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Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

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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Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

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).

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

Zoya Designer, Diva, & Gloss Collections for Fall 2012

Zoya Designer, Diva, & Gloss Collections for Fall 2012

Inspired by backstage beauties, talented designers, runways and VIP fashion events, the NYFW 2012 Color Collections by Zoya for Fall 2012 are simply stunning. Choose from full-coverage creams and metallics or incredibly shiny jellies. If it’s in style this season – Zoya has it!

Each New Fall Collection (Designer, Diva and Gloss) features color that is beautiful, long-wearing and “haute” off the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Fall 2012 runway!

Designer Collection

  • Rekha Blood red cream (Bibhu Mohapatra custom shade)
  • Toni Dark maroon red cream
  • Monica Dark mulberry purple cream
  • Natty Smoked navy blue cream
  • Evvie Evergreen green cream (Peter Som custom shade)
  • Noot Charcoal green gray cream

Diva Collection

  • Elisa Crimson red metallic
  • Suri Royal purple metallic
  • Song Egyptian blue metallic with a subtle sparkle
  • Ray Pine green metallic
  • FeiFei Magic blue foil sparkle metallic
  • Daul Magic violet foils parkle metallic

Gloss Collection

  • Katherine Sheer eggplant jelly gloss, buildable formula (Peter Som custom shade)
  • Paloma Sheer berry red jelly gloss, buildable formula
  • Frida Sheer teal blue jelly gloss, buildable formula

Availability: July 2012 at zoya.com.

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Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lime green loaded with gold shimmer.” It’s an electric lime green with subtle yellow undertones and golden chartreuse shimmer. The closest dupe I could think of was China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, which isn’t quite as bright, and it is definitely less pigmented–it also has more shimmer (almost more metallic-like). China Glaze Kiwi Cool-ada gets the level of brightness, but it’s a much lighter and less yellow-toned green.

This color is wicked; there is just so much brightness coming through. It’s neon but it has more dimension than a lot of the neon creams do. I wish it was a wee bit more pigmented, because there was some visible nail line after two coats. The formula isn’t too thick or too thin, so a third coat is totally do-able if you want really opaque results. Most of Cult Nails’ lacquers dry to a fairly shiny finish, this one is a little more matte (I suspect because of the neon qualities, as most neons dry semi-matte or matte), but it does dry nice and quick relative to most polishes. 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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Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Rant & Rave: Green Eyeshadow

This Week’s Topic: GREEN EYESHADOW!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about green eyeshadow. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I’m a huge fan of green eyeshadow–it’s definitely one of my go-tos, particularly because I think it’s more flattering against my skin tone. I do hate how they can sometimes stain the skin, though!