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Yes – when a brand reacts poorly to a negative (or a not-so-positive) review, then they’re off my list. e.l.f. is a brand I don’t use, feature, etc. because they used one of my eyeshadow looks in their newsletter and led their subscribers to believe it was a look used with e.l.f. products, and then they used three of my other photos on their website without permission. It takes a fair amount to annoy/frustrate me enough to write a brand off.

— Christine

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Chanel Candeur and Flirt Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Candeur Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Spring 2012: Rouge Coco Shines

For spring, there are two new Chanel Rouge Coco Shines ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.); they include: Candeur (pastel pink) and Flirt (soft coral). Chanel lists both of these as joining the permanent range.

  • Candeur is a pale neutral pink with almost opaque color coverage. It’s a touch lighter compared to Guerlain Rose Innocent.
  • Flirt looks like a slightly pinked coral in the tube, but when I applied it to my lips, it took on a much pinker appearance. I suspect that this shade will lean more or less coral depending on how much pink is in your natural lip color. This shade had more semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency so it doesn’t read heavy or opaque at all. It’s like a much lighter version of theBalm Strawberry. MAC Flamingo is slightly warmer, less pink. MAC Blossom Culture is slightly more opaque. MAC Ever Hip is less pink and more opaque.

I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, and while it feels lovely on lips initially, I’ve found the formula to be just above average but not really worth the price tag. The wear time is under two hours (I normally average four), which is definitely a bummer. For me, what is most disappointing is the lack of hydration. The formula is supposed to be moisturizing, and indeed, it feels like it will be, because it glides on and feels lightweight and more like a lip balm than a lipstick.

The formula isn’t drying, but it doesn’t add moisture for the short period of time it’s on your lips. I feel the need to add some sort of balm after these are up or else reapply. Because of the really creamy, glide-on consistency, it is also easy to overapply these. The color is intended to be soft and translucent, though these seem more pigmented than other Rouge Coco Shines I’ve tried.   There are readers who definitely enjoy these, so they may be worth checking out if the color really grabs you. I haven’t had a great experience with them, though, and I think Chanel can and has done some really amazing lip products in the past–these just don’t hit the mark for me.

Chanel Candeur and Flirt Rouge Coco Shine


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Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio ($38.00 for 3 x 0.14 fl. oz.) includes these three shades: Bare Sparkle (champagne with pearl), Pastel (soft pink with pink pearl), and Aubergine (deep grape plum). This was easily the holiday product that I used the most this past holiday season, and ultimately, it was what made me really fall in love with Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer formula.

Though we’re really diving head first into spring already (it seems far too early), I still have a meaty backlog of products from the holidays I’d like to share with you, including this gem.  This set is still available at a lot of retailers online, plus all the shades in the trio can also be bought individually in full-size.

  • Bare Sparkle is virtually colorless on the lips but imparts a ton of fine sparkle on lips along with a high gloss shine.  This shade is similar to a lot of barely-there glosses that have a healthy dose of shimmer in them.
  • Pastel is a sheer, soft pink with pink and gold shimmer with a glossy shine. It emphasizes the natural pinkness in my lip color but is still see-through. I kept reaching for this one and layering it over darker reds and berries.  The hue reminded me of Chanel Imaginaire but with less sparkle.
  • Aubergine is a red-plum with very, very subtle gold sparkle. This is part of the regular Lipgloss line-up.  It’s the most opaque gloss of the three, and it’s semi-opaque at that.  It doesn’t settle too much into lip lines and has a nice glossy finish.  Chantecaille Patina looks a bit like it but has more sparkle.

I’ve already extolled the virtues of High Shimmer Lipglosses enough in the past week, but to briefly recap: ultra glossy, non-sticky, wears four hours or so, moisturizing, and absolutely dazzling and sparkling. Aubergine, which is just a regular Lipgloss, performs well, too; it’s comfortable, non-sticky, and wears four hours or so.

Something I dig about this trio is that all three shades are part of Bobbi Brown’s permanent range, so if you find you love any one enough and have run out of it, you can pick up just that shade later on. There’s still plenty of gloss in each tube (0.14 fl. oz. vs. 0.24 fl. oz. for full-sized glosses) but for less than the price of two, you get to test out three different shades. Bare Sparkle and Aubergine also look lovely layered!

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio


Estee Lauder Spring 2012 Collection: Topaz

Estee Lauder Spring 2012 Collection: Topaz

“My inspiration behind the collection was vacationing in Arizona, enjoying the warm sun, the amazing desert colors and the shadows that play on the sand and rocks. I was thinking of a gorgeously healthy-looking woman that had an element of fantasy in her personality. I wanted to convey that with a palette of strong yet soft colors.” — Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Topaz Mosaic Sun-drenched neutral desert tones with an unexpected pop of citron yellow

Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Dramatic Black Black
  • Dramatic Teal Turquoise

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Topaz Chameleon Sun-kissed warmth

Pure Color Gloss ($22.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Citron Kiss Sparkling citrus yellow sheen

Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sultry Caramel Golden bronze
  • Sensuous Nude Seductive natural
  • Sublime Nectar Soft coral

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Teal Topaz Tranquil yet vibrant blue-green

availability: January 2012

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This Week’s Sales for January 3rd, 2012

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  • EBATES:  Drugstore.com (12%), Pur Minerals (10%), SkinStore (8%), DermStore (7.5%)
  • GILT: Amore Pacific (1/3)
  • HAUTELOOK: Caroline Chu (1/2), Valera (1/2),TruDerma (1/3), Terax (1/3), LightStim (1/4), Sprayology (1/4), Cures by Avance (1/5), Amal Oils (1/5)
  • IDEELI:  GMJ Beauty (1/4), Seda France (1/6)
  • MRREBATES:  Murad (18%), Drugstore.com (12%), Elizabeth Arden (12%), Kiehl’s (12%), Sally Beauty Supply (10%), DermStore (10%), Clarins (10%)
  • MYHABIT: Michael Todd (1/2), Best of Beauty Picks of 2012 (1/7)
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