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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Launches


Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Launches

A full-coverage liquid lipstick delivering up to 14 hours of continuous wear, vivid color payoff, and a velvet matte finish. A proprietary blend of advanced polymers delivers intense, vibrant color for up to 14 hours, as well as a sophisticated velvet matte finish. Creates a breathable film of intense pigment that instantly bonds to the lips and seals in moisture with skin-conditioning emollients, fruit extracts and vitamins. Cili Fruit and Goji Berry extracts offer anti-oxidant protection for the lips, while Vitamins A, C and E nourish and protect. Rich formula glides on, provides cushion without tackiness and infuses the lips with dramatic color. Creates a silky smooth texture on the lips while filling in fine lines and preventing moisture evaporation.

Lips must be clean of other oils and balms to ensure proper binding of the fluid. Allow to set for 30 seconds to one minute. As the formula sets, the polymers bond to one another and create a protective, flexible “web” of color. Throughout the day, lips stay comfortable, while color film remains vibrant, elastic and firmly bound to the skin – without flaking or dryness. Extended coverage means you can literally set it and forget it over the course of the day. Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and lanolin.

Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick ($28.00) (Permanent)

  • Ballet Vibrant pink
  • Canvas Dusty rose
  • Edition Soft pink
  • Empress Aubergine
  • Icon Cherry red
  • Muse Coral
  • Rose Medium rose
  • Raven Orange red
  • Riviera Tangerine

Availability: Now @ Sephora; August 2012 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, and SpaceNK

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Dior Amazonia Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Amazonia Nail Lacquer
Dior Amazonia Nail Lacquer

Dior Fall 2012: Amazonia Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Amazonia Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a dark olive green with murky brown undertones. There is the faintest medium olive shimmer that is barely detectable even under really bright light. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire is several shades darker, and it is cooler-toned, less olive-like. China Glaze Agro is shimmery and lighter. Cult Nails In a Trance is much lighter. MAC Fatigues is less olive, lighter, less brown. China Glaze Westside Warrior is lighter, less brown. NARS Mash is shimmery and greener. Chanel Khaki Brun is lighter and browner.

It’s new and limited edition for fall, and it’s certainly a fall-inspired color with its murky, but kind of inky, hue.  I’m never sure exactly why brands put shimmer into a formula that nearly always looks like a cream finish. You can’t even see the shimmer in the bottle, but there are a few bits on the brush (see the second photo) and in the final swatch–at least with this shade you can’t really see it in the bottle, so you don’t expect it in the first place!

Amazonia is opaque in two coats, though nearly opaque in one.  The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was balanced so it didn’t pool along the sides of the nail, streak, or bubble up.  Every time I use Dior’s larger, slightly tapered brush, I really like it.  You can almost cover the entire nail (depends on the nail!) with one brush stroke.  The brush on Amazonia was a little wonky, though, as it had some upturned edges–I haven’t had this happen on any of my other Dior polishes (including the other shade from this launch).

Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “peach pink.” It’s a subtly yellow-toned medium pink with subtle peach shimmer that translates into more of a sheen. Tom Ford Frantic is much lighter and warmer–less pink. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is much more blue-based. MAC Subtle Breeze is a smidgen darker, no shimmer. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is lighter and looks a bit warmer on cheeks. MAC Stunner is much lighter. MAC Mighty Aphrodite is less pink. Chanel Pink Explosion is a little lighter and blue-based.

New and not listed as limited edition (!), Rose Initiale will be a lovely go-to, everyday kind of color on light to medium-dark skin tones, regardless of undertone. It’s not too warm or too cool-toned. On deeper complexions, it may disappear somewhat, but I think it’s going to be a color that’s right on the edge, so if it really appeals to you, still check it out. The pigmentation is true-to-pan, and it’s buildable but blendable, so you can achieve the intensity you desire up to the color in the pan. Because the shimmer is very subtle, it looks and acts as more of a sheen; it doesn’t emphasize pores.

The texture of Chanel’s Joue Contraste formula (including this shade) is soft, silky-smooth, and a wee bit powdery because of just how finely-milled it is. Thankfully, it doesn’t look powdery at all on the skin. It has a very natural consistency and texture once applied. When I wore Rose Initiale, it managed to look good for a solid eight hours. It was starting to fade after nine hours.