloss ($29.50)

  • Eau de Rose (86) (Limited Edition)
  • Rosace (87) (Limited Edition)
  • Baie Rose (89) (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Pivoine (88) (Limited Edition)

Rouge Allure ($34.00)

  • Charmeuse (142) (Limited Edition)
  • Fleurie (137) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Exclusively at Chanel

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Bobbi Brown Rose High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Rose High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Rose High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Rose High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “true pink glitter.” It has very fine pink and white shimmer and sparkle in a seemingly clear base. MAC Impossibly Sweet, (LE, $15.00) MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00), and MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00) are all very, very similar. While Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle (P, $24.00), Bobbi Brown Pastel (P, $24.00), Bobbi Brown Bellini (P, $24.00), and Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle (P, $24.00) are all variations on nearly clear base with sparkle. See comparison swatches.

This is my all-time favorite lipgloss formula and has been for a couple of years now (basically, since they launched). I love the high-shine finish, sparkling, glimmering shimmer in them, longer-wear, and hydrating, comfortable feel. Rose lives up to most of those things, but it’s obviously very sheer, and there are several shades in the range that are similar–clear base, pretty shimmer/sparkle–so they’re starting to feel redundant. It’s hydrating when worn, comfortable to wear with a non-sticky texture, is mint-scented, and has glossy, sparkly finish. It wears three hours on me, which is a little longer than average for such a sheer shade but shorter than other shades in the range. It’s not supposed to be an opaque formula–the emphasis is definitely on sparkle–but this shade could use a little more sparkle.

Rose

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a cool-toned palette that features shades of white, gray, silver, and bluish-gray. I feel like I’m in the minority, but generally, I’m not over-the-moon with the brand’s eyeshadow formula or their quads. I thought this review would be a nice companion to yesterday’s palette review to show that products can miss at any price point. Though every shade feels like silk and lightness, they don’t apply well. The texture just doesn’t seem to adhere well and each one yields a soft wash of color, and the darkest shade looked uneven and dry on my lid. I’ve been on-and-off testing Tom Ford’s eyeshadow primer, and so as this was under-performing on its own, I also wore it over that and was equally unimpressed. That dry, patchy application of the darkest shade didn’t improve at all over the brand’s primer, which did surprise me somewhat. Sometimes the glittery shade works well for me, other times they do result in fall out–this one had some fall out, but most of it occurs during application and only some occurs during wear (but enough to be noticeable). All four eyeshadows looked faded after seven hours of wear, and the frosted silver showed some creasing. I have loved some of Tom Ford’s quads, but I have also been burned by a few, and this one was a miss for me.

Ice Queen #1 is a brightened, neutral-to-cool white with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. This was the best-performing shade in the palette, as the texture was soft, smooth, and adhered to the lid. The color payoff was fairly good, but this is such a basic shade (so it’s good to have it somewhere ni your stash), there are a lot of dupes — see comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #2 is a sparkly, light-medium silver with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it’s best applied as a sheer wash as it gets chunky and clingy when layered. I would highly recommend applying your eye makeup first so that the glittery excess can be cleaned up prior to applying your base products. It did have some fall out during wear (beyond what occurred during application). Much like the previous shade, this, too, is a shade that has been done a lot in the beauty world — see comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #3 is a light-medium gray with a soft, pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and I did not find it buildable on the lid. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and velvety. The finish of this shade made it difficult to dupe. Chanel Fascination #2 (P) is much lighter. Guerlain Les Gris #2 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #4 is a muted, dark bluish-gray with a matte finish. The texture, while undeniably soft and silky, was quite powdery and chalky in application. It seemed to cling to the skin and apply unevenly–it looked dry and patchy on my eyelid, even when applied over primer. It was extremely difficult to blend, because the more I blended, the drier and more uneven it looked. NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $24.00) is bluer. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is grayer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P) is darker. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is darker. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is bluer. MAC Plumage (P, $15.00) is less gray. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Ice Queen
Ice Queen
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total
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Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Collection for Spring 2014

Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Collection
Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Collection

Nectar & Nude Eye Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

What to pair with the season’s nude hues – shimmering nectars, soft taupes and rich browns for eyes. This palette includes six season-ready shades in a mix of metallic, sparkle and matte finishes.

  • Pale Cream Warm porcelain (Matte)
  • Soft Buff Warm nude (Matte)
  • Golden Bronze Light golden bronze (Metallic)
  • Pink Bellini Golden pale nectar (Sparkle)
  • Earth Medium tone brown (Matte)
  • Rich Caviar Rich brown-black (Matte)

Nail Polish ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Nectar Medium tone nectar
  • Bare Peach Sparkling bellini

High Shimmer Lipgloss ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bare Peach Golden nectar

Lipgloss ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Nectar Bright nectar
  • Nude Pink Soft pink beige

Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Hibiscus Bright red coral

Shimmer Brick ($42.00)

  • Nectar Coral glow

Availability: Now @ Bobbi Brown

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Formula X Metamorphic & Vaporize Nail Lacquers

Formula X Nail Lacquer
Formula X Metamoprhic & Vaporize Nail Lacquers

These are the last two Liquid Crystal shades I have from the ones released for spring (you can also check out part one and part two). I went into greater detail about the formula and pigmentation in part one, but to summarize, one is to, “Apply one coat for a sheer crystalline look, or layer for a full stained-glass effect.” Generally, they seem to be mostly opaque after two coats, but a few are definitely sheerer even if you were to layer three coats and are better as layering top coats than shades worn on their own. These sheerer shades also had thicker consistencies that made application trickier. I typically get a full week of wear with very minor tip wear (and no chipping!) with Formula X’s polish.

Formula X Metamorphic Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “charcoal micro-glitter in sheer gray.” It’s a charcoal gray with silver and gray sparkle and shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it did not apply as evenly as it should have. The finish dried down to a naturally shiny one, though, and it was very smooth (you could not feel the micro-glitter at all). Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is more matte but similar. China Glaze Stone Cold (LE, $7.50) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Vaporize Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “silvery micro-glitter in sheer pearl white.” It was more of a brightened, silvery-white with larger silver and white shimmer and micro-glitter. This shade was still semi-sheer after applying two coats, and the consistency was thicker, a little watery as well, so when applied, it wasn’t as even. The shimmer did not disperse as evenly across the nail either. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Zoya Seraphina (P, $9.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is more metallic, less sparkly. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is more metallic, less sparkly. China Glaze Icicle (LE, $7.50) is darker. China Glaze Frosty (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Metamorphic
Metamorphic
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
Vaporize
Vaporize
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from silvery-white to navy blue. The quality of this palette is mediocre; every shade suffered from a powdery, sometimes chalky, base, so color payoff was often sheer, all were prone to fading quickly on the lid, and even in the event that a fair amount of color applied to the skin, it easily sheered away if you blended it at all. The consistency just didn’t allow the powder to bind, adhere, or smooth over the skin. It’s this type of quality that gives drugstore makeup a bad name–this reinforces every negative stereotype, and it’s unfortunate, because there are better products to be found in the drugstore aisles and Wet ‘n’ Wild used to make them to boot!

I had hoped that by now these palettes would be readily available online, but I still haven’t spotted the new 5-pan palettes, like this one, yet–they’re all permanent additions to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s range.

I’m His Breezey #1 is a soft, pale, bluish gray with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was very, very powdery to work with. It managed less than four hours of decent wear on me. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #2 is a pale gray with a soft, frosted finish. It seemed like a promising shade initially, but it is so powdery to work with that it turns into a veil of color when applied. It had faded significantly after four hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #3 is a cool-toned, muted, dark purple-blue with a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture was powdery and dry. It started to crease and fade after three hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #4 is a medium, sky blue with a soft, pearly finish. The texture was powdery, slightly chalky, while the pigmentation was semi-sheer. This shade had completely vanished by the sixth hour–as in, it looked like my regular lid–and it was showing signs of fading after three hours. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #5 is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. It was the least powdery shade in the palette, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It lasted longer than the other shades, too, and managed six hours. See comparison swatches.

5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
56%
Total
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